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Notices

Required notices and other district plans

Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR)
Anti-Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Guidelines
Asbestos Management Plan (Notice of Availability)
Attendance Policy
Board of Education Policies
BMI Reporting to NY State
Child’s Performance (NCLB)
Child Taught by Teacher Who Is Not Highly Qualified (NCLB)
Code of Conduct
Code of Conduct Plain Language Summary
Community Use of School District Facilities
Comprehensive Wellness Policy
Dignity for All Students Act
District Comprehensive Improvement Plan Requirements
FocusLetter2014_2015
Drug-Free/Tobacco-Free School Zone
Emergency Closings and Delays
Emergency Management Plan
Firearms Prohibition
Free and Reduced-Price Meal Information and Application
Golding Comprehensive Education Plan Requirements
Golding Focus School Designation and Notice of School Choice
Homeless Students Policy
Idling School Buses on School Grounds
Immunizations Requirements
Radez Local Assistance Plan (LAP)
Release of Student Directory Information
Release of Student Information Under No Child Left Behind
Parents’ Right to Know
Parental Involvement Policies
Pesticide Neighbor Notification Law
School Safety Plan (SAVE)
Special Education: Procedural Safeguards Notice
Student Privacy Policy
Student Publicity Policy
Test Transparency Report (June 2014)
Unsafe School Transfer Choice
Web Publishing Guidelines
Website Accessibility Statement

 

Anti-Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Guidelines

It is the policy of this school district to not discriminate on the basis of handicap, sex, national origin, religion, race, sexual orientation or age in its education programs, activities or employment as required by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Copies of the full policies (#9140 and #5020) are available in each building office.

The Board of Education has a policy prohibiting sexual harassment in our schools. Sexual harassment is generally defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.

The C-RCS administration, faculty, staff and students are responsible for assuring that the environment for work and study is free from sexual harassment. Sexual harassment violates the dignity of individuals and will not be tolerated.

The Board of Education seeks to eliminate sexual harassment through education and by encouraging faculty, staff and students to report concerns or complaints. Prompt corrective measures will be taken to stop sexual harassment if ever it occurs. A copy of the full policy is available in each school office.

Any student, employee or school district officer who believes discrimination or sexual harassment has occurred should report the alleged misconduct immediately so that corrective action may be taken. Please contact the building principal; Section 504 & Title IX Compliance Officer William Wolfanger (234-3165); Title IX Compliance Officer Melissa Ausfeld (234-3565); the U.S. Department of Education (800-421-3481); or the New York Office for Civil Rights (646-428-3900).

 

Asbestos Management Plan (Annual Notification of Availability)

In accordance with the EPA’s Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) of 1987 (40 CFR Part 763), the Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District is required to give annual notification stating that the Asbestos Management Plan for each building is available and kept in the main office of each building and in the office of the Superintendent of Buildings & Grounds. These records are available for review during normal school business hours.

In addition, in accordance with this act, a six-month periodic surveillance is conducted in each building that contains asbestos. The periodic surveillances are conducted in June and December of each year.

Before the start of any project we will make sure all building occupants are properly notified and all signage will indicate the scope of the project.

For more information, please contact William Himme, Supervisor of Buildings & Grounds and LEA Asbestos Designee at (518) 234-4133.

 

BMI reporting to NY state

As part of a required school health examination, a student is weighed and his/her height is measured. These numbers are used to figure out the student’s body mass index or ‘BMI.’ The BMI helps the doctor or nurse know if the student’s weight is in a healthy range or is too high or too low.

New York State Education Law require that BMI and weight status group be included as part of the student’s school health examination. A sample of school districts will be selected to take part in a survey by the New York State Department of Health. If C-RCS is selected to be part of the survey, we will be reporting to New York State Department of Health information about our students’ weight status groups. Only summary information is sent. No names and no information about individual students are sent. However, you may choose to have your child’s information excluded from this survey report.

The information sent to the New York State Department of Health will help health officials develop programs that make it easier for children to be healthier.

If you do not wish to have your child’s weight status group information included as part of the Health Department’s survey this year, please contact your school nurse.

 

Child’s Performance (NCLB)

Under NCLB, Title I schools must notify parents in a timely manner of their child’s level of achievement on state assessments.

 

 

Child Taught by Teacher Who Is Not Highly Qualified

Schools must give timely notice to parents when their child has been assigned, or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by, a teacher who is not highly qualified.

 

 

Code of Conduct Plain Language Summary

This summary, based on the district’s Code of Conduct, Board of Education policies and state laws on Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE), outlines the rules and procedures under which the Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District operates. A complete copy of the Code of Conduct can be obtained from the main office of any school building. The Code of Conduct includes Board of Education policy statements regarding the following:

  • Student rights and their corresponding responsibilities;
  • Definitions of the community partnerships which include parents, bus drivers, teachers, guidance counselors, principals, superintendent and the Board of Education;
  • The student dress code, which delineates expectations for acceptable and unacceptable student grooming and appearance;
  • Expectations for student conduct, which outlines acceptable and unacceptable student behavior;
  • Procedures for reporting violations of the Code of Conduct related to harassment or discrimination;
  • The disciplinary process with an outline of disciplinary procedures and penalties;
  • The expectations of visitors to the schools; and
  • The expectations for public conduct on school property, both during regular school hours and at after-school activities and sporting events.

The intent of this Code of Conduct is to promote responsible behavior that creates an orderly and safe school environment. It is the belief of the Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School that everyone in our community must contribute to the achievement of this goal. The discipline code applies to the behavior of all students while they are on school grounds, in school buildings and/or participating in school-sponsored activities. C-RCS will operate on a progressive discipline philosophy designed to bring about behavior change. The history and disciplinary record of each student will be considered on a case-by-case basis. However, every effort will be made to respond in a firm, fair and consistent manner.

 

Community Use of School District Facilities

It is the policy of the Board of Education to maximize the community’s return on
its investment in student school facilities. This means that our playing fields, tennis courts, gymnasiums, auditoriums, cafeterias and meeting rooms are available for use by nonschool groups for other than commercial and political activities. Applications for use of school facilities are available on the district website and in each school office and should be submitted in time for the building principal’s recommendation and Board of Education’s review prior to the regular meetings. The application will require evidence of liability insurance for formal groups and of the supervision to be provided during the activity. Fees may be charged to help defray associated expenses incurred when the buildings are not normally staffed.

 

Comprehensive Wellness Policy

The C-RCS Board of Education has adopted a comprehensive wellness policy that provides a coordinated approach to student and staff wellness. The policy is based on the belief that students who begin each day as healthy individuals can learn more, learn better and are more likely to complete formal education. Staff members who are healthy can perform assigned duties more effectively and can model appropriate wellness behaviors for students. The policy provides guidance in the areas of nutrition; health education and family and consumer science; physical education and activity; counseling and psychological services; health services; family, school and community partnerships; and staff wellness. The District Health Advisory Committee has developed a detailed action plan to address each area, with more information to be shared with each phase of implementation. For more information on this policy, please contact Gayle Westervelt, District Health Coordinator, at 234-8368, ext.2030.

 

Drug-Free/Tobacco-Free School Zone

Our school district is considered a Drug-Free/Tobacco-Free School Zone. Anyone arrested and convicted of selling or using illegal drugs within 1,000 feet of school property would be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law by the civil authorities. The penalties are harsher than those in the community at large. Signs have been posted at the entrances to our campuses and on district buildings as a warning that our district has no tolerance toward illegal drugs.

 

Emergency Closings and Delays

When Cobleskill-Richmondville Central Schools are forced to close or delay the
start of the school day or to dismiss students early because of inclement weather or other emergency conditions, that information is reported on the district’s website, as well as on local television and radio stations.

When school must be closed during a normal school day for emergency situations, parents should check the district website or local television and radio stations for information. Parents should refrain from calling school offices.

During emergencies, parents may be contacted via an automated calling system. This system necessitates that the school is provided with accurate contact information. Please remember to tell your child’s school any time your home, work or cell phone numbers change.

If you have specific instructions regarding how you should be contacted or where your child should be transported during an emergency, please put this in writing and send it to school with your child.

In general, when school is closed during the day, all afternoon and evening functions are also cancelled.

 

Firearms Prohibition

By Board of Education policy, no student shall bring a firearm on any portion of the premises of a school owned or controlled by this school district.

In accordance with the Gun Free Schools Act of 1994, any student who, after a hearing held pursuant to Education Law Section 3214, is found guilty of bringing a firearm onto the premises of any school owned or controlled by C-RCS will be subject to a penalty of at least a one-year suspension from school. However, in determining an appropriate penalty, the Superintendent of Schools may modify the suspension requirement on a case by case basis, considering among other things the totality of circumstances surrounding the offense and the student’s previous record. These may include, but are not limited to, the age of the student; the student’s grade in school; the student’s prior disciplinary record; the Superintendent’s belief that other forms of discipline may be more effective; and other extenuating circumstances.

Police officers on duty are the only people permitted on school property to have a weapon in their possession. New York State Penal Law Section 265.01 (d) addresses possession of firearms on school property.

 

Notification of Homeless Students Policy

Parents of homeless students and unaccompanied youths must be notified of the following rights:

  • The availability (and contact information) for the local liaison for homeless children and youth. The local liaison for C-RCS is William Wolfanger, Director of Pupil Personnel Services, 234-3165, wolfangerw@crcs.k12.ny.us.
  • Immediate enrollment and school participation, even if medical records and proof of residency are not available.
  • Availability of educational opportunities for homeless students/unaccompanied youth (preschool to age 21)
  • Enrollment and transportation rights
  • Written explanation of why a homeless child is placed other than in a school of origin (i.e., the school attended when permanently housed or last enrolled) or school requested by the parent, and right to appeal
  • Meaningful opportunities for parents to participate in the education of their children.

This notification must occur upon enrollment and at least twice annually.

Districts must also disseminate notice of these rights to schools; family, domestic abuse and runaway shelters, soup kitchens; and wherever services to homeless children and families are offered.

 

Idling School Buses on School Grounds

Drivers of school buses or other school vehicles are required to turn of the engine of the vehicle while waiting for passengers to load or off load. The law requires school districts to annually provide to school personnel a notice of the provisions of the law and regulations.

Districts may meet this notice requirement by providing employees with a copy of the law (Education Law section 3637) and the education commissioner’s regulations. Districts may also notify employees that the materials have been posted on all employee bulletin boards and the district website.

 

Release of Student Directory Information

From time to time, officials of the school are contacted to release certain information about their students. The Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District has a policy for handling the release of student directory information, as required under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) and the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

The C-RCS policy states that no personally identifiable information about any students other than student “directory information” may be released to a particular person or institution without the written consent of the parent or eligible student. However, such information may be made available under certain conditions.

This policy further specifies that student “directory information” may be released unless the student or parent requests that it NOT be released. “Directory information” includes the pupil’s name, address, telephone listing, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, height and weight of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, diploma and awards received, most recent school attended and class schedule.

If a parent or student wishes that this student “directory information” not be released, please contact the appropriate building principal by September 15.

In addition, FERPA allows parents, legal guardians and 18-year-old students to arrange an appointment to review official records relating to that student, including: progress reports; grades; aptitude and achievement test scores; psychological tests; and teacher evaluations. Appropriate school personnel must be present at the time of record inspection to prevent any misinterpretation of the records. If you would like to review your child’s records, please contact the building principal to schedule an appointment.
A copy of the full district policy on the release of student directory information is available in each school office.

 

Release of Student Information Under No Child Left Behind

Pursuant to the federal education legislation also known as the No Child Left Behind Act, C-RCS must disclose to military recruiters, upon request, the names, addresses and telephone numbers of high school students. The district must also notify parents of their right and the right of the child to request that the district not release such information without prior written parental consent. Parents (or students if they are age 18 or older) wishing to exercise their option to withhold their consent to the release of the above information to military recruiters are asked to sign and return a form available from the high school office.

 

Parents’ Right to Know

In accordance with the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, parents/ guardians have the right to request information about the professional qualifications of their child’s classroom teachers.

Specifically, parents have the right to request the following information concerning their child’s teachers:

  • Whether the teacher has met New York State qualifications and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas he/she teaches;
  • Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status under which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived;
  • The teacher’s college major; whether the teacher has any advanced degrees; and if so, the subject of those degrees; and
  • If the child receives services from any instructional assistants or similar paraprofessionals, the qualifications of those individuals.

Requests to receive any of the above information may be directed to the child’s building principal.

 

Notification of Parental Involvement Policies

Parents of Title I students ONLY will receive a copy of school and district parental involvement policies annually.

 

Student Privacy Policy

The C-RCS Board of Education recognizes that student surveys are a valuable tool in determining student needs for educational services. Parents have the right to inspect all instructional materials that will be used for a survey, analysis or evaluation as part of a U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) funded program. In addition, no minor student may, without parent consent, take part in a survey, analysis or evaluation funded in whole or in part by the USDOE that reveals information concerning certain types of personal behavior or political beliefs. It is the policy of the board not to permit the collection, disclosure or use of personal information collected from students for the purpose of marketing or selling that information or providing it to others for that purpose. For more information or a complete copy of the policy, please contact the Office of Pupil Personnel Services at 234-3165 or any building principal.

 

Student Publicity Policy

To recognize student achievement and/or to depict student activities at Cobleskill-Richmondville Central Schools, students’ names, grade levels and photos may be published on the C-RCS website/social media sites, in school publications or released to the media. Parents who object to the use of their child’s name or image for such purposes should notify BOTH the superintendent of schools and their child’s building principal in writing before the start of school.

PLEASE NOTE: While the district will honor the request of any parent who has submitted written notification opting their child out of publicity efforts, the district is not responsible for media that covers news happenings, sporting events or school events.

 

Notification for Unsafe School Transfer Choice

A student attending a persistently dangerous public elementary school or secondary school, as determined by the State in consultation with a representative sample of local educational agencies, or who becomes a victim of a violent criminal offense, as determined by State law, while in or on the grounds of a public elementary school or secondary school.

When a student becomes the victim of a violent criminal offense while in or on the grounds of the public school he or she attends, the school district must notify the student’s parents within 24 hours (of the district’s determination that the student has been a victim) of their right to transfer their child to a safe public school within the district and of the procedures to do so. However, school districts are not obligated to notify parents if there are no other safe public schools within the district at the same grade level.

Parents of students attending a school identified as “persistently dangerous” must be notified of the same right to transfer their child to a safe public school within the district and of the procedures to do so. However, school districts are not obligated to notify parents if there are no other safe public schools within the district at the same grade level.

 

Website Accessibility Statement

It is the goal of the Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District that the information on our website be accessible to individuals with visual, hearing or cognitive disabilities.

Good faith efforts have been made to ensure that our site complies with New York State standards on website accessibility (New York State OFT Policy, P04-002, Accessibility of State Agency Web-based Intranet and Internet Information and Applications).

The majority of pages in our site are available in HTML format that can be deciphered by screen readers. Some documents are in Adobe PDF format. To convert these documents to a more accessible format, please visit Adobe’s online PDF conversion web page.

If you are unable to access any page(s) in our site, please email our District Webmaster with detailed information on the location of the page or document you were attempting to access. Be sure to include your name, email address and phone number so that we may contact you to provide the information in another format.

Please note that some pages on the Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District website contain links to third party sites, which are not within our control and may not comply with accessibility standards. The district is not responsible for the content or accessibility of third party sites.