PUBLIC ACCESS TO RECORDS
Access to records of the District will be consistent with the rules and regulations established by the State Committee on Open Government and will comply with all the requirements of the New York State Public Officers Law Section 87.
A Records Access Officer will be designated by the Superintendent, subject to the approval of the Board, who will have the duty of coordinating the District’s response to public request for access to records.
The District will provide copies of records in the format and on the medium requested by the person filing the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request if the District can reasonably do so regardless of burden, volume or cost of the request.
Regulations and procedures pertaining to accessing District records will be as indicated in the District Administrative Manual.
Requests for Records via Email
If the District has the capability to retrieve electronic records, it must provide such records electronically upon request. The District will accept requests for records submitted in the form of electronic mail and respond to such requests by electronic mail using the forms supplied by the District.
This information will be posted on the District website, clearly designating the email address for purposes of receiving requests for records via this format.
When the District maintains requested records electronically, the response will inform the requester that the records are accessible via the Internet and in printed form either on paper or other information storage medium.
Board of Education Meetings and Records
District records subject to release under FOIL, as well as any proposed rule, regulation, policy or amendment, that are on the Board agenda and scheduled to be discussed at a Board meeting, will be made available upon request, to the extent practicable, prior to the meeting. Copies of such records may
be made available for a reasonable fee. If the District maintains a regularly updated website and utilizes a high speed Internet connection, such records will be posted on the website to the extent practicable, prior to the meeting. The District may, but is not required to expend additional funds to provide such records.
Education Law Section 2116
Public Officers Law Sections 87 and 89
21 New York Code of Rules and Regulations (NYCRR) Parts 1401 and 9760
CONFIDENTIALITY OF COMPUTERIZED INFORMATION
The development of centralized computer banks of educational data gives rise to the question of the maintenance of confidentiality of such data while still conforming to the New York State Freedom of Information Law. The safeguarding of confidential data from inappropriate use is essential to the
success of the District’s operation. Access to confidential computerized data will be limited only to authorized personnel of the District.
It will be a violation of the District’s policy to release confidential computerized data to any unauthorized person or agency. Any employee who releases or otherwise makes improper use of such computerized data will be subject to disciplinary action.
However, if the computerized information sought is available under the Freedom of Information Law and can be retrieved by means of existing computer programs, the District is required to disclose such information.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, 20 United States Code (USC) Section 1232(g)
34 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 99
Public Officers Law Section 84 et seq