School Community Relations


School District Media 

The principal of each building is responsible for the preparation of news releases concerning the activities within that building, and for reviewing them with the Superintendent prior to release. Copies of all final news releases will be sent to the Superintendent’s Office. 

In addition, a periodic newsletter may be prepared and sent to each resident of the District. Included in the newsletter will be information regarding school activities, a monthly calendar and other items of interest to the community. The Board accepts the funding obligation for the necessary staff and production costs. 

As the official spokesperson, the Superintendent or designee will issue all news releases concerning the District. All statements of the Board will be released through the Office of the Superintendent and/or the District Clerk. 

Municipal Governments

It is the policy of the Board to establish and maintain a positive working relationship with the governing bodies of the municipality. The Board will also cooperate with municipal, county and state agencies whose work affects the welfare of the children of the District, including but not limited to the
County Social Service Department, the Board of Health, the Recreation Department, the Public Library, and all community emergency service agencies. 

Senior Citizens 

The Board will consider school related programs for senior citizens in accordance with Education Law and/or Regulations of the Commissioner of Education. Such programs include special use of school buildings or school buses, school lunches and partial tax exemptions. 

Education Law Sections 1501-b(1)(a), 1501-b(1)(b), and 1709(22)
Real Property Tax Law Section 467


General Criteria 

The availability of Internet access in the District provides an opportunity for staff and students to access information and contribute to the District’s presence on the World Wide Web. The District/school/classroom websites must relate to curriculum or instructional matters, school authorized
activities, or general information of interest to the public pertaining to the District or its schools. Staff and students are prohibited from publishing personal home pages or links to personal home pages as part of the District/school/classroom Web page(s). Similarly, no individual or outside organization will
be permitted to publish personal Web pages as part of the District/school/classroom Web page(s). 

Internet access for the creation of Web pages is provided by the District and all information must be reviewed by the Website Manager prior to publishing it on the Web. Personnel designing information for the Web pages must familiarize themselves with and adhere to District standards and procedures. Failure to follow District standards or responsibilities may result in disciplinary sanctions in accordance with law and/or the applicable collective bargaining agreement. 

The District will provide general training on relevant legal considerations and compliance with applicable laws and regulations including copyright, intellectual property, and privacy of student records as well as relevant District procedures to those staff members and students who are allowed to develop or place material on the District/school/classroom Web page(s).

Content Standards

a) Approval for posting a Web page must be obtained from the Website Manager or his or her designee(s). If at any time, the Website Manager/designee(s) believes the proposed material does not meet the standards approved by the District, it will not be published on the Web. Decisions regarding access to active Web pages for editing content or organization will be the responsibility of the Website Manager/designee(s). 

b) A Web page must be sponsored by a member of the District faculty, staff or administration who will be responsible for its content, design, currency and maintenance. The sponsor is responsible for ensuring that those constructing and maintaining the Web page have the necessary technical
training and that they fully understand and adhere to District policies and regulations. The Web page must include the name of the sponsor. 

c) Staff or student work should be published only as it relates to a school/classroom authorized project or other school-related activity. 

d) The review of a student Web page (if considered a school-sponsored student publication) will be subject to prior District review as would any other school-sponsored student publication. 

e) An authorized teacher who is publishing the final Web page(s) for himself/herself or for a student will edit and test the Page(s) for accuracy of links and check for conformance with District
standards and practices. 

f) A disclaimer statement about the content of Web pages must be part of individual sites: Example: “The District has made every reasonable attempt to ensure that our Web pages are
educationally sound and do not contain links to questionable material or material that can be deemed in violation of the District’s Standards and Guidelines for Web Page Publishing Policy.” 

g) Commercial advertising or marketing on the District/school/classroom Web page(s) (or the use of
school-affiliated Web pages for the pursuit of personal or financial gain) will be prohibited unless otherwise authorized in accordance with law and/or regulation. Decisions regarding website advertising must be consistent with existing District policies and practices on this matter. School affiliated
Web pages may mention outside organizations only in the context of school programs that have a direct relationship to those organizations (e.g., sponsorship of an activity, student
community service project). 

h) Web pages may include faculty or staff names; however, other personal information about employees including, but not limited to, home telephone numbers, addresses, email addresses, or other identifying information such as names of family members may be published only with the
employee’s written permission. 

i) All Web pages must conform to the standards for appropriate use found in the District’s Acceptable Use Policy(ies) and accompanying Regulations regarding standards of acceptable use; examples of inappropriate behavior; and compliance with applicable laws, privacy, and safety concerns. 

j) All Web pages must be approved through the designated process before being posted to the District/school/classroom websites. 

k) All staff and/or students authorized to publish material on the District/school/classroom Web page(s) will acknowledge receipt of the District’s Web page Standards and agree to comply with same prior to posting any material on the Web. 

Release of Student Education Records/Directory Information

Release of Student Education Records

In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), unless otherwise exempted in accordance with law and regulation, the District may release personally identifiable information contained in student education records only if it has received a “signed and dated written
consent” from a parent or eligible student. Signed and dated written consent may include a record and signature in electronic form provided that such signature: 

a) Identifies and authenticates a particular person as the source of the electronic consent; and

b) Indicates such person’s approval of the information contained in the electronic consent.

Student Directory Information

Per FERPA, Districts must publish an annual public notice informing parents or eligible students of their right to refuse the release of student directory information and indicating a time period for their response. Following such public notice and a reasonable response period, the District may release such
information to an outside group without individual consent. 

Parental/Eligible Student Consent Required and Privacy  Concerns

Written parental/eligible student consent will be obtained by the District before education records or personally identifiable information contained therein is released to any party unless: 

a) Such release is authorized by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or its implementing regulations; 

b) The information released is “directory information” as designated by the District in accordance with FERPA. The District will provide parents and eligible students with annual
notification of their rights under FERPA and designation of directory information (i.e., disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in student records); 

c) For anything not specifically designated as “directory information” by the District, the District must receive a “signed and dated written consent” from the parent or eligible student
prior to releasing such information (unless otherwise authorized per FERPA); 

d) However, even if student photographs are designated as directory information per FERPA, due to privacy and safety concerns, the District requires specific affirmative written
parent or eligible student consent prior to posting student photographs on District/school/classroom Web pages. Whenever possible, group photographs of students
and/or the use of photographs where the student is not easily identifiable is preferable to the use of individual student photographs for safety reasons;

e) Web pages will not include a student’s full name, telephone number, address, email address or post such information of other family members or friends. Posting of student names will
be limited to first name only. Permission forms from parents are strongly suggested; 

f) Online posting of school bus schedules and/or other specific activity schedules detailing dates/times/locations (e.g., field trips) is prohibited on school-affiliated websites as such
information can pose risks of child abduction or other security concerns. Password protected websites may be authorized by the Superintendent/designee. 

Use of Copyrighted Materials and “Fair Use” Exceptions/Intellectual Property and Works Made for Hire

Copyrighted Materials

All employees and students are prohibited from copying materials not specifically allowed by the copyright law, “Fair Use” guidelines, licenses or contractual agreements, or the permission of the copyright proprietor. Web page publications must include a statement of copyright when appropriate and indicate that permission has been secured when including copyrighted materials or notice that such publication is in accordance with the “Fair Use” provisions of the Copyright Law. 

Fair Use of Copyrighted Materials

In accordance with Section 107 of the Copyright Law (“Fair Use” provisions), the use of copyrighted material for criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, or research may be permitted under certain circumstances. 

However, any appropriation of someone else’s work on the Internet is a potential copyright infringement. “Fair Use” provisions may not apply when a project created by a teacher or student isaccessed by others over the Internet. If there is a possibility that school-affiliated Web page(s), which incorporate copyrighted works under the “Fair Use” provisions, could later result in broader dissemination, it will be necessary to seek the permission of the copyright holder. The complex interplay
between copyright law and the “Fair Use” provisions in educational multimedia projects should be considered in development of Web page publishing standards and reviewed by school counsel prior to District implementation for compliance with applicable law and regulations. 

a) Unless otherwise noted, always assume that work on the web is copyrighted. It is NOT necessary that the copyright symbol — © — be displayed for the work to be protected by copyright laws. 

b) Proper attribution must always be given.

c) Obtaining permission(s) from the copyright holder(s) (whether text, graphics or music) should occur during the developmental process or project, rather than waiting to seek permission upon completion of the project. 

d) Unauthorized electronic transmission of copyrighted materials is illegal.

Intellectual Property/Works Made for Hire

All works completed by employees as part of their employment will be considered “works made for hire” as described in the United States Code Annotated, Title 17, Copyrights to the extent permitted by law. This determination includes, but is not limited to, the following activities: 

a) Work prepared by an employee within the scope of his or her employment, whether tangible or intangible; 

b) Work specifically ordered or commissioned for use as a contribution to a collective work, as enumerated in law. 

Any work created within the scope of such a relationship will be considered a work made for hire when a regular employment relationship exists. 

Work covered under this policy is the property of the District, not the creator of such work. The District will own any and all rights to such works, or derivatives thereof, unless there is a written agreement to the contrary. 

Student Work

Students are the copyright holders of their own original work. The District must receive written permission from both the parent and the student prior to publishing students’ original work on the District/school/classroom websites. 

Student Free Speech Issues (School-Sponsored Publications)

In general, Districts can exercise editorial control over the style and content of student expression in school-sponsored publications, theatrical productions, and other expressive activities that students, parents and members of the public might reasonably perceive to bear the imprimatur of the school.
However, the school’s actions in such a case must be reasonably related to legitimate pedagogical concerns and may not amount to viewpoint discrimination. 

Consequences for Non-Compliance 

Web pages that do not comply with the above criteria are subject to revocation of approval and removal from the District/school/classroom websites. 


Faculty or staff posting non-approved or inappropriate material on a school-affiliated website are subject to the imposition of discipline, including possible suspension or revocation of access to the District’s computer network, in accordance with law and applicable collective bargaining agreements. In the case that a violation may constitute a criminal offense, it will be reported to the appropriate authorities. 


Students posting non-approved or inappropriate material on a school-affiliated website are subject to the imposition of discipline, including possible suspension or revocation of access to the District’s computer network, in accordance with applicable due process procedures and the District Code of
Conduct. In the case that a violation may constitute a criminal offense, it will be reported to the appropriate authorities. 


The Superintendent or designee will have the authority to approve or deny the posting of any proposed Web pages on school-affiliated websites based upon compliance with the terms and conditions set forth in this policy as well as applicable District practices and procedures. 

Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), 17 United States Code (USC) Sections 101 et seq., 512
and 1201 et seq.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, 20 United States Code (USC) Section 1232(g)
34 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Parts 99 and 201


In keeping with State Education Law and Executive Law, the Board accepts its duty to display the United States flag upon or near each public school building during school hours, weather permitting, and such other times as the statutes may require or the Board may direct. 

When ordered by the President, Governor, or local official, to commemorate a tragic event or the death of an outstanding individual, the flag will be flown at half-staff. The Superintendent’s approval will be required for the flag to be flown at half-staff upon any other occasion. Regulations for seeking such approval will be established in the Administrative Manual of the District. The flag will be displayed in every assembly room (i.e., the auditorium) including the room where
the Board meetings are conducted, as well as displayed in all rooms used for instruction. 

Education Law Sections 418 and 419
Executive Law Sections 402 and 403
8 New York Code of Rules and Regulations (NYCRR) Sections 108.1-108.3

Pine Bush Central School District
State Route 302, Pine Bush, NY 12566
Phone: (845) 744-2031
Fax: (845) 744-6189
Brian Dunn
Superintendent of Schools
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