The district is required by state and federal law to provide a series of policy notifications each year. Information about many of the policies below is also mailed to families in August and available in the main offices of each school. Use the links below to for information about a particular topic.
Student Records (Including release of student information, military recruiter access, surveys)
Health Services (Including immunization requirements, medication policy, and health screenings)
The Niskayuna Central School District is committed to ensuring student privacy in accordance with local, state and federal regulations and district policies. To this end and pursuant to U.S. Department of Education regulations, the district is providing the following Parents' Bill of Rights for Data Privacy and Security:
This bill of rights is subject to change based on regulations of the commissioner of education and the New York State Education Department chief privacy officer. Changes/additions are also anticipated as NYSED releases further guidance documents.
The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment provides parents/guardians with
certain rights regarding the conduct of surveys, collection and use of
information for marketing purposes, and certain physical exams. In
particular, if a survey is funded in whole or part by the U.S. Department of
Education, parents/guardians have the right to consent before students are
required to complete a survey that asks about any of eight protected areas:
political affiliations or beliefs; mental or psychological problems; sexual
behavior or attitudes; illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or
demeaning behavior; critical appraisals of others with whom respondents have
close family relationships; legally recognized privileged relationships;
religious practices; or income.
Parents/guardians will also receive a notice and an opportunity to opt students out of: any other survey that asks about the above protected areas; Any non-emergency, invasive physical exam/screening with the exception of physical exams or screenings required or permitted by state law (e.g. hearing, vision, or scoliosis); and activities involving collection, disclosure, or use of personal information collected from students for marketing.
Parents/guardians have the right to inspect any surveys that ask about the above protected areas, as well as surveys created by third parties to collect personal information from students for marketing purposes, and instructional materials used as part of the curriculum. Parents/guardians will also be provided with reasonable notification of specific activities or surveys covered by this policy and the ability to opt their child out. Anyone who believes their rights have been violated may file a complaint with: Family Policy Compliance Office; U.S. Department of Education; 400 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, D.C. 20202.
The Niskayuna Board of Education has a policy prohibiting sexual
harassment in the Niskayuna Central School District. Sexual harassment is
generally defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors,
or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
Any student, employee or school district officer who believes sexual harassment has occurred should report the alleged misconduct immediately so that corrective action may be taken. Students or parents should report any alleged misconduct to the Title VII/Title IX Officer (Director of Student and Staff Support Services) at 377-4666, x 50740, or the building principals.
Students, staff and parents have rights which are protected by the policy, regardless of which intervention they choose to respond to the problem. Students and staff are encouraged to use the district's complaint procedures that are in place for students and staff who feel they have been sexually harassed.
The sexual harassment policy and guidelines are available in school offices or through Title VII/Title IX Officer (Director of Student and Staff Support Services) at 377-4666, x 50740.
The Board of Education is committed to providing an educational and
working environment that promotes respect, dignity and equality. Board of
Education policy prohibits all acts of discrimination, harassment and
bullying (including "cyberbullying"), as well as retaliation, by anyone on
school property or at school functions. This includes any actions based upon
race, color, creed, religion, national origin, political affiliation, sex,
sexual orientation, age, marital status, military status, veteran status,
disability or domestic violence victim status, or other status protected by
Acts of discrimination, harassment, hazing bullying or retaliatory behavior should be reported to any staff member, administrator, or the Title VII/Title IX Officer (Director of Student and Staff Support Services) at 377-4666 x50740. Inquiries concerning policies regarding harassment and discrimination should also be directed toward the Title VII/Title IX Officer.
Copies of the Board of Education policies are available in the District Office at 1239 Van Antwerp Road, in all school main offices, and on the district website.
Under the New York State Project SAVE law (Safe Schools Against Violence
in Education), the Niskayuna Central School District has adopted a
district-wide safe schools plan.
Approved by the Board of Education, the plan consolidated many existing district safety procedures as well as new information required by Project SAVE. Items in the comprehensive plan include: district-wide safe schools plan, building-level safety plans, codes of conduct, emergency response plans, a character education plan, crisis response procedures and building safety team responsibilities.
Copies of the district-wide plan are available at the District Office.
In accordance with section 155.13 of the New York State education commissioner's regulations, the district has a plan for preventing and reacting to an emergency or disaster, and has coordinated these plans with local emergency management agencies. The district will conduct one drill every year to test the emergency plan. This drill will specifically test sheltering and early dismissal, as well as the communications and transportation systems to be used in emergencies. Dismissal will occur approximately 15 minutes earlier than normal dismissal time. For more information, call the school district's safety officer at 377-4666, x 50740.
Students in families meeting federal income guidelines are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches in Niskayuna schools. All students are given applications for this program on the first day of school. Applications are also on the district website. Visit the Food Services section. Application and enrollment in the program are strictly confidential. For more information, call the school lunch director at 377-4666, x 50730.
In accordance with the EPA Asbestos Hazardous Emergency Response Act, the Niskayuna Central School District has in place an asbestos management plan to identify and manage asbestos building materials. The Asbestos Management Plan for the district is available at the district offices, 1239 Van Antwerp Road, Niskayuna. Information about required inspections and any scheduled asbestos project occurring this school year is contained within the Asbestos Management Plan.
The Niskayuna Central School District uses an Integrated Pest Management
approach to control structural and landscape pests and to minimize pesticide
exposure to students, employees and visitors. While infrequent, in the event
that conditions warrant a pesticide application, it is performed by
state-licensed applicators and the district maintains a copy of the label of
each pesticide used. Notification to the school community of potential
pesticide applications is a key component of an integrated pest management
In accordance with state requirements, Niskayuna Central School District maintains a registry of all individuals who request to receive 48-hour prior notification of pesticide applications on school property, with the understanding that certain pesticides are not subject to notification requirements (see below). If you would like to receive these notifications, please contact Matt Leon in the district's Communications Office either by mail at 1239 Van Antwerp Road, Niskayuna, NY 12309; by phone at 377-4666, x 50707; or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include an e-mail address, as notification will be provided in this manner unless otherwise requested. In the event an emergency application is necessary to protect against an imminent threat to human health, a good faith effort will be made to supply written notification to those on the 48-hour prior notification list.
For more information about the district's approach to Integrated Pest Management, please call Health and Safety Specialist Sherrie Strain at 377-4666, x50717.
Please note: The following pesticide applications are not subject to prior notification requirements: a school remains unoccupied for a continuous 72 hours following an application; anti-microbial products; nonvolatile rodenticides in tamperresistant bait stations in areas inaccessible to children; nonvolatile insecticidal baits in tamperresistent bait stations in areas inaccessible to children; silica gels and other nonvolatile ready-to- use pastes, foams, or gels in areas inaccessible to children; boric acid and disodium octaborate tetrahydrate; the application of EPA designated biopesticides; the application of EPA designated exempt materials under 40CFR152.25; the use of aerosol products with a directed spray in containers of 18 fluid ounces or less when used to protect individuals from an imminent threat from stinging and biting insects, including venomous spiders, bees, wasps, and hornets.
School district accident insurance covers students for accidents that occur during school activities. It is non-duplicating coverage, meaning the family must first file with its own health and accident insurance plan. Forms for medical expenses that are not thus covered may be obtained from the school nurse at the child's school.
New York State Law permits law enforcement authorities to share certain
information with school districts relating to paroled sex offenders who take
up residence in a school district. Parolees are tracked through the Sex
Offender Registry and regularly monitored by the Schenectady County
Probation Department. The parolee is classified by New York State at
different risk levels: Level 1 (least risk to community); Level 2 (moderate
risk of re-offending); or Level 3 (greatest risk).
Depending upon the risk level, the Department of Justice Criminal Services permits the release of different information: Level 2 (name, photograph, description and zip code) and Level 3 (name, photograph, description and specific address.)
You may obtain more information on the Sex Offender Registration Act as well as access the New York State database of level 3 sex offenders on the Internet at: http://criminaljustice.state.ny.us/nsor/search_index.htm. You may also call the Sex Offender Registry at 1-800-262-3257, or the Niskayuna Police at 386-4584.
If you suspect a child is being abused or maltreated (neglected), report it by calling 1-800-342-3720, a toll-free 24-hour hotline operated by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. If you believe a child is in immediate danger, call 911 or your local police department. Information about reporting child abuse and maltreatment is available online at http://ocfs.ny.gov/main/cps/.