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school policy notifications for niskayuna families

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.

Code of Conduct Summary | Student Rights & Responsibilities | Attendance Policy Summary

Student Records (Including release of student information, military recruiter access, surveys)

Parents' Bill of Rights for Data Privacy and Security

Dignity for All Students Act

Prohibition of Bullying, Discrimination, Harassment, Hazing, and Retaliation | Prohibition of Sexual Harassment

Safe Schools Plan | Emergency Preparedness Plan

Health Services (Including immunization requirements, medication policy, and health screenings)

Free and Reduced Price School Meals

Asbestos Management Plan | Use of Pesticides & Request for Pesticide Notification

Insurance

Information Regarding Sex Offenders

Parents' Bill of Rights for Data Privacy and Security

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:

  • A student's personally identifiable information cannot be sold or released for any commercial purposes.
  • Parents have the right to inspect and review the complete contents of their child's education record.
  • State and federal laws protect the confidentiality of personally identifiable information and safeguards associated with industry standards and best practices, including but not limited to, encryption, firewalls and password protection, must be in place when data is stored or transferred.
  • Parents may access the New York State Education Department (NYSED) Student Data Elements List, a complete list of all student data elements collected by NYSED is available for public review in an Excel file at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/irs/sirs/documentation/NYSEDstudentData.xlsx, or right here in a PDF file. You may obtain a copy of this list by writing to the Office of Information & Reporting Services, New York State Education Department, Room 863 EBA, 89 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12234.
  • Parents have the right to have complaints about possible breaches of student data addressed. Complaints to NYSED should be addressed to: Chief Privacy Officer, New York State Education Department, 89 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12234; e-mail address is cpo@mail.nysed.gov.

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.

Prohibition of Sexual Harassment

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.

Prohibition of bullying, discrimination, harassment, hazing, and retaliation

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 law.
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.

Niskayuna Safe Schools Plan

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.

Emergency Preparedness Plan

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.

Free and reduced school lunches

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.

Asbestos Management Plan

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.

Use of Pesticides & Request for Pesticide Notification

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 (IPM) program.

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 mleon@niskyschools.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.

Insurance

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.

Information Regarding Sex Offenders

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.