The East Greenbush Central School District is required to provide certain notifications to parents/guardians on an annual basis. They are posted below for your convenience.
This regulation requires school districts to provide Academic Intervention Services to students who score below State proficiency levels on the Common Core and other State Assessments and/or students who are at risk of not achieving NYS Learning Standards and Common Core Learning Standards.
Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) Plan
All school districts in New York State are required to adopt and submit to the State Education Department an Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) plan for teachers and school principals or risk losing a portion of their state aid. APPR scores are not considered public information. However, state leaders have agreed that teachers’ and principals’ composite APPR ratings may be released to parents or guardians upon request and verification of identity, only for their child’s current teachers and principal.
Written notice must be annually provided to parents, teachers and employee organizations of the availability of asbestos management plans, and any current or planned asbestos inspections, response actions and post-response actions.
Under New York State law, parents are responsible for their children’s regular attendance and punctuality at school. Legal reasons for absence include illness of a child, emergency illness in the family, death in the immediate family, inclement weather and religious. A written excuse stating the date and the reason for the absence should be signed by the parent/guardian.
Charging Meals and Prohibition Against Shaming
The Board of Education recognizes that on occasion, students may forget to bring meal money to school. To ensure that students do not go hungry, but also to promote responsible student behavior and minimize the fiscal burden to the district, the Board will allow students who may forget meal money to “charge” the cost of meals to be paid back at a later date subject to the terms established in District policy #8505.
Code of Conduct
Student behavior is critical to providing an environment conducive to learning each and every day. The code of conduct contains information on the range of consequences t hat may be imposed if students misbehave. This information is reviewed with students each year during the opening weeks of school.
Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination (Title IX and Section 504)
Educational programs in the East Greenbush Central School District, including but not limited to vocational programs, are offered without regard to actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sex; sexual orientation, or gender (including gender identity and expression). The Board of Education does not discriminate against any student, employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, religion, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, disability or predisposing genetic characteristic. The Board of Education is committed to providing an educational and working environment that promotes respect, dignity, and equality and that is free from all forms of harassment and hazing. The district will promptly investigate all complaints of hazing and/or harassment, either formal or informal, verbal or written. Inquiries or complaints should be filed with the principal or Michele Bowman, Title IX Officer, 29 Englewood Avenue, East Greenbush, NY, or by calling (518) 207-2526.
Free and Reduced Meals
Children from households that meet federal income guidelines are eligible for free meals or reduced price meals.
- 2018-19 Free and Reduced Price Meals Letter
- 2018-19 Free and Reduced Price Meals Application (English)
- 2018-19 Free and Reduced Price Meals Application (Spanish)
The Board will provide homeless children attending the District’s schools with access to the same free and appropriate public education, including preschool education, as other children.
New York State Public Health Law Section 613 requires schools to post influenza educational material, in plain view, within their facilities. That information is also provided here for your convenience.
New York State Education Law Section 409-H, and State Education Department Commissioner’s Regulation 155.24, effective July 1, 2001, requires all public and nonpublic elementary and secondary schools to provide written notification to all persons in parental relation, faculty, and staff regarding the potential use of pesticides periodically throughout the school year.
Release of Information to the Military
The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLBA) requires that school districts disclose to military recruiters and institutions of higher learning, upon request, the names, addresses and telephone numbers of our high school students. However, parents or students may request, in writing, that the district NOT release such information. Parents, or students who are at least 18 years old, may exercise the option to withhold their consent to release this information by contacting the principal’s office at Columbia High School.
Reporting Child Abuse or Neglect
NYS Education Law requires all school employees report allegations of child abuse or neglect. Parents may also report allegations of child abuse. The law establishes a reporting process, as well as the required roles and responsibilities.
- More information
- Child Protective Services Poster (in English and Spanish)
- Board Policy #5460 and #5460-R
Smoking and Other Tobacco Use on School Grounds
Due to the health hazards associated with smoking, and in accordance with federal and state law, the Board of Education prohibits smoking and all other tobacco use in all school buildings, on school grounds, and in any vehicle used to transport children or personnel.
Student Directory Information
Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), parents and or students who do not wish directory information (name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, major course of study, participation in school activities or sports, weight and height if a member of an athletic team, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, most recent school attended, grade level, photograph, e-mail address, and enrollment status) to be disclosed should notify, in writing, the Public Records Access Officer or Superintendent of Schools at: East Greenbush Central School District, Administration Center, 29 Englewood Avenue, East Greenbush, NY 12061.
- FERPA notification
- Board policy #5500
- Board policy #5500-R
- Board Exhibit #5500-E.3 Objection to Release of Directory Information Designations Form
Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), students age 18 or older (and parents of students under 18) have a right to inspect and review any and all official records, files, and data directly related to their children or themselves. Parents should request access to school records in writing from the principal, guidance counselor, or Superintendent of Schools. Upon receipt of the request, arrangements will be made to provide access to the requested records within a reasonable period of time, not more than 45 days after the request has been received. Parents and students are also entitled to a hearing to challenge the content of such records. Any questions concerning the procedure to be followed in requesting such a hearing should be directed to the Superintendent.
Student records are confidential and may not be released or made available to persons other than parents or students without written consent. There are a number of exceptions to this rule, such as school employees and officials, as well as certain state and federal officials, who have a legitimate educational need for access to such records in the course of their employment.