New York State Education Law Section 409-H, 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. The DeRuyter Central School District is required to maintain a list of persons in parental relation, faculty, and staff who wish to receive 48 hour prior written notification of certain pesticide applications.
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;
• non-volatile rodenticides in tamper resistant bait stations in areas inaccessible to children;
• non-volatile insecticidal baits in tamper resistant bait stations in areas inaccessible to children;
• silica gels and other non-volatile ready to use pastes, foams, or gels in areas inaccessible to children;
• boric acid and disodium octaborate tetra hydrate;
• the application of EPA designated biopesticides;
• the application of EPA designated exempt materials under 40CFR152.25;
• the use of aerosol products with a direct 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.
In the event of an emergency application 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. If you would like to receive 48-hour prior notification of pesticide applications that are scheduled to occur in your school, please complete the form below and return it to the School.
For further information on these requirements the School pesticide representative is the School Business Executive and may be reached at: DeRuyter Central School, 711 Railroad Street, DeRuyter, NY 13052 (315) 852-3400 x 7502.
REQUEST FOR PESTICIDE APPLIATION NOTIFICATION
Name Day Phone Evening Phone
Written notification must be provided to all persons in parental relation and staff at the following intervals throughout the school year; at the beginning of the school year; within two school days of the end of winter recess; within two school days of the end of spring recess; and within ten days of the end of the school year.
Celebrating Student Accomplishments
The DeRuyter Central School District actively pursues ways to celebrate the accomplishments of our students and staff. As part of this effort, lists or pictures of students and articles citing individual students’ accomplishments are published in area newspapers, and district and local newsletters.
If any parents have a concern about their own child’s name and/or picture appearing in such a publication, please submit your wishes in writing to Superintendent, Dr. Neal Capone, DeRuyter Central School, 711 Railroad Street, DeRuyter, NY 13052.
Notice of Asbestos Management Plan to Parents & Staff of DeRuyter Central School
In compliance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA), we performed asbestos re-inspections of each of our school buildings for asbestos containing building materials. The inspection finds are in the asbestos management plan and are on file in the District Office.
The EPA requires the District to perform re-inspections of the asbestos material every three years. During the school year, the NYS Department of Labor (NYSDOL) certified asbestos inspector performed these re-inspections. A certified (NYSDOL) asbestos management planner reviewed the re-inspection results and developedrecommended actions we should take to safely manage the asbestos material in our buildings.
All asbestos material in the school remains in good condition and we will continue to manage them in place as recommended by EPA guidelines and the NYSDOL certified asbestos management planner.
Results of the re-inspection are on file in the District Office. Anyone is welcome to view these materials during the normal school hours (M-F 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.). The Asbestos Program manager (Asbestos Designee), School Business Executive, Amanda Graham-Quirk, is available to answer any questions you may have about asbestos in our buildings at 315-852-3400 x 7502.
Right To Information
The Board of Education is required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 to notify parents of students of their right to review education records maintained by the school district which are directly related to their children. Students eighteen years of ages or older have the same right to review their own education records. Pursuant to law, the following records are available for review:
A. Permanent Record, including:
1. Guidance Folder – which contains standardized test scores, biographical data and elementary progress reports
2. Academic records for grades 7 – 12
3. Cumulative health records
4. Attendance records
B. Students’ disciplinary records reflecting superintendent’s hearings where the student has been found guilty and letters and/or records of school suspensions lasting 5 days or less.
C. School medical records maintained at the school nurse’s office, which contain students’ medical history.
D. Pupil services records, which include psychological reports maintained by school personnel.
These records are confidential and cannot be released without the prior written consent of a parent or legal guardian. The law provides limited exceptions to the prior consent requirements (for example, where certain school employees, state officials, or Federal Officials having legitimate purposes need information contained in a student’s records).
The Board of Education has established a policy for maintaining the confidentiality of students’ education records providing access to such records for parental review. Copies of this policy are available at the District Office.
In the event that you feel your child’s education record is inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of the privacy rights, you have the right to seek to have the record amended. This right includes the right to have a hearing to challenge the accuracy of the record.
If you have any questions regarding your right to review your child’s educational record or the procedure for reviewing the same, please contact your school principal.
Title 1 Parental Right to Request Information
Compliance with provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 requires that the school inform you that, because your child’s school receives Title I federal funding, you have the right to request information regarding the professional qualifications of your child’s classroom teacher(s). Specifically included is your right to know the following:
• Whether the teacher has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade level and subject area in which the teacher provides instruction;
• Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived;
• The baccalaureate degree major of the teacher and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and field of discipline of the certification or degree; and
• Whether your child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualification.
Should you wish to exercise your right to obtain the above information about your child’s teacher, please contact the office of the Superintendent of Schools in writing at the following address to make your request: Dr. Neal Capone, Superintendent, DeRuyter Central School District, 711 Railroad Street, DeRuyter, NY 13052. Should you have any questions concerning the above, please do not hesitate to call 315-852-3400.
Fire Inspection Update
Notice is hereby given that the annual inspection for 2023-2024 of the buildings of the DeRuyter Central School District for the fire hazards which might endanger the lives of students, teachers, and employees therein, has been completed and the report thereof is available at the District Office at 711 Railroad Street, DeRuyter, NY 13052 for the inspection of all interested persons.
Non-Discrimination Notice: Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
The DeRuyter Central School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national origin in the employment and educational opportunities it offers, including vocational programs), appointment of employees, employment pay and benefits, counseling services for students, access by students to educational programs, course offerings, textbooks, and student activities.
The District official responsible for the coordination of activities relating to non-discrimination on the basis of sex is the School Business Executive, Amanda Graham-Quirk, Title IX Reporting Officer. She will provide information on complaint procedures to any student or employee who feels that his/her rights under Title IX may have been violated by the district or its officials. Her office is located at DeRuyter Central School, 711 Railroad Street, DeRuyter, NY 13052. Her telephone number is 315-852-3400 x 7502.
In addition, any student or employee may make an inquiry or complaint directly to the Federal Office of Civil Rights.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
The DeRuyter Central School District, DeRuyter, NY 13052 hereby gives notice that it does not discriminate on the basis of handicap as detailed in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The district further gives notice that it does not discriminate on the basis of handicap in admission or access to its programs and activities, including vocational education programs. No person shall be denied employment solely because of any physical, mental or medical impairment which is unrelated to the activities involved I the job for which application has been made.
Inquiries concerning this policy may be referred to the Director of Special Educaton, DeRuyter Central School, 711 Railroad Street, DeRuyter, NY 13052. The telephone number is 315-852-3400 x 7122.