District Information

 Legal Notifications

School districts are required by federal and state laws to provide certain notices to parents and students. The Eastchester School District makes this information available to parents and students in various ways. Summary information is listed below. It may also be sent home by the district or the individual schools.

Additional information on these notices is available in the Central Office or the Office of Pupil Personnel.

Access To Student Records

Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), parents and students over 18 years of age must be notified of their rights to inspect and review their child's records or to request the amendment of records believed to be inaccurate or misleading. They must also be advised that student records are private unless the parent or student older than 18 consents to disclosure of personally identifiable information. (FERPA authorizes disclosure of personal information without consent in limited circumstances, such as criminal investigations).

Student Information

Under FERPA, districts must provide notice to parents of the types of student information that it releases publicly (e.g., name, address, telephone number, participation in school activities or sports) and offer them the chance to object in writing to the release of such information. This notice on student information (also known as directory information) may be combined with the FERPA notice on access to student records cited above.

Student Images/Photos

The district allows parents/guardians to prohibit the use of a students name or image in district publications, press releases, cable programs, Internet and other media. If, for any reason, you do not want to have your child included in any district publications or releases to the media, please notify your childs building principal in writing by September 15.

Student Privacy

Districts must notify parents of their student privacy policy. The district offers parents the opportunity to forbid their child's participation in any survey that reveals personal information or political beliefs. A parent/guardian can also exclude a child from any activities in which information will be gathered for marketing purposes.

Disclosure to the Military

Districts must notify parents of high school students of their right, and the right of their child, to request that the district not release the child's name, address and telephone number to military recruiters without prior written consent. High school students in grades ten, eleven and twelve will be sent additional notification.

Attendance

The attendance policy is sent by each school to all parents at the beginning of the school year. It has been included in the elementary school newsletters and in the middle and high school handbooks. Parents should report absences or tardiness daily using the phone numbers provided under each school's listing. Students must bring a parents note explaining their absence upon returning to school. Students are required to attend school a required number of days in order to receive academic credit. Absences for the following reasons are defined by New York State as legal absences:

  • Personal illness or quarantine
  • Illness of a family member that requires the student to remain at home to assist
  • Death in the immediate family
  • Required court appearance
  • Required discharge of religious obligations
  • Attendance at health clinics
  • Approved college visits
  • Approved cooperative work programs or military obligations
  • Impassable roads or weather related conditions
  • Other reasons as may be approved

Any other absences are illegal. This includes trips with or without family for athletic or social purposes. A parent or guardian must notify the school about any absences, lateness or early departures within 24 hours. A written excuse for an absence must be provided upon the students return. The attendance policy is sent by each school to all parents at the beginning of the school year. It has been included in the elementary school newsletters and in the middle and high school handbooks. Copies of the district attendance policy will be made available upon request.

Code of Conduct

A summary of the Code of Conduct is sent to all parents. The summary, as well as the complete code, is also at https://district.eastchesterschools.org/m/mod/data/view.php?d=25&rid=735

Homeless Students

Parents of homeless students and unaccompanied youths must be informed of their rights and provided contact information for the local liaison for homeless children and youth. Such public notice must be disseminated in places where homeless students receive services. This information must be provided when a homeless child or unaccompanied youth seeks to enroll in the district and at least twice annually while the child is enrolled.

Limited English-Proficient Students

Parents must be notified if their child is participating in, or identified as eligible for, a language instruction program for limited English-proficient students. Parents must be advised of their rights, including their right to decline having their child enrolled in the program. Individual schools will notify parents of identified students.

Parental Involvement Policy

Districts must distribute a copy of the Districts and the schools parental involvement policies to parents of children participating in programs assisted with Title I funds.

Pesticide Application Notice

Written notice must be provided to all students, parents/guardians and staff at the beginning of the year if pesticide applications will take place during the school year and offering them an opportunity to register to receive a written notice at least 48 hours prior to such application.

Asbestos Notice

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.

Title IX Compliance

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.

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