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District-Wide School Safety Plan 2023-24
Please note: this plan is available to the public in the District Office of the Galway Central School District located in the Jr./Sr. High School during normal working hours. 

Emergency Remote Instruction Information

You Have the Power to Prevent Child Abuse

What Is Child Abuse and Maltreatment?

¿Qué es el abuso y el maltrato infantil?

APPR Rating and Score Release Process

Pursuant to Education Law Section 3012-c, parents and legal guardians of students may request the final quality rating and composite effectiveness score for each of the teachers and for the principal of the school building to which your child is assigned for the 2023-24 school year. Please be advised that the law does not allow and prohibits the release of any additional information about the individual teacher beyond the final rating and composite score. The purpose of this notice is to inform you of this right and the process by which you may request such information.

Only parents and legal guardians may have access to the final quality rating and composite score of the student’s teacher(s) and principal. The School District is required by the law to take reasonable steps to insure that the person requesting the information is a parent or legal guardian of the student to whom the teacher(s) or principal is assigned. Therefore, any request must be in writing on the form provided below. No oral requests will be honored. The School District may request additional verification such as licenses or other photo identification to verify that the person requesting the information is the parent or legal guardian of the student. In the case of legal guardians, the School District will require proof of guardianship (e.g. court orders, etc.). The status of the requesting person will be verified against other information concerning the student in the possession of the School District (e.g. information or documents submitted at the time of registration) and the requesting person will be notified once their request has been verified and approved.

Once the request is approved, an appointment with the administrator, or designated individual authorized to release such information, will be arranged. At the meeting the rating and score will be verbally provided. At this same meeting, the parent or guardian will also receive the required explanation regarding the rating and score to best understand them in the context of teacher evaluation and student performance. In the event a parent or guardian is unable to meet in person, they may receive the information verbally by phone.

Since all of the information needed to establish final teacher and principal ratings and composite scores is not provided until the beginning of school (i.e. final information is often provided by the State Education Department to school districts on or around September 1st), the availability to receive the final rating and composite scores for a student’s teacher(s) and principal for the 2023-24 school year shall not be accessible by parents/legal guardians until September 22, 2023. Requests for the information may be made anytime on or after that date.

You should also be advised that a teacher or principal may appeal their final rating and composite score. This will impact both the timing of when such information can be provided to a parent or guardian since, if an appeal is filed by the teacher or principal to the APPR rating, then the rating and composite score will not be available until that appeal process has concluded.

If you have any questions about this procedure, please contact the Superintendent of Schools.

Understanding APPR

Score Request Form

Student Privacy
Under the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA), parents have the right to inspect and opt their child out of any student survey that reveals information about personal attitudes, behaviors or beliefs. Parents also have the right to receive notice of and opt their child out of any activities that involve the collection, disclosure or use of a student’s personal information for marketing purposes and out of any non-emergency, invasive physical exam or screening, except for hearing, vision and scoliosis screenings or as permitted or required by state law.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
The District complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974. Parents and 18-year-old students may inspect official records relating to them including progress reports, grades, aptitude and achievement test scores, psychological tests, and teacher evaluations. A record may be challenged by parents or 18-year-olds when they believe it to be inaccurate or misleading. The principal has the authority to remove designated material if in agreement with the challenge. If the principal does not agree, the parent may appeal to the superintendent either to have it removed or to add explanatory comments to the record in question.

Individual student records are confidential and are not released to colleges, employers, or elsewhere without written permission. Customary directory information, such as athletic team rosters, graduation lists, or club lists, is made public for school purposes, and a list of senior class members is provided to the military services-unless the district is given prior notice by parents that they do not want their child’s name included in such lists. Parents should also inform the Superintendent if they do not wish their child’s likeness to be included in occasional photos or film taken by the media or district staff for school-related purposes. You must notify the superintendent by October 1st of each school year if you wish to deny permission for your student. Questions about school policies in connection with FERPA can be addressed to building principals or the superintendent.

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