SCHOOL / COMMUNITY RELATIONS
BRUNSWICK C.S.D. POLICY 6.100-01
The Brunswick Central School District Board of Education establishes that, pursuant to statutory obligation, at the beginning of each school year the District shall publish a notice:
1. Of the established grievance procedures for resolving complaints of discrimination due to sex or handicapping condition, or both, to parents or guardians of students, employees of the District, eligible students, and the community.† The public notice shall:
a. inform parents, employees, students, and the community that vocational education programs are offered without regard to sex, race, color, national origin, religion, or handicapping condition;
b. provide the name, address, and telephone number of the person designated to coordinate activities concerning discrimination due to sex or handicapping condition, or both; and
c. be included in announcements, bulletins, catalogues, and applications made available by the District.
Such notice shall be specifically provided regarding rights arising under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; and
2. In a local newspaper a notice to parents or guardians and to students who are eighteen (18) years of age or older ("eligible students") currently in attendance of their rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and this policy.† The District shall also send home a bulletin listing these rights, which shall also be included with a packet of material provided to parents or to eligible students when the student enrolls during the school year.
The notice shall include a statement that the parent or eligible student has a right to:
a. inspect and review the student's educational records;
b. a specification of the intent of the District to limit the disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in a student's education records except:
I. by prior written consent of the student's parent(s) or guardian(s) or the eligible student;
II. as directory information; or
III. under certain limited circumstances, as permitted by FERPA.
c. request that records be amended to ensure that they are not inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student's privacy or other rights;
d. file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education alleging failure by the District to comply with FERPA and its regulations; and
e. obtain copies of this policy and the locations where copies can be obtained.
The District shall arrange to provide translations of these notices to non-English speaking parents in their native languages.
29 USC Sec. 794 (Sec. 504, Rehab. Act of 1973)
45 CFR Pt. 84
20 USC Sec. 1681 (Title IX, Educ. Amdmts. of 1972)
20 USC 1232-g (FERPA)
34 CFR Pt. 99
BRUNSWICK C.S.D. POLICY 6.110-01
The Brunswick Central School District Board of Education recognizes the importance of good communications between the schools and the public.† The Board therefore shall publish a newsletter from time to time, and shall issue periodic news releases to the print and electronic media, in order to foster the free flow of information to residents of the District and to other interested parties about the Brunswick Central Schools' programs, activities, and initiatives.
The Board encourages and supports other means to establish and improve communications between the schools and the public, including the Districtís web page, bulletins and fliers concerning educational programs and operations of the Brunswick Central School District.† Such communications may comprise official Parent Teacher Organization notices, routine administrative bulletins, and duplicated materials distributed to parents over the principal's signature.
Only such publications and other sources of information as are cited and encouraged here, or that have received the prior authorization of the Superintendent of Schools, shall be deemed to be publications sanctioned by the Board of Education.
BRUNSWICK C.S.D. POLICY 6.130-01
The Brunswick Central School District Board of Education recognizes the importance of providing a free flow of accurate and timely information to the public regarding activities and programs operated under the auspices of the Board, as well as regarding other matters of interest involving the Brunswick Central School District.† The Board therefore supports and encourages the holding of news conferences, release of news summaries and the granting of interviews.
The Board establishes that, without prior and specific formal authorization by the Board, the only person who may speak officially to the public on behalf of the Board shall be the Board president, or the Board president's designee.† The Board establishes that the official spokesperson for the District in news conferences or interviews shall be the Superintendent of Schools. All press releases and news summaries from the District are subject to the prior approval of the Superintendent of Schools or a designee. Staff members with special knowledge or expertise may, as requested, assist the District's official spokesperson(s) in providing information to the public.
Statements, press releases or news summaries issued publicly on behalf of the Board of Education by any party authorized to speak on behalf of the Board shall represent the expressed opinion or position of at least a majority of the members of the Board.
BRUNSWICK C.S.D. POLICY 6.140-01
The Brunswick Central School District Board of Education, in recognition of those residents of the District who are at least 50 years of age, establishes that there shall be complimentary admission of said residents to all school sponsored events and programs for which a fee is charged.
A resident of the District may obtain the District's "Gold Card" by applying to the Superintendent of Schools, or her/his designee. The "Gold Card," or other suitable means of identification that verifies the bearer's age and residency, shall entitle the holder to free admission to district - sponsored events where an admission fee is charged, such as athletic contests, concerts, and dramatic performances.† The card does not apply to sectional athletic games, graduation, adult education and non-school sponsored events. The "Gold Card" shall not be valid for charges other than an admission fee.
Where there is reserved or limited seating for an event, admittance arrangements must be made prior to the event in order for the "Gold Card" admission to be honored.† In such cases, the District may not be able to honor the "Gold Card" due to the event's already being "sold out."
BRUNSWICK C.S.D. POLICY 6.150-01
The Brunswick Central School District Board of Education recognizes that its employees have the constitutional right not to be subject to adverse actions by their employer on account of their political party affiliation or political activities.† School employees may not use their positions of authority, school facilities, or the immediate environs of those facilities to engage in political activities or otherwise advance their own personal political beliefs. The Board of Education is particularly concerned that students not be the target of or subjected to such activities by the staff of the district. The staff of the Brunswick Central School District may raise matters of public concern subject to reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions imposed by the Board of Education.
U.S. Constitution, Amd. 1
Education Law Section 414
Rutan v. Republican Party of Illinois, 110 S.Ct. 2729 (1990)
Conick v. Myers, 461 US 138 (1983)
Grayned v. City of Rockford, 408 US 104 (1972)
Pickering v. Bd. of Educ., 391 US 563 (1968)
BRUNSWICK C.S.D. POLICY 6.160-01
The Brunswick Central School District Board of Education establishes that it is the intent of the Board to promote and facilitate effective communication among students, parents, residents of the District, the Board, and District staff.† In addition, the Board recognizes that it has an interest in safeguarding both its employees and persons who register complaints or express concerns from unfair criticism.
2. Public Participation Encouraged
The Board, as the body responsible for establishing policies that govern the operations of the District and provide its educational programs, strongly encourages all members of the community to share their views on District policies and on the many educational issues confronting the District with the Board.† Such communication can take place either at regular meetings of the Board, at special Board meetings, or through contacts made with individual members of the Board.
3. Routing of Public's Compliments, Concerns, or Complaints
The Board believes that communications involving specific situations and individuals are best handled as close to the origin of communication as possible, whether these are in the form of compliments, concerns, or complaints. As a general rule, therefore, compliments, concerns, or complaints should be channeled as follows:
a. Teacher or staff member
c. Superintendent of Schools
d. Board of Education
Nevertheless, the Board will act in those situations where satisfactory or timely resolution is not achieved through administrative remedy.
4. Role of Individual Board Members
Individual members of the Board of Education will listen to persons who request Board involvement and then refer those persons to the Superintendent.† Any Board member who is so contacted shall refrain from expressing any judgment about the merits of a complaint until that complaint is submitted to the entire Board.†
5. Role of the Superintendent of Schools
The Superintendent may refer complaints she/he receives to other staff members whenever she/he deems it appropriate.
The Superintendent shall establish procedures to ensure that problems and issues are resolved on a timely basis, and that proper records are maintained for all compliments, concerns, and complaints that are received.
6. Treatment of Complaints About District Personnel / Students
Discussions by either members of the public or members of the Board of Education relating to the competence or personal conduct of any District employee or employees shall be considered out of order at public meetings of the Board, and shall be ruled as such by the person presiding.† Nevertheless, the Board and the District administration will accept written expressions or statements of concern relating to employee behavior or job performance.† If complaints about personnel have proceeded as described in Sec. 3, above, and reach the Board level, then an executive session of the Board shall be convened to evaluate the substance of the complaint. Any complaints about named students shall be out of order at a public meeting.
Public Officers Law Arts. 6-A, 7
BRUNSWICK C.S.D. POLICY 6.170-01
The Brunswick Central School District Board of Education establishes that any party having cause and seeking to complain about any aspect of the facilities or services of the Brunswick Central Schools shall reduce the complaint to writing and shall send that complaint to the principal in charge of the service or the facility complained of.† If the complaint does not pertain directly to a specific facility or service, but instead is of a more general nature, then the written complaint shall be sent to the Superintendent of Schools.
Any such written complaint shall state (a) the complainant's name, address, and telephone number, (b) the specific nature of the problem encountered by the complainant, and (c) any suggestions for remedying the problem that the complainant might care to make.
The administrator receiving the complaint shall investigate the complaint, or cause the complaint to be investigated, and shall respond in writing, by telephone, or in person, as appropriate, to the complainant within ten (10) working days of receipt of the complaint by the District.
BRUNSWICK C.S.D. POLICY 6.180- 01
The Brunswick Central School District Board of Education shall respond to all complaints it receives about school personnel in a manner that balances the interests of the public with the individual rights of school district employees and is consistent with the collective bargaining agreements of the district.† Any such complaint received by a member or members of the Board, or by the Board as a whole, shall be referred to the Superintendent of Schools for investigation and review prior to any action that might be taken by the Board.
Any discussion of and any charges relating to the competence or personal conduct of any individual employed by or performing services in any capacity on behalf of the Brunswick Central School District shall be deemed and shall be ruled out of order at public meetings of the Board.
Education Law Secs. 3012, 3020-a
Civil Service Law Sec. 75
Public Officers Law Sec. 105(1)(f)
8 NYCRR 84
Codd v. Velger, 429 US 624 (1977)
Bishop v. Wood, 426 US 321 (1976)
Paul v. Davis, 424 US 693 (1976)
Wisconsin v. Constantineau, 400 US 433 (1971)
BRUNSWICK C.S.D. POLICY 6.190-01
BRUNSWICK C.S.D. POLICY 6.200-01
1. The Brunswick Central School District Board of Education establishes that it shall be a violation of district policy for any person or persons to tamper with, deface, destroy, or otherwise interfere in any manner with any fire alarm or other safety system installed or used at any facility or site owned or leased by the District, or in any vehicle owned, leased, or otherwise used by the District.
2. It shall be prohibited for any person or persons to give or cause to be given a false fire alarm or intentionally false warning of impending danger to any facility, program, or activity operated by the District.
3. A violation of any prohibition set forth in this policy shall be dealt with as a disciplinary matter if the perpetrator is a student or employee of the District.† The Superintendent or her/his designee shall report any such incident to appropriate law enforcement authorities.† The District shall fully cooperate with these authorities in investigating the incident and prosecuting those responsible.
Penal Law Secs. 140.05 et seq.; 145.00-.25; 240.50-.60
Civil Service Law Sec. 75
Education Law Secs. 3020-a; 3031
BRUNSWICK C.S.D. POLICY 6.210-01
1. The Brunswick Central School District Board of Education affirms that picketing and demonstrating on District property, as permitted by law, shall be subject to the following time, place, and manner restrictions.
A. Picketing and demonstrating shall at no time interfere with lawful entry to or egress from District property or a District building or facility.
B. Picketing and demonstrating shall at no time interfere with the right of those not participating in such activities to obtain an education through their participation in the instructional, support, and related programs and activities operated or sponsored by the District.
C. Picketing and demonstrating shall at no time disrupt the orderly conduct of school district or board of education operations.
2. The Board further establishes that a person who is not involved in picketing or demonstrating shall not interfere with the right of others to peacefully and lawfully to picket or demonstrate on District property.
3. A violation of any prohibition set forth in this policy shall be dealt with as a disciplinary matter where the perpetrator is a student or employee of the District.† The Superintendent or her/his designee shall report any such violation to appropriate law enforcement authorities if, in the judgment of authorized District personnel, such a report is required in consideration of the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident. The District shall cooperate with these authorities in investigating such incidents and, when necessary, prosecuting those responsible.
Civil Service Law Sec. 75
Education Law Secs. 3020-a; 3031
BRUNSWICK C.S.D. POLICY 6.220-01
Smoking and other use of tobacco or tobacco products is prohibited in any indoor or outdoor facility or vehicle owned, leased, contracted for or under the control of the school district.
Notice of this prohibition shall be posted prominently on school property. The District and its representatives shall take steps to ensure that individuals who are smoking or using tobacco in violation of this policy be informed that they are acting in violation of this policy and the Public Health Law of the State of New York.
Violations shall be referred to the Rensselaer County Department of Health.
20 USC Secs. 1041 et seq.
Public Health Law, Art. 13-E; Secs. 1399-n et seq.
Educ. Law Secs. 409; 3020-a
BRUNSWICK C.S.D. POLICY 6.230-01
The Brunswick Central School District Board of Education recognizes that its relationship with the Board of Cooperative Educational Services (B.O.C.E.S.) of Rensselaer, Columbia, and Greene Counties, doing business as "Questar III," is an important factor in providing services to students and staff in the District that otherwise likely would not be provided.
Therefore, in order to ensure that the Board of Education has an opportunity to consider the nomination of District residents as candidates for the B.O.C.E.S. The Superintendent shall inform the Board of such and include this item for discussion at a regular Board meeting.
The Assistant Superintendent for Business shall, no later than 30 days prior to Board action regarding the aforementioned discussion, provide adequate publicity to permit public participation in these deliberations.
Education Law Sec. 1950
BRUNSWICK C.S.D. POLICY 6.240-01
The Brunswick Central School District Board of Education recognizes that close liaison and cooperation with institutions of higher education may be of benefit to the District's staff, its pupils, and its programs and activities.† The Superintendent of Schools shall therefore pursue opportunities to establish programs that may be expected to have the following effects:
1. Improve communications between the District and institutions of higher education;
2. Promote cooperative ventures, e.g., applications for grants;
3. Provide opportunities for staff to use facilities available at institutions of higher education to develop advanced knowledge and skills that are related to their assignments in the District;
4. Provide pupils with opportunities to do college-level work for advanced credit at institutions of higher learning or at Tamarac High School or another site in the District; and
5. Facilitate the use of resource staff from other institutions to augment existing instructional programs.
BRUNSWICK C.S.D. POLICY 6.240-01