RCS District Office
P.O. Box 100
15 Mountain Road
Ravena, NY 12143
(518) 756-5200
Robert K. Libby,
Superintendent

orange bar bullet annual Plans and NOTIFICATIONS

The RCS Central School District is required to provide the following notifications to parents on an annual basis. They have been posted online for your convenience.

 

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Child Abuse Hotline Notification

If you suspect a child is being abused or maltreated (neglected), report it by calling 1-800-342-3720, a toll-free 24-hour hotline operated by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. If you believe a child is in immediate danger, call 911 or your local police department. Information about reporting child abuse and maltreatment (neglect) is available online at http://ocfs.ny.gov/main/cps/.

 

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Parents' Bill of Rights for Data Privacy and Security (2014)

The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District is committed to ensuring student privacy in accordance with local, state and federal regulations and district policies. To this end and pursuant to U.S. Department of Education regulations, the district is providing the following Parents’ Bill of Rights for Data Privacy and Security (PDF).

 

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Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

As required under FERPA, the district would like to inform parents/guardians, and students 18 years of age or older currently in attendance, to their right to:
  • inspect and review the student's education records,
  • request that records be amended to ensure that they are accurate and not misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student's privacy or other rights, and
  • control disclosures from the student's education records, with certain exceptions.
  • file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District to comply with the requirements of FERPA.
    The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA are:
    Family Policy Compliance Office
    U.S. Department of Education
    400 Maryland Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC 20202

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Public relations use of student data/photos

From time to time, school district officials may release student information (name, address, grade level, photograph, art work, academic interest, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, terms of school attendance and graduation, awards received, etc.) for use in school district publications or within school building Web sites, or to the media for public relations purposes.

 

Parents who object to the release of their child's information and/or photograph should notify their child's building principal in writing on or before October 1 in any school year.

 

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Fire Inspection

Notice is hereby given that the annual inspection for July 1, 2016 - July 1, 2017 of the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District school buildings for fire hazards which might endanger the lives of students, teachers, employees therein, has been completed and the report thereof is available at the offices of the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District at 15 Mountain Rd., Ravena, NY 12143 for inspection by all interested persons.

 

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Pesticide Notification

The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District may use pesticide products periodically throughout the year. The Pesticide Neighbor Notification Law requires school districts to maintain a list of staff and persons in a parental relation who wish to receive 48-hour written notice prior to the application of pesticides. Written notifications will include the date, locations and product used for each application.

 

For further information or to be placed on the school-specific 48-hour notification list, please contact Mr. Obi Ifedigbo, Facilities Director at 756-5200 Ext: 7001.

 

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Non-discrimination

The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District does not discriminate in employment or in the education programs and activities which it operates on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, age, ethnicity, religion, race, or handicap in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, or §504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the NYS Human Rights Law. Inquiries regarding this non-discrimination notice may be directed to Section 504/Title IX Coordinator, Brian Bailey at 756-5200 Ext: 6003.

 

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Annual Notification of District-Wide Safety Plan

The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District has developed a District-wide School Safety Plan and confidential Building-level School Safety Plans for each building as required by New York State Safe School Against Violence in Education (S.A.V.E.) Law. This law requires the district to annually provide written information to all students and staff about emergency procedures. As required, the District-wide School Safety Plan was originally submitted to the New York State Education Department in June 2001. Each confidential Building-level Emergency Response Plan was originally submitted to the local police and New York State Police in June 2001.

 

The District-wide School Safety Team annually reviews the District-wide School Safety Plan. The Building-level School Safety Teams annually review the confidential Building-level Emergency Response Plans. All updates are approved by the Board of Education prior to re-submitting them to the New York State Education Department and the local police and New York State Police respectively.

 

The district will provide training throughout the year and will conduct at least twelve fire drills and conduct a district-wide drill to test sheltering plans and/or early dismissal. Emergency evacuation information is posted in each classroom and Emergency School Closing information can be found in the district calendar. For more information concerning the District-wide School Safety Plan, please contact the school at 756-5200.

 

Read or download the District-Wide Safety Plan (PDF).

 

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Asbestos Management Plan

In accordance with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) of 1987 (40 CFR Part 763), the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District is required to give annual notification stating that the Asbestos Management Plan for each building is available and kept in the main office. These records are available for review during normal business hours.


Six-month periodic asbestos surveillances as well as a triennial inspection are required in pursuant of AHERA. The triennial inspection was completed in 2013, the next triennial inspection is due in 2016. To date, no asbestos projects are scheduled. If any are scheduled in the future, all work shall be conducted according to all applicable local, state and federal regulations.


For more information, please contact the Director of Facilities Mr. Obi Ifedigbo at 756-5200, ext. 7001.

 

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Anti-Idling Law

The Anti-Idling Law prohibits the idling of a diesel or non-diesel fueled engine for more than five consecutive minutes except to maintain temperatures inside the vehicles during the cold or hot weather when it is required by certain regulations and the operation of equipment.

 

Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Schools Transportation Department monitors compliance with the Anti-Idling Laws. When loading or unloading our buses at school, buses are shut off during those times. The school is also responsible to ensure visitors at our school follow the same rules and regulations regarding the idling of buses.

 

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APPR - Annual Professional Performance Review Plan

Download Plan [PDF]

 

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SEQA Review

 The New York State Education Department P-12: Office of Special Education has initiated a Special Education Quality Assurance (SEQA) Special Education Programs and Services Focused Review in the Ravena-Coeymans Selkirk Central School District during the 2013-2014 school year. The purpose of this review is to assess the district's compliance with selected federal and State laws and regulations governing the education of students with disabilities.

The review will be conducted by the SEQA Eastern Regional Office and will include representatives from the school district. The review process will involve a review of school records of a representative sample of students with disabilities, classroom visitations and interviews. In addition, meetings of the committee on special education will be observed. Further information may be obtained by contacting the SEQA Eastern Regional Office at (518) 483-6366 and/or by contacting the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District at (518) 756-5200 Ext: 3032.

 

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Child Find

The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District is committed to assuring all children, including children who are homeless children or are wards of the State and children attending private schools, and who may be in need of special education and related services, are identified, located, and evaluated . Parents and Guardians who are concerned with their children's learning, social skills, behavior, speech/language, motor or physical development can connect with their county of residence (if under 3 years of age) or- if school age - the principal of their school, to make a referral for evaluation.

Contacts:

For children under three years of age:

  • Albany County Department for Children, Youth and Families - (518) 447-4820

  • Greene County Public Health Nursing Service – (518) 719-3600

For children 3-21 years of age:

School Principals

· RCSHS - Tom DiAcetis (518) 756-5200 Extension 200

· RCSCSD MS - Pam Black (518) 756-5200 Extension 3000

· PB Coeymans Elementary School - Hakim Jones (58) 756-5200 Extension 4000

· AW Becker Elementary School - Tricia Carlton (518) 756-5200 Extension 5000

Office of Special Services - (518) 756-5200 Extension 3082 (Prek – Grade 5) - (518) 756-5200 Extension 3033 (Grades 6-12))

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