Policies

Asbestos Management Plan

In accordance with the EPA Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act, the Glens Falls City School District has in place an asbestos management plan to identify and manage asbestos building materials. The Asbestos Management Plan (AMP) for the district is kept on file at the district office at 15 Quade Street, Glens Falls. These records are available for review during regular business hours (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) or by making an appointment. For more information, contact the district office at 792-1212. Information about required inspections and any scheduled asbestos projects occurring this school year is contained within the AMP.

Child Find Program

The district has an obligation to offer a free and appropriate public education to students with disabilities who are residents of the district. With parental consent, district staff evaluates students who may require specialized instruction and/or other accommodations to access and benefit from the educational services and programs our schools offer. If you believe your child has a disability that requires specialized instruction or accommodations, you are encouraged to contact your child’s building principal or the Office of Special Education at 518-793-7395 to discuss whether a referral to the Committee on Special Education or the 504 Team is appropriate.

Child Protective Services Investigations

Consistent with the district’s commitment to keep students safe from harm and the obligation of school officials to report to child protective services when they have reasonable cause to suspect that a student has been abused or maltreated, the district will cooperate with local child protective services workers who wish to conduct interviews of students on school property relating to allegations of suspected child abuse, and/or neglect, or custody investigations.

All requests by child protective services to interview a student on school property shall be made directly to the building principal or his or her designee. The building principal or his or her designee shall set the time and place of the interview. The building principal or his or her designee shall decide if it is necessary and appropriate for a school official to be present during the interview, depending on the age of the student being interviewed and the nature of the allegations. If the nature of the allegations is such that it may be necessary for the student to remove any of his or her clothing in order for the child protective services worker to verify the allegations, the school nurse or other district medical personnel must be present during that portion of the interview. No student may be required to remove his or her clothing in front of a child protective services worker or school district official of the opposite sex.

A child protective services worker may not remove a student from school property without a court order, unless the worker reasonably believes that the student would be subject to danger or abuse if not he or she was not removed from school before a court order can reasonably be obtained. If the worker believes the student would be subject to danger of abuse, the worker may remove the student without a court order and without the parent’s consent.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Policy

New York State Education Law requires the district 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 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;
  • Nonvolatile rodenticides or insecticidal baits in tamper resistant bait stations, silica gels and other nonvolatile ready-to-use pastes, foams or gels in areas inaccessible to children;
  • Boric acid and disodium octaborate tetrahydrate;
  • The application of EPA designated biopesticides or exempt materials under 40CFR152.25;
  • The use of aerosol products with a directed 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 contact Ken Chester, Director of Facilities & Transportation, at 31 Glenwood Avenue, or by phone at 518-792-2706.

Section 504 Grievance Procedure

The Glens Falls City School District does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission, access to services, treatment or employment in its programs and activities. Any complaints of discrimination in violation of federal law should be addressed through the following grievance procedure:

STEP 1: Informal Discussion with Coordinator

Complainants are encouraged to try to resolve problems promptly through informal dispute resolution. The complainant should meet with the building Principal to discuss his/her complaint. The Principal will investigate, documenting all steps (including dates and nature of meetings, disposition and dates of disposition), and will reply in writing to the complainant within five working days of the initial meeting.

STEP 2: Written Complaint

If the complaint is not satisfactorily resolved through Step 1, the complainant may file a written grievance with Section 504 coordinator within 10 working days of disposition at Step 1.
The written complaint must include: a clear statement of the alleged violation; the remedy sought by the complainant; and the complainant’s signature and the date.

The district’s Section 504 coordinator will conduct a full investigation of the grievance and will prepare a written report of the investigation that will include:

• A clear statement of allegations of the grievant and remedy sought.
• A statement of the facts as contended by each party.
• A statement of the facts as found by the coordinator and evidence to support each fact.
• A narrative describing attempts to resolve the grievance.
• The coordinator’s conclusions on whether the grievance is valid.

If the coordinator believes the grievance is valid, the coordinator will recommend appropriate action to the Superintendent of schools.

The report will be filed with the Superintendent within 15 days of receipt of the written grievance. A copy of the report will be provided to the complainant.

If the Superintendent agrees with the recommendations of the coordinator, the recommendations will be implemented.

STEP 3: Appeal to School Board

If the complaint is not satisfactorily resolved through Step 2, the complainant may file a written appeal to the Board of Education. The appeal, which must be filed within 10 days of the Superintendent’s decision, must include copies of the disposition at Step 1, if applicable, the written complaint, the coordinator’s report and the Superintendent’s decision at Step 2.

The appeal will be considered at the next regularly scheduled meeting as long as the appeal is filed at least five working days before the meeting. Within 10 working days of considering the appeal, the board will issue a written decision through the Superintendent’s Office.

OCR Complaint

At any stage of this grievance procedure, the complainant has the right to file formal complaints with the District Section 504 coordinator: Paul Jenkins, Superintendent, Glens Falls City Schools, 15 Quade Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801.

Staff Qualifications

Pursuant to the No Child Left Behind Act, parents may request information about the professional qualifications of their child’s classroom teachers including whether the teacher has State certification for the classes being taught; the teacher’s bachelor’s degree major and any other certifications or degrees by field or discipline; and whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.

Requests for the above information may be directed in writing to the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Trent Clay, 15 Quade Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801 or 518-792-0107.