Annual Notifications

Schalmont CSD is required to provide the following notifications to parents on an annual basis.

Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR)

Student Use of Personal Technology

In April 2015, the Board of Education approved a policy regarding the use of personal technology during instructional and non-instructional time. Read the policy here.

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 here.

¿Tiene sospechas de abuso o negligencia infantil? ¡Repórtalo ahora! 1-800-342-3720. ¿Peligro inmediato? Llame 911.

Code of Conduct

The District’s Code of Conduct is available here.

Student Dress Code

The Student Dress Code is available here.

District Wellness Policy

The District Wellness Policy is available here.

Facility Use Policies

Interested in using space in Schalmont School District? Please see our Facility Use webpage.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

FERPA affords parents and students over 18 years of age (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records. These rights are:

  • The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the school receives a request for access.
  • The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA.
  • The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
  • The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the school district to comply with the requirements of FERPA.

FERPA requires that the school district, with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child’s education records. However, the school district may disclose appropriately designated “directory information” without written consent, unless you have advised the district to the contrary in accordance with district procedures.

More information from the Department of Education.

FERPA Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA)

PPRA affords parents certain rights regarding our conduct of surveys, collection and use of information for marketing purposes and certain physical exams. More information.

Lockdown Drills

Schalmont CSD, in conjunction with Rotterdam Police Department, conduct four state-mandated lockdown drills each school year.

Maintenance of Records

Schalmont CSD, in compliance with Public Law 94-192, maintains in each of its schools, programs for students who have been identified as having a disability. The confidential records of students with disabilities are kept in the Committee of Special Education files, located at Schalmont Middle School. The committee designates, in writing, school personnel who have access to these records. The individual child’s records are always available for inspection and review by the child’s parents. Call Director of Pupil Personnel Services Shari Rosato at 518-355-9200 ext. 4019 for more information.

Non-Discrimination Notice

Schalmont CSD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs, activities, employment and admissions; and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.

For questions, please contact Director of Pupil Personnel Services Shari Rosato at 518-355-9200 Ext. 4019 or srosato@schalmont.net.

Inquiries concerning the application of Schalmont CSD’s non-discrimination policies may also be referred to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), 32 Old Slip, 26th Floor, New York, NY 10005, Phone: 646-428-3800 (voice) or 800-877-8339 (TTY).

Parents’ Bill of Rights for Data Privacy and Security

Schalmont CSD is committed to ensuring student privacy in accordance with local, state and federal regulations as well as district policies. Read the Parents’ Bill of Rights for Data Privacy and Security.

Pesticide Notification

Schalmont CSD is required to notify our community that pesticide products may be used in school buildings throughout the year. Parents, guardians, and staff may request 48-hour advance written notification, including the date and place where the pesticide will be used, the name of the pesticide and its EPA registration number and who to contact for more information. To be placed on the list, please call District Office Secretary Wendy Dixon at 518-355-9200 ext. 4001.

Asbestos Management Plan (Annual Notification of Availability)

In accordance with the EPA’s Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) of 1987 (40 CFR Part 763), Schalmont CSD is required to give annual notification stating that the Asbestos Management Plan for each building is available and kept in the office of the Operation and Maintenance Supervisor. These records are available for review during normal school business hours.
In addition, in accordance with this act, a six-month periodic surveillance is conducted in each building that contains asbestos. The periodic surveillances will be conducted in March and September of each year.
Before the start of any project we will make sure all building occupants are properly notified and all signage will indicate the scope of the project.
For more information, please contact John O’Donnell, Operation and Maintenance Supervisor of Buildings & Grounds and LEA Asbestos Designee at 518-355-9200 ext. 2004.

School Bus Idling Policy

State Education Law requires that all school districts ensure that every driver of a school bus or other school vehicle turn off the engine of the vehicle while waiting for passengers to load or off load. The law provides for certain exceptions when necessary for heating, mechanical or emergency circumstances. Click on the links below for more information about:

Anti-Harassment Policy

Read the District’s Anti-Harassment Policy here.

State Survey of Students’ Body Mass Index (BMI)

New York State requires schools to track each student’s Body Mass Index (BMI) and weight status category as part of school health examinations. Every year, the NYS Department of Health will survey some schools for the number of pupils in each of six possible weight status categories.

If Schalmont CSD is surveyed by the state, the district will share summary group data only, and will not share individual names or information. Parents who wish to exclude their child’s data from such group calculations must contact the child’s school nurse.

Student Directory Information

From time to time, student directory information (e.g. name, grade, photo, awards, activities) depicting activities in Schalmont CSD is released for use in school district publications, on this website or by the media. Parents who object to the release of their child’s information and/or photograph should notify both the superintendent of schools and their child’s building principal in writing on or before September 15 in any school year.

Title IX

Schalmont CSD hereby advises students, parents, employees, and the general public that if offers employment and educational opportunities, without regard to age, sex, race, color, national origin, or disability. Grievance procedures are available by contacting the Title IX Coordinator Shari Rosato at 518-355-9200 ext. 4019.

Water Testing

In September 2016, New York State required all public school districts to test water for lead. View results.

Website Accessibility Policy

It is the goal of Schalmont CSD that the information contained in our website be accessible to individuals with visual, hearing or cognitive disabilities.

Good faith efforts have been made to ensure that our site complies with New York State standards on website accessibility.

The majority of pages in our site are available in HTML format that can be deciphered by screen readers. Some documents are in Adobe PDF format, which require Adobe Acrobat Reader to view. If you do not already have Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer, you can download it for free from the Adobe website.

If you are unable to access any page(s) or documents on our site, please email communications@schalmont.net with detailed information on the location of the page or document you were attempting to access. Be sure to include your name, email address and phone number so that we may follow up with you to provide you with the information in another format. You may also call the District Office at 518-355-9200, ext. 4001.

Please note that some pages on the Schalmont website contain links to third party sites, which are not within our control and may not comply with accessibility standards. The district is not responsible for the content or accessibility of third-party sites.