Policies and Procedures

Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR)

Schalmont’s Annual Professional Performance Review Plans are available here, as required by New York State. Families have the right to view the APPR quality ratings and composite effectiveness scores for their child’s current teacher and principal. Please contact Superintendent Dr. Thomas Reardon at treardon@schalmont.net to initiate the request.

Asbestos Management Plan

As required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Schalmont CSD maintains asbestos management plans for district buildings. The plans are available for review during normal business hours. Please contact Facilites Director John O’Donnell at jodonnell@schalmont.net or 518-355-9200 ext. 2004 for more information.

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 on the NYS Office of Child Family Services website.

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

Data Privacy & Security Information

Information about Parents’ Bill of Rights for Data Privacy and Security, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Directory Information and Schalmont’s Data Privacy Security, Breach and Notification Policy is available here.

Dignity for All Students Policy

Schalmont’s Diginity for All Students Policy is available here.

Dignity Act Coordinators

Jefferson Elementary School
Schalmont Middle School
Schalmont High School

Fire Inspections

As required by New York State, Schalmont completed all fire inspections for the 2023-24 school year on October 16, 2023. Reports are available in the Facilities Department. Please contact Facilities Director John O’Donnell for more information.

Freedom of Information Law

For access to Schalmont CSD’s records under the NYS Freedom of Information Law, please submit a letter or email to Interim District Clerk Brenda Leitt detailing the records that you are interested in viewing or copying. The information should be as specific as possible. The letter may be mailed to Brenda Leitt, Schalmont Central School District, Business Office, 4 Sabre Drive, Schenectady, NY 12306 or email to bleitt@schalmont.net. More information about FOIL is available on the Committee on Open Government website.

GEER Grant Funding

As part of requirements for New York’s Governor’s Emergency Educational Relief Fund (GEER Fund), school districts are required to share with our community the plans for the funding. Schalmont is using the aid to offset what we anticipate losing in State Aid to support our mental health staff, Academic Intervention and Remedial services, software to assist maintenance of skills, technology maintenance, and HVAC improvements for our schools. If you have a question, please contact the District Office at 518-355-9200.

Integrated Pest Management 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 Donna Woods at 518-355-9200 ext. 4001.

Instructional Technology Plan

Schalmont CSD is required to maintain an Instructional Technology Plan to help support achievement and engagement through integration of technology into teaching and learning, improve learning experiences for students and increase equitable access to technology-rich learning experiences for students and staff.

Lead Testing

New York State requires school districts to test water for lead every five years. Any fixtures in school buildings that tested higher than the allowable levels for lead were turned off, fixed or marked with signage that they are for hand-washing only. Here are the latest testing results.

Military Recruiters and Institutes of Higher Education Access to High School Student Information

School districts are required to provide names, addresses and telephone numbers of 11th and 12th grade students to military recruiters and colleges. However, if parents, guardians or students do not want the school to share this information, you can opt-out by letting the High School know. If you do not want to disclose this information, please fill out this form and return it to the High School Main Office. You can submit the form anytime during your school career. The form can also be filled out for 9th and 10th grade students and we will keep it on file to ensure your information is not provided. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Principal Matthew Heckman at mheckman@schalmont.net or 518-355-6110 ext. 3002.

New York State Report Cards

Schools districts are required to make report card and accountability report information available on our district website. View the state report card here.

Non-Discrimination Policy

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 Academic and Instructional Support Services Armine Gonzalez at 518-355-9200 Ext. 4019 or agonzalez@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).

Release of Student Directory Information

As part of Schalmont’s efforts to celebrate the achievements of our students, information such as name, grades or photos may be shared on the school website, social media or district publications. Parents who do not want to release this information should contact their school’s Main Office. More information on our Data Privacy & Security Information webpage.

School Bus Idling on School Grounds

State law requires school districts to take steps to minimize the idling of the engines of school buses and other school vehicles on school grounds. While students are boarding and departing school buses, the engine should be turned off. Students should be instructed about the importance of getting on and off buses in an orderly and efficient fashion to minimize loading and unloading time. Bus engines should also be off while parked at sporting events and other school activities. Exceptions to this “no idling” policy can be made in cases of emergency, mechanical issues or for necessary heating.

School Counseling/Guidance Programs

School districts are required to develop district-wide and building-level comprehensive developmental school counseling guidance plans. Schalmont’s plan is available here.

School Safety Plans

Schools are required to maintain a district-wide safety plan to prevent or minimize the effects of violent incidents and emergencies and to facilities the coordination of schools and school districts with local and county resources in the event of such incidents or emergencies. View Schalmont’s district-wide safety plan here.

Smart Schools Investment Plan

As required by New York State, Schalmont’s Smart Schools Investment Plan is available here.

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 Armine Gonzalez at 518-355-9200 ext. 4019.

    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 Director of Communications Jason McCord at  jmccord@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. 4006.

    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.

    Workplace Violence Prevention Program

    Schalmont’s Workplace Violence Prevention Program is available here.