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Accessibility
It is the goal of the South Seneca Central School District that the information on our website be accessible to individuals with visual, hearing, motor or cognitive disabilities.

Good faith efforts have been made to ensure that our site complies with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, set forth by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to the best of our technical ability.

The majority of pages in our site are available in HTML format that can be deciphered by assistive technologies. 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 our District Webmaster with detailed information on the location of the page or document you were attempting to access. Be sure to provide us with your name and contact information so that we may provide you with the information in another format.

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

Asbestos Management Plan
In accordance with the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA), the District will inform all employees and building occupants (or their legal guardians) about all asbestos inspections, response actions, post-response action activities, as well as triennial re-inspection activities and surveillance activities that are either planned or in progress. The District will provide yearly notification to parent, teacher, and employee organizations on the availability of the District's asbestos management plan and any asbestos-related actions taken or planned in the school.

Attendance
Attendance is a critical factor for student success in school. Consistent school attendance, improved academic performance and school completion have a positive correlation. Therefore, it is the policy of the South Seneca Central School District to promote a sound attendance policy, which, in turn, will lead to the development of skills, habits, understanding and knowledge for the success of all of our students. New York State law requires a parent to provide an excuse for a student’s absence or tardiness. If a student is absent from school, he or she may not attend a school event or participate in any school activity being held on that same day.

Body Mass Index Reporting Policy
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 South Seneca Central School District is surveyed by the state, the district will share summary group data only, not individual names or information. Parents who wish to exclude their child’s data from such group calculations must contact the child’s school nurse.

Disclosure of Secondary Student Information to the Military
Pursuant to the federal No Child Left Behind Act, the South Seneca Central School District upon request will disclose students’ names, addresses and telephone listings to military recruiters. Parents and students can request the district not release such information without prior written parental consent.

Education of Homeless Children and Youth
South Seneca Central School District recognizes the unique challenges that face homeless students and will provide these students with access to the same free, appropriate public education, including public preschool education, as other children and youth and access to educational and other services necessary to be successful in school, and will ensure that they are not separated from the mainstream school environment. The district is also committed to eliminating barriers to the identification, enrollment, attendance, or success of homeless students.

FERPA: Access to Student Records

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) gives students over 18 years of age and parents the right to review certain educational records. Pursuant to law, the following records are available for review:

  • the guidance folder, which contains standardized test scores, biographical data and elementary progress reports;
  • academic records for grades seven through 12;
  • cumulative health records;
  • attendance records;
  • student disciplinary records reflecting superintendent’s hearings in which the student has been found guilty and letters and/or records of school suspension lasting five days or less;
  • school medical records maintained at the school nurse’s office that contain the student’s medical history;
  • pupil service records that include psychological reports maintained by school personnel.

These records are confidential and cannot be released without the prior written consent of the parent or guardian. The law does provide for limited exceptions to the prior consent requirement, e.g., certain school employees or state or federal officials have a legitimate purpose for needing access to information contained in the students’ records.

The Board of Education has established a policy for maintaining the confidentiality of student education records, and for providing access to such records for parental review. Copies of this policy are available in the district office. Applications for access to student records also are available in the district office. Please direct any questions about the right to review student records to the respective building principal.

Idling School Buses on School Grounds
New York Codes, Rules and Regulations require that the engine of a bus or truck powered by diesel fuel shall not idle for more than five consecutive minutes when the bus or truck is not in motion except when a bus or truck is forced to maintain motionless because of the traffic conditions over which the operator thereof has no control or when state regulations require the maintenance of a specific temperature for passenger comfort.

Non-discrimination Notice
South Seneca Central School District has adopted policies in compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1980 and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin or sex in the recruitment of employees, in pay or benefits, or in access by students to educational programs and facilities, course offerings or student activities. Inquiries may be directed to the superintendent at the district office, 7263 Main Street Ovid, NY 14521, (607) 869-9636, szielinski@southseneca.org. 

Pesticide Notice
South Seneca Central School District practices Integrated Pest Management to keep pests a safe distance away from students, staff and property, while limiting the use of pesticides.

New York State Education Law requires school districts to notify parents/guardians, faculty and staff about the potential use of pesticides periodically throughout the school year. Further, the state requires us to maintain a list of those who wish to receive 48-hour prior written notification of certain pesticide applications. The following pesticide applications are not subject to prior notification requirement:

  • anti-microbial products;
  • non-volatile rodenticides in tamper-resistant bait stations in areas inaccessible to children;
  • non-volatile insecticidal baits in tamper-resistant bait stations in areas inaccessible to children;
  • silica gels and other non-volatile, ready-to-use pastes, foams or gels in areas inaccessible to children;
  • boric acid and disodium octaborate tetrahydrate;
  • the application of EPA-designated bio-pesticides;
  • the application of EPA-designated 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.

To receive 48-hour prior notification of pesticide applications scheduled to occur in a school, please contact Director of Facilities, (315) 869-9636, ext. 4135.

Student Privacy
The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) to the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents certain rights regarding district surveys, collection and use of information for marketing purposes, and certain physical exams. Parents may exercise their right to excuse their child from participating in any survey created by a third party (before it is distributed to students) and questionnaires intended to collect personal information from students for marketing purposes.

Teacher Qualification Requests
In accordance with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, parents/guardians are entitled to information about the professional qualifications of their children’s classroom teachers. This includes 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 instructional aides or similar paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications. To obtain this information, call the district office at (315) 869-9636.

Title I
In keeping with the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, please be advised that you may request information regarding the professional qualifications of your child's teacher/s and paraprofessional staff. Parents have the Right-to-Know the following information:
  1. Whether your child's teacher has met State qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction;
  2. Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which State qualification or licensing criteria have been waived;
  3. The baccalaureate degree major of the teacher and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree; and
  4. Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.

Parents may request information regarding the professional qualifications of their child's classroom teacher(s) and paraprofessional staff at any time.