Child Abuse Hotline
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/.
Code of Conduct
The Board of Education of Lake George Central School District is committed to providing a safe and orderly school environment where all students may receive and District personnel may deliver quality educational services without disruption or interference.
As a part of the Code of Conduct the district has set policies and procedures that establish a complaint process for non-discrimination and anti-harassment in the district. To view this policy and the procedure, please click this link here.
If you believe you have been subjected to sexual harassment, click here to access the complaint form for sexual harassment in the workplace. The form can be submitted to the district’s Civil Rights Compliance Officer (CRCO).
District Civil Rights Compliance Officer (CRCO): John Luthringer, Superintendent
381 Canada St, Lake George, NY 12845
(518)-668-5452 ext. 1207
Corporal Punishment and Emergency Interventions
Corporal punishment as a means of discipline will not be used against a student by any teacher, administrator, officer, employee, or agent of this District. Whenever a school employee uses physical force against a student, the school employee will immediately report the situation to the building principal or designee who will within the same school day, make a report to the Superintendent describing in detail the circumstances and the nature of the action taken. The Superintendent will submit a written report semi-annually to the Commissioner of Education, with copies to the Board, by January 15 and July 15 of each year, setting forth the substance of each written complaint about the use of corporal punishment received by the District authorities during the reporting period, the results of each investigation, and the action, if any, taken by the school authorities in each case. Click here to view the Lake George Central School District policy on corporal punishment and emergency interventions.
District-Wide Safety Plan
Safety is an underlying theme in everything we do, and we want to remind our school community about the importance we place on student and staff safety every day at the Lake George Central School District. Our District-Wide Safety Plan outlines the way the district addresses critical issues in an effective manner.
Dignity for All Students Act
The Board of Education recognizes that learning environments that are safe and supportive can increase student attendance and improve academic achievement. A student’s ability to learn and achieve high academic standards, and a school’s ability to educate students, can be compromised by incidents of discrimination or harassment. In addition, the Board affirms its commitment to nondiscrimination and recognizes its responsibility to create an environment that is free of harassment and intimidation.
Smart Schools Investment Plan
The Smart Schools Bond Act was passed in the 2014-15 Enacted Budget and approved by the voters in a statewide referendum held during the 2014 General Election on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. The Smart Schools Bond Act (SSBA) authorized the issuance of $2 billion of general obligation bonds to finance improved educational technology and infrastructure to improve learning and opportunity for students throughout the State.
The Act requires that each Smart Schools Investment Plan (SSIP) be thoroughly reviewed and approved by the Smart Schools Review Board prior to a district bidding, contracting or expending any SSBA funds. Not doing so will result in such costs not being eligible for reimbursement with SSBA funds.
Phase 1 of the SSBA plan is outlined below which occurred in 2020 to update our internet and wifi connection capabilities in support of our 1:1 technology device program.
Phase 2 of our proposed SSBA plan is outlined in the presentation below which focuses on using the remaining funds to offset costs associated with upgrading our classroom projectors.
The federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) provides parents/guardians and students who are 18 years of age or older (known as “eligible students”) with certain rights with respect to the student’s education records. Parents/guardians and eligible students have the right to:
- Inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days after the day a request for access is received by the school. These requests should be submitted to Name and/or Position (i.e. the school principal].
- Request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent/guardian or eligible student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights;
- Provide written consent before the school discloses personally identifiable information from the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure
- File a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the 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.
The link to the school policy can be found by clicking here.
Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA)
PPRA defines the rules states and school districts must follow when administering tools like surveys, analysis, and evaluations funded by the US Department of Education to students. It requires parental approval to administer many such tools and ensures that school districts have policies in place regarding how the data collected through these tools can be used. The link to the school policy can be found by clicking here.
Release of Student Directory Information
The district has the option under FERPA of designating certain categories of student information as “directory information.” The Board directs that “directory information” include a student’s name, address (except information about a homeless student’s living situation, as described below), telephone number, date of birth, place of birth, major course of study, participation in school activities or sports, weight and height if a member of an athletic team, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, most recent school attended, photograph, e-mail address, grade level, and enrollment status.
Information about a homeless student’s living situation will be treated as a student educational record, and will not be deemed directory information. A parent/guardian or eligible student may elect, but cannot be compelled, to consent to release of a student’s address information in the same way they would for other student education records. The district’s McKinney-Vento liaison shall take reasonable measures to provide homeless students with information on educational, employment, or other postsecondary opportunities and other beneficial activities.
Social security numbers, student identification numbers or other personally identifiable information will not be considered directory information.
Students who opt out of having directory information shared are still required to disclose their student ID cards.
Once the proper FERPA notification is given by the district, a parent/guardian or eligible student will have 14 days to notify the district of any objections they have to any of the “directory information” designations. If no objection is received, the district may release this information without prior approval of the parent/guardian or eligible student for the release. Once the eligible student or parent/guardian provides the “opt-out,” it will remain in effect after the student is no longer enrolled in the district.
The district may elect to provide a single notice regarding both directory information and information disclosed to military recruiters and institutions of higher education.
It is the policy of the Lake George Central School District to provide a learning and working environment that is safe, welcoming and free from discrimination on the basis of sex. Title IX requires the school district not to discriminate. View the district’s Title IX Board of Education policy. Reports of sexual harassment can be made at any time, including during non-business hours using the telephone number or email address, or by mailing to the office address listed for the for the Title IX Coordinator.
Lake George Elementary School Coordinator: James Conway, Principal
Lake George Jr.-Sr. High School Coordinator: Francis Cocozza, Principal
Title I Parent and Family Engagement Policy
The District will collaborate with parents and other members to help students participating in Title I programs reach their full academic potential and to improve the District’s overall academic quality. As part of its collaboration, the District will conduct outreach; plan and implement programs, activities, and procedures for parent and family member engagement; and consult meaningfully with parents and family members. Parent and family engagement policy will be accessible to parents and community members by means including but not limited to: district website, hard copies upon request and informational events hosted by each building.