Annual Fire Inspection
In accordance with New York education law, Lansing Central School District is required to publish a public notice of the filing of its annual fire inspection report within 20 days of filing it with the New York State Education Department (NYSED). It must be published at least once in the designated official newspaper of the district or a newspaper in general circulation for its postal area. For more information on annual fire inspection notices, please contact the district clerk at (607) 533-3020, ext. 4000.Notice is hereby given that the annual inspection for 2020 of the school buildings of the Lansing Central School District for the fire hazards which might endanger the lives of students, teachers, employees therein, has been completed and the reports thereof are available at the office of the Lansing Central School District at 284 Ridge Rd, Lansing, NY 14882 for inspection by all interested persons.
Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR)
All Lansing Central School District parents or legal guardians have the right to obtain the Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) quality ratings and composite effectiveness scores for their child’s current teacher(s) and principal(s) once the scores are officially available in accordance with state law. All requests must be submitted in writing on a school-provided form.
Asbestos Management Plan
In accordance with the EPA's Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) of 1987 (40 CFR Part 763), the Lansing Central School District is required to give annual notification stating that the Asbestos Management Plan for each building is available for public review. The plan is currently kept in the Buildings and Grounds Department. 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. 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 Building and Grounds Supervisor at (607) 533-3020, ext. 4000.
Body Mass Index (BMI) Screening
New York State requires schools to track each student's Body Mass Index (BMI) and weight status category as part of school health examinations for students in grades 2, 4, 7 and 10. Every year, the New York State Department of Health will survey some schools for the number of pupils in each of six possible weight status categories. If Lansing Central School District 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 their child's school nurse in writing.
Computer Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)
View our Computer Acceptable Use Policy.
Comprehensive Attendance Policy
Community use of district buildings is encouraged by the Board of Education. Fees are charged to defray associated expenses. Interested groups should make arrangements by contacting the district clerk at (607) 533-3020, ext. 4000. Since facilities are used extensively by many groups, requests should be made early. Liability insurance coverage is required.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
As required under FERPA, the district would like to inform parents/guardians, and students 18 years of age or older currently in attendance, to their right to:
- Inspect and review the student's education records,
- Request that records be amended to ensure that they are accurate and not misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student's privacy or other rights, and
- Control disclosures from the student's education records, with certain exceptions.
For access to student records, please contact the Office of the Superintendent at Lansing Central School District, 284 Ridge Road, Lansing, NY 14882, (607)-533-3020, ext. 4000.
Freedom of Information Law (FOIL)
New York State’s Freedom of Information Law (“FOIL”), codified as the Public Officers Law, Article 6, §§84-90, allows members of the public the right to access government records, with certain Exceptions that are enumerated in §87(2). The full text of FOIL and other information about the law is available at the New York State Committee on Open Government’s website.
- What is a Record?
The Freedom of Information Law defines a record to be any information kept, held, filed, produced or reproduced by, with, or for an agency or the state legislature, in any physical form whatsoever. Under the law, all records are accessible, except records or portions of records that fall within one of nine categories of deniable records as stated in §87(2) of the Public Officer’s Law. Furthermore, the law provides access to existing records, and therefore, an agency need not create a record in response to a request.
Latex Allergy Alert
Latex allergy is dramatically on the rise. In fact, some of our students is severely allergic to all forms of latex products which in this case can be life threatening. Exposure at even very low levels can trigger allergic reactions in some sensitized individuals, leading to serious respiratory side effects such as runny nose, itchy eyes, scratchy throat, breathing difficulty, coughing spells and wheezing.
It is unrealistic for the Lansing Central School District to be able to ban latex from being brought into all of our school buildings. We recognize that it is difficult, if not impossible, to completely avoid all latex allergy-causing products because they can be hidden or accidentally introduced. Instead of a ban, school employees need to cooperatively form a safety net around those children at risk. Knowledge about latex containing products among school personnel, students and parents is a key factor for reducing the risk of a severe latex reaction. Staff should become aware of products containing latex and to use alternatives whenever possible.
- Latex-containing products (partial list): Balloons, surgical gloves, band-aids, rubber bands, pencil erasers, some shoes and articles of clothing, art supplies, and certain sporting equipment such as tennis balls.
- Possible substitutes for latex-containing products: In some cases, mylar can be used as a substitute for latex (i.e., balloons). Vinyl or non-latex disposable gloves should be used in science labs and spill kits. Also, vinyl erasers should be used as an alternative to unidentified pencil erasers. Non-latex gloves should be used throughout the school. Non-latex medical supplies should be used. Barriers need to be provided between skin and any latex product if no alternative is available (i.e., gym floors and mats).
The school nurse in each building will take a lead role so that everyone understands what products can cause a latex allergy, what the symptoms of an allergic reaction are, what action to take, and where medications are stored. The school nurse will develop a system of identifying children with life-threatening allergies and be prepared to deal with allergic reactions that may occur despite precautions.
"No Idling" Policy
The Board of Education recognizes the need to promote the health and safety of students and staff and to protect the environment from harmful emissions found in bus exhaust, in particular diesel exhaust, by eliminating the unnecessary idling of all school buses on school property including all schools within the District or at any school or school related activities to which District students are transported. For purposes of this policy, an “idling school bus” shall mean a school bus that is parked or stopped at a school or other location and has its engine running. This policy applies to the operation of every District-owned and/or contracted school bus as well as other District-owned vehicles (i.e., maintenance trucks). The District shall strive to eliminate all unnecessary idling of school buses and District-owned vehicles such that idling time is minimized in all aspects of operation.
State education law now 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.
Non-Discrimination Policy/Equal Opportunity Policy
Title IX of the federal government's education amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender, race, national origin, creed, age, or handicap as defined by law in education programs benefiting from federal assistance. The Lansing Central School District complies with the Title IX provisions in its educational programs and activities.
New York's Dignity for All Students Act and Lansing Central School District’s Board of Education policy prohibits discrimination based on race, color, gender, creed, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, military status or marital status and will not tolerate any form of unlawful discrimination or harassment. Any parent, student or district employee who believes they have been discriminated against based upon race, color, gender, creed, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, military status or marital status should contact one of the district’s Title IX Compliance Officer: Business Administrator, Kate Heath at (607) 533-3020, ext. 4002.
Notification of Section 504 Compliance
It is the policy of the Lansing Central School District not to discriminate against any otherwise qualified individual with a disability, solely by reason of his/her disability, in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, any program or activity sponsored by this school district. Inquiries regarding compliance with this policy should be directed to Colleen Valletta, Section 504 Coordinator, Lansing Central School District, 264 Ridge Road, Lansing, NY 14882, phone (607) 533-3020, ext.4412 or to the Office of Civil Rights, US Department of Education, Washington DC.
Notification of Releases of Level 3 Sex Offenders
The Board of Education recognizes its responsibility to ensure the safety and well-being of its students with respect to the notification of parents and staff regarding the release from prison of sex offenders who then choose to reside within school district boundaries. The Board of Education acknowledges the efforts of the New York State Division of Parole, the Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) and local law enforcement agencies to inform the district when persons with a history of sex offenses against children are being paroled into the community. The purpose of such notification is to enlist the assistance of district personnel in identifying such persons so that the Division and local law enforcement personnel may act to prevent any new criminal activity. The district shall cooperate with the police and parole agencies in this endeavor.
The Board directs the Superintendent of Schools to ensure the dissemination of any identifying information provided by the Division of Parole and local law enforcement agencies regarding level 3 sex offenders only to parents and employees. The list of employees receiving the information will include teachers, administrators, supervisors, bus drivers, monitors, security personnel, teaching assistants, office staff, coaches, etc. Staff members shall notify their supervisor or the principal immediately if they observe any suspicious person(s) in an area where children congregate. In turn, the supervisor or administrator shall be directed to contact law enforcement agencies, if a paroled sex offender is so observed.
The Superintendent of Schools shall notify parents of students about the release of level 3 sex offender information and remind them of the security measures and personal safety instruction provided at school. The Superintendent shall establish any necessary regulations for implementing this policy with the advice of the school attorney.
Parents’ Bill of Rights for Data Privacy and Security
The Lansing Central School District is committed to ensuring student privacy in accordance with local, state and federal regulations and district policies. To this end and pursuant to U.S. Department of Education (DOE) regulations (Education Law §2-d), the district is providing a Parents’ Bill of Rights for Data Privacy and Security. The Lansing Central School District is committed to ensuring student privacy in accordance with local, state and federal regulations and district policies. To this end and pursuant to U.S. Department of Education (DOE) regulations (Education Law §2-d), the district is providing the following Parents’ Bill of Rights for Data Privacy and Security:
A student’s personally identifiable information cannot be sold or released for any commercial or marketing purposes.
Parents have the right to inspect and review the complete contents of their child’s education record, including any student data maintained by the Lansing Central School District. This right of inspection of records is consistent with the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Under the more recently adopted regulations (Education Law §2-d), the rights of inspection are extended to include data, meaning parents have the right to inspect or receive copies of any data in their child’s educational record. The New York State Education Department (SED) will develop further policies and procedures related to these rights in the future.
State and federal laws protect the confidentiality of personally identifiable information and safeguards associated with industry standards and best practices, including but not limited to, encryption, firewalls and password protection, must be in place when data is stored or transferred.
A complete list of all student data elements collected by the state is available for public review. Parents may also obtain a copy of this list by writing to the Office of Information & Reporting Services, New York State Education Department, Room 863 EBA, 89 Washington Avenue, Albany, N.Y. 12234.
Pesticide NoticeNew York State Education Law Section 409-H, effective July 1, 2001, requires all public and nonpublic elementary and secondary schools to provide written notification to all persons in parental relation, faculty and staff regarding the potential use of pesticides periodically throughout the school year. LCSD 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;
Nonvolatile rodenticides in tamper resistant bait stations in areas inaccessible to children;
Nonvolatile insecticidal baits in tamper resistant bait stations in areas inaccessible to children;
Silica gel 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;
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 that are scheduled to occur in your school, please contact the LCSD Director of Facilities at (607) 533-4766.Public Relations Use of Student Data/Photos
From time to time, school district officials may release student information (name, address, grade level, photograph, artwork, academic interest, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, terms of school attendance and graduation, awards received, future educational plans, etc.) for use in school district publications and within district websites and district social media sites, or to the media for public relations purposes.
Parents who object to the release of their child's information and/or photograph should notify both their child's building principal and school secretary in writing on or before September 15 in any school year.
Release of Children from School
Board of Education policy provides for the release of children from school to authorized persons only. Each year, parents will be asked to designate, in writing, any persons so authorized.Safety PlanView the District Safety Plan.Website AccessibilityView our School Website Accessibility Policy.
The Lansing Central School District is committed to developing healthy schools that support student learning and create an environment conducive to the health and well-being for faculty, staff and all students, while also supporting parents in accomplishing this goal. To that end, the Board of Education has adopted a policy that addresses: nutritional standards of foods and beverages sold on school grounds; physical education; extra-curricular activities; recess; emotional wellness; staff wellness; nutrition education and student awareness; community wellness and knowledge; and health education.