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 online at http://ocfs.ny.gov/programs/cps/.
Code of Conduct
District-wide School Safety Plan
As required by state education law, the Voorheesville Central School District maintains a district-wide safety plan and must post this plan on its website. This plan is designed to prevent or minimize the effects of violent incidents and emergencies and to facilitate the coordination of schools and school districts with local and county resources in the event of such incidents or emergencies. Voorheesville Central School District’s plan is available here.
New York state requires school districts to develop a continuity of operations plan and make it available. The Voorheesville Central School District is providing the following plan so stakeholders are aware of the district’s plans in the event of an ongoing public health emergency involving communicable disease. Voorheesville Central School District’s continuity of operations plan is available here.
Dignity for All Students Act
Voorheesville Central School District complies with the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) passed into law effective July 1, 2012. Student harassment is prohibited on school property or at school functions. Harassment is defined as conduct, or verbal threats, intimidation or abuse that interferes with a student’s educational performance, benefits or opportunities, emotional or physical well-being or which causes a student to fear for his or her safety. This extends to cyber bullying that occurs on or off school property. Also prohibited is student discrimination based on a person’s actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientations, gender, or sex. Any person having reasonable cause to suspect that a student is being subjected to discrimination or harassment should report the suspicions to the building principal. People who report such incidents in good faith are immune from civil liability and from retaliation. Please refer to the posted Code of Conduct for more information.
If you wish to report an incident or series of incidents of bullying and/or harassment, please request a Dignity for All Students Complaint Form from your school’s DASA coordinator:
- District Bullying Prevention Coordinator:
Mr. Frank Macri, Superintendent
518-765-3313 ext. 104
- Elementary Dignity for All Students (DASA) Coordinator:
Mrs. Kristin Huntsman
518-765-2382 ext. 203
- Middle School Dignity for All Students (DASA) Coordinator:
Mr. Daniel Bartoszek, Middle School Counselor
518-765-3314 ext. 420
- High School Dignity for All Students (DASA) Coordinator:
Mr. Joseph Sapienza, High School Athletic Director/Dean
518-765-3314 ext. 208
For more information and/or Board of Education policies regarding Dignity for All Students you may click on the links (PDFs) below:
- Board of Education Policy 0100: Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination
- Board of Education Policy 0110: Sexual Harassment
- Board of Education Policy 0115: Student Harassment, Hazing, or Bullying Prevention & Intervention
- Board of Education Policy 5300: Code of Conduct
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 New York State 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 improvements in educational technology, infrastructure and security. The Voorheesville Central School District has been allocated $483,870 for this purpose. This will be paid to the District by New York State as reimbursement for expenses incurred under the plan.
Annual Required Notifications
Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR): Obtaining Teacher/Principal APPR Scores
New York State Education Law requires each classroom teacher and school principal to receive an annual professional performance review (APPR) that results in a composite effectiveness score and rating. All parents/guardians have the right to obtain the APPR quality ratings and composite effectiveness scores for their child’s current teacher(s) and principal(s) once they are available. To initiate this request, please contact the superintendent’s office at 518-765-3313.
Body Mass Index
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 New York State Department of Health surveys some schools for the number of students in each weight status category. If Voorheesville Central School District is surveyed by the state, the district will share summary group data only and will not share summary group calculations. In order to opt out of the sharing of this data, parents must contact your child’s school nurse.
Grade Promotion and Placement Policy
Decisions about student promotion and placement are at the discretion of the building principal. These decisions are guided by recommendations of teachers and staff members, past academic performance and parent/guardian input. Past academic performance refers to a variety of indicators of student achievement and growth. The district’s promotion and placement policy was adopted by the board of education following a review by the district administration.
Integrated Pest Management
New York State Education Law requires schools to provide written notification to all parents/guardians and staff members regarding the potential use of pesticides periodically throughout the school year. The district maintains a list of all individuals who wish to receive 48-hour prior written notification of certain pesticide applications. If you would like to receive 48-hour notifications of pesticide applications that are scheduled to occur, please contact Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations James Southard at 518-765-3313 ext. 102. 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. Some pesticide applications are not subject to notification requirements, including anti-microbial products, EPA-designated biopesticides and exempt materials, and when a school remains unoccupied for a continuous 72-hours following an application. For more information on requirements, please contact the school’s pesticide representative, Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations James Southard at 518-765-3313 ext. 102.
In Sept. 2016, a state law went into effect that requires all public school districts to test water for lead. The law requires school districts to sample all water outlets currently or potentially used for drinking or cooking purposes in buildings that may be occupied by students and to submit those samples to a state-approved lab for analysis. Regulations call for testing to take place again in 2020 (extended to June 30, 2021 due to COVID-19) and every five years thereafter, unless the state Commissioner of Health requires testing sooner.
The state established an action level of 15 micrograms of lead per liter, typically referred to as “parts per billion (ppb).” If a sample from a water outlet exceeds this level, schools must take steps to prevent the use of the outlet for drinking or cooking purposes until it is remediated and follow-up testing confirms it is no longer above the action level.
School districts are required to report the results of all water testing to the state Department of Health, the state Education Department and the local health department, and to post the results—along with remediation plans, if required—on the official district website. Our results are below:
As required by New York state, Voorheesville Central School District tested faucets throughout the district for levels of lead. The district had all locations that were previously tested in 2016 resampled for thoroughness, understanding that areas already labeled as not suitable for drinking could come back with higher lead levels than state guidelines. During this testing, a number of faucets came back with levels above state guidelines, as noted on the reports attached below. However, all of these faucets except for one, Room 189 in the high school, were identified during testing in 2016 and marked as “Do Not Drink” faucets having non-potable water. These signs have remained in place since 2016, and these faucets are not used for drinking or food preparation.
In light of these testing results, similar signage will also be posted on the faucet in Room 189. Please reach out to the superintendent’s office if you have any questions about these results.
Prohibition Against Meal Shaming
The Board of Education recognizes that, on occasion, students may forget to bring meal money to school. To ensure that students do not go hungry, but also to promote responsible student behavior and to minimize the fiscal burden on the district, all district schools shall follow guidelines with regard to meal charges.
- Once a student account is negative, only regular meals may be charged, that is, only the type A meal on the menu. No student shall be denied a regular type A meal regardless of the account balance.
- No snacks may be charged once an account is negative
- A computer-generated point-of-sale system shall be used for identifying and recording all charged meals as well as collected repayments
This policy applies to all paying students whether they are paying full-price or reduced-price. Students with a negative balance of at least two meals will be immediately notified by the building administrator or designee regarding the status of their accounts.
The school district shall send notification to all parents on an annual basis, prior to the opening day of school, notifying them of the requirements of this policy.
The District shall maintain a system for accounting for charged meals that follows state guidelines.
It is the policy of the Voorheesville 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 full harassment and non-discrimination policy. Reports of sexual harassment can be made at any time, including during non-business hours using the telephone number or e-mail address, or by mailing to the office address listed for the for the Title IX Coordinator:
Superintendent of Schools, Voorheesville Central School District
432 New Salem Road,
Voorheesville, New York 12186
518-765-3314 ext. 104