Code of Conduct
The Tri-Valley Central School District is committed to maintaining high standards of education and conduct. This requires the development and implementation of a Code of Conduct that clearly defines individual responsibilities, describes unacceptable behavior, and provides for appropriate disciplinary options and responses.
Allergies and Dietary Restrictions
The New York State Education Department’s Child Nutrition regulations require that each and every year a medical or dietary restriction letter from a medical authority be on file with the district. Therefore, we cannot alter or substitute your child’s school lunch without a written note from their doctor.
In the event your child’s restrictions change through the course of the year, doctor’s orders are needed to reflect those changes.
If your child has special dietary concerns, please forward the information to us as so the cafeteria staff may insure your child’s nutritional well-being.
Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)
in accordance with the Dignity for All Students Act, the District will strive to create an environment free of discrimination and harassment and will foster civility in the schools to prevent and prohibit conduct which is inconsistent with the District’s educational mission.
The Tri-Valley Central School District (the “District”) Board of Education recognizes the legal requirement to maintain the confidentiality of education records. The procedures adopted by the District for the confidentiality of, and access to, education records shall be consistent with state and federal laws, including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”) and its implementing regulations and the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education. The Superintendent shall be responsible for ensuring that the District complies with all requirements under the laws applicable to education records.
At the beginning of each school year, the District shall send a notice to parents and to students who are eighteen year of age or older (“Eligible Students”) concerning their rights under FERPA and this Policy (“Annual FERPA Notice”). The Annual FERPA Notice may be included in a District newsletter, the Student Handbook and the website. The 2021-22 annual notice is available here.
The Annual FERPA Notice shall inform parents and Eligible Students that they have the right to: (1) inspect and review the student’s education records; (2) seek amendment of the student’s education records if the parent or Eligible Student believes such records to be inaccurate, misleading or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights; (3) consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent; and (4) file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning the alleged failures of the District to comply with the requirements of FERPA. In addition, the Annual FERPA Notice shall include:
- the procedure for exercising the right to inspect and review education records;
- the procedure for requesting amendment of education records; and
- a list of “school officials” who may have a “legitimate educational interest” in education records and may thus have access to education records without prior parental consent. The District shall provide a translation of the Annual FERPA Notice for those parents who have a primary or home language other than English.
Lead Testing of School Drinking and Cooking Water
To protect public health, the Public Health Law and New York State Health Department regulations require that all public schools and boards of cooperative educational services (BOCES) test lead levels in water from every outlet that is being used, or could potentially be used, for drinking or cooking. Learn more about lead testing in Tri-Valley’s schools here.
Military Recruiters: Release of Information
The “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA) in part, requires that schools release, to military recruiters, a directory of students with name s, address and phone numbers. The law also provides the parent/guardian the right to request that their child’s name, address and phone number not be released.
Parents, or students who are at least 18 years old, may exercise the option to withhold their consent to release this information. This request must be made in writing to the high school principal’s office. The note should say:
“I hereby inform Tri-Valley Secondary School that I do not want my child’s name, address and phone number released to any military recruiters.” The note must also include:
- The date
- The student’s name
- The parent’s name
- The parent’s signature
The Tri-Valley Central School District does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, creed, national origin, marital status, gender or disability in its employment practices or on any other basis protected by law. The Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity Policy outlines this commitment.
Parents’ Bill of Rights
- A student’s personally identifiable information (PII) cannot be sold or released for any commercial purposes. PII may only be shared for educational purposes.
- Parents shall have the right to inspect and review the complete contents of their child’s education record.
- 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.
- Proper authorization will be obtained before PII is released.
- A complete list of all student data elements collected by the State is available for public review at NYSED or by writing to the Chief Privacy Officer at NYSED.
- Parents have the right to have complaints about possible breaches of student data addressed. Complaints should be directed to the Superintendent of Schools in the District. Suspected breaches may also be reported to the Chief Privacy Officer at NYSED.
This bill of rights is subject to change based on regulations of the commissioner of education and the NYSED chief privacy officer.
Title I Parent Right To Know : 2017–18
According to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, schools are required to ensure that teachers in core academic subjects are highly qualified to teach in their assignment area. Parents also have the right to request other information regarding the qualifications of their child’s teachers, such as:
- Whether a teacher has New York State certification for the grade levels and subjects he or she is teaching;
- The teacher’s baccalaureate degree major and any other certifications or degrees; and
- Whether their child receives services from paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.
Pesticide Application Notice
The district is required by law to maintain a list of staff and persons in parental relation who wish to receive 48 hour prior written notification of pesticide applications at relevant facilities. Read more about the Potential Use of Pesticides here.
Student and Personal Electronic Devices
Personal electronic devices have become a common means of communication and information access in today’s society. However, these devices have the potential of disrupting the orderly operation of the District’s schools. The District has adopted the Student and Personal Electronic Devices Policy to govern the possession and use of personal electronic devices on school premises.
The Tri-Valley Central School District’s Strategic Plan articulates the district’s mission and vision, as well as the goals and objectives needed to achieve that vision.