Whether you are a prospective or current career and technical education student or special education student/family member, we hope you find this page helpful.
We are required to provide the following notifications to parents on an annual basis.
Under state law, school districts and BOCES are required to conduct an Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) for each teacher and principal, resulting in a rating of “highly effective,” “effective,” “developing” or “ineffective.” The requirement does not apply to teaching assistants, teacher aides or pupil personnel titles.
All parents/guardians have the right to obtain the APPR quality ratings and composite effectiveness scores for their child’s teacher(s) and principal(s) once the scores are officially available.
To request a teacher/principal(s) ratings and scores, contact the appropriate individual:
- Interim Deputy Director of Special Education Rita Levay,
- Deputy Director of Career & Technical Education, Dr. Valerie Kelsey,
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.
New York State’s Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) seeks to provide public elementary and secondary school students with a safe and supportive environment free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment and bullying on school property, a school bus and/or at a school function.
Capital Region BOCES has invested much time and energy into improving anti-bullying procedures and staff training, and ensuring our schools meet DASA requirements.
We are committed to providing an educational and working environment that promotes respect, dignity and equality for all students, staff and parents.
Our policies condemn and prohibit all forms of discrimination, such as harassment, hazing and bullying on school grounds, on school buses, at school bus pick-up sites, and at all school sponsored activities, programs and events.
Our schools cannot effectively address bullying if incidents are not reported. Anyone (including students) who feels he or she has been bullied or harassed, who wants to report an incident of someone else being bullied, or who has questions on this topic should contact the relevant school anti-bullying coordinator.
The Capital Region BOCES 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 regulations, 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 Capital Region BOCES. 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 the list by writing to the Office of Information & Reporting Services, New York State Education Department, Room 863 EBA, 89 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12234.
- Parents have the right to have complaints about possible breaches of student data addressed. Complaints should be directed to: Michele Jones, School Attorney, 518-464-5139, firstname.lastname@example.org, 900 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Albany, NY 12205.
- Complaints to SED should be directed to: Chief Privacy Officer, New York State Education Department, 89 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12234; e-mail address is email@example.com.
- This bill of rights is subject to change based on regulations of the commissioner of education and the SED chief privacy officer, as well as emerging guidance documents from SED.
From time to time, student directory information is published on the Capital Region BOCES website, in school publications, social media and/or released to the media to recognize student achievement or depict educational activities of the Capital Region BOCES. Directory information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, can be disclosed to outside organizations, by law, without a parent or guardian’s prior consent.
Directory information includes:
- Student’s name
- Major course of study
- Participation in school activities
- Dates of attendance
- Degrees and awards received
- Home school attended
- Student’s photograph (examples may include: school yearbooks; school video; honor roll or other recognition lists; graduation programs; photo of students in BOCES publications that depict them at work in a classroom.)
Parents/guardians or eligible students have until September 15 of each school year to notify the BOCES of any objections they have to the release of any of the above listed directory information for that school year.
To opt-out, send written notification to the BOCES principal or program supervisor for the program your child attends.
Please Note: While the BOCES will honor the request of any parent/guardian who has submitted written notification to opt their child out of publicity efforts, the BOCES is not responsible for media that covers news happenings, graduations or other public events.
Under the Protection of the Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA), parents have the right to inspect and opt their child out of any student survey that reveals information about personal attitudes, behaviors or beliefs. Parents also have the right to receive notice of and opt their child out of any activities that involve the collection, disclosure or use of a student’s personal information for marketing purposes and out of any non-emergency, physical exam or screening, except for hearing, vision and scoliosis screenings or as permitted or required by state law.
Based on the concerns conveyed to the commissioner surrounding the use of assessments, and in accordance with Section 1 of Subpart F of Chapter 56 of the Laws of 2014, the commissioner directed the Office of Teacher and Leader Effectiveness to review each district’s and BOCES’ APPR plan to identify opportunities for local action to ensure the minimum assessments necessary are used to inform effective decision making. The department encourages leaders to use the Testing Transparency Report to help review their currently approved APPR plan to identify modifications that would be approvable by the department and result in less testing for students. The department has consistently communicated that the amount of testing should be the minimum necessary to inform effective decision-making at the classroom, school, district and BOCES level. Guidance from the NY State Education Dept. on the approved regulatory amendments to APPR to help reduce local testing.