Parents’ Right to Know
Under Title I Regulations, the parents or guardians of students attending Title I schools may request information regarding the professional qualifications of their child’s classroom teacher, teaching
assistant and paraprofessional staff. Please contact your child’s building principal if you have a question regarding the professional qualifications of faculty, teaching assistants and paraprofessional staff members, including the following:
- Whether the teacher has met state certification criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction;
- Whether the teacher is teaching under the emergency or other provisional status through which state certification criteria has been waived;
- The baccalaureate degree major of the teacher and any other graduate certificate of degree held by the teacher, and the held of discipline of the certification or degree;
- Whether the child is provided services by a teaching assistant or paraprofessional and, if so, their qualifications.
Written Complaint and Appeal Procedures
As required by Title XIV, the New York State Education Department (NY- SED) has adopted procedures for receiving and resolving complaints and for resolving appeals from decisions of Local Education Agencies (LEAs).
Information regarding the NYSED “Written Complaint and Appeal Procedures” concerning violations of Title I, Parts A, C and D, or of the General Education Provisions Act; or of Section 100.2(ee) Academic Intervention Services of the regulations of the Commissioner of Education are avail- able on the New York State website.
For further information relating to the “Written Complaint and Appeal Procedures” for the New York State Education Dept. and the Riverhead Charter School please call (631) 369-5800.
Dear Parents and Community Residents,
The New York State Public Health Laws require all school districts to test potable water systems for lead contamination. In compliance and requested by our Board of Trustees, Riverhead Charter School (RCS) had all the water taps in the school tested for lead. The school contracted with Enviroscience Consultants Inc., who collected multiple samples from various locations, such as; drinking fountains, kitchen sinks, bathroom sinks, etc. The samples were then tested through a certified lab that follows protocols set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
In testing for lead, the EPA guidance document calls for two tests, a first draw and then a flush draw after water is run through the tap. As required for the first draw water samples, it was taken after letting the water remain unmoving in the pipes over a period of 8 to 18 hours. The results of these tests were received and out of the 60 water samples tested, only 1 exceeded the EPA Action level of the 15 ppb (parts per billion) mark for lead.
Remediation was required in the following location:
Room 215 Teacher Station Sink
As a first step taking the necessary steps to correct the problem, we have shut off the water supply to that fixture as a drinking water source. The water source used for purposes other than hand washing and general cleaning has been clearly labeled with warning signs not to be used for drinking or cooking. The next step is to develop a remediation plan that will be approved and guided by Enviroscience Consultants, Inc.
We take the well-being of our students and staff seriously and a high priority. We will continue to update you as additional testing is conducted and work is completed. We will conduct testing annually as required by NYS Department of Health to be sure that our water is safe in every location at our school.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.
Dignity for All Students
Riverhead Charter School fosters an educational setting where all students are treated with respect and dignity. In accordance with the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA), administrators, teachers, staff members and students have continued to address these issues with an increased focus and education. DASA awareness occurs throughout the school year through assemblies, classroom visits, character education programs and an emphasis in the social worker office.
Definition of DASA:
DASA states that no student should be subjected to harassment or discrimination by employees or students on school property or at a school function. No student shall be subjected to discrimination based on his/her actual or perceived race, color, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability weight (or other physical features), sexual orientation, gender identity or biological sex.
What should I do if my child is having a DASA related problem?
Contact our designated Dignity for All Coordinator (DAC)
Mrs. Arcuri, Elementary School Principal x2262 or Ms. Gaie, Social Worker x2234.