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Right to Know Requests

In accordance with Act 3 of 2008, the school district has an Open Records Officer who responds to all requests for information. Public records of this school district will be available for inspection and duplication to any resident of the United States in accordance with the law with the exception of those records exempted from such inspection and copying by law.
 
Requests for access to Rochester Area School District public records must be submitted on the Right to Know Request Form to:

BY MAIL:

BY FAX:

BY EMAIL:

Superintendent’s Office
Rochester Area School District  
Open Records Officer
540 Reno Street
Rochester, PA 15074
  724-775-4077     RASD Open Records  

 

 

 


 

STANDARD RIGHT-TO-KNOW REQUEST FORM

Right to Know/ Open Records
In accordance with Pennsylvania's Right to Know Law, the Rochester Area School District has established the following procedure to address all requests for open records.

Procedure
Rochester Area School District asks that all requests for records be made in writing on the required form and be submitted in person, by mail, fax, or e-mail to the Open Records Officer:

Response
Upon receipt of a written request for access to records, the District's Open Records Officer will respond to the request within five (5) business days from the date the written request is received. The Open Records Officer will provide one of the following responses:

  • grant access to the requested records;
  • deny access to the requested records;
  • partially grant or deny access to the requested records;
  • notify the requester of the need for an extension of time to fully respond; or
  • request more information from the requester to clearly identify the requested material.

 Note: The District may take up to a 30-day extension to fully respond to a specific request. The extension does not require the consent of the requester.
 
If the Open Records Officer determines that the request will be granted, public records will be provided to the requester in the medium requested, if it exists in that medium; otherwise, it will be provided in its existing medium.
 
For specific information regarding Rochester Area School District's administrative regulations and procedures regarding requests for access to the District's public records, please refer to:
RASD Policy 801 – Public Records

Fees
A fee of 25 cents per page may be charged for copies of District records. Fees may also include the actual cost of postage, when records are mailed to the requester. The District may impose an additional fee for official certification of copies, if the certification is at the behest of the requester and is for the purpose of legally verifying the public records. The District may require pre-payment of estimated fees when the fees required to fulfill the request are expected to exceed $100.

Appeals
If the District denies a request, the requester may file an appeal with the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records within 15 business days of the District response or deemed denial. Please refer to www.openrecords.pa.gov for additional information.

Appeals may also be submitted via fax (717-425-5343) or postal mail:
Office of Open Records
333 Market Street, 16th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17101-2234