Right to Know / Open Records
The Derry Township School District believes in a philosophy of transparent operations. Ensuring open and honest government is a bedrock principle of democracy. In keeping with this philosophy, the district recognizes the importance of access to public records. The public has the right to inspect and to procure copies of such records (with certain, legally defined exceptions) subject to Pennsylvania"s Right to Know Law, a series of laws designed to guarantee that the public has access to public records of governmental bodies.
A revised Right to Know or Open Records Law (Act 3 of 2008) took effect on January 1, 2009. This law presumes that all documents of all governmental bodies will be presumed to be open to the public unless the agency holding them can prove otherwise.
Derry Township School District is posting the following information as a service to its constituents and in compliance with Section 504 of the Pennsylvania Right to Know Law.
The Board of School Directors has established Policy 801, which outlines and defines the processes to be followed pertaining to inquiries in conjunctions with Pennsylvania"s Right to Know legislation.
Filing a request
To assist citizens seeking records, a standard request Right to Know Request Form has been developed by the district. Requests for records must be submitted to:
Open Records Officer
Derry Township School District
P.O. Box 898
30 East Granada Avenue
Hershey, PA 17033
FeesSection 1307 of the Right-To-Know law requires agencies to establish a fee structure related to request fulfillment.
Additional information can be found on the Right to Know Law by contacting the State Open Records Department as follows:
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Office of Open Records
Commonwealth Keystone Building
400 North Street, Plaza Level
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225