Derry Township School District is currently closed consistent with the Governor’s Emergency Declaration issued in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. During this mandated closure, Derry Township School District may not be able to respond to requests for public records under the Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Law. The Office of Open Records (OOR) has advised that when a public entity is closed, that day is not a “business day” and does not count toward the five business days referenced in Section 901 of the RTKL, which governs the time period under which an agency must respond to a request. Consequently, Derry Township School District will process requests once it reopens. Further, unless you have an urgent need to access public records, please do not file any new RTKL requests at this time. If submitting a request is necessary, please seek copies of records (preferably electronic) rather than in-person inspection. In-person inspection of records will not be possible during the current closure.
Thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time.
Right to Know / Open RecordsOverviewThe 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.Board PolicyThe 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 requestTo 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:Mr. Jason ReifsnyderOpen Records OfficerDerry Township School DistrictP.O. Box 89830 East Granada AvenueHershey, PA 17033Fees
Section 1307 of the Right-To-Know law requires agencies to establish a fee structure related to request fulfillment.Additional InformationAdditional 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
717 346-9903Email: firstname.lastname@example.org