Under the New York State Sex Offender Registration Act, local law enforcement agencies have the authority, under their discretion, to release school districts information on sex offenders living within their community. The law also provides that when school districts receive such information, it may disclose or further disseminate such information at its discretion.
Therefore, it is policy of the Board of Education that if a local law agency provides the district with sex offender information, the district shall disseminate the information to staff and persons in parental relation to students and, at the Superintendent’s discretion, to other groups and persons in the community who work with children.
As defined in Education Law, “persons in parental relation,” to a child includes parents, guardians or other persons, whether one or more, lawfully having the care, custody or control of such child.
Ref: NYS Corrections Law, Article 6-c, Sex Offender Registration Act.
Education Law, Section 2, Definitions
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