Freedom of Information

  • New York State’s Freedom of Information Law (Public Officers Law §87 et. seq., Yonkers Board of Education Policy 1120) allows members of the public to access records of governmental agencies. FOIL provides a process for the review and copying of an agency’s records. More information about the Freedom of Information Law can be found at: http://www.dos.ny.gov/coog/foil2.html.

    Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) Requests

    Freedom of Information Law requests for Yonkers Public Schools records may be made by Mail, Email or Fax to:

    Records Access Officer
    Yonkers Public Schools
    One Larkin Center
    Yonkers, NY 10701
    Fax: 914-376-8211
    Email: FOIL@yonkerspublicschools.org
    Phone: 914-376-8092

    Fee for Duplication of Records

    Yonkers Public Schools charges the statutorily permitted fee of $.25 per page for duplication of records requested under FOIL (Public Officers Law §87[1][b][iii]). There is no provision in law or regulation for waiver of this fee. Payment must be made to Yonkers Public Schools by check or money order. Payment should not be submitted until you are notified that your request is granted and informed of the charge for your request.

    Inspection of Records

    Yonkers Public Schools records are available for inspection at no cost to the public. Copies are available at the statutorily permitted duplication fee of $.25 per page by check or money order made payable to Yonkers Public Schools. Requests for inspection must be in writing and addressed to the Records Access Officer via regular or electronic mail or facsimile. The Records Access Officer will acknowledge receipt and provide the requestor with the Yonkers Public Schools staff person's name, title, and phone number to schedule an appointment at a mutually convenient date and time for inspection. Records or portions thereof which are prohibited from disclosure pursuant to FOIL or Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) will be redacted or omitted; the requestor will be notified of the reason(s) for the redaction(s) and of the procedures to appeal to the Superintendent of Schools. Inspection of records is by appointment between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

    FOIL Appeal Procedures

    Any person denied access to a record may within thirty days appeal in writing to:

    Superintendent of Schools
    Yonkers Public Schools
    One Larkin Center
    Yonkers, NY 10701

    Link to Sample Letter to Request Record(s)