INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
Chatham CSD Parent Involvement Groups
Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR)
Under NYS Education Law 3012-c 10(b), parents or legal guardians of a student may request the final rating and the overall effectiveness score for each teacher and building principal their student is assigned to for the current school year. Only the teacher's overall composite score (0-100) and rating (Highly Effective, Effective, Developing, and Ineffective) will be provided.
To request this information, you must fill out one of the following forms and mail or deliver it in person to Cheryl Nuciforo, Superintendent of Schools, Chatham Central School District, 50 Woodbridge Avenue, Chatham, NY 12037. No electronic requests will be accepted.
Child Abuse Reporting
Report Child Abuse
- Information about the Child Abuse Hotline number is available here (La información sobre el número de Hotline de abuso infantil está disponible aquí) ...
Common Core Learning Standards
Code of Conduct
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
- www.ed.gov/essa This site describes the 2015 federal law governing performance expectations for all schools and students in the U.S. The law replaces NCLB.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
- District Information on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
- U.S. Department of Education FERPA Website
Fire Inspection Information
CCSD undergoes annual fire safety inspections of all our buildings facilities for fire hazards which might endanger the lives of students, teachers, employees therein. To view CCSD's annual fire inspection reports, please contact school business administrator Michael Chudy at 392-1534.
No Child Left Behind (NCLB)
- www.ed.gov/nclb. This site describes the 2002 federal law governing performance expectations for all schools and students in the U.S.
- District Information on Parental Right to Request and Review Teacher Qualifications
NYS School Report Card
Panther Pointers for Safety & Wellness
At Chatham CSD, we are committed to the safety and well-being of our students and families. We email our families a "Panther Pointers for Safety & Wellness" tip at the start of each school week. We hope you find these tips helpful and informative. See this years tips so far...
Parents' Bill of Rights for Data Privacy and Security
Pursuant to NYS Education Law, parents and students are entitled to certain protections regarding confidential student information. Our District is committed to safeguarding personally identifiable information from unauthorized access or disclosure. Learn more...
Chatham Central Schools offers parents and guardians our Parent Portal, an INTERNET based, individualized program that allows parents to electronically access your child’s educational records, including schedules, grades, attendance, and discipline. To learn more, please follow the links below.
- Letter to Parents Introducing Parent Portal (Sept. 10, 2015)
- FAQ on Parent Portal
- Parent Portal Access Form
Sexual Harassment Policy
All forms of sexual harassment on school grounds, school buses and at all school-sponsored activities, programs and events including those that take place at locations outside the District are strictly prohibited. It is a violation of school policy for any student, staff member or third party (school visitor, vendor, etc.) to sexually harass any student, staff member, or third party.
Victims of sexual harassment and people with knowledge of sexual harassment are expected to promptly report the harassment. Such reports may be made to your building principal or the District Sexual Harassment Coordinator, John Thorsen, at 392-4142 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The District will promptly investigate all complaints of sexual harassment, either formal or informal, verbal or written. To the extent possible, all complaints will be treated in a confidential manner. For more information, refer to Chatham Board of Education Policy #0110
Smoking and Tobacco Use
Chatham Central School District is a tobacco-free environment. The use of tobacco products by staff, parents or visitors is prohibited at all times within the school buildings or on school property. The use and possession of tobacco products by students is prohibited on all school properties and school sponsored events.
Snow/Inclement Weather Closings and Delays FAQ
Social Media & Technology Parenting Resources
- 15 Sites and Apps Kids Are Heading to Beyond Facebook. This helpful article for parents, from the Common Sense Media Blog, provides an informative overview of the most popular social media sites and applications, and information about how children and teens are using them.
- Common Sense Media. This independent non-profit organization provides information and advice for families on positive ways to use media and technology.
Special Education Notice
If you suspect that your child may have a physical, cognitive, or emotional disability, you have the right to refer your child to the District’s Committee on Special Education for an evaluation, and a determination as to whether your child is eligible to receive special education services and programs. More information...
State and Federal Testing Programs
- New York State Testing Program 3-8. This site provides an overview of the state’s testing program for grades 3 through 8. An accompanying Parents’ Guide can be downloaded.
- Oswego/NYS Dept Ed. This site will help parents understand the NYS Testing Programs K-12.
State Assessment Data
The NYS Education Department released statewide results of its 2014-2015 Math and ELA assessments for grades 3-8 in August, 2015.
- Seasonal Flu Guide for Parents. The NYS Health Department requires all school districts to provide parents with information about influenza and the benefits of influenza immunizations.
- New York State PTA. This site lists various publications to help parents help their children with reading, homework and a host of other learning challenges.
- NYS Criminal Justice Department Website (Includes sex offender registry)
- The Partnership for Family Involvement in Educatiom A U.S. Dept. of Education sponsored site offering resources and ideas that promote parents involvement in education.
- Talking with Kids about Tough Issues. This site, derived from NBC’s award-winning The More You Know campaign, offers useful support to parents for improving parent-child communication.
- U.S. Department of Education. Information and guidance on many issues regarding the education and rearing of children are offered on different links on this site. One example is: http://www.ed.gov/parents/academic/help/tools-for-success/index.html.
- Chatham CSD Annual Child Find Notice
- Pesticide Application Notification Information
- Information for Parents on District use of Medicaid Funds