IMPORTANT INFORMATION: RIGHT-TO-KNOW REQUESTS
Upper Adams 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, Upper Adams 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, Upper Adams 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 Requests
All Right-to-Know requests shall be submitted in writing to: Anne Corwell, Right-To-Know Officer of the Upper Adams School District, on the District's Right-to-Know Written Request Form or the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records, Standard Right-to-Know Policy Request Form.
Written requests may be:
* Emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
* Sent by U.S. Mail to 161 North Main Street, Biglerville PA 17307
* Delivered in person to 161 North Main Street, Biglerville PA 17307
The District will respond to all Right-To-Know requests, in writing, by issuing one of the following responses:
* The request has been granted;
* The request has been granted in part/denied in part; OR
* The request has been denied.
1. District response to a request will be sent within five (5) days of receipt by Right-to-Know Officer. If response is not provided within five (5) days, the request shall be deemed denied.
2. If the District determines that more than five (5) days are required to respond to request, written notice shall be provided indicating a date when a response is expected.
A "photocopy" is considered either a single-sided copy or one side of a double-sided black-and-white copy of a standard 8.5" x 11" page
Fee: $0.25 per page
Certification of a Record
Fee: $1.00 per record, not per page
Please note: Certification fees do not include notarization fees.
Examples: blue prints, color copies, non-standard sized documents, etc.
Fee: Actual Cost
Fee: Actual Cost
Fee: No Cost (A Redaction Fee may not be imposed)
Conversion to Paper
If a record is only maintained electronically or in other non-paper media, duplication fees shall be limited to the lesser of the fee for duplication on paper or the fee for duplication in the original media unless the requester specifically requests the record be duplicated in the more expensive medium.
Fee: Actual Cost (Postage fees may not exceed the actual mailing cost)
Pennsylvania's Open Records Contact
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Office of Open Records
Commonwealth Keystone Building
400 North St., Plaza Level, Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225
phone: 717-346-9903 email: email@example.com
Inspection of Redacted Records: If a requestor wishes to inspect rather than receive a copy of a record and the record contains both public and non-public information, the Upper Adams School District shall redact the non-public information. The Upper Adams School District may not charge the requestor for the redaction. However, the Upper Adams School District may charge for the copies it must make of the redacted material in order for the requestor to view the public record. The fee structure outlined above will apply. If, after inspecting the records, the requestor chooses to obtain the copies, no additional fee may be charged.
Fee Limitations: Except as otherwise provided by statute, the law states that no other fees may be imposed unless the Upper Adams District incurs costs for complying with the request, and such fees must be reasonable. No fee may be imposed for the Upper Adams School District’s review of a record to determine whether the record is a public record, legislative record or financial record subject to access in accordance with this Act. No fee may be charged for searching for or retrieval of documents. The Upper Adams School District may not charge staff time or salary for complying with a RTK request.
Prepayment: Prior to granting a request for access in accordance with this Act, the Upper Area School District may require the requestor to prepay an estimate of the fees authorized under this section if the fees required to fulfill the request are expected to exceed $100.
Right-To-Know Officer: Anne Corwell, Director of Student Services
Mailing: Upper Adams School District; 161 North Main Street; Biglerville, PA 17307
Phone: (717) 677-7191 extension 2740
Fax: (717) 677- 9807
Right to Know Request Form - Word Document
Right to Know Request Form - PDF
UASD Policy #801