Pennsylvania Right to Know Act 3 of 2008

REQUIRED POSTING PER PENNSYLVANIA’S RIGHT TO KNOW LAW

(ACT 3 OF 2008)

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Special instructions while our school is closed due to the mandated school closure by Governor Wolf:

The Lebanon 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, Lebanon 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, Lebanon 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 RTK 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.

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The following information is provided pursuant to section 67.504(b) of Act 3 of 2008, the Pennsylvania Right to Know Act:

Requests and Open-Records Officer Contact Information

Though an oral request for access to records can be made, if you wish to pursue the relief and remedies provided by the Right-to-Know Law, the request for access to records must be made in writing. A written request for access to records may be submitted in person, by mail, by e-mail, or by facsimile to the Open-Records Officer.

A records request form must be used to request records. To access this form, go to: http://openrecords.state.pa.us and then choose RTKLForms. A hard copy of this form may also be provided by the Open-Records Officer upon request.

The Open-Records Officer for the Lebanon School District is Dr. Arthur Abrom. The Officer’s contact information is as follows:

Please contact Dr. Abrom through our Board Secretary

Mary Harrell

1000 S. Eighth Street Lebanon PA 17042,

(717)  270 – 6711

Mharrell@lebanon.k12.pa.us

Appeals and Office of Open Records Contact Information

If a written request for access to a record is denied or deemed denied, the requester may file an appeal with the Office of Open Records within fifteen (15) business days of the mailing date of the District’s response or within fifteen (15) business day of a deemed denial. The appeal shall state the grounds upon which the requester asserts that the record is a public record, and shall address any grounds stated by the District for delaying or denying the request.

Contact information for the state Office of Open Records, which will hear appeals if record(s) is (are) denied or deemed denied is:

Office of Open Records,

Commonwealth Keystone Building, 400 North Street, Plaza Level

Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225

Telephone: (717) 346-9903

Website: openrecords.state.pa.us

E-mail: openrecords@state.pa.us

For further information, or questions relating to Lebanon School District’s regulations, policies and procedures relating to Right to Know requests, please feel free to contact the Open-Records Officer via the contact information listed above.

Right to Know Request Form