Right-To-Know

Pennsylvania's Right-To-Know Law took effect January 1, 2009. The law concerns public access to records at public institutions and government agencies. The most significant change is that the burden of proof is now on the institution or agency to show why a record should not be released; there are 31 categories of records exempted under this law. The new law does not overrule existing laws such as FERPA or HIPAA that limit access to certain records.

While many school districts (including West Perry School District) have followed the spirit of the law in the past, they are explicitly required to comply with the new Right-To-Know Law.

What does this mean for you? You should know some of the most important provisions of the law before submitting a request.

  • HOW:  Requests must be in writing via hard-copy mail, in person, fax, or email.  Download or print the request form, or you can pick one up at the District Office. 

  • WHAT:  Requests for information must be specific as to the record(s) desired. You do not have to give a reason for the request.

  • WHO:  Requests must be submitted to the Open Records Officer:

Dr. Michael O'Brien, Superintendent
West Perry School District
2606 Shermans Valley Road
Elliottsburg, PA 17024
Phone: 717-789-3934
Fax: 717-789-4997
Email: openrecords@westperry.org

  • WHEN: A response to the request will be issued within five business days from the time it is received by the Open Records Officer.

  • COST:  You may be charged duplication and postage fees in keeping with standards set by the Office of Open Records. Prepayment may be required if fees are expected to exceed $100.