In accordance with the provisions of the Sex Offender Registration Act, commonly known as Megan’s Law, local law enforcement officials are required to notify the district when a person with a history of sex offenses against a child is being paroled or released into the community. The purpose of this notification is to protect members of the community, particularly children, by notifying them of the presence of individuals in their midst who may present a danger. Consistent with its duty to protect students under its care, the district shall cooperate with local law enforcement agencies in this endeavor.
The Superintendent of Schools shall ensure the dissemination of any information provided by local law enforcement officials pursuant to Megan’s Law to all staff who might come into contact with the sex offender in the course of doing their jobs, including Building Principals, staff who issue visitors' passes, bus drivers, custodians, playground monitors, security personnel, and coaches. Such staff will receive a photograph of the parolee, as well as information about how to contact the parole officer. Groups which regularly use school facilities with children in attendance and parents of students will be put on notice of the presence of a paroled or discharged sex offender in the area, but will not be given personal information regarding the sex offender.
All staff requests for information provided by the law enforcement agencies shall be directed to the Building Principal. Requests for information from community residents shall be directed to the District Clerk.
The Superintendent shall establish a program to train students about the dangers of contacts with strangers, and will implement a plan for “being on the look-out” for sex offenders as a cooperative effort (e.g., in buildings, on school grounds, adjacent public streets, at bus pick-up and drop-off points).
This policy shall be disseminated at least once a year to all district residents.
42 U.S.C. §1407(d)
Correction Law, Article 6-C (Sex Offender Registration Act)
Doe v. Pataki, 1998 WL 230955 (S.D.N.Y. May 7, 1998) (current injunction)
Doe v. Pataki, 120 F.3d 1263 (2d. Cir. 1997), cert. denied, 118 Sup. Ct. 1066 (1998)