How to Request Public Records

  • Public Access to District Records

    Full access to information concerning the administration and operations of the district shall be afforded to the public as provided by the Public Disclosure Law, mindful of the right of individuals to privacy and of the desirability of efficient administration of the district. Public access to district records shall be afforded according to the procedures developed by the Superintendent and periodically reviewed by the Board.
     
    Requests for Inspection and Copying
    Upon written request, the district shall make available to any person for inspection and copying any record or records not exempted by district policy. A written request for inspection and/or copying of records may include:
    1. Name, address, and signature of the party requesting disclosure and the date of request;
    2. Specification of the records or types of records requested (the more specific the better); and
    3. A statement of the intended use of requested documents if lists of individuals are included.
     
    Send written requests to the Public Records Coordinator:
    Human Resources Director
    Yelm Community Schools
    PO Box 476
    Yelm, WA 98597
    Fax: 360.458.6178
     
    Exceptions
    In accordance with RCW Chapter 42.56, the district shall make available for public inspection and copying all district records, or portions, except those which contain the following information:
    1. Personal information from any file maintained for students (RCW 42.56.230(1). Information from student records shall be disclosed only in accordance with the requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, 20 U.S.C.§ 1232g and adopted district policy;
    2. Personal information in files maintained for staff to the extent that disclosure would violate their right to privacy (Requests for verification of employment are not public records and will not be disclosed. Performance evaluations that do not discuss specific instances of misconduct are private and not of legitimate public concern. They will not be disclosed.) (RCW 42.56.230(2);
    3. Test questions, scoring keys, or other examination data used to administer academic tests (RCW 42.56.250(1);
    4. The contents of real estate appraisals, made for or by the district relative to the acquisition of property, until the project is aban­doned or until such time as all of the property has been acquired, but in no event shall disclosure be denied for more than three years after the appraisal (RCW 42.56.260;
    5. Preliminary drafts, notes, recommendations, and intra‑district memoranda in which opinions are expressed or policies formulated or recommended except that a specific record shall not be exempt when publicly cited by the district in connection with any district action (RCW 42.56.280;
    6. Records which are relevant to a controversy in which the district is a party but which records would not be available to another party under the rules of pretrial discovery for cases pending in the superior courts ‑‑ RCW 42.56.290;
    7. Records or portions of records the disclosure of which would violate personal rights of privacy—RCW 42.56.210 and RCW 42.56.070;
    8. Records or portions of records the disclosure of which would violate governmental interests—RCW 42.56.210;
    9. The residence addresses, telephone numbers, personal wireless telephone numbers, personal electronic mail addresses, social security numbers and emergency contact information of employees or volunteers at a public agency held in personnel records, rosters, and mailing lists; —RCW 42.56.250(3);
    10. The names, dates of birth, residential addresses and telephone numbers, personal wireless telephone numbers, personal electronic mail addresses, social security numbers and emergency contact information of dependents of employees and volunteers of a public agency.
    11. Personally identifiable information for special education students—WAC 392-172-A.
    If the district denies any request, in whole or in part, for inspection and copying of records, the district shall provide the requesting party with a written statement of the reason for the denial setting forth the specific exemption (and statutory section) which applies. No request shall be denied solely on the basis that the request is overbroad.
     
    If the record which is requested for inspection and/or copying contains both information exempted from disclosure and nonexempt information, the district shall, to the extent practicable, produce the record with the exempt portion deleted and shall provide a written explanation for the deletion.
     
    The district may inquire into the purpose for which a record is requested and may use the answer to aid in determining whether the public has a legitimate interest in obtaining the information, but the district may not decline to furnish the records for public inspection and copying solely because the requester refuses to furnish a reason for the request.
     
    The district may condition access to a public record containing a list of individuals on the requester's promise that the record will not be used for a commercial purpose, but may not require the requester to enter into a hold harmless agreement to that effect.
     
    The public records coordinator is authorized to seek an injunction to prevent the disclosure of records otherwise disclosable when he/she determines that there is reasonable cause to believe that the disclosure would clearly not be in the public interest and would substantially and irreparably damage any person or would substantially or irreparably damage vital governmental functions.
     
    Requests for Public Records should be made to the district public records coordinator:
     
    The coordinator shall inform any employee and appropriate collective bargaining unit representative when a record naming the employee has been requested. The employee and representative shall be informed of the district's intended response to the request.
     
    The district will retain records in compliance with the General Records Retention Schedule For School Districts And Educational Service Districts in Washington State found at: www.sos.wa.gov/archives/recordsretentionschedules.aspx.