Parent's Right To Know

Parent's Right to Know


As a parent of a student at Downsville Central School, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teachers who instruct your child. Federal law allows you to ask certain questions about your child’s classroom teacher, and requires our district to provide you this information in a timely manner if you request it. Specifically, you have the right to know the following information:

  • Whether NYS Education Department has licensed or qualified the teacher for the grades and subjects he or she teaches.
  • Whether the NYS Education Department has decided that the teacher can teach a classroom without being licensed or qualified under state regulations because of special circumstances.
  • The teacher’s college major and whether the teacher has any advanced degrees and if so, the subject of the degree(s).
  • Whether any paraprofessionals provide service to your child, and if they do, their qualifications.

If you desire the above information, please call Karen Alers, Title I Coordinator, at 607-363-2100.