Access to Public Records Act
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Pursuant to Rhode Island General Law § 38-2-3(d), Westerly Public Schools has adopted the following procedure:
The Superintendent of Schools has designated the Executive Assistant to the Superintendent as the public records officer for Westerly Public Schools. Persons requesting information and/or requests to inspect public records may submit their request by completing the Access to Public Records Request Form or by contacting the Executive Assistant at:
23 Highland Avenue
Westerly, RI 02891
firstname.lastname@example.org or 401.315.1504
The request should clearly identify the records you seek and state that your request is made pursuant to the Access to Public Records Act. The request need not be made on the Access for Public Records Request Form if the request is otherwise readily available as a request for public records. A written request is not necessary for records available pursuant to Rhode Island General Law § 42-35-2 or other documents prepared for or readily available to the public.
Under Rhode Island General Law § 38-2-4, the costs associated with this request are as follows:
- 1 copied page on business or legal size paper - $.15
- 1 hour for the search and retrieval of documents - 1st hour free, $15 per hour after the first hour
- Multiple requests from any person or entity to the same public body within a 30 day time period shall be considered 1 request
There are times when the public records that you seek are not available at the time of your request. Please be advised that the Access to Public Records Act allows a public body ten (10) business days to respond and, with “good cause,” may extend the time to respond by twenty (20) business days (thirty (30) business days total).
If after review of your request, Westerly Public Schools determines that the requested records are exempt from disclosure for a reason set forth in Rhode Island General Laws § 38-2-2(4)(i)(A) – (Y), the District reserves its right to claim such exemption.
If you feel that you have been denied access to public records, you have the right to file an appeal with the Attorney General. If you are still not satisfied, you may file a lawsuit in Superior Court per Rhode Island General Law § 38-2-8.
Westerly Public Schools is committed to providing you with public records in an expeditious and courteous manner and remains compliant with all state and federal laws.