Request Public Records
How Do I Request Public Records?
Washington law requires state and local agencies to make public records available to the public. This law, the Washington State Public Records Act RCW 42.56, supports the public's right to be informed about what their government is doing.
The Act also lists certain public records that do not have to be disclosed. These exemptions are intended to prevent unreasonable invasions of personal privacy or the use of public records for personal or commercial gain.
The Act also requires that the public records requested are "identifiable." Your public records disclosure request must include a reasonable description that would allow a Green Dot Public Schools employee to locate the records. A general question is not a public disclosure request.
To request a public record from Rainier Valley Leadership Academy please include the following information in your written submission:
- Your full name
- Date and time of request
- Your address
- Your phone number
- Your email address (optional)
- A detailed description of the record(s) being requested
Requests/Questions should be sent to:
Rainier Valley Leadership Academy Public Records Officer: Baionne Coleman
Phone: (206) 659-0956
Availability of Public Records
Public records are available for inspection and copying during normal business hours. Normal business office hours for Rainier Valley Leadership Academy during the school year (September through May) are Monday-Friday 8am-4pm and excluding school holidays and breaks. During summer months (June-August) Rainier Valley Leadership Academy follows a modified office schedule according to the annual school calendar and staff availability over the summer. Please consult the school calendar available on each school's website or contact Rainier Valley Leadership Academy for the modified schedule during summer months.
Copies of Records
If the requestor wishes to have copies of the records made instead of inspecting them, he or she shall make this clear in the request and arrange to pay for copies of the records or a deposit.
Exemptions to Public Records Disclosure
List of Laws Exempting or Prohibiting Disclosure Pursuant to RCW 42.56.070 (2), these procedures contain a list of laws — other than those specifically listed in the Washington Public Records Act, Chapter 42.56 RCW — which may exempt disclosure of certain public records or portions of records. Green Dot has identified the following laws:
- The Family Educational and Privacy Rights Act (FERPA), 20 USC § 1232g and 34 CFR Part 99 (regarding student educational records);
- Washington State Student Education Records Law, RCW 28A.605.030;
- The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), 20 U.S.C. § 1400 et. seq. and 34 CFR Part 300 (protecting the confidentiality of personally identifying information contained in student records of students with disabilities);
- Privileged communications and attorney work product, such as set forth in Chapter 5.60 RCW;
- Criminal Records Privacy Act (CRPA), Chapter 10.97, RCW;
- Information on students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, 42 USC § 1758(b)(6);
- Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), 45 CFR Parts 160-164 (regarding health care information privacy and security);
- Abuse of Children – Protection and Procedure, RCW 26.44.010; RCW 26.44.030(9);
- Notification of Juvenile Offenders, RCW 13.04.155(3);
- Examination questions for teachers or pupils prior to the examination, Questions, RCW 28A.635.040;
- Public Law 98-24, Section 527 of the Public Health Services Act, 41 USC § 290dd-2 (confidentiality of alcohol and drug abuse patient records);
- United States and Washington Constitutional provisions including, but not limited to, the right of privacy and freedom of association. In addition to these exemptions, RCW 42.56.070 (9) prohibits providing access to lists of individuals requested for commercial purposes, and Green Dot may not do so unless specifically authorized or directed by law.
The above list is for informational purposes only and is not intended to cover all possible exemptions to the Public Records Act. Under appropriate circumstances, Rainier Valley Leadership Academy may also rely upon other legal exemptions which are not set forth above or contained within the Public Records Act.
Cost of printed copies and mailing
Fifteen (15) cents per page for all requests is the cost of providing photocopies or printed copies of electronic records in response to public records requests. Payment may be made by check or money order payable to Rainier Valley Leadership Academy. Rainier Valley Leadership Academy will also charge actual costs of mailing, including the cost of the shipping container or envelope. If requested, Rainier Valley Leadership Academy will provide a summary of the applicable charges before any copies are made. The requester will be allowed to revise the request in order to reduce the applicable charges. The Public Records Officer or designee will require the payment of the copying costs before providing requested records, or the payment of the costs of copying an installment before providing that installment.
Costs for electronic records
The charges for providing electronic records is as follows:
- Ten (10) cents per page for public records scanned into an electronic format or for the use of Rainier Valley Leadership Academy equipment to scan the records;
- Five (5) cents per each four electronic files or attachment uploaded to email, cloud-based data storage service, or other means of electronic delivery;
- Ten (10) cents per gigabyte for the transmission of public records in an electronic format or for the use of Rainier Valley Leadership Academy equipment to send the records electronically; and
- The actual cost of any digital storage media or device provided by Rainier Valley Leadership Academy, the actual cost of any container or envelope used to mail the copies to the requester, and the actual postage or delivery charge.
If requested, Rainier Valley Leadership Academy will provide a summary of the applicable charges before charges are imposed under this procedure. The requester will be allowed to revise the request in order to reduce the applicable charges. The Public Records Officer or designee will require the payment of scanning costs before providing the requested records, or the payment of the costs of scanning an installment before providing that installment.
Rainier Valley Leadership Academy will not impose scanning charges for access to or downloading of records that are routinely posted on its website prior to the receipt of a request, unless the requester has specifically requested that Rainier Valley Leadership Academy provide copies of such records through other means.
Access to Index of Public Records Request
Access to Index of Public Records Request
Because of the tremendous volume and diversity of records continuously generated by public schools, maintaining a current index of all of Rainier Valley Leadership Academy’s records would be impracticable, unduly burdensome, and ultimately interfere with the operational work of Rainier Valley Leadership Academy.