The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a law that gives you the right to access information from the school division. It is often described as the law that keeps citizens in the know about their government. Please complete this form to request information under FOIA.
FOIA Request Information
The Virginia Freedom of Information Act § 2.2-3704, section A, states that, “Except as otherwise specifically provided by law, all public records shall be open to inspection and copying by any citizens of the Commonwealth during the regular office hours of the custodian of such records. Access to such records shall not be denied to citizens of the Commonwealth, representatives of newspapers and magazines with circulation in the Commonwealth, and representatives of radio and television stations broadcasting in or into the Commonwealth.”
A request for public records shall identify the requested records with reasonable specificity. SCPS will provide information within five working days of receiving a request or make one of the following responses in writing:
1. The requested records are being entirely withheld. Such response shall identify with reasonable particularity the volume and subject matter of withheld records, and cite, as to each category of withheld records, the specific Code section that authorizes the withholding of the records.
2. The requested records are being provided in part and are being withheld in part. Such response shall identify with reasonable particularity the subject matter of withheld portions, and cite, as to each category of withheld records, the specific Code section that authorizes the withholding of the records. For more information about what may be excluded from a FOIA request, visit § 2.2-3705.1 of the Code of Virginia
3. The requested records could not be found or do not exist.
4. It is not practically possible to provide the requested records or to determine whether they are available within the five-work-day period, and SCPS is invoking the additional seven work days available to provide one of the four preceding responses.
Charges for Information
SCPS may make reasonable charges not to exceed its actual cost incurred in accessing, duplicating, supplying, or searching for the requested records. No public body shall impose any extraneous, intermediary, or surplus fees or expenses to recoup the general costs associated with creating or maintaining records or transacting the general business of the public body. Any duplicating fee charged by a public body shall not exceed the actual cost of duplication. All charges for the supplying of requested records shall be estimated in advance at the request of the citizen as set forth in subsection F of § 2.2-3704 of the Code of Virginia.
Requests for Video
SCPS does not release video, however, requestors may make an appointment with Safety and Security to view the footage. As most video clips require redaction, a charge is typically associated with producing video clips for viewing, and the full 12 business days allowable under FOIA after approving the cost estimate are required to process video requests.