OPRA Records Requests

OPEN PUBLIC RECORDS ACT (OPRA)
 
Request for Records
In compliance with the Open Public Records Act, the Camden City School District according to N.J.S.A 47:1A-1 et seq, is required to answer requests from the public to examine or obtain copies of district records. When requesting records the public must observe the following guidelines:
 
  1. Provide a written request specifying the exact document requested on the Board’s official OPRA Request Form which includes the following:
  • The name, address, and telephone number of the requestor;
  • A specific description of the government record requested, method of access and if copies are sought, the medium requested and mode of delivery; and
  • The date submitted to the division or agency custodian.
Please note that some records are considered exceptions. For a list of records that are exempt please visit the State of New Jersey Government Records Council at www.nj.gov/grc/public/eoexempt/
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Requests may be delivered to the Camden City School District to the attention of the Custodian of Records by the following means:
 
  1. Hand delivered during normal business hours (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
  2. Mailed (U.S. Mail, Federal Express, DHL or UPS)
  3. Transmitted electronically by facsimile, e-mail or web site access
Official request for access to Camden City School District records can be made by submitting the Records Request Form. This form can be downloaded and returned to:
 
Camden City School District
Attn: Ashley McGrath, Acting Custodian
201 N. Front Street, 7th Floor
Camden, New Jersey 08102
 
Upon receipt of the request the Records Custodian will review the request form to ensure that the form is completed properly. Any questions regarding the clarity of information requested will result in a delay of the requested documents. The Records Custodian will contact the requestor from the contact information provided on the request as to the incompleteness of the request. Additional information should be resubmitted on the form before the request can be honored by the Board. A pre-payment may be required.
 
The Records Custodian has the authority to deny or reject any request for records if the request is unclear or incomplete after attempting to reach a reasonable resolution with the requestor.
 
After the completed request form is received, the Records Custodian will estimate the cost of providing the records and may require a pre-payment of the estimated sum, including the cost of mailing, delivery, inspection, reproduction under special circumstances. Payment shall be made by cash, check, or money order payable to the Camden City School District. Except as provided otherwise by law or regulation, costs shall be those set forth in N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1 et seq., as amended and supplemented.
 
OPRA is a state law enacted to give the public greater access to government records maintained by public agencies in New Jersey. The public has the right under OPRA to examine or obtain copies of those public records that are not subject to exceptions from disclosure. Under OPRA, all levels of New Jersey government are required to produce records, when properly requested. Certain records are considered exceptions. OPRA expands the intent of the Right to Know law by re-defining what records are available to the public, by setting standards for accessing those records, and penalties for failing to disclose them.
 
To obtain a copy of the Camden City School District's OPRA Records request, click on the PDF form below.
For more information on the OPRA/Open Public Records Act click on the Link below
Link: http://www.nj.gov/opra/

For OPRA Updates click on the following link
http://www.nj.gov/grc/news/alerts/
 
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