The Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), located § 2.2-3700 et seq. of the Code of Virginia guarantees citizens of the commonwealth and representatives of media outlets access to public records held by public bodies, public officials and public employees.
A public record is any writing or recording - regardless of whether it is a paper record, an electronic file, an audio or video recording or any other format - that is prepared, owned by or in the possession of a public body or its officers, employees or agents in the transaction of public business. All public are presumed to be open, and may only be withheld if a specific, statutory is properly invoked.
The policy of FOIA states that the purpose of FOIA is to promote an increased awareness by all persons of governmental activities. In furthering this policy, FOIA requires that the law be interpreted liberally, in favor of access, and that any exemption allowing public records to be withheld must be interpreted narrowly.
Your FOIA Rights
Making a Request for Records from the County School Board of York County, Virginia
To request records from the Board, you may direct your request to Katherine Goff, FOIA Officer. She can be reached at: Katherine Goff, 302 Dare Road, Yorktown, Virginia 23692, (757) 898-0391, (855) 711-2061 fax, firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact her with questions you have concerning requesting records from the Board. In addition, the Freedom of Information Advisory Council is available to answer any questions you may have about FOIA. The Council may be contacted by email at email@example.com, or by phone at (804) 225-3056 or [toll free] 1-866-448-4100.
The County School Board of York County, Virginia’s Responsibilities in Responding to Your Request
Types of Records
The following is a general description of the types of records held by the Board:
If you are unsure whether the Board has the record(s) you seek, please contact Katherine Goff, FOIA Officer, directly at 302 Dare Road, Yorktown, Virginia 23692, (757) 898-0391, (855) 711-2061, (855) 711-2061(fax), or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Commonly Used Exemptions
The Code of Virginia allows any public body to withhold certain records from public disclosure. The following records are typically withheld by the York County School Division:
Policies regarding the use of common exemptions