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Right to Know Requests

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Right to Know Law provides citizens the right of access to public records, and sets forth the conditions under which a document maintained by a Commonwealth agency is deemed a public record. 

Anyone seeking access to or duplication of a public record must submit a written request, using the appropriate form. This request must: 

  • identify or describe the public record with sufficient specificity to allow the district to determine which record is being requested; and 
  • include the name and address to which the district should send its response.  
  • By law, GVSD must respond within five business days to any request. Extensions to the five-day requirement are set forth in section 902 of the law and include:  

The request requires redaction of a record;

  1. The request requires the retrieval of a record stored in a remote location;
  2. A timely response is not possible due to bona fide staffing limitations;
  3. Legal review to determine if the record can be accessed;
  4. Requestor has not complied with the district's policies regarding access to records;
  5. Requestor refuses to pay applicable fees; or
  6. The extent or nature of the request precludes a response within the required time period. 
  7. Fees may apply to Right-to-Know Requests. (this links to a PDF) 

Submitting a Right to Know Request

The complete right-to-know form may be submitted in one of the following ways: 

  • Email: Attach completed and signed form and email to the board secretary. An e-mail will not be considered submitted until a complete, accessible copy of that e-mail is received by the person to whom it is addressed. 
  • USPS (postal mail): Mail to the attention of Mr. Charles Peterson at GVSD Administrative Offices, 100 Lindenwood Drive, Malvern, PA 19355.
  • In-person: GVSD Administrative Offices, 100 Lindenwood Drive, Malvern, PA 19355 (during regular business hours) 
  • By fax: 610-889-2120

download the RTK Request Form

Contacts

District Open Records Officer

Charles Peterson
Director of Business Affairs
100 Lindenwood Drive,
Malvern, PA 19355
610-889-2125


PA Office of Open Records

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Office of Open Records
Commonwealth Keystone Building
400 North Street, Plaza Level
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225
Phone: 717-346-9903
openrecords@state.pa.us
Executive Director: Erik Arneson
Deputy Director: Nathan Byerly
Chief Counsel: Charles Rees Brown