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Public Information Requests

Somerset County Public Schools is committed to providing access to public records in accordance with the Maryland Public Information Act, Annotated Code of Maryland, Title 4 of the General Provisions Article (MPIA).
 
Making a Request
Public information requests must be submitted in writing (letter or email) to the SCPS Maryland Public Information Act (MPIA) Representative:
Victoria Miele, Public Relations
7982A Tawes Campus Dr.
Westover, MD 21871
410-651-1616
 
*If a request is made via email, the applicant assumes the risk that such transmittal may be compromised due to unanticipated technological errors.
Please Note: Applications sent via e-mail after 4:30 p.m. on a business day, on a weekend, or on a school system holiday will not be considered received until the next business day.
 
Responses to Applications
SCPS will acknowledge a Maryland Public Information Act (MPIA) request within 10 business days. If the application is approved, the request for public records will be fulfilled within 30 business days, in accordance with the MPIA.
 
Additionally, in accordance with the MPIA, if the records sought are precluded from disclosure, or a fee (see below) is involved, notification will be sent within 10 business days.
 
Fees
In accordance with the MPIA, the custodian of record may charge an applicant a reasonable fee for the search for, preparation of, and reproduction of a public record. No fee will be assessed for the first two hours of staff time that is needed to respond to a request for records. If more than two hours of staff time is needed to fulfill the request, the applicant will be notified of the estimated cost and must deposit 75 percent of the estimate before work will begin. In all cases, fees must be paid in full before any documents are delivered or access to the documents is authorized.