Superintendent of Schools
September 26, 2008
Dear Elementary School Parents,
Beginning in September 2008, the East Meadow School District has replaced its mailed sex offender notification procedure with an e-mail notification system developed by Parents for Megan’s Law (PFML).Funded by county, state and federal governments, PFML is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of childhood sexual abuse through the provision of education, advocacy, counseling, policy and legislative support services. Subscribers to PFML’s e-mail alert system will be notified when a moderate or high-risk sex offender moves into the Suffolk or Nassau County Police department’s jurisdictions and will be directed to the Parents for Megan’s Law website to access a full copy of the notification provided by county law enforcement agencies. This service is provided to residents at no cost. We urge you to enroll in this important program.
A registration form will be mailed from Parents for Megan’s Law for those who wish to enroll in the e-mail alert system. Once you have registered, the organization will notify you via e-mail each time the Suffolk or Nassau County Police Departments distributes a sex offender notice. If you choose not to register for the e-mail alerts, you may still access the information by logging onto the PFML website at www.parentsformeganslaw.com. Residents without Internet access may utilize computer facilities at the East Meadow Public Library to check for updates. In addition, notices are available to be picked up in person at the district office. Please be aware that according to state law, “It is illegal to use this information to commit a crime against any of these individuals or to engage in illegal discrimination or harassment against these people.”
It is necessary that we all take this opportunity to review safety rules with children and remind them to avoid circumstances that increase their vulnerability. Please keep this in the proper perspective for your children by reassuring them that we do have a safe community, but that they need to be alert and careful.
We will continue to notify our staff in each of our schools of sex offender information received by the Nassau County Police department. I assure you that the safety of your children is our number one priority. Should you have any further questions, please contact the Parents for Megan’s Law Resource and Support Center helpline at 631-689-2672.
Superintendent of Schools
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