PCSSD - 7.15 Record Retention and Destruction

7.15 Record Retention and Destruction

It is necessary to maintain district records in a manner that provides for efficient document storage and retrieval and is conducive to eliminating unnecessary record retention. Due to the variety of records that may need to be retained and accessed, the superintendent shall ensure that all staff receive appropriate training to understand this policy. Staff shall also understand the possible ramifications to the district and/or themselves for failure to properly maintain records and follow the requirements contained in this policy.

Definitions

"Directly or directly interested" (hereinafter "directly") means receiving compensation or other benefits personally or to an individual’s household from the person, business, or entity contracting with the District.

"Indirectly or indirectly interested" (hereinafter "indirectly") means that a family member, business, or other entity in which the individual or a family member has a financial interest will receive compensation or benefits.

“Record” is defined for the purposes of this policy, as an item or items, whether electronic or material, that are created by, at the request of, or received by and purposefully retained by a board member, administrator, or employee in the ordinary course of District business. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Any kind of correspondence;
  • Calendars;
  • Computer files and documents (which may include drafts);
  • Telephone logs;
  • Expense records;
  • Audio or video recordings that are created for the purpose of monitoring the security of District property or the safety of District students;
  • Documentation related to transactions or contracts for:  Services with Board members, administrators, employees, or members of their families covered under the statutorily defined ethical restrictions associated with a contract for services provided for the District involving a Board member, administrator, or employee who "directly or indirectly" benefits from the contract;
    • An exemption granted by the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) from the statutorily defined ethical restrictions associated with a contract for employment or for services provided for the District that involves a District administrator, board member, or employee.

      The superintendent shall be responsible for establishing a schedule for the routine destruction of district records that accommodates the needs of the district. The schedule shall specify the length of retention for any records not specifically delineated by this policy and be distributed to staff on a need-to-know basis according to their respective employment duties and responsibilities. The schedule should accommodate the need for records to be stored as a blend of printed, bound and electronically recorded (e.g., audio tape, video tape, micro-fiche, computer disk) material. The superintendent or designee shall ensure the effective and efficient securing, cataloging, storing, and appropriate scheduled destruction of all records.

The following records categories shall be retained for the time specified.

  • Board of Education Minutes – forever
  • Personnel files – forever
  • Student files – until the student receives a high school diploma or its equivalent, or is beyond the age of compulsory school attendance
  • Student records of attendance/graduation – forever
  • Financial Records – five (5) years
  • Documentation, including letters of approval, related to transactions or contracts for services covered by this policy and Arkansas statutes for Board members or members of their families or for waivers granted to District employees - thirteen years
  • Documentation relating to payments or reimbursements made by a vendor on behalf of a board member, administrator, or employee for travel, lodging, food, registration, entertainment, or other expenses – Three (3) years
  • Employment applications, including applicant lists, applicant interview evaluations, documentation in response to requests for reasons for a failure to be interviewed and/or hired, and hiring determinations - five (5) years
  • Expenditures made with federal grant monies – governed by the terms of each grant
  • Video Surveillance Recordings – the timeline established in Policy 4.48—Video Surveillance
  • Emails – whatever the district’s policy is on this subject
  • Documents filed with the IRS, including those required in Policy 7.23-Health Care Coverage and the Affordable Care Act – four (4) years
  • Statewide assessment security agreement - (3) Three years

The superintendent or designee shall be responsible for determining when there is a need to interrupt the routine destruction of records. When the superintendent or designee makes the decision to cease the routine disposal of records, staff affected by the decision shall be promptly informed of the decision and of the nature of records that are to be retained. Such records shall be retained until the superintendent or designee has authorized their destruction. Employee training on the district’s records retention schedule shall specifically include information on the records that may need to be retained due to pending disciplinary or legal actions which otherwise are subject to routine disposal. If an employee has doubt about the need to retain any record otherwise scheduled for destruction, he/she shall consult with the superintendent or designee prior to destroying such records.

The records’ storage system devised by the superintendent and designee(s) shall be organized in a manner that enables the efficient retrieval of data and documents. The district shall have adequate backup of critical data which is stored electronically. The system shall be communicated to employees in a manner that enables them to understand and follow the system’s requirements.

In retaining and destroying records, no employee shall:

  • Destroy, alter, mutilate, conceal, cover up, falsify, or make a false entry in any record that may be connected to a disciplinary matter or lawsuit or to a matter within the jurisdiction of a federal or state agency, in violation of federal or state law or regulations.
  • Alter, destroy or conceal a document, or attempt to do so, with the intent to impair the document’s availability for use in a disciplinary matter, lawsuit or an official proceeding or otherwise obstruct, influence or impede any lawsuit or official proceeding, in violation of federal or state law or regulations.
  • Retaliate or discriminate against an employee who refuses to violate this policy or to coerce or threaten an employee to violate this policy.

Failure to follow the requirements set forth in this policy may result in disciplinary action against the employee(s), up to and including termination. The district’s board of directors prohibits and will not tolerate any form of reprisal, retaliation or discrimination against any employee who, in good faith, has attempted to comply with this policy.


Cross References: 

  • Policy 3.19—Licensed Personnel Employment
  • Policy 8.13—Classified Employment

Legal References:   

  • A.C.A. § 5-1-109(c)(2), (g)
  • A.C.A. § 6-13-619
  • A.C.A. § 6-17-104
  • A.C.A. § 6-17-2301
  • A.C.A. § 6-18-901
  • A.C.A. § 6-24-102(8)(15)
  • A.C.A. § 6-24-105(d)
  • A.C.A. § 6-24-106(c)(6)
  • A.C.A. § 6-24-107(c)
  • A.C.A. § 6-24-115
  • A.C.A. § 21-3-302, 303
  • ADE Rules Governing Ethical Guidelines and Prohibitions for Educational Administrators, Employees, Board Members, and Other Parties
  • ADE Rules Governing the Arkansas Educational Support and Accountability ACT
  • 26 C.F.R. § 31.6001-1
  • 34 C.F.R. § 99.2
  • Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Numbers 16, 26, 33, 34, 37, and 45

Date Adopted:  10/10/72

Revised:  01/11/83

Last Revised: 8/16/18