The Right to Know Law is Pennsylvania’s open records law. It requires government agencies in Pennsylvania to provide access to and copies of public records to the public. The law presumes that all records held by state and local agencies are public, that all legislative records of the General Assembly are public, and that all financial records of Pennsylvania’s court system are public. The Law contains 30 categories of records that are exempt from disclosure under the Law, including records that, if disclosed, would threaten homeland security or a person’s personal security, criminal investigative records, medical records, and certain personnel records.
Public bodies must fill anonymous verbal or written requests. If the requestor wishes to pursue the relief and remedies provided for in this act, the request must be in writing. (Section 702). Written requests need not include an explanation why information is sought or the intended use of the information unless otherwise required by law. (Section 703). Questions or concerns should be directed to the Open Records Officer at the School District of Lancaster by calling 717-291-6129 or emailing RighttoKnow@SDLancaster.org