HCPSS MPIA Request #2020-384

Requested Information
Since the Open Meetings Compliance Board found that Jen Mallo and Sabina Taj violated the Open Meetings Act by texting instructions to each other during a public board meeting, and since the public has no way of knowing if they are still violating the Open Meetings Act, I am requesting all electronic correspondence across any platform/app/site where messages can be exchanged (including, but not limited to text messages on HCPSS-provided and personal cell phones, Facebook Messenger, What's App, Reddit, Twitter, Tinder, Snapchat, Instagram, WeChat, Tik Tok, Skype, GoTo Meeting, Microsoft Teams, and Zoom) to and from each of those two Board members during the duration of the public virtual Board of Education meetings held on April 30, 2020.

Please ensure that messages are preserved and not deleted in advance of fulfilling this request.
Date Received
Responsive Documents
Responsive to this request, please find attached all messages located to and from the Board members during the timeframe of the Board of Education meeting on April 30, 2020. Exemptions found within these records include:
• Under MPIA GP § 4-330, we have redacted sociological information where it contains personal phone numbers and has the potential to pose a risk to individual safety or privacy.
• Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), which restricts access to student records, and MPIA GP § 4-313, which prevents disclosure of school district records pertaining to individual students, we have redacted information and withheld one attachment that could reveal individual student information from the responsive records.
• Additional redactions contained within these records are for non-responsive content unrelated to the transaction of HCPSS business such as personal photos and personal information shared by staff.

*Some request language is summarized to include the requester's specific document requests and legally protected information (such as personally identifiable information of a student) or personal, defamatory and malicious content removed at the discretion of the school system.

**Responses containing legally protected information available only to the person of interest are omitted from the above report.

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