All records of communications made by Quincy Public Schools and Central Middle School officials to The Department of Children and Families re. Ramola D's Informational Meeting with Principal Richard DiCristafaro, Jr.

Ramola Dharmaraj filed this request with the Department of Children and Families of Massachusetts.
Due May 22, 2018
Est. Completion May 23, 2018
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Ramola Dharmaraj

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

Request for Documents from the Department of Children and Families, made today April 24, 2018

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

I request ALL records, written, oral or verbal, transcript, audio, and video, of ALL communications and statements made via email, telephone, or in person, by any Central Middle School officials including Principal Mr. Richard DeCristafaro, Jr. and Vice-Principal Mrs. Susan Shea Conner; and Quincy Public Schools Administrators including the Deputy Superintendent Mr. Kevin Mulvey, the School Superintendent Mr. Richard DiCristafaro, Sr., and the Senior Director of Student Support Services, Ms. Maura Papile, related to myself and my daughter, Sophie Nerine, in relation to the pre-scheduled informational meeting I, Ramola D/Dharmaraj, had, as a mother, concerned citizen, and writer and investigative journalist, with Central Middle School Principal Mr. Richard DiCristafaro, Jr., which was partially attended also by Vice-Principal Susan Shea Conner, on April 12, 2018, and in relation in any other way to myself, Ramola D/Dharmaraj, the mother of Sophie Nerine, and to my daughter.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

I request that any fees be waived in the public interest since this is a media request, and the information requested will be made freely available via journalistic reportage to the public. In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Ramola D/Dharmaraj,
Investigative Journalist,
The Everyday Concerned Citizen/https://www.everydayconcerned.net
Ramola D Reports/http://www.youtube.com/RamolaDReports
Press Officer, US-Europe Joint Investigation Team/http://www.jointinvestigation.org
Portfolio: https://muckrack.com/ramola-d

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Ramola Dharmaraj

From: Department of Children and Families

Thank you for your e-mail. We will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.

If you are writing to report abuse or neglect of a child, please call the Child At Risk Hotline at: 1-800-792-5200.

If your concern or inquiry is regarding a DCF case or is time sensitive, please contact the Office of the Ombudsman @ 617-748-2444.

For a listing of local DCF offices , please visit: http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dcf/

From: Department of Children and Families

Dear Ms. Dharmaraj:

The Department of Children and Families has received your request as reflected below. To enable us to process your request, we would like to speak to you to clarify the scope of your request. Please email us or call at 617-748-2065.

Thank you for your attention to this matter and reply.

Please be advised that while we await your response to our inquiry above, the statutory timeline for replying to your request tolls. Additionally, if we do not hear from you within 20 business days from the date of this communication, we shall consider your request withdrawn and close your public records request.

Sincerely,

Department of Children and Families
Office of the General Counsel
600 Washington Street, 6th floor
Boston, MA 02111
Website: www.mass.gov/dcf<http://www.mass.gov/dcf>

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From: Department of Children and Families

Dear Ms. Dharmaraj:

We received your letter dated April 26, 2018 on April 30, 2018. We now have sufficient information to process your request. You should receive a response by May 15, 2018.

In the interim, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Sincerely,

Department of Children and Families
Office of the General Counsel
600 Washington Street, 6th floor
Boston, MA 02111
Website: www.mass.gov/dcf<http://www.mass.gov/dcf>

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Adelaida (Adele) P. Jasperse
Assistant General Counsel and Primary Record Access Officer
Department of Children and Families
Office of the General Counsel
600 Washington Street, 6th floor
Boston, MA 02111
Tel: 617-748-2065
Email: adelaida.jasperse@massmail.state.ma.us<mailto:adelaida.jasperse@massmail.state.ma.us>
Website: www.mass.gov/dcf<http://www.mass.gov/dcf>

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From: Ramola Dharmaraj

Dear Ms. Jasperse--

Regarding this note from your letter above: "We received your letter dated April 26, 2018 on April 30, 2018. We now have sufficient information to process your request. You should receive a response by May 15, 2018."

I do not recall sending a letter to your office dated April 26, 2018--but I did send the Governor of Massachusetts a letter dated April 26. My only request to your office for public records was made here on the Muckrock website on April 24--and I am only now seeing your response above, since by some oversight it appears Muckrock has not sent notifications to me via email of your response.

Is my letter to the Governor the one you are referring to? And if not can you clarify?

Thanks.
Ramola D

From: Department of Children and Families

Dear Ms. Dharmalaj:

Attached please find the Department of Children and Families' perliminary response to your request received on April 24, 2018.

Sincerely,

Department of Children and Families
Office of the General Counsel
600 Washington Street, 6th floor
Boston, MA 02111
Website: www.mass.gov/dcf<http://www.mass.gov/dcf>

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From: Department of Children and Families

Dear Ms. Dharmaraj:

At this time, DCF has not been able to locate any responsive records. We would like to ask for some additional time to continue our search. Please let us know if you are in agreement with us doing so.

Thank you!

Department of Children and Families
Office of the General Counsel
600 Washington Street, 6th floor
Boston, MA 02111
Website: www.mass.gov/dcf<http://www.mass.gov/dcf>

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