The loan of textbooks from the Somers Central School District to Somers residents attending non-public schools is governed by the regulations of the New York State Textbook Loan Program (NYSTL), Education Law §701, and the Somers Board of Education Policy #1740.  The administrative guidelines for the NYSTL program are contained, and incorporated by reference, in the Handbook on Services to Pupils Attending Nonpublic Schools published by the New York State Education Department.


    ELIGIBLE MATERIALS - include textbooks and textbook substitutes, which may be hard covered or paperback books, newspapers or student manuals, which a pupil is required to use as a primary source of study material in a structured instructional environment (classroom).  Materials must be used for secular classroom instructional and educational purposes only.  Publications published by any religious denominations, religious organization or group that promote religious or ideological beliefs, even on a general level are disallowed.


    MATERIALS NOT ALLOWED - include general supplies, equipment, furniture, toys and games, ancillary materials, reference materials such as encyclopedias, almanacs, atlases and general or special dictionaries, teacher’s editions, review books, duplicating masters and materials in kit form, supplementary textbooks, novels, fiction, magazines, newspapers, except as provided above, and audiovisual materials normally housed in the school library or instructional materials for short-term use by pupils;  tests and testing materials; internet online services.   


    SCHOOL DISTRICT PROPERTY - Materials loaned to resident non-public school pupils remain the property of the Somers School District.  Textbooks shall be returned at the end of the nonpublic schools academic year, but no later than June 30.  Textbooks and literature books must not be written in.  If lost, defaced, damaged or destroyed, the textbooks shall be paid for in the same fashion as the students attending Somers Schools.  Parents will be responsible for reimbursing the District for the cost of the replacement material.


    RESIDENCY AND REGISTRATION - Students attending nonpublic schools must maintain residency in the Somers Central School District in order to be eligible for the textbook loan program.  The District’s Registrar should be contacted for registration requirements and documentation of residency.  The Registrar, Ms. Bettina Limongelli, may be reached at 914-277-2432, or by email to blimongelli@somersschools.org.


    REQUESTING MATERIALS - NYSTL requires that parents submit written request for the loan of textbooks.  Written requests should be made by July 1 of the year preceding the new school year.  The request can be directed to:


    Mr. Christopher Platania

    Assistant Superintendent for Business and Operations

    Somers Central School District

    240 Route 202

    Somers,  NY  10589


    QUESTIONS? - Should you have any questions regarding the loan of instructional material, please feel free to contact the Business Office at 914-277-2410.