All parents should have received this information on the evening of Monday, August 25 when it was sent home with every student. However, the Federal Court is asking for it to be posted on our website as well.
Federal Court Instructs Ohio Districts to Post Information for Parents Concerning Data Release
A U.S. District Court has ordered that 2013-2014 school year records from the Ohio Department of Education’s Educational Management Information System be turned over to Disability Rights Ohio as part of an ongoing lawsuit.
Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, families of students whose data will be released must be notified and given the opportunity to object. The court is instructing all local education agencies to post notice about this opportunity to object on their district websites and in a central location, accessible to the public, in each building that is open to the public.
A copy of the notice – which includes instructions on how parents may object to the data release – can be found here. The court must receive objections no later than Sept. 12.
Students’ names, addresses and social security numbers are not part of the information to be released. Ohio is one of only three states that do not allow their departments of education to collect this data, to protect student privacy.
Data to be released for each student include student ID number, school name, grade, gender, race, age and disability category. The records also reveal student performance on the state’s Ohio Achievement Assessments and Ohio Graduation Tests, as well as tests related to Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee. Student suspensions and expulsions also are listed.
The data is subject to a protective order, which means Disability Rights Ohio cannot publicize it.
We need to change our traffic pattern for several reasons. Last year, we continually blocked the fire lane both in the morning and evening. We had several accident hazards such as stopped traffic on County Road 7 due to not being able to get into the school entrance, cars bypassing traffic by driving through old school parking lot, and not being able to turn onto County Road 7. We are hopeful this new procedure will reduce the safety concerns. We are moving staff out of the front lot so that there will be ample parking for drop off and pick up. Busses will not be leaving the lot until 8:00 am so they will not add to the traffic. We will be revisiting this procedure in a month to make changes as necessary. Please keep in mind, the first week of school is always busier than usual because more parents drive their students to school that week than any other week. It will take us a while to learn the new system so please be patient.
We have two options available for drop off/pick up.
Option #1: PARK and PICK UP/DROP OFF
Parents will need to park in the front parking lot and walk their students to the sidewalk during drop off. During pick up, parents will need to park and walk to the sidewalk and escort their child
to the car. All students must be escorted regardless of age. There will be no parking or stopping in the fire lane.
Option #2: DRIVE BY PICK UP/DROP OFF
Parents will enter at the student entrance and will drive along the perimeter and will then be able to
stop, without parking at the grassy area by the red gate. Students will get out of the car and walk on the blacktopped walkway behind the red gate onto the sidewalk. The parents will then continue around the perimeter of the student lot and exit out of the same entrance. During pick up, parents will be able to line up along the perimeter of the student lot in order to pull forward to grassy
area. Keep in mind, if the line is too long and is backing up all the way to CR 7, parents will either need to pull into student lot to park or park in the front lot. Parents waiting for pick up in this area may not line up past the grassy area so that we can keep traffic moving throughout the remainder of the lot. This option is unsupervised and is meant to be quick. If you want to watch your child go into the school, you will need to park in the student lot and watch or will need to park in the front lot and walk your child to the sidewalk.
Elementary Parents Only:
Please make sure to designate which option you are using when picking up your child. We want to make sure your student gets to the proper area at pick up time.