HEART is in place at Fostoria City Schools to address and support the educational needs of students who find themselves in temporary or transitional housing during the school year. HEART liaisons work together to ensure educational stability for students in short-term, temporary or transitional housing situations so they feel supported and encouraged while they secure permanent housing.
Homeless and students in transitional living arrangements are welcome at Fostoria City Schools. Our district is guided by the McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 2001 - Title X, Part C, of the No Child Left Behind Act. The law provides homeless and highly mobile students with certain rights so they have access to opportunities that will help them meet the same high academic standards expected of all students attending Fostoria City Schools. For additional information and/or questions, please contact the appropriate HEART School-Based Liaison listed to the right.
Families and Students in Transition
Do you know a student or family that may be in need of assistance? Many families in Wisconsin have found themselves to be families in transition without a place to call home. Our school district is committed to assisting all homeless students receive the best education possible. The McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless children and youth (twenty-one years of age and younger) as:
- Children and youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, and includes children and youth who are:
- sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason (sometimes referred to as double-up);
- living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to lack of alternative, adequate accommodations;
- living in emergency or transitional shelters;
- abandoned in hospitals;
- r awaiting foster care placement.
- Children and youth who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designated for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.
- Children and youth who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings.
- Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances described above.
If you are personally aware of or are acquainted with any children who may qualify according to the above criteria, please contact any School Counselor (Homeless Liaison) for the Fostoria City School District for additional information about the educational rights of homeless students. Contact information listed in the margin of this page. All information will be kept confidential.
Information and Resources:
HEART Support Services Brochure
FCS Board Policy - 5111.01 - Homeless Students
ESSA - Implementation and Technical Assistance Tools
A Parent's Guide to the Rights of Children & Youth Experiencing Homelessness
Helping You Help Your Child - Information for Parents
Information for Parents Informacion Para los Padreslos
Information for School Age Youth Informacion Para los Jovenes de Edad Escolar
National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth
National Center for Homeless Education
National Law Center for Homelessness and Poverty
Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio
FIRST CALL FOR HELP (UW Program) - call 419-435-2555 between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday (visit United Way website for more information - unitedwayoffostoria.org
"The program will help point individuals or families in the right direction when they can't pay the electric bill, are battling drug addiction, are homeless, experiencing domestic violence and or have some type of other issue but are unsure of where to turn. The free, confidential referral and information helpline connects people of all ages from all communities to the essential health and human services they need." (RT-01/20/2017)
SCHOOL DINING SYSTEM
The Fostoria City Schools’ Food Service Department utilizes the Total Access (formerly School Dining System). This system allows families to pay in advance for student meals. Money can be sent with your child or online through the Total Access link on the district website following the steps listed below:
Step 2: Enter your username and password:
Step 3: Once you have logged in, please enter an email address if you have one.
Step 4: Under family balance, there is a link – "Click Here." Click on it.
Step 5: All students for the family will be listed. Click on Account Info to allow or not allow breakfast and/or ala carte purchases. This must be done for each child. You may also set spending caps. When completed, click on the Submit button.
WELCOME TO FOSTORIA CITY SCHOOLS
If you are new to Fostoria City Schools and need to enroll or re-enroll your child(ren) please come to the District Administration Office, 1001 Park Avenue, Fostoria, OH 44830. Please allow 15 minutes per child to complete the required enrollment documents. Our office is open Monday-Friday 8:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. (excluding holidays).
We look forward to meeting you and your child(ren).
Please see the New Student Registration and New Student Checklist for the information that is needed to enroll your child in the Fostoria City School District.
New Student Checklist
Address Verification Form
Student Emergency Medical Authorization
BE-105 Student Record Request
ES-81 Custody in Process
Caretaker Authorization Affidavit (Revised 03/21/2013)
Grandparent Power of Attorney (Revised 03/21/2013)
Home Language Survey - (LEP-01)
Annual Parent Consent Form
|The Fostoria Elementary PTO is a group of parents and teachers that work together for the improvement of the schools and
benefit of All students.
President - Holly Guernsey
Vice President - Angie Sprang
Secretary - Addi McElroy
Treasurers: FIES - Bonnie Counts Longfellow & Riley - Jason Lewis
Please join us at our PTO meetings this year. At our meetings we discuss upcoming events within our elementary schools, PTO sponsored events such as trick or treat bingo, and how we can support our children and our teachers. We have planned our PTO meetings for the entire school year, in hopes that more people will join us. To fulfill our mission to support the educational staff and our students of our elementary schools. The following are the dates of our meetings:
All meetings are at 5:45pm at the FIES building unless noted otherwise.
Title I - Federal Program
TITLE I FEDERAL GRANT PROGRAM
Title I is designed to provide additional academic support and learning opportunities to help low-income and low-achieving children master challenging curricula and meet state standards in core academic subjects. Longfellow Elementary, Riley Elementary, and Fostoria Intermediate Elementary and Fostoria Junior/Senior High School students benefit from additional instruction in reading and mathematics, as well as special preschool, after school, and summer programs to extend and reinforce the regular school curriculum. Title I School-Parent Compact (English) Title I School-Parent Compact (Spanish)
What is Title 1?
Title 1 is the largest federal aid program for public schools in the United States. Today, Title 1 is part of the Every Student Succeeds Act, but originated from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) as part of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s “War on Poverty”. This landmark educational bill, passed during Johnson’s “Great Society”, changed the funding of school districts from a local level to a national responsibility. Title 1 provides federal funds to schools with high percentages of low-income students. These funds pay for extra educational services to help at-risk students achieve and succeed regardless of any disadvantages through no fault of their own.
Title I is a federal entitlement program that gives funds to schools in need based on student enrollment, the free and reduced lunch percentage for each school, and other informative data. The US Department of Education distributes Title 1 funds to State Departments of Education that, in turn, distribute the funds to individual school districts. Each school district divides its funding among qualifying schools based on their numbers of low-income children. In addition, under Title 1, participating school districts must provide supplemental educational services for eligible private school students.
What is School-Wide Title 1?
Fostoria City Schools operates a school-wide Title 1 Program. As a school-wide program, this means that FCS may use their funds to improve student achievement throughout their entire school; therefore every child benefits from the added services and programs, not just the students identified as eligible to participate. All of the school staff focuses on upgrading the entire educational program and improving the achievement of all students, in particular, the low-achieving ones. A school improvement plan must be developed and implemented with the involvement of parents, teachers, principals, and administrators.
What is a Parental Involvement Policy?
The district has a Parent Involvement Policy as well as each school in the Fostoria City School District. The district policy sets the expectation and establishes the framework for parent involvement at each building. A school level policy explains how each school will involve Title I parents in their child’s education. The policy is available at each building, distributed to parents, the community and can be found on the district website. The Parent Involvement Policy was developed with input from Title I parents. It is reviewed and updated annually.
Why is Parental Involvement a Factor in Title 1 Funding?
Parental involvement is a crucial factor of Title 1 legislation. Schools receiving Title 1 funding must implement programs, activities, and procedures that include and promote parent involvement in school-related activities. Schools must also provide opportunities that encourage parents to increase their knowledge and skills as they relate to their child’s education. One of the objectives of these programs and activities is to help parents understand and show them how important their involvement is in shaping the lives of their children in becoming successful and productive contributors to our society.
What is a Parental- School Compact?
The parent-school compact states the goals and responsibilities of both the parent and school that are necessary in order to provide a quality education for all students. Each school in the district has a parent-school compact that is distributed to parents and the community. The Parent-School Compact was developed with input from Title I parents. It is reviewed and updated annually.
EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT (ESSA)
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaced the No Child Left Behind Act, asks Ohio to clearly articulate its plans for using federal funds to ensure accountability for all students, create safe and supportive learning environments, encourage innovation and extended learning opportunities, and more.
More information can be found here:
The district believes that significant learning by students is more likely to occur when there is an effective partnership between the district, schools, and students’ parents/guardians. Such a partnership means a mutual belief in and commitment to significant educational goals for each student, a plan for the means to accomplish those goals, cooperation on developing and implementing solutions to problems that may be encountered, and continuing communication regarding the progress of accomplishing these goals. The district, in collaboration with parents, has outlined its commitment to parent involvement in the District Parent Involvement Plan. In addition, each elementary school has a parent involvement policy that was developed jointly by the district, schools, and parents and is reviewed and revised annually.
Local Report Cards
View the 2016-2017 district and building local report cards:
McKinney Vento - Homeless Students/Families Information and Resources available by clicking the following link:
HEART (Homeless Education Assistance Redmen Team)
Parent Information and Resource Centers (PIRCs) help implement successful and effective parental involvement policies, programs, and activities that lead to improvements in student academic achievement and that strengthen partnerships among parents, teachers, principals, administrators, and other school personnel in meeting the education needs of children.
Projects assist parents to communicate effectively with teachers, principals, counselors, administrators, and other school personnel; and help parents become active participants in the development, implementation, and review of school improvement plans.
Additionally, projects generally develop resource materials and provide information about high quality family involvement programs to families, schools, school districts, and others through conferences, workshops, and dissemination of materials. Projects generally include a focus on serving parents of low-income, minority, and limited English proficient (LEP) children enrolled in elementary and secondary schools.
Click the logo above to visit the Ohio PIRC website for more information/resources.
Notice of Right to Know Teacher Qualifications
Parents/Guardians have the right to know about the teaching qualifications of your child’s classroom teacher in a school receiving Title I funds. The federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires that any school district receiving Title I funds must notify parents of each student attending any school receiving Title I funds that they may request, and the district will provide the parents on request (and in a timely manner), information regarding the professional qualifications of the student’s classroom teachers, including at a minimum, the following:
- Whether the teacher has met State qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction;
- Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which State qualification or licensing criteria have been waived; and
- Whether the teacher is teaching in the field of discipline of the certification of the teacher;
- Whether your child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.
Parents should contact the school offices for this information.
Aviso del Derecho a Saber, Aptitudes de los Maestros
Los padres / tutores tienen el derecho de saber acerca de los títulos de enseñanza de los maestros de su hijo en una escuela reciben fondos del Título I . Longfellow Primaria , Primaria Riley , Fostoria Intermedio Elemental y Fostoria Junior / Senior High School secundaria reciben fondos del Título I . La ley federal Que Ningún Niño Se Quede Atrás ( NCLB) requiere que cualquier distrito escolar local que recibe fondos de Título I debe notificar a los padres para que puedan hacer acerca de las calificaciones profesionales de los maestros de sus hijos. Estas calificaciones son:
1 . Si el maestro ha cumplido con los criterios de concesión de licencias profesor de Ohio para el nivel de grado y las materias en las que el maestro proporciona a su instrucción de los niños.
2 . Si el maestro está enseñando bajo un estatus de emergencia o temporal que renuncia a requisitos de licencia del estado .
3 . La principal licenciatura del maestro y cualquier otro título de grado o de certificación (por ejemplo, certificación nacional ) que tenga el maestro y el campo de la disciplina de la certificación o título .
4 . Si su hijo recibe servicios de paraprofesionales y , de ser así , sus calificaciones.
Los padres deben comunicarse con las oficinas de la escuela para obtener esta información.