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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 Engagement Plan?

The district has a Parent Engagement Plan as well as each school in the Fostoria City School District. The district plan sets the expectation and establishes the framework for parent engagement at each building. A school-level plan explains how each school will involve Title I parents in their child’s education. The plan is available at each building, distributed to parents, the community and can be found on the district website. The Parent Engagement Plans are developed with input from Title I parents.  They are reviewed and updated annually.

Why is Parental Engagement a Factor in Title 1 Funding?

Parental involvement is a crucial factor in 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 Parent - 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.

RESOURCES
Overview: Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) | Webcast
Background Information

More information can be found here:
http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Every-Student-Succeeds-Act-ESSA 


 

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.


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:

  1. Whether the teacher has met State qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction;
  2. Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or another provisional status through which State qualification or licensing criteria have been waived; and
  3. Whether the teacher is teaching in the field of discipline of the certification of the teacher;
  4. Whether your child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.

Parents should contact the school offices for this information, or return the information request document found by clicking here.

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.

Annual Notices-Parents/Community

School Delays, Closings, Announcements & Emergencies

We believe it is important to communicate with our families.  One way we do that is with our instant message system. We are using a company called School Messenger. 

The phone numbers and emails that were used initially were the contacts listed in our student information system (DASL). If you would like to be able to change how you are contacted, we will need a current email address in our system. Please send your current email address using the link provided below, or call the school your child(ren) attend, and we will enter that into our student information system.

Go to the following link (can also be found on the district’s website-www.fostoriaschools.org) to add or change your current email address (submit one (1) response for each child): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1-uW_SQIyhUyZzIdSmXWW79fBc8-z6Gqh6Xdv-IAs1Hk/edit

Once your address is in you will be able to go to 
https://go.schoolmessenger.com/#/home and create an account that will allow you to add numbers and email addresses to your profile. Note: Changes made through the School Messenger application do not inform your child’s school of the changes.  Parents/Guardians should also inform the school of any changes to phone numbers and/or email addresses.

School Messenger is compliant with the Student Privacy Pledge, so you can rest assured that your information is safe and will never be given or sold to anyone.

We do our best to provide instant messages to all our families, but we need your help.  In order to ensure we are up to date contact information, please contact your child’s school with any phone number and/or email address changes AND update your School Messenger account.  


DISTRICT SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS (POLICY 9211)

The Board of Education appreciates the efforts of all organizations whose objectives are to enhance the educational experiences of District students, to help meet educational needs of students and/or provide extra educational benefits not provided for, at the time, by the Board. However, in using the name of the District or its schools and in organizing a group whose identity derives from a school(s) of the District, district support organizations share responsibility with the Board for the welfare of participating students. District support organizations must submit Form 9211 F1 to the Treasurer annually by May 1 for Board approval to be officially recognized by the school district for the following school year. Any modifications after approval must be submitted to the Treasurer as soon as possible for separate Board approval.

District support organizations are defined as any non-profit entity, group, or other organization formed and operating for the purpose of supporting District programs.

District support organizations desiring to use the name of the District in organizing students must obtain the approval of the Board as a prerequisite to organizing.

Board approved District Support Groups for the 2018-2019 school year include:

  • Fostoria Athletic Boosters
  • Redmen Club
  • Redmen Music Club
  • Class of 2021 Jr. After Prom Parents
  • FCS Elementary PTO

BULLYING AND OTHER FORMS OF AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR

The Board of Education is committed to providing a safe, positive, productive, and nurturing educational environment for all of its students. The Board encourages the promotion of positive interpersonal relations between members of the school community.

Harassment, intimidation, or bullying toward a student, whether by other students, staff, or third parties is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated. This prohibition includes aggressive behavior, physical, verbal, and psychological abuse, and violence within a dating relationship. The Board of Education will not tolerate any gestures, comments, threats, or actions which cause or threaten to cause bodily harm or personal degradation. This policy applies to all activities in the District, including activities on school property or while enroute to or from school, and those occurring off school property if the student or employee is at any school-sponsored, school-approved or school-related activity or function, such as field trips or athletic events where students are under the school's control, in a school vehicle, or where an employee is engaged in school business.

Board Policy Bullying and Other Forms of Aggressive Behavior (5517.01)  and procedures.

CLICK HERE TO REPORT INCIDENTS OF BULLYING AND OTHER FORMS OF AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR

Bullying Incidents Reported - 2017-2018:
FJSHS - 27
FIES - 9
Riley - 0
Longfellow - 0


COMPLIANCE OFFICER

The Board designates the following individual to serve as " Compliance Officer" for the District.

            Director of Student Services
            1001 Park Avenue
            Fostoria, OH 44830
            419-436-4101

The Compliance Officer will be available during regular school/work hours to discuss concerns related to unlawful harassment, to assist students, other members of the District community, and third parties who seek support or advice when informing another individual about "unwelcome" conduct, or to intercede informally on behalf of the student, other member of the School District community or third party in those instances where concerns have not resulted in the filing of a formal complaint and where all parties are in agreement to participate in an informal process.


NOTIFICATION TO PARENTS ON BLOOD-BORNE PATHOGENS

The District is subject to Federal and State regulations to restrict the spread of hepatitis B virus (HBV) and human immune deficiency virus (HIV) in the workplace. These regulations are designed to protect employees of the District who are, or could be, exposed to blood or other contaminated bodily fluids while performing their job duties. Because of the very serious consequences of contracting HBV or HIV, the District is committed to taking the necessary precautions to protect both students and staff from its spread in the school environment. Part of the mandated procedures includes a requirement that the District request the person who was bleeding to consent to be tested for HBV and HIV. The law does not require parents or guardians to grant permission for the examination of their child's blood, but it does require the District to request that consent. Although we expect that incidents of exposure will be few, we want to notify parents of these requirements ahead of time. That way if the situation does develop you will understand the reason for our request and will have had an opportunity to consider it in advance. These are serious diseases, and we sincerely hope that through proper precautions and cooperation we can prevent them from spreading. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the FCS District Nurse at 419-436-4125.


PARENT INVOLVEMENT

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. 


TITLE I - FEDERAL PROGRAMS 


PROJECT "CHILD FIND"

The Fostoria City School District's Director of Student Services is the "Child Find" Coordinator for Fostoria City Schools. "Child Find" is an annual search to identify and evaluate all district children, birth through 21, who may not be receiving appropriate educational opportunities. Children who have suspected difficulties in academic, cognitive, motor, or communication skills, social/emotional functioning, or daily living skills or who have significant medical needs impacting educational performance; upon request; may be eligible for evaluation and possible services regardless of their special education needs. Persons who are aware of a child in the district who may reflect the criteria for a needs evaluation may contact the Director of Student Services, 1001 Park Avenue, Fostoria, OH 44830 or call 419-435-8163. It is the philosophy of the Fostoria City School District to ensure that every child, regardless of their special needs, develops to their fullest potential.


THIRD GRADE READING GUARANTEE - TEACHER STAFFING PLAN

Sub. Senate Bill 21 requires districts to submit a staffing plan to the Ohio Department of Education if they do not have a sufficient number of teachers who meet the legislated teaching credentials to work with students who enter third grade on or after July 1, 2013, that are on a reading improvement and monitoring plan or have been retained to be assigned to a teacher with the legislated credentials.  Click here to review the FCS Third Grade Reading Guarantee Staffing Plan submitted to ODE.


MEMORANDUM TO PARENTS REGARDING SCHOOL BOARD POLICY ON DRUG-FREE SCHOOLS

In accordance with Federal Law, the Board of Education prohibits the use, possession, concealment, or distribution of drugs by students on school grounds, in school or school-approved vehicles, or at any school-related event.  Drugs include any alcoholic beverage, anabolic steroid, dangerous controlled substance as defined by State statute or substance that could be considered a "look-a-like" controlled substance. Compliance with this policy is mandatory for all students. Any student who violates this policy will be subject to disciplinary action, in accordance with due process and as specified in the student handbooks, up to and including expulsion from school. When required by State law, the District will also notify law enforcement officials. The District is concerned about any student who is a victim of alcohol or drug abuse and will facilitate the process by which s/he receives help through programs and services available in the community. Students and their parents should contact the school principal or counseling office whenever such help is needed. 


AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (A.D.A)

The Fostoria Board of Education welcomes and encourages any and all comments from individuals interested in the Americans With Disabilities Act (A.D.A) The A.D.A. contains Title I-Employment, Title II-Public Services, and Title III-Public Accommodations. Please contact our Director of Student Services, 1001 Park Avenue, Fostoria, OH, 44830 or at 419-436-4101.


NOTICE OF PARENT/GUARDIAN RIGHTS - PARENTAL CONSENT TO ACCESS PUBLIC BENEFITS (MEDICAID) - THE OHIO MEDICAID SCHOOL PROGRAM

The Fostoria School District has the opportunity to receive Federal Medicaid dollars through a program called the Ohio Medicaid School Program (MSP). Through this program, school districts can receive Medicaid dollars for services such as Speech, Audiology, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Nursing, Psychology, Counseling, and Social Work services. The district can receive funding when a student receives one or more of these services and the student has current Medicaid insurance coverage. In the process of billing Medicaid for these services, certain billing information must be shared with the Ohio Department of Medicaid. Before the district can submit claim data for Medicaid billing purposes, we must first obtain a signed Parental Consent to Share Information and Access Medicaid.

This annual notice is to inform you of all of your legal protections and rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Your consent is voluntary. You have the right under 34 CFR Part 99 and Part 300 to withdraw your consent at any time. You are not required to enroll in Medicaid. Billing Medicaid will not require you to incur any out-of-pocket expenses such as a deductible or co-pay, decrease lifetime coverage, increase premiums or lead to the discontinuation of benefits, or result in you paying for services that would otherwise be covered by Medicaid. No matter whether you grant consent, refuse consent or revoke your consent, your child will still be provided with an evaluation and/or the services listed in their IEP at no cost to you.

For a more detailed explanation of Medicaid Parental Consent, please see the following Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).

34 CFR 300.154 34 CFR 300.503 34 CFR 300.622 34 CFR 99.30

For specific questions regarding the Medicaid School Program Parental Consent, please contact Healthcare Billing Services, Inc. at (740) 639-4218 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


EQUAL EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY

All students of the District have equal educational opportunities. Students have the right to be free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, citizenship status, religion, sex, economic status, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information or military status in all decisions affecting admissions; membership in school-sponsored organizations, clubs or activities; access to facilities; distribution of funds; academic evaluations or any other aspects of school-sponsored activities. Any limitations with regard to participation in a school-sponsored activity are based on criteria reasonably related to that specific activity.

Any person who believes that s/he has been discriminated against on the basis of his/her race, color, disability, religion, gender, or national origin while at school or a school activity should immediately contact the School District’s Compliance Officer(s): Director of Student Services, Fostoria City Schools, 1001 Park Avenue, Fostoria, OH, 419-435-8163.

Complaints will be investigated in accordance with the procedures described in this Student/Parent Handbook.  Any student making a complaint or participating in a school investigation will be protected from retaliation.  The Compliance Officer(s) can provide additional information concerning equal access to educational opportunity.  Also, see BOE policy #2260 - Non-Discrimination and Access to Equal Education Opportunity.

Individuals may also, at any time, contact the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Cleveland Office, 600 Superior Avenue East, Suite 750, Cleveland, Ohio 44114-2611; Telephone: (216) 522-4970; Fax: (216) 522-2573; TDD: (216) 522-4944; E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Web: http://www.ed.gov/ocr.


INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (IDEA) NOTICE

The Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) established funds for which school districts may apply.  IDEA Part B (formerly called Title IV-B Flow-Thru) and Early Childhood Grant Applications are currently being completed by the Fostoria City School District.  The funds generated through these grant awards must be utilized in the education of children with disabilities.  If you have any comments, questions, or would like additional information regarding these grant applications, you may submit them in writing to the Director of Student Services, 1001 Park Avenue, Fostoria, OH 44830.


NOTIFICATION OF RIGHTS UNDER FERPA

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years of age ("eligible students") certain rights with respect to the student's education records. These rights are:

1.   The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the day the District receives a request for access.  Parents or eligible students should submit to the principal a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The principal will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.

2.   The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate.  Parents or eligible students may ask the District to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate. They should write the Director of Pupil Services clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate. If the District decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the District will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.

3.   The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.  One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to District officials with legitimate educational interests. A District official is a person employed by the District as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the District Board; a person or company with whom the District has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another District official in performing his or her tasks.

A District official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.  Upon request, the District discloses education records without consent to officials of another District in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.

4.   The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the District to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA are:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-5901

Student records shall be available only to students and their parents, eligible students, designated school officials, and designated school personnel, who have a legitimate educational interest in the information, or to other individuals or organizations as permitted by law.  Both parents shall have equal access to student records unless stipulated otherwise by court order or law. In the case of eligible students, parents may be allowed access to the records without the student's consent, provided the student is considered a dependent under section 152 of the Internal Revenue Code. Only "directory information" regarding a student shall be released to any person or party, other than the student or his/her parent, without the written consent of the parent, or, if the student is an eligible student, without the written consent of the student, except to those persons or parties stipulated by the Board's policy and administrative guidelines and/or those specified in the law.

Each year the District provides public notice to students and their parents of the District's intent to make available, upon request, certain information known as "directory information." The Board designates as student "directory information":

1.       student’s name
2.       student’s photograph
3.       student’s extracurricular participation
4.       student’s achievement awards or honors
5.       student’s weight and height, if a member of an athletic team

For information about parent and student rights to inspect, review and request amendments to educational records, or if parents/students believe their rights under Federal law have been violated, please contact the Director of Student Services, 1001 Park Avenue, Fostoria, OH 44830 or at 419-435-8163.


PESTICIDE/HERBICIDE USE

In accordance with Assembly Bill 2260, school districts are required to notify parents regarding the types of pesticides/herbicides that may be used in the maintenance of the school sites. Parents may register with their school site (click here for registration form) if they wish to be notified when a pesticide/herbicide will be used. Click here for the list provided by the Districtʼs Maintenance & Operations Department. Should you have questions, please contact M&O Department at 419-436-4102.  


The Fostoria City School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, gender, economic status, disability, genetic information, or military status in its dealings with employees, students, the general public, individuals with whom it does business, applicants for employment, or in its educational programs and activities.

Annual Notices - Staff

BULLYING AND OTHER FORMS OF AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR

The Board of Education is committed to providing a safe, positive, productive, and nurturing educational environment for all of its students. The Board encourages the promotion of positive interpersonal relations between members of the school community.

Harassment, intimidation, or bullying toward a student, whether by other students, staff, or third parties is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated. This prohibition includes aggressive behavior, physical, verbal, and psychological abuse, and violence within a dating relationship. The Board of Education will not tolerate any gestures, comments, threats, or actions which cause or threaten to cause bodily harm or personal degradation. This policy applies to all activities in the District, including activities on school property or while enroute to or from school, and those occurring off school property if the student or employee is at any school-sponsored, school-approved or school-related activity or function, such as field trips or athletic events where students are under the school's control, in a school vehicle, or where an employee is engaged in school business.

Board Policy Bullying and Other Forms of Aggressive Behavior (5517.01)  and procedures.

CLICK HERE TO REPORT INCIDENTS OF BULLYING AND OTHER FORMS OF AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR


COMPLIANCE OFFICER

The Board designates the following individual to serve as " Compliance Officer" for the District:

            Director of Student Services
            1001 Park Avenue
            Fostoria, OH 44830
            419-436-4101

The Compliance Officer will be available during regular school/work hours to discuss concerns related to unlawful harassment, to assist students, other members of the District community, and third parties who seek support or advice when informing another individual about "unwelcome" conduct, or to intercede informally on behalf of the student, other member of the School District community or third party in those instances where concerns have not resulted in the filing of a formal complaint and where all parties are in agreement to participate in an informal process.


5630.01 - POSITIVE BEHAVIOR INTERVENTION AND SUPPORTS AND LIMITED USE OF RESTRAINT AND SECLUSION

The Board is committed to the District-wide use of Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports ("PBIS") with students. Student Personnel shall work to prevent the need for the use of restraint and/or seclusion. PBIS emphasizes prevention of student behavior problems through the use of non-aversive techniques, which should greatly reduce, if not eliminate, the need to use restraint and/or seclusion. Click here to view policy 5630.01


NONDSCRIMINATION AND EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

1422/3122/4122 - Professional & Classified Staff (View Full Policies Here)

The Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, military status, ancestry, age, genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristic, in its programs and activities, including employment opportunities.

The Superintendent shall appoint a compliance officer whose responsibility it will be to ensure that Federal and State regulations are complied with and that any inquiries or complaints are dealt with promptly in accordance with law. S/He shall also ensure that proper notice of nondiscrimination for Title II, Title VI, and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendment Act of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act is provided to staff members and the general public. Any sections of the District's collectively-bargained, negotiated agreements dealing with hiring, promotion, and tenure need to contain a statement of nondiscrimination similar to that in the Board's statement above. In addition, any gender-specific terms should be eliminated from such contracts.


3122.01/4122.01 - DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE (View Full Policies Here)

The Board of Education believes that quality education is not possible in an environment affected by drugs. It will seek, therefore, to establish and maintain an educational setting which is not tainted by the use or evidence of the use of any controlled substance.

The Board shall not permit the manufacture, possession, use, distribution, or dispensing of any controlled substance, alcohol, and any drug paraphernalia as the term is defined by law, by any member of the District's professional staff at any time while on District property or while involved in any District-related activity or event. Any staff member who violates this policy shall be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with District guidelines and the terms of collective bargaining agreements.

The Superintendent shall establish guidelines that ensure compliance with this policy and that each staff member is given a copy of the standards regarding unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by staff and informed that compliance with this requirement is mandatory. Such guidelines shall provide for appropriate disciplinary actions, if and when needed, which comply with the terms of any negotiated agreement.


NONDISCRIMINATION BASED ON GENETIC INFORMATION OF THE EMPLOYEE (1422.02/3122.02/4122.01) (View Full Policies Here)

The Board of Education prohibits discrimination on the basis of genetic information in all aspects of employment, including hiring, firing, compensation, job assignments, promotions, layoffs, training, fringe benefits, or any other terms, conditions, or privileges of employment. The Board also does not limit, segregate, or classify employees in any way that would deprive or tend to deprive them of employment opportunities or otherwise adversely affect the status of an employee as an employee, based on genetic information. Harassment of a person because of his/her genetic information is also prohibited. Likewise, retaliation against an applicant or employee for engaging in protected activity is prohibited.

In accordance with the Genetic Information Act (GINA), the Board shall not request, require or purchase genetic information of employees, their family members or applicants for employment. Further, in compliance with this Act, employees are directed not to provide any genetic information, including the individual’s family medical history, in response to necessary requests for medical information, with the exception that family medical history may be acquired as part of the certification process for FMLA leave, when an employee is asking for leave to care for an immediate family member with a serious health condition. Applicants for employment are directed not to provide any genetic information, including the individual’s family medical history, in response to requests for medical information as part of the District’s application process.

The District recognizes that genetic information may be acquired through commercially and publicly available documents like newspapers, books, magazines, periodicals, television shows or the Internet. The District prohibits, however, its employees from searching such sources with the intent of finding or obtaining genetic information or accessing sources from which they are likely to acquire genetic information.

"Genetic information," as defined by GINA, means information about: (a) an individual’s genetic tests; (b) the genetic tests of that individual’s family members; (c) the manifestation of disease or disorder in family members of the individual (i.e., family medical history); (d) an individual’s request for, or receipt of, genetic services, or the participation in clinical research that includes genetic services by the individual or a family member of the individual; or (e) the genetic information of a fetus carried by an individual or a pregnant woman who is a family member of the individual and the genetic information of an embryo legally held by an individual or family member using assistive reproductive technology.

If the District either legally and/or inadvertently receives genetic information about an employee or applicant for employment from the employee, an applicant for employment or a medical provider it shall be treated as a confidential medical record in accordance with law.

The Superintendent shall appoint a compliance officer who shall be responsible for overseeing the District’s compliance with Federal regulations and promptly dealing with any inquiries or complaints. S/He shall also verify that proper notice of nondiscrimination for Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 is provided to staff members, and that all District requests for health-related information (e.g., to support an employee’s request for reasonable accommodation under the ADA or a request for sick leave) is accompanied by a written warning that directs the employee or health care provider not to collect or provide genetic information. The warning shall read as follows:

 

The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) prohibits employers and other entities covered by GINA Title II, including the Board of Education, from requesting or requiring genetic information of an individual or family member of the individual, except as specifically allowed by law. To comply with this law, do not provide any genetic information when responding to this request for medical information (unless the request pertains to a request for FMLA leave for purposes of caring for an immediate family member with a serious health condition). "Genetic information," as defined by GINA, includes an individual’s family medical history, the results of an individual’s or family member’s genetic test, the fact that an individual or an individual’s family member sought or received genetic services or participated in clinical research that includes genetic services, and genetic information of a fetus carried by an individual or an individual’s family member or an embryo lawfully held by an individual or family member receiving assistive reproductive services.

 

The District offers health services, including a wellness program. Participation in the services/program is voluntary. Genetic information (such as family medical history) may be obtained as part of an individual’s participation in the service/program. If that occurs, individual genetic information may be provided to the individual receiving the services and to his/her health services providers, but only genetic information in aggregate form will be provided to the Board.


REPORT FRAUD

Ohio Fraud Reporting System provides citizens and public employees with several ways to anonymously report allegations of fraud, abuse or misuse of taxpayer funds. 

Individuals can:

   1.  Anonymously call the Auditor of State’s Fraud Hotline at 866-FRAUD-OH (866.372.8364)

   2.  Email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

   3.  Submit a written complaint via the U.S. mail to:

Ohio Auditor of State’s Office
Special Investigations Unit
88 East Broad Street, P.O. Box 1140 
Columbus, OH 43215


OHIO ETHICS LAW AND RELATED STATUTES - January 2017
LICENSURE CODE OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT FOR OHIO EDUCATORS
DISTRICT BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS EXPOSURE CONTROL PLAN

Student Services

The Student Services Department of Fostoria City Schools is located at:

                Fostoria Junior/Senior High School
                District Administration Offices
                1001 Park Avenue
                Fostoria, Ohio 44830 
                419-436-4101
Student Services, under the direction of Jennifer Abell, is responsible for coordination of nurses, ESL, Special Education, Preschool, Guidance, School Psychologists, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy.

Special Education

Students ages 3 through 21 identified as disabled under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act are provide d services according to Ohio’s Operating Standards for Ohio’s Schools Serving Children with Disabilities.  Students receive specialized instruction both within a regular classroom setting and in resource classrooms by certified staff.  It is our goal to provide children with disabilities the best conditions for learning within our school system.  The State of Ohio Operating Standards for Students with Disabilities are implemented to ensure that all children with disabilities have available a free appropriate public education that emphasizes specially designed instruction to meet their unique needs.

Accommodations Manual - ODE - February 2011

SPECIAL EDUCATION PROCEDURAL SAFEGUARDS NOTICE  
Click here for copy of A Guide to Parent Rights in Special Education
This guide can help you understand your rights and your child’s rights according to IDEA and the Ohio Operating Standards. It also gives you information and resources to help you understand your child’s special education supports and services. ODE is in the process of translating this document into the top 10 foreign languages in Ohio (Albanian, Arabic, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Somali, Ukrainian and Vietnamese). A link to the translated versions will be added as soon as available.

Although the above A Guide to Parent Rights in Special Education is replacing the formerly utilized WHOSE IDEA IS THIS (below), the WHOSE IDEA document will still be accessible here and may continue to serve as a valuable resource for parents.  Information related to steps to getting services, specific ETR and IEP information, disability terms and definitions, and other information relevant to special education Frequently Asked Questions can be accessed through this document.

Whose IDEA Is This?

(A Parent's Guide to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004)
To assist districts with meeting the requirement of providing the procedural safeguards notice to parents in their native language (3301-51-05 (H)(3)), ODE translated this document into the top 10 foreign languages in Ohio (Albanian, Arabic, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Somali, Ukrainian and Vietnamese). The translations are available here.

Memorandum to Amend whose IDEA Is This - January 21, 2014

Preschool Program

The purpose of Fostoria City Schools Preschool Program is to provide an enriched environment that will foster enriched meaningful experiences for learning, exploring and peer involvement.  Our preschool curriculum follows the Ohio Department of Education‘s Early Learning Content Standards in the areas of Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.

Our program is built upon the belief that learning is a collaborative process that occurs between the home and schools.  Also, knowledge and skills are acquired by a child through “hands-on” experiences. Students are provided a rich learning environment with structured and unstructured activities designed to encourage exploration and discovery which are essential in helping young children learn basic academic skills while promoting positive social and behavioral growth.

Our Preschool Program is licensed by the Ohio Department of Education and is located at:

                                Longfellow Elementary School

                                619 Sandusky St.

                                Fostoria, Ohio 44830

                                419-436-4135

School Psychologist

Fostoria City Schools has a certified school psychologist on staff.    The School Psychologist conducts assessments to evaluate students on criteria such as intelligence, aptitude, and psychopathology. Additionally, she often consults with teachers and other school personnel help to supply interventions to aid in student learning.

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Audited Financial Report

The Audited Financial Report is available for public viewing on the Auditor of State website: https://ohioauditor.gov/
auditsearch/results.aspx - Audit Search - Search Keyword: Fostoria City Schools District or by visting the Treasurer's Office at 1001 Park Avenue, Fostoria, OH 44830 (Please call in advance @ 419-436-4162).