Parental Notification (FERPA) - The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. & 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children’s education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are “eligible students.” • Parents or eligible students have the right to inspect and review the student’s education records maintained by the school. Schools are not required to provide copies of records unless, for reasons such as great distance, it is impossible for parents or eligible students to review the records. Schools may charge a fee for copies. • Parents or eligible students have the right to request that a school correct records which they believe to be inaccurate or misleading. If the school decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student then has the right to a formal hearing. After the hearing, if the school still decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student has the right to place a statement with the record setting forth his or her view about the contested information. • Generally, schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to release any information from a student’s education record. However, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR & 99.31): - School officials with legitimate educational interest; - Other schools to which a student is transferring; - Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes; - Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student; - Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school; - Accrediting organizations; - To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena; - Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; - State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific state law. Schools may disclose, without consent, “directory” information such as a student’s name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. However, schools must tell parents and eligible students about directory information and allow parents and eligible students a reasonable amount of time to request that the school not disclose directory information about them. Schools must notify parents and eligible students annually of their rights under FERPA. The actual means of notification (special letter, inclusion in a PTA bulletin, student handbook, or newspaper article) is left to the discretion of each school. For additional information, you may call 1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872- 5327) (voice). Individuals who use TDD may use the Federal Relay Service (//about/contacts/gen/index.html#frs). Or you may contact us at the following address: Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C., 20202-8520.
Teacher Qualifications - Parents of students in Title I buildings may request information regarding the professional qualifications of the students' classroom teachers including:
- Whether the teacher has met state qualifications and licensing criteria for the grade level and subject area taught
- Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or temporary status in which state qualifications or licensing criteria have been waived
- The teacher's baccalaureate degree, major, graduate certification, and field of discipline and
- Whether the student is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.
Federal Application: In accordance with the law, federal program applications and waiver requests are available for public review at the Orrville Board of Education office. Please submit your request in writing.
Complaint Procedure: See attached procedure
Orrville Schools will participate in the state assessments the during the announced testing window provided by the Ohio Department of Education. Specific dates will be determined by the school. Dates will be posted on the school's website/parental newsletter. Parents may request information regarding any state or district policy regarding student participation in any assessments mandated by Section 111(b)(2) and by the state or district, including a policy, procedure, or parental right to opt the child out of the assessment where applicable.
- Fall assessments - 3rd grade Language arts (October 21 through November 1); High school end of course (December 2 through January 10)
- Spring Engiish/Language Arts assessments; Grades 3,4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and high school end of course exams (March 23 to April 24)
- Spring Mathematics/Science/Social Studies assessments: Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and high school end of coruse exams (March 30 1 to May 8)
- Testing times document here:http://oh.portal.airast.org/core/fileparse.php/3094/urlt/OH_State_Test_Times.pdf
- Summer assessments for third grade reading guarantee: 3rd grade ELA (July 6 - 10)
- ACT Testing for college and career readiness - 11th grade (February 25)
- OELPA (Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment) for English Language Learners (February 3 through March 27)
- Alternative assessments for students with significant cognitive disabilities (February 18 through March 27)
- English language arts, grades K-5 = McGraw-Hill's Reading Wonders
- English language arts, grades 6-8 = Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's (HMH) Collections
- Math, grades K-8 = McGraw-Hill's MyMath
- Reading & Math - benchmark diagnostic assessment and progress monitoring, grades K-8 = Curriculum Associate's iReady
The district has adopted the following parental involvement plan Policy IGBJ.