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 2020-2021 school year include:
- Fostoria Elementary Parent Lighthouse Team
- Redmen Club
- Redmen Music Club
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.
Bullying Incidents Reported - 2020-2021:
FES - 4
The Fostoria City School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following person has been designated as the "Compliance Officer" to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:
Director of Student Services
1001 Park Avenue
Fostoria, OH 44830
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.
For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit http://wdcrobcolp01.ed.gov/CFAPPS/OCR/contactus.cfm for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.