25796 Royalton Road, Columbia Station, OH. 44028 | phone - 440-236-5008 | fax - 440-236-8817
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State of the Schools
The State of the Community presentation was held on Wednesday, April 18.  Download a copy of the presentation HERE
Kindergarten Registration

Your child is eligible for Kindergarten if they will be 5 years old on or before August 1.

Dear Kindergarten Families,

This is an exciting time for you and your child. Very soon they will begin their educational journey which will prepare them for what lies ahead. It is our mission to engage each student in their learning and provide the best academic experience for them. You will soon find that there are many opportunities to be partners in education and we encourage each of you to take an interest and become involved with school.

The following information is provided to assist you with an easy transition to Kindergarten.

Registration packets can be picked up at the Administration Center from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or downloaded HERE.  Kindergarten Screening will take place on May 17 and May 18.  If you do not already have a screening appointment, please contact Carla Lasecki at 440/236-5020 to schedule an appointment.

Kindergarten Registration Packet - Please include copies (for student file, will not be returned) of the following items:
  • Birth certificate
  • Social Security card
  • Current immunization record
  • Two (2) proofs of residency in the Columbia School District (see Residency Affidavit form included in packet)
  • Divorce and/or custody papers, if applicable

Please complete the forms and return them to the Administration Center as soon as possible. If you have any questions or need any assistance, please contract Carla Lasecki at 440/236-5020.


Kindergarten Open Enrollment Inquiries:
Please contact the Superintendent's Office (440/236-5008) and request an application.  Applications for open enrollment are mailed after March 1. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

If your child is not eligible for enrollment in your home district, we cannot accept your application. EXAMPLE: if your home district’s age limitation for Kindergarten is 5 years old by August 1, and your child’s birth date is August 15, we cannot accept your child.

Please complete the enrollment and Kindergarten screening process in your home district. There is no need for open enrollment families to attend Copopa’s Kindergarten Information Night. If your child is accepted in the Columbia Schools, you will receive enrollment information with your acceptance letter. Applications will be acted upon by July 1.

If you have any further questions or would like an open enrollment application, please contact Patricia Cieslak, Secretary to the Superintendent, at 440/236-5008.

New Attendance Policy

September 18, 2017

Dear Parent/Guardian:

The Ohio General Assembly passed House Bill 410 to promote school attendance and control truancy. This law takes effect this school year. This new law supersedes the attendance information that is currently in our student agendas and handbooks.

Attendance is now measured by hours instead of days.

Excessive Absences:
 -Absent 38 or more hours in one school month with or without a legitimate excuse;
 -Absent 65 or more hours in one school year with or without a legitimate excuse.

Habitual Truant:
 -Absent 30 or more consecutive hours without a legitimate excuse;
 -Absent 42 or more hours in one school month without a legitimate excuse;
 -Absent 72 or more hours in one school year without a legitimate excuse.

When a student has Excessive Absences from school, the following will occur:
 1.The District will notify the student's parents in writing within seven days of the triggering absence/
 2.The student will follow the District's plan for absence intervention; and
 3.The student and family may be referred to community resources.

When a student is Habitually Truant, the following will occur:
1.Within seven days of the triggering absence, the District will assemble an absence intervention team:
  • Assemble the absence intervention team comprised of school personnel, the studewnt's parent or guardian, and the Lorain County Attendance Officer.

  • Make three meaningful attempts to secure the participation of the student's parent or guardian on the absence intervention team.
Within 14 days after the assignment of the team, the District will develop the student's absence intervention plan;  
3.If the student does not make progress on the plan within 61 days or continues to be excessively absent, the District will file a complaint in the juvenile court.

The law requires us to notify you if the “excessive absence” threshold of 38 hours in one month or 65 hours in one school year is met. These hours include doctor visits, dentist visits, hospital stays, tardies of more than 30 minutes per day, vacations, planned absences, etc. Even though your child may have a legitimate doctor’s excuse for an absence, or you may have completed a vacation or planned absence request, we still have to send you a letter.
The intent of this letter is to keep you informed, but to specifically let you know about the letter that will come even with excused absences. If you have any question, please feel free to contact me or your child’s principal.

Graig Bansek
Columbia Local Schools
Welcome Back!

Columbia Local School District is excited for a new school year!  
Welcome back students!
Attention JVS Parents

Attention Columbia JVS Parents,

This school year, the district will be able to provide afternoon busing home for our JVS students. Students returning to CHS from the JVS on the afternoon shuttle can transfer to a high school bus for transportation home.

This service will only be provided on days that CLSD has school. If school is not in session, you will need to make arrangements for your transportation from the high school.

If you have any questions, please contact Transportation at (440) 236-8222. Thank you.
New School Hours for 2017/18 School Year

Due to the change in the 2017/18 school calendar, afternoon dismissal times had to be adjusted at our three buildings.  Please see below for the new buildings times:

Copopa   8:20 a.m. - 3:33 p.m.
CMS         8:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
CHS          7:30 a.m. - 2:48 p.m.
Before/After School Care

Starting in the fall of 2017, Springboard Education in America will offer before and after-school care at Copopa Elementary School for students in grades K-6.

Download a copy of the flyer HERE.

If you have any questions, please contact Springboard Area Director:
Madi Jackson

or call (800) 341-3177

Program Hours are:
6:30 -8:10 a.m.
3:35 - 6:00 p.m.
Early Release:  12:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Substitute Bus Drivers Needed
The Columbia Local School District is seeking qualified candidates to use as substitute bus drivers.

If interested, please complete an employment application and return it to:

Al Cantrell
Transportation Supervisor
Columbia Local School District
25796 Royalton Road
Columbia Station, OH 44028

Download the application by clicking HERE.

Applicants must possess a high school diploma or equivalent, and must pass a criminal background check. The need is for bus drivers to be used only on an as-needed basis.

Please contact Mr. Cantrell if you need further information, 440/236-8222.

The Columbia Local School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, sex, religion, economic status, sexual orientation, age, disability or on the basis of legally acquired genetic information in employment or the provision of services.

Graig Bansek, Superintendent
Patricia Eddy, Treasurer
Administration Center
25796 Royalton Road
Columbia Station OH 44028
Phone - (440) 236-5008
Fax - (440) 236-8817
Office Hours 7:00- 4:00
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