Notice to Parents from Federal Court about the Opportunity to Object to the Release of Educational Data

 

 

A U.S. District Court has ordered that 2013-2014 school-year records from the Ohio Department of Education's Educational Management Information System be turned over to Disability Rights Ohio as part of an ongoing lawsuit.
 
Under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, families of students whose data will be released must be notified and given the opportunity to object. The court is instructing all local education agencies to post notice about this opportunity to object on your district website and in a central location, accessible to the public, in each building that is open to the public.
 
A copy of the notice - which includes instructions on how parents may object to the data release - can be found here. The court must receive objections no later than Sept. 12.
 
Students' names, addresses and social security numbers are not part of the information to be released. Ohio is one of only three states that do not allow their departments of education to collect this data, to protect student privacy.
 
Data to be released for each student include student ID number, school name, grade, gender, race, age and disability category. The records also reveal student performance on the state's Ohio Achievement Assessments and Ohio Graduation Tests, as well as tests related to Ohio's Third Grade Reading Guarantee. Student suspensions and expulsions also are listed.
 
The data is subject to a protective order, which means Disability Rights Ohio cannot publicize it.

 

2014/15 School Year

 

Children need healthy meals to learn. The Columbia Local School District offers healthy meals every school day. Breakfast costs $1.00 for grades K-4, and $1.50 for grades 5-12.  Lunch costs $3.50 for grades K-12. Your children may qualify for free meals or for reduced price meals. Reduced price is $0.30 for breakfast and $0.40 for lunch.

 

All meals served must meet nutrition standards established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. If a child has been determined by a doctor to be disabled and the disability would prevent the child from eating the regular school meal, this school will make any substitutions prescribed by the doctor. If a substitution is needed, there will be no extra charge for the meal. If you believe your child needs substitutions because of a disability, please contact your child’s school office for further information.

 

All children in households receiving benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Ohio Works First (OWF) benefits can get free meals regardless of your income. Also, your children can get free meals if your household’s gross income is within the free limits on the Federal Income Guidelines.

 

Foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals. Any foster child in the household is eligible for free meals regardless of income.

 

Children who meet the definition of homeless, runaway, or migrant qualify for free meals. If you have not been told your children will get free meals, please call or email Liz Wenzel, Homeless Liaison, at 440/236-1236, wenzell@columbia.k12.oh.us to see if they qualify.

 

Children can get low cost meals if your household income is within the reduced price limits on the Federal Eligibility Income Chart. 

 

  

Household SizeYearlyMonthlyWeekly
1$21,590$1,800$416
229,1012,426560
336,6123,051705
444,1233,677849
551,6344,303993
659,1454,9291,138
766,6565,5551,282
874,1676,1811,427
Each additional person:7,511626145

 

 
If you have any questions or feel that your children may qualify for free or reduced-price meals, please call or email Pat Cieslak, Secretary to the Superintendent, at 440/236-1213, cieslakp@columbia.k12.oh.us for more information and an application.

 

The Columbia Local School District has partnered with K&K Insurance for student insurance.  This is a VOLUNTARY program which allows parents to purchase low cost accident insurance for their child.

 

You can  enroll online at  www.kandkinsurance.com

 

 

The new bus routes are now posted online.   You may view them by clicking on this link

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Graig Bansek, Superintendent
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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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