The Lorain County General Health District is working closely with the Ohio Department of Health to keep us informed of available resources addressing the Ebola Virus.  Pertinent information is posted on the Lorain County General Health District's website,
If you have questions, for the most accurate information, please refer to the Lorain County General Health District's webiste or contact them by phone at (440) 322-6367.  The Ohio Departmen tof Health also has a 24/7 hotline (866) 800-1404.  The Ohio Department of Health has also issued a fact sheet.  What you Need to Know about Ebola.
The Lorain County Superintendents will meet early next week to put a cohesive plan together for Lorain County schools.  CLSD will do everything in its power to ensure the safety of our students and staff. Should you have any specific concerns, please contact my office at (440) 236-5008.


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.


August 8, 2014
Dear Parents/Guardians:
The summer is quickly coming to an end and we are looking forward to the start of another year on August 21st. Once again, we had a very successful 2013-2014 school year, both academically and athletically. We are proud of the efforts of our students and staff. We look forward to another fantastic year!
This summer we have been feverishly working to install technology and make improvements throughout the district. Wi-Fi is now available in all of our buildings. All classrooms either have a Smart Board or projector. A new computer lab has been installed at CHS as well as new computer carts at CHS and CMS. All of these projects were funded by the permanent improvement fund. I want to thank all of our custodial, maintenance and summer staff on a job well done! 
Permanent Improvement Projects:
CHS - New doors were installed in the gym entrances, the entire building has been cleaned, the gym floor has been refinished, most of the parking lots have been crack filled and sealed and a concrete pad was installed at the back of the building.
CMS - A new roof was installed, the parking lot was crack filled and sealed, all classrooms were painted, the gym floor
has been refinished, and the entire building has been cleaned.  
Copopa - A 40 x 40 concrete pad was added to the playground, the bricks are being installed from all of those that donated to the playground, and the entire school was cleaned.
Administration - Concrete was installed in the parking lot and doors were replaced.
Transportation - New bus, doors were replaced.
School HoursThere is a minor adjustment to the times at the buildings.
                        Columbia High School             Grades 9-12                 7:30 am – 2:30 pm
                        Columbia Middle School         Grades 5-8                   8:15 am – 3:12 pm
                        Copopa Elementary School     Grades K-4                  8:20 am – 3:15 pm
Bus drop off procedures - There is NO transportation for CHS students. Mr. Lynch will communicate the procedures for pickup and drop off at CHS and Mr. Bunner and Mr. Ketterer will speak to the procedures at CMS/Copopa. Bus routes for K-8 students are currently available on our website. Routes will be posted in an upcoming edition of the Rural Urban. The first couple days of school our buses may run a few minutes off of schedule due to the changes. Thank you in advance for your patience!
New Policies– Last spring the Board of Education approved two new policies. These policies are in regards to smoking and drinking on school property. CLSD is now a smoke and alcohol free environment. There is to be no smoking or consumption of alcohol on CLSD grounds. This includes tailgating at the stadium. As an adult, it is important to set good examples for the children. All offenders will be referred to the Lorain County Sheriff’s Department. Thank you in advance for following these new policies.
Pay to Participate- $150.00 per sport and marching band with no family cap. All fees must be paid prior to participating in a scrimmage or game.     


New Lunch Program – Sodexo, an international food service company, was hired by CLSD to manage our cafeterias. Both breakfast and lunch will be provided for all students each day. There will be many more options available for students at lunch. Sodexo will be available at Open House to explain their program. Our plan is to provide a great service to the students as well as reduce our overall costs. This is a win-win for CLSD.
Breakfast/LunchBreakfast: K-4 is $1.00 and 5-12 is $1.50. Lunch is $3.50 in K-12. Your child may qualify for a free or reduced-priced breakfast and lunch. Reduced-price breakfast is .30 and lunch is .40. Free/Reduced-price applications will be sent home with all students at the beginning of the school year. Please fill it out and return it immediately if you feel you qualify. We will once again be using the Point of Sale (POS) system. POS is a program that allows parents to deposit funds online or in person at the office for use in the cafeteria. These funds will be available for students each day. Parents will be able to monitor their child’s purchases via a website. Students will be required to enter a pin number to complete the process. Just go to our website and click on the “Pay For It” tab and follow the instructions.
Calamity Days Beginning this school year, we are required to comply with minimum hours of instruction instead of a minimum number of school days. The minimum hours required are as follows: K-6 = 910 hours, 7-12 = 1,001 hours. Calamity days are figured by taking the number of open for instruction hours minus the state minimum. This does not include lunch.  Our students are in session for 14/15 as follows: K-4 = 1,167 hours, 5-8 = 1,173 hours, 9-12 = 1183 hours. Therefore, calamity for 14/15 come out to 37 days in K-6, 8.5 days in grades 7-8 and 9.5 days in grades 9-12. This is not easy to explain. The easy part is the total number of calamity days in bold. Hopefully we will be spared of another bad winter.
Emergency Notification - All emergency notifications will be communicated through our Alert Solutions phone system. This includes calamity days. Even though this system is in place situations occur where a call cannot be made. Local television stations will also be notified. Please make sure that you notify the schools if you change your phone number at any point during the school year. Emergency medical forms will be sent home during the first week of school. 
Open House -    
Copopa (Grades K-4)     Monday, August 18, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
CMS (Grades 5-8)     Tuesday, August 19, 5:30-7:00 p.m.  
CHS (Grades 9-12)     Tuesday, August 19, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
School Fees - All students will be charged a $50.00 district student fee. This will be in addition to other fees. Failure to pay in full or by setting up a payment plan with the school will result in not being able to participate in that activity until all fees are paid. Failure to be up to date on fees will also result in grades being withheld until fees are paid in full. Policy was approved that all school fees must be paid in full prior to participating in any extracurricular activity that requires school transportation. Once again you can use the “Pay For It” system to complete this transaction.
Renewal Levies – In May of 2015, CLSD will have two renewal levies on the ballot. A 3.23 mill operating and a 2.0 mill permanent improvement levy. These are renewal levies only, no additional taxes. The operating levy supports our classrooms, teachers and many other important items. The PI pays for all improvements to the building and grounds. We appreciate your support in the past and hope that you will support our schools in May.
The Columbia Board of Education, Administration and staff are dedicated to the District and our decisions are made in the best interest of our students. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I can be reached at (440)236-5008. We value your opinion!
I wish you and your student(s) a great 2014-2015 school year!
Graig Bansek
Columbia Local Schools

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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, 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
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, for more information and an application.  
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Columbia Local Schools
Graig Bansek, Superintendent
Patricia Weber, 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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