- Student directory information includes the student’s name, height and weight if a member of an athletic team, awards received, honor rolls made, scholarships, participation in officially-recognized activities and sports, and date of graduation.
- Parents and adult students may refuse to allow the District to disclose any or all of such directory information upon written notification to the District within ten days after receipt of the District’s public notice. Otherwise, such directory information shall be released without the consent of the student or parent. Such notification should be given to their child’s principal.
- Directory information shall not be provided to any organization for profit-making purposes.
- By state law, the District shall release the names, addresses, and phone numbers of students in grades 10-12 to recruiting officers of any branch of the U.S. military. Parents and adult students may refuse to allow the District to disclose any or all of such directory information by providing their child’s principal with written notification.
- Whenever the release of a student’s educational, health, or directory information is necessary, either parent may provide consent unless agreed to otherwise in writing by both parents or stated by court order.
- The District may provide directory information on former students without student or parental consent.
In compliance with federal law, the Girard City School District has established policies and procedures that are free from discriminatory practices. Board policy 2260 states, “The board of education declares it to be the policy of this district to provide an equal opportunity for all students regardless of race, color, creed, disability, religion, gender, ancestry, age, national origin, place of residence within the boundaries of the district, or social or economic background to learn the curriculum offered in this district.”
The Board has designated the Superintendent as the district’s Civil Rights Compliance Officer. The Superintendent can be reached at 330-545-2596 330-545-2596 , ext. 151.
Limited English Proficiency
The school district provides services to students whose primary language is not English. Parents of students in Girard’s Limited English Proficiency
program are entitled to the following information:
– child’s level of English proficiency
– how that level is assessed
– status of child’ achievement
– method of instruction used in child’s program
– how the program will meet educational strengths and needs of the child
– how the program will help the child learn English and meet age appropriate academic achievement standards for promotion and graduation
– program exit requirements
– expected rate of transition
– expected rate of graduation for secondary school children
– how the program meets the child’s IEP, if applicable
Parents have the right to remove their child from the program, to decline enrollment in the program, and to receive assistance in selecting from available programs. Parents who would like to request assistance for their child should contact their child’s principal.
Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment
In addition, the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) gives parents and eligible students the right to opt out of surveys that are not funded by the Dept. of Education if those surveys fall into one of the eight categories as stated in No Child Left Behind Law, involves the collection, disclosure, or use of personal information in order to market or sell the information to others, or involves a non-emergency, invasive physical exam or screening as a condition of attendance other than hearing, vision, or scoliosis screenings or any physical exam or screening permitted under state law. Any violations of this amendment can be reported to the Superintendent of schools at 704 E. Prospect St., Girard, Ohio 44420.
The PROTECTION OF PUPIL RIGHTS AMENDMENT (PPRA) governs the administration to students of surveys, analyses, or evaluations that concern one or more of the following:
political affiliations or beliefs of the student or the student’s parent;
mental or psychological problems of the student or the student’s family;
sex behavior or attitudes;
illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior;
critical appraisals of other individuals with whom respondents have close family relationships;
legally recognized privileged or analogous relationships, such as those of lawyers, physicians, and ministers;
religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or student’s parent; or,
income (other than that required by law to determine eligibility for participation in a program or for receiving financial assistance under such program).
The Girard City School District does hereby notify parents that they have the right to review, upon request, such surveys, analyses, or evaluations or any instructional materials used in connection with any survey concerning one or more of the protected areas, and any instructional material used as part of the educational curriculum for the student. PPRA also concerns marketing surveys and other areas of student privacy, parental access to information, and the administration of certain physical examinations to minors. Rights under PPRA transfer from parents to a student who is 18 or an emancipated minor.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
Parents and eligible students have the right to inspect and review education records. Those interested in doing so should make that request of the school principal.
Prospect Elementary School: Mrs. Joanne Carmello, 700 E. Prospect Street, Girard, Ohio 44420;
Girard Intermediate School: Mr. David Leo, 702 E. Prospect Street, Girard, Ohio 44420;
Girard Junior High School: Ms. Louise Mason, 31 N. Ward Avenue, Girard, Ohio 44420;
Girard High School: Mr. William Ryser, 31 N. Ward Avenue, Girard, Ohio 44420.
Parents and eligible students have the right to request the amendment of education records. Those interested in doing so should make that request of the school principal.
Parents may file a complaint with the Family Policy Compliance Officer at
U. S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20202-8520
(202) 260-3887 (202) 260-3887
The Girard City School District does forward education records to other schools that have requested the records and in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.
The Girard City School District is required to give military recruiters the same access to secondary school students as provided to postsecondary institutions or to prospective employers, and to provide students’ names, addresses, and telephone listings to military recruiters, when requested, unless a parent has opted out of providing such information.
Parents and eligible students have the right to inspect, upon request, protected information surveys; documents used to collect personal information from students for any of the marketing, sales, or other distribution purposes referred to above; and instructional materials used as part of the educational curriculum.
Information Regarding Teacher Qualifications
Parents have the right to request of school districts the qualifications of their child’s teacher. This includes the teacher’s degrees earned and HQT (highly qualified teacher) status.
School district have a responsibility to notify parents whose children have been taught for four consecutive weeks by a teacher who does not meet Ohio’s definition of highly qualified.