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Bus Letter for Student
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Wellness Policy
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Notice of Right to Know Teacher Qualifications
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Notice to Parents regarding release of information
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S27- Credit Flexibility Policy

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Parents Right to Know

As a parent you may request information regarding the professional qualifications of the student’s classroom teachers, including highly qualified status of the teachers, the teacher’s baccalaureate degree major, graduate certification, and field of discipline.

Annual Meeting  About Title I Programs

At the beginning of every school year, we talk about Title programs during our Student/Parent orientations. Please look for the announcements for those dates.

ELL Parent and Students

We provide ELL services for students whose primary language is not English. We also provide information about our services to our parents in a language they understand. Please contact the office for details.

Homeless Children

We follow the following guidelines for homeless children.

The McKinney-Vento Act’s definition who qualifies as a homeless child or youth is quite broad: “Children and youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence,” including, but not limited to:

  • Sharing the housing of others due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reason (“doubled up”).

  • Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, camping grounds due to lack of adequate alternative accommodations.

  • Living in emergency or transitional shelters.

  • Abandoned in hospitals.

  • Awaiting foster care placement.

  • Living in a public or private place not designed for humans to live.

  • Living in cars, parks, abandoned buildings, bus or train stations, etc.

  • Migratory children living in the above circumstances

If a child is homeless, we provide the following services.

  • We will work with the students to help with transportation.

  • Students have a right to immediate enrollment, even if they don’t have all of their paperwork – for example, medical/health records, proof of residency, former school records, immunization records.

  • Students have a right to access to all of the school’s programs and services on the same basis as all other students, including special education, migrant education, vocational education, school nutrition programs (school breakfast and lunch), and extracurricular.

  • Students and their families have access to a dispute resolution process through the Ohio Department of Education when they disagree with a school about how the McKinney-Vento Act applies in their situation.

Compulsory Attendance Statement

“The Horizon Science Academy Columbus Middle School is a community school established under Chapter 3314. of the Revised Code. The school is a public school and students enrolled in and attending the school are required to take proficiency tests and other examinations prescribed by law. In addition, there may be other requirements for students at the school that are prescribed by law. Students who have been excused from the compulsory attendance law for the purpose of home education as defined by the Administrative Code shall no longer be excused for that purpose upon their enrollment in a community school. For more information about this matter contact the school administration or the Ohio Department of Education.”

Student Discrimination Statement

Right to equal education: School students cannot be prevented or discouraged from participating in any school activity because of race, gender, sexual preference, religion, national origin, or handicap.

What to do if rights are violated: You are encouraged to talk to your teachers, your administrator or the Principal. Any member of the school community who believes he/she has been subject to or bears witness to discrimination on the basis of race, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, disability, or handicap may file a complaint with school Principal. The Principal will make a determination in the matter. If that determination is unsatisfactory, the member of the school community can request a hearing before the School Board President, by submitting a request in writing to the school office.

Message from the U.S. District Court

This notice may apply to you if you are a student or the parent or guardian of a student enrolled in an Ohio public school since 2013.

IDEA Part B Funds

The district holds a public hearing that provides an opportunity for comment to the general public, including individuals with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities concerning the use of IDEA Part B funds. The public hearing will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 10:30 AM at HSA Columbus Middle School in the conference room.