Individuals with Disabilities Education Action (IDEA)
The Ohio Department of Education soon will make changes in the way it monitors, enforces and publicizes Ohio school districts' compliance with the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, which ensures a free, appropriate public education to students with disabilities. The action result from the partial settlement of a class action lawsuit.
No Child Left Behind (NCLB)
Parents certainly have a right know who is teaching their child. On occasion, we have asked about the professional qualifications of our teachers. According to federal legislation - NCLB, all schools are required to provide information on teacher qualifications to parents who ask. At DECA, we work hard to recruit and hire the strongest teachers available. For example, nearly 100% meet or exceed the federal standards of being "highly qualified." Alsom many of our teachers continue each year to attend seminars, workshops and graduate classes to strengthen their teaching skills. We are proud of our teaching staff and we'll gladly provide answers about their qualifications, training and educational background whenever asked. Click here, to review the Parent's Right to Know about Teacher Qualifications.
Special Education Resources
Special Education is term used to describe specially designed instruction. This individualized instruction meets the unique needs of a child who has a disability. Special Education is a service not a place. The special services are provided by the school system and is free of charge. Services can include instruction in the general education classroom, in the resource room, in the school community, at home, in hospitals, and in institutions. There are thirteen categories of special education, the IEP team must determine that a child has one of the following disabilities:
- Emotional Disturbance
- Hearing Impairment
- Intellectual Disability
- Multiple Disabilities
- Orthopedic Impairment
- Other Health Impairment
- Specific Learning Disability
- Speech and/or Language Disability
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Visual Impairment
In order for the IEP team to qualify a child for special education services. the team must find the child to have one of the thirteen categories of disabilities and it must adversely affect the child's educational performance.
Pesticide Use Notification
By Ohio law, any parent/guardian can request notification of any pesticide treatment occurring in his/her child's school. If you would like to request notification, please email the appropriate representative below;
Steve Hinshaw, Chief Financial Officer
Distributing Statement on State-Prescribed Testing and Compulsory Attendance
DECA PREP, Inc. and DECA are comunnity schools established under Chapter 3314 of the Revised Code. Both schools are public schools 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 Administrative Code, shall no longer be excused from 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.
ORC 3314.041 Distributing statement concerning state-prescribed testing and compulsory attendance law to parents.
Do you know of a child who is struggling in school? All school districts have a comprehensive process to assess and identify needs of students who are at risk of failure in school. Child Find is a continuous process of public awareness activities, screening and evaluation designed to locate, identify, and refer as early as possible all children with disabilities who might be in need of services through "Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
To receive Special Education services from your school district, children must meet the eligibility guidelines according to the IDEA. For more information about this process, parents can contact their local principal or use the State of Ohio website for special education resources by clicking here.
SCHOOL VISION & HEARING SCREENING NOTIFICATION
The purpose of vision and hearing screening is to aid in the detection of school-age children who have or are at risk for developing vision/hearing disorders. These screenings are required by the Ohio Department of Health on an annual basis and will be administered during the school year to the following students:
● All new students
● All students in grades K, 1, 3, 5, 7 (vision only), and 9, 11 (hearing only)
● All students with undocumented follow-up from the 2021-2022 school year
Why is it important to have your child’s vision and hearing screened at school?
● To identify if your child has vision problems or might be at risk for vision problems.
● Hearing is important for speech, language development, reading, and learning.
● A hearing screening can detect if your child needs further hearing testing.
● Even if your child has passed a hearing screening previously, their hearing can change.
● Hearing problems can be related to medical problems.
What tests are included in my child’s vision screen?
● Observation (all grades)
● Monocular distance acuity (all grades)
● Ocular muscle balance test (First grade)
● Stereopsis test (Kindergarten and First grade)
● Color deficit test (males only, in Kindergarten or First grade)
What tests are included in my child’s hearing screen?
● Audiometry: Screening of hearing acuity
How will I find out the results of my child’s vision and screening results?
● If your child passes the vision and hearing screening, you may not be contacted by the school nurse.
● If your child fails the screening, you will be informed of the test results and provided with referral paperwork.
What do I need to do if my child fails the vision or hearing screening?
● Vision and hearing screening provides a snapshot of how your child performs on the day the test was administered and is not a substitute for a complete eye exam by an optometrist/ophthalmologist or audiologist/ENT.
● Follow up should be arranged with an eye specialist (optometrist or ophthalmologist) or a hearing specialist (audiologist or ENT).
● Provide the specialist with the referral paperwork and return it to the school once it has been completed.
**If you should need help with resources for area specialists or financial assistance programs for eye/hearing exams, please contact your building’s nurse.**
If you should choose to opt-out of any part of the school vision and hearing screening, a written request will need to be provided to the building’s nurse.