Greetings Community School Leaders and Sponsors,
The 2020-2021 school year presents unique challenges as all schools implement Remote Learning plans in response to COVID-19. Ensuring students who attend in-person learning opportunities have reliable access to pupil transportation is a critical factor during these unprecedented times. Currently, the only option available for a community school to provide transportation for the students for the 2020-2021 school year is to enter into an agreement with the resident district.
Greetings community school leaders and sponsors,
This year is an unprecedented time for our country and our educational system. As leaders in our community schools and staff with our sponsoring organizations, you have been working tirelessly to provide educational options to families in new ways. The dedication, innovation, and resilience you and your schools have shown during the last six months is something each person reading this email should be proud of.
Greetings Sponsors and Community School Staff,
With the second half of the school year well underway, the Office of Community Schools wants to share some reminders:
- 2020-2021 Sponsor Evaluation Tools posted for feedback: The 2020-2021 Sponsor Evaluation draft tools are posted and available for public comment. The Ohio Department of Education is collecting feedback through surveys that will remain open until 4:59 p.m. on March 3.
- Community schools requesting to change sponsors: Schools requesting approval from the Department for a change in sponsor due to low performance, as prescribed by Ohio Revised Code 3314.034, should have the school administration and governing authority access and follow the technical assistance documents here. Please note, the submission date was updated to Feb. 15, and we have clarified how academics will be reviewed for e-schools (specifically identifying the 10 districts that will be used for comparison).
Greetings Sponsors and Community Schools Staff,
The Department recently released our Annual Report on Ohio Community Schools. We continue to see positive growth in the Community Schools sector, both from our sponsors and our schools. As we move into 2020, it is important that we build on the positive momentum we have gained and continue to provide quality educational choices for students in Ohio. Below are some announcements and reminders about upcoming events.
Greetings Community Schools and Sponsors,
House Bill 166 (the most recent budget bill) included changes that impact community schools and sponsors. The Ohio Department of Education already has provided information on some of the more impactful changes (such as changes to Ohio Revised Code 3314.35 and 3314.351).The Department has created a HB 166 Technical Assistance and Frequently Asked Questions resource for community schools and sponsors. We encourage you to review the document. If you have additional questions, send them to Community.Schools@education.ohio.gov.