Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): Families Affected by a Community School Closure

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): Families Affected by a Community School Closure

General Questions


General Questions

    1. Where can I find information on all of my school options?

    Visit the Ohio Department of Education website and click the “Find a School” button to learn more about schools near you. Options include schools in your home district, schools in neighboring districts that may allow non-residents to attend (“open enrollment” districts), private schools, and community (charter) schools, including online schools.

    There are additional options for students who have been identified to receive special education services (search “Jon Peterson Scholarship,” or “Autism Scholarship” on the Department’s website to learn more).

    Likewise, students have options to participate in a career technical education program. More information on those programs can be found here.

    Families also can choose home schooling. See the question related to homeschooling below.

    An explanation of all the options families have is available here.

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    2. How do I transfer my student’s records to a new school?
    Parents can share any records they might have with the new school, including report cards, test score reports, etc. Ultimately, it is the job of the new school to get the records from the old school or the student’s resident district.

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    3. Does the new school need my child’s records before he/she can start school?
    No, by law, your student can enroll in any of Ohio’s public schools (traditional districts or community schools) without any records. However, it is a good idea to provide the new school with any student records you might have on hand, including report cards, test score reports, etc.

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    4. I just enrolled in a new school. Will my credits and test scores transfer?
    Yes. Schools are required to give students credit for coursework and state tests completed by students at a community school that has closed.

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    5. My student is a senior this year. Will he/she still be able to graduate?

    Each district establishes its own graduation requirements, which cannot be less than the state requirements. Parents should contact their new school for more information.

    The Department is encouraging districts to work with families of seniors to help them graduate.

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    6. I’m over 18. Does this mean I have to drop out of school?

    Absolutely not! Students up to age 22 are eligible to enroll in Ohio’s public high schools (including community schools). 

    Ohio has several options for those students who have not graduated by the time they turn 22 years old. Click here for more information on options for an adult diploma.

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    7. Can I home school my child?

    In Ohio, parents or guardians interested in educating their children at home may do so by notifying their local school district superintendent and meeting the requirements of Ohio law to home school. If requirements are met, then the district superintendent can release the student from mandatory school attendance.

    Parents or guardians who decide to home school their students take full responsibility for the child’s education, including choosing curriculum and materials.

    More information can be found here.

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    8. My student received special education services through the school that closed. Does the Individual Education Plan (IEP) and Evaluation Team Report (ETR) transfer to the new school? What about a 504 plan?
    Parents should notify the new school of their special education plan or 504. Parents who have a copy of the most recent IEP, ETR or a 504 plan should provide it to their new school. Staff at the new school will help you through this process.

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    9. My student is participating in College Credit Plus through the school that closed. How can I continue this?

    Parents should notify their new school that their student is participating in the College Credit Plus program. Students should continue to attend College Credit Plus courses in which they are currently participating. If students want to continue with College Credit Plus next semester, then they should talk with school counselors at their new school.

    Special rules apply for home schooled and private school students. For more information, click here.

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    10. My student is involved in a career technical education program. How do I find a place where they can complete that program?
    Parents should notify the new school that their student is participating in a career technical education program. They also should inform their student’s career technical education program that the student has transferred schools. Work with the staff at the new school to continue the student’s career technical education pathway.

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    11. How quickly do I need to enroll my student in a new school?

    Parents should enroll their student in a new school as soon as possible. Missing too much school has long-term, negative effects on students, such as lower achievement and graduation rates.

    A student could be considered truant if he/she misses 30 or more consecutive hours without a legitimate excuse. The Department suggests that families ask the new school for assistance during this transition.

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    12. A charter school is telling me that they don’t have room for my child in their school. Can they do that?

    A school district must accept students who live within its boundaries up through age 22. Community schools have different rules, which may limit the number of students they can enroll.

    Families should reach out to the schools they are interested in for more information.

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    13. My district of residence received my child’s records, but there are no transcripts or report cards included in them. How can we make sure my child’s complete records are transferred?
    The Ohio Department of Education does not have access to student records. However, we are providing reports of any missing records to ECOT’s sponsor, the ESC of Lake Erie West, so it can work with districts of residence or students’ new schools. To report incomplete student records, please contact the Department at 877-644-6338 or by email at FindASchool@education.ohio.gov.
     

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    14. My child is still not enrolled in a new school. Is he/she truant?
    Students should enroll in a new school as soon as possible. In Ohio, students could be considered truant if they have missed 30 or more consecutive hours, 42 or more hours in one school month or 72 or more hours in a school year. If you need assistance enrolling your child in school, please contact the Ohio Department of Education at 877-644-6338.
     

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    15. My child needs to pass one test to graduate, but our new school says he/she must enroll in classes. Is there some other way to get him/her a diploma?
    The Department is encouraging districts/schools to work with families of seniors to help them graduate, but since the districts/schools establish their own graduation requirements (which could be more, but not less, than the state minimum requirements), parents should ask their new school about graduation requirements before enrolling the student.  
     

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    16. Have more questions?
    The Ohio Department of Education is ready to assist you. Please call 877-644-6338.

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Last Modified: 11/8/2018 3:44:21 PM