This Blog was originally posted earlier this year. It has such important information, we wanted to share it once again. When I express concerns to school leaders, I demand confidentiality. What is my expectation of privacy when communicating with district leaders? This is fairly simple. When you talk to school employees about your child you have a reasonable expectation of privacy. Emails and letters about a student’s educational experience are protected by the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). If your communications involved the health and safety of your child, or of other children, district employees are mandatory reporters and may require communications with appropriate law enforcement or support agencies. If you raise the level of communications to the Board of Education, there is no expectation of privacy. When you email or share information with members of the Board of Education, you are knowingly and willingly sharing information with elected officials - with policy makers. Simply by emailing or writing to the Board of Education Members you are creating a public record, which does not receive the same privacy protections. Per Board of Education Policy, concerns should be directed to the source of the issue before escalating concerns. While people often say, “I’m going straight to the top” when they call my office, our staff is required to refer concerns and/or complaints back to building administration. On our web page we have a page dedicated to letting you know Who to Contact. Since the district is eliminating class rank, who is going to speak at graduation? While traditionally the speakers at commencement exercises have been the valedictorian and salutatorian, with the district no longer calculating class ranks beginning with the Class of 2022 each high school will hold auditions to be graduation speakers. While the process and qualifications to audition have not been finalized, our plan is to phase in this process over the next three years. At the same time, we will begin recognizing students who earn Latin Honors over the next three years as well. Students will be recognized with Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Cum Laude accolades beginning as early as the spring of 2019. These honors will be phased in concurrently with the phasing out of class rank. We will be intentional in our actions and clear with our plans. Why is Hilliard starting later than neighboring districts in the fall? First, we intentionally planned to start a little later this year due to construction projects. With the opening of Memorial Middle School, shift of Station Sixth Grade Building, and creation of the Innovative Learning Hub we have a lot going on this summer. We have built flexibility into the calendar to ensure everything is ready when students are scheduled to return to school. Please note . . . we have no control over road construction projects. School calendars for 2018-19, 2019-20, and 2020-21 are all available and easy to find on the district’s website. These calendars take into account both projects for this summer and graduation dates coordinated with Ohio State University.
Each summer our operations team works incredibly hard on permanent improvement projects. This summer of course is the completion of the new Memorial Middle School, the transition of Station Sixth Grade and completion of the new Innovative Learning Hub. But that's not all! You can read about more projects underway in a an article posted in This Week News.
We want to make you aware of some changes in places you are able to park to view the Fourth of July Fireworks. There will be NO access to the Darby High School parking lot due to contrsuction projects taking place. Please make note of the map. There is also a change in the end of the City's Parade in the morning. It will now end at the Hilliard United Methodist Church. You can find more details on all the celebrations going on from the City of Hilliard's Blog. Also, please note all our school and district offices will be closed on the Fourth of July.
We encourage our families to enroll and take advantage of our district’s Technology Protection Plan (TPP) that can help protect you and your student from costly repairs to their iPad due to unforeseen damage. For only $25 per year, this agreement covers the iPad loaned to the student for the 2018-2019 school year against incidental damage or loss over $50. Accessories (charger and case) and damages valued at less than $50 are NOT covered and are the sole responsibility of the student. Coverage is 24 hours per day. The Technology Protection Plan will only cover two incidents per school year. NEGLECT IS NOT COVERED. You can enroll now through My Payments Plus. The Technology Protection Plan will release the parent/guardian from having to pay for loss or damage for the following reasons:
- Damages resulting from normal use and accidents.
- Loss or damages resulting from theft. An official copy of a police report is required.
- Loss or damages resulting from a fire. An official fire report from the investigating authority is required.
- Loss or damages resulting from a natural disaster.
- Damages resulting from a power surge.
- Damages resulting from vandalism by another individual. If found guilty, the vandal will be liable to pay for damages.
- Intentional damages.
- Lying on any damage report.
- Not carrying the iPad in a district-provided protective case.
- Negligence (including loss from carelessness).
- Loss or damages resulting from fraudulent, intentional, or criminal acts.