Why is the district unable to comment on media & social media stories related to student discipline?
All of our students are protected by the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). This federal law gives parents specific protections related to their children’s educational records. These records include, but are not limited to, report cards, transcripts, disciplinary records, and special educational needs.
This federal protection, at the school level, protects all students – even those accused of violating the student code of conduct. When a student is disciplined at school, those records are protected by FERPA. The district is unable to comment or share disciplinary action with other parents, the media, or on social media. There are many times that discipline is administered, but we are unable to share this information . . . even with the victim and/or the victim’s parents. This is often difficult to explain, and more difficult to “take” as parents.
When school violations reach the criminal level, and the police become involved, law enforcement may be able to share additional information. Criminal action is held to a different standard than educational records. The Hilliard City Schools are proud of our partnership with the Hilliard Police Department. We are blessed in our community to have dedicated, skilled law enforcement officers protecting our schools and families. We all work together to keep all of our students safe.
What was taken into consideration when moving classes, and creating classes, at the Innovative Learning Center and the Innovative Learning Hub?
Our innovative learning campus provides great opportunities for the Hilliard City Schools. First of all, both the ILC and Innovative Learning Hub (ILH) offer innovative and unique programs. The five networks housed at the Innovative Learning Campus provide opportunities for college credits, courses to tap into student interests, and online options to meet a student’s social and emotional needs,
The Innovative Learning Campus also gives the district an opportunity to maximize efficiency to better manage district resources. With three high schools and three middle schools, some courses are not efficiently offered at all six locations. For example, German is a foreign language that is difficult to offer to eighth grade students at all three middle schools and all high schools. For the 2018-19 school year, we are moving all German classes to the ILH. By offering these courses, with two teachers, at a single location we can include eighth grade students in the language track and still meet the needs of the existing German students. This is a win for taxpayers and a win for German students.
Our ILC and ILH are an extension of our home middle and high schools. While we considered the elimination of German several years ago, the proliferation of student experiences at the Innovative Learning Campus gives us the opportunity to manage costs and still offer this language opportunity.
As we continue to expand offerings, and create new classes, we must also evaluate traditional courses and make financially prudent decisions. As we add the new courses to prepare our students for future success, some changes must be made to manage costs. The Innovative Learning Campus increases efficiency and protects effectiveness.
Why did the district make changes to the 2018-19 Calendar?
The Hilliard City School District Board of Education recently adopted changes to the 2018-19 school year, as well as the calendars for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years. These calendars all incorporate the addition of one additional teacher/staff workday prior to the official start of the student year.
Over the past several years the Ohio General Assembly has enacted laws that require specific safety and health training for all school officials. Our district is proud to partner with both the Hilliard Police Department and the Norwich Township Fire Department to train and prepare our staff for emergency situations. Our district’s Joint Safety Task Force meets on a regular basis and plans district training activities.
The changes to the calendar will provide time for additional training, specifically planned and provided by our first responders, so that we can be prepared for emergency situations. Our hope is that we will never need to implement the training we receive; our goal is to be prepared and ready to respond if needed.