Norton City Schools: 4128 S Cleveland Massillon Road, Norton OH. 44203 | Phone: 330-825-0863 | Fax: 330-825-0929
Attendance Hotline: 330-706-2760

Norton City Schools

Mandated Postings

ELL (English As A Second Language)

Is ELL different from ESL?

No, ESL (English as a Second Language) is an interchangeable term for ELL.  A previously used term was LEP (Limited English Proficient).

 
What is the District policy on ELL services?


The Norton City School District seeks to provide every child, regardless of national origin or native language, quality and meaningful educational instruction.  Therefore, students who are English Language Learners (ELL) are provided with a variety of instructional services that might include ELL individual/small group instruction, inclusion, work modifications and accommodations, or teacher consultations that are designed to meet their unique needs.


What does research show about language acquisition?

Research suggests it takes one to two years to develop good conversational English skills (speaking and listening) and about seven years to develop proficient reading and writing skills.
Also, age of the child and literacy in the native language play an important role in English language acquisition.

How are ELL students identified?

a) A Home Language Survey form is completed at the time of registration.  If the survey indicates a home language other than English, the Home Language Survey form is forwarded to the ELL teacher.

b) A teacher/counselor referral form is completed and sent to the ELL teacher.

c) A teacher/counselor may make an informal referral to the ESL teacher that a student may be in need of ELL services.

What is the next step?

The ESL teacher will screen referred students with a language assessment skills test (LAS).  A Pre-LAS test is given to kindergarten and first grade students.  The LAS test is given to grade 2 and higher.  The test evaluates speaking, listening, reading, and writing.  The student will be identified as an ELL student by their Home Language Survey and LAS scores.  The parents of the student will be notified to get permission for the student to receive ELL services.

 
How long will a child receive ELL services?

Ell students will receive ELL services until they reach English proficiency.  An annual state test, OTELA (grades 3-12) or ELDA (grades K-2) is completed every year.  Students who score a 5 on all levels are released from the program and monitored for two years.  If a student does not receive a score of 5 on all levels, they will continue to receive services that best fit their needs.

 Other factors which determine whether or not a student will be placed on the monitoring list may include:
 
      a) Passage of the Ohio Graduation Test

      b) GPA (Grade Point Average) of ‘C’ (2.0) or higher

      c) Teacher/parent recommendation

 
When is the ELL student exited from services?


The ELL student will be exited from services when he/she has passed all sections of the OTELA test and was monitored for two years.  The ELL student also needs to be academically successful in grade level promotion or credit attainment to exit from ELL services.  A notification letter will be sent home to the parents.

 

 

 
 

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY IS THE LAW

Employers Holding Federal Contracts or Subcontracts
Applicants to and employees of companies with a Federal government contract are protected under the following Federal authorities:

RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, SEX, NATIONAL ORIGIN
Executive Order 11246, as amended, prohibits job discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, and requires affirmative action to ensure equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment.
 
INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES
 Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, prohibits job discrimination because of disability and requires affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified individuals with disabilities who, with reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of the a job.
 

Private Employment, State and Local Governments, Educational Institutions
Applicants to and employees most private employers, state and local governments, educational institutions, employment agencies, and labor organizations are protected under the following Federal laws:

RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, SEX, NATIONAL ORIGIN
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, prohibits discrimination in hiring, promotion, discharge, pay, fringe benefits, job training, classification, referral, and other aspects of employment, on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

DISABILITY
The American with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, protects qualified applicants and employees with disabilities from discrimination in hiring, promotion, discharge, pay, job training, fringe benefits, classification, referral, and other aspects of employment on the basis of disability.  The law also requires that covered entities provide qualified applicants and employees with disabilities with reasonable accommodations that do not impose hardship.
 
Programs or Activities Receiving Federal Assistance

RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, SEX, NATIONAL ORIGIN

In addition to the protection of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin in programs or activities receiving Federal financial assistance.  Employment discrimination is covered by Title VI if the primary objective of the financial assistance is provision of employment, or where employment discrimination causes or may cause discrimination in providing services under such programs.  Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs or activities which received Federal assistance.

VIETNAM ERA, SPECIAL DISABLED, RECENTLY SEPARATED, AND OTHER PROTECTED VETERANS
38 U.S.C. 4212 of the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, as amended, prohibits job discrimination and requires affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified Vietnam era veterans recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans.  Any person who believes a contractor has violated its nondiscrimination or affirmative action obligations under the authorities above should contact immediately:

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), Employment Standards Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20210 or call 202-693-0101, or an OFCCP regional or district office, listed in most telephone directories under U.S. Government, Departments of Labor.

 AGE
 The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, as amended, protects applicants and employees 40 years of age or older from discrimination on the basis of age in hiring, promotion, discharge, compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment.

 
SEX (WAGES)
In addition to sex discrimination prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended (see above), the Equal Pay Act of 1963, as amended, prohibits sex discrimination in payment of wages to women and men performing substantially equal work in the same establishment.

 
Retaliation against a person who files a charge if discrimination, participates in an investigation, or opposes an unlawful employment practice is prohibited by all of these Federal laws.


If you believe that you have been discriminated against under any of the above laws, you should contact immediately:

 The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).  1801 L Street, N.W., Washington, DC  20507 or an EEOC Field Office by calling toll free 800-669-4000.  For individuals with hearing impairments, EEOC’s toll free TDD number is 800-669-6820.

INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES
Sections 501, 504, and 505 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of disability in any program or activity which receives Federal financial assistance in the Federal government.  Discrimination is prohibited in all aspects of employment against persons with disabilities who, with reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of the job.  If you believe you have been discriminated against in a program of any institution which receives Federal assistance, you should contact immediately the Federal agency providing such assistance.

 

 

 

 

 

FEDERAL PROGRAMS

Norton City Schools receives federal money to support a portion of our elementary reading intervention program.  In accordance with the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 2001 or the No Child Left Behind Act, we are required to notify all parents of their right to request information related to the qualifications of their child’s teacher(s).  This information is available through the District Office and can be requested at any time by interested parents.  Please call 330-706-2730, to request information related to this provision of federal and state law. 
 
For further information, go to Ohio Parent Information and Resource Center (Ohio PIRC) at:
 http://www.ohiopirc.org/http://www.ohiopirc.org/

or call 1-866-253-1829 (toll free)

 

HARASSMENT AND BULLYING

Harassment, intimidation, or bullying behavior by any student/school personnel in the Norton City School District is strictly prohibited, and such conduct may result in disciplinary action, including suspension and/or expulsion from school. "Harassment, intimidation, or bullying", in accordance with House Bill 276, means any intentional written, verbal, graphic or physical act including electronically transmitted acts i.e., Internet, cell phone, personal digital assistant (PDA), or wireless hand-held device, either overt or covert, by a student or group of students toward other students/school personnel with the intent to harass, intimidate, injure, threaten, ridicule, or humiliate. Such behaviors are prohibited on or immediately adjacent to school grounds, at any school-sponsored activity, on school provided transportation, or at any official school bus stop that a reasonable person under the circumstances should know will have the effect of:
 
A. Causing mental or physical harm to the other student/school personnel including placing an individual in reasonable fear of physical harm and/or damaging of students’ personal property; and,
 
B. Is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for the other student/school personnel
 
Norton City Schools has had 48 reported instances of bullying during the 2016-17 school year.
High School- 12
Middle School- 26
Primary- 0
Cornerstone- 2
Grill- 1
*7 Reports were submitted online for investigation 
 
The Departments of Education, Health and Human Services joined forces with four other departments to create a federal task force on bullying.  The task force also launched a new website, www.bullyinginfo.org which gathers all the federal resources on bullying together in one place.

HOMELESS INFORMATION

Every state is required to have a State Coordinator for Homeless Education, and every school district is required to have a local homeless education liaison.  These individuals will assist you with the implementation of the McKinney-Vento Act.  To find out who your State Coordinator is, visit the NCH website at:
http//www.serve.org/nche/states/state_resources.php

For more information on the McKinney-Vento Act and resources for implementation, call the
NCHE Helpline at 800-308-2145 or email homeless@serve.org

LOCAL CONTACT INFORMATION:
Sharon Herchik, Homeless Coordinator
330-706-2730
sherchik@nortonschools.org

 

 

 

NOTIFICATION OF RIGHTS UNDER FERPA

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years of age (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records. These rights are:

 

1.   The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the school receives a request for access.  Parents or eligible students should submit to the School Principal or Director of Pupil Services a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The school official will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.

 

2.   The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes are accurate.

 Parents or eligible students may ask the school to amend a record that they believe is accurate. They should write the School Principal or Director of Pupil Services clearly identifying the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate. If the school decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the school will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.

 

3.   The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.

 One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed the school as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the school board; a person or company with whom the school has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.  A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his/her professional responsibility.

 

4.   The release of a student’s educational records is governed by FERPA and Section 3319.321 of the Ohio Revised Code. Both FERPA and Ohio law allow the release of “directory information” without prior consent, unless the parent/guardian or eligible student (age 18 or older) requests, in writing, that directory information not be disclosed. The district consider the following information “directory information:”

 

·        Student’s name

·        Student’s address

·        Telephone number(s)

·        Student’s date and place of birth

·        Major field of study

·        Participation in officially recognized activities and sports

·        Student’s weight and height for members of athletic teams

·        Dates of attendance (“from and to” dates of enrollment)

·        Students achievement awards and/or honors

·        Date of graduation

·        Student’s grade

·        Most recent educational agency or institution attended

 

Additionally, authorized district employees may videotape and/or photography students engaged in classroom and extracurricular programs, activities, and other school functions. Videotapes and/or photographs may be shared with the public through the district’s newsletters, reports, website, or other district communications, unless the parent/guardian or eligible student requests, in writing, that videotapes or photographs of the student not be publicized.

 

A form is available, upon request, for those parents/guardians or eligible students who do not want directory information released and/or do not want videotapes or photographs published.

 

The district, directly or through it’s A-Site, will also release personally identifiable student information to another school, school system, or institution of postsecondary education in which a student seeks or intends to enroll or that is providing services to the student upon receiving a request from the institution. Parents/guardians or eligible students will receive a copy of all information disclosed upon request.

 
 5. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Norton City Schools to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:
 

 

Family Policy Compliance Office

U.S. Department of Education

400 Maryland Avenue, SW

Washington, DC 20202-4605
 
 

 

DIRECTORY INFORMATION


Parent/Guardian Request Not To Disclose
 
I, _______________________________________,parent/guardian of ________________________

 

Name:_______________________________________________________________________

 

Address:_____________________________________________________________________

 

Phone Number:_________________________Child’s Name:_________________________

 

Signature:_________________________________________ Date:_____________________

 
 
 

DIRECTORY INFORMATION

Eligible Student Request Not To Disclose

 

 

 

I, ______________________________, am at least eighteen (18) years old and a student in the Norton City School District. I understand that the district considers the following information “directory information:”

 

 

·       Name

·       Address

·       Telephone listing

·       Date and place of birth

·       Major field of study

·       Participation in officially recognized activities and sports

·       Weight and height for members of athletic teams

·       Dates of attendance

·       Degrees and awards received

·       Grades

·       Most recent educational agency or institution attended

 

 

I request that my child’s directory information not be disclosed.

 

 

Name:_______________________________________________________________________

 

Address:_____________________________________________________________________

 

Phone Number:_________________________Child’s Name:_________________________

 

Signature:_________________________________________ Date:_____________________

 
 
 

DIRECTORY INFORMATION

Eligible Student Request Not To Disclose

Videotapes or Photographs

 

 

 

 

I, ______________________________, am at least eighteen (18) years old and

a student in the Norton City School District, understand that the district may videotape and/or photograph students engaged in classroom or extracurricular programs, activities, and other school functions. Videotapes and photographs may be shared with the public.

 

I request that videotapes or photographs of me not be disclosed.

 

 

 

 

Name:_______________________________________________________________________

 

Address:_____________________________________________________________________

 

Phone Number:_________________________Child’s Name:_________________________

 

Signature:_________________________________________ Date:_____________________

 

 
 

DIRECTORY INFORMATION

Parent/Guardian Request Not To Disclose

Videotapes or Photographs

 

 

 

 

I, ______________________________, parent/guardian of __________________________,

a student in the Norton City School District, understand that the district may videotape and/or photograph students engaged in classroom or extracurricular programs, activities, and other school functions. Videotapes and photographs may be shared with the public.

 

I request that videotapes or photographs of my child not be disclosed.

 

 

 

 

Name:_______________________________________________________________________

 

Address:_____________________________________________________________________

 

Phone Number:_________________________

Child’s Name:_________________________

 

Signature:_________________________________________ Date:_____________________

 

 

NOTIFICATION OF RIGHTS UNDER THE PROTECTION OF PUPIL RIGHTS AMENDMENT (PPRA)

PPRA affords parents and students who are 18 or emancipated minors (“eligible students”) certain rights regarding our conduct of surveys, collection and use of information for marketing purposes, and certain physical exams.  These include the right to:

§  Consent before students are required to submit to a survey that concerns one or more of the following protected areas (“protected information survey”) if the survey is funded in whole or in part by a program of the U.S. Department of Education (ED).

1.     Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or student’s parents;
2.     Mental or psychological problems of the student or student’s family;
3.     Sex behavior or attitudes;
4.     Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior;
5.     Critical appraisals of others with whom respondents have close family relationships;
6.     Legally recognized privileged relationships, such as with lawyers, doctors, or ministers;
7.     Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or parents; or
8.     Income, other than as required by law to determine program eligibility.

§  Receive notice and an opportunity to opt a student out of

1.     Any other protected information survey, regardless of funding;
2.     Any non-emergency, invasive physical exam or screening required as a condition of attendance, administered by the school or its agent, and not necessary to protect the immediate health and safety of a student, except for hearing, vision, or scoliosis screenings, or any physical exam or screening permitted or required under State law; and
3.     Activities involving collection, disclosure, or use of personal information obtained from students for marketing or to sell or otherwise distribute the information to others.

§  Inspect, upon request and before administration or use

1.     Protected information surveys of students;
2.     Instruments used to collect personal information from students for any of the above marketing, sales, or other distribution purposes; and
3.     Instructional material used as part of the educational curriculum.
 
Norton City Schools will develop and adopt policies, in consultation with parents, regarding these rights, as well as arrangements to protect student privacy in the administration of protected surveys and collection, disclosure or use of personal information for marketing, sales, or other distribution purposes.  Norton City Schools will directly notify parents and eligible students of these policies at least annually at the start of each school year and after any substantive changes.  Norton City Schools will also directly notify parents and eligible students, such as through U.S. Mail or email, at least annually at the start of each school year of the specific or approximate dates of the following activities and provide an opportunity to opt a student out of participating in:

§  Collection, disclosure, or use of personal information for marketing, sales, or other distribution.

§  Administration of any protected information survey not funded in whole or in part by ED.

§  Any non-emergency, invasive physical examination or screening as described above.


 Parents/eligible students who believe their rights have been violated may file a complaint with:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C.  20202-4605

 

PUBLIC NOTICE

Section 504-7
This school district has dedicated itself to providing equal admission opportunities, equal educational opportunities, and equal employment opportunities to all people regardless of handicap.  To this end, The Board of Education has adopted regulations, which establish procedures for the orderly settlement of complaints of students and employees of the district regarding alleged discrimination on the basis of handicap.  A copy of the complete regulations may be obtained by contacting The Board of Education Administrative Offices.  (If you would like additional information regarding the Federal regulations, please contact the United States Department of Education’s website at www.ed.gov.)

The Superintendent has designated the Director of Pupil Services as the District’s Compliance Officer.  Eric Morris  may be reached at Norton City Schools – 4128 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road – Norton, OH  44203.  If the complaint is not satisfactorily resolved through the established district procedures, the student or employee may appeal in writing directly to the U.S. Department of Education, Region V, Office of Civil Rights – Plaza Nine Building/Room 222 – 55 Erieview Plaza – Cleveland, OH  44114.

 

STATE STANDARDS FOR GIFTED & TALENTED IDENTIFICATION

DEFINITION OF GIFTED
“Gifted means students who perform or show potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared to others of their age, experience, or environment and who are identified under the Revised Code.”
 
SCREENING AND ASSESSING
The District uses a three-part approach to screen students who perform or show potential for performing at high levels of accomplishment in the areas of superior cognitive ability, specific academic ability (mathematics, science, social studies, or reading/writing), creativity, and visual and performing arts.
 
GENERAL INFORMATION

The District shall provide:
·          At least two opportunities a year for assessment in the case of students requesting assessment or recommended for assessment by teachers, parents, or other students;

·          Assurance of inclusion in screening and assessment procedures for minority and disadvantaged students, children with disabilities, and students for whom English is a second language;

·          Procedures for notification of parents within 30 days about the results of any screening procedure or assessment instrument and the provision of an opportunity for parents to appeal any decision about the results of any screening procedure or assessment, the scheduling of children for assessment, or the placement of a student in any program for receipt of services;

·          A commitment that the District will accept scores on assessment instruments provided by other school districts or trained personnel outside the school district, provided the assessment instruments are on the list approved by the Department of Education;

·          Assurance that any student transferring into the District will be assessed within 90 days of the transfer at the request of a parent.
 
IDENTIFICATION CRITERIA

The Board of Education of each school district shall identify gifted students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 as follows:

(A)  A student shall be identified as exhibiting “superior cognitive ability” if the student did either of the following within the preceding 24 months:

·          Scored two standard deviations above the mean, minus the standard error of measurement, on an approved individual standardized intelligence test administered by a licensed psychologist;

·          Accomplished any one of the following:

-       Scored at least two standard deviations above the mean, minus the standard error of measurement, on any approved standardized group intelligence test;

-       Performed at or above the 95th percentile on an approved individual or group standardized basic or composite battery of a nationally normed  achievement test;

-       Attained an approved score on one or more above-grade level standardized, nationally-normed approved tests.

(B)  A student shall be identified as exhibiting “specific academic ability” superior to that of children of similar age in a specific academic ability field if within the preceding 24 months the student performs at or above the 95th percentile at the national level on an approved individual or group standardized achievement test of special academic ability in that field (mathematics, science, social studies, or reading/writing).  A student may be identified as gifted in more than one specific academic ability field.
 
(C)  A student shall be identified as exhibiting “creative thinking ability” superior to children of a similar age, if within the previous 24 months, the student scored one standard deviation above the mean, minus the standard error of measurement, on an approved individual or group intelligence test and also exhibited sufficient performance, as established by the Department of Education, on an approved checklist of creative behaviors.
 
(D)  “Performing Arts ability” superior to that of children of similar age if the student has done both of the following:

 ·          Demonstrated through a display of work, an audition, or other performance or exhibition, superior ability in a visual or performing arts area;

·          Exhibited sufficient performance, as established by the Department of Education, on an approved checklist or behaviors related to a specific arts area.

 SERVICES

The District ensures equal opportunity for all District students identified as gifted to receive services that are offered by the District.

 WITHDRAWL FROM PROGRAM

If at anytime a student wishes to withdraw from gifted programs or services, the request should be written by the parent or child to the building administrator.  If children request to withdraw, the parents will be notified.
 
APPEAL PROCEDURE

An appeal by the parent in the reconsideration of the results of any part of the identification process would include:

 ·          Screening procedure or assessment instrument (which results in identification);

·          The scheduling of children for assessment;

·          The placement of a student in any program; and

·          Receipt of services.
 
Parents should submit a letter to the Superintendent or Designee outlining the nature of the concern.

The Superintendent or Designee will issue a written final decision within 30 days of the appeal.  This written notice should include the reason for the decision(s).

If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Herchik, Director of Curriculum & Instruction.

 

 

 

TITLE IX

It is the policy of the Norton City School District not to discriminate on the basis of sex, nor to permit ongoing harassment, in its educational policies as required by Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments.  Inquiries regarding compliance with Title IX may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator, Sharon Herchik, 4128 S. Cleveland-Massillon road, Norton, OH  44203 – 330-825-0863.
 
The following individuals shall serve as “District Anti-Harassment Complaint Coordinators” for the Norton City School District:
 Jake Carmany Business Manager
4128 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road
Norton, OH  44203
330-825-0863
jcarmany@nortonschools.org
 
Sharon Herchik, Director of Curriculum & Instruction
4128 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road
Norton, OH  44203
330-825-0863
sherchik@norton.org