A Teacher’s Guide to Beating First Week Jitters

It’s about that time of year again. The time when the specialty sections of Kroger and Target are stocked with rainbow bins, cartoon backpacks, and discount Crayolas. The time when you frantically fill your calendar with shopping trips, haircuts, and last minute summer fun. That’s right–it’s back to school season! The bittersweet ending of summer…

Changing Student Records

Parents and Students Have a Right to Request Amendment or Removal of an Education Record Students ages 18+ and parents of students under age 18 have a right under federal law to request removal or amendment of inaccurate files contained in the student’s education record. The right exists under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act…

SEXTING 101.

You hear about it. You generally know what it means to sext. But what are the actual consequences? Welcome class, to Sexting 101.  Minors who have a cell phone and a naked body available, please DO NOT: TAKE  SEND to other minors SEND of other minors POSSESS VIEW REQUEST You could be CHARGED with: Disseminating…

Dyslexia 101

  Does your child struggle to read? Does your preschooler have trouble with common nursery rhymes, can’t learn and remember the names of the letters in the alphabet, or have a hard time recognizing common rhyming patters like cat, rat and bat? Does your kindergartener or first grader read “puppy” instead of the written “dog”…

Who do I need? Attorney vs. Advocate 101

When do you need a special education attorney versus a parent advocate? Federal and state laws require school districts to find and identify children with disabilities. Parents can request that their child be evaluated, and schools must respond appropriately. Once children have been identified, the schools are required to determine if they are eligible for…

HOW TO: Party (smart) Off Campus

It’s a big weekend, with football season openers, good weather, and holiday events. Read these quick tips so you can be informed before you host or attend a party! For more information on potential offenses that you could be facing, click on the links. HOSTING A PARTY OFF CAMPUS Party prep Post “No drinking under…

A Back-to-School Checklist for Parents with Kids in SpecEd

It’s a new year, with new teachers, new classmates, and new things to learn!  To help your child get off to a good start, here’s a to-do list for parents of children in special education: 1. Organize your paperwork.   Keep a large three ring binder for each school year.  On each document, lightly pencil…

Starting Point: ADHD

School-aged children with ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurological disorder affecting between 4-12 % of school aged children. It is a deficiency of a specific neurotransmitter called norepinephrine. The ADHD brain matures at a different rate than a typical brain, resulting in a delay of 3-5 years of the frontal cortex area,…

Age of Consent

In Ohio, the age of consent is 16. This means a 16 year old can consent to sexual activity with an adult as long as it is not forced, coerced, or with a person in a position of power over them (teacher, coach, etc.). REMEMBER If the child is 13 years old, can consent to…

School Dress Codes

Public schools in Ohio have a substantial amount of discretion in implementing dress codes in order to maintain a safe learning environment for students. However, this discretion is not unlimited. Courts may consider dress code policies overbroad if the restrictions imposed on students are not necessary to prevent a substantial disruption or not related to…