Federal Court Instructs Ohio Districts to Post Information for Parents Concerning Data Release

A U.S. District Court has ordered that 2013-2014 school year records from the Ohio Department of Education’s Educational Management Information System be turned over to Disability Rights Ohio as part of an ongoing lawsuit.

Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, families of students whose data will be released must be notified and given the opportunity to object. The court is instructing all local education agencies to post notice about this opportunity to object on their district websites and in a central location, accessible to the public, in each building that is open to the public.

A copy of the notice – which includes instructions on how parents may object to the data release – can be found here. The court must receive objections no later than Sept. 12.

Students’ names, addresses and social security numbers are not part of the information to be released. Ohio is one of only three states that do not allow their departments of education to collect this data, to protect student privacy.

Data to be released for each student include student ID number, school name, grade, gender, race, age and disability category. The records also reveal student performance on the state’s Ohio Achievement Assessments and Ohio Graduation Tests, as well as tests related to Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee. Student suspensions and expulsions also are listed.

The data is subject to a protective order, which means Disability Rights Ohio cannot publicize it.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. Please contact the Ohio Department of Education’s legal office at (614) 466-4705 if you have questions.

Job Posting: INSTRUCTOR – Primary 2

Qualifications:           Current Ohio Department of Education License, Intervention Specialist, Mild to Moderate or Moderate to Intensive K-12.  Knowledge of child development, community based resources, educational and adaptive equipment/devices, best practices in special education.  Possesses good observational skills coupled with the ability to define problems, collect and analyze data and patterns, draw valid conclusions and create solutions.  Must be able to lift, move and carry minimum of 30 pounds.  Candidates must have leadership and supervisory skills, as well as excellent oral and written communication skills.  Must have a valid Ohio driver’s license.  Must possess the ability to handle multiple priorities and to meet deadlines.

Duties:                      Lead the classroom team as the teacher who is responsible for the enactment of the IEPs. Participate as an active member of the interdisciplinary team.  Work with other staff, parents and LEA in the development and implementation of an IEP for each student.  IEP’s will contain extended Academic Content Standards, Transition Plans for those fourteen or above, Vocational Skills and Life Skills. Promote the inclusion of all students into their home schools and community.  Plan, organize and conduct a variety of age-appropriate community-based educational, social, recreational and vocational activities and experiences for students in accordance with activity-based IEP goals and objects.  Keep daily lesson plans prepared well in advance, that are aligned to IEP goals.  Provide direction, guidance and training to assigned instructor assistants, educational aides, student interns and volunteers.  Meet with assistant weekly to plan, organize, implement and evaluate classroom learning experiences and activities.  Maintain a classroom environment that is conducive to learning and is free of health and safety hazards.  Communicate with parents/families on a regular basis.    Be responsive to parent/student concerns and issues.  Conduct periodic student evaluations using appropriate formal and informal assessments.  Prepare written reports detailing student progress every 90 days or more frequently as needed.  Reports to be shared with parents, LEA, and other staff as needed.  Attend and participate in conferences, staffing’s, staff meetings and various in-service training opportunities.  Participate in regular assessment of existing programs and services.  Prepare and maintain documentation, both written and electronic.  Prepare and maintain required reports and records.  Perform other related duties as assigned. Represent and participate in professional organizations.

Wage:                         Per adopted salary schedule

Status:                        ABEA Union

Benefits:                     STRS; health, vision, dental, life insurance; and professional, personal and sick leaves.

Schedule:                    Monday – Friday, 35 hours per week

Date position Available:    August 19, 2014

Date Posted:               August 18, 2014

Application Deadline:  September 2, 2014 at 3 p.m.

Working conditions may exist that are not such as normally exist in the occupation of

public employee, as the served population has exceptional needs.  These conditions may include:  Exposure to bloodborne pathogens, communicable diseases, potential infectious materials, hazardous chemicals and/or aggressive behaviors.

Job Posting: Service & Support Administration Specialist

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree from accredited college or university in Human Services or related field. Meet requirements or credentials to obtain ODDD Case Management certification. Two years experience in field of DD preferred. Knowledge of other social service agencies preferred, skill in preparing accurate and concise reports and records. Ability to work with a variety of professionals to develop the ISP, while remaining the primary service coordinator for the SL and/or waiver recipient. Knowledge of data collection, analysis and understanding of fiscal issues related to waivers and SL services. Valid Ohio driver’s license, able to drive vehicle for emergency situations. Must be able to work a flexible schedule to meet needs of individuals served.

Duties: Provide eligibility determination for County Board services; assess service needs (both case management and residential service needs as appropriate); develops Individual Service Plans (ISP) for eligible individuals with the individual and service provider; assist with provider selection; establish parameters for services in ISP based on assessed needs; monitor ISP to ensure implementation and outcomes; provide technical support to providers for service delivery documentation and compliance with County Board policies and procedures; incorporate QA, UI and MUI trends into individual’s ISP; ensure daily representation. Provide “one-time” services to individuals who may need limited service on an as needed/as assigned basis. Maintain documentation, written and electronic, related to service and support administration, Community Services, Vocational Services, Residential Services, TCM, PASARR screening, etc. Perform other related duties as assigned, represent and participate in professional organizations.

Wage: Per adopted salary schedule
Status: PGO Union
Benefits: Health, Vision, Dental, and Life Insurances and Sick, Vacation, and Personal leaves
Schedule: Monday – Friday, 40 hours; on-call rotation, flexible schedule – 9033 Lavelle Rd.
Deadline: August 15, 2014
Date Posted: August 1, 2014
Letter of Intent must be submitted to the Administrative Office, 801 W. Union St., Athens, OH 45701, by 3:00 PM August 15, 2014. EOE

Job Posting: Intermittent Job Trainers

Train workers with disabilities job skills, evaluate job performance and assist businesses in the employment process.  Provide quality assurance/supervision to ensure contract compliance.  Other duties include worker observation, completing performance evaluations and job training.  Experience working with youth and/or persons with disabilities a plus.  Send resumes to khynes@athenscbdd.org.  Applications are available at PersonnelPlus, 8 Harper Street, The Plains, Ohio, 45780.  Resumes must be submitted by August 13, 2014.  EOE/Provider of Services.

Health and Wellness Newsletter February/March 2014

Newsletter 14Feb20

 February 1 – 28
Is American Heart Month

Did you know that Coronary Heart Disease is America’s #1 Killer!?!?

That’s why it is so important to reduce your risk factors, know warning signs, and know how to respond quickly to warning signs.

Heart Attack Signs:

  • Chest discomfort
  • Discomfort in areas of the upper body
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness

How to Respond:

  • Fast Action saves lives.
  • Call 9-1-1 or your local EMS number


About High Blood Pressure:

The only way to tell if you have high blood pressure is to have your blood pressure checked:


Blood Pressure


(bottom Number)

Normal Less than 20 Less than 80
Prehypertension 120-139 80-89
High blood pressure  
Stage 1 140-159 90-99
Stage 2 150 or higher 100 or higher


March 1 – 31 is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Cancer of the colon or rectum is also called colorectal cancer.  In the United States, it is the fourth most common cancer in men and women.  Caught early, it is often curable.

Symptoms can include blood in stool, change in bowel habits, and general stomach discomfort.

Regular colon cancer screenings should begin at age 50 and include:

  • Annual fecal occult blood testing
  • Sigmoideoscopy / Colonoscopy
  • Contrast barium enemas

For Heart and Bowel Health:

  • Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
  • Limit alcohol consumption.
  • If you smoke, talk to your doctor about ways to quit.
  • Stay physically active and maintain a healthy body weight.

Beacon’s 3rd Annual Breakfast with Santa

Breakfast W Santa 2013

Where: Beacon School  801 West Union Street in Athens

When: December 7th, 2013   From 9am to 11am 

What: Fundraiser for Beacon School Curriculum and Activities Fund     

Tickets are $5 and available for pre-sale or at the door!

Activities include; breakfast, arts and crafts, live music and bring your cameras for pictures with Santa himself!