PARENT/ STUDENT RIGHTS
Parents and eligible students (students having reached the legal age of eighteen) have the right to:
1. Inspect and review the student's education records.
2. Seek correction of items in the record which are believed to be inaccurate, misleading or in violation of the student's rights, including the right to a hearing upon request.
3. File a complaint with the appropriate state or federal officials when the school system violates laws and regulations relative to student records.
4. Obtain a copy of this policy and a copy of such education records.
5. Exercise control of other people's access to the records, except when prior written consent is given, or under circumstances as provided by law of regulations, or where the school system has designated certain information as "directory information". The records custodian will mark the appropriate student records for which directory information is to be limited, and this designation will remain if effect until it is modified by written notification from the student's parent(s) or the eligible student.
The Cleveland City Schools may disclose certain information, known as directory information, as its discretion without consent. Parents or eligible students may refuse to let the system release any or all of this information. If you do not want this information released, you must send written notice annually. The following information regarding students is considered directory information: (1) name, (2) address, (3) telephone number, (4) date and place of birth, (5) major field of study, (6) participation in officially recognized activities, (7) weight and height of members of athletic teams, (8) dates of attendance, (9) degrees and awards received, (10) the most recent previous educational agency of institution attended by the student, and (11) other similar information that would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed, such as a photograph.
During the course of the school year, photographs may be taken for the Blythe-Bower Yearbook, bulletin boards, or the local newspaper. Publicity is an integral part of the regular school program for Cleveland City Schools. If you do not want your child in any picture or video for publicity in the media, please notify the school in writing as soon as possible.
PARENT INVOLVEMENT POLICY
A. The Parent Involvement Policy is developed with parental input and is distributed to parents.
B. Meetings are held at different times of the day so that more parents can attend- mornings, evenings, etc.
C. Parents are involved in the planning, reviewing, and improving parent involvement programs, school parental involvement policy, and the joint development of the school wide program plan- TSIP.
D. Parents are given timely information.
E. School curriculum, forms of assessment (what is measured, how to understand the results, and student proficiency levels) are explained to parents.
F. Meetings requested by parents are scheduled to allow parental suggestions to be part of the educational decision-making about their child. Responses to the suggestions are given as soon as possible.
G. The school-parent compact is discussed. This document outlines how parents, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership to help children achieve the State's high standards.
H. The importance of communication between teachers and parents is addressed: (EXAMPLES: parent-teacher conferences to address student progress at least once a year for elementary schools, frequent child progress reports for parents, access to staff, opportunities to volunteer and participate in their child's school, and observation of classroom activities).
I. The school will build capacity for parent involvement- help parents understand topics such as the State's academic controls standards, State student academic achievement standards, state and local academic assessments, the requirements of parent involvement, how to monitor a child's progress and work with educators to improve the achievement of their children.
J. The school will provide materials and training to help parents work with their children to improve their children's achievement, such as literacy training and using technology.
K. The school will educate teachers, pupil services personnel, principals, and other staff (with the assistance of parents) in the value and utility of contributions of parents, and in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners, implement and coordinate parent programs, and build ties between parents and the school.
L. Parent involvement programs and activities are coordinated with preschool programs like Head Start, Reading First, Early Reading First, Even Start, the Home Instruction Programs for Preschool Youngsters, the Parents as Teachers Program, and public preschool and other programs and include other activities such as parent resources centers.
M. Information about school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities is sent to the parents in an understandable language.
N. The school will provide other reasonable support for parental involvement activities as parents may request.
O. The school will provide full opportunities for the participation of parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory children, including providing information and school reports in a language such parents understand.
To view the Policy in its entirety, please obtain a copy of the Student-Parent Handbook from the Office.