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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 Right and Privacy Act, families of students whose data will be released must be notified and give the opportunity to object.  The court is instructing all local educational agencies to post notice about this opportunity to object on our website and in a central location, accessible to the public, in each building that is open to the public.  To review a complete copy of the notice, please click on this link

 

For additional questions, please contact Paul Kidd, Coordinator Special Service at 330.636.3072.



Claggett Middle School Phones Now Working

The phone system at Claggett Middle School is now up and working. The temporary line has been disconnected. Please use the building phone number of 330-636-3600 to contact the school. Thank you for your patience as the issue was being resolved.



Ohio Department of Education Approves Waiver Days

 

The two additional waiver days submitted to the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) have now been approved. The waiver day dates are September 8 and January 16. These will be days off for students and personal development days for staff members. The 2014-2015 school calendar is being revised and will be available on the district's website.



All Medina City School District Bus Routes Now on Website

The new Medina City School District bus routes are now posted on the Transportation page of the website. To access these routes, click on this link where you will be redirected to the Bus Routes page. (To access the routes directly, click on the Departments tab of the website, choose Transportation, and then click on Bus Routes which appears in the "Links" box on the left-hand side of the page.) If you experience difficulty accessing the bus routes page, please be sure to clear your browser's cache. In Google Chrome (the preferred browser for this website), you can go to the browser's menu in the upper right-hand side of the screen, choose "Tools," and then "Clear browsing data."

For kindergarten parents, bus drivers will be contacting you individually with detailed information. Information will also be distributed at each school's kindergarten orientation. For additional questions concerning your child's bus route, please contact the Transportation Department at 330-636-4360.

***Please note as of 8/8/2014, Claggett and Fenn Bus #18 route times have been corrected.




Economics Plays Role in Lunch Price Increases

 

As students and parents think about the start of the new school year, students in Medina and Brunswick will see an increase in prices in their cafeterias. 

 

Both school districts have made the necessary decision to increase their breakfast and lunch prices by $.25 per meal. These meals do include milk. Milk may also be purchased ala carte with a price increase of $.10. Families with elementary students will see lunch prices go from $2.25 to $2.50; middle school and high school students will go from $2.50 to $2.75. For a deluxe lunch, pricing will move from $2.75 to $3.00. Breakfast will go from $1.50 to $1.75 per meal. Ala Carte milk pricing will go from $.40 to $.50. The district will continue to provide free and reduced price meals to those students who qualify. Medina City Schools current percentage of students on this program is 19%.

 

“The reason for the increase is the rising cost of food and supplies in the cafeterias,” states Angie Sellars, food service manager for Medina City Schools. “In addition, there is an increase in meal costs due to the implementation of the Healthy Hunger-free Kids Act of 2010; a decrease in the number of meals served last school year due to calamity days; and a decrease in enrollment.”

 

Under the Healthy Hunger-free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFK Act), the cost of food rose because, “it requires us to serve more fruits and vegetables per meal and serve only whole-grain products. Whole grain items generally cost more than regular or enriched-grain items,” Sellars said. “This slight increase in prices will allow the district to continue with the quality and service we have worked so hard to achieve in partnership with all of the suppliers the food service department works with on a day to day basis.” For questions, please contact the Food Service Department at 330.636.4380.



A Message from the Treasurer's Office Regarding PayForIt

Since the start of the PayForIt program, Medina City Schools has absorbed the fees associated with payments through this convenient on line payment system. Effective August 1, 2014, the fees will be charged to the parent when payments are made on-line through PayForIt. 

For those using ACH, there is a flat fee of $1.25. If using a credit card for payment, the fee is 3.9% of the amount charged. Remember, you can still send in a check or cash with your student for any fee payments. Thanks for your understanding.



School Board Approves District Calendars for Next Three Years


On July 7th, the Board of Education approved the Medina City School District calendar for the next 3 school years.  The following changes are noted for the 2014-2015 school year and parents are encouraged to print the new calendars at the links below:


1.  November 4th is now a school day.
2.  November 26th is now a day off of school for staff and students.
3.  November 25th is now an early release.
4.  Two waiver days, one on September 8th and one on January 16th have been submitted to the Ohio Department of Education for approval and if approved would be days off for students and professional development days for staff.
5.  The district will be utilizing 3 blizzard bags if calamity days in addition to those allotted by the state are necessary.  The district will then utilize make up days in the following order:  Jan 16, Feb 13, Feb 16, May 29, March 30 (these dates are for the 2014-2015 school year).

If you have any questions please feel free to call the Department of Educational Services at 330-636-3090.



Open House Date Scheduled for MHS

Medina High School annual Open House occurs after the school year begins. Please mark your calendar for this year's event on Thursday, August 28, 7:00 p.m.


Community Challenge

Beginning spring of 2015, Ohio students will experience new computer-based tests based on Ohio's New Learning Standards. Get a feel for these new tests. Click here to participate in Medina's Community Challenge.



Safe School Helpline

To view Dr. Quallich's letter containing valuable information on the Safe School Helpline, a resource available to parents, students and others who have concerns regarding a student's safety, health or well-being, please click here.


Parent Access in Blackboard

Parent Access Setup for Blackboard

Please click here to create a Parent Portal account for Medina City Schools.

Parent Portal accounts will allow families to:

  • Complete Emergency Medical forms online
  • Access student grades online
  • Provide access to view all Blackboard classes for your student(s)

Only one Parent Portal account is needed for each parent or guardian. With our new Parent Portal, account holders will be able to view all of the information for their students with a single sign-on.

Click here for detailed instructions on how to set up a parent portal account and Formshare Access.


Manage Your Blackboard Parent Portal

Click here   for a form that will help you change your username or password for your Blackboard Parent Portal account.

Please contact Sandy Downey with any questions.

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