The Reading Community City School District seeks to locate, identify, and evaluate all children with a disability, from infants to age 21, based upon IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) eligibility, regardless of the severity of their disability, and who are in need of special education and related services. Students are identified, located, and evaluated in accordance with all federal regulations and state guidelines. This includes children attending private or parochial schools whose parents reside within the Reading Community City School District enrollment area.
For children, birth through age two, a disability means that a child has a deficit in one or more of the following areas: behavior, cognition, communication, physical development, sensory development, or social/emotional development. For children ages three through five years of age, a disability means the child has a documented deficit in one or more of the following areas: communication skills, hearing abilities, motor functioning, cognitive abilities, social-emotional/behavior functioning, or vision abilities.
For school-age students, a disability means a student has one or more disabilities such as autism, impairments related to hearing (deafness or hearing impaired), vision (blindness or visually impaired), orthopedic impairment, emotional/behavior impairment, specific learning disability, traumatic brain injury, or speech and language impairment.
Additionally, it is the intent of the district to ensure that students who are disabled within the definition of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 are evaluated, identified, and served. Section 504 disabilities are mental or physical impairments, or a history of such impairments, that “substantially limit one or more major life activities.”
If you know of a child with a suspected disability, please contact the Director of Student Services at Reading Community City Schools, 810 E. Columbia Avenue, Reading Ohio, 45215, 513-842-5105.
Restraint and Seclusion
School districts are required to develop, publish and implement written policies to govern the use of emergency safety interventions (physical restraint and seclusion) in all of their schools. It is the policy of Reading Community City Schools to only use restraint or seclusion when there is an immediate risk of physical harm to the student or others. Every use of restraint and/or seclusion shall be documented and reported in accordance with Board Policy 5630.01.
As of September 2021, Ohio law requires school districts to provide yearly notice to parents about their procedures related to the requirements of positive behavior intervention and supports (PBIS) and the emergency use of physical restraint and seclusion, including the local complaint process. Part of this law requires that parents in Ohio’s public schools must be given the following information at least one time per year.
What is the purpose of this law? The purpose of this law is for Ohio school districts to provide behavior supports and training to reduce and eliminate the need for emergency physical restraint and seclusion. The law requires that Ohio school districts:
- Implement PBIS in all (K-12) schools across the district.
- Provide student personnel with professional development about PBIS.
- Deliver specific training on ways to prevent the use of restraint and seclusion and safe restraint and seclusion practices when needed for emergencies.
See the following link for more information:
Harassment, intimidation, or bullying toward a student, whether by other students, staff, or third parties is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated. Pursuant to Ohio Revised Code 3313.666, Reading Community City Schools Board of Education has developed an Anti-bullying Policy (5517.01). This policy applies to all activities in the District, including activities on school property, while en route to or from school, and those occurring off school property if the student or employee is at any school-sponsored, school-approved or school-related activity or function, such as field trips or athletic events where students are under the school’s control, in a school vehicle, or where an employee is engaged in school business. Harassment, intimidation, or bullying includes any intentional written, verbal, electronic (i.e., internet, e-mail, cellular telephone, or wireless hand-held device), graphic, or physical act that a student or group of students exhibits toward another particular student(s) and the behavior both causes mental or physical harm to the other student(s) and is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for the other student(s). The link below takes you to an online reporting system (or call 1-866-listen2me). The system is for students and parents to report concerns that may affect the peace of mind of students or jeopardize the safety of people or school facilities. Concerns may include but are not limited to, bullying, abuse, bomb threats, cyber crimes, discrimination, drugs, health concerns, suspicious behavior, vandalism, fighting, & weapons. Helpline information helps us maintain school environments that are safe and conducive for learning. Stay Safe, Speak Up Link
Upon request, the district will provide the following information to parents:
- Whether the teacher(s) have met the State qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas they are teaching;
- Whether the teacher(s) is teaching under any emergency or provisional status in which the State requirements have been waived;
- The undergraduate major of the teacher(s) and the area of study and any certificates for any graduate degrees earned.
- Policies regarding student participation in state-mandated assessments
To obtain this information, please contact the Department of Student Services (513) 842-5105.
The Reading Community City Schools Public Notice Education Rights of Homeless Children and Youth It is the responsibility of Reading Community Schools to ensure homeless children and youths receive the services and supports they need. The Homeless Liaison will ensure that
- Homeless children and youths are identified by school personnel through outreach and coordination with other agencies;
- Homeless children and youths are enrolled in, and have a full and equal opportunity to succeed in, school;
- Homeless families, children, and youths have access to and receive educational services for which they are eligible, including Head Start programs, early intervention services under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and other preschool programs administered by the LEA;
- Homeless families, children, and youths receive referrals to health care services, dental services, mental health, and substance abuse services, housing services, and other appropriate services;
- The parents or guardians of homeless children and youths are informed of the educational and related opportunities available to their children and are provided with meaningful opportunities to participate in the education of their children;
- The parent or guardian of a homeless child or youth, and any unaccompanied homeless youth is fully informed of all transportation services, including transportation to the school of origin;
- Unaccompanied homeless youths are enrolled in school, have opportunities to meet the same challenging State academic standards established for other students, and are informed of their status as independent students and assisted to receive verification of their status for completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Local Liaison Name: Rebecca Johnson, Director of Student Services Telephone: (513)842-5105 School Address: 810 E. Columbia Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45215
Who is considered “homeless”?
Any child or youth not attending school who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence is considered homeless and includes those who are sharing housing with others due to loss of housing or economic hardship. It also includes children and youth who are living in hotels, camping grounds, emergency shelters, cars, bus or train stations, or other similar settings.
If you are not sure, please call the Liaison listed above.
What are the education rights of homeless children and youth?
Our schools provide equal and comparable access to all students regardless of their home living situation. Homeless children and youth have specific rights that include:
- Immediate enrollment in school and, when desired or in the best interest of the student, at the “school of origin.”
- Prompt provision of necessary services such as transportation and meal programs.
- Appropriate support services and programs for which they are eligible such as programs for gifted, children with disabilities, vocational educational, and special education preschool.
- Academic assistance through the district’s federally funded Title I program.
- Parent or guardian involvement in school activities.
What is the “school of origin”?
The term ‘school of origin’ means the school the child or youth attended when permanently housed or the school in which the child or youth was last enrolled. It is the district’s responsibility to consider the best interests of the child or youth when making a decision regarding what school to attend. Consideration must be given to placement at the school of origin unless doing so is contrary to the wishes of the parent or guardian.
What if there is a disagreement regarding school placement?
The parent, guardian or unaccompanied youth (youth not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian) may appeal the placement decision if the district makes a placement in a school other than the school of origin or a school requested by the parent, guardian or unaccompanied youth. The student will be immediately enrolled in the school in which enrollment was requested by the student or parent while an appeal is pending. The person indicated above will provide information and assistance regarding such an appeal. No Child or Youth Should Be Denied Access to a Free and Appropriate Public Education.