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Annual Notices

Last Updated: 6/14/2022 12:53 AM

To be in compliance with federal and state law, the school district is required to inform residents about various programs, policies, and procedures that are in place in the district.

In compliance with the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act passed by Congress in 1986 the Canton Local School District has an AHERA Management Plan on file in the Principal’s office at each building and at the Board of Education Office, 600 Faircrest St SE, Canton, OH 44707. Anyone interested in viewing the plan can stop by these locations and ask to see a copy. Asbestos inspections are completed in the school buildings every six months, and a major reevaluation is done every three years.

Pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and its implementing regulations (“Section 504”), no otherwise qualified individual with a disability shall, solely by reason of his/her disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. The Board of Education does not discriminate in admission or access to, participation in, or treatment, or employment in, its programs or activities. As such, the Board’s policies and practices will not discriminate against employees and students with disabilities, will provide equal opportunity for employment, and will make accessible to qualified individuals with disabilities its facilities, programs, and activities.

A copy of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act may be obtained from the district’s Compliance Officer, Tricia Couts-Everett.

Pursuant to House Bill 276, Ohio School districts are required to semiannually post the number of reported bullying and harassment incidents that occur throughout their district. Below are the reports;

2021-2022 Bullying Report - Posted June 2022 


Student bullying facts & figures

The Canton Local School District ensures that all eligible students with disabilities in kindergarten through 21 years of age, residing within their attendance area, have available to them a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment. The rights of children with disabilities and their parents will be protected in accordance with state and federal laws.
School districts must locate and identify individuals who have disabilities from birth to age 21. If you, or someone you know, may be in need of special education and related services, please contact Victoria Hessey Director of Special Services at 330-484-8019.

Any member of the school community who believes that he/she has been the subject of discrimination (including racial harassment) will report any incident(s) to his/her teacher, school administrator, guidance counselor, or if the employee, immediate supervisor. The superintendent may also be notified and serves as the district’s Grievance Officer unless the superintendent delegates that assignment to another administrator.

The Stark County Department of Education developed a “Plan of Service” during the 1988-89 school year for its member districts. The Canton Local School District is one of 13 local districts served by the plan. The purpose of the Service Plan is to promote excellence through cooperation while acknowledging the diversity and uniqueness of each member district. The plan is on file and available for review at the Canton Local Board of Education office at 600 Faircrest St SE, Canton, OH 44707.

GIFTED SERVICES  (Click for link)

The Canton Local School District provides educational services to disabled students from birth to age 21 utilizing federal assistance through IDEA funds to enhance the basic program.
Disabilities including the areas of hearing, vision, learning, behavior, speech/language, health/physical disabilities, traumatic brain injury, autism, or any combination of these, are considered handicapping conditions.

An application is on file at the Administration Building and is available for examination and recommendations by district residents. If you, or someone you know, may be in need of special education and related services, Victoria Hessey Director of Special Services at 330-484-8019.


Canton Local School District hereby gives notice that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, handicap or age in the educational programs or activities operated by the district. This district complies with state directives and with federal regulations for implementing Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975. Nondiscrimination is practiced both in employment and in access of students to school programs.. Any student making a complaint or participating in a school investigation will be protected from retaliation. The Compliance Officer(s) can provide additional information concerning equal access to educational opportunities. Contact Tricia Couts-Everett at at 330-484-8019

The Canton Local District is participating in a consolidated Pre-School Grant program with other Stark County Local Districts. Some of these pre-school disability classes and enrichment classes are located in Canton Local. The program provides services to identified pre-school children with disabilities. A portion of ECSE, IDEIA funds are used for this program. This application is on file and available for examination and recommendations by district residents. Contact Victoria Hessey Director of Special Services at 330-484-8019. If you have further questions about a pre-school child with a suspected disability.

The Canton Local School District receives the notification of their entitlement of federal funds allocated in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Public Law 92-142.  The utilization of the funds is designated to provide services and programs for disabled students.  Persons who wish to comment on how to utilize these designated funds are welcome and encouraged to contact Victoria Hessey Director of Special Services at 330-484-8019.

Title I

Title I, Part A (Title I) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended, provides financial assistance to districts and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards. H. R. Walker Elementary School is designated as a Title I school. 

Parents Right-to-Know Notice
Title I School: Parent Compact

Parents of students attending a Title I-Part A school may request information regarding any State or district policy regarding student participation in any assessments mandated by ESSA, Section 1111(b)(2) and by the State or district including related policies and procedures.

 CLSD K-12 Assessment Overview.pdf

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Title IX

The Board of the Canton Local School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education program or activity and is required by Title IX and its implementing regulations not to discriminate in such a manner. The requirement not to discriminate in its education program or activity extends to admission and employment. Any person may report sex discrimination, including Sexual Harassment (whether or not the person reporting is the person alleged to be the victim of conduct that could constitute sex discrimination or Sexual Harassment), in person, by mail, by telephone, or by electronic mail, using the Title IX Coordinators' contact information listed below, or by any other means that results in the Title IX Coordinator receiving the person’s oral or written report. Reports may be made at any time (including during non-business hours) by using the telephone numbers or electronic mail addresses or by mail to the office address listed below. Anonymous reports may be submitted using the online reporting form posted at or the hotline reporting number 1-844-5-SAYNOW.

Tricia Couts-Everett, Director of Curriculum and Instruction & Title IX Coordinator
600 Faircrest St. SE
Canton, Ohio 44707

Chris Noll, Director of Operations & Title IX Coordinator
600 Faircrest St. SE
Canton, Ohio 44707

It is the policy of the Canton Local School District to enroll, educate and not segregate or stigmatize children on the basis of their status as homeless.  Jamie Brown is the Canton Local Homeless Liaison and may be reached at 330-484-8020. Any person suspecting a child is homeless should notify Jamie Brown to ensure that homeless children enroll in school and have the opportunity to succeed academically. 

* The Canton Local School District is in compliance with the H.R. 1, “No Child Left Behind Act of 2001” that was enacted in January of 2002.