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.
AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES - SECTION 504/ PROHIBITION AGAINST DISCRIMINATION BASED ON DISABILITY
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.
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 Lisa Rogers Director of Special Services at 330-484-8022.
CIVIL RIGHTS ACT, TITLE VI, DISCRIMINATION/HARASSMENT
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.
COUNTY PLAN OF SERVICE
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.
The Canton Local School District provides educational services to disabled students from birth to age 21 utilizing federal assistance through IDEIA 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, Lisa Rogers Director of Special Services at 330-484-8022.
The Canton Local School District is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, disability or age with respect to employment or educational programs and opportunities to students. This applies to all educational programs including vocational, community education, and special education. Civil Rights Compliance Officer, Tricia Couts-Everett.
STARK COUNTY INTEGRATED PRESCHOOL
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 Lisa Rogers Director of Special Services at 330-484-8022. If you have further questions about a pre-school child with a suspected disability.
TITLE I / IDEA-B FLOW THROUGH NOTIFICATION
The Canton Local School District receives notification of their entitlement of federal funds allocated in accordance with the Title I/ Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Public Law 92-142. 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 Lisa Rogers Director of Special Services at 330-484-8022.
TITLE I EVALUATION
Each spring, parent, and teachers evaluate the Title I program. Comments and input from both are used as plans are made for services the following school year. If your child is not receiving services or you would like to provide input on the Title I program please contact Tricia Couts-Everett, in the Curriculum Department located at Canton Local Admin Building at 600 Faircrest St SE, Canton, OH 44707 or call 330.484.8019.
In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, no person shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded in participation in, denied benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational program provided by the Canton Local Board of Education. Any questions should be directed to Tricia Couts-Everett, in the Curriculum Department located at Canton Local Admin Building at 600 Faircrest St SE, Canton, OH 44707 or call 330.484.8019.
MCKINNEY - VENTO ACT
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.