FLEX High School Child Find Policy
FLEX High School seeks to ensure that all students within its jurisdiction are identified, located and evaluated through the school year in which they turn 20 and who are in need of special education and supportive assistance or are suspected of being disabled and in need of special education and supportive assistance even though, for example, they are advancing from grade to grade, are wards of the state, or are homeless. This child find responsibility shall be accomplished through a process of educating school faculty and staff and notifying parents/ guardians during enrollment.
During the enrollment process, parents/guardians are made aware of the school’s dedication to identifying students with disabilities through a letter which explains our responsibility and provides action steps. Additionally, a phone number and person to contact if they suspect their child might have a disability are provided. Parents/guardians sign this notification form as documentation of our commitment to child find.
At the school site, all general education and special education faculty and staff will receive professional development on the school’s responsibility to provide child find, make accommodations for students with special needs, and maintain confidentiality of the student.
The child find process shall include obtaining data on each student, through direct assessment or by indirect means of the student’s academic performance, gross and fine motor skills, receptive and expressive language skills, vision, hearing and cognitive skills. If the child find process indicates that a student may require special education and supportive services in order to benefit from regular education, the student shall be referred to the Student Success Team to determine the student’s eligibility for special education services. School staff, parents, or agency representatives may refer students to the Student Success Team if they believe that the student, because of a disability, may be in need of special education and supportive services in order to benefit from regular education.
Final identification of students with disabilities and programming for such students occurs only after an appropriate evaluation and a determination by a Multi-Disciplinary Team which would include the parent/guardian, administrator, intervention specialist, school psychologist, general education teacher, and others who may be deemed appropriate.
School Wellness Policy
FLEX High School is committed to providing a school environment that promotes and protects students’ health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity. In this policy, FLEX High School will address the following:
- Goals for nutrition education
- Goals for physical activity
- Nutrition guidelines for all foods available at school
- Goals for other school-based activities designed to promote student wellness
- Guidelines for reimbursable meals
- Plans for evaluating implementation of the policy
Goals for nutrition education:
- FLEX High School will implement health objectives related to diet, nutrition, and exercise
- Nutrition guidelines, food pyramid charts, suggestions for healthy food choices, and/or other messages related to health and nutrition will be posted in areas accessible to students
- The school lunch period(s) will be scheduled to provide nourishment at a reasonable time for students
- Additional breaks will be permitted, as needed, for students to maintain energy levels
Goals for physical activity:
- FLEX High School will support and promote an active lifestyle for all students
- FLEX High School will provide instruction to not only complete the graduation requirements for Physical Education, but to continue healthy habits after the course
- Teachers are encourage to integrate physical activity into their courses where feasible
- Students will be encouraged to participate in community sports programs and to be physically active outside of school
Nutrition guidelines for all foods available at school:
- The school lunch program will follow nutritional guidelines established by Ohio Department of Education, Office of Child Nutrition Services
- The school will evaluate food products available to students on premises, and set nutritional guidelines for all food and beverages
- Water coolers are available in every building
Goals for other school-based activities designed to promote student wellness:
- Teachers and staff will be offered training in nutrition as needed, and in physical activities conducive to learning and appropriate for classrooms
- FLEX High School will provide parent education on nutrition and the benefits of physical activity through newsletters and/or parent meetings during the course of the school year
- The school encourages the use of non-food rewards for student achievement and/or behavior
Guidelines for reimbursable meals:
- Schools will continue to follow the state and federal guidelines and procedures for reimbursement for school lunch, breakfast or special milk programs
Plans for evaluating implementation of the policy
- FLEX High School will survey students and/or parents on eating choices and behavior and physical activities outside of school. Surveys will be done annually and results will guide potential changes to the school’s wellness policy.