Federal Grant Program Legal Notices & Related Information


Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA)

Public Participation Meeting Notice

Ohio Connections Academy (OCA) receives federal funding through the Special Education - IDEA (Part B) grant to assist with education of handicapped children, ages 3 through 21. Community members who would like to have input into the planning of the use of the federal IDEA funds are welcome to provide comment during our public hearing to be held on September 26, 2018 at 4:00pm at the OCA offices located in Mason, Ohio at 5181 Natorp Blvd. Please contact Rekha Manakkal for dial-in information if you are unable to attend in person, but would like to attend via teleconference.

Visit the Ohio Department of Education’s website to view a notice to parents and guardians of Ohio students with disabilities regarding partial settlement of a class action lawsuit.

Special Education Review

The Ohio Department of Education, Office for Exceptional Children (OEC) has scheduled a review of Ohio Connections Academy's special education program on October 10–11, 2018. View the notice to the public regarding the review process.

Ohio Law Regarding Primary Education Evaluation

Ohio Connections Academy uses diagnostic screenings to determine student needs. In accordance with Ohio law, OCA recommends that students enrolling in Kindergarten or first grade for the first time receive screenings to detect developmental disorders. Each student participating in the diagnostic screening must have their vision, hearing, speech, communication, and health or medical problems reviewed by their primary care physician before November 1, 2017. Caretakers may choose to opt out of the screening by submitting a written statement. Failure to have the screening will not bar the student from enrollment. Please contact the school counselor if you need assistance finding a provider.

Teacher Credentials and Performance

Federal guidelines give you the right to know about your child’s teachers’ credentials and school performance. We are happy to provide this information to you. At any time, you may ask the following: whether your child’s teacher meets state qualifications and certification requirements for the grade level and subject he or she is teaching; whether your child’s teacher received an emergency or conditional certificate through which state qualifications were waived; and what degrees your child’s teacher holds, including graduate certificates, and major(s) or area(s) of concentration.

Assessment and Testing Information for Parents of OCA Students

Ohio Connections Academy chooses a series of consecutive school days to administer state testing to students. These testing dates fall within periods of time designated by the Ohio Department of Education and are updated yearly. Enrolled families may find OCA's chosen testing dates in the school handbook and calendar located in Connexus®. To learn more about the current Ohio Department of Education testing windows, visit the Ohio Department of Education website.

Child Find Notification

Please contact Rekha Manakkal at 614-515-4034 if you, or someone you know, has a concern about the development of a child from the ages of birth through age 21. OCA Child Find Policy Procedure is in accordance with federal law, the District assumes responsibility for the location, identification and evaluation of all children birth through 21 who reside within the district and who require special education and related services. This includes students who are: advancing from grade to grade; enrolled by their parents in private elementary or private secondary schools, including religious schools, located in our District (regardless of the severity of their disability); wards of the state and children who are highly mobile, such as migrant and homeless children; and home schooled.

Families enrolled at Ohio Connections Academy will receive Child Find information within the school newsletter. Families can visit the Ohio Department of Education website for contact information specific to their county of residence.

Emergency School Closure Safety Plan

The Ohio Revised Code requires all schools to notify parents that the school has a safety plan in place and how parents will be notified in case of an emergency. The law does not exempt e-schools even though we do not have students in a traditional school environment. Please note that we have a safety plan for our office staff, and in the event that the school has to be closed for an emergency, families will be notified via the Connexus ® home page banner and WebMail.

OCA Restraint and Seclusion Policy

Ohio Connections Academy believes that the school environment should be one that ensures the care, safety, and welfare of all students and staff members. To maintain a safe environment, OCA has implemented a policy of techniques and strategies for nonviolent crisis intervention. View or download OCA's Restraint and Seclusion Policy and Procedures to learn more.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

Ohio Connections Academy complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974. View our FERPA Notification and Policy to learn more about Connections Academy's commitment to protecting student rights.

OCA Annual Report

Each year the school compiles statistics and information about the school to share publicly. View the most recent report.

Bullying Incidents

Number of Verified Bullying Incidents: 0

Positive Behavior Policy

Please view Ohio Connections Academy's Positive Behavior Policy.

Ohio Department of Education Report Card

Visit the Ohio Department of Education website to view the current report card for Ohio Connections Academy.