Parking Lot Q&A
1. What are the decision making groups in the buildings (for parents)?
There are several decision-making groups for parents in Dayton Public Schools. In all of our preK-8 schools served by Title 1 there must be parent representation on the building leadership team. Many preK-8 schools also have Parent Advisory Councils (PACs), and all DPS schools (preK-12) have Community Education Councils (CEC). These councils are made up of parents, staff and community members. Individuals from each CEC represent their schools on the Dayton Education Council (DEC), which addresses the Dayton Board of Education about parent issues or concerns. Ask your school principal for more information, or call the Family and Community Engagement director at (937) 542-3013.
2. How do we interest other parents to participate?
We encourage the parents who attend the symposium to talk with and invite other family members to get involved at their schools. Our director of family and community engagement will work with parents to organize parent groups at each school. We will be working with our principals, teachers, parents, community partners, businesses, city and county to make participation as easy as possible.
3. Please define what kinds of DPS parent groups we have (CEC, Parent Liaison, and PAC). Why don’t we see more collaboration with kids?
A parent group in DPS should provide support and assistance to other parents and to their school. We have several parent groups that work in our schools as volunteers.
The first group, Community Education Council (CEC), meets monthly to address parent issues and help the school improve academic performance. The second group, Parent Advisory Council (PAC), helps to plan family fun events or activities for their schools.
We have transition coordinators in nine schools that work with student to assist them in making a successful transition to secondary school. Five preK-8 schools are known as Neighborhood School Centers and are each staffed with a neighborhood site coordinator who works to support parent groups and connect the school with community resources. Overall, the goal for parents is to belong to the PAC and or CEC in their child’s school or a school near where they work or live.
1. We are talking about our younger kids, but when they reach high school, there is little or no communication.
Communication is as important in high school as it is when our children began their educational journey; we invite you to take advantage of the parent groups and technology that will help to keep you in the know at your child’s school. All buildings are responsible for posting their CEC, PAC and other school events/activities on their school websites. Parents of students at all grade levels have the ability to see their children’s academic progress, attendance and other information with the district’s new Home Access Center, a secure online resource that is just a mouse click away.
Many schools use automated calls to notify parents of upcoming events and important school dates. Parents may also turn to DPS TV (TimeWarner 21), WDPS FM 89.5, DPS Facebook, Twitter, school newsletters and the DPS website. We encourage all parents to attend parent meetings at their school.
2. Teachers should be more friendly to parents or more inviting. Some parents fear school leaders.
We acknowledge that there are parents who feel intimidated by school leaders, however we encourage parents and teachers to work together to help students succeed.
3. How do you approach your schools administration to get your point across without being “branded” a problem or complaining parent?
School administrators want to establish a positive relationship with families and students. We encourage parents to set an appointment with their school principal or submit their concern in writing.
4. Can the schools staff and parents give quarterly assessment of the building principals that would go to Superintendent Ward’s desk?
Surveys are approved and conducted by Dayton Public Schools. The school district already does surveys relating to students and the school climate.
1. Every school should have a parent resource room; it has materials to help your child at home with what they are learning at school. Use the information.
At this time, only preK-8 schools have parent resource rooms. They are federally funded and offer the parent Internet access, information on school activities, and literacy and math resources, including games, flashcards and books for children. Building principals can provide the contact person for the resource room in your child’s school.
2. I run the parent resource room. It’s available anytime for parents, and there has only been a handful who took advantage. I sent letters after letters, even gave things away. How can we as parents get other parents involved?
Dayton Public Schools asks that you continue your efforts to attract parents to the school. The parent symposiums are designed for parents to talk with each other and work to get others involved.
1. Will DPS change to credit for PE, sports and band?
Students may currently earn flex credit for any class if they follow the process for approval. Approvals are based on state guidelines. We are evaluating the district’s current policy.
2. What is the difference between ready for OGT test and ready for college?
The OGT (Ohio Graduation Test) is a state test for minimum skills needed for high school graduation. A better indicator for college readiness is the ACT or SAT test scores. Parents should speak with their child’s school guidance counselor for more information on colleges. Parents may also go to the district website and click on the counseling page for more information. ACT and SAT college test dates are listed on the Dayton Public Schools website.
3. What about families who have experienced violence/murders/sexual abuse?
On the high school level, we partner with consultants and community groups who specialize in the areas of abuse and or violence. Our school counselors have a list of various partners that parents can access. Dayton Public Schools has a district crisis team that works within the schools to connect parents with community resources, such as Good Samaritan Behavior Health, Day-Mont and South Community. Another source of information is Montgomery County Family and Children First Council.
4. Can a principal override the OGT to get a diploma?
Neither a principal nor a school district can override an OGT result to award a diploma to a student. The Ohio Department of Education has certain exceptions that can be found on its website.
5. At what grade levels do students receive a syllabus?
Grades seven to 12 offer a class syllabus. Call your school principal or teacher for more information.
6. Second semester fine arts 7-12: How will this work?
The Ohio Department of Education offered a response to this question. According to the Ohio Core, beginning with the 2014 school year, students will be required to complete two semesters in fine arts curriculum. This can be taken anytime between grades seven and 12.
The definition of a semester is a class that meets:
A) during a regular class period during the year;
B) five days a week/half of the school year; or
C) every other day for the entire school year.
7. If we don’t have spelling test, does this affect how our children will pass test in order to graduate?
Spelling is not a criterion on any Ohio achievement tests. Parents can work with students on spelling, reading or any other subject.
8. There are kids in my high school who have no desire to learn. They are career troublemakers all year. Can we find a place for them to attend school next year? (1) Longfellow (2) ECOT online school (3) in-school solitary confinement? If we move the students for next year, we can allow a more peaceful environment for those who want to learn.
Dayton Public Schools is a public education organization established to offer an education to all students. We have several programs that students participate in to help them raise academic achievement and stay in school. If a student is truant or expelled, we work with the parent and student on a school location that fits his or her needs.
Other (support, tools, etc.)
1. What tools can I get to help with bullies?
Dayton Public Schools defines bullying as verbal or physical acts that a student has exhibited toward another particular student more than once. The intentional act also includes violence within a dating relationship. The behavior causes either mental or physical harm to a student. This behavior is prohibited on school property or at school sponsored activities. A school psychologist can give parents resources to help deal with the problem. We also ask parents to contact county mental health agencies for more information. Finally, parents can contact the principal of their school.
2. What has been established to ensure support for students on the lowest end of grade spectrum, as it relates to student supports or systems that ensure achievement (when even alternate assessment is too high)?
Alternative assessments are custom designed based on a student’s ability as defined in their IEP (Individual Education Plan). If a parent has a concern, he or she may request a meeting with the principal to review the child’s IEP goals and objectives.
3. How do we know? I know because I spend time in the school. Daily, I watch the teachers teach straight from the test. I take my grandson home and fill in the blanks, closing the gaps.
During the course of the school year, students take a number of assessments. This allows teachers to determine how students are progressing and whether they need additional instruction to master a particular skill or subject area. Our DPS academic plan is aligned with state and national standards and best practices. DPS teachers and administrators have worked during the 2011-2012 school year to ensure that students will be ready when the rigorous new common core standards and assessments roll out in 2013-2014.
Dayton Public Schools provides a high-quality education in a safe environment that prepares our students for success in school, work and life by providing a highly effective trained staff working each day with community resources.