strategic plan 09.21.2021
During fall 2018, the Valley View Local School District Board of Education convened a diverse group of community members and school district staff and administrators to consider and debate the status and future of the district. These discussions resulted in a comprehensive strategic plan, including a vision statement; a mission statement; a core values statement; and five overarching district goals, each with a set of measureable and actionable objectives.
Forging our future, growing our community.
We are an educational community committed to fostering lifelong learning.
Valley View Spartans are committed to educational excellence by demonstrating collaboration, inclusivity, responsibility, respect and resourcefulness.
At Valley View Local Schools, we have made a commitment that all actions and initiatives undertaken by administrators, staff and students in our district will be aligned directly to one or more of the five overarching goals set forth below.
At Valley View, we provide opportunities for lifelong learning that prepare each student to reach his or her full educational potential.
At Valley View, we recognize all students experience challenges, so we strive to equip students with skills to develop into the best version of themselves.
Valley View Schools cultivates school and community partnerships to achieve unity for student success.
Our facilities are accessible, safe and supportive of 21st century learning, and address the needs of all students.
Because we believe good stewardship of district finances is critical to success, we are dedicated to planning, careful investment, accountability and transparency.
We believe that if we are accountable to these goals as a district and as a community, our schools will continue to improve, achievement will increase and decisions about doing what’s best for students will be clear.
District staff and community members with expertise or interest in these goal areas are serving on action teams for the new or ongoing objectives aligned directly with each of these goals. As the objectives are implemented, new ones will be discussed, planned and initiated.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students who are 18 years of age or older (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records. These rights are:
- The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days after the day the Valley View Local School District receives a request for access.
Parents or eligible students who wish to inspect their child’s or their education records should submit to the school principal a written request that identifies the records they wish to inspect. The school official will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.
- The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA.
Parents or eligible students who wish to ask the Valley View Local School District to amend their child’s or their education record should write the school principal, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it should be changed. If the school decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the school will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.
- The right to provide written consent before the school discloses personally identifiable information (PII) from the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. The criteria for determining who constitutes a school official and what constitutes a legitimate educational interest must be set forth in the school’s or school district’s annual notification for FERPA rights. A school official typically includes a person employed by the school or school district as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel) or a person serving on the school board. A school official also may include a volunteer, contractor, or consultant who, while not employed by the school, performs an institutional service or function for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records, such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist; a parent or student volunteering to serve on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee; or a parent, student, or other volunteer assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official typically has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
Upon request, the school discloses education records without consent to officials of another school or school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll, or is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes of the student’s enrollment or transfer. [NOTE: FERPA requires a school or school district to make a reasonable attempt to notify the parent or student of the records request unless it states in its annual notification that it intends to forward records on request or the disclosure is initiated by the parent or eligible student.]
- The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the Valley View Local School District to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA are:
To other school officials, including teachers, within the educational agency or institution whom the school has determined to have legitimate educational interests. This includes contractors, consultants, volunteers, or other parties to whom the school has outsourced institutional services or functions, provided that the conditions listed in § 99.31(a)(1)(i)(B)(1) – (a)(1)(i)(B)(3) are met. (§ 99.31(a)(1))
To officials of another school, school system, or institution of postsecondary education where the student seeks or intends to enroll, or where the student is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes related to the student’s enrollment or transfer, subject to the requirements of § 99.34. (§ 99.31(a)(2))
To authorized representatives of the U. S. Comptroller General, the U. S. Attorney General, the U.S. Secretary of Education, or State and local educational authorities, such as the State educational agency (SEA) in the parent or eligible student’s State. Disclosures under this provision may be made, subject to the requirements of § 99.35, in connection with an audit or evaluation of Federal- or State-supported education programs, or for the enforcement of or compliance with Federal legal requirements that relate to those programs. These entities may make further disclosures of PII to outside entities that are designated by them as their authorized representatives to conduct any audit, evaluation, or enforcement or compliance activity on their behalf, if applicable requirements are met. (§§ 99.31(a)(3) and 99.35)
In connection with financial aid for which the student has applied or which the student has received, if the information is necessary for such purposes as to determine eligibility for the aid, determine the amount of the aid, determine the conditions of the aid, or enforce the terms and conditions of the aid. (§ 99.31(a)(4))
To State and local officials or authorities to whom information is specifically allowed to be reported or disclosed by a State statute that concerns the juvenile justice system and the system’s ability to effectively serve, prior to adjudication, the student whose records were released, subject to § 99.38. (§ 99.31(a)(5))
To organizations conducting studies for, or on behalf of, the school, in order to: (a) develop, validate, or administer predictive tests; (b) administer student aid programs; or (c) improve instruction, if applicable requirements are met. (§ 99.31(a)(6))
To accrediting organizations to carry out their accrediting functions. (§ 99.31(a)(7))
To parents of an eligible student if the student is a dependent for IRS tax purposes. (§ 99.31(a)(8))
To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena if applicable requirements are met. (§ 99.31(a)(9))
To appropriate officials in connection with a health or safety emergency, subject to § 99.36. (§ 99.31(a)(10)
Information the school has designated as “directory information” if applicable requirements under § 99.37 are met. (§ 99.31(a)(11))
To an agency caseworker or other representative of a State or local child welfare agency or tribal organization who is authorized to access a student’s case plan when such agency or organization is legally responsible, in accordance with State or tribal law, for the care and protection of the student in foster care placement. (20 U.S.C. § 1232g(b)(1)(L))
To the Secretary of Agriculture or authorized representatives of the Food and Nutrition Service for purposes of conducting program monitoring, evaluations, and performance measurements of programs authorized under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act or the Child Nutrition Act of 1966, under certain conditions. (20 U.S.C. § 1232g(b)(1)(K))
BULLYING AND OTHER FORMS OF AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR
Harassment, intimidation, or bullying behavior by any student in the Valley View Local School District is strictly prohibited, and such conduct may result in disciplinary action, including suspension and/or expulsion from school. "Harassment, intimidation, or bullying", in accordance with R.C. 3313.666 means any intentional written, verbal, graphic or physical act including electronically transmitted acts i.e.,
Internet, cell phone, personal digital assistant (PDA), or wireless hand-held device, either overt or covert, by a student or group of students toward other students, including violence within a dating relationship, with the intent to harass, intimidate, injure, threaten, ridicule, or humiliate. Such behaviors are prohibited on or immediately adjacent to school grounds, at any school-sponsored activity, on school provided transportation, or at any official school bus stop that a reasonable person under the circumstances should know will have the effect of:
A. Causing mental or physical harm to the other students including placing an individual in reasonable fear of physical harm and/or damaging of students’ personal property; and,
B. Is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for the other students.
DISTRICT BULLYING PREVENTION
The Valley View School District and Board of Education understands the seriousness of category H and has adopted a policy that clearly describes their position, please see board policy 5517.01. Therefore we are committed to eliminating and preventing harassment/sexual harassment/bullying/cyber-bullying. The Board of Education does not tolerate harassment, intimidation or bullying of any student, or staff member, on school property or at a school-sponsored event, and regardless of whether the event occurs on or off school property (including on school buses and other school-related vehicles). These types of behaviors that occur off school grounds and not at a school-sponsored event, but carry over to intolerable behaviors at school, may be addressed. Students who engage in such behavior are subject to disciplinary action, including suspension or expulsion from school. The Board’s commitment to addressing such prohibited behavior involves a multi-faceted approach, which includes education and the promotion of a school atmosphere in which harassment, intimidation, bullying and cyberbullying will not be tolerated by students, staff, or administration. Students are strongly encouraged to REPORT these types of behaviors to school personnel.
For purposes of this policy we define Bullying/Cyberbullying as:
Any intentional written (via electronic or other means), verbal, or physical act that a student has exhibited toward another student more than once and the behavior both:
- causes mental or physical harm to the other student; and
- is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening or abusive educational environment for the other student.
Harassment/Intimidation/Bullying behaviors include, but are not limited to:
- Unwanted advances/sexual advances, including propositioning
- School related dating violence; a pattern of behavior where a person uses or threatens physical, sexual, verbal, or emotional abuse to control the person’s dating partner primarily characterized by the expectation of affectionate involvement whether casual, serious, or long-term. (A dating partner is any person, regardless of gender, involved in an intimate relationship with another person.)
- Non-verbal conduct such as leering or gesturing
- Verbal conduct such as derogatory comments, slurs, jokes, kidding/parody
- Unwanted physical contact such as touching, assault, impeding or blocking movement.
- Electronically transmitted acts via the internet, cell phone, wireless held devices, as well as non-electronic communications and drawings.