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Board Of Education

Mohawk Local Board of Education

Members 
 
Sam Flood - Serving children since 2016 sam.flood@mohawklocal.org 
Eric King - Serving children since 2020, eric.king@mohawklocal.org
Kathy Koehler - Serving children since 2014, kathy.koehler@mohawklocal.org
Carl Long - Serving children since 2020, carl.long@mohawklocal.org
Josh Messersmith - Serving children since 2018, josh.messersmith@mohawklocal.org

Strategic Plan 2016-2019
Board Policies

Policies available for Public Comment

Mohawk Local School District contracts with NEOLA® www.neola.com to provide consulting and recommendations on policy updates. NEOLA® publishes two regular Updates per year that include proposed revisions to policy, guidelines/procedures, and/or forms that are based on changes in Federal and State law, government regulations and school practices.  NEOLA® will publish special Updates when legislative action requires Districts to make policy decisions that cannot wait until the next regular update.  The proposed policy additions, revisions, or deletions are a result of a personal consultation between the Superintendent and a NEOLA® associate.  Before recommending these policy changes to the board of education for approval they will be available for public comment for one month.

Comments can be submitted in writing to the Superintendent by:

Email:
mark.burke@mohawklocal.org
 
by mail: 
Mohawk Local School District
              295 State Highway 231
              Sycamore, OH 44882
 
or dropped off in person at the above address
 
Policies for public input and consideration for adoption.
 

This policy has been revised to correct a “Scrivener’s Error” that occurred during a recent update.   Note the correction at the end of the second paragraph, where the word “not” has been reinserted.

This revision should be adopted to maintain accurate policies.

 

Policy 1530 – Evaluation of Principals and Other Administrators (Revised)

Revisions to this policy remove references to OTES and remove references to student growth measures that are no longer available.

This revised policy should be adopted to maintain accurate policies.

 

Policy 2270 – Religion in the Curriculum (Revised)

This policy has been revised because of changes enacted by H.B. 164. The new law defines religious expression to include prayer, religious gatherings such as prayer groups, distribution of written materials or literature of a religious nature, and “any other activity of a religious nature, including wearing symbolic clothing or expression of a religious viewpoint” as long as the expression is not vulgar, obscene, indecent, or offensively lewd. Boards are no longer permitted to restrict student exercise of religion to lunch periods or other noninstructional time periods.  Finally, the law declares that a school district may not prohibit a student from engaging in religious expression when completing homework, artwork, or other type of classroom assignment. Rather, the assignments must be graded or scored using ordinary academic standards and shall neither reward or penalize a student based on the religious content.

This revised policy reflects current Ohio law and should be adopted to maintain accurate policies.

 

Policy 2431 – Interscholastic Athletics

This policy has been revised to reflect the specific requirement of O.R.C. 3313.535, requiring each Board to establish a minimum grade point average as a condition for students in grades through twelve to participate in interscholastic extracurricular activities.

It should be noted, however, that the Ohio High School Athletic Association (May 29, 2020 Bulletin Board) has declared:

“Fall Scholarship Eligibility:  Due to the wide-range of academic grades being given for classwork during the final grading period, all students entering grades 7-12 will be eligible for 2020 fall sports insofar as academic eligibility is concerned.” 

This revision reflects current Ohio law and should be adopted to maintain accurate policies.

 

Policy 3124 – Employment Contract (Revised)

The revision to this policy removes reference to employment of administrators, which is covered in Policy 1520 – Employment of Administrators. 

This revision is recommended for adoption.

 

Policy 5200 – Attendance (Revised)

This policy has been revised to include a definition of “medical excuse” and to provide some options for defining attendance in a remote learning/distance learning environment.  The number of days/hours suggested are offered only as guidance.  Other numbers may be determined by the District.

These revisions are recommended for consideration.

 

Policy 5517.02 – Sexual Violence (RESCIND/DELETE)

This policy and administrative guideline are being deleted and replaced with Policy/AG 2266 - Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Sex in Education Programs and Activities, issued as a Special Update in July 2020.

 

Policy 5610 - Removal, Suspension, Expulsion, and Permanent Exclusion of Students (Revised)

 

Policy 5611 – Due Process Rights (Revised)

Revisions to these 2 policies provide for the use of the “Preponderance of Evidence” standard of evidence in determination of student discipline.  This standard is consistent with the standard of evidence that has been applied in the Nondiscrimination and Anti-Harassment policies in effect.  In addition “Retention of Investigatory Records” has been added to both policies.

These revisions are recommended for adoption.

 

Policy 6144 – Investments (Revised)

This policy has been revised to include the provisions of H.B. 251, to increase from five to ten years the maturity period of other political subdivision's bonds and obligations eligible for investment of a district's interim moneys.

This revised policy reflects current Ohio law and should be adopted to maintain accurate policies if the District wishes to take advantage of such investments.

 

Policy 6152 – Student Fees, Fines, and Charges (Revised)

 

Policy 6152.01 – Waiver of School Fees for Instructional Materials (Revised)

These 2 policies have been revised to provide the authorization to allow for online payment of fees, fines, and charges.  Additionally, the policies have been streamlined to identify fees to be charged and waivers that may be available.

These revisions are recommended for adoption if online payment is allowed.

 

Policy 6325  - Procurement – Federal Grants/Funds (Revised)

This policy has been revised to reflect the statutory language of O.R.C. 3313.843 that allows for the purchase of services by a district from an educational service center (ESC) pursuant to the authority of the Ohio Department of Education (ODE).

These revisions are recommended for adoption.

Policy 8450.01 – Protective Facial Coverings During Pandemic/Epidemic (New)

This new policy is provided in response to client requests.  It is based on guidance from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The guidance and content of this policy may be included in the District’s Restart/Reopening plan for the 2020-21 school year.  The policy provides coverage for students, district employees, and volunteers/visitors.

This new policy is provided for district consideration.

 

Policy 8800  - Religious/Patriotic Ceremonies and Observances (Revised)

This policy has been revised because of changes enacted by H.B. 164. The new law defines religious expression to include prayer, religious gatherings such as prayer groups, distribution of written materials or literature of a religious nature, and “any other activity of a religious nature, including wearing symbolic clothing or expression of a religious viewpoint” as long as the expression is not vulgar, obscene, indecent, or offensively lewd. Boards are no longer permitted to restrict student exercise of religion to lunch periods or other noninstructional time periods.  Finally, the law declares that a school district may not prohibit a student from engaging in religious expression when completing homework, artwork, or other type of classroom assignment. Rather, the assignments must be graded or scored using ordinary academic standards and shall neither reward or penalize a student based on the religious content.

This revised policy reflect current Ohio law and should be adopted to maintain accurate policies.

Mohawk

Local School District

Elementary
605 State Highway 231
Sycamore, OH. 44882
Phone: 419-927-2595
Fax: 419-927-6139
Jr. High / High School
605 State Highway 231
Sycamore, OH. 44882
Phone: 419-927-6222
Fax: 419-927-6139
Administration
295 State Highway 231
Sycamore, OH. 44882
Phone: 419-927-2414
Fax: 419-927-2393
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