Parents and Families
Welcome Parents and Families!
You are very important to us and to your child’s development. Once the students leave the classroom, it is you who continues to help encourage and support the child in the learning process. Children in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District can only achieve the success they deserve with the help of concerned and dedicated support.
The administrative offices of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District are the support systems to the schools. Our building, at 1380 East Sixth Street, houses departments that include School Development, Education & Budget, Academic Affairs, Operations, Program Development, Student & Family Support Services, External Affairs and Human Resources.
Some administrative offices are housed at other locations including Jane Addams Business and Careers Center, Lakeside, Max S. Hayes Vocational Center, Woodland Data and Distribution Center and Cleveland Skills and Careers Center. There are three transportation depots located at West 46th and Clark (Inside Thomas Jefferson School).
Identification of Children with Disabilities
Parents/Guardians who may have concerns about their child's development or suspect that a disability may be present should contact their building principal or the Department of Psychological Services at 216.523.8498. Concerns could include the areas of: hearing impairment, visual impairment, cognitive disability, orthopedic or other health impairments, specific learning disability, emotional disability, speech/language disability, autism, traumatic brain injury, multiple disabilities, hearing impairment, deafness or deaf/blindness. If a child birth through five years of age presents delays in communication skills, social emotional development, gross/fine motor skills, or cognitive/thinking skills, the parent/guardian should contact the Department of Psychological Services.
Specific emphasis is directed at reaching the 3 to 5 year old population. The Cleveland Metropolitan School District, as well as neighboring districts, provides specialized programming and services for the 3 to 5 year old child who has been determined to have a disability as outlined in the Operating Standards for Ohio’s Schools Serving Students with Disabilities. If the preschool child resides in another school district, the parent/guardian should contact their local school district.
Did you know that if you are interested and involved, your child gets a better education? Visit your child's school during Open House and Parent-Family Day. Attend sports events, plays, concerts and other activities.
Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled in all schools in March.
This is a good time to find out:
- what your child is doing well in, and what they need help with,
- how your child gets along with others,
- information on school policies or rules,
- what you can do at home to help... and much more.
But you can schedule a conference with your child's teacher at any time during the school year. If you would like to talk to a teacher, send a note or call the school office.
Sometimes emergencies or unexpected situations occur. When this happens, the District must locate a child’s parent or another adult who can care for the child. Emergency information is very important if a child is injured or gets sick, or if the school must close early due to an emergency or weather conditions.
An Emergency Information Form is part of the Student Information Packet. Parents/guardians should complete the form accurately and return it to the child’s school. Changes in information should be shared with the school as soon as possible.
Safety and Security provides services that promote a safe academic environment.
Safety and Security meets the needs of the community as it promotes the educational development of Cleveland’s children through the following programs:
Mobile Patrol Units. This is an outreach program that extends the visibility of Safety and Security into the community. Increased visibility will reduce incidents in and around school grounds, provide rapid response to schools and support school officers.
Safety Tips for Walkers. Whether children walk to school or to the bus stop, they should know these rules to stay safe. Read them together.
- Leave home with just enough time to get to school. It is not safe to arrive too early.
- Walk in groups of two or three children if possible.
- Be alert. Know what is around you as you walk to school or the bus stop.
- Don’t stop to talk to strangers.
- Don’t walk through or near empty lots.
- Never go into empty or abandoned buildings. Cross the street to keep from walking past them.
- Never go near a car if you are asked for directions. Stand several feet away.
- Never get into a car with anyone unless your parent has told you to.
- If a walking route evaluation is needed, contact Safety and Security at (216) 771-SAFE (7233).
Be smart! Be safe! Know the location of safe houses, libraries and fire stations. These are places to go if you feel unsafe.
For further information, call (216) 771- SAFE (7233).
Responsible Sexual Behavior Initiative
The Cleveland Metropolitan School District has become one of the nation's trailblazers for comprehensive sexuality education, including pregnancy and disease prevention with the creation of its Responsible Sex Behavior Program.
Below are web resource links that will help you prepare and discuss this important issue with your school age children.
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