|Submitted||April 18, 2017|
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From: Grace Raih
To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Ohio Open Records Law, I hereby request the following records:
Any and all written documents that include, but are not limited to, policies, procedures, training manuals, talking points and slideshows that include the topic of non-discrimination or anti-bullying policies regarding LGBT identified students. This includes, but is not limited to, policies on the use of restroom and locker room facilities. Please limit this request to documents that were generated over the past two years as well as documents, such as policies, that are in effect now.
Any and all communications or questions requested from education institutions regarding the Department of Justice’ 2016 Joint Guidance on Transgender Students (“Dear Colleague Letter”) or Trump’s 2017 “Dear Colleague Letter”. For reference, these letters are available at the following URLs respectively: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/colleague-201605-title-ix-transgender.pdf https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/941551/download
Any and all records, reports or documents sent to districts that regard student sexual health education.
Finally, I request any and all memos, letters, policies and guidelines sent to schools in the last five years that outline policies regarding transgender or gender non-conforming students. This includes, but is not limited to, the use of restroom and locker room facilities.
The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.
In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I would request your response within ten (10) business days.
To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 18, 2017. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.
Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.
Below is a response to your public records request.
There are no direct communications responsive to your request. However, the Department has several resources available to districts to help them create safe and positive learning environments for all students.
Please see the links below:
Safety and violence prevention curriculum: https://saferschools.ohio.gov/content/k_12_schools_training
Anti-HIB model policy - https://saferschools.ohio.gov/content/anti_harassment_intimidation_and_bullying_model_policy
Anti-HIB resources - https://saferschools.ohio.gov/content/anti_harassment_intimidation_and_bullying_resources
Safe and supportive materials - https://saferschools.ohio.gov/content/safe_and_supportive_materials
Create Safe Places to Learn - https://saferschools.ohio.gov/content/create_safe_places_learn
Non-ODE links to training - https://saferschools.ohio.gov/content/other_training_resources
In addition, for Grades 9-12, venereal disease education is included in the health education curriculum pursuant to ORC 3313.6011. The health curriculum is available at this link:
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