• Parent Surrogates

    Parent surrogates are individuals trained by the state to represent a foster care student at an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or Evaluation Team Report (ETR) meeting and ensure that the best interest of the child is being served within the school setting.  Individuals who attend the in-person training or complete he online modules learn the appropriate procedures for an evaluation and understand how the student's goals should be implemented and monitored.      

    Columbus City Schools (CCS) is always looking for volunteers to be parent surrogates for CCS students.  The in-person training is facilitated by State Support Team 11 and the training is located at a CCS location.  Please check this web page periodically for an update on when and where the next parent surrogate training will occur or you may contact John Cook, School Psychologist Supervisor, at jcook1324@columbus.k12.oh.us to obtain more information or to RSVP for the next training. 

  • Surrogate Volunteers & CCS

    CCS will assign a parent surrogate within a short amount of time to remain in compliance and ensure that the student's needs are being met.   A review of the 17-18 school year data indicates the average response time to fulfill a parent surrogate request was two days.  Below is a history of the number of parent surrogate requests that have been received, which indicates the growing need for parent surrogates.

    Parent Surrogate Requests

    CCS currently has 53 active parent surrogate volunteers.  These volunteers ensure that students are supported and requests for surrogates are quickly fulfilled. 



  • The next parent surrogate training is 12/4/18 9am-1pm.  Download the document below for more information.

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