Ohio - Community Service Education/ Service Learning: Programs or Services

Area: 
Programs And Services
Policy Type: 
regulation; statute
Summary: 

State law requires districts to implement community service education or service learning programs, orencourages and offers student incentives for participation (e.g., recognition programs or course credit).

Ohio Administrative Code 3301-16-03 Community service learning special certification.

Pursuant to section 3313.605 of the Revised Code, the state superintendent of public instruction is required to adopt rules for granting a student special certification upon successful completion of an approved community service learning project.

(A) Governing authority, for the purpose of this rule, shall mean the board of education of a city, local, exempted village and joint vocational school district, the governing authority of a community school established under Chapter 3314. of the Revised Code, and the governing body of a STEM school established under Chapter 3326 of the Revised Code.

(B) The governing authority of a school that includes community service education in its education program shall, pursuant to section 3313.605 of the Revised Code, award the community service learning special recognition to any graduating senior who is determined to be eligible in accordance with the following provisions:

  • (1) Completes the high school curriculum, individualized education program, or career-technical education program as developed for the student by the high school;
  • (2) Attains proficient scores on all Ohio graduation tests required for high school graduation under division (B) of section 3301.0710 of the Revised Code, or meets one of the conditions in division (A) of section 3313.618 of the Revised Code, or an alternative pathway, and;
  • (3) Successfully completes a community service-learning project in grades nine through twelve that receives an excellent rating on the Ohio community service-learning project rubric available at www.education.ohio.gov.

(C) Pursuant to division (B)(1) of section 3313.605 of the Revised Code, a governing authority that includes community service learning in its education program shall do the following:

  • (1) Establish a community service learning advisory committee that shall make recommendations and oversee and assist in the implementation of the community service learning plan;
  • (2) Determine the membership and organization of its advisory committee, or designate the responsibilities to an existing committee; and.
    • (a) Each committee shall include at least two students and shall also include (or consult with) at least one person employed in the field of volunteer management.
    • (b) Committee members may include parents, teachers, administrators, representatives of other educational institutions, business, government, nonprofit organizations, veterans organizations, social service agencies, religious organizations, and philanthropies.
  • (3) Prior to the beginning of each school year, notify all high school students and parents of the criteria required for earning the community service learning special certification as provided for by this rule.

(D) Pursuant to division (B)(2) of section 3313.605 of the Revised Code, a community service learning plan adopted pursuant to this rule shall be based upon the recommendations of the advisory committee and shall provide for the following:

  • (1) Integration of community service into the curriculum;

Ohio Revised Code 3313.605 Community service education program.

(A) As used in this section:

  • (1) “Civic responsibility” means the patriotic and ethical duties of all citizens to take an active role in society and to consider the interests and concerns of other individuals in the community.
  • (2) “Volunteerism” means nonprofit activity in the United States, the benefits and limitations of nonprofit activities, and the presence and function of nonprofit civic and charitable organizations in the United States.
  • (3) “Community service” means a service performed through educational institutions, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, social service agencies, and philanthropies and generally designed to provide direct experience with people or project planning, with the goal of improving the quality of life for the community. Such activities may include but are not limited to tutoring, literacy training, neighborhood improvement, encouraging interracial and multicultural understanding, promoting ideals of patriotism, increasing environmental safety, assisting the elderly or disabled, and providing mental health care, housing, drug abuse prevention programs, and other philanthropic programs, particularly for disadvantaged or low-income persons.

(B) The board of education of each city, local, exempted village, and joint vocational school district , the governing authority of each community school established under Chapter 3314. of the Revised Code, and the governing body of each STEM school established under Chapter 3326. of the Revised Code may include community service education in its educational program. A governing board of an educational service center, upon the request of a local school district board of education, may provide a community service education program for the local district pursuant to this section. If a board, governing authority, or governing body includes community service education in its education program, the board, governing authority, or governing body shall do both of the following:

  • (1) Establish a community service advisory committee. The committee shall provide recommendations to the board, governing authority, or governing body regarding a community service plan for students and shall oversee and assist in the implementation of the plan adopted by the board, governing authority, or governing body under division (B)(2) of this section. Each board, governing authority, or governing body shall determine the membership and organization of its advisory committee and may designate an existing committee established for another purpose to serve as the community service advisory committee; however, each such committee shall include two or more students and shall include or consult with at least one person employed in the field of volunteer management who devotes at least fifty per cent of employment hours to coordinating volunteerism among community organizations. The committee members may include representatives of parents, teachers, administrators, other educational institutions, business, government, nonprofit organizations, veterans organizations, social service agencies, religious organizations, and philanthropies.
  • (2) Develop and implement a community service plan . To assist in establishing its plan, the board, governing authority, or governing body shall consult with and may contract with one or more local or regional organizations with experience in volunteer program development and management. Each community service plan adopted under this division shall be based upon the recommendations of the advisory committee and shall provide for all of the following:
    • (a) Education of students in the value of community service and its contributions to the history of this state and this nation;
    • (b) Identification of opportunities for students to provide community service;
    • (c) Encouragement of students to provide community service;
    • (d) Integration of community service opportunities into the curriculum;
    • (e) A community service instructional program for teachers, including strategies for the teaching of community service education, for the discovery of community service opportunities, and for the motivation of students to become involved in community service.

Plans shall be reviewed periodically by the advisory committee and, if necessary, revised by the board, governing authority, or governing body at least once every five years.

Plans shall provide for students to perform services under the plan that will not supplant the hiring of, result in the displacement of, or impair any existing employment contract of any particular employee of any private or governmental entity for which the services are performed. The plan shall provide for any entity utilizing a student to perform community service under the plan to verify to the board that the student does not supplant the hiring of, displace, or impair the employment contract of any particular employee of the entity.

Upon adoption, a board, governing authority, or governing body shall submit a copy of its plan to the department of education. Each city and exempted village board of education and each governing board of a service center shall include a copy of its plan in any course of study adopted under section 3313.60 of the Revised Code that is required to be submitted for approval to the state board for review. A joint vocational school district board of education shall submit a copy of its plan to the state board for review when required to do so by the state board. A local board shall forward its plan to the educational service center governing board for inclusion in the governing board's course of study. The department periodically shall review all plans and publish those plans that could serve as models for other school districts , educational service centers, community schools, or

STEM schools.

(C) Under this section, a board , governing authority, or governing body may only grant high school credit for a community service education course if approximately half of the course is devoted to classroom study of such matters as civic responsibility, the history of volunteerism, and community service training and approximately half of the course is devoted to community service.

Each board, governing authority, or governing body shall determine which specific activities will serve to fulfill the required hours of community service.

(D) The superintendent of public instruction shall develop guidelines for the development and implementation of a rubric to evaluate and rate community service education projects for use by districts, governing authorities, and governing boards that adopt a community service education plan.

(E) The state superintendent shall adopt rules for granting a student special certification, special recognition on a diploma, or special notification in the student's record upon the student's successful completion of an approved community service project.

The district board, governing authority, or governing body shall use a rubric developed in accordance with division (D) of this section to determine whether a community service project warrants recognition on a student's diploma under this division.

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