A parent of a child in the Chardon Local School District questioned the board of education Monday as to why a report on bullying that showed zero instances failed to note that she had filed two written complaints regarding her child.
“I am disgusted that the report shows zero,” said Betce Wainio of Chardon Township.
Mrs. Wainio questioned what process, if any, the school district is following, given that, her reports to the district failed to show up in the report that covered the second half of the 2017-18 school year.
Nationally, she said, statistics show that 25 percent of students report being bullied, intimidated or harassed.
She said she has learned that several school districts employ forms that are used when filing such instances, but Chardon Schools seems to lack those types of forms.
In her case, she said, she had filed two written complaints. “So, how can it be that the report shows zero?” she asked.
She also noted that the Ohio Department of Education has a policy that any complaint be put in writing and given to the building principal.
“I want to know what our district is going to do to care for these kids?” she asked.
School Superintendent Dr. Michael Hanlon said he understood Mrs. Wainio’s concerns and would look into the matter to ensure that any future reporting is accurate and that any instances will be addressed appropriately.
Board member Paul Stefanko said he found Mrs. Wainio’s complaint “very, very concerning” and asked why complaints would not show up in the school’s report.
Board member Guy Wilson said the district may need to re-evaluate its reporting process and questioned whether the district needs to create a form for those complaints.
Dr. Hanlon assured board members the school’s policy would be reviewed and revised if needed.