December 12th, 2018 – Charles Huber Elementary and Monticello Elementary are the latest district buildings to earn Purple Star designations from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). This announcement from ODE means that every K – 12 building in the district has now earned a Purple Star designation.
The Purple Star designation for military-friendly schools recognizes schools that show a major commitment to serving students and families connected to our nation’s armed forces. In order to qualify, the school must have a staff point of contact for military students and families who serves as the primary liaison between them and the school. The school must also have a dedicated page on its website featuring resources for military families.
A Purple Star school will receive the designation for two years. After two years, the school must reapply. The Purple Star emblem was selected because the color purple symbolizes support for military families.
ODE says there are 34,000 children in Ohio with one or more parents serving in the military. This includes the children of active duty, reserve and Ohio National Guard members. Some of these children will attend six to nine different schools throughout their K-12 educational experiences. In addition to changing schools often, a student can be affected by a parent’s deployment. Schools can help students and families face these issues by connecting them with the resources they need.