DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - Students in Dayton were headed back to the classroom early Thursday morning-- greeted by new security in some buildings, and a new reading law for third graders.
The reading guarantee requires students across the state to be able to read before leaving third grade..
They must read at state level, or they will automatically be held back.
We reached out to the Department of Education to find out where today's students stand with this guarantee.
The associate director of communications told us more than 27,000 Ohio third graders are not reading at third grade level.
School districts were concerned that they can't meet that mandate with current staff and resources.
We talked to Dayon superintendent, Lori Ward, and she was confident in the school system's specific plan to get all students on the right level.
"We want to make sure that we have highly skilled teachers in the classroom and then best practices, research based interventions for students that are behind, so we actually have a third grade reading guarantee plan and it consists of what happens in the classroom as well as interventions," said Dr. Ward.
Parents and students also saw changes to Gardendale Academy, Valerie, Longfellow, and Gorman at Jackson school buildings.
School officials have worked to modify the inside, and also enhance security.
Students were greeted by a new set of inner doors, which will add an extra layer of security-- designed to make all visitors go through the the office.
The principal will know at all times who is in the building. They can also watch all the entrances and hallways with newly installed surveillance cameras.
If you have any questions, the district set up a hotline you can call. It will be available through Aug. 30., Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The number is 542-3010
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