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Vermilion Local Schools

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Student Services

Welcome to the Student Services Department

The Student Services department is here to assist parents and students with special circumstances or needs.  It is our goal to ensure that every student has access to free and appropriate educational opportunities.  The Vermilion Board of Education has authorized district policies regarding the provision of services.  A few of those policies can be found using these links:

Additional policies of the Board may be found at 

Click these links to learn about additional services available to students: 

Parental Rights for Special Education

The Ohio Department of Education publishes a helpful resource titled "A Guide to Parents Rights in Special Education".  A copy of the guide can be downloaded using the link on the right side of this page.  More information is available at

Special education for students ages 3 to 21 is guided by federal and state requirements.  The federal requirements are referred to as the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA).  State requirements are referred to as the Ohio Operating Standards for the Education of Children with Disabilities (Ohio Operating Standards).  

This guide can help you understand your rights and your child’s rights according to IDEA and the Ohio Operating Standards. It also gives you information and resources to help you understand your child’s special education supports and services. 

For additional information, please contact your child's school counselor or principal. 

Contact Information

Pupil Services Director
Karen Blackburn 
440-204-1701, ext. 336
School Psychologists
Brooke Spafford 
Preschool Coordinator 
440-204-1701, ext. 375
Christen Bates-Schon
440-204-1701, ext. 240

Psychological Support and 
Intervention Specialist
Katherine Smith
440-204-1701, ext. 340
Administrative Assistant
Joni Snyder
440-204-1701, ext. 306