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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Education Law for Ohio on
Q: Can I move out of my house at 18 if im still in school but I would be looking to do online school so I can work
Mark A. Weiker
Mark A. Weiker answered on Nov 24, 2019

Yes, you can. You would need to transfer to an online school and provide your current school with the information needed to effectuate the transfer. Your parents may still have access to your education records if you are a dependent for tax purposes. Good luck--and make sure to finish!

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law for Ohio on
Q: In Ohio, can 18 year olds call themselves in sick and/or sign themselves out to go home when they are sick?

I am a secretary at an Ohio High School and I often get 18 year old seniors who want to sign themselves in/out or to call themselves in sick without notifying a parent. Our school policy has always been that we must talk to a parent regardless if 18. I can't find anything on the ODE website on... Read more »

Mark A. Weiker
Mark A. Weiker answered on Nov 24, 2019

Good question. Under federal law, educational rights (and responsibilities) transfer to the student when they turn 18, even if they are still in school. So a student can sign themselves out or report their own absences once they turn 18. However, an exception to this FERPA rule allows schools to... Read more »

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Q: Is it illegal for a teacher to post pictures of their students on social media without consent in Ohio?
Mark A. Weiker
Mark A. Weiker answered on Nov 24, 2019

The short answer is probably not.

First, there is no illegality for teachers of private schools in this scenario. Private schools and their teachers are typically not covered by student privacy laws. There may be school policies that prohibit the sharing of student identities online, but...
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