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After ECOT's abrupt closure one month ago, some students still can't track down transcripts

Posted at 5:46 PM, Feb 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-13 17:51:54-05

ECOT families are trying to move forward after the online charter school's abrupt closure. But one local mother tells News 5, matters have been made worse because she still hasn't received her daughter's transcript. 

"She’s falling behind day after day after day," said Trisha Eddy of her daughter, Shyanne. 


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The 17-year-old was enrolled in ECOT for less than a year and, when the school closed, she was actually excited to get back to a traditional school.

Now her anxiety is getting the best of her. 

"I’m just sitting there like creating situations in my head like what if this doesn't go well at my school and its just giving me time to be nervous," said Shyanne. 

The 17-year-old has been out of school for over a month, despite Eddy calling everyone from ECOT, to the Ohio Department of Education, to many local schools in the area in hopes of tracking down the paperwork.

The superintendent at Barberton High School says Shyanne's case isn't unique. There are 39 kids just in that district waiting for transcripts from online schools. 

The Ohio Department of Education told News 5 in a statement that it is not the parent's responsibility to track down transcripts—that falls on the schools, but after more than a month, Eddy says she can’t wait around. 

"If I let my kid stay out of school for two weeks, I would get in trouble for truancy, I’m getting thrown into jail, but the state of Ohio can keep them out of school for a month plus and it's ok?" she asked.