Parent/Guardian Permission for a Minor’s Participation
Listening Tour of Ohio

Parent/Guardian Permission for a Minor’s Participation

Listening Tour of Ohio

RemotEDx and the Ohio Department of Education wants to hear from your child about their experience with school during this challenging time.  We want to support student learning and growth, and are constantly developing and seeking resources to do so. To this end, we’re working with The PAST Foundation to conduct a Listening Tour of Ohio to collect the voices of students, educators and families. We will be conducting virtual focus groups and surveys with students throughout the state, and would like your permission to include your child if they would like to join the conversation.  Participation is voluntary.

Please consider the information carefully. Feel free to discuss the project with your friends and family and to ask questions before making your decision whether or not to permit your minor to participate.  If you permit your minor to participate, you will be asked to sign this form.

Procedures/Tasks:
The project will involve several methods to gain information about your child’s experience as a grade 6-12 student enrolled in Ohio schools. The PAST Foundation Research Team members conducting group discussions will record these activities by audio recording to ensure we capture their voices fully.  Students will not be identified by name in any reporting, and surveys will be anonymous.

Risks and Benefits:
There are no risks to participation for any individual minor.  The benefit may derive from increased understanding of student experiences of remote education programs from the perspective of the student.

Participant Rights:
You or your minor may refuse to participate in this study without penalty or loss of benefits to which you are otherwise entitled. If you or your minor is a student or employee at Ohio schools, your decision will not affect their grades or employment status.

If you and your minor choose to participate in the study, you may discontinue participation at any time without penalty or loss of benefits.  By signing this form, you do not give up any personal legal rights your minor may have as a participant in this study.

Contacts and Questions:
If you’d like to speak with someone about this project, please contact Maria Green Cohen, Director of Research for the PAST Foundation at 614-340-1208. For questions about your minor’s rights as a participant in this study or to discuss other study-related concerns or complaints with someone who is not part of the research team, you may contact Shelly Vaughn, Superintendent Mercer County Educational Service Center at 419-586-6628 and the appropriate person will respond to your questions and/or concerns.

If your minor is injured as a result of participating in this study or for questions about a study-related injury, you may contact the principal of your minor’s school.