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348 posts
Feb 18, 2015
12:09 PM
Back in the 60s and maybe early 70s, at least once a school year we had to take a form home to be filled out and signed by a parent, then returned. This was not the standard "in case of emergency contact....." or field trip form, it was something entirely different. The school was extremely serious about this form being returned, I think it had something to do with federal funds to the school district. I want to say the form asked about parents' occupation/work place, especially if they were military or worked for the federal government.

I remember having to fill out the form in both Kettering and Beavercreek school districts, at least through junior high (graduated in 74.) Anyone else remember this form, and know the story behind it?
blue J
168 posts
Apr 30, 2015
10:25 AM
Calhoun- I live in Beavercreek, and I can tell you that I fill out that form every year for my kids. We always get one day notice (or no notice, depending on how you look at it)- they bring it home, and it has to be completed and returned the next day. I'm not sure exactly what the purpose of it is, either. If you are in the military (or an employee of the federal gov't), there is extra information that has to be completed on it, but if not, it's very brief.
368 posts
May 01, 2015
5:52 AM
blue J--

Just to make sure I understood your post, are you saying this form is being used currently? If so, would you consider calling the principal of whichever Beavercreek school(s) your children attend and ask the purpose behind the form? I think a call like that should come from a parent who's currently required to fill out the form, as opposed to someone like me who has not had a kid in the school system in over 20 years. I'd sincerely still like to know the story behind the form.
158 posts
May 01, 2015
5:56 AM
My last kid graduated in 2006 and I was still filling out that form for her at Kettering Fairmont. I never knew the purpose.
99 posts
May 01, 2015
6:25 AM
Don't interpret this as a personal attack but do you often sign things that you don't understand? The school district should be very up front as to the purpose for requesting/demanding personal information.
blue J
172 posts
May 01, 2015
7:17 AM
Calhoun- yes, it is still being used. I think it always comes home with the kids during the first week of a new school year. I can call and ask about the purpose, sure.

To be honest, it has never bothered me to fill out the form, because all of the information on it is info that the school district already has on me (home address and telephone, SSN)...the only thing I'm verifying is that I'm neither military nor otherwise an employee of the federal government. I haven't paid attention to what specific info they require on it for those who are.

I graduated from Fairmont in 1991, and I honestly don't remember this same form we're talking about, at all. But maybe so.

carlatm75- Did your kids go to KMS, or Van Buren? My wife was a teacher at Fairmont from 1999-2001, and at KMS from 2002-2009. She teaches at two elementary schools in Kettering now.
369 posts
May 01, 2015
7:50 AM
Thanks blue J, look forward to hearing their response. What I recall being told in the day was the form had something to do with federal funds going to school systems. Hopefully you can get a more detailed explanation.

I would be interested to see what level of detail information the form requests from military members and federal employees. Post 9/11, the operational security folks on WPAFB got really serious about information we might provide outside DoD/USAF channels, things like job description/titles, detailed on-base addresses, phone numbers etc. on loan applications, insurance forms, off-base resumes etc. I remember a coworker who was applying for an FHA or some such home loan raising questions with the security types over information he was required to provide.
luv my dayton
974 posts
May 01, 2015
9:28 AM
Am sure families had many forms to fill out but cant remember the likes of yours. It could have been federal or state money trying to locate those who may need help in lunch program or supplies and books. You always needed to sign for field trips o some form of physical check for hearing and sight. Anyone gets the answer please let us know as this thread got my curiosity up.

Last Edited by luv my dayton on May 01, 2015 9:30 AM
blue J
173 posts
May 01, 2015
10:13 AM
I'll get in touch with my sons' principal; I should be able to find out.
159 posts
May 01, 2015
10:52 AM
blue J, both my girls went to KMS. My oldest went to Greenmont until they changed the school district and then she went to Indian Riffle. She graduated in 99 from Fairmont. Then I moved and my youngest went to Greenmont and then KMS. What is your wife's name and I will ask them if they knew her.
20 posts
May 03, 2015
3:29 PM
The forms were used to help keep track of military and civilian govt workers children. The federal government would give a certain amount to the school districts which had these children enrolled. I learned about this about 30 years ago. The principal of my son's school said it wasn't a large amount of money, but every bit helped.
371 posts
May 03, 2015
6:20 PM
Yes greytdaddy, that's pretty much the level of detail on the back story of the form as I had back in the day. Still looking for details, like who issues the form (feds? state?), how much does a school system stand to make per child, how's the money get to the school, are there restrictions on what the money can be used for, what happens when parents refuse to fill out the form, are the forms passed out at parocial schools, etc.

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