Graham Local Schools

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Service Learning and Job Shadow Policy Information and Forms

Please complete the following form and turn into a principal or counselor for approval.
Click to download the GLS Service Learning Approval and Reflection Form. These forms will be used to track Service Learning Hours.
Graham Local Schools Job Shadowing Policy
Graham Local School Service Learning Policy

Service Learning and Job Shadow Communication to Students

(Both policies can be read in entirety in student/parent handbook or by clicking the links at the bottom of the page.)


Service Learning-

Service learning is a teaching method designed to involve students in authentic and meaningful service to their communities. Service learning makes connections between the classroom and the community and provides structured time for students to reflect on their service experiences. It is intended to instill a sense of civic responsibility by encouraging students to assess their impact on the community as active contributors to society. Students can engage in a variety of activities.


Beginning with the Class of 2018, students will be required to accumulate 60 hours of service learning prior to graduation.

  • By the end of Grade 5: 5 hours

  • By the end of Grade 8: 15 hours

  • Grades 9–12: Students should complete 10 service hours per year for a total of 40 hours.  

  • Students who complete 50+ hours qualify for the Ohio Board of Education diploma certificate. *See Ohio Department of Education website for criteria.

  • Students may accrue hours and complete their graduation requirement at any time prior to the completion of 12th Grade.

Middle School Service Award Due Date April 6, 2018:

Documentation that qualifies middle school students for the Superintendent’s Service Learning Award is due to the school-based guidance counselor. This award is given to students who meet the 60 hour graduation requirement by the completion of middle school. (It is only awarded once.)

Key Points-

  • The Service Learning Policy is Board Adopted and required for Graduation.

  • Students will be able to earn the required Service Hours within the school setting through United Service Day and Student Organizations.  

  • All hours will be documented through Naviance.  Students will scan and upload tracking sheets.  

Job Shadowing-

Job Shadowing is a teaching method designed to involve students in authentic and meaningful service to their communities while building workforce readiness skill sets in an area of interest.

Job shadowing learning makes connections between the classroom and career pathways and provides structured time for students to reflect on their interests, skills, and work experiences.

Job shadowing is intended to instill a sense of civic responsibility by encouraging students to commit to one or more of the three E’s: enlistment, enrollment or employment. Students can engage in a variety of activities.

Beginning with the Class of 2018, GLS will require all students to shadow employees, or work directly with prospective employers or agencies, for eight (8) approved days prior to graduation.

  • By the end of grade 5: 2 days (A Ted-Ed Style Presentation on a specific career pathway may substitute for 1 day)

  • By the end of grade 8: 2 days (A Ted-Ed Style Presentation on a specific career pathway may substitute for 1 day)

  • Grades 9–12: 4 days, or 30 total shadowing hours.

Applicants wishing to shadow must complete the Job Shadow Form, signed by a parent, prior to approval from a principal. All applicants must provide written permission from a parent or legal guardian for off campus Job Shadowing.

The principals or guidance counselor will communicate the approval or non-approval to the applicant within one week of the submission of the application. 

April 6, 2018:
Documentation that qualifies middle school students for the Superintendent’s Career Exploration Award is due to the school-based guidance counselor. This award is given to students who meet all of their first 4 days’ graduation requirements by the completion of middle school in one career pathway. (It is only awarded once.)

Key Points

  • The Job Shadowing Policy is Board Adopted and required for Graduation.

  • Students will be able to earn the required Job Shadowing Hours within the school setting through Manufacturing Day, Career Based Field Trips, Farm Science Review, 8th Grade Ted Talks, LEGO League, and Falcon Farm Activities.

  • All hours will be documented through Naviance.  Students will scan and upload tracking sheets.