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Lorain Schools dean placed on administrative leave

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LORAIN — A high school dean was placed on administrative leave after being accused of giving one student’s medication to another student Thursday afternoon.

Emily Rogoff, dean of academics for the ninth grade at Titan Academy, was placed on paid administrative leave Monday while the district investigates the claim.

LifeCare Ambulance Inc. was called to the high school about 2:15 p.m. Thursday for a 14-year-old student having a possible asthma attack. One person was transported to Mercy Regional Medical Center, the service confirmed.

Eric Bonzar, marketing and communications coordinator, wrote in an email the district will not comment further until the investigation is complete.

“This alleged incident was recently brought to the attention of administration, and they are currently gathering information to better understand what took place, and why,” he wrote.

Per Ohio Revised Code, only employees who are licensed health professionals are allowed to administer medication to students, and even then only with written permission from a parent or guardian.

In an email shared with The Chronicle-Telegram, high school Executive Director Daniel Garvey reminded staff of the “prohibition of providing medication to students.”

In an email dated 5:47 p.m. Friday, Garvey wrote, “Please know that under no circumstances should a teacher/administrator/non-medical professional staff member provide a student with medication. Additionally, under no circumstance should a student share a medication with another student.”

According to the Ohio Department of Education, Rogoff was issued a one-year alternative administrative principal license in August. The license expires June 30 and is limited to two renewals.

Rogoff is a Teach for America alum, serving in New Orleans from 2012 to 2014. She later taught in a New Orleans charter school, and a public school in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Contact Carissa Woytach at 329-7245 or cwoytach@chroniclet.com.


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