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ILLINI CENTRAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT

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									                                    Academic Policies
Deficiency Notices
All students are expected to work to the best of their ability. Grades 3, 4, and 5 parents will be
notified at the midterm of each nine weeks grading period whenever a student is making less
than satisfactory progress.

Homework
Students and parents must realize that some assignments may need to be completed outside the
regular school day. Students are expected to complete all assignments according to the
guidelines provided by their teachers. Generally, classroom teachers will try to maintain the 10
minute rule when assigning homework. Ten minutes times the grade level should equal the
amount of time necessary for a student to complete homework. However, some educational
programs may require more homework time to be successful.

Consequences, including detentions, may be issued to students for incomplete or late homework.

Parent/Teacher Conferences
After the completion of the first grading period, parent-teacher conferences will be scheduled.

These conferences are scheduled to discuss the progress of the individual student and parents are urged
to attend. If the time is not convenient, the appointment can be rescheduled for another day and time.
During the course of the school year if parents have concerns about the progress of their child, they are
encouraged to contact the teacher at school. If necessary, the teacher and parents can then schedule an
appropriate time to meet to discuss the child's progress.

Promotion, Remediation, and Retention
The Illinois School Code states: School districts shall not promote students to the next higher grade
level based upon age or any other social reasons not related to the academic performance of the students.
Decisions to promote or retain students in any classes shall be based on successful completion of the
curriculum, attendance, testing or any other criteria established by the school board. Students determined
by the local district to not qualify for promotion to the next higher grade shall be provided remedial
assistance as recommended by the teacher and/or principal, which may include, but shall not be limited
to: summer school, after school tutoring, and remedial reading, language arts, and mathematics.

Students successfully completing the recommended remediation program will be advanced to the next
grade level. Students who do not successfully complete the remediation program will be retained at their
present grade level.

Exceptions to this policy will be if a student is recommended for retention due to developmental delays.
For this reason, a remediation program may not be appropriate. Also, promotion of students having
individualized education programs or students receiving reasonable accommodations pursuant to 504 of
the Rehabilitation Act shall be determined by the student's educational team.

Academic Retention K-5th Grades Criteria
Students who are developmentally and/or academically delayed as determined by testing, screening,
and/or teacher recommendation will be retained.

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Any student whose yearly average is F in 2 or more academic subjects shall be retained.

Report Cards
Illini Central Grade School issues student report cards quarterly.
The student’s averaged quarterly grade may include: daily work, homework, quizzes and tests, projects,
and extra credit.

ICGS Grading Scales

100-90 = A             S = Satisfactory
 89-80 = B             N = Needs improvement
 79-70 = C             U = Unsatisfactory
 69-60 = D
 59- 0 = F

Parents or guardians are asked to sign the report card and return it promptly to school.

The student’s yearly average for each subject will be recorded on permanent records cards at the close of
the school year.


                              Attendance Policies
Daily Schedule
Supervision for students begins at 7:35 A.M.

The first bell rings at 7:57 A.M, students go to their classrooms. Second bell rings at 8:06 A.M., the
school day begins. The bell at 3:06 P.M. dismisses walkers, the bell at 3:09 dismisses bus riders.

Grade School students will not be allowed to enter the building before 7:35 A.M.
Students eating breakfast may enter at that time.

Please time your child’s arrival for 7:45 A.M. – unless your child will be eating breakfast.
Attendance is very important for academic success.

All Illini Central Grade School students are expected to be in attendance daily. However, whenever a
student’s absence becomes necessary, the absence will be classified as prearranged, excused, or
unexcused.

Illinois law requires that whoever has custody or control of any child between seven and seventeen years
of age (unless the child has already graduated from high school) shall assure that the child attends school
in the district in which he or she resides, during the entire time school is in session. Illinois law requires
that whoever has custody or control of the child who is enrolled in school, regardless of the child’s age,
shall assure that the child attends school during the entire time school is in session.



Tardiness
Students who are tardy must report to the receptionist for an admit slip. Excessive tardiness may
be referred to the principal.

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Excused Absences
Whenever a student is absent, the parent must call the school before 9:30 A.M. The office will call the
parents of any absent students for verification of the absence. Any student whose absence cannot be verified will
be marked as unexcused.

Upon returning to school after any absence, the student should bring a note signed by the parent
explaining the reason for the absence. This note should be given to the classroom teacher.

Examples of Excused Absences:
   1. Student illness
   2. Doctor and dentist appointments
   3. Death of family or close friends
   4. Family emergencies
   5. Recognized religious holidays
   6. Family vacations
      Illini Central Grade School encourages families to plan vacation time, whenever possible,
      during the scheduled breaks provided for in the academic calendar.

Please note: Absences of 3 or more days in length may require a doctor’s excuse.

Students who are marked as excused will receive credit for work that was missed provided that it is
made up within the following guidelines.
   1. Students are responsible for asking the classroom teacher about any missed work.
   2. Students are expected to take any tests upon their return at the discretion of the classroom
       teacher.
   3. Students will receive 2 days make-up time for each excused absence day. Additional time may
       be granted at the discretion of the classroom teacher.

Early Release
Whenever a student is to be excused before the dismissal of the regular school day, parents must notify
the office by note or telephone prior to taking the student from school. If the student returns to school
before dismissal, the student should report to the office before returning to class.

Examples of Unexcused Absences:
   1. Any unverified absence
   2. Truancy
       The Illinois School Code defines a “truant" is as a child subject to compulsory school attendance
       (between the ages of 7 and 16) and who is absent without valid cause from such attendance for a
       school day or portion thereof.
       Any person who induces or attempts to induce any child to be absent from school unlawfully, or
       who knowingly employs or harbors, while school is in session, any child absent unlawfully from
       school for 3 consecutive school days, is guilty of a Class C misdemeanor.
   3. Suspension
   4. Shopping trips, hair appointments, etc.
       Illini Central Grade School encourages parents to plan these kinds of activities outside of the
       regularly scheduled school day.
Students who are marked as unexcused will not receive credit for the work missed.

Any students, who are absent all day or during the afternoon of any school day, will not participate in
school activities during that particular evening.
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Prearranged Absences
Whenever a student is planning to miss school, a prearranged absence form should be obtained from the
office, filled out by the parents, and returned to the classroom teacher before the absence takes place.
The classroom teacher will submit the form to the office for the principal’s signature. Make-up work
may be assigned at the discretion of the classroom teacher.

Home and Hospital Instruction
A student who is absent from school for an extended period of time, or has an ongoing intermittent
absence because of medical condition, may be eligible for instruction in the student’s home or hospital.


                    Behavior and Consequences
Behavior
At the Illini Central Grade School, we emphasize the importance of the word RESPECT.
We encourage our students to show respect for themselves, for others, and for property.
Each teacher has provided specific classroom rules and will guide the students to follow these rules.

School-wide Rules
   1.   We will treat our schoolmates with kindness and respect.
   2.   We will listen while others speak.
   3.   We will do our work on time.
   4.   We will use all materials and property with care.
   5.   We will keep our school clean and neat.

General building Conduct
   1. Hats and bandanas shall not be worn in the building. Any hat brought to school shall be
      removed before entering.
   2. Students shall not run, talk loudly, or yell in the hallways nor shall they push, shove or hit others
   3. Students shall not write on the walls, desks or deface or destroy school property.
   4. Chewing of gum is not permitted in the school building.
   5. Skateboards are not permitted at school.
   6. Water guns, play guns, and/or real guns are not permitted at school.
   7. No radios, tape players, CD players, cameras are permitted without permission from the
      principal.


Detentions
In order to provide our students a safe learning environment, it is essential that discipline be maintained.
Staff members will handle each situation that arises. All grade school staff members are authorized to
issue detentions, as necessary. In certain circumstances, however, the principal may become involved.

Although detention may be assigned at any time during the day, detentions are usually served during
noon recess or after school. If a student is detained after school, the student and parents will be notified
one day in advance so that transportation arrangements can be made.

Illini Central Grade School strives to do what is best for our students. The principal may contact the
parents of students who have repeatedly violated the grade school rules. We encourage parent
involvement in attempting to determine what is in the best interests of the student.
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In School Detention (ISD)
   1. In School Detention (ISD) is a consequence for misbehavior.
   2. Parents or guardians will be notified when a student is placed in ISD.
   3. The student who receives this consequence will go to the ISD room for the duration of
      the punishment.
   4. Only the principal, principal’s designee, or superintendent may assign students to an ISD
      the duration of which may last from 1-10 days depending upon the severity of the
      offense.
   5. Credit will be given for work completed during ISD.


Suspension and Expulsion
Only the principal or superintendent may suspend a student. Periods of suspension will last from one to
ten days or until the next meeting of the school board, depending upon the offense. All missed work is
due on the day the student is eligible to return to school. Students are not allowed to participate in any
extracurricular activities during the period of their suspension.

Parents or guardians will be notified by mail when a student is suspended. They will be notified of the
reason for suspension.

Students in grades K-5 who have been suspended during the school year shall lose the privilege of going
on the class trip. The loss of privilege shall be reviewed by the building principal and classroom
instructors within 10 school days of the scheduled date for the class trip. Upon such review the
previously stated loss of privileges shall be reaffirmed or modified to allow participation in the class
trip.

Only the school board may expel a student. Expulsion will last until the end of the semester or until the
end of the school year. The length of the expulsion will be at the discretion of the school board.
Before a student appears before the Board of Education for expulsion, a conference will be held between
the superintendent, principal, parent(s), and student.

Students will be recommended for expulsion by the principal for repeated, accumulative, or severe
offenses.

                                         Bus Policy

Instructions for Bus Riders
Bus schedules will be definitely established by the end of the first week of school, and students
riding buses will know the approximate time at which the bus will pick them up in the morning.
The buses will leave from school at 3:15 p.m. each afternoon.

It is essential that pupils comply with the regulations of the Motor Vehicle Department in regard
to bus transportation. The driver is responsible for students in the vehicle. Students are under the
jurisdiction of the school and as such are directly under the supervision of the driver.

The following rules will be strictly adhered to:
School bus riders, while in transit, are under the jurisdiction of the school bus driver unless the local
board of education designates some adult to supervise the riders.

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THE BUS DRIVER IS ALWAYS IN CHARGE OF THE BUS.

It is strongly recommended that all riders, parents of riders, and teachers become thoroughly familiar
with the following regulations governing school bus riders.

INSTRUCTIONS (REMEMBER:) These instructions should be followed to insure the safety and well
being of all students on the bus and to assist the driver in the safe operation of the school bus vehicle.)

   1. Be on time at the designated school bus stop; help keep the bus on schedule.
   2. Stay off the road at all times while waiting for the bus.
   3. Be careful in approaching the place where the bus stops. Do not move toward the bus until the
       bus has been brought to a complete stop.
   4. Do not leave your seat while the bus is in motion.
   5. Be alert to a danger signal from the driver.
   6. Remain in the bus in the event of a road emergency until instructions are given by the driver.
   7. Keep hands and head inside the bus at all times after entering and until leaving the bus. Do not
       throw anything out the bus windows.
   8. Remember that loud talking and laughing or unnecessary confusion divert the driver's attention
       and could result in a serious accident,
   9. Be absolutely quiet when approaching and crossing railroad crossings.
   10. Treat bus equipment as you would valuable furniture in your own home. Never tamper with the
       bus or any of its equipment.
   11. Assist in keeping the bus safe and sanitary at all times. No eating is allowed on the bus.
   12. Carry no animals on the bus (except with special permission of the district).
   13. Keep books, packages, coats, and all other objects out of the aisles and away from emergency
       exits. These items should be placed under the school bus seat while in transit.
   14. Leave no books, lunches or other articles on the bus.
   15. Be courteous to fellow pupils and the bus driver. To earn respect, you must first show respect.
   16. Help look after the safety and comfort of smaller children. Keeping distractions to a minimum
       will help the bus driver insure your safety while in transit.
   17. Do not ask the driver to stop at places other than the regular bus stop. He or she is not permitted
       to do this except by proper authorization from a school official.
   18. Observe safety precautions at discharge points. Know and observe the rules. When it is necessary
       to cross the highway, proceed to a point at least 10 feet in front of the bus on the right shoulder
       of the highway where traffic may be observed in both directions. Wait for the signal from the
       school bus driver permitting you to cross.
   19. Observe the same rules and regulations on other trips under school sponsorship as you observe
       between home and school. Respect the wishes of the chaperone appointed by the school.

REMEMBER: Your safety on the school bus depends on how well you conduct yourself on the school
bus as well as how the driver performs his or her responsibilities. There are consequences for breaking
bus-riding rules, and you can lose your bus-riding privileges as a result of breaking the rules. The driver
also has rules that must be followed and unsafe driving practices or inappropriate conduct should be
reported to the school superintendent or principal.




                            Bus Suspension for Safety Reasons


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                                      Safety Violations    Consequences
                                      1st                    detention
                                      2nd                  1 day suspension
                                      3rd                  2 days suspension
                                      4th                  5 days suspension
                                      5th                  20 days suspension
                                      6th                  rest of the year



                                       Bus Transportation Policy
Student     Bus         Stop          Permission                     Policy
Regular     Assigned    Scheduled     The office will issue a bus    The student will be allowed to get off at any
Bus Rider                             permit      with     written   regularly scheduled stop on the route with a parent’s
                                      permission from a parent in    written permission.
                                      advance or on the same day.
Regular     Different   Scheduled     The office will issue a bus    The student will be allowed to get off at any
Bus Rider                             permit      with     written   regularly scheduled stop on the route with a parent’s
                                      permission from a parent by    written permission.
                                      at least the morning of the
                                      bus ride.
Town                    Scheduled     The office will issue a bus    The student will be allowed to get off at any
Student                               permit      with     written   regularly scheduled stop on the route with a parent’s
Rider                                 permission from a parent by    written permission.
                                      at least the morning of the
                                      bus ride.
Bus Rider               Unscheduled   The office will issue a bus    The student will be allowed to get off at an
                                      permit      with     written   unscheduled stop on the regular route with a parent’s
                                      permission from a parent       written permission. This is only allowed in instances
                                      with at least one day          where someone other than the parents is serving in
                                      advance notice.                place of the parents for a limited time.

Permission to ride the bus will not be granted to groups for parties, organizations, etc.
Building principals will handle emergency situations.
Building principals reserve the right to refuse any requests.


Video Cameras on School Buses
Video cameras may be used on school buses as necessary in order to monitor conduct and maintain a safe
environment for students and employees.
The content of the videotapes are student records and are subject to District policy and procedure
concerning school student records. Only those people with a legitimate educational or administrative
purpose may view the videotapes. In most instances, individuals with a legitimate educational or
administrative purpose will be the Superintendent, Building Principal, Transportation Director, bus
driver, and sponsor, coach, or other supervisor. If the content of a video tape becomes the subject of a
student disciplinary hearing, it will be treated like other evidence in the proceeding.


Video & Monitoring Systems
A video and/or audio monitoring system may be in use on school buses and a video monitoring system
may be used in public areas of the school building. These systems have been put in place to protect
students, staff, visitors, and school property. If a discipline problem is captured on audiotape or
videotape, these recordings may be used as the basis for imposing student discipline. If criminal actions
are recorded, a copy of the tape may be provided to law enforcement personnel.


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            Illini Central Grade School Policies
Accidents
In case of an accident in school or on school property resulting in injury to a student, the student should
report the injury to the teacher’s aide or supervisor, classroom teacher, or to the grade school office.
Whenever possible the parents will be contacted before the services of a physician are obtained.

Animals on School Property
In order to assure student health and safety, animals are not allowed on school property, except in the
case of a service animal accompanying a student or other individual with a documented disability. This
rule may be temporarily waived by the building principals in the case of an educational opportunity for
students, provided that (a) the animal is appropriately housed, humanely cared for, and properly handled,
and (b) students will not be exposed to a dangerous animal or an unhealthy environment.


Bulletin Boards
Students should not remove or write on any items that have been posted.
Special permission must be received from the principal before posting anything at school.

Breakfast Program
Breakfast is offered for all Illini Central Grade School Students at 7:45 A.M.
Menus will be sent home monthly with students. At 7:35 A.M. students may go directly to the cafeteria
for breakfast. Students are encouraged to arrive promptly and will not be allowed to stop by their
classrooms in order to make certain that they are not tardy to class at 8:06 A.M.


Cafeteria -- School Lunch Program
Illini Central Schools have a computerized point of sale payment system for all school meals purchased
in the district’s cafeteria. Breakfast will also be included on the same system.

Every student will have their own personal lunchroom account based on their current student ID
number. We will use class rosters for grades K-2, it is not necessary for these students to know their Id-
lunch account numbers. Students in grades 3-5 should memorize their 6 digit student ID-lunch account
numbers, but if they forget we can access it through every register.


This system only operates with prepayment deposits to accounts. Monies paid into a student account
can only be used for the purchase of regular meals and ala-carte items in the cafeteria. This system will
allow students to charge only if there is money in their account. We can’t allow any negative balances
to occur.

Students in grades K-1 are not permitted to purchase ala-carte items; grades 2-5 may purchase one ala-
carte item each day. If your student is purchasing more than you allow, simply notify us in writing or
call with what their limitations are and it will be programmed into the system.

Grade school meal prepayments will be collected in each classroom shortly after school begins each day.
When sending a prepayment by check or cash please include the student’s first and last name on the
check or envelope, also for cash prepayments, write the amount of prepayment for each account.
Parents may also use our online prepayment service to prepay money to school meal accounts.


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Go to district website at www.illinicentral.org
Click in Deposit Lunch Money, this will transfer you to my nutikids.com. From this site you will create
your own account, add money or view your child’s school menu account.

Students leaving the district:
Parent/Guardian should check with the Food Service Department to receive a refund of money that may
be left in the student’s lunch account.

If your student has qualified for free or reduced price lunches or breakfasts, this information is securely
contained within the system and the meal will be processed just as it is for all other students. There is no
need to be concerned for a potentially uncomfortable situation for the student.

If you are concerned about a food allergy that your student has, please notify the cafeteria with this
information. A warning will appear on the cashier’s screen for a quick review of the items on the
student’s meal tray.

Breakfast Program: The price for breakfast will be $1.00 for grades K-5; reduced breakfast will be $.30.
Breakfast will be offered for all Illini Central Grade School students starting at 7:45 A.M.

Hot Lunch Program: The price for lunch will be $1.40 for grade K-5; reduced lunch will be $.40.
Lunch will be offered for all Illini Central Grade School students starting at 10:40 A.M.

Since we are Offer Versus Serve, state regulations allow students to choose all five food items or to
choose as few as three of the different food items, but not two or three of the same food. However, a
student must take at least three of the food items to be considered a lunch. Keep in mind whichever is
chosen (3, 4, or 5 of the food items); the lunch price will be the same. We would like to remind
everyone that state regulations do not allow students to take a juice in place of milk. They may,
however, take a juice in place of the fruit. A complete breakfast will consist of 4 components of the 5
food groups. Since the breakfast program is also Offer Versus Serve, students must take at least 3 of
the 4 components.

Free or reduced price meals: Applications for free and reduced price meals must be submitted at the
beginning of each school year. Applications will be available to everyone at registration or may be
picked up in the office anytime. It will be helpful if applications are completed and returned to the food
service department at registration or as soon as possible.
Note: Only one application is necessary for families with children in grade school, middle school, and
high school, except foster children must each have a separate application. If your children qualify for
free or reduced price lunches, we encourage you to apply, and if approved we encourage your children
to participate.

Cafeteria Rules
   1. Grade school students (2nd-5th) will be allowed to purchase only one ala-carte item per day.
      Kindergarten and first grade students will not be allowed to purchase ala-carte items. Please
      discuss ala-carte with your child.
   2. All food must be eaten in the cafeteria. Purchased food must not be taken from the cafeteria.
   3. Students are to obey directions from the cafeteria staff and supervisors.
   4. Shouting and throwing of food is not acceptable behavior.
   5. Clean up the area where you were sitting. Deposit all waste, trays, and empty cartons in the
      proper places.
   6. If students need to get up from the table for any reason, they may raise their hand to get
      permission from the supervisor on duty. In case of an emergency, the student may get up and go
      directly to the supervisor.
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   7. Students shall not save seats for other students.
   8. Students shall follow the instructions of the lunchroom aides and show proper respect toward all
      cafeteria personnel

Defacing School Property
Students are responsible for taking care of all school property including, but not limited to: textbooks,
library books and materials, furniture, equipment, and supplies. Students, who purposely damage,
disfigure, or destroy school property will be required to pay for the damage and may be subject to
disciplinary action.

Dress Code
Student dress should meet reasonable standards of health, safety, and decency.

Examples of Unacceptable Clothing:

   1. Clothing that exposes the midriff or back including but not limited to: tube tops, halters,
       spaghetti straps, or mesh shirts.
   2. Clothing that contains profanity, suggestive material, or advertisements and references to
       alcohol, tobacco, or illegal controlled substances.
   3. Clothing with holes, tears, or rips, and clothing that is otherwise poorly fitting, showing skin
       and/or undergarments may not be worn at school. Patched clothing is acceptable.
   4. Hats should not be worn in the building.
   5. Student dress (including accessories) may not advertise, promote, or picture alcoholic beverages,
       illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia, violent behavior, or other inappropriate messages.
   6. Student dress ( including accessories) may not display lewd, vulgar, obscene, or offensive
       language or symbols, including gang symbols.
   7. Hats, coats, sweat bands, and sun glasses may not be worn in the building during the school day.
   8. The length of shorts or skirts must be appropriate for the school environment.
   9. Appropriate footwear must be worn at all times.
   10. If there is any doubt about dress and appearance, the building principal will make the final
       decision.
   11. Student whose dress causes a substantial disruption of the orderly process of school functions or
       endangers the health or safety of the student, other students, staff, or others may be subject to
       discipline.

Shorts that are not too tight or too short are appropriate during suitable weather.

The administration reserves the right to prohibit any form of dress that is considered hazardous,
unhealthy, or a distraction from the proper learning environment. In all matters of dress the final
decision will rest with the administration. Parents will be notified whenever unacceptable
clothing is being worn.


Emergency Dismissal
In the event that school must be cancelled due to inclement weather or some other emergency,
official notification will be announced on the following radio and television stations. These are
the only stations authorized by the school district to carry a cancellation message. For your
child’s safety, make certain your child knows ahead of time where to go in case of early
dismissal. If we dismiss early for an emergency, all after-school functions are automatically
canceled.


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               Emergency Stations
               Tune in to the following stations for school cancellation information:
               Radio Stations:
               WTAX-1240 AM            WFMB-104.5 FM
               WMHX-93.9 FM            WCIC-91.5 FM
               WNNS-99 FM              WDBR-103.7 FM
               WMAY-970 AM             WQQL-101.9 FM
               WQLZ-92.7 FM            WYMG-100.5 FM
               Peoria Television Stations                 Springfield Television Station
               WMBD-Ch. 31                                WICS-Ch. 20
               WHOI-Ch. 19
               WEEK-Ch. 25



English Language Learners
The school offers opportunities for English Language Learners to develop high levels of academic
attainment in English and to meet the same academic content and student academic achievement
standards that all children are expected to attain.

Parents/ guardians of English Language Learners will be (1) given an opportunity to provide input to the
program, and (2) provide notification regarding their child’s placement in, and information about, the
District’s Language Learners programs.

For questions related to this program or to express the input in the school’s English Language Learners
program, contact the building principal.


Fees
The school establishes fees and charges to fund certain school activities, including [list fee based
activities]. Some students may be unable to pay these fees. Students will not be denied educational
services or academic credit due to the inability of their parent or guardian to pay fees or certain charges.
Students whose parents or guardian is unable to afford student fees may receive a fee waiver. A fee
waiver does not exempt a student from charges for lost and damaged books, locks, materials, supplies,
and equipment.


Field Trips
Class field trips are educational experiences for the students and an extension of the grade level’s
curriculum. Students should realize that all field trips are considered by law to be the same as a
classroom. Therefore, all school rules, regulations, and policies apply to such trips as if the
student were actually in the school building attending class.

Parents will be notified of all trips, and parental permission will be necessary before a child is
allowed to participate. When necessary, appropriate dress for each field trip will be suggested
ahead of time.

Grades K-5 students who have been suspended during the school year shall lose the privilege of
participating in the class trip. Each individual student’s case will be reviewed by the building


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principal and teachers before scheduled date for the class trip. Upon such review, the previously
stated loss of privileges shall be reaffirmed or modified to allow participation in the class trip.

Parent chaperones will be invited by the teachers. Excessive chaperones are not always in the
best interests of the students. Therefore, the Illini Central Grade School faculty reserves the right
to limit the number of parents attending field trips in order to provide the best possible
educational experience for all students. Your cooperation is gratefully appreciated in this matter.

Parents asked to chaperone field trips are not allowed to bring additional children.

All parent chaperones are expected to ride the bus with the students.

All participants of the field trip must follow the rules as outlined in this Handbook.
For example: No smoking is allowed on field trips.

Students may be prohibited from attending field trips for any of the following reasons:
Failure to receive appropriate permission from parent/guardian or teacher;
Failure to complete appropriate coursework;
Behavioral or safety concerns;
Denial of permission from administration;
Other reasons as determined by the school.

All participants of the field trip must follow the rules as outlined in this Handbook.
For example: No smoking is allowed on field trips.

Fire Drills
Fire drills will be held at regular intervals throughout the school year in compliance with an act
of the State Legislature. Detailed information will be given to the students by their classroom
teachers.
    1. When the fire alarm sounds, students will walk quickly and quietly through the hallway
        and leave the building through the designated exits.
    2. Students should line up outside in their assigned area.
    3. Students should remain quiet in order to hear any directions given by the teachers.
    4. Once the all clear has been given by the office, students may re-enter the building and
        should return to their classrooms.
    5. If the students are not with their classroom teacher, they should remain with the teacher
        they are with and word will be sent to the classroom teacher.
    6. If for some reason students are not with any teacher, they should exit the building using
        the nearest exit and immediately report to the closest teacher. Word will be sent to the
        classroom teacher.

Tornado, Bus Evacuation, and Intruder Drills
Throughout the school year, our staff and students practice tornado, bus evacuation and intruder
drills. This is done in an effort to be prepared in the event of one of the above emergencies. In
any kind of emergency, being prepared helps us know what to do. We need your help to make
Illini Central the safest school possible. Please discuss with your child/children the importance
of practicing the drills and to take them seriously. Drills will not be preceded by a warning to the
students.




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Homeless Child’s Right to Education
When a child loses permanent housing and becomes a homeless person as defined by law, or when a
homeless child changes his or her temporary living arrangements, the parent or guardian of the homeless
child has the option of either;

   1. Continuing the child’s education in the school of origin for as long as the child remains homeless
      or, if the child becomes permanently housed, until the end of the academic year during which the
      housing acquired; or
   2. Enrolling the child in any school that non-homeless students who live in the attendance area in
      which the child or youth is actually living are eligible to attend

Assistance and support for homeless families include:

Educational organizations and schools
Food banks and meal programs
Local service organizations (Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc.)
Family shelters
Medical services


Invitations and Parties
Out of consideration for students’ feelings, please mail or phone invitations to students for visits
or parties. Party invitations or gifts for classmates should not be brought to school to be
distributed. Items such as these are of a personal nature and should be mailed home. The office
is unable to release addresses and phone numbers of students.


Library
Illini Central Grade School’s Library is well-stocked with thousands of books necessary for the
education, enrichment, and enjoyment of our students. Students are encouraged to make use of
this fine resource.
     1. The library is a classroom. Students visiting the library should remember this and act as
        they would in any other classroom.
     2. At the beginning of the school year, the librarian will provide guidelines for library
        usage.
     3. Books and other materials should be returned by the stamped due date.
     4. Students who lose or damage books are expected to pay for the cost to repair and/or
        replace the book.
     5. Report cards will be withheld until students are in good standing at the library.


Lost and Found
Whenever a student loses an item, it should be reported immediately. Students finding items
should bring them directly to the office. Parents are encouraged to check the lost and found
often for missing clothing.


Medication
Taking medication during school hours or during school-related activities is prohibited unless it is
necessary for a student’s health and well-being. When a student’s licensed health care provider and
parent/guardian believe that it is necessary for the student to take medication during school hours or
school-related activities , the parent/guardian must request that the school dispense the medication to the
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child by completing a “Prescription Medication Authorization Form or Over the Counter Medication
Form.”

No school or district employee is allowed to administer to any student, or supervise a student’s self-
administration of, any prescription or non-prescription medication until a completed and signed
Prescription Medication Authorization Form is submitted by the student’s parent/guardian. No student
is allowed to possess or consume any prescription or non-prescription medication on school grounds or
at school-related function other than as provided for in this procedure.

A student may possess an epinephrine auto-injector (EpiPen) and/or an asthma inhaler for immediate use
at the student’s discretion, provided the student’s parent/guardian has completed and signed a
Prescription Medication Authorization Form. The school and district shall incur no liability, except for
willful and wanton conduct, as a result of any injury arising from a student’s self administration of
medication or epinephrine auto-injector or the storage of any medication by school personnel. A
student’s parent/guardian must agree to indemnify and hold harmless the school district and its
employees and agents, against any claims, except a claim based on willful and wanton conduct, arising
out of a student’s self-administration of an epinephrine auto-injector and/or asthma inhaler, or the
storage of any medication by school personnel.

Student Medication Checklist
Please note the following reminders about medications at school.
    Be sure the office has all necessary phone numbers - including work, cell phone, babysitters, close
    relatives, etc.

      Be sure that the office also has your physician's name and number.

      Please alert us to any changes in your child's health condition or any new diagnosis that has
       occurred.

      We do require a medication authorization form for prescription drugs given at school.
       Forms are available at school and must have you and your doctor's signature.

      Supply the school with an original prescription bottle fully labeled.
       Please send updated bottles from time to time.

      We cannot change medication directions without a correctly labeled prescription bottle or written
       orders from your physician.

      Unused medication can not be sent home with students.

      Over-the-counter medications such as: Tylenol, ibuprofen, cough/cold syrups, etc. can not be
       given without a doctor's signature and your own. Please use the schools “Over-the-Counter"
       form if you would like your child to be able to have these medications at school. No medications
       will be given without this completed form.

Students with Food Allergies
State law requires our school district to annually inform parents with life-threatening chronic illnesses of
the applicable provisions of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and other applicable federal
statutes, state statutes, federal regulations, and state rules.



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If your students has a life-threatening allergy or life threatening chronic illness, please notify the
building principal at 217-482-3269.

Federal law protects students from discrimination due to a disability that substantially limits a major life
activity. If your student has a qualifying disability, an individualized Section 504 Plan will be
developed and implemented to provide the needed supports so that your student can access his or her
education as effectively as students without disabilities.

Not all students with life-threatening allergies and life-threatening chronic illnesses may be eligible
under Section 504. Our school district also may be able to appropriately meet a student’s needs through
other means.

Care of Students with Diabetes
If your child has diabetes and requires assistance with managing this condition while at school and
school functions, a Diabetes Care Plan must be submitted to the school principal. Parents/guardians are
responsible for and must:
    a. Inform the school in a timely manner of any change which needs to be made to the Diabetes Care
        Plan on file at school.
    b. Inform the school in a timely manner of any changes to their emergency contact numbers or
        contact numbers of health care providers.
    c. Sign the Diabetes Care Plan and attain Physician’s signature.
    d. Grant consent for and authorize designated School District representatives to communicate
        directly with the health care provider whose instructions are included in the Diabetes Care Plan.


Communicable Diseases
The school will observe recommendations of the Illinois Department of Public Health regarding
communicable diseases.
   1. Parents are required to notify the school nurse if they suspect their child has a communicable
       disease.
   2. In certain cases, students with a communicable disease may be excluded from school or sent
       home from school following notification of the parent or guardian.
   3. The school will provide written instructions to the parent and guardian regarding appropriate
       treatment for the communicable disease.
   4. A student excluded because of a communicable disease will be permitted to return to school only
       when the parent or guardian brings to the school a letter from the student’s doctor stating that the
       student is no longer contagious or at risk of spreading the communicable disease.

Head Lice
The school will observe recommendations of the Illinois Department of Health regarding head lice.
   1. Parents are required to notify the school nurse if they suspect their child has head lice.
   2. Infested students will be sent home following notification of the parent or guardian.
   3. The school will provide written instructions to parent or guardian regarding the appropriate
       treatment for the infestation.
   4. A student excluded because of head lice will be permitted to return to school only when the
       parent or guardian brings the student to school to be checked by the school nurse or building
       principal and the child is determined to be free of the head lice and eggs (nits). Infested children
       are prohibited from riding the bus to school to be checked for head lice.




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Music Classes
Music classes are provided for all students in grades K-5. Through musical participation, it is anticipated
that every student will develop his/her musical potential to the maximum, increase language skills, and
develop a more positive self-concept. In addition to the regular music program, students in the 5th grade
may choose to participate in chorus and/or band.

Non-sponsored Publications/Websites
Students are prohibited from accessing and/or distributing at school any pictures, written material, or
electronic material, including material from the internet or from a blog that:
    1. Will cause substantial disruption of the proper and orderly operation and discipline of the school
        or school activities;
    2. Violates the rights of others, including but not limited to material that is libelous, invades the
        privacy of others, or infringes on copyright;
    3. Is socially inappropriate or inappropriate due to maturity level of the students, including but not
        limited to material that is obscene, pornographic, or pervasively lewd and vulgar, or contains
        indecent and vulgar language;
    4. Is primarily intended to intimidate solicitation funds; or
    5. Is distributed in kindergarten through eighth grade is primarily prepared by non-students, unless
        it is being used for school purposes. Nothing herin shall be interpreted to prevent the inclusion
        of material from outside sources or the citation to such sources as long as the material to be
        distributed or accessed is primarily prepared by students.
The distribution on non-school-sponsored written material must occur at a time and place in a manner
that will not cause disruption, be coercive, or result in the perception that the distribution or the material
is endorsed by the school district.

Guidelines For Student Distribution of Non-School Publications
A student or group of students seeking to distribute more than 10 copies of the same material on one or
more days to students must comply with the following guidelines:
   1. The student(s) must notify the building principal of the intent to distribute, in writing, at least 24
       hours before distributing the material. No prior approval of the material is required.
   2. The material may be distributed at times and locations selected by the building principal, such as
       before the beginning or ending of classes at a central location.
   3. The building principal may impose additional requirements whenever necessary to prevent
       disruption, congestion, or the perception that the material is school-endorsed.
   4. Distribution must be done in an orderly and peaceful manner, and may not be coercive.
   5. The distribution must be conducted in a manner that does not cause additional work for the
       school personnel. Students who distribute material are responsible for cleaning up any materials
       left on school grounds.
   6. Students must not distribute material that:
            a. Will cause substantial disruption of the proper and orderly operation and discipline of the
               school or school activities;
            b. Violates the rights of others, including but not limited to, material that is libelous,
               invades the privacy of others, or infringes on a copyright;
            c. Is socially inappropriate or inappropriate due to the students’ maturity level, including
               but not limited to, material that is obscene, pornographic, or pervasively lewd and vulgar,
               contains indecent and vulgar language, or sexting as defined by School Board Policy and
               Student Handbook;
            d. Is reasonably viewed as promoting illegal drug use; or
   7. A student may use the School District’s Grievance Procedure to resolve a complaint.
   8. Whenever these guidelines require written notification, the appropriate administrator may assist
       the student in preparing such notification.
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A student or group of students seeking to distribute 10 or fewer copies of the same publication on one or
more days to distribute such material at times and places and in a manner that will not cause substantial
disruption of the proper and orderly operation and discipline of the school or school activities and in
compliance with paragraphs 4, 5, 6, 7,. Students are prohibited from accessing and/or distributing at
school any pictures, written material, or electronic material, including material from the Internet or from
a blog that:

   1. Will cause substantial disruption of the proper and orderly operation and discipline of the school
      or school activities;
   2. Violates the rights of others, including but not limited to, material that is libelous, invades the
      privacy of others, or infringes on a copyright;
   3. Is socially inappropriate or inappropriate due to the students’ maturity level, including but not
      limited to, material that is obscene, pornographic, or pervasively lewd and vulgar, contains
      indecent and vulgar language;
   4. Is primarily intended for the immediate solicitation of funds.

The distribution of non-school-sponsored written material must occur at a time and place and in a
manner that will not cause disruption, be coercive, or result in the perception that the distribution or the
material is endorsed by the school district.


Parental Right Notifications
Instructional Material
A student’s parent/guardian may inspect, upon their request, any instructional material used as part of
their child’s educational curriculum within a reasonable time of their request.

Teacher Qualifications
Parents/guardians may request information about the qualifications of their child’s teachers and
paraprofessionals, including:
     Whether the teacher has met the State certification requirements;
     Whether the teacher is teaching under an emergency permit or provisional status by which State
       licensing criteria have been waived’
     The teacher’s college major;
     Whether the teacher has any advanced degrees and, if so, the subject of the degrees; and
     Whether any instructional aides or paraprofessionals provide services to your child and, if so,
       their qualifications.

If you would like to receive any of this information, please contact the school office.


Personal Property and Toys
School time is a time for working and learning. Students should not bring toys to school. If a student
does bring personal property to school, Illini Central Grade School is not responsible for lost or
damaged property. For purposes of this handbook toys includes but is not limited to the following
items: all toys, cell phones, collecting cards, and electronic entertainment devices and their CD’s,
DVD’s, or game cards.

Physical Education
All students except those excused for medical or religious reasons must actively participate in physical
education. Students will be excused from P.E. due to illness for a maximum of three consecutive days

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with a note from a parent or guardian. After three days, a doctor's excuse may be required for a student
to be excused from P.E.


Playground and Recess Rules
All students are expected to go outside for recess when the weather is appropriate. If for illness or
health reasons you need to stay inside, a note from a parent or guardian is required. If you need to stay
in longer than 3 consecutive days, a doctor’s note may be required.

To keep you safe during recess, the following rules are given:

   1.   During recess, students should not leave the play area without permission.
   2.   Fighting will not be tolerated.
   3.   Any games involving rough play will not be allowed.
   4.   Piggyback rides and gymnastics stunts are not allowed.
   5.   Snowball throwing is not allowed.
   6.   Skateboards, roller skates or blades, and scooters are not allowed.


Physical Examinations
All students entering kindergarten must have a new physical examination card on file at the grade school
office as mandated by Illinois law. Students moving into the school district must also have an Illinois
physical examination card on file. Students in kindergarten and 2nd grade are required to have a dental
examination form completed by their dentist. Additional health examinations of students may be
required when deemed necessary by school authorities. All students entering kindergarten, or any
student enrolling for the first time in a public, private or parochial school shall have an eye examination.

Immunizations
The following immunizations are required: 2 measles shots (after 10 months of age); rubella shot;
mumps shot; 4 or more DTP shots, the last one being after the 4th birthday; 4 or more polio, the last one
being after the 4th birthday and 1 varicella vaccination or proof of having had chicken pox. The month
and year of these shots must be indicated.

Penalties
If the school does not receive proof that the required health examination and immunizations have been
given by October 15th of the current school year, the child must be excluded from school until the
requirements have been met as mandated by the Illinois School Code. If for medical reasons one or
more of the required immunizations must be given after October 15 of the current school year, or after
an earlier established date of the current school year, then the child shall present, by October 15, or by
the earlier established date, a schedule for the administration of the immunizations and a statement of
the medical reasons causing the delay, both the schedule and the statement being issued by the
physician, advanced practice nurse, physician assistant, registered nurse, or local health department that
will be responsible for administration of the remaining required immunizations.

Exceptions
Children whose parents or legal guardians object on religious grounds need not receive the
immunizations if they present to the appropriate school authorities a signed statement of objection which
details the grounds for such objection. If the physical condition of a child precludes immunizations on
medical grounds, the examining physician shall indicate the reasons. Children exempted for religious or
medical reasons are considered to be in compliance with the immunization provisions of the law, but
they may or may not be exempt from participation in required physical education programs.
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Student Privacy Protections
Before a school official or staff member administers or distributes a survey or evaluation created by a
third party to a student, the student’s parent/guardian may inspect the survey or evaluation, upon their
request and within a reasonable time of their request. This applies to every survey: (1) that is created by
a person or entity other than a district official, staff member, or student, (2) regardless of whether the
student answering the questions can be identified, and (3) regardless of the subject matter of the
questions.

Parents who object to disclosure of information concerning their child to a third party may do so in
writing to the building principal.

Surveys Request of Personal Information
School officials and staff members will not request, nor disclose, the identity of any student who
completes any survey or evaluation (created by any person or entity, including the school or district)
containing one or more of the following items:
    1. Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or the student’s parent/guardian.
    2. Mental or psychological problems of the student or the student’s family.
    3. Sexual behaviors or attitudes.
    4. Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior.
    5. Critical appraisals or other individuals with whom students have close family relationships.
    6. Legally recognized privileged or analogous relationships, such as those with lawyers, physicians,
        and ministers.
    7. Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or the student’s parent/guardian.
    8. Income other than that required by law to determine program eligibility.
The student’s parent/guardian may inspect the survey or evaluation upon, and refuse to allow their child
to participate in the survey. The school will not penalize any student whose parent/guardian exercised
this option.

Speech and Language Programs
All kindergarten students and newly enrolled students will be screened for speech and language needs.
If the initial screening process indicates a need for further testing, the parent or guardian will be notified
and permission will be sought. After the evaluation and testing processes have been completed, a
meeting will be held with the parents to determine the appropriate speech and language program for the
student. Annual meetings will be held to evaluate the student’s progress through the program.

Textbook Rental
Textbook rental and supply fees are set by the Board of Education prior to the opening of school.
Parents should pay the book rental fee at registration. Students who lose or damage a book checked out
to them will be required to pay for it.

Telephone
Students will be allowed to use the telephone at the discretion of the school staff.

Treats and Snacks
Due to health concerns and scheduling, treats and snacks for any occasion must be arranged in advance
with the classroom teacher. All treats and snacks must be store bought and prepackaged in individual
servings. No homemade treats or snacks are allowed at school. Treats and snacks may not require


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refrigeration and must have a clearly printed label of ingredients on the packaging. We strongly
encourage you to select a treat or snack with nutritional value.


Vision and Hearing Screenings
The following students will receive vision and hearing screenings annually: Pre-K, Kindergarten,
second grade, special education, and newly enrolled students. In addition, students may be referred by
teachers or parents to be considered for screening. Parents will be notified if the screening process
indicates that further examination by a doctor is indicated.


Exemptions
A student will be exempted from the above requirements for:
    1. Religious or medical grounds if the student’s parent/guardian presents to the
       building principal a signed statement explaining the objection;
    2. Health examination or immunization requirements on medical grounds if a physician provides
       written verification;
    3. Eye examination requirement if the student’s parent/guardian shows an undue burden or lack or
       access to a physician licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches who provides eye
       examinations or a licensed optometrist; or
    4. Dental examination requirement if the student’s parent/guardian shows an undue burden or a
       lack of access to a dentist.

Visitors
Parents are welcome to visit school. Parents should schedule their visit with the classroom teacher. We
do not allow student visitors. Visitors must enter the grade school using the North West Avenue
entrance. In order to provide the safest environment for your children, all visitors must sign in at the
receptionist’s desk and give a reason for the visit. All visitors must wear the VISITOR badge. The
badge must be returned to the receptionist before leaving the building.
Visitors are expected to abide by all school rules during their time on school property. A visitor
who fails to conduct himself or herself in a manner that is appropriate will be asked to leave and
may be subject to criminal penalties for trespass and/or disruptive behavior.

Volunteers
All school volunteers must complete the “Parent Volunteer Handbook and Volunteer Information Form”
and be approved by the school principal prior to assisting at the school. Forms are available in the
school office. Some teachers utilize parent volunteers in the classroom. The individual teachers make
this decision. Teachers who desire parent volunteers will notify parents. For school-wide volunteer
opportunities, please contact the building principal.

Volunteers are required to check in and out at the main office and receive a visitor badge before going to
their destination.

School Visitation Rights
The School Visitation Rights Act permits employed parents/guardians, who are unable to meet with
educators because of work conflict, the right time off from work under certain conditions to attend
necessary school functions such as parent-teacher conferences. Letters verifying participation in this
program are available from the school office upon request.




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               Illini Central C.U.S.D. #189 Policies
DISCIPLINARY ACTION FOR GROSS DISOBEDIENCE OR MISCONDUCT
Prohibited Student Conduct
Disciplinary action may be taken against any student guilty of gross disobedience or misconduct, including, but
not limited to, the following:
    1. Using, possessing, distributing, purchasing, or selling tobacco materials.
    2. Using, possessing, distributing, purchasing, or selling alcoholic beverages. Students who are under the
        influence are not permitted to attend school or school functions and are treated as though they had alcohol
        in their possession.
    3. Using, possessing, distributing, purchasing, or selling illegal drugs, controlled substances, look-alike
        drugs or drug paraphernalia. A “look-alike” drug is defined as a substance not containing an illegal drug
        or controlled substance, but one (a) that a student believes to be, or represents to be, an illegal drug or
        controlled substance, or (b) about which a student engaged in behavior that would lead a reasonable
        person to believe that the student expressly or impliedly represented to be an illegal drug or controlled
        substance. Students who are under the influence of any prohibited substance or drug or in possession of
        any drug paraphernalia are not permitted to attend school or school functions and are treated as though
        they had drugs or paraphernalia, as applicable, in their possession.
        Any anabolic steroid or performance-enhancing substance not administered under a physician’s care and
        supervision.
        Any prescription drug when not prescribed for the student by a licensed health care provider or when not
        in used in the manner prescribed
        Any inhalant, regardless of whether it contains an illegal drug or controlled substance: (a) that a student
        believes is, or represents to be capable of, causing intoxication, hallucination, excitement, or dulling of
        the brain or nervous system; or (b) about which the student engaged in behavior that would lead a
        reasonable person to believe that the student intended the inhalant to cause intoxication, hallucination,
        excitement, or dulling of the brain or nervous system.
    4. Using, possessing, controlling, or transferring a weapon in violation of the “weapons” section of this
        policy.
    5. Using or possessing electronic signaling and cellular radio-telecommunication devices, unless authorized
        and approved by the Building Principal. Electronic signaling devices include pocket - and all similar -
        electronic paging devices, a cellular telephone, video recording device, personal digital assistant (PDA),
        camera or similar electronic device cannot be used in any manner that disrupts the educational
        environment or violates the rights of others. All cell phones and similar electronic devices must be kept
        powered-off and out-of-sight during the regular school day unless; (a) the supervising teacher grants
        permission; (B) use of the device is provided in a student’s individualized educational program (IEP); or
        (c) it is needed in an emergency that threatens the safety of students, staff, or other individuals.
    6. Using or possessing a laser pointer unless under a staff member’s direct supervision and in the context of
        instruction.
    7. Engaging in academic dishonesty, including cheating, intentionally plagiarizing, wrongfully giving or
        receiving help during an academic examination, and wrongfully obtaining test copies or scores.
    8. Disobeying directives from staff members or school officials and/or rules and regulations governing
        student conduct.
    9. Using any form or type of aggressive behavior that does physical or psychological harm to someone else
        and/or urging other students to engage in such conduct. Prohibited aggressive behavior includes, without
        limitation, the use of violence, force, noise, coercion, threats, intimidation, fear, bullying, or other
        comparable conduct.
    10. Causing or attempting to cause damage to, or stealing or attempting to steal, school property or another
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    11. Unexcused absenteeism. State law and Board policy on truancy control will be used with chronic and
        habitual truants.
   12. Being a member of or joining or promising to join, or becoming pledged to become a member of,
        soliciting any other person to join, promise to join, or be pledged to become a member of any public
        school fraternity, sorority or secret society.
   13. Violating any criminal law, including but not limited to, assault, battery, arson, theft, gambling,
        eavesdropping, and hazing.
   14. Involvement in gangs or gang-related activities, including the display of gang symbols or paraphernalia.
   15. Engaging in any activity, on or off campus, that interferes with, disrupts, or adversely affects the school
        environment, school operations, or an educational function, including but not, limited to, conduct that
        may be reasonably be considered to: (a) be a threat or an attempted intimidation of a staff member; or (b)
        endanger the health or safety of students, staff, or school property.
   16. Sending, receiving or possessing sexually explicit or otherwise inappropriate pictures or images,
        commonly knowing as “sexting.” Prohibited conduct specifically includes, without limitation, creating,
        sending, sharing, viewing, receiving or possessing and indecent visual depiction of oneself or another
        person through the use of a computer, electronic communication device, or cellular phone.
For purposes of this policy, the term “possession” includes having control, custody, or care, currently or in the
past, of an object or substance, regardless of whether or not the item is (a) on the student’s person, or (b)
contained in another item belonging to, or under the control of, the student, such as in the student’s clothing,
backpack, automobile, or (c) in a school’s student locker, desk, or other school property, or (d) any other location
on school property or at a school-sponsored event (e) in the case of drugs and alcohol, substances ingested by the
person.
These grounds for disciplinary action apply whenever the student's conduct is reasonably related to school or
school activities, including, but not limited to:
    1. On, or within sight of, school grounds before, during, or after school hours or at any other time when the
        school is being used by a school group;
    2. Off school grounds at a school-sponsored activity, or event, or any activity or event which bears a
        reasonable relationship to school;
    3. Traveling to or from school or a school activity, function or event; or
    4. Anywhere, if the conduct may reasonably be considered to be a threat or an attempted intimidation of a
        staff member, or an interference with school purposes or an educational function.
Disciplinary Measures
Disciplinary measures include:
    1. Personal counseling.
    2. Withholding of privileges.
    3. Seizure of contraband.
    4. Suspension from school and all school activities for up to 10 days provided that appropriate procedures
        are followed. A suspended student is prohibited from being on school grounds.
    5. Suspension of bus riding privileges, provided that appropriate procedures are followed.
    6. Expulsion from school and all school-sponsored activities and events for a definite time period not to
        exceed 2 calendar years, provided that the appropriate procedures are followed. An expelled student is
        prohibited from being on school grounds.
    7. Notification of juvenile authorities whenever the conduct involves illegal drugs (controlled substances),
        look-alikes, alcohol, or weapons.
    8. Notification of parent(s)/guardian(s).
    9. Removal from classroom.
   10. In-school suspension for a period not to exceed 5 school days. The Building Principal or a designee shall
        ensure that the student is properly supervised.
   11. Detention or Saturday School, provided the student's parent(s)/guardian(s) have been notified. If
        transportation arrangements cannot be agreed upon, an alternative disciplinary measure must be used.
        The student must be supervised by the detaining teacher or the Building Principal or a designee.
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   12. Alternative educational placement as assigned by the appropriate administrator.
   13. A student who is subject to suspension or expulsion may be eligible for a transfer to an alternative school
       program.

Corporal punishment shall not be used. Corporal punishment is defined as slapping, paddling, or prolonged
maintenance of students in physically painful positions, or intentional infliction of bodily harm. Corporal
punishment does not include reasonable force as needed to maintain safety for other students, school personnel, or
persons, or for the purpose of self-defense or the defense of property.
Weapons
Any student, who uses, possesses, controls, or transfers a weapon, or any object that can reasonably be
considered, or looks like, a weapon, shall be expelled for a definite time period of at least one calendar year, but
no more than 2 calendar years. The expulsion period may, however, be modified by the Superintendent, and the
Superintendent’s determination may be modified by the Board, on a case-by-case basis. A “weapon” means (1)
possession, use, control, or transfer of any gun, rifle, shotgun, a weapon as defined by Section 921 of Title 18,
United States Code, firearm as defined in Section 1.1 of the Firearm Owners Identification Act, or use of a
weapon as defined in Section 24-1 of the Criminal Code, (2) any other object if used or attempted or intended to
be used to cause bodily harm, including but not limited to, knives, brass knuckles, billy clubs, or (3) “look likes”
of any weapon as defined above. Such items as baseball bats, pipes, bottles, locks, sticks, pencils, and pens may
be considered weapons if used or attempted to be used to cause bodily harm. The Building Principal or designee
shall notify the criminal justice or juvenile delinquency system of any student who brings a firearm or weapon to
school.
Delegation of Authority
Each teacher, and any other school personnel when students are under his or her charge, is authorized to impose
any disciplinary measure, other than suspension, or expulsion, corporal punishment or in-school suspension,
which is appropriate and in accordance with the policies and rules on student discipline. Teachers, other
certificated educational employees, and other persons providing a related service for or with respect to a student,
may use reasonable force as needed to maintain safety for other students, school personnel, or other persons, or
for the purpose of self-defense or defense of property. Teachers may remove students from a classroom for
disruptive behavior.
The Superintendent, Building Principal, Assistant Building Principal is authorized to impose the same disciplinary
measures as teachers and may suspend students guilty of gross disobedience or misconduct from school
(including all school functions) and from riding the school bus, up to 10 consecutive school days, provided the
appropriate procedures are followed. The Board of Education may suspend a student from riding the bus in
excess of 10 days for safety reasons.
Gang and Gang Activity
“Gang” is defined as any group, club or organization of two or more persons whose purposes include the
commission of illegal acts. No student on or about school property or at any school activity or whenever
the student’s conduct is reasonably related to a school activity, shall: (1) wear, possess, use, distribute,
display, or sell clothing, jewelry, paraphernalia or other items which reasonably could be regarded as
gang symbols; commit an act or omission, or use other verbal or nonverbal gestures, or handshakes
showing membership or affiliation in a gang; or (2) use any speech or commit any act or omission in
furtherance of the interest of any gang or gang activity, including, but not limited to, soliciting others for
membership in any gangs; (3) request any person to pay protection or otherwise intimidate, harass or
threaten any person; (4) commit any other illegal act or other violation of district policies, (5) or incite
other students to act with physical violence upon any other person.
Preventing Bullying, Intimidation & (Sexual) Harassment
Bullying, intimidation,, and (sexual) harassment are not acceptable in any form and will not be tolerated
at school or any school related activity, on school property, on school buses and transportation vehicles
or through a school computer, network or other school electronic equipment. The school will protect
students against retaliation for reporting incidents of bullying, intimidation, or (sexual) harassment, and
will take disciplinary action against any student who participates in such conduct.
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No person shall harass, intimidate or bully another based upon perceived race, color, nationality, sex,
sexual orientation, gender-related identity or expression, ancestry, age, religion, creed, physical and
mental disability, gender identity, order of protection status, status as homeless, or actual or potential
marital or parental status, including pregnancy, unfavorable discharge from military service, association
with a person or group with one or more of the aforementioned actual or perceived characteristic or any
other distinguished characteristic. The school and district will not tolerate harassing, intimidating
conduct, or bullying whether verbal, physical, or visual, that affects the tangible benefits of education,
that unreasonably interferes with a student’s educational performance, or that creates an intimidating,
hostile, or offensive educational environment.

Bullying means any severe or pervasive hysical or verbal act or conduct, including communications
made in writing or electronically, directed toward a student that has or can be reasonably predicted to
have the effect of: (1) placing the student in reasonable fear or harm to the student’s person or property;
(2) causing a substantially detrimental effect on the student’s physical or mental health;(3) substantially
interferes with the student’s academic performance; or (4) substantially interferes with the student’s
ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by the school.

Examples of prohibited conduct include, without limitation, any use of violence, intimidation, force,
noise, coercion, threats, stalking, harassment, sexual harassment, public humiliation, theft or destruction
of property, retaliation, hazing, bullying, bullying through the transmission of information from a school
computer, a school computer network, or other similar electronic school equipment, or other comparable
conduct.

Students who believe they are victims of bullying, intimidation, or harassment or have witnessed such
activities are encouraged to discuss the matter with the student nondiscrimination coordinator, building
administrator, or a complaint manager. Students may choose to report to a person of the student’s same
sex. Complaints will be kept confidential to the extent possible given the need to investigate. Students
who make good faith complaints will not be disciplined.

Any student who is determined, after an investigation, to have engaged in bullying, intimidation or harassment
will be subject to disciplinary consequences as provided in this handbook, including but not limited to suspension
and expulsion consistent with the school and district’s discipline policy. Parents of students who have engaged in
the above behavior will be notified. Any student making a knowingly false accusation regarding harassment may
also be subject to disciplinary consequences.
Suspension Procedures
The following are suspension procedures:
   1. Before suspension, the student shall be provided a conference during which the charges will be explained
        and the student will be given an opportunity to respond to the charges.
   2. A pre-suspension conference is not required and the student can be immediately suspended when the
        student's presence poses a continuing danger to persons or property or an ongoing threat of disruption to
        the educational process. In such cases, the notice and conference shall follow as soon as practicable.
   3. Any suspension shall be reported immediately to the student's parent(s)/guardian(s). A written notice of
        the suspension shall state the reasons for the suspension, including any school rule which was violated,
        and a notice to the parent(s)/guardian(s) of their right to a review of the suspension. The Board will be
        notified of all suspensions.
Upon request of the parent(s)/guardian(s), a review of the suspension shall be conducted by the Board of
Education or a hearing officer appointed by the Board. At the review, the student's parent(s)/guardian(s)
may appear and discuss the suspension with the Board or its hearing officer and may be represented by
counsel. After presentation of the evidence or receipt of the hearing officer's report, the Board shall take
such action as it finds appropriate.

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Expulsion Procedures
The following are expulsion procedures:
   1. Before expulsion, the student and parent(s)/guardian(s) shall be provided written notice of the time, place,
        and purpose of a hearing by registered or certified mail requesting the appearance of the
        parent(s)/guardian(s). If requested, the student shall have a hearing, at the time and place designated in the
        notice, conducted by the Board or a hearing officer appointed by it. If a hearing officer is appointed by
        the Board, he or she shall report to the Board the evidence presented at the hearing and the Board shall
        take such final action as it finds appropriate.
During the expulsion hearing, the student and his or her parent(s)/guardian(s) may be represented by
counsel, present witnesses, and other evidence and cross-examine witnesses. At the expulsion hearing,
the Board or hearing officer shall hear evidence of whether the student is guilty of the gross
disobedience or misconduct as charged. After presentation of the evidence or receipt of the hearing
officer's report, the Board shall decide the issue of guilt and take such action as it finds appropriate.

Misconduct of Students with Disabilities
Behavioral interventions shall be used with students with disabilities to promote and strengthen desirable
behaviors and reduce identified inappropriate behaviors. The District will establish and maintain a committee to
develop, implement, and monitor procedures on the use of behavioral interventions for children with disabilities.
The committee shall review the State Board of Education's guidelines on the use of behavioral interventions and
use them as a non-binding reference. The Superintendent may designate at least one staff member as a behavioral
intervention consultant who shall oversee the implementation of this policy. This policy and the behavioral
intervention procedures shall be furnished to the parent(s)/guardian(s) of all students with individual education
plans within 15 days after their adoption or amendment by, or presentation to, the Board or at the time an
individual education plan is first implemented for a student; all students shall be informed annually of the
existence of this policy and the procedures. At the annual individualized education plan review, a copy of this
policy shall be given to the parent(s)/guardian(s). The policy and procedures shall be explained. A copy of the
procedures shall be available, upon request of the parent(s)/guardian(s).
Discipline of Special Education Students
The District shall comply with the provisions of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) when
disciplining students. No special education student shall be expelled if the student’s particular act of gross
disobedience/misconduct is a manifestation of his or her disability. Any special education student whose gross
disobedience/misconduct is not a manifestation of his or her disability may be expelled pursuant to the expulsion
procedures, except that such disabled student shall continue to receive educational services as provided in the
IDEA during such period of expulsion. A special education student may be suspended for an aggregate of 10
days of school per school year, regardless of whether the student’s gross disobedience/misconduct is a
manifestation of his or her disabling condition, except that such student shall continue to receive educational
services in accordance with the IDEA during such period of suspension.
Any special education student who has or will exceed 10 days of suspension may be temporarily excluded from
school by court order or by order of a duly appointed State of Illinois hearing officer if the District demonstrates
that maintaining the student in his or her current placement is substantially likely to result in injury to the student
or others.
A special education student who has carried a weapon to school or to a school function or who knowingly
possesses or uses illegal drugs or sells or solicits the sale of a controlled substance while at school or a school
function may be removed from his or her current placement. Such a student shall be placed in an appropriate
interim alternative educational setting for no more than 45 days in accordance with the IDEA.

Equal Educational Opportunities
Equal educational and extracurricular opportunities are available to all students without regard to race,
color, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry, age, religious beliefs, physical or
mental disability, status as homeless, or actual or potential marital or parental status, including
pregnancy.


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No student shall, based on sex, or sexual orientation, be denied equal access to programs, activities,
services, or benefits, or be limited in the exercise of any right, privilege, advantage, or denied equal
access to educational and extracurricular programs and activities.
Any student may file a sex equity complaint by using the Uniform Grievance Procedure. A student may
appeal the Board of Education's resolution of the complaint to the Regional Superintendent of Schools
(pursuant to 105 ILCS 5/3-10 of The School Code) and, thereafter, to the State Superintendent of
Education (pursuant to 105 ILCS 5/2-3.8 of The School Code).

Education of Children with Disabilities
It is the intent of the district to ensure that students who are disabled within the definition of Section 504
of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or the Individuals Education Act are identified, evaluated and provided
with appropriate educational services.

The school provides a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment and
necessary related services to all children with disabilities enrolled in the school. The term “children
with disabilities” means children between the ages of 3 and the day before their 22 nd birthday for whom
is determined that special education services are needed. It is the intent of the school to ensure that
students with disabilities are identified, evaluated, and provided with appropriate educational services.

Accommodating Individuals with Disabilities
Individuals with disabilities should notify the superintendent or building principal if they will require
special assistance or services and, if so, what services are required. This notification should occur as far
in advance as possible of the school-sponsored function, program, or meeting.

Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment of students is prohibited. An employee, District agent, or student engages in sexual
harassment whenever he/she makes unwelcome sexual advances, requests sexual favors, and engages in other
verbal or physical conduct of a sexual or sex-based nature, imposed on the basis of sex, that:
1. denies or limits the provision of educational aid, benefits, services, or treatment; or that makes such conduct a
    condition of a student's academic status; or
2. has the purpose or effect of:
      substantially interfering with a student's educational environment;
      creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment;
      depriving a student of educational aid, benefits, services, or treatment; or
      making submission to or rejection of such unwelcome conduct the basis for academic decisions affecting
         a student.
The terms "intimidating," "hostile," and "offensive" include conduct which has the effect of humiliation,
embarrassment, or discomfort. Examples of sexual harassment include unwelcome touching, crude jokes or
pictures, discussions of sexual experiences, teasing related to sexual characteristics, and spreading rumors related
to a person's alleged sexual activities.
Students, who believe they are victims of sexual harassment or have witnessed sexual harassment, are encouraged
to discuss the matter with the student Nondiscrimination Coordinator, Building Principal, Assistant Building
Principal or a Complaint Manager. Students may choose to report to a person of the student's same sex.
Complaints will be kept confidential to the extent possible given the need to investigate. Students who make good
faith complaints will not be disciplined.
An allegation that one student was sexually harassed by another student shall be referred to the Building
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Search and Seizure
To maintain order and security in the schools, school authorities are authorized to conduct reasonable searches of
school property and equipment, as well as of students and their personal effects. “School authorities” includes
school liaison police officers.
School Property and Equipment as well as Personal Effects Left There by Students
School authorities may inspect and search school property and equipment owned or controlled by the school (such
as lockers, desks, and parking lots), as well as personal effects left there by a student, without notice to or the
consent of the student. Students have no reasonable expectation of privacy in these places or areas or in their
personal effects left there.
The Superintendent or designee may request the assistance of law enforcement officials to conduct inspections
and searches of lockers, desks, parking lots, and other school property and equipment for illegal drugs, weapons,
or other illegal or dangerous substances or materials, including searches conducted through the use of specially
trained dogs.
Students
School authorities may search a student and/or the student’s personal effects in the student’s possession (such as
purses, wallets, knapsacks, book bags, lunch boxes, etc.) when there is a reasonable ground for suspecting that the
search will produce evidence the particular student has violated or is violating either the law or the District’s
student conduct rules. The search itself must be conducted in a manner which is reasonably related to its
objectives and not excessively intrusive in light of the age and sex of the student and the nature of the infraction.
When feasible, the search should be conducted as follows:
         outside the view of others, including students;
         in the presence of a school administrator or adult witness; and
         by a certificated employee or liaison police officer of the same sex as the student.
Immediately following a search, a written report shall be made by the school authority who conducted the search,
and given to the Superintendent. The student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) shall be notified of the search as soon as
possible.
Seizure of Property
If a search produces evidence that the student has violated or is violating either the law or the District’s
policies or rules, such evidence may be seized and impounded by school authorities, and disciplinary
action may be taken. When appropriate, such evidence may be transferred to law enforcement
authorities.

Student Rights and Responsibilities
All students are entitled to enjoy the rights protected by the Federal and State Constitutions and laws for
persons of their age and maturity in a school setting. Students should exercise these rights reasonably
and avoid violating the rights of others. Students who violate the rights of others or violate District
policies or rules will be subject to disciplinary measures.

The following procedure will normally be used:

    1. The student will receive oral or written notice of an infraction and the evidence to support such
       notice.
    2. If the student denies the infraction, an opportunity shall be given to present an explanation in a
       conference with appropriate school personnel. .
    3. Appropriate school personnel shall make a decision concerning the infraction, assign penalties or
       punishment deemed necessary, and inform the student of said decision.
    4. The student will be afforded the right to a review by appropriate school personnel.




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Student Grievance Procedure
A grievance is a difference of opinion raised by a student or group of students involving: (1) the
meaning, interpretation or application of established policies; (2) difference of treatment; or (3)
application of the legal requirement of civil rights legislation.

This procedure is not intended to limit the option of the district and a grievance(s) to resolve any
grievance mutually and informally. Hearings and conferences under this procedure shall be conducted at
a time and place which will afford a fair and equitable opportunity for all persons.

The grievance procedure is not required if the grievant(s) prefers other alternatives such as the Office of
Civil Rights (OCR) or the courts. Due process shall exist throughout the procedure with the right to: (1)
representation; (2) present witnesses and evidence; (3) confidentiality; (4) review relevant records; and,
(5) proceed without harassment and/or retaliation.

Time limits refer to days when school is in session.

Step I - The student(s) and/or parent(s) should discuss the matter with the person(s) directly responsible
for the grievance issue within fourteen (14) days of the time when a reasonably alert person should have
been aware of the event giving rise to a grievance. An oral response must be made within five (5) days.

Step II - If the problem is not resolved, the grievance should be referred informally to the high school
principal. A meeting must be held within five (5) days from notification of referral and an oral response
made within five (5) days.
Step III-If the grievance is still not resolved, it should be submitted in writing within ten (10) days to the
district superintendent. The grievance should be described as specifically and completely as possible. A
thorough investigation of the issue will be documented. Extra time, if needed, can be mutually agreed
upon. A meeting must be held between the grievant and district representative within ten (10) days and a
written response made within five (5) days.

Step IV -If a satisfactory solution is not reached the grievant(s) may appeal the issue in writing to the
office of the superintendent or designee within ten (10) days from the receipt of the response on Step III.
A meeting between parties will be held within ten (10) days and a written response made within five (5)
days. A complete record of this meeting shall be kept and signed by both parties for possible future
reference.

Step V -If the issue is not satisfactorily resolved on Step IV, the grievant(s) may appeal the grievance in
writing to the School Board within five (5) days from the receipt of the written response. The Board
shall consider the appeal within sixty (60) days and a written response shall be given within five (5)
days.
Student Records
School student records are confidential and information from them shall not be released other than as
provided by law.

The school and district routinely discloses “directory” type information without consent. Directory
information is limited to: name, address, gender, grade level, birth date and place, parents’ names and
addresses; academic awards, degrees and honors; information in relation to school-sponsored activities,
organizations, and athletics; major field of study; and period of attendance at the school. Any
parent/guardian or eligible student (student 18 or older) may prohibit the release of directory information
by delivering a written request to the building principal.

State and Federal Law gives parents and eligible students certain rights with respect to their student
records. These rights are:
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   1. The right to inspect and copy the student’s education records within 15 school days of the day
       the school receives a request for access. There may be small charge for copies, not to exceed
       $.35 per page. The fee will be waived for those unable to afford such cost.
   2. The right to request amendment of the portion student’s education record that the
       parent/guardian or eligible student believes is inaccurate, misleading, irrelevant, or improper.
   3. The right to permit disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s
       education records, except in certain circumstances. Disclosure is permitted without consent in
       the case of directory information and to school officials with legitimate educational or
       administrative interests. Disclosure is also permitted without consent to; any person for research,
       statistical reporting or planning, provided that no student or parent/guardian can be identified;
       any health or safety of the student or other persons; juvenile authorities when necessary for the
       discharge of their official duties who request information before adjudication of the student; and
       in other cases permitted by law.
   4. The right to complain to the U.S. Department of Education if the school or district fails to
       comply with the above.
Federal officials can be contacted at:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue
SW Washington, D.C. 20202-4605

A student record is any writing or other recorded information created on or after January 1, 1975
concerning a student and by which a student may be individually identified, maintained by a school or at
its direction or by an employee of a school, regardless of how or where the information is stored. The
Student Records Act applies to the records of current students and students previously enrolled. Orders
of protection must be kept in a student’s record.

Records maintained by a school employee for his personal use are not covered by the Act if those
records are destroyed no later than the student’s graduation or permanent withdrawal from school.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a
Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that
receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights
transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school
level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are "eligible students."

      Parents or eligible students have the right to inspect and review the student's education records
       maintained by the school. Schools are not required to provide copies of records unless, for
       reasons such as great distance, it is impossible for parents or eligible students to review the
       records. Schools may charge a fee for copies.
      Parents or eligible students have the right to request that a school correct records which they
       believe to be inaccurate or misleading. If the school decides not to amend the record, the parent
       or eligible student then has the right to a formal hearing. After the hearing, if the school still
       decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student has the right to place a statement
       with the record setting forth his or her view about the contested information.



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       Generally, schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to
        release any information from a student's education record. Under FERPA, a school district
        generally may release personally identifiable information contained in student records only if it
        has received a "signed and dated written consent" from a parent or eligible student. Such consent
        may be in electronic form that "(1) identifies and authenticates a particular person as the source
        of the electronic consent, and (2) indicates such person's approval of the information contained in
        the electronic consent."

       However, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following
        parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR § 99.31):
            o School officials with legitimate educational interest;
            o Other schools to which a student is transferring;
            o Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes;
            o Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student;
            o Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school;
            o Accrediting organizations;
            o To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena;
            o Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and
            o State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State law.

Schools may disclose, without consent, "directory" information such as a student's name, address,
telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. However,
schools must tell parents and eligible students about directory information and allow parents and eligible
students a reasonable amount of time to request that the school not disclose directory information about
them. Schools must notify parents and eligible students annually of their rights under FERPA. The
actual means of notification is left to the discretion of each school.

Administering Medication to students

Teachers and other non-administrative school employees, except school nurses, shall not be required to
administer medication to students. Parent(s)/guardian(s) are responsible for administering medication to
their children. Administering medication during school hours or during school-related activities is
discouraged unless it is necessary for the critical health and well-being of the student.
Parent(s)/guardian(s) may authorize their child to self-administer a medication according to the District's
procedures for student self-administration of medication.
A student may possess medication prescribed for asthma for immediate use at the student’s discretion, provided
the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) have completed and signed a “School Medication Authorization Form.” The
School District shall incur no liability, except for willful and wanton conduct, as a result of any injury arising
from a student’s self-administration of medication or the medication’s storage by school personnel.
Parent(s)/guardian(s) must indemnify and hold harmless the School District and its employees and agents, against
any claims, except a claim based on willful and wanton conduct, arising out of a student’s self-administration of
medication or the storage of the medication by school personnel.
Nothing in this policy shall prohibit any school employee from providing emergency assistance to
students, including administering medication.




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