District 57 Handbook
Some sections of this handbook include summaries of District 57 School Board policies and procedures that are important for families. If you would like more information about these policies, you may review all of the District 57 School Board policies at the District 57 Administration Building. Policies are also available online. Go to http://www.d57.org; click on “Board of Education.” Policies and procedures may be amended during the school year.
Mount Prospect Elementary School District 57 serves the central area of the Village of Mount Prospect. School district boundaries do not match those of the village, and each is an independent governmental unit. The District includes about 10,000 households; just over 2,000 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade are served in District 57. Upon graduation from eighth grade, all students are eligible to attend Prospect High School in Township High School District 214.
Schools, Principals, and Central Administration
District 57 operates one early learning center (pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and grade 1), two elementary schools (grades 2-5), and one middle school (grades 6-8). Administrative offices are housed in the Administration Building, which is located adjacent to Fairview School.
Mary Gorr, Principal
(Pre-K - Grade 1)
103 South Busse Road
Fairview Elementary School
Daniel Ophus, Principal
300 North Fairview Avenue
Lions Park Elementary School
Kristine Gritzmacher, Principal
300 East Council Trail
Lincoln Middle School
Paul Suminski, Principal
Randy Steen, Assistant Principal
(Grades 6, 7, and 8)
700 West Lincoln Street
Administration Building, 701 West Gregory Street, Mount Prospect, 847-394-7300
Dr. Elaine Aumiller, Superintendent
Cassie Black, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction
Adam Parisi, Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations
Trevor Hope, Director of Technology and Student Assessment
Sara Tyburski, Director of Student Services
School Attendance Times
Full Day Half Day Release
Lincoln Middle School 7:45am – 2:45pm 7:45am-11:15am
Fairview/Lions Park 8:50am – 3:20pm 8:50am-11:50am
Westbrook first grade 9:20am – 3:50pm 9:20am-12:20pm
Westbrook PreK-K morning 9:20am – 11:50am Non Attendance Day
Westbrook PreK-K afternoon 1:20pm – 3:50pm Non Attendance Day
Board of Education
A seven-member Board of Education, elected by the people and serving without salary, is responsible for school management. Regular board meetings are open, and the public is welcome. The schedule of meetings of the Board of Education along with a complete list of Board members and contact information can be found on the District 57 web site (www.d57.org). To offer Board feedback or email Board members, visit the District 57 web site (www.d57.org) and go to “Board of Education.”
The annual budget is typically approved by the Board of Education and filed with the state by September 30 each year. The budget is on display in the District Administration Building for public inspection beginning one month in advance of its filing with the state. The budget and additional financial information are available on the District 57 web site (www.d57.org).
District 57 has established policy for incorporating social emotional learning (SEL) into our educational programs. The Illinois State Board of Education has identified SEL Learning Standards that support broad learning goals:
Providing children with comprehensive SEL instruction, characterized by safe, caring, and well-managed learning environments and social and emotional skills, enhances school attachment, promotes positive development, and thereby positively influences academic success. SEL learning standards support “The Six Pillars of Character,” which are trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship. CHARACTER COUNTS! is a project of the Josephson Institute Center for Youth Ethics.
District 57 has adopted Olweus bullying prevention program materials to be used for classroom-based instruction and school-wide implementation. Individual schools support our students with school-wide, age appropriate positive behavior expectations.
All kindergarten and first grade students in District 57 attend Westbrook School. All sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students attend Lincoln Middle School. All students in second through fifth grade attend one of the two elementary schools, according to the following internal boundary descriptions.
Boundaries for Fairview School—East on Lincoln to Busse Road, north to Central, east to Northwest Highway, southeast to Mount Prospect Road, north to Highland, west to Main, north to Kensington, west to Forest, south to Memory, west to Dale, south to Gregory, west to Arthur, south to Central Road, west to Meier, south to Lincoln.
Boundaries for Lions Park School—South from Central on Busse Road to Lonnquist, east to We Go Trail, south to Golf Road, east to Mount Prospect Road, north to Northwest Highway, northwest to Central, west to Busse Road.
Bus service to and from the District schools is offered to all K-8 students on a fee basis. The current bus fee and sign-up information can be found on the District web site (www.d57.org). The transportation service provider for the District is First Student.
Students riding the bus must follow the District’s safety guidelines. Gross disobedience or misconduct may result in suspension from riding the bus. Electronic monitoring devices including video cameras may be used on school buses as necessary to monitor conduct and maintain a safe environment for students and employees.
Any questions, comments, or requests for additional information can be directed to First Student at 847- 635-9877. Additional information is also available on the District website (www.d57.org).
All children are required to be immunized against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, poliomyelitis, measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella (chicken pox). Exact dates of these immunizations must be recorded on the physical examination form, or documented disease history or alternative proof of immunity must be provided.
The rules and regulations of the Illinois Department of Public Health regarding immunizations and screenings are summarized below as a guide to review your child’s level of immunity prior to entering kindergarten.
DPT or DTaP: Four or more doses with the last one being a booster given on or after the fourth birthday. The first three doses must be given at least four weeks apart. The interval between the third and fourth or final dose must be at least six months.
Tdap: One dose for all students entering sixth, seventh, and eighth grades regardless of the interval since the last DTap, DT, or Td dose.
Polio: Two doses as an infant at least four weeks apart, a booster at 18 months, and a booster after the fourth birthday. The interval between the third and fourth dose must be at least six months.
Hepatitis B: All children entering sixth, seventh, and eighth grades and all children in any preschool program are required to receive three doses.
Haemophilus (HIB): Completion of the series is required for preschool students only.
Pneumococcal: Completion of the series is required for preschool students only.
Meningococcal Conjugate: 1 dose required for any student entering 6th grade, must be received on or after the 10th birthday.
MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella): 2 doses, 1st dose on or after the first birthday, 2nd dose required no less than 28 days later. (MD note of diagnosed disease is not accepted for Rubella. MD note of diagnosed disease not accepted for Measles, when diagnosed on or after July 1, 2002, only a blood titer is accepted as proof of immunity for Rubella and Measles.)
Varicella (Chicken Pox): 1st dose on or after the first birthday or proof of disease with dates verified by a physician or laboratory evidence. 2nd dose required no less than 28 days later for all children entering Kindergarten and 6th grade.
Lead Screening: Date of lead risk assessment should be written on the physical exam form.
Diabetes Screening: Student must be assessed for risk of having or developing Type 2 diabetes.
Tuberculin Test: Strongly recommended for students in Cook County upon first entry into school and at sixth grade.
If any of the required immunizations are not given in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Illinois Department of Public Health, the physician is to attach a note to the physical examination form stating the medical reason that the specific immunization is not indicated.
If the physician determines immunizations are to be delayed, he or she is to provide in writing the medical reasons for the delay and the dates the specific immunizations are to be administered.
A child entering our schools for the first time must have the required immunizations and a physical examination forwarded from the last school attended or must arrange for a new examination.
If a child is entering school in Illinois for the first time, the parent must present a physical examination report completed within one year prior to entry into the Illinois school and proof of a complete eye examination performed by an ophthalmologist or optometrist.
In case a child is involved in an accident at school, he or she will be given first aid. In the case of an accident or illness, the school will contact the parent or designee to come for the child. If the parent or designee cannot be reached and the need for medical attention appears urgent, the school will call paramedics.
The policy 7:305 of the Mount Prospect District 57 Board of Education requires full implementation of the Youth Sports Concussion Safety Act, and documents the management of concussions and head injuries suffered by students. The District 57 Wellness Committee is designated as the Concussion Oversight Team. The Team developed return-to-play and return-to-learn protocols, which are aligned with the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control Prevention. Each student and the student’s parent/guardian shall be required to sign a concussion information receipt form each school year before participating in an interscholastic or club athletic activity. A student shall be removed from play, practice or competition immediately if it is believed that the student sustained a head injury or concussion. The student who was removed may not return to play or practice until the student athlete has provided his or her school with a written clearance from a physician licensed to practice medicine in all branches or a certified athletic trainer working in conjunction with a physician licensed to practice medicine in all branches in Illinois. Forms are available at each school and will be provided by coaches or club sponsors as students register to participate in interscholastic or club activities.
Illinois state law requires that all children have a complete physical examination and specific immunizations upon entrance into early childhood, kindergarten, and sixth grade. The school must have the completed physical examination reports including the immunization dates on or before the first day of school. The examination is to be made by a physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice nurse. Physical examinations that are not more than one year old prior to the first day of school, including those completed outside of the state of Illinois, are acceptable. Failure to comply with the physical examination and immunization dates will result in consequences, including exclusion, as outlined in Board Policy 7:100.
The policy of the Mount Prospect District 57 Board of Education requires that students who participate in interscholastic athletics, including pom club, have an annual physical examination. The examination must be valid for the entire season of a sport, including tryouts. The examination should be completed during the summer to allow your child to participate in interscholastic sports the entire upcoming school year. Sports physicals completed after Sept 2012 are valid for 395 days.
Students in kindergarten and any student entering an Illinois school for the first time must show proof of having a complete eye exam by October 15. Illinois law states that the examination must have been completed within the twelve months prior to the October deadline. The exam must be completed by an optometrist or physician (such as an ophthalmologist) who provides eye examinations.
Students in grades K, 2, and 6 must show proof of having a dental examination by May 15. Illinois law states the exam must have been completed within the 18 months prior to the May 15 deadline.
The Emergency Information, which gives permission for emergency treatment, is included in online registration. Please complete, check all of your child’s pertinent health conditions, and list all the medications he or she takes. If the paramedics need to be called, this vital information must be available. Please call the office with changes in information as they occur throughout the school year. Emergency Information must be on file for every child in school.
District 57 provides individual hearing screening for students in early childhood, kindergarten, first, second, and third grade; children in other grade levels who have had previous hearing problems; new students; others upon parent or teacher request; and all children in special education and speech/language programs.
District 57 provides individual vision screening to students in early childhood, kindergarten, second, and eighth grade; new students; others upon parent or teacher request; and all children in special education and speech/language programs. Vision screening is not a substitute for a complete eye and vision examination by an eye doctor. Children who wear glasses and children who have had an eye examination within the previous twelve months (with a report signed by an ophthalmologist or optometrist provided) are not screened. If there is evidence to indicate the need for a professional hearing or eye examination, the school nurse will notify the parent to return a completed doctor’s report to the health office. (Child Vision and Hearing Test Act, Section 205/3)
Upon confirmation of a communicable disease, parents are expected to notify the nurse immediately, as it is important to establish the date of onset. It is essential that the parent report a child’s diagnosis of fifth disease to the school office so that staff members can provide medical surveillance or consult with their physicians.
The procedures below are in accordance with the Rules and Regulations for the Control of Communicable Disease as issued by the Illinois Department of Health. All children are to be excluded from school for a communicable disease or a condition which is readily transmitted to others. The following restrictions apply:
Chicken Pox: Exclusion for at least six days after the onset of last skin eruption or until the vesicles become dry/crusted over.
Measles: Exclusion until four days after the appearance of the rash.
Mumps: Exclusion for nine days after the onset of swelling.
Strep Infection: Exclusion until the child has been on antibiotic therapy for at least 24 hours, and is fever free.
Pink-eye (Conjunctivitis): Exclusion until diagnosed by a physician. If bacterial, antibiotic treatment for at least 24 hours and the eye is clear before the child returns to school. If viral, child may return to school with a written statement from a physician that the condition is not contagious.
Skin Rashes and Eruptions: Exclusion until the condition clears or the parent presents a written statement from a physician that the child’s condition is not contagious.
Infectious Mononucleosis, Meningitis, and Hepatitis: Exclusion until the parent presents a written release from a physician.
Head Lice: May not return to school until treatment completed. .
Other: Management in accordance with the Illinois Department of Health and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
If any child has an acute upper respiratory infection, sore throat, earache, upset stomach, diarrhea, or an elevated temperature, keep him or her at home. Children should remain at home for 24 hours following an episode of fever, vomiting, or diarrhea to help ensure full recovery.
Communicable Disease Notices
The elementary schools send parents a notice if a specific communicable disease has been reported in a child’s classroom. Letters will be sent for chicken pox, head lice, meningitis, measles, mumps, rubella, streptococcal infections, infectious mononucleosis, acute bacterial conjunctivitis, and fifth disease.
Children are expected to participate in physical education classes. In order to be excused from participation in physical education, a student must present an excuse from the parent/guardian or from a person licensed under the Medical Practice Act. The excuse may be based on medical or religious prohibitions. Special activities in physical education will be provided for students whose physical or emotional condition, as documented or as determined by a person licensed under the Medical Practice Act, prevents their participation in the physical education courses. A parent note will excuse a child for up to three days.
To help promote a safe and healthy environment, the Board of Education has adopted a policy that prohibits the use of tobacco and alcohol and the non-medical use of drugs by students and staff. All District buildings, grounds, and school buses are tobacco, drug, and alcohol free areas. This policy extends to all school sponsored and related activities. District social workers are available to assist families with referral to rehabilitation counseling programs. For more information, parents should contact their neighborhood school.
In accordance with Board Policy 7:270, students should not take medication during school hours or during school-related activities unless it is necessary for a student’s health and well-being. The district recognizes that at times medication must be administered by district personnel during the school day or during participation in a district program or activity. In such cases, the administering of medication to students by district personnel is subject to the following procedures:
The purpose behind these procedures is to ensure that the physical well-being of the student is protected, to assure that district personnel do not administer unauthorized medication, and to reaffirm that, if at all possible, medication should be administered in the home.
For your convenience, District medication request forms and the standard State of Illinois physical exam, vision, and dental forms may be down-loaded from the District 57 web site (under the parent tab select health information to access these forms).
Schools have a safety program for kindergarten through eighth grade. This includes bicycle safety regulations and playground rules. No league baseball playing, mini-bike riding, go-cart riding, skateboarding, or snow throwing is permitted on school grounds. Playground use is limited to District 57 students and supervisors.
Under the Illinois Vehicle Code, bicycle operators are subject to the same rules of traffic as those for operators of motor vehicles. The Mount Prospect Police Department requests that children younger than nine years old ride their bicycles on the sidewalks. The law requires that bicycles be equipped with a bell or horn, reflectors, and, if operated at night, a light. Children have the responsibility to know and use proper hand signals, to ride with the flow of traffic, and to observe all traffic controls. Kindergarten students may not ride bicycles to school.
Students may not ride bicycles on the school grounds during school hours. The principal may impound a bicycle as a result of a bicycle violation.
Each cyclist, for the safety of self and others, must comply with these rules: 1) Ride with traffic on the right side of the street. 2) Ride single file, close to the curb. 3) Ride in a straight path without cutting in and out among parked cars. 4) Carry no passengers. 5) Park bicycles in the assigned rack. 6) Register bicycles at the Village Hall. 7) Observe any additional rules of the village ordinance. 8) Obey specific rules at the individual school building. 9) Cross the street at crosswalks.
Our students use technology to learn. Technology is essential to facilitate creative problem solving, information fluency, and collaboration that we see in today’s democratic societies. While we want our students to be 21st Century learners and active contributors in our connected world, we also want them to be safe, legal, and responsible. This acceptable use policy (AUP) supports our vision of technology use and upholds in our students a strong sense of digital citizenship.
How We Use Technology
The integrated information technology program at District 57 develops in our students the literacy skills they need to contribute in a connected world. We use technology to facilitate creativity and innovation while supporting communication and collaboration. We use technology to extend research and information fluency. We develop in our students a sound understanding of technology operations and concepts. We believe technology can be transformative and we encourage students to use technology and grow in 21st Century skills. We make every effort to create a safe online environment for everyone. Filtering software works to keep unwanted sites off our computers, and adults supervise our students’ computer activities at school.
Being a Digital Citizen
In District 57 we use information and technology in safe, legal, and responsible ways. We embrace the following conditions or facets of being a digital citizen.
Consequences for Violations
I understand and will follow this Acceptable Use Policy. If I break this agreement, the consequences could include suspension of computer privileges, disciplinary action, and/or legal action.
Each school is equipped with a radio that picks up emergency calls directly from the Illinois State Police concerning storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, and other emergency civil defense situations. In the event of a warning during school hours, all students will be kept in the building.
If a student requires emergency attention, the school will contact the person(s) identified on the student’s Emergency Information Card.
If an emergency situation arises that calls for an appointment during school hours, parents should meet their child in the school office and sign him or her out. Written parent consent is required to remove a child during the school day.
If school is closed for weather-related or any other reason, parents will be notified by the District’s automated phone service. The District recommends that parents watch or listen to a major television or radio station for notification of an emergency school closing, in case telephone service is interrupted. The decision to close the schools is made before 6:00 a.m. on the day in question. If no announcement of an emergency closing is made and parents do not receive a phone call, parents may assume that school will be in session. School closing information will also be posted on the District web site at www.d57.org. Occasionally, an individual school may be affected by a power failure, difficulty with the heating system, or similar conditions which would necessitate the closing of a building during the school day. It is the responsibility of parents to ensure children know what to do and where to go in case of an emergency closing.
In the unfortunate event that an emergency or crisis situation occurs in the area during the school day, District 57 schools are prepared. With the help of the Mount Prospect Fire and Police Departments, the District has designed a Standardized School Crisis Plan that will assist in effectively responding to these types of situations.
While your natural instinct as a parent in an emergency is to go to your child’s school to safeguard him or her, please understand that doing so may significantly impede the District’s response capabilities as well as those of local emergency responders. It is vital that school officials and the Police and Fire Departments have access to school buildings to manage the situation and give care to students. In addition, it may be necessary to evacuate students to another location if there is immediate danger.
In an emergency or crisis situation, your cooperation and assistance are needed. Please follow these guidelines:
School Reunification Site
Fairview Prospect High School
801 W. Kensington Road
Lions Park Lions Recreation Center
411 S. Maple Street
Westbrook King James Bible Baptist Church
123 S. Busse Road
Lincoln St. Raymond’s Church
301 S. I-Oka Avenue
The ultimate goal is to keep your children safe while they are under the District’s care.
Early in the school year, all parents are invited to general grade-level meetings scheduled on back-to-school nights to learn about and discuss the school program.
Children in kindergarten through grade five receive three report cards during the year. Report cards for students in sixth through eighth grades are sent home four times a year.
School-wide conferences are planned in the fall, after the first grading period. These conferences give parents an opportunity to meet with their child’s teacher and promote a mutual understanding between home and school. For the parent-teacher conference schedule, refer to the district calendar at the district web site (www.d57.org). Please make every effort to abide by the schedule and notify the school if your conference date cannot be kept.
During the school year, parents are encouraged to hold individual parent-teacher conferences whenever needed.
The District shall provide a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment and necessary related services to all children with disabilities enrolled in the District, as required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and provisions of The School Code, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Individuals with disabilities shall be provided an opportunity to participate in all school-sponsored services, programs, or activities on an equal basis to those without disabilities and will not be subject to illegal discrimination. Where necessary, the District may provide to persons with disabilities separate or different aids, benefits, or services from, but as effective as, those provided to others.
District 57 recognizes that children learn in a variety of ways and that some children may need accommodations, a different instructional approach, or additional support. To address student needs, District 57 uses the Response to Intervention(RtI) model. Response to intervention is the practice of providing high quality instruction and interventions matched to student needs, monitoring progress frequently to make decisions about changes in instruction, and applying data to inform educational decisions. Teachers:
Further information about RtI can be found on the District 57 website, in the Curriculum section.
The intent of the Enrichment Program is to meet the needs of children who are high achieving. in the areas of math and reading. Beginning in the third grade through grade eight, all students are flexibly grouped for instruction in mathematics. Classroom teachers are responsible for differentiating and coordinating instruction in all other content areas. In the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades students are grouped for instruction in reading, and language arts. The formal identification process for placement in the enrichment program begins at the end of second grade. Eligibility for the enrichment program is based on teacher professional judgment and multiple indicators of student performance. Results from these measures are reviewed by building review committees to determine eligibility.
For additional information, please contact the the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction at 847-394-7300.
To be eligible for admission to kindergarten, a child must be 5 years old on or before September 1 of that school term. A child entering first grade must be 6 years of age on or before September 1 of that school term. Based upon an assessment of the child’s readiness, a child will be allowed to attend first grade if he or she attended a non-public preschool, continued his or her education at that school through kindergarten, was taught in kindergarten by an appropriately certified teacher, and will be 6 years old on or before December 31. A child with exceptional needs who qualifies for special education services is eligible for admission to preschool at 3 years of age. Parents/guardians may request early admission for a child. The Superintendent or designee shall assess the child’s readiness to attend school and make the decision accordingly.
When enrolling a new student, the parent must present the “raised-seal” birth certificate, proof of residency, and the required health and immunization forms. Visit the District web site (www.d57.org) for a complete list of enrollment procedures and residency verification documents.
Registration Procedures: Registration takes place during the last semester of the preceding school year.
Equal educational and extracurricular opportunities shall be available for all students without regard to color, race, nationality, religion, sex, sexual orientation, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, gender identity, status of being homeless, order of protection status, actual or potential marital or parental status, including pregnancy.
No student shall, based on sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity 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 discrimination or sex equity grievance by using Board policy 2:260, Uniform Grievance Procedure.
District 57 operates in compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, which provides for non-discrimination on the basis of sex in the educational programs or activities it provides. The policy extends to employment therein and admission thereto. Inquiries concerning application of Title IX in District 57 may be referred to the Superintendent of Schools at 847-394-7300 or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education.
Compliance with Title I
Parents/guardians of students in schools receiving Title I finds have the right to request their students’ classroom teachers’ professional qualifications.
Fees are established annually by the Board of Education. A complete list of student fees can be found on the District web site (www.d57.org). Parents may apply for a waiver of instructional fees based on economic need. Forms for this purpose are available online (www.d57.org) or at the District administration building (847-394-7300).
A before and after school child care program (Kids’ Corner) is available at the elementary schools on a fee basis. This program is open to District 57 students only. For more information on this program, visit the District website (www.d57.org) or contact your student’s school.
Per Board Policy 8:30 visitors are defined as any person other than an enrolled student, District employee, or service providers with District issued identification. All visitors to school property including play areas are required to report to the Building Principal’s office and receive permission to remain on school property. All visitors must sign a visitors’ log, show identification when asked, and wear a visitor’s badge. When leaving the school, visitors must return their badge. On those occasions when large groups of parents and friends are invited onto school property, visitors are not required to sign in but must follow school officials’ instructions.Preschool Program—Circle of Friends
The Circle of Friends is District 57’s early childhood program. The program serves children ages three to five and provides preschool experiences which address cognitive, social, communication, behavioral, and motor skills. In the Circle of Friends program, children with and without disabilities interact and learn together. For more information, contact the Director of Student Services at 847-394-7300.
District 57 education is guided by the belief that all children can learn and that the entire staff is responsible for meeting all students’ learning needs. We believe that an effective educational environment fosters collaborative assistance and utilizes a systematic problem-solving approach. When a child experiences academic, behavioral, or social difficulty in school, parents, teachers, administrators, and support staff work together to determine the support needed to help the child succeed. District 57 provides support to students, including: Reading and Math Support Services; Academic Support for Core Content, ELL Services for students with limited English; Enrichment or Honors Program; Counseling; Extended School Year; or Homework Clubs.
Elementary schools: Students have the choice of staying at school or going home for lunch. If a student will be going home for lunch, a parent must sign the student out in the school office. Milk may be purchased on a daily or yearly basis.
Middle School: All students stay at school for lunch. A hot lunch and à la carte options, including milk, are offered to students per a standard menu. Lunches are paid for in advance or daily. For more information about the school lunch program, visit our website at www.d57.org.
Middle School Negative Balance Procedure: There is no “charging” allowed at the middle school. Your student should be monitoring their lunch account balance daily to avoid a zero balance. If the student has a negative balance or not enough money in their account to purchase a lunch the student can report to the front office for an alternative meal. This meal will be charged to the account at the Tier A rate.
Assistance for Income Eligible Families: At both the elementary and middle schools, free and reduced-price meals are provided for students from families meeting federally established income guidelines. You can obtain an application from the District website or school office.
The District strongly believes that attendance in school is crucial to a child’s school success. Therefore, children are expected to be in school unless they are ill. The District strongly urges parents to coordinate vacation plans or other such activities with school vacations. Some classroom experiences cannot be reconstructed for students who are absent. Parents who find it necessary to remove their students from class during non-vacation periods should understand that it is the responsibility of the child and/or the parents to contact the teacher, who will determine the appropriate make-up assignments. The preferred method to address missing work is to request the assignments prior to absence from school. Students who are absent from school for 10 days unexcused, will be unenrolled from school, and upon returning to school, families will need to register students for school.
If a child is absent from school, parents should call the school to give the child’s name, grade, and reason for absence. Absence calls for the following day can be made by leaving a message. If the school does not receive a call from the parent and the child does not arrive at school, the parent will be called. This will assure the safe arrival of students and alert the school and family to any missing students.
Students are expected to keep themselves well groomed and neatly dressed at all times. Any form of dress or grooming that is considered disruptive to the educational process is not permitted. We ask parents and students to become involved in supporting a level of dress that helps to promote a good atmosphere for learning.
The following attire is considered inappropriate at our schools or any school-sponsored event: shirts with shoulder straps less than two fingers wide; exposed backs, midriffs, or navels; clothing with spikes or safety pin chains; necklines that are low or revealing; exposed underwear; any revealing skirts or shorts that are not of an appropriate length; clothing advertising or glorifying the use of drugs, tobacco, alcoholic beverages, sex, or violence; pocket chains or heavy metal jewelry with spikes; gym shoes with roller skates attached; and hats of any kind, including bandannas.
Students who do not follow these guidelines will be asked to correct their appearance. This policy extends to all school-sponsored and related functions (PTA functions, sporting events, concerts, etc.).
The amount and type of homework assigned to students will depend on their grade level. The parent can best help by providing conditions conducive for study and by giving encouragement. If a child has difficulty completing work in a reasonable time and with minimal assistance, parents may wish to request a conference with the classroom teacher.
Books from the school libraries are loaned for periods of one week in elementary school and two weeks in middle school. Reference books are loaned overnight and are due at the opening of school the following day. Fines will be levied for the late return of books. Parents are responsible for the replacement cost of lost books.
Students will not be called to the telephone except in the case of an emergency. Use of cellular phones and other electronic communication devices is not permitted during school hours.
Students are not permitted to bring money or valuables to school. The school is not responsible for lost or damaged items (e.g. eyeglasses, retainers, etc.).
All class parties must be sponsored and directed by the teacher with the principal’s approval. The teacher is in charge and is present at all times. The PTA at each school has room representatives who will assist the teacher whenever possible.
Instruction for band and orchestra begins at the fifth grade. Both programs begin soon after the opening of school in the fall. Previously enrolled students who have advanced beyond the beginning level are contacted during the first week of school as to the schedule for lessons and group rehearsals. Transfer students should contact the instrumental director at the school to arrange auditions to ensure proper placement in the program. Rehearsal schedules for the various performing groups are announced by the directors in September. Beginner groups are organized as soon as the students have attained skills appropriate for ensemble playing. Parents are responsible for the transportation of students to rehearsals.
Parents should inform the school secretary if a change in address or phone number occurs during the school year. Occasionally, emergencies arise, and it becomes important for the school to contact the parent.
A signed transfer form must be secured if a child moves or is taken out of school permanently. Student records and medical examination reports will be sent to the new school. Parents should notify the school if their child(ren) will not be returning to school in the fall.
Parents may request that a child be transferred to another District 57 elementary school outside the regular attendance area. All requests must be made in writing to the superintendent. Forms for this purpose may be obtained from the Superintendent’s Office. Under most circumstances, a decision will be made after August 15. The granting of such requests is not automatically renewable. Separate requests must be renewed on an annual basis.
In accordance with both Illinois and federal law, students who are homeless are entitled entry into the District’s schools or transportation to their previous district. Homeless students will be enrolled immediately, even without any medical or school related records, proof of residency, or other documentation. All efforts will be made to place the student in the appropriate educational setting and to obtain necessary records. If any parent has these circumstances, he/she should contact the building principal as soon as possible. Families with questions about eligibility for support under the McKinney-Vento Act may also contact Cassie Black, the District’s McKinney-Vento Liaison.
In accordance with Board Policy 4:170, the Board annually designates a company to offer student accident insurance coverage, and any contract is between the parents/guardian and the company. District 57 does not carry student accident insurance on its students. Students participating in athletics, cheerleading, or pon-poms must have student accident insurance unless the parent/guardian acknowledge that the student is covered under a family health insurance plan. A link to the student accident insurance information and application can be found at the District website www.d57.org.
Mount Prospect School District 57 is committed to maintain facility grounds with an aesthetically pleasing neighborhood appeal, yet in a safe and environmentally sensitive manner that minimizes the use of pesticides and herbicides. In accordance with the Illinois Lawn Care Products Application and Notice Act, District 57 will notify staff and parents/guardians of students at least 4 business days prior to any chemical application. District 57 has also implemented an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program that follows the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Structural Pest Control Act.
Mount Prospect School District 57 has an asbestos management plan which is in compliance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). Staff and other interested parties who want to familiarize themselves with the location and types of asbestos-containing building materials in all of the District 57 locations may contact the business office to review plans or visit each respective school front office.
District 57 produces materials about its programs and activities. As a student of the District, a student may be included in video tape or photographs taken at school or district functions. If parents wish to restrict the publication of the student’s face, likeness, voice, or appearance, including the publication of a child’s picture on the District, school, or classroom web site, as part of a class or school activity, they must submit a written request annually by September 15 to the building principal.
School District 57 maintains student records in accordance with the Illinois School Student Records Act. These records are designed to contain only that information necessary for the education of the student and are separated into two categories: permanent and temporary.
The permanent record consists of the minimal personal information necessary for the education of the child. Such information may include the child’s name, birthdate, address, grades, grade level, parents’ names and addresses, attendance records, and such other entries as the Illinois State Board of Education may require. Permanent records are maintained for a period of 60 years from the date of transfer, graduation, or permanent withdrawal from school. After 60 years, these records are destroyed in accordance with federal and state law.
The temporary record contains all information not required to be in the permanent record and may include family background information, state assessment test scores, health-related information, intelligence test scores, aptitude test scores, psychological and behavior assessments, and other information of clear relevance to the education of a child, all subject to regulations of the Illinois State Board of Education. Temporary records are retained for five years from the date of transfer, graduation, or permanent withdrawal from school, and will then be destroyed in accordance with federal and state law. Temporary records that may be of assistance to a student with a disability who graduates or permanently withdraws, may, after five years, be transferred to the parent(s)/guardian(s), or to the student if the student has succeeded to the rights of the parent(s)/guardian(s).
School student records are confidential, and information from them shall not be released other than as provided by law. Information contained in student records is available only to school personnel who have an educational interest in a child and to persons specifically required by state or federal law. A parent may file a specific written request for records to be released to others of their designation. A parent/guardian has the right to control access and release of school student records except to the extent the records are authorized by law to be released without consent, and the right to request a copy of information released.
The school reserves the right to grant access to, or release specific information, from school student records without parental consent or notification in the following instances:
Persons who have legal access to student records may not use information from temporary records as a condition for the granting or withholding of any right, privilege, or benefit, or as a condition of employment, credit, or insurance.
Students’ records are sent to Prospect High School upon eighth grade graduation unless otherwise specified. Parents of eighth grade students will receive a letter each fall from the District stating what records will be sent to the high school and the record transfer procedures.
Parents/guardians have a right to inspect, copy, or challenge the content of a student’s record, including prior to transfer of the record to another district and prior to the date of scheduled record destruction. Requests will be granted within 15 school days of the day the District receives a request for access. The District may charge $.35 per page for copying information in the student’s records. No parent(s)/guardian(s) or student shall be precluded from copying information because of financial hardship. The request for access to a child’s records must be in writing and addressed to the Building Principal. If parents believe the contents to be inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of the student’s privacy rights, they may question the content of their child’s records. Should further action be desired, a parent must submit a letter to the Superintendent requesting a hearing. The letter shall contain notice of the specific entry or entries to be challenged and the basis of the challenge. Procedural details will be provided at that time.
School directory information such as the student and parent(s)/guardian(s) name, address, phone number, and parent(s)/guardian(s) email, and information relating to awards, honors, and school-sponsored activities may be developed and released by the school. If a parent wishes to restrict information from public disclosure, they must submit a written request annually by September 15 to the Building Principal.
The District 57 Board of Education, administration, and staff believe that understanding what is happening in the education of our children is important to every family. In an effort to strengthen our commitment to our parent community, we continue to develop, establish, and refine our methods of communication to provide information that you will find helpful.
We recognize that two-way communication is the key to understanding. We need to hear from you, too. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. The phone numbers for the individual school buildings are listed in this handbook. If you have a question of a general nature or if you are not sure whom to call, call the Administration Building at 847-394-7300.
In addition to this Handbook and Calendar that every family receives at the beginning of the school year, some of our regular communications initiatives include:
Newsletters: Each school publishes its own newsletter. In addition to individual school publications, the District publishes a community newsletter, School Digest. This publication is distributed to all District 57 residents.
Friday Packets: Each District 57 school sends written information with students on a regular basis. Some of our schools send information each Friday in a “Friday packet.” Check with your school to learn when information is regularly sent home.
Internet: Information and news about District 57 are available on the District’s web site at www.d57.org. Links to individual school web sites are available on the District site. Links to District 57 staff, administration, and Board of Education email addresses are also available on the District’s web site.
Voicemail: District 57 has a voice mail system. If you would like to leave a message for a teacher or staff member after the schools or Administration Building are closed, you may do so by dialing the regular building telephone number.
Open Houses and Conferences: Early in the school year, each school holds a Back-to-School Night for parents to get acquainted with the curriculum, teacher expectations, and homework guidelines for the school year. Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled the fourth week of November. Individual parent conferences can be scheduled at any time throughout the school year.
Board of Education Meetings: District 57 Board of Education business meetings, committee of the whole meetings, and education meetings are all open to the public. Meeting dates, times, and locations are listed on the District web site (www.d57.org). The purpose of education meetings is to highlight special programs and curriculum. Audio recordings of Board meetings are available on the district website.
Prior to each Board meeting, the meeting agenda is posted on the District’s web site (www.d57.org).
STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
2016-2017 Committee Members:
Alison Dauernheim, NSSEO
District 57 Student Code of Conduct
Table of Contents
Model Student Code of Conduct
District 57 takes a preventive and positive approach to discipline. We respond to misbehavior with interventions and consequences aimed at teaching expected behaviors, understanding and addressing the root causes of the behavior, resolving conflicts, meeting students’ needs and keeping students in school. We take steps to create a positive school climate in which every student can learn, fully engage in a rigorous curriculum, and feel safe, nurtured, and welcome. In our district we utilize school discipline as an opportunity for teaching, repairing relationships and fostering growth among the whole school community.
Our philosophy is holistic and inclusive of multiple, diverse perspectives. We use a restorative discipline approach that emphasizes relationships within the school community. Restorative discipline helps students become accountable for their behavior and understand the impact of their behavior both on themselves and on others. Students also learn social and emotional skills to help them respond differently in the future. Through the use of restorative discipline, we strive to resolve conflicts, repair any harm done, restore relationships and reintegrate students into the school community.
Our school-wide discipline policies are developed and revised with meaningful input by the school community to create a positive and inclusive school climate for everyone. We are committed to applying school discipline policies and practices in a fair and equitable manner.
Students have the right and responsibility to:
Parents/Guardians have the right and responsibility to:
School staff have the right and responsibility to:
District administrators have the responsibility to:
District 57 provides structured opportunities for all stakeholders in our educational community to obtain information, help make decisions, and participate in the educational process. By stakeholders we mean: students, parents/guardians, district and school staff members, contracted district employees, members of the school board and community members. We recognize that involvement of these various stakeholders in our educational community is essential to the success of our school or district.
Parent-Teacher Behavioral Advisory Committee
District 57 has established and maintains a parent-teacher behavioral advisory committee that is selected annually. Our aim is for this committee to be representative of a variety of stakeholders that represent multiple perspectives. The parent-teacher behavioral advisory committee develops written recommendations regarding policy guidelines and procedures on student discipline. The committee annually reviews and makes recommendations regarding necessary changes to our district’s student discipline policies, the implementation and evaluation of these policies, and any other factors related to the safety of our educational community.
Notification and Communication
At the beginning of each school year, our district makes available to parents/guardians during the registration process a student handbook which contains our student code of conduct and other important policy guidelines and procedures. To ensure that policies are clearly communicated, the student handbook and code of conduct are also made available online on the District website.
We clearly communicate our policies and behavioral expectations by:
Feedback and Evaluation
We routinely evaluate our policies and procedures to make sure they are effective. We readjust as necessary our policies and procedures with meaningful input from all stakeholders and based on a review of data that informs our revision process.
Within a positive framework for discipline, our district provides proactive, differentiated interventions for students. These interventions are aimed at addressing the root causes of students’ behaviors and focus on teaching behaviors rather than excluding students for punishment. Challenging behaviors must be addressed in the context of a comprehensive, multi-level approach to behavior support that is designed to teach, nurture, and encourage positive social behaviors.
We offer academic, behavioral, and social-emotional interventions and supports for students who have fallen behind academically and/or are being disciplined. We use schoolwide positive behavior support, social-emotional learning, and restorative practices. We use data-based decision making in order to identify students who are in need of additional supports and interventions.
We limit the use of exclusionary discipline to keep students connected to the school community. Every situation in which exclusionary discipline is considered will be judged on a case-by-case basis after gathering and analyzing the facts and surrounding circumstances carefully and objectively. We use a decision-making framework to review this information and determine appropriate consequences and disciplinary actions that focus on teaching and reinforcing positive and expected behaviors, while minimizing the possibility of the behavior escalating or recurring.
Our district recognizes that a safe, civil school environment is necessary for students to learn and achieve. To ensure the physical and emotional safety of all our students, our district has adopted a bullying prevention policy that is available on the District website (Policy 7:180). As part of that policy, we seek to prevent, respond to, and put an end to bullying behavior by students and adults using interventions and supports that reflect a commitment to our positive discipline philosophy. We emphasize age-appropriate responses that help educate and rehabilitate the student responsible, while fully addressing the impact of the bullying on the targeted student.
Our district has a variety of available support services and interventions to address school discipline and or bullying situations. These services are implemented based on the particular conditions surrounding each incident, and may include:
Our goal is to create a safe and supportive environment where all students can develop the academic, social, and emotional skills needed to become engaged citizens. Therefore, we are committed to addressing challenges in student conduct in as constructive a way as possible. The goal of school discipline is to be instructional and corrective so as to reduce the likelihood of behaviors reoccurring.
Out-of-school suspensions and expulsions are the most serious form of disciplinary consequence and should be used only as a last resort. When an incident occurs, consideration shall be given first as to whether the incident can be appropriately addressed using a restorative practice, through behavior support practices, or through another available, appropriate intervention that will enable the student to remain in school. To prevent students from being excluded from school unnecessarily, school staff must attempt non-exclusionary discipline prior to using out-of-school suspensions or expulsions, except in situations posing a threat to school safety or the safety of others, or disruption of the operations of the school or the learning opportunities of others.
Our discipline approach is tailored to the individual incident and varies in method and severity according to the nature of the behavior, the age and developmental level of the student, and the student’s history of problem behaviors and performance. We use a disciplinary checklist described in Section 4D as a means to identify classroom-based responses or other supports and interventions that can be used instead of suspension or expulsion.
Our District Does Not…
After an incident, our district considers the following factors in analyzing the root causes of an incident and whether supports could address these factors without removing the student from school:
The following is a guide for understanding and responding to student misbehavior but is not meant to replace or override Board approved policy. Please see Appendix A and B for more information about School Board policy. Additionally, the chart below outlines generally how misbehaviors are addressed, however, because each situation must be addressed on a case-by-case basis, this chart does not limit the District’s disciplinary response. For instance, Level 1 behaviors may be subject to Level 2 or 3 consequences depending on the circumstances.
LEVEL 1 BEHAVIORS
Available Interventions and Consequences
“Playful” misbehavior not meant to harm (e.g., hanging on door frame, piggy-back rides, etc.)
Unprepared for Class
Coming to class without required materials or assignments
Tardy to Class or School
Student arrives to class/school after the bell or signal that class has started
Passive refusal to follow rules; noncompliance with expectations, directions or norms
Behavior causing an interruption in a class or activity that takes away from instruction. Disruption includes sustained loud talk, yelling, or screaming; noise with materials; running in the hallway; and/or sustained out-of-seat behavior.
Use of school or personal equipment without permission (cell phone, gym equipment, playground equipment, etc.)
Wearing clothes or adornments that may be distracting to the educational environment or present a health/safety issue.
Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) Violation
Inappropriate use of network and/or technology including, but not limited to, non-educational materials such as websites, games, etc.
Failure to comply with bus rules
LEVEL 2 BEHAVIORS
Available Interventions and Consequences
Blatant refusal to follow rules; noncompliance with expectations, directions or norms
Being intentionally dishonest, untruthful, or deceptive
Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) Violation
Blatant misuse of network and/or technology including, but not limited to, accessing/distributing obscene, pornographic, harmful or inappropriate material
Leaving Building/School Property
Leaving building or school property without permission
Student who is subject to compulsory school attendance and who is absent without valid cause from such attendance for 5% or more of the previous 180 regular attendance days
Repeated or Intensified Level 1 Behaviors
LEVEL 3 BEHAVIORS
Available Interventions and Consequences
Physical contact between two people with intent to harm
Possession of weapons and/or illegal substances, theft, gang activity, vandalism, property damage
Expression of intent to do harm or to act out violently against someone or something
Severe or pervasive verbal or physical act, directed towards a student or students, that can reasonably be predicted to place student in fear of harm, mental/physical distress, interfere with the student’s education, or ability to participate in school activities.
Repeated or Intensified Level 2 Behaviors
Our district limits the number of days the student is removed from school to as few as possible given our philosophy that students should be in school and learning. We provide all students, regardless of background or demographic characteristics, with adequate and meaningful due process prior to excluding a student from school for any length of time.
School staff should complete a disciplinary checklist before imposing a suspension or expulsion to determine whether other forms of intervention and support should be attempted first. The checklist includes consideration of whether a student poses a threat to school safety or the safety of others or would disrupt the operation of the school or the learning opportunities of others. The determination of safety threats will not be based on stereotypes or generalizations. In making the determination as to whether suspension or expulsion is warranted, school staff should consider the following factors:
Public Act 99-0456 differentiates between (a) out-of-school suspensions of three days or less (“short-term suspensions”), and (b) out-of-school suspensions longer than three days (“long-term suspensions”), expulsions and disciplinary removals to alternative schools.
In accordance with the law, District 57 utilizes the following standards:
This is an individualized determination. School staff must make all reasonable efforts to resolve threats and address disruptions without the use of out-of-school suspensions and expulsions.
Our district implements fair, equitable and transparent due process procedures designed to give the student a full and meaningful opportunity to be heard. Suspensions and expulsions have serious, long-lasting effects on students. When these practices are being considered, schools must follow certain procedures to be sure that the student’s rights are protected. These due process procedures are different depending on whether the student is being suspended or expelled. The chart below lays out the required procedures:
All notices must:
For a suspension:
The notice must:
For an expulsion:
The notice must:
The following procedures apply to expulsion hearings:
The final decision on an expulsion must be made by the board of education based on a review of the evidence and relevant mitigating factors.
The student and the parent or guardian have a right to notice of the decision as soon as is practicable. The expulsion decision must:
Our district provides alternative educational options during suspension and expulsion. A reengagement plan should be developed following suspensions greater than four days (cumulatively or consecutively), expulsions, and transfers from alternative settings.
Our district provides the following services to help the student successfully reenter school and prevent future incidents:
School staff must consider a student’s disability and whether the student’s Individualized Education Program (“IEP”) was implemented as one factor in determining the response to any behavior incident. Our district has discretion to limit the use of consequences that remove students with disabilities from the classroom, which are otherwise permitted in this Code. School staff should consider whether the student’s needs require individually-tailored positive behavior supports beyond what is outlined in this Code.
Before recommending a consequence, school staff must review a student’s IEP and any behavior intervention plan included in the IEP. If the IEP and this Code conflict, school staff must follow the IEP. School staff may suspend students with disabilities for a total of up to 10 school days in one school year without providing procedural safeguards beyond those that apply to general education students. However, after any discipline incident, school staff should consider whether a student’s behavior is interfering with the student’s learning or the learning of others, and, if so, begin a functional behavior assessment (FBA) to develop a positive behavior intervention plan (BIP).
“Students with disabilities” include any student:
Manifestation Determination Review (“MDR”) Requirement
When school staff anticipate that the disciplinary removal of a student may result in a “change of placement,” the School District must schedule a Manifestation Determination Review (MDR) with the parent and relevant members of the IEP team. A “change in placement” is a removal of more than 10 consecutive school days or a series of removals constituting a pattern of removals. A “pattern” may be found when (1) the total number of removals in the school year exceeds 10 school days, (2) the student’s behavior is substantially similar to the behavior in the previous incidents that resulted in the other removals, and (3) because of additional factors such as length of each removal, total amount of time of the removals, and the proximity of the removals to one another.
In-school suspension counts as a day of removal, unless the student continues to receive all services required by the student’s IEP. A student who is sent home early for behavior has been “removed” for that entire day. Any partial day counts as a full day for the 10-day rule.
At the MDR, the IEP team must:
If the student’s behavior is a manifestation, the student may not be removed for more than 10 cumulative days, expelled, or subject to disciplinary transfer, and must remain in the student’s educational placement prior to the disciplinary incident. Such a finding does not preclude the IEP team from changing the student’s placement for educational reasons in accordance with the least restrictive environment requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
There are limited circumstances where a student may be removed for more than 10 cumulative days without an MDR. School staff must contact the Director of Student Services before removing a student for more than 10 days.
A student with a disability may be transferred to an alternative educational setting for up to 45 school days without an MDR or in circumstances in which the student’s conduct is a manifestation of the student’s disability only if the student: 1) inflicts serious bodily harm (such as leading to a substantial risk of death), 2) brings a weapon to school, or 3) possesses, uses, sells, or solicits illegal drugs. If a school is considering this step, contact the Director of Student Services and the parent/guardian immediately. Even in an alternative setting (or during an expulsion), our district must continue to provide educational services to ensure that a student with a disability is participating in the general education curriculum and progressing on IEP goals.
Our district provides professional development aimed at equipping our teachers and staff with the necessary training to effectively carry out these discipline responses, including restorative practices. Our district has a professional development plan to ensure that all staff members have the tools, skills and support that they need to implement our discipline policy. We annually review and revise our district’s professional development plan based on identified needs.
In particular, our district makes reasonable efforts to provide ongoing professional development to teachers, administrators, school board members, contracted district employees, and staff on topics such as adverse consequences of school exclusion and justice system involvement, effective classroom management strategies, culturally responsive discipline, implicit bias, bullying, and developmentally appropriate disciplinary methods that promote positive and healthy school climate. All teachers, classroom staff, and other staff potentially involved in situations leading to school discipline are regularly trained in areas such as positive behavior interventions, de-escalation techniques, and restorative practices.
We employ a systematically data review process to determine overall effectiveness of our multi-tiered system of behavioral supports and to inform our discipline practices and code of conduct revisions. Additionally, we review data to determine if and where disparities exist and to identify any overuse of exclusionary discipline and adjust our practices accordingly.
Student Behavior: Board Policy 7:190
When and Where Conduct Rules Apply
A student is subject to disciplinary action for engaging in prohibited student conduct, as described in the section with that name below, whenever the student’s conduct is reasonably related to school or school activities, including, but not limited to:
Prohibited Student Conduct
The school administration is authorized to discipline students for gross disobedience or misconduct, including but not limited to:
Students who are under the influence of any prohibited substance are not permitted to attend school or school functions and are treated as though they had the prohibited substance, as applicable, in their possession.
For purposes of this policy, the term “possession” includes having control, custody, or care, currently or in the past, of an object or substance, including situations in which the item is: (a) on the student’s person; (b) contained in another item belonging to, or under the control of, the student, such as in the student’s clothing, backpack, or automobile; (c) in a school’s student locker, desk, or other school property; or (d) at any location on school property or at a school-sponsored event.
Efforts, including the use of positive interventions and supports, shall be made to deter students, while at school or a school-related event, from engaging in aggressive behavior that may reasonably produce physical or psychological harm to someone else. The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that the parent/guardian of a student who engages in aggressive behavior is notified of the incident. The failure to provide such notification does not limit the Board’s authority to impose discipline, including suspension or expulsion, for such behavior.
No disciplinary action shall be taken against any student that is based totally or in part on the refusal of the student’s parent/guardian to administer or consent to the administration of psychotropic or psychostimulant medication to the student.
School officials shall limit the number and duration of expulsions and out-of-school suspensions to the greatest extent practicable, and, where practicable and reasonable, shall consider forms of non-exclusionary discipline before using out-of-school suspensions or expulsions. School personnel shall not advise or encourage students to drop out voluntarily due to behavioral or academic difficulties. Potential disciplinary measures include, without limitation, any of the following:
The above list of disciplinary measures is a range of options that will not always be applicable in every case. In some circumstances, it may not be possible to avoid suspending or expelling a student because behavioral interventions, other than a suspension and expulsion, will not be appropriate and available, and the only reasonable and practical way to resolve the threat and/or address the disruption is a suspension or expulsion.
Corporal punishment is prohibited. 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 students, staff, or other persons, or for the purpose of self-defense or defense of property.
A student who is determined to have brought one of the following objects to school, any school-sponsored activity or event, or any activity or event that bears a reasonable relationship to school shall be expelled for a period of at least one calendar year but not more than 2 calendar years:
The expulsion requirement under either paragraph 1 or 2 above may be modified by the Superintendent, and the Superintendent’s determination may be modified by the Board on a case-by-case basis. The Superintendent or designee may grant an exception to this policy, upon the prior request of an adult supervisor, for students in theatre, cooking, ROTC, martial arts, and similar programs, whether or not school-sponsored, provided the item is not equipped, nor intended, to do bodily harm.
This policy’s prohibitions concerning weapons apply regardless of whether: (1) a student is licensed to carry a concealed firearm, or (2) the Board permits visitors, who are licensed to carry a concealed firearm, to store a firearm in a locked vehicle in a school parking area.
Re-Engagement of Returning Students
The Superintendent or designee shall maintain a process to facilitate the re-engagement of students who are returning from an out-of-school suspension, expulsion, or an alternative school setting. The goal of re-engagement shall be to support the student’s ability to be successful in school following a period of exclusionary discipline and shall include the opportunity for students who have been suspended to complete or make up work for equivalent academic credit.
Search and Seizure: Board Policy 7:140
In order 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 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.
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 that is reasonably related to its objective and not excessively intrusive in light of the student’s age and sex, and the nature of the infraction.
When feasible, the search should be conducted as follows:
Immediately following a search, a written report shall be made by the school authority who conducted the search, and given to the Superintendent.
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.
Notification Regarding Student Accounts or Profiles on Social Networking Websites