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.

Welcome to District 57

Budget

Social Emotional Literacy in District 57

Attendance Boundaries

Transportation

Health

Immunization

Medical Records for Transfer Pupils

Accidents and Illness

Student Athlete Concussions and Head Injuries

Physical Examinations

Vision Examinations

Dental Examinations

Emergency Information

Screening for Hearing and Vision

Communicable Disease

Physical Education

Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drugs

Medication Guidelines

Required Health Forms

School Safety

Bicycle Safety

Student Safety on the Internet

Civil Defense Warning System

Individual Emergencies

Dismissal During the School Day

Emergency School Closing

Emergency Crisis During the School Day

Back-to-School Nights

Written Reports on Student Progress

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Education of Children with Disabilities

Student Services

Enrichment Services for Children

Enrollment

Equal Educational Opportunities

Compliance with Title IX

Fees and Fee Waiver Procedures

Before and After School Child Care

Visiting Your Child’s School

Preschool Program—Circle of Friends

Educational Assistance

Lunch Periods

Absences from School

Student Dress Code

Homework

Library Use

Telephone Use

Bringing Valuables to School

Class Parties

Instrumental Music

Change of Address/Telephone Number

Transferring to Another School

Change of Neighborhood School

Homeless Students

Student Accident Insurance

Pest Management Notification

Asbestos Notification

Appearance Clause

Privacy Act and School Records

Communication Initiatives

Student Code of Conduct

1. Discipline Philosophy

2. Rights and Responsibilities

3. Participation and Collaboration

4. Prevention, Intervention and Disciplinary Responses

4A. Discipline Framework

4B. Approach to Student Behaviors

4C. Proscribed Conduct

4D. Disciplinary Checklist

5. Due Process Procedures

6. Procedures Following Suspension and Expulsion

7. Procedural Guidelines for Discipline of Students with Disabilities

8. Professional Development

9. Data Collection and Monitoring

10. Definitions

Appendix A

Appendix B

Welcome to District 57

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.

Westbrook School                   

Mary Gorr, Principal             

(Pre-K - Grade 1)  

103 South Busse Road                  

Mount Prospect                           

847-394-7340

Fairview Elementary School

Daniel Ophus, Principal            

(Grades 2-5)               

300 North Fairview Avenue

Mount Prospect

847-394-7320                              

Lions Park Elementary School

Kristine Gritzmacher, Principal

(Grades 2-5)

300 East Council Trail

Mount Prospect

847-394-7330

Lincoln Middle School

Paul Suminski, Principal    

Randy Steen, Assistant Principal

(Grades 6, 7, and 8)

700 West Lincoln Street

Mount Prospect

847-394-7350

 

Administration Building, 701 West Gregory Street, Mount Prospect, 847-394-7300

Dr. Elaine Aumiller, Superintendent                                         

Dr. Susan Woodrow, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction

Adam Parisi, Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations

Cassie Black, Director of Student Services

Trevor Hope, Director of Technology and Student Assessment          

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.”

Budget

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). 

Social Emotional Literacy in District 57 

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.

Attendance Boundaries

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.

 

Transportation

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).

Health

Immunization

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.              

Medical Records for Transfer Pupils

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.

Accidents and Illness

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.

Student Athlete Concussions and Head Injuries

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.

Physical Examinations

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.

Vision Examinations

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.

Dental 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.  

Emergency Information

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.

Screening for Hearing and Vision

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)

Communicable Disease

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.

Physical Education

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.

Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drugs

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.

Medication Guidelines

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:

  1. The school nurse, along with teacher and/or program/activity supervisor is to be informed of students requiring medication administration during the school day or during participation in a district program or activity.
  2. The parent/guardian must provide to the school a completed School Medication Authorization Form authorizing the district to administer medication prescribed by a licensed health care provider. A licensed health care provider is defined as a physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice registered nurse. Only medication, whether over-the-counter or prescription, that a licensed health care provider has authorized in writing will be administered by district personnel.  This form includes a waiver of liability to be signed by the parent.
  3. Any medication sent to school must be in the original container. The pharmacy prescription or drug manufacturer label must be present on the container.
  4. The school should be notified of any change in medication by submitting a new School Medication Authorization Form.
  5. Verbal permission or notes will not be allowed.
  6. Any type of medication brought to school without a School Medication Authorization Form will be held for safekeeping in the health office. The medication will not be administered and must be picked up by the parent/guardian or will be destroyed at the end of the school year.
  7. The school nurse or principal will oversee the district’s procedures for administering medicines to students and may, at their discretion, reject requests for administration of medication.
  8. A student may possess asthma medication and/or an epinephrine auto-injector (Epi-Pen) prescribed for use at the student’s discretion provided the Self Administration Form has been submitted.

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.

Required Health Forms

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).

School Safety

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.

Bicycle Safety

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.

Student Safety on the Internet

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. 

Civil Defense Warning System

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.

Individual Emergencies

If a student requires emergency attention, the school will contact the person(s) identified on the student’s Emergency Information Card.

Dismissal During the School Day

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.

Emergency School Closing

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.

Emergency Crisis During the School Day

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.

Back-to-School Nights

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. 

Written Reports on Student Progress

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.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

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.

Education of Children with Disabilities

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.

Student Services

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.

Enrichment Services for Children

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.

Enrollment

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 Opportunities

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.

Compliance with Title IX

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 and Fee Waiver Procedures

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).

Before and After School Child Care

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.

Visiting Your Child’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.

Educational Assistance

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.

Lunch Periods

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.

 

Absences from School

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. 

Student Dress Code

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.).

Homework

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.

Library Use

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.

Telephone Use

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.

Bringing Valuables to School

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.).

Class Parties

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.

Instrumental Music

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.

Change of Address/Telephone Number

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.

Transferring to Another School

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.

Change of Neighborhood School

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.

Homeless Students

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.

Student Accident Insurance

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. 

Pest Management Notification

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.

Asbestos Notification

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.

Appearance Clause

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. 

Privacy Act and School Records

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:

  1. The District may grant access to an employee or official of the school, school district, or the Illinois State Board of Education, provided such employee or state official has a current demonstrable educational interest in the student and the records are in furtherance of such interest.
  2. The District may grant access to any person for the purpose of research, statistical reporting, or planning, provided that no student or parent/guardian can be identified from the information released. The person to whom the information is released must sign an affidavit agreeing to comply with all applicable statutes and rules pertaining to school student records.
  3. The District will comply with an ex parte court order requiring it to permit the US Attorney General or designee to have access to a student’s school records without notice to or the consent of the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s). An ex parte order is an order issued by a court of competent jurisdiction without notice to an adverse party.
  4. The District may grant access to a SHOCAP (Serious Habitual Offender Comprehensive Action Program) committee member, but only to the extent that the release, transfer, disclosure, or dissemination is consistent with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
  5. The District may grant juvenile authorities access when necessary for the discharge of their official duties upon their request before the student’s adjudication, provided they certify in writing that the information will not be disclosed to any other party except as provided under law or under court.
  6. Pursuant to a court order provided that the parent/guardian shall be given prompt written notice upon receipt of such order of its terms, the nature and substance of the information proposed to be released, and an opportunity to inspect and copy such records and to challenge their contents.
  7. Information may be released without parent consent, in connection with an articulable and significant threat to the health or safety of a student or other individuals, to appropriate persons if the knowledge or the requested information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other individuals. The Building Principal shall notify the parent(s)/guardian(s) or eligible student, no later than the next school day after the date that the information was released, of the date of the release, the person, agency, or organization to whom the release was made, and the purpose of the release.
  8. The District will grant access as specifically required by federal or State statute, provided the individual complies with the requirements of all applicable statutes and rules pertaining to student records. Prior to granting access, the Building Principal shall provide prompt written notice to the parents(s)/guardian(s) or eligible student of this intended action. If the release relates to more than 25 students, a notice published in the newspaper is sufficient.

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.

Communication Initiatives

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).

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DISTRICT 57

STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT

February 2017


Acknowledgement

2016-2017 Committee Members:

Cassie Black

Alison Dauernheim, NSSEO

Debra Gosch

Kris Gritzmacher

Christia Hitesman

Stefanie Kowski

Daniel Raftery

Lisa Ryno

Randy Steen

Paul Suminski

Sara Tyburski


District 57 Student Code of Conduct

Table of Contents

1. Discipline Philosophy

2. Rights and Responsibilities

3. Participation and Collaboration

4. Prevention, Intervention and Disciplinary Responses

4A. Discipline Framework

4B. Approach to Student Behaviors

4C. Proscribed Conduct

4D. Disciplinary Checklist

5. Due Process Procedures

6. Procedures Following Suspension and Expulsion

7. Procedural Guidelines for Discipline of Students with Disabilities

8. Professional Development

9. Data Collection and Monitoring

10. Definitions

Appendix A

Appendix B


Model Student Code of Conduct

1. Discipline Philosophy

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.

2. Rights and Responsibilities

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:

3. Participation and Collaboration

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.

4. Prevention, Intervention and Disciplinary Responses

4A. Discipline Framework

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:

4B. Approach to Student Behaviors

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:

4C. Proscribed Conduct

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

Behavior

Definition

Available Interventions and Consequences

Rough Play

“Playful” misbehavior not meant to harm (e.g., hanging on door frame, piggy-back rides, etc.)

  • Recommended instructive, corrective, or restorative response
  • Documented Teacher, Student, Parent/Guardian, and/or Administrator conference focused on expectation violated, cause of behavior, and strategy to prevent recurrence
  • Seat change on bus

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

Minor Defiance/Disrespect

Passive refusal to follow rules; noncompliance with expectations, directions or norms

Disruption

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.

Property/Equipment Misuse

Use of school or personal equipment without permission (cell phone, gym equipment, playground equipment, etc.)

Dress Code

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.

Bus Violation

Failure to comply with bus rules

LEVEL 2 BEHAVIORS

Behavior

Definition

Available Interventions and Consequences

Major Defiance/Disrespect

Blatant refusal to follow rules; noncompliance with expectations, directions or norms

  • Recommended instructive, corrective, or restorative response
  • Documented Teacher, Student, Parent/Guardian, and/or Administrator conference focused on expectation violated, cause of behavior, and strategy to prevent recurrence
  • Detention – lunch, recess, before school, after school, or Saturday
  • Restitution/Community Service (With-in school)
  • Alternate Assignment
  • Loss of the use of technology equipment
  • Removal from activity, assembly, event, etc.

Cheating/Forgery

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

Truancy

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

Behavior

Definition

Available Interventions and Consequences

Physical Aggression/Fighting

Physical contact between two people with intent to harm

  • Recommended instructive, corrective, or restorative response
  • Documented Teacher, Student, Parent/Guardian, and/or Administrator conference focused on expectation violated, cause of behavior, and strategy to prevent recurrence
  • Detention – lunch, recess, before school, after school, or Saturday
  • Restitution/Community Service (With-in school)
  • Alternate Assignment
  • Loss of the use of technology equipment
  • Removal from activity, assembly, event, etc.
  • Removal from bus
  • Suspension (In-school and out-of-school)
  • Expulsion

Illegal Activities

Possession of weapons and/or illegal substances, theft, gang activity, vandalism, property damage

Threat

Expression of intent to do harm or to act out violently against someone or something

Bullying/Harassment

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

4D. Disciplinary Checklist

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.


5. Due Process Procedures

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:

  1. School staff must investigate a situation and gather evidence to determine what happened before making any disciplinary decisions or disciplinary referrals. School staff should consider whether the incident in question can be appropriately addressed directly with the student or students involved without making a disciplinary referral.

  1. School staff must give the student involved the opportunity to speak on his or her own behalf before deciding what violations have been committed and what form of discipline to use.

 

  1. School staff must utilize the disciplinary checklist described above before moving forward with a suspension or expulsion. School staff must consider and document whether a restorative practice or another intervention or support are appropriate and available to address the conduct in question before considering exclusionary discipline.

  1. School staff must tell the student specifically the part of the code he or she is accused of violating, the disciplinary measures the school will take, and the school’s future expectations for the student. The student must be given a reasonable opportunity to respond to the school’s charges.

  1. School staff must provide the parent or guardian with written AND oral notice of the charge, discipline, and parents' and guardians’ rights to hearing and/or appeal. No student shall be sent home before the end of the school day unless the school has established contact with the student’s parent or guardian and provided at least oral notice of the suspension.

All notices must:

  • Be sent both by certified and first-class mail, as well as by email if there is an email address on file.
  • Be provided in the parent’s/guardian’s primary language unless not practicable.
  • Explain the charges the student is facing.
  • Include contact information at the school for requesting that a meeting or hearing be rescheduled and answering questions.
  • Include a statement for the parent(s)/guardian(s) and student to sign (if able) acknowledging receipt and understanding of the information in the notice, but must NOT include any statement admitting the student’s fault or waiving rights, including appeal or hearing.

For a suspension:

The notice must:

  • Be sent within 24 hours of a school decision to suspend a student, or as soon thereafter as practicable.
  • Include an invitation to the parent or guardian to attend a suspension conference to discuss the suspension at the parent’s or guardian’s earliest possible availability.
  • Provide a statement of the reasons for the suspension, not just listing an offense.
  • For suspensions of three school days or less, provide an explanation that the student’s continuing presence in school would either pose a threat to school safety or a disruption to other students’ learning opportunities.
  • For suspensions of four or more school days, provide information about the available and appropriate non-exclusionary interventions that were attempted and exhausted; describe the alternatives to suspension that were considered and why they were rejected; and that the student’s continuing presence in school would either pose a threat to the safety of other students, staff, or members of the school community or substantially disrupt, impede, or interfere with the operation of the school.  
  • Explain the terms of the suspension, including number of days, start date, and end date, and provide a justification for the duration of the suspension.
  • Include information about the opportunity to make up work missed during the suspension for equivalent academic credit.
  • Document the support services available during the suspension and the means by which the student will be reengaged upon return to the school community.
  • Provide notice of the parent’s or guardian’s right to review.

For an expulsion:

The notice must:

  • Be sent a reasonable time before the hearing date.
  • State the date, time, and location for the hearing, as well as a brief description of what will happen during the hearing.
  • Include a description of the offense and the student’s conduct.
  • List the student’s prior suspension(s).
  • State that the School Code allows the School Board to expel a student for a definite period of time not to exceed two calendar years, as determined on a case-by-case basis.
  • State the recommended duration of the expulsion.
  • Ask that the student or parent(s)/guardian(s) or attorney inform the District if the student will be represented by attorney and, if so, the attorney’s name and contact information.

  1. Suspension conferences with the parent or guardian must be held as soon as is practicable and convenient for the parent or guardian. The purpose of the conference is to discuss the explanation of the evidence and version of the facts that the school is relying on, the student’s version of the facts and/or explanations for the alleged behavior, the availability of disciplinary alternatives, and whether or not the school’s recommendation is consistent with the requirements of this Code.
  • After the suspension conference and any required review, the principal or a designee can choose to uphold the suspension or remove any part of the suspension already served from the student’s record and permit the student to return to school.
  • For students with a disability, any suspension days served count against any limitations set forth in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, even if otherwise removed from the student’s record.

  1. After the school has made a decision to suspend a student, students and their parents or guardians can seek a review of the suspension.
  • A suspension review is a hearing that takes place before the district’s school board or a hearing officer appointed by the board. If the review is held before a hearing officer, the hearing officer provides a summary of his or her findings to the board, and the board makes its determination regarding the suspension.
  • The board must issue a written suspension decision detailing the specific act of gross disobedience or misconduct resulting in the decision to suspend and include a rationale as to the specific duration of the suspension.
  • Even if the suspension has been fully served, the board can still decide to remove the violation from the student’s record.
  • The student and parent/guardian have a right to bring an advocate or attorney to the hearing at their expense.

  1. In the case of an expulsion, the hearing must take place before the student is expelled from the school. At a hearing, the student and the student’s parent or guardian has the opportunity to present evidence that the student did not violate the code of conduct and/or that there are mitigating factors that mean the student should not be expelled.
  • An expulsion hearing is held before the school board or a hearing officer appointed by the board.
  • The student has the right to bring an attorney or advocate at the student’s expense.
  • School staff must provide sufficient advance notice and flexibility to enable the student’s parent or guardian to attend the expulsion hearing.

The following procedures apply to expulsion hearings:

  • The student must be given an opportunity to present witnesses or evidence and to cross-examine witnesses presented at the hearing.
  • School staff may make a recording of the proceeding and give the parents or guardians and student a copy if requested.
  • Any written hearing officer recommendation must be provided to the parent or guardian before the final decision by the board of education.

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.

  • In circumstances in which the board is considering a hearing officer’s report, the board may allow the student and/or the student’s parent or guardian an opportunity to address the board in closed session before the school board decides to expel a student without educational services.

The student and the parent or guardian have a right to notice of the decision as soon as is practicable. The expulsion decision must:

  • Provide a written explanation detailing the reasons for the decision.
  • Detail the specific reasons why removing the student from the learning environment is in the best interest of the school, and whether other interventions were attempted or whether it was determined that there were no other appropriate and available interventions.
  • Include a specific rationale as to the duration of the expulsion.
  • Document the support services to be made available, if any, during the duration of the expulsion and the means by which the student will be reengaged upon return to the school community.

6. Procedures Following Suspension and Expulsion

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:

  1. Exit Counseling and Provision of Academic Work:  A team member will advise the student and the student’s parent(s) or guardian(s) on what recommended steps they should take while the student is out of school to ensure the student’s successful return and prevent future incidents.
  • School staff must provide all work and arrange make-up test dates in order to allow the student to return to school without further impacting his or her academic record or graduation. This provision also applies to students who are suspended from bus transportation whose parents cannot arrange alternative transportation.
  • School staff must provide a list of alternative schools to which the student may transfer during an expulsion.

  1. Academic and Behavioral Support Services: Appropriate and available support services must be provided to students who are suspended out of school for four days or more and may be provided to students on expulsion. These services can include, but are not limited to:
  • educational services in an alternative setting;
  • access to online courses for academic credit;
  • access to online school materials; and
  • referrals to free or low-cost community resources, including providers of substance abuse, mental health, and mentoring services.

  1. Entrance Counseling and Reengagement Planning: Schools will convene a meeting with the students and the parent(s)/guardian(s) within two days upon return to school from suspension, expulsion or an alternative school setting to develop a plan for ensuring that the student is successfully reintegrated into the school community. In developing a reengagement plan, the school must consider ways to prevent future school exclusions, forms of restorative action, and supportive intervention to aid in the student’s academic success.

  1. Services: A team member will recommend services the school will provide that will help the student return to and succeed in school, such as mediation.

  1. Check In: A team member will monitor progress and check in with students every week for the first month to see if the student is having difficulties readjusting socially or academically. Thereafter, a team member will meet with the student periodically. A team member should also regularly communicate with the student’s parent or guardian regarding the transition process. During these meetings and conversations, a team member will review whether the present strategies or services are the best way to help the student readjust and prevent the need for further disciplinary measures. If not, a team member must revise the current plan.

7. Procedural Guidelines for Discipline of Students with Disabilities

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.

  1. Staff must schedule a Manifestation Determination Review (MDR) meeting with the student’s IEP team within 10 school days of the decision to discipline the student.
  2. Staff must provide written notice to the parent/guardian of the date of the MDR meeting. The notice must include a copy of the parent’s/guardian’s procedural safeguards.

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:

  1. Review all relevant information about the student, including the student’s current IEP, any behavior plan, any behavior data, the latest school evaluations, any private evaluations, and any other information provided by the parent or any school staff.
  2. Review the behavior the student is accused of committing.
  3. Determine if the behavior is a manifestation of the student’s disability. The behavior is a manifestation if:
  1. the conduct in question was caused by the student’s disability or has a direct and substantial relationship to the student’s disability; or
  2. the conduct in question was the direct result of the school’s failure to implement the student’s IEP.
  1. If the team does not have sufficient data to determine if the behavior is a manifestation, the MDR can be continued to obtain that data, including new evaluations.
  2. No matter the outcome of the MDR, the team must conduct a new functional behavior assessment (FBA) and create a new (or revise an existing) behavior intervention plan (BIP) to address the behavior for which the student is being disciplined.
  3. The team should develop an assessment plan as part of the FBA evaluation. This plan should include a determination of target behaviors, the method of data collection, and a timeframe for completion of the assessment.
  4. In order to allow for a reasonable period of data collection, the team should draft an interim BIP.

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.

Limited Exception

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.

8. Professional Development

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.

9. Data Collection and Monitoring

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.

10. Definitions

Bullying:

  1. placing the student or students in reasonable fear of harm to the student's or students' person or property;
  2. causing a substantially detrimental effect on the student's or students’ physical or mental health;
  3. substantially interfering with the student's or students' academic performance; or
  4. substantially interfering with the student's or students' ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.

Expulsions:

Long-Term Suspensions:

Short-Term Suspensions:

Appendix A

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:

  1. On, or within sight of, school grounds before, during, or after school hours or at any time;
  2. Off school grounds at a school-sponsored activity or event, or any activity or event that 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 interferes with, disrupts, or adversely affects the school environment, school operations, or an educational function, including, but not limited to, conduct that may 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.

Prohibited Student Conduct 

The school administration is authorized to discipline students for gross disobedience or misconduct, including but not limited to:

  1. Using, possessing, distributing, purchasing, or selling tobacco or nicotine materials, including without limitation, electronic cigarettes.
  2. Using, possessing, distributing, purchasing, or selling alcoholic beverages. Students who are under the influence of an alcoholic beverage 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, selling, or offering for sale:
  1. Any illegal drug or controlled substance, or cannabis (including medical cannabis, marijuana, and hashish).
  2. Any anabolic steroid unless it is being administered in accordance with a physician’s or licensed practitioner’s prescription.
  3. Any performance-enhancing substance on the Illinois High School Association’s most current banned substance list unless administered in accordance with a physician’s or licensed practitioner’s prescription.
  4. Any prescription drug when not prescribed for the student by a physician or licensed practitioner, or when used in a manner inconsistent with the prescription or prescribing physician’s or licensed practitioner’s instructions. The use or possession of medical cannabis, even by a student for whom medical cannabis has been prescribed, is prohibited.
  5. 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. The prohibition in this section does not apply to a student’s use of asthma or other legally prescribed inhalant medications.
  6. Any substance inhaled, injected, smoked, consumed, or otherwise ingested or absorbed with the intention of causing a physiological or psychological change in the body, including without limitation, pure caffeine in tablet or powdered form.
  7. “Look-alike” or counterfeit drugs, including a substance that is not prohibited by this policy, but one: (a) that a student believes to be, or represents to be, an illegal drug, controlled substance, or other substance that is prohibited by this policy; 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, controlled substance, or other substance that is prohibited by this policy.
  8. Drug paraphernalia, including devices that are or can be used to: (a) ingest, inhale, or inject cannabis or controlled substances into the body; and (b) grow, process, store, or conceal cannabis or controlled substances.

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.

  1. Using, possessing, controlling, or transferring a “weapon” as that term is defined in the Weapons section of this policy, or violating the Weapons section of this policy.
  2. Using or possessing an electronic paging device. Using a cellular telephone, video recording device, personal digital assistant (PDA), or other electronic device in any manner that disrupts the educational environment or violates the rights of others, including using the device to take photographs in locker rooms or bathrooms, cheat, or otherwise violate student conduct rules. Prohibited conduct specifically includes, without limitation, creating, sending, sharing, viewing, receiving, or possessing an indecent visual depiction of oneself or another person through the use of a computer, electronic communication device, or cellular phone. Unless otherwise banned under this policy or by the Building Principal, all 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 education program (IEP); or (c) it is needed in an emergency that threatens the safety of students, staff, or other individuals. 
  3. Using or possessing a laser pointer unless under a staff member’s direct supervision and in the context of instruction.
  4. Disobeying rules of student conduct or directives from staff members or school officials. Examples of disobeying staff directives include refusing a District staff member’s request to stop, present school identification, or submit to a search.
  5. Engaging in academic dishonesty, including cheating, intentionally plagiarizing, wrongfully giving or receiving help during an academic examination, altering report cards, and wrongfully obtaining test copies or scores.
  6. Engaging in hazing or any kind of bullying or aggressive behavior that does physical or psychological harm to a staff person or another student, or urging other students to engage in such conduct. Prohibited conduct specifically includes, 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 using a school computer or a school computer network, or other comparable conduct.
  7. Engaging in any sexual activity, including without limitation, offensive touching, sexual harassment, indecent exposure (including mooning), and sexual assault. This does not include the non-disruptive: (a) expression of gender or sexual orientation or preference, or (b) display of affection during non-instructional time.
  8. Teen dating violence, as described in Board policy 7:185, Teen Dating Violence Prohibited
  9. Causing or attempting to cause damage to, or stealing or attempting to steal, school property or another person’s personal property.
  10. Entering school property or a school facility without proper authorization.
  11. In the absence of a reasonable belief that an emergency exists, calling emergency responders (such as calling 911); signaling or setting off alarms or signals indicating the presence of an emergency; or indicating the presence of a bomb or explosive device on school grounds, school bus, or at any school activity.
  12. Being absent without a recognized excuse; State law and School Board policy regarding truancy control will be used with chronic and habitual truants.
  13. Being involved with any public school fraternity, sorority, or secret society, by: (a) being a member; (b) promising to join; (c) pledging to become a member; or (d) soliciting any other person to join, promise to join, or be pledged to become a member.
  14. Being involved in gangs or gang-related activities, including displaying gang symbols or paraphernalia.
  15. Violating any criminal law, including but not limited to, assault, battery, arson, theft, gambling, eavesdropping, vandalism, and hazing.
  16. Making an explicit threat on an Internet website against a school employee, a student, or any school-related personnel if the Internet website through which the threat was made is a site that was accessible within the school at the time the threat was made or was available to third parties who worked or studied within the school grounds at the time the threat was made, and the threat could be reasonably interpreted as threatening to the safety and security of the threatened individual because of his or her duties or employment status or status as a student inside the school.
  17. Operating an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) or drone for any purpose on school grounds or at any school event unless granted permission by the Superintendent or designee.
  18. 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 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.

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.

Disciplinary Measures 

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:

  1. Notifying parent(s)/guardian(s).
  2. Disciplinary conference.
  3. Withholding of privileges.
  4. Temporary removal from the classroom.
  5. Return of property or restitution for lost, stolen, or damaged property.
  6. In-school suspension. The Building Principal or designee shall ensure that the student is properly supervised.
  7. After-school study or Saturday study provided the student’s parent/guardian has 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 designee.
  8. Community service with local public and nonprofit agencies that enhances community efforts to meet human, educational, environmental, or public safety needs. The District will not provide transportation. School administration shall use this option only as an alternative to another disciplinary measure, giving the student and/or parent/guardian the choice.
  9. Seizure of contraband; confiscation and temporary retention of personal property that was used to violate this policy or school disciplinary rules.
  10. Suspension of bus riding privileges in accordance with Board policy 7:220, Bus Conduct.
  11. Out-of-school suspension from school and all school activities in accordance with Board policy 7:200, Suspension Procedures. A student who has been suspended may also be restricted from being on school grounds and at school activities. 
  12. Expulsion from school and all school activities for a definite time period not to exceed two calendar years in accordance with Board policy 7:210, Expulsion Procedures. A student who has been expelled may also be restricted from being on school grounds and at school activities. 
  13. Transfer to an alternative program if the student is expelled or otherwise qualifies for the transfer under State law. The transfer shall be in the manner provided in Article 13A or 13B of the School Code.
  14. Notifying juvenile authorities or other law enforcement whenever the conduct involves criminal activity, including but not limited to, illegal drugs (controlled substances), “look-alikes,” alcohol, or weapons or in other circumstances as authorized by the reciprocal reporting agreement between the District and local law enforcement agencies.

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.

Weapons 

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:

  1. A firearm, meaning any gun, rifle, shotgun, or weapon as defined by Section 921 of Title 18 of the United States Code (18 U.S.C. § 921), firearm as defined in Section 1.1 of the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act (430 ILCS 65/), or firearm as defined in Section 24-1 of the Criminal Code of 1961 (720 ILCS 5/241).
  2. A knife, brass knuckles, or other knuckle weapon regardless of its composition, a billy club, or any other object if used or attempted to be used to cause bodily harm, including “look alikes” of any firearm as defined above.

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.


Appendix B

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.

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 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:

  1. Outside the view of others, including students,
  2. In the presence of a school administrator or adult witness, and
  3. 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.

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 

  1. School officials may not request or require a student or his or her parent/guardian to provide a password or other related account information to gain access to the student’s account or profile on a social networking website.
  2. School officials may conduct an investigation or require a student to cooperate in an investigation if there is specific information about activity on the student’s account on a social networking website that violates a school disciplinary rule or policy. In the course of an investigation, the student may be required to share the content that is reported in order to allow school officials to make a factual determination.