STREATOR TOWNSHIP

HIGH SCHOOL

STUDENT/PARENT HANDBOOK

2017-18

TABLE OF CONTENTS

ACADEMIC SUPPORT

GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS AND SERVICES

ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL

HOMEBOUND INSTRUCTION

ANIMALS IN THE BUILDING

HONOR CODE

ASBESTOS NOTICE

ID CARDS

ATHLETIC CODE OF CONDUCT

INSURANCE

ATTENDANCE - TARDINESS / TRUANCY

LIBRARY / MEDIA CENTER

BOARD OF EDUCATION

LOCKERS

BUILDING REGULATIONS

MAKE-UP WORK

BUS - TRANSPORTATION / CONDUCT

MEDICAID

CAFETERIA

MEDICAL CONDITIONS / FOOD ALLERGIES

CALENDAR

MOTOR VEHICLES - USAGE / PARKING

CELL PHONES

NURSE

CHROMEBOOKS

PARENTS RIGHT TO KNOW

CLASS AND ACTIVITY SPONSORS

P.E. EXEMPTION

COLLEGE - ENTRANCE / VISITATION

PHONE NUMBERS - IMPORTANT

CREDIT RECOVERY

PHOTOGRAPHING STUDENTS

DANCE ATTENDANCE

PRIVACY RIGHTS

DEPRESSION / SUICIDE AWARENESS AND PREVENTION

RECIPROCAL REPORTING ACT

DISABILITIES (ACCOMMODATING INDIVIDUALS)

REGISTRATION / BOOK FEES

DISCIPLINE

RESPONSIBILITY - SCHOOL, PARENT, STUDENT

DISCIPLINE CHART - GUIDELINES

SCHEDULES (Daily)

DRESS CODE

SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY

DRUGS / ALCOHOL POLICY

SMOKING / TOBACCO

EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSING

SPECIAL EDUCATION

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

STUDENT RECORDS POLICY

EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

VACATIONS - PRE-ARRANGED

EXAM EXEMPTIONS

VIDEO AND AUDIO MONITORING SYSTEM

EXPULSIONS

VISION / MISSION STATEMENT

FACULTY AND STAFF

VISITOR POLICY

FIRE DRILLS

VOLUNTEERS IN THE BUILDING

GANG POLICY

WAIVER OF SCHOOL FEES

GIFT POLICY

GRADUATES (EARLY / LATE)

GRADUATION POLICY

HARD COPIES OF THE HANDBOOK ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST TO THE MAIN OFFICE

 815-672-0545 ext 500

VISION STATEMENT

Streator Township High School prepares its graduates to live and adapt in a changing world by offering a challenging academic and career-ready curriculum with a solid technological foundation and a comprehensive extracurricular program in a safe and effective learning environment.

 

MISSION STATEMENT

In partnership with our community and parents, Streator Township High School will prepare students to reach their potential and become independent, productive, and responsible members of society.

BOARD OF EDUCATION

Dr. Earl Woeltje, President

Mr. Steve Biroschik

Mr. William Darrow

Mr. Nick McFadden

Mr. Jim Parr

Mr. Richard Tutoky

Mr. Willy Williamson

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

Mr. Matt Seaton, Superintendent

Mrs. Amy Jo Mascal, Principal

Mr. Nick McGurk, Asst. Principal

Mr. Beau Doty, Asst. Principal

STREATOR TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL’S RESPONSIBILITY

PARENT RESPONSIBILITY

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITY

FACULTY AND STAFF

Athletic Director

Wargo, Kevin

Dean of Students

Holmes, Dave

Dir. Of Technology

Beck, Rob

Alum/Comm. Coor.

Corrigan, Janice

Coor. of Sp. Ed.

Coons, Kelly

Coor. of Student Ser.

Brittin, Brad

Alternative Ed.

Bain, Debra

Art

Hladovcak, Monica

Garcia, Janelle

Business Ed.

Hughes, Ana

Melody, Kirk

Peterson, Chris

Pouk, Dan

Cons. & Fam. Sci.

Maynard, Eleanor

Osborn, Dawn

English

Astle, Mark

Aubry, Chris

Carlson, Anne

Fitzpatrick, Erin

Park, Tiffany

Randolph, Stuart

Yanek, Ray

Foreign Language

Clausing, Alison

Horton, Debbie

McCormick, Kristina

Guidance

Brittan, Brad

Dorton, Heather

Pinto, Antonella

Social Studies

Carlson, Ken

Sipovic, Amy

Tyne, Rob

Yanek, Mark

Career/Technical Ed.

Hintzsche, Riley

Hladovcak, Dan

Nordtvedt, Janelle

Marvin, Dave

Taylor, David

Health/PE/Dr. Ed

Albert, Beau

Benning , Kari

Hassett, Brian

Muntz, James

Tallier, Kaye

Williams, Dawn

Library

Aubry, Chris

Mathematics

Fabris, Robert

Harris, Douglas

Liegl, Pamela

O’Brien, Tina

Robart, Jason

Sandoval, John

Schlund, Timothy

Music

Kotovsky, Jamie

Science

Brandenburg, Matt

Brandenburg, Becky

Burke, John

Nugent, Nathan

Pacelt, Sarah

Watson, Robb

Special Education

Bedeker, Rory

Coons, Kelly

Edwards, Tom

Freeman, Kimberly

Hagi, Amy

Hoffman, Todd

Masley, Dustin

O’Kraski, Megan

Robart, Crystal

Swiskoski, Liz

Vagasky, Tricia

School Psych. 

Medema, Jeff

Social Workers 

Phelan, Carol

Knott, Rachel

Speech Pathologist

Hiltabrand, Jodi

Nurse

Park, Jayne

Technology

Busch, Tracey

Bridge Program

Dresbach, Scott

Office Services

Benckendorf, Chris

Darrow, Cathy

Freeman, Cathi

Johnston, Carol

Mahnke, Gayle

Novotney, Marissa

Skromme, Laurie

Wargo, Carol

Zavada, Kim

Paraprofessionals

Baker, Jodi

Doty, Devin

Gelsthorpe, Janet

Grabowski, Sue

Harcharik, Kathy

Hernandez, Dee

Missel, Theresa

Moreno, Natalie

Ramon, Missy

Smith, Jessica

Volkman, Donna

Wahl, Marla

Weber, Veronica

Wille, Jim

Williams, Donelyn

Yedinak, Brianne

Custodial Services

Dennis, Jim – Sup.

Angelico, Bob

Coley, Jeremy

Duvall, Terry

Harcharik, Dan

Melrose, Dale

Missel, Lenny

Poldek, Rich

Yanek, Sr., Mark

CLASS AND ACTIVITY SPONSORS

Yearbook Advisor - Tina O’Brien, Antonella Pinto        

Freshman Class - Devin Doty, Megan O’Kraski

Soph. Class - Brad Brittin                Art Club - J. Garcia, M. Hladovcak

Junior Class - Robb Watson        Scholastic Bowl - Rob Tyne

Senior Class - Rob Tyne        Student Council - Jason Robart

Tech/Prep Club - Chris Peterson        “S” Club - Tiffany Park

Nat. Honor Society - Janelle Nordtvedt        Science Club - Matt Brandenburg

F.F.A. - Riley Hintzsche        Credit Recovery - Deb Bain

Key Club - Dawn Osborn        WYSE - Doug Harris

Spanish Club - Alison Clausing        German Club - Debbie Horton

Drama Club - Rob Tyne        Hub Club - Chris Aubry

Snowball - Tiffany Park        Bulldog Book Club - Erin Fitzpatrick

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

Streator Township High School Main Number - (815) 672-0545

Attendance:        Carol Wargo, Cathi Freeman - 520, 521

Guidance:         Cathy Darrow - 503

Brad Brittin - 516

Principal:        Amy Jo Mascal - 501

Asst. Principal:        Nick McGurk - 536

Asst. Principal:        Beau Doty - 523

Dean                 Dave Holmes - 522

SHS 2017-2018 SCHOOL CALENDAR

August                14        Opening Teacher Institute Day

                15        First Day of School/Student Orientation Day

                16        Regular Day of School - 2:25 pm Student Dismissal

                                

September        4        Labor Day - NO SCHOOL

22        Homecoming Game

27        In-Service Schedule - 11:45 am Student Dismissal

October                6        County Institute - NO SCHOOL

                9        Columbus Day - NO SCHOOL

                12        In-Service Schedule - 11:45 am Student Dismissal

                12        Parent-Teacher Conferences (4-7pm)

                13        Parent-Teacher Conf. (8am-12pm) - NO SCHOOL

25        In-Service Schedule - 11:45 am Student Dismissal

                         

November        22-24        Thanksgiving Vacation - NO SCHOOL

29        In-Service Schedule - 11:45 am Student Dismissal

December        18        Semester Exams Periods 1, 2, 3, 4

                               2:25pm Student Dismissal

19        Semester Exams Periods 5, 6, 7

        12:10 pm Student Dismissal

19        Teacher In-service  (1:00-3:10pm)

                20        Teacher Institute                

                  21-Jan.3 Winter Break - NO SCHOOL

January                4        School Resumes & In-Service School

11:45am Student Dismissal

                10        SHS Preview  (6pm)

15        Martin Luther King’s Birthday - NO SCHOOL

                31        In-Service Schedule - 11:45 am Student Dismissal

                

February        19        Presidents’ Day - NO SCHOOL

                28        In-Service Schedule - 11:45 am Student Dismissal

March                 14        In-Service Schedule - 11:45 am Student Dismissal

30        Good Friday - NO SCHOOL

April                  2-6          Spring Break - NO SCHOOL

                25        In-Service Schedule - 11:45 am Student Dismissal

May                5        Prom

9        SHS Honors Banquet  (6pm)

11        All-School Awards Ceremony (2:15pm)

21        Semester Exam Periods 1, 2, 3, 4

2:25pm Student Dismissal

22        Semester Exam Periods 5, 6, 7

12:10 pm Student Dismissal

22        Teacher In-service  (1:00-3:10pm)

                23        Teacher Institute

                27        Graduation Ceremony

**The calendar will be adjusted as to emergency days used.

                       

REGULAR DAILY SCHEDULES

7 Period Regular Daily Schedule            4A Lunch                4C Lunch

1st Hour        8:00 – 8:50        10:45 - 11:15 Lunch        10:45 – 11:15 Class

2nd Hour        8:55 – 9:45        11:20 – 12:15 Class        11:20 – 11:50 Lunch

3rd Hour        9:50 – 10:40                11:55 – 12:15 Class

4th Hour        10:45 – 12:15        4B Lunch

5th Hour        12:20 – 1:10        10:45 – 11:05 Class        4D Lunch

6th Hour        1:15 – 2:05        11:10 – 11:40 Lunch        10:45 – 11:40 Class

7th Hour        2:10 – 3:00        11:45 – 12:15 Class        11:45 – 12:15 Lunch

                

7 Period School Improvement Schedule (Wednesdays)

1st Hour        8:00 – 8:45        4A Lunch        4C Lunch

2nd Hour        8:50 – 9:35        10:25 – 11:00 Lunch        10:30 – 11:00 Class        

3rd Hour        9:40 – 10:25        11:05 – 11:55 Class        11.00 – 11:35 Lunch

4th Hour        10:25 – 11:55                11:40 – 11:55 Class

5th Hour        12:00 – 12:45        4B Lunch        

6th Hour        12:50 – 1:35        10:30 – 10:45 Class        4D Lunch        

7th Hour        1:40 – 2:25         10:45 – 11:20 Lunch        10:30 – 11:20 Class

                11:25 – 11:55 Class        11:20 – 11:55 Lunch

                

7 Period In-Service (half-day) Schedule

1st Hour        8:00 – 8:30                5th Hour                10:11 – 10:38

2nd Hour        8:35 – 9:02                6th Hour                10:43 – 11:10

3rd Hour        9:07 – 9:34                7th Hour                11:15 – 11:45

4th Hour        9:39 – 10:06

BUILDING REGULATIONS

The only area open to students before 7:50 a.m. will be the commons area. Entrance to the building will be on Lincoln Avenue. Any student(s) without a pass found in any other area of the building will be subject to disciplinary action:

ANIMALS IN THE BUILDING

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

VOLUNTEERS IN THE BUILDING

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

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

STUDENT ID CARDS

Every student must have a Streator High School ID card and have it on their person at all times during the school day or while attending school activities. Failure to display an ID card when requested to do so will result in disciplinary action. Displaying someone else’s ID will also be cause for disciplinary action. ID pictures are taken around the first day of school. After ID cards are issued, it is the responsibility of the student to purchase a new one if it is lost or stolen. The cost of a new ID is $5.00. Students will be allowed to charge up to $15.00 for new ID’s. Students must observe the school dress code when having an ID picture taken.

EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSING

In cases of bad weather and other local emergencies, you will receive a call from the district at the number designated at registration. You may also listen to any local radio or television station to be advised of school closings or early dismissals. School closings for any reason will attempted to be announced by 6 a.m. If bad weather or other emergency occurs during the day, please listen to local media stations for possible early dismissal information.

For your child’s safety, make certain your child knows ahead of time where to go in case of an early dismissal.

If we dismiss early for an emergency, all after-school functions are automatically canceled unless otherwise specified by the administration.

VIDEO AND AUDIO MONITORING SYSTEM

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

720 ILCS 5/14-3(m) states as follows:

 

(m) An electronic recording, including but not limited to, a motion picture, videotape, digital, or other visual or audio recording, made of the interior of a school bus while the school bus is being used in the transportation of students to and from school and school-sponsored activities, When the school board has adopted a policy authorizing such recording, notice of such recording policy is included in student handbooks and other documents including the policies of the school, notice of the policy regarding recording is provided to parents of students, and notice of such recording is clearly posted on the door of and inside the school bus.

 

Recordings made pursuant to this subsection (m) shall be confidential records and may only be used by school officials (or their designees) and law enforcement personnel for investigations, school disciplinary actions and hearings, proceedings under the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, and criminal prosecutions, related to incidents occurring in or around the school bus.

 ACCOMMODATING INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES

Individuals with disabilities will be provided an opportunity to participate in all school-sponsored services, programs, or activities. Individuals with disabilities should notify the superintendent or building principal if they have a disability that will require special assistance or services and, if so, what services are required. This notification should occur as far in advance as possible of the school-sponsored function, program, or meeting.

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS FOR 

STREATOR HIGH SCHOOL

Pupils who furnish evidence of satisfactory completion of eight (8) grades of elementary schoolwork may be admitted to the freshman class. Students who transfer from other accredited high schools will receive credit on the work transferred by the school and will be given the advanced standing to which they are entitled. Students wishing to enter school for the first time (not transferring from another school) who are 16 years of age, or older, are not allowed to do so after the tenth (10th) day of instruction each semester.

To attend school in the district without a tuition charge, a student shall reside within the boundaries of the district. In case of doubt, the administration shall require proof of residence. It is not ordinary practice for the district to accept students on a tuition basis.

Exceptions for a compelling reason may be made upon recommendation of the superintendent to the Board of Education. In such cases, the tuition charged shall be that calculated by the latest per capita tuition cost as established by the Illinois State Board of Education.

In those cases where a student is residing with someone other than a parent, the district shall require proof of legal guardianship and that the student resides with that guardian within the district. Should the administration suspect or determine that a non-resident student is in attendance at Streator Township High School, the student in question shall be denied attendance until such a time as proper residence is established. The superintendent, at his discretion and acting in the best interest of the student, may defer removal of such a student from attendance rolls until completion of the school year.

Students participating in interscholastic sports or other activities governed by the rules of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) shall be required to adhere to the residency provisions of the association. In order to prevent possible forfeiture of contests, the district shall immediately report to the IHSA any student-residency violations.

Students between the ages of 16 and 18 years of age who present legal proof of emancipation and who reside within the district shall be eligible to attend classes at Streator Township High School.

A student whose family moves out of the district during the school year shall be permitted to attend school for the remainder of the school year without payment of tuition. The student will not be permitted to re-enter Streator Township High School the next school year until residence within the district has been reestablished.

GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT

Each student is assigned a guidance counselor who meets and works with the student during his/her stay at Streator High School. The counselor serves as a liaison among the students, staff, and parents. The counselor does personal and social counseling, career counseling, and college counseling. The counselor directs groups for information-giving, assumes responsibility for helping students choose courses, interprets results of standardized tests, and encourages participation in school activities.

 

Guidance counselors meet with students individually to plan courses for the following school year. This process begins in October with the junior class and continues through January.

NUMBER OF CREDITS REQUIRED TO ADVANCE IN CLASS STANDINGS

The number of credits needed to graduate is 24.5. Students will be assigned to homerooms based on the number of credits earned.

Credits required in order to become a sophomore                3.5

Credits required in order to become a junior                        10.5

Credits required in order to become a senior                17.5

RE-ENROLLING STUDENTS

Dropout students who would like to attend school again should contact their counselor. The counselor can help arrange a meeting with the student and parent/guardian to prepare the prospective student for his/her return to school.

PROBATION

Students who are 17 or over who have been dropped, either on their own volition or by the administration due to attendance issues, and who can graduate before the age of 21, are subject to being placed on probation. Students who violate probation will be dropped for one semester and have a chance to re-enroll at the commencement of the next semester. Students who cannot graduate by the age of 21 will not be allowed to re-enroll.

Students, regardless of their age, who have been expelled or suspended three or more times during the previous school year and who choose to return to school are subject to probation.

Probation can also be assigned at any time during the school year to any student who commits a severe disciplinary infraction.

REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION

Credit is awarded by semester. Students who receive a passing grade (D- or higher) will receive .5 credit for each semester course completed. A student who takes seven courses and successfully passes all will receive 3.5 credits per semester and 7 credits per year. Students must earn 24.5 credits to graduate from Streator Township High School.

Specific coursework must include:

  1. Four credits of English
  2. Three credits of Math
  3. Three credits of Science
  4. Two credits in Social Studies – must include one full credit of US History and a course covering the U.S. and state constitutions.
  5. One-half credit of Consumer Education
  6. Four credits of Physical Education including Health and Driver Education.
  7. One credit of foreign language, art, music or vocational education.
  8. One-half credit of Career Technology for the 2019 Class and beyond.

OTHER RELATED PROVISIONS

GRADING

Letter grades are given every quarter and at the end of each semester. Semester grades are entered on the transcript and become a part of the permanent record. Mid-term progress reports are available online through the Parent Connect section of the school website. Credit is given per semester. Each semester class is worth .5 credits. The grades are calculated as follows: 1st quarter – 40% of final semester grade, 2nd quarter – 40% of final semester grade, final exam – 20% of the semester grade.

The grading scale is as follows:

100-97%

A+

Excellent Work

96-93%

A

Excellent Work

92-90%

A-

Excellent Work

89-87%

B+

Above Average Work

88-83%

B

Above Average Work

82-80%

B-

Above Average Work

79-77%

C+

Average Work

76-73%

C

Average Work

72-70%

C-

Average Work

69-67%

D+

Below Average

66-63%

D

Below Average

62-60%

D-

Below Average

59% or Below

F

Failing

GRADE POINT AVERAGE CALCULATION

GPA will be determined by the following formula: Total number of grade points earned divided by the total number of credits attempted (this quotient will then be rounded to the one hundredths places in order to determine a final GPA).

Grade

Weighted Value

Regular Value

A+

5.40

4.40

A

5.00

4.00

A-

4.60

3.60

B+

4.40

3.40

B

4.00

3.00

B-

3.60

2.60

C+

3.40

2.40

C

3.00

2.00

C-

2.60

1.60

D+

2.40

1.40

D

2.00

1.00

D-

1.60

0.60

F

0.00

0.00

The following classes are weighted:

AP US History, AP Physics, AP Physics II, IVCC Calculus, IVCC Pre-Calculus, German IV, Spanish IV, English IV A

HIGH HONOR AND HONOR ROLL

All grades are figured on a 4.0 scale. To qualify for high honors, a student must have a “B+” (3.5) average. To qualify for honors, a student must have a “B” (3.0) average. A student must be carrying 6 academic units of credit (unless approved by the administration) to be listed on the honor roll. A student is not eligible to be listed for high honor or honor roll if he/she has a grade lower than a “C” or an incomplete in any subject.

MAKE-UP WORK

Students who have had an excused absence will have time to make up that work when they return. They will be given two days for each day of absence to make up any missed work. If a student’s absence is due to suspension from school, he/she will be permitted to make up all missed work, including homework and tests, for equivalent academic credit. It is the student’s responsibility to speak with each of his or her teachers and request makeup work. The teacher and the student can then arrange how the work is to be completed. Teachers may request the student to come in before or after school to make up some work. Such arrangements should not go beyond 35 minutes after school, or more than 35 minutes before school begins. Students who have had an unexcused absence  will not be allowed to make up missed work.

SEMESTER EXAMS

At the end of each semester, a semester exam schedule will be given to all teachers. Teachers are asked to post this on the bulletin board.

Requests for early administration of final exams must be approved by the principal. Unless prearranged with the administration, absence from final exams will constitute failure for the semester. All students are required to take final exams.

EXAM EXEMPTIONS

Parents of the students who qualify for exam exemptions must sign a form/waiver to release their child from taking final exams. Should parents desire that their student take final exams, parents should indicate this on the form and return it to the guidance office.

2 Levels

1.        Students who have had one (1) full day or less of excused absence for a semester will be exempt from ALL of their finals for that given semester.

2.        Students who have accumulated over one (1) full day, but not more than three (3) full days of excused absence will be allowed to be exempt from one (1) day of final exams - equating to three (3) finals.

One week before the first final exam is administered, students who qualify for finals exemptions will be asked to fill out a form from the guidance office. It will be the student’s responsibility to obtain the exemption form, fill it out properly, and submit it on time. Failure to meet the deadline will result in no exemptions being offered to the student even if they qualify.

A master list of students exempting from finals will be put together by the guidance office and then distributed to the teachers the day before exams begin. Students with exemptions will not be required to attend school during the time of their exemption.

When final exams are taken, semester grades are calculated as the average of 40% 1st quarter, 40% 2nd quarter, and 20% final exam.

Final grades for students with exemptions will be calculated 50% for each quarter.

RULES REGARDING EXEMPTION FROM
PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Section 27-6 of The School Code permits the exemption of students from physical education instruction in the 11th and 12th grades. The law provides for circumstances under which school districts may authorize student exemption from physical education instruction and it requires that each district develop a policy which indicates to its community the manner in which the district will permit such an exemption.

Local Boards of Education may permit exemptions from physical education instruction at the 11th and 12th grade levels for any student defined under one of the following four options:

•        Any 11th or 12th grade student who participates in an interscholastic athletic program.

•        Any 11th or 12th grade student who, in order to be granted admission to a specific institution of higher learning, must complete a specific academic course not included in existing state or local minimum graduation requirements.

•        Any 11th or 12th grade student who lacks sufficient course-credit or lacks one or more specific courses in order to meet state and local graduation requirements.

•        Any 9th through 12th grade student enrolled in marching band for credit will be excused from physical education courses provided that student requests to be excused for on-going participation in the marching band program.

ACADEMIC INTERVENTIONS ACROSS THE CURRICULUM

Academic Support Programs: Streator High School provides additional 

support for students struggling with literacy or math via two programs. Any student may request assistance through these programs. Students are provided this assistance either during study hall or during an elective class period.

Response to Intervention (RTI): Any regular education student having academic issues may be referred to the RTI program.  The student’s teachers will be asked to give input, and the needs of the student will be assessed.  If necessary, a variety of academic intervention could be initiated.

Math Resource Program: The Math Resource Program is designed to help

struggling students to better understanding of math skills and concepts.  Math

teachers and other staff may complete the online referral or a student may ask

their math teacher for a referral to the program.

Guidelines for referral to the Academic Support Programs: The

following should be used when referring a student or self-referral for this

assistance:

INDEPENDENT STUDY

The following rules regarding independent study shall be considered policy by the Board of Education:

•        Only offerings that are part of the formal curriculum listing are acceptable for independent study.

•        Only sophomore, junior, or senior students with a cumulative grade-point average of 2.6 or better will be allowed to pursue independent study, and then only if the course requested is not being offered for the current semester or if the student can demonstrate an insolvable scheduling difficulty.

•        Only with the written consent of the instructor and with the approval of the administration will an independent study program be offered.

•        Proper forms, obtained in the guidance office, must be completed and signed by appropriate parties.

ADVANCED PROJECT POLICY

The following rules regarding an advanced project shall be considered policy by the Board of Education:

•        Students will be junior or senior status.

•        Grade-point average will be a 2.25 overall and 3.0 in the area in which the advanced project is pursued.

•        Credit will be counted after the 24.5 credits are earned; all students are required to have 24.5 credits for graduation.

•        Students taking an advanced project will have at least six solids on his/her schedule. The advanced project will be the seventh course.

•        Only with written consent of the instructor and with the approval of the administration will an advanced project be offered.

•        Students, not instructors, will initiate the advanced project.

•        The advanced project will be a minimum of one semester, which would equal one-half credit earned beyond the required 24.5 credits for graduation.

•        The advanced project will count toward the grade-point average.

•        The proper form must be obtained in the guidance office; completed and signed by the appropriate parties.

POLICY ON THREE-YEAR GRADUATES

    Students can only graduate after three years with endorsement of the counselor and permission of the Board of Education.

POLICY ON THREE AND ONE-HALF YEAR GRADUATES

If a student wishes to graduate in January of his/her senior year of high school, the requirements are as follows:

•        Submit an application for graduation to the guidance counselor by November 1st for review  by the Board of Education at its November meeting.

•        24.5 academic credits are required. Permission must be granted by the Board of Education to waive the final semester of physical education.

•        Final exams for first semester must be taken as scheduled for all students.

•        A certified letter of graduation will be issued in January. The diploma will be issued in June.

•        Participation in May or June graduation exercises is required.

•        All 24.5 credits must be earned through high school level courses taken and passed during the regular school year. No summer school, credit recovery, or college-level courses may be applied to the 24.5 academic credits.

•        The student’s guidance counselor and administration will determine any other educational course work or special circumstance related to this policy.

POLICY ON FOUR AND ONE-HALF YEAR
AND FIVE-YEAR GRADUATES

Four and one-half year and five-year graduates are not required to participate in graduation exercises. However, if these students elect to participate in graduation exercises, they must make their request to the school guidance office  secretary by February 1st.

CREDIT RECOVERY OPTIONS

Some students will, for various reasons, fail classes which must be made up. Streator High School offers the following options for recovering credits.

  1. Summer School – Currently, English, Science, Math and Driver Education are offered in summer school. A student who fails any semester of English, any semester of Science (Physical Science, Biology or Earth Science only) or the second semester of a Math class may enroll in summer school. Fees for this are set by the Board of Education. Students on free or reduced lunch may pay a lesser fee or no fee. Drivers Education is an elective offered during the summer for the convenience of families and students. Fees are not waived for this course.
  2. Morning Credit Recovery – Seniors who are not able to earn sufficient credits for graduation in the course of a normal school day may enroll in an early morning credit recovery class. The fee for this course is set by the Board of Education. There is no sliding scale for these classes.
  3. Distance Learning - This option is available to students whose class has already graduated or under special circumstance as approved by the administration. Streator High School contracts with a company that offers online high school coursework. Students whose class has graduated and who, because of life circumstances, cannot attend regular classes may enroll in this program. There is a fee for each class. Courses are online and self-paced. Students report to Streator High School for mid-term and final exams.
  4. College Courses – Students who are deficient in credits may request to have an IVCC class count as high school credit. Such classes must be at least three credit hours and should be approved by the guidance counselor. A three hour credit college course will count as one Streator High School credit. College courses will only count for elective credit, and a maximum of three such classes will be allowed.

GRADUATION POLICY

All three-year, three and one-half year, and four-year graduates are required to participate in the graduation exercises in either May or June. This is a Board of Education policy. Any exceptions to this policy must be referred to the school principal through a written request. This includes any transfer students during their senior year.

If a student is on the senior list to be eligible for graduation after seven semesters of academic work as stated under “Requirements for Graduation” in the student handbook and fails to meet these requirements during the eighth semester of academic work, the student will not be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony on graduation day. A diploma from Streator Township High School will not be issued to the student until all requirements for graduation are completed.  Any necessary documentation must be presented showing proof of requirements being completed for courses not already documented by the guidance office. If the student thinks he or she has mitigating circumstances which merit consideration related to this policy, the student should appeal to the administration in writing. The administration in consultation with the Board of Education will make a decision related to the student’s appeal to determine his or her being able to participate in the graduation exercises.

Any student who graduates early as an Early Graduate or from an Alternative Program will not be able to attend school functions as a student following his/her early graduation.

GRADUATING WITH DISTINCTION

Graduating with Distinction will be awarded and recognized in this manner:

COLLEGE ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

Students are encouraged to consider post-secondary educational options. Graduation from high school is very important, but particularly in our ever evolving world, is not a guarantee of a good job in the future. Guidance counselors meet with students individually on a regular basis to discuss future plans. Parents and guardians are encouraged to participate in these discussions. Students who wish to attend a four year university are particularly encouraged to plan carefully so that they are qualified for admittance. The chart below suggests some course plans for students wishing to attend college. These are minimal suggestions. Grades in the courses are naturally of critical importance.

Course

2 year college, trade school, military

4 year college

4 year selective college

English

4 years

4 years

4 years or more

Math

3 years

3-4 years through Algebra I

4 years through Pre-Calc

Science

3 years

3 years including Biology, Physics and Chemistry

4 years including Biology, Physics and Chemistry

Social Studies

2 years

3 years

3 or more years

Other

Vocational or computer courses

2 years of foreign language plus electives

Minimum of 2 years of foreign language

COLLEGE VISITATION DAYS

Students are limited to two college visitation days while enrolled at Streator High School. If a student wishes to use a college visitation day, requirements are as follows:

•        The college visitation day(s) must be taken during the 2nd semester of the junior year or 1st semester through the last day of the 3rd quarter of the senior year unless otherwise approved by administration.

•        Students must have an appointment with time and date established to be able to pick up a college visitation form from the SHS attendance office.

•        Visits may only be scheduled for Monday through Thursday. Friday visitations must be pre-approved by the assistant principal in charge of attendance.

•        The student must inform his/her teachers the day before the visit in order  to obtain homework assignments and have all work made up within two days after the visit.

•        The student must bring back completed form to the SHS attendance office by 8:00 a.m. the day following the visit. Failure to do so will result in the student receiving an absence for their college day.

•        Students on a medical extension are not eligible for college visitation days.

A parent must call the SHS attendance office on the day of the visit.

DRESS CODE

In recognition of the fact that the primary purpose of school is education and that rules and policies are intended to protect the integrity of that purpose, Streator Township High School requires that students groom and dress in a manner appropriate to an educational environment.  The purpose of a school dress code is to ensure the safety of students and to establish and maintain a proper learning environment.  SHS feels it is also the parent’s responsibility to see that the dress code is followed by his/her student.  Students are not to wear clothing that offends, distracts, or disrupts the educational environment nor should they wear clothing that could potentially pose a danger to themselves or to others.  The following are general guidelines of apparel that must not be worn:

•        Apparel that is overly revealing and/or that compromises standards of decency

•        Apparel that is not worn in an intended or appropriate manner

•        Apparel that is disrespectful to others or the environment

•        Apparel or accessories that could be used to cause harm to others

The following more-specific guidelines are intended to provide definition, clarification, and amplification to the more general ones listed above.  However, they are given only as examples and should not be regarded as a complete list:

  1. No clothing that exposes the chest, abdomen and/or undergarments.  Examples include, but are not limited to, racerbacks, revealing tops or blouses, spaghetti straps, tube tops, halter tops, tank tops, sleeveless T-shirts or undershirts, bare midriffs, clothing with holes, sagging, or any other clothing that is offensive due to being revealing.  Tops which are not tucked in must be long enough to cover the midsection when the student is in a sitting or standing posture.  No clothing of any kind with straps of less than one (1) inch.
  2. No apparel which is unreasonably short, low cut, or tight, or which reveals undergarments.  Skirts should be no shorter than four (4) inches from the top of the knee.  Shorts must be as long as the tip of the student’s middle finger when standing with arms straight down to his/her side. An undergarment worn in an exposed manner is unacceptable.  Tops should meet the top of the waistband of the pants, shorts, or skirts as the student is standing or walking, and should not be otherwise revealing as the student assumes any other position.
  3. No clothing or jewelry is allowed which displays profane, vulgar, sexist or racist graphics or language, gang or cult insignias, alcohol, drugs, or tobacco.
  4. Bib overalls must be worn with a shirt that meets the one (1) inch strap requirement.  Both straps must be properly secured.
  5. Sundresses are acceptable if they are not bare-back and meet the one (1) inch strap requirement.
  6. The wearing of a chain or chains by a student on his/her waist or elsewhere is prohibited.  Spiked jewelry is not allowed.
  7. Outerwear, headwear, or sunglasses in the classrooms and hallways is prohibited during the instructional day.  Any student with a medical condition which requires the head or eyes to be covered may wear the appropriate covering upon approval by the school nurse and the administration.   Students attending activities on school property after school hours may wear billed caps in the proper position with the bill forward.  Religious head wear is exempt from this policy.
  8. Hair styles, dress, and accessories that pose a safety hazard are not permitted in the shop, laboratories, or during physical education.
  9. Footwear must be worn.
  10. Pants, shorts, and skirts must be worn at the waist or upper hip.  

Students should be neat, clean, and have good personal hygiene.  The decision as to what constitutes neatness and cleanliness will be left to the discretion of school personnel and is guided by safety and health concerns.

If you are in doubt about whether or not to wear something, don’t wear it.

Exceptions to the above policies for individual cause must be addressed to the administration.

Depending upon the severity of the infraction, or the extent to which it is repeated, a student in violation of either the school’s general or specific guidelines will be subject to one or more of the following actions.

•        First offense – A warning may be issued.  The student might be asked to change clothing, remove the offending article, or cover the offending article.

•        Second offense – The student will be assigned op hours and asked to change clothing, remove the offending article, or cover the offending article.

•        Continued offenses - Saturday School or ISS.         

TARDINESS/ATTENDANCE/TRUANCY

The Streator Township High School Board of Education expects that students will be in attendance every day.  The Board of Education believes that attendance is a critical factor in a student’s achievement and success in school.  The Board of Education encourages students to give priority to school attendance.  The Board of Education expects that parents will make every effort to see to it that their student attends school every day.

Parents and students are reminded that Article 26, Section 1, of the School Code of Illinois, requires that all children between the ages of seven (7) and sixteen (16) attend school.  It is the responsibility of the parent to assure that his/her child attends classes regularly.

Tardiness:  Tardiness is defined as any unexcused arrival in the classroom of a student beyond the scheduled time that class begins.  Students need to be inside the door of the classroom to be considered on time. Arrival in the classroom of ten (10) minutes or under will be handled by assigning op hours.  Arrival in the classroom of more than ten (10) minutes to a class will be considered as an absence.  The teacher will notify the student when such incidents are recorded as an absence.

Absences:  Absence is defined as a student missing more than ten (10) minutes of any class period.

The following are considered valid, excused reasons to not be in attendance:

•        Personal illness

•        Professional appointment which could not be scheduled outside of the regular school day

•        Personal or family problems

•        Funeral

•        Approved college or military visitation days

•        A valid, scheduled court date – a parent must notify the school in order for a leave permit to be issued, and the student must return with court documentation

•        On days when students must attend Streator Court, the students are expected to attend their first hour class.

Disciplinary suspensions will not counted for these absences.

Pre-arranged family vacations will not be counted unless they are classified as “unadvised.”

Any student who is absent for any portion of a school day is not allowed to participate in or attend any school-related activity on that day. Administration reserves the right to review each case on an individual basis.

A student is considered unexcused or truant when absent without valid cause for a school day or any portion of a school day.  It is the student’s responsibility to check his/her attendance record in Skyward on a daily basis. The following are examples of reasons which are NOT excused reasons for being absent from school:

•        Oversleeping

•        Missing the bus

•        Shopping trips

•        Babysitting

•        Hunting, fishing, trapping trips

•        Unexplained “personal reasons”

•        Taking relatives or others to the airport

The following are strategies available in cases of truancy:

•        Parent-teacher conference

•        Dean conference with parents

•        Guidance department conference

•        Social worker conference

•        Referral to community worker

•        School psychologist conference

•        Alternative school placement

•        Alternative educational program

•        Referral to County Truancy Officer

•        Referral to student services team


Tiered Truancy


1st Tier

After 3 unexcused absences

Verbal contract and parent contact

2nd Tier

Further unexcused absence(s)

Truancy officer contact / home visit *for students under 17

Social Probation Penalty Issued

3rd Tier

Further unexcused absence(s)

Truancy contract issued to the student

4th Tier

Violation of truancy contract

Truancy ticket is issued to the student

Final Tier

After continued instances of unexcused absence

Additional tickets issued at discretion of the truancy officer

Per Illinois School Code (105 ILCS 5/26-2) any student 17 years or older having 20% absences in 1 semester will be denied enrollment for the following semester.

Reporting an absence – The parent/guardian should call the school by 10:00 a.m. each day that the student is absent.  Student absence for which no call or note was provided by the parent/guardian by noon on the day of return to school will be considered unexcused. Unexcused absences will be referred to the dean of students, and a consequence will be assigned according to the discipline policy.

Checking in or out during the school day

•        Any student who arrives after class has begun must check in at the attendance office.

•        Any student who needs to leave the building during the school day is required to obtain a leave-permit pass from the dean’s office, and not from a teacher.  

•        Any student who wishes to check out from school must have an appointment card or a note or call from the parent/guardian providing information about the location and time of the student’s appointment.  Without a card, note, or phone call the student must remain in school unless the nurse, dean of students, or an administrator gives him/her permission to leave.

Final exam attendance – A final exam is given in every course.  As a matter of policy, absence from final exams, without prior approval of the administration, constitutes failure for the course.  An unexcused absence from a final exam will also result in the same disciplinary action as a single-period absence.  An absence which results from illness should be reported no later than 4:00 p.m. on the day of the exam.

Absences within the system – Absences or excused tardiness due to approved school field trips, necessary co-curricular or extracurricular activities, guidance counselor appointments, disciplinary consultations, etc. and the like, will not be considered as an absence within SHS attendance policy guidelines provided that the teacher, counselor, or administrator who required the presence of the student properly notifies the classroom teacher.

RELEASE TIME FOR RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION AND OBSERVANCE

A student will be released from school, as an excused absence, to observe a religious holiday or for religious instruction.  The student’s parent/guardian must give written notice to the building principal at least five (5) calendar days before the student’s anticipated absence(s) Students excused for religious reasons will be given an opportunity to make up any examination, study, or work requirement.

ATTENDANCE ACCOUNTING PROCEDURES

It is the responsibility of each student to check his/her attendance daily. Students can check their attendance at any time via Skyward and also via a daily email sent to them each morning. If the list shows the correct reason for the absence, the student does nothing.  If the reason shown on the daily attendance list is incorrect (e.g. absent-unexcused) and the student can  provide a note or phone call from the parent to excuse the absence before noon on the day on which he/she returns to school, then he/she must report to the attendance office to receive a re-admit slip to show his/her teachers.

Daily attendance record – Accurate attendance reports are important for both student and personnel records and for State Aid reimbursement.  If a student was tardy (10 minutes or less late to class) and was marked absent by mistake, he/she should see the teacher of the period involved to make sure that an immediate correction is made.

A student who is seventeen (17) years of age, or older, and who loses a class or classes, may be released during that class period to the custody of the parent/guardian.

Definitions:

Absence - Unexcused: Any absence which is not verified by a parent/guardian by a phone call, personal note, or doctor’s note when required.

Absence - Excused: Any absence which is verified by a parent/guardian by a phone call, personal note or doctor’s note.

NON-ATTENDANCE PENALTIES (UNEXCUSED)

Single period absence = 2 hr. Saturday School

Partial day absence (2-3 periods) = 4 hr. Saturday School

Full day absence (4-7 periods) = 5 hr. Saturday School

If a student has forfeited the right to serve Saturday School by being assigned more than 6 Saturday Schools in a semester, then the following penalties will be issued.

Single period absence = 2 periods of ISS (am)

Partial day absence (2-3 periods) = 4 periods of ISS (am)

Full day absence (4-7 periods) = 1 full day of ISS

DISCIPLINE

No student handbook or disciplinary code can contain every action that is an infringement upon the rights of others or disrupts the educational process. Therefore, the administration and dean of students reserve the right to take disciplinary action when student misbehavior so warrants it, even if the offense in question is not specifically referred to in the student handbook.

Streator High School seeks to reward good behavior and is instituting incentives for students who do not receive disciplinary referrals.

WHEN AND WHERE CONDUCT RULES APPLY : The grounds for disciplinary action also apply whenever the student’s conduct is reasonably related to school or school activities, including but not limited to:

  1. On, or within sight of, school grounds before, during, or after school hours or at any 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.

Streator High School’s disciplinary philosophy will be guided by the principles below, which will be posted in every classroom. Teachers reserve the right to extend beyond this set of expectations for their individual classrooms.

Bulldogs are Respectful, Responsible, Socially Smart, and Safe

Respectful

Responsible

Socially Smart

Keep It Safe

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 of school voluntarily due to behavioral or academic difficulties. Potential disciplinary measures include, without limitation, any of the following measures:

  1. Notifying parents/guardians.
  2. Disciplinary conference.
  3. Withholding of privileges.
  4. Opportunity (Op) hours to serve.
  5. Restorative Discipline- an alternative to punitive responses to wrongdoing. It brings together persons in conflict in a safe and respectful space, promoting dialogue, accountability, and a stronger sense of community. The dean’s office and counseling office will collaborate in issuing restorative discipline. Methods of restorative discipline can include but are not limited to: letters of apology, mediations, teacher-student meetings, peer mediation, letters or reflection, mandated counseling, etc.
  6. Temporary removal from the classroom.
  7. Return of property or restitution for lost, stolen or damaged property.
  8. In-school suspension.
  9. After-school op-hour or Saturday School provided the student’s parent/guardian has been notified.  (If transportation arrangements cannot be made in advance, an alternative disciplinary measure will be assigned to the student.)
  10. Community service.
  11. Seizure of contraband; confiscation and temporary retention of the personal property that was used to violate school rules.
  12. Suspension of bus riding privileges.
  13. Suspension from school and all school activities for up to 10 days.  A suspended student is prohibited from being on school grounds.
  14. Expulsion from school and all school activities for a definite time period. An expelled student is prohibited from being on school grounds.
  15. Transfer to an alternative program if the student is expelled or otherwise qualifies for transfer under State law.
  16. Notifying juvenile authorities or other law enforcement whenever the conduct involves criminal activity, such as, 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 or 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: Corporal punishment is illegal and will not be used.  Corporal punishment is defined as slapping, paddling, or prolonged maintenance of students in physically painful positions, or intentional infliction of bodily harm.  Corporal punishment does not include reasonable force as needed to maintain safety for students, staff, or other persons, or for the purpose of self-defense or defense of property.

TARDINESS – A student is considered tardy if he/she is not in the door of their assigned classroom at the time of the bell. The teacher will inform a student who enters class after roll has been taken if the student has been marked absent or tardy. A student who is tardy during the first ten (10) minutes of class will be penalized with op hours. A student who is more than ten (10) minutes late to class will be marked officially absent from the class.  It is the responsibility of the student to check the op hour list every day and clear any absences reported to the office that resulted due to tardiness.

Tardiness to class will result in the following:

Tardy Warning                 First instance of tardiness

1st Tardy                        1 op hour

2nd Tardy                        2 op hours

3rd Tardy                        3 op hours-with written referral -1st time out.

4th Tardy                        Phone conference with parent, student, and

dean/guidance counselor

5th Tardy                        2 Hour Saturday School

6th Tardy and Beyond         Progressive hours of Saturday School; social

probation penalties; assigned lunch op hours

REMOVAL OF STUDENTS FROM CLASS – Upon written notice to the administration, a teacher may exclude from class a student causing a serious disruption. A serious disruption may be defined as, but is not limited to:

•        Student behavior that prevents other students from learning.

•        Student behavior that persists after disciplinary interventions.

•        Student behavior that demonstrates a pattern of chronic unexcused tardiness to class as indicated by the third unexcused tardy per semester.

When the first serious disruption occurs (1st time out), a referral will be sent to the dean explaining the incident. The dean will then administer the necessary discipline which could include op hours or restorative discipline. The student may be referred to the student assistance team, counselor, or other support groups. Teacher will attempt to make parent contact.

If a second serious disruption occurs (2nd time out), a second referral will be sent to the dean explaining the incident.

If the student is currently part of a case-study evaluation or receiving special education services, an IEP meeting will be called to include the appropriate staff members. This student's schedule will not be changed unless the IEP team makes the recommendation to do so.

If a third referral occurs (3rd time out), the case will be sent to the dean's office. If the student is currently part of a case-study evaluation or receiving special education services, a manifestation determination will be called, which will include the appropriate staff members. This student's schedule will not be changed unless the team makes the recommendation to do so. If a 504 alternate setting placement is necessary, the IEP will be adjusted to reflect this (which may include a need for out-of-school suspension as a consequence).

If a student is identified as a complete distraction to the learning environment and safety of the students and staff (SB-100), the student could be placed into a study hall or permanent detention room (room 124) until determined it is safe for the student to return to class. The dean’s office will make this determination.

Room Detentions: Teachers may assign room detentions to be served before or after school in the teacher’s room. A student will be allowed 24 hours to report to the teacher’s room when instructed to do so. In order to gain a 24-hour delay, the student must immediately and specifically request such a delay from the teacher when he/she has been assigned a room detention. The room detention will be a maximum of 30 minutes, but may be shorter in duration if deemed appropriate by the teacher. Failure to serve a room detention will result in one op hour.

Opportunity (Op) Hours - Detaining a student at a selected place for a certain period of time may be used as a method of maintaining discipline.

Students may also be assigned op hours through the dean’s office. Each school day an op hour list is printed showing students’ ID numbers to keep students anonymity and number of op hours to be served. Copies are posted in each classroom and outside the main office. It is the responsibility of each student to check this list daily. Op hour lists will also be emailed daily to the student body with ID numbers.

Op-hour Hall times are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 3:05 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Half op hours may also be served in the morning on Wednesdays from 7:30-7:50 a.m. and in the form of restricted lunch. Restricted lunch is 20 minutes in length (half of the op hour timeframe). Students will have a serve-by date listed on the op hour list. Failure to serve op hours by the date will lead to the removal of those op hours and will result in additional discipline. Students who accumulate 8 op hours will be immediately removed from the list and given the appropriate consequences:

1st Offense – Saturday School

2nd Offense – In-school suspension or Saturday School.

In-school suspension will only be assigned if the student fails to serve an assigned Saturday School. In this case, in-school suspensions will be given as discipline for any subsequent discipline for removal of op hours.

A student who has eight (8) or more op hours will not be allowed to participate in any school-related activity until op hours are served bringing their total to less than eight (8) or are removed by Saturday School or in-school suspension.  If suspended, the student will follow the school-activity guidelines for suspended students.

Students will have the the opportunity to serve op hours during Saturday School. For every forty minutes a student serves, it will count as 1 op hour. Students will thus have the opportunity to serve 7.5 op hours during a 5 hour Saturday School.

A graduating senior who is on the op hour list at the end of the school year must report and serve all of his/her op hours before graduation day. A non-graduating student may serve op hours for one week following the school year. There will be no deferrals from serving the previous year’s op hours. Failure to serve leftover op hours from the previous school year will immediately result in a Saturday School assignment to begin the following school year. If a student receives an op hour at the end of the school year and does not have sufficient time to serve or was not able to be notified of the assigned op hour will be allowed to serve those op hours at the beginning of the next school year.

Lunch Op Hours: Students have the option to serve their op hours during their lunch periods in Room 124 (the ISS room) next to the dean’s office. To serve an op hour at lunch, students must report directly to Room 124 within 5 minutes of their class being dismissed to lunch. The op hour instructor will then escort the students to the commons where they will get in line to receive their lunch. Lunches will be eaten in Room 124. The normal rules of ISS (see below) will apply to those serving lunch op hour.

GENERAL DISCIPLINE GUIDELINES

Conduct and offenses which are unacceptable at any time during school, including any school event or activity in which Streator Township High School is a sponsor or participant, will be subject to the following rules and regulations in disciplinary actions. These rules and regulations are GUIDELINES ONLY and particular situations or repetitive behavior may be treated differently depending on the circumstances.

OFFENSE

DISCIPLINARY ACTION

Conduct which results in a student receiving multiple Out-of-School Suspensions over a period of time

Possible discipline hearing to consider expulsion

Affection - Inappropriate Displays

Options include: verbal warning, op hours, Saturday School, parent conference, and/or suspension

Alcohol - possession, use of (consuming), or distributing alcoholic beverages, or being under the influence of alcoholic beverages

1st Offense: suspension, parent conference, counseling, and probation

2nd Offense: OSS; possible expulsion proceedings

Assault/Battery

Options include: suspension, expulsion, and/or referral to civil authorities

Bullying (including cyber-bullying)

Options include: verbal warning, mediation, op hours, Saturday School, parent conference, and/or suspension, expulsion, and/or referral to civil authorities

Bus Misconduct

Options include: verbal warning, op hours, Saturday School, parent conference, and/or suspension of privileges

Cell Phone Violations and other electronic devices (including unauthorized picture or video recording) If a device is confiscated,a  parent or guardian must come in to retrieve from the dean’s office.

Options include: confiscation of devices, op hours, Saturday School, parent conference, suspension, and/or referral to civil authorities

Cheating/Plagiarism (Honor Code Violation)

Options include: referral to guidance office, zero on assignment, op hours, Saturday School, parent conference, and/or suspension

Class Disruptions (includes failure to follow classroom rules; disruption of the educational environment)

Options include:

  • Verbal warning
  • Teacher detention
  • 1st time-out (op hours, restorative discipline)
  • 2nd time-out (parent meeting, restorative discipline, op hours)
  • 3rd time-out (Saturday School, ISS)

Commons Disruptions

Options include: dean’s conference, denial of privileges, verbal warning, op hours, Saturday school and/or suspension

Defiance of Authority

Options include: dean’s conference, op hours, Saturday School

Destruction/Damage to School Property (including defacing of property)

Options include: restitution (pay for damaged property), suspension, expulsion, and/or referral to civil authorities

Disruptive Acts (excessive noise or littering of building or grounds)

Options include: dean’s conference, op hours, Saturday School, suspension

Dress Code Violation

Options include: warning, change to clothing that complies with dress code,, op hours, Saturday School

Drugs (illegal possession or use of drugs, prescriptions medications, narcotics, marijuana, or “look alike” drugs and/or paraphernalia or steroids)

1st Offense: suspension, parent conference, counseling, and probation, possible referral to civil authorities

2nd Offense: expulsion proceedings

Drugs (sale of the above mentioned drugs)

Suspension pending investigation; expulsion proceedings based on investigation

Failure to Report (to a teacher’s room detention, to dean’s office, etc.)

Options include: op hours, Saturday School, and/or suspension

False Fire Alarms

Options include: suspension, expulsion, and/or referral to civil authorities

Fan Bus (includes misbehavior and failure to return on bus)

Options include: dean’s conference, op hours, Saturday School, suspension

Fighting (includes conduct that can be construed as fighting, aggressive behavior, and reckless conduct)

Each case is judged on its own merit and shall result in one or more of the following options: suspension, expulsion, and/or referral to the civil authorities

Firecrackers, Smoke Bombs, Stink Bombs and similar devices

Options include: suspension, expulsion, and/or referral to civil authorities

Food/Beverage Violations

Options include: dean’s conference, op hours, Saturday School, and/or suspension

Forgery (includes forgery, alteration, and/or possession of blank passes, admits, and other school forms)

Options include: suspension and/or expulsion

Gambling

Options include: dean’s conference, op hours, Saturday School, and/or suspension, referral to civil authorities

Gangs, Fraternities, Sororities, Secret Societies and other groups not sanctioned by SHS

Options include: parent conference, op hours, Saturday School, suspension and/or expulsion

Gang-related activity, involvement, promotion, display, or advocacy of (can be through graffiti)

Immediate suspension and possible involvement of Streator Police Dept. and/or civil authorities

Harassment (including but not limited to disability, sex, religion, or racial, ethnic background)

Options include: verbal warning, peer mediation, Saturday School, parent conference, suspension, expulsion, and/or referral to civil authorities

Hazing/Intimidation (includes tricks/stunts on students or employees on or off campus, on bus, or within the community)

Options include: verbal warning, peer mediation, Saturday School, parent conference, suspension, expulsion, and/or referral to civil authorities

ID Cards - Students must be able to present SHS student ID cards at all times (failure to present)

Options include: dean’s conference, op hours, Saturday School, and/or suspension

Igniting Fires

Options include: suspension, expulsion, and/or referral to civil authorities

Inappropriate Materials (includes possession, distribution, and/or display of profane, obscene or suggestive materials)

Options include: dean’s conference, op hours, Saturday Schools, suspension, expulsion, and/or referral to civil authorities

Initiating, inciting others to misconduct

Options include: dean’s conference, op hours, Saturday Schools, suspension, and/or expulsion

Insubordination (includes disrespectful comments, gestures or acts, defiant challenges to school employees, or refusal to follow staff directions)

Options include: dean’s conference, op hours, Saturday Schools, suspension, and/or expulsion

Leaving: Classroom or Campus (not allowed except with permission of administration)

Options include: dean’s conference, op hours, Saturday School, and/or suspension

Parking Violation

Options include: dean’s conference, op hours, Saturday School, and/or suspension

Physical Conduct (includes horseplay, pushing, wrestling, snow balls, and other such actions)

Options include: dean’s conference, op hours, Saturday Schools, parent conference, suspension, and/or expulsion

Physical Education Violations (failure to dress in PE uniform)

Options include: dean’s conference, op hours, Saturday School, and/or suspension

Profanity, obscenities, inappropriate language (includes use of suggestive/disrespectful language or gestures/actions considered profane, vulgar, or immoral. Considered Gross Disobedience)

Options include: op hours, Saturday Schools, suspension, and/or expulsion

Removal of Op Hours (if student does not serve op hours by serve-by date; or if student reaches or exceeds 8 op hours at any time)

5-hour Saturday School

2 in-school suspensions (if student has failed to serve assigned Saturday School)

Staff Directed Profanity

Saturday School, in-school suspension, or out-of-school suspension

Stealing/Theft (includes theft, accessory to act of theft, and/or possession of stolen property of school and/or students)

Options include: restitution, suspension, expulsion, and/or referral to civil authorities

Threatening the safety or wellbeing of staff, students, or self

Options include: op hours, Saturday School, suspension, expulsion, and/or referral to civil authorities

Threats (includes towards school employee, another student, or bomb threats)

Options include: suspension, expulsion, and/or referral to civil authorities

Tobacco Use or Possession, ie: cigarettes, E-cigarettes, lighters, matches, cigarette papers (use or possession of tobacco products is prohibited in the building, on campus or in adjacent areas to campus at any time)

1st Offense: 1 day in-school suspension

2nd Offense: suspension, expulsion, and/or referral to civil authorities

Truancy/Unexcused Absences (absent without valid reason)

Single period absence = 2 hr. Saturday School

Partial day absence (2-3 periods) = 4 hr. Saturday School

Full day absence (4-7 periods) = 5 hr. Saturday School

If a student has forfeited the right to serve Saturday School by not attending an assigned Saturday School, then the following penalties will be issued.

Single period absence = 2 periods of in-school suspension (am)

Partial day absence (2-3 periods) = 4 periods of in-school suspension (am)

Full day absence (4-7 periods) = 1 full day of in-school suspension

Vandalism (includes school employee and students’ effects and/or property)

Options include: restitution, suspension, expulsion and/or referral to civil authorities

Weapons (possession of firearms, knives, lethal weapons, look alike weapons or any potentially dangerous object or substances that could be used to inflict bodily harm or property damage)

Options include: suspension, referral to civil authorities and possible recommendation for expulsion

Wrong Area (includes loitering, being in unauthorized areas: parking lots, halls/building, going onto neighbors’ private properties, specific street areas)

Options include: dean’s conference, op hours, Saturday School, and/or suspension

Saturday School  Saturday School will be used for attendance violations and other situations where it is deemed appropriate by the school administration. Single or multiple unexplained absences will result in Saturday School assignment.

Students who receive Saturday School will be given a list of rules when they enter for their assignment. Failure to follow these rules will result in the student being removed and given an in-school suspension.

Students who receive Saturday School will not be able to participate in extracurricular activities beginning the Saturday of the Saturday School through Friday of the following week.

A student can be assigned up to 6 Saturday Schools per semester before being automatically sent to ISS for an infraction that would normally warrant Saturday School. Once a student is assigned 6 Saturday Schools, they will be placed on the “Failure to Serve Saturday School” list. Once on this list, students will receive ISS for any infraction they would normally receive a Saturday School for. This list will be restarted at the beginning of the following semester.  A student is allowed to reschedule one Saturday School per semester per parent/guardian phone call.

Failure to Serve Saturday School - if a student fails to show up for an assigned Saturday School, the following consequences are issued:

Suspension  In-school or out-of-school suspension will be used for certain types of violations of the discipline code.

Suspension procedure:  A faculty or staff member will fill out a referral form explaining the student’s misbehavior. The dean will give the student an informal hearing before any action will be considered. If a student is suspended, whether in-school or out-of-school, the parents will be notified by letter and an attempt will be made to call them immediately. The parents may appeal such an action to the local school authorities if they so desire.

If a student who is to be suspended has an IEP, a manifestation determination meeting will be called to determine if there is any relatedness of the behavior to the student’s disability.
Re-engagement of Returning Student : The building principal or designee shall meet with a student returning to school from an out-of-school suspension, expulsion, or alternative school setting. The goal of this meeting shall be to support the student’s ability to be successful in school following a period of exclusion and shall include an opportunity for students who have been suspended to complete or make up missed work for equivalent academic credit.

In-School Suspension (ISS) - Students who are serving an in-school suspension (ISS) are expected to bring coursework to work on and contact their teachers ahead of time to get homework. Students are expected to follow the rules of the ISS room. If rules are broken and the room is disrupted, students will potentially be sent home. If a student is sent home or walks out of ISS, they have to re-serve the ISS plus an additional ISS for an unexcused absence. After a student’s second removal or walk-out of ISS, the dean of students reserves the right to remove all remaining ISS and replace them with out-of-school suspensions (OSS) plus one additional day of OSS.

ISS / BARK

ISS = In School Suspension for Regular Education Students

BARK = ISS for Students with an IEP

Behavioral Change. Accountability. Reflection. Knowledge.

1)  Goal - To support disciplinary needs of our students in an academic setting

2) Time                

ISS: Regular Education Students - Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays  

BARK: IEP Students - Tuesdays and Thursdays

                

3) Location                

Room 124 - Isolated classroom - limited interaction with student body

Dance Room - during 4th hour lunch

4) Size - Maximum of 20 students

5) How to Get an ISS / BARK

Reason for ISS / BARK

Placement into ISS / BARK

Transition Back into the Building from an Out-of-School Suspension

Immediately for 1-3 days

Failure to Serve a Saturday School

Meet with student on Monday and place them in ISS / BARK on that Wednesday (Reg Ed) or Thursday (IEP)

Attendance

Attendance penalties combined for prior week. Assigned on Friday and placed in school that week.

Removal of Op Hours

Remove Monday and assign ISS immediately for that week (Mon or Tues) or Sat School the following Saturday if they aren’t on the FTS list.

Other Offense (Tobacco, etc.)

Immediate placement into ISS the day of and/or after the offense.

6) Supervisor                

Person that can support the student’s academic and disciplinary need;  additional staff to help support emotional/social needs (counselors, social workers)

7)  Program Components

Academic Work

Counseling

Reflection

P.E.

Service

Character Education

8) Needs

        Chromebooks - students bring their own

        Storage for student belongings that can be locked

        Individual student seating

        Set of textbooks

        Teacher desk and computer

        Teacher radio - preferably install a phone as well

        Educational supplies

9) Daily Schedule for ISS

Time

Activity

1st Hour

Check In / Breakfast / Organize Work for the Day / Check Email

2nd-3rd Hr

Bathroom Break

Work Completion

Reflection / Counselor Contact

4th Hour

Dance Room

Get Lunch and eat in the Dance Room

Work Completion

PE Component (walk, exercise in available area)

5th Hour

Community Component

Work Completion

6th Hour

Work Completion

Restroom Break

PE Component - Walking around Commons

7th Hour

Criteria Sheet for Incentive

  • Movement to 7th hour
  • Allow to use head phones / watch videos, etc.
  • Removal of future days / hours of ISS

Work completion

10) Criteria Sheet for Movement to 7th Hour Class - if any of these questions are answered with a “Yes” by the instructor, then student did not meet the criteria for reward or movement out of the room.

11) Notifications to Student and Teacher

        Student - notified directly via email and/or face to face communication

with the dean

        Teachers - notified via email of the list from Mrs. Wargo (share Google

Sheets)

12) ISS / BARK Classroom Guidelines        

the classroom

room.


The school authorities will use the following guidelines in determining the type and length of suspension.

Category I

First Offense:  Op hours or Restorative Discipline

Second Offense:  Op hours (increased amount)

Third Offense:  In-school suspension with a possible expulsion recommendation

•        Use of profanity or vulgarity

•        Loitering after school hours on school or adjacent property

•        Failure to complete required school writing assignments

•        Misuse of computer or internet sites

•        Parking in unauthorized areas or sitting in parked cars

•        Unauthorized exit of school property

•        Other inappropriate or disruptive actions

•        Bringing to school, or using on school grounds, a laser light

Category II

First Offense: In-school suspension or Saturday School

Second Offense: Out-of-school suspension with parent meeting

Third Offense: Out-of-school suspension with possible expulsion recommendation

•        Destruction or defacement of school property

•        Violation of smoking and/or tobacco policy

•        Removal of detentions

•        Repeated violations of attendance policy

•        Other inappropriate or disruptive actions

Category III

Any of the following offenses will result in immediate discipline and possible in-school suspension or out-of-school suspension with a possible recommendation for expulsion. A recommendation for expulsion is possible on the first offense:

•        Physical attack on another person or participating in a fight

•        Possession of illegal weapons

•        Attempting to intimidate or threaten a teacher or staff member

•        Use of profane language toward a teacher or staff member

•        Involvement, promotion, display, or advocacy of gang-related activity/gang policy violation

•        Stealing and/or possession of stolen property

•        Being under the influence, possession, or use of illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia, or look-alike drugs, and/or alcoholic beverages.

•        Intimidation, extortion, constant harassment, or hazing

•        Other inappropriate or disruptive actions

Category IV

Any of the following offenses will result in ten (10) days out-of-school suspension and an immediate recommendation for expulsion:

•        Striking a teacher or staff member

•        Use of illegal weapons

•        Possession of a firearm

•        Threatening or endangering the safety and welfare of the students and staff of Streator High School by making bomb threats, false fire alarms or other disruptive behavior.

•        Other disruptive or inappropriate actions.

A student selling or attempting to sell alcohol/illicit drugs and/or look-alike drugs on school property, related to any school function, or within the safe school zone, will be subject to expulsion.

 

Social Probation – Any student who has been assigned an in-school suspension or Saturday School will be placed on Social Probation and not be allowed to participate in any co-curricular activity for seven (7) calendar days beginning with the day of the Saturday School or in-school assignment.

Any student who fails to serve a Saturday School will be placed on social probation for one calendar month.

Any student who has been on out-of-school suspension will be placed on Social Probation. The length of the Social Probation will be determined by the length of the suspension. The following applies:

1-2 day suspension - 7 calendar days of Social Probation

3-5 day suspension - 10 calendar days of Social Probation

6 or more day suspension - 30 calendar days of Social Probation

Once a student is placed on the Social Probation list for the third time in a semester, his/her Social Probation will last for the remainder of that semester.

EXPULSIONS

For the most serious offenses of repeated flagrant violations of the school rules and policies, a student can and will be removed from school and all school activities by the Board of Education for the remainder of the school term and/or year. Some serious offenses may result in a two-year expulsion.

Board Policy states that any time a student receives a fourth out-of-school suspension, he/she may be recommended by school officials to the Board of Education for purposes of an expulsion hearing. A STUDENT MAY ALSO BE RECOMMENDED FOR EXPULSION FOR A SINGLE ACT OF MISCONDUCT IF, IN THE OPINION OF THE SCHOOL, THE ACT MERITS SUCH CONSIDERATION.

According to Chapter 10-22.6 of the Illinois School Code:

Suspensions or expulsion of pupils: (A) To expel pupils guilty of gross disobedience or misconduct, and no action shall lie against them for such expulsion. Expulsion shall take place only after the parents have been requested to appear at a meeting of the board, or with a hearing officer appointed by it, to discuss their child’s behavior. Such request shall be made by registered or certified mail and shall state the time, place, and purpose of the meeting.  The board, or a hearing officer appointed by it, at such meeting shall state the reasons for dismissal and the date on which the expulsion is to become effective. If a hearing officer is appointed by the board, he shall report to the board a written summary of the evidence heard at the meeting and the board may take such action thereon as it finds appropriate.

The student may represent himself, designate a parent or guardian, or commission an attorney to represent his interests at the formal hearing. The student may present evidence, challenge allegations, and ask the cooperation of school officials for any reasonable requests.

The student is entitled to be notified in writing of the Board of Education’s decision on the expulsion within a reasonable time after the hearing.

Students with IEPs or 504 plans will have a manifestation determination before any recommendation to the board for expulsion to determine whether there is any relatedness to their disability.

HARASSMENT/BULLYING OF STUDENTS PROHIBITED

No person, including a District employee or agent, or student, shall harass, intimidate or bully another student based upon a student’s sex, color, race, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, or other protected group status. The District will not tolerate harassing, intimidating conduct, or bullying whether verbal, physical, or visual that affects the tangible benefits of education, that unreasonably interferes with a student’s educational performance, or that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment. Examples of prohibited conduct include name-calling, using derogatory slurs, causing psychological harm, threatening or causing physical harm, or wearing or possessing items depicting or implying hatred or prejudice of one of the characteristics stated above. Violation of the above will result in an immediate suspension with the possibility of expulsion.

To report bullying or harassment, please contact the dean of students at (815) 672-0545 ext. 523 or use our “Report Bullying Now” form anonymously at streatorhs.org or http://www.streatorhs.org/forms.cfm?myForm=27984.

STUDENT HONOR CODE

As part of its mission to educate the whole child, Streator High School is committed to preparing students to be “independent, productive, and responsible members of society.”  As such, we believe that each student should be held accountable to a code of honor that prohibits plagiarism and other forms of cheating, and that anyone who violates this code should face serious consequences.

Students who have difficulty with their assignments are always encouraged to seek help from their teachers, who are willing and obligated to provide assistance if and when it is appropriate to do so.  Teachers are available both before and after school to provide such assistance.

Parents/guardians and their students will receive information about the Honor Code in the Student Handbook at the start of each school year.  At the beginning of every year at Streator High School, both the student and the parent/guardian will be required to sign a form as testimony that they received this information.  That signed form will be kept on file.  Students will also receive oral instruction in their freshman year as part of their Library Media Center and/or classroom orientation.

In order to provide a definition of the terms in the Honor Code, and the consequences that will result from violating it, Streator High School offers the following general definition:

Streator High School regards plagiarism and cheating as any attempt to benefit your, or someone else’s, grade through unethical means.

The following guidelines are intended to provide specific definition, clarification, and amplification to the general definition provided above.  However, they are given as examples and should not be regarded as a complete list.  Individual teachers, in their list of classroom rules and policies, may include other forms of cheating.  It is the responsibility of the student to familiarize him or herself with each individual teacher’s expanded definition.

•        Cutting and pasting or copying information from any source such as the Internet, a book, a magazine, an instant translator, etc., and trying to pass it off as your own.

•        Presenting, either in whole or in part, any outside source of information such as the Internet, a book, magazine, newspaper, etc., and trying to pass it off as your own without proper acknowledgement to the source.  (Students will be apprised of what “proper acknowledgement” of a source is and how to correctly cite sources of information.)

•        Borrowing the sequence or arrangement of ideas or pattern of thought from an outside source without proper acknowledgement.

•        Attempting, whether or not the attempt is successful, to copy, share, or modify the form or ideas from another student on a homework assignment or during a test or quiz.

•        Using the work of other students without specific permission from the instructor to do so.

•        Using any form of test or quiz aid such as a “cheat sheet” or writing on the skin, apparel, desk, etc.

•        Using any form of electronic equipment to transmit or retain information.  Such electronic devices include, but are not limited to, computers, cell phones, pagers, PDA’s, and unauthorized or inappropriate use of calculators.

•        Having a parent or another student do an assignment such as an essay or project.

•        Communicating the content, in either oral or written form, of a test or quiz to other students who may be taking the evaluation instrument at another time.

•        “Recycling” (self-plagiarizing) work done for one teacher or course and using it for another teacher or course without the teacher’s permission.

•        Providing assistance in any form – by word, sign, or gesture – to others.  Streator High School regards another’s attempts to assist in cheating as equally serious.  Therefore, students who position themselves in their seats so that others may copy from them, or those who allow others to copy homework assignments, etc., without instructor’s permission, will be subject to the same penalties.  

•        Pressuring other students to assist in any of the above acts.  Such an act will result not only in facing consequences of this Honor Code but may also include consequences listed under Category III of the Suspension Code, which prohibits “intimidation, extortion, constant harassment, or hazing.”

Consequences For Violation of the Student Honor Code

Note that the following consequences are cumulative throughout the student’s years at Streator High School and will carry with him/her from one year to the next so that, for example, a violation in any one year of the student’s career at Streator High School will have a bearing on his/her future years at Streator High School.

Students found in violation of the Honor Code no more than one time in the academic year will have the opportunity to purge their record by undergoing the proper mediation steps. If a student is found in violation of the Honor Code more than once during the academic year, the student loses the right to purge his/her record.

First Offense:

•        Zero on that assignment, project, test, quiz, etc.    

•        Immediate referral to the guidance counselor.  The counselor, at that time, will place a phone call to the student’s parent or guardian to advise the parent or guardian that the student was found to be in violation of the school’s Honor Code.

•        A certified letter shall also be sent home to the parent/guardian to inform them that the student was found to be in violation of the school’s Honor Code.

•        The guidance counselor will set-up a conference with the teacher, student, counselor, and parent/guardian to discuss the infraction.

•        Notification to the advisor or sponsor of the various clubs and activities to which the student belongs with appropriate action taken in accordance with the rules of the club or organization.

•        Student will undergo a process of remediation.

Second Offense:

•        Same as above, but on this occasion, the student will receive an automatic three-day, in-school suspension and will receive only half credit on assignments.

•        Student will undergo a process of remediation.

Third Offense:

•        Same as under “First Offense,” but on this occasion the student will be removed from the class in which the last infraction took place with a grade of an “F” for the semester.  Parents and students are advised that both the state of Illinois and Streator High School mandate certain courses and numbers of hours for graduation.  Students who lose classes for violation of the Honor Code should be aware that the result may adversely impact their ability to graduate on time.

Subsequent Offenses:

•        All subsequent Honor Code offenses will carry the same consequences as the Third Offense above.

Appeals Process

•        Upon a student’s third violation of the Honor Code and the subsequent loss of a class, the student who is in violation will have the opportunity to appeal the punishment.  An appeals committee will be formed yearly and will consist of administrators, teachers, and guidance counselors.

SMOKING AND/OR TOBACCO-USE POLICY

Possession or use of tobacco in the school, on the school bus, on school or adjacent property, or while attending a school activity is strictly prohibited. This includes the possession or use of e - cigarettes or vaping materials. Streator High School is a smoke-free environment.

SAFE SCHOOL ZONE/GANG POLICY

It is the school's responsibility to maintain a safe and disruption-free school environment.  The School Code of Illinois (Ill. Rev. Stat. Ch. 122, par. 31-1 through 31-4) provides that "any public school fraternity, sorority, or secret society is inimical to the public good."

GANG POLICY

Being a designated safe-school zone prohibits gang activities.  While on school property, or at any school-related event wherever held, no student shall participate in any gang-related activity including, but not limited to, the following:

•        Shall not wear, possess, use, distribute, display or sell any clothing, including jewelry, emblem, badge, symbol, sign or other things that may be viewed as evidence of membership or affiliation in any gang.

•        Use of a cell phone or any other electronic communication device by a student on school property for gang-related activity is prohibited.

•    Soliciting and/or recruiting others for membership in a gang.

•        Using any communication, verbal or nonverbal (gestures, handshakes, etc.) suggesting or showing a membership in, or affiliation with, a gang or secret society.

•        Engaging in any activity, or omission, intended to promote or further the interests of any gang or any gang activity or society including, but not limited to, distributing literature,  drawing  or displaying unauthorized symbols on any surface, or teaching others to "represent" or act like a member of a gang or secret society.

•        Any act or activity which violates a policy of Streator Township High School when such an act or activity is taken in order to further the interests of a gang or secret society.

Disciplinary Action for Gang Activity - The local law enforcement agency may be called in to deal with the unlawful act according to the safe school zone. The school policy of out-of-school suspension, and/or expulsion will be used as a means to correcting the problem.

WEAPONS

•        Possession and/or use of a weapon including, but not limited to, switchblades, pocket knives, mace, blackjacks, pistols, revolvers, and other firearms is prohibited. Also use or possession of a laser pointer unless under a staff member’s direction, supervision, and in the context of instruction.

•        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 not less than one (1) year but not more than two (2) calendar years:

•        (1) A firearm, meaning any gun, rifle, shotgun, weapon, as defined by Section 921 of Title 18 of the Unites States Code, firearm as defined in Section 1.1 of the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act, or firearm as defined in Section 24-1 of the Criminal Code of 1961. The expulsion period may be modified by the superintendent, and the superintendent's determination may be modified by the board on a case-by-case basis.

•        (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 may be modified by the superintendent, and the     superintendent's determination may be modified by the board on a case-by-case basis.

OTHER SAFETY ISSUES

•        Participating in and/or inciting physical violence.

•        Coercing, harassing, and/or otherwise intimidating, threatening, or causing harm to any persons or living creature.

•        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.

•        Operating an unmanned aircraft system or drone for any purpose on school grounds or at any school event unless granted permission by the building principal.

STUDENT ALCOHOL AND DRUG-USE POLICY

Students may be disciplined for gross disobedience or misconduct, including but not limited to the following:

A student possessing or under the influence of  alcohol/illicit drugs and/or look-alike drugs on school property, related to any school function, or within the safe school zone, will be subject to the following discipline procedures:

First Offense:

•        If the incident occurs during the school day, the dean will contact the student's parents, the substance abuse/intervention counselor, and the school nurse for mandatory assessment and follow-up sessions as specified by the substance abuse/intervention counselor.  Local law enforcement will be contacted.

•        The student will be assigned out-of-school suspension. The student will be sent home for the remainder of the day with the parent or emergency contact. If no contact can be made, authorized school personnel or ambulance may transport the student to the emergency room or police station.

•        A substance abuse/intervention counselor will do a formal intervention with the student. The parent or emergency contact must accompany the student to at least one (1) session. All identified treatment objectives will be followed. Failure to do so will result in an out-of-school suspension and possible filing of charges. After the suspension, a student who still refuses to cooperate with the treatment objectives will be recommended for expulsion.

•        If the student misses any sessions with the substance abuse/intervention counselor, the parent will be notified immediately. An additional session with the parent will be scheduled.

•        The student is immediately suspended from all co-curricular and extracurricular activities until parent contact is made and the substance abuse/intervention counselor's intervention is completed.

•        The student may be recommended for expulsion on the first offense.

Second Offense:

If a second offense occurs during the same school year, the student shall be recommended for expulsion.

Any student caught selling or distributing alcohol/illicit drugs and/or look-alike drugs on school property, related to any school function or within the safe school zone will be immediately recommended for expulsion.

DANCE ATTENDANCE POLICY

All Streator High School students are welcome to attend school sponsored dances. A student requesting to bring a date who is not a Streator High School student must complete the “Date Request” form which is available in the main office. The form must be completed and returned to the principal’s office at least three days prior to the dance. The form requires the signature of the guest student’s administrator (principal, dean, etc.).

Dance times start at 7:00 pm and end at 10:00 pm unless otherwise specified. All attendees must arrive at the dance prior to 8:00 pm. Any students arriving after 8:00 pm will not be admitted to the dance. Anyone who purchases tickets at the door must have a valid school ID.

Any student who is on Social Probation is not allowed to attend a dance. This includes Homecoming, Sadie Hawkins, Prom, and any other dances that might be scheduled.

The MINIMUM grade level for guests is 9th grade.

The MAXIMUM age of a guest is 20 years old.

FLOWERS, BALLOONS, GIFTS, & NOTES

Due to the disruption to classes, the delivery of personal notes will not be made during school hours.  The delivery of flowers, balloons, and other gift items will not be allowed at any time.  These gifts should be delivered to the student at an alternative location.

MOTOR VEHICLE USAGE

Students are allowed to drive to and from school. Driving privileges may be suspended or revoked for abuse of the privilege. Students must register their cars at the beginning of the school year and display the appropriate parking pass in their car at all times while on school campus. The yearly cost of a parking pass is $15. Students, unless involved in the work program, are not allowed to leave the building to go to their cars during the school day.

STUDENT PARKING

Students may park their vehicles in the lot designated for student parking  and located across the street from the building between Morrell St. and Jefferson Ave. on the east and west and Lincoln Ave. and Broadway on the North and South between the hours of 7 am and 4 pm unless the student is involved in an evening school activity.  Vehicles must be parked between the painted lines,  should avoid the area marked by lines for band rehearsal, and  must be driven under the speed limit of 10 miles per hour while in the lot.  All vehicles must have a parking permit. Permits can be purchased at registration or in the business office. Vehicles should be driven safely and must yield to pedestrians.  Vehicles without a permit or parked outside painted lines or designated parking spots may be ticketed or towed at the discretion of the school, at the vehicle owner’s expense.  Students caught driving recklessly in the parking lot may be subject to disciplinary action.

The lots across from the building between Rt. 23 and Morrell St.  are for school staff, personnel, and others designated by administration.  These lots MAY NOT be used by students at any time.  Student vehicles parked in these lots may be ticketed or towed at the discretion of administration.

The school is not responsible for student vehicles, any possessions left in them, or anything attached to the vehicles.  STUDENTS PARK THEIR VEHICLES ON OR NEAR SCHOOL PROPERTY AT THEIR OWN RISK.  Students should be aware their vehicles are not protected in any way while in the parking lot, and items of value should not be left in or near the vehicle while unattended.

Students have no reasonable expectation of privacy in cars parked on school grounds.  School lots are regularly searched by contraband dogs, administration, and police officers.  Students should be aware that items and spaces on school grounds are subject to search and view by others, and that prohibited items discovered during the course of a search may result in discipline, including, but not limited to, expulsion from school.

Vehicles MAY NOT be parked or located in the bus lanes or fire lanes at ANY TIME.  Bus lanes and fire lanes are clearly marked.  Vehicles located in these locations may be ticketed and/or towed by the police.

Video cameras may be active in parking lots and may be used for the purposes of investigation into student misconduct. Discipline for misconduct includes all disciplinary measures in the student discipline code and/or withdrawal of parking privileges.

BUS TRANSPORTATION

The district provides bus transportation to and from school for all students living 1.5 miles or more from the school. A list of bus stops will be published at the beginning of the school year before student registration. Parents must, at the beginning of the school year, select one bus stop at which a student is to be picked up, and one stop at which a student is to be dropped off. Students are not permitted to ride a bus other than the bus to which they are assigned.  Exceptions must be approved in advance by the building principal or designee.

 

While students are on the bus, they are under the supervision of the bus driver. In most cases, bus discipline problems can be handled by the bus driver. In the case of a written disciplinary referral, student bus problems will be investigated and handled by the building principal or designee.

BUS CONDUCT

 In the interest of the student’s safety and in compliance with State law, students are also expected to observe the following:

 

  1. Dress properly for the weather. Make sure all drawstrings, ties, straps, etc. on all clothing, backpacks and other items, are shortened or removed to lessen the likelihood of them getting caught in bus doors, railings or aisles.
  2. Arrive on time at the bus stop, and stay away from the street while waiting for the bus.
  3. Stay away from the bus until it stops completely and the driver signals you to board. Enter in single file without pushing. Always use the handrail.
  4. Take a seat right away and remain seated facing forward. Keep your hands, arms, and head inside the bus.
  5. Talk quietly on the bus. No shouting or creating loud noises that may distract the driver. Tablets, iPods®, iPads®, smartphones, and other electronic devices must be silenced on the bus unless a student uses headphones.
  6. Help keep the bus neat and clean. Keep belongings out of the aisle and away from emergency exits.  Eating and drinking are not allowed on the bus.

Students are expected to follow all school rules when riding the school bus.  A student may be suspended from riding the bus for up to 10 consecutive school days for engaging in gross disobedience or misconduct, including but not limited to, the following:

  1. Violating any school rule or school district policy.
  2. Willful injury or threat of injury to a bus driver or to another rider.
  3. Willful and/or repeated defacement of the bus.
  4. Repeated use of profanity.
  5. Repeated willful disobedience of a directive from a bus driver or other supervisor.
  6. Such other behavior as the building principal deems to threaten the safe operation of the bus and/or its occupants.

If a student is suspended from riding the bus for gross disobedience or misconduct on a bus, the Board of Education may suspend the student from riding the school bus for a period in excess of 10 days for safety reasons.

A student suspended from riding the bus who does not have alternate transportation to school shall have the opportunity to complete or make up work for equivalent academic credit. It shall be the responsibility of the student’s parent or guardian to notify the school that the student does not have alternate transportation.

VISITOR POLICY

All visitors must proceed directly to the main office to register. Any student wishing to bring a guest to school should obtain permission two (2) days in advance with either the principal or dean. No visitors are allowed on exam days, when other schools are dismissed for holidays, or while incurring absence at other schools in the area. In most cases visitor passes will not be approved unless educational value can be established.

POLICY ON STUDENTS BEING PHOTOGRAPHED

Individuals involved in or present at school functions may be photographed. These pictures may be used in multimedia presentations. Any parent, not wanting their student’s image used in the school yearbook, or school promotional presentations, needs to submit this request in writing to the yearbook advisor at Streator High School.

TELEPHONE

The office telephones are for business purposes only and not for personal calls. Pupils are not called to answer a telephone call in the office. However, in cases of other grave emergencies, the office will deliver a message to the pupil from the home.

CELLULAR COMMUNICATION DEVICES

Students will be allowed to possess cell phones, iPods, and other electronic communication devices during the school day. However, they are only allowed to be used or seen in the Commons before school, at lunch, and after school. Text messaging or use of photo imaging is not allowed during regular school hours. At no time should personal cameras be in the building. Use of iPods in the classroom is left up to the discretion of the individual teacher. Violation of the cell phone policy will result in the parent having to pick up the phone from the dean’s office. A second cell phone violation will result in the student losing the privilege to carry a cell phone for the remainder of the semester. Multiple violations involving use of other devices will result in the student losing the right to carry the devices.

STUDENT SEARCH AND SEIZURE

Streator High School Board of Education recognizes its responsibility to maintain order, security, and a drug-free environment. Accordingly, school authorities are authorized to conduct searches of students and their personal effects (such as, purses, wallets, knapsacks, book bags, lunch boxes, etc.) when there are reasonable grounds for suspecting that the search will produce evidence the particular student has violated or is violating either the law or the school’s or district’s student rules and policies.  The search will be conducted in a manner that is reasonably related to its objective of the search and not excessively intrusive in light of the student’s age and sex, and the nature of the infraction.

School property, including but not limited to, desks and lockers, are owned and controlled by the district, and the district may make reasonable regulations regarding its use.

School authorities are authorized to conduct area-wide, general-administrative inspections of school property and of school grounds, including but not limited to, all district buildings, fields, and parking lots (e.g. searches of all student lockers and student desks) as a means of protecting the health, safety, or welfare of the student and without a search warrant.  In addition, school authorities may request the assistance of law enforcement officials for the purpose of conducting reasonable searches of school grounds, including but not limited to, all district buildings, fields, parking lots, and student lockers for illegal drugs, including searches conducted through the use of specially trained dogs, without notice to or consent of, the student and without a search warrant.

In all other cases, school authorities may search such school property when there are reasonable grounds to suspect that the search will produce evidence that the student has violated either the law or the district’s rules.

School officials may 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 the school’s disciplinary rules or school district policy.  In the course of the investigation, the student may be required to share the content that is reported in order for the school to make a factual determination.

If a search conducted in accordance with this policy produces evidence that the student has violated or is violating either the law or the district’s rules, such evidence may be seized and impounded by school authorities, and disciplinary action may be taken. When appropriate, such evidence may be transferred to law enforcement authorities.

STUDENT USE OF CHROMEBOOKS

The mission of the 1:1 program at Streator Township High School (STHS) is to create a collaborative learning environment for all students.  This will enable and support students and teachers to implement technology while increasing students engagement with content and promoting the development of self-directed and lifelong learners.

APPROPRIATE USES AND DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP

School-issued Chromebooks should be used for educational purposes and students are to adhere to the Technology Usage Policy.  While working in a digital and collaborative environment, students should always conduct themselves as good digital citizens by adhering to the following:

  1. Respect Yourself. I will show respect for myself through my actions. I will select online names that are appropriate. I will use caution with the information, images, and other media that I post online. I will carefully consider what personal information about my life, experiences, or relationships I post. I will not be obscene. I will act with integrity.
  2. Protect Yourself. I will ensure that the information, images, and materials I post online will not put me at risk. I will not publish my personal details, contact details, or a schedule of my activities. I will report any attacks or inappropriate behavior directed at me while online. I will protect passwords, accounts, and resources.
  3. Respect Others. I will show respect to others. I will not use electronic mediums to antagonize, bully, harass, or stalk people. I will show respect for other people in my choice of websites: I will not visit sites that are degrading to others, pornographic, racist, or inappropriate. I will not enter other people's private spaces or areas.
  4. Protect Others. I will protect others by reporting abuse and not forwarding inappropriate materials or communications. I will avoid unacceptable materials and conversations.
  5. Respect Intellectual Property. I will request permission to use copyrighted or otherwise protected materials. I will suitably cite all use of websites, books, media, etc. I will acknowledge all primary sources. I will validate information. I will use and abide by the fair use rules.
  6. Protect Intellectual Property. I will request to use the software and media others produce. I will purchase, license, and register all software or use available free and open source alternatives rather than pirating software. I will purchase my music and media and refrain from distributing these in a manner that violates their licenses.

THE RIGHT TO PRIVACY IN A SCHOOL SETTING

State law requires the District to notify students and their parents/guardians of each of the following:

  1. School officials may not request or require a student or his or her parent(s)/guardian(s) to provide a password or other related account information to gain access to the student’s account or profile on a social networking website. Examples of social networking websites include Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and ask.fm.
  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.

Please contact the school if you have any questions.

Any violations of the above guidelines will be dealt with at Streator High School as a discipline matter. The instructor or administrator will refer any violation of the Streator High School Internet Use Policy to the assistant principal. The school policy of op hours, suspension, expulsion, and/or revocation of internet access will be used as a means of correcting the problem.

RECIPROCAL REPORTING ACT

The Streator High School staff, administration, and Board of Education are committed to maintaining a productive and safe environment. To that end we have adopted, in conjunction with the Regional Superintendent’s Office and other schools in LaSalle County, a reciprocal reporting agreement, which allows for the sharing of information among the schools and the police agencies regarding certain unwanted types of student behavior. Examples of these undesired behaviors include, but are not limited to:

•        All cases involving illegal or controlled substances

•        All cases involving weapons of any type

•        All cases involving criminal gang activity

•        All cases involving a serious crime or felony

•        All other criminal offenses committed by a student

It is our desire to work with the State Attorney's Office, local and county law enforcement agencies, and other schools in the county to send a strong message that these behaviors will not be tolerated at Streator High School. The local designee in charge of communicating such offenses at Streator High School is the building principal.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY

It is the policy of this school district to provide an educational environment free of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct or communications constituting sexual harassment as defined and otherwise prohibited by state and federal law. This definition of sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to, the following behavior: unwanted sexual behavior such as touching, verbal comments, sexual name calling, spreading sexual rumors, gestures, jokes, pictures, leers, overly-personal conversation, cornering or blocking student's movement, pulling at clothes, attempted rape, and/or rape. Students who feel upset because of sexual harassment should contact the principal.

Disciplinary action may include, depending on the nature of the conduct, any of the following: warning, parent conference, op hours, from one, up to ten, days of suspension, police referral, and/or recommendation to the board for expulsion.

STUDENT RECORDS POLICY

The following is a summation of the major provision of laws and regulations regarding student records:

•        Permanent records consist of:  Basic identifying information, academic transcript, attendance record, accident reports, health reports, record of release of permanent information, and other basic information. The permanent record is kept for 60 years after graduation or permanent withdrawal.

•        Temporary records consist of:  All information not required to be in the student’s permanent record including family background information, test scores, psychological evaluations, special education files, teacher anecdote, and disciplinary information. The temporary file will be reviewed every four years for destruction of out-of-date information and will be destroyed entirely within five (5) years after graduation or permanent withdrawal.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years of age ("eligible students") certain rights with respect to the student's education records. They are:

•        The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the day the district receives a request for access. Parents or eligible students should submit to the school principal (or appropriate school official) a written request identifying the record(s) which they wish to inspect.  The principal will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.

•        Parents or eligible students may ask Streator High School to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the school principal, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the district decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the district will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment.  Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.

•        The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.  One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests.  A school official is a person employed by the district as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the Board of Education; a person or company with whom the district has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his/her tasks.  A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an educational record in order to fulfill his/her professional responsibility.

•        The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the district to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA are:  Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20202-4605.

•        There is a right to obtain a copy of the policy adopted by this institution in compliance with FERPA. A copy may be obtained in person or by mail from: Office of the Principal, Streator Township High School, 202 W. Lincoln Ave., Streator, IL 61364.

EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES -
SEX EQUITY

No student shall, on the basis of his/her sex, be denied equal access to programs, activities, services, or benefits, or be limited in the exercise of any right, privilege, advantage, or opportunity.  The superintendent shall appoint the building principal as the nondiscrimination coordinator for the school district. All sex-equity grievances shall be directed to the building principal.

FREE APPROPRIATE PUBLIC EDUCATION

No student shall, on the basis of age (within state regulations), race, religion, sex, national origin, economic status or hardship, be denied free equal access to programs and activities, services or benefits, or be limited in the exercise of any right, privilege, advantage, or opportunity as long as the request falls within the Illinois statutes..

PRE-ARRANGED VACATIONS OF FAMILY UNITS

Students may request to be absent from school for pre- arranged family vacations up to a maximum of five (5) days per school year. A request for prior approval of a contemplated vacation shall be submitted to the principal, in writing, by a parent or other responsible adult on behalf of the student who expects to be absent, at least seven (7) days prior to the absence.

The request shall provide information as to the expected period of absence, places to be visited, family member to be accompanying the student, reason for the choice of time of absence, and educational gain expected to be derived. If the principal finds the request to be in proper form, he/she shall approve the request and notify the student's teachers. The principal will take into consideration the student's current grades, the overall attendance pattern of the student, as well as the matters stated in the request.

Requests will not be unreasonably denied, but any request may be denied if there is a substantial likelihood that the student will not be able to master the material covered in class during the student's absence and achieve satisfactory grades after the vacation. Students are expected to make up work either before or after returning from vacation. The student will be allowed up to one-half (1/2) of the time of absence to make up work. Such requests may be allowed but classified as "UNADVISED". Unadvised absences, unlike other approved pre-arranged vacations, will count against the six (6) day absence total.

 HEALTH REQUIREMENTS AND SERVICES

All students are required to present appropriate proof of a health examination and the immunizations against, and screenings for, preventable communicable diseases within one (1) year prior to:

  1. Ninth grade; and
  2. Enrolling in an Illinois school for the first time, regardless of the student’s grade.

Proof of immunization against meningococcal disease is required for students in grade 12.  A diabetes screening must be included as part of the health exam (though diabetes testing is not required).  

Failure to comply with the above requirements by October 15 of the current school year will result in the student’s exclusion from school until the required health forms are presented to the school, subject to certain exceptions.  New students who register mid-term have 30 days following registration to comply with the health examination and immunization requirements.  If a medical reason prevents a student from receiving a required immunization by October 15, the student must present, by October 15, an immunization schedule and a statement of the medical reasons causing the delay.  The schedule and statement of medical reasons must be signed by an appropriate medical professional.

Eye Examination

All students entering school in Illinois for the first time must present proof by October 15 of the current school year of an eye examination performed within one (1) year.  Failure to present proof by October 15, allows the school to hold the student’s report card until the student presents: (1) proof of a completed eye examination, or (2) that an eye examination will take place within 60 days after October 15.

Exemptions

A student will be exempted from the above requirements for:

  1. Medical grounds if the student’s parent/guardian presents to the building principal a signed statement explaining the objection;
  2. Religious grounds if the student’s parent/guardian presents to the building principal a completed Certificate of Religious Exemption;
  3. Health examination or immunization requirements on medical grounds if a physician provides written verification;
  4. Eye examination requirement if the student’s parent/guardian shows an undue burden or lack of access to a physician licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches who provides eye examinations or a licensed optometrist.

SCHOOL NURSE

The primary function of the school nurse is to access, protect, and promote the health of students and school personnel. In carrying out this function, the school nurse provides care in case of injury or sudden illness. The nurse is a student advocate and serves as a liaison between the student, school, community, and home.    She also coordinates an identification, referral, and follow-up program for students with health problems.

All health services are planned with the thought of teaching good health habits. The school nurse reports all child-abuse cases.  She conducts vision and hearing screening and follow-up for students in the 9th and 11th grades, as well as all special education students. Parents are notified of any failed testing so that necessary medical attention may be sought.

Illinois Law requires that all freshman and transfer students at Streator Township High School have a completed physical examination with all the required immunizations turned in to the nurse at registration. An emergency medical card must be completed and turned in at registration or the student will not be allowed to register. Health records are kept on all students. Parents are responsible for notifying the nurse of any changes in their child’s health OR changes in any information on the emergency medical card including changes of address or telephone numbers.

Students must have a pass from their teacher to see the nurse. All students who are ill or injured need to be seen by the school nurse in order to be sent home.  Leaving without permission is in violation of the school attendance policy.

Students will be expected to take P.E. unless they provide a doctor’s note stating they cannot.

Parents may request in writing that their child be taken out of physical education for a maximum of three (3) days. After that, a doctor’s note is required. Either note is to be brought to the school nurse who will complete the appropriate paperwork.

Students who are unable to participate in P.E. due to illness or injury may not participate in any sport until the school nurse receives a note from the student’s doctor releasing the student for participation in both P.E. and sports.

Any medication to be administered at school MUST be prescribed by the student’s physician. This includes aspirin and Tylenol.  Medications must be brought to the school nurse in the original container with written instructions from the physician. Students are NOT to carry any medication on them, with the exception of asthma inhalers and EpiPens. A doctor’s order and parent’s written permission to carry an inhaler and EpiPen need to be brought to the nurse’s office.

For further information, please contact the building principal.

CARE OF STUDENTS WITH DIABETES

If your child has diabetes and requires assistance with managing this condition while at school and school functions, a Diabetes Care Plan must be submitted to the building principal. Parents/guardians are responsible for and must:

  1. Inform the school in a timely manner of any change which needs to be made to the Diabetes Care Plan on file with the school for their child.
  2. Inform the school in a timely manner of any changes to their emergency contact numbers or contact numbers of health care providers
  3. Sign the Diabetes Care Plan.
  4. Grant consent for and authorize designated School District representatives to communicate directly with the health care provider whose instructions are included in the Diabetes Care Plan.

For further information, please contact the building principal.

STUDENTS WITH FOOD ALLERGIES

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

If your student has a life-threatening allergy or life-threatening chronic illness, please notify the building principal at (815) 672-0545 ext 501.

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

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

SUICIDE AND DEPRESSION AWARENESS AND PREVENTION

Youth suicide impacts the safety of the school environment. It also affects the school community, diminishing the ability of surviving students to learn and the school’s ability to educate. Suicide and depression awareness and prevention are important goals of the school district.

The school district maintains student and parent resources on suicide and depression awareness and prevention. Much of this information, including a copy of the school district’s policy, is posted on the school district website.  Information can also be obtained from the school office.

SPECIAL EDUCATION

Education of Students with Disabilities

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

The School provides a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment and necessary related services to all children with disabilities enrolled in the school. The term “children with disabilities” means children between ages three (3) and the day before their 22nd birthday, for whom it is determined that special education services are needed.

A copy of the publication “Explanation of Procedural Safeguards Available to Parents of Students with Disabilities” may be obtained from the school special education department.

Discipline of Students with Disabilities

Behavioral interventions shall be used with students with disabilities to promote and strengthen desirable behaviors and reduce identified inappropriate behaviors.  The Board of Education will establish and maintain a committee to develop, implement, and monitor procedures on the use of behavioral interventions for children with disabilities.

The District shall comply with the Individuals With Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 and the Illinois State Board of Education’s Special Education rules when disciplining special education students.  No special education student shall be expelled if the student’s particular act of gross disobedience or misconduct is a manifestation of his or her disability.

Exemption of PE Requirement

A student who is eligible for special education may be excused from physical education courses in either of the following situations:

  1. He or she (a) is in grades 3-12, (b) his or her IEP requires that special education support and services be provided during physical education time, and (c) the parent/guardian agrees or the IEP team makes the determination; or
  2. He or she (a) has an IEP, (b) is participating in an adaptive athletic program outside of the school setting, and (c) the parent/guardian documents the student’s participation as required by the superintendent or designee.

A student requiring adapted physical education will receive that service in accordance with the student’s Individualized Education Program.

Certificate of High School Completion

A student with a disability who has an Individualized Education Program prescribing special education, transition planning, transition services, or related services beyond the student’s four (4) years of high school, qualifies for a certificate of completion after the student has completed four (4) years of high school. The student is encouraged to participate in the graduation ceremony of his or her high school graduation class.

Access to Classroom for Special Education Observation or Evaluation

The parent/guardian of a student receiving special education services, or being evaluated for eligibility, is afforded reasonable access to educational facilities, personnel, classrooms, and buildings. This same right of access is afforded to an independent educational evaluator or a qualified professional retained by or on behalf of a parent or child.

For further information, please contact the school principal.

PARENT NOTICE OF THE INTENT TO BILL FOR MEDICAID REIMBURSEMENT

Medicaid reimbursement is a source of federal funds approved by Congress to help school districts maintain and improve special education services.

Therapy and diagnostic services provided to your child (you) are partially reimbursable. Unless you object in writing, Streator Twp High School District #40 will claim Medicaid/KidCare reimbursement for services provided. These claims will have no impact on our ability to receive Medicaid funding either now or anytime in the future.

If you do not object to this release of information related to Medicaid claims for your child (you), do nothing.

HOMEBOUND INSTRUCTION GUIDELINES

Homebound instruction is for any student with an immediate problem in which special care is needed.  It will be provided for a minimum of two (2) weeks. Arrangements will be made for homebound instruction through the school nurse or school psychologist. Upon receiving an APPLICATION FOR HOMEBOUND INSTRUCTION from a medical doctor, a homebound instructor will be provided. The superintendent must approve any exceptions to the medical statement.

Homebound instruction is not to be abused.  Students will be encouraged to return to Streator High School as soon as the immediate problem ceases and upon release from their medical physician.  The medical doctor will need to re-submit an APPLICATION FOR HOMEBOUND INSTRUCTION for any student whose homebound instruction persists longer than nine (9) weeks.

Homebound instruction is not to be considered a long-term placement. If homebound persists longer than three (3) months, a meeting will be held to develop a case study and to discuss progress, possible alternatives, and to consider whether other programs offered by the school may be necessary.

INSURANCE

A group accident insurance plan is available to all students at very low cost.  Information for obtaining this accident insurance is available in the SHS main office at any time during the school year.

LOCKERS

Each student is assigned a hallway locker for his/her personal use.   Students are required to use a combination lock supplied by the school.  STUDENTS ARE NOT TO BRING LOCKS FROM HOME.  Students are not to exchange locks.  A student is not to allow any other student to know his/her combination.  If a student finds it necessary to purchase an additional lock, the cost will be $5.00.  Lockers must be kept clean and orderly.  The school is not responsible for lost or stolen articles.  A student who shares his/her locker with another student will receive the appropriate disciplinary action. Tampering with lockers in an attempt to keep them from locking will receive the appropriate discipline consequence.

REGISTRATION/BOOK FEES

At the time of open registration for the school year, each student is required to pay a registration fee unless the household of the student meets certain income guidelines.  For this school year the registration fee is $150.00. Driver Education fee is in addition to the registration fee.  Payment of fees is due at the time of registration unless the parent/guardian makes payment arrangements with the Streator High School bookkeeping department. A student who withdraws from Streator High School will receive a prorated refund of his/her fees.

Registration fees do not include school supplies (i.e. pens/pencils, notebooks, etc.), and there is no school supply list for Streator High School.  Failure to return school-owned materials, i.e. Chromebook, textbook, or other supplies or equipment, will result in fees being added to the student’s account.

ATHLETIC CODE OF CONDUCT

The Athletic Code of Conduct can be found at this address:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1wflYQ0USPqoyGFu2PO5keEnyyAFWZa4p_SO_fokEqMM/edit

WAIVER OF SCHOOL FEES

Under the provisions of P.A. 86-195 students who have certain economic constraints on their family income may apply for waiver of school fees.  Students who qualify for free or reduced lunch, or any students who can prove hardship situations as set forth by federal standards, should apply to the principal for said waiver.  If the request for waiver of fees is denied through the principal’s office, an appeal may be made in writing to the superintendent’s office.

Fees do not include:

•        Library fines and other charges made for the loss, misuse, or destruction of school property

•        Charges for the purchase of class rings, yearbooks, pictures, diploma covers, or similar items

•        Charges for optional travel undertaken by a school club or group of students outside of school hours (e.g., a trip to Spain by the Spanish club or a senior class trip)

•        Charges for admission to school dances, athletic events, or other social events.

CAFETERIA

Streator Township High School is a closed campus facility. Students are not allowed to leave the building for lunch. Students who leave the building, unauthorized, will be counted as unexcused for the period and receive the appropriate disciplinary action.  A cafeteria is located in the school building, in which the students may buy an excellent, well-balanced lunch. Students who bring their lunch should eat in the cafeteria.  In 2015-16 SHS received a grant for five (5) years which provides for every student to be able to receive one free breakfast and one free lunch each school day.  Students must choose at least three (3) of the following: protein, grain, fruit, vegetable, milk. There is also a complete line of a la carte items offered.

Commons/Cafeteria Rules

Misbehavior will result in disciplinary action in accordance with the school’s disciplinary procedures.

 LIBRARY/MEDIA CENTER

The Streator High School Library/Media Center functions as the heart of the educational process, providing materials to support the curriculum, promote student reading interests, and develop student competencies in Information Literacy.

Students are orientated to computerized circulation of materials, which will provide access to the 22,000-volume library collection not only from the library site, but from the classroom as well. Individual computer stations provide availability to the internet, as well as databases supporting research through periodicals, newspapers, general and specialized encyclopedias, general and specialized dictionaries, and atlases. Word processing in all forms is supported by a wide variety of software programs.

The library/media center is organized to accommodate varied learning styles, with areas for independent study, group work, audio-visual viewing, browsing, duplicating, and leisure reading.

Student access to the library/media center is unlimited before and after school, as well as all lunch periods. During the school day, a teacher pass is required for student admittance. The library/media center is fully staffed between the hours of 7.30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. any day that school is in session, although it is closed to students during School Improvement on Wednesdays.

Overdue books are fined at a charge of $.05 per school day, not to exceed the replacement cost of the book. Replacement cost for lost/damaged materials is set at purchase price.

ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL

The Alternative School is for regular education students. Student eligibility will be determined on a case by case basis. Referrals to the Alternative School can be made by an administrator, counselor, or parent through contacting the student’s counselor or the Assistant Principal in charge of the Program at (815) 672-0545 ext. 522.

FIRE DRILLS

Fire drills will be held several times during the school year in accordance with state-mandated guidelines. Evacuation instructions in case of fire are located in every classroom.

ASBESTOS NOTICE

Streator Township High School facilities were re-inspected by the IDEAL INSPECTION COMPANY and the locating of asbestos containing materials have been identified by location, in accordance with AHERA regulations.

A management plan has been prepared by ANALYTICAL DESIGN GROUP in accordance with AHERA regulations to remove, encapsulate, or maintain asbestos. The management plan is available for public review in the superintendent's office.

PARENTS RIGHT TO KNOW

In accordance with the ESEA Section 1111(h)(6) PARENTS RIGHT-TO-KNOW, the Streator Township High School District #40 is notifying every parent of a student in a Title I school that you have the right and may request information regarding the following:

Teacher Qualifications

The professional qualifications of your child’s classroom teacher. This information regarding the professional qualifications of your child’s classroom teacher includes, at a minimum, the following:

•        Whether the teacher has met State qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction.

•        Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which State qualification or licensing criteria have been waived.

•        The baccalaureate degree major of the teacher and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree.

•        Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and if so, their qualifications.

If at any time your child has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher not highly qualified, the school will notify you.

Standardized Testing

Students and parents/guardians should be aware that students will take standardized tests.  Parents are encouraged to cooperate in preparing students for the standardized testing, because the quality of the education the school can provide is partially dependent upon the school’s ability to continue to prove its success in the state’s standardized tests.  Parents can assist their students achieve their best performance by doing the following:

  1. Encourage students to work hard and study throughout the year;
  2. Ensure students get a good night’s sleep the night before exams;
  3. Ensure students eat well the morning of the exam, particularly ensuring they eat sufficient protein;
  4. Remind and emphasize for students the importance of good performance on standardized testing;
  5. Ensure students are on time and prepared for tests, with appropriate materials;
  6. Teach students the importance of honesty and ethics during the performance of these and other tests;
  7. Encourage students to relax on testing day.

Homeless Child’s Rights to Education

When a child loses permanent housing and becomes a homeless person as defined at law, or when a homeless child changes his or her temporary living arrangements, the parent or guardian of the homeless child has the option of either:

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

 Sex Education Instruction

Students will not be required to take or participate in any class or course in comprehensive sex education if his or her parent or guardian submits a written objection. The parent or guardian’s decision will not be the reason for any student discipline, including suspension or expulsion. Nothing in this Section prohibits instruction in sanitation, hygiene or traditional courses in biology.

Parents or guardians may examine the instructional materials to be used in any district sex education class or course.

Notice to Parents on Sex Education Instruction

For your information, State law requires that all sex education instruction must be age appropriate, evidence-based and medically accurate. Courses that discuss sexual intercourse places substantial emphasis on both abstinence and contraception for the prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Courses will emphasize that abstinence is a responsible and positive decision and the only 100% effective method in the prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS. Family life courses are designed to promote a wholesome and comprehensive understanding of the emotional, psychological, physiological, hygienic and social responsibility aspects of family life, and,  for grades 9 through 12 the prevention of AIDS.

A sample of the District’s instructional materials and course outline for these classes or courses are available from the classroom teacher for your inspection. If you would like to examine this material, contact the classroom teacher and he/she will forward you  an examination form to complete and set up a time for you to meet.

Parent Involvement

Streator Township High School provides several opportunities throughout the year for parents to be present and discuss ways to become involved with their child’s education. Parents are encouraged to attend events such as Preview Night and Parent/Teacher Conferences. Teachers are available regularly to meet with parents/guardians to discuss the success of their child. Parents/guardians will be involved in an organized and timely way when any programs are created, considered, or altered and will be continually involved in the ongoing development of programming, curriculum, and policy.

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

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

School Visitation Rights

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

Pesticide Application Notice

The district maintains a registry of parents/guardians of students who have registered to receive written or telephone notification prior to the application of pesticides to school grounds.

Notification will be given before application of the pesticide. Prior notice is not required if there is imminent threat to health or property.

Mandated Reporter

All school personnel, including non-certified persons, teachers, administrators and Board of Education, are required by law to immediately report any and all suspected cases of child abuse or neglect to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

Unsafe School - Transfer

If a student is a victim of a violent crime that occurred on school grounds during regular school hours or during a school-sponsored event, the parent /guardian may request a transfer to another public school within the district if applicable.

Sex Offender Notification Law

State law prohibits a convicted child sex offender from being present on school property when children under the age of 18 are present, except for in the following circumstances as they relate to the individual’s child(ren):

  1. To attend a conference at the school with school personnel to discuss the progress of their child.
  2.  To To participate in a conference in which evaluation and placement decisions may be made with respect to their child’s special education services.
  3. To attend conferences to discuss issues concerning their child, such as retention or promotion.

In all other cases, convicted child sex offenders are prohibited from being present on school property unless they obtain written permission from the superintendent or Board of Education.

Anytime that a convicted child sex offender is present on school property for any reason – including the three reasons above – he/she is responsible for notifying the principal's office upon arrival on school property and upon departure from school property. It is the responsibility of the convicted child sex offender to remain under the direct supervision of a school official at all times he/she is in the presence or vicinity of children.

A violation of this law is a Class 4 felony.

Violent Offender Community Notification

State law requires that all school districts provide parents/guardians with information about sex offenders and violent offenders against youth.

You may find the Illinois Sex Offender Registry on the Illinois State Police’s website at: http://www.isp.state.il.us/sor/.

You may find the Illinois Statewide Child Murderer and Violent Offender Against Youth Registry on the Illinois State Police’s website at: http://www.isp.state.il.us/cmvo/.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact the district’s superintendent at (815) 672-0545, ext. 505.

THE CONTENTS OF THIS HANDBOOK ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO BOARD OF EDUCATION POLICY REVISIONS AND CHANGES IN STATE AND FEDERAL STATUTES.