Eureka Middle School

2016.2017 Student Handbook


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ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

DISTRICT SCHOOLS

MISSION & vision STATEMENT

Attendance

ARRIVAL AT SCHOOL USING REGULAR SCHOOL HOURS

ATTENDANCE POLICY

CANCELLATION OR EARLY DISMISSAL OF SCHOOL

DISMISSAL PROCEDURES

EXCUSED ABSENCES

PERFECT ATTENDANCE

PRE-ARRANGED ABSENCES

MAKE-UP WORK

TARDINESS

TRUANCY

UNEXCUSED ABSENCE

Transportation

BUS TRANSPORTATION

E.M.S. Procedures and Policies

ASPIRIN, TYLENOL, COUGH DROPS

CAFETERIA

PERSONAL COMPUTER POLICY

COMPUTER RULES

DANCE REGULATIONS

DRESS CODE

ELECTRONIC SIGNALING DEVICES

EMERGENCY INFORMATION

ENERGY DRINKS

GRADING

GRADUATION

GUM

HALLWAYS

HEAD LICE CONDITIONS

HONOR ROLL

HOMEWORK

HOMEWORK ASSISTANCE (HOMEWORK CLUB)

HOMEWORK ROOM

LEAVING SCHOOL EARLY

LIBRARY

LOCKER/LOCKS

MESSAGES FOR STUDENTS

PERSONAL ITEMS BROUGHT TO SCHOOL

PROMOTION REQUIREMENTS – Middle School

PUBLIC CONDUCT ON SCHOOL PROPERTY

REPORT CARDS

SALES AT SCHOOL

SCHOOL DRESS FOR PHYSICAL EDUCATION

SPECTATOR CONDUCT

STUDENT INTERVIEW BY AGENCY & POLICE

STUDENT PICK-UP

WITHDRAWAL PROCEDURES

District Policy

Access to Student Social Networking Passwords & Websites

School ADMISSIONs

AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATORS

CRISIS MANAGEMENT TEAM (CMT)

DISTRIBUTION OF LITERATURE

EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS

GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES

HEALTH, EYE, AND DENTAL EXAMINATIONS

Integrated Pest Management Procedures

INTERNET:  AUTHORIZATION AND ACCESS INCLUDING DISTRICT ELECTRONIC NETWORKS

INTERNET DISCLAIMER

INTERVENTION

MEDICAID NOTICE

STUDENT MEDICATION

NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT

NON-DISCRIMINATION - TITLE IX (SEX EQUITY) - AND SECTION 504 (Disabilities)

NOTIFICATION OF ASBESTOS CONTAINING BUILDING MATERIAL

ORDERS OF PROTECTION

Prevention of and Response to Bullying, Intimidation, and Harassment

RECORDS POLICY

REGISTRATION FEE

RESIDENT AND NON-RESIDENT STUDENTS

SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER

SEARCH AND SEIZURE

SEX OFFENDERS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY

CHILD SEX OFFENDER AND MURDERER COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION ACT

SEX EQUITY

SEXUAL HARASSMENT

STUDENT INSURANCE

STUDENT TRANSFERS

Nonpublic School Students, Including Parochial and Home-Schooled Students

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES (DISCIPLINE)

SUICIDE AND DEPRESSION AWARENESS AND PREVENTION

TOBACCO PROHIBITION

Surveillance Cameras

WAIVER OF STUDENT FEES

DISTRIBUTION OF LITERATURE

Academic Info

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT - GRADING AND PROMOTION

ACCOMMODATING INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES

SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY

Bilingual Education

Driver’s Education

Federal and State Funded Programs Available to District 140

Elementary Career Education Grant - State Funds

ENGLISH LEARNERS

MULTI-CULTURALISM

Physical Education

PUBLIC COMPLAINTS ABOUT TEXTBOOKS, CURRICULUM MATERIALS, EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS AND LIBRARY BOOKS

SELECTION OF BOOKS AND OTHER MATERIALS

SPECIAL EDUCATION

Extracurricular Activities and Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR CODE OF CONDUCT

ELIGIBILITY – EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Student Athlete Concussions and Head Injuries

DISCIPLINE GUIDELINES

Student Behavior

SUSPENSION PROCEDURES

EXPULSION PROCEDURES

WELCOME TO COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL
DISTRICT NO. 140

CONGERVILLE - EUREKA - GOODFIELD

BOARD OF EDUCATION

Mrs. Teri Ehrenhardt, President
Mr. Ken Pyles, Vice President/Secretary
Mr. Alan Pacocha, Mr. James Kieser, Mr. Chad Leman, Mr. Keith Edelman, Mr. Kevin Wiegand
The District Administrative Offices are located at 109 West Cruger Avenue, Eureka, IL 6l530.

World Wide Web Address:  www.district140.org

Regular Board Meetings are held on the second Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in the Eureka High School library at 200 W. Cruger Ave., Eureka, IL.

The Community Unit School District No. l40 encompasses the communities of Congerville, Eureka, and Goodfield, which totals an area of ll3 square miles.

The curriculum throughout the school district emphasizes the basics while preparing students for general education and higher education.  Approximately 80% of the district’s graduates enroll in some form of higher education after high school.  Our students have succeeded at some of the most respected colleges and universities throughout the country.

ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

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The educational service of the Community Unit #l40 School System is organized and maintained as a unified program of instruction to be operated as a single system.  Although the schools shall operate as a single system, they shall be diversified in their offerings in terms of community educational needs, as well as varied to individual needs of children and youth.

The district is organized on a Kindergarten, 4-4-4 plan.  Primary schools are organized on a modified self-contained classroom basis and normally include kindergarten through fourth grade, operating under a continuous progressive plan.  The Middle School is planned to house grades five through eight with the High School housing grades nine through twelve.

All buildings, buses and property owned by District 140 exist in a tobacco free environment.

The Community Unit School District No. 140 Board of Education adopted this Handbook on August 9, 2016. 

This handbook is reflective of our district’s policies, but is not inclusive.  If you wish to view our district’s policy manual please contact your building principal or the unit office.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

DISTRICT SCHOOLS

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Congerville Elementary School, Grades K-4

Mr. Randal Berardi, Principal

Phone: (309) 448-2347

Fax: (309) 448-5122

E-mail:  randal.berardi@district140.org

Davenport Elementary School, Grades K-4

Mrs. Nancy Ryan, Principal

Phone: (309) 467-3012  Fax: (309) 467-5265

E-mail:  nancy.ryan@district140.org

Goodfield Elementary School, Grades K-4

Mr. Randal Berardi, Principal

Phone: (309) 965-2362  

Fax: (309) 965-2270

E-mail:  randal.berardi@district140.org

Eureka Middle School, Grades 5-8

        Mr. Kelly Nichols, Principal        Mrs. Cynthia Wondercheck, Assistant Principal

        E-mail:  kelly.nichols@district140.org        E-mail:  cynthia.wondercheck@district140.org

        Phone: (309) 467-3771        Fax: (309) 467-2052

Eureka High School, Grades 9-12

Mr. Richard C. Wherley, Principal

E-mail:  richard.wherley@district140.org

Andrew Underwood, Assistant Principal

E-mail:  andrew.underwood@district140.org

Mr. Jason Greene, Athletic Director

E-mail:  jason.greene@district140.org

Phone: (309) 467-2361   Fax: (309) 467-2648  

Attendance (EHS only): (309) 467-3738

Transportation Manager

Ken Scharf, Director

(309) 467-3113

Administrative - Pre-K Center

Mr. Robert J. Bardwell, Superintendent

E-mail:  robert.bardwell@district140.org

MISSION & vision STATEMENT

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MISSION        Educate, Empower, and support ALL students to achieve personal Excellence.

VISION                        District 140 is a collaborative learning community that will:

                        Educate

Empower

Excel

Attendance

ARRIVAL AT SCHOOL USING REGULAR SCHOOL HOURS  

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Students are discouraged from riding bicycles to school because of the safety factor crossing route 117.  Students who ride bikes or walk to school must bring a signed permission slip from home and present the slip to the principal’s office where it will be kept on file.  Permission slips may be picked up in the office.  Bikers/Walkers will be dismissed from class after all bus students have boarded after the 3:15 p.m. walker bell on regular attendance days.  Students are asked to sign in at the office anytime they come to school after 8:20 a.m. and sign out if they leave during the school day.

Students should not enter the building without teacher permission before 7:30 a.m.  Upon arrival to school, the student should go directly to their assigned locker, retrieve needed supplies, and find a seat in the cafeteria.  Students may use restrooms across from the lunch line entrance at this time.  Students are expected to leave the building by 4 p.m. unless supervised by a staff member.  Doors will remain locked until 7:30 a.m.

Once a student arrives at school, he/she is not allowed to leave the school grounds without a note from home and office permission.

ATTENDANCE POLICY

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Students with poor attendance risk losing class credit.  A phone call from a parent/guardian is required for each absence.  The student(s) and parent(s)/guardian(s) will be informed and agree to the following attendance policy:

Four (4) consecutive days absent from class

•        A doctor’s excuse may be required upon return to school to receive excused absences.

Five (5) days or more absent from class

•        Letter to parents/guardians informing them of the attendance policies and procedures.

Ten (10) days or more absent from class

•        Maximum allowed for the school year.

•        Letter sent to parents explaining that further absences need to be accompanied by a doctor’s note in order to excuse the absence.

•        Further absences may result in a letter also being sent to the Truancy Officer at the Regional Superintendent’s office notifying them of possible chronic truancy.  A contact will be made to both, the student and the parent(s)/guardian(s), by the Truancy Officer.

Notes:

1.        Pre-arranged absences count toward the student’s ten days.  

2.        Administration may excuse an absence(s) over the allowed 10 days for students with a documented chronic medical illness for example, Epilepsy, Leukemia, Diabetes, etc.  A parent/guardian should submit a doctor’s note to the school nurse at registration if there is a preexisting condition indicating the nature of the chronic illness and how it may affect a student’s school attendance.  The parent is encouraged to submit the request to share information form between the school and the doctor. If a diagnosis is made during the school year, the parent/guardian needs to submit a doctor’s note to the school nurse following the diagnosis.  A doctor’s note will be accepted after the 10 days, and the days excused, if the physician specializing in the medical condition specifically states the number of days that the patient needs to remain at home due to the illness, but does not require making a doctor’s visit.  For each incident that the student is absent beyond the 10 days, it may be required that the parent notify the specializing physician and have him/her fax the school at 309-467-2648 stating the absence was due to the medical condition.  

    If a chronic illness is diagnosed during the school year, students are required to continue to follow the policy of having 5 school days upon their return to school to present a doctor’s note to the Attendance Secretary for the absence(s) to be considered Doctor’s Excused, even if there is a “chronic illness” that has caused the absence.

3.  Students have 5 school days upon their return to school to present a doctor’s note to the Attendance Secretary for the absence(s) to be considered Doctor’s Excused.

All absences will count toward the ten days except the following:

1.        Doctor’s excuse (when seen and documented by a licensed physician)

2.        Funeral of close friend or relative

3.        Court appearance.

4.        College day – Two (2) day for seniors and one (1) for juniors only

CANCELLATION OR EARLY DISMISSAL OF SCHOOL

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During the school year there may be days when school must be dismissed early because of inclement weather.  According to the School Code of Illinois, we are required to have school in session for a minimum of five (5) clock hours per day.  If it should become necessary to dismiss school early, a decision will be made by 11:00 a.m. and communicated to the radio/T.V. stations as outlined below.  Practices for extra-curricular activities will be scheduled at the discretion of the supervisors. Please make contingency plans for your child in case school is dismissed early or canceled.

DISMISSAL PROCEDURES

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During the school year there may be times when parents/guardians need to contact the school to change how their children will go home from school (i.e. will be picked up instead of riding the bus, etc.).  Parent(s)/Guardian(s) should contact the building principal’s office by 2:30 p.m. in order to allow sufficient time to communicate the change of procedures to all individuals involved.  If the school is not notified by this time the student will be released to go home following the normal procedure.

A student must be in attendance according to State athletic association requirements, in order to participate in district extracurricular activities.  Emergency situations shall be given due consideration.

EXCUSED ABSENCES

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1.        Illness of student

2.        Death in family

3.        Pre-arranged absence concerning work, trips

4.        Emergencies

*A student that is absent from school due to illness between periods 5th through 7th cannot practice, participate in or attend any extra-curricular activity for the day.

To report absences, please call 467-3771 between 7:45 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.  Students arriving to school after 8:20 bell must check in with the office before attending class.  Students leaving and/or returning to school from an appointment during the school day must check in through the office.

PLEASE NOTE:  A reminder to all parents/guardians--please call the school between 7:45 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. if your child will be unable to attend school unless previous arrangements have been made.  If the parent/guardian fails to call, the absence may be considered unexcused.  If the parent/guardian does not have a phone, a note must be given to the office upon returning to school.  If the student is absent for three consecutive days, he/she may be required to bring a doctor’s excuse in order to receive excused absences.  Physicians licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches shall be responsible for the performance of the health examination, other than dental examinations and vision and hearing screening, and shall sign all report forms required (ILCS 5/27-8.l). Students have five (5) school days upon their return to school to present a doctor’s note to the Attendance Secretary for the absence(s) to be considered Doctor’s Excused.

PERFECT ATTENDANCE

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Perfect attendance will not be affected by school activities, field trips.  Any ½ day attendance does not qualify for perfect attendance.

PRE-ARRANGED ABSENCES

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The purpose of pre-arranged absences is to communicate planned absences with your child’s school and to schedule/plan for make-up work. Parent(s)/guardian(s) are requested to call the office two (2) days in advance of the absence. Pre-arranged absences count toward the student’s ten (10) days. If a planned absence is not pre-arranged two days in advance, it may be unexcused. Teachers have discretion on whether to provide assignments prior to the pre-arranged absence. All make-up work given the student prior to the pre-arranged absence is due on the day the student returns to class. Pre-arranged absences must be approved by a building administrator.

MAKE-UP WORK

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If a student’s absence is excused or if a student is suspended from school, he/she will be permitted to make up all missed work, including homework and tests, for equivalent academic credit. Students will be given a day to make up work for each day missed.

Students who are unexcused from school will be allowed to make up all missed work, including homework and tests. Credit will be at the discretion of the classroom teacher.

TARDINESS

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Tardiness will be considered a behavior problem and will not be tolerated.  Each classroom teacher should advise the student the first time he/she has an unexcused tardy.  At the end of the semester, the total amount of tardies student has acquired will go back to zero. If a student misses more than half of a period, the absence will be counted unexcused and no credit will be granted for missed work.  The consequences for an Unexcused Absence will then be applied for students who miss more than half of the period. Tardiness will be considered a behavior problem and an act of Gross Misconduct / Gross Disobedience.

Tardy Policy for EMS

1st offense        =        warning from the teacher

2nd offense        =        warning from teacher

3rd offense        =        Office Referral—1 detention

For every offense after the 3rd, an additional detention will be given

Abnormal tardiness will be considered a behavior problem and an act of Gross Misconduct/Gross Disobedience.

Saturday Supervised Study or In-School-Disciplinary Placement may be issued to those that are repeatedly tardy.

TRUANCY

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This policy applies to individuals who have custody or control of a child:  (a) between the ages of seven (7) and seventeen (17) years of age (unless the child has graduated from high school), or (b) who is enrolled in any of grades kindergarten through twelve (12), in the public school regardless of age.  These individuals must cause the child to attend the District school wherein the child is assigned, except as provided herein or by State law.  Subject to specific requirements in State law, the following children are not required to attend public school:  

1.        any child attending a private school (including a home school) or parochial school,

2.        any child who is physically or mentally unable to attend school (including a pregnant student suffering medical complications as certified by her physician),

3.        any child lawfully and necessarily employed,

4.        any child over twelve (12) and under fourteen (14) years of age while in confirmation classes,

5.        any child absent because his or her religion forbids secular activity on a particular day, and

6.        any child sixteen (16) years of age or older who is employed and is enrolled in a graduation incentives program.

The parent(s)/guardian(s) of a student who is enrolled must authorize all absences from school and notify the school in advance or at the time of the student’s absence.  A valid cause for absence includes illness, observance of a religious holiday, death in the immediate family, family emergency, other situations beyond the control of the student, other circumstances that cause reasonable concern to the parent(s)/guardian(s) for the student’s safety or health, or other reason as approved by the Superintendent or designee.

Absenteeism and Truancy Program

The Superintendent or designee shall manage an absenteeism and truancy program in accordance with The School Code of Illinois and School Board policy.  The program shall include but not be limited to:

1.        A protocol for excusing a student from attendance who is necessarily and lawfully employed.  The Superintendent or designee is authorized to determine when the student’s absence is justified.

2.        A process to telephone, within two (2) hours after the first class, the parents/guardians of students in grade eight (8) or below who are absent without prior parent/guardian notification.

3.        A process to identify and track students who are truants, chronic or habitual truants, or truant minors as defined in The School Code of Illinois, Section 26-2a.

4.        Methods for identifying the cause(s) of a student’s unexcused absenteeism, including interviews with the student, his or her parent(s)/guardian(s), and staff members or other people who may have information.

5.        The identification of supportive services that may be offered to truant or chronically truant students, including parent-teacher conferences, student and/or family counseling, or information about community agency services.

6.        A process to request the assistance and resources of outside agencies, such as the local police department or the truant office of the appropriate Regional Office of Education, if truancy continues after supportive services have been offered.

7.        A protocol for cooperating with non-District agencies including County or municipal authorities, the Regional Superintendent, truant officers, the Community Truancy Review Board, and a comprehensive community based youth service agency.

8.        An acknowledgement that no punitive action, including out-of-school suspensions, expulsions, or court action, shall be taken against a chronic truant for his or her truancy unless available supportive services and other school resources have been provided to the student.

9.        The criteria to determine whether a student’s non-attendance is due to extraordinary circumstances shall include economic or medical necessity or family hardship and such other criteria that the Superintendent believes qualifies.

10.        A process for a seventeen (17) year old resident to participate in the District’s various programs and resources for truants.  The student must provide documentation of his/her dropout status for the previous 6 months.  A request from an individual nineteen (19) years of age or older to re-enroll after having dropped out of school is handled according to the policy on school admissions and transfers.

11.        A process for the temporary exclusion of a student seventeen (17) years of age or older for failing to meet minimum academic or attendance standards according to provisions in State law.  A parent/guardian has the right to appeal a decision to exclude a student.

UNEXCUSED ABSENCE

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Any absences not covered by the excused list may be considered unexcused.  Examples of unexcused absences may include, but are not limited to the following:  baby-sitting, car trouble, beauty shop or barber appointments, leaving a class or school grounds without permission, missing a ride or school bus, over-sleeping, requesting or being requested to go home to change clothes, get materials for class, shopping, suspension, truancy, visiting a friend or relatives, working at home on school projects, etc. Notification will be made to the Regional Office of Education involving all students considered as chronic or habitual truant, and or truant minor.  Homework assignments for students with unexcused absences may be requested, but NO CREDIT will be given for the completion of late assignments due to unexcused absence.  

Unexcused Absences may result in the following disciplinary action:

1st offense        =        2 hours Saturday Supervised Study

2nd offense        =        4 hours Saturday Supervised Study

3rd offense        =        In-School Disciplinary Placement

4th offense        =        Out-of-School Suspension

Transportation

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All students at E.M.S. are assigned to a bus.  Students who live at the Lakeview area, across Route 117 from the Middle School and who choose to walk to school, must cross Route 117 at the designated crosswalk only.  After school, students are not to leave the school grounds until all buses have pulled out.  

*Students need to have a written note from their parent or guardian that is initialed by the office to ride a different bus than their assigned bus.

Students riding a bus to extra-curricular activities must return on the bus except with written permission from their parents and the consent of the principal or teacher/ sponsor.  Students not riding the bus home (from an event) are only allowed to ride home with parents/guardian unless prior arrangements have been made.

BUS TRANSPORTATION

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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.

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.

Students are expected to follow all school rules while on the bus. Students may be suspended from riding the school bus for up to 10 consecutive school days for violating school rules or for engaging in other gross disobedience or misconduct. The school board may suspend the student from riding the school bus for a period in excess of 10 days for safety reasons. The district’s regular suspension procedures shall be used to suspend a student’s privilege to ride a school bus.

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

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 should 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.
  7. Always listen to the driver’s instructions. Be courteous to the driver and other students. Sit with your hands to yourself and avoid making noises that would distract the driver or bother other passengers. Remain seated, keeping your hands, arms, and head inside the bus at all times.
  8. Wait until the bus pulls to a complete stop before standing up. Use the handrail when exiting the bus.
  9. Stay out of the danger zone next to the bus where the driver may have difficulty seeing you. Take five giant steps away from the bus and out of the danger zone, until you can see the driver and the driver sees you. Never crawl under a bus.
  10. If you must cross the street after you get off the bus, wait for the driver’s signal and then cross in front of the bus. Cross the street only after checking both ways for traffic.
  11. Never run back to the bus, even if you dropped or forgot something.    

Video and audio cameras may be active on busses to record student conduct and may be used for the purposes of investigation into misconduct or accidents on the bus.

For questions regarding school transportation issues, contact: Ken Scharf at 467-5739.

Bus Conduct 

 

Students are expected to follow all schools 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 School Board 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.

E.M.S. Procedures and Policies

ASPIRIN, TYLENOL, COUGH DROPS

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Non-prescription drugs (examples:  Aspirin, Tylenol, Cough Drops, etc.) may be brought to school and stored with the manufacturer’s original label indicating the ingredients and the student’s name affixed to the container.  The school provides no over the counter drugs.  No school personnel shall administer to any student, nor shall any student possess or consume, any prescription or non-prescription medication until a completed and signed School Medication Authorization Form (written form) is filed.

CAFETERIA

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All students are required to remain on campus during their lunch period.  If a student wants to leave school for lunch, the parent/guardian must call the school office in advance requesting to pick-up their child for the lunch period.

The EMS cafeteria is now run through Skyward.  Instead of lunch tickets, students will pay money in advance that will be placed in a debit account.  That account is used by the student to purchase lunch.  

•        In an effort to keep the lunch line moving, ALL deposits should be made before school in the cafeteria

•        NO CHANGE will be given at the register.  Any change will be credited to the student’s account

EMS can, upon request:

•        Limit your student’s purchases (by amount and by type)

•        Print reports detailing purchases

•        Send reminders regarding charges

Breakfast is available to EMS students daily.  Breakfast menu changes daily and students can substitute cold cereal for main entrée for breakfast.

Food Substitutions: Food substitutions will follow state and federal guidelines.  Please see your building administrator for further information.

Cafeteria Behavior

The EMS cooks have prepared a meal especially for you.  Students are expected to eat all meals in the cafeteria and shall remain in the cafeteria until the lunchroom supervisor dismisses all students for recess.  Students who litter in the cafeteria may be assigned cleaning responsibilities.  Students not following school rules in the cafeteria or on the playground may be denied recess or given other appropriate discipline.

Taking Your Child to Lunch

Parents are welcome to enjoy lunch with their child at the EMS cafeteria or off campus, but, students must return by the beginning of their next scheduled class.  Students leaving with parents for lunch must bring a permission slip from the parent to the office before leaving the building and return to the office after lunch.  Parents planning to eat lunch in the cafeteria are asked to check in at the office and get a VISITOR tag.

PERSONAL COMPUTER POLICY

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Personal laptops are not to be brought or used at school.  Flash drives or memory devices brought and used at school may only contain material related to school homework and school coursework.  These devices are subject to inspection at any time.  Any non-related school material may be deleted and students may be subject to disciplinary action.

COMPUTER RULES

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Flash drives or memory devices brought and used at school may only contain material related to school homework and school coursework.  These devices are subject to inspection at any time.  Any non-school related material may be deleted and students may be subject to disciplinary action.  

DANCE REGULATIONS

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School dances are open only to Eureka Middle School students.  Students behaving inappropriately may be asked to leave.  Repeated problems may lead to suspension from attending activities.  When a student enters an event (athletic activity, dances, etc.) he/ she is expected to remain until the end of the activity.  Students who leave a dance may not reenter.

DRESS CODE

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If a style of dress or grooming becomes or appears to become disruptive to the educational process or constitutes a threat to the safety or health of students, it will not be permitted in school. Further, some types of dress are considered inappropriate when worn in school since they do not promote an educational atmosphere that is conducive to wholesome learning. The way a student dresses reflects his/her attitude toward school and class work. Students are expected to be neat, clean, and fully dressed in good taste at all times. Students who violate the dress code policy may receive disciplinary action and/or be requested to turn clothing inside out or replace it.

Examples of Inappropriate Dress and/or Clothing not Permitted:

ELECTRONIC SIGNALING DEVICES

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Electronic devices includes, but is not limited to, cell phones, handheld video games, iPods, iPads, Kindles, Nooks, cameras, etc.

Using electronic devices during school hours is prohibited unless prior permission is given by teacher or administration. Use during extracurricular activities may be prohibited or restricted by the activity supervisor.  Electronic Devices may only be used in school when authorized by administration.  This includes camera function on all electronic devices. Electronic Devices are never to be used for any reason in the locker rooms or restrooms.

For Grades 5-8:

Electronic devices:

During the course of the regular school day, electronic devices must be stored in the off mode (or otherwise incapable of receiving an active signal), out of sight in lockers. Students in violation of this policy will have the electronic device confiscated and are subject to disciplinary action which may include a parent/guardian having to pick up the device in the office. Electronic devices may be used before or after school, but not during the course of the regular school day. Students are allowed to use their phone in the office if granted permission.

Consequences for Violating Electronic Device Policy

1st offense

Electronic device is confiscated. The device is returned to the student at the end of the day. The student is issued a two (2) hour Saturday Supervised Study.

2nd offense

Electronic device is confiscated. A parent/guardian may be required to pick up the device. The student is issued a two (2) hour Saturday Supervised Study.

3rd offense

Electronic device is confiscated. A parent/guardian may be required to pick up the device.  The student is issued a four (4) hour Saturday Supervised Study.

EMERGENCY INFORMATION

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Children sometimes become ill or have accidents at school.  If this occurs, the parent/guardian will be called and asked to come for the child.  If it is not possible to contact the parent/guardian, the person designated on our Personal Information Emergency List will be called.  It is imperative that this information be current and accurate.  Please notify the school at any time during the year if there are any changes in addresses, phone numbers, or names of emergency people.

ENERGY DRINKS

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In recent years, we have seen an increase in middle school students’ consumption of highly-caffeinated beverages often referred to as “energy drinks.” Due to the adverse effects these beverages can have on middle school aged children (such as increased heart rate and blood pressure, dehydration, nervousness, irritability and insomnia), beverages such as Red Bull, Monster, Rock Star, Venom and others are not permitted on school grounds, buses or any school sponsored activities.

GRADING        

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The administration and professional staff shall establish a system of grading, develop procedures of reporting academic achievement to parents and students, and determine when the requirements for graduation have been met.

The following grading scale will be utilized for students in third through twelfth grades:

A

=

100-93%

C

=

76-73%

A-

=

92-90%

C-

=

72-70%

B+

=

89-87%

D+

=

69-67%

B

=

86-83%

D

=

66-63%

B-

=

82-80%

D-

=

62-60%

C+

=

79-77%

F

=

59 and below

 

Every teacher shall maintain an evaluation record for each student in the teacher’s classroom.

The final grade assigned by the teacher cannot be changed by a District administrator without notifying the teacher.  Reasons for changing a student’s final grade include, but are not limited to:

  1. A miscalculation of accumulated points:
  2. A technical error in assigning a particular grade or score;
  3. The teacher agrees that the student may do extra work that may impact the grade;
  4. A grading system used other than the grading scale approved by the district; or
  5. An inappropriate grade based on an appropriate grading system.

Should a grade change be made, the administrator making the change must approve the changed record.  A parent/student must contact the Building Principal by the end of the following semester if they question an inappropriate grade that has been assigned.   For example, first semester grades contact Building Principal by the end of second semester.  Second semester grades contact Building Principal during summer or by the end of the first semester of the next school year.  The Building Principal will develop procedures for promotion and retention of students which discourage promotion for grade-to-grade for purely social reasons, with the understanding that retention has very little, if any long term educational benefit to students.  All options should be presented and discussed with parents, including the advantages and disadvantages of retention.  

GRADUATION

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In order to participate in the Graduation Ceremony at E.M.S., an 8th grade student must be in compliance with the Academic/Discipline point system.  Students must have 10 or less points based upon the following criteria:

1.        Any F (Academic Point) = 1 point (Calculated just for 8th grade at end of 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th nine weeks)

2.        Any Office Referral (Discipline Point) = 1 point (8th Grade only)

•        Students that accumulate more than 10 points will not be allowed to go through ceremonies.  

•        Any student passing all classes in any of the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th nine weeks is eligible to erase two accumulated academic points each grading period.

•        This system does not determine whether or not a student will be retained and/or receive a diploma.

GUM

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Students are not allowed to chew gum at Eureka Middle School.  Gum damages carpet, tile, furniture, and plumbing.  Used gum also poses a health risk when deposited in drinking fountains.  Therefore, students who chew gum at school will receive a detention.

HALLWAYS

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It is the responsibility of the student to keep the hallways clear and free from litter.  Students are expected to walk in hallways and to keep hallways open for passage.  

HEAD LICE CONDITIONS

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Children shall be excluded from school when live lice are observed and/or nits are present.  The day after treatment, parents shall accompany their child to the school office.  Students are allowed to return to school if evidence of treatment is provided (such as prescription label or an empty labeled container) and no nits/head lice are present.  The child will be examined before he/she is allowed to re-enter the classroom.  Parents must wait until their child has been re-examined for nits/or head lice.  Children with nits and/or head lice will be sent home again with the parent for nits/or head lice removal.  When deemed appropriate, the Building Principal may send a letter to all parents regarding the head lice problem.

HONOR ROLL

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Students in the Seventh and Eighth grades may be eligible for the nine weeks honor roll by receiving all A’s and/or B’s in all academic subjects.  “Green and Gold” cards are also given to all students in grades five through eight who have demonstrated academic success.

HOMEWORK

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Any student who misses a day of school due to an absence will be given a day for a day to make up assignments.  Requests for homework assignments may be made by checking the school’s website (unless parent/guardian is without internet) if the illness causes the student to be absent for two (2) or more days. 

HOMEWORK ASSISTANCE (HOMEWORK CLUB)

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FREE homework assistance is available to all students after school from 3:20 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Monday through Thursday at Eureka Middle School.  Students who wish to receive homework assistance after school at EMS will need to contact the building principal. The building will be open after school until approximately 6:00 p.m. for parents that need to get into a student’s locker to collect books, etc. for homework completion.

HOMEWORK ROOM

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Lunch bunch will be used for students to complete a late assignment. If a student is in lunch bunch 3 times in one week they will be issued an after school detention on Friday of the following week. Lunch bunch will not be used for behavior detentions. Behavior detentions are Wednesday and Friday mornings from 7:30 – 8:15.

   

LEAVING SCHOOL EARLY

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At no time is a student to leave the building without signing out through the office.  If a student leaves the building/school grounds without approval from the office, the act will be considered an act of Gross Disobedience/Gross Misconduct and punishment will be administered according to handbook guidelines.  

Students are to sign in at the office anytime they come to school after 8:30 a.m.  

A student may have permission to leave the building for:  1) illness - students should report to the office and parents will be notified and 2) emergency - students will need to report to the office.  3) Appointment - students will need to report to the office.

LIBRARY

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The major purpose of the library is to provide students and staff with services and materials that supplement the resources of the classroom.  Reading materials for leisure/individual interests are also provided.

Study hall/resource students use the library by obtaining a pass from their study hall/resource teacher.  

LOCKER/LOCKS

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Each student at E.M.S. is assigned a locker and sold a school lock for his/her protection.  The locks are for the student to keep for as long as he/she is in attendance.  If a student loses a lock or wishes to change locks, he/she may purchase a new one at the office.  Personal locks are not to be used unless approved by the school for special reasons.  Lockers are the property of Unit l40, and are subject to inspection by authorized school personnel.  Periodic inspection of lockers may be made by the administration.  Students are asked to use only the locker(s) assigned to him/her.  Locker assignments may not be changed without approval by the office.  Students may be held responsible for damages to school lockers. Unauthorized locks will be removed with bolt cutters if not approved by the office for use by the student.

MESSAGES FOR STUDENTS

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Parents who request to leave messages for students are asked to contact the office as early as possible.  If you have an emergency and need to leave a message for your student, please call well in advance (before 8:30 a.m. and no later than 2:30 p.m.) when possible.

PERSONAL ITEMS BROUGHT TO SCHOOL

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Personal items brought to school by students are their responsibility.  The following items are not to be brought to school:  skateboards, trading cards, games and toys (including toy guns, knives, etc.) unless authorized by a building administrator. Items brought to school without permission may be taken to the assistant principal’s office and released at a later time.

PROMOTION REQUIREMENTS – Middle School

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The following procedure will be followed for the promoting students at the Middle School from one grade to the next grade.

Evaluation is based on four (4) criteria:

  1. Passing grades in all core classes
  2. Grade point average
  3. MAP data in Reading and Math
  4. Attendance

Qualifier Values:

  1. Academic Performances (Final Grades)                                                Points

2 or more F’s in a single core class                                                        0

1 F in a single core class                                                                1

No academic F’s in core classes                                                                     3

  1. Grade Point Average (GPA)                        Below 1.5                                0

1.5 – 1.9                                1

2.0 – 2.5                                2

2.6 – 2.9                                3

3.0 – over                                4

      3.  Standardized Test Percentiles (Most current scores based on NWEA MAP Normative Means)

Math                                        One grade level below or lower                0

                                                Less than one grade level below                1

                                                At grade level                                2

                                                One grade level above or greater         3

Reading                                One grade level below or lower                0

                                                Less than one grade level below                1

                                                At grade level                                2

                                                One grade level above or greater                 3

        Attendance

                                                        Less than 10 days                        1

Special consideration – students with disabilities will qualify for one (1) extra matrix point based on meeting their IEP goals.  This will be determined by their case manager.

Promotion Matrix

Total points to qualify for promotion = (6)

Passing grades in all core classes

GPA

MAP data

Attendance

IEP

Total

After the 1st quarter has been completed, students who wish to “remediate” a failing grade from the prior quarter will have an opportunity to do so with attendance at Saturday Supervised Study (SSS) for the entire quarter.  Students will be given remediation material for each course that received a failing grade from the prior quarter.  This material must be completed by the end of the quarter.  Absence from more than one SSS session will result in loss of opportunity to remediate the grade.  This process will be repeated during the 2nd and 3rd quarter as well.  Students will not have an opportunity to remediate F’s received during the 4th quarter.  

The final grade accumulation for each class will be determined by averaging the grade percentage of each nine (9) weeks for each student.

PUBLIC CONDUCT ON SCHOOL PROPERTY

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The District, in order to maintain public order on real property owned, leased or otherwise used by the School District, shall require that no person on school property:

1.        Injure or threaten to injure the person of another;

2.        Damage the property of another or of the School District;

3.        Violate any provision of the penal law of the State of Illinois or local ordinances;

4.        Smoke or otherwise use any tobacco products;

5.        Consume, possess or distribute alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs, or possess dangerous weapons at any time;

6.        Conduct oneself in such a manner as to impede, delay or otherwise interfere with the orderly conduct of the educational program of the School District or any other activity taking place on school property which has been authorized by the School Board, Superintendent, Building Principal or other authorized School District administrator;

7.        Enter upon any portion of school premises at any time for purposes other than those which are lawful and/or authorized by the School Board;

8.        Willfully violate other rules and regulations adopted by the School Board which are designed to maintain public order on
school property.

As circumstances warrant, appropriate action will be taken by the District’s administrators, which may include the individual not being allowed on school property and/or to ride in school district owned vehicles.

REPORT CARDS

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Report cards are available through Skyward’s Parent Access online or paper copy. Parent(s)/guardian(s) will indicate how they would like to receive their child’s report card at registration. Their preference can be changed at any time by contacting the child’s Principal’s office. Deficiency or proficiency reports will be available through Skyward as well.

SALES AT SCHOOL

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Students are not permitted to sell any items at school unless it is a school approved and sponsored project.

SCHOOL DRESS FOR PHYSICAL EDUCATION

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The Physical Education Department requires that students wear school approved apparel for physical education classes in grades seven through twelve.

SPECTATOR CONDUCT

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Any person, including adults and District 140 students and staff, who behaves in an unsportsmanlike manner during an athletic or extra-curricular event may be ejected from the event the person is attending immediately and/or denied admission to school events for up to one (1) year after a hearing of the Board of Education.  District 140 students may face additional discipline prior to the school board hearing, as outlined in the Discipline Guidelines under “Gross Disobedience”.  Examples of unsportsmanlike conduct include but are not limited to the following:

a.        Using vulgar or obscene language and gestures;

b.        Possessing or being under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or illegal substance;

c.        Possessing a weapon;

d.        Fighting or otherwise striking or threatening another person;

e.        Failing to obey the instructions of a security officer or school district employee;

f.        Engaging in any activity which is illegal or disruptive;

g.        Heckling, jeering, or distracting any contest participant.  Contest participants are players, coaches, officials, cheerleaders or others engaged in supplementary roles;

h.        Disrespecting school and community property.

Fan Behavior Guidelines

1.        Honor and respect opposing fans.

2.        Discourage unsportsmanlike and inappropriate conduct.

3.        Cooperate enthusiastically with cheerleaders.

4.        Respect the decision of the officials and coaches.

5.        Appreciate a good play -- no matter who makes it.

The District administration may seek to deny future admission to any person by delivering or mailing a notice, sent by certified mail with return receipt requested, at least ten (10) days before the hearing date of the Board of Education, containing:

1.        The date, time, and place of a Board hearing;

2.        A description of the unsportsmanlike conduct;

3.        The proposed time period that admission to school events will be denied;

4.        Instructions on how the violator may waive the right to a hearing.

STUDENT INTERVIEW BY AGENCY & POLICE

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The Board of Education of Eureka Community Unit School District No. 140 hereby declares that it shall be the policy of the District to fully cooperate with criminal investigations and interviews of children by law enforcement personnel as set forth below:

1.        If a law enforcement officer comes to school to interview or contact a child as part of a criminal investigation, the following procedures will be utilized:

A.        The law enforcement officer shall first report to the building administrator before going to a classroom to meet a child, to inform the building administrator of the purpose of the visit.

B.        The building administrator will make reasonable attempts to contact the parent of the persons responsible for the child’s welfare, prior to permitting the local law enforcement officer to have contact with the child, and notify them that the local law enforcement officer is present at the school to interview the child as part of a criminal investigation.

C.        If the law enforcement officer is investigating a criminal matter not involving or related to the school then the law enforcement officer will be denied contact with the child unless the parents or persons responsible for the child’s welfare consent to the contact, or the law enforcement officer has an arrest or search warrant or a court order ordering the contact.

D.        If the law enforcement officer is investigating a criminal matter which occurred at, or is related to the school, then the law enforcement officer will be permitted to contact and interview the child.  Any such investigation of a child by a law enforcement officer shall be conducted in such a manner as to minimize the disruption of the educational process of the classroom or the school day, and shall be conducted in the presence of at least one school personnel.  After such interview, the building administrator will make reasonable attempts to notify the parents or the persons responsible for the child’s welfare of the fact of the interview.

2.        Interviews by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS)

A.        The building administrator will check the agent’s credentials and any papers pertaining to a legal process.

B.        The DCFS investigator or law enforcement officer shall report to the building administrator before going to a classroom to meet with a child, to inform the building administrator of the purpose of the visit.

C.        Any investigation of a child by a DCFS investigator or law enforcement officer shall be conducted in such a manner as to minimize the disruption of educational process of the classroom or the school day.

D.        The building administrator will attempt to contact the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) and inform them that the student is subject to an interview, if appropriate.

E.        If the DCFS agent does not want a parent(s)/guarding(s) present or notified about the interview, this stipulation must be in writing and signed by the DCFS agent.

F.        Interviews will be conducted in a private setting.  If the parent(s)/guardian(s) are absent, the building administrator may be present during the interview.

G.        The student may be removed from school by the DCFS agent if case circumstances warrant.  A local law enforcement agency officer, designated by DCFS employee, or a physician treating child may take or retain temporary protective custody of the child without the consent of the person responsible for the child’s welfare, if (1) he or she has reason to believe that the child’s circumstances or conditions are such that continuing in his or her place of residence or in the care and custody of the person responsible for the child’s welfare, presents an imminent danger to that child’s life or health; (2) the person responsible for the child’s welfare is unavailable or has been asked and does not consent to the child’s removal from his or her custody; and (3) there is not time to apply for a court order under the Juvenile Court Act for temporary custody of the child.  The person taking or retaining a child in temporary protective custody shall immediately make every reasonable effort to notify the person responsible for the child’s welfare and shall immediately notify the Department.

H.        No District employee may act as a DCFS agent.

STUDENT PICK-UP

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If you need to pick up your student after school, please be aware that buses will begin to arrive approximately ten minutes before the end of the school day.  Parking in the immediate front of the building is allowed during bus loading times.  Parking in the bus loading area is prohibited during bus loading times.

WITHDRAWAL PROCEDURES

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If you are moving and must withdraw from school, parents and/or guardian(2) must notify the office of the date of the last day of attendance.

District Policy

Access to Student Social Networking Passwords & Websites

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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.

School ADMISSIONs

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Information regarding School Admissions can be found in Board Policy 7:50. For the entire Board Policy, visit www.district140.org.

Enrollment of Public, Private, Parochial and Home Schooled Students within District No. 140

It is the school district’s responsibility to determine grade level placement of public school students.  (See board policies 705.09 and 740.)

Any student transferring into the Congerville-Eureka-Goodfield Community Unit School District No.. 140 from a private school, a home school, another school district or any other educational setting shall be placed in the Congerville-Eureka-Goodfield Community Unit School District No. 140 in a course schedule or grade level determined to be appropriate by School District officials. Such determinations shall be made on a case by case basis.  In making placement determinations, the School District shall consider the following criteria:

1.        the chronological age of the child;

2.        course materials utilized and student work;

3.        transcripts, grade cards and other educational assessment documents, if available;

4.        recommendations from the transferring school, teachers, parents, guardians, physicians and/or other specialists;

5.        review of test results regarding student academic achievement and placement (school district has the authorization to administer placement tests that are appropriate and compatible to the district curriculum, if the building principal believes it is necessary); and

6.        such other factors as school district officials shall deem appropriate.

A student will be awarded credit toward graduation for classes taken in non-accredited schools as determined by the Building Principal.  If possible, the determination as to whether credit will be awarded shall be based upon the criteria outlined above.  The student shall receive a simple “pass” for courses for which credit is awarded and the name of those courses shall be listed on the student’s transcript with a notation that they were taken at a non-accredited school.  Home schooled children are encouraged to contact the appropriate principal as early as possible to facilitate the appropriate grade level assignment.  A student must be enrolled at Eureka High School for a minimum of the three (3) semesters prior to calculation of class rank to be considered within the top ten (10) and/or valedictorian. Class rank for active graduating seniors is calculated after seven (7) semesters for top ten (10) recognition. (Exceptions will be made for foreign exchange students and if the student’s parents are in the military and have been displaced.)

Re-enrollment

Re-enrollment shall be denied to any individual above the age of 19 years who has dropped out of school and who could not earn sufficient credits during the normal school year(s) to graduate before his or her 21st birthday. Before being denied re-enrollment, the district will offer the individual due process rights.  A person denied re-enrollment will be provided counseling and be directed to alternative educational programs, including adult education programs, that lead to graduation or receipt of a GED diploma. This section does not apply to students eligible for special education under the Individuals with Disabilities Act or accommodation plans under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATORS

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Authorized AED users are employees of the Congerville-Eureka-Goodfield Community Unit School District No. 140, or volunteers living in and/or out of the Congerville-Eureka-Goodfield Community Unit School District No. 140, who have been trained in the proper use of the AED device.

Location of AED Devices

Congerville Elementary School - Gymnasium-south wall near exits

Davenport Elementary School - Gymnasium-southeast door

Goodfield Elementary School - Gymnasium-east wall

Eureka Middle School - (#1) Gymnasium-south wall (#2) South exit of library (#3) nurse’s office

Eureka High School - Gymnasium lobby

Eureka High School Fitness Center - North end of the room near exit

Eureka High School - Portable unit for activities – Atheltic Director’s office

Administrative-Pre-K Center - Main hallway

Bus Garage - Inside walk-in door on left-hand side wall

Lake Eureka - Inside Lower Park Building next to door

Kauffman Golf Course - Inside building north wall shelf

CRISIS MANAGEMENT TEAM (CMT)

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The CMT will manage or control any crisis event that affects members of the school system.  The CMT will respond to a crisis or tragedy that presents possible physical and/or psychological danger to students, faculty, staff, or administrators of Community Unit School District No. 140.  Examples of possible crisis situations in which the CMT will respond, include but are not limited to:  suicide attempts/completions, hostage circumstances, homicides, death of a student, death of a staff member, school bus accident, or other traumatic incidents.  The CMT will be comprised of school personnel and community resources.  The building Principal will coordinate the CMT utilizing the proper administrative procedures, forms, etc.

DISTRIBUTION OF LITERATURE

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Anyone who wants to distribute literature, or post information on school property, must first consult with  administration prior to distribution or posting information.

EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS

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Information regarding Equal Educational Opportunities for Students can be found in Board Policy 7:10. For the entire Board Policy, visit www.district140.org.

GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES

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Information regarding Grievance Procedures can be found in Board Policy 2.260. For the entire Board Policy, visit www.district140.org.

        

HEALTH, EYE, AND DENTAL EXAMINATIONS

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Information regarding Health, Eye & Dental Examinations can be found in Board Policy 6:160. For the entire Board Policy, visit www.district140.org.

Integrated Pest Management Procedures

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Integrated Pest Management (IPM) procedures will determine when to control pests and whether to use mechanical, physical, chemical, cultural, or biological means.  IPM practitioners depend on current, comprehensive information on the pest and its environment and the best available pest control methods.  Applying IPM principles prevents unacceptable levels of pest activity and damage by the most economical means and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment.

The term “pesticides” includes: Insecticides, Herbicides, Rodenticides, Fungicides.  Excluded from the notification requirements are antimicrobial agents (such as disinfectants, sanitizers or deodorizers), insecticide baits, rodenticide baits and fertilizer.  However, when fertilizer is applied a “white” flag must be posted at the area for one day. The choice of using a pesticide will be based on a review of all other available options and a determination that these options are not acceptable or are not feasible.  Cost or staffing considerations alone will not be adequate justification for use of chemical control agents, and selected non-chemical pest management methods will be implemented whenever possible to provide the desired control.  It is the policy of this School District to utilize PM principles to manage pest populations adequately.  The full range of alternatives, including no action, will be considered.

The application of pesticides is subject to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (7 United States Code 136 et seq.), school district policies and procedures, Environmental Protection Agency Regulations in 40 Code of Federal Regulations, Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations, and state and local regulations.

Education

Staff, students, pest managers, and the public will be educated about potential school pest problems and the IPM policies and procedures to be used to achieve the desired pest management objectives.

Record Keeping

Records of pesticide use shall be maintained on site to meet the requirements of the state regulatory agency and School Board.  Records must be current and accurate if IPM is to work.  In addition, pest surveillance data sheets that record the number of pests or other indicators of pest populations are to be maintained to verify the need for treatments.

Notification

When school is in session notification shall be sent to all parent(s)/guardian(s) who have signed the “Pesticide/Lawn Care Registry” through their child.  During the summer and holiday periods, parent(s)/guardian(s) will be notified by mail.  Employees will be notified by postings in designated areas of the school building.  Indoor applications require notification two (2) business days (excludes weekends and holidays) prior to an application.  Outdoor applications require notification four (4) business days (excludes weekends and holidays) prior to an application.  The notification will include the date of the application and provide the name and telephone number of the person in the District who is responsible for the pesticide application program.

Pesticide Storage and Purchase

Pesticide purchase will be limited to the amount authorized for use during the year.  Pesticides will be stored and disposed of in accordance with the EPA-registered label directions and state regulations.  Pesticides must be stored in an appropriate, secure site not accessible to students or unauthorized personnel.

Pesticide Applicators

Pesticide applicators must be educated and trained in the principles and practices of IPM and the use of pesticides approved by this School District, and they must follow regulations and label precautions.  Applicators should be certified and comply with this School District IPM policy and Pest Management Plan.

At the time of application of lawn care products to a lawn, an applicator for hire shall provide the following information to the School District:

  1. The brand name, or common name, and scientific name of each lawn care product applied;
  2. The type of fertilizer or pesticide contained in the lawn care product applied;
  3. The reason for use of each lawn care product applied;
  4. The range of concentration of end use product applied to the lawn and amount of material applied;
  5. Any special instruction appearing on the label of the lawn care product applicable to the School District’s use of the lawn following application; and
  6. The business name and telephone number of the applicator for hire as well as the name of the person actually applying lawn care products to the lawn; and
  7. Upon the request of the School District or any person whose property abuts or is adjacent to the property of a customer of an applicator for hire, a copy of the material safety data sheet and approved pesticide registration label for each applied lawn care product.
  8. Lawn care vendors are responsible for inserting the proper flag notification in the ground.  Flag requirements: white, 4” X 5” with the following in dark lettering: “Lawn Care Application – Stay Off Grass Until Dry.  For more information contact:                 .”  The bottom of the flag must be 12” above the ground.

*        Precautionary statements are required on all pesticide labels.  Signal words indicate the level of acute toxicity; the hazard to humans posed by the pesticide product.  Every label bears the child hazard warning:  Keep Out of Reach of Children.

INTERNET:  AUTHORIZATION AND ACCESS INCLUDING DISTRICT ELECTRONIC NETWORKS

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Each student and his or her parent(s)/guardian(s) must sign an Authorization before being granted unsupervised access.

All use of the Internet shall be consistent with the District’s goal of promoting educational excellence by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication.  This Authorization does not attempt to state all required or proscribed behavior by users.  However, some specific examples are provided.  The failure of any user to follow the terms of the Authorization for Internet Access will result in the loss of privileges, disciplinary action, up to and including suspension and expulsion, and/or appropriate legal action.  The signature(s) on the authorization is legally binding and indicates the party who signed has read the terms and conditions carefully and understands their significance.

District 140 believes that what can be gained by participating in this world wide community outweighs the possible negative interactions that can occur.  In order for the network to run as smoothly as possible, it is imperative that participants conduct themselves in an appropriate manner.  We wish to make certain that students and staff understand the seriousness of their responsibility as a participant in a telecommunication unit.

Terms and Conditions

1.        Acceptable Use - Access to the District’s Internet must be for the purpose of education or research, and be consistent with the educational objectives of the District.

2.        Privileges - The use of the District’s Internet is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of those privileges and/or disciplinary action, up to and including suspension and expulsion.  The supervisor of the computer lab or classroom teacher will make the decisions regarding whether or not a user has violated these procedures and may deny, revoke, or suspend access at any time.

3.        Unacceptable Use - The user is responsible for his or her actions and activities involving the network.  Some examples of unacceptable uses are:

a.        Using the network for any illegal activity, including violation of copyright or other contracts, or transmitting any material in violation of any U.S. or State regulation;

b.        Unauthorized downloading/installing of software, regardless of whether it is copyrighted or free from all viruses, or the uploading/downloading of viruses, worms or other destructive programs;

c.        Downloading copyrighted material for other than personal use;

d.        Using the network for private financial or commercial gain;

e.        Wastefully using resources, such as file space;

f.        Gaining unauthorized access to resources or entities;

g.        Invading the privacy of individuals;

h.        Unauthorized use of another user’s account or password;

i.        Posting material authored or created by another without his/her consent;

j.        Posting anonymous messages;

k.        Using the network for commercial or private advertising;

l.        Accessing, submitting, posting, publishing, or displaying any defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, racially offensive, harassing, or illegal material; and

m.        Using the network while access privileges are suspended or revoked..

n.        Flash drives or memory devices brought and used at school may only contain material related to school homework and school coursework.  These devices are subject to inspection at any time.  Any non-school related material may be deleted and students may be subject to disciplinary action.  

4.        Network Etiquette - The user is expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette.  These include, but are not limited to, the following:

a.        Be polite.  Do not become abusive in messages to others.

b.        Use appropriate language.  Do not swear, or use vulgarities or any other inappropriate language.

c.        Do not reveal the personal addresses or telephone numbers of students or colleagues.

d.        Recognize that electronic mail (e-mail) is not private.  People who operate the system have access to all mail.  Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities may be reported to the authorities.  Students will not be allowed access to their personal e-mail accounts on the District network.

e.        Do not use the network in any way that would disrupt its use by other users.

f.        Consider all communications and information accessible via the network to be private property.

5.        No Warranties - The District makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the service it is providing.  The District will not be responsible for any damages the user suffers.  This includes loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, missed-deliveries, or service interruptions caused by its negligence or the users’ errors or omissions.  Use of any information obtained via the Internet is at the user’s own risk.  The District specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy or equality of information obtained through its services.

6.        Indemnification - The user agrees to indemnify the School District for any losses, costs, or damages, including reasonable attorney fees, incurred by the District related to, or arising out of, any violation of these procedures.

7.        Security - Network security is a high priority.  If the user can identify a security problem on the Internet, the user must notify the Computer Technician or Building Principal.  Do not demonstrate the problem to other users.  Keep the user’s account and password confidential.  Do not use another individual’s account without written permission from that individual.  Attempts to log-on to the Internet as a system administrator will result in cancellation of user privileges.  Any user identified as a security risk may be denied access to network.

8.        Vandalism - Vandalism will result in cancellation of privileges and other disciplinary action, up to and including suspension and expulsion.  Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy data of another user, the Internet, or any other network.  This includes, but is not limited to, the uploading/downloading or creation of computer viruses.  Any user who intentionally or negligently damages or destroys District hardware and/or software will also be responsible for all costs associated with repair and/or replacement of parts and services.

9.        Telephone Charges - The District assumes no responsibility for any unauthorized charges or fees, including telephone charges, long-distance charges, per-minutes surcharges, and/or equipment or line costs.

INTERNET DISCLAIMER

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Internet content is rapidly changing every day.  The links provided within our District web site are not the responsibility or liability of this site’s Webmaster, nor the School District.

INTERVENTION

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A student intervention program will be used when possible and practical, to assist students in solving certain types of problems such as:  poor attendance, excessive detention offenses, and selected academic problems.  The purpose of intervention is to help the student solve the problem(s) at hand.  The intervention program is a contract between the student and the school.  

MEDICAID NOTICE

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Attention all parents/guardians and students over 18 years of age.

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, the Congerville-Eureka-Goodfield Community Unit School District No. 140 will claim Medicaid/KidCare reimbursement for services provided.  These claims will have no impact on your 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.

Thank you for your attention to this notice.  If you should have any questions, please contact Robert Bardwell, Superintendent at (309) 467-3737.

STUDENT MEDICATION

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

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

Self-Administration of Medication

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

NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT

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Information regarding the No Child Left Behind Act can be found in Board Policy 2:260, 4:110, 4:170, 5:280, 5:190, 5:280, 6:15, 6:110, 6:140, 6:160, 6:145, 6:170, 6:340, 7:10, 7:15, 7:30, 7:50, 7:60, 7:100, 7:130, 7:340, 8:20. For the entire Board Policy, visit www.district140.org.

NON-DISCRIMINATION - TITLE IX (SEX EQUITY) - AND SECTION 504 (Disabilities)

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Information regarding Non-Discimination - Title IX (Sex Equity) - and Section 504 (Disabilities) can be found in Board Policy 2:260, 5:10, 5:20, 7:10, 7:20. For the entire Board Policy, visit www.district140.org.

NOTIFICATION OF ASBESTOS CONTAINING BUILDING MATERIAL

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The required Asbestos Hazard Emergency Act (AHERA) inspection and management plans for Community Unit District No. l40 have been completed in November of 1989 and approved.  The Administration Pre-K Center was purchased by the Board of Education in 1997.  The required Asbestos Hazard Emergency Act (AHERA) inspection and management plans for this building have been completed June of 1997 and approved.  All of the inspections and management plans were conducted by Ideal and Associates in Bloomington, Illinois.  The management plan includes a description of inspection and response actions; an assurance that accredited persons were used to conduct inspections, develop management plans, and design or conduct response actions; and a plan for re-inspection and operations and maintenance.  The management plans are available upon request for public inspection by contacting the district office and/or the specific building principal.

The finding of the inspection indicated that safe conditions exist in all buildings; however, operation and maintenance programs will maintain and monitor the district continually to sustain these safety standards.  At least once every six months, a periodic surveillance will be made of all buildings.  In addition, every three years a re-inspection is conducted, which occurred in March, 2016.  Please contact the district superintendent regarding any questions about the status of asbestos within the school district.

ORDERS OF PROTECTION

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Upon receipt of a court order of protection, the Building Principal shall file it in the records of a child who is the “protected person” under the order of protection.  No information or records shall be released to the Respondent named in the order of protection.  When a child who is a “protected person” under an order of protection transfers to public or private school, or as soon as possible, the Building Principal shall, at the request of the Petitioner, provide, within twenty-four (24) hours of the transfer or as soon as possible, written notice of the order of protection, along with a certified copy of the order, to the school to which the child is transferring.

Directory Information

The District may release certain directory information regarding students, except that parent(s)/guardian(s) may prohibit such a release. Directory information shall be limited to:

•        Name

•        Address

•        Gender

•        Grade level

•        Birth date and place

•        Parents’/guardians’ names and addresses

•        Academic awards, degrees, and honors

•        Information in relation to school-sponsored activities, organizations, and athletics

•        Major field of study

•        Period of attendance in school

The notification to parent(s)/guardian(s) and students concerning school records will inform them of their right to object to the release of directory information.  Any parent that does not want these records released must contact their child’s building principal by September 15th of each year or fifteen (15) days after receiving the student/parent handbook.

Student Record Challenges

The parent(s)/guardian(s) may challenge the accuracy, relevancy or propriety of the records.  However when the student’s school records are being forwarded to another school, no challenge may be made to grades or references to expulsions or out-of-school suspensions.  They have the right to request a hearing at which each party has the right to:

1.        Present evidence and to call witnesses;

2.        Cross-examine witnesses;

3.        Counsel;

4.        A written statement of any decision and the reasons therefore; and

5.        Appeal an adverse decision to an administrative tribunal or official to be established or designated by the State Board.

The parent(s)/guardian(s) may insert a written statement of reasonable length describing their position on disputed information.  The school will include a copy of the statement in any release of the information in dispute.

Prevention of and Response to Bullying, Intimidation, and Harassment

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Bullying, intimidation, and harassment diminish a student’s ability to learn and a school’s ability to educate. Preventing students from engaging in these disruptive behaviors and providing all students equal access to a safe, non-hostile learning environment are important school goals.

Bullying on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, national origin, immigration status, military status, unfavorable discharge status from the military service, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender-related identity or expression, ancestry, age, religion, physical or mental disability, order of protection status, status of being homeless, or actual or potential marital or parental status, including pregnancy, association with a person or group with one or more of the aforementioned actual or perceived characteristics, or any other distinguishing characteristic is prohibited in each of the following situations:

During any school-sponsored education program or activity.

While in school, on school property, on school buses or other school vehicles, at designated school bus stops waiting for the school bus, or at school-sponsored or school-sanctioned events or activities.

Through the transmission of information from a school computer, a school computer network, or other similar electronic school equipment.

Through the transmission of information from a computer that is accessed at a nonschool-related location, activity, function, or program or from the use of technology or an electronic device that is not owned, leased, or used by the school district or school if the bullying causes a substantial disruption to the educational process or orderly operation of a school.

Bullying includes cyber-bullying (bullying through the use of technology or any electronic communication) and means any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or electronically, directed toward a student or students that has or can be reasonably predicted to have the effect of one or more of the following:

Placing the student or students in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s or students’ person or property;

Causing a substantially detrimental effect on the student’s or students’ physical or mental health;

Substantially interfering with the student’s or students’ academic performance; or

Substantially interfering with the student’s or students’ ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.

Examples of prohibited conduct include name-calling, using derogatory slurs, stalking, sexual violence, causing psychological harm, threatening or causing physical harm, threatened or actual destruction of property, or wearing or possessing items depicting or implying hatred or prejudice of one of the characteristics stated above.

Students are encouraged to immediately report bullying. A report may be made orally or in writing to the district complaint manager or any staff member with whom the student is comfortable speaking. Anyone, including staff members and parents/guardians, who has information about actual or threatened bullying is encouraged to report it to the district complaint manager or any staff member. Anonymous reports are also accepted by phone call or in writing.

Complaint Managers:

Complaint Managers:

Andrew Underwood                                                             Cynthia Wondercheck

200 W. Cruger Ave.                                                                        2005 S. Main St

Eureka, IL 61530                                                                            Eureka, IL 61530

(309) 467-5710                                                                       (309) 467-5701

andrew.underwood@district140.org                                     cynthia.wondercheck@district140.org

A reprisal or retaliation against any person who reports an act of bullying is prohibited. A student’s act of reprisal or retaliation will be treated as bullying for purposes of determining any consequences or other appropriate remedial actions.

A student will not be punished for reporting bullying or supplying information, even if the school’s investigation concludes that no bullying occurred. However, knowingly making a false accusation or providing knowingly false information will be treated as bullying for purposes of determining any consequences or other appropriate remedial actions.

Students and parents/guardians are also encouraged to read the following school district policies: 7:20, Harassment of Students Prohibited and 7:180, Prevention of and Response to Bullying, Intimidation and Harassment.

RECORDS POLICY

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Information regarding Records Policy can be found in Board Policy 2:250, 7:70, 7:220, 7:340. For the entire Board Policy, visit www.district140.org.

REGISTRATION FEE

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The registration fee is set by the Board of Education. Included in the fee are charges for workbooks, materials, supplies, and assembly fees. The fee may vary from one school to another and will be determined on the basis of the needs of each school. There is no refund of the registration fee. Students entering school after the first semester has been completed will be charged half the total yearly registration fee.

Textbooks are included as part of the registration fee. Teachers will distribute textbooks as needed during the first few days of school. At the end of the school year all textbooks will be returned to the teachers. If textbooks are damaged beyond normal wear and tear or are lost, the student will be asked to pay the replacement cost of the textbook.

The School Board shall establish fees and charges to fund certain school activities.   School fees may include, but are not limited to:  required textbooks and instructional materials, charges and deposits for use of school property, field trips; uniforms or equipment, to participate in extracurricular activities, supplies for particular classes, graduation fees, school record fees, and driver's education fees.

The Board recognizes that some students will be unable to pay some fees.  Students shall not be denied educational services or academic credit due to the inability or unwillingness of parent(s) or guardian(s) to pay fees and charges.

Students whose parents are unable to afford student fees may receive a waiver of the fees, including lock rental and physical education towel rental charges.  These students are not exempt from charges for lost or damaged books, locks, materials, supplies and equipment.

At the beginning of each school year, the school district's waiver of school fees policy will be stated in the Calendar/Handbook and provided to the media.  A fee waiver application form shall be available during fall registration.  The notification shall be in English or the home language of the parent(s) or guardian(s).

Application for fee waivers may be submitted by a parent/guardian of a student who has been assessed a fee on an application form available from the Building Principal.

A student shall be eligible for a waiver of a fee when at least on one the following prerequisites are met:

1.The student is currently receiving aide under Article IV of the Illinois Public Aid Code (Aid to Families with Dependent Children).

2.The student is currently lives in a household that meets the free lunches or breakfast eligibility guidelines established by the federal government pursuant to the National School Lunch Act, 42 U.S.C. §1758; 7 C.F.R. Part 245 et seq.;

Additional consideration for fee waiver will be given by the Building Principal where the following factors are present:

1.illness in the family;

2.unusual expenses such as fire, flood, storm damage, etc.;

3.emergency situations.

4.seasonal employment

5.when one of more of the parent(s)/guardian(s) are involved in a work stoppage

Verification

The superintendent or designee must follow the verification requirements of 7 C.F.R.6a when using the free lunch or breakfast eligibility guidelines pursuant to The National School Lunch Act as the basis for waiver of the student’s fee(s).

When using a District established or other independent verification process, the Superintendent or designee may not require verification more often than every sixty (60) calendar days.  The superintendent or designee shall not use any information from any independent verification process to determine free lunch or breakfast eligibility pursuant to The National School Lunch Act.

The parent or guardian shall submit written evidence of eligibility for waiver of the student's fee.  The Building Principal will notify the parent(s) or guardian(s) within thirty (30) calendar days if the waiver has been denied.  A denied request shall state the reason for denial and give information regarding an appeal process, including timelines.

A Building Principal's denial of a fee waiver request may be appealed to the Superintendent by submitting the appeal in writing to the Superintendent or his designee within fourteen (14) calendar days of the denial.  An appeal shall be decided within fourteen (14) calendar days of the parents' or guardians' request for an appeal.  The Superintendent will notify the parents(s) or guardian(s) in writing of the decision.  A denied request shall state the reason.

No fee shall be collected from any parent or guardian who is seeking a fee waiver in accordance with this policy until the Building Principal has acted or the Superintendent has acted on an appeal, if any, and the parent(s) or guardian(s) have been notified.

Questions regarding the fee waiver request process should be addressed to the Building Principal's office.

RESIDENT AND NON-RESIDENT STUDENTS

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Information regarding Resident and Non-Resident Students can be found in Board Policy 7:60. For the entire Board Policy, visit www.district140.org.

SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER

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The Eureka Schools have the services of a school resource officer.  The objectives of the officer are as follows;

A.        Be available for students, faculty, parents, and school and community organizations as a resource.

B.        Establish and maintain a personal relationship between law enforcement officers, students, faculty and parents in the school.

C.        Establish and assist in the development of educational programs concerning social issues in which law enforcement is involved.

D.        Deal effectively and constructively with juvenile offenders and potential offenders.

SEARCH AND SEIZURE

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In order to maintain order safety and security in the schools, school authorities are authorized to conduct reasonable searches of school property and equipment, as well as of students and their personal effects.  “School authorities” includes school liaison police officers.

School Property and Equipment as well as Personal Effects Left There by Students

School authorities may inspect and search school property and equipment owned or controlled by the school (such as, lockers, desks, and parking lots), as well as personal effects left there by a student, without notice to or the consent of the student.  Students have no reasonable expectation of privacy in these places or areas or in their personal effects left there.

The building principal may request the assistance of law enforcement officials to conduct inspections and searches of lockers, desks, parking lots, and other school property and equipment for illegal drugs, weapons, or other illegal or dangerous substances or materials, including searches conducted through the use of specially trained dogs.

Students

School authorities may search a student and/or the student’s personal effects in the student’s possession (such as, purses, wallets, knapsacks, book bags, lunch boxes, etc.) when there is a reasonable ground for suspecting that the search will produce evidence the particular student has violated or is violating either the law or the school 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 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.

Seizure of Property

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

SEX OFFENDERS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY

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Information regarding Sex Offenders on School Property can be found in Board Policy 4:170. For the entire Board Policy, visit www.district140.org.

CHILD SEX OFFENDER AND MURDERER COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION ACT

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Information regarding Child Sex Offender and Murderer Community Notification Act  can be found in Board Policy 2:40, 4:170, 5:30, 5:260, 8:30. For the entire Board Policy, visit www.district140.org.

SEX EQUITY

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No student shall, based on sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, be denied equal access to programs, activities, services, or benefits.  Nor shall students be limited in the exercise of any right, privilege, advantage, or denied equal access to educational and extracurricular programs and activities.

Any student may file a sex equity complaint by using Board policy 260.00, Uniform Grievance Procedure.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT

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Information regarding Sexual Harassment can be found in Board Policy 5:20, 7:20, 7:180. For the entire Board Policy, visit www.district140.org. 

STUDENT INSURANCE

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During registration, forms will be available for parents to purchase insurance as an option.

The School Board shall annually designate a company to offer student accident insurance coverage. The Board does not endorse the plan nor recommend that parents/guardians secure the coverage and any contract is between the parents/ guardians and the company. Each student who participates in athletics, cheerleading, pompons or dance team must have school accident insurance unless the parent(s)/guardian(s) state in writing that the student is covered under a family health insurance plan.

STUDENT TRANSFERS

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Transferring In

A student seeking admission to a District school must meet all residency, age, health examination, immunization, and other eligibility prerequisites as mandated by State law.  A student must also present a completed good standing form from the Illinois school from which the student is transferring.

If a transferring-in student was suspended or expelled for any reason from any public or private school in this or any other state, the student must complete the entire term of the suspension or expulsion before being admitted into Community Unit School District No. 140.  This policy may allow placement of the student in an alternative school program established under Article 13A of the School Code, if available for the remainder of the suspension or expulsion.

The student should request the school from which he or she is transferring to forward an unofficial record of the student’s grades and the remainder of the student’s school records.  If the student is unable to present the records, the student shall be admitted and the Building Principal shall request the records from the transferring school.  An official transcript of the scholastic records, if received, will replace the unofficial grade record.

Transferring Out

Parent(s)/guardian(s) of a student transferring from the District should give the Building Principal written notification of their intent, pay outstanding fees or fines, sign a release form, and return all school-owned property.

The Building Principal shall complete a good standing form for any student transferring from the District.  Within 10 days of a transfer notification, the Building Principal shall send to the District in which the student will or has enrolled, a completed good standing form, an unofficial record of the student’s grades, and the remainder of the student’s school records.  If a transferring student was suspended or expelled for any of the reasons listed previously in this policy, and the period of suspension or expulsion has not expired at the time the student attempts to transfer into another public school, any school student records required to be transferred shall include the date and duration of the suspension or expulsion.  Within 10 days after the student has paid all outstanding fines and fees, the Building Principal shall mail an official transcript of the scholastic records.

Parent(s)/guardian(s) will receive prior written notice of the nature and substance of the records proposed to be released and an opportunity to review and copy them.

Nonpublic School Students, Including Parochial and Home-Schooled Students

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Part-Time Attendance

The District accepts nonpublic school students, including parochial and home-schooled students, who live within the District for part-time attendance in the District’s regular education program on a space-available basis. Requests for part-time attendance must be submitted to the principal. All requests for attendance in the following school year must be submitted before May 1 in writing to the building principal.

Students accepted for partial enrollment must comply with all discipline and attendance requirements established by the school. A private school student may attend any co-curricular activity associated with a District class in which he or she is enrolled. The parent(s)/guardian(s) of a student accepted for part-time attendance is responsible for all fees.

Extracurricular Activities, Including Interscholastic Competition

Nonpublic school students, regardless of whether they attend a District school part-time, will not be allowed to participate in any extracurricular activities.

Assignment When Enrolling Full-Time in a District School

Grade placement by, and academic credits earned at, a nonpublic school will be accepted if the school has a Certificate of Nonpublic School Recognition from the Illinois State Board of Education, or, if outside Illinois, if the school is accredited by the state agency governing education.

A student who, after receiving instruction in a non-recognized or non-accredited school, enrolls in the District will:  (1) be assigned to a grade level according to academic proficiency, and/or (2) have academic credits recognized by the District that are compatible to the district curriculum if the student demonstrates appropriate academic proficiency to the school administration for classes offered at the district schools. Any portion of a student’s transcript relating to such instruction will not be considered for placement on the honor roll or computation in class rank.

Recognition of grade placement and academic credits awarded by a nonpublic school is at the sole discretion of the District. All school and class assignments will be made according to School Board policy 703 and 705.09, Student Assignment, as well as administrative procedures implementing this policy.

The building principal shall assign students to classes.

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES (DISCIPLINE)

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Information regarding Students with Disabilities (Discipline) can be found in Board Policy 7:230. For the entire Board Policy, visit www.district140.org.

SUICIDE AND DEPRESSION AWARENESS AND PREVENTION

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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 school district’s policy, is posted on the school district website.  Information can also be obtained from the school office.

TOBACCO PROHIBITION

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The Community Unit School District No. 140 Board of Education is dedicated to providing a healthy, comfortable, and productive environment for staff, students and citizens.  In addition, the Board recognizes the importance of adult role modeling for students during their formative years.  Therefore, the Board supports a tobacco-free environment for all and the City of Eureka ordinance No. 5-01, Village of Goodfield ordinance No. 01-05 and Village of Congerville ordinance No. 200105-01.

Effective July 1, 1994, the use of any form of tobacco on school property (buildings, grounds and school owned vehicles) is prohibited.  Tobacco is defined as cigarette, cigar, or tobacco in any form, including smokeless tobacco which is any loose, cut, shredded, ground, powdered, compressed or leaf tobacco, that is intended to be placed in the mouth without being smoked.

Announcements will be made prior to all extracurricular activities concerning the smoke-free policy.

Groups or individuals requesting the use of District 140 facilities shall be advised to the provisions of this policy.

The success of this policy will depend upon the thoughtfulness, consideration, and cooperation of all individuals.

Surveillance Cameras

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 The Board of Education authorizes the use of surveillance cameras to monitor the activities in school district facilities and on school district property. Surveillance shall only occur in common areas including hallways, media centers, parking lots, school buses, grounds, cafeterias, and gymnasiums.

All school facilities with surveillance cameras will display a warning sign at the main entrance that indicates surveillance can occur in, and around, that facility to provide for security of all school district students, personnel, and property. Surveillance cameras are also used to encourage proper student behavior. Parents and guardians will also be notified annually, through the student handbook, that surveillance cameras are being used in those school facilities and on school district property.

The supervision and control of all surveillance equipment will be the responsibility of the Superintendent/Principal/Assistant Principal/School Resource Officer.

Surveillance Information is considered to be for official use only. Members of the Board of Education, the Superintendent, Principals, Assistant Principals, School Resource Officer and other appropriate personnel designated by the Superintendent are authorized to view all surveillance information made in school facilities and on school district property for the purposes set forth above. The Superintendent or designee may authorize the administrators named above to show relevant portions of the surveillance information to students or groups of students, their parents or guardians and groups of parents or guardians. The surveillance information may not be used for general showings to other individuals or groups and may not be given to the media. Surveillance information can be monitored/used by law enforcement officials for use in accordance with this policy.

WAIVER OF STUDENT FEES

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The School Board shall establish fees and charges to fund certain school activities.  School fees may include, but are not limited to:  required textbooks and instructional materials, charges and deposits for use of school property, field trips; uniforms or equipment to participate in extracurricular activities, supplies for particular classes, graduation fees, school record fees, and driver’s education fees.

The Board recognizes that some students will be unable to pay some fees.  Students shall not be denied educational services or academic credit due to the inability or unwillingness of parent(s) or guardian(s) to pay fees and charges.

Students whose parents are unable to afford student fees may receive a waiver of the fees, including lock rental and physical education towel rental charges.  These students are not exempt from charges for lost and damaged books, locks, materials, supplies and equipment.

At the beginning of each school year, the school district’s waiver of school fees policy will be stated in the Calendar/Handbook and provided to the media.  A fee waiver application form shall be available during fall registration.  The notification shall be in English or the home language of the parent(s) or guardian(s).

Applications for fee waivers may be submitted by a parent/guardian of a student who has been assessed a fee on an application form available from the Building Principal.

A student shall be eligible for a waiver of a fee when at least one of the following prerequisites is met:

1.        The student is currently receiving aid under Article IV of the Illinois Public Aid Code (Aid to Families with Dependent Children).

2.        The student currently lives in a household that meets the free lunches or breakfast eligibility guidelines established by the federal government pursuant to the National School Lunch Act, 42 U.S.C. §1758; 7 C.F.R. Part 245 et seq.;

Additional consideration for fee waiver will be given by the Building Principal where the following factors are present:

1.        Illness in the family;

2.        Unusual expenses such as fire, flood, storm damage, etc.;

3.        Emergency situations.

4.  Season employment

5.  When one or more of the parent(s)/guardian(s) are involved in a work stoppage.

Verification
The superintendent or designee must follow the verification requirements of 7 C.F.R.6a when using the free lunch or breakfast eligibility guidelines pursuant to The National School Lunch Act as the basis for waiver of the student’s fee(s).

When using a District established or other independent verification process, the Superintendent or designee may not require verification more often than every sixty (60) calendar days.  The superintendent or designee shall not use any information from any independent verification process to determine free lunch or breakfast eligibility pursuant to The National School Lunch Act.

The parent or guardian shall submit written evidence of eligibility for waiver of the student’s fee.

The Building Principal will notify the parent(s) or guardian(s) within thirty (30) calendar days if the waiver has been denied.  A denied request shall state the reason for denial and give information regarding an appeal process, including timelines.

A Building Principal’s denial of a fee waiver request may be appealed to the Superintendent by submitting the appeal in writing to the Superintendent or his designee within fourteen (14) calendar days of the denial.  An appeal shall be decided within fourteen (14) calendar days of the parents’ or guardians’ request for an appeal.  The Superintendent will notify the parent(s) or guardian(s) in writing of the decision.  A denied request shall state the reason.

No fee shall be collected from any parent or guardian who is seeking a fee waiver in accordance with this policy until the Building Principal has acted or the Superintendent has acted on an appeal, it any, and the parent(s) or guardian(s) have been notified.

Questions regarding the fee waiver request process should be addressed to the Building Principal’s office.

DISTRIBUTION OF LITERATURE

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Anyone who wants to distribute literature, or post information on school property, must first gain permission from administration prior to distribution or posting information.

Academic Info

The curriculum of Unit District #140 has an objective-based approach.  Each content area has objectives that are level oriented.  Each content area has a primary resource (textbook series) which is used to teach toward the objectives.  Often a secondary resource may be utilized to provide reinforcement.

The curriculum of Unit District #140 is constantly being reviewed and/or revised in an effort to provide our students the most relevant instruction possible.

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT - GRADING AND PROMOTION

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Information regarding Academic Achievement - Grading and Promotion can be found in Board Policy 6:280. For the entire Board

Policy, visit www.district140.org.

ACCOMMODATING INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES

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Information regarding Accommodating Individuals with Disabilities can be found in Board Policy 6:120 & 7:10. For the entire Board Policy, visit www.district140.org.

SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY

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Information regarding School Accountability can be found in Board Policy 6:15. For the entire Board Policy, visit www.district140.org.

Bilingual Education

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Information regarding Bilingual Education can be found in Board Policy 6:160. For the entire Board Policy,

visit www.district140.org.

Driver’s Education

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Any student attending Eureka High School must receive a passing grade in at least eight courses during the previous two semesters before enrolling in driver education, or in case of drop outs, their last two semesters.  The definition of a course is any class at the Junior or Senior High School from which a student receives one-half credit per semester and the credit is on the official transcript.  If the eight course restriction requires the evaluation of junior high grades, the grades must be from an official transcript or certification from the school.  If a student is homeschooled, the individual responsible for the education of the student must certify that the courses being considered were passed successfully.  This certification must be in writing and notarized, preferably at the District Office.  The Superintendent of Schools may waive the eight course requirement only when there are extreme financial, economic or personal circumstances warranting such action.  The Superintendent will request the High School administration, Counseling Department and driver education teachers to review the circumstances surrounding the waiver request and submit a written recommendation within five school days.  The Superintendent will respond to the request within five school days of receipt of the recommendation.

Federal and State Funded Programs Available to District 140

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There are many programs Unit 140 participates in that are federally and state funded.  When programs are funded by the state or federal government there is no direct cost to the local taxpayer.  Over the last several years there has been an increase in the number of programs that do receive some financial assistance.  

Listed below are all the current programs Unit 140 is receiving financial support from either the federal government or state government.  A brief program overview is also provided for your information.

Title I – Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantage - Federal Funds

The purpose of Title I is to provide supplemental instruction in the areas of Reading and/or Mathematics.  The program should be designed to meet the educational needs of those students who have been identified as in need of additional instruction in these two areas.  This is a supplemental program and is not to replace the child’s regular Reading or Math instruction.   This program is available to students in grades one through twelve. The Title I policy regarding district and school level parental involvement compact listing expectations and responsibilities can be found under Community Unit School District 140 Board Policy No. 610.00.  Copies of this policy are available from the building principal or superintendent of schools.

Title II – Teacher and Principal Training & Recruiting Fund (Teacher Quality) - Federal Funds

Title II funds provide funding for states and districts to meet the requirements of Section 1119, which includes state and local plans for all teachers to be highly qualified no later than the end of the 2005-2006 school year.  LEAs are required to report annually on their progress.

Vocational and Applied Technology - Federal Funds

The primary intent of the grant is to improve academic and occupational competence of all segments of the population enrolled in vocational-technical educational programs with primary emphasis on SPECIAL POPULATION students.  The term SPECIAL POPULATIONS as defined by the Act includes individuals with disabilities, educationally and economically disadvantaged limited English proficiency and those who participate in programs designed to eliminate sex bias.  The application will demonstrate a blend of SUPPORT services for special population students and vocational education program improvement activities based on identified needs.  These funds can be used only for the targeted programs which are Agriculture, Auto Mechanics, Occupation of Homemaking and CAD/Drafting.

Elementary Career Education Grant - State Funds

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Funds are appropriated for the purpose of introducing careers to grades K-8.

ENGLISH LEARNERS

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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.

For questions related to this program or to express input in the school’s English Learners program, contact Robert Bardwell, Superintendent, at (309) 467-3737.

MULTI-CULTURALISM

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The instructional program shall emphasize multi-cultural education by presenting in context the contributions of all races and cultures, and by recognizing in all grades the similarities of students’ various cultures.  The Building Principal shall monitor the school’s multi-cultural experiences and instructional program.

Physical Education

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Students in 5th and 6th grades will be required to bring shoes dedicated to P.E. to remain at school.  7th and 8th grade students will be required to dress in P.E. shirt and shorts as well as shoes used solely for P.E.   Student’s grades may be affected by not complying with P.E. dress regulations.

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.

PUBLIC COMPLAINTS ABOUT TEXTBOOKS, CURRICULUM MATERIALS, EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS AND LIBRARY BOOKS

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The Board of Education recognizes the student’s right of free access to many different types of books and instructional materials.  The District’s instructional materials shall be selected for compatibility with the District’s educational goals and objectives.  (For the purpose of this policy the word book or educational materials includes textbooks, curriculum materials and library books.)

In addition, the Board of Education recognizes the right of an individual parent/guardian to request that their child be exempt from utilizing a particular book or other materials.  The parent or student with the objection should contact the teacher.  They will be expected to state their objection.  The teacher will assign another textbook or materials for the student.  If further action is desired, the parent/guardian should make such request in writing on the District’s Request for Reconsideration of Educational Materials Form. (Policy No. 645.15-R-1 through 645.15-R-2).  Forms are available from the Principal’s and Superintendent’s Offices.

By September 15 of each school year a standing committee and 3 alternates (1-teacher, 1-student, 1-district resident) will be chosen and approved by the Board of Education to review the material in question and judge whether it conforms to the District’s educational goals and objectives and therefore, is appropriate for the student’s use.  If a member of the standing committee is involved in the complaint process, then the alternate will serve in their place.  The committee’s term shall be: Students - 1 year; District Residents – 2 year term, but first year one will serve one year, and one will serve a two year term; Teachers - 2 year term but first year one will serve one year, and one will serve a two year term.  The review committee shall be composed of the following members in order to maintain a broad representation for input.  (In order that there shall be no conflicts of interest, immediate family members cannot serve on the committee at the same time.  Immediate family being defined as: wife, husband, child, father, mother, sister, brother, grandmother, grandfather, grandchild, legal guardian, ward, stepchild or foster child.)

Standing Committee Membership

Teachers

1 - specialized in the department where the book is being utilized.

1 - not specialized in the department where the book is being utilized.

Students (currently enrolled, age appropriate and one of each gender, if possible)

2 - not involved in the complaint process

District Residents

2 - not involved in the complaint process

Optional: Individual Not Employed By School District

1 - An individual that has knowledge in the subject area that is being questioned, i.e., teacher from another district, college professor, paid consultant, etc.

This committee is advisory in nature;  they can only make recommendations.  They do not have the authority to adopt or disband books or materials.

Committee Guidelines

1.        Elect a chairperson

2.        Elect a secretary

3.        Invite teacher or librarian currently utilizing the book or materials, to share their thoughts on why they believe the book or material in question is important to their course.

A written report of the committee’s findings shall be given to the complainant, teacher currently utilizing the book, or librarian if appropriate, Building Principal and the Superintendent, within thirty (30) calendar days of the receipt of the written complaint.  If the teacher or librarian currently utilizing the book or materials disagrees with the recommendation of the committee, they may provide a written and/or oral report to the Building Principal, Superintendent and Board of Education, explaining the importance of the book/materials for their course.  If the complainant is not satisfied with the decision contained in the committee report, the complainant may appeal the decision contained in the committee report to the Building Principal.  The Building Principal shall meet with the complainant in an attempt to resolve the matter.  If the matter remains unresolved, the Building Principal shall refer the complainant to the Superintendent.  The Superintendent shall make an effort to resolve the matter with the parent/guardian.  The Superintendent has the option to consult with experts outside the school district for additional input on the material in question.  Should the matter remain unresolved, the Superintendent shall refer the problem, with written recommendation(s), to the Board of Education.  The Board of Education’s decision on the matter shall be final.

SELECTION OF BOOKS AND OTHER MATERIALS

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The Unit District 140 Board of Education takes legal responsibility for all matters pertaining to the operation of Unit 140 Schools.  The selection of district textbooks involves a committee of district teachers (with one of the teachers serving as the committee chair).  An administrator also serves on the committee in a facilitator’s role.  The committee may also have representation from the community.  Through their efforts, the committee makes a recommendation to the Board of Education for final approval of any textbook to be used in Unit 140.

Criteria for Selection of Textbooks

The textbook being considered will many times dictate what criteria are used.  The following is a general list of questions that past committees have used:

1        -        Does the material match district objectives?

2        -        Is the reading level age appropriate?

3        -        Is the material current?

4        -        Does the material have appeal?

5        -        Is the material of high quality in relation to other available texts?

6        -        How is the material prices in relation to other available texts?

Other criteria might be considered depending on the textbook being previewed.

Procedure for Selection

Using the above or related criteria, the working committee previews all available materials.  The texts are all rated on a pre-determined scale.  The scales are tallied and the text with the highest average is recommended to the Board of Education.

SPECIAL EDUCATION

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Information regarding Special Education can be found in Board Policy 6:120. For the entire Board Policy, visit www.district140.org.

Extracurricular Activities and Clubs

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Participation in Athletics and other extracurricular activities is highly encouraged but remains a privilege.  Students choosing to participate in these activities bear the responsibility of representing their school both in the community and at school.  These extended responsibilities include holding students who choose to participate to a higher standard of conduct as a condition of participation.

EXTRACURRICULAR CODE OF CONDUCT

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All students involved in extracurricular activities shall comply with these rules and regulations and conduct themselves in a manner that will bring credit and honor to themselves, their school and their community.  The Code sets forth specific rules for student participation in extracurricular activities and guidelines and procedures to be followed for violations of the rules.

The Extracurricular Code is as Follows:

DEFINITION OF TERMS

Prohibited Substances:  include the following:

•        All alcoholic beverages

•        All controlled substances, except when prescribed for the student by a licensed physician

•        Cannabis

•        Any “look-alike” substance

•        Any drug paraphernalia, such as but not limited to, pipes, one-hitters, rolling papers, or any device or item which contains residue of an illegal substance

•        Any anabolic steroid

•        Inhalants

•        Any substance used to achieve an altered mental state or “high.”

Under the Influence: Any student who has consumed or used any amount of any prohibited substance will be considered under the influence.  Being under the influence includes, but is not limited to, the emission of the odor of any of these substances, such as having alcohol on the breath, or any impairment of normal functioning, such as slurred speech, inability to walk properly or dilated pupils.

Possession: Possession means having any knowledge of, and any control over, an item.  Control includes, but is not limited to, having access to an item in a school locker, personal effects, a vehicle, or other place where the item is located.  It is not necessary that a student intended to control the item.  A student may acquire knowledge of an item visually, by being told about the item, or through other sensory perception...  A student’s knowledge will be determined based on the surrounding circumstances, not just the student’s statements.  For example, “forgetting” that an item is in one’s locker, personal effects, or vehicle does not constitute a lack of knowledge.  

Delivery: Delivery means a transfer, or attempted transfer, of possession or control to another person whether or not the substance or item is in that person’s immediate presence.  Delivery includes, but is not limited to, any gift, exchange, sale or other transfer with or without payment or other consideration.

Look-alike: a “look-alike” is any substance or item which is not, but reasonably appears to be, or is represented to be, the real substance or item.  Examples include, but are not limited to: (a) a toy gun which is very difficult to distinguish, except upon close examination, from an actual gun; (b) a green leafy plant material, which is not, but is claimed, believed or intended to appear to be marijuana; and (c) a white powdered substance which is not, but is claimed, believed or intended to appear to be a toxic chemical or biological agent.

Code of Conduct

This Code of Conduct applies to all extracurricular and athletic activities and is enforced 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. [1] 

This Code does not contain a complete list of inappropriate behaviors. Violations will be treated cumulatively, with disciplinary penalties increasing with subsequent violations. A student may be excluded from extracurricular or athletic activities while the school is conducting an investigation into the student’s conduct.

Students and their parents/guardians are encouraged to seek assistance from the Student Assistance Program for alcohol or other drug problems. Participation in an alcohol or drug counseling program will be taken into consideration in determining consequences for Code of Conduct violations.

The student shall not:

  1. Violate the school rules and School District policies on student discipline including policies and procedures on student behavior;
  2. Ingest or otherwise use, possess, buy, sell, offer to sell, barter, or distribute a beverage containing alcohol (except for religious purposes);
  3. Ingest or otherwise use, possess, buy, sell, offer to sell, barter, or distribute tobacco or nicotine in any form;
  4. Ingest or otherwise use, possess, buy, sell, offer to sell, barter, or distribute any product composed purely of caffeine in a loose powdered form or any illegal substance (including mood-altering and performance enhancing drugs or chemicals) or paraphernalia;
  5. Ingest or otherwise use, possess, buy, sell, offer to sell, barter, or distribute any object that is or could be considered a weapon or any item that is a look alike weapon. This prohibition does not prohibit legal use of weapons in cooking and in athletics, such as archery, martial arts practice, target shooting, hunting, and skeet;
  6. Attend a party or other gathering and/or ride in a vehicle where alcoholic beverages and/or controlled substances are being consumed by minors;
  7. Act in an unsportsmanlike manner;
  8. Violate any criminal law, including but not limited to, assault, battery, arson, theft, gambling, eavesdropping, vandalism and reckless driving;
  9. Haze or bully other students;
  10. Violate the written rules for the extracurricular or athletic activity;
  11. Behave in a manner that is detrimental to the good of the group or school;
  12. Be insubordinate or disrespectful toward the activity’s sponsors or team’s coaching staff; or
  13. Falsify any information contained on any permit or permission form required by the extracurricular or athletic activity.

Hazing is any humiliating or dangerous activity expected of a student to belong to a team or group, regardless of his or her willingness to participate. Bullying includes cyber-bullying (bullying through the use of technology or any electronic communication) and means any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or electronically, directed toward a student or students that has or can be reasonably predicted to have the effect of one or more of the following:

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

Examples of prohibited conduct include name-calling, using derogatory slurs, stalking, sexual violence, causing psychological harm, threatening or causing physical harm, threatened or actual destruction of property, or wearing or possessing items depicting or implying hatred or prejudice of one of the characteristics stated above.

Due Process Procedures

Students who are accused of violating the Code of Conduct are entitled to the following due process:

  1. The student should be advised of the disciplinary infraction with which he or she is being charged.
  2. The student shall be entitled to a hearing before an appropriate administrator.
  3. The student will be able to respond to any charges leveled against him or her.
  4. The student may provide any additional information he or she wishes for the administrator to consider.
  5. The administrator, with the help of other staff members if needed, may interview material witnesses or others with evidence concerning the case.
  6. If the administrator finds, after reviewing the evidence, that the violation occurred, he or she will impose sanctions on the student, as follows:

  1. Sanctions for violations other than drug and alcohol will be based on the nature of the offense and the number of offenses, and may include suspension from all extracurricular or athletic activities for one of the time periods described below:

  1. Sanctions for alcohol and other drug violations, including tobacco, nicotine and products composed purely of caffeine in a loose powdered form, will be based on the following:

First violation

Second violation

Third violation

  1. The administrator will make a written report of his or her decision and rationale. The student may appeal the decision to the superintendent or superintendent’s designee.

All students remain subject to the School District’s student discipline policy and the school’s student/parent handbook.

Any student who obtains a Code violation as the result of self-admission (and not caught by authorities) will be placed on warning and probation.  The next violation will constitute, at a minimum, a first offense.

OTHER REGULATIONS FOR EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITY PARTICIPATION

ELIGIBILITY – EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Local Requirements – Eureka Middle School

1.        Evaluation of Students – Evaluation of students participating in extra-curricular activities will be done on a weekly basis.  This procedure meets the IESA mandate of weekly checks and all grades will be based on a cumulative 9 weeks grade average.

2.        Scholastic Standing

a.        Students Passing All Classes:  Students passing all classes will be assumed eligible to participate in extra-curricular activities.

b.        Students Receiving One Failing Grade:  Students receiving one failing grade at the weekly check will be ineligible for the following week’s activities. Any ineligible student will remain ineligible until all grades are brought up to a passing level, as determined at the next grade check.  Students may not participate in competition while ineligible.  

3.        Eligibility Periods – Eligibility periods run from Monday through Sunday.  Students will be contacted immediately by the their coach prior to becoming ineligible.

4.         Chronic Ineligibility – Middle School Students who are ineligible for three (3) consecutive weeks may be removed from the team/squad.

5.  A student athlete may participate in more than one sport per season with the following exception:  An athlete cannot be in both cheer/dance and girls basketball.

E.        All Student-Parent Handbook rules and the Eureka Middle and High School Extra-curricular Code of Conduct as outlined herein must be adhered to for participation in Extra-curricular Activities.

Student Athlete Concussions and Head Injuries

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Student athletes must comply with Illinois’ Youth Sports Concussion Safety Act and all protocols, policies and bylaws of the Illinois High School Association before being allowed to participate in any athletic activity, including practice or competition.

A student who was removed from practice or competition because of a suspected concussion shall be allowed to return only after all statutory prerequisites are completed, including without limitation, the School District’s return-to-play and return-to-learn protocols.

DISCIPLINE GUIDELINES

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Students enrolled in the Unit #l40 schools shall conduct themselves in keeping with their level of maturity, acting with due regard for the supervisory authority vested by the Board of Education in all district employees, and for the rights and welfare of other students.  

Teachers and educational support personnel shall maintain discipline in the schools.  In all matters relating to the discipline in the schools and conduct of the school children, district employees stand in the relation of parents and guardians to the pupils.  They shall exercise such control over children as would be exercised at any time for the safety and supervision of the pupils in the absence of their parents or guardians, up to and including removal from the classroom.  This control shall be exercised at all times when students are present on school property either during the school day or attending after school functions.  No disciplinary action shall be taken against any student that is based totally or in part on the refusal of the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) to administer or consent to the administration of psychotropic or psychostimulant medication to the student.

Employees are prohibited by state law to use corporal punishment, i.e., intentional infliction of bodily harm, slapping, paddling or prolonged maintenance of students in physically painful positions.

Certified educational employees and any other person, who provides a related service for or with respect to a student, may use reasonable force as needed to maintain safety from bodily harm for themselves or others. Likewise, reasonable force may be applied if deemed necessary to protect against property damage.

Student Behavior

 

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Copies of all School District policies on student behavior are available online through the School District’s website or in the school office.

 

Prohibited Student Conduct

 

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

 

  1.            Using, possessing, distributing, purchasing, selling or offering for sale tobacco or nicotine materials, including electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes.

  2.            Using, possessing, distributing, purchasing, or selling alcoholic beverages. Students who are under the influence of an alcoholic beverage are not permitted to attend school or school functions and are treated as though they had alcohol in their possession.

  3.            Using, possessing, distributing, purchasing, selling or offering for sale:

a.   Any illegal drug, controlled substance, or cannabis (including marijuana, medical cannabis and hashish).

b.  Any anabolic steroid unless it is being administered in accordance with a physician’s or licensed practitioner’s prescription.

c.           Any performance-enhancing substance on the Illinois High School Association’s most current banned substance list unless administered in accordance with a physician’s or licensed practitioner’s prescription.

d.          Any prescription drug when not prescribed for the student by a physician or licensed practitioner, or when used in a manner inconsistent with the prescription or prescribing physician’s or licensed practitioner’s instructions.  The use or possession of medical cannabis, even by a student for whom medical cannabis has been prescribed, is prohibited.

e.           Any inhalant, regardless of whether it contains an illegal drug or controlled substance: (a) that a student believes is, or represents to be capable of, causing intoxication, hallucination, excitement, or dulling of the brain or nervous system; or (b) about which the student engaged in behavior that would lead a reasonable person to believe that the student intended the inhalant to cause intoxication, hallucination, excitement, or dulling of the brain or nervous system.  The prohibition in this section does not apply to a student’s use of asthma or other legally prescribed inhalant medications.

f.           “Look-alike” or counterfeit drugs, including a substance that is not prohibited by this policy, but one: (a) that a student believes to be, or represents to be, an illegal drug, controlled substance, or other substance that is prohibited by this policy; or (b) about which a student engaged in behavior that would lead a reasonable person to believe that the student expressly or impliedly represented to be an illegal drug, controlled substance or other substance that is prohibited by this policy.

g.           Drug paraphernalia, including devices that are or can be used to:  (a) ingest, inhale, or inject cannabis or controlled substances into the body; and (b) grow, process, store, or conceal cannabis or controlled substances.

h.          Any substance inhaled, injected, smoked, consumed or otherwise ingested or absorbed with the intention of causing a physiological or psychological change in the body, including without limitation, pure caffeine in a tablet or powdered form.

Students who are under the influence of any prohibited substance are not permitted to attend school or school functions and are treated as though they have the prohibited substance, as applicable, in their possession.

4.      Using, possessing, controlling or transferring a “weapon” or violating the procedures listed below under the Weapons Prohibition section of this handbook procedure.

5.            Using or possessing an electronic paging device.

6.            Using a cellular telephone, smartphone, video recording device, personal digital assistant (PDA), or similar electronic device in any manner that disrupts the educational environment or violates the rights of others, including using the device to take photographs in locker rooms or bathrooms, cheat, or otherwise violate student conduct rules. Prohibited conduct specifically includes, without limitation, creating and sending, sharing, viewing, receiving or possessing an indecent visual depiction of oneself or another person through the use of a computer, electronic communication device or cellular telephone, commonly known as “sexting.” Unless otherwise banned under this policy or by the building principal, all cellular phones, smartphones and other electronic devices must be kept powered-off and out-of-sight during the regular school day unless:  (a) the supervising teacher grants permission; (b) use of the device is provided in a student’s individualized education program (IEP); or (c) it is needed in an emergency that threatens the safety of students, staff, or other individuals.

 

Violation of Electronic Device Policy May Result in:

1st offense: Electronic device may be confiscated. The device is returned to the student at the end of the day. The student is issued a 2-hour Saturday School..

2nd offense: Electronic device may be confiscated. A parent/guardian may be required to pick up the device. The student is issued a 2-hour Saturday School..

3rd offense: Electronic device may be confiscated. A parent/guardian may be required to pick up the device. The student is issued a 4-hour Saturday School..

  7.            Using or possessing a laser pointer unless under a staff member’s direct supervision and in the context of instruction.

 8.                Disobeying rules of student conduct or directives from staff members or school officials.  Examples of disobeying staff directives include refusing a staff member’s request to stop, present school identification or submit to a search.

  9.            Engaging in academic dishonesty, including cheating, intentionally plagiarizing, wrongfully giving or receiving help during an academic examination, altering report cards and wrongfully obtaining test copies or scores.

  10.            Engaging in bullying, hazing or any kind of aggressive behavior that does physical or psychological harm to a staff person or another student or encouraging other students to engage in such behavior.  Prohibited conduct specifically includes, without limitation, any use of violence, intimidation, force, noise, coercion, threats, stalking, harassment, sexual harassment, public humiliation, theft or destruction of property, retaliation, hazing, bullying, bullying using a school computer or a school computer network or other comparable conduct.

  11.            Engaging in public display of affection or any sexual activity, including without limitation, offensive touching, sexual harassment, indecent exposure (including mooning) and sexual assault.

  12.            Engaging in teen dating violence.

  13.            Causing or attempting to cause damage to, stealing, or attempting to steal, school property or another person’s personal property.

  14.            Entering school property or a school facility without proper authorization.

  15.            In the absence of a reasonable belief that an emergency exists, calling emergency responders (calling 9-1-1); signaling or setting off alarms or signals indicating the presence of an emergency; or indicating the presence of a bomb or explosive device on school grounds, school bus or at any school activity.

  16.            Being absent without a recognized excuse.

  17.            Being involved with any public school fraternity, sorority, or secret society.

  18.            Being involved in a gang or engaging in gang-like activities, including displaying gang symbols or paraphernalia.

  19.            Violating any criminal law, including but not limited to, assault, battery, arson, theft, gambling, eavesdropping, vandalism and hazing.

  20.            Engaging in any activity, on or off campus, that interferes with, disrupts, or adversely affects the school environment, school operations, or an educational function, including but not limited to, conduct that may reasonably be considered to:  (a) be a threat or an attempted intimidation of a staff member; or (b) endanger the health or safety of students, staff, or school property.

  21.            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.

  22.            Operating an unarmed aircraft system (AUS) or drone for any purpose on school grounds or at any school event unless granted permission by the building principal.

23. Possession of, use, control, or transfer of any explosive or incendiary device, including fireworks, lighters and matches. This includes any component of an explosive or incendiary device, e.g., schematics or other drawings, ignition agent, container, wiring, etc., when it is reasonably determined that the component was intended to be used as part of an explosive or incendiary device.

  24.            Verbal abuse of school personnel or other students, or use of profane words or gestures.

25. Possession of skateboards or rollerblades.  Students shall not bring skateboards or rollerblades to school.  Students will not be allowed to transport skateboards on school buses.

26. Personal items brought to school by students are their responsibility.  The school district is not responsible for any theft, loss or damage of personal items.

27. Violation of District’s rules and regulations regarding use of District 140 computer networks and the internet.

28. Repeated minor incidents of misbehavior, which other disciplinary measures have failed to deter/dissuade.

29. Failing to report knowledge of any violation or potential violation of school rules and/or an illegal or dangerous act to a school staff member or other school official.

  30.  Leaving the school grounds without notification and/or permission of school personnel.

31. Failure to serve detention may result in the following consequences:

• 2 hour Saturday Supervised Study for 1st offense.

• 4 hour Saturday Supervised Study for 2nd and 3rd offense.

• ISDP  for subsequent offenses.

For Grades 5 – 8, 10 detentions during a semester will result in a (2) hour Saturday Supervised Study. For every detention after, a four (4) hour Saturday Supervised Study will occur. 

 32.      Failure to Serve Saturday Supervised Study may result in the following consequences:

1st offense = IDP and make up missed SSS.

         2nd offense = 2 -Day IDP.

 Subsequent Offenses will be considered an Act of Gross Disobedience. .

For purposes of these rules, the term “possession” includes having control, custody, or care, currently or in the past, of an object or substance, including situations in which the item is: (a) on the student’s person; (b) contained in another item belonging to, or under the control of, the student, such as in the student’s clothing, backpack, or automobile; (c) in a school’s student locker, desk, or other school property; (d) at any location on school property or at a school-sponsored event; or (e) in the case of drugs and alcohol, substances ingested by the person.

 

Efforts, including the use of positive interventions and supports shall be made to deter students, while at school or a school-related event, from engaging in aggressive behavior that may reasonably produce physical or psychological harm to someone else.

 

No disciplinary action shall be taken against any student that is based totally or in part on the refusal of the student’s parent/guardian to administer or consent to the administration of psychotropic or psychostimulant medication to the student.

 

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.

 

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.   Temporary removal from the classroom.

5.   Return of property or restitution for lost, stolen or damaged property.

6.   In-school suspension.

7.   After-school study or Saturday study 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.)

8.   Community service.

9.   Seizure of contraband; confiscation and temporary retention of the personal property that was used to violate school rules.

10. Suspension of bus riding privileges.

11. Suspension from school and all school activities for up to 10 days.  A suspended student is prohibited from being on school grounds.

12. Expulsion from school and all school activities for a definite time period not to exceed 2 calendar years. An expelled student is prohibited from being on school grounds.

13. Transfer to an alternative program if the student is expelled or otherwise qualifies for transfer under State law.

14. 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.

DETENTIONS

Detentions are usually 30 minutes in length.  They shall be assigned before school, during school, after school.  Students assigned detentions will be given a “Detention Notice” signed by the teacher, district employee, Assistant Principal, Dean, or Principal issuing the detention along with the date the detention will be served, location, time and reason for the detention.  Parents/guardian shall be notified of all detentions earned by the student.  Students are to remain in their seats and may not leave the room for any reason unless instructor permission is granted. Detention period begins when the student walks into the room.  Communicating with others while serving detention will not be permitted.  Communication includes:  talking, whispering, sending notes, body language, passing pencils, etc.  Students are required to bring something to study or read.  Communicating with anyone except the teacher in charge will result in an automatic removal from the detention.  Removal from detention will be treated as if the student did not attend at all.

PROBATION

Probation is a conditional enrollment in school, a particular school activity or class for a specified length of time.

SATURDAY SUPERVISED STUDY (SSS) EHS will be eliminating

Saturday Supervised Study is a program used for student improvement.  Students may be assigned to attend Saturday Supervised Study between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon.  Students receiving a Saturday Supervised Study will be given a set of rules prior to their attendance.  A student who receives a Saturday Supervised Study, for a first time offense of violating a policy, may be allowed to serve school detentions for the equal amount of time of the SSS if approved by an administrator, if a student has conflicts of schedule with serving the SSS because of a school sponsored event(s).  Students have the option to reschedule their Saturday Supervised Study prior to the assigned date one time.  If that Saturday Supervised Study needs to be reschedule a second time, a doctor’s note is required.  If a Saturday Supervised Study has been cancelled due to weather conditions, the Assistant Principal will contact each student at home the Friday prior to the SSS or before 7:00 AM the day of the scheduled SSS.

SUSPENSION

A student disciplinary suspension is a temporary removal from the classroom, school or from riding a school bus for a maximum of ten days per suspension/ occurrence.

IN-SCHOOL-DISCIPLINARY PLACEMENT (IDP)

Students serving an In-School-Disciplinary Placement will be allowed to make up work during the school day.  In-School-Disciplinary Placement may be assigned to be served on a regular school attendance day.

OUT-OF-SCHOOL SUSPENSION (OSS)

Out-of-school suspensions are considered as unexcused absences.  Homework assignments for students suspended out of school may be requested, and the make-up work policy will be followed. Students suspended out of school are not allowed on school grounds and they cannot participate in any school activities during the period of suspension.  Violation of this restriction may result in an arrest for trespassing or additional discipline measures.

EXPULSION

Expulsion is the exclusion of a student from school and all school related activities for a period of time greater than 10 school days, but no longer than two school years. All expulsions must be in accordance with Section 10-22.6 of The School Code of Illinois.

Students expelled from school are not allowed on school grounds and they cannot participate in any school activities during the period of the expulsion. Violation of this restriction may result in an arrest for trespassing or additional discipline measures.

 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.

 

Weapons Prohibition

 

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 year but not more than 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.

 

Gang & Gang Activity Prohibited

 

“Gang” is defined as any group, club or organization of two or more persons whose purposes include the commission of illegal acts. No student on or about school property or at any school activity or whenever the student’s conduct is reasonably related to a school activity, shall: (1) wear, possess, use, distribute, display, or sell any clothing, jewelry, paraphernalia or other items which reasonably could be regarded as gang symbols; commit any act or omission, or use either verbal or non‐verbal gestures, or handshakes showing membership or affiliation in a gang; or (2) use any speech or commit any act or omission in furtherance of the interest of any gang or gang activity, including, but not limited to, soliciting others for membership in any gangs; (3) request any person to pay protection or otherwise intimidate, harass or threaten any person; (4) commit any other illegal act or other violation of district policies, (5) or incite other students to act with physical violence upon any other person.

  

Re-Engagement of Returning Students

 

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.

SUSPENSION PROCEDURES

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Students who have charges of gross misconduct or disobedience brought against them shall be notified of such charges and given an opportunity to present an explanation in a conference with the suspending school official. If the school official decides a suspension is to be imposed, the student shall be given an oral or written notice of the charges.

Immediately following the issuance of a suspension, the parents of the suspended student will be informed in writing of the reasons for the suspension, the rules and regulations violated by the student’s conduct, and the duration of the suspension. In addition, notification will be given that a hearing to review the suspension before the Board of Education or a Board appointed hearing officer may be requested. A request for a review hearing shall be submitted within ten (10) school days after receipt of the suspension notice.

Upon request of the parent(s)/guardian(s), a review of the suspension shall be conducted by the School Board or a Board appointed hearing officer.  At the review, the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) may appear and discuss the suspension with the Board or its appointed Hearing Officer and may be represented by counsel.  After presentation of the evidence or receipt of the hearing officer’s report, the Board shall take such action as it finds appropriate.

Should it be determined by the Board of Education that the suspension should not have been implemented, all references to the suspension shall be deleted from the student’s record and he/she may be permitted to make up any missed work.

EXPULSION PROCEDURES

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The Board of Education is authorized to expel students guilty of gross disobedience or misconduct for a period not to exceed two  (2) years.  Students and their parents/guardians shall be afforded the following expulsion procedural protections:

1.        Prior to expulsion, the student and the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) shall be provided with written notice of the charges and the time and place of a hearing to be conducted by the Board of Education.  This notice shall be sent by registered or certified mail.

2.        At the expulsion hearing, the Board of Education shall hear evidence of whether the student is guilty of the gross disobedience or misconduct as charged. The student and the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) may be represented by counsel, present witnesses and other evidence, and cross-examine any witnesses presented by the Administration. The hearing may be held in open session upon the parent(s)’/guardian(s)’ request.

3.        After the hearing, the Board of Education shall deliberate in closed session and determine whether the student shall be expelled, the date on which the expulsion shall begin and the length of that expulsion.  If the Board determines that expulsion is not the appropriate disciplinary consequence, the Board may implement another form of discipline.  In such cases, all notations regarding expulsion shall be deleted from the student’s record.


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