District Handbook

Note: Some sections of this Handbook include summaries of District 57 School Board policies and procedures that are important for families. If you would like more information about these policies, you may review all of the District 57 School Board policies at the District 57 Administration Building. Policies are also available online. Go to www.d57.org and click on “Board of Education.” Policies and procedures may be amended during the school year.

INTRODUCTION

Welcome to District 57

Schools, Principals, and Central Administration

Board of Education

Budget

Attendance Boundaries

PARENT/COMMUNITY INFORMATION

Back-to-School Nights

Written Reports on Student Progress

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Before and After School Child Care

Visiting Your Child’s School

Student Dress Code

School Attendance Times

COMMUNICATION

Communication Initiatives

SCHOOL REQUIREMENTS

Enrollment

Registration Procedures

Fees and Fee Waiver Procedures

Preschool Program-Circle of Friends

Transferring to Another School

Change of Neighborhood School

Homeless Students - McKinney-Vento

Student Accident Insurance

ATTENDANCE

Absences from School

INCLEMENT WEATHER AND SCHOOL CLOSING INFORMATION

Dismissal During the School Day

Emergency School Closing

STUDENT LEARNING

Education of Children with Disabilities

Student Services

Accelerated Placement and Enrichment Services for Children

Accelerated Math

Enrichment Reading

Accelerated English Language Arts (ELA)

Educational Assistance

Homework

Instrumental Music

HEALTH SERVICES

Face Masks

Immunization

Medical Records for Transfer Pupils

Accidents and Illness

Student Athlete Concussions and Head Injuries

Physical Examinations

Vision Examinations

Dental Examinations

Emergency Information

Screening for Hearing and Vision

Communicable Disease

Communicable Disease Notices

Physical Education

Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drugs

Anaphylactic Response Policy

Medication Guidelines

Required Health Forms

TRANSPORTATION

Bus Service

SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM

School Lunches

SAFE AND SECURE SCHOOLS

Social Emotional Literacy in District 57

School Safety

Bicycle Safety

Student Safety on the Internet

Emergency Crisis During the School Day

Civil Defense Warning System

Individual Emergencies

Pest Management Notification

Asbestos Notification

NON-DISCRIMINATION

Equal Educational Opportunities

Compliance with Title IX

Compliance with Title I

STUDENT RECORDS

Change of Address/Telephone Number

Privacy Act and School Records

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

Library Use

Electronic device Use

Bringing Valuables to School

Class Parties

Appearance Clause

ACCEPTABLE USE OF ONLINE RESOURCES

How We Use Technology

Being a Digital Citizen

Consequences for Violations

STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT

1. Discipline Philosophy

2. Rights and Responsibilities

3. Participation and Collaboration

4. Prevention, Intervention and Disciplinary Responses

4A. Discipline Framework

4B. Approach to Student Behaviors

4C. Proscribed Conduct

4D. Disciplinary Checklist

5. Due Process Procedures for Out-of-School Suspensions & Expulsions

6. Procedures Following Out-of-School Suspension and Expulsion

7. Procedural Guidelines for Discipline of Students with Disabilities

8. Professional Development

9. Data Collection and Monitoring

10. Definitions

Appendix A

Appendix B

Appendix C

INTRODUCTION

Welcome to District 57

Mount Prospect Elementary School District 57 serves the central area of the Village of Mount Prospect. School district boundaries do not match those of the village, and each is an independent governmental unit. The District includes about 10,000 households, and just over 2,200 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade are served in District 57. Upon graduation from eighth grade, all students are eligible to attend Prospect High School in Township High School District 214.

Schools, Principals, and Central Administration

District 57 operates one early learning center (pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and grade 1), two elementary schools (grades 2-5), and one middle school (grades 6-8). Administrative offices are housed in the Administration Building, which is located adjacent to Fairview School.

Westbrook School

Danielle Crandall, Principal

Karl Anderson, Assistant Principal (Pre-K - Grade 1

103 South Busse Road

Mount Prospect        

847-394-7340

Fairview Elementary School

Daniel Ophus, Principal

Una Durkan, Assistant Principal

(Grades 2-5)

300 North Fairview Avenue

Mount Prospect

847-394-7320

Lions Park Elementary School

Katherine Kelly, Principal

Breanna Grzybek, Assistant Principal

(Grades 2-5)

300 East Council Trail

Mount Prospect

847-394-7330

Lincoln Middle School

Eric Larson, Principal

Randy Steen, Assistant Principal

Keri Malow-Williams, Assistant Principal

(Grades 6, 7, and 8)

700 West Lincoln Street

Mount Prospect

847-394-7350

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

Dr. Mary Gorr, Superintendent

Dr. Kristin Vonder Haar, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning

Jason Kaiz, Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations

Mark Fijor, Director of Technology and Student Assessment

Karen Schwartzwald, Director of Human Resources

Sara Tyburski, Director of Student Services

Board of Education

A seven-member Board of Education, elected by the people and serving without salary, is responsible for school management. Regular board meetings are open, and the public is welcome. The schedule of meetings of the Board of Education along with a complete list of Board members and contact information can be found on the District 57 website. To offer Board feedback or email Board members, visit the District 57 website (www.d57.org) and go to “Board of Education.”

Budget

The annual budget is typically approved by the Board of Education and filed with the state by September 30 each year. The budget is on display in the District Administration Building for public inspection beginning one month in advance of its filing with the state. The budget and additional financial information are also available on the District 57 website. 

Attendance Boundaries

All kindergarten and first grade students in District 57 attend Westbrook School. All sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students attend Lincoln Middle School. All students in second through fifth grade attend one of the two elementary schools, according to the following internal boundary descriptions.

Boundaries for Fairview School—East on Lincoln to Busse Road, north to Central, east to Northwest Highway, southeast to Mount Prospect Road, north to Highland, west to Main, north to Kensington, west to Forest, south to Memory, west to Dale, south to Gregory, west to Arthur, south to Central Road, west to Meier, south to Lincoln.

Boundaries for Lions Park School—South from Central on Busse Road to Lonnquist, east to We Go Trail, south to Golf Road, east to Mount Prospect Road, north to Northwest Highway, northwest to Central, west to Busse Road.

PARENT/COMMUNITY INFORMATION

Back-to-School Nights

Early in the school year, all parents are invited to general grade-level meetings scheduled on back-to-school nights to learn about and discuss the school program. 

Written Reports on Student Progress

Children in kindergarten through grade five receive three report cards during the year. Report cards for students in sixth through eighth grades are sent home four times a year.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

School-wide conferences are planned in the fall. These conferences give parents an opportunity to meet with their child’s teacher and promote a mutual understanding between home and school. Information about parent-teacher conferences will be communicated by the schools. Please make every effort to abide by the schedule and notify the school if your conference date cannot be kept.

During the school year, parents are encouraged to hold individual parent-teacher conferences whenever needed.

Before and After School Child Care

A before and after school child care program (Kids’ Corner) is available at the elementary schools on a fee basis. This program is open to District 57 students only. For more information on this program, visit the District website (www.d57.org) or contact your student’s school.

Visiting Your Child’s School

Per Board Policy 8:30 visitors are defined as any person other than an enrolled student, District employee, or service providers with District issued identification. All visitors to school property including play areas are required to report to the Building Principal’s office and receive permission to remain on school property. All visitors must sign a visitors’ log, show identification when asked, and wear a visitor’s badge. When leaving the school, visitors must return their badge. On those occasions when large groups of parents and friends are invited onto school property, visitors are not required to sign in but must follow school officials’ instructions.

Student Dress Code

Students are expected to keep themselves well-groomed and neatly dressed at all times. Any form of dress or grooming that is considered disruptive to the educational process is not permitted. We ask parents and students to become involved in supporting a level of dress that helps to promote a good atmosphere for learning.

The following attire is considered inappropriate at our schools or any school-sponsored event: shirts with shoulder straps less than two fingers wide; exposed backs, midriffs, or navels; clothing with spikes or safety pin chains; necklines that are low or revealing; exposed underwear; any revealing skirts or shorts that are not of an appropriate length; clothing advertising or glorifying the use of drugs, tobacco, alcoholic beverages, sex, or violence; pocket chains or heavy metal jewelry with spikes; gym shoes with roller skates attached; and hats of any kind, including bandannas.

Students who do not follow these guidelines will be asked to correct their appearance. This policy extends to all school-sponsored and related functions (PTA functions, sporting events, concerts, etc.).

School Attendance Times

Full Day

Half Day Release

Lincoln Middle School

Fairview/Lions Park

Westbrook first grade

Westbrook PreK-K morning

Westbrook PreK-K afternoon

7:45 a.m.-2:45 p.m.

8:50 a.m.-3:20 p.m.

9:20 a.m.-3:50 p.m.

9:20-11:50 a.m.

1:20-3:50 p.m.

7:45-11:15 a.m.

8:50-11:50 a.m.

9:20 a.m.-12:20 p.m.

Non Attendance Day

Non Attendance Day

COMMUNICATION

Communication Initiatives

The District 57 Board of Education, administration, and staff believe that understanding what is happening in the education of our children is important to every family. In an effort to strengthen our commitment to our parent community, we continue to develop, establish, and refine our methods of communication to provide information that you will find helpful.

We recognize that two-way communication is the key to understanding. We need to hear from you, too. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. The phone numbers for the individual school buildings are listed in this handbook. If you have a question of a general nature or if you are not sure whom to call, call the Administration Building at 847-394-7300.

In addition to this Handbook and Calendar that every family receives at the beginning of the school year, some of our regular communications initiatives include:

Newsletters: Each school publishes its own newsletter. In addition to individual school publications, the District publishes a community newsletter. This publication is available on the website.

Internet: Information and news about District 57 are available on the District’s website at www.d57.org. Links to individual school websites are available on the District site. Links to District 57 staff, administration, and Board of Education email addresses are also available on the District’s website.

Voicemail: District 57 has a voice mail system. If you would like to leave a message for a teacher or staff member after the schools or Administration Building are closed, you may do so by dialing the regular building telephone number.

Open Houses and Conferences: Early in the school year, each school holds a Back-to-School Night for parents to get acquainted with the curriculum, teacher expectations, and homework guidelines for the school year. Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled in the fall. Individual parent conferences can be scheduled at any time throughout the school year.

Board of Education Meetings: District 57 Board of Education business meetings, committee of the whole meetings, and education meetings are all open to the public. Meeting dates, times, and locations are listed on the District website (www.d57.org). The purpose of education meetings is to highlight special programs and curriculum. Audio recordings of Board meetings are available on the district website.

Prior to each Board meeting, the meeting agenda is posted on the District’s website (www.d57.org).

SCHOOL REQUIREMENTS

Enrollment

To be eligible for admission to kindergarten, a child must be 5 years old on or before September 1 of that school term. A student may be admitted prior to the dates established in the School Code upon an assessment of his or her readiness to attend school. A child entering first grade must be 6 years of age on or before September 1 of that school term. Based upon an assessment of the child’s readiness, a child will be allowed to attend first grade if he or she attended a non-public preschool, continued his or her education at that school through kindergarten, was taught in kindergarten by an appropriately certified teacher, and will be 6 years old on or before December 31. A student may also be admitted prior to the dates established in the School Code based upon an assessment of his or her readiness to attend school. For more information on consideration for early entrance to kindergarten or first grade, please see the accelerated placement procedures under the teaching and learning page on the District’s website.

A child with exceptional needs who qualifies for special education services is eligible for admission to preschool at 3 years of age.

When enrolling a new student, the parent must present the “raised-seal” birth certificate, proof of residency, and the required health and immunization forms. Visit the District website (www.d57.org) for a complete list of enrollment procedures and residency verification documents.

Registration Procedures

Registration takes place during the last semester of the preceding school year.

Fees and Fee Waiver Procedures

Fees are established annually by the Board of Education. A complete list of student fees can be found on the District website (www.d57.org). Parents may apply for a waiver of instructional fees based on economic need. Forms for this purpose are available on the District’s website or at the District administration building (847-394-7300).

Preschool Program-Circle of Friends

The Circle of Friends is District 57’s early childhood program. The program serves children ages three to five and provides preschool experiences which address cognitive, social, communication, behavioral, and motor skills. In the Circle of Friends program, children with and without disabilities interact and learn together. For more information, contact the Director of Student Services at 847-394-7300.

Transferring to Another School

A signed transfer form must be secured if a child moves or is taken out of school permanently. Student records and medical examination reports will be sent to the new school. Parents should notify the school if their child(ren) will not be returning to school in the fall.

Change of Neighborhood School

Parents may request that a child be transferred to another District 57 elementary school outside the regular attendance area. All requests must be made in writing to the superintendent. Forms for this purpose may be obtained from the Superintendent’s Office. Under most circumstances, a decision will be made after August 15. The granting of such requests is not automatically renewable. Separate requests must be renewed on an annual basis.

Homeless Students - McKinney-Vento

In accordance with both Illinois and federal law, students who are homeless are entitled entry into the District’s schools or transportation to their previous district. Homeless students will be enrolled immediately, even without any medical or school related records, proof of residency, or other documentation. All efforts will be made to place the student in the appropriate educational setting and to obtain necessary records. If any parent has these circumstances, he/she should contact the building principal as soon as possible. Families with questions about eligibility for support under the McKinney-Vento Act may also contact the director of student services who serves as the District’s McKinney-Vento liaison at 847-394-7300.

McKinney-Vento Children– Who are they?

McKinney-Vento eligible children are those who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime abode.In general, children or youth living in motels, transitional housing, shelters, the street, cars, abandoned buildings, and other inadequate accommodations may be considered eligible for McKinney-Vento services. This includes, but is not limited to, the following groups:

 

Doubled-up Children

 living with another family due to lack of a permanent

 residence

Children in Shelters

 including transitional living programs

Children Living in Motels

 due to lack of alternative adequate living situation

Migratory Children

 if accommodations are not fit for habitation

Runaways*

 children who have left home and live in a shelter or

 inadequate accommodations, even if parents are willing to

 provide a home

Lockouts*

 children whose parents or guardians will not permit them to

 live at home

 

 

McKinney-Vento Children

What are their rights?

 

The Education for Homeless Children and Youth program, as part of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act ensures eligible children have the right to:

Choice of School

 McKinney-Vento Eligible children may attend their school of

 origin (school last attended or school attended when child lost

 permanent housing) or attend the school that serves their  

 temporary living situation. Their Caregiver makes the choice.

Immediate Enrollment

 even if medical or other records, birth certificates, transcripts,

 cannot be produced at time of enrollment

Transportation

 if requested, transportation must be provided

Preschool

 priority consideration to preschool programs for eligible

 youngsters

Free Lunch & Fee Waivers

 categorically eligible for free lunch

Access to remote learning

 including meals, devices and WIFI access

Supplemental tutoring

 if needed

 

If you think you might qualify for McKinney-Vento services please contact your school, McKinney-Vento Liaison, Sara Tyburski, at 847-394-7300 ext. 1016 or styburski@d57.org.

For more information you can access the contact information for your local Regional McKinney-Vento liaison at https://www.isbe.net/Documents/Subgrant-Liaison-Contact-List.pdf

Student Accident Insurance

In accordance with Board Policy 4:170, the Board annually designates a company to offer student accident insurance coverage, and any contract is between the parents/guardian and the company. District 57 does not carry student accident insurance on its students. Students participating in athletics, cheerleading, or pom-poms must have student accident insurance unless the parent/guardian acknowledge that the student is covered under a family health insurance plan. A link to the student accident insurance information and application can be found at the District website www.d57.org.

ATTENDANCE

Absences from School

The District strongly believes that attendance in school is crucial to a child’s school success. Therefore, children are expected to be in school unless they are ill. The District strongly urges parents to coordinate vacation plans or other such activities with school vacations. Some classroom experiences cannot be reconstructed for students who are absent. Parents who find it necessary to remove their students from class during non-vacation periods should understand that it is the responsibility of the child and/or the parents to contact the teacher, who will determine the appropriate make-up assignments. The preferred method to address missing work is to request the assignments prior to absence from school.

If a child is absent from school, parents should call the school to give the child’s name, grade, and reason for absence. Absence calls for the following day can be made by leaving a message. If the school does not receive a call from the parent and the child does not arrive at school, the parent will be called. This will assure the safe arrival of students and alert the school and family to any missing students. 

INCLEMENT WEATHER AND SCHOOL CLOSING INFORMATION

Dismissal During the School Day

If an emergency situation arises that calls for an appointment during school hours, parents should meet their child in the school office and sign him or her out. Written parent consent is required to remove a child during the school day.

Emergency School Closing

If school is closed for weather-related or any other reason, parents will be notified by the District’s automated phone service. The District recommends that parents watch or listen to a major television or radio station for notification of an emergency school closing, in case telephone service is interrupted. The decision to close the schools is made before 6:00 a.m. on the day in question. If no announcement of an emergency closing is made and parents do not receive a phone call, parents may assume that school will be in session. School closing information will also be posted on the District website at www.d57.org. Occasionally, an individual school may be affected by a power failure, difficulty with the heating system, or similar conditions which would necessitate the closing of a building during the school day. It is the responsibility of parents to ensure children know what to do and where to go in case of an emergency closing.

STUDENT LEARNING

Education of Children with Disabilities

The District shall provide a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment and necessary related services to all children with disabilities enrolled in the District consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and provisions of the Illinois School Code, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Individuals with disabilities shall be provided an opportunity to participate in all school-sponsored services, programs, or activities on an equal basis to those without disabilities and will not be subject to illegal discrimination. Where necessary, the District may provide to persons with disabilities separate or different aids, benefits, or services from, but as effective as, those provided to others.

Students with disabilities who do not qualify for an individualized education program under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, may qualify for services under Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 if the student (1) has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, (2) has a record of a physical or mental impairment, or (3) is regarded as having a physical or mental impairment. To inquire about the identification, assessment and placement of students, contact the Director of Student Services at 847-394-7300 x1016.

Student Services

District 57 recognizes that children learn in a variety of ways and that some children may need accommodations, a different instructional approach, or additional support. To address student needs, District 57 uses a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) model. MTSS is the practice of providing high quality instruction and interventions matched to student needs, monitoring progress frequently to make decisions about changes in instruction, and applying data to inform educational decisions.

Schools/Teachers:

Accelerated Placement and Enrichment Services for Children

Accelerated placement places qualified students in an educational setting that includes curriculum that is usually reserved for children who are older or in higher grades than the student. An accelerated placement refers to the placement of a student in an academically appropriate instructional setting with appropriate level curriculum that may include, but is not limited to, a child entering kindergarten or first grade early, a child accelerating in a single subject, and a child accelerating through grades. Accelerated placement programming is not limited to those children who have been identified as gifted and talented, but is open to all children who demonstrate high ability and who may benefit from accelerated placement. The District reserves the right to make all student placement decisions, including the reversal of prior decisions, and to determine the weight given to any individual factor favoring or disfavoring accelerated placement of a particular student.

As part of an accelerated placement, District 57 provides instruction through placement in accelerated classes or enrichment services to meet the needs of children who are high achieving in the areas of math and reading.

Accelerated Math

Accelerated Math students in third, fourth, and fifth grades will be regrouped for class during the math content area and will move quickly with grade level and beyond grade level instructional materials. Teachers will extend, supplement, and go beyond the regular curriculum in greater depth or breadth to support students’ learning. Prior to third grade, differentiation primarily occurs within the classroom.

In middle school, students in the Accelerated Math class are using math materials one grade level above, and students in the Accelerated Plus Math class are using materials two grade levels above.

Enrichment Reading

The overall goal for fourth and fifth grade differentiated Reading and Language Arts instruction is to meet students’ needs. Curriculum is aligned with Illinois Common Core Standards emphasizing literature, informational text, vocabulary instruction and development of foundational skills, designed to enhance classroom reading instruction. All students will be instructed in guided reading groups based on data and high achieving students have been specifically clustered in classrooms to ensure that each class has skill-matched peers. Students receiving differentiated reading opportunities with the enrichment teacher will receive both in-class and out-of-class instruction by the enrichment teacher, however core reading instruction for all students is provided by the classroom teacher. Differentiated reading instruction through the use of guided reading occurs in kindergarten through third grade as well, but does not generally include differentiated reading opportunities outside of the general education classroom by the enrichment teacher.

Accelerated English Language Arts (ELA)

Beginning in sixth grade, students participating in the Accelerated English Language Arts class are using beyond-grade level materials to meet students’ needs.

All students are considered for Accelerated Math at the end of second grade to begin the following school year, and are subsequently considered each data review period thereafter. Students are identified for Accelerated and Accelerated Plus Math at the end of fifth grade, to begin at the start of sixth grade.

All students are considered for Enrichment Reading at the end of third grade to begin the following school year, and are subsequently considered at each data review period hereafter. Students are identified for Accelerated English Language Arts at the end of fifth grade, to begin at the start of sixth grade.

Individual referral requests may also come from a variety of individuals including licensed educational professionals, parent/guardian, and student (with written consent of a parent/guardian). For more information on the District’s accelerated placement procedures, please see the teaching and learning page on the District’s website.

For additional information, please contact the Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning at 847-394-7300.

Educational Assistance

District 57 education is guided by the belief that all children can learn and that the entire staff is responsible for meeting all students’ learning needs. We believe that an effective educational environment fosters collaborative assistance and utilizes a systematic problem-solving approach. When a child experiences academic, behavioral, or social difficulty in school, parents, teachers, administrators, and support staff work together to determine the support needed to help the child succeed. District 57 provides support to students, including: Reading and Math Support Services; Academic Support for Core Content, ELL Services for students with limited English; Enrichment or Honors Program; Counseling; Extended School Year; or Homework Clubs.

Homework

The amount and type of homework assigned to students will depend on their grade level. The parent can best help by providing conditions conducive for study and by giving encouragement. If a child has difficulty completing work in a reasonable time and with minimal assistance, parents may wish to request a conference with the classroom teacher.

Instrumental Music

Instruction for band and orchestra begins at the fifth grade. Both programs begin soon after the opening of school in the fall. Previously enrolled students who have advanced beyond the beginning level are contacted during the first week of school as to the schedule for lessons and group rehearsals. Transfer students should contact the instrumental director at the school to arrange auditions to ensure proper placement in the program. Rehearsal schedules for the various performing groups are announced by the directors in September. Beginner groups are organized as soon as the students have attained skills appropriate for ensemble playing. Parents are responsible for the transportation of students to rehearsals.

HEALTH SERVICES

Face Masks

Face masks are optional for students, staff, and volunteers.  

Immunization

All children are required to be immunized against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, poliomyelitis, measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella (chicken pox). Exact dates of these immunizations must be recorded on the physical examination form, or documented disease history or alternative proof of immunity must be provided.

The rules and regulations of the Illinois Department of Public Health regarding immunizations and screenings are summarized below as a guide to review your child’s level of immunity prior to entering kindergarten.

DPT or DTaP (diphtheria, pertussis tetanus): Four or more doses with the last one being a booster given on or after the fourth birthday. The first three doses must be given at least four weeks apart. The interval between the third and fourth or final dose must be at least six months.

Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis): One dose for all students entering sixth grade regardless of the interval since the last DTaP, DT or Td dose. Students entering the seventh, and eighth grades who have not already received Tdap are required to receive one Tdap dose, regardless of the interval since the last DTap, DT, or Td dose.

Polio: Four or more doses, the first three doses in a series shall have been received no less than four weeks apart. The fourth dose shall be administered after the fourth birthday. The interval between the third and fourth dose must be at least six months.

Hepatitis B: All children entering sixth, seventh, and eighth grades and all children in any preschool program are required to receive three doses. The first doses shall have been received no less than four weeks apart. The interval between the second and third doses shall be at least two months. The interval between the first and third dose shall be at least four months.

Haemophilus (HIB): Completion of the ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices) recommended series is required for preschool students only.

Pneumococcal: Completion of the ACIP recommended series is required for preschool students only.

Meningococcal Conjugate: 1 dose required for any student entering 6th grade, must be received on or after the 11th birthday.

MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella): 2 doses, 1st dose on or after the first birthday, 2nd dose required no less than 28 days later. (MD note of diagnosed disease is not accepted for Rubella. MD note of diagnosed disease not accepted for Measles, when diagnosed on or after July 1, 2002, only a blood titer is accepted as proof of immunity for Rubella and Measles.)

Varicella (Chicken Pox): 1st dose on or after the first birthday or proof of disease with dates verified by a physician or laboratory evidence. 2nd dose required no less than 28 days later for all children entering Kindergarten and 6th grade.

Lead Screening: Date of lead risk assessment should be written on the physical exam form.

Diabetes Screening: Student must be assessed for risk of having or developing Type 2 diabetes.

Tuberculin Test (TB): Strongly recommended for students in Cook County upon first entry into school and at sixth grade.

If any of the required immunizations are not given in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Illinois Department of Public Health, the physician is to attach a note to the physical examination form stating the medical reason that the specific immunization is not indicated.

If the physician determines immunizations are to be delayed, he or she is to provide in writing the medical reasons for the delay and the dates the specific immunizations are to be administered.

Medical Records for Transfer Pupils

A child entering our schools for the first time must have the required immunizations and a physical examination as explained in this Handbook forwarded from the last school attended or must arrange for a new examination and/or immunizations.

If a child is entering school in Illinois for the first time, the parent must present a physical examination report completed within one year prior to entry into the Illinois school and proof of a complete eye examination performed by an ophthalmologist or optometrist.

Accidents and Illness

In case a child is involved in an accident at school, he or she will be given first aid. In the case of an accident or illness, the school will contact the parent or designee to come for the child. If the parent or designee cannot be reached and the need for medical attention appears urgent, the school will call paramedics.

Student Athlete Concussions and Head Injuries

Board Policy 7:305 requires full implementation of the Youth Sports Concussion Safety Act, and documents the management of concussions and head injuries suffered by students. The District 57 Wellness Committee is designated as the Concussion Oversight Team. The Team developed return-to-play and return-to-learn protocols, which are aligned with the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control Prevention. Each student and the student’s parent/guardian shall be required to sign a concussion information receipt form each school year before participating in an interscholastic or club athletic activity. A student shall be removed from play, practice or competition immediately if it is believed that the student sustained a head injury or concussion. The student who was removed may not return to play or practice until the student athlete has provided his or her school with a written clearance from a physician licensed to practice medicine in all branches or a certified athletic trainer working in conjunction with a physician licensed to practice medicine in all branches in Illinois. Forms are available at each school and will be provided by coaches or club sponsors as students register to participate in interscholastic or club activities.

Physical Examinations

Illinois state law requires that all children have a complete physical examination and specific immunizations upon entrance into early childhood classes, kindergarten or the first grade, and the sixth grade. The school must have the completed physical examination reports including the immunization dates on or before the first day of school. The examination is to be made by a physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice nurse. Physical examinations that are not more than one year old prior to the first day of school, including those completed outside of the state of Illinois, are acceptable. Failure to comply with the physical examination and immunization dates will result in consequences, including exclusion, as outlined in Board Policy 7:100.

Board Policy 7:300 requires that students who participate in interscholastic athletics, including pom club, have an annual physical examination. The examination must be valid for the entire season of a sport, including tryouts. The examination should be completed during the summer to allow your child to participate in interscholastic sports the entire upcoming school year. Sports physicals completed after September 2012 are valid for 395 days.

Vision Examinations

Illinois law requires that students in kindergarten and any student entering an Illinois school for the first time must show proof of having a complete eye exam by October 15. The law states that the examination must have been completed within the twelve months prior to the October deadline. The exam must be completed by an optometrist or physician (such as an ophthalmologist) who provides eye examinations.

Dental Examinations

Illinois law requires that students in grades K, 2, and 6 must show proof of having a dental examination by May 15. The law states the exam must have been completed within the 18 months prior to the May 15 deadline.

Emergency Information

The Emergency Information, which gives permission for emergency treatment, is included in online registration. Please complete, check all of your child’s pertinent health conditions, and list all the medications he or she takes. If the paramedics need to be called, this vital information must be available. Please call the office with changes in information as they occur throughout the school year. Emergency Information must be on file for every child in school.

Screening for Hearing and Vision

District 57 provides individual hearing screening for students in early childhood, kindergarten, first, second, and third grade; children in other grade levels who have had previous hearing problems; new students; others upon parent or teacher request; and all children in special education and speech/language programs.

District 57 provides individual vision screening to students in early childhood, kindergarten, second, and eighth grade; new students; others upon parent or teacher request; and all children in special education and speech/language programs. Vision screening is not a substitute for a complete eye and vision examination by an eye doctor. Children who wear glasses and children who have had an eye examination within the previous twelve months (with a report signed by an ophthalmologist or optometrist provided) are not screened. If there is evidence to indicate the need for a professional hearing or eye examination, the school nurse will notify the parent to return a completed doctor’s report to the health office. (Child Vision and Hearing Test Act, Section 205/3)

Communicable Disease

Upon confirmation of a communicable disease, parents are expected to notify the nurse immediately, as it is important to establish the date of onset. It is essential that the parent reports a child’s diagnosis of fifth disease to the school office so that staff members can provide medical surveillance or consult with their physicians.

The procedures below are in accordance with the Rules and Regulations for the Control of Communicable Disease as issued by the Illinois Department of Health. All children are to be excluded from school for a communicable disease or a condition which is readily transmitted to others. The following restrictions apply:

Chicken Pox: Exclusion for at least five days after the onset of last skin eruption or until the vesicles become dry/crusted over.

COVID: Exclusion for a minimum of 5 days from onset of symptoms or from the specimen collection date from positive viral test for asymptomatic persons.  Return to school occurs after 5 days if fever-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication, vomit/diarrhea free for 24 hours, and symptoms are improving. Individuals should continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days after returning to school and adequately distance when masks are removed (i.e. during lunch, band practice, etc.).

Measles: Exclusion until four days after the appearance of the rash.

Mumps: Exclusion for five days after the onset of the symptoms.

Strep Infection: Exclusion until the child has been on effective antibiotic therapy for at least 24 hours, and is fever free.

Pertussis (Whooping Cough): Exclusion until five days of appropriate antibiotic treatment or 21 days after cough onset of no treatment is received.

Pink-eye (Conjunctivitis): Exclusion until diagnosed by a physician. If bacterial, antibiotic treatment for at least 24 hours and the eye is clear before the child returns to school. If viral, child may return to school with a written statement from a physician that the condition is not contagious.

Skin Rashes and Eruptions: Exclusion until the condition clears or the parent presents a written statement from a physician that the child’s condition is not contagious.

Infectious Mononucleosis, Meningitis, and Hepatitis: Exclusion until the parent presents a written release from a physician.

Head Lice: May not return to school until treatment is completed.

Other: Management in accordance with the Illinois Department of Health and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Children must remain at home until they have been fever free (without fever reducing medication), vomit free and diarrhea free for at least 24 hours.

Communicable Disease Notices

Schools will send parents notice of specific communicable diseases that have been reported in a child's classroom/building under the direction of the LHD.

Physical Education

Children are expected to participate in physical education classes. In order to be excused from participation in physical education, a student must present an excuse from the parent/guardian or from a person licensed under the Illinois Medical Practice Act. The excuse may be based on medical or religious prohibitions. Special activities in physical education will be provided for students whose physical or emotional condition, as documented or as determined by a person licensed under the Medical Practice Act, prevents their participation in the physical education courses. A parent note will excuse a child for up to three days.

Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drugs

To help promote a safe and healthy environment, the Board of Education has adopted a policy that prohibits the use of tobacco and alcohol and the non-medical use of drugs by students and staff. All District buildings, grounds, and school buses are tobacco, drug, and alcohol-free areas. This policy extends to all school sponsored and related activities. District social workers are available to assist families with referral to rehabilitation counseling programs. For more information, parents should contact their neighborhood school.

Anaphylactic Response Policy

The District 57 Anaphylactic Reponse Policy is available to families here or on the District website. If you have any questions regarding the policy, please reach out to your child’s school nurse.

Medication Guidelines

In accordance with Board Policy 7:270, students should not take medication during school hours or during school-related activities unless it is necessary for a student’s health and well-being. The district recognizes that at times medication must be administered by district personnel during the school day or during participation in a district program or activity. In such cases, the administering of medication to students by district personnel is subject to the following procedures:

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

The purpose behind these procedures is to ensure that the physical well-being of the student is protected, to assure that district personnel do not administer unauthorized medication, and to reaffirm that, if at all possible, medication should be administered in the home.

Required Health Forms

For your convenience, District medication request forms and the standard State of Illinois physical exam, vision, and dental forms may be downloaded from the District 57 website (under the parent tab select health information to access these forms)

TRANSPORTATION

Bus Service

Bus service to and from the District schools is offered to all K-8 students on a fee basis. The current bus fee and sign-up information can be found on the District website. The transportation service provider for the District is First Student.

Students riding the bus must follow the District’s safety guidelines. Gross disobedience or misconduct may result in suspension from riding the bus. Electronic monitoring devices including video cameras may be used on school buses as necessary to monitor conduct and maintain a safe environment for students and employees.

Any questions, comments, or requests for additional information can be directed to First Student at 847- 635-9877. Additional information is also available on the District website.

SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM

School Lunches

Elementary schools: Students have the choice of staying at school or going home for lunch. If a student will be going home for lunch, a parent must sign the student out in the school office. Milk may be purchased on a daily or yearly basis.

Middle School: All students stay at school for lunch. A hot lunch and à la carte options, including milk, are offered to students per a standard menu. Lunches should be paid for in advance or daily. For more information about the school lunch program, visit our website at www.d57.org.

Middle School Negative Balance Procedure: Your student(s) should be monitoring his/her account balance daily to avoid a zero balance. If the student has a negative balance or not enough money in their account to purchase a lunch, they will still receive a lunch. However, it is encouraged to replenish the account as quickly as possible. If this issue becomes habitual, the administration will communicate with parents.

Assistance for Income Eligible Families: At both the elementary and middle schools, free and reduced-price meals are provided for students from families meeting federally established income guidelines. You can obtain an application from the District website or school office.

SAFE AND SECURE SCHOOLS

Social Emotional Literacy in District 57

District 57 has established policy for incorporating social emotional learning (SEL) into our educational programs. The Illinois State Board of Education has identified SEL Learning Standards that support broad learning goals:

Providing children with comprehensive SEL instruction, characterized by safe, caring, and well-managed learning environments and social and emotional skills, enhances school attachment, promotes positive development, and thereby positively influences academic success.

District 57 has adopted the Second Step program materials to be used for classroom-based instruction and school-wide implementation. Individual schools support our students with school-wide, age appropriate positive behavior expectations.

All District 57 schools provide annual developmentally-appropriate programming led by mental health professionals related to sexual abuse prevention (Erin’s Law) and sexual harassment, which is mandated for public school children in Illinois.

School Safety

Schools have a safety program for kindergarten through eighth grade. This includes bicycle safety regulations and playground rules. Playground use is limited to District 57 students and supervisors.

Bicycle Safety

Under the Illinois Vehicle Code, bicycle operators are subject to the same rules of traffic as those for operators of motor vehicles. The Mount Prospect Police Department requests that children younger than nine years old ride their bicycles on the sidewalks. The law requires that bicycles be equipped with a bell or horn, reflectors, and, if operated at night, a light. Children have the responsibility to know and use proper hand signals, to ride with the flow of traffic, and to observe all traffic controls. Kindergarten students may not ride bicycles to school.

Students may not ride bicycles on the school grounds during school hours. The principal may impound a bicycle as a result of a bicycle violation.

Each cyclist, for the safety of self and others, must comply with these rules: 1) Ride with traffic on the right side of the street. 2) Ride single file, close to the curb. 3) Ride in a straight path without cutting in and out among parked cars. 4) Carry no passengers. 5) Park bicycles in the assigned rack. 6) Register bicycles at the Village Hall. 7) Observe any additional rules of the village ordinance. 8) Obey specific rules at the individual school building. 9) Cross the street at crosswalks.

Student Safety on the Internet

Our students use technology to learn. Technology is essential to facilitate creative problem solving, information fluency, and collaboration that we see in today’s democratic societies. While we want our students to be 21st Century learners and active contributors in our connected world, we also want them to be safe, legal, and responsible. This acceptable use policy (AUP) supports our vision of technology use and upholds in our students a strong sense of digital citizenship.

Emergency Crisis During the School Day

In the unfortunate event that an emergency or crisis situation occurs in the area during the school day, District 57 schools are prepared. With the help of the Mount Prospect Fire and Police Departments, the District has designed a Standardized School Crisis Plan that will assist in effectively responding to these types of situations.

While your natural instinct as a parent in an emergency is to go to your child’s school to safeguard him or her, please understand that doing so may significantly impede the District’s response capabilities as well as those of local emergency responders. It is vital that school officials and the Police and Fire Departments have access to school buildings to manage the situation and give care to students. In addition, it may be necessary to evacuate students to another location if there is immediate danger.

In an emergency or crisis situation, your cooperation and assistance are needed. Please follow these guidelines:

School

Reunification Site

Fairview

Prospect High School

801 W. Kensington Road

Lions Park

Lions Recreation Center

411 S. Maple Street

Westbrook

King James Bible Baptist Church

123 S. Busse Road

Lincoln

St. Raymond’s Church

301 S. I-Oka Avenue

The ultimate goal is to keep your children safe while they are under the District’s care.

Civil Defense Warning System

Each school is equipped with a radio that picks up emergency calls directly from the Illinois State Police concerning storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, and other emergency civil defense situations. In the event of a warning during school hours, all students will be kept in the building.

Individual Emergencies

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

Pest Management Notification

Mount Prospect School District 57 is committed to maintain facility grounds with an aesthetically pleasing neighborhood appeal, yet in a safe and environmentally sensitive manner that minimizes the use of pesticides and herbicides. In accordance with the Illinois Lawn Care Products Application and Notice Act, District 57 will notify staff and parents/guardians of students at least 4 business days prior to any chemical application. District 57 has also implemented an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program that follows the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Structural Pest Control Act.

Asbestos Notification

Mount Prospect School District 57 has an asbestos management plan which is in compliance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). Staff and other interested parties who want to familiarize themselves with the location and types of asbestos-containing building materials in all of the District 57 locations may contact the business office to review plans or visit each respective school front office.

NON-DISCRIMINATION

Equal Educational Opportunities

Equal educational and extracurricular opportunities shall be available for all students without regard to color, race, nationality, religion, sex, sexual orientation, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, gender identity, status of being homeless, order of protection status, actual or potential marital or parental status, including pregnancy.

No student shall, based on sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity be denied equal access to programs, activities, services, or benefits or be limited in the exercise of any right, privilege, advantage, or denied equal access to educational and extracurricular programs and activities.

Any student may file a discrimination or sex equity grievance by using Board policy 2:260, Uniform Grievance Procedure.

Compliance with Title IX

District 57 operates in compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, which provides for non-discrimination on the basis of sex in the educational programs or activities it provides. The policy extends to employment therein and admission thereto. Inquiries concerning application of Title IX in District 57 may be referred to the Superintendent of Schools at 847-394-7300 or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education. 

Compliance with Title I

Parents/guardians of students in schools receiving Title I funds have the right to request their students’ classroom teachers’ professional qualifications.

STUDENT RECORDS

Change of Address/Telephone Number

Parents should inform the school secretary if a change in address or phone number occurs during the school year. Occasionally, emergencies arise, and it becomes important for the school to contact the parent.

Privacy Act and School Records

School District 57 maintains student records in accordance with the Illinois School Student Records Act. These records are designed to contain only that information necessary for the education of the student and are separated into two categories: permanent and temporary.

The permanent record consists of the minimal personal information necessary for the education of the child. Such information may include the child’s name, birthdate, address, grades, grade level, parents’ names and addresses, attendance records, and such other entries as the Illinois State Board of Education may require. Permanent records are maintained for a period of 60 years from the date of transfer, graduation, or permanent withdrawal from school. After 60 years, these records are destroyed in accordance with federal and state law.

The temporary record contains all information not required to be in the permanent record and may include family background information, state assessment test scores, health-related information, intelligence test scores, aptitude test scores, psychological and behavior assessments, and other information of clear relevance to the education of a child, all subject to regulations of the Illinois State Board of Education. Temporary records are retained for five years from the date of transfer, graduation, or permanent withdrawal from school, and will then be destroyed in accordance with federal and state law. Temporary records that may be of assistance to a student with a disability who graduates or permanently withdraws, may, after five years, be transferred to the parent(s)/guardian(s), or to the student if the student has succeeded to the rights of the parent(s)/guardian(s).

School student records are confidential, and information from them shall not be released other than as provided by law. Information contained in student records is available only to school officials who have a legitimate educational interest in a child and to persons specifically required by state or federal law. A parent may file a specific written request for records to be released to others of their designation. A parent/guardian has the right to control access and release of school student records except to the extent the records are authorized by law to be released without consent, and the right to request a copy of the information released.

The school reserves the right to grant access to, or release specific information, from school student records without parental consent or notification in the following instances:

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

Persons who have legal access to student records may not use information from temporary records as a condition for the granting or withholding of any right, privilege, or benefit, or as a condition of employment, credit, or insurance.

Students’ records are sent to Prospect High School upon eighth grade graduation unless otherwise specified. Parents of eighth grade students will receive a letter each fall from the District stating what records will be sent to the high school and the record transfer procedures.

Parents/guardians have a right to inspect, copy, or challenge the content of a student’s record, including prior to transfer of the record to another district and prior to the date of scheduled record destruction. Requests will be granted within 15 school days of the day the District receives a request for access. The District may charge $.35 per page for copying information in the student’s records. No parent(s)/guardian(s) or student shall be precluded from copying information because of financial hardship. The request for access to a child’s records must be in writing and addressed to the Building Principal. If parents believe the contents to be inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of the student’s privacy rights, they may question the content of their child’s records. Should further action be desired, a parent must submit a letter to the Superintendent requesting a hearing. The letter shall contain notice of the specific entry or entries to be challenged and the basis of the challenge. Procedural details will be provided at that time.

School directory information such as the student and parent(s)/guardian(s) name, address, phone number, and parent(s)/guardian(s) email, and information relating to awards, honors, and school-sponsored activities may be developed and released by the school. If a parent wishes to restrict information from public disclosure, they must submit a written request annually by September 15 to the Building Principal.

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

Library Use

Books from the school libraries are loaned for periods of one to four weeks based on grade level and type of material. Parents are responsible for the replacement cost of lost books or damaged books.

Electronic device Use

Students will not be called to the telephone except in the case of an emergency. Cell phones should be powered off and kept in the student's backpack (elementary) or locker (middle school) during the school day. Students may be asked to put digital communication devices such as Smartwatches in their backpack or locker if it becomes a distraction to the learning environment. If any electronic devices are brought to school, students assume full responsibility if these are lost, stolen or damaged.

Bringing Valuables to School

Students should be cautious about bringing money or valuables to school. The school is not responsible for lost or damaged items (e.g. eyeglasses, retainers, etc.).

Class Parties

All class parties must be sponsored and directed by the teacher with the principal’s approval. The teacher is in charge and is present at all times. The PTA at each school has room representatives who will assist the teacher whenever possible.

Appearance Clause

District 57 produces materials about its programs and activities. As a student of the District, a student may be included in video tape or photographs taken at school or district functions. If parents wish to restrict the publication of the student’s face, likeness, voice, or appearance, including the publication of a child’s picture on the District, school, or classroom website, as part of a class or school activity, they must submit a written request annually by September 15 to the building principal.

ACCEPTABLE USE OF ONLINE RESOURCES

How We Use Technology

The integrated information technology program at District 57 develops in our students the literacy skills they need to contribute in a connected world. We use technology to facilitate creativity and innovation while supporting communication and collaboration. We use technology to extend research and information fluency. We develop in our students a sound understanding of technology operations and concepts. We believe technology can be transformative and we encourage students to use technology and grow in 21st Century skills. We make every effort to create a safe online environment for everyone. Filtering software works to keep unwanted sites off our computers, and adults supervise our students’ computer activities at school.

Being a Digital Citizen

In District 57 we use information and technology in safe, legal, and responsible ways. We embrace the following conditions or facets of being a digital citizen.

Consequences for Violations

I understand and will follow this Acceptable Use Policy. If I break this agreement, the consequences could include suspension of computer privileges, disciplinary action, and/or legal action. 

STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT

January 2022

Acknowledgement

2021-2022 Committee Members:

Marie Claire Amorella

John Bonadurer

JoAnn Dynkin

Melissa Gaseor

Anna Landsnes

Amy Peters

Dan Raftery

Lisa Ryno

Randy Steen

Sara Tyburski

2020-2021 Committee Members:

Marie Claire Amorella

John Bonadurer

Natalie Cotner

Melissa Gaseor

Mary Gorr

Anna Landsnes

Dan Raftery

Lisa Ryno

Paul Suminski

Randy Steen

Sara Tyburski

2019-2020 Committee Members:

Abbie Akucewich

John Bonadurer

Natalie Cotner

Melissa Gaseor

Mary Gorr

Anna Landsnes

Dan Raftery

Lisa Ryno

Paul Suminski

Randy Steen

Sara Tyburski

2018-2019 Committee Members:

Abbie Akucewich

John Bonadurer

Natalie Cotner

Melissa Gaseor

Mary Gorr

Debbie Gosch

Dan Raftery

Lisa Ryno

Paul Suminski

Randy Steen

Sara Tyburski

2017-2018 Committee Members:

        Cassie Black

Christia Hitesman

Mary Gorr

Dan Raftery

Lisa Ryno

Randy Steen

Kimberly Thier, NSSEO

Sara Tyburski

2016-2017 Committee Members:

Cassie Black

Alison Dauernheim, NSSEO

Debra Gosch

Kris Gritzmacher

Christia Hitesman

Stefanie Kowski

Daniel Raftery

Lisa Ryno

Randy Steen

Paul Suminski

Sara Tyburski


District 57 Student Code of Conduct

Table of Contents

1. Discipline Philosophy

2. Rights and Responsibilities

3. Participation and Collaboration

4. Prevention, Intervention and Disciplinary Responses

4A. Discipline Framework

4B. Approach to Student Behaviors

4C. Proscribed Conduct

4D. Disciplinary Checklist

5. Due Process Procedures

6. Procedures Following Suspension and Expulsion

7. Procedural Guidelines for Discipline of Students with Disabilities

8. Professional Development

9. Data Collection and Monitoring

10. Definitions

Appendix A

Appendix B

Appendix C


Model Student Code of Conduct

1. Discipline Philosophy

District 57 takes a preventive and positive approach to discipline. We respond to misbehavior with interventions and consequences aimed at teaching expected behaviors, understanding and addressing the root causes of the behavior, resolving conflicts, meeting students’ needs and keeping students in school. We take steps to create a positive school climate in which every student can learn, fully engage in a rigorous curriculum, and feel safe, nurtured, and welcome. In our district we utilize school discipline as an opportunity for teaching, repairing relationships and fostering growth among the whole school community.  

Our philosophy is holistic and inclusive of multiple, diverse perspectives. We use a restorative discipline approach that emphasizes relationships within the school community. Restorative discipline helps students become accountable for their behavior and understand the impact of their behavior both on themselves and on others. Students also learn social and emotional skills to help them respond differently in the future. Through the use of restorative discipline, we strive to resolve conflicts, repair any harm done, restore relationships and reintegrate students into the school community. 

Our school-wide discipline policies are developed and revised with meaningful input by the school community to create a positive and inclusive school climate for everyone. We are committed to applying school discipline policies and practices in a fair and equitable manner.

2. Rights and Responsibilities

Students have the right and responsibility to:

Parents/Guardians have the right and responsibility to:

School staff have the right and responsibility to: 

District administrators have the responsibility to:


3. Participation and Collaboration

District 57 provides structured opportunities for all stakeholders in our educational community to obtain information, help make decisions, and participate in the educational process. By stakeholders we mean: students, parents/guardians, district and school staff members, contracted district employees, members of the school board and community members. We recognize that involvement of these various stakeholders in our educational community is essential to the success of our school or district.

Parent-Teacher Behavioral Advisory Committee

District 57 has established and maintains a parent-teacher behavioral advisory committee that is selected annually. Our aim is for this committee to be representative of a variety of stakeholders that represent multiple perspectives. The parent-teacher behavioral advisory committee develops written recommendations regarding policy guidelines and procedures on student discipline. The committee annually reviews and makes recommendations regarding necessary changes to our district’s student discipline policies, the implementation and evaluation of these policies, and any other factors related to the safety of our educational community.

Notification and Communication

At the beginning of each school year, our district makes available to parents/guardians during the registration process a student handbook which contains our student code of conduct and other important policy guidelines and procedures. To ensure that policies are clearly communicated, the student handbook and code of conduct are also made available online on the District website.  

We clearly communicate our policies and behavioral expectations by:

Feedback and Evaluation

We routinely evaluate our policies and procedures to make sure they are effective. We readjust as necessary our policies and procedures with meaningful input from all stakeholders and based on a review of data that informs our revision process.

4. Prevention, Intervention and Disciplinary Responses

4A. Discipline Framework

Within a positive framework for discipline, our district provides proactive, differentiated interventions for students. These interventions are aimed at addressing the root causes of students’ behaviors and focus on teaching behaviors rather than excluding students for punishment. Challenging behaviors must be addressed in the context of a comprehensive, multi-level approach to behavior support that is designed to teach, nurture, and encourage positive social behaviors.

We offer academic, behavioral, and social-emotional interventions and supports for students who have fallen behind academically and/or are being disciplined. We use schoolwide positive behavior support, social-emotional learning, and restorative practices. We use data-based decision making in order to identify students who are in need of additional supports and interventions.

We limit the use of exclusionary discipline to keep students connected to the school community. Every situation in which exclusionary discipline is considered will be judged on a case-by-case basis after gathering and analyzing the facts and surrounding circumstances carefully and objectively. We use a decision-making framework to review this information and determine appropriate consequences and disciplinary actions that focus on teaching and reinforcing positive and expected behaviors, while minimizing the possibility of the behavior escalating or recurring.  

Our district recognizes that a safe, civil school environment is necessary for students to learn and achieve. To ensure the physical and emotional safety of all our students, our district has adopted a bullying prevention policy that is available on the District website (Policy 7:180). As part of that policy, we seek to prevent, respond to, and put an end to bullying behavior, including cyberbullying, by students and adults using interventions and supports that reflect a commitment to our positive discipline philosophy. We emphasize age-appropriate responses that help educate and rehabilitate the student responsible, while fully addressing the impact of the bullying on the targeted student.

Our district has a variety of available support services and interventions to address school discipline and or bullying situations. These services are implemented based on the particular conditions surrounding each incident, and may include:

4B. Approach to Student Behaviors

Our goal is to create a safe and supportive environment where all students can develop the academic, social, and emotional skills needed to become engaged citizens. Therefore, we are committed to addressing challenges in student conduct in as constructive a way as possible. The goal of school discipline is to be instructional and corrective so as to reduce the likelihood of behaviors reoccurring.

Out-of-school suspensions and expulsions are the most serious form of disciplinary consequence and should be used only as a last resort. When an incident occurs, consideration shall be given first as to whether the incident can be appropriately addressed using a restorative practice, through behavior support practices, or through another available, appropriate intervention that will enable the student to remain in school. To prevent students from being excluded from school unnecessarily, school staff must attempt non-exclusionary discipline prior to using out-of-school suspensions or expulsions, except in situations posing a threat to school safety or the safety of others, or disruption of the operations of the school or the learning opportunities of others.

Our discipline approach is tailored to the individual incident and varies in method and severity according to the nature of the behavior, the age and developmental level of the student, and the student’s history of problem behaviors and performance. We use a disciplinary checklist described in Section 4D as a means to identify classroom-based responses or other supports and interventions that can be used instead of suspension or expulsion.  

Our District Does Not…


After an incident, our district considers the following factors in analyzing the root causes of an incident and whether supports could address these factors without removing the student from school:

4C. Proscribed Conduct

The following is a guide for understanding and responding to student misbehavior but is not meant to replace or override Board approved policy. Please see Appendix A and B for more information about School Board policy. Additionally, the chart below outlines generally how misbehaviors are addressed, however, because each situation must be addressed on a case-by-case basis, this chart does not limit the District’s disciplinary response. For instance, Level 1 behaviors may be subject to Level 2 or 3 consequences depending on the circumstances.

LEVEL 1 BEHAVIORS

Behavior

Definition

Available Interventions and Consequences

Rough Play

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

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

Unprepared for Class

Coming to class without required materials or assignments

Tardy to Class or School

Student arrives to class/school after the bell or signal that class has started

Minor Defiance/Disrespect

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

Disruption

Behavior causing an interruption in a class or activity that takes away from instruction. Disruption includes sustained loud talk, yelling, or screaming; noise with materials; running in the hallway; and/or sustained out-of-seat behavior.

Property/Equipment Misuse

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

Dress Code

Wearing clothes or adornments that may be distracting to the educational environment or present a health/safety issue.  

Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) Violation

Inappropriate use of network and/or technology including, but not limited to, non-educational materials such as websites, games, etc.

Bus Violation

Failure to comply with bus rules

LEVEL 2 BEHAVIORS

Behavior

Definition

Available Interventions and Consequences

Major Defiance/Disrespect

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

  • Recommended instructive, corrective, or restorative response
  • Documented Teacher, Student, Parent/Guardian, and/or Administrator conference focused on expectation violated, cause of behavior, and strategy to prevent recurrence
  • Detention – lunch, recess (6-8 only), before school, after school, or Saturday
  • Restitution/Community Service (With-in school)
  • Alternate Assignment
  • Loss of the use of technology equipment
  • Removal from activity, assembly, event, etc.

Cheating/Forgery

Being intentionally dishonest, untruthful, or deceptive

Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) Violation

Blatant misuse of network and/or technology including, but not limited to, accessing/distributing obscene, pornographic, harmful or inappropriate material

Leaving Building/School Property

Leaving building or school property without permission

Truancy

Student who is subject to compulsory school attendance and who is absent without valid cause from such attendance for 5% or more of the previous 180 regular attendance days

Repeated or Intensified Level 1 Behaviors


LEVEL 3 BEHAVIORS

Behavior

Definition

Available Interventions and Consequences

Physical Aggression/Fighting

Physical contact between two people with intent to harm

  • Recommended instructive, corrective, or restorative response
  • Documented Teacher, Student, Parent/Guardian, and/or Administrator conference focused on expectation violated, cause of behavior, and strategy to prevent recurrence
  • Detention – lunch, recess (6-8 only), before school, after school, or Saturday
  • Restitution/Community Service (With-in school)
  • Alternate Assignment
  • Loss of the use of technology equipment
  • Physical restraint or time-out when the student is an immediate threat to themselves or others
  • Removal from activity, assembly, event, etc.
  • Removal from bus
  • Suspension (In-school and out-of-school)
  • Expulsion

Illegal Activities

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

Threat

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

Bullying/Cyberbullying/

Harassment

Severe or pervasive verbal, written, physical or electronic act, directed towards a student or students, that can reasonably be predicted to place student in fear of harm, mental/physical distress, interfere with the student’s education, or ability to participate in school activities.

Repeated or Intensified Level 2 Behaviors

4D. Disciplinary Checklist

Our district limits the number of days the student is removed from school to as few as possible given our philosophy that students should be in school and learning. We provide all students, regardless of background or demographic characteristics, with adequate and meaningful due process prior to excluding a student from school for any length of time.

School staff should complete a disciplinary checklist before imposing a suspension or expulsion to determine whether other forms of intervention and support should be attempted first. The checklist includes consideration of whether a student poses a threat to school safety or the safety of others or would disrupt the operation of the school or the learning opportunities of others. The determination of safety threats will not be based on stereotypes or generalizations. In making the determination as to whether suspension or expulsion is warranted, school staff should consider the following factors:

Public Act 99-0456 differentiates between (a) out-of-school suspensions of three days or less (“short-term suspensions”), and (b) out-of-school suspensions longer than three days (“long-term suspensions”), expulsions and disciplinary removals to alternative schools.

In accordance with the law, District 57 utilizes the following standards:

This is an individualized determination. School staff must make all reasonable efforts to resolve threats and address disruptions without the use of out-of-school suspensions and expulsions.


5. Due Process Procedures for Out-of-School Suspensions & Expulsions

Our district implements fair, equitable and transparent due process procedures designed to give the student a full and meaningful opportunity to be heard. Out-of-school suspensions and expulsions have serious, long-lasting effects on students. When these practices are being considered, schools must follow certain procedures to be sure that the student’s rights are protected. These due process procedures are different depending on whether the student is being suspended or expelled. The chart below lays out the required procedures:

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

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

 

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

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

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

All notices must:

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

For a suspension:

The notice must:

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

For an expulsion:

The notice must:

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

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

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

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

The following procedures apply to expulsion hearings:

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

The final decision on an expulsion must be made by the board of education based on a review of the evidence and relevant mitigating factors.

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

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

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

6. Procedures Following Out-of-School Suspension and Expulsion

Our district provides alternative educational options during suspension and expulsion. A reengagement plan should be developed following suspensions greater than four days (cumulatively or consecutively), expulsions, and transfers from alternative settings.

Our district provides the following services to help the student successfully reenter school and prevent future incidents:

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

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

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

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

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

7. Procedural Guidelines for Discipline of Students with Disabilities

School staff must consider a student’s disability and whether the student’s Individualized Education Program (“IEP”) was implemented as one factor in determining the response to any behavior incident. Our district has discretion to limit the use of consequences that remove students with disabilities from the classroom, which are otherwise permitted in this Code. School staff should consider whether the student’s needs require individually-tailored positive behavior supports beyond what is outlined in this Code.

Before recommending a consequence, school staff must review a student’s IEP and any behavior intervention plan included in the IEP. If the IEP and this Code conflict, school staff must follow the IEP. School staff may suspend students with disabilities for a total of up to 10 school days in one school year without providing procedural safeguards beyond those that apply to general education students. However, after any discipline incident, school staff should consider whether a student’s behavior is interfering with the student’s learning or the learning of others, and, if so, begin a functional behavior assessment (FBA) to develop a positive behavior intervention plan (BIP).

“Students with disabilities” include any student:

Manifestation Determination Review (“MDR”) Requirement

When school staff anticipate that the disciplinary removal of a student may result in a “change of placement,” the School District must schedule a Manifestation Determination Review (MDR) with the parent and relevant members of the IEP team. A “change in placement” is a removal of more than 10 consecutive school days or a series of removals constituting a pattern of removals. A “pattern” may be found when (1) the total number of removals in the school year exceeds 10 school days, (2) the student’s behavior is substantially similar to the behavior in the previous incidents that resulted in the other removals, and (3) because of additional factors such as length of each removal, total amount of time of the removals, and the proximity of the removals to one another.

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

In-school suspension counts as a day of removal, unless the student continues to receive all services required by the student’s IEP. A student who is sent home early for behavior has been “removed” for that entire day. Any partial day counts as a full day for the 10-day rule.

At the MDR, the IEP team must:

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

If the student’s behavior is a manifestation, the student may not be removed for more than 10 cumulative days, expelled, or subject to disciplinary transfer, and must remain in the student’s educational placement prior to the disciplinary incident. Such a finding does not preclude the IEP team from changing the student’s placement for educational reasons in accordance with the least restrictive environment requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Limited Exception

There are limited circumstances where a student may be removed for more than 10 cumulative days without an MDR. School staff must contact the Director of Student Services before removing a student for more than 10 days.

A student with a disability may be transferred to an alternative educational setting for up to 45 school days without an MDR or in circumstances in which the student’s conduct is a manifestation of the student’s disability only if the student: 1) inflicts serious bodily harm (such as leading to a substantial risk of death), 2) brings a weapon to school, or 3) possesses, uses, sells, or solicits illegal drugs. If a school is considering this step, contact the Director of Student Services and the parent/guardian immediately. Even in an alternative setting (or during an expulsion), our district must continue to provide educational services to ensure that a student with a disability is participating in the general education curriculum and progressing on IEP goals.

8. Professional Development

Our district provides professional development aimed at equipping our teachers and staff with the necessary training to effectively carry out these discipline responses, including restorative practices. Our district has a professional development plan to ensure that all staff members have the tools, skills and support that they need to implement our discipline policy. We annually review and revise our district’s professional development plan based on identified needs.

In particular, our district makes reasonable efforts to provide ongoing professional development to teachers, administrators, school board members, contracted district employees, and staff on topics such as adverse consequences of school exclusion and justice system involvement, effective classroom management strategies, culturally responsive discipline, implicit bias, bullying, and developmentally appropriate disciplinary methods that promote positive and healthy school climate. All teachers, classroom staff, and other staff potentially involved in situations leading to school discipline are regularly trained in areas such as positive behavior interventions, de-escalation techniques, and restorative practices.

9. Data Collection and Monitoring

We employ a systematically data review process to determine overall effectiveness of our multi-tiered system of behavioral supports and to inform our discipline practices and code of conduct revisions. Additionally, we review data to determine if and where disparities exist and to identify any overuse of exclusionary discipline and adjust our practices accordingly.

10. Definitions

Bullying:

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

Cyber-bullying:

Expulsions:

Long-Term Suspensions:

Short-Term Suspensions:


Appendix A

Student Behavior: Board Policy 7:190

                

When and Where Conduct Rules Apply

                                        

A student is subject to disciplinary action for engaging in prohibited student conduct, as described in the section with that name below, whenever the student’s conduct is reasonably related to school or school activities, including, but not limited to:

                                        

  1. On, or within sight of, school grounds before, during, or after school hours or at any time;
  2. Off school grounds at a school-sponsored activity or event, or any activity or event that bears a reasonable relationship to school;        
  3. Traveling to or from school or a school activity, function, or event; or        
  4. Anywhere, if the conduct interferes with, disrupts, or adversely affects the school environment, school operations, or an educational function, including, but not limited to, conduct that may reasonably be considered to: (a) be a threat or an attempted intimidation of a staff member; or (b) endanger the health or safety of students, staff, or school property.

                                                                         

Prohibited Student Conduct

                                        

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

                                        

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

                                        

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

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

                                                                                 

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

                                        

Efforts, including the use of positive interventions and supports, shall be made to deter students, while at school or a school-related event, from engaging in aggressive behavior that may reasonably produce physical or psychological harm to someone else. The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that the parent/guardian of a student who engages in aggressive behavior is notified of the incident. The failure to provide such notification does not limit the Board’s authority to impose discipline, including suspension or expulsion, for such behavior.

                                        

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

                                        

Disciplinary Measures

                                        

School officials shall limit the number and duration of expulsions and out-of-school suspensions to the greatest extent practicable, and, where practicable and reasonable, shall consider forms of non- exclusionary discipline before using out-of-school suspensions or expulsions. School personnel shall not advise or encourage students to drop out voluntarily due to behavioral or academic difficulties. Potential disciplinary measures include, without limitation, any of the following:

                                        

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

                                                                                 

The above list of disciplinary measures is a range of options that will not always be applicable in every case. In some circumstances, it may not be possible to avoid suspending or expelling a student because behavioral interventions, other than a suspension and expulsion, will not be appropriate and available, and the only reasonable and practical way to resolve the threat and/or address the disruption is a suspension or expulsion.

                                        

Corporal punishment is prohibited. Corporal punishment is defined as slapping, paddling, or prolonged maintenance of students in physically painful positions, or intentional infliction of bodily harm. Corporal punishment does not include reasonable force as needed to maintain safety for students, staff, or other persons, or for the purpose of self-defense or defense of property.

                                        

Weapons

                                        

A student who is determined to have brought one of the following objects to school, any school- sponsored activity or event, or any activity or event that bears a reasonable relationship to school shall be expelled for a period of at least one calendar year but not more than two calendar years:

                                        

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

The expulsion requirement under either paragraph one or two above may be modified by the Superintendent, and the Superintendent’s determination may be modified by the Board on a case-by- case basis. The Superintendent or designee may grant an exception to this policy, upon the prior request of an adult supervisor, for students in theatre, cooking, ROTC, martial arts, and similar programs, whether or not school-sponsored, provided the item is not equipped, nor intended, to do bodily harm.

                                        

This policy’s prohibitions concerning weapons apply regardless of whether: (1) a student is licensed to carry a concealed firearm, or (2) the Board permits visitors, who are licensed to carry a concealed firearm, to store a firearm in a locked vehicle in a school parking area.

                                        

Re-Engagement of Returning Students

                                        

The Superintendent or designee shall maintain a process to facilitate the re-engagement of students who are returning from an out-of-school suspension, expulsion, or an alternative school setting. The goal of re-engagement shall be to support the student’s ability to be successful in school following a period of exclusionary discipline and shall include the opportunity for students who have been suspended to complete or make up work for equivalent academic credit.

                                                        

Required Notices

                                        

A school staff member shall immediately notify the office of the Building Principal in the event that they: (1) observes any person in possession of a firearm on or around school grounds; however, such action may be delayed if immediate notice would endanger students under his or her supervision, (2) observes or has reason to suspect that any person on school grounds is or was involved in a drug-related incident, or (3) observes a battery committed against any staff member. Upon receiving such a report, the Building Principal or designee shall immediately notify the local law enforcement agency, State Police, and any involved student’s parent/guardian. “School grounds” includes modes of transportation to school activities and any public way within 1000 feet of the school, as well as school property itself.

Delegation of Authority

                                        

Each teacher, and any other school personnel when students are under his or her charge, is authorized to impose any disciplinary measure, other than suspension, expulsion, corporal punishment, or in- school suspension, that is appropriate and in accordance with the policies and rules on student discipline. Teachers, other certificated [licensed] educational employees, and other persons providing a related service for or with respect to a student, may use reasonable force as needed to maintain safety for other students, school personnel, or other persons, or for the purpose of self-defense or defense of property. Teachers may temporarily remove students from a classroom for disruptive behavior.

                                        

The Superintendent, Building Principal, Assistant Building Principal, or Dean of Students is authorized to impose the same disciplinary measures as teachers and may suspend students guilty of gross disobedience or misconduct from school (including all school functions) and from riding the school bus, up to ten consecutive school days, provided the appropriate procedures are followed. The Board may suspend a student from riding the bus in excess of ten school days for safety reasons.

                                        

Student Handbook

                                        

The Superintendent, with input from the parent-teacher advisory committee, shall prepare disciplinary rules implementing the District’s disciplinary policies. These disciplinary rules shall be presented annually to the Board for its review and approval.

                                        

A student handbook, including the District disciplinary policies and rules, shall be distributed to the students’ parents/guardians within 15 days of the beginning of the school year or a student’s enrollment.

                                

                        

                


Appendix B

Search and Seizure: Board Policy 7:140

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

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

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

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

 

Students

School authorities may search a student and/or the student’s personal effects in the student’s possession (such as, purses, wallets, knapsacks, book bags, lunch boxes, etc.) when there is a reasonable ground for suspecting that the search will produce evidence the particular student has violated or is violating either the law or the District’s student conduct rules. The search itself must be conducted in a manner that is reasonably related to its objective and not excessively intrusive in light of the student’s age and sex, and the nature of the infraction.

When feasible, the search should be conducted as follows:

1. Outside the view of others, including students,

2. In the presence of a school administrator or adult witness, and

3. By a certificated employee or liaison police officer of the same sex as the student.

Immediately following a search, a written report shall be made by the school authority who conducted the search, and given to the Superintendent.

Seizure of Property

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

Notification Regarding Student Accounts or Profiles on Social Networking Websites

The Superintendent or designee shall notify students and their parents/guardians of each of the following in accordance with the Right to Privacy in the School Setting Act, 105 ILCS 75/:

1. School officials may not request or require a student or his or her parent/guardian to provide a password or other related account information to gain access to the student’s account or profile on a social networking website.

2. School officials may conduct an investigation or require a student to cooperate in an investigation if there is specific information about activity on the student’s account on a social networking website that violates a school disciplinary rule or policy. In the course of an investigation, the student may be required to share the content that is reported in order to allow school officials to make a factual determination.


Appendix C

Prevention of and Response to Bullying, Intimidation,

and Harassment: Board Policy 7:180

                                        

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 District goals.

                                        

Bullying on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, national origin, 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:                                

  1. During any school-sponsored education program or activity.                                        
  2. 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.
  3. Through the transmission of information from a school computer, a school computer network, or other similar electronic school equipment.
  4. 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. This paragraph (item #4) applies only when a school administrator or teacher receives a report that bullying through this means has occurred; it does not require staff members to monitor any nonschool-related activity, function, or program.

                                                                                 

Definitions from Section 27-23.7 of the School Code (105 ILCS 5/27-23.7)

                                        

Bullying includes cyberbullying 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.                                        

                                                                                 

Cyberbullying means bullying through the use of technology or any electronic communication, including without limitation any transfer of signs, signals, writing, images, sounds, data, or intelligence of any nature transmitted in whole or in part by a wire, radio, electromagnetic system, photo-electronic system, or photo-optical system, including without limitation electronic mail, Internet communications, instant messages, or facsimile communications. Cyberbullying includes the creation of a webpage or weblog in which the creator assumes the identity of another person or the knowing impersonation of another person as the author of posted content or messages if the creation or impersonation creates any of the effects enumerated in the definition of bullying. Cyberbullying also includes the distribution by electronic means of a communication to more than one person or the posting of material on an electronic medium that may be accessed by one or more persons if the distribution or posting creates any of the effects enumerated in the definition of bullying.

                                        

Restorative measures means a continuum of school-based alternatives to exclusionary discipline, such as suspensions and expulsions, that: (i) are adapted to the particular needs of the school and community, (ii) contribute to maintaining school safety, (iii) protect the integrity of a positive and productive learning climate, (iv) teach students the personal and interpersonal skills they will need to be successful in school and society, (v) serve to build and restore relationships among students, families, schools, and communities, and (vi) reduce the likelihood of future disruption by balancing accountability with an understanding of students’ behavioral health needs in order to keep students in school.

                                        

School personnel means persons employed by, on contract with, or who volunteer in a school district, including without limitation school and school district administrators, teachers, school guidance counselors, school social workers, school counselors, school psychologists, school nurses, cafeteria workers, custodians, bus drivers, school resource officers, and security guards.

                                        

Bullying Prevention and Response Plan

                                        

The Superintendent or designee shall develop and maintain a bullying prevention and response plan that advances the District’s goal of providing all students with a safe learning environment free of bullying and harassment. This plan must be consistent with the requirements listed below; each numbered requirement, 1-12, corresponds with the same number in the list of required policy components in 105 ILCS 5/27-23.7(b) 1-12.

                                        

  1. The District uses the definition of bullying as provided in this policy.
  2. Bullying is contrary to State law and the policy of this District. However, nothing in the District’s bullying prevention and response plan is intended to infringe upon any right to exercise free expression or the free exercise of religion or religiously based views protected under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution or under Section 3 of Article I of the Illinois Constitution.
  3. Students are encouraged to immediately report bullying. A report may be made orally or in writing to the Nondiscrimination Coordinator, Building Principal, Assistant Building Principal, Dean of Students, a 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 named officials or any staff member. The District named officials and all staff members are available for help with a bully or to make a report about bullying. Anonymous reports are also accepted.                        

Nondiscrimination Coordinator: Reference Policy 2:260

Complaint Managers: Reference Policy 2:260

  1. Consistent with federal and State laws and rules governing student privacy rights, the Superintendent or designee shall promptly inform the parent(s)/guardian(s) of every student involved in an alleged incident of bullying and discuss, as appropriate, the availability of social work services, counseling, school psychological services, other interventions, and restorative measures.
  2. The Superintendent or designee shall promptly investigate and address reports of bullying, by, among other things:
  1. Making all reasonable efforts to complete the investigation within 10 school days after the date the report of a bullying incident was received and taking into consideration additional relevant information received during the course of the investigation about the reported bullying incident.
  2. Involving appropriate school support personnel and other staff persons with knowledge, experience, and training on bullying prevention, as deemed appropriate, in the investigation process.
  3. Notifying the Building Principal or school administrator or designee of the reported incident of bullying as soon as possible after the report is received.
  4. Consistent with federal and State laws and rules governing student privacy rights, providing parents/guardians of the students who are parties to the investigation information about the investigation and an opportunity to meet with the Building Principal or school administrator or his or her designee to discuss the investigation, the findings of the investigation, and the actions taken to address the reported incident of bullying.

The Superintendent or designee shall investigate whether a reported incident of bullying is within the permissible scope of the District’s jurisdiction and shall require that the District provide the victim with information regarding services that are available within the District and community, such as counseling, support services, and other programs.

  1. The Superintendent or designee shall use interventions to address bullying, that may include, but are not limited to, school social work services, restorative measures, social-emotional skill building, counseling, school psychological services, and community-based services.
  2. 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.
  3. A student will not be punished for reporting bullying or supplying information, even if the District’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.
  4. The District’s bullying prevention and response plan must be based on the engagement of a range of school stakeholders, including students and parents/guardians.
  5. The Superintendent or designee shall post this policy on the District’s website, if any, and include it in the student handbook, and, where applicable, post it where other policies, rules, and standards of conduct are currently posted. The policy must be distributed annually to parents/guardians, students, and school personnel (including new employees when hired), and must also be provided periodically throughout the school year to students and faculty.
  6. The Superintendent or designee shall assist the Board with its evaluation and assessment of this policy’s outcomes and effectiveness. This process shall include, without limitation:
  1. The frequency of victimization;
  2. Student, staff, and family observations of safety at a school;
  3. Identification of areas of a school where bullying occurs;
  4. The types of bullying utilized; and
  5. Bystander intervention or participation.
  1. The evaluation process may use relevant data and information that the District already collects for other purposes. The Superintendent or designee must post the information developed as a result of the policy evaluation on the District’s website, or if a website is not available, the information must be provided to school administrators, Board members, school personnel, parents/guardians, and students.
  2. The Superintendent or designee shall fully implement the Board policies, including without limitation, the following:
  1. 2:260, Uniform Grievance Procedure. A student may use this policy to complain about bullying.
  2. 6:60, Curriculum Content. Bullying prevention and character instruction is provided in all grades in accordance with State law.
  3. 6:65, Student Social and Emotional Development. Student social and emotional development is incorporated into the District’s educational program as required by State law.
  4. 6:235, Access to Electronic Networks. This policy states that the use of the District’s electronic networks is limited to: (1) support of education and/or research, or (2) a legitimate business use.
  5. 7:20, Harassment of Students Prohibited. This policy prohibits any person from harassing, intimidating, or bullying a student based on an identified actual or perceived characteristic (the list of characteristics in 7:20 is the same as the list in this policy).
  6. 7:185, Teen Dating Violence Prohibited. This policy prohibits teen dating violence on school property, at school sponsored activities, and in vehicles used for school-provided transportation.
  7. 7:190, Student Behavior. This policy prohibits, and provides consequences for, hazing, bullying, or other aggressive behaviors, or urging other students to engage in such conduct.
  8. 7:310, Restrictions on Publications; Elementary Schools. This policy prohibits students from and provides consequences for: (1) accessing and/or distributing at school any written, printed, or electronic material, including material from the Internet, that will cause substantial disruption of the proper and orderly operation and discipline of the school or school activities, and (2) creating and/or distributing written, printed, or electronic material, including photographic material and blogs, that causes substantial disruption to school operations or interferes with the rights of other students or staff members.