STUDENT HANDBOOK Updated July 2018
WELCOME TO COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL
DISTRICT NO. 140
CONGERVILLE - EUREKA - GOODFIELD
Mr. Chad Leman, President
Mr. Alan Pacocha, Vice President
Mr. Kenneth Pyles, Secretary
Mr. Sam Bertschi, Mr. James Kieser, Mr. Kevin Wiegand, Mr. Greg Post
The District Administrative Offices are located at 109 West Cruger Avenue, Eureka, IL 6l530.
World Wide Web Address: www.district 140.org
Regular Board Meetings are held on the second Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in the Eureka High School library at 200 W. Cruger Ave., Eureka, IL.
The Community Unit School District No. l40 encompasses the communities of Congerville, Eureka, and Goodfield, which totals an area of 113 square miles.
The curriculum throughout the school district emphasizes the basics while preparing students for general education and higher education. Approximately 80% of the district’s graduates enroll in some form of higher education after high school. Our students have succeeded at some of the most respected colleges and universities throughout the country.
The educational service of the Community Unit #l40 School System is organized and maintained as a unified program of instruction to be operated as a single system. Although the schools shall operate as a single system, they shall be diversified in their offerings in terms of community educational needs, as well as varied to individual needs of children and youth.
The district is organized on a Kindergarten, 4-4-4 plan. Primary schools are organized on a modified self-contained classroom basis and normally include kindergarten through fourth grade, operating under a continuous progressive plan. The Middle School is planned to house grades five through eight with the High School housing grades nine through twelve.
All buildings, buses and property owned by District 140 exist in a tobacco free environment.
The Community Unit School District No. 140 Board of Education adopted this Handbook on July 9, 2018.
This handbook is reflective of our district’s policies, but is not inclusive. If you wish to view our district’s policy manual please contact your building principal or the unit office.
Administrative - Pre K Center
Mr. Robert J. Bardwell, Superintendent
Phone: (309) 467-3737
Fax: (309) 467-2377
Congerville Elementary K-4
Mr. Randal Berardi, Principal
Phone: (309) 448-2347
Fax: (309) 448-5122
Davenport Elementary K-4/ECE
Mrs. Nancy Ryan, Principal
Phone: (309) 467-30l2
Fax: (309) 467-5265
Goodfield Elementary K-4
Mr. Randal Berardi, Principal
Phone: (309) 965-2362
Fax: (309) 965-2270
Mr. Ken Scharf, Director
Phone: (309) 467-3113
Eureka Middle School, Grades 5-8
Mr. Kelly M. Nichols, Principal
Phone: (309) 467-377l
Fax: (309) 467-2052
Mrs. Cynthia J. Wondercheck, Assistant Principal
Phone: (309) 467-5701
Fax: (309) 467-2052
Eureka High School, Grades 9-12
Mr. Kirk Edwards, Principal
Phone: (309) 467-2361
Fax: (309) 467-2648
Mr. Andrew Underwood, Assistant Principal
Phone: (309) 467-2361
Attendance Office (309) 467-3738
Fax: (309) 467-2648
Mr. Jason Greene, Athletic Director
Phone: (309) 467-2361
Fax: (309) 467-2648
MISSION Educate, Empower, and support ALL students to achieve personal Excellence.
VISION District 140 is a collaborative learning community that will:
School begins each morning in the gym at 8:20. Students are to sign in at the office anytime they come to school after 8:35 a.m. and sign out if they leave during the school day.
Students should not enter the building without teacher permission/supervision prior to 7:50 AM. Upon arrival to school, the student should go directly to their assigned location (gym, café, or playground).
Once a student arrives at school, he/she is not allowed to leave the school grounds without a note from home and office permission.
Students with poor attendance risk losing class credit. A phone call from a parent/guardian is required for each absence. The student(s) and parent(s)/guardian(s) will be informed about attendance in this manner:
Four (4) consecutive days absent from class
• A doctor’s excuse may be required upon return to school to receive excused absences.
Five (5) days or more absent from class
• Letter to parent(s)/guardian(s) informing them of the attendance policies and procedures.
Ten (10) days or more absent from class
• Maximum allowed for the school year.
• Letter sent to parents explaining that further absences need to be accompanied by a doctor’s note in order to excuse the absence.
• Further absences may result in a letter also being sent to the Truancy Officer at the Regional Superintendent’s office notifying them of possible chronic truancy. A contact will be made to both the student and the parent(s)/guardian(s) by the Truancy Officer.
All absences will count toward the ten days except the following:
1. Doctor’s excuse (when seen and documented by a licensed physician)
2. Funeral of close friend or relative
3. Court appearance.
4. College day – Two (2) day for seniors and one (1) for juniors only
During the school year there may be days when school must be dismissed early because of inclement weather. In cases of unplanned early dismissals or school closures, we will utilize our emergency notification system to inform all parents and guardians. Each household will receive a phone call from our District office with information regarding the closing. Local media sources will also be contacted when school is closed due to inclement weather.
According to the School Code of Illinois, we are required to have school in session for a minimum of five (5) clock hours per day. If it should become necessary to dismiss school early, a decision will be made by 11:00 a.m. Practices for extra-curricular activities will be scheduled at the discretion of the supervisors.
Please make contingency plans for your child in case school is dismissed early or canceled.
During the school year there may be times when parent(s)/guardian(s) need to contact the school to change how their children will go home from school (i.e. will be picked up instead of riding the bus, etc.). Parent(s)/guardian(s) should contact the building principal’s office by 2:30 p.m. in order to allow sufficient time to communicate the change of procedures to all individuals involved. If the school is not notified by this time the student will be released to go home following the normal procedure. If the dismissal procedure changes and enough time allows, please send a note with the student in advance.
A student must be in attendance according to State athletic association requirements, in order to participate in District extracurricular activities. Emergency situations shall be given due consideration.
1. Illness of student
2. Death in family
3. Pre-arranged absence concerning work, trips
To report absences, please call 467-3012 (Davenport), 448-2347 (Congerville), or 965-2362 (Goodfield) between 7:45 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Students arriving to school after 8:35 bell must check in with the office before attending class. Students leaving and/or returning to school from an appointment during the school day must check in through the office.
PLEASE NOTE: A reminder to all parent(s)/guardian(s) - please call the school between 8:00a.m. and 10:00a.m. if your child will be unable to attend school unless previous arrangements have been made. If the parent/guardian fails to call, the absence may be considered unexcused. If the parent/guardian does not have a phone, a note must be given to the office upon returning to school. If the student is absent for three consecutive days, he/she may be required to bring a doctor’s excuse in order to receive excused absences. Physicians licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches shall be responsible for the performance of the health examination, other than dental examinations and vision and hearing screening, and shall sign all report forms required (ILCS 5/27-8.l). Students have five (5) school days upon their return to school to present a doctor’s note to the Attendance Secretary for the absence(s) to be considered Doctor’s Excused.
Perfect attendance will not be affected by school activities, field trips. Any ½ day attendance does not qualify for perfect attendance.
The purpose of pre-arranged absences is to communicate planned absences with your child’s school and to schedule/plan for make-up work. Parent(s)/guardian(s) are requested to send a note to the office two (2) days in advance of the absence. Pre-arranged absences count toward the student’s ten (10) days. Pre-arranged absences must be approved by a building administrator. If a planned absence is not pre-arranged two days in advance, it may be unexcused. Teachers have discretion on whether to provide assignments prior to the pre-arranged absence. All make-up work given to the student prior to the pre-arranged absence is due on the day the student returns to class.
Any student who misses a day of school due to an absence will be given a day for a day to make up assignments. Requests for homework assignments may be made through the office if the illness causes the student to be absent for 2 or more days. Please call in homework requests by 9:30 a.m.
Tardiness will be considered a behavior problem and will not be tolerated. Each classroom teacher should advise the student the first time he/she is tardy.
This policy applies to individuals who have custody or control of a child: (a) between the ages of seven (7) and seventeen (17) years of age (unless the child has graduated from high school), or (b) who is enrolled in any of grades kindergarten through twelve (12), in the public school regardless of age. These individuals must cause the child to attend the District school wherein the child is assigned, except as provided herein or by State law. Subject to specific requirements in State law, the following children are not required to attend public school:
The parent(s)/guardian(s) of a student who is enrolled must authorize all absences from school and notify the school in advance or at the time of the student’s absence. A valid cause for absence includes illness, observance of a religious holiday, death in the immediate family, family emergency, other situations beyond the control of the student, other circumstances that cause reasonable concern to the parent(s)/guardian(s) for the student’s safety or health, or other reason as approved by the Superintendent or designee.
Absenteeism and Truancy Program
The Superintendent or designee shall manage an absenteeism and truancy program in accordance with The School Code of Illinois and School Board policy. The program shall include but not be limited to:
Any absences not covered by the excused list may be considered unexcused. Examples of unexcused absences may include, but are not limited to the following: baby-sitting, car trouble, beauty shop or barber appointments, leaving a class or school grounds without permission, missing a ride or school bus, over-sleeping, requesting or being requested to go home to change clothes, get materials for class, shopping, suspension, truancy, visiting a friend or relatives, working at home on school projects, etc. Notification will be made to the Regional Office of Education involving all students considered as chronic or habitual truant, and or truant minor. Homework assignments for students with unexcused absences may be requested, but NO CREDIT will be given for the completion of late assignments due to unexcused absence.
Students need to have a written note from their parent or guardian that is initialed by the office to ride a different bus than their assigned bus.
The district provides bus transportation to and from school for all students living 1.5 miles or more from the school. A list of bus stops will be published at the beginning of the school year before student registration. Parents must, at the beginning of the school year, select one bus stop at which a student is to be picked up, and one stop at which a student is to be dropped off. Students are not permitted to ride a bus other than the bus to which they are assigned. Exceptions must be approved in advance by the building principal.
While students are on the bus, they are under the supervision of the bus driver. In most cases, bus discipline problems can be handled by the bus driver. In the case of a written disciplinary referral, student bus problems will be investigated and handled by the building principal.
Students are expected to follow all school rules while on the bus. Students may be suspended from riding the school bus for up to 10 consecutive school days for violating school rules or for engaging in other gross disobedience or misconduct. The school board may suspend the student from riding the school bus for a period in excess of 10 days for safety reasons. The district’s regular suspension procedures shall be used to suspend a student’s privilege to ride a school bus.
A student who is suspended from riding the school bus and who does not have alternative transportation to school shall be allowed the opportunity to make up all missed work for equivalent academic credit. It is the responsibility of the student’s parent or guardian to notify the school that the student does not have alternative transportation to school.
In the interest of the student’s safety and in compliance with State law, students are also expected to observe the following:
Video and audio cameras may be active on busses to record student conduct and may be used for the purposes of investigation into misconduct or accidents on the bus.
For questions regarding school transportation issues, contact: Ken Scharf at 467-5739.
Students are expected to follow all schools when riding the school bus. A student may be suspended from riding the bus for up to 10 consecutive school days for engaging in gross disobedience or misconduct, including but not limited to, the following:
If a student is suspended from riding the bus for gross disobedience or misconduct on a bus, the School Board may suspend the student from riding the school bus for a period in excess of 10 days for safety reasons.
A student suspended from riding the bus who does not have alternate transportation to school shall have the opportunity to complete or make up work for equivalent academic credit. It shall be the responsibility of the student’s parent or guardian to notify the school that the student does not have alternate transportation.
Non-prescription drugs (examples: Tylenol, Cough Drops, etc.) may be brought to school and stored with the manufacturer’s original label indicating the ingredients and the student’s name affixed to the container. The school provides no over the counter drugs. No school personnel shall administer to any student, nor shall any student possess or consume, any prescription or non-prescription medication until a completed and signed School Medication Authorization Form (written form) is filed.
All students are required to remain on campus during their lunch period. If a student wants to leave school for lunch, the parent/guardian must call the school office in advance requesting to pick-up their child for the lunch period.
Our cafeterias are now run on the Skyward Lunch System. Instead of lunch tickets, students will pay money in advance that will be placed in a debit account. That account is used by the student to purchase lunch.
• In an effort to keep the lunch line moving, all deposits should be made in the child’s homeroom or office.
• No money will be taken or given at the register. Any change will be credited to the students’ account
• Lunch accounts will be maintained by the office for each student. Students will receive account information once they have a negative balance.
• When a negative balance exists, and after concerted efforts by the office to collect funds are exhausted, the office reserves the right to substitute the hot meal for a sack lunch that meets the Type A federal guidelines. This sack lunch will be charged to the students account. If no attempt is made to pay accrued debt, parents may be asked to to provide a sack lunch from home until balance is paid.
Breakfast is available to students daily. At Davenport, breakfast menu changes daily and students can substitute cold cereal for main entrée for breakfast.
The Elementary cooks have prepared a meal especially for you. Students are expected to eat all meals in the cafeteria and shall remain in the cafeteria until the lunchroom supervisor dismisses all students for recess. Students who litter in the cafeteria may be assigned cleaning responsibilities. Students not following school rules in the cafeteria or on the playground may be denied recess or given other appropriate discipline.
Taking your child to lunch:
Parents are welcome to enjoy lunch with their child at each of the elementary cafeterias or off campus, but, students must return by the beginning of their next scheduled class.. Students leaving with parents for lunch must bring a permission slip from the parent to the office before leaving the building and return to the office after lunch. Parents planning to eat lunch in the cafeteria are asked to check in at the office and get a VISITOR tag.
1. Students are expected to dress in a manner appropriate for a school setting. School dress rules pertain to all school activities.
Attire such as the following which detracts from this educational environment, will not be permitted and includes, but is not limited to:
lewd or obscene pictures and language, and inappropriate references, tobacco, alcohol or
drugs, either expressed or implied.
exposing cleavage, exposing undergarments and shirts with sides cut out, etc.
f. Hats/Caps/Headdress/Bandannas: Students are not to wear hats, caps, headdress, bandannas or hoods of sweatshirts, etc. while in the building as a courtesy to staff and fellow students. Students are asked to place these items in the locker until the end of the day.
g. Shoes: Bare or stocking feet are not allowed. Shoes with wheels in or on them are not allowed.
h. Any clothing that results in an educational distraction should not be worn to school (Ex. Halter tops, tops, etc.) and students will be asked to change immediately.
i. Sunglasses are not to be worn in the building.
j. Pants/Shorts: All pants/shorts are to be worn at the natural waist with no undergarments visible. Holes in pants or shorts that show undergarments or skin above fingertip length are not allowed
k. Attire for school sponsored activities, including but not limited to field trips and athletic events, shall be established by the sponsor(s) of said activity.
l. Chains: Students are not to wear chains on clothing while on school property.
m. Pajamas: Students are not allowed to wear pajama tops, bottoms, or slippers without school authorization.
n. No costumes are to be worn by students unless approved by school administration.
2. Students who violate the above policy may receive disciplinary action and/or be requested to turn clothing inside out or replace it.
Electronic devices includes, but is not limited to cell phones, hand held video games, i-Pods, i-Pads, Kindles, Nooks, cameras, etc.
For Grades K-4:
The use of electronic devices and other technology at school is a privilege, not a right. Students are prohibited from using electronic devices, except as provided herein. An electronic device includes, but is not limited to, the following: cell phone, smart phone, audio or video recording device, personal digital assistant (PDA), ipod©, ipad©, laptop computer, tablet computer or other similar electronic device. Pocket pagers and other paging devices are not allowed on school property at any time, except with the express permission of the building principal.
During instructional time, which includes class periods and passing periods, electronic devices must be kept powered-off and out-of-sight unless: (a) permission is granted by an administrator, teacher or school staff member; (b) use of the device is provided in a student’s individualized education program (IEP); or (c) it is needed in an emergency that threatens the safety of students, staff, or other individuals.
Electronic devices may never be used in any manner that disrupts the educational environment, violates student conduct rules or violates the rights of others. This includes, but is not limited to, the following: (1) using the device to take photographs in locker rooms or bathrooms; (2) cheating; and (3) creating, sending, sharing, viewing, receiving, or possessing an indecent visual depiction or non-consensual dissemination of private sexual images (i.e., sexting).
The school and school district are not responsible for the loss, theft or damage to any electronic device brought to school.
Consequences for violating electronic device policy:
Confiscation of device with a warning and return of device to student at end of the day
Confiscation of device; parent/guardian will be contacted and may be required to pick up device
Confiscation of device; lunch/recess detention; parent/guardian will be contacted and may be required to pick up device
Children sometimes become ill or have accidents at school. If this occurs, the parent/guardian will be called and asked to come for the child. If it is not possible to contact the parent/guardian, the person designated on our Personal Information Emergency List will be called. It is imperative that this information be current and accurate. Please notify the school at any time during the year if there are any changes in addresses, phone numbers, or names of emergency people.
It is the responsibility of the student to keep the hallways clear and free from litter. Students are expected to walk in hallways and to keep hallways open for passage. Students who leave books and litter in the hallway will receive a lunch detention on the first offense and may receive an office referral for repeated offenses.
Children shall be excluded from school when live lice are observed. The day after treatment, parents shall accompany their child to the school office. Students are allowed to return to school if evidence of treatment is provided (such as prescription label or an empty labeled container) and no head lice are present. The child will be examined before he/she is allowed to re-enter the classroom. Parents must wait until their child has been re-examined for head lice. Children with head lice will be sent home again with the parent for head lice removal. When deemed appropriate, the Building Principal may send a letter to all parents regarding the head lice problem.
Requests for homework assignments may be made through the office if the illness causes the student to be absent for two or more days. Please call in homework requests by 9:30 a.m. Students are given one day for each day absent to make up late work.
At no time is a student to leave the building without signing out through the office. If a student leaves the building/school grounds without approval from the office, the act will be considered an act of Gross Disobedience/Gross Misconduct and punishment will be administered according to handbook guidelines.
Students are to sign in at the office anytime they come to school after 8:35 a.m.
A student may have permission to leave the building for: 1) illness - students should report to the office and parents will be notified and 2) emergency - students will need to report to the office. 3) Appointment – students will need to report to the office.
The major purpose of the library is to provide students and staff with services and materials that supplement the resources of the classroom. Reading materials for leisure/individual interests are also provided.
The elementary schools offer a nice hot lunch everyday that school is in session. Davenport also offers a breakfast. Breakfast will be served from 7:55 – 8:20. Food Substitutions: Food substitutions will follow state and federal guidelines. Please see your building administrator for further information.
Parents who request to leave messages for students are asked to contact the office as early as possible. A sincere effort will be made to notify your son/daughter; however, messages called in after 2:45 p.m. may not reach him/her. Emergencies sometimes occur at this time along with the dismissal procedures for all students.
Flash drives or memory devices brought and used at school may only contain material related to school homework and school coursework. These devices are subject to inspection at any time. Any non-related school material may be deleted and students may be subject to a disciplinary action.
Personal items brought to school by students are their responsibility. The following items are not to be brought to school: skateboards, electronic music devices, trading cards, games and toys (including toy guns, knives, etc.) unless authorized by a building administrator. Items brought to school without permission may be taken to the principal’s office and released at a later time.
The District, in order to maintain public order on real property owned, leased or otherwise used by the School District, shall require that no person on school property:
1. Injure or threaten to injure the person of another;
2. Damage the property of another or of the School District;
3. Violate any provision of the penal law of the State of Illinois or local ordinances;
4. Smoke or otherwise use any tobacco products;
5. Consume, possess or distribute alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs, or possess dangerous weapons at any time;
6. Conduct oneself in such a manner as to impede, delay or otherwise interfere with the orderly conduct of the educational program of the School District or any other activity taking place on school property which has been authorized by the School Board, Superintendent, Building Principal or other authorized School District administrator;
7. Enter upon any portion of school premises at any time for purposes other than those which are lawful and/or authorized by the School Board;
8. Willfully violate other rules and regulations adopted by the School Board which are designed to maintain public order on school property.
As circumstances warrant, appropriate action will be taken by the District’s administrators, which may include the individual not being allowed on school property and/or to ride in school district owned vehicles.
The purpose of recess is to provide an opportunity for students to not only engage in physical activity, but also to learn about and build their character, develop cooperation skills and practice social interaction. Recess times vary across the District at the elementary level. Times may include (but not be limited to) before school, before or after lunch, after school, and other times specific to buildings and grade levels. Depending upon the circumstances, recess may be held in classrooms, in the gyms, and/or on the playgrounds. Weather is one of the determining factors for where recess will be held. If the ambient temperature or wind-chill is colder than 25 degrees Fahrenheit, and/or in the case of precipitation, children will be kept indoors for recess. Children should always be sent to school prepared for outdoor recess.
Report cards are available through Skyward’s Parent Access online for 3rd and 4th grades. Report cards for all elementary grades will be sent home with students on report card days.
Students are not permitted to sell any items at school unless it is a school approved and sponsored project.
The Board of Education of Eureka Community Unit School District No. 140 hereby declares that it shall be the policy of the District to fully cooperate with criminal investigations and interviews of children by law enforcement personnel as set forth below:
1. If a law enforcement officer comes to school to interview or contact a child as part of a criminal investigation, the following procedures will be utilized:
A. The law enforcement officer shall first report to the building administrator before going to a classroom to meet a child, to inform the building administrator of the purpose of the visit.
B. The building administrator will make reasonable attempts to contact the parent of the persons responsible for the child’s welfare, prior to permitting the local law enforcement officer to have contact with the child, and notify them that the local law enforcement officer is present at the school to interview the child as part of a criminal investigation.
C. If the law enforcement officer is investigating a criminal matter not involving or related to the school then the law enforcement officer will be denied contact with the child unless the parents or persons responsible for the child’s welfare consent to the contact, or the law enforcement officer has an arrest or search warrant or a court order ordering the contact.
D. If the law enforcement officer is investigating a criminal matter which occurred at, or is related to the school, then the law enforcement officer will be permitted to contact and interview the child. Any such investigation of a child by a law enforcement officer shall be conducted in such a manner as to minimize the disruption of the educational process of the classroom or the school day, and shall be conducted in the presence of at least one school personnel. After such interview, the building administrator will make reasonable attempts to notify the parents or the persons responsible for the child’s welfare of the fact of the interview.
2. Interviews by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS)
A. The building administrator will check the agent’s credentials and any papers pertaining to a legal process.
B. The DCFS investigator or law enforcement officer shall report to the building administrator before going to a classroom to meet with a child, to inform the building administrator of the purpose of the visit.
C. Any investigation of a child by a DCFS investigator or law enforcement officer shall be conducted in such a manner as to minimize the disruption of the educational process of the classroom or the school day.
D. The building administrator will attempt to contact the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) and inform them that the student is subject to an interview, if appropriate.
E. If the DCFS agent does not want a parent(s)/guarding(s) present or notified about the interview, this stipulation must be in writing and signed by the DCFS agent.
F. Interviews will be conducted in a private setting. If the parent(s)/guardian(s) are absent, the building administrator may be present during the interview.
G. The student may be removed from school by the DCFS agent if case circumstances warrant. A local law enforcement agency officer, designated by DCFS employee, or a physician treating the child may take or retain temporary protective custody of the child without the consent of the person responsible for the child’s welfare, if (1) he or she has reason to believe that the child’s circumstances or conditions are such that continuing in his or her place of residence or in the care and custody of the person responsible for the child’s welfare, presents an imminent danger to that child’s life or health; (2) the person responsible for the child’s welfare is unavailable or has been asked and does not consent to the child’s removal from his or her custody; and (3) there is not time to apply for a court order under the Juvenile Court Act for temporary custody of the child. The person taking or retaining a child in temporary protective custody shall immediately make every reasonable effort to notify the person responsible for the child’s welfare and shall immediately notify the Department.
H. No District employee may act as a DCFS agent.
Congerville: Bus…3:10 Car riders/walkers…3:15
Davenport: Car riders/walkers…3:10 Bus…3:15
Goodfield: Car riders/walkers…3:15 Bus…3:25
If you are moving and must withdraw from school, please follow these steps:
1. Parents must notify the office of the date of the last day of attendance.
2. Students must pick up a withdrawal form from the office before the first class on his/her last day.
3. Students must have the withdrawal form signed by his/her teachers, librarian, and principal.
Anyone coming to school during school office hours (7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Davenport) (7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Goodfield/Congerville) must report to the main office to sign-in and get a visitor’s badge.
Information regarding School Admissions can be found in Board Policy 7:50. For the entire Board Policy, visit www.district140.org.
ENROLLMENT OF PUBLIC, PRIVATE, PAROCHIAL AND HOME SCHOOLED STUDENTS WITHIN DISTRICT NO. 140
It is the school district’s responsibility to determine grade level placement of public school students. Any student transferring into the Congerville-Eureka-Goodfield Community Unit School District No. 140 from a private school, a home-school, another school district or any other educational setting shall be placed in the Congerville-Eureka-Goodfield Community Unit School District No. 140 in a course schedule or grade level determined to be appropriate by School District officials. Such determinations shall be made on a case by case basis. In making placement determinations, the School District shall consider the following criteria:
1. The chronological age of the child;
2. Course materials utilized and student work;
3. Transcripts, grade cards and other educational assessment documents, if available;
4. Recommendations from the transferring school, teachers, parents, guardians, physicians and/or other specialists;
5. Review of test results regarding student academic achievement and placement (school district has the authorization to administer placement tests that are appropriate and compatible to the district curriculum, if the building principal believes it is necessary); and
6. Such other factors as school district officials shall deem appropriate.
A student will be awarded credit toward graduation for classes taken in non-accredited schools as determined by the Building Principal. If possible, the determination as to whether credit will be awarded shall be based upon the criteria outlined above. The student shall receive a simple “pass” for courses for which credit is awarded and the name of those courses shall be listed on the student’s transcript with a notation that they were taken at a non-accredited program. Home schooled children are encouraged to contact the appropriate principal as early as possible to facilitate the appropriate grade level assignment. A student must be enrolled at Eureka High School for a minimum of four (4) semesters to be considered within the top ten (10) and/or valedictorian.
Re-enrollment shall be denied to any individual above the age of 19 years who has dropped out of school and who could not earn sufficient credits during the normal school year(s) to graduate before his or her 21st birthday. Before being denied re-enrollment, the district will offer the individual due process rights. A person denied re-enrollment will be provided counseling and be directed to alternative educational programs, including adult education programs, that lead to graduation or receipt of a GED diploma. This section does not apply to students eligible for special education under the Individuals with Disabilities Act or accommodation plans under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Authorized AED users are employees of the Congerville-Eureka-Goodfield Community Unit School District No. 140, or volunteers living in and/or out of the Congerville-Eureka-Goodfield Community Unit School District No. 140, who have been trained in the proper use of the AED device.
LOCATION OF AED DEVICES
Congerville Elementary School- Gymnasium- South wall near exits
Davenport Elementary School-Gymnasium-southeast door
Goodfield Elementary School-Gymnasium – east wall
Eureka Middle School-(#1) Gymnasium, south wall; (#2) South exit of library (3) nurse’s office.
Eureka High School-Gymnasium lobby
Eureka High School Fitness Center-North end of the room near exit
Eureka High School- Portable unit for activities - Athletic Director’s office
Administrative-Pre-K Center-Main hallway
Bus Garage- Inside walk-in door on left-hand side wall
Lake Eureka- Inside Lower Park Building next to door
Kauffman Golf Course Inside Building north wall shelf.
The CMT will manage or control any crisis event that affects members of the school system. The CMT will respond to a crisis or tragedy that presents possible physical and/or psychological danger to students, faculty, staff, or administrators of Community Unit School District No. 140. Examples of possible crisis situations in which the CMT will respond, include but are not limited to: suicide attempts/completions, hostage circumstances, homicides, death of a student, death of a staff member, school bus accident, or other traumatic incidents. The CMT will be comprised of school personnel and community resources. The Building Principal will coordinate the CMT utilizing the proper administrative procedures, forms, etc.
The school offers opportunities for English Learners to develop high levels of academic attainment in English and to meet the same academic content and student academic achievement standards that all children are expected to attain.
Parents/guardians of English Learners will be: (1) given an opportunity to provide input to the program, and (2) provided notification regarding their child’s placement in, and information about, the District’s English Learners programs.
For questions related to this program or to express input in the school’s English Learners program, contact Bob Bardwell, Superintendent, at (309) 467-3737.
Information regarding Equal Educational Opportunities for Students can be found in Board Policy 7:10. For the entire Board Policy, visit www.district140.org.
Information regarding Grievance Procedures can be found in Board Policy 2.260. For the entire Board Policy, visit www.district140.org.
Health, Eye, and Dental Examinations; Immunizations; and Exclusion of Students
Information regarding Health, Eye & Dental Examinations can be found in Board Policy 7:100. For the entire Board Policy, visit www.district140.org.
Information regarding Health, Eye & Dental Examinations can be found in Board Policy 7:10.0. For the entire Board Policy, visit www.district140.org.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) procedures will determine when to control pests and whether to use mechanical, physical, chemical, cultural, or biological means. IPM practitioners depend on current, comprehensive information on the pest and its environment and the best available pest control methods. Applying IPM principles prevents unacceptable levels of pest activity and damage by the most economical means and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment.
The term “pesticides” includes: Insecticides, Herbicides, Rodenticides, Fungicides. Excluded from the notification requirements are antimicrobial agents (such as disinfectants, sanitizers or deodorizers), insecticide baits, rodenticide baits and fertilizer. However, when fertilizer is applied a “white” flag must be posted at the area for one day. The choice of using a pesticide will be based on a review of all other available options and a determination that these options are not acceptable or are not feasible. Cost or staffing considerations alone will not be adequate justification for use of chemical control agents, and selected non-chemical pest management methods will be implemented whenever possible to provide the desired control. It is the policy of this School District to utilize PM principles to manage pest populations adequately. The full range of alternatives, including no action, will be considered.
The application of pesticides is subject to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (7 United States Code 136 et seq.), school district policies and procedures, Environmental Protection Agency Regulations in 40 Code of Federal Regulations, Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations, and state and local regulations.
Staff, students, pest managers, and the public will be educated about potential school pest problems and the IPM policies and procedures to be used to achieve the desired pest management objectives.
Records of pesticide use shall be maintained on site to meet the requirements of the state regulatory agency and School Board. Records must be current and accurate if IPM is to work. In addition, pest surveillance data sheets that record the number of pests or other indicators of pest populations are to be maintained to verify the need for treatments.
When school is in session notification shall be sent to all parent(s)/guardian(s) who have signed the “Pesticide/Lawn Care Registry” through their child. During the summer and holiday periods, parent(s)/guardian(s) will be notified by mail. Employees will be notified by postings in designated areas of the school building. Indoor applications require notification two (2) business days (excludes weekends and holidays) prior to an application. Outdoor applications require notification four (4) business days (excludes weekends and holidays) prior to an application. The notification will include the date of the application and provide the name and telephone number of the person in the District who is responsible for the pesticide application program.
Pesticide purchase will be limited to the amount authorized for use during the year. Pesticides will be stored and disposed of in accordance with the EPA-registered label directions and state regulations. Pesticides must be stored in an appropriate, secure site not accessible to students or unauthorized personnel.
Pesticide applicators must be educated and trained in the principles and practices of IPM and the use of pesticides approved by this School District, and they must follow regulations and label precautions. Applicators should be certified and comply with this School District IPM policy and Pest Management Plan.
At the time of application of lawn care products to a lawn, an applicator for hire shall provide the following information to the School District:
* Precautionary statements are required on all pesticide labels. Signal words indicate the level of acute toxicity; the hazard to humans posed by the pesticide product. Every label bears the child hazard warning: Keep Out of Reach of Children.
Each student and his or her parent(s)/guardian(s) must sign an Authorization before being granted unsupervised access.
All use of the Internet shall be consistent with the District’s goal of promoting educational excellence by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication. This Authorization does not attempt to state all required or proscribed behavior by users. However, some specific examples are provided. The failure of any user to follow the terms of the Authorization for Internet Access will result in the loss of privileges, disciplinary action, up to and including suspension and expulsion, and/or appropriate legal action. The signature(s) on the authorization is legally binding and indicates the party who signed has read the terms and conditions carefully and understands their significance.
District 140 believes that what can be gained by participating in this world wide community outweighs the possible negative interactions that can occur. In order for the network to run as smoothly as possible, it is imperative that participants conduct themselves in an appropriate manner. We wish to make certain that students and staff understand the seriousness of their responsibility as a participant in a telecommunication unit.
Terms and Conditions
1. Acceptable Use - Access to the District’s Internet must be for the purpose of education or research, and be consistent with the educational objectives of the District.
2. Privileges - The use of the District’s Internet is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of those privileges and/or disciplinary action, up to and including suspension and expulsion. The supervisor of the computer lab or classroom teacher will make the decisions regarding whether or not a user has violated these procedures and may deny, revoke, or suspend access at any time.
3. Unacceptable Use - The user is responsible for his or her actions and activities involving the network. Some examples of unacceptable uses are:
a. Using the network for any illegal activity, including violation of copyright or other contracts, or transmitting any material in violation of any U.S. or State regulation;
b. Unauthorized downloading/installing of software, regardless of whether it is copyrighted or free from all viruses, or the uploading/downloading of viruses, worms or other destructive programs;
c. Downloading copyrighted material for other than personal use;
d. Using the network for private financial or commercial gain;
e. Wastefully using resources, such as file space;
f. Gaining unauthorized access to resources or entities;
g. Invading the privacy of individuals;
h. Unauthorized use of another user’s account or password;
i. Posting material authored or created by another without his/her consent;
j. Posting anonymous messages;
k. Using the network for commercial or private advertising;
l. Accessing, submitting, posting, publishing, or displaying any defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, racially offensive, harassing, or illegal material
m. Using the network while access privileges are suspended or revoked.
n. Flash drives or memory devices brought and used at school may only contain material related to school homework and school coursework. These devices are subject to inspection at any time. Any non-related school material may be deleted and students may be subject to a disciplinary action.
4. Network Etiquette - The user is expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. These include, but are not limited to, the following:
a. Be polite. Do not become abusive in messages to others.
b. Use appropriate language. Do not swear, or use vulgarities or any other inappropriate language.
c. Do not reveal the personal addresses or telephone numbers of students or colleagues.
d. Recognize that electronic mail (e-mail) is not private. People who operate the system have access to all mail. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities may be reported to the authorities. Students will not be allowed access to their personal e-mail accounts on the District network.
e. Do not use the network in any way that would disrupt its use by other users.
f. Consider all communications and information accessible via the network to be private property.
5. No Warranties - The District makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the service it is providing. The District will not be responsible for any damages the user suffers. This includes loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, missed-deliveries, or service interruptions caused by its negligence or the users’ errors or omissions. Use of any information obtained via the Internet is at the user’s own risk. The District specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy or equality of information obtained through its services.
6. Indemnification - The user agrees to indemnify the School District for any losses, costs, or damages, including reasonable attorney fees, incurred by the District related to, or arising out of, any violation of these procedures.
7. Security - Network security is a high priority. If the user can identify a security problem on the Internet, the user must notify the Computer Technician or Building Principal. Do not demonstrate the problem to other users. Keep the user’s account and password confidential. Do not use another individual’s account without written permission from that individual. Attempts to log-on to the Internet as a system administrator will result in cancellation of user privileges. Any user identified as a security risk may be denied access to network.
8. Vandalism - Vandalism will result in cancellation of privileges and other disciplinary action, up to and including suspension and expulsion. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy data of another user, the Internet, or any other network. This includes, but is not limited to, the uploading/downloading or creation of computer viruses. Any user who intentionally or negligently damages or destroys District hardware and/or software will also be responsible for all costs associated with repair and/or replacement of parts and services.
9. Telephone Charges - The District assumes no responsibility for any unauthorized charges or fees, including telephone charges, long-distance charges, per-minutes surcharges, and/or equipment or line costs.
Internet content is rapidly changing every day. The links provided within our District web site are not the responsibility or liability of this site’s Webmaster, nor the School District.
A student intervention program will be used when possible and practical, to assist students in solving certain types of problems such as: poor attendance, excessive detention offenses, and selected academic problems. The purpose of intervention is to help the student solve the problem(s) at hand. The intervention program is a contract between the student and the school.
Attention all parent(s)/guardian(s) and students over 18 years of age.
Medicaid reimbursement is a source of federal funds approved by Congress to help school districts maintain and improve special education services.
Therapy and diagnostic services provided to your child (you) are partially reimbursable. Unless you object in writing, the Congerville-Eureka-Goodfield Community Unit School District No. 140 will claim Medicaid/KidCare reimbursement for services provided. These claims will have no impact on your ability to receive Medicaid funding either now or anytime in the future.
If you do not object to this release of information related to Medicaid claims for your child (you), do nothing.
Thank you for your attention to this notice. If you should have any questions, please contact Mr. Robert Bardwell, Superintendent at (309) 467-3737.
Administering medicines to Students
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. When a student’s licensed health care provider and parent/guardian believe that it is necessary for the student to take a medication during school hours or school-related activities, the parent/guardian must request that the school dispense the medication to the child and otherwise follow the District’s procedures on dispensing medication.
No School District employee shall administer to any student, or supervise a student’s self administration of, any prescription or non-prescription medication until a completed and signed “School Medication Authorization Form” is submitted by the student’s parent/guardian. No student shall possess or consume any prescription or non-prescription medication on school grounds or at a school-related function other than as provided for in this policy and its implementing procedures.
Nothing in this policy shall prohibit any school employee from providing emergency assistance to students, including administering medication. The Building Principal shall include this policy in the Student Handbook and shall provide a copy to the parents/guardians of students.
Self-Administration of Medication
A student may possess an epinephrine auto-injector (EpiPen®) and/or asthma medication prescribed for use at the student’s discretion, provided the student’s parent/guardian has completed and signed a School Medication Authorization Form. The School District shall incur no liability, except for willful and wanton conduct, as a result of any injury arising from a student’s self-administration of medication or epinephrine auto-injector or the storage of any medication by school personnel. A student’s parent/guardian must indemnify and hold harmless the School District and its employees and agents, against any claims, except a claim based on willful and wanton conduct, arising out of a student’s self-administration of an epinephrine auto-injector and/or medication, or the storage of any medication by school personnel.
School District Supply of Undesignated Epinephrine Auto-Injectors
The Superintendent or designee shall implement Section 22-30(f) of the School Code and maintain a supply of undesignated epinephrine auto-injectors in the name of the District and provide or administer them as necessary according to State law. Undesignated epinephrine auto-injector means an epinephrine auto-injector prescribed in the name of the District or one of its schools. A school nurse or trained personnel, as defined in State law, may administer an undesignated epinephrine auto injector to a person when they, in good faith, believe a person is having an anaphylactic reaction. Each building administrator and/or his or her corresponding school nurse shall maintain the names of trained personnel who have received a statement of certification pursuant to State law.
Void Policy; Disclaimer
The School District Supply of Undesignated Epinephrine Auto-Injectors section of the policy is void whenever the Superintendent or designee is, for whatever reason, unable to: (1) obtain for the District a prescription for undesignated epinephrine auto-injectors from a physician or advanced practice nurse licensed to practice medicine in all its branches, or (2) fill the District’s prescription for undesignated school epinephrine auto-injectors.
Upon any administration of an undesignated epinephrine auto-injector, the Superintendent or designee(s) must ensure all notifications required by State law and administrative procedures occur.
Upon implementation of this policy, the protections from liability and hold harmless provisions as explained in Section 22-30(c) of the School Code apply.
No one, including without limitation parents/guardians of students, should rely on the District for the availability of an epinephrine auto-injector. This policy does not guarantee the availability of an epinephrine auto-injector; students and their parents/guardians should consult their own physician regarding such medication(s). LEGAL REF.: 105 ILCS 5/10-20.14b, 5/10-22.21b, and 5/22-30. 23 Ill.Admin.Code §1.540. CROSS REF.: 7:285 (Food Allergy Management) ADOPTED: September 12, 2016
Information regarding the No Child Left Behind Act can be found in Board Policy 2:260, 4:110, 4:170, 5:280, 5:190, 5:280, 6:15, 6:110, 6:140, 6:160, 6:145, 6:170, 6:340, 7:10, 7:15, 7:30, 7:50, 7:60, 7:100, 7:130, 7:340, 8:20. For the entire Board Policy, visit www.district140.org.
Information regarding Non-Discimination - Title IX (Sex Equity) - and Section 504 (Disabilities) can be found in Board Policy 2:260, 5:10, 5:20, 7:10, 7:20. For the entire Board Policy, visit www.district140.org.
The required Asbestos Hazard Emergency Act (AHERA) inspection and management plans for Community Unit District No. l40 have been completed in November of 1989 and approved. The Administration Pre-K Center was purchased by the Board of Education in 1997. The required Asbestos Hazard Emergency Act (AHERA) inspection and management plans for this building have been completed June of 1997 and approved. All of the inspections and management plans were conducted by Ideal and Associates in Bloomington, Illinois. The management plan includes a description of inspection and response actions; an assurance that accredited persons were used to conduct inspections, develop management plans, and design or conduct response actions; and a plan for re-inspection and operations and maintenance. The management plans are available upon request for public inspection by contacting the district office and/or the specific building principal.
The finding of the inspection indicated that safe conditions exist in all buildings; however, operation and maintenance programs will maintain and monitor the district continually to sustain these safety standards. At least once every six months, a periodic surveillance will be made of all buildings. In addition, every three years a re-inspection is conducted, which occurred in March, 2016. Please contact the district superintendent regarding any questions about the status of asbestos within the school district.
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 and school goals.
Bullying on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, national origin, immigration status, military status, unfavorable discharge status from the military service, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender-related identity or expression, ancestry, age, religion, physical or mental disability, order of protection status, status of being homeless, or actual or potential marital or parental status, including pregnancy, association with a person or group with one or more of the aforementioned actual or perceived characteristics, or any other distinguishing characteristic is prohibited in each of the following situations:
Bullying includes cyber-bullying (bullying through the use of technology or any electronic communication) and means any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or electronically, directed toward a student or students that has or can be reasonably predicted to have the effect of one or more of the following:
Examples of prohibited conduct include name-calling, using derogatory slurs, stalking, sexual violence, causing psychological harm, threatening or causing physical harm, threatened or actual destruction of property, or wearing or possessing items depicting or implying hatred or prejudice of one of the characteristics stated above.
Students are encouraged to immediately report bullying. A report may be made orally or in writing to the building principal, district complaint manager or any staff member with whom the student is comfortable speaking. All school staff members are available for help with a bully or to make a report about bullying. Anyone, including staff members and parents/guardians, who has information about actual or threatened bullying is encouraged to report it to the district complaint manager or any staff member. Anonymous reports are also accepted by phone call or in writing.
Andrew Underwood Cynthia Wondercheck
200 W. Cruger Ave. 2005 S. Main St
Eureka, IL 61530 Eureka, IL 61530
(309) 467-5710 (309) 467-5701
A reprisal or retaliation against any person who reports an act of bullying is prohibited. A student’s act of reprisal or retaliation will be treated as bullying for purposes of determining any consequences or other appropriate remedial actions.
A student will not be punished for reporting bullying or supplying information, even if the school’s investigation concludes that no bullying occurred. However, knowingly making a false accusation or providing knowingly false information will be treated as bullying for purposes of determining any consequences or other appropriate remedial actions.
Students and parents/guardians are also encouraged to read the following school district policies: 7:20, Harassment of Students Prohibited and 7:180, Prevention of and Response to Bullying, Intimidation and Harassment.
Information regarding Records Policy can be found in Board Policy 2:250, 7:70, 7:220, 7:340. For the entire Board Policy, visit www.district140.org.
Upon receipt of a court order of protection, the Building Principal shall file it in the records of a child who is the “protected person” under the order of protection. No information or records shall be released to the Respondent named in the order of protection. When a child who is a “protected person” under an order of protection transfers to public or private school, or as soon as possible, the Building Principal shall, at the request of the Petitioner, provide, within twenty-four (24) hours of the transfer or as soon as possible, written notice of the order of protection, along with a certified copy of the order, to the school to which the child is transferring.
A school student record is any writing or other recorded information concerning a student and by which a student may be identified individually that is maintained by a school or at its direction or by a school employee, regardless of how or where the information is stored, except for certain records kept in a staff member’s sole possession; records maintained by law enforcement officers working in the school; video and other electronic recordings (including electronic recordings made on school busses) that are created in part for law enforcement, security, or safety reasons or purposes, though such electronic recordings may become a student record if the content is used for disciplinary or special education purposes regarding a particular student.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Illinois Student Records Act afford parents/guardians and students over 18 years of age (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s school records. They are:
• Grade level
• Birth date and place
• Parent/guardian names, addresses, electronic mail addresses, and telephone numbers
• Photographs, videos, or digital images used for informational or news-related purposes (whether by a media outlet or by the school) of a student participating in school or school-sponsored activities, organizations, and athletics that have appeared in school publications, such as yearbooks, newspapers, or sporting or fine arts programs
• Academic awards, degrees, and honors
• Information in relation to school-sponsored activities, organizations, and athletics
• Major field of study
• Period of attendance in school Any parent/guardian or eligible student may prohibit the release of any or all of the above information by delivering a written objection to the building principal within 30 days of the date of this notice.
The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington DC 20202-4605
The registration fee is set by the Board of Education. Included in the fee are charges for workbooks, materials, supplies, and assembly fees. The fee may vary from one school to another and will be determined on the basis of the needs of each school. There is no refund of the registration fees.. Students entering school after the first semester has been completed will be charged half the total yearly registration fee.
Textbooks are included as part of the registration fee. Teachers will distribute textbooks as needed during the first few days of school. At the end of the school year all textbooks will be returned to the teachers. If textbooks are damaged beyond normal wear and tear or are lost, the student will be asked to pay the replacement cost of the textbook.
Information regarding Resident and Non-Resident Students can be found in Board Policy 7:60. For the entire Board Policy, visit www.district140.org.
The Eureka Schools have the services of a school resource officer. The objectives of the officer are as follows;
A. Be available for students, faculty, parents, and school and community organizations as a resource.
B. Establish and maintain a personal relationship between law enforcement officers, students, faculty and parents in the school.
C. Establish and assist in the development of educational programs concerning social issues in which law enforcement is involved.
D. Deal effectively and constructively with juvenile offenders and potential offenders.
Information regarding Search and Seizure can be found in Board Policy 7:140. For the entire Board Policy, visit www.district140.org.
In order to maintain order safety and security in the schools, school authorities are authorized to conduct reasonable searches of school property and equipment, as well as of students and their personal effects. “School authorities” includes school liaison police officers.
School Property and Equipment as well as Personal Effects Left There by Students
School authorities may inspect and search school property and equipment owned or controlled by the school (such as, lockers, desks, and parking lots), as well as personal effects left there by a student, without notice to or the consent of the student. Students have no reasonable expectation of privacy in these places or areas or in their personal effects left there.
The building principal may request the assistance of law enforcement officials to conduct inspections and searches of lockers, desks, parking lots, and other school property and equipment for illegal drugs, weapons, or other illegal or dangerous substances or materials, including searches conducted through the use of specially trained dogs.
School authorities may search a student and/or the student’s personal effects in the student’s possession (such as, purses, wallets, knapsacks, book bags, lunch boxes, etc.) when there is a reasonable ground for suspecting that the search will produce evidence the particular student has violated or is violating either the law or the school or district’s student rules and policies. The search will be conducted in a manner that is reasonably related to its objective of the search and not excessively intrusive in light of the student’s age and sex, and the nature of the infraction.
School officials may require a student to cooperate in an investigation if there is specific information about activity on the student’s account on a social networking website that violates the school’s disciplinary rules or school district policy. In the course of the investigation, the student may be required to share the content that is reported in order for the school to make a factual determination.
Seizure of Property
If a search produces evidence that the student has violated or is violating either the law or the school or district’s policies or rules, evidence may be seized and impounded by school authorities, and disciplinary action may be taken. When appropriate, evidence may be transferred to law enforcement authorities.
No student shall, based on sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, be denied equal access to programs, activities, services, or benefits. Nor shall students be limited in the exercise of any right, privilege, advantage, or denied equal access to educational and extracurricular programs and activities.
Any student may file a sex equity complaint by using Board policy 260.00, Uniform Grievance Procedure.
Information regarding Sex Offenders on School Property can be found in Board Policy 4:170. For the entire Board Policy, visit www.district140.org..
Information regarding Child Sex Offender and Murderer Community Notification Act can be found in Board Policy 2:40, 4:170, 5:30, 5:260, 8:30. For the entire Board Policy, visit www.district140.org.
Information regarding Sexual Harassment can be found in Board Policy 5:20, 7:20, 7:180. For the entire Board Policy, visit www.district140.org.
Access to Student Social Networking Passwords & Websites
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.
During registration, forms will be available for parents to purchase insurance as an option.
The School Board shall annually designate a company to offer student accident insurance coverage. The Board does not endorse the plan nor recommend that parent(s)/guardian(s) secure the coverage and any contract is between the parents/ guardians and the company. Each student who participates in athletics, cheerleading, pompons or dance team must have school accident insurance unless the parent(s)/guardian(s) state in writing that the student is covered under a family health insurance plan.
A student seeking admission to a District school must meet all residency, age, health examination, immunization, and other eligibility prerequisites as mandated by State law. A student must also present a completed good standing form from the Illinois school from which the student is transferring.
If a transferring-in student was suspended or expelled for any reason from any public or private school in this or any other state, the student must complete the entire term of the suspension or expulsion before being admitted into Community Unit School District No. 140. This policy may allow placement of the student in an alternative school program established under Article 13A of the School Code, if available for the remainder of the suspension or expulsion.
The student should request the school from which he or she is transferring to forward an unofficial record of the student’s grades and the remainder of the student’s school records. If the student is unable to present the records, the student shall be admitted and the Building Principal shall request the records from the transferring school. An official transcript of the scholastic records, if received, will replace the unofficial grade record.
Parent(s)/guardian(s) of a student transferring from the District should give the Building Principal written notification of their intent, pay outstanding fees or fines, sign a release form, and return all school-owned property.
The Building Principal shall complete a good standing form for any student transferring from the District. Within 10 days of a transfer notification, the Building Principal shall send to the District in which the student will or has enrolled, a completed good standing form, an unofficial record of the student’s grades, and the remainder of the student’s school records. If a transferring student was suspended or expelled for any of the reasons listed previously in this policy, and the period of suspension or expulsion has not expired at the time the student attempts to transfer into another public school, any school student records required to be transferred shall include the date and duration of the suspension or expulsion. Within 10 days after the student has paid all outstanding fines and fees, the Building Principal shall mail an official transcript of the scholastic records.
Parent(s)/guardian(s) will receive prior written notice of the nature and substance of the records proposed to be released and an opportunity to review and copy them.
The District accepts nonpublic school students, including parochial and home-schooled students, who live within the District for part-time attendance in the District’s regular education program on a space-available basis. Requests for part-time attendance must be submitted to the principal. All requests for attendance in the following school year must be submitted before May 1 in writing to the building principal.
Students accepted for partial enrollment must comply with all discipline and attendance requirements established by the school. A private school student may attend any co-curricular activity associated with a District class in which he or she is enrolled. The parent(s)/guardian(s) of a student accepted for part-time attendance is responsible for all fees.
Extracurricular Activities, Including Interscholastic Competition
Nonpublic school students, regardless of whether they attend a District school part-time, will not be allowed to participate in any extracurricular activities.
Assignment When Enrolling Full-Time in a District School
Grade placement by, and academic credits earned at, a nonpublic school will be accepted if the school has a Certificate of Nonpublic School Recognition from the Illinois State Board of Education, or, if outside Illinois, if the school is accredited by the state agency governing education.
A student who, after receiving instruction in a non-recognized or non-accredited school, enrolls in the District will: (1) be assigned to a grade level according to academic proficiency, and/or (2) have academic credits recognized by the District that are compatible to the district curriculum if the student demonstrates appropriate academic proficiency to the school administration for classes offered at the district schools. Any portion of a student’s transcript relating to such instruction will not be considered for placement on the honor roll or computation in class rank.
Recognition of grade placement and academic credits awarded by a nonpublic school is at the sole discretion of the District. All school and class assignments will be made according to School Board policy 703 and 705.09, Student Assignment, as well as administrative procedures implementing this policy. The Building Principal shall assign students to classes.
Information regarding Students with Disabilities (Discipline) can be found in Board Policy 7:230. For the entire Board Policy, visit www.district140.org.
Suicide and Depression Awareness and Prevention
Youth suicide impacts the safety of the school environment. It also affects the school community, diminishing the ability of surviving students to learn and the school’s ability to educate. Suicide and depression awareness and prevention are important goals of the school district.
The school district maintains student and parent resources on suicide and depression awareness and prevention. Much of this information, including a copy of school district’s policy, is posted on the school district website. Information can also be obtained from the school office.
The Board of Education authorizes the use of surveillance cameras to monitor the activities in school district facilities and on school district property. Surveillance shall only occur in common areas including hallways, media centers, parking lots, school buses, grounds, cafeterias, and gymnasiums.
All school facilities with surveillance cameras will display a warning sign at the main entrance that indicates surveillance can occur in, and around, that facility to provide for security of all school district students, personnel, and property. Surveillance cameras are also used to encourage proper student behavior. Parents and guardians will also be notified annually, through the student handbook, that surveillance cameras are being used in those school facilities and on school district property.
The supervision and control of all surveillance equipment will be the responsibility of the Superintendent/Principal/Assistant Principal/School Resource Officer.
Surveillance Information is considered to be for official use only. Members of the Board of Education, the Superintendent, Principals, Assistant Principals, School Resource Officer and other appropriate personnel designated by the Superintendent are authorized to view all surveillance information made in school facilities and on school district property for the purposes set forth above. The Superintendent or designee may authorize the administrators named above to show relevant portions of the surveillance information to students or groups of students, their parents or guardians and groups of parents or guardians. The surveillance information may not be used for general showings to other individuals or groups and may not be given to the media. Surveillance information can be monitored/used by law enforcement officials for use in accordance with this policy.
The Community Unit School District No. 140 Board of Education is dedicated to providing a healthy, comfortable, and productive environment for staff, students and citizens. In addition, the Board recognizes the importance of adult role modeling for students during their formative years. Therefore, the Board supports a tobacco-free environment for all and the City of Eureka ordinance No. 5-01, Village of Goodfield ordinance No. 01-05 and Village of Congerville ordinance No. 200105-01.
Effective July 1, 1994, the use of any form of tobacco on school property (buildings, grounds and school owned vehicles) is prohibited. Tobacco is defined as cigarette, cigar, or tobacco in any form, including smokeless tobacco which is any loose, cut, shredded, ground, powdered, compressed or leaf tobacco, that is intended to be placed in the mouth without being smoked.
Announcements will be made prior to all extracurricular activities concerning the smoke-free policy.
Groups or individuals requesting the use of District 140 facilities shall be advised to the provisions of this policy.
The success of this policy will depend upon the thoughtfulness, consideration, and cooperation of all individuals.
The School Board shall establish fees and charges to fund certain school activities. School fees may include, but are not limited to: required textbooks and instructional materials, charges and deposits for use of school property, field trips; uniforms or equipment to participate in extracurricular activities, supplies for particular classes, graduation fees, school record fees, and driver’s education fees.
The Board recognizes that some students will be unable to pay some fees. Students shall not be denied educational services or academic credit due to the inability or unwillingness of parent(s) or guardian(s) to pay fees and charges.
Students whose parents are unable to afford student fees may receive a waiver of the fees, including lock rental and physical education towel rental charges. These students are not exempt from charges for lost and damaged books, locks, materials, supplies and equipment.
At the beginning of each school year, the school district’s waiver of school fees policy will be stated in the Calendar/Handbook and provided to the media. A fee waiver application form shall be available during fall registration. The notification shall be in English or the home language of the parent(s) or guardian(s).
Applications for fee waivers may be submitted by a parent/guardian of a student who has been assessed a fee on an application form available from the Building Principal.
A student shall be eligible for a waiver of a fee when at least one of the following prerequisites is met:
1. The student is currently receiving aid under Article IV of the Illinois Public Aid Code (Aid to Families with Dependent Children).
2. The student currently lives in a household that meets the free lunches or breakfast eligibility guidelines established by the federal government pursuant to the National School Lunch Act, 42 U.S.C. §1758; 7 C.F.R. Part 245 et seq.;Additional consideration for fee waiver will be given by the Building Principal where the following factors are present:
1. illness in the family;
2. unusual expenses such as fire, flood, storm damage, etc.;
3. emergency situations.
4. Season employment
5. When one of more of the parent(s)/guardians(s) are involved in a work stoppage
The superintendent or designee must follow the verification requirements of 7 C.F.R.6a when using the free lunch or breakfast eligibility guidelines pursuant to The National School Lunch Act as the basis for waiver of the student’s fee(s).
When using a District established or other independent verification process, the Superintendent or designee may not require verification more often than every sixty (60) calendar days. The superintendent or designee shall not use any information from any independent verification process to determine free lunch or breakfast eligibility pursuant to The National School Lunch Act.
Anyone who wants to distribute literature, or post information on school property, must first consult with administration prior to distribution or posting information
The curriculum of Unit District #l40 has an objective-based approach. Each content area has objectives that are level oriented. Each content area has a primary resource (textbook series) which is used to teach toward the objectives. Often a secondary resource may be utilized to provide reinforcement.
The curriculum of Unit District #l40 is constantly being reviewed and/or revised in an effort to provide our students the most relevant instruction possible.
Information regarding Academic Achievement - Grading and Promotion can be found in Board Policy 6:280. For the entire Board Policy, visit www.district140.org.
Information regarding Accommodating Individuals with Disabilities can be found in Board Policy 6:120 & 7:10. For the entire Board Policy, visit www.district140.org.
Information regarding School Accountability can be found in Board Policy 6:15. For the entire Board Policy, visit www.district140.org.
Information regarding Bilingual Education can be found in Board Policy 6:160. For the entire Board Policy, visit www.district140.org.
There are many programs Unit 140 participates in that are federally and state funded. When programs are funded by the state or federal government there is no direct cost to the local taxpayer. Over the last several years there has been an increase in the number of programs that do receive some financial assistance.
Listed below are all the current programs Unit 140 is receiving financial support from either the federal government or state government. A brief program overview is also provided for your information.
Title I – Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantage - Federal Funds
The purpose of Title I is to provide supplemental instruction in the areas of Reading and/or Mathematics. The program should be designed to meet the educational needs of those students who have been identified as in need of additional instruction in these two areas. This is a supplemental program and is not to replace the child’s regular Reading or Math instruction. This program is available to students in grades one through twelve. The Title I policy regarding district and school level parental involvement compact listing expectations and responsibilities can be found under Community Unit School District 140 Board Policy No. 610.00. Copies of this policy are available from the building principal or superintendent of schools.
Title II – Teacher and Principal Training & Recruiting Fund (Teacher Quality) - Federal Funds
Title II funds provide funding for states and districts to meet the requirements of Section 1119, which includes state and local plans for all teachers to be highly qualified no later than the end of the 2005-2006 school year. LEAs are required to report annually on their progress.
Vocational and Applied Technology - Federal Funds
The primary intent of the grant is to improve academic and occupational competence of all segments of the population enrolled in vocational-technical educational programs with primary emphasis on SPECIAL POPULATION students. The term SPECIAL POPULATIONS as defined by the Act includes individuals with disabilities, educationally and economically disadvantaged limited English proficiency and those who participate in programs designed to eliminate sex bias. The application will demonstrate a blend of SUPPORT services for special population students and vocational education program improvement activities based on identified needs. These funds can be used only for the targeted programs which are Agriculture, Auto Mechanics, Occupation of Homemaking and CAD/Drafting.
Elementary Career Education Grant - State Funds
Funds are appropriated for the purpose of introducing careers to grades K-8.
The instructional program shall emphasize multi-cultural education by presenting in context the contributions of all races and cultures, and by recognizing in all grades the similarities of students’ various cultures. The Building Principal shall monitor the school’s multi-cultural experiences and instructional program.
At the beginning of the year, PE teachers will distribute a syllabus explaining to students how grades are earned. Illinois state law states that you are to be in a physical education class unless you obtain a PE exemption. A doctor’s note excusing participation in PE will result in adaptive curriculum (usually written reports) established by the PE instructor.
The Board of Education recognizes the student’s right of free access to many different types of books and instructional materials. The District’s instructional materials shall be selected for compatibility with the District’s educational goals and objectives. (For the purpose of this policy the word book or educational materials includes textbooks, curriculum materials and library books.)
In addition, the Board of Education recognizes the right of an individual parent/guardian to request that their child be exempt from utilizing a particular book or other materials. The parent or student with the objection should contact the teacher. They will be expected to state their objection. The teacher will assign another textbook or materials for the student. If further action is desired, the parent/guardian should make such request in writing on the District’s Request for Reconsideration of Educational Materials Form. (Policy No.. 645.15-R-1 through 645.15-R-2). Forms are available from the Principal’s and Superintendent’s Offices.
By September 15 of each school year a standing committee and three (3) alternates (1-teacher, 1-student, 1-district resident) will be chosen and approved by the Board of Education to review the material in question and judge whether it conforms to the District’s educational goals and objectives and therefore, is appropriate for the student’s use. If a member of the standing committee is involved in the complaint process, then the alternate will serve in their place. The committee’s term shall be: Students - One (1) year; District Residents - Two (2) year term, Teachers – Two (2) year term. The review committee shall be composed of the following members in order to maintain a broad representation for input. (In order that there shall be no conflicts of interest, immediate family members cannot serve on the committee at the same time. Immediate family being defined as: wife, husband, child, father, mother, sister, brother, grandmother, grandfather, grandchild, legal guardian, ward, stepchild or foster child.)
1 - specialized in the department where the book is being utilized.
1 - not specialized in the department where the book is being utilized.
Students (currently enrolled, age appropriate and one of each gender, if possible)
2 - not involved in the complaint process
2 - not involved in the complaint process
Optional: Individual Not Employed By School District
1 - An individual that has knowledge in the subject area that is being questioned, i.e., teacher from another district, college professor, paid consultant, etc.
This committee is advisory in nature; they can only make recommendations. They do not have the authority to adopt or disband books or materials.
1. Elect a chairperson
2. Elect a secretary
3. Invite teacher or librarian currently utilizing the book or materials, to share their thoughts on why they believe the book or material in question is important to their course.
A written report of the committee’s findings shall be given to the complainant, teacher currently utilizing the book, or librarian if appropriate, Building Principal and the Superintendent, within thirty (30) calendar days of the receipt of the written complaint. If the teacher or librarian currently utilizing the book or materials disagrees with the recommendation of the committee, they may provide a written and/or oral report to the Building Principal, Superintendent and Board of Education, explaining the importance of the book/materials for their course. If the complainant is not satisfied with the decision contained in the committee report, the complainant may appeal the decision contained in the committee report to the Building Principal. The Building Principal shall meet with the complainant in an attempt to resolve the matter. If the matter remains unresolved, the Building Principal shall refer the complainant to the Superintendent. The Superintendent shall make an effort to resolve the matter with the parent/guardian. The Superintendent has the option to consult with experts outside the school district for additional input on the material in question. Should the matter remain unresolved, the Superintendent shall refer the problem, with written recommendation(s), to the Board of Education. The Board of Education’s decision on the matter shall be final.
The Unit District 140 Board of Education takes legal responsibility for all matters pertaining to the operation of Unit 140 Schools. The selection of district textbooks involves a committee of district teachers (with one of the teachers serving as the committee chair). An administrator also serves on the committee in a facilitator’s role. The committee may also have representation from the community. Through their efforts, the committee makes a recommendation to the Board of Education for final approval of any textbook to be used in Unit 140.
Criteria for selection of textbooks
The textbook being considered will many times dictate what criteria are used. The following is a general list of questions that past committees have used:
1 - Does the material match district objectives?
2 - Is the reading level age appropriate?
3 - Is the material current?
4 - Does the material have appeal?
5 - Is the material of high quality in relation to other available texts?
6 - How is the material prices in relation to other available texts?
Other criteria might be considered depending on the textbook being previewed.
Procedure for selection
Using the above or related criteria, the working committee previews all available materials. The texts are all rated on a pre-determined scale. The scales are tallied and the text with the highest average is recommended to the Board of Education.
Information regarding Special Education can be found in Board Policy 6:120. For the entire Board Policy, visit www.district140.org.
Students enrolled in the Unit #l40 schools shall conduct themselves in keeping with their level of maturity, acting with due regard for the supervisory authority vested by the Board of Education in all district employees, and for the rights and welfare of other students.
Teachers and educational support personnel shall maintain discipline in the schools. In all matters relating to the discipline in the schools and conduct of the school children, district employees stand in the relation of parents and guardians to the pupils. They shall exercise such control over children as would be exercised at any time for the safety and supervision of the pupils in the absence of their parents or guardians, up to and including removal from the classroom. This control shall be exercised at all times when students are present on school property either during the school day or attending after school functions. No disciplinary action shall be taken against any student that is based totally or in part on the refusal of the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) to administer or consent to the administration of psychotropic or psychostimulant medication to the student.
Employees are prohibited by state law to use corporal punishment, i.e., intentional infliction of bodily harm, slapping, paddling or prolonged maintenance of students in physically painful positions.
Certified educational employees and any other person, who provides a related service for or with respect to a student, may use reasonable force as needed to maintain safety from bodily harm for themselves or others. Likewise, reasonable force may be applied if deemed necessary to protect against property damage.
Copies of all School District policies on student behavior are available online through the School District’s website or in the school office.
Prohibited Student Conduct
Students may be disciplined for gross disobedience or misconduct, including but not limited to the following:
1. Using, possessing, distributing, purchasing, selling or offering for sale tobacco or nicotine materials, including electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes.
2. Using, possessing, distributing, purchasing, or selling alcoholic beverages. Students who are under the influence of an alcoholic beverage are not permitted to attend school or school functions and are treated as though they had alcohol in their possession.
3. Using, possessing, distributing, purchasing, selling or offering for sale:
a. Any illegal drug, controlled substance, or cannabis (including marijuana, medical cannabis and hashish).
b. Any anabolic steroid unless it is being administered in accordance with a physician’s or licensed practitioner’s prescription.
c. Any performance-enhancing substance on the Illinois High School Association’s most current banned substance list unless administered in accordance with a physician’s or licensed practitioner’s prescription.
d. Any prescription drug when not prescribed for the student by a physician or licensed practitioner, or when used in a manner inconsistent with the prescription or prescribing physician’s or licensed practitioner’s instructions. The use or possession of medical cannabis, even by a student for whom medical cannabis has been prescribed, is prohibited.
e.Any inhalant, regardless of whether it contains an illegal drug or controlled substance: (a) that a student believes is, or represents to be capable of, causing intoxication, hallucination, excitement, or dulling of the brain or nervous system; or (b) about which the student engaged in behavior that would lead a reasonable person to believe that the student intended the inhalant to cause intoxication, hallucination, excitement, or dulling of the brain or nervous system. The prohibition in this section does not apply to a student’s use of asthma or other legally prescribed inhalant medications.
f. “Look-alike” or counterfeit drugs, including a substance that is not prohibited by this policy, but one: (a) that a student believes to be, or represents to be, an illegal drug, controlled substance, or other substance that is prohibited by this policy; or (b) about which a student engaged in behavior that would lead a reasonable person to believe that the student expressly or impliedly represented to be an illegal drug, controlled substance or other substance that is prohibited by this policy.
g. Drug paraphernalia, including devices that are or can be used to: (a) ingest, inhale, or inject cannabis or controlled substances into the body; and (b) grow, process, store, or conceal cannabis or controlled substances.
h. Any substance inhaled, injected, smoked, consumed or otherwise ingested or absorbed with the intention of causing a physiological or psychological change in the body, including without limitation, pure caffeine in a tablet or powdered form.
Students who are under the influence of any prohibited substance are not permitted to attend school or school functions and are treated as though they have the prohibited substance, as applicable, in their possession.
4. Using, possessing, controlling or transferring a “weapon” or violating the procedures listed below under the Weapons Prohibition section of this handbook procedure.
5. Using or possessing an electronic paging device.
6. Using a cellular telephone, smartphone, video recording device, personal digital assistant (PDA), or similar electronic device in any manner that disrupts the educational environment or violates the rights of others, including using the device to take photographs in locker rooms or bathrooms, cheat, or otherwise violate student conduct rules. Prohibited conduct specifically includes, without limitation, creating and sending, sharing, viewing, receiving or possessing an indecent visual depiction of oneself or another person through the use of a computer, electronic communication device or cellular telephone, commonly known as “sexting.” Unless otherwise banned under this policy or by the building principal, all cellular phones, smartphones and other electronic devices must be kept powered-off and out-of-sight during the regular school day unless: (a) the supervising teacher grants permission; (b) use of the device is provided in a student’s individualized education program (IEP); or (c) it is needed in an emergency that threatens the safety of students, staff, or other individuals.
7. Using or possessing a laser pointer unless under a staff member’s direct supervision and in the context of instruction.
8. Disobeying rules of student conduct or directives from staff members or school officials. Examples of disobeying staff directives include refusing a staff member’s request to stop, present school identification or submit to a search.
9. Engaging in academic dishonesty, including cheating, intentionally plagiarizing, wrongfully giving or receiving help during an academic examination, altering report cards and wrongfully obtaining test copies or scores.
10. Engaging in bullying, hazing or any kind of aggressive behavior that does physical or psychological harm to a staff person or another student or encouraging other students to engage in such behavior. Prohibited conduct specifically includes, without limitation, any use of violence, intimidation, force, noise, coercion, threats, stalking, harassment, sexual harassment, public humiliation, theft or destruction of property, retaliation, hazing, bullying, bullying using a school computer or a school computer network or other comparable conduct.
11. Engaging in public display of affection or any sexual activity, including without limitation, offensive touching, sexual harassment, indecent exposure (including mooning) and sexual assault.
12. Engaging in teen dating violence.
13. Causing or attempting to cause damage to, stealing, or attempting to steal, school property or another person’s personal property.
14. Entering school property or a school facility without proper authorization.
15. In the absence of a reasonable belief that an emergency exists, calling emergency responders (calling 9-1-1); signaling or setting off alarms or signals indicating the presence of an emergency; or indicating the presence of a bomb or explosive device on school grounds, school bus or at any school activity.
16. Being absent without a recognized excuse.
17. Being involved with any public school fraternity, sorority, or secret society.
18. Being involved in a gang or engaging in gang-like activities, including displaying gang symbols or paraphernalia.
19. Violating any criminal law, including but not limited to, assault, battery, arson, theft, gambling, eavesdropping, vandalism and hazing.
20. Engaging in any activity, on or off campus, that interferes with, disrupts, or adversely affects the school environment, school operations, or an educational function, including but not limited to, conduct that may reasonably be considered to: (a) be a threat or an attempted intimidation of a staff member; or (b) endanger the health or safety of students, staff, or school property.
21. Making an explicit threat on an Internet website against a school employee, a student, or any school-related personnel if the Internet website through which the threat was made is a site that was accessible within the school at the time the threat was made or was available to third parties who worked or studied within the school grounds at the time the threat was made, and the threat could be reasonably interpreted as threatening to the safety and security of the threatened individual because of his or her duties or employment status or status as a student inside the school.
22. Operating an unarmed aircraft system (AUS) or drone for any purpose on school grounds or at any school event unless granted permission by the building principal.
23. Possession of, use, control, or transfer of any explosive or incendiary device, including fireworks, lighters and matches. This includes any component of an explosive or incendiary device, e.g., schematics or other drawings, ignition agent, container, wiring, etc., when it is reasonably determined that the component was intended to be used as part of an explosive or incendiary device.
24. Verbal abuse of school personnel or other students, or use of profane words or gestures.
25. Possession of skateboards or rollerblades. Students shall not bring skateboards or rollerblades to school. Students will not be allowed to transport skateboards on school buses.
26. Personal items brought to school by students are their responsibility. The school district is not responsible for any theft, loss or damage of personal items.
27. Violation of District’s rules and regulations regarding use of District 140 computer networks and the internet.
28. Repeated minor incidents of misbehavior, which other disciplinary measures have failed to deter/dissuade.
29. Failing to report knowledge of any violation or potential violation of school rules and/or an illegal or dangerous act to a school staff member or other school official.
30. Leaving the school grounds without notification and/or permission of school personnel.
For purposes of these rules, the term “possession” includes having control, custody, or care, currently or in the past, of an object or substance, including situations in which the item is: (a) on the student’s person; (b) contained in another item belonging to, or under the control of, the student, such as in the student’s clothing, backpack, or automobile; (c) in a school’s student locker, desk, or other school property; (d) at any location on school property or at a school-sponsored event; or (e) in the case of drugs and alcohol, substances ingested by the person.
Efforts, including the use of positive interventions and supports shall be made to deter students, while at school or a school-related event, from engaging in aggressive behavior that may reasonably produce physical or psychological harm to someone else.
No disciplinary action shall be taken against any student that is based totally or in part on the refusal of the student’s parent/guardian to administer or consent to the administration of psychotropic or psychostimulant medication to the student.
When and Where Conduct Rules Apply
The grounds for disciplinary action also apply whenever the student’s conduct is reasonably related to school or school activities, including but not limited to:
1. On, or within sight of, school grounds before, during, or after school hours or at any time;
2. Off school grounds at a school-sponsored activity or event, or any activity or event that bears a reasonable relationship to school;
3. Traveling to or from school or a school activity, function, or event; or
4. Anywhere, if the conduct interferes with, disrupts, or adversely affects the school environment, school operations, or an educational function, including but not limited to, conduct that may reasonably be considered to: (a) be a threat or an attempted intimidation of a staff member; or (b) endanger the health or safety of students, staff, or school property.
School officials shall limit the number and duration of expulsions and out-of-school suspensions to the greatest extent practicable, and, where practicable and reasonable, shall consider forms of non-exclusionary discipline before using out-of-school suspensions or expulsions. School personnel shall not advise or encourage students to drop out of school voluntarily due to behavioral or academic difficulties. Potential disciplinary measures include, without limitation, any of the following measures:
1. Notifying parents/guardians.
2. Disciplinary conference.
3. Withholding of privileges
4. Temporary removal from the classroom.
5. Return of property or restitution for lost, stolen or damaged property.
6. In-school suspension.
7. After-school study or Saturday study provided the student’s parent/guardian has been notified. (If transportation arrangements cannot be made in advance, an alternative disciplinary measure will be assigned to the student.)
8. Community service.
9. Seizure of contraband; confiscation and temporary retention of the personal property that was used to violate school rules.
10. Suspension of bus riding privileges.
11. Suspension from school and all school activities for up to 10 days. A suspended student is prohibited from being on school grounds.
12. Expulsion from school and all school activities for a definite time period not to exceed 2 calendar years. An expelled student is prohibited from being on school grounds.
13. Transfer to an alternative program if the student is expelled or otherwise qualifies for transfer under State law.
14. Notifying juvenile authorities or other law enforcement whenever the conduct involves criminal activity, such as, illegal drugs (controlled substances), “look-alikes,” alcohol or weapons or in other circumstances as authorized by the reciprocal reporting agreement between the District and local law enforcement agencies.
Detentions are usually 30 minutes in length. They shall be assigned before school, during school, after school. Students assigned detentions will be given a “Detention Notice” signed by the teacher, district employee, Assistant Principal, Dean, or Principal issuing the detention along with the date the detention will be served, location, time and reason for the detention. Parents/guardian shall be notified of all detentions earned by the student. Students are to remain in their seats and may not leave the room for any reason unless instructor permission is granted. Detention period begins when the student walks into the room. Communicating with others while serving detention will not be permitted. Communication includes: talking, whispering, sending notes, body language, passing pencils, etc. Students are required to bring something to study or read. Communicating with anyone except the teacher in charge will result in an automatic removal from the detention. Removal from detention will be treated as if the student did not attend at all.
Probation is a conditional enrollment in school, a particular school activity or class for a specified length of time.
A student disciplinary suspension is a temporary removal from the classroom, school or from riding a school bus for a maximum of ten days per suspension/ occurrence.
IN-SCHOOL-DISCIPLINARY PLACEMENT (IDP)
Students serving an In-School-Disciplinary Placement will be allowed to make up work during the school day. In-School-Disciplinary Placement may be assigned to be served on a regular school attendance day.
OUT-OF-SCHOOL SUSPENSION (OSS)
Out-of-school suspensions are considered as unexcused absences. Homework assignments for students suspended out of school may be requested, and the make-up work policy will be followed. Students suspended out of school are not allowed on school grounds and they cannot participate in any school activities during the period of suspension. Violation of this restriction may result in an arrest for trespassing or additional discipline measures.
Expulsion is the exclusion of a student from school and all school related activities for a period of time greater than 10 school days, but no longer than two school years. All expulsions must be in accordance with Section 10-22.6 of The School Code of Illinois.
Students expelled from school are not allowed on school grounds and they cannot participate in any school activities during the period of the expulsion. Violation of this restriction may result in an arrest for trespassing or additional discipline measures.
The above list of disciplinary measures is a range of options that will not always be applicable in every case. In some circumstances, it may not be possible to avoid suspending or expelling a student because behavioral interventions, other than a suspension or expulsion, will not be appropriate and available, and the only reasonable and practical way to resolve the threat and/or address the disruption is a suspension or expulsion.
Corporal punishment is illegal and will not be used. Corporal punishment is defined as slapping, paddling, or prolonged maintenance of students in physically painful positions, or intentional infliction of bodily harm. Corporal punishment does not include reasonable force as needed to maintain safety for students, staff, or other persons, or for the purpose of self-defense or defense of property.
A student who is determined to have brought one of the following objects to school, any school-sponsored activity or event, or any activity or event that bears a reasonable relationship to school shall be expelled for a period of not less than one year but not more than 2 calendar years:
(1) A firearm, meaning any gun, rifle, shotgun, weapon as defined by Section 921 of Title 18 of the Unites States Code, firearm as defined in Section 1.1 of the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act, or firearm as defined in Section 24-1 of the Criminal Code of 1961. The expulsion period may be modified by the superintendent, and the superintendent's determination may be modified by the board on a case-by-case basis.
(2) A knife, brass knuckles or other knuckle weapon regardless of its composition, a billy club, or any other object if used or attempted to be used to cause bodily harm, including “look alikes” of any firearm as defined above.
The expulsion requirement may be modified by the superintendent, and the superintendent's determination may be modified by the board on a case-by-case basis.
Gang & Gang Activity Prohibited
“Gang” is defined as any group, club or organization of two or more persons whose purposes include the commission of illegal acts. No student on or about school property or at any school activity or whenever the student’s conduct is reasonably related to a school activity, shall: (1) wear, possess, use, distribute, display, or sell any clothing, jewelry, paraphernalia or other items which reasonably could be regarded as gang symbols; commit any act or omission, or use either verbal or non‐verbal gestures, or handshakes showing membership or affiliation in a gang; or (2) use any speech or commit any act or omission in furtherance of the interest of any gang or gang activity, including, but not limited to, soliciting others for membership in any gangs; (3) request any person to pay protection or otherwise intimidate, harass or threaten any person; (4) commit any other illegal act or other violation of district policies, (5) or incite other students to act with physical violence upon any other person.
Re-Engagement of Returning Students
The building principal or designee shall meet with a student returning to school from an out-of-school suspension, expulsion or alternative school setting. The goal of this meeting shall be to support the student’s ability to be successful in school following a period of exclusion and shall include an opportunity for students who have been suspended to complete or make-up missed work for equivalent academic credit.
A student disciplinary suspension is a temporary removal from the classroom, school or from riding a school bus for a maximum of ten days per suspension/occurrence. Students serving an in-school disciplinary placement will be allowed to make up work during the school day. In school disciplinary placements may be assigned to be served on a regular school attendance day.
Out-of-school suspensions are considered as unexcused absences. Homework assignments for students suspended out of school may be requested, but NO CREDIT will be given for the completion of late assignments. Students may make up any tests for 50% credit. Completion of make-up tests need to be scheduled with the teacher upon the first day of return to school. Students suspended out of school are not allowed on school grounds and they cannot participate in any school activities during the period of suspension. Violation of this restriction may result in an arrest for trespassing or additional discipline measures.
Students who have charges of gross misconduct or disobedience brought against them shall be notified of such charges and given an opportunity to present an explanation in a conference with the suspending school official. If the school official decides a suspension is to be imposed, the student shall be given an oral or written notice of the charges.
Immediately following the issuance of a suspension, the parents of the suspended student will be informed in writing of the reasons for the suspension, the rules and regulations violated by the student’s conduct, and the duration of the suspension. In addition, notification will be given that a hearing to review the suspension before the Board of Education or a Board appointed hearing officer may be requested. A request for a review hearing shall be submitted within ten (10) school days after receipt of the suspension notice.
Upon request of the parent(s)/guardian(s), a review of the suspension shall be conducted by the School Board or a Board appointed hearing officer. At the review, the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) may appear and discuss the suspension with the Board or its appointed Hearing Officer and may be represented by counsel. After presentation of the evidence or receipt of the hearing officer’s report, the Board shall take such action as it finds appropriate.
Should it be determined by the Board of Education that the suspension should not have been implemented, all references to the suspension shall be deleted from the student’s record and he/she may be permitted to make up any missed work.
The Board of Education is authorized to expel students guilty of gross disobedience or misconduct for a period not to exceed two (2) years. Students and their parents/guardians shall be afforded the following expulsion procedural protections:
1. Prior to expulsion, the student and the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) shall be provided with written notice of the charges and the time and place of a hearing to be conducted by the Board of Education. This notice shall be sent by registered or certified mail.
2. At the expulsion hearing, the Board of Education shall hear evidence of whether the student is guilty of the gross disobedience or misconduct as charged. The student and the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) may be represented by counsel; present witnesses and other evidence, and cross-examine any witnesses presented by the Administration. The hearing may be held in open session upon the parent(s)’/guardian(s)’ request.
3. After the hearing, the Board of Education shall deliberate in closed session and determine whether the student shall be expelled, the date on which the expulsion shall begin and the length of that expulsion. If the Board determines that expulsion is not the appropriate disciplinary consequence, the Board may implement another form of discipline. In such cases, all notations regarding expulsion shall be deleted from the student’s record.
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Congerville Kindergarten-AM-1/2 Day
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