Summersville Grade School # 79

Parent Teacher Conference: October 21 and 22 3:30-7:30pm

Parent Teacher Conference: February 10 and 11 3:30 – 7:30pm

On behalf of the faculty, we would like to welcome you to Summersville Grade School for the 2019-2020 school year.  We look forward to assisting you in fulfilling your educational goals.  We believe students can grow and develop by examining the issues we cover in class.  Your student will be faced with many challenges this year and will work extremely hard, however we are confident in every single one of them and we are devoted to giving them the resources they need to achieve.  Your student has a lot to learn this year and we will work hard every single day.  Therefore it is imperative that your student attends class every day and is on time.  They will also need your constant encouragement and support at home.  

Included in this planner, you will find the student handbook, and an assignment book.  We would like to encourage each student to use the planner as it is intended. It is expected to be with the student at all times during the school day.  It is their responsibility to use this organizational tool.  If misplaced there will be a $5.00 charge to replace the planner  

When a student works hard and displays a role model attitude and work ethic, that student deserves to get a little praise.  Students will have an opportunity to write a "shout out" and place it in the Praise Pot. 

Teachers will only share shout outs that are truly deserved - make sure that you are filling out the shout out form and have some good evidenceClass time is not the time to be filling out or placing the shout outs in the Praise Pot. Please only write and place the shout outs in the Praise Pot: before class begins; this means you enter and place the form in the pot, during lunch, or before/after school.

Some examples of when to give a shout out, include:  when your partner or group member went above and beyond to help either you or the assignment, when someone is polite - they use nice manners and are consistently respectful to everyone, when someone made something really cool/helpful/interesting or had a really great response. 

In addition to the Dojo System students will have an opportunity to earn OOPS PASSES.  These are passes earned for going above expectations.  OOPS PASSES are floating A’s that can be used to replace a poor daily homework score (completed homework) in the grade book; there will be a limit of 3 OOPS PASSES used per class per quarter.  OOPS PASSES cannot be used on project scores, tests or incomplete assignments.  

We welcome questions or comments, and are looking forward to a great school year! We are very excited about working with you and your student.  We know we will have a successful and productive school year through our teamwork.

There are ways you can support your child’s academic progress at home:

Dear Parent/Guardian:  

Please review the Summersville Grade School Handbook and PBIS policy with your student.  Sign below and return this form to school.  My child, ____________________ and I have review and understand the student handbook and PBIS policy for the 2019-2020 school year.

_______________________                ____________________________

Student Signature                                Parent Signature                                

Summersville Grade School District #79

2019-2020

 

August 14                   Teacher’s Workshop Day (NO SCHOOL)

August 15-23              2:00 PM Dismissal, Teacher workshop

September 2                         No School – Labor Day

September 6                    2:00 PM Dismissal, Teacher workshop

September 13                   ½ Day In-service 11:30 AM Dismissal

October 4                    2:00 PM Dismissal, Teacher Workshop

October 14                   No School – Columbus Day

October 15                   End 1st Quarter

October  21-22              Parent Teacher Conference (3:30-7:30 PM)

October  25                        No School, Mt. Vernon Teacher Conferences

November   1                    2:00 PM Dismissal, Teacher workshop

November   11                   No School (Veterans Day Celebration)

November   26                   2:00 PM Dismissal

November   27-29              No School, Thanksgiving Break

December 6                    2:00 PM Dismissal, Teacher workshop

December 20                   ½ Day In-Service,  11:30 AM Dismissal

                                    End of 2nd Quarter

Dec. 23 – Jan. 3                  No School, Christmas Holiday

January   3                     Teacher’s Workshop Day (NO SCHOOL)

January   6                     Return to school

January   17                   ½ Day In-service, 11:30 AM Dismissal

January   20                   No School, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

February 7                     2:00 PM Dismissal, Teacher workshop

February 10-11              Parent-Teacher Conference (3:30-7:30 PM)

February  14                   No School

February  17                    No School, Presidents’ Day

February 28                   ½ Day In-Service, 11:30 AM Dismissal

March     6                     2:00 PM Dismissal, Teacher workshop

                                          End of 3rd Quarter

March     20                   ½ Day In-service, 11:30 AM Dismissal

April       3                     2:00 PM Dismissal

April       6-13                No School—Spring Break!!!!

April       14                   School resumes

May        1                     2:00 PM Dismissal, Teacher workshop

May        25                   No School, Memorial Day

May        29                   End of School

 

 

1st Quarter                Aug. 15-Oct. 15                Attendance Days  42

2nd Quarter                Oct.   16-Dec. 20                Attendance Days  43

3rd Quarter                Jan.   6-Mar.  6                 Attendance Days  42

4th Quarter                Mar.   9-May 29                 Attendance Days  52

Total 179*                *Includes 5 extra days

TABLE OF CONTENTS

School Requirements- This section contains information about forms and policies that are required by the district at the beginning of the school year or when a child registers into Summersville school district.

School Admissions (Policy)                                                                                6

Homeless Children Policy 6:140                                                                        6

Residency (Policy)                                                                                6

Request for non Health Student Admission ……………………………………………………………………………………..…………..6

Health, Eye, Dental Exams (Policy)                                                                        7

Emergency Procedure Cards ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..8

Student Fees, Fines, and Charges                                                                        8

Insufficient Fund Checks and Draft Recovery …………………………………………………………………………………..….……….9

Waiver of Student Fees                                                                                9

Student Insurance                                                                                9

Administration of Medication to Students                                                                9

Breakfast & Lunch Program                                                                        9

Latchkey After School Program                                                                        9

Publications & Written or Electronic Material                                                        10

Internet Safety & Acceptable Use (Policy)                                                                10

Labeling                                                                                                10

School Times- This section contains information about the school time schedule. It adjusts times for the different types of school days within the school year (full day, half day, and early dismissal).

Early Arrival                                                                                        10

School Start Time                                                                                        10

Student Attendance Qualifications                                                                        10

Dismissal for Going Home for Lunch                                                                11

After School Pick-Up                                                                                11

Early Dismissal                                                                                        11

Emergency Closing                                                                                11

Student Dismissal Precautions                                                                        11

Calendars                                                                                        11

Parental Information- This section contains information needed to define parental rights and responsibilities.

Student & Family Privacy Act                                                                        11

Parents School Visitation Rights Act (Policy)                                                                12

Attendance and Truancy Policy                                                                        12

Home and Hospital Instruction …………………………………………………………………………………………………..………………..13

Care of Student with Diabetes …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..…13

Parent  Chain of Command ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….13

Correspondence and Reports                                                                        14

Lost and Found                                                                                        14

Telephone Usage                                                                                        14

Field Trips                                                                                        14

Academics- This section contains information about educational requirements and policies.

Teacher Qualifications                                                                                15

Instructional Materials                                                                                15

Grading Systems                                                                                        15

Students at Risk of Academic Failure   Policy 6:110                                                           15

Student Support Services …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….16

Valedictorian & Salutatorian                                                                        16

Promotion/ Retention (Policy)                                                                        16

Extra-curricular Scholastic Eligibility (Policy)                                                                17

Student Records (Policy)                                                                                17

No Child Left Behind                                                                                17

Equal Opportunity and Sex Equity (Policy)                                                                18

Education of Homeless Children (Policy)                                                                18

English Language Learners (Policy)                                                                        18

Education of Children with Disabilities (Policy)                                                        18

Behavioral Interventions (Policy)

RtI-Response to Intervention                                                                        18

Discipline of Special Education ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..18

Accommodating Individuals with Disabilities (Policy)                                                        18

Title 1 Program                                                                                        19

Health Education Program (Policy)                                                                        19

Student Testing and Assessment Program --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------20

Access to District Records------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------20

Student Code of Conduct-Expectations - This section contains information about school wide expectations.

Care of School Property                                                                                20

PBIS ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..20

Building Rules                                                                                        21

Toys/Games/Stuffed Animals                                                                        21

Rules for Cell Phones and Other Electronic Devices (Policy)                                                21

Playground Rules                                                                                        22

Bicycle Safety                                                                                        22

Transportation (Policy)____________________________________________________________________ 22

Student Behavior goals and objectives …………………………………………………………………………………………………………23

Bus Conduct Policy……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….25

Student Appearance (Policy)                                                                        25

Code of Conduct for Extra Curricular Events                                                                26

School Wide Behavior Plan- This section contains information about behavioral expectations and the discipline procedures followed for a student’s behavioral choices at Summersville school district.

Student Discipline Policy …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… . 26

Dojo System …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………26

Detention Plan (Policy)                                                                                27

In School Suspension                                                                                28

Out of School Suspension                                                                                29

Expulsion                                                                                        30

Harassment of Students Prohibited (Policy)                                                                30

Bullying, Intimidation, and Harassment (Policy)                                                        30

Aggressive Behavior Letter …. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………...32

Teen Dating Violence …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..……….32

Tobacco/Alcohol/ Drugs                                                                                32

Suspension Due to Alcohol and Drug Violations                                                        32

Search and Seizure                                                                                33

Access to Students Social Media Password …………………………………………………………………………………………………..33

Safety- This section provides information about policies and plans that provide a safe environment for students and staff.

Visitors to and Conduct on School Property (Policy)                                                        33

Equal Access to School Facility …………………………………………………………………………………………………………..…………34

Uniform Grievance Procedure   Policy 2:260                                                                39

Accidents                                                                                        39

Safety Drills                                                                                        35

Food Allergy                                                                                        35

Communicable & Chronic Infectious Disease (Policy)                                                        35

Head Lice Policy                                                                                        35

Abused and Neglected Child Reporting                                                                35

Criminal Offender Notification (Policy)                                                                35

Sexual Harassment                                                                                35

Asbestos Management Plan                                                                        35

Pesticide Application (Policy)                                                                        35

IHSA First Aide and Concussion …………………………………………………………………………………………………………..……….35

Fundraising Language …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..35

Mission Statement:

“To provide a positive academic climate with high expectations that respects the individual differences among students and allows each student to achieve academic success and personal growth.

School Song (Washington & Lee Swing):

Whenever Summersville Grade School falls in line

We’re bound to win a game another time

For all the grade school kids we’ll yell and yell

For the team we love so well, so well, so well

We’re gonna fight, fight, fight for every score

We’ll circle guards and then we’ll win some more

We’re gonna roll ole (opponents) on the floor,

Out the door

Rah, Rah, Rah (clap, clap)

Wildcats, Wildcats, go, go, go

Wildcats, Wildcats, fight, fight, fight

Wildcats, Wildcats, win, win, win

Wildcats, Wildcats, GO, FIGHT, WIN!

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This handbook has been prepared so that parents and students can be aware of the policies, procedures, and practices of the school. Parents should go over this handbook with their child and become familiar with its contents.  This handbook is only a summary of board policies governing the district.  All board policies are available to the public through the office.  The handbook may be amended during the school year at any time without notice.  

School Requirements

This section contains information about forms and policies that are required by the district at the beginning of the school year or when a child registers into Summersville school district.

School Admissions   Policy 7:50

To be eligible for admission, a child must be 5 years old on or before September 1 of that school term.   A child entering first grade must be 6 years of age on or before September 1 of that school term. Based upon an assessment of the child’s readiness, a child will be allowed to attend first grade if he or she attended a non-public preschool, continued his or her education at that school through kindergarten, was taught in kindergarten by an appropriately certified teacher, and will be 6 years old on or before December 31.   A child with exceptional needs who qualifies for special education services is eligible for admission at 3 years of age.

All students must register for school each year on the dates and at the place designated by the Superintendent. Parents/guardians of students enrolling in the District for the first time must present:

  1. A certified copy of the student’s birth certificate. If a birth certificate is not presented, the Superintendent shall notify in writing the person enrolling the student that within 30 days he/she must provide a certified copy of the student’s birth certificate. When a certified copy of the birth certificate is presented, the school shall promptly make a copy for its records, place the copy in the student’s temporary record, and return the original to the person enrolling the child. If a person enrolling a student fails to provide a certified copy of the student’s birth certificate, the Superintendent shall immediately notify the local law enforcement agency, and shall also notify the person enrolling the student in writing that, unless he/she complies within 10 days, the case will be referred to the local law enforcement authority for investigation. If compliance is not obtained within that 10-day period, the Superintendent shall so refer the case. The Superintendent shall immediately report to the local law enforcement authority any material received pursuant to this paragraph that appears inaccurate or suspicious in form or content.
  2. Proof of residence.
  3. Proof of disease immunization or detection and the required physical examination.

Homeless Children Policy 6:140

Any homeless child shall be immediately admitted, even if the child or child’s parent/guardian is unable to produce records normally required for enrollment. Board policy 6:140, Education of Homeless Children, and its implementing administrative procedure, govern the enrollment of homeless children.

Residency Policy 7:60

Anyone seeking to enroll a student must present proof of residency within the District by providing the required documents from each of the following categories:

Category I (One document required)

Category II (One document showing proper address is required)

If a student’s residence changes during the school year, the student may finish the year at Summersville, but beginning the following school year, the student will be considered a non-resident and will not be admitted.

If a pupil's change of residence is due to the military service obligation of the person with legal custody of a student, he/she may, with a written request from legal custodian, maintain his/her residency as determined prior to the military obligation.

Request for Non-Resident Student Admission Policy 7:60

Non-resident students may attend the district upon the approval of a request submitted by the student’s parents/guardians for non-resident admission.  The Board of Education may approve the request based upon the Superintendent’s recommendation subject to the following: 1 – Approval will be granted on a school year-to school year basis.  Approval for any one school year is not authorization to attend a following year. 2- The student will be accepted only if there is sufficient room and resources. 3-Students currently serving an expulsion or suspension will not be accepted. 4-The student’s parent/guardians will be charged the maximum amount of tuition as allowed by State law, provided tuition is not waived pursuant a written agreement with another District to protect the health and safety of the student, a court order, or State or federal law. 5-The student’s parents/guardians will be responsible for transporting the student to and from school.

General Admission Guidelines

1.  A student that resides in another district and pays tuition at Summersville Grade School District 79 will fall under SIJHSAA By Law Article 1: Section 7: This student would be ineligible from SIJHSAA sports for one year from the date of transfer.

2. Payment plan: Enrollment before school starts, 25% paid at enrollment, 50% paid by Nov. 1, 75% by Jan. 15, 100% by March 15; Students that enroll after the first day of school must pay ½ of the tuition cost at enrollment and remaining tuition balance must be paid within 30 school days. Students that enroll in the last quarter must pay full tuition amount at enrollment.

3. Tuition cost: Tuition will be figured by the maximum amount of tuition as allowed by State Law. The maximum amount will be divided by 180 school day calendar to determine the daily amount to charge tuition students.

Immunization, Health, Eye and Dental Examinations (7:100)

 

Required Health Examinations and Immunizations

 

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

 

1.      Entering kindergarten or the first grade;

2.      Entering the sixth and ninth grades; and

3.      Enrolling in an Illinois school for the first time, regardless of the student’s grade.

 

Proof of immunization against meningococcal disease is required for students in grades 6 and 12.  A diabetes screening must be included as part of the health exam (though diabetes testing is not required).  Students between the age of one and seven must provide a statement from a physician assuring that the student was “risk-assessed” or screened for lead poisoning. Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, an age-appropriate developmental screening and an age-appropriate social and emotional screening are required parts of each health examination.

 

Failure to comply with the above requirements by October 15 of the current school year[1] will result in the student’s exclusion from school until the required health forms are presented to the school, subject to certain exceptions. A student will not be excluded from school due to his or her parent/guardian’s failure to obtain a developmental screening or a social and emotional screening.

 

New students who register mid-term have 30 days following registration to comply with the health examination and immunization requirements.  If a medical reason prevents a student from receiving a required immunization by October 15, the student must present, by October 15, an immunization schedule and a statement of the medical reasons causing the delay.  The schedule and statement of medical reasons must be signed by an appropriate medical professional.

 

Eye Examination

 

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

 

Dental Examination

 

All students entering kindergarten, second and sixth grades must present proof by May 15 of the current school year of having been examined by a licensed dentist within the last 18 months.  Failure to present proof allows the school to hold the child’s report card until the student presents: (1) proof of a completed dental examination, or (2) that a dental examination will take place within 60 days after May 15.

 

Exemptions

 

A student will be exempted from the above requirements for:

 

1.      Medical grounds if the student’s parent/guardian presents to the building principal a signed statement explaining the objection;

2.      Religious grounds if the student’s parent/guardian presents to the building principal a completed Certificate of Religious Exemption;

3.      Health examination or immunization requirements on medical grounds if a physician provides written verification;

4.      Eye examination requirement if the student’s parent/guardian shows an undue burden or lack or access to a physician licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches who provides eye examinations or a licensed optometrist; or

5.      Dental examination requirement if the student’s parent/guardian shows an undue burden or a lack of access to a dentist.

Emergency Procedure Cards

Information to be used in case of emergencies is kept in the office. Parents must keep this information up-to-date by providing emergency contacts and phone numbers. Telephone numbers are especially important.  As soon as a phone number changes, notify the office.

Student Fees, Fines, and Charges

Students are charged a yearly book and technology fee. The parents and students are responsible for the payment of all losses or of unnecessary damage of buildings, books, equipment, or supplies furnished by the school. The return of all school property in good condition or satisfactory settlement thereof is declared to be a necessary part of every course taught in the school. Waivers of school fees are described in the registration packet.

Insufficient Fund Checks and Debt Recovery Policy 4:45

The Superintendent or designee is responsible for collecting up to the maximum fee authorized by State law for returned checks written to the District that are not honored upon presentation to the respective bank or other depository institution for any reason. The Superintendent is authorized to contact the District’s attorney whenever necessary to collect the returned check amount, fee, collection costs and expenses, and interest.

A fee of $25 will be charged for return checks.

Waiver of Student Fees   Policy 4:140

Fees for textbooks and other instructional materials are waived when the student currently lives in a household that meets eligibility guidelines established by the United States Dept. of Agriculture, or The student or student’s family is currently receiving aid under Article IV of The Illinois Public Aid Code (Transitional Assistance to Needy Families).

Student Insurance    Policy 4:170

Accident insurance will be offered for purchase that will be limited in nature in order to keep the premium within the reach of the majority of the students.  If a student elects to purchase coverage, it becomes primarily a matter between the student (parent) and the insurance carrier.  All students are covered during school time and extra-curricular events by an accident insurance policy through the Illinois Association of School Boards as a secondary coverage.  Additional insurance may be purchased by the parent for extra coverage.  The school will complete the portion of the form to certify the time, location, and circumstance of the accident and to certify that the student is a participant in the student insurance program.  

Students participating in athletics or cheerleading must have school accident insurance unless the parents/guardians state in writing that the student is covered under a family health insurance plan. 

Administration of Medicines to Students   Policy 7:270

Students should not take or possess medication during school hours or during school-related activities unless it is necessary for a student’s health and well-being.

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.  

A student may possess an epinephrine auto-injector (EpiPen®) and/or medication prescribed for asthma for immediate 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.

Nothing in this policy shall prohibit any school employee from providing emergency assistance to students, including administering medication.

Breakfast and Lunch Program

Summersville will offer breakfast and lunch at no charge for the school year.  Students that get extras will be charged the appropriate fee.

Summersville will offer breakfast beginning the first day of school. Service will start at 7:40 AM and end at 8:05 AM.  Breakfast and lunch monies are to be turned in to the office before school on Monday morning or the first day of the school week.  Parents are encouraged to pay by the week or by the month.  Students are not allowed to charge seconds or extra food with an outstanding balance of $10.00 or greater.  

Latchkey Program

An after-school program will be provided through the YMCA.

Publications and Written or Electronic Material   Policy 7:310

School-sponsored publications, productions, and web sites are part of the curriculum and are not a public forum for general student use. School authorities may edit or delete material that is inconsistent with the District’s educational mission.

Students are prohibited from accessing and/or distributing at school any written or electronic material, including material from the Internet that:

  1. Will cause substantial disruption of the proper and orderly operation and discipline of the school or school activities;
  2. Violates the rights of others, including but not limited to material that is libelous, invades the privacy of others, or infringes on a copyright;
  3. Is socially inappropriate or inappropriate due to maturity level of the students, including but not limited to material that is obscene, pornographic, or pervasively lewd and vulgar, or contains indecent and vulgar language;
  4. Is primarily intended for the immediate solicitation of funds; or
  5. Is distributed in kindergarten through eighth grade and is primarily prepared by non-students, unless it is being used for school purposes. Nothing herein shall be interpreted to prevent the inclusion of material from outside sources or the citation to such sources as long as the material to be distributed or accessed is primarily prepared by students.

A student who engages in gross disobedience and misconduct and may be disciplined for creating and/or distributing written or electronic material, including Internet material and blogs, that causes substantial disruption to school operations or interferes with the rights of other students or staff members.

Internet Safety and Acceptable Use   Policy 6:235

Access to the District’s electronic network must be:  (a) for the purpose of education or research, and be consistent with the District’s educational objectives, or (b) for legitimate business use. The use of the District’s electronic network is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of those privileges. The user is responsible for his or her actions and activities involving the network. The system administrator will make all decisions regarding whether or not a user has violated these procedures and may deny, revoke, or suspend access at any time.  His or her decision is final. Each District computer with Internet access has a filtering device that blocks entry to visual depictions that are:  (1) obscene, (2) pornographic, or (3) harmful or inappropriate for students, as defined by the Children’s Internet Protection Act and as determined by the Superintendent or designee.

Labeling

All articles of clothing, school bags, lunches, etc., should be marked clearly with your child’s name. The school will label if necessary.

School Times

This section contains information about the school time schedule. It adjusts times for the different types of school days within the school year (full day, half day, and early dismissal).

Early Arrival at School

Students are not allowed on school grounds until 7:40 AM.  Breakfast begins at 7:40 AM.  All others are to wait in the gym for school to begin. Students may enter at the main office door. Adults will not be allowed to wait in the hallways prior to school.  

8:15 School Start Time

The warning bell rings at 8:10 AM with classes beginning promptly at 8:15 AM.  Students who are tardy must report to the office for a tardy slip.  Unexcused tardies require the student to stay 5 minutes after school.

Student Attendance Qualifications

Student attendance is defined as a student being in attendance with either no absences, half-day or a full day, depending upon how long the student is at school. A student must be in attendance at least 150 minutes to be counted as a half-day. A student must be in attendance at least 300 minutes to be counted for a full day. Minutes counted are the minutes that students are in classes or study hall. We currently have a total of 367 minutes in attendance.

Dismissal for Going Home for Lunch

A student MUST have a note daily from his/her parent/guardian to be allowed to go home for lunch or to another destination. Students will not be dismissed until their class goes to lunch. Any student who returns to school late from lunch may have this privilege taken away. Students must sign out in the office before leaving and sign in upon returning.

After School Pick-Up

Dismissal times:

                                Kindergarten - 3rd        3:05 PM

4th - 8th                3:15 PM

Students are not to walk around inside the building or enter classrooms after being dismissed from school.

School is in session until the above listed times.  The front door will remain locked at all times during the school day.  Please pick up your child at dismissal time, including early dismissal days. Students are not allowed to wait outside.  In the event you are running late (up to 20 minutes) your child will be waiting inside by the front office doors. After 20 minutes, children will be taken to the Latch Key Program and parents will be subject to LatchKey fees. These guidelines will be waived in case of a true emergency as long as the office is notified.

Early Dismissal

Early dismissal before holidays will be 2:00 PM. K-3rd will be dismissed at 1:55 PM.

Emergency Closing of School

Information will be given through the School Reach phone service.

Radio station WMIX and TV stations WSIL-TV and KFVS-TV will announce information regarding school closing due to inclement weather.

Student Dismissal Precautions

No staff member shall excuse any pupil from school prior to the end of the school day or into any person’s custody other than the pupil’s parent or guardian, without the direct prior approval and knowledge of the office.

The Superintendent shall not excuse a pupil before the end of the school day without a request for the early dismissal by the student’s parents. Telephone requests for early dismissal of pupils shall be honored only if the caller can be positively identified as the pupil’s parent or guardian.

Calendars

A monthly events calendar is prepared by the school and given to each student. If special events dealing with the school need to be placed on this calendar, the office will need to know of the events far enough in advance so that they may be properly added in order to avoid conflicts.

Parental Information

This section contains information needed to define parental rights and responsibilities.

Student and Family Privacy Rights   Policy 7:15

All surveys requesting personal information from students, as well as any other instrument used to collect person information from students must be for the purpose of monitoring the quality of the District’s educational programs or assisting students’ career choices.

The student’s parent/guardian may inspect the survey and/or refuse to allow their child to participate in the activity. The school shall not penalize any student whose parent/guardian exercised this option.

Parents’ School Visitation Rights Act   Policy 8:95

The School Visitation Rights Act permits employed parents who are unable to meet with educators because of a work conflict the right to an allotment of time during the school year to attend necessary educational and behavioral conferences.

Upon written request, employers must grant employees leave of up to 8 hours per school year, not to exceed 4 hours in any given day, to attend their child’s classroom activities or school conferences which cannot be scheduled during non-work hours.

The school district will provide documentation to the parent of the time and date of each school visitation upon a parent’s assertion of their rights under the Act.

Attendance and Truancy   Policy 7:70

Academic success hinges greatly on a child’s attendance at school.  There are times when absences are unavoidable.  The school district will attempt to work with all parents whose children are absent with a valid cause.  

The parent/guardian 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.  When a student is absent from school, the parent or guardian should contact the school by phone or in person indicating the reason for the absence and its approximate duration. If the parent or guardian fails to notify the school by phone or in person by 9:00AM, the school will attempt to contact him/her. If contact cannot be made, the student must bring a note from the parent or guardian when he/she returns to school; otherwise, the absence will be considered unexcused. Upon returning to school, all students must obtain an admit slip to class from the office. It is the student’s responsibility to ask the teacher for assignments missed during their absence.  Students must make up any missed or incomplete school work within one day per day of absences unless otherwise arranged with teacher.  (Example: 2 days absent, 2 days to make up work)

Excused Absences                                        Unexcused Absences/Tardies

                                                        1.  No phone call or note to explain absence

1.  Illness                                                2.  Vacation-unless prearranged at least

2.  Death in family                                             one week in advance in writing

3.  Family Emergency                                        3.  Truancy

4.  Observance of a religious holiday                         4.  Oversleeping/alarm problem

5.  Participation in a school sponsored event                 5.  Hunting trip

5.  Other reason as approved by the Superintendent        6.  Shopping trip        

                                                        7.  Unauthorized activities

                                                        8.  Car trouble/transportation issues

                                                        

Students absent from school due to illness will not be allowed to attend extra curricular activities after school.                                                         

When notifying the office of your child’s absence, please indicate if an assignment make-up sheet is to be completed. The requested assignment sheet will be available in the office after school.

After 7 cumulative days of absence from school, a doctor’s note is required for the absence to be excused.  Chronic absenteeism, being absent without valid cause for more than 5% of the 180 scheduled school days, will result in the truancy officer being notified.

A student who is unable to attend school because of pregnancy will be provided home instruction, correspondence courses, or other courses of instruction (1) before the birth of the child when the student’s physician indicates, in writing, that she is medically unable to attend regular classroom instruction, and (2) for up to 3 months after the child’s birth or a miscarriage. 

Home and Hospital Instruction 6:150        

A student who is absent from school, or whose physician anticipates that the student will be absent from school, because of a medical condition may be eligible for instruction in the student’s home or hospital. Eligibility shall be determined by State law and the Illinois State Board of Education rule governing the continuum of placement options for home/hospital services. Appropriate educational services from qualified staff will begin no later than 5 school days after receiving a physician’s written statement. Instructional or related services for a student receiving special education services will be determined by the student’s individualized education program.                

A student who is unable to attend school because of pregnancy will be provided home instruction, correspondence courses, or other courses of instruction (1) before the birth of the child when the student’s physician indicates, in writing, that she is medically unable to attend regular classroom instruction, and (2) for up to 3 months after the child’s birth or a miscarriage.

Periodic conferences will be held between appropriate school personnel, parent(s)/guardian(s), and hospital staff to coordinate course work and facilitate a student’s return to school.

Care of Students with Diabetes 6:120

Summersville Grade School District will address the needs of students with diabetes who attend its school.  The District will not deny a student access to any school or school related activities on the basis that a student has diabetes and will not restrict the assignment of a student with diabetes to a particular school on the basis that the school does not have a full time nurse.  The District will comply with the requirements of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Care of Students with Diabetes Act and accordingly shall facilitate and implement the procedures which follow.  

Parental Chain of Command

If you have a question or concern involving your student or the activities relating to school, we ask that you follow this communication chain. It is helpful when leaving messages or emailing us that you include your student's first and last name, and a brief message about the issue. This allows us to be more prepared for the conversation when it occurs and saves both of us time in the long run.

 YOUR FIRST STEP: CONTACT THE TEACHER

If the issue or question involves your student and classroom situations such as homework, assignments, actions in the room taken by the teacher, behavior concerns, etc., PLEASE CONTACT THE TEACHER FIRST. You can do this by email, in writing, or over the phone. Please allow the teacher 24-48 hours to respond to your request. Teachers often have only one planning period in a day and may have already had it that day before you make contact. During their planning period, they could have a meeting, papers to copy, papers to grade, tests to prepare, lesson plans to finalize or change, etc. They may not be able to communicate with you immediately, so please be patient and they will get back to you.

• YOUR SECOND STEP: If the issue or question involves the functioning of the building, discipline issues occurring in the office or you have already contacted the teacher and feel that you did not get satisfactory results, PLEASE CONTACT THE ADMINISTRATOR. This too can be done by email, phone or in writing. Please allow the administrator 24 hours to respond to your request.

 We will do our best to get back with you the same day the message was left, but if we cannot reach you or are unable to get that done on the same day, we hope to touch base the following day. Please be patient. Summersville has only one administrator and at times the administrator’s schedule is very demanding and hectic, with both scheduled and unscheduled events/issues.

Thank you for your cooperation with our communication chain. We do want to communicate with you about the issues involving your students, but teachers are responsible for approximately 25 students, sometimes less, sometimes more. We want to be sure that we fulfill our responsibility to educate your students to be the best of our abilities and must attend to teaching first and then we will work on the matters that are brought forth by parents.

Correspondence and Reports

Section 10-21.8 of the Illinois School Code states that:

“In the absence of any court order to the contrary to require that, upon request of either parent of a pupil whose parents are divorced, copies of the following: reports or records which reflect the pupil’s academic progress, reports of the pupil’s emotional and physical health, notices of school-initiated parent-teacher conferences, notices of major school-sponsored events, such as open houses, which involve pupil-parent interaction, and copies of the school calendar regarding the child which are furnished by the school district to one parent by mail to the other parent.”

 In order for the school to comply with this request, it is necessary for the non-custodial parent to make this request in writing at the beginning of each school year.

Lost and Found

All articles lost or found should be reported or turned into the office. You or your child should report any loss as soon as possible.  All unclaimed items will be donated to a local charity at the end of the school year.

Telephone Usage

Students’ use of the office telephone is limited to only necessary calls. Students will not be allowed to use the telephone without permission from the office or the school nurse. Students’ cell phones are to be turned off. Cell phone usage is not allowed in the gym in the mornings. Cell phones are the responsibility of the student to be placed in their locker locked, turned into the teacher to be locked up or locked up in the classroom. Summersville Grade School is not responsible for lost or stolen cell phones.

Field Trips   Policy 6:240

Permission forms will be required when students will be away from school. Special transportation requests must be submitted in writing and be granted prior approval from the Superintendent.

No school employee may transport students in school or private vehicles unless authorized by the administration.

Pre-Trip and Post-Trip Vehicle Inspection: The Superintendent or designee shall develop and implement a pre-trip and post-trip inspection procedure to ensure that the school bus driver. (1) tests the two-way radio or cellular radio telecommunication device and ensures that it is functioning properly before the bus is operated, and (2) walks to the rear of the bus before leaving the bus at the end of each route, work shift, or work day, to check the bus for children or other passengers in the bus.

Academics

This section contains information about educational requirements and policies.

Teacher Qualifications   Policy 5:190

As a parent/guardian of a student at a school receiving funds under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, you have the right to request the professional qualifications of the teachers who instruct your child and the paraprofessionals, if any, who assist them.

Notice to Parents of Their Right to Request Their Child’s Classroom Teachers’ Qualifications

Date

Re:        You May Request Your Child’s Classroom Teachers’ Qualifications

Dear Parents/Guardians:

As a parent/guardian of a student at a school receiving funds under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, you have the right to request the professional qualifications of the teachers who instruct your child and the paraprofessionals, if any, who assist them.  You may request the following information about each of your child’s classroom teachers and their paraprofessional assistants, if any:

If you would like to receive any of this information, please contact the school office.

Instructional Materials   Policy 6:210

The Superintendent annually provides a list of textbooks and instructional materials used in the District to the School Board.  Anyone may inspect any textbook or instructional material. 

Grading System

        Academic honors will be calculated for grades 4-8. All required graded subject areas will be used for calculating academic honors. Grades that apply are quarterly grade placement level grades. The five-point system will be used. (A=5; B=4; C=3; D=2; E=1) Pluses and minuses are disregarded in calculating overall grade point average. Honor Roll = 4.5-5.0 GPA.  High Honors will be awarded to students receiving a 5.0 grade point average for the quarter.

GRADING SCALE – The following grading scale will apply in all subject areas:

        A=93-100, B=85-92, C=76-84, D=68-75, E=67 and below.

Students at Risk of Academic Failure   Policy 6:110

Students at risk of academic failure will receive education and support services addressing individual learning styles, career development, and social needs, and may include:

Student Support Service 7:250

The following student support services may be provided by the school district:

  1. Health services supervised by a qualified nurse. The Superintendent or designee may implement procedures to further a healthy school environment and prevent or reduce the spread of disease.
  2. Educational and psychological testing services of a psychologist as needed. In all cases, written permission to administer a psychological examination must be obtained from a student’s parent(s)/guardian(s). The results will be given to the parent(s)/guardian(s), with interpretation, as well as to the appropriate professional staff.
  3. The services of a social worker. A student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) must consent to regular or continuing services from a social worker.
  4. Guidance and counseling services.

The Superintendent or designee shall develop protocols for responding to students with social, emotional, or mental health problems that impact learning ability. The District, however, assumes no liability for preventing, identifying, or treating such problems.

Valedictorian and Salutatorian

A valedictorian and a salutatorian award will be presented at the graduation exercises each year to the top eighth grade graduate performing at grade level for outstanding accomplishments in required academic studies. Each award will be based on the graduate’s cumulative grade point average using the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grade quarterly grades. The highest cumulative grade point average will be the class valedictorian and the second highest will be the class salutatorian. In case of a tie, co-awards will be presented. The winners of each award will be announced at the graduation exercises.

Promotion/Retention    Policy 6:280

Retention is justifiable in cases where achievement is far below standard if this is caused by any of the following:

  1.  Chronic absenteeism that is, being absent from school without valid cause for more than

                      10% of the 180 days of scheduled school;

  1. Demonstrate lack of effort by capable students;
  2. Physical immaturity

The decision to retain a pupil shall not be the sole responsibility of the teacher.  The teacher should consult the Principal as soon as the teacher believes there is a possibility for retention.  The Principal and teacher should consult other certified staff members and the parent through the Instructional Support Team to explore and outline possible remediation activities that might avoid retention.

The teacher will notify parents in writing as soon as the teacher believes that there is a possibility for retention.  This written notice should contain the teacher’s recommendation to schedule a parent/teacher conference to discuss the possibility of the retention.  A copy of this written notice must be placed in the student’s temporary record.

If retention is found to be advisable, a sincere attempt shall be made to obtain the agreement of the parents; but parents will not hold the veto power at any grade level from first through grade eight.

Students in grades 4 – 8  will be promoted to the next grade based on the following criteria:

Extra-Curricular Scholastic Eligibility   Policy 6:190

  1. Each student participating in extra-curricular activities will be expected to maintain a passing grade (D or above) in all of the graded subject areas. Grades will be reviewed by 9:00 AM on the first day of each week during the school year. Any student who does not possess a passing average (D or above) in all graded classes will be put on probation the following week (one week to be defined as Monday through Sunday when school is in session) and will not be allowed to attend or participate in any practices or games.  When school is not in session (Christmas or Spring Break) ineligibility will be served when school resumes, one week Monday through Sunday.  Eligibility grades will be calculated from grades entered from the previous week’s accumulative grades. For the first week of a new quarter, the eligibility will be based off of the previous grading periods cumulative average.  Another eligibility report will not be run until the Monday of the third week of the quarter. If a passing average has been achieved in all areas, the student will be reinstated into the program. If not, probation will continue until passing averages in all areas have been achieved. Ineligible students will be given a letter to take home, and a notification call of the ineligibility will be made to the parent.
  2. A contestant must have a birth certificate on file.
  3. A contestant must have a current physical examination on file prior to tryouts; and a contestant must have student insurance or a statement that the parents have adequate insurance prior to tryouts.
  4. Students must be in school all day the day of any contest (unless they have a doctor’s excuse or other reasonable cause for absence as determined by the Superintendent).
  5. When a pattern of absences occurs with a student, a parent conference with the student, coach, and Athletic Director will be held to discuss attendance concerns.
  6. In the case of an in-school or out-of-school suspension, the student will not be allowed to participate or attend any extra-curricular activities on the day the suspension is served.

Student Records   Policy 7:340

Educational records are maintained for each student at Summersville Grade School. The school will send these educational records to other school districts upon request of that district. This normally occurs when a student moves from our district to another. Student records include the temporary records as well as the cumulative record. Any parent who wishes to have access to the records may do so by making an appointment.

Permanent student records are maintained indefinitely. Temporary student records are maintained for five years after the student has transferred, graduated, or permanently withdrawn from the district. After five years, temporary records are expunged. Former students or their parents/guardians have thirty days from the end of the previous school term to notify the district if they wish copies of the records and information to be destroyed or deleted.

Student Permanent Records include students’ name, birth date, address, grades, grade level, parents’ names and addresses, attendance records, and other such entries as the State Board may require.

Student Temporary Records may include achievement test scores, teacher evaluations, information regarding disciplinary infractions, and other information of clear relevance to the education of the child.

Questions regarding procedures and timeframes regarding destruction or disclosure of student records should be directed to records custodian, Carolyn Clark.

No Child Left Behind   Policy 6:170

Summersville School will provide an annual school report card with aggregate information, including student achievement, graduation rates, district performance, teacher qualifications, and other required information.

Equal Opportunity and Sex Equity

 Equal educational and extracurricular opportunities are available to all students without regard to race, color, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry, age, religious beliefs, physical or mental disability, status as homeless, or actual or potential marital or parental status, including pregnancy.

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

Any student or parent/guardian with a sex equity or equal opportunity concern should contact: Mr. Michael Denault- District Superintendent. (7:10, 2:260)

Education of Homeless Children   Policy 6:140

Each child of a homeless individual and each homeless youth have equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, as provided to other children and youths, A “homeless child” is defined as provided in the McKinney Homeless Assistance Act and State law. The Superintendent shall act as Liaison for Homeless Children to coordinate this policy’s implementation.

English Language Learners   Policy 6:160

The District offers opportunities for resident English Language 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.

Education of Children with Disabilities   Policy 6:120

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

Behavioral Interventions Policy 7:230 

Behavioral interventions shall be used with students with disabilities to promote and strengthen desirable behaviors and reduce identified inappropriate behaviors.  

Discipline of Special Education Students 

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

RtI-Response to Intervention

Is an approach for redesigning and establishing teaching and learning environments that are effective, efficient, relevant and durable for all students, families and educators. Students who are not demonstrating (math, reading, behavior) success in the regular classroom who have been identified as requiring RtI services will not be allowed to opt out of this intervention.

Response to Intervention (RtI) consists of Three Essential Components:

(1)Providing high quality, research-based instruction/intervention matched to student needs (2) Using data regarding learning rate over time and level of performance (3) Making educational decisions based upon student’s response to instruction/intervention.  For more information please contact  Mike Denault, Superintendent at the school.

Accommodating Individuals with Disabilities   Policy 8:70

Individuals with disabilities shall be provided an opportunity to participate in all school-sponsored services, programs, or activities and will not be subject to illegal discrimination.

Title I Program   Policy 6:170

The district receives funding under Title I, Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, to supplement instructional services and activities in order to improve the educational opportunities of educationally disadvantaged or deprived children. The District maintains programs, activities, and procedures for the involvement of parents/guardians of students receiving services, or enrolled in programs, under Title I.

Health Education Program   Policy 6:60

No student shall be required to take or participate in any class or course on AIDS, family life instruction, sex abuse, or organ/tissue transplantation, if his or her parent/guardian submits a written objection to the Building Principal. Parents/guardians of students in grades kindergarten through 8 shall be given at least 5 days written notice before instruction on avoiding sex abuse begins. Refusal to take or participate in any such course or program shall not be reason for disciplinary action or academic penalty.

Parents/guardians shall be provided the opportunity to preview all print and non-print materials used for instructional purposes.

Student Testing and Assessment Program:

The District student assessment program information for determining individual student achievement and instructional needs; curriculum and instruction effectiveness; and school performance measured against District student learning objectives and statewide norms:

The Superintendent or designee shall manage the student assessment program that, at a minimum:

  1. Administers the State assessment system, known as the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR), to all students and/or any other appropriate assessment methods and instruments, including norm and criterion-referenced achievement test, aptitude tests, proficiency tests and teacher-developed tests.
  2. Informs students of the timelines and procedures applicable to their participation in every State assessment
  3. Provides each student’s parents/guardians with the results or scores of each State assessment and an evaluation of the student’s progress.
  4. Utilized professional testing practices.

Access to District Records

Full access to the District public records is available to any person as provided in the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), this policy, and implementing procedures.

Student Code of Conduct-Expectations

This section contains information about school wide expectations.

Care of School Property

This building and its contents belong to you and your parents. Our custodians do an excellent job. Please try to help to make our building as attractive as possible.

Positive Behavior Intervention System(PBIS)

What is PBIS? Positive Behavior Intervention System, or PBIS, is a system used by schools to help prevent problem behaviors by teaching students specific behavior expectations. These behavior expectations are located at the end of the school section of this handbook. PBIS provides for a common language that can be used by all staff members and students. Clear expectations and supports are put into place to help all students be successful with both their learning and their behavior.

The PBIS process also includes:

1. Preventing problem behaviors by assessing and restructuring an individual's environment to try to control and eliminate events that may be triggers for the problem behavior;

2. Teaching socially acceptable new skills to substitute for the challenging behaviors, which can then accomplish the same function as the problem behavior;

3. Reinforcing socially acceptable alternative behaviors that can be strengthened to eliminate the problem behavior;

4. Correcting (and then re-teaching) minor problem behaviors immediately whenever they occur.

A central concept in PBIS is the notion of the "function" of behavior. That is, all behavior is seen to be meaningful, purposeful, and functional for the individual or else he or she would not continue to engage in the behavior. The key in PBIS is to determine the function of the problem behavior, and then to teach socially acceptable skills and behaviors that are just as effective and efficient in accomplishing the function of the problem behavior for the individual. As a result, the individual will not have to use the problem behavior to either obtain (or escape/avoid) things, people, activities, or events, etc. Over time, as new socially acceptable behaviors are learned, the challenging behaviors will become irrelevant, inefficient, and ineffective, and individuals will then be much more likely to be able to achieve a better quality of life.

What does Summersville’s PBIS look like?

Summersville K-8th classrooms have a “Dojo” system in place. Class Dojo is an on-line, web-based program that tracks positive compliments given to students and to classes. This is a positive reward system for when students are making good choices, doing the right thing, finishing work, being kind, etc.  This program also tracks negative “DoJo”, such as not completing work, talking during class, wasting time, etc.  Each child will have an avatar in the program and will receive points for meeting and exceeding expectations. As teachers and staff members see students making good choices, they earn Dojo’s and as teachers and staff see students making negative choices, they lose DoJo’s. We have a building-wide Dojo incentive chart, stating incentives for each Dojo goal/milestone.

Parents can also access Dojo online or via the Dojo app to track their students’ progress. Each parent will get a log-in sheet at the beginning of the year, that gives you the steps to log-in. Each parent is given a “parent code” which is unique to your student. The parent code will appear in the blank box at the bottom of the directions (see below). The log-in instruction sheet looks like this:

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Building Rules

  1. Remove head coverings upon entering the building.
  2. Pocket knives are not allowed on school property.
  3. Avoid running in hallways.
  4. Walk on the right in hallways.
  5. Radios, phones and all electronic equipment must be off before entering the building and placed in the student’s locker if they have purchased a school lock, otherwise must be given to classroom teacher to be locked in a secure place until the remainder of the day.
  6. Students are to take seat upon entering classroom.
  7. Avoid talking after the bell has rung.
  8. Gum is not allowed.
  9. No students in upper hallway before 8:10 AM or at noon.
  10. No loitering (standing idly about or loafing in classrooms or other parts of the building or on school grounds when asked to refrain from this action).
  11. Note passing is not allowed.
  12. Students are not to bring skateboards, scooters, or skate shoes to school.
  13. No physical or public displays of affection.
  14. Backpacks and/or purses are to be left in lockers.

Toys/Games/Stuffed Animals/Fidget Spinners 

Toys, games and stuffed animals should remain at home unless there is a special event at Summersville requiring students to bring a specific toy, game or stuffed animal. If toys, games and/or stuffed animals are brought without permission, they may be confiscated and held by the teacher until the parent comes to retrieve the toy or it is sent home in the backpack at the end of the day. Fidget spinners: Please do not allow your students to bring fidget spinners to school, unless the fidget spinner is part of a behavior plan created by the school team and parents collaboratively. If a staff member sees a student with a fidget spinner that is not allowed to have one, he/she will be asked to put the fidget spinner in his/her backpack and take it home. If a student continues to have a fidget spinner out after the initial warning/redirect, it will be confiscated by the teacher and/or administration and discipline might occur.

Cell Phones and Other Electronic Devices Policy 7:190-AP5

Students are not allowed to use cell phones or any communication/electronic devices of any type (including smart watches) during the school day. Cell phones or communication devices of any type visible during the school day may be confiscated and held until the student’s parent comes to the school to retrieve the item. For safety reasons, if you need your child to have a cell phone when walking to and from school, your child may use the cell phone once out of the school building.

In order to maintain a quiet and orderly learning environment, students are not allowed to have on their person, use, or have turned on any electronic communication and/or cellular telecommunication device while at Summersville Grade School upon entering the building. These would include any electronic device that incorporates voice communication, accesses the internet, or functions as a cellular phone or camera. (i.e. cell phones, cellular radio devices, laptop computers, tablet computers, eReaders, walkie talkies, cameras, video recorders, smart watches, etc.) Students must store these items in their locker during school hours and they must be turned off. Summersville Grade School is NOT responsible for lost of stolen electronic devices and expects students to exercise due care and common courtesy when using cell phones during extracurricular time. students who take pictures or videos of school events or personnel can be subject to disciplinary consequences and, in some cases, police action.

  1. 1st Offense - Cell phone will be confiscated by administration and given back at end of school day.
  2. 2nd Offense - Cell phone will be confiscated by administration and parent has to pick up next day.
  3. 3rd Offense - ISS assigned/ Cell phone will be confiscated by administration and parent has to pick up next day.
  4. 4th Offense - ISS assigned/ Cell phone will be confiscated by administration and parent has to pick up next day.
  5. 5th Offense - Cell phones aren’t allowed at school for any reason. Further possession will result in additional disciplinary action to be determined by administration.

Playground Rules

The off-limits areas include: doorways, behind the gym, and off the playground.

  1. No running or walking up the slide.
  2. Go down the slides feet first.
  3. Go down the slides one at a time.
  4. No hanging over the sides of the slide.
  5. No jumping off the slide.
  6. No doubles on swings.
  7. No standing in swings.
  8. No jumping out of swings.
  9. No swinging sideways on swings.
  10. No twisting, looping, or flipping of the swings and chains.
  11. No sitting on top of the monkey bars.
  12. Do not hang off the merry-go-round.
  13. No kicking.
  14. No wrestling – for fun or otherwise.
  15. No foul language.
  16. No spitting.
  17. No rock throwing.
  18. rolling down the hill.
  19. No jumping off the bleachers.
  20. No hanging off the rafters under the pavilion.
  21. Any other activity deemed inappropriate by the supervising teacher is not allowed.

Bicycle Safety Rules

A bicycle rack is provided for students who ride to school. Be sure to lock your bikes as the school cannot be responsible for stolen bikes.

1.  Observe all traffic rules for bicycle riding on public roads and highways.

2.  Upon reaching school, bicycles must be parked in the bicycle rack. (No riding of bicycles on playground during school hours.)

3.  No riding double on bicycles to and from school.

4.  Do not ride bikes on the parking lot or sidewalks when students are being dismissed.

Transportation Policy 4:110

Summersville Grade school does not provide regular transportation.  Free transportation service and vehicle adaptation is provided for a special education student if included in the student’s individualized educational program. Non-public school students shall be transported in accordance with State law. Homeless students shall be transported in accordance with the McKinney Homeless Assistance Act.

No school employee may transport students in school or private vehicles unless authorized by the administration.

Pre-Trip and Post-Trip Vehicle Inspection: The Superintendent or designee shall develop and implement a pre-trip and post-trip inspection procedure to ensure that the school bus driver: (1) tests the two-way radio or cellular radio telecommunication device and ensures that it is functioning properly before the bus is operated, and (2) walks to the rear of the bus before leaving the bus at the end of each route, work shift, or work day, to check the bus for children or other passengers in the bus.

Student Behavior

The goals and objectives of this policy are to provide effective discipline practices that: (1) ensure the safety and dignity of students and staff; (2) maintain a positive, weapons-free, and drug-free learning environment; (3) keep school property and the property of others secure; (4) address the causes of a student’s misbehavior and provide opportunities for all individuals involved in an incident to participate in its resolution; and (5) teach students positive behavioral skills to become independent, self-disciplined citizens in the school community and society.

When and Where Conduct Rules Apply

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

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

Prohibited Student Conduct

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

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

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

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

Bus Conduct Policy 7:220

Summersville School does not provide student transportation to and from school; however, buses are often contracted to provide transportation to field trips and extra-curricular activities.

All students must follow the District’s School Bus Safety Guidelines.  The Superintendent or any designee is authorized to suspend a student from riding the school bus for engaging in gross disobedience or misconduct, including but not limited to, the following:

  1. Prohibited student conduct.
  2. Willful injury or threat of injury to a bus driver or to another rider.
  3. Willful and/or repeated defacement of the bus.
  4. Repeated use of profanity.
  5. Repeated willful disobedience of a directive from a bus driver or other supervisor.
  6. Such other behavior as the Superintendent or designee deems to threaten the safe operation of the bus and/or its occupants.

The District’s regular suspension procedures shall be used to suspend a student’s privilege to ride a school bus.

Student Appearance   Policy 7:160

Students are expected to wear clothing which meets with good grooming practices. No clothing which disrupts the educational process, constitutes a threat to the health and safety of others, or is in violation of any statute shall be worn. Parents are asked to cooperate in selecting the attire a student wears to school. The following dress code will be enforced.

  1. Clothing which represents alcohol, drugs, or that has offensive language or symbols of violence are not acceptable.
  2. Short shorts and skirts are not acceptable.
  3. All clothing must be well fitted, not too tight or too loose.
  4. Tube tops, belly shirts, mid-drifts, halter tops, see through and mesh clothing are not acceptable.
  5. Tank tops must have a 2 inch strap.
  6. Shirts and pants must meet so that no skin is exposed.
  7. Excessive holes in pants and tops that can be considered provocative are not acceptable.
  8. Hats/head coverings shall be removed before entering the building.
  9. Proper undergarments must be worn, but remain unseen.
  10. Clothing worn in a suggestive nature is inappropriate for school.
  11. No large chains are to be worn.
  12. No winter or overcoats may be worn in the classroom.

This dress code will be enforced on field trips and extra -curricular activities.

Any student who violates the dress code will be made to conform to this policy.

A student who violates the dress code on more than one occasion may be subject to disciplinary action. This policy applies to all grades, K-8.

Conduct Code for Participants in Extracurricular Activities Policy 7:240

The Superintendent using input from coaches and sponsors of extracurricular activities shall develop a conduct code for all participants in extracurricular activities consistent with school board policy.  The conduct code shall (1) require participants in extracurricular activities to conduct themselves as good citizens and exemplars of their school at all times, including after school, on days when school is not in session, and whether on or off school property, and (2) notify participants that failure to abide by it could result in the removal from the activity. In addition, coaches and sponsors of interscholastic athletic programs shall provide instruction on steroid abuse prevention in students.

School Wide Behavior Plan

This section contains information about behavioral expectations and the discipline procedures followed for a student’s behavioral choices at Summersville school district.

Student Discipline Policy 7:190

GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR DISCIPLINE

Students enrolled in Summersville School, District #79 are prohibited from engaging in behavior that will endanger or threaten to endanger the safety of others, that will damage or will impede the orderly conduct of the school program, either during the scope of the school day or during school sponsored activities, including, but not limited to possessing firearms or other weapons or being involved in gang-related activities.

DOJO SYSTEM -  Be Kind, Be Responsible, Be Safe

Summersville Kindergarten-8th grade a “Dojo” system in place. Class Dojo is an on-line, web-based program that tracks positive compliments given to students and to classes. This is a positive reward system for when students are making good choices, doing the right thing, finishing work, being kind, etc.  This program also tracks negative “DoJo”, such as not completing work, talking during class, wasting time, etc.  Each child will have an avatar in the program and will receive points for meeting and exceeding expectations. As teachers and staff members see students making good choices, they earn Dojo’s and as teachers and staff see students making negative choices, they lose DoJo’s. We have a building-wide Dojo incentive chart, stating incentives for each Dojo goal/milestone.

Parents can also access Dojo online or via the Dojo app to track their students’ progress. Each parent will get a log-in sheet at the beginning of the year, that gives you the steps to log-in. Each parent is given a “parent code” which is unique to your student. The parent code will appear in the blank box at the bottom of the directions (see below). The log-in instruction sheet looks like this:

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/tvdoPVJRbnCyB7H18uauUTox3w4IeSxXAIHTfkVVwXz8HQ3lihNzZ5-AxsuPx03sgLLRak-BC-Jxn0zmmYvxW6tas8TMv-QBDK2-dMlS1D5A4Bxnv8maftydspj7VCPTci5OAttt

On the other hand, if your child is struggling with certain behaviors, such as following directions, shouting out, being unkind, not completing assignments, lack of materials, leaving class excessively, etc, we have developed a system based on building the students character which has students reflect and correct those choices.     

Minor Offenses

Major Offenses

  • Disruption
  • Defiance
  • Property misuse
  • Dress code
  • Mild physical contact
  • Lying
  • Littering
  • Not completing homework
  • Not accepting “no” for an answer
  • Disagreeing inappropriately
  • Not following instructions
  • Getting teacher’s attention
  • Inappropriate language
  • Not staying on task
  • Not working with others
  • Cheating
  • Other
  • Fighting
  • Boisterous conduct
  • Disrespect and insubordination
  • Cheating
  • Bullying
  • Damaging property
  • Obscene acts or gestures
  • Possessing weapon
  • Possessing controlled substance
  • Theft
  • Possessing stolen property
  • Possessing imitation firearm
  • Sexual assault
  • Sexting
  • Harassing, threatening, or intimidating

             others

  • Sexual Harassment
  • Hate violence
  • Cyber bullying
  • Using or possessing an electronic device
  • Violating any criminal law
  • Chronic minor offenses
  • Inappropriate language
  • Other

Detention Plan – Minor and Major Offenses

An Assertive Discipline Plan will be used in conjunction with the classroom management plans that are already in place.  Each classroom teacher will have a set of behavior rules for all students to follow.  Students will also be expected to abide by the building rules, playground rules, and appearance rules.  If a student chooses to disobey any of these rules detentions, suspensions, expulsions, and parent conferences will be administered.  The proper authorities will be notified as well if State or Federal laws are violated.

Students may receive detentions to be served at recess, noon, or after school for violating school rules and for inappropriate behavior. Detention points will be given by the superintendent for office referrals.  For the purpose of tabulating the number of detentions, a recess or noon detention will count as one (1) detention point, an after-school detention will count as two (2) detention points, an in-school suspension will count as three (3) detention points per day, and an out of school suspension will count as four (4) detention points per day.  Minor violations result in recess or noon detention.  Repeat violations or more severe violations will result in after-school detentions.  Severe violations or acts of violence will result in suspension or expulsion.

If a student misses an assigned detention, he/she will not only serve a make-up detention, but an extra assigned detention as well.  The superintendent reserves the right to determine the appropriate detention or discipline to be given with any act of misconduct regardless of the number of detention points.  The superintendent’s decision shall be final.

SERIOUS ACTS OF MISCONSUCT DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES/DUE PROCESS AND STUDENT RIGHTS

   Acts of misconduct of serious nature may result in the use of the following types of disciplinary responses.

IN-SCHOOL SUSPENSION

Definitions:        

In-School Suspension: student will attend school during regular school hours. He/She will be isolated from all other students during the school day. Students will be escorted to and from the restroom. The student will complete all homework assignments and exams during this period of detention. No teacher assistance will be provided.

Suspension Procedures

In-School Suspension

The Superintendent or designee is authorized to maintain an in-school suspension program. The program shall include, at a minimum, each of the following:

  1. Before assigning a student to in-school suspension, the charges will be explained and the student will be given an opportunity to respond to the charges.
  2. Students are supervised by licensed school personnel.
  3. Students are given the opportunity to complete classroom work during the in-school suspension for equivalent academic credit.

OUT OF SCHOOL SUSPENSION

In accordance with the provision of the Illinois School Code, the Superintendent or a principal may suspend a student who is guilty of gross disobedience or misconduct for a period not to exceed ten (10) days.

Out of School Suspension Definition:

Suspension: An exclusion of a student from school property from 8:00 – 3:30, school sponsored activities, and denial of educational services, to which the student would otherwise be entitled, for a period not to exceed ten (10) days. Educational services include extracurricular activities. Homework is required and due upon returning to school.  It is the student’s/parent’s responsibility to get assignments prior to serving suspension.  Quizzes and in-class work will not be made up. Major tests will be made up within three (3) days following reinstatement. No teacher assistance will be provided.

Out-of-School Suspension

The Superintendent or designee shall implement suspension procedures that provide, at a minimum, for each of the following:

  1. A conference during which the charges will be explained and the student will be given an opportunity to respond to the charges before he or she may be suspended.
  2. A pre-suspension conference is not required, and the student can be immediately suspended when the student’s presence poses a continuing danger to persons or property or an ongoing threat of disruption to the educational process.  In such cases, the notice and conference shall follow as soon as practicable.
  3. A written notice of the suspension to the parent(s)/guardian(s) and the student, which shall: 
  1. Provide notice to the parent(s)/guardian(s) of their child’s right to a review of the suspension;
  2. Include information about an opportunity to make up work missed during the suspension for equivalent academic credit;
  3. Detail the specific act of gross disobedience or misconduct resulting in the decision to suspend;
  4. Provide rationale or an explanation of how the chosen number of suspension days will address the threat or disruption posed by the student or his or her act of gross disobedience or misconduct; and
  5. Depending upon the length of the out-of-school suspension, include the following applicable information:
  1. For a suspension of 3 school days or less, an explanation that the student’s continuing presence in school would either pose:  
  1. A threat to school safety, or
  2. A disruption to other students’ learning opportunities.
  1. For a suspension of 4 or more school days, an explanation:
  1. That other appropriate and available behavioral and disciplinary interventions have been exhausted,
  2. As to whether school officials attempted other interventions or determined that no other interventions were available for the student, and
  3. That the student’s continuing presence in school would either:
  1. Pose a threat to the safety of other students, staff, or members of the school community, or
  2. Substantially disrupt, impede, or interfere with the operation of the school.
  1. For a suspension of 5 or more school days, the information listed in section 4.e.ii., above, along with documentation by the Superintendent or designee determining what, if any, appropriate and available support services will be provided to the student during the length of his or her suspension.
  1. A summary of the notice, including the reason for the suspension and the suspension length, must be given to the Board by the Superintendent or designee.
  2. Upon request of the parent(s)/guardian(s), a review of the suspension shall be conducted by the Board or a hearing officer appointed by the Board. At the review, the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) may appear and discuss the suspension with the Board or its hearing officer and may be represented by counsel.  Whenever there is evidence that mental illness may be the cause for the suspension, the Superintendent or designee shall invite a representative from the Department of Human Services to consult with the Board. After presentation of the evidence or receipt of the hearing officer’s report, the Board shall take such action as it finds appropriate. If the suspension is upheld, the Board’s written suspension decision shall specifically detail items (a) and (e) in number 4, above.

EXPULSION

Expulsion of students guilty of gross disobedience or misconduct will take place only after the parents have been requested to appear at a meeting of the Board of Education to discuss their child’s behavior.

Definition:

Expulsion: An expulsion by the Board of Education of the student from school and/or school sponsored activities, and/or denial of educational services, in whole or in part, to which the student would otherwise be entitled, for a period of more than ten (10) days, not to exceed the school term. Educational services include extracurricular activities. Quizzes, daily work, and homework will not be made up. Major tests will be made up within five (5) days following reinstatement. No teacher assistance will be provided.

Expulsion Procedures 

The Superintendent or designee shall implement expulsion procedures that provide, at a minimum, for the following:

  1. Before a student may be expelled, the student and his or her parent(s)/guardian(s) shall be provided a written request to appear at a hearing to determine whether the student should be expelled. The request shall be sent by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested.  The request shall:
  1. Include the time, date, and place for the hearing.
  2. Briefly describe what will happen during the hearing.
  3. Detail the specific act of gross disobedience or misconduct resulting in the decision to recommend expulsion.
  4. List the student’s prior suspension(s).
  5. State that the School Code allows the School Board to expel a student for a definite period of time not to exceed 2 calendar years, as determined on a case-by-case basis.
  6. Ask that the student or parent(s)/guardian(s) or attorney inform the Superintendent or Board Attorney if the student will be represented by an attorney and, if so, the attorney’s name and contact information.

Unless the student and parent(s)/guardian(s) indicate that they do not want a hearing or fail to appear at the designated time and place, the hearing will proceed. It shall be conducted by the Board or a hearing officer appointed by it.  If a hearing officer is appointed, he or she shall report to the Board the evidence presented at the hearing and the Board shall take such final action as it finds appropriate.

Harassment of Students Prohibited   Policy 7:20

No person, including a District employee or agent, or student, shall harass, intimidate or bully another student based upon a student’s race, color, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, ancestry, age, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, gender identity, order of protection status, status of being homeless, or actual or potential marital or parental status, including pregnancy, or other protected group status.  The District will not tolerate harassing, intimidating conduct, or bullying whether verbal, physical, or visual, that affects the tangible benefits of education, that unreasonably interferes with a student’s educational performance, or that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment.  Examples of prohibited conduct include name-calling, using derogatory slurs, causing psychological harm, threatening or causing physical harm, or wearing or possessing items depicting or implying hatred or prejudice of one of the characteristics stated above. Students, who believe they are victims of sexual harassment or have witnessed sexual harassment, are encouraged to discuss the matter with the student Nondiscrimination Coordinator, Building Principal, or a Complaint Manager.

Bullying, Intimidation, and Harassment   Policy 7:180

It is the policy of Summersville Grade School District #79 to provide for its students and employees an educational and employment environment free of unwelcome verbal or physical conduct or communications constituting bullying, intimidation, or harassment as defined and otherwise prohibited by state and federal law. This policy prohibits any person from harassing or intimidating a student based upon a student’s race, color, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, ancestry, age, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, gender identity, order of protection status, status of being homeless, or actual or potential marital or parental status, including pregnancy, or other protected group status. Employees, students, or other individuals who feel aggravated because of bullying, intimidation, or harassment should contact the Superintendent or any teacher.

Bullying Prevention

It is important to note that incidents of disrespect or a child’s inappropriate action, reaction, attempt to gain attention, or strategy to resolve a problem, may warrant correction but may not qualify as “bullying.”

Bullying is a pattern of negative behavior that is Repeated over time, Intentional, and Power-seeking (or RIP). Different types of bullying include verbal/written/cyber/exclusion bullying, physical bullying, severe hitting, and threats of serious violence and harassment.

It is our goal to address and assist students who initiate or receive inappropriate or disrespectful behavior encounters and eliminate all bullying or acts that may lead to bullying behaviors before they become patterns. We also strive to empower students to avoid becoming victims.

Aggressive Behavior Reporting Letter

                Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s):

Illinois law requires a school district to notify the parent or guardian of a child who engages in aggressive behavior, including such behaviors as bullying (105 ILCS 5/10-20.14).  The School Board policy prohibits a student while at school from engaging in aggressive behavior that causes physical or psychological harm to someone else and/or urging other students to engage in such conduct.  Prohibited aggressive behavior includes, without limitation, the use of violence, force, noise, coercion, threats, intimidation, fear, bullying, or other comparable conduct.  This early notification is intended to help all of us work together to avoid repetition of the behavior.

                Student                                                         Incident date                         

                Incident location                                                 Incident time                         

                Reported by                                                  Reporting date                         

                Aggressive behavior description:  (Reporters, be specific. List all pertinent information regarding the incident including: names of all parties present and involved, weapons or objects used as weapons, pertinent and/or precipitating acts or statements, description of injuries sustained and names of injured parties, etc.)

                The following consequence(s) is/are recommended:

☐ I will telephone you to schedule an in-person meeting or telephone conference to discuss the necessary next steps.

☐        Non-District affiliated psychological service

☐        Alternative school assignment

☐        Community agency service

                Together, I am confident we can help your child understand that aggressive behavior is not allowed at school.

____________________________                     Signature of Principal and Date

Teen Dating Violence Prohibited 7:185

Engaging in teen dating violence that takes place at school, on school property, at school-sponsored activities, or in vehicles used for school-provided transportation is prohibited. For purposes of this policy, the term teen dating violence occurs whenever a student who is 13 to 19 years of age uses or threatens to use physical, mental, or emotional abuse to control an individual in the dating relationship; or uses or threatens to use sexual violence in the dating relationship. The Superintendent or designee shall develop and maintain a program to respond to incidents of teen dating violence that:

7:20, Harassment of Students Prohibited. This policy prohibits any person from harassing intimidating, or bullying a student based on the student’s actual or perceived characteristics of sex; sexual orientation; gender identity; and gender-related identity or expression (this policy includes more protected statuses).

7:180, Preventing Bullying, Intimidation, and Harassment. This policy prohibits students from engaging in bullying, intimidation, and harassment at school, school-related events and electronically. Prohibited conduct includes threats, stalking, physical violence, sexual harassment, sexual violence, theft, public humiliation, destruction of property, or retaliation for asserting or alleging an act of bullying.

Encourages anyone with information about incidents of teen dating violence to report them to any of the following individuals: teachers, administration, other adults in building.

Tobacco/Alcohol/Drugs

The use or possession or being under the influence of tobacco, alcohol, and drugs is prohibited by state law at all times by any school personnel, student, or other person while on school property used for school purposes, and on school buses. Violation of this policy may involve notification of law enforcement.

SUSPENSIONS DUE TO ALCOHOL AND DRUG VIOLATIONS

If a student in cooperation with their parent is willing to participate in an approved drug or

alcohol counseling program, the term of the suspension issued by the school may be reduced.

Search and Seizure   Policy 7:140

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. 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, cell phones, etc.) when there is a reasonable ground for suspecting that the search will produce evidence the particular student has violated or is violating either the law or the District’s student conduct rules. The search itself must be conducted in a manner that is reasonably related to its objective and not excessively intrusive in light of the student’s age and sex, and the nature of the infraction.

Social Media Password Access

If your child has an account on a social networking website, e.g., Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, ask.fm, etc., please be aware that State law requires school authorities to notify you that your child may be asked to provide his or her password for these accounts to school officials in certain circumstances. Social networking website means an Internet-based service that allows students to: (1) construct a public or semi-public profile within a bounded system created by the service; (2) create a list of other users with whom they share a connection within the system; and (3) view and navigate their list of connections and those made by others within the system.

School authorities may require a student or his or her parent/guardian to provide a password or other related account information in order to gain access to his/her account or profile on a social networking website if school authorities have reasonable cause to believe that a student’s account on a social networking website contains evidence that a student has violated a school disciplinary rule or procedure.

Safety

This section provides information about policies and plans that provide a safe environment for students and staff.

Visitors to and Conduct on School Property   Policy 8:30

Summersville School encourages parents/guardians to visit their child’s classroom. However, visitors to school property are required to report to the Office and receive permission to remain on school property. All visitors must sign a visitors’ log, show identification, and wear a visitor’s badge. When leaving the school, visitors must return their badge. On those occasions when large groups of parents and friends are invited onto school property, visitors are not required to sign in but must follow school officials’ instructions. Persons on school property without permission will be directed to leave and may be subject to criminal prosecution.

Any person wishing to confer with a staff member should contact that staff member by telephone or email to make an appointment. Conferences with teachers are held, to the extent possible, outside school hours or during the teacher’s conference/preparation period.

The School District expects mutual respect, civility, and orderly conduct among all people on school property or at a school event. No person on school property or at a school shall:

  1. Strike, injure, threaten, harass, or intimidate a staff member, a Board member, sports official or coach, or any other person;
  2. Behave in an unsportsmanlike manner, or use vulgar or obscene language;
  3. Possess a weapon, any object that can reasonably be considered a weapon or looks like a weapon, or any dangerous device;
  4. Damage or threaten to damage another’s property;
  5. Damage or deface school property;
  6. Violate any Illinois law, or town or county ordinance;
  7. Smoke or otherwise use tobacco products;
  8. Consume, possess, distribute, or be under the influence of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs;
  9. Impede, delay, disrupt, or otherwise interfere with any school activity or function (including using cellular phones in a disruptive manner);
  10. Enter upon any portion of school premises at any time for purposes other than those that are lawful and authorized by the Board;
  11. Operate a motor vehicle: (a) in a risky manner, (b) in excess of 20 miles per hour, or (c) in violation of an authorized District employee’s directive;
  12. Engage in any risky behavior, including roller-blading, roller-skating, or skateboarding;
  13. Violate other District policies or regulations, or a directive from an authorized security officer or District employee; or
  14. Engage in any conduct that interferes with, disrupts, or adversely affects the District or a School function.

Equal Access to School Facilities 8:20

School facilities are available to community organizations during non-school hours when such use does not: (1) interfere with any school function or affect the safety of students or employees, or (2) affect the property or liability of the School District. The use of school facilities for school purposes has precedence over all other uses. The District reserves the right to cancel previously scheduled use of facilities by community organizations and other groups.

  1. The use of school facilities requires the prior approval of the Superintendent or designee and is subject to applicable procedures. 

  1. Persons on school premises must abide by the District’s conduct rules at all times.  

  1. Student groups, school-related organizations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations are granted the use of school facilities at no costs during regularly staffed hours.  
  2.  Fees and costs shall apply during non-regularly staffed hours and to other organizations granted use of facilities at any time.
  3.  A fee schedule and other terms of use shall be prepared by the Superintendent and be subject to annual approval by the School Board.

Uniform Grievance Procedure   Policy 2:260

A student, parent/guardian, employee, or community member should notify any District Complaint Manager if he or she believes that the School Board, its employees, or agents have violated his or her rights guaranteed by the State or federal Constitution, State or federal statute, or Board policy.

Accidents

All accidents must be reported immediately to the office and an accident form must be completed promptly including accidents that occur during extra-curricular events.  Parents will be notified when an accident report is documented.

Safety Drills   Policy 4:170

Our program includes periodic fire, severe weather, and lockdown drills. We practice severe weather drills in which we move children to places away from windows and into areas with a double wall. AT NO TIME WILL STUDENTS BE DISMISSED BEFORE REGULAR TIME IF WE ARE UNDER A STORM ALERT. Parents may pick up children during storm alert periods if they so desire.

Food Allergy Management Program Policy 7:285

School attendance may increase a student’s risk of exposure to allergens that could trigger a food-allergic reaction.  While it is not possible for the district to completely eliminate the risks of exposure to allergens when a student is at school, a food allergy management program using a cooperative effort amount students’ families, staff members, and students helps the district reduce these risks and provide accommodations and proper treatment for allergic reactions.

Communicable and Chronic Infectious Disease   Policy 7:270

A student with or carrying a communicable and/or chronic infectious disease has all rights, privileges, and services provided by law and the Board’s policies. The Superintendent will develop procedures to safeguard these rights while managing health and safety concerns.

Head Lice Policy

Students who are infected with head lice (either nits or live lice) are not allowed either to stay in school or to return to school until the problem has been taken care of properly. When a student returns to school, he/she must be inspected by either the school nurse or a trained employee before being allowed to attend. Parents are to remain at the school until the child has been inspected.

Abused and Neglected Child Reporting  

A district employee who has reasonable cause to suspect that a student may be abused or neglected shall report such a case to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.  The employee shall notify the principal/superintendent that a report has been made.

DCFS hotline:  1-800-252-2873.

Criminal Offender Notification    Policy 4:170

Information about sex offenders is available to the public at the website:   www.isp.state.il.us

Information about violent offenders against youth registry is available to the public at the website:  http://www.isp.state.il.us/cmvo/

Sexual Harassment   Policy 7:20

Sexual harassment of students is prohibited. Any person, including a district employee or agent, or student, engages in sexual harassment whenever he or she makes sexual advances, requests sexual favors, and engages in other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual or sex-based nature, imposed on the basis of sex.

Asbestos Management Plan

Our formal Asbestos Management Plan is available for inspection. Anyone interested in viewing the Plan should make an appointment with Rick Mitchell, Asbestos Program Manager, at least one day in advance.

Pesticide Application Policy 4:160

Notice to students and their parents/guardians will be given at least 2 business days before a pesticide application in or on school buildings or grounds occur.

IHSA First Aide and Concussion tips and Video

Summersville Grade School website has attached a video about first aide and concussion tips. Please go to www.summersville79.com to watch the video.

Fundraising Guidelines

During the lunch hours, there will be no selling of food items to profit fundraising or groups. This is prohibited in schools with grades K-8. No items such as pizza, candy or other food items are allowed to be sold during school lunch hours.