A Handbook Of Information For Parents


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The mission of North Shore School District 112, a community partnership committed to a world-class education, is to nurture every child to become an inspired learner, a well-rounded individual and contributing member of a global community by striving for excellence within an environment that fosters innovation, respect,engagement and intellectual inquiry.





Introduction to District 112

Building Locations

Welcome to District 112

Mission                                                                Belief Statements

2017-2018 Calendar - Important Dates

Board of Education

Contact Information                                                       Schedule of Meetings

Public Comment at Board of Education Meetings                       Freedom of Information Act

Enrollment and Registration Procedures

Admissions Eligibility                                                       Transferring Into or Out of District 112        

Birth Certificates                                                           Health Certificate, Dental, Vision

Proof of Residency Requirement                                           Parents Absent from the Home

McKinney-Vento (Homeless) Students                               Students with Disabilities

Discipline of Students with Disabilities: Behavioral Interventions and Discipline

Exemption From Physical Education Requirement

Fees                                                                       Attendance

Notice of Delinquent School Fees                                          Tardies

Fee Waivers and Payment Schedules                                  Excused Absence

Change of Address, Phone, E-mail or Name                          Chronic Truancy

Unexcused Absence                                        

Early release/Parent Pick Up


Electronic Recordings on School Buses                             Activity Bus Service

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Elementary Arrival Procedures                                    Middle School Arrival Procedures

Emergency Weather Closings                                    Late Start Times (Emergency Weather)

Daily Physical Activity                                                    Recess Guidelines

Bringing Items to School                                            Articles Not Permitted in School

Visitors to the School                                                    Safety Drills

Accommodating Individuals with Disabilities                        Student Safety

Student Health

Health Information Requirements                                Religious Objections/Medical Exemptions

Information on Human Papillomavirus (HPV)                Student Concussions

Restriction on Strenuous Physical Activity                        Care of Students with Diabetes

Administering Medications to Students                        Self-Administration of Medication

Accidents and Illnesses                                                   Communicable/Contagious Diseases

Student Insurance Program                                        Homebound Tutoring

Student Progress/Communication

Assessments                                                       Report Cards

Parent-Teacher Conferences                                       Homework



Unacceptable Use Policy                                       Unacceptable Use

Network Etiquette                                              Access to Electronic Networks

Internet Safety                                                          Authorization for Electronic Networks

No Warranties                                               Responsibility


Social Media Passwords                                     Content Filtering

Vandalism                                                     Charges/Fees

Media Release                                             Pictures of Unnamed Students

Pictures of Named Students                

Support Services

Advanced Learning Opportunities (ALO)                    Dual Language Program (DL)

English Language Learners (ELL)                            Special Education

Early Childhood Special Education                            Preschool For All

Dual Language Preschool Program

School Lunch

Free and Reduced Price Lunch                           Food at School

Lunch Hour Rules                                           Students with Food Allergies        

Health and Wellness                                           Extracurricular Activities

Facilities Information        

Asbestos Notification                                          Integrated Pest Management

Community Use of School Facilities                          Prohibition Against Trespassing

Video & Audio Monitoring Systems

Student and Family Privacy Rights

Student Records                                         Surveys

Search and Seizure

Instructional Material

Teen Dating Violence                                        Sexual Abuse Prevention (Erin’s Law)

Field Trips

Community Involvement

Parent Organizations                                        Volunteers

Visitors                                                        Observations

Guidelines for Reports from the District                TItle IX Compliance

Parent Rights


General Building Conduct                                           School Dress Code/Student Appearance

Prevention of and Response to Bullying                   Discrimination Prohibited

Sexual Harassment Prohibited                                 Teen Dating Violence Prohibited

Making a Complaint/Enforcement                             Use of Isolated Time Out and Physical Restraint

Student Behavior                                                       Weapons

Re-Engagement of Returning Students                    Disciplinary Measures

Suspension Procedures                                            Expulsion Procedures

Student And Family Privacy Rights                            Surveys

Surveys Created by a Third Party                             Surveys Requesting Personal Information

Physical Exams or Screenings                                 Selling or Marketing Students’ Personal Information

Notifications of Rights and Procedures                    Adolescent Suicide Awareness

Agency and Policy Interviews


The information contained in this handbook will provide you with information regarding District 112 and answer some of the questions that you may have. The handbook includes a summary of rules, regulations, procedures, and other relevant information that is necessary for the orderly functioning of District 112. The District is governed by Board of Education Policies which are available at the District administrative offices or online at www.nssd112.org. The provisions of the Handbook and the Board of Education Policies may be changed during the year without prior notice.

This handbook is a supplement to, not a replacement of, personal communication between the home and the school. Parents and family members are a vital part of a child’s education, and we actively encourage open communication. Please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or school if you have any questions on programs or procedures.



Mr. Eric Ephraim, President

Mr. Adam Kornblatt, Vice President

Mr. Bennett Lasko, Secretary

Mr. Alexander Brunk                                                                        

Mr. Dan Jenks                                                

Mr. Art Kessler

Mrs. Yumi Ross



Braeside School                                        Early Childhood Center                

150 Pierce Road                                        1936 Green Bay Road                

Highland Park, IL 60035                                Highland Park, IL 60035                

Phone: 224-765-3402                                        Phone: 224-765-3060                        

Principal: Mr. Hailpern                                        Principal: Mrs. Maxwell                


Edgewood Middle School                                Indian Trail School

929 Edgewood Road                                        2075 St. Johns Avenue

Highland Park, IL 60035                                Highland Park, IL 60035

Phone: 224-765-3200                                        Phone: 224-765-3500

Principal: Mr. Kurtz                                        Principal: Dr. Grable

Associate Principal: Mr. Candela                        Associate Principal: Luke Livingston

Associate Principal: Mr.

Northwood Junior High                                Oak Terrace School

945 North Avenue                                        240 Prairie Avenue

Highland Park, IL 60035                                Highwood, IL 60035

Phone:         224-765-3600                                        Phone:         224-765-3100

Principal: Ms. Dimitriou                                Principal: Mrs. Cengal

Associate Principal: Mrs. Ruiz                        Associate Principal: Mrs. O’Neill

Associate Principal: Ms. Raich                        Associate Principal: Mr. Lopez

Ravinia School                                        Red Oak School                        

763 Dean Avenue                                        530 Red Oak Lane                        

Highland Park, IL 60035                                Highland Park, IL 60035                

Phone: 224-765-3700                                        Phone:         224-765-3750                        

Principal: Ms. Nordstrom                                Principal: Mrs. Bellini                        

                                                        Associate Principal: Mrs. Convey


Sherwood School                                         Wayne Thomas School

1900 Stratford Road                                        2939 Summit Ave

Highland Park, IL 60035                                Highland Park, IL 60035

Phone:         224-765-3800                                        Phone: 224-765-3900

Principal: Mr. Tiani                                        Principal: Mr. Rodrigo

Associate Principal: Mrs. Convey


North Shore School District 112 is an elementary district, serving students from preschool through eighth grade. NSSD 112 serves the students from three communities, Highland Park, Highwood, and Fort Sheridan. There are approximately 4,000 students enrolled in the district, attending one of 12 schools. The oldest school in the district, Elm Place, opened in 1869, and additional schools were built as the community grew.  Generations of Highland Park, Highwood, and Fort Sheridan students attended the schools of former Districts 107, 108, and 111, which united in 1993 to form the new North Shore School District 112.  Today there are 10 schools in the district, including seven elementary schools, two middle schools and the Green Bay Early Childhood Program.

NSSD 112 is relatively diverse, with approximately 30% of students reporting racial/ethnic diversity. Of these students, approximately 24% identify as Hispanic. Fourteen percent of the students are English Learners, and the District has a long history of innovative programming for this population, with Dual Language programs serving students from preschool through 8th grade. Approximately 24% of students are identified as low income, and approximately 15% of students have an Individualized Education Program (IEP). District 112 has a strong tradition of educational excellence, and remains committed to preparing our students to be successful, lifelong learners. Our Mission and Belief Statements guide the work that occurs within District 112.


The mission of North Shore School District 112, a community partnership committed to a world-class education, is to nurture every child to become an inspired learner, a well-rounded individual, and contributing member of a global community by striving for excellence within an environment that fosters innovation, respect, engagement and intellectual inquiry.


We believe that:


The most recent Illinois Report Card is available for review at the following link:



Thursday, August 16                                Teacher Institute Day (No students)

Friday, August 17                                Teacher Institute Day (No students)

Monday, August 20                                    First Day of Student Attendance 

Elementary: 8:40 a.m. - 1:40 p.m.

Middle School 7:55 a.m. - 12:55 p.m.

Friday, August 31                                 Early Release (a.m. preschool attends)

                                                        Elementary Dismissal: 1:00 p.m.

                                                        Middle School Dismissal: 12:25 p.m.

Monday, September 3                                Labor Day - No School

Friday, September 7                                Early Release (p.m. preschool attends)

                                                        Elementary Dismissal: 1:00 p.m.

                                                        Middle School Dismissal: 12:25 p.m.

Monday, September 10                        Rosh Hashanah - No Student Attendance

Wednesday, September 19                        Yom Kippur - No Student Attendance

Friday, October 5                                Early Release (a.m. preschool attends)

                                                        Elementary Dismissal: 1:00 p.m.

                                                        Middle School Dismissal: 12:25 p.m.

Monday, October 8                                Fall Break - No School

Tuesday, November 12                        Teacher Institute Day - No Student Attendance

Monday, November 19                        Conferences 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (No students)

Tuesday, November 20                        Conferences 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (No students)

Wednesday, November 21                        Thanksgiving Holiday - No Student Attendance

Thursday, November 22                        Thanksgiving Holiday - No Student Attendance

Friday, November 23                                Thanksgiving Holiday - No Student Attendance

Monday, December 24-Monday, January 4        Winter Break - No School

Tuesday, January 7                                Students Return from Winter Break

Friday, January 18                                Early Release (p.m. Preschool attends)

                                                        Elementary Dismissal: 1:00 p.m.

                                                        Middle School Dismissal: 12:25 p.m.

Monday, January 21                                Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School

Friday, February 14                                Early Release (a.m. preschool attends)

                                                        Elementary Dismissal: 1:00 p.m.

                                                        Middle School Dismissal: 12:25 p.m.

Monday, February 18                                Presidents’ Day - No School

Tuesday, February 19                                Institute Day - No Student Attendance

Friday, March 1                                Early Release (p.m. preschool attends)

                                                        Elementary Dismissal: 1:00 p.m.

                                                        Middle School Dismissal: 12:25

Monday, March 4                                Pulaski Day- No Student Attendance

Thursday, March 21                                Early Dismissal (a.m. preschool attends)

Conferences 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

                                                        Elementary Dismissal: 1:00 p.m.

                                                        Middle School Dismissal: 12:25 p.m.

Friday, March 22                                Conferences 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (No students)

Monday, March 25 - Friday, March 29        Spring Break - No School

Monday, April 1                                School Resumes

Thursday April 18                                 Early Release (p.m. preschool attends)

                                                        Elementary Dismissal: 1:00 p.m.

                                                        Middle School Dismissal: 12:25

Friday, April 19                                Good Friday - No School

Monday, April 22                                No School

Friday, May 24                                        Early Release/Records Day (a.m. preschool attends)

Elementary Dismissal 11:40 p.m.

                                                        Middle School Dismissal 10:55

Monday, May 27                                Memorial Day - No School

Wednesday, June 5                                Early Dismissal (p.m preschool attends)

Elementary Dismissal: 1:40 p.m.

Middle School Dismissal: 12:25

Thursday, June 6                                Last Day of School (a.m. preschool attends)

                                                        Elementary Dismissal 1:40 p.m.

                                                        Middle School Dismissal 12:55 p.m.


The Board of Education of North Shore School District 112 supports the work of the school district, and welcomes input from community members. If you wish to express your thoughts or share information with any individual Board of Education member or the Board as a whole, please do any of the following:


Email the superintendent of schools, Dr. Michael Lubelfeld at mlubelfeld@nssd112.org 

E-mail the entire Board of Education at boardmembers@nssd112.org, or individually at this link or on our website: www.nssd112.org.


All meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted, and are held at:

District Administration Offices

1936 Green Bay Road

Highland Park, IL 60035

**Board Meetings are held in public and are live-streamed (available on our website) for the community. See the District website under Board of Education for agenda, minutes, committee meetings, and other information.


The District 112 School Board is invested in serving the community and welcomes public comment at the designated time during board meetings. It is important, however, to remember that school board meetings are meetings of the Board held in public, they are not public meeting. Board meetings do not include back-and-forth dialogue with board members during the meeting, nor are they public hearings unless specifically designated as such. If a member of the public raises an issue or a concern that requires follow-up, the Board President or Superintendent will do so in a timely manner. The Board shall not permit personal attacks against any district employees, and members of the public are not permitted to make accusations against any employee by name or position. The Board of Education will limit individual comments to 3 minutes. Members of the audience are requested to be respectful of individuals expressing their views to the Board and to be respectful of the Board during its deliberations.


The fundamental right guaranteed by the Act is the right of inspection. While you may obtain copies of records requests, you are not required to purchase copies of records in order to gain access to them.

In compliance with State Law (5 ILCS 140/4), each school district is required to post specific information regarding the school district as part of FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requirements on its website. If the information you are seeking is not found on the District website (www.nssd112.org) you may request copies of existing documents using the Written Request for District Public Records, available on our website. This form is provided for your convenience to help expedite the search process-its use is not required, however, all requests should be made in writing. The form is available at the following link https://www.nssd112.org/Page/1434; please click on  District's Implementation Plan For That Policy.

When a written request for information is received, the District must comply within five working days. Under certain circumstances, the response time may be extended for up to five additional working days. If this happens, you will be notified at the end of the first five days specifying the reason for the delay. When copies are requested, a public body may charge fees reasonably calculated to reimburse it for the actual cost of reproducing and certifying public records.

FOIA requests can be sent to  FOIA@nssd.org. Questions concerning requests may be directed to that same email address. Additional information about Freedom of Information Act Requests can be found on the District's website, www.nssd112.org.  


Parents new to the community may call the Department of Student Services at (224) 765-3046 for information about enrollment and registration. Kindergarten pupils must be five years old on or before September 1 of each school year. Initial registration information is now provided online. Parents must make an appointment at the District Office (1936 Green Bay Road, Highland Park, IL 60035) to present specific documents (e.g., proof of residency, child’s birth certificate). It is recommended that parents make an appointment for registration by calling (224) 765-3046 (English and Spanish). Paperwork for registration is available at this link.


In accordance with relevant statutes and Board Residence Policy 7:60, a student may attend school in District 112 on a tuition-free basis provided that their parent or legal guardian demonstrates that the student lives within the district’s boundaries. Residency requirements will be verified when families new to the district enroll their children, and annually thereafter through an e-verification system. Procedures for registration can be found on the District website. Parents must come to the District Office with certain documents (e.g., original birth certificate) for any newly enrolling student.

Children who are five years of age on or before September 1 may attend kindergarten upon commencement of the school year. Procedures exist for school teams to review and consider early admittance into kindergarten for students whose fifth birthday falls between September 2 and October 31, however, please know that these procedures are stringent. Applications must be received by the building principal on or before April 15th of the school year prior to requested entrance. Children who have not attended kindergarten within the District may be placed in the first grade if they reach six years of age by September 1 of the school year. In all of these instances, a certified birth certificate must be submitted to substantiate the student’s date of birth.


Pupils entering District schools must present a certified copy of their birth certificate as evidence of age. State law requires that a certified copy of a child’s birth certificate (a foreign birth certificate is acceptable), or other reliable proof of the child’s identity and age (such as a passport, visa, or other government documentation) supported by a sworn statement explaining why the birth certificate is not available, be presented within thirty days of school registration. Failure to comply with this requirement will not prevent school attendance but will be reported to the Illinois State Police for purposes of determining if the child has been reported missing.


Verifying residency is an effort to protect taxpayers and district resources by identifying non-residents attending District 112 schools. Illinois law mandates that parents demonstrate residency prior to enrollment in school and allows for periodic verification to validate compliance with the law.

The District utilizes a third-party vendor to automatically verify student address information. The vendor will use a parent's name and address to crosscheck the information against other electronic databases such as utility companies. The overwhelming majority of our families are electronically verified. If your residency is electronically verified, you will have no further action and will not need to submit any additional paperwork to certify that you live within the district's boundaries.

A letter will be sent to families whose residency we are unable to verify electronically. The letter will provide details on additional information you will need to provide in order for your child to be registered for school.


A health certificate, including an immunization history completed by the primary health care provider, needs to be submitted to the school office by every preK, K, and 6th grade student in addition to all students who are new to the school district unless the parent provides an acceptable medical or religious objection. Failure to produce this health certificate will result in the student being excluded from school.

Students entering K, 2, and 6 must present proof of having been examined by a licensed dentist before May 15 of the current school year. Parents and/or guardians of students entering kindergarten or an Illinois school for the first time shall present proof before the first full day of school of the current school year that the student received an eye examination within one year prior to entry of kindergarten or the school.


Each child of a McKinney-Vento (Homeless) eligible individual and each McKinney-Vento (Homeless) youth has equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, as provided to other children and youths, including a public pre-school education. Students who are McKinney-Vento (Homeless) eligible may be enrolled if the student was a resident of the District before he/she became McKinney-Vento (Homeless) or if the child’s temporary residence is located within District boundaries. Further information regarding the educational rights of McKinney-Vento (Homeless) students may be obtained by contacting the District’s liaison:

Dr. Kristin Swanson: (224) 765-3048

Daisy Alcaraz (Spanish): (224) 765-3046


Pursuant to Board Policy 4:140 Waiver of Student Fees, the Board of Education authorizes the administration of student fees. Student fees for the 2018-2019 school year have been approved at $230 per child (grades 1-8) if registration is paid on or before August 2, 2018, and a late-payment processing fee of $20 was approved for registration fees received after the due date.

                Grade                                Paid On/Before                Paid On/After

8/2/18                                8/3/18

                Kindergarten (½ Day)                $75.00                                $95.00

                Grades 1-8                        $230.00                        $250.00

Registration forms and cover letter, with fee schedule, are sent by the District Business Office to parent(s)/guardian(s) of all currently enrolled students in June with fees due by early August.

In addition to school fees, the following charges may also be assessed:

The Superintendent may waive charges for students with special needs or circumstances.


Student fees are due by the date specified in the student registration cover letter or at the time of new student registration. Student fees must be paid in a timely manner or parent(s)/guardian(s) will receive a delinquency notice. As stated in the delinquency notice, all charges incurred in the collection of unpaid fees are the responsibility of the parent(s) guardian(s).


The Board of Education has adopted a policy (Policy 4:140), which permits the waiving of instructional fees for students whose parents or guardians are unable to afford them. A student is automatically eligible for a fee waiver when:  The student is eligible for free or reduced priced lunches or breakfasts pursuant to 105 ILCS 125/1 et seq.; The student or student’s family is receiving aid under Article IV of The Illinois Public Aid Code; or The student’s status is documented as a runaway, homeless or migrant youth.  A student who is not automatically eligible for a fee waiver may nonetheless be eligible for a fee waiver if the student’s family has experienced unexpected financial hardship. A request for a non-automatic fee waiver should be made directly to the Chief Financial Officer, and if granted, must be annually renewed.  An application may be obtained in the Business Office or online at https://www.nssd112.org/Page/1091.

Fee Waivers: Any request for waivers of school fees shall be processed in accordance with the District’s Waiver of Fees for Students.

Payment Schedules: Students who are ineligible for a fee waiver and whose parent(s)/ guardian(s) are unable to pay the required fees in the time limits prescribed by this policy may contact the Chief Financial Officer to arrange for a payment schedule.

Returned Check Fee: The Board of Education reserves the right to charge parent(s)/ guardian(s) a twenty-five dollar ($25.00) fee for any check given as payment for school fees which is returned to the District as unpaid whether due to insufficient funds, closure of account or other reason.


Full-Day Kindergarten Program                

Annual Tuition:  $2,500.00

If you enroll your child in the district's optional full-day kindergarten program, there is an annual tuition per student. Families that need financial assistance may apply for a Hardship Waiver. The Hardship Waiver application, if approved, permits the waiving of the tuition for families who are not able to afford it. 


All children transferring into District schools must have an official transfer form indicating whether or not they are “in good standing” and whether or not their medical records are up to date. All transfer students serving terms of suspension or expulsion from any public or private Illinois or out-of-state schools must serve the entire duration of the suspension or expulsion prior to enrollment.

When moving out of the district, parents are asked to notify the school office at least one week in advance of the move. This will allow the school and parents adequate time to complete the necessary forms to ensure a timely transfer of school records. The following information will be requested from you before you move: • Date of move • New address • New school child will attend (if known).


Any change in home address, home or work telephone number, or emergency information must be reported to the School Office immediately in order to maintain accurate school records and facilitate communication with parents.

NOTE: Parents reporting address changes will also be asked to provide two forms of identification that show both the parent/guardian name and the new address.


If parents will be away for an extended time while the student remains in school, the office staff and teachers should be advised in writing. The name and telephone number of the adult who is in charge of the student during parental absence should be provided.


The District 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), the Illinois School Code, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans With Disabilities Act. If a parent/guardian suspects that his or her child is in need of identification, assessment and placement services for a child that is or may qualify as a student with a disability, the parent/guardian should contact his or her building principal or:

Kristin Swanson, Ph.D.

Assistant Superintendent for Student Services

1936 Green Bay Road

Highland Park, IL 60035

(224) 765-3047



Behavioral Interventions

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

Discipline of Special Education Students

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


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

  1. He or she (a) is in grades 3-8, (b) his or her IEP requires that special education support and services be provided during physical education time, and (c) the parent/guardian agrees or the IEP team makes the determination; or
  2. He or she (a) has an IEP, (b) is participating in an adaptive athletic program outside of the school setting, and (c) the parent/guardian documents the student’s participation as required by the Superintendent or designee.

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


Regular school attendance is essential to a student’s success in school. The activities that take place in the classroom are a vital part of the teaching and learning process and days lost from class can never be recaptured. Most subjects are taught in sequence, requiring the understanding of each concept in the order of its presentation. Persistent absenteeism creates a genuine hardship for a student and is regarded as a very serious problem. It is recognized that there are times when students cannot or should not attend school. Upon receiving notification from the parent/guardian, such absences are classified as excused absences.

If a child is absent from school, please contact the school by 9:00 a.m. (or 12:00 p.m. for afternoon kindergarten). This permits a check on attendance and provides a valuable security measure for your child.  If the school does not receive a call from parents by 9:00 a.m., the nurse’s office will begin checking absences. The school requires at least one telephone number at which parents/guardians may be reached by the school regarding absences or illnesses. Should your child become ill at school, you will be contacted by a school official.

The accountability for student absences from school (all day or a portion thereof) is governed by Board Policy 7:70 Absenteeism and Truancy.


Students are expected to arrive at school on time. A student arriving at school after the start of school is required to report to the office before proceeding to the classroom. Excessive tardies may result in student discipline and/or a report of truancy to the Regional Office of Education. *Please refer to your individual school information regarding these activities.


The parent/guardian must notify the school if the student is absent from school for any reason. An absence shall be “excused” when a child is absent from school because of illness, observance of a religious holiday, death in the immediate family, family emergency, situations beyond the control of the student as determined by the superintendent or designee, or other such circumstances which cause reasonable concern to the parent for the safety or health of the student. If a student is absent from school due to the observance of a religious holiday, the student will have an equal opportunity to make up any school work requirements, including exams, missed due to the absence. Failure to explain an absence shall result in an unexcused absence. The reason for an absence will be kept confidential. Family vacations are not considered excused absences by the State of Illinois.

In the case of an extended illness, it will not be necessary to call the school every day; however, the school may require verification from a physician. If the illness exceeds two weeks, provision for continuing the child’s instruction, including possible tutorial help, will be made. The district reserves the right to require documentation from a physician for any absences when a student has had excessive absences during the school year.

Students who are absent or expected to be absent from school for more than ten school days (two or more days at a time) for medical reasons, as certified by a licensed physician, are eligible to receive instruction at home. Please contact your child’s building principal or associate principal to get more information regarding homebound tutoring.


A student who is identified as experiencing an attendance problem shall be offered supportive services to include, but not be limited to, student-teacher conferences, parent conferences, individual counseling, family counseling, and information about community services that are available to the student and relevant to his/her needs. In accordance with The School Code of Illinois, no punitive action, including out-of-school suspensions, expulsions, or court action shall be taken against a chronic truant for his or her truancy unless available supportive services and other school resources have been provided to the student.


A truant is a child subject to compulsory school attendance laws who is absent from school without valid cause for a school day or any portion of a school day. Students who are identified as chronic truants will be reported to the office of the Regional Superintendent of Schools. Students who miss 5% or more of the prior 180 regular school days without valid cause (a recognized excuse) are considered chronic truants. Students who are chronic truants will be offered support services and resources aimed at correcting the truancy issue.

If chronic truancy persists after support services and other resources are made available, the school and district will take further action, including:

A parent or guardian who knowingly and willfully permits a child to be truant is in violation of State law and may be subject to criminal penalties.


Students will be released from school early only under special circumstances. Parents are encouraged to make appointments at the beginning or end of the school day to minimize the amount of time taken from the school day. It is the responsibility of the pupil to make up work missed during any absence from class. For the protection of the child, it is required that the parent pick him/her up in the school office and sign the student release book. A student will not be dismissed during the school day unless a properly identified adult is present to pick up the student. If the student returns to school, he/she must “sign-in” at the school office.

For safety and security reasons, a prior written or oral consent of a student’s custodial parent/guardian is required before a student is released during school hours:

  1. At any time before the regular dismissal time or at any time before school is otherwise officially closed, and/or
  2. To any person other than a custodial parent/guardian.


The District contracts transportation services with First Student Transportation Services, Inc. North Shore School District 112 provides free transportation in accordance with Illinois School Code (105 ILCS 5/Art. 29 heading) which states that a student must live more than 1.5 miles from their school or live within a hazardous walking route. In an effort to create safe and efficient transportation, bus routes are created based on the student’s home address, unless an alternate location has been received no later than July 1.

Students who are eligible for free transportation will receive a letter 10 days prior to the start of the school year. The letter will provide the pick up & drop off locations & times. Any transportation request for a pick up and/or drop off location different than the home address (daycare) for the following school year must be received no later than July 1. In order to maintain continuity, bus routes may not be altered during the first two weeks of the school year. If no request is received, the student’s home address will be used to establish the route. New requests submitted during the school year will begin the 4th school day after receipt. If a daycare is requested as a pick up or drop-off location and for any circumstances the establishment is closed during the school year due to their own schedule, parents are responsible to transport their child during any of those days that the establishment is closed. For safety reasons, last minute changes on pick up or drop-off locations are not allowed.  

Questions regarding bus services should be directed to First Student Transportation Services at 847-724-7200, the Transportation Department at 224-765-3011 or email at transportation@nssd112.org.

Students who are deemed ineligible for free transportation may be allowed to ride the bus on a space available basis, with a fee of $495.00 per year. Fee waivers are not available for transportation services. Parents must check with the Transportation Office to make sure that there is space available and there is an available route. Parents that choose this option must pay for transportation services before the deadline as the routes are developed based on required busing. Requests for transportation services must be submitted to the Transportation Office before July 1st as routes can not be changed once all the requests have been submitted, and will not be changed once the school year has started.  

Students are required to follow all school rules at the bus stop, as well as on the bus itself. Failure to do so can result in suspension of bus privileges and/or other consequences based on the nature of the offense. All students are expected to ride the bus in a safe and respectful manner. The Superintendent, or any designee as permitted in the School Code, is authorized to suspend a student from riding the school bus for up to 10 consecutive school days for engaging in gross disobedience or misconduct. Please see Board of Education Policy 7:190 for more information.

If a student is suspended from riding the bus for gross disobedience or misconduct on a bus, the School Board may suspend the student from riding the school bus for a period in excess of 10 days for safety reasons. The District shall provide the student with notice of the gross disobedience or misconduct and an opportunity to respond prior to enacting the suspension.

All school bus accidents must be reported immediately. This includes non-collision type accidents that result in any damage to the bus, injury to the bus driver or passengers. In case of a bus accident, the driver has been instructed to contact dispatch and the Police Department as quickly as possible. The top consideration is the safety and well-being of all students.

Students eligible for special education under the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act who engage in gross disobedience or misconduct shall be disciplined in accordance with federal or state regulations or any appropriate provisions of the student’s IEP or Section 504 Accommodation Plan.


All students who ride buses must follow the District's School Bus Safety Guidelines:


Electronic visual and audio recordings may be used on school buses to monitor conduct and to promote and maintain a safe environment for students and employees when transportation is provided for any school related activity.  Notice of electronic recordings shall be displayed on the exterior of the vehicle’s entrance door and front interior bulkhead in compliance with State law and the rules of the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety.

Students are prohibited from tampering with electronic recording devices.  Students who violate this policy shall be disciplined in accordance with the Board’s discipline policy and shall reimburse the School District for any necessary repairs or replacement.


An after-school activity bus is available at most schools for those students participating in an after-school activity, free of charge. Please contact your child’s school for additional information.


Each building has a commitment to safe procedures for arrival and dismissal. Please note that many of our schools are located in residential neighborhoods with limited space for car lines. Whenever possible, please have students ride the bus or participate in a car pool to limit the number of cars traversing areas with high pedestrian traffic. Please contact your child’s school office for specific information about drop-off and pick-up procedures. Students are expected to observe all school rules during arrival and dismissal. Students will remain outside until the first bell rings unless there is inclement weather (temperature and/or windchill below 15 degrees/rain).


Supervision begins at 8:30 a.m. Individual buildings may have alternative procedures in place depending on before school program offerings and earlier/later start times (e.g., Red Oak, Sherwood). In order to provide a safe environment, students may not arrive on the school grounds before supervision begins. Unless buildings make specific arrangements, school playground, fields, and courts are not supervised during arrival times. All exterior doors will be locked at all times. Late arrivals must use the front entrance in order to maintain building security.  

School Hours 


Morning Class:                 8:40 a.m. to 11:10 a.m.

Afternoon Class:                 12:40 p.m. to 3:10 p.m.

Extended Day Class:                 8:40 a.m. to 1:55 p.m.

Elementary Schools

Kindergarten Morning Class:                        8:40 a.m. to 11:50 p.m.        

Kindergarten Morning (SW):                        8:36 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.

Kindergarten Full Day Class:                         8:40 a.m. to 3:17 p.m.

Kindergarten Full Day (RO):                        8:44 a.m. to 3:21 p.m.

Kindergarten Full Day (SW):                        8:36 a.m. to 3:13 p.m.          

Grades 1-5:                                        8:40 a.m. to 3:17 p.m.

        Grades 1-5 (RO)                                8:44 a.m. to 3:21 p.m.

        Grades 1-5 (SW)                                8:36 a.m. to 3:13 p.m.

Grades 1-5 Early Release:                8:40 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Grades 1-5 Early Dismissal:                8:40 a.m. to 1:40 p.m.


Students who arrive before 7:30 a.m. are expected to wait outside the main entrance, weather permitting. If severe weather conditions exist, students will be allowed inside beginning at 7:30 a.m. Students who need to enter the building before 7:30 a.m. must be under direct supervision of a staff member. Students who arrive early to participate in a before school activity or to meet with a teacher will be admitted at a time designated by the sponsor/teacher. Once students have arrived at school, they may not leave school grounds prior to dismissal unless accompanied by a parent/legal guardian.

School Hours 

Grades 6-8:                        7:55 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. (First bell rings at 7:50 a.m.)

Early Release Schedule:        7:55 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. (Typically one Friday of every month)

Early Dismissal:                7:55 a.m. to 12:55 p.m.


North Shore School District 112 works closely with local and state authorities to ensure the safety and protection of students. The decision to close school or implement the late start schedule may be made due to severe weather conditions or other emergencies.  In making the decision, District administrators examine local weather conditions and forecasts for those hours when children will be waiting for transportation or in the process of traveling to school.

The determination to close school or implement the late start schedule will be based upon available information collected from local law enforcement agencies, weather forecast services, and neighboring school district administrators. The District makes every effort to determine school closings or late starts prior to 5:00 a.m. of the day in question. If school cancellation or late start is necessary, the district communicates in the following ways:

Parents are encouraged to check the district website to verify school closing information.  Emergency closing and schedule change notifications will also be shared with local broadcast media.


Green Bay Early Childhood Center

Morning students attend at the discretion of their parents, who are responsible for transportation.


Elementary Schools

Middle Schools: Grades 6 - 8


Children should never bring valuable or prized possessions to school. This includes toys and all electronic devices, as well as prized possessions such as jewelry, souvenirs, collections, and large sums of money. Additionally, students should not buy, sell, or trade any items at school or on the bus. The school is unable to secure children's personal possessions and cannot be responsible for lost or damaged personal property. Similarly, the school is not liable for accidental damage that may occur to personal items it may be necessary for children to bring to school (eye glasses, hearing aids, dental apparatuses, etc.). Parents are urged to label clothing, lunch boxes, boots, coats, backpacks, and other items with name tags or a permanent marker.


Articles that interfere in any way with school procedures, disrupt the educational process, or are hazards to the safety of others are not allowed at school. Such items include, but are not limited to:

Possession of these items is prohibited at school and may result in detention, suspension, or expulsion.

Students who use, possess, distribute, purchase, or sell an explosive, firearm, or any other object that can reasonably be considered a weapon can be expelled in accordance with Board of Education policy. If a student brings a firearm or weapon to school, the criminal justice or juvenile delinquency system will be notified.


All visitors to school property are required to report to the Building Principal’s office.  All visitors must show identification and wear a visitor’s badge while at a school.  The school district has implemented a visitor management system called IdentiSys. This system requires visitors to produce identification that will then be cleared through a review of sex offender lists. 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.  Any staff member may request identification from any person on school grounds or in any District building.  

In accordance with Board Policy 8:30 Conduct on District Property, the District expects mutual respect, civility and orderly conduct among all individuals on District property or at a school event.  Any individual entering District 112 property or attending District-sponsored activities including extracurricular activities, board meetings, or athletic events shall treat others with dignity and respect. This expectation is not intended to deprive any person of his/her right to freedom of expression, but rather to maintain to the extent possible a reasonable and safe, harassment-free educational atmosphere for the school community with minimal disruption. The District encourages positive communication and discourages volatile, hostile, or aggressive behaviors. The District expects public cooperation with this endeavor. Any visitor who engages in misconduct identified in Board of Education Policy 8:30 may be ejected from school property. Trespassing on school grounds is prohibited.


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


North Shore School District 112 works closely with local and state authorities to ensure the safety and protection of students. Fire drills are conducted 3 times per year, and at least one of those is with fire personnel present. Additional drills for severe weather (Shelter In Place), bus evacuation, and law enforcement (lockdown) are also held at least once each year.  

In the case of an emergency or severe weather during school sessions, students remain in safe areas of the building with their designated teacher or supervisor. If school is not in session and severe weather or other emergency warrants closing a school, schools will be closed according to established procedures for emergency closing.


The district is committed to maintaining a safe school environment for all stakeholders. To that end, the superintendent, building principal, or other administrator shall immediately notify the police in the event that a staff member observes:

  1. Anyone in possession of a firearm on school grounds;
  2. Any verified drug-related incident on school grounds or in school transportation; and
  3. Any incidents of battery committed against staff.

In addition, if an administrator determines that any person is a clear and present danger to self or others, the administrator shall notify the State Police within 24 hours.


Children entering preschool, kindergarten, sixth grade or those entering school at any grade for the first time in Illinois, are required by Illinois School Code to present evidence of a completed physical examination. Additionally, students in preschool and kindergarten must also present evidence of having received immunizations against preventable communicable diseases as required by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Students who are not in compliance with this regulation will not be permitted to begin the school year until they provide evidence to the nurse at their attending school that they have had a physical examination and met immunization requirements.


Physical examinations are required by state law and the Board of Education upon entrance to school, either into pre-school or kindergarten and prior to entering sixth grade. Physical examinations are also required for all NEW students whose physical information records do not comply with state law requirements. School board policy requires that students submit this certificate by the first day of the school year. Any student registering after the first day of school is required to submit this certificate within 30 days of starting school.

*Parents are notified of deficiencies in any category.

Additional information about required immunizations is available in the health office in your school.


If a student’s parent/guardian objects to any or all of the health, dental or eye examination or immunization requirements on religious grounds, the parent/guardian must present a signed Certificate of Religious Exemption as created by the Department of Public Health, detailing the grounds for objection and the specific immunizations, tests, or examinations to which they object. The grounds for the objection must set forth the specific religious belief that conflicts with the examination, test, immunization, or other medical intervention. The signed Certificate will reflect the parent’s or legal guardian’s understanding of the school’s exclusion policies in the case of a vaccine-preventable disease outbreak or exposure. The Certificate must also be signed by the examining health care provider responsible for the performance of the child’s health examination confirming that the provider provided education to the parents or guardians on the benefits of immunization and the health risks associated with the failure to immunize. Parents or legal guardians must submit the Certificate to the school prior to entering kindergarten and sixth grade for each child for which they are requesting an exemption. District 112 will determine whether the content of the Certificate constitutes a valid religious objection to immunizations and health examinations.


The Department of Public Health is required by law to provide written information to all female students who are entering the sixth grade and their parents/guardians on the link between HPV and cervical cancer and the availability of an HPV vaccine.


All middle school students who participate in competitive physical activities shall be required to have a physical examination prior to such participation. The activities for which examinations are required shall be determined by the middle school principals in consultation with the physical education teachers and the coordinator of health services. Pupils who have asthma or other potentially life-threatening health problems must have the proper forms and medication(s) at school in order to participate in physical education or recess. Otherwise, a doctor’s note stating that the pupil is symptom free, no longer requires medication, and may participate in activities without restriction, may be required.


In accordance with State law and Board Policy 7:305, a student may not participate in an interscholastic or intramural athletic activity for a school year until the student and the student’s parent or guardian or another person with legal authority to make medical decisions for the student have signed an Agreement to Participate.

A student athlete who exhibits signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with a concussion will be immediately removed from interscholastic participation or competition and will also be removed from intramural athletic activities and from the physical activity portion of the physical education course in which the student is enrolled. A student who has been removed from an interscholastic contest, intramural athletics, or physical education may not return to play until the following conditions are met:

  1. The student has been evaluated, using established medical protocols based on peer-reviewed scientific evidence consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, by a treating physician (chosen by the student or the student’s parent or guardian or another person with legal authority to make medical decisions for the student) or an athletic trainer working under the supervision of a physician;
  2. The student has successfully completed each requirement of the return-to-play protocol established by the District’s concussion oversight team;
  3. The student has successfully completed each requirement of the return-to-learn protocol established by the District’s concussion oversight team;
  4. The treating physician or athletic trainer working under the supervision of a physician has provided a written statement indicating that, in the physician’s professional judgment, it is safe for the student to return to play and return to learn; and
  5. The student and the student’s parent or guardian or another person with legal authority to make medical decisions for the student:
  1. Have acknowledged that the student has completed the requirements of the return-to-play and return-to-learn protocols necessary for the student to return to play;
  2. Have provided the treating physician’s or athletic trainer’s written statement indicating that, in the physician’s professional judgment, it is safe for the student to return to play and return to learn to the person appointed by the Superintendent as responsible for implementing and complying with the return-to-play and return-to-learn protocols adopted by the District’s concussion oversight team; and
  3. Have signed a consent form indicating that:
  1. They have been informed concerning and consent to the student participating in returning to play in accordance with the return-to-play and return-to-learn protocols;
  2. They understand the risks associated with returning to play and returning to learn and will comply with any ongoing requirements in the return-to-play and return-to-learn protocols; and
  3. They consent to the disclosure to appropriate persons, consistent with the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, of the treating physician’s or athletic trainer’s written statement indicating that, in the physician’s professional judgment, it is safe for the student to return to play and return to learn to the person appointed by the Superintendent as responsible for implementing and complying with the return-to-play and return-to-learn protocols adopted by the District’s concussion oversight team and, if any, the return-to-play and return-to-learn recommendations of the treating physician or the athletic trainer, as the case may be.


In accordance with state law and Board Policy 7:270, students should not take medication during school hours or during school-related activities unless it is necessary for a student’s health and well-being. When a student’s licensed health care provider and parent/guardian believe that it is necessary for the student to take a medication during school hours or school-related activities, the parent/guardian must request that the school dispense the medication to the child and otherwise follow the District’s procedures on dispensing medication. No School District employee shall administer to any student, or supervise a student’s self-administration of, any prescription or non-prescription medication until a completed and signed “School Medication Authorization Form” is submitted by the student’s parent/guardian. No student shall possess or consume any prescription or non-prescription medication on school grounds or at a school-related function other than as provided for in this policy and its implementing procedures. Nothing in this policy shall prohibit any school employee from providing emergency assistance to students, including administering medication.


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

Within 24 hours of the use of an undesignated epinephrine auto-injector, the district will provide notice to the doctor who prescribed the the epinephrine auto-injector. An undesignated epinephrine auto-injector is one that is prescribed in the name of the district or school rather than in the name of a specific student. In addition, within 3 days of the administration of an undesignated epinephrine auto-injector, the district will inform the Illinois state Board of Education of its use.


If your child has diabetes and requires assistance with managing this condition while at school and school functions, a 504 Plan or Individual Health Care Plan will be created by the building nurse.

Parents/guardians are responsible for and must:

  1. Inform the school in a timely manner of any change which needs to be made to the Health Care Plan on file with the school for their child;
  2. Inform the school in a timely manner of any changes to their emergency contact numbers or contact numbers of health care providers;
  3. Approve the Health Care Plan.

For further information, please contact the building principal or nurse.


In case of illness or injury, school personnel will care for a student temporarily. As authorized on the student emergency information form, if emergency care is needed, the school will act on the parent/guardian’s behalf to make arrangements for emergency care and transportation (i.e., ambulance if necessary). It should be understood that the school district assumes no responsibility and is not liable for the costs of such transportation or medical care.

Please Note: an emergency telephone number where parents can be reached and the name and telephone number of the student’s family doctor must be on file at the school and must be kept current. Please report any changes to the school office immediately. 

If an illness or injury occurs, every effort will be made to notify parents immediately. If a parent/guardian cannot be reached, the adult listed on the emergency form will be contacted. In the event that neither the home nor emergency number can be reached, the student will receive appropriate first aid and be allowed to rest until the parent/guardian can be located. Each school has an assigned Registered Nurse, who is available during the school day. School nurses have first aid training and are able to care for minor health problems or emergencies.

Students who experience vomiting or a fever of 100ºF or more are required to go home for the duration of the day. In addition, a child with an undiagnosed rash is required to go home. Students must be fever-free for at least 24 hours before returning to school. If it is necessary for a child to stay inside for health reasons, a doctor’s excuse is required. A note from the parent or guardian following an illness will also be accepted. If the child does not have a note, he or she will go out for recess and other outdoor activities.


If a student is displaying symptoms of or has been diagnosed with a communicable contagious disease, such as chicken pox, strep throat, mumps, etc., the parents should keep the child home and inform the school office immediately of such a situation. This allows the school to take appropriate steps to prevent the spread of the disease. The district observes recommendations from the Illinois Department of Public Health regarding communicable diseases.

  1. Parents are required to notify the school nurse if they suspect their child has a communicable disease.
  2. In certain cases, students with a communicable disease may be excluded from school or sent home from school following notification of the parent or guardian.
  3. The school will provide written instructions to the parent and guardian regarding appropriate treatment for the communicable disease.
  4. A student excluded because of a communicable disease will be permitted to return to school only when the parent or guardian brings to the school a letter from the student’s doctor stating that the student is no longer contagious or at risk of spreading the communicable disease.


Many School District employees are trained in CPR and AED use.  The Illinois High School Association’s website contains a video on the administration of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillators (AED). All students and parents are encouraged to review the video at http://www.ihsa.org/Resources/SportsMedicine/CPRTraining.aspx.


The School Board permits a group plan for accident insurance to be offered to all pupils. Participation in this insurance plan is optional, and the Board assumes no responsibility for its operation. An application and information on the types of coverage is available at each school, and information is available on the District website. The District assumes no responsibility for any expenses related to emergency medical care.


District 112 follows the guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatricians regarding head lice.

  1. Students are not excluded from school for lice or lice nits.
  2. If a student at school is found to have lice, the parent is notified so that treatment may begin upon return to home.
  3. If several cases of lice are found in a particular classroom parents will receive a health alert so they can be extra diligent in monitoring their children.
  4. School nurses do not perform lice checks on groups of children (e.g., classrooms, grade levels).
  5. Lice checks are performed on an individual basis only for children presenting with symptoms of potential lice infestation.


Students who are absent or expected to be absent from school for more than ten school days (two or more days at a time) for medical reasons, as certified by a licensed physician, may be eligible to receive instruction at home. Please contact your child’s building principal or associate principal to get more information regarding homebound tutoring.  


The Illinois School Code requires daily physical activity for children in grades K-8.   A parent note indicating that the student cannot participate in physical education classes or daily physical activity is necessary to excuse the student from such activities up to and including three days. Any request for exemption beyond three days will require a physician’s written note. For students whose physical or emotional condition, as determined by a person licensed under the Medical Practice Act, prevents their participation in the courses provided for other children, special activities in physical education shall be provided.


North Shore School District 112 highly values outdoor physical exercise and the opportunity for daily outdoor play for all students. All schools in District 112 will engage in outdoor recess unless temperatures are at or below 15 degrees (including wind chill) or if there is precipitation. Students will also be allowed to come into our buildings before school when the temperature is 15 degrees or below, including wind chill.



Assessments are an important part of learning and students at our schools take part in several assessments throughout the year. The purpose of these assessments is to monitor student learning and make instructional decisions.


The purpose of report cards is to keep parents informed of their child’s academic progress and to highlight behaviors and attitudes that help or hinder learning. Report cards are issued three times a year for elementary and four times a year for middle schools. Report cards are sent home with students. The determination of an academic grade is based on student’s class work, quizzes, tests, reports, etc. Parents of middle school students are invited to monitor their student’s progress through district student information system, Infinite Campus. For more information, contact your child’s school office.


Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled on a districtwide basis. Special school days are set aside for these conferences. Please refer to the school calendar for these dates. Parent-teacher conferences enable teachers to work more effectively with each child. This direct communication affords an opportunity to gain a better mutual understanding of the child that is not otherwise possible. Conferences also give the teacher an opportunity to discuss methods, objectives, and other aspects of the school and program with parents. Parents may request a conference with the teacher at times other than the regularly scheduled conferences. Parents may contact a teacher to set a mutually agreed upon time for such a conference. This type of a conference is very useful if the student is concerned about something occurring at school or the parent has an immediate concern.


All staff members are available by both phone and e-mail. To access a staff member’s voicemail, please use the staff directory on our website (www.nssd112.org) or on your child’s building website. Please note that teachers may not check their voicemail or e-mail during the school day due to teaching responsibilities; if you need immediate attention, please contact the school office.


Homework is recognized by the Board of Education, Board Policy 6:290 as an educational practice designed for the purpose of applying and acquiring study skills, reinforcing instruction and developing independent study habits.  Homework will not be assigned as a punitive consequence. The assignment of homework is a thoughtful process that is respectful of the needs and abilities of all students with consideration given by the teacher to the additional academic demands and family obligations of the students.


Homework is appropriate when: it is follow-up practice for skills previously introduced in the classroom; grade level/content area teachers coordinate major assessments or projects; directions are clearly understood; and when teachers differentiate according to the skill levels of students. Parents can help their children by arranging a quiet, comfortable place for the students to work and by monitoring that the assignments are completed. The amount of homework done by each pupil varies according to grade level. If clarification is needed concerning homework assignments, a phone call or email to your child’s teacher is recommended.



District 112’S intent is for all use of the technology resources to be consistent with our mission. District 112 is committed to technology and curriculum integration and believes it is an important component in current and future education, real word applications, and personal learning. The district is also committed to educating students on how to navigate and engage in online and digital environments safely and responsibly through curricula and agreements.

The Board of Education has adopted a Board Policy 6:235 Computer Network and Internet Safety, Access and Use. Every student and his/her parent/guardian must review the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) and agree to its terms to access the district network resources and be able to use the internet.  In addition, students may be required to sign computer and Internet Guidelines provided by the IMC teacher. The complete policy is available on the district website (www.nssd112.org).

District 112 takes precautions to prevent access to materials that may be defamatory, inaccurate, offensive, or otherwise inappropriate in the school setting. It is, however, impossible to control all technology sources and a user may discover inappropriate material. Ultimately, parent(s)/guardian(s) are responsible for setting and conveying the standards for their child. District 112 supports and respects each family’s right to decide whether or not to authorize Internet access. The failure of any user to follow the terms of this Internet Acceptable Use Policy will result in the loss of privileges, disciplinary action, restitution and/or appropriate legal action. The signatures on this document, (contained in the grade level student contract packet), indicate the persons who signed have read the terms and conditions carefully and understand their significance.

All use of the District’s electronic networks must be: (1) in support of education and/or research, and be in furtherance of the goals stated herein, or (2) for a legitimate school business purpose. Use is a privilege, not a right. Students and staff members have no expectation of privacy in any material that is stored, transmitted, or received via the District’s electronic networks or District computers. General rules for behavior and communications apply when using electronic networks. The District’s Authorization for Electronic Network Access contains the appropriate uses, ethics, and protocol. Electronic communications and downloaded material, including files deleted from a user’s account may be monitored or read by school officials.

Access to District 112’s Internet must be consistent with the mission and educational objectives of District 112. Users of technology will:


Users are responsible for their actions and activities involving the network. Some examples of unacceptable uses are:


All members of the District 112 community (students, parents, staff members) are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. These include, but are not limited to, the following:


Electronic networks, including the Internet, are a part of the District’s instructional program and serve to promote educational excellence by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication. The Superintendent shall develop an implementation plan for this policy and appoint a system administrator(s). The School District is not responsible for any information that may be lost or damaged, or become unavailable when using the network, or for any information that is retrieved or transmitted via the Internet. Furthermore, the District will not be responsible for any unauthorized charges or fees resulting from access to the Internet.

The use of the District’s electronic networks shall: (1) be consistent with the curriculum adopted by the District as well as the varied instructional needs, learning styles, abilities, and developmental levels of the students, and (2) comply with the selection criteria for instructional materials and library resource center materials. Staff members may, consistent with the Superintendent’s implementation plan, use the Internet throughout the curriculum.

The District’s electronic network is part of the curriculum and is not a public forum for general use. Access to the electronic network is a privilege, not a right. The Board of Education has a duty to insure that the manner in which the electronic network is used does not conflict with the basic educational mission of the School District. Use of the electronic network may be restricted in light of the maturity level of students involved and the special characteristics of the school environment. Therefore, the School District will not permit student use of the electronic network which: (a) causes substantial disruption of the proper and orderly operation of the school or school activities; (b) violates the rights of others; (c) is socially inappropriate or inappropriate due to the maturity level of the students; (d) is primarily intended as an immediate solicitation of funds; or (e) constitutes gross disobedience or misconduct. The District shall also implement technology protection measures consistent with the Children’s Internet Protection Act and its implementing regulations.


Each District computer with Internet access shall have 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 federal law and as determined by the Superintendent or designee. The Superintendent or designee shall enforce the use of such filtering devices. An administrator, supervisor, or other authorized person may disable the filtering device for bona fide research or other lawful purpose, provided the person receives prior permission from the Superintendent or system administrator. The Superintendent or designee shall include measures in this policy’s implementation plan to address the following:

  1. Ensure staff supervision of student access to online electronic networks,
  2. Restrict student access to inappropriate matter as well as restricting access to harmful
  3. Ensure student and staff privacy, safety, and security when using electronic
  4. communications,
  5. Restrict unauthorized access, including “hacking” and other unlawful activities, and
  6. Restrict unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identification
  7. information, such as, names and addresses.


Each staff member must sign the District’s Authorization for Electronic Network Access as a condition for using the District’s electronic network. Each student and his or her parent(s)/guardian(s) must sign the Authorization before being granted unsupervised use.

All users of the District’s computers to access the Internet shall maintain the confidentiality of student records. Reasonable measures to protect against unreasonable access shall be taken before confidential student information is loaded onto the network. The failure of any student or staff member to follow the terms of the Authorization for Electronic Network Access, or this policy, will result in the loss of privileges, disciplinary action, and/or appropriate legal action.


The District makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the technology service it is providing. This includes loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, missed deliveries, or service interruptions caused by its negligence or your errors or omissions. Use of any information obtained via the Internet is at your own risk. The District specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through its services.


The user agrees that they will not hold the District responsible for any losses, costs, or damages (including attorney fees), incurred as a result of the user’s use of the District’s electronic resources and must reimburse the District for any damages or loss (including attorney fees) relating to, or arising out of, any user breach of this Technology Acceptable Use Policy. The District is not liable for the actions of users of its electronic resources.


Network security is a high priority. If you can identify a security problem on the network, you must notify a district administrator. Do not demonstrate the problem to other users. In addition:


This shall serve as notification to students and their parents/guardians of each of the following in accordance with the Right to Privacy in the School Setting Act, 105 ILCS 75:

  1. School officials may not request or require a student or his or her parent/guardian to provide a password or other related account information to gain access to the student’s account or profile on a social networking website.
  2. School officials may conduct an investigation or require a student to cooperate in an investigation if there is specific information about activity on the student’s account on a social networking website that violates a school disciplinary rule or policy. In the course of an investigation, the student may be required to share the content that is reported in order to allow school officials to make a factual determination.


In accordance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) of 2000, the District installs and operates filtering software to limit users’ Internet access to materials that are obscene, pornographic, harmful to children, or otherwise inappropriate, notwithstanding that such software may in certain cases block access to other materials as well. At the same time, the district cannot guarantee that filtering software will in all instances successfully block access to materials deemed harmful, indecent, offensive, pornographic, or otherwise inappropriate. The use of filtering software does not negate or otherwise affect the obligations of users to abide by the terms of this policy and to refrain from accessing such materials.


Vandalism to any technology system will result in disciplinary action, possible restitution and/or loss of privileges. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy data of another user, the Internet, or any other network, or the misuse of district-owned hardware or software.


The District assumes no responsibility for any unauthorized charges, fees or subscriptions incurred by an individual user.


Online privacy and safety are issues that we at District 112 take very seriously. We also take seriously the need for our students to create a powerful digital footprint for themselves. In order to do this they need to share their learning and work with the world. As a means to share their voice and celebrate their learning and work, children and/or their school projects may be photographed or videotaped. Student photos/videos and work may be displayed in the school, printed in District 112 publications, used on the District/school/class website, printed in the school yearbook or posted to District/school pages on social media sites. Visiting media may also use student photos/videos. Students may also be publishing to third party sites such as video, photo, blogging sites, etc. This media will not be used for commercial purposes. It is the District’s practice to only use a student’s first name and first initial of last name, when identifying students for this use, except for the school yearbook where a student’s full name will be used. The District may release, publish, and use photographs/ videos, and work of your student unless you indicate otherwise, in writing, through a letter sent to your student’s school. In this letter, please outline what specifically which media you wish your student to be withheld from.


During the school year, children and/or their school projects may be photographed or videotaped.  The district may use these images without identifying the student by name in various publications, including school yearbooks, school and district websites and print and electronic newsletters, and in news releases shared with the local media.  No consent or notice is needed to use pictures of unnamed students while they are at school or a school-related activity.


In order for the school to publish a picture with a student identified by name, one of the student’s parents or guardians will be asked to sign off on the following statement:  

During the school year, children and/or their school projects may be photographed or videotaped.  I grant consent to North Shore School District 112 to use my child’s name, voice, image or projects in district and school electronic and print publications, the district and school website, and in communications shared with the local news media.  The district will not identify children by first and last name with their photo. This consent is valid for the entire time my child is enrolled in the District.  I may revoke this consent at any time by notifying the Building Principal.


There are a variety of support services available to help students access and progress through the curriculum. For specific questions, please contact your child’s building principal.


To better support the differentiated instruction that students regularly receive in their classroom, Advanced Learning Opportunities (ALO) are provided when a student demonstrates they have already mastered grade level standards on an upcoming unit.  Classroom teachers develop instructional strategies to deepen, enrich, and extend specific academic standards for students who may at times require alternate experiences and approaches to be sufficiently challenged when they have already mastered grade level standards.


All students that are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, or visually impaired may be eligible to receive services from the Illinois School for the Deaf or the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired.  The Illinois School for the Deaf provides services such as medical, audiological, vision, and speech services.  The Illinois School for the Visually Impaired provides services in all academic areas, orientation and mobility, compensatory skills such as Braille, and career education.  More information regarding school services, admission criteria, and school contact information may be found at http://www.illinoisdeaf.org/ and http://www.isvi.net/.


Dual Language, a form of bilingual education, provides students educational opportunities to support bilingualism, biliteracy and biculturalism in both Spanish and English. As an additive model, students draw upon their own funds of knowledge and home language(s) to contribute to a positive classroom learning environment where their background and linguistic profile is valued and seen as a positive contribution.

Students come to school with varying levels of bilingualism including simultaneous bilinguals (multiple languages spoken at home), and sequential bilinguals (one language spoken at home). In a dual language program, all students are considered emerging bilinguals, not English dominant or Spanish dominant. Instruction and assessment must be respectful of how emerging bilinguals learn and develop over time.  

Instruction is designed to facilitate active learning in which students have opportunities to work cooperatively (Sugarman, 2008), think critically, creatively and flexibly, and communicate effectively in order to solve complex problems within a language learning environment. Learning supports intellectual risk-taking in content areas and across languages. Learning experiences are well-planned so that students can produce language with scaffolding and support from their teachers and peers.


This program provides services for all students who have a language other than English present in the home. The emphasis is on developing listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English.


The District provides a free, appropriate public education to students with disabilities. Special education is an integral part of the total program offered to serve students in the District. Special education and general education staff work collaboratively to meet the needs of all of our students. A full continuum of programs and services is available to meet the unique needs of students with disabilities from the age of three (3) through eighth grade who have been declared eligible for an Individual Education Program (IEP) or a 504 Plan. District 112 provides a variety of special education services with our own staff and, in some cases, with a cooperative, the Northern Suburban Special Education District (NSSED).

The District endeavors to locate, identify, and evaluate all children who may be in need of special education and related services, including students who are not enrolled in District schools. The rights of all special education students are protected. A copy of these rights as well as a copy of the Illinois Administrative Code Part 226 Special Education is available by contacting the Department of Student Services (224) 765-3047.

Parents have the right to initiate referrals for special education intervention, review records and review decisions regarding special education. Written parental permission must be secured before a special education case study evaluation can be conducted and a placement decision affected. If you suspect a problem or have a question, contact your Building Principal or the Department of Student Services (224-765-3047).


Pre-school aged children with significant developmental delays are eligible for an evaluation and may qualify for special education services. Parents who have serious concerns about their preschool age children should call the Early Childhood Program (224-765-3060) for additional information or to set up a screening appointment. Preschool services start with an evaluation to determine eligibility. Eligible students may receive services such as speech and language therapy, preschool programming, occupational therapy, or physical therapy. Exceptional children served by District 112 must be at least 3 years of age, however, children may be assessed just prior to their third birthday.


The preschool program provides pre-school programs for three (3)- and four (4)-year-old children who are at risk of school failure due to language, environmental, and/or economic disadvantages. Programs include both dual language and English classrooms. Children that meet at-risk criteria are identified through a screening process, and are eligible for free tuition. Tuition slots are also available for the program.


Our Dual Language Classrooms are composed of children from English and Spanish speaking homes. Students can be funded through at risk funding or through tuition. Students may choose to apply to the dual language program in kindergarten, or may continue in a monolingual kindergarten program. Students that complete the preschool dual language program are given priority in the kindergarten lottery for dual language. The program is intended to help students experience another language. It is taught in one morning and one afternoon session, and includes both English and Spanish components.


It is important that students eat a well-balanced meal. Most District 112 schools do not have a kitchen, and therefore students should bring their lunch to those schools. School lunches are available for students who attend school at Oak Terrace Elementary, Red Oak Elementary and Northwood Junior High.


Families may request a waiver of registration fees by applying for the free/reduced lunch program.  All families who qualified for the program last year will receive a mailing later this summer with instructions for applying online.  If you did not apply or qualify last year, but believe you may be eligible this year, please contact Kathy Uhlean in the business office at 224-765-3006 for more information or to be added to the mailing list. Applications are available in the district office or accessed through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal at www.nssd112.org/parentportal 


Student wellness, both emotional and physical, is a priority for the District. Goals for emotional health, physical activity and nutrition education are included in Board Policy 6:50 School Wellness. To support our student wellness, teachers are discouraged from using food as an incentive or reward for students at school and during school day hours, although there may be times when food rewards are used as a classroom, grade level, or school reward (e.g., pizza party). The following nutrition guidelines have been developed by parents and staff and adopted by the Board of Education:

  1. Birthday celebrations: The focus on a child’s birthday celebration is the opportunity for the child to feel special throughout the school day. Birthday treats are optional, but if you want to send in a treat for your child’s birthday, non-edible treats such as stickers, pencils, erasers, or books are encouraged. If edible treats are sent in, the birthday treats must fall within the District’s nutritional guidelines.* Please remember that no foods containing allergens can be brought into a classroom where there are allergies (even if the intent is to send the food home).
  2. Snacks: All school snacks and rewards, provided by staff or brought from home, served during and after school should be healthy.*
  3. Food in Curriculum: Classroom activities that are tied to specific curriculum projects or units may include food items.  Every attempt will be made to choose healthy options when appropriate.*
  4. Holiday Parties: Students will receive one sweet treat and a healthy beverage at holiday parties. Sodas and high sugar drinks are not appropriate beverages. Milk, water, and fruit juices (100% juice) are appropriate choices.*
  5. Food Providers: All food providers are expected to provide nutritionally balanced food and beverage options for student lunches.*
  6. Candy: Candy will not be served at school during school hours.*
  7. Fundraisers: All fundraisers during the school day will adhere to these guidelines.*
  8. Allergies: On all occasions, staff, parents and food vendors are expected to show sensitivity to food allergies.*


*District Nutritional Guidelines:


Eating lunch at school and utilizing the school grounds during lunch recess requires cooperation so that the lunch period is a pleasant and safe time for everyone. There may be assigned seating during lunch hour. Students are expected to stay in their seats for safety purposes. During lunch hour, students are under the supervision of lunch supervisors and expected to follow directions as given. Misbehavior during lunch hour is considered a disciplinary issue and appropriate disciplinary actions are taken. Failure to follow lunchroom guidelines can result in disciplinary action. Lunch hour recess is held outdoors whenever possible; students will go outside unless the temperature, including wind chill, is under 15 degrees or there is precipitation. Students should dress appropriately for weather conditions.


District 112 wants parents of students with life-threatening allergies or life-threatening chronic illnesses to be aware of the applicable provisions of Section 504 of the REhabilitation Act of 1973 and other applicable federal statutes, state statutes, federal regulations, and state rules.

If your child has a life-threatening allergy or life-threatening chronic illness, please notify the building principal or assistant principal.

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

District 112 acknowledges the increase in student allergies and is committed to limiting student exposure to allergies. Each building will have an allergen-restricted lunch area/table available in the cafeteria. Buildings have chosen 2 different ways of doing this:

*Neither table should feel punishing or exclusionary to children. Students are always allowed to invite their friends to join them, as long as no friends with products containing allergens sit at an allergen restricted table.


The Illinois School Code requires daily physical activity for children in grades K-8.   A parent note indicating that the student cannot participate in physical education classes or daily physical activity is necessary to excuse the student from such activities up to and including three days. Any request for exemption beyond three days will require a physician’s written note. For students whose physical or emotional condition, as determined by a person licensed under the Medical Practice Act, prevents their participation in the courses provided for other children, special activities in physical education shall be provided.


*Please refer to your individual school information regarding these activities Participants in extracurricular activities must abide by the conduct code for the activity and Board policy 7:190, Student Behavior.

All coaches and sponsors of extracurricular activities shall annually review the conduct code with participants and provide participants with a copy. In addition, coaches and sponsors of interscholastic athletic programs shall provide instruction on steroid abuse prevention to students in grades 6, 7 and 8 participating in these programs. See School Board Policy 7:240 for more information. If your child is enrolled in before/after school activities, outside of the normal school hours that are not sponsored by District 112, it is the parent’s responsibility to communicate medical/health information directly to the activity sponsor.



North Shore School District 112 continues to monitor asbestos containing materials in school buildings as required by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) for schools. This annual notification is required under the guidelines of the Illinois Department of Public Health. District 112 continues to address safety considerations regarding asbestos in schools to ensure the safety of students, staff members, parents and community.

Three-year re-inspections were completed in all schools during the 2016-2017 school year. A copy of all reports and the management plans are available for review at each school and at the Operations & Facilities office located at 2023 St. Johns Avenue, Highland Park.  Contact the Director of Operations with questions at at (224) 765-3450.


The District has adopted an Integrated Pest Management Program (IPM) which incorporates guidelines developed by the Department of Public Health for structural pest control practice at school buildings and other school facilities. A copy of the IPMP is available at all the school sites. The District provides written notification of pesticide application at least two business days before application of the pesticide which identifies the intended date of the application and the phone number and name of the school personnel responsible for the application program. If there is an imminent threat to health or property, written notification shall not be required.  In such circumstance, appropriate school personnel shall sign a statement describing the circumstances that gave rise to the health threat and ensure that written notice is provided as soon as practicable. In addition, the District has developed guidelines for field management. For information regarding these items, please contact the Director of Operations at (224) 765-3450.


In general, the buildings and grounds shall be made available to the public of the school district for activities which benefit the students  and/or residents of the District and do not interfere with the regular school program or activities, or those of school-related organizations.


Persons who desire to use school facilities shall file a Facility Rental Form application, in writing, to the individual school Principal who will coordinate with the Director of Operations. Usage shall be subject to payment of a rental rate and acceptance of terms of use. Rates for such charges shall be determined by the Board of Education and shall be on file at the Principal’s office at each school.  The facility rental rate for the requested facility will be in addition to the minimum two-hour custodial charge. Rental charges may be waived only upon the approval of the Superintendent. Custodial charges may not be waived.

Final approval and custodian assignments are made by the Director of Operations. The Principal and/or Director of Operations are authorized to reject any/all requests which do not meet the requirements set forth by the District for usage.

In all cases of facility use, the user is responsible for maintaining the facility and will be charged for any damages resulting from negligence or abusive behavior.  Charges will also be levied against the user if extra time must be spent cleaning after the use of the facility. Users of district facilities are also responsible for adherence to the usage requirements of the Illinois School Code.  An indemnification clause shall be included in the application for facility use.  Alcoholic beverages, tobacco, and illicit drugs will not be permitted on the grounds of any school facility.

For further information on the rental of buildings, related costs or approved usage, please contact the Director of Operations at (224) 765-3450.


The District routinely tests the environmental condition of district buildings. The results of these tests are available for public inspection at each school and the Operations Office.


It is the practice of the Board of Education that all school grounds shall be closed at dusk, except to individual school and district-sponsored events and activities specifically authorized by district administrators. Persons present on said school grounds after dusk without authorization will be considered trespassers and may be prosecuted in accordance with Illinois law. In addition, district students trespassing on said school grounds shall be subject to disciplinary actions. Unauthorized vehicles left unattended on school grounds after dusk may be towed at the owner’s expense.


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



State and federal law grants students and parent(s)/guardian(s) certain rights, including the right to inspect, copy, and challenge school records. These requests should be made in writing and sent to the building principal. A noncustodial parent has the right to request student records unless there is a specific court order to the contrary. The information contained in school student records shall be kept current, accurate, clear and relevant.

Parent(s)/ guardian(s) also have the right to challenge the contents of records by notifying the principal or records custodian in writing of an objection to information contained in the record. An informational conference will be scheduled to discuss the matter within fifteen (15) school days. If the dispute is not resolved at this informal meeting, a formal hearing will be scheduled with an impartial hearing officer who shall be selected by the school district but who may not be employed in the attendance center in which the student is enrolled. Challenges are not allowed concerning (1) academic grades, or (2) references to expulsions or suspensions if the challenge is made at the time the student’s records are being forwarded to another school district. A parent may only challenge records on the basis of accuracy, relevance, or propriety. The hearing officer shall conduct the hearing within a reasonable time, but no later than fifteen (15) school days after the informal conference unless the parties agree to an extension of time. The hearing officer shall issue a written decision within ten (10) school days after the conclusion of the hearing. The decision of the hearing officer may be appealed to the 23 Regional Superintendent of Education within twenty (20) school days after the decision is transmitted. A final decision by the Regional Superintendent may be appealed to the circuit court of the county in which the school is located.

Parents/guardians also have the right to insert a written statement of reasonable length into their child’s school student record describing their position on disputed information. The District will include a copy of the statement in any release of the information in dispute. Illinois School Code requires that student records be reviewed periodically to eliminate or correct out-of-date, inaccurate, unnecessary, or irrelevant information. At the end of the school year, teachers in District 112 will review each child’s record and remove or correct information that is incorrect, out-of-date, inaccurate, unnecessary, or irrelevant. This information will be kept in your child’s school office for five days after the last day of school and can be picked up by parents during regular school hours. Any removed records that are not picked up will be destroyed after that date. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the school office personnel.

Pupil records are divided into two categories

  1. The student permanent record consists of basic identifying information, academic transcript, attendance record, health record, record of release of permanent information, and other basic information. The permanent record shall be kept for sixty years after graduation or permanent withdrawal.
  2. The student temporary record consists of all information not required to be in the student permanent record including family background information, test scores, psychological evaluations, special education files, teacher anecdotal records, and disciplinary information. The temporary record will be destroyed entirely five years after graduation or permanent withdrawal.

Additionally, the District designates the following information as directory Information:

Directory information may be released to the general public, unless a parent requests that any or all of the above information not be released on his/her child. Contact your child’s building principal if you wish to designate that your child’s directory information not be released.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Illinois School Student Records Act afford parents/guardians and students over 18 years of age (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s school records. They are:


  1. The right to inspect and copy the student’s education records within 15 school days of the day the District receives a request for access. The degree of access a student has to his or her records depends on the student’s age. Students less than 18 years of age have the right to inspect and copy only their permanent record. Students 18 years of age or older have access and copy rights to both permanent and temporary records.

        Permanent records include:

        Temporary records include:

A parent/guardian or student should submit to the building principal a written request that identifies the record(s) he or she wishes to inspect. The principal will make arrangements for access and notify the parent/guardian or student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. The District charges $.35 per page for copying but no one will be denied their right to copies of their records for inability to pay this cost. These rights are denied to any person against whom an order of protection has been entered concerning the student.

  1. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent/ guardian or eligible student believes are inaccurate, irrelevant, or improper. A parent/guardian or eligible student may ask the District to amend a record that is believed to be inaccurate, irrelevant, or improper. Requests should be send to the building principal and should clearly identify the record the parent/guardian or eligible student wants changed and  the specific reason a change is being sought. If the District decides not to amend the record, the District will notify the parent/guardian or eligible student of the decision and advise him or her of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent/guardian or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.

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

Upon request, the District discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student has enrolled or intends to enroll, as well as to any person as specifically required by State or federal law. Before information is released to these individuals, the parents/guardians or eligible student will receive prior written notice of the nature and substance of the information, and an opportunity to inspect, copy, and challenge such records. Academic grades and references to expulsions or out-of-school suspensions cannot be challenged at the time a student’s records are being forwarded to another school to which the student is transferring.

Disclosure is also permitted without consent to: any person for research, statistical reporting or planning, provided that no student or parent/guardian can be identified; any person named in a court order; appropriate persons if the knowledge of such information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other persons; and juvenile authorities when necessary for the discharge of their official duties who request information before adjudication of the student.

  1. The right to a copy of any school student record proposed to be destroyed or deleted. The permanent record is maintained for at least 60 years after the student transfers, graduates, or permanently withdraws. The temporary record is maintained for at least 5 years after the student transfers, graduates, or permanently withdraws. Temporary records that may be of assistance to a student with a disability who graduates or permanently withdraws, may, after 5 years, be transferred to the parent/guardian or to the student, if the student has succeeded to the rights of the parent/guardian. Student temporary records are reviewed every 4 years or upon a student’s change in attendance centers, whichever occurs first.

  1. The right to prohibit the release of directory information. Throughout the school year, the District may release directory information regarding students, limited to:

Any parent/guardian or eligible student may prohibit the release of any or all of the above information by delivering a written objection to the building principal within 30 days of the date of this notice. Parents/guardians also may inspect, copy, and challenge the contents of District directory information records.

  1. The right contained in this statement:  No person may condition the granting or withholding of any right, privilege or benefits or make as a condition of employment, credit, or insurance the securing by any individual of any information from a student’s temporary record which such individual may obtain through the exercise of any right secured under State law.

  1. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the District to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:

Family Policy Compliance Office

U.S. Department of Education

400 Maryland Avenue, SW

Washington DC  20202-4605


Biometric Information

Before collecting biometric information from students, the school must seek the permission of the student’s parent/guardian or the student, if over the age of 18. Biometric information means information that is collected from students based on their unique characters, such as a fingerprint, voice recognition or retinal scan.



The District will allow a parent/guardian access to educational facilities, personnel, classrooms, and buildings to observe his or her child in the school setting or to visit an educational placement or program proposed for his or her child. The District will also provide an independent educational evaluator, or a qualified professional retained by or on behalf of a parent/guardian or child, reasonable access to the District’s educational facilities, personnel, classrooms, and buildings and to the student in order to conduct an evaluation of the child, the child’s performance, the child’s current educational program, placement, services, or environment, or any educational program, placement, services or environment proposed for the child. All individuals who visit a District school for these purposes must abide by the Observation Guidelines, which are available from building administrators. All visitors must report to the office, sign in, and receive a volunteer or visitor badge. Room visitations, if desired, need to be scheduled with the teachers in advance. Items brought to the school for the students are to be brought to the office and office personnel will arrange for delivery to the student.


Throughout the year, school events are covered in school publications, school-based social media and by local news media. This could result in interviews, photographs, and video recording of the events. In addition, video or podcasts may be broadcast on local cable stations, the district website and district social media accounts. The District is proud to feature the accomplishments of our students, but such publicity is optional and conducted only if the parent/guardian approves. Parents/guardians who do NOT want their children interviewed, photographed, or videotaped should complete a media restriction letter (DEADM-1210-04 Revised) and return it to the principal of your school.


Third party student surveys and questionnaires are those that are created by a person or entity other than a district official, staff member or student. Third party student surveys and questionnaires shall be administered at the discretion of the superintendent and only when they serve to advance district’s educational objectives. Notice will be provided to parents prior to the administration of third party surveys or questionnaires, and parents will, upon their request, be permitted to inspect the survey or questionnaire within a reasonable time of their request. Upon reviewing the contents of the survey, parents can request that their child not participate in the completion of the survey.


A student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) may inspect, upon their request, any instructional material used as part of their child’s educational curriculum within a reasonable time of their request. Any parent wishing to afford parental opportunity to object to their child’s participation in any class providing instruction in recognizing and avoiding sexual abuse should contact the building principal. Please refer to Board of Education Policy 7:15 for a comprehensive policy regarding student and family privacy rights.


All Illinois school districts are now required to adopt a school board policy incorporating age-appropriate education about teen dating violence for students in grades 7 through 12. In our District, teen-dating violence is unacceptable. We are committed to providing our students with a school environment where they can learn free from worries about school violence. Research has shown that teen dating violence can inform lifelong, unhealthy habits during young adults’ formative years. Educating parents/guardians, students, and staff about teen dating violence can help us identify incidents of teen dating violence at school or school related activities. The new law states that teen dating violence occurs whenever a student uses or threatens to use physical, mental or emotional abuse to control an individual in a dating relationship; or uses or threatens to use sexual violence in the dating relationship. Students in grades 7 and 8 will receive age-appropriate instruction on teen dating violence including its warning signs and prevention. School staff will also receive training on handling the signs and incidents of teen dating violence. District 112 school staff members have been asked to respond immediately with compassion to a student who reports teen dating violence and follow up with school administration to ensure that the situation is addressed appropriately.


All Illinois school districts are required to provide education to students about child sexual abuse. More commonly known as Erin’s Law, the goal of this law is to increase awareness of this much too common crime against children. One of the requirements of this law is that schools provide an age appropriate curriculum to students in preschool through 12th grade related to sexual abuse prevention. District 112 social workers have worked together to develop age-appropriate presentations using materials from the Second Step Child Protection Unit. Social Workers partner with all staff  in our elementary buildings to provide education on this topic to students in kindergarten through 5th grade. Students in 6th through 8th grade will be educated on this topic as part of their health curriculum. Parents will be notified at least 5 days before instruction occurs. For additional information or support if a parent suspects that their child(ren) may have been abused, please contact your school principal and/or social worker.


Field trips are a privilege for students. Students must abide by all school policies during transportation and during field-trip activities, and shall treat all field trip locations as though they are school grounds. Failure to abide by school rules and/or location rules during a field trip may subject the student to discipline.

All students who wish to attend a field trip must receive written permission from a parent or guardian with authority to give permission. Students may be prohibited from attending field trips for any of the following reasons:



Each District school has a parent organization, which invites and welcomes parent membership, as well as their help and support. Many parent-sponsored school activities are held during the school year. Membership information may be obtained by contacting the school office.


A number of adults are utilized as volunteer helpers in the classrooms and for other school-related events that arise during the school year. Although no monetary remuneration can be given for such volunteer services, those who have helped in the past have found it rewarding. Those interested in serving as a volunteer should inform the school office or the classroom teacher, or watch for notifications listing specific needs.


State law requires a reciprocal reporting system between the School District and local law enforcement agencies regarding criminal offenses committed by students (105 ILCS 5/10-20.14). The Juvenile Court Act of 1987 and the School Code set requirements for the management and sharing of law enforcement records and other information about students if they have contact with local law enforcement.


School District 112 is in full compliance with regulations for implementing Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibit sex discrimination in federally assisted education programs. The school district complies fully with the nondiscriminatory provisions of federal and state law pertaining but not limited to students, parents, members of the community, employees, and applicants for employment.

Equal Opportunity and Sex Equity

No student shall, on the basis of his or her sex, sexual orientation, race, color, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, language barrier, religious beliefs or religious affiliation, physical, mental handicap or disability and medical condition, gender identity, status as homeless, economic and social conditions, or actual or potential marital or parental status be denied equal access to programs, activities, services or benefits, or be limited in the exercise of any right, privilege, advantage or opportunity. Any student or parent/guardian with a sex equity or equal opportunity concern should contact Kristin Swanson (ksswanson@nssd112.org).


Parents have the right to request information regarding the professional qualifications of any teacher instructing their child(ren). Information that may be requested includes:

For more information, contact the District Office.


The following pages contain Board of Education policies that school districts are required to distribute to parents. For a full listing of Board of Education policies, please visit the District’s website: Board Policy Manual.



Students are expected to behave respectfully, responsibly, and safely in and around the school.


Per Board of Education Policy 7:160, Students' dress and grooming must not disrupt the educational process; interfere with the maintenance of a positive teaching/learning climate, or compromise reasonable standards of health, safety, and decency. Procedures for handling students who dress or groom inappropriately will be developed by the Superintendent and included in the Student Handbook.

Students are expected to wear clothing in a neat, clean, and well fitting manner while on school property and/or in attendance at school sponsored activities. Students are to use discretion in their dress and are not permitted to wear apparel that causes a substantial disruption in the school environment.


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


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

  1. During any school-sponsored education program or activity.
  2. While in school, on school property, on school buses or other school vehicles, at designated school bus stops waiting for the school bus, or at school-sponsored or school-sanctioned events or activities.
  3. Through the transmission of information from a school computer, a school computer network, or other similar electronic school equipment.
  4. Through the transmission of information from a computer that is accessed at a non-school-related location, activity, function, or program or from the use of technology or an electronic device that is not owned, leased, or used by the school district or school if the bullying causes a substantial disruption to the educational process or orderly operation of a school.

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

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


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

Who reports?

YOU if you have information about bullying, harassment, school violence, and/or a threat of one of these actions. It doesn’t matter whether you are the target of bullying or think someone is being bullied - please report it!  

What do I report?

Any activity that targets someone to be hurt. Bullying, harassment, school violence and threats take many forms. One thing they have in common: someone is targeted to be hurt. Examples of these hurtful behaviors include unwanted teasing, intimidation, physical violence, humiliation, spreading false rumors, social exclusion, or theft of destruction of property. Bullying, harassment, school violence, and threats may occur almost anywhere students go - such as in school buildings, on school grounds or buses, at bus stops. Bullying or harassing may also occur using social networking sites or cell phones.

When should I report?

As soon as possible.

Where or how do I report?

Tell any school staff member. You may do this in person, by phone or by email. You may be asked to complete a report form for bullying and school violence. You also may make an anonymous tip (the middle schools offer an online form on their websites).

Why should I report?

Fear and abuse have no place in our schools. If you are being bullied, a report will help you and other students who also may be targets for bullying.

What will happen after I report?

An administrator will: (1) Acknowledge and review your report. (2) Treat your report with privacy and respect. (3) Investigate your report within 10 school days - the school will not bring students who bully and those they bully into the same room to confront each other. Interviews will be private. (4) Involve appropriate school personnel. (5) Notify the principal or school administrator of the report of bullying report. (6) Provide parents/guardians information about the investigation and an opportunity to meet with the principal or school administrator to discuss the investigation. (7) Take appropriate action that may include increased monitoring and supervision, restructuring schedules, additional resources such as counseling, school social work services, school psychological services, restorative measures, social-emotional skill-building, community-based services, and disciplinary action for code of conduct violations. (8) Provide you with feedback, if appropriate.

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

Complaint Manager:

Dr. Kristin Swanson

Assistant Superintendent for Student Services

1936 Green Bay Road

Highland Park, IL 60035

(224) 765-3047


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

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

In addition, the Board will regularly review the district’s policy on bullying to ensure its effectiveness.  In determining the policies effectiveness, the district will review the following: a) the frequency of victimization; b) student, staff, and family observations of safety at a school; c) identification of areas of a school where bullying occurs; d) the types of bullying utilized; and e) bystander intervention or participation.  Information developed as part of this process will be posted on the district’s website.


Discrimination on the basis of color, race, nationality, religion, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, ancestry, age, marital status, physical or mental disability (including any mental, psychological or developmental disability including any autism spectrum disorder), immigration status, gender identity, order of protection status, military status, status of being homeless, or unfavorable discharge from military service is strictly prohibited.


Sexual harassment of students is prohibited. A person engages in sexual harassment whenever he or she makes sexual advances, requests sexual favors, and/or engages in other verbal or physical conduct, including sexual violence, of a sexual or sex-based nature, imposed on the basis of sex, that:


  1. Denies or limits the provision of educational aid, benefits, services, or treatment; or that makes such conduct a condition of a student’s academic status; or
  2. Has the purpose or effect of:
  1. Substantially interfering with a student’s educational environment;
  2. Creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment;
  3. Depriving a student of educational aid, benefits, services, or treatment; or
  4. Making submission to or rejection of such conduct the basis for academic decisions affecting a student.


The terms intimidating, hostile, and offensive include conduct that has the effect of humiliation, embarrassment, or discomfort. Examples of sexual harassment include touching, crude jokes or pictures, discussions of sexual experiences, teasing related to sexual characteristics, and spreading rumors related to a person’s alleged sexual activities. The term sexual violence includes a number of different acts. Examples of sexual violence include, but are not limited to, rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual abuse, and sexual coercion.

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.


Students are encouraged to report claims or incidents of sexual harassment, teen dating violence or any other prohibited conduct to the nondiscrimination coordinator, building principal, assistant building principal, dean of students, or a complaint manager. A student may choose to report to a person of the student’s same sex. Complaints will be kept confidential to the extent possible given the need to investigate. Students who make good faith complaints will not be disciplined.


Nondiscrimination Coordinators:

Dr. Kristin Swanson                                        Dr. Kevin Ryan

Assistant Supt. for Student Services                        Assistant Supt. for Teaching and Learning

1936 Green Bay Road                                        1936 Green Bay Road        

Highland Park, IL 60035                                Highland Park, IL 60035

(224) 765-3047                                                (224) 765-3053

***Any person making a knowingly false accusation regarding prohibited conduct will likewise be subject to discipline.


Isolated time out and physical restraint shall be used only as a means of maintaining discipline in schools, that is, as a means of maintaining a safe and orderly environment for learning and only to the extent that they are necessary to preserve the safety of students and others. Neither isolated time out nor physical restraint shall be used in administering discipline to individual students, i.e., as a form of punishment. The use of isolated time out and physical restraint by any staff member shall comply with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) rules, Section 1.285. Isolated time out and physical restraint are defined as follows:

The following also apply:

  1. The circumstances under which isolated time out or physical restraint will be applied are limited to maintaining a safe and orderly learning environment.
  2. The ISBE rules are adopted as the District’s written procedure to be followed by staff for the use of isolated time out or physical restraint.
  3. Staff members shall inform the principal whenever isolated time out or physical restraint is used and the principal shall maintain the documentation required according to Section 1.285.
  4. The principal shall investigate and evaluate any incident that results in a serious injury as reported by the affected student, parent/guardian, staff member, or other individual.


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 learning environment, free of  weapons-,drugs and violence ;
  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. “School grounds” includes modes of transportation to school activities and any public way within 1000 feet of the school, as well as school property itself.;
  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 student; 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 is prohibited.
  2. Using, possessing, distributing, purchasing, or selling alcoholic beverages is prohibited.  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. The following is prohibited: Using, possessing, distributing, purchasing, selling, or offering for sale:
  1. Any illegal drug or controlled substance, or cannabis (including medical cannabis and marijuana in any forms).
  2. Any anabolic steroid unless it is being administered in accordance with a physician’s or licensed practitioner’s prescription.
  3. Any performance-enhancing substance on the Illinois High School Association’s most current banned substance list unless administered in accordance with a physician’s or licensed practitioner’s prescription.
  4. Any prescription drug when not prescribed for the student by a physician or licensed practitioner, or when used in a manner inconsistent with the prescription or prescribing physician’s or licensed practitioner’s instructions. The use or possession of medical cannabis, even by a student for whom medical cannabis has been prescribed, is prohibited.
  5. Any inhalant, regardless of whether it contains an illegal drug or controlled substance: (a) that a student believes is, or represents to be capable of, causing intoxication, hallucination, excitement, or dulling of the brain or nervous system; or (b) about which the student engaged in behavior that would lead a reasonable person to believe that the student intended the inhalant to cause intoxication, hallucination, excitement, or dulling of the brain or nervous system is prohibited. 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.
  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.
  1. **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 or possessing an electronic paging device.  
  3. Using a cellular telephone, video recording device, personal digital assistant (PDA), or other electronic device in any manner that disrupts the educational environment or violates the rights of others, including using the device to take photographs in locker rooms or bathrooms, cheat, or otherwise violate student conduct rules. Prohibited conduct specifically includes, without limitation, creating, sending, sharing, viewing, receiving, or possessing an indecent visual depiction of oneself or another person through the use of a computer, electronic communication device, or cellular phone. Unless otherwise banned under this policy or by the Building Principal, all electronic devices must be kept powered-off and out-of-sight during the regular school day unless: (a) the supervising teacher grants permission; (b) use of the device is provided in a student’s individualized education program (IEP); (c) it is used during the student’s lunch period, or (d) it is needed in an emergency that threatens the safety of students, staff, or other individuals.  
  4. Using or possessing a laser pointer unless under a staff member’s direct supervision and in the context of instruction is prohibited.
  5. Disobeying rules of student conduct or directives from staff members or school officials is prohibited. Examples of disobeying staff directives include refusing a District staff member’s request to stop, present school identification, or submit to a search.
  6.  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 is prohibited.
  7. 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 (as described in Board policy 7:180, Prevention of and Response to Bullying, Intimidation, and Harassment), bullying, including but not limited to, using a district computer or a district computer network, or other comparable conduct.
  8. Engaging in any sexual activity, including without limitation, offensive touching, sexual harassment, indecent exposure (including mooning and pantsing), 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.
  9. Teen dating violence, as described in Board policy 7:185, Teen Dating Violence Prohibited.
  10. Causing or attempting to cause damage to, or stealing or attempting to steal, school property or another person’s personal property.
  11. Entering school property or a school facility without proper authorization.
  12. 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 in the absence of a reasonable belief that an emergency exists.
  13. Being absent without a recognized excuse; State law and School Board policy regarding truancy control will be used with chronic and habitual truants.
  14. 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.
  15. Being involved in gangs or gang-related activities, including displaying gang symbols or paraphernalia.
  16. Violating any criminal law, including but not limited to, assault, battery, arson, theft, gambling, eavesdropping, vandalism, and hazing.
  17. Making an explicit threat on an Internet website against a school, employee, or any school-related personnel under circumstances described in Section 10-22.6(d-5) of the School Code.
  18. 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.
  19. 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 student or staff member; or (b) endanger the health or safety of students, staff, or school property.

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

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

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


A student who is determined to have brought one of the following objects to school, any school-sponsored activity or event, or any activity or event that bears a reasonable relationship to school may be expelled for a period of at least one calendar year but not more than 2 calendar years:

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

The expulsion requirement under either paragraph 1 or 2 above may be modified by the Superintendent, and the Superintendent’s determination may be modified by the Board on a case-by-case basis. The Superintendent or designee may grant an exception to this policy, upon the prior request of an adult supervisor, for students in theatre, cooking, ROTC, martial arts, and similar programs, whether or not school-sponsored, provided the item is not equipped, nor intended, to do bodily harm.

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


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

Required Notices

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

Delegation of Authority

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

The Superintendent, Building Principal, Assistant Building Principal, or Dean of Students is authorized to impose the same disciplinary measures as teachers.  In addition, provided the appropriate procedures are followed, the Superintendent, Building Principal, Assistant Principal, or Dean of Students may issue in-school suspensions; may issue out-of-school suspensions to students guilty of gross disobedience or misconduct (including all school functions) for up to 10 consecutive school days; and may suspend students from riding the school bus for up to 10 consecutive school days.  The Board may suspend a student from riding the bus in excess of 10 school days for safety reasons.


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

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

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

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


The Superintendent or designee has implemented suspension procedures that provide, at a minimum, for the following:

  1. Before a student may be suspended, the student shall be provided a conference during which the charges will be explained and the student will be given an opportunity to respond to the charges.
  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. Any suspension shall be reported immediately to the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s). A written notice of the suspension shall state the reasons for the suspension, including any school rule that was violated, and a notice to the parent(s)/guardian(s) of their right to a review of the suspension. The School Board must be given a summary of the notice, including the reason for the suspension and the suspension length.
  4. 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. After presentation of the evidence or receipt of the hearing officer’s report, the Board shall take such action as it finds appropriate.



The Superintendent or designee has implemented 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) will be provided a written request to appear at a hearing to determine whether the student should be expelled. The request will be sent by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested and regular mail. The request will include:
  1. The reasons for the proposed expulsion as well as the conduct rule the student is charged with violating.
  2. The time, date, and place for the hearing.
  3. A short description of what will happen during the hearing.
  4. A statement indicating 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.
  5. A request that the student or parent(s)/guardian(s) inform the District if the student will be represented by an attorney and, if so, the attorney’s name.
  1. 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. The hearing will be conducted by the School Board or a hearing officer appointed by it. If a hearing officer is appointed, he or she will report to the Board the evidence presented at the hearing and the Board will take such final action as it finds appropriate.
  2. During the expulsion hearing, the Board or hearing officer will hear evidence concerning whether the student is guilty of the gross disobedience or misconduct as charged. The student and his or her parent(s)/guardian(s) may be represented by counsel, offer evidence, present witnesses, cross-examine witnesses who testified, and otherwise present reasons why the student should not be expelled. After presentation of the evidence or receipt of the hearing officer’s report, the Board shall decide the issue of guilt and take such action as it finds appropriate.



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

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

School authorities may inspect and search school property and equipment owned or controlled by the school (such as, lockers, desks, and parking lots), as well as personal effects left there by a student, without notice to or the consent of the student. Students have no reasonable expectation of privacy in these places or areas or in their personal effects left there. The Superintendent may request the assistance of law enforcement officials to conduct inspections and searches of lockers, desks, parking lots, and other school property and equipment for illegal drugs, weapons, or other illegal or dangerous substances or materials, including searches conducted through the use of specially trained dogs.


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

When feasible, the search should be conducted as follows:

  1. Outside the view of others, including students,
  2. In the presence of a school administrator or adult witness, and
  3. By a certificated employee or liaison police officer of the same sex as the student.

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

Seizure of Property

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


All surveys requesting personal information from students, as well as any other instrument used to collect personal information from students, must advance or relate to the District’s educational objectives as identified in Board Policy 6:10, Educational Philosophy and Objectives, or assist students’ career choices. This applies to all surveys, regardless of whether the student answering the questions can be identified and regardless of who created the survey.


The Superintendent or designee will authorizes the administration or distribution of any survey or evaluation created by a third party to a student. The student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) may inspect the survey or evaluation, upon their request and within a reasonable time of their request.

This section applies to every survey: (1) that is created by a person or entity other than a District official, staf member, or student, (2) regardless of whether the student answering the questions can be identified, and (3) regardless of the subject matter of the questions.


School officials and staff members shall not request, nor disclose, the identity of any student who completes any survey or evaluation (created by any person or entity, including the District) containing one or more of the following items:

  1. Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or the student’s parent/guardian.
  2. Mental or psychological problems of the student or the student’s family.
  3. Behavior or attitudes about sex.
  4. Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior.
  5. Critical appraisals of other individuals with whom students have close family relationships.
  6. Legally recognized privileged or analogous relationships, such as those with lawyers, physicians, and ministers.
  7. Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or the student’s parent/guardian.
  8. Income other than that required by law to determine eligibility for participation in a program or for receiving financial assistance under such program.

The student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) may:

  1. Inspect the survey or evaluation upon, and within a reasonable time of, their request, and/or
  2. Refuse to allow their child to participate in the activity described above. The school shall not penalize any student whose parent(s)/guardian(s) exercised this option.


No school official or staff member shall conduct a non-emergency, invasive student physical examination or screening as a condition of school attendance. The term “invasive physical examination” means any medical examination that involves the exposure of private body parts, or any act during such examination that includes incision, insertion, or injection into the body, but does not include a hearing, vision, or scoliosis screening.

The above paragraph does not apply to any physical examination or screening that:

  1. Is permitted or required by an applicable State law, including physical examinations or screenings that are permitted without parental notification.
  2. Is administered to a student in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 U.S.C. §1400 et seq.).
  3. Is otherwise authorized by Board policy.


No school official or staff member shall market or sell personal information concerning students (or otherwise provide that information to others for that purpose). The term “personal information” means individually identifiable information including: (1) a student or parent’s first and last name, (2) a home or other physical address (including street name and the name of the city or town), (3) a telephone number, (4) a Social Security identification number or (5) driver’s license number or State identification card.

The above paragraph does not apply: (1) if the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) have consented; or

(2)  to the collection, disclosure or, use of personal information collected from students for the exclusive purpose of developing, evaluating or providing educational products or services for, or to, students or educational institutions, such as the following:

  1. College or other postsecondary education recruitment, or military recruitment.
  2. Book clubs, magazines, and programs providing access to low-cost literary products.
  3. Curriculum and instructional materials used by elementary schools and secondary schools.
  4. Tests and assessments to provide cognitive, evaluative, diagnostic, clinical,  aptitude,  or achievement information about students (or to generate other statistically useful  data  for  the purpose of securing such tests and assessments) and the subsequent analysis and public release of the aggregate data from such tests and assessments.
  5. The sale by students of products or services to raise funds for school-related or education-related activities.
  6. Student recognition programs.

Under no circumstances may a school official or staff member provide a student’s “personal information” to a business organization or financial institution that issues credit or debit cards.


The Superintendent or designee shall notify students’ parents/guardians of:

  1. This policy as well as its availability upon request from the general administration office.
  2. How to opt their child or ward out of participation in activities as provided in this policy.
  3. The approximate dates during the school year when a survey requesting personal information, as described above, is scheduled or expected to be scheduled.
  4. How to request access to any survey or other material described in this policy.

This notification shall be given parents/guardians at least annually, at the beginning of the school year, and within a reasonable period after any substantive change in this policy.

The rights provided to parents/guardians in this policy transfer to the student when the student turns 18 years old, or is an emancipated minor. Please see Policy 7:15 at www.nssd112.org for additional information.


In accordance with Illinois State Law, the Board of Education has adopted a policy (Policy 7:29) addressing suicide awareness and prevention. Youth suicide impacts the safety of the school environment. It also affects the school community, diminishing the ability of surviving students to learn and the school’s ability to educate. Suicide and depression awareness and prevention are important goals of the school district.


The Superintendent shall manage requests by agency officials or police officers to interview students at school through procedures that: (1) recognize individual student rights and privacy,

(2)  minimize potential disruption, (3) foster a cooperative relationship with public agencies and law enforcement, and (4) comply with State law.