District Policies

Dresscode & Family Involvement

Per decision of the Board of Education, the following school uniforms colors were approved.

White/Black

FAMILIES SHOULD:

  1. Work with and visit the school regularly in order to fulfill recommendations made in the best interest of the student, i.e. disciplinary actions, the participation in the P.T.A. and other school organizations, and volunteer activities.
  2. Assume the responsibility of reviewing student’s work on a regular basis, offering encouragement whenever appropriate and providing assistance as necessary.
  3. Assume the responsibility for the students prompt and regular compliance with attendance rules and the District 88 Discipline Code.
  4. Teach the student to take responsibility for their behavior and respect the rights of others.

FAMILIES HAVE THE RIGHT TO:

  1. Receive regular official reports of the students academic progress.
  2. An explanation of the basis for any mark given by the teacher.
  3. Request and be granted a conference with the staff and or the Principal.
  4. Inspect, copy, challenge according to the appropriate guidelines, any and all information contained in the students records.

DUE PROCESS PROCEDURES:

Parents and/or legal guardians who have concerns with disciplinary rulings should follow the steps below:

A.  Parents and/or legal guardians may request an informal hearing with the appropriate staff  and/or the Principal. Contact may be made by calling the school office to make a timely  appointment.
B.  If the parents/and or legal guardians still have concerns after the informal hearing, then a  request for a hearing with the Superintendent is in order. Contact may be made by calling the Superintendent’s Office to make a timely appointment.

Levels of Conduct

LEVEL I

  1. Running or excessive noise in hall or building.
  2. Cheating or copying school work.
  3. Improper use of hall pass.
  4. Being improperly dressed (according to school code).
  5. Initiating or participating in any unacceptable physical/verbal contact.
  6. Class or school truancy or tardiness.
  7. Use of offensive language or gestures.
  8. Refusal to obey reasonable instructions.
  9. Inappropriate playground behavior.
  10. Minor bus misconduct.
  11. Forging of parent’s /guardian’s name.

Outcomes for these infractions may range from minimum to maximum consequences and may be implemented in any order depending upon the severity of the behavior.

  1. Verbal warning from staff member.
  2. Staff/student conference.
  3. Staff/student/parent conference or phone call.
  4. Staff/student/parent/principal conference.
  5. Detention (Parent must be notified.)
  6. Removal of student from class or school activities.
  7. Any other alternatives suggested in the addendum.

These acts disrupt the normal progress of learning and may cause serious injury to the student and others.

  1. Fighting.
  2. Excessive tardiness.
  3. Smoking – lighters – matches (pyrotechnic).
  4. Insubordination, refusal to follow instructions given by adults
  5. within school and on the playground.
  6. Leaving school grounds/classrooms without permission.
  7. Use or display of vulgar, obscene or profane language.
  8. Improper conduct during lunch and recess.
  9. Inappropriate touching of others (sexual).
  10. Intentional damage to school property.
  11. Beepers (pagers) on school property.

Outcomes for these infractions may range from minimum to maximum consequences and may be implemented in any order depending upon severity of behavior.

  1. Same outcomes as LEVEL I
  2. Suspension

These acts most seriously disrupt the normal progress of learning and severely threaten the student or others. In some cases these acts may be illegal.

  1. Physical attack on staff, students, or others.
  2. Verbal threats on staff, students, or others.
  3. Possession of weapons or “look alike” weapons.
  4. Sale or possession of controlled substances or “look alike” drugs.
  5. within school and on the playground.
  6. Drugs and alcohol paraphernalia.
  7. Obscene or seriously offensive language and gestures, propositions,
  8. or exhibitions.
  9. False fire alarms.
  10. Bomb threats.
  11. Extortion.
  12. Any activity prohibited by law.
  13. Repeated acts of insubordination.
  14. Gambling.
  15. Sexual assault on staff, students, or others.
  16. The participation in any unauthorized club, secret society, satanic or cult activity, and/or gang activity. This includes but is not limited to the display or possession of satanic, occult or gang symbols/gestures; solicitation of others for membership; requesting of payment of dues, insurance, other forms of protection from individuals. This also includes intimidating or threatening an individual or inciting others to participate in any form of physical violence involving a person or property.

APPENDUM

In an effort to make students more responsible for their behavior
and the resulting consequences, a list of alternative actions is
given for staff consideration.

  1. Students would write about and discuss behavior.
  2. Counseling.
  3. In-school suspension.
  4. Alternative school programs.
  5. Mentor relationship with student.
  6. Social work.
  7. Alternative school detention plans, such as Saturday detention.
  8. Anti-drug and anti-gang educational programs.
  9. Teaching a resolution process for specific school or community problems.
  10. Formation of parents’ workshops to work on school or community concerns.
  11. Community service.
  1. Suspension or expulsion from school
  2. Mandatory parent conference and
  3. Notice to law enforcement officials, when appropriate.
  4. Any of the above in addition to alternatives from the addendum.

Lunchroom & Playground

Respect and follow directions of the lunchroom supervisors.

  • Enter the lunch area quietly and go to assigned tables
  • Appropriate table manners are expected of all students
  • No throwing food-no screaming
  • Food is not to be taken out of the lunchroom
  • Respect each other-keep hands to yourself
  • No fighting or calling each other names
  • Use appropriate language
  • Candy, gum, and soda are not allowed

Respect and follow directions of the playground supervisors.

  • Respect each other-keep hands to yourself
  • No fighting or calling each other names
  • Use appropriate language
  • Climbing the fence on the playground is not allowed
  • Bicycle riding is not permitted on the playground or around the school between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

 

Prinicpal , Student, & Parent Involvement

PRINCIPALS OR THEIR DESIGNEES SHOULD:

  1. Follow the ethics of their profession in dealings with students, families,
    District 88 staff, as well as the community.
  2. Assist new staff in orientation and offer aid to all personnel in the
    solution of problems.
  3. When necessary, utilize the services of teachers, support staff, and
    public or private agencies in order to assist families and students in
    the identification and solution of problems.
  4. Inform staff, families, and the community regarding educational
    programs and progress.
  5. As educational leaders, initiate, review, and encourage
    appropriate instructional goals.
  6. Display respect and concern for students, parents, and staff.

PRINCIPALS HAVE THE RIGHT TO:

  1. Be informed of district policies and programs and any changes therein.
  2. Input into decisions relating to District 88 Educational Programs.
  3. Be free from physical or verbal threats.
  4. Any rights cited in section 34-8.1, The School Code of Illinois.

BILL OF RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
STUDENTS SHOULD:

  1. Do your best in school.
  2. Show a good example.
  3. Have good attendance.
  4. Treat others as you wish to be treated.
  5. Be respectful to all people.
  6. Have pride in your school.

STUDENTS HAVE THE RIGHT TO:

  1. An education-right to learn.
  2. Know what is going on regarding school activities.
  3. Seek help from adults.
  4. Be treated with respect by everyone.
  5. An explanation of their report card.
  6. Written school policies and rules.
  7. Make up work after an excused absence.
  8. A dress code that is fair for all students.
  9. Participate in extracurricular activities.
  10. Due process when being considered for disciplinary reassignment, in-school suspension, or suspension for 10 days or less. A formal due process hearing before a hearing officer when being considered for expulsion.
  11. Receive educational services, when pregnant, under the same conditions afforded other students.
  12. Privacy in their personal possessions, subject to the right of school officials to conduct searches when there are reasonable grounds to suspect that a student has violated or is violating either the law or school rules.

TEACHERS SHOULD:

  1. Follow the ethics of their profession in relationships involving students, parents, other school personnel, and the community.
  2. Keep parents informed concerning attendance, conduct, and academic progress using district guidelines.
  3. Display respect and concern for students, parents, and staff.
  4. Promote an atmosphere in which students develop responsibility and self-discipline.
  5. Develop instructional programs that meet the needs of students.
  6. Encourage opportunities for family involvement in school activities.
  7. Know, enforce, and follow the rules of the school and district.

TEACHERS HAVE THE RIGHT TO:

  1. Guarantees as cited in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
  2. Adequate time for planning, preparing, training, and necessary consultation with other staff in order to meet the needs of students.
  3. Attend disciplinary conferences regarding significant classroom occurrences.
  4. Freedom to perform their duties without physical or verbal threats.
  5. Input into educational decisions pertaining to their duties.

REMINDER: SCHOOL DISTRICT 88 POLICY STATEMENT:

There are several disciplinary practices that are not permissible in School District 88. If a disciplinary problem is serious in manner, the Principal should be immediately notified. Pupils should never be kept from home at noon, as this places a burden on the family rather than on the child. Pupils are not to be sent home for any reason without obtaining approval of the Principal.

CORPORAL PUNISHMENT IS NEVER TO BE ADMINISTERED BY TEACHERS.

Technology

1) Acceptable Use – Use must be in support of education and research and consistent with educational objectives. Use of other organization’s network or computing resources must comply with the rules appropriate for that network. Transmission of any material in violation of any U.S. or state regulation is prohibited. Acceptable Use includes, but is not limited to:

• No threatening or obscene material: The display of any kind of obscene image or document on any District 88 computing resource is a violation of existing policy on sexual harassment. In addition, obscene material may not be archived, stored, distributed, edited, or recorded using the District network, printing, or computing resources.

• Proper use of copyrighted material: There is a huge volume of information available on the Internet. In most cases, users can read and use the information for free. In some cases, however, items accessible via the Internet are protected by copyright law, such as company logos or news photos published by various news organizations. Internet use by students should be consistent with the law.

• No product advertisement or political lobbying.

• No use for commercial activities.

• Not sending unsolicited mass electronic mail.

• Not downloading or distributing pirated software or data. Any software or files downloaded via the Internet may be used only in ways that are consistent with their licenses or copyrights. Even then only with the express permission of your teacher and consent of the helpdesk.

2) Privilege – The use of Internet is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of those privileges. The school may deny, revoke, or suspend specific user access.

3) Netiquette – You are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. These include, but are not limited to the following:

• Do not reveal your personal address or phone number or the addresses and/or phone numbers of students or colleagues.

• Be polite. Your messages should not be abusive to others.

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

• Illegal activities are strictly forbidden.

• Do not use the network in such a way that you would disrupt the use of the network by other users.

• All communications and information accessible via the network should be assumed to be private property.

4) The District makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the service it is providing. The District will not be responsible for any damages suffered. This includes loss of data resulting from delays, nondeliveries, misdeliveries, or service interruptions caused by negligence, errors or omissions. Use of any information obtained via the network is at the users own risk.

5) Security on any computer system is a high priority, especially when the system involves many users. If you feel you can identify a security problem on the District Network, you must notify the helpdesk. Do not demonstrate any problems to other users. Do not use another individual’s account without written permission from that individual. Attempts to access Internet as a system administrator will result in cancellation of user privileges. Any user identified as a security risk or having a history of problems with other computer systems may be denied access to Internet.

6) Each person using the District 88 network shall identify themselves honestly, accurately, and completely when corresponding or participating in interactive activities.

7) Vandalism will result in cancellation of privileges. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy hardware, data of another user, Internet, or any agencies or other networks that are connected to the Internet backbone. This includes, but is not limited to propagating any virus, worm, Trojan horse, trap-door, or back-door program code or knowingly disable or overload any computer system, network, or to circumvent any system intended to protect the privacy or security of another user. The District will cooperate fully with any law enforcement agency investigation.

The best way to determine if use of the Internet is appropriate is to ask “If I were doing this same activity in some other way (e.g. telephone, library, in person, by hand), would this activity be considered inappropriate?” There are two key tenets: Don’t do anything with District Internet access resources that would otherwise be considered illegal or grossly inappropriate, playing games, sending non-educational business mass mailings, and running a private business are obvious examples.

LEGAL REF.:
No Child Left Behind Act, 20 U.S.C. §6777
Children’s Internet Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. §254 (h) and (l)
Enhances Education Through Technology, 20 U.S.C §6751 et seq
720 ILCS 135/0.01

 

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