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Bellwood School District 88
Cook County, Illinois

Frequently Asked Questions

We know that you’ll have questions about our procedures and protocol, and we thank you for helping us maintain our rules and standards. Check here for the answers to the questions most frequently asked of our office personnel. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please give us a call. We’re happy to help.

How do I enroll my child at Bellwood?

We are thrilled to welcome new members to our community! Please visit our Registration page for information about enrolling your child at one of our schools. You may also download and print a copy of the registration forms and bring the completed forms, together with the required documentation, to the main office of the school your child will attend.

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Does your school offer breakfast and lunch?

We operate an excellent nutrition program at each campus. Our cafeterias serve free breakfast and lunch every school day for students. For more information, please see our Food Services page.

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What if my child requires medication during the school day?

Our schools administer medication in accordance with state regulations and with physician and parental approval. Please ensure a current medication authorization form is on file at your child’s school, and bring medications in their original, labeled packaging to the front office.

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Do you provide transportation services?

We are pleased to provide our students with safe, reliable transportation to and from school each day. We consider bus riding a privilege and expect all students to adhere to the rules for their own safety as well as for the safety of others. For information on bus policies, schedules, and routes, please visit our Transportation page.

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What is PowerSchool and how do I get a username and password to use it?

PowerSchool is just another way we keep communication between home and school strong. It provides you with almost real-time access to your child’s grades, attendance history, and other important information. To receive your login information, please call our Technology Department.

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What are the school hours?

In general, our schools are in session from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Our central office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For information about school-specific hours, please visit our school pages.

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What do I need to do if my child will be absent from school?

If your child must miss school, please call the school office on the day of his/her absence. For information about attendance requirements and what qualifies as an excused absence, please refer to your school’s student handbook.

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Do you enforce a dress code at Bellwood?

Bellwood School District #88 has implemented a uniformed dress code to enhance the educational environment at each of our schools. Our uniforms include a white collared shirt, black pants or skirt, and white or black shoes.

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Will my child have access to the Internet while on campus?

Students can access the Internet for homework and school-related research from our computer lab, library, and some classrooms under the supervision of qualified school personnel. We require all students to abide by our Acceptable Use Policy. We expect our students to behave responsibly on school computer networks.

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How can I get more involved?

We strongly encourage your involvement. Please take the time to introduce yourself to your child’s teacher, and let him or her know that you’re interested in getting involved. We also invite you to join the PTA at your school and make your voice heard! Parents can also support their child’s education in some basic ways, including:

  • Encouraging your child to get plenty of sleep 
  • Offering a healthy diet, including a good breakfast (or getting your child to school early enough to eat breakfast in our cafeteria)
  • Helping your child get up in plenty of time for school
  • Providing neat, clean, comfortable clothes
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