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BOARD OF EDUCATION POLICY MANUAL

TABLE OF CONTENTS

SECTION 7 - STUDENTS

Equity

7:10 Equal Educational Opportunities

7:15 Student and Family Privacy Acts

7:20 Harassment of Students Prohibited

Assignment and Admission

7:30 Student Assignment and Intra-District Transfer

7:40 Nonpublic School Students, Including Parochial and Home-Schooled Students

7:50 School Admissions

7:60 Residence

Attendance

7:70 Attendance and Truancy

7:80 Release Time For Religious Instruction/Observance

7:90 Release During School Hours

7:100 Health Examinations, Immunizations, and Exclusion of Students

7:110 Student Transfers

7:120 OPEN

Rights and Responsibilities

7:130 Student Rights and Responsibilities

7:140 Search and Seizure

7:150 Agency and Police Interviews

7:160 Student Appearance

7:165 OPEN

7:170 Vandalism

7:180 OPEN

7:190 Student Discipline

7:190-R2 Student Handbook - Gang Activity Prohibited

7:195-Student Discipline (Cell Phones)

7:200 Suspension Procedures

7:210 Expulsion Procedures

7:220 Bus Conduct

7:230 Misconduct By Students With Disabilities

7:240 Conduct Code For Participants In Extracurricular Activities

Welfare Services

7:250 Student Welfare Services

7:250-AP2 Administrative Procedure - Protocol for Responding to Students with Social, Emotional, or Mental Health Problems

7:260 Exemption From Physical Activity

7:270 Administering Medicines To Students

7:275 Orders to Forgo Life-Sustaining Treatment

7:280 Communicable and Chronic Infectious Disease

7:290 RESERVED

Activities

7:300 Extracurricular Athletics

7:310 Publications

7:320 Materials Associated With Banned Substances

7:325 Student Fund - Raising Activities

7:330 Student Use Of Buildings - Equal Access

Records

7:340 Student Records

7:350 OPEN

7:360 OPEN

7:370 OPEN


Students

Equal Educational Opportunities

Equal educational and extracurricular opportunities shall be available for all students without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, religious beliefs, physical and mental handicap or disability, or actual or potential marital or parental status. Further, the District will not knowingly enter into agreements with any entity or any individual that discriminates against students on the basis of sex or any other protected status, except that the District remains viewpoint neutral when granting access to school facilities under Board Policy 8:20, Community Use of School Facilities. Any student may file a discrimination grievance by using the Uniform Grievance Procedure.

Sex Equity

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

Any student may file a sex equity complaint by using the Uniform Grievance Procedure. A student may appeal the School Board's resolution of the complaint to the Regional Superintendent of Schools (pursuant to 105 ILCS 5/3-10 of The School Code) and, thereafter, to the State Superintendent of Education (pursuant to 105 ILCS 5/2-3.8 of The School Code).

Administrative Implementation

The Superintendent shall appoint a Nondiscrimination Coordinator. The Superintendent and Building Principal shall use reasonable measures to inform staff members and students of this policy and grievance procedure.

LEGAL REF.: Title IX, 20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq.; 34 C.F.R. Part 106.

Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. § 791 et seq.

Religious Freedom Restoration Act, 775 ILCS 35/5.

Ill. Constitution, Art. I, § 18.

Good News Club v. Milford Central School, Sup. Ct., 6-11-01.

105 ILCS 5/10-21.3, 5/10-22.5, 5/22-19, and 5/27-1.

23 Ill. Admin. Code §§ 1.240, 200.40, and 200.50.

CROSS REF.: 2:260 (Uniform Grievance Procedure), 6:220 (Instructional Materials Selection and Adoption), 7:20 (Harassment of Students Prohibited), 7:130 (Student Rights and Responsibilities), 7:330 (Student Use of Buildings - Equal Access), 8:20 (Community Use of School Facilities)

ADOPTED: April 20, 1999

REVISED: October 15, 2001

                        May 20, 2002

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Students

Student and Family Privacy Rights

Surveys
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.

Surveys Created by a Third Party
Before a school official or staff member administers or distributes a 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, staff 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.

Survey Requesting Personal Information
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 or ward to participate in the activity described above. The school shall not penalize any student whose parent(s)/guardian(s) exercised this option.

Instructional Material
A student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) may inspect, upon their request, any instructional material used as part of their child/ward’s educational curriculum within a reasonable time of their request.  The term “instructional material” means instructional content that is provided to a student, regardless of its format, printed or representational materials, audio-visual materials, and materials in electronic or digital formats (such as materials accessible through the Internet). The term does not include academic tests or academic assessments.

Physical Exams or Screenings
No school official or staff member shall subject a student to a non-emergency, invasive 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.

Selling or Marketing Students’ Personal Information Is Prohibited
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.

Notification of Rights and Procedures
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.

LEGAL REF.:         Protection of Pupil Rights, 20 U.S.C. §1232h.  Children’s Privacy Protection and Parental Empowerment Act, P.A. 93-462.  105 ILCS 5/10-20.37.

CROSS REF.:         2:260 (Uniform Grievance Procedure), 6:210 (Instructional Materials), 6:220 (Instructional Materials Selection and Adoption), 6:260 (Complaints About Curriculum, Instructional Materials, and Programs), 7:130 (Student Rights and Responsibilities)

ADOPTED:            August 16, 2004

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Students

Harassment of Students Prohibited

No person, including a District employee or agent, or student, shall harass or intimidate another student based upon a student’s sex, color, race, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, or other protected group status. The District will not tolerate harassing or intimidating conduct, whether verbal, physical, or visual, that affects tangible benefits of education, that unreasonably interferes with a student’s educational performance, or that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment. Examples of prohibited conduct include name-calling, using derogatory slurs, or wearing or possessing items depicting or implying hatred or prejudice of one of the characteristics stated above.

Complaints of harassment or intimidation are handled according to the provisions on sexual harassment below. The Superintendent shall use reasonable measures to inform staff members and students that the District will not tolerate harassment, such as by including this policy in the appropriate handbooks.

Sexual Harassment Prohibited

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

Students who believe they are victims of sexual harassment or have witnessed sexual harassment, are encouraged to discuss the matter with the student Nondiscrimination Coordinator, Building Principal, Assistant Building Principal, Dean of Students, or a Complaint Manager. Students 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.

An allegation that one student was sexually harassed by another student shall be referred to the Building Principal, Assistant Building Principal, or Dean of Students for appropriate action.

The Superintendent shall insert into this policy the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of the District's current Nondiscrimination Coordinator and Complaint Managers. At least one of these individuals will be female, and at least one will be male. 

Nondiscrimination Coordinator:

Name

 

Address

 

Telephone No.

 

 

Complaint Managers:

Name

     

Address

     

Telephone No.

     

The Superintendent shall use reasonable measures to inform staff members and students that the District will not tolerate sexual harassment, such as by including this policy in the appropriate handbooks.

Any District employee who is determined, after an investigation, to have engaged in sexual harassment will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including discharge. Any District student who is determined, after an investigation, to have engaged in sexual harassment will be subject to disciplinary action, including but not limited to, suspension and expulsion consistent with the discipline policy. Any person making a knowingly false accusation regarding sexual harassment will likewise be subject to disciplinary action up to and including discharge, with regard to employees, or suspension and expulsion, with regard to students.

LEGAL REF.: Title IX of the Educational Amendments, 20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq.

34 C.F.R. Part 106.

105 ILCS 5/10-22.5 and 5/27-1.

23 Ill. Admin. Code § 200.10 et seq.

Davis v. Monroe County Board of Education, ___ U.S. ___ (1999).

Franklin v. Gwinnett Co. Public Schools, 112 S.Ct. 1028 (1992).

Gebser v. Lago Vista Independent School District, 118 S.Ct. 1989 (1998).

West v. Derby Unified School District No. 260, 10th Cir. App, 3/21/2000.

CROSS REF.: 2:260 (Uniform Grievance Procedure), 5:20 (Sexual Harassment), 7:10 (Equal Educational Opportunities)

ADOPTED: April 20, 1999

REVISED: May 20, 2002

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Student Assignment and Intra-District Transfer

Attendance Areas

The School District is divided into school attendance areas.  The Superintendent will review the boundary lines annually and recommend any changes to the School Board. The Superintendent or designee shall maintain a map of the District showing current school attendance areas. Students living in a given school attendance area will be assigned to that school unless reassignment is necessary due to the crowded conditions in a particular school or programming needs. Homeless children shall be assigned according to Board policy 6:140, Education of Homeless Children.

Transfers within the District

The Superintendent or designee may grant an exception when the parent(s)/guardian(s) demonstrate that the student could be better accommodated by the educational program at another school, provided space is available. Students who are granted a transfer within the District shall be responsible for their own transportation unless students are reassigned to another school by the Superintendent. In such cases, the District shall provide transportation . The provisions in this section have no applicability to transfers mandated by Title I and covered in Board policy 6:15, School Accountability.

Class Assignments

The Building Principal shall assign students to classes.

LEGAL REF.:         105 ILCS 5/10-21.3, 5/10-21.3a, and 5/10-22.50.

CROSS REF.:         6:15 (School Accountability), 6:30 (Organization of Instruction), 6:140 (Education of Homeless Children)

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Nonpublic School Students, Including Parochial and Home-Schooled Students

Part-Time Attendance

The District accepts nonpublic school students, including parochial and home-schooled students, who live within the District for part-time attendance in the District's regular education program on a space-available basis. Requests for part-time attendance must be submitted to the principal of the school in the school attendance area where the student resides. All requests for attendance in the following school year must be submitted before May 1.

Students accepted for partial enrollment must comply with all discipline and attendance requirements established by the school. A private school student may attend any co-curricular activity associated with a District class in which he or she is enrolled. The parent(s)/guardian(s) of a student accepted for part-time attendance is responsible for all fees, pro-rated on the basis of a percentage of full-time fees. Transportation to and/or from school is provided to non-public school students on regular bus routes to or from a point on the route nearest or most easily accessible to the non-public school or student’s home. This transportation shall be on the same basis as the District provides transportation for its full-time students. Transportation on other than established bus routes shall be the responsibility of the parent(s)/guardian(s).

Students With a Disability

The District will accept for part-time attendance those students with disabilities who live within the District and are enrolled in non-public schools. Requests must be submitted by the student's parent(s)/guardian(s). Special educational services shall be provided to such students as soon as possible after identification, evaluation, and placement procedures provided by State law, but no later than the beginning of the next school semester following the completion of such procedures. Transportation for such students shall be provided only if required in the child's individualized educational program on the basis of the child's disabling condition or as the special education program location may require.

Extracurricular Activities, Including Interscholastic Competition

Nonpublic students, regardless of whether they attend a District school part-time will not be allowed to participate in extracurricular activities.

Assignment When Enrolling Full-Time in a District School

Grade placement by, and academic credits earned at, a nonpublic school will be accepted if the school has a Certificate of Nonpublic School Recognition from the Illinois State Board of Education, or, if outside Illinois, if the school is accredited by the state agency governing education.

A student who, after receiving instruction in a non-recognized or non-accredited school, enrolls in the District will: (1) be assigned to a grade level according to academic proficiency, and/or (2) have academic credits recognized by the District if the student demonstrates appropriate academic proficiency to the school administration. Any portion of a student’s transcript relating to such instruction will not be considered for placement on the honor roll or computation in class rank.

Recognition of grade placement and academic credits awarded by a nonpublic school is at the sole discretion of the District. All school and class assignments will be made according to Board policy 7:30, Student Assignment, as well as administrative procedures implementing this policy.

LEGAL REF.: 105 ILCS 5/10-20.24 and 5/14-6.01.

CROSS REF.: 4:110 (Transportation), 6:170 (Title I Programs), 6:190 (Extracurricular and Co-Curricular Activities), 6:320 (Credit for Proficiency), 7:30 (Student Assignment), 7:300 (Extracurricular Athletics)

ADOPTED: April 20, 1999

REVISED: May 20, 2002

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School Admissions and Student Transfers to and from Non-District Schools

Age

To be eligible for admission, a child must be 5 years old on or before September 1 of that school term.  Children who enter first grade must be 6 years of age on or before September 1 of that school year. A child with exceptional needs who qualifies for special education services is eligible for admission at 3 years of age.

Parent(s)/guardian(s) may request early admission for a child. The Superintendent or designee shall assess the child’s readiness to attend school and make the decision accordingly.  The Board will be informed when a student is admitted early.

Admission Procedure

All students must register for school each year on the dates and at the place designated by the Superintendent.

Students enrolling in the District for the first time must present:

1.       A birth certificate or other reliable proof of identity and age.  Upon the failure of a person enrolling a student to provide a copy of the student’s birth certificate or other reliable proof of identity and age, the Building Principal shall immediately notify the local law enforcement agency and shall also notify the person enrolling the student in writing that, unless he or she complies within 10 days, the case shall be referred to the local law enforcement authority for investigation.  If compliance is not obtained within that 10-day period, the Principal shall so refer the case.  The Principal shall immediately report to the local law enforcement authority any material received pursuant to this paragraph that appears inaccurate or suspicious in form or content.

2.       Proof of residence, as required by Board policy 7:60, Residence.

3.       Proof of disease immunization or detection and the required physical examination, as required by State law and Board policy 7:100, Health Examinations, Immunizations, and Exclusion of Students. Parent(s)/guardian(s) are encouraged to have their child undergo a dental examination.

Student Transfers to and from Non-District Schools

A student may transfer into or out of the District according to State law and procedures developed by the Superintendent.  The Superintendent is delegated all authority granted to the School Board in order to implement this policy, subject to specific Board action to the contrary.  A student seeking to transfer into the District must serve the entire term of any suspension or expulsion, imposed for any reason by any public or private school that the student is transferring from, in this or any other state, before being admitted into the School District.

Foreign Exchange Students

The District accepts foreign exchange students with a J-1 visa and who reside within the District as participants in an exchange program sponsored by organizations screened by administration. Exchange students on a J-1 visa are not required to pay tuition.

Privately sponsored exchange students on an F-1 visa may be enrolled if an adult resident of the District has temporary guardianship and the student lives in the home of that guardian.  Exchange students on an F-1 visa are required to pay tuition at the established District rate. F-1 visa student admission is limited to secondary schools and attendance may not exceed 12 months.

The School Board may limit the number of exchange students admitted in any given year.  Exchange students must comply with District immunization requirements.  Once admitted, exchange students become subject to all District policies and regulations governing students.

Night School

Resident students of S.W.I.C. District 522 are accepted into the night school program with no tuition charge.  They are subject to the regular instructional fee charges.

Re-enrollment

Re-enrollment shall be denied to any individual above the age of 16 years who has dropped out of school and who could not earn sufficient credits during the normal school year(s) to graduate before his or her 21st birthday.  A person denied re-enrollment will be provided counseling and be directed to alternative educational programs, including adult education programs, that lead to graduation or receipt of a GED diploma. This section does not apply to students eligible for special education under the Individuals With Disabilities Act or accommodation plans under the Americans With Disabilities Act.

LEGAL REF.:         Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, 20 U.S.C. § 1232.; Illegal Immigrant and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, 8
                                    U.S.C. § 1101.; 20 U.S.C. § 1400 et seq.; 42 U.S.C. § 12101 et seq.; 105 ILCS 5/2-3.13a, 5/10-20.12, 5/10-22.5a,
                                    5/14-1.02, 5/14-1.03a, 5/26-1, 5/26-2, 5/27-8.1, and 10/8.1.; 325 ILCS 55/1 et seq. and 50/1 et seq.; 23 Ill. Admin. Code
                                    § 375 et seq.

CROSS REF.:         6:310 (Credit for Alternative Courses and Programs, and Course Substitutions), 7:60 (Residence), 7:340 (Student Records)

ADMIN. PROC.:    7:50-AP (Student Transfers to and from Non-District Schools)

ADOPTED:            April 20, 1999

REVISED:              March 20, 2000; August 19, 2002

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Residence

Resident Students

Only students who are residents of the District may attend a District school without a tuition charge, except as otherwise provided below or in State law. A student's residence is the same as the person who has legal custody of the student.

A person asserting legal custody over a student, who is not the child’s natural or adoptive parent, shall complete a signed statement stating: (a) that he or she has assumed and exercises legal responsibility for the child, (b) the reason the child lives with him or her, other than to receive an education in the District, and (c) that he or she exercises full control over the child regarding daily educational and medical decisions in case of emergency, In addition, the child’s natural or adoptive parent, if available, shall complete a signed statement or Power of Attorney stating: (a) the role and responsibility of the person with whom their child is living, and (b) that he person with whom the child is living has full control over the child regarding daily educational and medical decisions in case of emergency.

A student whose family moves out of the District during the school year will be permitted to attend school for the remainder of the year without payment of tuition.

If a student's family plans to move into the District within 31 calendar days after the beginning of school, the student will be allowed to attend school at the beginning of the school year without payment of tuition.

 

Non-Resident Students

Non-resident students may not attend District schools.

 

Challenging a Student's Residence Status

If the Superintendent or designee determines that a student attending school on a tuition-free basis is a non-resident of the District for whom tuition is required to be charged, he or she on behalf of the Board shall notify the person who enrolled the student of the tuition amount that is due. The notice shall be given by certified mail, return receipt requested. The person who enrolled the student may challenge this determination and request a hearing as provided by The School Code, 105 ILCS 5/10-20.12b.

 

Homeless Children

A homeless child, as defined by State law, may attend the District school that the child attended when permanently housed or in which the child was last enrolled. A homeless child living in any District school's attendance area may attend that school. Transportation shall be arranged according to State law. If a dispute arises regarding a homeless child's rights, the Superintendent shall inform his or her parent(s)/guardian(s) of the availability of an investigator, sources for low-cost or free legal assistance, and other advocacy services in the community.

LEGAL REF.: 30 ILCS 220/11.

105 ILCS 5/10-20.12a, 5/10-20.12b, 5/10-22.5, and 5/10-22.5.

23 Ill. Admin. Code § 1.240(e).

Kraut v. Rachford, 366 N.E.2d 497 (1st Dist. 1977).

          ADOPTED: April 20, 1999

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Attendance and Truancy

Definitions

Truant ‑ A "truant" is a child subject to compulsory school attendance and who is absent without valid cause from such attendance for a school day or portion thereof.

Valid cause for absence ‑ A child may be absent from school because of illness, observance of a religious holiday, death in the immediate family, family emergency, situations beyond the student's control as determined by the School Board or such other circumstances which cause reasonable concern to the parent for the safety or health of the student.

Chronic or habitual truant ‑ A "chronic or habitual truant" is a child who is subject to compulsory school attendance and who is absent without valid cause from such attendance for 10 percent or more of the previous 180 regular attendance days.

Truant minor ‑ A child to whom supportive services, including prevention, diagnostic, intervention and remedial services, alternative programs, and other school and community resources have been provided and have failed to result in the cessation of chronic truancy or have been offered and refused.

Truancy

The School District will determine if the student is a truant, chronic or habitual truant, or a truant minor.  The Superintendent shall direct the appropriate School District staff to develop diagnostic procedures to be used for identifying the cause(s) of unexcused student absenteeism.  The diagnostic procedures shall include, but not be limited to, interviews with the student, his or her parent(s)/guardian(s), and any school official(s) or other people who may have information.

The following supportive services may be offered to truant or chronically truant students:

·         parent‑teacher conferences
·         student and/or family counseling
·         information about community agency services

Any 16 or 17 year old resident may, upon providing documentation of dropout status for the previous 6 months, participate in the District’s various programs and resources for truants.

If truancy continues after supportive services have been offered, the Building Principal shall refer the matter to the Superintendent.  The Superintendent may call upon the resources of outside agencies, such as the juvenile officer of the local police department or the truant office of the Regional Office of Education of Madison County.  The School Board, Superintendent, School District administrators, and teachers shall assist and furnish such information as they have to aid truant officers.

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.

Absence Notification

A student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) must:  (1) upon the child’s enrollment, provide telephone numbers to the Building Principal and update them as necessary, and (2) authorize all absences and notify the school in advance or at the time of the child’s absence.

If a student is absent without prior authorization by the parent(s)/guardian(s), the Building Principal or designee shall make a reasonable effort to notify the parent(s)/guardian(s) of the child’s absence within 2 hours after the first class by telephoning the numbers given.

Student Employment

The Superintendent shall develop procedures, and present them to the School Board for its approval, for excusing from attendance those students necessarily and lawfully employed.

LEGAL REF.:         105 ILCS 5/26-1, 5/26-2a, 5/26-3b, 5/26-9, 5/26-12, 5/26-13, and 5/26-15; Hamer v. Board of Education, 383 N.E.2d 231
                                (2nd Dist. 1978).

CROSS REF.:         6:110 (Programs for Students At Risk of Dropping Out of School), 7:80 (Release Time for Religious Instruction/Observance), 7:190 (Student Discipline)

ADOPTED:            April 20, 1999

REVISED:              July 19, 1999; August 19, 2002

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Release Time For Religious Instruction/Observance

Religious Observance

A student shall be released from school, as an excused absence, for the purpose of observing a religious holiday. The parent(s)/guardian(s) must give written notice to the District 5 days before the student's anticipated absence.

The parent(s)/guardian(s)'s written notification of the student's anticipated absence shall satisfy the District's requirement for a written excuse when the student returns to school.

The Superintendent shall develop and distribute to teachers appropriate procedures regarding student absences for a religious holiday which include a list of religious holidays on which students shall be excused from attendance, how teachers are notified of a student's impending absence, and the State law requirement that teachers provide the student an equivalent opportunity to make up any examination, study, or work requirement.

 

Religious Instruction

A student shall be released from school for a day or portion of a day for the purpose of religious instruction. A letter, requesting the student's absence and written by the student's parent(s)/guardian(s), must be given to the Building Principal at least 5 days before the day the student is to be absent.

LEGAL REF.: Religious Freedom Restoration Act, 775 ILCS 35/5.
                        105 ILCS 5/26-1 and 5/26-2b.

           CROSS REF.: 7:70

        ADOPTED: April 20, 1999

        REVISED: July 19, 1999

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Release During School Hours

Teachers may not release students from school at other than the regular dismissal times without prior approval of the Building Principal. No student will be released from school to any person other than the custodial parent(s)/guardian(s) without the written or oral permission of the custodial parent(s)/guardian(s).

ADOPTED: April 20, 1999

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Health Examinations, Immunizations, and Exclusion of Students

A student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) shall present proof that the student was examined by a licensed physician and received the immunizations against, and screenings for, preventable communicable diseases, as required by the Illinois Department of Public Health within one year prior to

1.  Entering kindergarten or the first grade;
2.  Entering the fifth and ninth grades; and
3.  Enrolling in an Illinois school, regardless of the student's grade, when transferring into Illinois from out-of-state or out-of-country.

Parent(s)/guardian(s) are encouraged to have their child undergo a dental examination whenever health examinations are required. 

Unless the student is homeless, failure to comply with the above requirements by the day after Labor Day of the current school year will result in the student's exclusion from school until the required health forms are presented to the District.  If a medical reason prevents a student from receiving a required immunization by the day after Labor Day, the student must present, by the day after Labor Day, an immunization schedule and a statement of the medical reasons causing the delay.  The schedule and statement of medical reasons must be signed by the physician, advanced practice nurse, physician assistant, or local health department responsible for administering the immunizations.  All new students who are first-time registrants shall have 30 days following registration to comply with the health examination and immunization regulations. 

Parent(s)/guardian(s) of children between the ages of 6 months and 6 years must provide a statement from a physician that their child was “risk-assessed” or screened for lead poisoning in accordance with State law.

A student may be exempted from this policy's requirements on religious or medical grounds if the student's parent(s)/guardian(s) present to the Superintendent a signed statement explaining the objection.  A student may be exempted from the health examination or immunizations on medical grounds if a physician provides written verification.

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

LEGAL REF.:  McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. § 11431 et seq.
105 ILCS 5/27-8.1. 410 ILCS 45/7.1. 77 Ill. Admin. Code §§ 665.100 and 665.240.

CROSS REF.:  6:140 (Education of Homeless Children), 6:180 (Extended Instructional Programs)

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Student Transfers

Transferring In

A student seeking admission to a District school must meet all residency, age, health examination, immunization, and other eligibility prerequisites as mandated by State law. A student must also present a completed good standing form from the school from which the student is transferring.

If a transferring-in student was suspended or expelled from any Illinois public school for any of the following offenses, he or she shall not attend class until having served the entire period of such disciplinary action:

  1. Knowingly possessing in a school building or on school grounds a weapon as defined in the Gun Free Schools Act (20 U.S.C. § 8921 et. seq.);
  2. Knowingly possessing, selling, or delivering in a school building or on school grounds a controlled substance or cannabis; or
  3. Battering a staff member of the school.

The Building Principal or designee shall make the class or grade level assignment, with input from a counselor when needed, and may accept or reject the transferring school's recommendations. 

The student should request the school from which he or she is transferring to forward an unofficial record of the student's grades and the remainder of the student's school records. If the student is unable to present the records, the student shall be admitted and the Building Principal shall request the records from the transferring school. An official transcript of the scholastic records, if received, will replace the unofficial grade record.

 

Transferring Out

Parent(s)/guardian(s) of a student transferring from the District should give the Building Principal written notification of their intent, pay outstanding fees or fines, sign a release form, and return all school-owned property.

The Building Principal shall complete a good standing form for any student transferring from the District. Within 10 days of a transfer notification, the Building Principal shall send to the District in which the student will or has enrolled, a completed good standing form, an unofficial record of the student's grades, and the remainder of the student's school records. If a transferring student was suspended or expelled for any of the reasons listed previously in this policy and the period of suspension or expulsion has not expired at the time the student attempts to transfer into another public school, any school student records required to be transferred shall include the date and duration of the suspension or expulsion. Within 10 days after the student has paid all outstanding fines and fees, the Building Principal shall mail an official transcript of the scholastic records.

Parent(s)/guardian(s) will receive prior written notice of the nature and substance of the records proposed to be released and an opportunity to review and copy them.

LEGAL REF.: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, 20 U.S.C. § 1232.
105 ILCS 5/2-3.13a and 10/8.1.
23 Ill. Admin. Code § 375.

CROSS REF.: 7:50 (School Admissions), 7:60 (Residence), 7:340 (Student Records)

ADOPTED: April 20, 1999

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Student Rights and Responsibilities

All students are entitled to enjoy the rights protected by the Federal and State Constitutions and laws for persons of their age and maturity in a school setting. Students should exercise these rights reasonably and avoid violating the rights of others. Students who violate the rights of others or violate District policies or rules will be subject to disciplinary measures.

LEGAL REF.: 23 Ill. Admin. Code § 1.210.
Tinker v. Des Moines Independent School District, 89 S.Ct. 733 (1969).

CROSS REF.: 7:140 (Search and Seizure), 7:150 (Agency and Police Interviews), 7:160 (Student Appearance), 7:190 (Student Discipline)

ADOPTED: April 20, 1999

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Search and Seizure

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. This paragraph applies to student vehicles parked on school property. In addition, Building Principals shall require each high school student, in return for the privilege of parking on school property, to consent in writing to school searches of his or her vehicle, and personal effects therein, without notice and without suspicion of wrongdoing.

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.

 

Students

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 which is reasonably related to its objectives and not excessively intrusive in light of the age and sex of the student and the nature of the infraction.

When feasible, the search should be conducted as follows:

Immediately following a search, a written report shall be made by the school authority who conducted the search, and given to the Superintendent. The student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) shall be notified of the search as soon as possible.

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.

LEGAL REF.: Veronia School District 47J v. Acton, 115 S.Ct. 2385 (1995).
T.L.O. v. New Jersey, 105 S.Ct. 733 (1985).
Cornfield v. Consolidated High School Dist. No. 230, 991 F.2d 1316 (7th Cir. 1993).
People v. Dilworth, 661 N.E.2d 310 (1996).
People v. Pruitt, 662 N.E. 2d 540 (Ill. App. 1st Dist. 1996).
105 ILCS 5/10-20.14, 5/10-22.6, and 5/10-22.10a.

CROSS REF.: 7:130, 7:140 (Agency and Police Interviews), 7:190 (Student Discipline)

ADOPTED: April 20, 1999

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Agency and Police Interviews

All requests by agency or police officials to interview a student shall be handled according to procedures developed by the Superintendent.

LEGAL REF.: 325 ILCS 5/1 et seq.

705 ILCS 80/1 et seq.

CROSS REF.: 7:130, 7:140 (Search and Seizure), 7:190 (Student Discipline)

ADOPTED: April 20, 1999

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Student Appearance

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.

LEGAL REF.: 105 ILCS 5/10-22.25b.
Oleson by Oleson v. Board of Education, 676 F.Supp. 8 (N.D. Ill. 1987).

CROSS REF.: 7:130, 7:165, 7:190 (Student Discipline)

ADOPTED: April 20, 1999

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Vandalism

The Board will seek restitution from students and their parent(s)/guardian(s) for vandalism or other student acts which cause damage to school property.

LEGAL REF.: 740 ILCS 115/1 et seq.

CROSS REF.: 7:130, 7:190 (Student Discipline)

ADOPTED: April 20, 1999

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Student Discipline

Prohibited Student Conduct

Disciplinary action may be taken against any student guilty of gross disobedience or misconduct, including, but not limited to, the following:

1.       Using, possessing, distributing, purchasing, or selling tobacco materials.

2.       Using, possessing, distributing, purchasing, or selling alcoholic beverages.  Students who are under the influence are not permitted to attend school or school functions and are treated as though they had alcohol in their possession.

3.       Using, possessing, distributing, purchasing, or selling illegal drugs, controlled substances, “look-alike” drugs, or drug paraphernalia.  A “look-alike” drug is defined as a substance not containing an illegal drug or controlled substance, but one (a) that a student believes to be, or represents to be, an illegal drug or controlled substance, 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 or controlled substance. Students who are under the influence of any prohibited substance or drug or in possession of any drug paraphernalia are not permitted to attend school or school functions and are treated as though they had drugs or paraphernalia, as applicable, in their possession.

4.       Using, possessing, controlling, or transferring a weapon in violation of the “weapons” section of this policy.

5.       Using or possessing electronic signaling and cellular radio-telecommunication devices, unless authorized and approved by the Building Principal. Electronic signaling devices include pocket - and all similar - electronic paging devices.

6.       Using or possessing a laser pointer unless under a staff member’s supervision and in the context of instruction.

7.       Disobeying directives from staff members or school officials and/or rules and regulations governing student conduct.

8.       Using any form or type of aggressive behavior that does physical or psychological harm to someone else and/or urging other students to engage in such conduct.  Prohibited aggressive behavior includes, without limitation, the use of violence, force, noise, coercion, threats, intimidation, fear, bullying, or other comparable conduct.

9.       Causing or attempting to cause damage to, or stealing or attempting to steal, school property or another person's personal property.

10.  Unexcused absenteeism; State law and Board policy on truancy control will be used with chronic and habitual truants.

11.      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.

12.      Involvement in gangs or gang‑related activities, including the display of gang symbols or paraphernalia.

13.      Engaging in any activity that constitutes an interference with school purposes or an educational function or any disruptive activity.

For purposes of this policy, the term "possession" includes having control, custody, or care, currently or in the past, of an object or substance, regardless of whether or not the item is (a) on the student's person, or (b) contained in another item belonging to, or under the control of, the student, such as in the student's clothing, backpack, automobile, or (c) in a school's student locker, desk, or other school property, or (d) any other location on school property or at a school-sponsored event.

The grounds for disciplinary action, including those described more thoroughly later in this policy, apply whenever the student's conduct is reasonably related to school or school activities, including, but not limited to:

1.       On school grounds before, during, or after school hours or at any other time when the school is being used by a school group;

2.       Off school grounds at a school-sponsored activity, or event, or any activity or event which 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 may reasonably be considered to be a threat or an attempted intimidation of a staff member, or an interference with school purposes or an educational function.

Disciplinary Measures

Disciplinary measures may include:

1.       Disciplinary conference.

2.       Withholding of privileges.

3.       Seizure of contraband.

4.       Suspension from school and all school activities for up to 10 days and all school activities for up to the remainder of the school year or as provided for in the Student/Parent Handbook, provided that appropriate procedures are followed.  A suspended student is prohibited from being on school grounds. 

5.       Suspension of bus riding privileges, provided that appropriate procedures are followed.

6.       Expulsion from school and all school-sponsored activities and events for a definite time period not to exceed 2 calendar years, provided that the appropriate procedures are followed.  An expelled student is prohibited from being on school grounds.

7.       Notification of juvenile authorities whenever the conduct involves illegal drugs (controlled substances), look-alikes, alcohol, or weapons.

8.       Notification of parent(s)/guardian(s).

9.       Removal from classroom.

10.      In-school suspension for a period not to exceed 5 school days.  The Building Principal or designee shall ensure that the student is properly supervised

11. 
Detention or Saturday school, provided the student's parent(s)/guardian(s) have 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.

A student who is subject to suspension or expulsion may be eligible for a transfer to an alternative school program.

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

Weapons

A student who uses, possesses, controls, or transfers a weapon, or any object that can reasonably be considered, or looks like, a weapon, shall be expelled for at least one calendar year, but no more than 2 calendar years.  The Superintendent may modify the expulsion period and the Board may modify the Superintendent’s determination, on a case-by-case basis  A “weapon” means possession, use, control, or transfer of (1) any gun, rifle, shotgun, a weapon as defined by Section 921 of Title 18, United States Code, firearm as defined in Section 1.1 of the Firearm Owners Identification Act, or use of a weapon as defined in Section 24-1 of the Criminal Code, (2) any other object if used or attempted to be used to cause bodily harm, including but not limited to, knives, brass knuckles, billy clubs, or (3) “look-alikes” of any weapon as defined above. Any item, such as a baseball bat, pipe, bottle, lock, stick, pencil, and pen, is considered to be a weapon if used or attempted to be used to cause bodily harm. 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.

Required Notices

A school staff member shall immediately notify 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 staff member. Upon receiving such a report, the Building Principal or designee shall immediately notify the local law enforcement agency, State Police, and the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s).   

Efforts, including the use of early intervention and progressive discipline, 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 physiological harm to someone else.  The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that the parent(s)/guardian(s) of a student who engages in aggressive behavior are 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.

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, which is appropriate and in accordance with the policies and rules on student discipline.  Teachers, other certificated 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 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 and may suspend students guilty of gross disobedience or misconduct from school (including all school functions) and from riding the school bus, up to 10 consecutive school days, provided the appropriate procedures are followed.  The School Board may suspend a student from riding the bus in excess of 10 days for safety reasons. 

Student Handbook

The Superintendent, with input from the parent-teacher advisory committee, shall prepare disciplinary rules implementing the District's disciplinary policies.  These disciplinary rules shall be presented annually to the Board for its review and approval.

A student handbook, including the District disciplinary policies and rules, shall be distributed to the students' parents and guardians within 15 days of the beginning of the school year or a student's enrollment.

LEGAL REF.:  Gun-Free Schools Act, 20 U.S.C. § 8921 et seq.; 20 U.S.C. § 6081.;105 ILCS 5/10-20.5b, 5/10-20.14, 5/10-21.7, 5/10-21.10, 5/10-22.6, 5/10-27.1A, 5/10-27.1B, 5/24-24, 5/26-12, and 5/31‑3; 23 Ill. Admin. Code § 1.210 and 1.280.

CROSS REF.:  5:230 (Maintaining Student Discipline), 6:110 (Programs for Students At Risk of Dropping Out of School),7:70 (Attendance and Truancy), 7:130 (Student Rights and Responsibilities), 7:140 (Search and Seizure), 7:150 (Agency and Police Interviews), 7:160 (Student Appearance), 7:170 (Vandalism), 7:200 (Suspension Procedures), 7:210 (Expulsion Procedures), 7:220 (Bus Conduct), 7:230 (Misconduct by Students with Disabilities), 7:240 (Conduct Code for Participants in Extracurricular Activities), 8:30 (Conduct on School Property)

ADOPTED:  April 20, 1999

REVISED:  March 20, 2000; August 19, 2002

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Students

Student Handbook - Gang Activity Prohibited

Students are prohibited from engaging in gang activity. A "gang" is any group of 2 or more persons whose purpose includes the commission of illegal acts.

No student shall engage in any gang activity, including, but not limited to:

    1. wearing, using, distributing, displaying, or selling any clothing, jewelry, emblem, badge, symbol, sign, or other thing that are evidence of membership or affiliation in any gang,
    2. committing any act or omission, or using any speech, either verbal or non-verbal (such as gestures or hand-shakes) showing membership or affiliation in a gang, and
    3. using any speech or committing any act or omission in furtherance of the interests of any gang or gang activity, including, but not limited to: (a) soliciting others for membership in any gangs, (b) requesting any person to pay protection or otherwise intimidating or threatening any person, (d) inciting other students to act with physical violence upon any other person.

Students engaging in any gang-related activity will be subject to one or more of the following disciplinary actions:

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Student Discipline

Cell phones, which are carried by students, must remain off and out of sight during school hours.  A student may use a cell phone only in emergency situations (911) or in the presence of an administrator.

Cell phones may be used before or after school hours outside the school building.

ADOPTED:    October 21, 2002

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Suspension Procedures

The following are suspension procedures:

  1. Before suspension, 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 which was violated, and a notice to the parent(s)/guardian(s) of their right to a review of the suspension. A copy of a notice shall be given to the Board of Education.
  4. Upon request of the parent(s)/guardian(s), a review of the suspension shall be conducted by the Board of Education 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.

LEGAL REF.: Goss v. Lopez, 95 S.Ct. 729 (1975).

Sieck v. Oak Park River-Forest High School, 807 F.Supp. 73 (N.D. Ill., E.D., 1992).

105 ILCS 5/10-22.6(b).

         CROSS REF.: 7:130, 7:190 (Student Discipline)

         ADOPTED: April 20, 1999

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Expulsion Procedures

The following are expulsion procedures:

  1. Before expulsion, the student and parent(s)/guardian(s) shall be provided written notice of the time, place, and purpose of a hearing by registered or certified mail requesting the appearance of the parent(s)/guardian(s). If requested, the student shall have a hearing, at the time and place designated in the notice, conducted by the Board or a hearing officer appointed by it.  If a hearing officer is appointed by the Board, he or she shall report to the Board the evidence presented at the hearing and the Board shall take such final action as it finds appropriate.
  2. During the expulsion hearing, the student and his or her parent(s)/guardian(s) may be represented by counsel, present witnesses, and other evidence and cross-examine witnesses. At the expulsion hearing, the Board or hearing officer shall hear evidence of whether the student is guilty of the gross disobedience or misconduct as charged. 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.

LEGAL REF.: Goss v. Lopez, 95 S.Ct. 729 (1975).

105 ILCS 5/10-22.6(a).

720 ILCS 570/102 et seq.

         CROSS REF.: 7:130, 7:190 (Student Discipline)

         ADOPTED: April 20, 1999

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Bus Conduct

All students must follow the District's School Bus Safety Guidelines. Gross disobedience or misconduct providing grounds for suspension from riding the school bus includes: 

  1. Prohibited student conduct as defined in the Student Discipline policy.
  2. Willful injury or threat of injury to a bus driver or to another rider.
  3. Willful and/or repeated defacement of the bus.
  4. Repeated use of profanity.
  5. Repeated willful disobedience of the bus driver's or other supervisor’s directives.
  6. Such other behavior as the administration deems to threaten the safe operation of the bus and/or its occupants.

 

Use of Video Cameras on School Buses

Video cameras may be used on school buses as necessary in order to monitor conduct and maintain a safe environment for students and employees.

The content of the videotapes are student records and are subject to District policy and procedure concerning school student records. Only those people with a legitimate educational or administrative purpose may view the videotapes. In most instances, individuals with a legitimate educational or administrative purpose will be the Superintendent, Building Principal, Transportation Director, bus driver, and sponsor, coach, or other supervisor. If the content of a video tape becomes the subject of a student disciplinary hearing, it will be treated like other evidence in the proceeding.

 

Discipline Procedure

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

LEGAL REF.: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, 20 U.S. C. § 1232(g), 34 C.F.R. Part 99.

105 ILCS 10/1 et seq.

          CROSS REF.: 4:170 (Safety), 7:130 (Student Rights And Responsibilities), 7:190 (Student Discipline), 7:200 (Suspension Procedures), 7:340 (Student Records)

          ADOPTED: April 20, 1999

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Misconduct By Students With Disabilities

Behavioral Interventions

Behavioral interventions shall be used with students with disabilities to promote and strengthen desirable behaviors and reduce identified inappropriate behaviors. The District will establish and maintain a committee to develop, implement, and monitor procedures on the use of behavioral interventions for children with disabilities. The committee shall review the State Board of Education's guidelines on the use of behavioral interventions and use them as a non-binding reference. This policy and the behavioral intervention procedures shall be furnished to the parent(s)/guardian(s) of all students with individual education plans within 15 days after their adoption or amendment by, or presentation to, the Board or at the time an individual education plan is first implemented for a student; all students shall be informed annually of the existence of this policy and the procedures. At the annual individualized education plan review, a copy of this policy shall be given to the parent(s)/guardian(s). The policy and procedures shall be explained. A copy of the procedures shall be available, upon request of the parent(s)/guardian(s).

Discipline of Special Education Students

The District shall comply with the provisions of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) when disciplining students. No special education student shall be expelled if the student’s particular act of gross disobedience/misconduct is a manifestation of his or her disability. Any special education student whose gross disobedience/misconduct is not a manifestation of his or her disability may be expelled pursuant to the expulsion procedures, except that such disabled student shall continue to receive educational services as provided in the IDEA during such period of expulsion. A special education student may be suspended for an aggregate of 10 days of school per school year, regardless of whether the student’s gross disobedience/misconduct is a manifestation of his or her disabling condition,  except that such student shall continue to receive educational services in accordance with the IDEA during such period of suspension.

Any special education student who has or will exceed 10 days of suspension may be temporarily excluded from school by court order or by order of a duly appointed State of Illinois hearing officer if the District demonstrates that maintaining the student in his or her current placement is substantially likely to result in injury to the student or others.

A special education student who has carried a weapon to school or to a school function or who knowingly possesses or uses illegal drugs or sells or solicits the sale of a controlled substance while at school or a school function may be removed from his or her current placement. Such a student shall be placed in an appropriate interim alternative educational setting for no more than 45 days in accordance with the IDEA.

LEGAL REF.: Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, 20 U.S.C. § 1400 et seq.

Gun-Free Schools Act, 20 U.S.C. § 3351 et seq.

105 ILCS 5/10-22.6 and 5/14-8.05.

23 Ill. Admin. Code §§ 226.40 and 226.520.

Honig v. Doe, 108 S.Ct. 592 (1988).

School Board of the County of Prince William, Virginia v. Malone, 762 F.2d 1210 (4th Cir. 1985).

S-1 v. Turlington, 635 F.2d 342 (5th Cir. 1981).

Kaelin v. Grubbs, 682 F.2d 595 (6th Cir. 1982).

Victoria I v. District School Board, 741 F.2d 369 (11th Cir. 1984).

Doe v. Bd. of Educ. of Oak Park and River Forest High School District No. 200, 115 F.3d 1273 (7th Cir. 1997).

          CROSS REF.: 2:150 (Committees), 6:120 (Special Education), 7:130 (Student Rights And Responsibilities), 7:190 (Student Discipline), 7:200 (Suspension Procedures), 7:210 (Expulsion Procedures), 7:220 (Bus Conduct)

ADOPTED: April 20, 1999

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Conduct Code For Participants In Extracurricular Activities

The Building Principal, using input from coaches and sponsors of extracurricular activities, shall develop a conduct code for all participants in extracurricular activities consistent with Board policy and the rules adopted by the Illinois High School Association. The conduct code shall: (1) require participants in extracurricular activities to conduct themselves at all times, including after school and on days when school is not in session, and whether on and off school property, as good citizens and exemplars of their school, and (2) notify participants that failure to abide by it could result in removal from the activity. The conduct code shall be reviewed by the Building Principal periodically at his or her discretion and presented to the School Board.

All coaches and sponsors of extracurricular activities shall annually review the rules of conduct with participants and provide participants with a copy.

LEGAL REF.:  Board of Education of Independent School Dist. No. 92 v. Earls et al., 122 S.Ct. 2559 (2002)Clements v. Board of Education of Decatur, 478 N.E.2d 1209 (Ill. App. 4th Dist., 1985)Kevin Jordan v. O’Fallon THSD 203, 706 N.E.2d 137 (Ill. App. 5th Dist., 1999).  Todd v. Rush County Schools, 133 F.3d 984 (7th Cir., 1998).  Veronica School Dist. 475 v. Acton, 515 U.S. 646 (1995).  105 ILCS 5/24-24

CROSS REF.:  5:280 (Duties and Qualifications), 6:190 (Extracurricular and Co-Curricular Activities), 7:190 (Student Discipline), 7:300 (Extracurricular Athletics)

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Student Welfare Services

The following services are provided by the School District:

  1. Health services supervised by a qualified school nurse.
  2. Educational and psychological testing services and the services of a psychologist as needed. In all cases, written permission to administer a psychological examination must be obtained from the parent(s)/guardian(s). The results will be given to the parent(s)/guardian(s), with interpretation, as well as to the appropriate professional staff.
  3. The services of a social worker. A student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) must consent to regular or continuing services from a social worker.
  4. Guidance and counseling services at the high school level directed by the Building Principal.

CROSS REF.: 6:270

ADOPTED: April 20, 1999

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Students

Administrative Procedure - Protocol for Responding to Students with Social, Emotional, or Mental Health Problems

Student Support Committee
Each Building Principal shall annually appoint a building-level Student Support Committee that shall have the tasks described in this Administrative Procedure.  Committee members must be school staff members who are qualified by professional licensing or experience to address issues concerning students who may have social, emotional, or mental health problems.  As needed on a case-by-case basis, the Student Support Committee may request the involvement of the Building Principal, relevant teachers, and the parents/guardians.  Records produced and shared among Committee members may be subject to laws governing student records. Confidential information given by a student to a therapist is governed by the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Confidentiality Act, 740 ILCS 110/1 et seq.

Referrals
Staff members should refer a student suspected of having social, emotional, or mental health problems to the building-level Student Support Committee. The Student Support Committee will review information about a referred student, including prior interventions, and suggest appropriate steps for referral and follow-up.  The Student Support Committee may offer strategies to a referred student’s classroom teachers and parents/guardians about ways they can manage, address, and/or enhance the student’s social and emotional development and mental health. In addition, the Student Support Committee may recommend coordinated educational, social work, school counseling, and/or student assistance services within the school as well as referrals to outside agencies.  

Referrals under this procedure are unrelated to the special education evaluation process and do not trigger the District’s timeline for evaluations.  However, the use of these procedures shall not circumvent the special education process.  See Administrative Procedure 6:120-AP, Special Education Procedures Assuring the Implementation of Comprehensive Programming for Children with Disabilities and Suspected Disabilities.

School Counseling, Social Work and Psychological Services
The Student Support Committee may request school counselors, social workers, psychologists, and school nurses to provide support and consultation to teachers and school staff about strategies to promote the social and emotional development and mental health of all students.  They may also be requested to provide screening and early detection approaches to identify students with social, emotional, and mental health problems.

Written permission from the parent/guardian is required for any on-going social work and psychological services.  “On-going” is defined as more than 5 contacts in which the student received these services.  Written consent may be obtained through an IEP or other designated form.  That consent does not entitle parents/guardians to know the contents of all that is discussed.  School counselors, social workers, and psychologists will inform parents/guardians of all issues that pose a health and/or safety risk; they will inform the Building Principal of any health or safety risks that are present in the school.

Psycho-Educational Groups
As appropriate, the Student Support Committee may recommend that a student participate in a variety of psycho-educational groups.  These groups are typically led by school counselors, social workers, or psychologists, but are not structured as therapeutic services.  Groups are designed to help students better understand issues and develop strategies to manage issues of concern to them that may, if not addressed, interfere significantly with the students’ educational progress or school adjustment.  Groups have a written curriculum that guides discussion over a set period of time, generally 5 weeks.  A student may participate in a group without parent/guardian permission for one such time period; subsequent enrollment in the same group requires parent/guardian permission.

Students in a group who present significant concern and for whom therapeutic services must be considered will be referred to the social workers, psychologists, or school counselors for individual consultation. (See above description of these services).

School and Community Linkages
When possible, the Student Support Committee shall seek to establish linkages and partnerships with diverse community organizations to provide a coordinated approach to addressing children’s social and emotional development and mental health needs.

LEGAL REF.:         Children’s Mental Health Act of 2003, 405 ILCS 49/1 et seq.

ADOPTED:            October 18, 2004


Exemption From Physical Activity

A child may be exempted from some or all physical activities when the appropriate excuses are submitted to the school by parent(s)/guardian(s) or by a person licensed under the Medical Practice Act.

Alternative activities and/or units of instruction will be provided for pupils whose physical or emotional condition, as determined by a person licensed under the Medical Practice Act, prevents their participation in the physical education courses.

LEGAL REF.: 105 ILCS 5/27-6.

23 Ill. Admin. Code § 1.420(p).

           CROSS REF.: 6:60

          ADOPTED: April 20, 1999

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Administering Medicines To Students

Teachers and other non-administrative school employees, except certified school nurses, shall not be required to administer medication to students.  Parent(s)/guardian(s) are responsible for administering medication to their children.  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(s)/guardian(s) believe that it is necessary for the student to take a medication during school hours, they must request that the school dispense the medication to their child/ward 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(s)/guardian(s).  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. A student may possess medication prescribed for asthma for immediate use at the student’s discretion, provided the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) have completed and signed a “School Medication Authorization Form.”  The School District shall incur no liability, except for willful and wanton conduct, as a result of any injury arising from a student’s self-administration of medication or the medication’s storage by school personnel.  Parent(s)/guardian(s) must indemnify and hold harmless the School District and its employees and agents, against any claims, except a claim based on willful and wanton conduct, arising out of a student’s self-administration of medication or the storage of the medication by school personnel.

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

The Building Principal shall include this policy in the Student Handbook and shall provide a copy to the parent(s)/guardian(s) of students.

LEGAL REF.:         105 ILCS 5/10-20.14b, 5/10-22.21b, and 5/22-30.

ADMIN. PROC.:    7:270-AP (Dispensing Medication), 7:270-E (School Medication Authorization Form)

ADOPTED:  April 20, 1999

REVISED:  July 19, 1999; August 19, 2002

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Orders to Forgo Life-Sustaining Treatment

Written orders from parent(s)/guardian(s) to forgo life-sustaining treatment for their child or ward must be signed by the child’s physician and given to the Building Principal or Superintendent. This policy shall be interpreted in accordance with the Illinois Health Care Surrogate Act (755 ILCS 40/1 et seq.).

Whenever an order to forgo life-sustaining treatment is received, the Superintendent shall convene a multi-disciplinary team that includes the child’s parent(s)/guardian(s) and physician, as well as school personnel designated by the Superintendent. The team shall determine specific interventions to be used by school staff members in the event the child suffers a life-threatening episode at school or a school event. The District personnel shall convey orders to forgo life-sustaining treatment to the appropriate emergency or healthcare provider.

LEGAL REF.: 755 ILCS 40/1 et seq.

Cruzan v. Director, Missouri Department of Health, 497 U.S. 261 (1990).

In re: C.A., a minor, 603 N.E.2d 1171 (Il. App. 1 Dist., 1992).

          ADOPTED: April 20, 1999

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Communicable and Chronic Infectious Disease

A student with or carrying a communicable and/or chronic infectious disease has all rights, privileges, and services provided by law and the District's policies. The Superintendent will develop procedures for communicable and chronic infectious diseases for the Board's consideration.

LEGAL REF.: Rehabilitation Act, Section 504, 29 U.S.C. § 794(a).

Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, 20 U.S.C. § 1400 et seq.

410 ILCS 315/2a.

105 ILCS 5/10-21.11.

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Extracurricular Athletics

Student participation in school-sponsored extracurricular athletic activities is contingent upon the following:

  1. The student must meet the academic criteria set forth in the Board policy on Extracurricular and Co-Curricular Activities.
  2. Written permission must be given by the parent(s)/guardian(s) for the student's participation, giving the District full waiver of responsibility of the risks involved.
  3. A physical examination of the student must be conducted by a physician and an accompanying written statement assuring that the student's health status allows for active athletic participation must be submitted to the District.
  4. The student must show proof of accident insurance coverage either by a policy purchased through the District-approved insurance plan or a parent(s)/guardian(s) written statement that the student is covered under a family insurance plan.

The Superintendent or designee shall maintain the necessary records to ensure student compliance with this policy.

LEGAL REF.: 105 ILCS 5/10-20.30.

23 Ill. Admin. Code § 1.530(b).

          CROSS REF.: 4:170, 6:190 (Extracurricular and Co-Curricular Activities), 7:240, 7:330

       ADOPTED: April 20, 1999

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Publications

School-Sponsored Publications and Web Sites

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

All school-sponsored communications shall comply with the ethics and rules of responsible journalism. Text that is libelous, obscene, vulgar, lewd, invades the privacy of others, conflicts with the basic educational mission of the school, is socially inappropriate, is inappropriate due to the maturity of the students, or is materially disruptive to the educational process will not be tolerated.

The author's name will accompany personal opinions and editorial statements. An opportunity for the expression of differing opinions from those published/produced will be provided within the same media.

 

Non-School-Sponsored Publications and Web Sites

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

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

The distribution of non-school-sponsored written material shall occur at a time and place and in a manner that will not cause disruption, be coercive, or result in the perception that the distribution or the material is endorsed by the School District.

Accessing or distributing  "at school" includes accessing or distrubuting on school property or at school-related activities. A student engages  in gross disobedience and misconduct and may be disciplined for (1) accessing or distributing forbidden material, or (2) for writing, creating, or publishing such material intending for it to be accessed or distributed at school.

LEGAL REF.: Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier, 108 S.Ct. 562 (1988).

Hedges v. Wauconda Community Unit School Dist. No. 118, 9 F.3d 1295 (7th Cir. 1993).

CROSS REF.:
6:235 (Access to Electronic Networks)

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Material Associated With Banned Substances

The Board of Education is diligent in its effort to provide a learning environment that is free from association with the use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs.  To this end, the Board of Education prohibits the distribution of any materials associated with tobacco, alcohol, or drugs at any school sponsored activity, event, or function.

Adopted: June 17, 2002

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Student Fund-Raising Activities

Students should not be used to promote fund-raising activities by non-school sponsored groups except those which are of a school-wide nature in which participation can be a positive experience for students and when the proceeds contribute to a recognized humanitarian purpose.

Fund-raising plans approved by the Building Principal shall be submitted to the Superintendent for approval. The funds shall be used to the maximum extent possible for student activities.

LEGAL REF.: 105 ILCS 5/10-20.19.

         CROSS REF.: 4:90

         ADOPTED: April 20, 1999

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Student Use Of Buildings - Equal Access

Non-curriculum related student groups may meet on school premises during non-instructional time if approved by the Building Principal.

If the meeting is student-initiated and not a part of a school sponsored activity, it must be conducted according to the following guidelines:

  1. Attendance is voluntary;
  2. The school will not participate in or sponsor it;
  3. School employees can be present at religious meetings only in a non-participatory capacity;
  4. It cannot materially and subsequently interfere with the orderly conduct of educational activities within the school;
  5. Non-school persons may not direct, conduct, control, or regularly attend; and
  6. The school maintains its authority to maintain order and discipline.

The Superintendent or designee shall develop administrative procedures which will implement this policy.

LEGAL REF.: Equal Access Act, 20 U.S.C. § 4071 et seq.

Board of Education of Westside Community School Dist. v. Mergens, 110 S.Ct. 2356 (1990).

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Student Records

School student records are confidential and information from them shall not be released other than as provided by law. Any record that contains personally identifiable information or other information that would link the document to an individual student is a school student record if maintained by the District, except: (1) records that are kept in the sole possession of a school staff member, are destroyed not later than the student’s graduation or permanent withdrawal, and are not accessible or revealed to any other person except a temporary substitute teacher, and (2) records kept by law enforcement officials working in the school.

State and federal law grant students and parent(s)/guardian(s) certain rights, including the right to inspect, copy, and challenge school records.  The information contained in school student records shall be kept current, accurate, clear and relevant.  All information maintained concerning a student receiving special education services shall be directly related to the provision of services to that child.  The District may release directory information as permitted by law, but parent(s)/guardian(s) shall have the right to object to the release of information regarding their child.   However, the District will comply with an ex parte court order requiring it to permit the U.S. Attorney General or designee to have access to a student’s school records without notice to, or the consent of, the students’ parent(s)/guardian(s).

The Superintendent shall implement this policy with administrative procedures.  The Superintendent shall also designate a records custodian who shall maintain student records. The Superintendent or designee shall inform staff members of this policy, and shall inform students and their parent(s)/guardian(s) of it, as well as their rights regarding student school records.

LEGAL REF.:  Chicago Tribune Co. v. Chicago Bd. of Ed., 773 N.E.2d 674 (Ill.App. 1 Dist. 2002).  Owasso I.S.D. No. I-011 v. Falvo, 122 S.Ct. 934 (2002).  Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, 20 U.S.C. §1232g; 34 C.F.R. Part 99.  Children’s Privacy Protection and Parental  Empowerment Act, P.A. 93-462 105 ILCS 5/10-20.37, 5/14-1.01 et seq., and 10/1 et seq. 50 ILCS 205/7. 23 Ill. Admin. Code §§226 and 375.

CROSS REF.:  7:15 (Student and Family Privacy Rights)

ADMIN PROC.: 7:15-E (Exhibit - Notification to Parents of Family Privacy Rights), 7:340-AP (Administrative Procedure - Student Records), 7:340-E (Exhibit - Notification of Rights Concerning a Student’s School Records)

ADOPTED:            April 20, 1999

REVISED:              August 16, 2004

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