District 30 Handbook
Please Note: All board policies are subject to revision. For the most current version of the board policies contained within this document, reference the Northbrook/Glenview School District 30 board policies at: http://www.district30.org/board/Policies.cfm.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
School District 30 exists to create a community that craves learning, fosters resiliency, and cares deeply for every child. We honor childhood and foster intellectual, physical and social-emotional growth.
- Lifelong learning
- Relationships and collegiality
We will succeed by:
- Creating rich learning experiences and dynamic environments that promote student growth, build a culture of innovation, and prepare students to be productive global citizens.
- Maintaining a healthy, financially stable position.
- Ensuring facilities and systems contribute to an optimal educational experience.
- Recruiting, hiring and retaining the highest quality staff and providing coordinated professional development.
- Establishing and maintaining an open exchange of ideas and information with all stakeholders, both internal and external, to foster relationships, collaboration, and understanding among our entire learning community.
District 30 is an active member of the CHARACTER COUNTS! Coalition and participates in all of the scheduled activities including CHARACTER COUNTS! Week--the third week in October, as well as the CHARACTER COUNTS! poster, video, and writing contests. The pillars of CHARACTER COUNTS! are included in the district and school mission statements. Every year, our Board of Education adopts the CHARACTER COUNTS! Proclamation which includes the Six Pillars of Character--trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. This is followed up by a wide variety of activities that stress good character throughout the year. The national CHARACTER COUNTS! website is http://www.charactercounts.com. The website of our local organization, CHARACTER COUNTS! in Glenview is http://www.ccglenview.org/.
School District 30 does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the educational programs or activities which it operates. District 30's Title IX Policy extends to employment therein and admission thereto. This statement is published pursuant to the requirements of Title IX of the Federal Education Amendments of 1972. Inquiries concerning application of Title IX to District 30 may be referred to the District Coordinator of Title IX or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services. A procedure for handling complaints based upon believed discrimination is on file in the district office.
BEHAVIOR OF STUDENTS
DISCIPLINE - STUDENT BEHAVIOR (Board Policy 715.01)
District 30's discipline policy is created to foster and maintain a positive learning environment. Parents are expected to:
- Be aware of the school expectations regarding student behavior.
- Reinforce the roles and responsibilities that align with the Six Pillars of Character - trustworthiness, responsibility, respect, fairness, citizenship and caring.
- Cooperate with the District and schools by supporting school rules and implementation of the discipline policy (as currently written) discipline policy (as currently written).
- Maintain open lines of communication to foster better understanding between home and school.
- “Possession” includes having control, custody, or care, currently or in the past, of an object or substance, including situations in which the item is: (a) on the student’s person; (b) contained in another item belonging to, or under the control of, the student, such as in the student’s clothing, backpack, or automobile; (c) in a school’s student locker, desk, or other school property; or (d) at any location on school property or at a school-sponsored event;
- “Under the influence” includes students who are under the influence of any prohibited substance. Students under the influence are not permitted to attend school or school functions and are treated as though they had the prohibited substance, as applicable, in their possession;
- “Distribution” includes engaging in the act of providing or receiving any items prohibited by this policy;
- “Corporal punishment” is defined as slapping, paddling, or prolonged maintenance of students in physically painful positions, or intentional infliction of bodily harm. Corporal punishment does not include reasonable force as needed to maintain safety for students, staff, or other persons, or for the purpose of self-defense or defense of property.
When and Where Student Conduct Rules Apply
A student is subject to disciplinary action for engaging in prohibited student conduct, as described in the below-named section, whenever the student’s conduct is reasonably related to school or school activities, including, but not limited to:
- On, or within sight of, school grounds before, during, or after school hours or at any time;
- Off school grounds at a school-sponsored activity or event, or any activity or event that bears a reasonable relationship to school;
- Traveling to or from school or a school activity, function, or event; or
- Anywhere, if the conduct interferes with, disrupts, or adversely affects the school environment, school operations, or an educational function, including, but not limited to, conduct that may reasonably be considered to: (a) be a threat or an attempted intimidation of a staff member; or (b) endanger the health or safety of students, staff, or school property.
Prohibited Student Conduct
The school administration is authorized to discipline students for gross disobedience or misconduct, including but not limited to:
- Using, possessing, distributing, purchasing, or selling tobacco or nicotine materials, including without limitation, electronic cigarettes.
- Using, possessing, distributing, purchasing, or selling alcoholic beverages. Students who are under the influence of an alcoholic beverage are not permitted to attend school or school functions and are treated as though they had alcohol in their possession.
- Using, possessing, distributing, purchasing, selling, or offering for sale:
- Any illegal drug or controlled substance, or cannabis (including medical cannabis, marijuana, and hashish).
- Any anabolic steroid unless it is being administered in accordance with a physician’s or licensed practitioner’s prescription.
- Any performance-enhancing substance on the Illinois High School Association’s most current banned substance list unless administered in accordance with a physician’s or licensed practitioner’s prescription.
- Any prescription drug when not prescribed for the student by a physician or licensed practitioner, or when used in a manner inconsistent with the prescription or prescribing physician’s or licensed practitioner’s instructions. The use or possession of medical cannabis, even by a student for whom medical cannabis has been prescribed, is prohibited.
- Any inhalant, regardless of whether it contains an illegal drug or controlled substance: (a) that a student believes is, or represents to be capable of, causing intoxication, hallucination, excitement, or dulling of the brain or nervous system; or (b) about which the student engaged in behavior that would lead a reasonable person to believe that the student intended the inhalant to cause intoxication, hallucination, excitement, or dulling of the brain or nervous system. The prohibition in this section does not apply to a student’s use of asthma or other legally prescribed inhalant medications.
- Any substance inhaled, injected, smoked, consumed, or otherwise ingested or absorbed with the intention of causing a physiological or psychological change in the body, including without limitation, pure caffeine in tablet or powdered form.
- “Look-alike” or counterfeit drugs, including a substance that is not prohibited by this policy, but one: (a) that a student believes to be, or represents to be, an illegal drug, controlled substance, or other substance that is prohibited by this policy; or (b) about which a student engaged in behavior that would lead a reasonable person to believe that the student expressly or impliedly represented to be an illegal drug, controlled substance, or other substance that is prohibited by this policy.
- Drug paraphernalia, including devices that are or can be used to: (a) ingest, inhale, or inject cannabis or controlled substances into the body; and (b) grow, process, store, or conceal cannabis or controlled substances.
Students who are under the influence of any prohibited substance are not permitted to attend school or school functions and are treated as though they had the prohibited substance, as applicable, in their possession.
- Using, possessing, controlling, or transferring a “weapon” as that term is defined in the Weapons section of this policy, or violating the Weapons section of this policy.
- Using a cellular telephone, video recording device or other electronic device in any manner that disrupts the educational environment or violates the rights of others, including using the device to take photographs in locker rooms or bathrooms, cheat, or otherwise violate student conduct rules. Prohibited conduct specifically includes, without limitation, creating, sending, sharing, viewing, receiving, or possessing an indecent visual depiction of oneself or another person through the use of a computer, electronic communication device, or cellular phone. All non-educational electronic devices must be kept powered-off and out-of-sight during the regular school day unless: (a) the supervising teacher grants permission; (b) use of the device is provided in a student’s individualized education program (IEP); or (c) it is needed in an emergency that threatens the safety of students, staff, or other individuals.
- Using or possessing a laser pointer unless under a staff member’s direct supervision and in the context of instruction.
- Disobeying rules of student conduct or directives from staff members or school officials. Examples of disobeying staff directives include refusing a District staff member’s request to stop, present school identification, or submit to a search.
- Engaging in academic dishonesty including cheating, intentionally plagiarizing, wrongfully giving or receiving help during an academic examination, altering report cards, and wrongfully obtaining test copies or scores.
- Engaging in hazing or any kind of bullying or aggressive behavior that does physical or psychological harm to a staff person or another student, or urging other students to engage in such conduct. Prohibited conduct specifically includes, without limitation, any use of violence, intimidation, force, noise, coercion, threats, stalking, harassment, sexual harassment, public humiliation, theft or destruction of property, retaliation, hazing, bullying (as described in Board policy 720.24, Prevention of and Response to Bullying, Intimidation, and Harassment below), bullying using a school computer or a school computer network, or other comparable conduct.
- Engaging in any sexual activity, including without limitation, offensive touching, sexual harassment, indecent exposure (including mooning), and sexual assault. This does not include the non-disruptive: (a) expression of gender or sexual orientation or preference, or (b) display of affection during non-instructional time.
- Causing or attempting to cause damage to, or stealing or attempting to steal, school property or another person’s personal property.
- Entering school property or a school facility without proper authorization.
- In the absence of a reasonable belief that an emergency exists, calling emergency responders (such as calling 911); signaling or setting off alarms or signals indicating the presence of an emergency; or indicating the presence of a bomb or explosive device on school grounds, school bus, or at any school activity.
- Being absent without a recognized excuse; State law and School Board policy regarding truancy control will be used with chronic and habitual truants.
- Being involved in gangs or gang-related activities, including displaying gang symbols or paraphernalia.
- Violating any criminal law, including but not limited to, assault, battery, arson, theft, gambling, eavesdropping, vandalism, and hazing.
- Making an explicit threat on an Internet website against a school employee, a student, or any school-related personnel if the Internet website through which the threat was made is a site that was accessible within the school at the time the threat was made or was available to third parties who worked or studied within the school grounds at the time the threat was made, and the threat could be reasonably interpreted as threatening to the safety and security of the threatened individual because of his or her duties or employment status or status as a student inside the school.
- Operating an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) or drone for any purpose on school grounds or at any school event unless granted permission by the Superintendent or designee.
- Engaging in any activity, on or off campus, that interferes with, disrupts, or adversely affects the school environment, school operations, or an educational function, including but not limited to, conduct that may reasonably be considered to: (a) be a threat or an attempted intimidation of a staff member; or (b) endanger the health or safety of students, staff, or school property.
BUS CONDUCT (Board Policy 715.07)
All students must follow the District’s school bus safety rules.
School Bus Suspensions
The Superintendent, or any designee as permitted in the School Code, is authorized to suspend a student from riding the school bus (including the district shuttle) for up to 10 consecutive school days for engaging in gross disobedience or misconduct, including but not limited to, the following:
- Prohibited student conduct as defined in School Board Policy Section 7 - Students.
- Willful injury or threat of injury to a bus driver or to another rider.
- Willful and/or repeated defacement of the bus.
- Repeated use of profanity.
- Repeated willful disobedience of a directive from a bus driver or other supervisor.
- Such other behavior as the Superintendent or designee deems to threaten the safe operation of the bus and/or its occupants.
If a student is suspended from riding the bus or shuttle for gross disobedience or misconduct on a bus, the School Board may suspend the student from riding the school bus for a period in excess of 10 days for safety reasons. The District shall provide the student with notice of the gross disobedience or misconduct and an opportunity to respond.
Academic Credit for Missed Classes During School Bus Suspension
A student suspended from riding the bus who does not have alternate transportation to school shall have the opportunity to complete or make up work for equivalent academic credit. It shall be the responsibility of the student’s parent or guardian to notify the school that the student does not have alternate transportation.
Electronic Recordings on School Buses
Electronic visual and audio recordings may be used on school buses to monitor conduct and to promote and maintain a safe environment for students and employees when transportation is provided for any school related activity. Notice of electronic recordings shall be displayed on the exterior of the vehicle’s entrance door and front interior bulkhead in compliance with State law and the rules of the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety.
Students are prohibited from tampering with electronic recording devices. Students who violate this policy shall be disciplined in accordance with the Board’s discipline policy and shall reimburse the School District for any necessary repairs or replacement.
DISCIPLINARY MEASURES (Board Policies 715.04 and 715.05)
Students violating school rules may be detained during non-school hours, suspended in school, suspended from school, suspended from riding the bus, placed on probation, expelled from school or otherwise disciplined. Corporal punishment, by District 30 personnel, is prohibited.
Students have the right to due process in all discipline situations in which they are involved, including suspension and expulsion. Teachers have the right to exclude a child from the classroom for gross disobedience or misconduct.
Efforts, including the use of positive interventions and supports, shall be made to deter students, while at school or a school-related event, from engaging in aggressive behavior that may reasonably produce physical or psychological harm to someone else. The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that the parent/guardian of a student who engages in aggressive behavior is notified of the incident. The failure to provide such notification does not limit the Board’s authority to impose discipline, including suspension or expulsion, for such behavior.
No action shall be taken against any student that is based totally or in part on the refusal of a student’s parent or guardian to administer or consent to the administration of psychotropic or psychostimulant medication to the student. In-service training is required of certified school personnel and administrators including training, at least once every 2 years, on current best practices regarding the identification and treatment of attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, the application of non-aversive behavioral interventions in the school environment, and the use of psychotropic or psychostimulant medication for school-age children.
School officials shall limit the number and duration of expulsions and out-of-school suspensions to the greatest extent practicable, and, where practicable and reasonable, shall consider forms of non-exclusionary discipline before using out-of-school suspensions or expulsions. School personnel shall not advise or encourage students to drop out voluntarily due to behavioral or academic difficulties.
Re-Engagement of Returning Students
The Superintendent or designee shall maintain a process to facilitate the re-engagement of students who are returning from an out-of-school suspension, expulsion, or an alternative school setting.
The Superintendent, the Building Principal, or the Assistant Building Principal is authorized to suspend students guilty of gross disobedience or misconduct from school (and all school functions) for a period not to exceed ten (10) school days. The student and/or parents are due the following procedural protections:
- Prior to suspension, a conference during which the charges against the student will be explained and the student will be given an opportunity to present his or her version of the incident.
- Prior notice and hearing as stated above may not be required and the student 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 necessary notice and hearing shall follow as soon as practicable.
- Any suspension shall be reported immediately to the parents of the student. A written notice of the suspension will also be provided to the parent(s) or guardian(s) of the student, which shall:
- Provide notice of their right to review of the suspension;
- Include information about an opportunity to make up work missed during the suspension for equivalent academic credit;
- Detail the specific act of gross disobedience or misconduct resulting in the decision to suspend;
- Provide rationale or an explanation of how the chosen number of suspension days will address the threat or disruption posed by the student or his or her act of gross disobedience or misconduct; and
- Depending upon the length of the out-of-school suspension, include the following applicable information:
- For a suspension of 3 school days or less, an explanation that the student’s continuing presence in school would either pose a threat to school safety, or a disruption to other students’ learning opportunities.
- For a suspension of 4 or more school days, an explanation:
- That other appropriate and available behavioral and disciplinary interventions have been exhausted,
- As to whether school officials attempted other interventions or determined that no other interventions were available for the student, and
- That the student’s continuing presence in school would either:
- Pose a threat to the safety of other students, staff, or members of the school community, or
- Substantially disrupt, impede, or interfere with the operation of the school.
- For a suspension of 5 or more school days, the information listed above, along with documentation by the Superintendent or designee determining what, if any, appropriate and available support services will be provided to the student during the length of his or her suspension.
- A summary of the notice, including the reason for the suspension and the suspension length, must be given to the Superintendent, and then be given to the School Board by the Superintendent or designee.
Upon request of the parent(s) or guardian(s), a review of the suspension shall be conducted by the School Board or a hearing officer appointed by the Board. At the review, the parent(s) or guardian(s) of the student may appear and discuss the suspension with the Board or its hearing officer. If a hearing officer is appointed by the Board, he or she shall report to the Board a written summary of the evidence heard at the meeting. After presentation of the evidence or upon receipt of the report of the hearing officer, the Board shall take such action as it finds appropriate. If the suspension is upheld, the Board’s written suspension decision shall specifically detail items above.
The School Board is authorized to expel students guilty of gross disobedience or misconduct for a definite time period not to exceed 2 calendar years. The Superintendent or designee shall implement expulsion procedures that provide at the minimum:
- Prior to expulsion, the student and the student’s parent(s) or guardian(s) shall be provided a written request to appear at a hearing to determine whether the student should be expelled. The request shall be sent by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested. The request shall:
- Include the time, date, and place for the hearing.
- Briefly describe what will happen during the hearing.
- Detail the specific act of gross disobedience or misconduct resulting in the decision to recommend consideration of expulsion.
- List the student’s prior suspension(s).
- State that the School Code allows the School Board to expel a student for a definite period of time not to exceed two (2) calendar years, as determined on a case-by-case basis.
- Ask that the student or parent(s) or guardian(s) or attorney inform the Superintendent or Board Attorney if the student will be represented by an attorney and, if so, the attorney’s name and contact information.
- Unless the student and parent(s) or guardian(s) indicate that they do not want a hearing or fail to appear at the designated time and place, the hearing will proceed. The hearing shall be conducted by the Board or a hearing officer appointed by it the Board. 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.
- During the expulsion hearing, the Board or hearing officer shall hear the evidence concerning whether the student is guilty of gross disobedience or misconduct as charged. School officials must provide: (1) testimony of any other interventions attempted and exhausted or of their determination that no other appropriate and available interventions were available for the student, and (2) evidence of the threat or substantial disruption posed by the student. The student and the student’s parent(s) or guardian(s) may be represented by counsel, present witnesses and other evidence on his or her behalf cross-examine adverse witnesses, and otherwise present reasons why the student should not be expelled. After presentation of the evidence or receipt of the hearing officer’s report, the Board shall decide the issue of guilt and take such action as it finds appropriate.
- If the Board acts to expel the student, it's written expulsion decision shall:
- Detail the specific reason why removing the student from his or her learning environment is in the best interest of the school.
- Provide a rationale for the specific duration of the recommended expulsion, as well as the rationale for any suspension that preceded the expulsion.
- Document how school officials determined that all behavioral and disciplinary interventions have been exhausted by specifying which interventions were attempted or whether school officials determined that no other appropriate and available interventions existed for the student.
- Document how the student’s continuing presence in school would (1) pose a threat to the safety of other students, staff, or members of the school community, or (2) substantially disrupt, impede, or interfere with the operation of the school.
- Document whether available and appropriate support services were offered or provided during the suspension and, if they were not offered or provided, document that none were available.
GUN-FREE SCHOOLS/DANGEROUS WEAPON ACTS (Board Policy 714.06)
The Gun-Free Schools/Dangerous Weapon Act mandate that any school district receiving federal assistance have in effect policies requiring the expulsion of a student from school for a period of not less than one year if the student brings a firearm or dangerous weapon to school. Any such policy may allow the superintendent to modify the expulsion requirement for a student on a case-by-case basis. Copies of this policy are available upon request.
The School Board in accordance with the Gun-Free Schools/Dangerous Weapon Act, has determined that in order to maintain safe and orderly learning environments free from firearms or dangerous weapons, any students who are found to have brought a firearm or dangerous weapon onto school grounds shall be recommended, by the Superintendent, for expulsion for a period of not less than one (1) year. The Superintendent may recommend that the School Board modify the one (1) year expulsion on a case-by-case basis. The Superintendent may recommend that the student be placed in an alternative school program in accordance with Article 13A of the Illinois School Code.
Students with disabilities shall be disciplined for violation of this policy in accordance with The Individuals With Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEIA).
For purposes of this policy, “firearm” is defined as: (A) any weapon, including a starter gun, which will or, is designed to, or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive; (B) the frame or receiver of any such weapon; (C) any firearm muffler or firearm silencer; or (D) any destructive device including (1) any explosive, incendiary, or poison gas (i.e. bomb, grenade, rocket having a propellant charge of more than four (4) ounces, missile having an explosive or incendiary charge of more than one-quarter (1/4) ounce, mine, or device similar to any of the devices described in the preceding clauses); (2) any type or weapon, by whatever name known, which will, or which may be readily converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive or other propellant, and which has any barrel with a bore of more than one-half (1/2) inch in diameter; and (3) any combination of parts either designed or intended for use in converting any device into any destructive device described in (1) or (2) above and from which a destructive device may be readily assembled.
For purposes of this policy “Dangerous Weapons” is defined as: (A) possession, use, control or transfer of any object which may be used to cause bodily harm, including but not limited to a weapon as defined by the law cited in the relevant School Code section including knives, guns, firearms, rifles, shotguns, brass knuckles, billy clubs, or instruments that look similar to any of the above; (B) such items as baseball bats, pipes, bottles, locks, sticks, pencils and pens may be considered weapons if used or attempted to be used to cause bodily harm.
The Superintendent or designee shall report all violations of this policy to the local law enforcement authorities within twenty-four (24) hours. Each incident will also be reported as soon as possible, but no later than the tenth (10th) of the next month, to the Illinois State Police. All students and parents shall be notified of this policy annually.
HARASSMENT OF STUDENTS PROHIBITED (Board Policy 720.23)
Harassment of Students Prohibited. Students are entitled to be educated in an environment that is respectful of their backgrounds, characteristics, and differences. The District prohibits any conduct that harasses or intimidates students, whether that conduct is student-to-student or employee/agent-to-student, on the basis of actual or perceived protected classifications as identified under Board Policy 700.01 Equal Educational Opportunities. The District will not tolerate harassing or intimidating conduct whether verbal, physical, sexual, visual, or cyber that affects the tangible benefits of education, that unreasonably interferes with a student’s educational performance, or that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment. Examples of prohibited conduct include, but are not limited to, name-calling, using derogatory slurs, stalking, sexual violence, causing psychological harm, threatening or causing physical harm, threatened or actual destruction of property, or wearing or possessing items depicting or implying hatred or prejudice of one of the characteristics in Board Policy 700.01 Equal Educational Opportunities.
Sexual Harassment Prohibited
Sexual harassment of students is prohibited. A person, including a District employee or agent, or student, engages in sexual harassment whenever he or she makes sexual advances, requests sexual favors, and/or engages in other verbal or physical conduct, including sexual violence, of a sexual or sex-based nature, imposed on the basis of sex, that:
- 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
- Has the purpose or effect of:
- Substantially interfering with a student’s educational environment;
- Creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment;
- Depriving a student of educational aid, benefits, services, or treatment; or
- Making a submission to or rejection of such conduct the basis for academic decisions affecting a student.
The terms intimidating, hostile, and offensive include conduct that has the effect of humiliation, embarrassment, or discomfort. Examples of sexual harassment include touching, crude jokes or pictures, discussions of sexual experiences, teasing related to sexual characteristics, and spreading rumors related to a person’s alleged sexual activities. The term sexual violence includes a number of different acts. Examples of sexual violence include, but are not limited to, rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual abuse, and sexual coercion.
Making a Complaint, Investigation, and Enforcement
Students are encouraged to report claims or incidences of harassment based on a protected classification or sexual harassment to the Nondiscrimination Coordinator, Building Principal, Assistant Building Principal, a Complaint Manager, or any other District employee. A student may choose to report to a person of the student’s same sex. Complaints will be kept confidential to the extent possible given the need to investigate. Students who make good faith complaints will not be disciplined.
An allegation that a student was a victim of any prohibited conduct perpetrated by another student shall be referred to the Building Principal, Assistant Building Principal, or individuals below:
Director of Student Services - Ms. Lauren Schulman
2370 Shermer Road, Northbrook, IL 60062
Maple School Principal - Mr. Sam Kurtz
2370 Shermer Road, Northbrook, IL 60062
Wescott School Principal - Dr. Chris Brown
1820 Western Avenue, Northbrook, IL 60062
Willowbrook School Principal - Dr. Scott Carlson
2500 Happy Hollow Road, Glenview, IL 60026
The Superintendent shall use reasonable measures to inform staff members and students of this policy, such as, by including it in the appropriate handbooks.
Any District employee who is determined, after an investigation, to have engaged in conduct prohibited by this policy will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including discharge. Any District student who is determined, after an investigation, to have engaged in conduct prohibited by this policy will be subject to disciplinary action, including but not limited to, suspension and expulsion consistent with the District's student discipline policy, Board Policy 715.01, Student Behavior. Any person making a knowingly false accusation regarding conduct prohibited by this policy will likewise be subject to disciplinary action up to and including discharge, with regard to employees, or suspension and expulsion with regard to students.
PREVENTION OF AND RESPONSE TO BULLYING (Board Policy 720.24)
The School Board has determined that bullying diminishes a student’s ability to learn and a school’s ability to educate. Preventing students from engaging in these disruptive behaviors and providing all students equal access to a safe, non-hostile learning environment are important District goals.
Bullying is prohibited on the basis of actual or perceived protected classifications as identified under Board Policy 700.01 Equal Educational Opportunities, or in association with a person or group with one or more of the included actual or perceived characteristics, or any other distinguishing characteristic in each of the following situations:
- During any school-sponsored education program or activity.
- While in school, on school property, on school buses or other school vehicles, at designated school bus stops waiting for the school bus, or at school-sponsored or school-sanctioned events or activities.
- Through the transmission of information from a school computer, a school computer network, or other similar electronic school equipment.
- Through the transmission of information from a computer that is accessed at a non school-related location, activity, function, or program or from the use of technology or an electronic device that is not owned, leased, or used by the School District or school if the bullying causes a substantial disruption to the educational process or orderly operation of a school. This paragraph (item #4) applies only when a school administrator or teacher receives knowledge of bullying through this means has occurred; it does not require staff members to monitor any nonschool-related activity, function, or program.
Definitions from Section 27-23.7 of the School Code (105 ILCS 5/27-23.7)
Bullying includes cyberbullying and means any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or electronically, directed toward a student or students that has or can be reasonably predicted to have the effect of one or more of the following:
- Placing the student or students in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s or students’ person or property;
- Causing a substantially detrimental effect on the student’s or students’ physical or mental health;
- Substantially interfering with the student’s or students’ academic performance; or
- Substantially interfering with the student’s or students’ ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.
Bullying may take various forms, including without limitation one or more of the following: harassment, threats, intimidation, stalking, physical violence, sexual harassment, sexual violence, theft, public humiliation, destruction of property, or retaliation for asserting or alleging an act of bullying. This list is meant to be illustrative and non-exhaustive.
Cyberbullying means bullying through the use of technology or any electronic communication, including without limitation any transfer of signs, signals, writing, images, sounds, data, or intelligence of any nature transmitted in whole or in part by a wire, radio, electromagnetic system, photo-electronic system, or photo-optical system, including without limitation electronic mail, Internet communications, instant messages, or facsimile communications. Cyberbullying includes the creation of a webpage or weblog in which the creator assumes the identity of another person or the knowing impersonation of another person as the author of posted content or messages if the creation or impersonation creates any of the effects enumerated in the definition of bullying. Cyberbullying also includes the distribution by electronic means of a communication to more than one person or the posting of material on an electronic medium that may be accessed by one or more persons if the distribution or posting creates any of the effects enumerated in the definition of bullying.
Restorative measures means a continuum of school-based alternatives to exclusionary discipline, such as suspensions and expulsions, that: (i) are adapted to the particular needs of the school and community, (ii) contribute to maintaining school safety, (iii) protect the integrity of a positive and productive learning climate, (iv) teach students the personal and interpersonal skills they will need to be successful in school and society, (v) serve to build and restore relationships among students, families, schools, and communities, and (vi) reduce the likelihood of future disruption by balancing accountability with an understanding of students’ behavioral health needs in order to keep students in school.
School personnel means persons employed by, on contract with, or who volunteer in a school district, including without limitation school and school district administrators, teachers, school social workers, school psychologists, school nurses, cafeteria workers, custodians, and bus drivers.
Bullying Prevention and Response Plan
The Superintendent or designee shall develop and maintain a bullying prevention and response plan that advances the District’s goal of providing all students with a safe learning environment free of bullying. This plan must be consistent with the requirements listed below; each numbered requirement, 1-12, corresponds with the same number in the list of required policy components in 105 ILCS 5/27-23.7(b) 1-12.
- The District uses the definition of bullying as provided in this policy.
- Bullying is contrary to State law and the policy of this District. However, nothing in the District’s bullying prevention and response plan is intended to infringe upon any right to exercise free expression or the free exercise of religion or religiously based views protected under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution or under Section 3 of Article I of the Illinois Constitution.
- Students are encouraged to immediately report bullying. A report may be made orally or in writing to the District Nondiscrimination Manager or any staff member with whom the student is comfortable speaking. Anyone, including staff members and parents/guardians, who has information about actual or threatened bullying is encouraged to report it to the District named officials or any staff member. The District named officials? and all staff members are available for help with a bully or to make a report about bullying. Anonymous reports are also accepted.
Director of Student Services - Ms. Lauren Schulman
2370 Shermer Road, Northbrook, IL 60062
Maple School Principal - Mr. Sam Kurtz
2370 Shermer Road, Northbrook, IL 60062
Wescott School Principal - Dr. Chris Brown
1820 Western Avenue, Northbrook, IL 60062
Willowbrook School Principal - Dr. Scott Carlson
2500 Happy Hollow Road, Glenview, IL 60026
- Consistent with Federal and State laws and rules governing student privacy rights, the Superintendent or designee shall promptly inform the parent(s)/guardian(s) of every student involved in an alleged incident of bullying and discuss, as appropriate, the availability of social work services, counseling, school psychological services, other interventions, and restorative measures.
- The Superintendent or designee shall promptly investigate and address reports of bullying, by, among other things:
- Making all reasonable efforts to complete the investigation within 10 school days after the date the report of a bullying incident was received and taking into consideration additional relevant information received during the course of the investigation about the reported bullying incident.
- Involving appropriate school support personnel and other staff persons with knowledge, experience, and training on bullying prevention, as deemed appropriate, in the investigation process.
- Notifying the Building Principal or school administrator or designee of the reported incident of bullying as soon as possible after the report is received.
- Consistent with federal and state laws and rules governing student privacy rights, providing parents/guardians of the students who are parties to the investigation information about the investigation and an opportunity to meet with the Building Principal or school administrator or his or her designee to discuss the investigation, the findings of the investigation, and the actions taken to address the reported incident of bullying.
- The Superintendent or designee shall investigate whether a reported incident of bullying is within the permissible scope of the District’s jurisdiction and shall require that the District provide the victim with information regarding services that are available within the District and community, such as counseling, support services, and other programs.
- The Superintendent or designee shall use interventions to address bullying, that may include, but are not limited to, school social work services, restorative measures, social-emotional skill building, counseling, school psychological services, and community-based services.
- A reprisal or retaliation against any person who reports an act of bullying is prohibited. A student’s act of reprisal or retaliation will be met with disciplinary consequences and appropriate remedial actions consistent with this and other Board Policies.
- A student will not be punished for reporting bullying or supplying information, even if the District’s investigation concludes that no bullying occurred. However, knowingly making a false accusation or knowingly providing false information will be met with disciplinary consequences and appropriate remedial actions consistent with this and other Board Policies.
- The District’s bullying prevention and response plan must be based on the engagement of a range of school stakeholders, including students and parents/guardians.
- The Superintendent or designee shall post this policy on the District’s website, if any, and include it in the student handbook, and, where applicable, post it where other policies, rules, and standards of conduct are currently posted. The policy must also be distributed annually to parents/guardians, students, and school personnel, including new employees when hired, and provided periodically throughout the school year to students and faculty.
- The District shall review this Policy and make appropriate revisions every two years, and file its updated Policy with the Illinois State Board of Education. The Superintendent or designee shall assist the Board with its evaluation and assessment of this policy’s outcomes and effectiveness. This process shall include, without limitation:
- The frequency of victimization;
- Student, staff, and family observations of safety at a school;
- Identification of areas of a school where bullying occurs;
- The types of bullying utilized; and
- Bystander intervention or participation.
The evaluation process may use relevant data and information that the District already collects for other purposes. The Superintendent or designee must post the information developed as a result of the policy evaluation on the District’s website, or if a website is not available, the information must be provided to school administrators, Board members, school personnel, parents/guardians, and students.
13. This policy is consistent with other Board of Education policies.
UNIFORM GRIEVANCE PROCESS (Board Policy 290)
A student, parent/guardian, employee, or community member should notify any District Complaint Manager if he or she believes that the School Board, its employees, or agents have violated his or her rights guaranteed by the State or federal Constitution, State or federal statute, or Board policy, or have a complaint regarding any one of the following:
- Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act
- Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
- Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
- Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. §2000d et seq.
- Equal Employment Opportunities Act (Title VII of the Civil Rights Act), 42 U.S.C. §2000e et seq.
- Sexual harassment ( State Officials and Employees Ethics Act, Illinois Human Rights Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972)
- Bullying, 105 ILCS 5/27-23.7
- Misuse of funds received for services to improve educational opportunities for educationally disadvantaged or deprived children
- Curriculum, instructional materials, and/or programs
- Victims’ Economic Security and Safety Act, 820 ILCS 180/
- Illinois Equal Pay Act of 2003, 820 ILCS 112/
- Provision of services to homeless students
- Illinois Whistleblower Act, 740 ILCS 174/
- Misuse of genetic information (Illinois Genetic Information Privacy Act (GIPA), 410 ILCS 513/ and Titles I and II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), 42 U.S.C. §2000ff et seq.
- Employee Credit Privacy Act, 820 ILCS 70/
The Complaint Manager will first attempt to resolve complaints without resorting to this grievance procedure. If a formal complaint is filed under this procedure, the Complaint Manager will address the complaint promptly and equitably. A student and/or parent/guardian filing a complaint under this procedure may forego any informal suggestions and/or attempts to resolve it and may proceed directly to this grievance procedure. The Complaint Manager will not require a student or parent/guardian complaining of any form of harassment to attempt to resolve allegations directly with the accused (or the accused’s parents/guardians); this includes mediation.
Right to Pursue Other Remedies Not Impaired
The right of a person to prompt and equitable resolution of a complaint filed under this policy shall not be impaired by the person’s pursuit of other remedies, e.g., criminal complaints, civil actions, etc. Use of this grievance procedure is not a prerequisite to the pursuit of other remedies and use of this grievance procedure does not extend any filing deadline related to the pursuit of other remedies. If a person is pursuing another remedy subject to a complaint under this policy, the District will continue with a simultaneous investigation under this policy. Employees retain the right to report allegations of sexual harassment to the Illinois Department of Human Rights through means established by that Department, including, but not limited to, a hotline.
All deadlines under this procedure may be extended by the Complaint Manager as he or she deems appropriate. As used in this policy, school business days means days on which the District’s main office is open.
Filing a Complaint
A person (hereinafter Complainant) who wishes to avail him or herself of this grievance procedure may do so by filing a complaint with any District Complaint Manager. The Complainant shall not be required to file a complaint with a particular Complaint Manager and may request a Complaint Manager of the same gender. The Complaint Manager may request the Complainant to provide a written statement regarding the nature of the complaint or require a meeting with a student’s parent(s)/guardian(s). The Complaint Manager shall assist the Complainant as needed.
For any complaint alleging bullying and/or cyber-bullying of students, the Complaint Manager shall process and review the complaint according to Board Policy 720.24, Prevention of and Response to Bullying, in addition to any response required by this policy. For any complaint alleging sexual harassment or other violation of Board Policy 500.10, Workplace Harassment Prohibited, the Complaint Manager shall process and review the complaint according to that policy, in addition to any response required by this policy.
The Complaint Manager will investigate the complaint or appoint a qualified person to undertake the investigation on his or her behalf. If a complaint contains allegations involving a Complaint Manager, the Superintendent shall appoint another Complaint Manager or another qualified person to undertake the investigation as the designated Complaint Manager. If a complaint contains allegations involving the Superintendent or a member of the School Board, the School Board shall appoint a qualified person who is not an employee of the Board to undertake the investigation as the designated Complaint Manager.
The Complaint Manager shall ensure both parties have an equal opportunity to present evidence during an investigation. If the Complainant is a student under 18 years of age, the Complaint Manager will notify his or her parent(s)/guardian(s) that they may attend any investigatory meetings in which their child is involved. The complaint and identity of the Complainant will not be disclosed except:
- as required by law, this policy;
- as necessary to fully investigate the complaint; or
- as authorized by the Complainant or reporting person.
The identity of any student witnesses will not be disclosed except:
- as required by law or any collective bargaining agreement;
- as necessary to fully investigate the complaint; or
- as authorized by the parent/guardian of the student witness, or by the student if the student is 18 years of age or older.
The Complaint Manager will inform, at regular intervals, the person(s) filing a complaint under this procedure about the status of the investigation. Within 30 school business days of the date the complaint was filed, the Complaint Manager shall file a written report of his or her findings with the Superintendent. The Complaint Manager may request an extension of time. If a complaint of sexual harassment contains allegations involving the Superintendent, the written report shall be filed with the Board, which will make a decision in accordance with the following section of this policy. The Superintendent will keep the Board informed of all complaints.
If a complaint contains allegations involving the Superintendent or a member of the School Board, the written report shall be filed directly with the School Board, which will make a decision in accordance with the fourth paragraph of the following section of this policy.
Decision and Appeal
All decisions shall be based upon the preponderance of evidence standard.
Within five school business days after receiving the Complaint Manager’s report, the Superintendent shall mail his or her written decision to the Complainant and the accused by first class U.S. mail as well as to the Complaint Manager.
Within 10 school business days after receiving the Superintendent’s decision, the Complainant or the accused may appeal the decision to the Board by making a written request to the Complaint Manager. The Complaint Manager shall promptly forward all materials relative to the complaint and appeal to the Board.
Within 30 school business days of an appeal of a decision of the Superintendent, the School Board shall affirm, reverse, or amend the Superintendent’s decision or direct the Superintendent to gather additional information. Within five school business days of the School Board’s decision, the Superintendent shall inform the Complainant and the accused of the School Board’s action by first class U.S. mail as well as to the Complaint Manager. For complaints containing allegations involving the Superintendent or a member of the School Board, within 30 school days after receiving the Complaint Manager's report, the School Board shall mail its written decision to the Complainant and the accused by first class U.S. mail as well as to the Complaint Manager.
This grievance procedure shall not be construed to create an independent right to a hearing before the Superintendent or Board. The failure to strictly follow the timelines in this grievance procedure shall not prejudice any party.
Nondiscrimination Coordinator and Complaint Managers
Director of Student Services - Ms. Lauren Schulman
2370 Shermer Road, Northbrook, IL 60062
Maple School Principal - Mr. Sam Kurtz
2370 Shermer Road, Northbrook, IL 60062
Wescott School Principal - Dr. Chris Brown
1820 Western Avenue, Northbrook, IL 60062
Willowbrook School Principal - Dr. Scott Carlson
2500 Happy Hollow Road, Glenview, IL 60026
Title IX Sexual Harassment Grievance Procedure
Sexual harassment affects a student’s ability to learn and an employee’s ability to work. Providing an educational and workplace environment free from sexual harassment is an important District goal. The District does not discriminate on the basis of sex in any of its education programs or activities, and it complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) and its implementing regulations (34 C.F.R. Part 106) concerning everyone in the District’s educational programs and activities, including applicants for employment, students, parents/guardians, employees, and third parties.
Title IX Sexual Harassment Prohibited
Sexual harassment as defined in Title IX (Title IX Sexual Harassment) is prohibited. Any person, including a District employee or agent, or student, engages in Title IX Sexual Harassment whenever that person engages in conduct on the basis of an individual’s sex that satisfies one or more of the following:
- A District employee conditions the provision of an aid, benefit, or service on an individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct; or
- Unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the District’s educational program or activity; or
- Sexual assault as defined in 20 U.S.C. §1092(f)(6)(A)(v), dating violence as defined in 34 U.S.C. §12291(a)(10), domestic violence as defined in 34 U.S.C. §12291(a)(8), or stalking as defined in 34 U.S.C. §12291(a)(30).
Examples of sexual harassment include, but are not limited to, touching, crude jokes or pictures, discussions of sexual experiences, teasing related to sexual characteristics, spreading rumors related to a person’s alleged sexual activities, rape, sexual battery, sexual abuse, and sexual coercion.
Definitions from 34 C.F.R. §106.30
Complainant means an individual who is alleged to be the victim of conduct that could constitute sexual harassment.
Education program or activity includes locations, events, or circumstances where the District has substantial control over both the Respondent and the context in which alleged sexual harassment occurs.
Formal Title IX Sexual Harassment Complaint means a document filed by a Complainant or signed by the Title IX Coordinator alleging sexual harassment against a respondent and requesting that the District investigate the allegation.
Respondent means an individual who has been reported to be the perpetrator of the conduct that could constitute sexual harassment.
Supportive measures mean non-disciplinary, non-punitive individualized services offered as appropriate, as reasonably available, and without fee or charge to the Complainant or the Respondent before or after the filing of a Formal Title IX Sexual Harassment Complaint or where no Formal Title IX Sexual Harassment Complaint has been filed.
Title IX Sexual Harassment Prevention and Response
The Superintendent or designee will ensure that the District prevents and responds to allegations of Title IX Sexual Harassment as follows:
- Ensures that the District’s comprehensive health education program in Board policy 6:60, Curriculum Content, incorporates (a) age-appropriate sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention programs in grades pre-K through 12, and (b) age-appropriate education about the warning signs, recognition, dangers, and prevention of teen dating violence in grades 7-12. This includes incorporating student social and emotional development into the District’s educational program as required by State law and in alignment with Board policy 6:65, Student Social and Emotional Development.
- Incorporates education and training for school staff as recommended by the Superintendent, Title IX Coordinator, Nondiscrimination Coordinator, Building Principal, Assistant Building Principal, Dean of Students, or a Complaint Manager.
- Notifies applicants for employment, students, parents/guardians, employees, and collective bargaining units of this policy and contact information for the Title IX Coordinator by, at a minimum, prominently displaying them on the District’s website, if any, and in each handbook made available to such persons.
Making a Report
A person who wishes to make a report under this Title IX Sexual Harassment grievance procedure may make a report to the Title IX Coordinator, Nondiscrimination Coordinator, Building Principal, Assistant Building Principal, Dean of Students, a Complaint Manager, or any employee with whom the person is comfortable speaking. A person who wishes to make a report may choose to report to a person of the same gender.
School employees shall respond to incidents of sexual harassment by promptly making or forwarding the report to the Title IX Coordinator. An employee who fails to promptly make or forward a report may be disciplined, up to and including discharge.
The Superintendent shall appoint a Title IX Coordinator. The District’s Title IX Coordinator also serves as the Nondiscrimination Coordinator.
Title IX Coordinator:
Director of Student Services
2374 Shermer Road
Northbrook, IL 60062
Processing and Reviewing a Report or Complaint
Upon receipt of a report, the Title IX Coordinator and/or designee will promptly contact the Complainant to: (1) discuss the availability of supportive measures, (2) consider the Complainant’s wishes with respect to supportive measures, (3) inform the Complainant of the availability of supportive measures with or without the filing of a Formal Title IX Sexual Harassment Complaint, and (4) explain to the Complainant the process for filing a Formal Title IX Sexual Harassment Complaint.
Further, the Title IX Coordinator will analyze the report to identify and determine whether there is another or an additional appropriate method(s) for processing and reviewing it. For any report received, the Title IX Coordinator shall review Board Policies 290, SCHOOL BOARD: Uniform Grievance Process, 500.06 GENERAL PERSONNEL - Abused and Neglected Child Reporting, 500.65 GENERAL PERSONNEL - Employee Ethics; Conduct; and Conflict of Interest, 720.23 STUDENT WELFARE - Harassment of Students Prohibited, 720.24 STUDENT WELFARE - Prevention of and Response to Bullying, 720.26 STUDENT WELFARE - Teen Dating Violence Prohibited, and 715.01 DISCIPLINE - Student Behavior, to determine if the allegations in the report require further action.
Reports of alleged sexual harassment will be confidential to the greatest extent practicable, subject to the District’s duty to investigate and maintain an educational program or activity that is productive, respectful, and free of sexual harassment.
Formal Title IX Sexual Harassment Complaint Grievance Process
When a Formal Title IX Sexual Harassment Complaint is filed, the Title IX Coordinator will investigate it or appoint a qualified person to undertake the investigation.
The Superintendent or designee shall implement procedures to ensure that all Formal Title IX Sexual Harassment Complaints are processed and reviewed according to a Title IX grievance process that fully complies with 34 C.F.R. §106.45. The District’s grievance process shall, at a minimum:
Treat Complainants and Respondents equitably by providing remedies to a Complainant where the Respondent is determined to be responsible for sexual harassment, and by following a grievance process that complies with 34 C.F.R. §106.45 before the imposition of any disciplinary sanctions or other actions against a Respondent.
Require an objective evaluation of all relevant evidence – including both inculpatory and exculpatory evidence – and provide that credibility determinations may not be based on a person’s status as a Complainant, Respondent, or witness.
Require that any individual designated by the District as a Title IX Coordinator, investigator, decision-maker, or any person designated by the District to facilitate an informal resolution process:
Not have a conflict of interest or bias for or against complainants or respondents generally or an individual Complainant or Respondent.
Receive training on the definition of sexual harassment, the scope of the District’s education program or activity, how to conduct an investigation and grievance process (including hearings, appeals, and informal resolution processes, as applicable), and how to serve impartially.
Require that any individual designated by the District as an investigator receiving training on issues of relevance to create an investigative report that fairly summarizes relevant evidence.
Require that any individual designated by the District as a decision-maker receive training on issues of relevance of questions and evidence, including when questions and evidence about the Complainant’s sexual predisposition or prior sexual behavior are not relevant.
Include a presumption that the Respondent is not responsible for the alleged conduct until a determination regarding responsibility is made at the conclusion of the grievance process.
Include reasonably prompt timeframes for the conclusion of the grievance process.
Describe the range of possible disciplinary sanctions and remedies the District may implement following any determination of responsibility.
Base all decisions upon the preponderance of evidence standard.
Include the procedures and permissible bases for the Complainant and Respondent to appeal.
Describe the range of supportive measures available to Complainants and Respondents.
Not require, allow, rely upon, or otherwise use questions or evidence that constitute, or seek disclosure of, information protected under a legally recognized privilege, unless the person holding such privilege has waived the privilege.
Any District employee who is determined, at the conclusion of the grievance process, to have engaged in sexual harassment will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including discharge. Any third party who is determined, at the conclusion of the grievance process, to have engaged in sexual harassment will be addressed in accordance with the authority of the Board in the context of the relationship of the third party to the District, e.g., vendor, parent, invitee, etc. Any District student who is determined, at the conclusion of the grievance process, to have engaged in sexual harassment will be subject to disciplinary action, including, but not limited to, suspension and expulsion consistent with student behavior policies. Any person making a knowingly false accusation regarding sexual harassment will likewise be subject to disciplinary action.
This policy does not increase or diminish the ability of the District or the parties to exercise any other rights under existing law.
The District prohibits any form of retaliation against anyone who, in good faith, has made a report or complaint, assisted, or participated or refused to participate in any manner in a proceeding under this policy. Any person should report claims of retaliation using Board policy 2:260, Uniform Grievance Procedure.
Any person who retaliates against others for reporting or complaining of violations of this policy or for participating in any manner under this policy will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including discharge, with regard to employees, or suspension, and expulsion, with regard to students.
TEEN DATING VIOLENCE PROHIBITED (Board Policy 720.26)
Engaging in teen dating violence that takes place at school, on school property, at school-sponsored activities, or in vehicles used for school-provided transportation is prohibited. For purposes of this policy, the term teen dating violence occurs whenever a student uses or threatens to use physical, mental, or emotional abuse to control an individual in the dating relationship; or uses or threatens to use sexual violence in the dating relationship.
STUDENT DRESS AND PERSONAL APPEARANCE
Students are more apt to concentrate on learning when they are clean and neatly dressed. Student 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. All clothing should be clean, in good condition, and appropriate for the educational environment. Parents alone can control how students appear when they come to school. Students wearing clothing that is extreme or inappropriate for school, as determined by the administration and school faculty, will be asked to change the clothing and the matter will be discussed with the parents.
TRUANCY (Board Policy 705.14)
The school board supports the principle that local school districts must have the responsibility for matters pertaining to student attendance. Further, the Board recognizes the following definitions:
A child subject to compulsory school attendance and who is absent without valid cause from such attendance for a school day or portion thereof.
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 control of the student 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 child who is subject to compulsory school attendance and who is absent without valid cause from such attendance for ten percent or more of the previous 180 regular attendance days.
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.
Using the definitions cited, the school district shall 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 with the student who is a truant, chronic or habitual truant or a truant minor. The diagnostic procedures may include, but not be limited to, counseling services to the student and the student’s parents/guardian, a health evaluation by the school nurse, use of peer groups and clinical evaluations by local and/or state agencies.
The following supportive services may be offered to a student who is experiencing an attendance problem:
- Parent-teacher conferences
- School social work services
- School psychologist services
When the supportive services of the school district have been offered to the student and if these measures prove ineffective and the behavior persists, 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 Educational Service Region. District 30’s Board of Education, superintendent, school district administrators and teachers shall assist and furnish such information as they have to aid truant officers in the performance of their duties. In accordance with the Illinois School Code, 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.
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EQUIVALENT ASSIGNMENT OF PERSONNEL, CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS (Board Policy 600.02)
The District shall attempt to provide equivalent educational opportunities for its students, including but not limited to the availability of educational materials, supplies, and personnel. This policy shall be implemented so as to provide flexibility in meeting the unique needs of the District's students. The District's instructional program, including physical education, shall be in compliance with all applicable state and federal laws and regulations.
Students in District 30 take various standardized tests. These tests include the curriculum-based measurement (CBM) at grades K-2, NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) at grades 1-8, the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) at grades 3 and 5, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) at grades 3-8, the IL Science Assessment (ISA) at grades 5 and 8, and the ACCESS for students identified as English language learners. In addition, the Terra Nova is given as a high school placement test for students in grade 8.
Classroom instructional time is precious and should be protected. Assessments should provide valuable information for (1) teachers as they plan curriculum and instruction for the students; (2) consideration of educational interventions based upon the District’s RtI (Response to Intervention) plan; (3) parents as they monitor their child’s academic and cognitive growth; and (4) the District as programs are evaluated for overall student performance. The District chooses assessments that add value to the instructional process in a timely fashion.
Appropriate preparation for any standardized norm-referenced or criterion-referenced test comes in instructing students using a research-based, standards-aligned local curriculum. The administration believes that each of the District 30 curricula follows these guidelines. Therefore, District 30 students are appropriately and adequately prepared for standardized assessments and will perform well.
All assessments are administered during a multi-week “testing window.” The window simply identifies the common time frame across the District during which the assessment will be given. No assessment takes the entire window of time to administer. For example, the MAP window is three weeks in length; however, test administration takes approximately two hours for each student to complete. It is important to note that time dedicated to formalized assessment is less than two percent of instructional time during the school year.
Students in first through eighth grade take the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test. The MAP test, which is an individualized computer-adaptive test, is administered to students in early fall to establish baseline data and to assist teachers as they plan for instruction. The test is re-administered in the spring to students in first through eighth grade. First grade students only participate in the mathematics portion of the MAP assessment as a part of the District’s universal screenings. The MAP test measures student achievement and growth in mathematics and reading.
Eighth-grade students take high school placement tests, which are coordinated by the high school. Placement tests are administered in early December.
MAP, CogAT, ISA, and PARCC results are mailed home to parents. Results for placement tests are sent home from the high school. Parents should feel free to contact the building principal if they need clarification of the results.
Students in the District’s English Language Learners (ELL) program take the ACCESS Test (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State to State): This is an English language proficiency test given annually to measure language proficiency levels and a student's progress in listening, speaking, reading and writing in English. Students in the ELL program also take the PARCC, with accommodations as needed.
School District 30 offers the Navigate program which provides services for gifted students, grades 1-8, in the areas of English language arts and mathematics. Students in all grades are identified separately for each subject. In grades 1-5, groups meet multiple times per week in a pull-out setting with a teacher specifically trained in gifted education. Navigate in grades 6-8 are replacement classes in both English language arts and math, and meet daily. All Navigate curriculum focuses on rigorous curricular content at a level appropriate for gifted learners with an emphasis on critical thinking and problem solving. For a brochure that further describes the program or any other information, please contact Mrs. Robyn Kogan, Coordinator of Gifted Education, at email@example.com or at 847-400-8910.
ACCELERATED AND ADVANCED PLACEMENT (Board Policy 613)
The District provides opportunities for accelerated and advanced placement in specific grade level courses. Accelerated and advanced placement courses provide an educational setting with curriculum options usually reserved for students who are older or in higher grade levels. Accelerated and advanced placement options include but may not be limited to:
(a) accelerating a student in a single subject within courses designated by the District for accelerated and advanced placement; (b) other grade-level acceleration; and (c) early entrance to kindergarten or first grade. Participation in accelerated and advanced courses is open to all students who demonstrate high ability, meet eligibility criteria and may benefit from accelerated placement. It is not limited to students who have been formally identified as gifted and talented. Eligibility to participate in the District’s accelerated and advanced placement courses shall not be conditioned upon the protected classifications identified in School Board Policy 700.01, Equal Educational Opportunities, or any factor other than the student’s identification as an accelerated learner.
The Superintendent or designee shall implement accelerated and advanced placement procedures that include:
- Decision-making processes that are fair, equitable, and involve multiple individuals, e.g. District administrators, teachers, and school support personnel, and a student’s parent(s)/guardian(s);
- Notification processes that notify a student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) of a decision affecting a student’s participation in the APP; and
- Assessment processes that include multiple valid, reliable indicators.
EXEMPTION FROM PHYSICAL EDUCATION (Board Policy 726)
In order to be excused from participation in physical education, a student must present an appropriate excuse from his or her parent/guardian or from a person licensed under the Medical Practice Act. The excuse may be based on medical or religious prohibitions. An excuse because of medical reasons must include a signed statement from a person licensed under the Medical Practice Act that corroborates the medical reason for the request. An excuse based on religious reasons must include a signed statement from a member of the clergy that corroborates the religious reason for the request.
Special activities in physical education will be provided for a student whose physical or emotional condition, as determined by a person licensed under the Medical Practice Act, prevents his or her participation in the physical education course.
A student who is eligible for special education may be excused from physical education courses in either of the following situations:
He or she (a) is in grades 3-8, (b) his or her IEP requires that special education support and services be provided during physical education time, and (c) the parent/guardian agrees or the IEP team makes the determination; or
He or she (a) has an IEP, (b) is participating in an adaptive athletic program outside of the school setting, and (c) the parent/guardian documents the student’s participation as required by the Superintendent or designee.
A student requiring adapted physical education must receive that service in accordance with his or her Individualized Educational Program/Plan (IEP).
Students in grades 6-8 may submit a written request to the Building Principal to be excused from physical education courses because of his or her ongoing participation in an interscholastic or extracurricular athletic program.
The District provides instruction to K-8 grade students on personal safety at school, in their travel to and from school, and in and around the house. Short, age-appropriate units of study on a number of related topics will be provided as part of the health curriculum at grade levels K-5. Health is a course that meets within the Physical Education/Wellness block for grades 6th, 7th, and 8th.
Parents have the right to contact the building principal and request in writing that their child not participate in:
- The 5th-grade human growth and development unit
- The prevention-oriented child sexual abuse program (Erin’s Law)
- The instructional unit on AIDS, depression, and eating disorder(s) within Health at Maple School
Teachers may give homework to students to aid in skill development and the attainment of appropriate achievement levels. The type, frequency and quantity of homework should be based on the needs and capacities of students as determined by the professional judgment of the teacher, and homework should be an application or adaptation of classroom instruction. Parental cooperation and assistance are essential to meet the instructional expectations and objectives.
The following procedures are designed to assist students and parents in District 30:
- At Maple, parents desiring homework assignments may call the school office by 3:30 p.m. at the end of the first day of absence. The office will notify the classroom teacher (s) and collect assignments which may be picked up in the office on the second day of absence after 3:00 p.m.
- At the elementary schools, homework may be requested and picked up on the first day of the absence. The request must be made to the front office by 9:00 a.m. for the homework to be picked up after 3:00 p.m. on that same day.
- On subsequent days of a student absence, homework will be provided in a similar manner. The work will be picked up on the day following the request at Maple, and the day of the request at the elementary schools. The length of an absence should be anticipated to minimize frequent requests for homework.
- Long-Term Illness & Homebound Tutoring
- Parents of any student whose illness, in the opinion of a licensed medical examiner, will result in a prolonged absence from school of ten or more days may be eligible to receive homebound or hospital instruction.
- Requests for homebound and/or hospital instruction, along with physician’s letters, should be directed to Lauren Schulman, Director of Student Services, Harry P. Rossi Administrative Offices, 2374 Shermer Road, Northbrook, Illinois 60062. Phone: (847) 498-4190.
- District 30 discourages families from taking vacations during school time. The parents are requested to notify the school’s office of the upcoming absence and request homework five days in advance if desired.
- The school’s office will notify the teaching staff of the upcoming absence and request for homework.
- Homework will be provided at the discretion of the teacher based upon the nature of the subject area and potential for completion either prior to or upon returning for the absence.
ACCEPTABLE USE OF DISTRICT'S ELECTRONIC NETWORK (Board Policy 645.02)
Access to Electronic Networks
Electronic networks, including the Internet, are a part of the District’s instructional program and serve to promote educational excellence by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication. The Superintendent shall develop an implementation plan for this policy and appoint system administrator(s).
The School District is not responsible for any information that may be lost or damaged, or become unavailable when using the network, or for any information that is retrieved or transmitted via the Internet. Furthermore, the District will not be responsible for any unauthorized charges or fees resulting from access to the Internet.
Curriculum and Appropriate Online Behavior
The use of the District’s electronic networks shall: (1) be consistent with the curriculum adopted by the District as well as the varied instructional needs, learning styles, abilities, and developmental levels of the students, and (2) comply with the selection criteria for instructional materials and library resource center materials. As required by federal law and Board Policy 600.02 EQUIVALENT ASSIGNMENT OF PERSONNEL, CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS, students will be educated about appropriate online behavior, including but not limited to: (1) interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms, and (2) cyberbullying awareness and response. Staff members may, consistent with the Superintendent’s implementation plan, use the Internet throughout the curriculum.
The District’s electronic network is part of the curriculum and is not a public forum for general use.
All use of the District’s electronic networks must be: (1) in support of education and/or research, and be in furtherance of the goals stated herein, or (2) for a legitimate school business purpose. Use is a privilege, not a right. Students and staff members have no expectation of privacy in any material that is stored, transmitted, or received via the District’s electronic networks or District computers. General rules for behavior and communications apply when using electronic networks. The District’s administrative procedure, Acceptable Use of the District’s Electronic Networks, contains the appropriate uses, ethics, and protocol. Electronic communications and downloaded material, including files deleted from a user’s account but not erased, may be monitored or read by school officials.
Technology protection measures shall be used on each District computer with Internet access. They shall include a filtering device that protects against Internet access by both adults and minors to visual depictions that are: (1) obscene, (2) pornographic, or (3) harmful or inappropriate for students, as defined by federal law and as determined by the Superintendent or designee. The Superintendent or designee shall enforce the use of such filtering devices. An administrator, supervisor, or another authorized person may disable the filtering device for bona fide research or another lawful purpose, provided the person receives prior permission from the Superintendent or system administrator. The Superintendent or designee shall include measures in this policy’s implementation plan to address the following:
Ensure staff supervision of student access to online electronic networks,
Restrict student access to inappropriate matter as well as restricting access to harmful materials,
Ensure student and staff privacy, safety, and security when using electronic communications,
Restrict unauthorized access, including “hacking” and other unlawful activities, and
Restrict unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identification information, such as, names and addresses.
Authorization for Electronic Network Access
Each staff member must sign the Authorization for Access to the District’s Electronic Networks as a condition for using the District’s electronic network. Each student and his or her parent(s)/guardian(s) must sign the Authorization before being granted unsupervised use.
All users of the District’s computers to access the Internet shall maintain the confidentiality of student records. Reasonable measures to protect against unreasonable access shall be taken before confidential student information is loaded onto the network.
The failure of any student or staff member to follow the terms of the District’s administrative procedure, Acceptable Use of the District’s Electronic Networks, or this policy, will result in the loss of privileges, disciplinary action, and/or appropriate legal action.
In instances where students participate in school from a remote location, The District will continue to provide learning opportunities, using online tools and resources, including Usage of video conferencing and other tools for instruction. Examples include ZOOM, Google Hangouts Meet, Schoology Conferences, and others. The District’s online curriculum and remote collaboration tools for the classroom will also be available. During remote school days, the guidelines for student behavior and acceptable use (Board Policy 645.02) continue to be in force, as will our expectations for student online behavior.
During any District 30 eLearning/remote learning experience, District 30 prohibits screenshots, photos, audio/video recordings and distribution of any virtual educational experiences by unauthorized individuals. This is in order to protect privacy, prevent cyberbullying and reduce distribution of content from virtual educational experiences.
Parents/guardians and other household members who normally are not privy to day-to-day classroom activities, agree to respect and keep confidential any personal or private information (e.g., disability status) inadvertently discovered about other students due to proximity to virtual education.
Additional classroom norms and expectations are listed in the parent guide “Hybrid and eLearning in District 30”.
LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER
The library media center in each school is available to all students and their parents. Books may be borrowed for a specified period of time with a possible renewal. Books are due on or before the due date posted in the book. The student will be notified twice of overdue materials, and a third notice will be sent to the parents if overdue books or materials are not returned. Parents will be held responsible for lost or damaged materials. There are no overdue fines. Maple, Wescott and Willowbrook School library websites can be accessed at http://www.district30.org, and click on the individual school’s library link. There are links to search engines, local libraries, and general reference material.
ONE TO ONE LEARNING
District 30 provides each student in grades three through eight with a personal technology device, for use in the classroom and by which they can access class resources when not in school. Each student and his or her parent(s)/guardians(s) must agree with the iPad Handbook / Pledge, before being given their device. The failure of any student to follow the terms of the pledge will result in suspension from the one-to-one program, or other appropriate disciplinary action. A full copy of the One to One Handbook and Pledge is available on the District 30 website, and also on the the District Registration Site (Infosnap). If you have any questions, please contact the Director of Educational Technology.
RESPONSE TO INTERVENTION (RtI)
Response to Intervention (RtI) came from the federal law IDEIA 2004 and was incorporated into state law in 2008. District 30 submitted its plan in January of 2009. The program involves a multi-tiered system of support to instruction so that students are able to receive additional educational assistance based upon identified areas of need. Students who do not progress or “respond” appropriately to the scientifically based educational interventions provided for them may be at risk of a learning disability, and can be provided increasingly intensive instructional service to address those identified needs in a proactive manner prior to the consideration of special education eligibility. RtI services are continual in reading, mathematics, and social/emotional development.
District 30 has incorporated universal screenings and progress monitoring tools to identify students who may benefit from additional educational supports. For those students who score below the 50th percentile nationally, educational interventions will be provided using scientifically-based teaching techniques. Student response to these interventions will be monitored.
Response to Intervention (RtI), with its increased instructional precision, will support student performance in a more proactive manner to prevent academic failure and enhance student performance in the key curricular areas, which signify academic success.
REVIEW OF THE DISTRICT’S INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS
Parents or guardians of any student may review any instructional materials utilized in the schools. These materials include textbooks, teacher’s manuals, or media/technology components. Please contact the principal’s office for an appointment to view any of these items.
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AUTHORIZATION FOR MEDICAL EMERGENCIES
Since authorization for treatment of your child must come from the parent or the child’s physician, we would suggest that you arrange with your physician the procedure to follow when the parent is unavailable. Instructions to the physician can greatly facilitate rapid emergency care when the parent cannot be reached. In cases when the parents are away from the children for an extended period of time, it is appropriate for the parent to assign the power of attorney to the person(s) responsible for the care of the child.
MEDICATION POLICY (Board Policy 720.14)
Students should not take medication during school hours or during school-related activities unless it is necessary for a student’s health and well-being. When a student’s licensed health care provider and parent/guardian believe that it is necessary for the student to take a medication during school hours or school-related activities, the parent/guardian must request that the school dispense the medication to the child and/or otherwise follow the District’s procedures on dispensing medication.
No School District employee shall administer to any student, or supervise a student’s self-administration of, any prescription or non-prescription medication until a completed and signed School Medication Authorization Form is submitted by the student’s parent/guardian. No student shall possess or consume any prescription or non-prescription medication on school grounds or at a school-related function other than as provided for in this policy and its implementing procedures.
The Board of Education recognizes that it is necessary for the critical health and wellbeing of students in certain circumstances to take medication during school hours. The Board authorizes school personnel to administer to students, or to allow the selfadministration of, both prescription and over-thecounter medication during the school day when students require such medication in an emergency, to attend school, or to gain access to the educational programs of the District. The Board also authorizes school personnel to render additional emergency medical assistance when necessary to protect the students' health, safety and welfare. Medication Medication of a prescriptive or nonprescriptive nature shall be administered under the following guidelines:
- Medication by Physician's Written Prescription
- A written request and permission from the parent are required annually in order to consider administering medication to a student.
- Parents/guardians will sign a waiver releasing District 30 of any liability involving the administration or selfadministration of medication to a student.
- A written order from the student's physician indicating the nature of illness and the necessity for the medication and detailing the following is required:
- The child’s name and date of birth;
- Date of prescription and order;
- The name of the medication to be administered;
- Other medications the child is receiving;
- The prescribed dosage and time interval required, as well as the method of administration;
- The intended effect of the medication and a notation of any possible side effects of the medication;
- Anticipated duration of administering medication to a student; and
- The name and telephone number of the physician and of the pharmacy shall be indicated.
- It is required that parents/guardians bring to school any medication that the school is to administer as prescribed by a physician. Such medication shall be in its original labeled container, which shall display:
- The student’s name;
- Prescription number;
- Medication name, dosage, route of administration and other required directions;
- Licensed prescriber’s name;
- Date and refill instructions;
- Pharmacy name, address, and phone number; and
- Name or initials of pharmacist.
- Students are permitted to possess and selfadminister their asthma inhaler or epinephrine autoinjector as needed, provided that each student's parent/guardian completes a “Request/Permission/Waiver” specifically authorizing such use and:
- For an asthma inhaler, a student’s parent/guardian provides the school with the prescription label that contains the name of the medication, prescribed dosage, and time at which or circumstances under which the medication is to be administered (Note: A health care provider's signature is not required for students who require asthma inhalers while at school or during schoolsponsored activities.)
- For an epinephrine autoinjector, insulin pumps and other indwelling medication pumps, a student's parent/guardian provides the school with a written statement authorizing use, signed by the student's physician, a physician's assistant, or advanced practice registered nurse having such authority delegated by a supervising/collaborating physician. This statement must include the name and purpose of the epinephrine autoinjector, insulin pumps and other indwelling medication pumps, the prescribed dosage, and the time or times at which or the special circumstances under which the epinephrine autoinjector, insulin pumps and other indwelling medication pumps is to be administered.
- The Board of Education retains the final discretion to reject requests for administration of medicines.
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.
Self-Administration of Medication
A student may possess an epinephrine injector, e.g., EpiPen®, and/or asthma medication prescribed for use at the student’s discretion, provided the student’s parent/guardian has completed and signed a School Medication Authorization Form. The School District shall incur no liability, except for willful and wanton conduct, as a result of any injury arising from a student’s self-administration of medication or epinephrine injector or the storage of any medication by school personnel. A student’s parent/guardian must indemnify and hold harmless the School District and its employees and agents, against any claims, except a claim based on willful and wanton conduct, arising out of a student’s self-administration of an epinephrine injector and/or medication, or the storage of any medication by school personnel.
School District Supply of Undesignated Asthma Medication
The Superintendent or designee shall implement Section 22-30(f) of the School Code and maintain a supply of undesignated asthma medication in the name of the District and provide or administer them as necessary according to State law. Undesignated asthma medication means an asthma medication prescribed in the name of the District or one of its schools. A school nurse or trained personnel, as defined in State law, may administer an undesignated asthma medication to a person when they, in good faith, believe a person is having respiratory distress. Respiratory distress may be characterized as mild-to-moderate or severe. Each building administrator and/or his or her corresponding school nurse shall maintain the names of trained personnel who have received a statement of certification pursuant to State law.
School District Supply of Epinephrine Injectors
The Superintendent or designee shall implement Section 22-30(f) of the School Code and maintain a supply of undesignated epinephrine injectors in the name of the District and provide or administer them as necessary according to State law. Undesignated epinephrine injector means an epinephrine injector prescribed in the name of the District or one of its schools. A school nurse or trained personnel, as defined in State law, may administer an undesignated epinephrine injector to a person when they, in good faith, believe a person is having an anaphylactic reaction. Each building administrator and/or his or her corresponding school nurse shall maintain the names of trained personnel who have received a statement of certification pursuant to State law.
Designated Caregiver Administration of Medical Cannabis
The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act allows a parent/guardian of a student who is a minor to register with the Illinois Deptartment of Public Health (IDPH) as a designated caregiver to administer medical cannabis to their child. A designated caregiver may also be another individual other than the student’s parent/guardian. Any designated caregiver must be at least 21 years old and is allowed to administer a medical cannabis infused product to a child who is a student on the premises of his or her school or on his or her school bus if:
- Both the student and the designated caregiver possess valid registry identification cards issued by IDPH;
- Copies of the registry identification cards are provided to the District; and
- That student’s parent/guardian completed, signed, and submitted a School Medication Authorization Form - Medical Cannabis.
Medical cannabis infused product (product) includes oils, ointments, foods, and other products that contain usable cannabis but are not smoked or vaped.
Smoking and/or vaping medical cannabis is prohibited. After administering the product to the student, the designated caregiver shall immediately remove it from school premises or the school bus. The product may not be administered in a manner that, in the opinion of the District or school, would create a disruption to the educational environment or cause exposure of the product to other students. A school employee shall not be required to administer the product.
Discipline of a student for being administered a product by a designated caregiver pursuant to this policy is prohibited. The District may not deny a student attendance at a school solely because he or she requires administration of the product during school hours.
Emergency Medical Treatment
School personnel shall call 911 as a first step in a medical emergency. School personnel shall render emergency medical assistance to any student whose parents/guardians have authorized such assistance when paramedical personnel or licensed physicians are not available or have not arrived and such assistance is necessary to protect the student's health, safety or welfare. The school personnel providing emergency medical assistance shall attempt to contact the principal as soon as possible and contact a licensed physician or certified paramedical personnel to provide or assist in providing emergency medical assistance. The student's parent or guardian shall be contacted as soon as possible after the injury giving rise to the need for emergency medical assistance.
HEALTH, EYE, AND DENTAL EXAMINATIONS; IMMUNIZATIONS; AND EXCLUSION OF STUDENTS (Board Policy 720.16)
Required Health Examinations and Immunizations
A student's parent(s)/guardian(s) shall present proof that the student received a health examination, with proof of the immunizations against, and screenings for, preventable communicable diseases, as required by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), within one year prior to:
- Entering kindergarten or first grade;
- Entering sixth grade; and
- Enrolling in an Illinois school, regardless of the student's grade (including nursery school, special education, Head Start programs operated by elementary schools, and students transferring into Illinois from out-of-country).
Proof of immunization against meningococcal disease is required for students in grade 6.
As required by State law:
- Health examinations must be performed by a Board Licensed Physician, an advanced practice nurse who has a written collaborative agreement with a collaborating physician authorizing the advanced practice nurse to perform health examinations or a physician assistant who has been delegated performance of health examinations by a supervising physician.
- A diabetes screening is a required part of each health examination; diabetes testing is not required.
- An age-appropriate developmental screening and an age-appropriate social and emotional screening are required parts of each health examination. A student will not be excluded from school due to his or her parent/guardian's failure to obtain a developmental screening or a social and emotional screening.
- Before admission and in conjunction with required physical examinations, parents/guardians of children between the ages of one and seven years must provide a statement from a physician that their child was risk assessed or screened for lead poisoning.
- The IDPH will provide all students entering sixth grade and their parents/guardians information about the link between human papilloma virus (HPV) and HPV-related cancers and the availability of the HPV vaccine.
- The District will provide information materials regarding influenza, influenza vaccinations, meningococcal disease, and meningococcal vaccinations developed, provided, or approved by the IDPH when it provides information on immunizations, infectious diseases, medications, or other school health issues to students' parents/guardians.
Unless an exemption or extension applies, the failure to comply with the above requirements by October 15 of the current school year will result in the student's exclusion from school until the required health forms are presented to the District. New students who register after the first day of a given school year shall have 30 days following registration to comply with the health examination and immunization regulations. If a medical reason prevents a student from receiving required immunization by the first day of the current school year, the student must present, by the first day of the current school year, an immunization schedule and a statement of the medical reason 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 local immunizations.
A student transferring from out-of-state who does not have the required proof of immunizations by the first day of the current school year may attend classes only if he or she has proof that an appointment for the required vaccinations is scheduled with a party authorized to submit proof of the required vaccinations. If the required proof of vaccination is not submitted within 30 days after the student is permitted to attend classes, the student may no longer attend classes until proof of the vaccinations is properly submitted.
Parents/guardians are encouraged to have their child undergo an eye examination whenever health examinations are required.
Parents/guardians of students entering kindergarten or an Illinois school for the first time shall present proof before October 15 of the current school year that the student received an eye examination within one year prior to entry of kindergarten or the school. A Board Licensed Physician or a licensed optometrist must perform the required eye examination.
If a student fails to present proof by October 15, the school may hold the student's report card until the student presents proof: (1) of a completed eye examination, or (2) that an eye examination will take place within 60 days after October 15. The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that parents/guardians are notified of this eye examination requirement in compliance with the rules of the IDPH. Schools shall not exclude a student from attending school due to failure to obtain an eye examination.
All children in kindergarten and the second and sixth grades must present proof of having been examined by a licensed dentist before May 15 of the current school year in accordance with the rules adopted by the IDPH.
If a child in the second or sixth grade fails to present proof by May 15, the school may hold the child's report card until the child presents proof: (1) of a completed dental examination, or (2) that a dental examination will take place within 60 days after May 15. The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that parents/guardians are notified of this dental examination requirement at least 60 days before May 15 of each school year.
In accordance with rules adopted by the IDPH, a student will be exempted from this policy's requirements for:
- Religious reasons, if the student's parents/guardians present the IDPH's Certificate of Religious Exemption form to the Superintendent or designee. When a Certificate of Religious Exemption form is presented, the Superintendent or designee shall immediately inform the parents/guardians of exclusion procedures pursuant to Board Policy 720.20, Students with Chronic Communicable Diseases and State rules, if there is an outbreak of one or more diseases from which the student is not protected.
- Medical grounds, if a physician, advanced registered practice nurse, or physician assistant provides written verification.
- Eye examination, if the student's parents/guardians show an undue burden or lack of access to a licensed physician who provides eye examinations or a licensed optometrist.
- Dental examination, if the student's parents/guardians show an undue burden or lack of access to a dentist.
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. School Board Policy 705.07, Residency Requirements, governs the enrollment of homeless children.
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SAFETY & SECURITY
Parents should encourage their children to abide by basic safety rules. Children should come to school by the safest route -- crossing only at crosswalks and not in the middle of the block. Cooperation with the crossing guards must be stressed.
Please note that the law now prohibits the use of cellphones when driving in school zones.
The Asbestos Inspection Reports and Management Plans for Northbrook/Glenview School District 30 have been approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Copies of these documents may be examined at the administrative office and at the individual school offices. If you have questions, please call the Director of Buildings and Grounds.
EMERGENCY CLOSING PROCEDURES
During the school year, there may be times when one or all of the schools may be closed. In most cases, school closures are the result of weather related conditions. The Northfield Township Superintendents have developed the following guidelines pertaining to these closures. Whenever a decision is made to close school or alter the school day, it is based on the general safety conditions for all students and staff. The District recognizes that conditions may vary for each individual family. If school is open and you feel that it is unsafe to send your student to school, please contact the school attendance office, and the student will be given an excused absence.
Parents and students should assume that classes are in session at the normal time unless otherwise notified.
Priority on Safety
During periods of inclement weather or in emergency situations, our first priority is the safety and welfare of our students and staff. At the same time, the closing of school can be burdensome to families due to childcare and work schedules. We consider cancelling school to be an exception, and we place a strong emphasis on keeping our schools open. Some of the primary factors that are considered when making a decision include:
- The safety and well-being of students and staff
- Severity of the weather (extreme cold, flooding, etc.)
- Timing of the weather
- The ability of buses and cars to travel safely
- The operable condition of our buildings
Making the Decision
The Superintendent of Schools determines when and if conditions at one or more schools warrant the cancellation of school. This decision is normally made in collaboration with the District Administration, other area superintendents, local Village departments, the bus service provider, and the Illinois Department of Transportation.
Northbrook/Glenview School District 30 works collaboratively with Northfield Township Districts 27, 28, 31, 34, 225, and NSSED on school closings. Because we have many families whose students are enrolled within District 225 and District 30, we seek to be consistent to create the least amount of disruption to our families. This may not always occur, but please be assured it is a priority in our deliberations.
The National Weather Service (NWS at http://www.weather.gov/) will be the primary meteorological source to determine and declare weather conditions, such as snow forecasts, wind-chill advisory, or wind-chill warnings.
Notification to Our Parents
In the event of a school closing or other emergency, parents can expect to receive an automated phone call and e-mail. This system will be tested annually in the beginning of November. We ask that all parents help to make sure that their contact information is accurate and complete.
School closure decisions will normally be made before 6:00 a.m. the day of closure. This allows weather conditions to be monitored overnight to avoid unnecessary closures. Closure decisions will only be made the night before if conditions are known with a high degree of certainty and warrant closure. Parents should establish contingency plans for possible closures throughout the school year regardless of the season.
Emergency and closing information is also available through the following sources:
- School and district websites
- The district’s social media channels
- The following media sources
As always, if parents decide that conditions their family face require their student(s) to remain at home, simply inform the school about the absence. Whenever a decision is made to cancel school or alter the school day, it is based on the general safety conditions for all students and staff. The district recognizes that conditions may vary for each individual student or family. If you feel that it is unsafe to send your student to school, please contact the school attendance office, and the student will be given an excused absence.
General Information Regarding School Cancellation
School may be cancelled due to weather conditions or other emergency conditions that create unsafe conditions. School may be cancelled for all District 30 school facilities, or for an individual facility, as necessary. General guidelines for a closed school include:
- All after school activities and field trips will be cancelled unless specifically announced by the school principal.
- All student events will be cancelled unless specifically announced by the school principal.
- Athletic events and practices will be cancelled unless specifically announced by the school principal.
- PTO events that have event contracts to use district facilities will be cancelled unless announced by the school principal.
Early Dismissal: This option may also be utilized by our schools if weather conditions worsen during the day. If waiting until the end of the day to dismiss students makes it significantly less safe for our students and families, then early dismissal will be implemented.
Severe Cold - Two Possible Outcomes
Wind-Chill Warning - Schools Will Be Closed
Definition: A wind-chill warning indicates that life-threatening conditions and a risk to safety exist. Measures should be taken to safeguard life and property immediately. A wind-chill warning is typically issued when the wind-chill will be -30°F or colder AND the wind speed is is 10 mph or greater, OR the actual temperature is -15° F or colder.
- Classes will be cancelled, and school closure protocols will be instituted.
- All notification systems will be leveraged to send school cancellation communications to families.
- After school activities will be cancelled.
Wind-Chill Advisory - Schools Will Be Open
Definition: A wind-chill advisory is issued when conditions do not meet the wind-chill warning criteria but still cause significant inconvenience. The weather during a wind-chill advisory is not life threatening but presents conditions that may result in inconvenience or pose moderate risk to safety. A wind-chill advisory is typically issued when the wind chill is -20 to -29°F AND wind speed is 10 mph or greater, OR the actual temperature is -5°F to -14°F.
- Schools will be open and student attendance is expected.
- Fire and Police will be notified prior to the start of the school day of the Severe Cold Action Day designation.
- In the case of a fire alarm, school administrators will be given authority to institute protocols to quickly return students to a safe interior location.
- After school activities will be evaluated and may be suspended, if conditions persist.
- All field trips during the school day will be suspended.
- All outside student activities will be suspended.
In preparation for another winter in Chicago, I appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate weather and other challenges that may develop. Again, I emphasize that student and staff safety remains our highest priority, and we will hold school when the learning environment is safe and productive.
As a reminder, whenever a decision is made to close school or alter the school day, it is based on the general safety conditions for all students and staff. The District recognizes that conditions may vary for each individual family. If school is open and you feel that it is unsafe to send your student to school, please contact the school attendance office, and the student will be given an excused absence.
Refer to District 30’s website at www.district30.org for the most current information regarding emergency procedures.
EMERGENCY INFORMATION/PARENT CONTACT
It is imperative that the school health offices have information for use in case of an emergency. Please update the emergency cards when necessary. When your child becomes ill or an accident occurs at school, it is the district procedure to notify a parent immediately. Since it is in the best interest of your child to reach you as soon as possible, when we receive no answer at home, we will call a parent at work or the emergency numbers listed on your card. In an emergency, we reserve the right to contact the paramedics. Please notify the school office immediately if one of your children contracts a communicable disease.
EMERGENCY PROCEDURES AND DRILLS
Every classroom has emergency procedures and maps that are readily available and reviewed with staff members. Our schools conduct a minimum of three fire drills, one tornado drill, one bus evacuation, and one lock down drill each school year. Moreover, our schools have been audited and assessed by village public safety officials who have participated in the planning of procedures which ensure the safety and security of our schools in the event of a disaster. While these specific plans are not available to the public for security reasons, please know that there continues to be direct communication with police, fire and other public safety agencies responsible for ensuring our safety. We feel confident that the direct links which have been established will provide a safe environment for our children. Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s) are available in each building.
INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT
The Illinois Structural Pest Control Act, amended on August 1, 2000, requires school districts to maintain pest management procedures and to notify parents, faculty, and staff prior to performing pest management services. Northbrook/Glenview School District 30 has contracted with a pest management company to ensure that our facilities remain pest free. Pest management inspections and control services will be performed on the second Thursday of every month after regular school hours. Anyone who would like additional information should contact the Director of Buildings and Grounds at the District Office of Northbrook/Glenview School District 30 at 847-498-4190.
Parents should keep in mind that guidance on holding school during this ongoing global pandemic continues to evolve. The latest Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) guidance will continue to be updated on our Parent Phased Operations FAQ. During this ongoing global pandemic, there will be several health and safety practices implemented within each of our schools that align with Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) guidelines that include:
- Masks: All individuals in school buildings must wear a face covering AT ALL TIMES; unless they are younger than 2 years of age; have trouble breathing; or are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the cover without assistance. Face coverings must be worn at all times in school buildings, even when social distancing is maintained. Face coverings do not need to be worn outside (but will be required during recess), if social distancing is maintained. The school district will require those who are unable to wear a facemask to select the remote learning option.
Mask requirements include:
- Reusable coverings should have at least 2 layers of fabric
- Disposable masks should be disposed of after single use
- Fully covers child’s mouth and nose and snugly against sides of their face with no gaps
- Masks should not have any valves or vents
- Should provide the child with as much comfort as possible while meeting these standards
- Reusable face coverings should be washed nightly and a clean mask worn every day
- An extra clean mask must be brought to school for use (within a ziplock bag is recommended) if original mask becomes soiled
- Disposable masks will also be available at each school if the need arises
- Due to efficacy questions, gator masks will not be allowed
We ask that all individuals (parents, siblings, etc.) wear masks on school grounds during drop off and pick up when walking and encourage masks for individuals in cars.
- Social distancing of 6 feet will be observed before, during, and after school.
- Visitors: Per state guidance, we will severely restrict access to campus for anyone other than students and staff. Volunteers will continue to be utilized for lunch.
- Daily Self-Certify Health Screening: Northfield Township School Districts have agreed to require individuals to self-certify their children are free of symptoms or elevated COVID-19 risks before entering the school buildings. This will be done on a web-based program Ruvna will be utilized after the first few days of school, which will begin with a Google Form. The questionnaire will ask you if your child is fever-free (temp below 100.4o), and if they currently have symptoms which would indicate an illness ( i.e., fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of or decreased taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea). All students and staff will also be asked to certify that they have not been in close contact with individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19. They will do the same regarding travel to states with high-incidence COVID-19 infections (or international travel) for which the Cook County Department of Public Health recommends self-quarantine for 14 days after visiting. The high-incidence list of states is updated each Tuesday at CCDPH Travel Guidance.
- Remain Home When Ill: Please call the health office if your student will need to be kept home. Currently, known symptoms of COVID-19 are fever of greater than 100.4o, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, fatigue, muscle and body aches, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. If your child is not feeling well or experiencing any of these symptoms, you should keep your child at home and contact your physician for guidance.
Per state and federal guidelines, students who are sick may not return to school until they have met ISBE/IDPH guidelines to return. Students with symptoms of COVID-19, whether tested or not, must have 72 hours elapsed from resolution of fever without fever-reducing medication and 10 days must pass after symptoms first appear. This criteria must be met before the student returns to school.
Quarantine Required: If a student is found to have had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 or is suspected of having COVID-19 infection, they should isolate at home and monitor for symptoms for 14 days per IDPH/ISBE guidelines. Close contact means the individual was within 6 feet of the individual with symptoms for more than 15 minutes (cumulative minutes over a 24-hour period). Close contact while a student is at school will be determined in conjunction with our local health department. If you believe your child has been in close contact with an individual suspected of or diagnosed with COVID-19, or you have been told to quarantine your child, they should not come to school and the health office should be notified.
if one of the household members is being evaluated for COVID-19, the rest of the household must be quarantined until an alternative diagnosis is made or a negative result received. If the sick student becomes a confirmed case (i.e., tests positive for COVID-19) or a probable case (i.e., has COVID-like symptoms and is epidemiologically linked to known case), the local health department (LHD) conducting contact tracing will place household contacts, including siblings, in quarantine for 14 calendar days. The health department also will provide guidance on how to safely quarantine and isolated within the household.
- The Cook County Department of Public Health recommends self-quarantine for 14 days after visiting - for more than 24 hours - a state with a high incidence of COVID infection. We are asking all staff to abide by this guidance. Therefore, if you have or plan to travel to a high incidence state, please note that 14 days prior to our opening in-service is August 2. The high-incidence list of states is updated each Tuesday at CCDPH Travel Guidance.
SEARCH & SEIZURE (Board Policy 710.03)
School authorities are authorized to conduct searches of students and their personal effects, as well as the property of the District, in accordance with this policy.
Students and Their Personal Effects
School authorities (certified employees and school administrators) may search a student and/or the student's personal effects (including, but not limited to, purses, wallets, knapsacks, book bags, electronic devices, and lunch boxes) when there are reasonable grounds for suspecting that the search will produce evidence the student has violated or is violating either the law or the rules of the school. In addition, the reasonable grounds must be accompanied by particularized suspicion with respect to the individual to be searched. The search itself must be conducted in a manner which is reasonably related to the objectives of the search and not excessively intrusive in light of the age and gender of the student and the nature of the infraction. When feasible, the search should be conducted as follows:
- outside the view of others, including students;
- in the presence of a school administrator or adult witness of the same gender; and
- by a certified employee or administrator of the same gender.
Immediately following the search of a student, a written report shall be made by the school authority who conducted the search. The written report shall be submitted to the Building Principal, where appropriate, and forwarded to the Superintendent. The parents of a student searched in accordance with this policy shall be notified of the search as soon as possible.
School property, including but not limited to desks and lockers, is owned and controlled by the District and the District may make reasonable regulations regarding its use.
School authorities are authorized to conduct area-wide, general administrative inspections of school property (e.g., searches of all student lockers) as a means of protecting the health, safety or welfare of the District, its employees and students, without notice to or consent of the student and without a search warrant.
In all other cases, school authorities may search such school property when there are reasonable grounds to suspect that the search will produce evidence that the student has violated either the law or the District's rules.
Seizure of Property
If a search conducted in accordance with this policy produces evidence that the student has violated or is violating either the law or the District's 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.
SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY INFORMATION & WARNING SIGNS FOR CHILD ABUSE
Public Act 94-004: Sex Offender Registration requires that all public schools notify parents of information concerning sex offenders. This information is available at www.isp.state.il.us.
Remain informed about warning signs of a child being abused along with other important information at DCFS's Safe Kids website.
STUDENT-ATHLETE CONCUSSIONS AND HEAD INJURIES (Board Policy 720.18)
The Superintendent or designee shall develop and implement a program to manage concussions and head injuries suffered by students. The program shall:
- Fully implement Youth Sports Concussion Safety Act, that provides, without limitation, each of the following:
- The Board must appoint or approve authorization for the Superintendent or designee to define members of a Concussion Oversight Team for the District.
- The Concussion Oversight Team shall establish each of the following based on peer-reviewed scientific evidence consistent with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- A return-to-play protocol governing a student’s return to interscholastic athletics practice or competition following a force of impact believed to have caused a concussion. The Superintendent or designee shall supervise an athletic trainer or other person responsible for compliance with the return-to-play protocol.
- A return-to-learn protocol governing a student’s return to the classroom following a force of impact believed to have caused a concussion. The Superintendent or designee shall supervise the person responsible for compliance with the return-to-learn protocol.
- Each student and the student’s parent/guardian shall be required to sign a concussion information receipt form each school year before participating in an interscholastic athletic activity acknowledging that they have received and read written information that explains concussion prevention, symptoms, treatment, and oversight which includes guidelines for safely resuming participation in an athletic activity following a concussion.
- A student shall be removed from an interscholastic athletic practice or competition immediately if any of the following individuals believes that the student sustained a concussion during the practice or competition: a coach, a physician, a game official, an athletic trainer, the student’s parent/guardian, the student, or any other person deemed appropriate under the return-to-play protocol.
- A student who was removed from interscholastic athletic practice or competition shall be allowed to return only after all statutory prerequisites are completed, including without limitation, the return-to-play and return-to-learn protocols developed by the Concussion Oversight Team. An interscholastic athletic team’s coach or assistant coach may not authorize a student’s return-to-play or return-to-learn.
- The following individuals must complete concussion training as specified in the Youth Sports Concussion Safety Act: all coaches or assistant coaches (whether volunteer or district employee) of interscholastic athletic activities; nurses who serve on the Concussion Oversight Team; athletic trainers; game officials of interscholastic athletic activities; and physicians who serve on the Concussion Oversight Team.
- The Board shall approve school-specific emergency action plans as specified in the Youth Sports Concussion Safety Act for interscholastic athletic activities to address the serious injuries and acute medical conditions in which a student’s condition may deteriorate rapidly.
- Require that all middle school coaching personnel, including the head and assistant coaches, and athletic director obtain online concussion certification by completing the online concussion awareness training certification program in accordance with 105 ILCS 25/1.15.
- Require all student-athletes to view the Illinois High School Association’s video about concussions.
- Inform student-athletes and their parents/guardians about this policy in conjunction with the Permission for Athletic Tryouts/Participation. The student-athlete and his or her parent/guardian must sign the document before the student is allowed to participate in clinics, tryouts, practice, or interscholastic competition.
SUICIDE AND DEPRESSION AWARENESS AND PREVENTION (Board Policy 720.29)
Youth suicide impacts the safety of the school environment. It also affects the school community, diminishing the ability of surviving students to learn and the school’s ability to educate. Suicide and depression awareness and prevention are important Board goals.
Suicide and Depression Awareness and Prevention Program
The Superintendent or designee shall develop, implement, and maintain a suicide and depression awareness and prevention program (Program) that advances the Board’s goals of increasing awareness and prevention of depression and suicide. This program must be consistent with the requirements of Ann Marie’s Law listed below; each listed requirement, 1-6, corresponds with the list of required policy components in the School Code Section 5/2-3.163(c)(2)-(7). The Program shall include:
- Protocols for administering youth suicide awareness and prevention education to students and staff.
- For students, implementation will incorporate Board Policy 645.01, Curriculum Content, which implements 105 ILCS 5.2-3.139 and 105 ILCS 5/27-7 (requiring education for students to develop a sound mind and a healthy body).
- For staff, implementation will incorporate Board Policy 520.03, Staff Development Program, and teacher’s institutes under 105 ILCS 5/3-14.8 (requiring coverage of the warning signs of suicidal behavior).
- Procedures for methods of suicide prevention with the goal of early identification and referral of students possibly at risk of suicide.
- For students in grades 7 and 8, implementation shall incorporate the training required by 105 ILCS 5/10-22.39 for teachers, school social workers, school psychologists, and other school personnel who work with students to identify the warning signs of suicidal behavior in adolescents and teens along with appropriate intervention and referral techniques, including methods of prevention, procedures for early identification, and referral of students at risk of suicide.
- For all students, implementation shall incorporate Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)-recommended guidelines and educational materials for staff training and professional development, along with ISBE-recommended resources for students containing age-appropriate educational materials on youth suicide and awareness, if available pursuant to Ann Marie’s Law on ISBE’s website.
- Methods of intervention, including procedures that address an emotional or mental health safety plan for use during the school day and at school-sponsored events for a student identified as being at increased risk of suicide. Implementation will incorporate paragraph number 2, above, along with:
- Board Policy 600.03, Student Social and Emotional Development, implementing the goals and benchmarks of the Ill. Learning Standards and 405 ILCS 49/15(b) (requiring student social and emotional development in the District’s educational program);
- Implementing counseling program(s) for students, and 105 ILCS 5/10-22.24a and 22.24b, which allow a qualified licensed staff member to provide school counseling services;
- Board Policy 720.30, Student Support Services, implementing the Children’s Mental Health Act of 2003, 405 ILCS 49/ (requiring protocols for responding to students with social, emotional, or mental health issues that impact learning ability); and
- State and/or federal resources that address emotional or mental health safety plans for students who are possibly at an increased risk for suicide, if available on the ISBE’s website pursuant to Ann Marie’s Law.
- Methods of responding to a student or staff suicide or suicide attempt. Implementation of this requirement shall incorporate building-level Student Support Committee(s) established through Board Policy 720.30, Student Support Services.
- Reporting procedures. Implementation of this requirement shall incorporate Board Policy 720.30, Student Support Services, in addition to other State and/or federal resources that address reporting procedures.
- A process to incorporate ISBE-recommended resources on youth suicide awareness and prevention programs, including current contact information for such programs in the District’s Suicide and Depression Awareness and Prevention Program.
During school hours, all entrances to classroom areas will remain locked. Upon entering the school, visitors are required to sign in and obtain a visitor’s pass from the school office. Parents entering a school building are visitors for the purposes of our building security procedures. If you are delivering an item for your child, please deliver it to the office. We will see that your child receives it.
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FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT (FERPA)
Schools must notify parents and eligible students annually of their rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
The actual means of notification (special letter inclusion in a PTO bulletin, student handbook, or newspaper article) is left to the discretion of each school. Schools may disclose, without consent, “directory information” such as a student’s name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors, awards, and dates of attendance. However, schools must tell parents and eligible students about directory information and allow parents and eligible students a reasonable amount of time to request that the school not disclose directory information about them.
Rules concerning student records at the District are based on requirements of the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”), the Illinois School Student Records Act (“ISSRA”), and on the School Board’s Student Records Policy. Under ISSRA, a “School Student Record” for any student consists of two parts: the permanent and temporary records.
The “Student Permanent Record” consists of basic identifying information, (including the student’s and parent’s names and addresses, student birth date and place, and gender), academic transcript (including grades, class rank, graduation date, grade level achieved, and scores on college entrance exams), attendance record, records, and record of release of permanent record information. It may also consist of records of honors and awards received and participation in school-sponsored activities. No other information is contained in the student permanent record. The permanent record will be kept for 60 years after graduation or permanent withdrawal. [ISSRA, Par. 10-2(e); 10-4(e) ]
The “Student Temporary Record” consists of all information that is of clear relevance to the education of the student, but is not contained in the student permanent record, including a record of release of temporary record information, scores received on state assessment tests, the completed home language survey form, information concerning serious disciplinary infractions resulting in suspension, expulsion, or the imposition of punishment or sanction and information provided under the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act. It may also include family background information, teacher evaluations, intelligence test scores, achievement test scores, aptitude test scores, psychological and personality test results, discipline information, teacher anecdotal records, special education files, any verified reports or information from non-educational persons, agencies or organizations, and records of honors and awards received and participation in school-sponsored activities. [ISSRA, Par. 10-2 (f)] Student temporary records will be destroyed five years after a student graduates or permanently withdraws from school.
Transfer of Student Records
The Student Permanent Record and selected temporary records shall be transferred as required by law to the records custodian of another school in which the student has enrolled or intends to enroll. Parents are requested to notify the District on Form A (11/95) “Transfer of Student Records” of intent to enroll a student in another school district. District 30 will provide the parent with a copy of ISAE Form 33-78 (9/96) “Student Transfer Form.” A child can be excluded from entry into an Illinois school if this form is not presented.
Inspection of Records
A parent or any person specifically designated as a representative by a parent, shall have the right to inspect and copy all permanent and temporary records of that parent’s child. A student shall have the right to inspect and copy his or her permanent record. The request for inspection of records shall be submitted in writing to the school. (Form C; 9/94) Within fifteen (15) school days of receipt of the request, the principal or designated representative shall have an informal conference with the parents to interpret the information contained in the student temporary record. The parents shall be notified at this time of their right to challenge any part of the record and the challenge procedure.
When requested, copies of school records shall be provided to the parents at a cost of $.35 per page. No parent shall be denied a requested copy of records due to inability to bear the cost of such copying. Records sent to other schools or other persons or agencies requested by the parent will be sent without cost to the parent.
Parents shall have the right to challenge any entry exclusive of grades in the school student records on the basis of: accuracy, relevance, or propriety. The request for a hearing shall be submitted in writing to the principal or designee of the school and shall contain notice of the specific entry or entries to be challenged and the basis of the challenge. An informal conference with the parents shall be held within fifteen (15) school days of receipt of the request for a hearing. If the challenge is not resolved by the informal conference, formal procedures shall be initiated as outlined in Section 10/7 of the Regulations.
Access to Records without Parental Consent
Records may be released without parental consent in connection with an emergency to appropriate persons if the knowledge of such information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other persons, provided the parents are notified as soon as possible of the information released, the date of release, the person, agency or organization receiving the information and the purpose of the release.
The school shall grant access to, or release information from, school student records without parental consent or notification:
- to an employee or official of the school or school district or State Board of Education, provided such employee or official or State Board of Education has a demonstrable educational or administrative interest in the student, and the records are in furtherance of such interest;
- for the purpose of research, statistical reporting or planning, provided that:
- such person has permission of the State Superintendent of Education; and
- no student or parent can be identified;
- pursuant to a court order, observing the procedures outlined in ISSRA, Par 10-6.
Review of Records
All school student records of currently enrolled students shall be reviewed to verify entries and eliminate or correct all out-of-date, misleading, inaccurate, unnecessary or irrelevant information every four years, or when the student changes his/her attendance center, whichever comes first.
Destruction Schedule for Student School Records
Student Permanent Records shall be kept for sixty years. Student Temporary Records including the records of special education students shall be maintained for five years after the student transfers, graduates, or permanently withdraws from school. Information maintained by staff members for their exclusive use shall be destroyed by the staff member maintaining the information not later than the student’s transfer, graduation, or permanent withdrawal from the school.
“Directory Information” may be released to the general public (e.g., yearbook, newspapers) unless a parent requests that any or all such information not be released on his/her child. Information that may be designated as directory information shall be limited to:
- Identifying information: name, address, gender, grade level, birth date, and parent names;
- Academic awards, degrees, and honors;
- Information in relation to school-sponsored activities, organizations, and athletics; and
- Period of attendance in the school and picture.
Rights Conditioned on Securing Information from Temporary Records
According to the Act, no person may condition the granting or withholding of any right, privilege or benefit or make as a condition of employment, credit or insurance the securing by any individual of any information from a student’s temporary record which such individual may obtain through the exercise of any right secured under the Act of the Regulations.
Custodian of Records
The principal of the school and the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction shall serve as Custodian of Records for the District.
On occasion, our students may be photographed for newspapers, other publications, the Internet, or video-taped. If you do not want your child’s picture published in these media, please contact the building principal.
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All individuals enrolling new students to the District must complete a residency affidavit.
In addition to satisfying all other requirements for enrollment, a student may attend school in Northbrook/Glenview School District 30 (hereinafter “School District”) if the student is a legal resident of the School District in accordance with the below requirements, except as otherwise provided in State law. A student's residence shall be verified annually during the enrollment process and at any time the student's address changes.
General Education Students
A general education student may attend school in the School District if the student resides with a person who is a resident within the District's boundaries and who has legal custody of the student, as defined in Section 10-20.12b of the Illinois School Code (105 ILCS 5/10-20.12b) is deemed to be the residence of the student. Students will not be refused enrollment because of their failure to present their student permanent or temporary record from an Illinois public school previously attended.
Legal custody means one of the following:
- Custody exercised by a birth or adoptive parent with whom the student resides;
- Custody granted by order of a court to a person with whom the student resides for reasons other than to have access to the educational programs of the School District;
- Custody exercised pursuant to a statutory short-term guardianship; provided, however, that within 60 days of the student’s enrollment, a court order is entered that establishes permanent guardianship and grants custody to a person with whom the student resides for reasons other than to have access to the educational programs of the School District;
- Custody exercised by an adult caretaker relative of the student who receives aid under the Illinois Public Aid Code for the student residing with the adult caretaker relative for reasons other than to have access to the educational programs of the School District; or
- Custody exercised by an adult who demonstrates that he/she has assumed and exercises legal responsibility for the student and provides a regular fixed night-time abode for reasons other than to have access to the educational programs of the School District.
- A student has been placed under the temporary custody or guardianship of the Guardianship Administrator of the Department of Children and Family Services (“DCFS”) and the student was placed by DCFS with a foster parent or in another type of child care facility and that foster parent or child care facility is located in a school district other than the child’s former school district and it is determined by DCFS to be in the child’s best interest to maintain attendance at his or her former school district.
Special Education Students
The residence status of special education students desiring to enroll in the School District will be determined as follows, in accordance with Sections 14-1.11 and 14-1.11a of the Illinois School Code (105 ILCS 5/14-1.11 and 14-1.11a):
The student's parent and/or legal guardian resides in the School District and:
- The parent is the legal guardian;
- The court-appointed legal guardian;
- An Illinois public agency is the legal guardian of the student, and the student resides in the parent’s home or in the same School District as the parent;
- Parents retain legal rights or guardianship and have not been subject to a termination of parent rights order, but a court orders a residential placement; or
If the parents of students receiving special education services are separated or divorced, the school district in which the parent having legal guardianship or custody resides is the district of residence. If both parents have legal custody, the school district in which the parent who provides the student’s primary regular fixed night-time abode resides is the school district of residence. The election of the resident district may be made only one time per school year.
- The student resides in the School District and:
- The parent has legal guardianship, but the parent’s location is unknown;
- An individual legal guardian has been appointed, but the guardian’s location is unknown;
- The student is 18 or older, and no legal guardian has been appointed;
- The student is a legally emancipated minor; or
- An Illinois public agency has legal guardianship and has placed the student in a residential facility outside of the school district in which the parents reside.
A homeless student, who desires to enroll in the School District, shall be immediately enrolled even if the student or student's parent(s) or guardian(s) are unable to produce records normally required to establish residency. Board Policy 614, Educating Homeless Children, and its implementing administrative procedure, govern the enrollment of homeless children.
Military Service Obligation
If a student’s change of residency is due to the military service obligation of the person with legal custody of a student, he or she can maintain his or her residency as determined prior to the military obligation for the duration of the person with legal custody's military service obligation. This will be done by written request from the student’s legal custodians serving in the military. The School District is not responsible for the student's transportation to and from school.
If, at the time of enrollment, a dependent child of military personnel is housed in temporary housing located outside of the School District, but will be living within the District within 60 days after the time of initial enrollment, the child will be allowed to enroll, subject to the requirements of State law, and will not be charged tuition.
Resident students properly enrolled at the beginning of a school year, who subsequently move out of the School District may complete that school year in the School District on a tuition-free basis.
Students who do not qualify as legal residents of the School District under the above criteria will not be permitted to enroll except as indicated in Board Policy 705.08, Non-Resident Students.
Non-Residency Determinations and Appeals
The Superintendent or designee may investigate and determine the residency of any student before or after enrollment in accordance with the law and may require the involved persons to provide additional information to be considered by the School District in determining residency. At the conclusion of the investigation, the Superintendent or designee shall make a decision on the student's residency.
If the Superintendent or designee determines during the registration process that a student is a non-resident of the School District, the student will not be allowed to enroll.
If the Superintendent or designee determines that a student attending school in the School District on a tuition-free basis is not a legal resident of the School District as defined above, he or she on behalf of the School Board shall notify the person who enrolled the student of the student’s non-resident status and the tuition amount due. The notice must detail the specific reasons why the Board believes that the student is a nonresident of the School District and be provided by certified mail, return receipt requested. The person who enrolled the student has a right to a hearing before the Board of Education or its appointed hearing officer consistent with the timelines set forth in Section 10-20.12b of the School Code (105 ILCS 5/10 20.12b). If, following the hearing, the Board determines that the student is a non-resident of the School District, the person who enrolled the student may appeal that decision to the Regional Superintendent of Schools as set forth in Section 10-20.12b of the School Code (105 ILCS 5/10-20.12b).
If a hearing is requested to review the administration’s determination of non-residency for a student who is attending school on a tuition-free basis, or an appeal is requested following the Board of Education's determination, the student may remain enrolled in the School District at the request of the person who enrolled the student, subject to a continuing obligation to pay tuition to the School District for the non-resident student if the decision of the Board, or the Regional Superintendent of Schools following an appeal, is that the student is a non-resident.
Anyone who knowingly or willfully presents false information to the School District for the purpose of enrolling a student on a tuition-free basis shall be referred to the State’s Attorney’s office for prosecution of a Class C misdemeanor and may be subject to tuition charges dating back to the date of improper enrollment.
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AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT
School District 30 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in access to, use of, or employment in its programs, services, and activities. Under Section 504 of this act, District 30 identifies, evaluates, and if a student is determined eligible, affords access to appropriate educational services.
BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTIONS FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
It is the intent of the District to comply with the requirements and provisions of Behavioral Interventions in Schools and to adhere to the following principles when implementing behavioral interventions for students with disabilities receiving special education services in accordance with their IEP’s:
- When behavioral interventions are used, they will be used in consideration of the student’s physical freedom and social interaction, and administered in a manner that respects human dignity and personal privacy and ensures a student’s right to placement in the least restrictive educational environment.
- Principals, teachers, and other school personnel who work with students with disabilities will receive training and guidance in the use of behavioral interventions from the school district, the Northern Suburban Special Education District, or outside behavioral consultants when appropriate.
- The use of more restrictive interventions will only be considered to maintain the safety of the student involved and will be in compliance of the guidelines established within the school district’s policies.
The District will ensure that parents of students with disabilities are fully informed and offered the opportunity to participate in the development of behavioral interventions. Procedural protections consistent with the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEIA, 2004), will be applicable to the resolution of disputes regarding behavioral interventions.
- Behavioral interventions shall be used with children with disabilities to promote and strengthen desirable behaviors and reduce identified inappropriate behaviors.
- A committee shall be established to develop and monitor procedures on the use of behavioral interventions for children with disabilities in accordance with the requirements of Section 5/14-8.05 of the Illinois School Code. 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. The behavioral intervention procedures shall be furnished to the parents of all children 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 children shall be informed annually of the existence of the procedures. At the annual individualized education plan review, a copy of the School District’s behavioral intervention policy and procedures shall be given and explained to parents. A copy of the procedures shall be available at any time and provided upon request of the parents.
- A behavioral intervention plan shall be based on a functional behavior assessment and shall include positive behavioral intervention strategies, and supports to address the inappropriate behavior. A functional behavioral assessment shall be completed, if appropriate, in relationship to the development or modification of a student’s behavioral intervention plan. A functional behavioral assessment is an assessment process for gathering information regarding a student’s target behavior, antecedents and consequences, controlling variables, the student’s strengths, and the communicative and functional intent of the behavior, for use in developing a behavioral intervention plan. A functional behavioral assessment does not require parental informed written consent unless the IEP team decides to conduct individualized assessments that go beyond the review of existing data and the administration of tests or other evaluations that are administered to all children.
DIAGNOSTIC SERVICES AS A COMPONENT OF SPECIAL EDUCATION
Northbrook/Glenview School District 30 employs a Response to Intervention (RtI) model to ensure that all students are provided with early intervention services as educational needs arise during the school year. All three schools will utilize educational interventions to address performance concerns of parents and teachers. A collaborative approach of merging general and special education is used as a basis for providing services to students who are experiencing difficulty at school. Integral components of the district’s student services include parent involvement, functional assessment, outcome-oriented interventions and ongoing progress monitoring.
In accordance with Article XIV of the Illinois School Code, Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (I.D.E.I.A.), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, School District 30 seeks to provide a comprehensive program of special education for those exceptional children who are between the age of three and their graduation from middle school. Children are deemed to be exceptional according to the following categories as referenced in the 23 Illinois Administrative Code: Autism, Deaf-Blindness, Deafness, Emotional Disturbance, Hearing Impairment, Intellectual Disability, Multiple Disabilities, Orthopedic Impairment, Other Health Impairment, Specific Learning Disability, Speech/Language Impairment, Traumatic Brain Injury, Visual Impairment, and Developmentally Delayed. In order to receive specialized educational services, the student must be diagnosed as eligible. In District 30, the following procedures are implemented to determine eligibility:
Throughout the school year, the school district actively seeks out and attempts to identify all exceptional children in the District through its preschool screening, vision and hearing screening, and teacher or other professional referral of those children who exhibit problems which interfere with their educational progress or adjustment to the educational setting. Any parent may also request that a student be considered for specialized educational services. Requests should be made in writing to the school principal or the Director of Student Services.
The evaluation questions and methods for data collection will be developed in a collaborative fashion between parent and staff. A case study evaluation may include an assessment of the child’s learning environment, a review of his/her academic history, an interview with the child, a social developmental and health history, a vision and hearing screening, and an assessment of current educational functioning and achievement. Depending on the nature of the child’s difficulties, additional components may be recommended. These may include psychological, speech and language and other specialized evaluations. This evaluation is conducted to assure that it is linguistically, culturally, racially and sexually nondiscriminatory and is appropriate to the nature of the problems which caused the referral.
A conference is held following the evaluation at which the parents, evaluators, classroom teacher, administrator, and other relevant personnel are present. The testing data is reviewed, correlated with the other obtained information and the child’s classroom behaviors, and recommendations are made in order to develop an appropriate educational program for the child. If the student is deemed eligible for special education services, an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) is developed at this meeting with annual goals specified for the child. Whenever possible, an attempt to meet the child’s needs is made in the local school, consistent with the federal mandate of least restrictive environment. Additional programs and services may be recommended through Northern Suburban Special Education District (NSSED).
The educational status and continued supportive services of each child are reviewed by parents and staff at least annually.
Impartial Due Process Hearing
Every effort is made by the District, parents and other resource personnel to make recommendations that will meet the educational needs of the child. If differences cannot be resolved, the parents or District may request an impartial due process hearing in accordance with 105 ILCS 5/14-8.02(H-L). A copy of the school code is available from the State Board of Education or available for review with the Director of Student Services.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNER PROGRAM (ELL)
District 30 provides ELL service to students who do not demonstrate English language proficiency, or are learning to speak English, as determined by the state approved screening assessment. The District 30 ELL program is a Transitional Program of Instruction (TPI) which is designed to assist students as they make the transition from another language to English in the school setting. Students in the program are taught English skills and also receive assistance with schoolwork. A child is legally eligible to receive instructional services for up to three years or until exit criteria are met. District ELL teachers meet with eligible students individually, in small groups or within the classroom setting. Various assessment measures are used to determine student eligibility. ACCESS, the state’s English proficiency test, is administered to all students who are eligible for ELL services.
EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM
The North Suburban Special Education District’s Early Childhood Program, which is held at Willowbrook School, will follow the District 30 calendar, observing holidays and teacher institute days. The hours for the 3-year-old class are 8:45-11:15 AM; the 4-year-old class are 12:15-2:45 PM. For more information about this integrated preschool program, contact the Willowbrook School office at (847) 498-1090.
FREE LUNCH PROGRAM
District 30 and Quest Food Management Services, Inc. partner to offer a daily lunch program at all schools. Monthly menus are posted online and shared via the school newsletter. In addition to the lunch program, the PTO’s sponsor a monthly special lunch. Parents participate via the PTO registration process in August.
School District 30 participates in the Illinois Free Lunch/Special Milk Program. A student’s eligibility for free lunch shall be determined by the income eligibility guidelines and family-size income standards set annually by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and distributed by the Illinois State Board of Education. Details may be obtained from the Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations at the District Office.
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Parents receive registration information for busing from First Student Transportation at 2800 Old Willow Road, Northbrook, Illinois 60062, Telephone: (847) 724-7200. Those who are interested in transportation should mail the necessary fees along with the signed contract directly to First Student Transportation. Upon receipt of the contract, the rider will be issued a bus pass which must be presented daily in order to ride the bus.
Parents are requested to support the schools and bus company by speaking to their children about safety.
- Arrive at the bus stop on time.
- Keep off the street and wait on the sidewalk.
- Board the bus in single file without crowding and pushing.
- Always hold onto the handrail.
- Keep the aisle clear of feet, books, book bags, and musical instruments.
- Move to a seat and remain seated. Seats are not to be reserved for anyone.
- Maintain order and quiet at all times in order that the driver is not distracted and is able to hear horns and sirens of cars, emergency vehicles or trains.
- Lower windows only to the line, and never put head or arms out of the window. Never throw things out of the window.
- Step away from the bus at discharge point. Do not chase dropped objects near the bus. Wait until the bus pulls away to pick up anything that was dropped.
- In general, be courteous and respectful to fellow pupils and your driver. Riders who do not conform to the rules and regulations which are necessary for a safe and comfortable trip will not be allowed to ride the bus.
- Students who are paid riders may ride other than assigned routes only with written parental permission submitted to the school office and if space is available.
- Students may get off at a different stop than their assigned stop only with written parental permission.
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MAPLE SCHOOL INFORMATION
The Maple Student Handbook is shared with students as part of the ePacket. An electronic version can be found at: Maple Handbook.
WESCOTT SCHOOL INFORMATION
The Wescott Student Handbook is shared with parents and students in the ePacket. An electronic version can be found at: Wescott Handbook.
WILLOWBROOK SCHOOL INFORMATION
The Wescott Student Handbook is shared with parents and students in the ePacket. An electronic version can be found at: Willowbrook Handbook.
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