CCSD 89 Handbook: General Information

  • After-School Work

    Students may be asked to stay after school to receive extra help from their teachers. Also, there are occasions when special project work of benefit to the student must be done after school. Parents will be notified in advance if a child is asked to remain at school for a special reason.

    Articles Not to be Brought to School

    Objects that create a safety hazard or which interfere with the learning environment should not be brought to school. Parents are urged to help children understand which items are undesirable and why. Undesirable objects will be confiscated if brought to school without the teacher’s permission. The district is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

    Asbestos Management Plans Available

    Although CCSD 89 has removed all asbestos-containing materials inside schools, with the exception of floor tiles and mastic, the district maintains an asbestos management plan for each school building. These plans are located in the district office, and each school has a copy of the plan for that building.  All questions concerning the asbestos management plans should be directed to the Director of Buildings and Grounds.

    Challenge Program

    The Challenge Program is a CCSD 89 program designed to meet the learning needs of students who display a combination of exceptional intellectual ability, high levels of creativity, and advanced academic performance. The elementary schools offer Challenge instruction in a pull-out resource  program.  Glen Crest advanced programming is available in language arts/reading, mathematics, and science.  All subjects are differentiated for students’ needs.

    Screening and Identification of Students for the Challenge Program

    All students are screened in the fall of second and fourth grades. Students may be tested at other designated times through teacher or parent nominations.

    Testing requires the completion of a variety of assessments measuring ability, achievement and creativity; a parent inventory; and a teacher checklist appropriate to each grade level. The sub-scores derived from these instruments are placed on a weighted matrix. Eligibility for the program is determined on the basis of the point total. Students must achieve a minimum number of matrix points for participation at their program level. An appeals process is in place for parents. For more information, go to www.ccsd89.org/challenge.

    Channels of Communication

    Communication with the schools is welcomed whenever it is motivated by a sincere desire to improve the quality of the educational program or to help the schools do their job more effectively. Complaints and grievances are best handled and resolved as close to their origin as possible. The Board of Education should only be involved when a problem cannot be resolved through consultation with the teacher, principal or other staff members.

    If you have a concern about the following areas, please make your first contact with the person listed first on this list. If you still have a concern, then reach out to the second person on the list, and so on.

    Instruction, Discipline or Learning Materials

    1. Teacher

    2. Principal

    3. Assistant Superintendent for Learning

    4. Superintendent

    5. Board of Education

    School Personnel

    1. School employee

    2. Employee’s immediate supervisor

    3. Principal, where applicable

    4. Assistant Superintendent for Learning

    5. Superintendent

    6. Board of Education

    Transportation

    1. Principal or Assistant Principal

    2. Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations

    3. Superintendent

    4. Board of Education

    Board Operations and Policies

    1. Superintendent

    2. Board of Education

    Every effort will be made to promptly reply to complaints, questions, and comments. Matters referred to the Superintendent and the Board should be in writing and should state the nature of the complaint and the desired outcome.

    The CCSD 89 Board of Education provides a uniform grievance procedure (Board Policy 100:260) for any individual who alleges a violation of this policy. Further information regarding this policy can be found on the district’s website, www.ccsd89.org/boardpolicies.

    Communicating with Parents

    CCSD 89 schools use newsletters as a regular means of keeping parents informed of coming activities and current procedures. Fliers and notices will be posted on the district’s webpage at www.ccsd89.org/backpack (under the “Quick links” tab on the homepage). Additional communications are sent through a mass email system. If you are not receiving email updates from CCSD 89 (separate from individual school updates), please call your school secretary and verify a valid family email address is on file.

    Education of Children with Disabilities

    It is the intent of the district to ensure that students who are disabled within the definition of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act are identified, evaluated and provided with appropriate educational services.

    The district provides a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment and necessary related services to all children with disabilities enrolled in the school. The term “children with disabilities” means children between ages 3 and the day before their 22nd birthday for whom it is determined that special education services are needed. It is the intent of the school to ensure that students with disabilities are  identified, evaluated, and provided with appropriate educational services.

    A copy of the publication “Explanation of Procedural Safeguards Available to Parents of Students with Disabilities” may be obtained from the district office.

    Students with disabilities who do not qualify for an individualized education program, as required by the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and implementing provisions of this Illinois law, may qualify for services under Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 if the student (i) has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, (ii) has a record of a physical or mental impairment, or (iii) is regarded as having a physical or mental impairment.

    For further information, please contact the CCSD 89 Director of Student Services.

     

    Emergency Evacuation, Fire, Intruder, and Tornado Drills

    Emergency evacuation, fire, intruder, and tornado drills are regularly practiced. Special radio equipment in each school relays signals from state and county police and warns school officials of imminent danger. In the event of an emergency evacuation, staff may need to relocate students to alternative sites designated by each school, and the procedure for off-schedule dismissal may be implemented. Information about a school’s emergency plan is available from the principal.

    English Learners

    CCSD 89 offers opportunities for resident English Learners to achieve at high levels in academic subjects and to meet the same challenging State standards that all children are expected to meet.

    Parents/guardians of English Learners will be informed how they can: (1) be involved in the education of their children, and (2) be active participants in assisting their children to attain English proficiency, achieve at high levels within a well-rounded education, and meet the challenging State academic standards expected of all students.

    Erin’s Law (Child Sexual Abuse Prevention)

    All Illinois school districts are required to provide health education to students regarding the protection from sexual abuse and abduction. The goal of this law is to increase awareness of crimes against children. All students in grades preschool through eighth grade receive age-appropriate curriculum related to the prevention of sexual abuse and abduction. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the content of the curriculum, please contact your child’s teacher or principal. Parents/guardians have the option to withdraw their child from a unit of instruction by sending a written request to the school’s principal.

    Family Life and Sex Education Classes

    Students will not be required to take or participate in any class or courses in comprehensive sex education, including in grades 6-8, instruction on both abstinence and contraception for the prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS; family life instruction, including in grades 6-8, instruction on the prevention, transmission, and spread of AIDS; instruction on diseases; recognizing and avoiding sexual abuse; or instruction on donor programs for organ/tissue, blood donor, and transplantation, if his or her parent or guardian submits a written objection. The parent or guardian’s decision will not be the reason for any student discipline, including suspension or expulsion. Nothing in this Section prohibits instruction in sanitation, hygiene or traditional courses in biology.

    Parents or guardians may examine the instructional materials to be used in any district sex education class or course.

    Field Trips

    Parental permission is required before students are taken on field trips. Students are expected to exhibit good conduct and to act in a responsible, courteous manner. When necessary, parents may be asked to help provide supervision during a field-trip experience.

    Fines, Fees, and Charges; Waiver of Fees

    The district establishes fees and charges to fund certain school activities. Some students may be unable to pay these fees. Students will not be denied educational services or academic credit due to the inability of their parent or guardian to pay fees or certain charges. Students whose parent or guardian is unable to afford student fees may receive a fee waiver. A fee waiver does not exempt a student from charges for lost and damaged books, locks, materials, supplies, and/or equipment.

    Applications for fee waivers may be submitted by a parent or guardian of a student who has been assessed a fee. A student is eligible for a fee waiver if at least one of the following prerequisites is met:

    1. The student currently lives in a household that meets the free lunch or breakfast eligibility guidelines established by the federal government pursuant to the National School Lunch Act; or

    2. The student or the student’s family is currently receiving aid under Article IV of the Illinois Public Aid Code (Aid to Families of Dependent Children).

    Food Guidelines for School Events

    CCSD 89 became part of the National School Lunch program beginning in 2011-12. Significant changes related to food served at school went into effect as a result of participation in the National School Lunch Program and because of policy in the Illinois School Code.

    The Illinois State Board of Education, in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Public Health, required school boards to adopt a food allergy management policy based on specific guidelines.  These guidelines specifically outline that the only treatment for food allergies is avoidance.

    1 Food is not permitted for birthday recognition in the classroom. Birthdays will be acknowledged according to individual teacher guidelines.

    2 Food offered at all school-related events, except those designated as “family events,” must be selected from a district-wide pre-approved list (www.ccsd89.org/preapproved). No food may be brought to school for general student consumption that is prepared or baked at home. Foods offered may include fresh fruits and vegetables, water, 100% fruit juice, or milk. Foods served will comply with the current USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans. School staff will monitor compliance with these safe-food options.

    3. Food served at elementary classroom parties (Halloween, holiday, and Valentine’s Day) will be limited to one beverage and up to two other food items from the Holiday Elementary School Classrom Party Food List (www.ccsd89.org/holidayfood). The same food items will be served to the entire school for each holiday party. No food will be allowed in individual treat bags to be sent home with students and no food will be allowed for party games or crafts. Due to concerns about safety and food allergies, classroom celebrations will focus on activities rather than food.

    Homework

    Decisions regarding homework are made by individual teachers. Teachers determine when assignments are appropriate in regard to type, amount, and the length of time allowed to complete the work.

    A description of homework expectations is provided in each school’s parent/student handbook and Board policy 600:290 and Regulation 600:290-R (Homework).

    Instrumental Music

    Band and orchestra instrument instruction is available in each school. Instruction in string instruments (orchestra) begins at fourth grade, and instruction in band instruments begins at fifth grade. Information about instrumental instruction is sent home with students in those grades eligible to participate.

    Labeling Clothing

    Articles of clothing, boots, tennis shoes, backpacks and lunch boxes should be marked with the child’s name and grade or room number so they may be returned if lost. A lost-and-found box is located at each school. Found articles should be brought in immediately and children should check this box as soon as they lose an item. Parents are encouraged to occasionally go through the lost-and-found.

    Library Media Center

    All students have the opportunity to utilize the Library Media Center.  Failure to follow LMC rules may result in privileges being revoked or suspended.

    Lunch and School-Milk Program

    K-5 Schools

    A hot lunch program will be available for $3.25 per meal, which includes milk.  Alternatively, individual one-half pint milk cartons will also be available for sale for 50 cents per carton.  Parents can add money to their child’s account through the district’s food service provider, Preferred Meals. Alternatively, parents may add money to their student’s account by accessing MyPaymentsPlus through www.ccsd89.org/lunch. Students who would like to apply for reduced lunch fees can pick up the necessary forms in the school office. The students eat in the school’s lunchroom and then remain on the school grounds for the remainder of the lunch period.  Supervision is provided.

    On occasion, a parent may take their child out to lunch or home for lunch during the student’s scheduled lunch period, after properly signing the student out in the main office. Students may bring their own lunch any day.

    Children who remain at school during the lunch hour are governed by the normal rules of school conduct. Violation of these rules may result in suspension from the lunch program. As with any school-day disturbance, the principal will notify the child’s parents about his/her conduct and the possible consequences.

    Glen Crest

    A hot lunch program is available for $3.40 per meal, which includes milk. Money can be added to the student’s I.D. card through Quest Food Management. The funds can be used for a complete hot lunch or beverages, snacks, and à la carte food items which can be purchased individually. Alternatively, parents may add money to their student’s account by accessing MyPaymentsPlus through the school’s webpage at www.ccsd89.org/lunch. Those students who would like to apply for reduced lunch fees can pick up the necessary forms in the school office.

    On occasion, a parent may take their child out to lunch or home for lunch during the student’s scheduled lunch period, after properly signing the student out in the main office. Students may bring their own lunch any day.

    Notification Regarding Student Accounts or Profiles on Social Networking Websites

    Per CCSD 89 Board Policy 500:140

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

    Parents’ Right to Know

    In accordance with federal law, parents have the right to request information regarding the professional qualifications of their child’s classroom teacher(s) and paraprofessional(s) at District Title I schools.

    Parents/guardians may request information about the qualifications of their child’s student’s teachers and paraprofessionals, including:

    - Whether the teacher has met State qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction;

    - Whether the teacher is teaching under an emergency or other provisional status through which State qualification and licensing criteria have been waived;

    - Whether the teacher is teaching in a field of discipline of the teacher’s certification; and

    - When a student has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who does not meet applicable state certification or licensure requirements at the grade level and subject area in which the teacher has been assisgned;

    - Whether any instructional aides or paraprofessionals provide services to your student and, if so, their qualifications

    If you would like to receive any of this information, please contact your school office.

    Parent-Teacher Conferences

    The Illinois School Visitation Rights Act permits employed parents/guardians, who are unable to meet with educators because of a work conflict, the right to an allotment of time during the school year to attend necessary educational or behavioral conferences at their child’s school. The School Visitation Rights Act (Policy 700:95-R) is available on the district’s website at www.ccsd89.org/boardpolicies

    Parent-Teacher Councils

    Each school has a parent-teacher organization coordinated through a district council which supports programs and issues of value to the students and education in general. All parents and teachers are encouraged to be active members of their school’s organization. Information about parent-teacher organization meetings and plans can be obtained by contacting the school office.

    Parental Rights and Responsibilities

    Per CCSD 89 Board Policy 700:95

    A strong educational program is a responsibility shared between the school and home. Parents who understand their rights and responsibilities in regard to the education of their child contribute to a strong educational system. Parents have the right to:

    1. Understand the curricular goals set for their child’s grade level;

    2. Receive information regarding their child’s progress in school on a regular basis and in a manner that is understandable;

    3. Gain access to their child’s school records and to expect that the information contained therein is confidential;

    4. Receive notification of any special problems that their child might be having in school;

    5. Participate in planning a special-education program that their child might need;

    6. Remove their child from a specific aspect of the curriculum which they feel is contradictory to their basic religious or ethical beliefs;

    7. Visit their child’s school and become acquainted with the academic and extracurricular program;

    8. Comment, question, or make suggestions about any aspect of the school program that they feel deserves or requires special attention;

    9. Attend and/or request an educational or behavioral conference related to their child;

    10. Request and receive a copy of the School Visitation Rights Act (Board Policy 700:95-R).

    Personal Appearance

    Students are expected to be dressed and groomed in a manner which will not be disruptive to the educational process, constitute a health or safety hazard, or violate civil law.

    Pest Control and Herbicide Applications

    Illinois law requires schools to adopt an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plan and notify staff, students, and parents prior to certain types  of pest-control applications.

    Integrated Pest Management emphasizes inspection and communication within the school. The focus of the program is to identify and eliminate conditions in the school that could cause pests to be a problem. Applications of pest-control materials are made only when necessary to eliminate a pest problem. Regular spraying is not part of the program, but does involve use of nontoxic control methods such as sticky traps and baits. If it becomes necessary to use any pest-control products other than traps or baits, notice will be posted two (2) business days prior to the application. The only exception to the two-day notice would be if there is an immediate threat to health or property. Then notice will be posted as soon as practicable. The district will establish a registry in each school for those who wish to be notified of certain pesticides and/or herbicide applications. Each school has its own registry. If you wish to be placed on the list to receive written notification prior to the applications of any pest-control materials subject to the notification requirements, please call the school or schools that your child or children attend, and ask for a copy of the request form from each. Once you receive the form(s), please complete and return it to the appropriate school.

    The district has contracted with Anderson Pest Control to provide IPM services. Anderson has had IPM programs in place in schools since 1991. For information regarding CCSD 89’s pest management program, contact the Director of Buildings and Grounds at (630) 469-8900, ext. 4301, or contact Anderson Pest Solution directly at (630) 834-3300.

    Physical Education

    Physical education classes are provided for every child in kindergarten through eighth grades. Students must have gym shoes with their names written in them for these classes. Glen Crest students wear gym uniforms.

    Student participation is required by state law unless excluded by a physician’s statement. Notes from parents are acceptable as a short-term excuse from student physical education activities (not to exceed three days). If children are excused from physical education activities, they will also be excluded from recess. At the middle school, if a child is medically excused with a parent or physician’s note, they are excluded from interscholastic participation.

    Requests by parents for longer-term exclusions for religious practices such as fasting will be determined on an individual basis. 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.

    A student in seventh or eighth grade may submit a written request to the principal requesting to be excused from physical education courses because of the student’s ongoing participation in an interscholastic or extracurricular athletic program. The principal will evaluate requests on a case-by-case basis.

    Students with an Individualized Education Program may also be excused from physical education courses for reasons stated in Board Policy 500:260.

    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 Practices Act, prevents his or her participation in the physical education course.

    State law prohibits the school district from honoring parental excuses based upon a student’s participation in athletic training, activities, or competitions conducted outside the district.

    Promotion/Retention

    Per CCSD 89 Board Policy 600:285

    CCSD 89 shall encourage and assist each student to meet or exceed state and local standards. Progress shall be measured by successful academic achievement as delineated in Board Regulation 600:285-R (Promotion of Retention of Students). Criteria that is not related to academic achievement shall not be considered in determining whether to promote or retain a student, but may be used in determining whether to accelerate a student beyond the next higher grade level.

    Psychological Testing

    A psychologist is available to provide expertise in the diagnosis and correction of special problems involving learning and the adjustment of the student to the school community. If a student is recommended for special testing, parental support and cooperation are necessary.

    Report Cards

    Performance reports, or report cards, are sent home at the end of each trimester to indicate a child’s general progress. Parent-teacher conferences are offered in the fall and in February. Parents seeking more specific information during a year can arrange a conference with the teacher.

    Safety

    The district is deeply concerned with the safety of every child. Safety rules and procedures should be taught and practiced both at home and school to prevent accidents. Parents are asked to urge their children to walk with friends and to go directly to and from school and home. Parents are asked to follow the school’s traffic and parking regulations for safety reasons and to set a good example. The only children permitted on the playground during school hours are those who attend the school.

    Safety Drills

    Safety drills will occur at times established by the Board. Students are required to be silent and shall comply with the directives of school officials during emergency drills. There will be a minimum of three evacuation drills, a minimum of one severe weather (shelter-in-place) drill, a minimum of one law enforcement drill to address an active shooter incident, and a minimum of one bus evacuation drill each school year. There may be other drills at the direction of the administration. Drills will not be preceded by a warning to the students.

    Sexual Harassment

    Per Board Policy 500:20 (Harassment of Students Prohibited), sexual harassment of students of any kind and in any form is prohibited. Any person, including a district employee or agent, or student, engages in sexual harassment whenver he or she makes sexual advances, requests sexual favors, and engages in other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual or sex-based nature, imposed on the basis of sex that:

    1. Denies or limits the provision of educational aid, benefits, services, or treatment; or makes such conduct of a student’s academic status; or

    2. Has the purpose effect of:

    a. Substantially interfering with a student’s educational environment;

    b. Creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment;

    c. Depriving a student of educational aid, benefits, services, or treatment; or

    d. Making submission to or rejection of such conduct the basis for academic decisions affecting a student.

    The terms “intimidation”, “hostile”, and “offensive” include conduct that has the effect of humiliation, embarassment, or discomfort. Examples of sexual harassment include touching, crude jokes or pictures, discussion of sexual experiences, teasing relating to sexual characteristics, and spreading rumors related to a person’s alleged sexual activities.

    The CCSD 89 Board of Education provides a uniform grievance procedure (Board Policy 100:260) for any individual who alleges a violation of this policy. Further information regarding this policy can be found on the district’s website, www.ccsd89.org/boardpolicies.

    Sex Offender Notification Law

    Illinois Senate Bill 3016 amended the Sex Offender Registration Act to require public or private elementary or secondary schools to notify the parents of children attending the school that information about sex offenders is available to the public as provided in the Act.  Parents may obtain information on registered sex offenders living within the school district boundaries by accessing the Illinois State Police website at www.isp.state.il.us/sor

    Special Services

    CCSD 89 provides help for students in the areas of speech correction, remedial reading and math, learning and behavioral disabilities, and English Learners (EL). Special services are also available from a school social worker. If a parent feels his/her child qualifies for these special services and is not receiving them, the child’s teacher or principal should be contacted.

    Home/hospital services are provided to a student when a licensed medical physician determines that the student,  due to a medical condition, will be out of school for a minimum of two consecutive weeks of school (10 days) or more, or on an ongoing intermittent basis. The goal of home/hospital instruction is to afford the student experiences equivalent to those afforded to other students at the same grade level and are designed to enable the student to return to the classroom. Thus, the substance or content of the instruction, generally academic, is to enable the student to remain synchronized with the other students in his or her class.

    The district is a member of the Cooperative Association for Special Education (C.A.S.E.), which provides Special Services classes not available

    within the district. CCSD 89’s Director of Student Services can be reached at (630) 469-8900 ext. 3515. Information about CCSD 89’s special services can be obtained from the building principal.

    Student and Family Privacy Rights

    Per CCSD 89 Board Policy 500:15

    Surveys

    All surveys requesting personal information from students, as well as any other instrument used to collect personal information from students, must advance or relate to the district’s educational objectives as identified in School Board Policy 500:15 (Instructional Philosophy), or assist students’ career choices. This applies to all surveys, regardless of whether the student answering the questions can be identified and regardless of who created the survey.

    Surveys Created by a Third Party

    Before a school official or staff member administers or distributes a survey or evaluation created by a third party to a student, the student’s parents/guardians may inspect the survey or evaluation, upon their request and within a reasonable time of their request.

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

    Survey Requesting Personal Information

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

    1. Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or the student’s parent/guardian.

    2. Mental or psychological problems of the student or the student’s family.

    3. Behavior or attitudes about sex.

    4. Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior.

    5. Critical appraisals of other individuals with whom students have close family relationships.

    6. Legally recognized privileged or analogous relationships, such as those with lawyers, physicians, and ministers.

    7. Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or the student’s parent/guardian.

    8. Income, other than that required by law to determine eligibility for participation in a program, or for receiving financial assistance under such program.

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

    Instructional Material

    A student’s parents/guardians may inspect, upon their request, any instructional material used as part of their child/ward’s educational curriculum within a reasonable time of their request.

    The term “instructional material” means instructional content that is provided to a student, regardless of its format, printed or representational materials, audio-visual materials, and materials in electronic or digital formats (such as materials accessible through the internet). The term does not include academic tests or academic assessments.

    Physical Exams or Screenings

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

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

    1. Is permitted or required by an applicable state law, including physical examinations or screenings that are permitted without parental notification.

    2. Is administered to a student in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 U.S.C. §1400 et seq.).

    3. Is otherwise authorized by Board policy.

    Selling or Marketing Students’ Personal Information Is Prohibited

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

    The above paragraph does not apply: (1) if the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) have consented; or (2) to the collection, disclosure or, use of personal information collected from students for the exclusive purpose of developing, evaluating or providing educational products or services for, or to, students or educational institutions, such as the following:

    1. College or other postsecondary education recruitment, or military recruitment.

    2. Book clubs, magazines, and programs providing access to low-cost literary products.

    3. Curriculum and instructional materials used by elementary schools and secondary schools.

    4. Tests and assessments to provide cognitive, evaluative, diagnostic, clinical, aptitude, or achievement information about students (or to generate other statistically useful data for the purpose of securing such tests and assessments) and the subsequent analysis and public release of the aggregate data from such tests and assessments.

    5. The sale by students of products or services to raise funds for school-related or education-related activities.

    6. Student recognition programs.

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

    Notification of Rights and Procedures

    The superintendent shall notify students’ parents/guardians of:

    1. This policy, as well as its availability upon request from the general administration office.

    2. How to opt their child or ward out of participation in activities as provided in this policy.

    3. The approximate dates during the school year when a survey requesting personal information, as described above, is scheduled or expected to be scheduled.

    4. How to request access to any survey or other material described in this policy.

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

    The rights provided to parents/guardians in this policy transfer to the student when the student turns 18 years old, or is an emancipated minor.

    Suicide Prevention

    Youth suicide impacts the safety of the school environment. It also affects the school community, diminishing the ability of surviving students to learn and the school’s ability to educate. Suicide and depression awareness are important Board goals. You can learn more about the district’s work to increase awareness and prevention of depression and suicide in Board policy 500:290 (Suicide and Depression Awareness and Prevention) at www.ccsd89.org/boardpolicies

    Summer School

    CCSD 89 summer school is offered if grant funds are available. Students are identified based on academic need in math and reading.

    Testing and Evaluation

    The CCSD 89 assessment program aids in the evaluation and improvement of teaching and learning. Assessments measure achievement, readiness, mental ability, speech and language, gross and fine motor skills, hearing, and vision.

    Test results indicate a student’s ability, achievement, or growth. Tests are one measure of mental, physical, or social development. They become useful only when considered in relation to a student’s overall performance in and out of school.

    Measurement of Academic Progress (MAP) and Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)

    Student academic achievement is measured by classroom-based and district assessments. A comprehensive system of local assessments - tied to the CCSD 89 curriculum - measures how students progress toward achieving grade level learning expectations and the Illinois Learning Standards. The Measurement of Academic Progress (MAP) Test is administered in grades K-8.  This is a nationally recognized test of academic achievement. The CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test) is given to all second- and fourth-grade students. This nationally recognized test measures student ability.

    State Standardized Tests

    In addition to local tests, the State of Illinois requires that students take annual assessments in reading and math (grades 3-8) to measure students’ proficiency with the Common Core State Standards.

    Preschool screening

    The district conducts a preschool screening four times a year for children ages 2 years, 10 months to 5 years old. Preschool screening is for early discovery of potential learning problems and the identification of students who may be eligible for preschool speech or special education.

    The teacher, counselor and/or principal are available to discuss testing results with parents.

    Vision and hearing screening

    Students also receive testing to assess gross- and fine-motor skills as part of physical education classes. Vision screening is performed on all preschool, kindergarten, second-, fourth-and eighth-grade students. Hearing screening is performed on all preschool, kindergarten, first-, second- and third-grade students. In addition, vision and hearing are screened on all students with an IEP, foster children, by request from a teacher or parent, and on all new transfer students. Vision screening is not a substitute for a complete eye and vision evaluation by an eye doctor. Your child is not required to undergo this vision screening if an optometrist or ophthalmologist has completed and signed a report form indicating that an examination has been administered within the previous 12 months.

    Unsafe School Choice Option

    The unsafe school choice option allows students to transfer to another district school or to a public charter school within the district. The unsafe school choice option is available to: (1) All students attending a persistently dangerous school, as defined by State law and identified by the Illinois State Board of Education; and (2) Any student who is a victim of a violent criminal offense that occurred on school grounds during regular school hours or during a school-sponsored event.

    Use of School Buildings
    and Grounds

    The basic purpose of the school building and grounds is to serve student academic and recreational needs, including school-sponsored events held outside of the regular school day. Individuals and recognized groups within the community may also use school property for approved activities. Information about building availability and fees can be obtained from the principal. Illinois State Law prohibits the use of tobacco, alcohol, and drugs in all public school buildings and on school grounds at all times.

    Vandalism

    Citizens are urged to immediately notify the school principal about any damage to the school building and/or grounds and give the identity of the vandals, if possible.

    The Board of Education, acting upon recommendations from school officials, will determine whether punitive or court action should be taken.  In all cases where school property is damaged, parents and guardians will be held responsible for replacement or repair of damaged or defaced property.

    Weather Guidelines for Outdoor Recess/Recreation

    Weather permitting, students have outside recess/recreation at lunch time. Decisions to have outside recess during cold weather depend upon the temperature and the wind chill factor. Students will have outdoor recess as long as the “feels like” temperature is greater than 10 degrees as measured on www.weather.com. Please be sure that your child is dressed appropriately for the weather conditions. Coat, snow pants, boots, hat or hood, gloves or mittens are a must for playing in the snow. Conversely, students will not go outside if it is too hot. Decisions to stay indoors during hot weather depend upon the temperature and the heat index. Students will remain indoors if the “feels like” temperature is 100 degrees or greater.

    Visitors to School

    Parents/guardians of students currently enrolled at a CCSD 89 school may visit their child’s school during the day when students are in class. Visits by non-parents and volunteers may be permitted with approval of the principal. All visitors must sign a visitors’ log, provide identification, and wear a visitor’s lanyard badge. When leaving the school, visitors must return their lanyard visitor badge and their identification will be returned. On those occasions when large groups of parents and friends are invited onto school property, visitors may not be required to sign in but must follow school officials’ instructions. Persons on school property without permission will be directed to leave and may be subject to criminal prosecution. Visitors may not enter any room where students are present or approach students on school grounds without the prior approval of the principal or his/her designee. In all cases, the principal or his/her designee may exclude or restrict visits when they deem it appropriate.

    Generally, individuals wishing to visit a school should contact the school at least 24 hours in advance. Visitors must contact the school principal 24 hours in advance of a classroom visit. Visitors may be escorted. When visits occur while school is in session, visitors to a classroom should confine their questions and inquiries to a time when the teacher does not have direct responsibilities to the students.