2015-2016 Handbook

2015-2016 Handbook

2015-2016

Student Handbook

Grades PreK - 12

Mission Statement

A mission statement is a broad statement of the unique purpose for which the district exists and the specific function it performs.

Mission

The mission of the Rockford Public Schools is to serve the community through educational opportunities that prepare all of our students for their future success .

Vision

Rockford Public Schools along with support of Parent/Guardians, staff and the entire commun ity will offer a worldclass education that prepares all students for college, for a career and for life.

Readiness Rocks Goals

• College and Career Readiness

• 21 s t

Century Learning Environments

• College for all

• Seven periods to success

• Preschool for all

ROCKFORD PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT 205

Assertion of Respect for Diversity and Equity

Rockford Public School District 205 is comprised of, and services a community that is multicultural and diverse in racial, ethnic and socio economic backgrounds. We believe that such diversity enriches our educational activities and our everyday interactions. We celebrate diversity through acceptance of one another, and we endeavor to learn from one another in a climate of positive engagement and mutual respect. Believing that the future of America is dependent on the full participation of all of its citizens, we strive to develop the potential of, and accept leadership by, persons of diverse backgrounds. Without reservations , we are committed to ensuring that the educational process in

District 205 is conducted in an atmosphere that:

Honors and respects diversity;

Supports equity in educational opportunity and outcomes ; and

• Is free of discrimination and harassment.

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Table of Contents

Letter from Superintendent .................................................................................................................................. 4

Board Members’ Information ................................................................................................................................ 5

Letter from Student Services and Alternative Learning Department ......................................................................... 6

Attendance (policy updates) (Appendix J) ............................................................................................................. 7

Basic Supplies .................................................................................................................................................... 9

Curriculum and Instruction Standards ................................................................................................................... 9

Dress Code ...................................................................................................................................................... 11

Education of Homeless Children ......................................................................................................................... 11

Electronic Devices (updates).............................................................................................................................. 11

Emergency Closing/Inclement Weather ............................................................................................................... 12

Erin’s Law ........................................................................................................................................................ 12

Extra-Curriculum/Co-Curricular .......................................................................................................................... 12

Field Trips/Educational Tours............................................................................................................................. 13

Grade Placement .......................................................................................................................................... ….13

Graduation Requirements .................................................................................................................................. 14

Growth and Development Class .......................................................................................................................... 17

Hazardous Materials.......................................................................................................................................... 18

Healthy Students are Healthy Learners ............................................................................................................... 18

Health and Dental Examinations/ Immunizations .................................................................................................. 19

Hearing and Vision ............................................................................................................................................ 20

Homeless and Prevention (updates) ................................................................................................................... 21

Illinois Eavesdropping Law ................................................................................................................................ 22

Instruction (updates) (Appendix N) ..................................................................................................................... 22

Medications at School ....................................................................................................................................... 25

Medical Emergency Care ................................................................................................................................... 26

Parent Concerns ............................................................................................................................................... 26

Parental Involvement ......................................................................................................................................... 26

Parent-Teacher Conferences .............................................................................................................................. 26

Physical Education Medical Procedures .............................................................................................................. 26

Professional Personnel ...................................................................................................................................... 27

Publications/Social Media Access (updates) (Appendix M) .................................................................................... 27

Questioning of Students by Police or Social Service Officials ............................................................................... 29

Racial and Ethnic Equity .................................................................................................................................... 29

Records/Student Files ....................................................................................................................................... 29

Religious Holidays ............................................................................................................................................ 30

Reporting Pupil Progress ................................................................................................................................... 30

Residence ........................................................................................................................................................ 31

Response to Intervention ................................................................................................................................... 32

Retention ......................................................................................................................................................... 32

Safety Program ................................................................................................................................................. 32

School Accountability ........................................................................................................................................ 34

School Admissions/Transfers ............................................................................................................................. 35

School Lunches...................................................................................... ......................... .......................... ......36

School Visitation Rights......................................................... ..................................... ............................... .......37

School Year Calendar/Day ................................................................................................................................. 37

Search and Seizure................................................................................... ................... ............................ ........38

Section 504 Accommodation Plans................. ............................................................ ............................... ........39

Sex Offender Registry........................................................................... ....................... ............................ ........40

Special Education Programs and Services.................................................................... ............................. .........40

Student Accidents/Insurance .............................................................................................................................. 41

Student Address Changes........... ........................................................... ................... ............................. ...........41

Student Code of Conduct (policy updates) (Appendix F).......................................................... .................. ...........42

Student Fees .................................................................................................................................................... 42

Student Harassment .......................................................................................................................................... 44

Student Support Services .................................................................................................................................. 44

Telephone Procedures......................................................... .......................................... ........................ ...........45

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Title I Programs ................................................................................................................................................ 45

Tobacco Prohibition Policy............................................................................................ ............................. .......45

Transportation (updates).............................................................................................. ........... ......................... 46

Uniform Grievance Procedure................................. ..................................................... ................................ ......47

Visitors’ Code of Conduct........... ............................................................................... ......................... ..............47

Web Site Information............................................................................ ...................... .............................. ........48

Appendix A Family Education Rights and Privacy Act ........................................................................................... 49

Appendix B Health & Dental Examinations, Immunizations & Exclusion of Students ................................................ 52

Appendix C Uniform Grievance Procedure ........................................................................................................... 54

Appendix D Equal Education Opportunities .......................................................................................................... 56

Appendix E Harassment of Students Prohibited ................................................................................................... 57

Appendix F Preventing Bullying Intimidation and Harassment (Policy updates) ........................................................ 59

Appendix G Student & Family Privacy Rights ....................................................................................................... 63

Appendix H Compulsory Attendance Law ............................................................................................................ 65

Appendix I Medicaid Data Release – Special Educations Students Only ................................................................ 67

Appendix J Attendance Policy/Truancy Framework Matrix(Policy updates) ............................................................. 68

Appendix K Erin’s Law ....................................................................................................................................... 69

Appendix L Homeless Students .......................................................................................................................... 71

Appendix M Right to Privacy in the School Setting Act ......................................................................................... 74

Appendix N Acceptable Use of the Electronic Network ...................................................... ..................... ........ ......75

Appendix O Student Transfer Form.................................................. ......................... .................................... .....79

Annual Asbestos Notification................................................................................. .............................. ....... ......80

Indoor Air Quality Plan (IAP)................................................................................................ ............... ........ ......80

Signature Page ................................................................................................................................................. 85

School Academic Calendar……………………………………………………………… ……………………………………..Back Cover

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Please review this handbook for information concerning our schools. It should be noted that the handbook is only a summary of board policies governing the district; board policies are available on the district’s website and at the administration building. Website Link: http://www3.rps205.com.

Dear Parents:

This handbook outlines the policies, procedures and expectations for all children in Rockford Public Schools. We all want children to behave, to be held accountab le for their actions and to have no distractions as they pursue learning.

We want to be partners with you as we all work together to make sure every child has an outstanding experience that culminates in a student receiving a high school diploma that indi cates mastery of all learning material.

Each school may have additional procedures designed to improve student behavior and learning. These procedures will be given to you at registration and will serve as a supplement to this document.

We encourage and appreciate your active involvement in our schools and look forward to working with you. Together, as a total community, we can do what it takes for all children to have a very successful 2015-2016 school year.

Dr. Ehren Jarrett

Superintendent of Rockford Public Schools

Educational Philosophy and Objectives:

 Average student performance in Rockford Public Schools will exceed state and national averages on standardized achievement tests.

 The disparity in achievement among all iden tified ethnic/racial groups will be eliminated on such tests.

 Each student will participate in setting and will achieve personally challenging educational goals based on the student’s interests, talents and abilities.

 All students will meet or exceed district performance standards for knowledge and skill necessary to succeed at each appropriate level.

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DISTRICT A

DISTRICT C

Members of the Board of Education

Lisa Jackson

(815) 375-0175 (cell)

[email protected]

Term Expires 2017

DISTRICT B

DISTRICT D

DISTRICT E

DISTRICT F

DISTRICT G

Tim Rollins

(815)987-8910 (work) [email protected]

Kenneth Scrivano

(815)871-6683 (cell)

[email protected]

Jude Makulec

(815) 633-6818 (home) [email protected]

Michael Harner

(815) 980-5611

[email protected]

Michael Connor

(815) 505-7809

[email protected]

Laura Powers

(815)874-3446 (home) [email protected]

Term Expires 2015

Term Expires 2017

Term Expires 2015

Term Expires 2015

Term Expires 2017

Term Expires 2017

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School Handbook

2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR

Daily school attendance leads to a better life!

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Many studies show that the time you invest in your child’s education directly impacts their quality of life. This investment starts with daily on-time attendance.

This year we are challenging parents to set a goa l of improving their child’s attendance for the entire year. After reflecting on the common barriers that often keeps children out of school, we developed a checklist of common issues that we hope will be helpful in meeting your goal for this year. Plea se plan ahead so that these barriers do not impact your child during the school year.

Does your child have or need bus services? Need help? For assistance, please call:

Transportation Department

2000 Christina St.

Phone: (815)966-3706

Do you have back-up child care arrangements for unexpected events or other emergencies? Make sure that your school-aged children are not responsible for watching younger children during the school day.

 Do you have up-to-date immunizations and physical exam for pre -k, kindergarten, 6th and 9th grade students?

The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile provides free medical care to uninsured or underinsured children ages 0 -

18. For more information about the Care Mobile, call (815) 971 -5810.

Additional Locations:

(Call to make an appointment)

Crusader Clinic – (815) 490-1600

Winnebago County Health Dept. – (815) 720-4000

Black Hawk Park School - Linked

Health Center (815) 972-7200

Walk-in Clinics – see yellow pages

As always, the Student Services and Alternative Learning staff is available to help you with all attendance and truancy initiatives. If you have any questions or need any assistance, please call us at (815) 966 -5251.

Sincerely,

Student Services and Alternative Learning

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Attendance

School attendance is vital to students' achievement. Students who develop patterns of good attendance are more likely to be successful both academically and socially.

 When students attend school, they earn better grades, score better on standardized tests and are mo re likely to graduate from high school.

 It is our responsibility to teach students the importance of attendance now so they are prepared for the future.

Employers say good attendance demonstrates responsibility and is a key factor in the hiring and promoti on of employees.

 Rockford Public Schools is working to improve its schools in ways that will make students feel more welcome, safe and enthusiastic about showing up every day. At the same time, we're developing incentives to improve student attendance.

***Please note: By state law students must be in academic classes 300 minutes a day (not including any passing time) to receive a full day of attendance credit and 150 minutes to receive a half day attendance credit in grades 2 through 12. Students Pre -K through first grade must be in academic classes 240 minutes to receive a full day attendance credit and 120 minutes to receive a half day attendance credit.

Parents Influence Attendance-Be Involved

 Please contact the school on days when your child will b e absent within the first two hours of the start time.

 Plan family vacations for non-school days only.

 Schedule non-emergency medical and dental appointments after school hours.

 Make sure your child's school has your accurate daytime contact information, i ncluding cell phone number and/or email address.

 Parents must sign their child in/out in the office when they leave during the day.

Every student is expected to attend school on a daily basis, unless there is a valid justification for his/her absence.

Please plan ahead so that your child does not have "parent permitted truancies." If you need support to get your child to school, contact your building principal for assistance.

Compulsory Attendance Law

Persons having custody or control of a child subj ect to the provisions of compulsory attendance law should refer to

the Rockford Public Schools Code of Conduct Handbook and Appendix H.

Attendance Policy

Reporting of absences:

1. When a student is absent from school, the parent/guardian is required to tele phone the school office prior to or within the first two hours of start time. The parent/guardian must call each day the student is absent unless previous arrangements have been made. If the parent/guardian has not called within the first two hours of the school day, the attendance secretary will attempt to call the parent/guardian to find out the reason why the student is absent. If no contact is made with the parent/guardian on the day the student is absent, the administration will classify the absence as unexcused.

2. The determination as to whether an absence is excused or unexcused will be made by school administration in compliance with Illinois law and District/Board Policy.

Excused Absences

Students shall be excused from school when the absence is :

Due to his or her illness

For a medical or dental appointment

For a court appearance

For funeral attendance (1-3 days depending on funeral location)

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Observation of a holiday or ceremony of his or her religion or attendance at religious retreats.

Students absent from school for the above excused reasons shall be allowed to complete all assignments and tests missed during the absence that can reasonably be provided and, upon satisfactory completion in the allotted time frame, shall be given full credit.

The Five (5) Day Excused Absence Policy

Students who accumulate more than five (5) days of absences per semester must provide proof of the nature of the excused absence, in the form of a note from the doctor or excuse from school nurse, for the abs ence to be considered excused. Failure to do so will result in an unexcused absence. Valid reasons for excused absences for the five day rule include illness of the student, injury, unavoidable accident or emergency and anticipated absence with administrative approval prior to the absence. Excused absences not counted in the five (5) day rule are: religious holidays, medical appointments with written proof from doctor; funeral for family members; court appearances with written proof from court; pre-approved college visits; extended serious/critical illness of student/family member; other absences as determined by administration. Students exceeding 10 consecutive school days for any reason will be dropped per Administration Regulation.

Unexcused Absences

An unexcused absence or (skipping) will result in a Code of Conduct Intervention. Any absence for reasons other than those listed as EXCUSED ABSENCES are deemed unexcused. The City of Rockford and Winnebago County ordinances consider each unexcused absence a s an incident of truancy.

When a school does not receive parental explanation of a student absence, the absence will be considered unexcused.

Letters will be sent to parents of students who accrue multiple unexcused absences.

If a student is truant, parents will be contacted to determine the root cause and offer the appropriate support needed to improve future attendance.

 Students who are chronically truant may be referred to the Student Services Department. Truancy Intervention

Center or the Winnebago County Court System for more intense intervention.

Examples include but are not limited to: no transportation to school, missing the school bus, oversleeping, participation in non-school sponsored events, personal business, private vehicle breakdown/failu re to start, truancy.

Release for Appointments

Parents/Guardians are encouraged to make appointments during times that do not conflict with school and instructional time. Students will only be released to non -parents/guardians if the parent/guardian has called the school prior to the student’s release and provided the name of the person to whom the student is to be released. This individual must provide the school with a photo ID. The parent/guardian should also provide the following information:

 Name and grade of student

 Time of appointment

 Type of appointment

 Time to be released from school

 Approximate time of return to school.

On the day of the appointment, students should come to the office and receive a pass in order to be excused from class at the designated time. The parent/guardian (or parent approved care giver) must sign the student out through the office. When the student returns, they must sign back in with the office, and provide a written note from the doctor

verifying the appointment. All appointments not verified by written proof from the doctor will be considered unexcused.

Illness at School

If a student becomes ill while at school, they must come to the office to use the phone to contract parent/guardian.

Students may not use any pay phones, classroom phones, cell phones, or other electronic communications equipment for the purposes of calling home when ill. If the student is sent home by a school employee as a result of the student’s

illness or injury, then this shall be considered an excused absence.

Tardiness

Tardiness is a Minor Infraction which will result in a Code of Conduct Intervention. Please refer to the Rockford Public

School’s Code of Conduct for tardy corrective strategies, social interventions and consequences.

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For Elementary students:

When any student is late to school, the parent/guardian must accompany the student to the attendance office to report the tardy. Excessive tardiness will result in a conference with administration or be report ed to the truancy officer.

Tardies accumulate annually and do not start over after the first semester. Attendance is taken each day, and tardiness is documented.

For secondary students:

1 st

TARDY WARNING

2 n d

TARDY WARNING

3 r d

TARDY WARNING, a subsequent tardy will result in administration action in compliance with the Student

Code of Conduct.

4 th

Tardy Detention

5 th

Tardy, Saturday School or Detention II

6 th

Tardy ALE

7 th

Tardy, (See Tardy Matrix, Appendix J)

A student who arrives late to school for any reason will receive an unexcused tardy unless they can provide written proof that they had a legitimate appointment during the time that corresponds with that portion of the school day(s) they missed. See Appendix H and Appendix J.

Attendance Violations

Please refer to Appendix H for Illinois School Code Legal Reference.

Basic Supplies

School supply list can be accessed by contacting your child’s school or visiting the RPS website (school) link.

Curriculum & Instruction Standards

The curriculum shall contain instruction on subjects required by state statute or regulation, including the following:

1. In kindergarten through grade 8, subjects include: (a) language arts, (b) reading, (c) other communication skills, (d) science, (e) mathematics, (f ) social studies, (g) art, (h) music, and (i) drug and substance abuse prevention.

2. In grades 9 through 12, subjects include: (a) language arts, (b) writing intensive course, (c) science, (d) mathematics, (e) social studies including U.S. history, (f) foreign language, (g) music, (h) art, (i) driver and safety education, and (j) vocational education. Students otherwise eligible to take a driver education course must receive a passing grade in at least eight (8) courses during the previous two (2) semesters before enrolling in the course. The superintendent or designee may waive this requirement if he or she believes a waiver to be in the student’s best interest. The course shall include classroom instruction on distracted driving as a major traffic safety issue. Automobile safety instruction covering traffic regulations and highway safety must include instruction on the consequences of alcohol consumption and the operation of a motor vehicle. The eligibility requirements contained in state law for the receipt of a Certificate of Completion from the Secretary of State shall be provided to students in writing at the time of their registration.

3. In grades 7 through 12, as well as in interscholastic athletic programs, steroid abuse prevention must be taught.

4. In grades 4 through 12, provided it can be funded by private grants or the federal government, violence prevention and conflict resolution must be stressed, including: (a) causes of conflict, (b) consequences of

5. The curriculum in grades 3 and above shall contain a unit on Internet safety, the scope of which shall be determined by the Superintendent or designee. violent behavior, (c) non-violent resolution, and (d) relationships between drugs, alcohol, and violence.

6. In all grades, character education must b e taught including respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, trustworthiness, and citizenship in order to raise students’ honesty, kindness, justice, discipline, respect for

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others, and moral courage. In addition, in all grades, bullying prevention and gang resistance education and training must be taught.

7. In all schools, citizenship values must be taught, including: (a) patriotism, (b) democratic principles of freedom, justice, and equality, (c) proper use and display of the American flag, (d) the Pledge of Allegiance, and (e) the voting process.

8. In all grades, physical education must be taught including a developmentally planned health-related fitness that increases students’ knowledge, offers direct opportunities to learn how to work cooperatively in a group setting, and encourages healthy habits and attitudes for a healthy lifestyle. Unless otherwise exempted, all students are required to engage daily during the school day in a physical education course. For exemptions and substitutions, see policies 6.310, Credit for Alternative Courses and Programs, and Course Substitution, and 7.260, Exemption from Physical Activity.

9. In all schools, health education must be stressed, including: (a) proper nutrition, (b) physical fitness, (c) other components necessary to develop a sound mind in a healthy body, and (d) dangers and avoidance of abduction.

10. In all schools, career/vocational education must be taught, including: (a) the importance of work, (b) the development of basic skills to enter the world of work and/or continue formal education, (c) good work habits and values, (d) the relationship between learning and work, and (e) if possible, a student work program that provides the student with work experience as an extension of the regular classroom. A career awareness and exploration program must be available at all grade levels.

11. In grades 9 through 12, consumer education must be taught, including: financial literacy; installment purchasing; budgeting, savings, and investing; banking; simple contracts; income taxes; personal insurance policies; the comparison of prices; homeownership; and the roles of consumers interacting with agriculture, business, labor unions and government in formulating and achieving the goals of the mixed free enterprise system.

12. In all schools, conservation of natural resources must be taught, including: (a) home ecology, (b) endangered species, (c) threats to the environment, and (d) the importance of the environment to life as we know it.

13. In all schools, United States history must be t aught, including: (a) the principles of representative government, (b) the Constitutions of the U.S. and Illinois, (c) the role of the U.S. in world affairs, (d) the role of labor unions, and (e) the role and contributions of ethnic groups, including but n ot limited to, the African

Americans, Albanians, Asian Americans, Bohemians, Czechs, French, Germans, Hispanics, Hungarians, Irish,

Italians, Lithuanians, Polish, Russians, Scots, and Slovakians in the history of this country and state. In addition, all schools shall hold an educational program on the United States Constitution on Constitution Day, each September 17, commemorating the September 17, 1787 signing of the Constitution. However, when

September 17 falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday, Constit ution Day shall be held during the preceding or following week.

14. In all schools, the curriculum includes a unit of instruction on the Holocaust and crimes of genocide, including

Nazi atrocities of 1933-1945, Armenian Genocide, the Famine-Genocide in Ukraine, and more recent atrocities in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda, and Sudan.

15. In all schools, the curriculum includes a unit of instruction on the history, struggles, and contributions of women.

16. In all schools, the curriculum includes a unit of instruction on B lack History, including the history of the

African slave trade, slavery in America, and the vestiges of slavery in this country, as well as the struggles and contributions of African -Americans.

17. In all schools offering a secondary agricultural education pr ogram, courses as required by 105 ILCS 5/2-3.80.

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Dress Code

Most elementary and middle schools have board approved school uniform dress codes. Students attending those schools must wear the school uniform. At registration, you will be given uniform g uidelines. For all schools, student’s dress and grooming shall not be disruptive to the educational process, shall not constitute a threat to health, safety, welfare, or property and shall be in accordance with public decency and civil statutes.

Grooming and neatness are the primary responsibility of students and their parents. Schools may prohibit students from wearing clothing or attire that, in the opinion of school authority, is contrary to acceptable health and safety standards or may disrupt the edu cation process or learning atmosphere. Student dress will conform to the following:

 Hats, head covering, hoodies, jackets, coats, and gloves are not to be worn in school. Students must remove their head coverings upon entering the building.

 Students will not wear wheeled shoes.

 Students’ clothing will cover undergarments and bare midriffs.

 Garments or jewelry depicting alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs will not be worn at school or on a school bus, school grounds or school sponsored activities.

 Garments or jewelry with messages or symbols that include obscenity, derogatory language, sexual innuendo, gang affiliation will not be worn at school or on a school bus, school grounds or school sponsored activities.

Education of Homeless Children

Each child of a homeless individual and each homeless youth have equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, as provided to other children and youths, including a public pre -school education. A homeless child may attend the District school that the chil d attended when permanently housed or in which the child was last enrolled. A homeless child living in any District school’s attendance area may attend that school.

The Superintendent or designee shall review and revise rules or procedures that may act as barriers to the enrollment of homeless children and youths. In reviewing and revising such procedures, consideration shall be given to issues concerning transportation, immunization, residency, birth certificates, school records and other documentation, a nd guardianship. Transportation shall be provided in accordance with the McKinney Homele ss Assistance Act and State

Law the Superintendent or designee shall give special attention to ensuring the enrollment and attendance of homeless children and youths who are not currently attending school. The superintendent shall appoint a liaison for homeless children.

The purpose of the Homeless Department is to serve students whether they have been homeless for a short period of time or have been without housing fo r a long period. The law requires that students who are homeless receive confidential help. Our department protects the rights of homeless students and helps to remove all of the barriers that would prevent a student from immediately enrolling in, attend ing, and fully participating in school. For more information, contact the Homeless Department at 815 -966-5251.

A “homeless child” is defined as provided in the McKi nney Homeless Assistance Act. (See Appendix L)

Electronic Devices

Electronic devices are not to be used in school; therefore the school and staff are not responsible for lost or stolen electronic devices such as cell phones, iPods, MP3 players, cameras, etc. Devices will be confiscated and parent/guardian will be required to pick the item( s) up from the school office.

ELECTRONIC SIGNALING DEVICES – Students may not use or possess electronic signaling (paging) devices or two way radios on school property at any time.

The possession and use of cell phones and other electronic devices, other than paging devices and two-way radios, are subject to the following rules:

1. Unless being used for educational purposes or when needed during an emergency, they must be kept out of sight and in an inconspicuous location, such as a backpack, purse or locker .

2. They may not be used in any manner, including *sexting that will cause disruption to the educational environment or will otherwise violate student conduct rules.

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Electronic devices may be used during the school day if:

1. Use of the device is provided in the student’s IEP; or

2. Permission is received from the student’s teacher.

3. Permission is received from a building administrator.

An electronic device: any type of electronic communication device, defined at 705 ILCS 405/3 -40(a), added by P.A.

96-1087. It includes, but is not limited to, a wireless telephone, personal digital assistant, or a portable or m obile computer, that is capable of transmitting images or pictures. This includes cellular telephones (see www.thesaurus.com

), listing cellular and wireless telephones as synonyms).

*Sexting: a portmanteau word of sex and texting with no clear definition. It is commonly explained as the act of sending sexually explicit photos, images, or messages electronically, primari ly by mobile phone or the internet, that are taken with or without consent. It also includes indecent visual depictions, which means a depiction or portrayal in any pose, posture, or setting involving a lewd exhibition of the unclothed or transparently clo thed (705 ILCS 405/3-

40(a), added by P.A. 96 1087, eff. 1-1-11).

For more information, please refer to the RPS Student Code of Conduct.

Emergency Closing/Inclement Weather

We are asking that you please listen to your radios (WROK 1440 AM, WQFL 100.9 FM , WKMQ 95.3 FM, WNIU 89.5

FM, WLBK/WDEK 1360 AM, WNTA 1330 AM), LATREMENDA (Spanish Station -Chicago), the local television stations

(WREX TV 13, WTVO TV 17, WIFR TV 23, WQRF TV 39), if you believe inclement weather may cause the schools to be closed. This decision is made and shared with the media by 6:30 a.m. for immediate dissemination to the community. Also, please check the district’s website for this information, at www3.rps205.com, emergency notification system.

Erin’s Law

Notice of instruction in recognizing and avoiding sexual abuse/Safety Awareness

The district provides five (5) days advance notice to parents prior to offering any class or course in recognizing and avoiding sexual abuse to pupils in grades kinde rgarten through 12.

 The district provides that such pupils shall not be required to take the course if the parent/guardian submits written objection.

 The safety awareness course is an age-appropriate curriculum.

 The district provides effective professiona l development for educators.

 The district partners with parents for education on the importance of awareness and strategy.

 Enhanced disciplinary enforcement against licensed professionals who knowingly fail to report.

Extracurricular and Co-Curricular Activities

Student body desires concerning co -curricular activities are important. Selection of members or participants is at the discretion of the sponsors or coaches, provided that the selection criteria conform to the districts’ policies. Students must satisfy all academic standards and must comply with the activity’s rules and the student conduct code. Building principals are responsible for the scheduling and announcing of student extracurricular and co -curricular activities.

Non-school sponsored student groups are governed by the district’s policy on student use of school buildings.

Co-curricular Eligibility

Co-curricular activities include all athletic and non -academic activities sponsored by the board of education in elementary, middle schools and high schools. Student participation in these activities is encouraged provided students first meet certain academic requirements.

For students in kindergarten through 5th grade, selection of participants is at the discretion of the teachers, sponsors, or coaches, provided that the selection criteria conform to the district’s policies. Students must satisfy all academic standards and must comply with the activity’s rules and the student conduct code.

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For students in 6th through 12th grade, selection of participants is at the discretion of the teachers, sponsors, or coaches, provided that the selection criteria conform to the District’s policies. In addition, participation in co -curricular activities is dependent upon course selection and successful prog ress in those courses.

In order to be eligible to participate in any school -sponsored or school-supported athletic or extracurricular activity, all students in 6th-12th grades, except those entering 9th grade, must have received a passing grade in at lea st five

(5) classes the previous semester. All students entering 9th grade are automatically deemed eligible to

participate in co-curricular activities the first semester of their 9th grade year. Continued co-curricular

participation for all students requ ires the student maintain a passing grade in at least five (5) classes per week with no unexcused absences. Any student failing to meet these criteria shall be deemed ineligible to participate on a weekly basis in co-curricular competitions until the speci fied academic criteria are met.

For students receiving services under IDEA or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, their IEP or 504 plans will be reviewed for proper implementation prior to determining ineligibility. Should this review determine that the individual plan is appropriately implemented and that the student’s ineligibility is unrelated to his/her disability, the student shall be held ineligible.

Field Trips/Educational Tours

Student trips are permitted which enhance or supplement ed ucational programs or which fulfill obligations to the interscholastic activity program. No student trip shall significantly interfere with the educational routine of students who must remain in school.

I. Field Trips:

A. Educational: The building principal may authorize educationally related field trips. If transportation is required, students shall be charged for such transportation in an amount not to exceed the cost thereof which shall include a reasonable allowance for depreciation of the vehicles used.

B. Interscholastic Activity Program: The building principal may provide transportation at school expense for school sponsored activities in which students participate. These activities include interscholastic athletics and other co-curricular activities.

II. As a supplement to a particular course of instruction, the superintendent may authorize educational tours within and out of the United States for students or employees. No school funds may be used for any expenses incurred on such tours such as meals, lodging , and transportation. The salaries of necessary personnel may be paid while on a tour if they are acting in the ordinary course of their employment.

III. Transportation: If available, transportation will be provided by the school district. If non-school vehicles are used, the driver and the owner shall have filed with the school district prior to the trip proof of automobile insurance in the minimum amount of $100,000/$300,000 bodily injury liability coverage.

IV. Supervision: Proper supervision by school district personnel shall be provided for all school sponsored student trips. Parents are permitted to assist in such supervision.

V. Parental Permission: No student shall be allowed on a field trip or educational tour without the informed consent of the student’s par ent or guardian evidenced by a signed authorization.

Grade Placement

Students, who are new to the Rockford Public Schools, either by transfer from non -public schools or from schools outside the District, will initially be placed at the grade level they w ould have reached elsewhere. Final grade placement and exceptions regarding placement are made by the school principal. Exceptions will be made only after notification and an explanation is given to the parents of the student.

Grading and Promotion

The staff shall establish a system of grading and reporting academic achievement to students and their parents and guardians. The system shall also determine when promotion and graduation requirements are met. The decision to promote a student to the next grad e level shall be based on successful completion of the curriculum, attendance, performance based on Illinois Standards Achievement Tests, the Iowa Test of Basic Skills, or other testing. A student shall not be promoted based upon age or any other social re ason not related to academic performance.

The administration offers remedial assistance for students who do not demonstrate proficiency. First (1st) through eighth (8th) grade students who do not show proficiency in reading and or math by the end of the s chool year will be

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required to attend summer school. After the summer school session is complete, students who have improved their academic performance, as reflected by a passing (proficient) grade, will be promoted to the next grade. The summer school teacher will make a promotion recommendation to the building Principal. The decision at the building level regarding the student's promotion to the next grade shall be the responsibility of the Building Principal.

Every teacher shall maintain an evaluation record for each student in the teacher's classroom. The grade assigned by the teacher cannot be changed by a District administrator without notifying the teacher. Reasons for changing a student's final grade include:

 a miscalculation of test scores;

 a technical error in assigning a particular grade or score;

 the teacher agrees to allow the student to do extra work that may impact the grade;

 an inappropriate grading system used to determine the grade; or

 an inappropriate grade based on an appropriate gradi ng system.

Should a grade change be made, the administrator making the change must sign the changed record.

Graduation Requirements

The School Board determines high school graduation requirements that will provide each student ample opportunity to achieve the purpose for which the School District exists and that meet the minimum graduation requirements contained in state law. Unless otherwise exempted, each student must successfully accomplish the following courses in order to graduate from high school:

1. Complete all courses as provided in The School Code, 105 ILCS 5/27 -22, according to the year in which a student entered the 9th grade.

2. Complete all minimum requirements for graduation as specified by Illinois State Board of Education Rule, 23

Ill. Admin. Code §1.440.

3. Receive a passing grade on examination(s) covering the subjects of patriotism and principles of representative government, proper use of the flag, methods of voting, and the Pledge of Allegiance.

4. Take the Prairie State Achievement Examinat ion, unless the student is exempt according to 105 ILCS 5/2 -3.64.

5. Complete all District course requirements as follows:

Academic

Area

2015

District 205 Graduation

Requirements

2016-2019

District 205 Graduation

Requirements

Illinois State

Board of Higher

Education

Requirements

Highly Selective

Colleges and

Universities

English

Math

4 years (8 credits)

3 years (6 credits)

Algebra, Geometry, and 1 yr beyond Geometry

4 years (8 credits)

3 years (6 credits)

Algebra, Geometry, and

Algebra 2

4 years

3 years

Algebra and

Geometry

4 years

3-4 years

Science 2 years (4 credits)

Biology, Physical

Science/Chemistry/

Earth Science

3 years (6 credits)

Biology, Physical Science, and 1 year additional

Science

2 years 4 years

Social Science 3 years (6 credits)

US History, American

Gov't, Economics, World

History/Geography

3 years (6 credits)

US History, American

Gov't, Economics, World

History/Geography

2 years 4 years

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PE/Health

Fine Arts, Foreign

Language, CTE

PE — 3.5 years (7 credits)

Health - .5 years (1 credit)

1 year (2 credits)

PE — 3.5 years (7 credits)

Health - .5 years (1 credit)

2 year (4 credits)

1 Semester

1 Year

Selective Colleges and

Universities use a Holistic approach to admissions.

There is not a course formula that will ensure admission.

Academic and non-academic factors are considered by the admissions committee

Other Electives

AP Course/

Dual Credit

Electives to achieve total credits required by Board

Policy

At least one AP or Dual

Credit Course in any subject area is strongly encouraged.

Electives to achieve total credits required by Board

Policy

Varies

At least one AP or Dual

Credit Course in any subject

AP or Dual Credit

Courses area area is strongly encouraged. strongly encouraged.

T o t a l 40 Credits 48 48 Credits

Classification by Grade Level

Calculated at the beginning of each school year.

Year in School

1st

2011—Earned Credits

0-9

2012-2019—Earned Credits

0-11

Classification

Freshmen

2nd

3rd

10-19

20-29

12-23

24-33

Sophomore

Junior

4th 30+ 34+ Senior

**Per Illinois School Code, if a student graduates earlier, the number of required physical education credit hours is reduced according to number of semesters enrolled.

***Students who enroll in AP classes are required to take the AP exam.

**** Students entering a Rockford Public High School on or after the 201 2/2013 school year will be required to complete three (3) years of Science including one year of physical science and one year of life science.

***** Students entering a Rockford Public High School on or a fter the 2012/2013 school year will be required to

complete a total of 40 credit hours to graduate.

The Superintendent or designee is responsible for :

1) maintaining a description of all course offerings that comply with the above graduation requirements,

2) notifying students and their parent(s)/guardian(s) of graduation requirements,

3) developing the criteria for determining when a student accomplishes number 5 above as well as a method for recording that fact in the student’s school record, and

4) taking all other actions to implement this policy.

Early Graduation

Students may apply for early graduation by submitting a plan to their counselor by the last day of school sophomore year. The student must meet all credit and course specific requirements includin g taking the Prairie State Exam.

Notification of the student’s request and verification of the student’s acceptability for early graduation will be given to the Superintendent for approval.

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Certificate of Completion

A student with a disability who has an individualized education program prescribing special education, transition planning, transition services, or related services beyond the student’s 4 years of high school, qualifies for a

Certificate of Completion after the student has completed 4 yea rs of high school (and as more fully described in the

Administrative Regulation). The student is encouraged to participate in the graduation ceremony of his or her high school graduation class. The superintendent or designee shall provide timely written no tice of this requirement to children with disabilities and their parent(s)/guardian(s).

Veterans of World War II, the Korean Conflict, or the Vietnam Conflict

Upon application, an honorably discharged veteran of World War II, the Korean Conflict , or the Vietnam Conflict will be awarded a diploma, provided that he or she: (1) resided within an area currently within the district at the time he or she left high school, (2) left high school before graduating in order to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces, and (3 ) has not received a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) Diploma.

Credit for Alternative Courses and Programs and Course Substitutions

Graduation credit will not be given for:

1. Home schooling;

2. Continuing education courses;

3. Military service;

4. Volunteer service credit programs;

5. Proficiency exams other than the Consumer Education Proficiency test developed and furnished by the State

Board of Education.

Exchange Programs

Diplomas will be granted to exchange students when the cr iteria for graduation established by the State of Illinois and the board of education have been successfully met. The board of education may grant a Certificate of Attendance to exchange students.

District students will receive academic credit for foreig n exchange courses that meet the criteria established in the curriculum and that are approved by the Building Principal.

Correspondence/Virtual Learning

A limited number of pre-approved correspondence credits from institutions accredited by North Central Association or courses that are offerings of the Illinois Virtual High School will be accepted with permission of the building principal.

Community College Classes

Those courses accepted for credit will be from a pre -approved list of courses mutually agreed to by the district and the community college.

Youth Apprenticeship Vocational Education Program

Students participating in the Youth Apprenticeship Vocational Education Program may earn credit toward graduation for work-related training received at manufacturing facilities or agencies.

Substitutions for Physical Education and Other Required Courses

A. Vocational or Technical Courses

A student in grades 9-12 may satisfy one or more high school courses for graduation requirements by successfully completing related vocational or technical education if:

1. The vocational or technical course contains at least 50% of the content of the required course or graduation requirement for which it is substituted; and,

2. The student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) request a nd approve the substitution in writing.

The superintendent or his/her designee shall prepare a listing of such “related” vocational or technical courses which at any time meet the substitution requirement provided for in this policy.

B. Physical Education Courses

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A student may request that the building principal excuse him/her from physical education courses for the following reasons:

1. In grades 11-12, participation in an interscholastic athletic program;

2. In grades 11-12, enrollment in a specific academi c course required for admission to an institution of higher learning, provided that the addition of such a course to the student’s schedule would result in a course load of more than the district’s normal practice;

3. In grades 11-12, enrollment in academic classes required for graduation from high school, provided that the addition of such a course to the student’s schedule would result in a course load of more than the district’s normal practice; or

4. In grades 9-12, enrollment in a Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Program sponsored by the district.

Students must submit such requests in writing with as much specificity as possible. Principals shall maintain records showing that they applied the stated criteria to the stu dent’s individual circumstances

Student Testing and Assessment Program

The district Student Assessment Program provides information for determining individual student achievement and guidance needs, curriculum and instruction effectiveness, as well as school performance measured agains t District student learning objectives and statewide norms.

The superintendent or designee shall manage the student assessment program that, at a minimum:

1. Uses the State Assessment System and any other appropriate assessment methods and instruments, including norm and criterion -referenced achievement tests, aptitude tests, proficiency tests, and teacher developed tests.

2. Tests the grades and subjects according to the schedule required by the State Assessment System. The district’s assessment program may in clude testing students in grades not required by state law to be tested.

3. Tracks the achievement of all students.

4. Provides each student and his or her parents/custodians with an evaluation of the student’s learning on the basis of test and assessment result s. See policy 6.280, Grading and Promotion.

5. Utilizes professional testing practices.

Overall student assessment data on tests required by state law will be aggregated by the district and reported, along with other information, on the district’s annual report card. Board Policy 7.340, Student Records, and its implementing procedures govern record keeping and access issues.

Growth and Development Class

Elementary:

Fifth grade students shall be provided annually, during the school year, a growth and dev elopment presentation. One of the certified nursing staff, physical education or health teacher, or other designated health representative will provide a video production on the normal body changes which occur as children’s bodies mature and grow. A discussion and question/answer period will follow. Parents wishing to preview the film during normal school hours may do so by contacting the school nurse. Parents wishing to exclude their child from participating in this presentation may submit a letter of objection to the building nurse. If there is no letter of objection on file in the

Health Office, all 5 th

grade students will participate in this presentation. RPS Board policy 6.60, 105 ILCS 5/27.

Secondary: Middle school students will be taught a cla ss in growth and development. A letter is given to students to

take home to parents prior to the class date. This letter will explain what is covered during the class (puberty, STD’s, abstinence, safe decision making skills, and reproduction). The stude nt would be excluded from these lessons only if the parent signs, and the student returns, the signed letter to the school. Any excluded student will be assigned an alternate lesson for the time frame of this unit.

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Hazardous Materials

Cleaning Products

Rockford Public Schools follows Illinois EPA guidelines and uses only environmentally "green" cleaning products for general purpose cleaning.

Pesticides

Pesticides are never applied inside school buildings. Rockford Public Schools uses an Integrated Pest Mgmt. Sys. to reduce pest populations in schools. During the summer, Facilities Dept. may utilize lawn applications on athletic fields and occasionally other areas for weed control. If you desire additional info regarding pesticide use, please contact our office or Anne Ford, Environmental Health Coor dinator, at 815-966-3010 or [email protected]

Asbestos

Information about asbestos-containing materials in the school can be found in the Asbestos Mgmt. Plans which are located in the office of each school. Notification of abatements, inspections, and repairs are published annually. See this year’s notification at the end of Appendix I.

Healthy Students Are Better Learners

Health Services staff encourages the following good hygiene practices to allow for o ptimum learning opportunities:

Thorough & frequent hand washing

Eating a nutritious breakfast

8-10 hours of sleep each night

Exercise for 30 minutes, at least three times per week

If, however, your child is ill, he/she should not be sent to school. Your child should remain at home for 24 hours after their symptoms have resolved. Please consider contacting your doctor for advice if your child exhibits any of the following conditions:

Severe pain that limits activity

Temperature over 100.4 degrees

Contagious illness or condition

Vomiting or diarrhea

Constant cough

Skin rash

Head Lice - Head lice are tiny insects that gather mostly behind the ears, back of the neck and only live on the human

head. The presence of lice can occur in all levels of income, a ge, sex, or race. Lice cannot fly or jump, they are passed along following prolonged, direct head -to-head contact. Head lice do not cause illness nor do they transmit communicable diseases.

Researchers advise treating only the person affected with live lice, using a medicated shampoo, closely following the package directions. Children under the age of 2 y ears or pregnant women should consult with their doctor’s for treatment recommendations. Treatment is followed by thorough combing of the affected pers on’s hair every night for 7

-10 days. It is suggested to give the child a book, have them do their homework, spend this “combing time” asking them about their day or their friends; use this as a time to get to know your child.

Children with live lice will be excluded from school. Mass screenings and notifications have been proven to be ineffective in controlling this nuisance and in avoiding re -infestation. The health services staff will focus on parent and staff education, as is recommended by curre nt research.

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Benefits of Physical Activity and Outdoor Recess

Recess holds many physical, social and even academic benefits for children. Yet a recent parent survey concluded that less than 25% of children in grades 4 through 12 participate in 20 minut es of vigorous activity or 30 minutes of any physical activity per day. The American Academy of Pediatrics reports the value of physical activity. The AAP writes: not only will regular physical activity help your child lose weight and maintain that weig ht loss but has these additional benefits:

 Stronger bones and joints

 Greater muscle strength

 A decrease in body fat

 Improved flexibility

 A healthier cardiovascular system (thus reducing his risk of developing heart disease and high blood pressure)

 A reduced likelihood of developing diabetes

 More energy

 A greater ability to handle stress and resolve conflict

 Improvements in self-confidence and self-esteem

 Greater social acceptance by physically active peers

 Opportunities to make new friends

 Better concentration at school

All students are expected to participate in daily outdoor recess. If there are restrictions due to health that are identified by a medical provider, these must be provided to the nurse in writing. This documentation should include: definition of limitation and recommended duration of excuse. Any restriction must be updated each school year.

During inclement weather, principals will follow District guidelines to determine whether students will remain indoors for recess or be sent outside to participate in activity. Such decisions will be based on principal discretion. Every building should follow their guidelines and procedures in cases of situational circumstances (immediate crisis due to extreme weather patterns).

Communicable and Chronic Infectious Disease

A student with or carrying a communicable and/or chronic infectious disease has all rights, privileges, and services provided by law and the district’s policies. The superintendent will develop procedures for communicable and chr onic infectious diseases for the board’s consideration.

Health & Dental Examinations / Immunizations

Unless the student is homeless, or transferring from out -of-state, failure to comply with the above requirements by the

first day of school will result i n 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 school shall have 30 days following

registration to comply with the health examination and immunization re gulations. If a medical reason prevents a student from receiving a required immunization by the first day of school, the student must present, by the first day of school, an immunization schedule and a statement of the medical reasons causing the delay. Th e schedule and statement of medical reasons must be signed by the physician, advanced practice nurse, physician assistant, or local health department responsible for administering the immunizations.

Rockford School District requires that all children show proof of having had a health examination and required immunizations PRIOR to the first day of school. (Board Policy 7.100 and 105 ILCS 5/27 -8.1).

HEALTH EXAMINATIONS

A student must have a physical examination within one year prior to entering:

1) A pre-school program

2) Kindergarten

3) Sixth Grade

4) Ninth Grade

5) Any student new to the school district must meet requirement within 30 days of enrollment

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DENTAL EXAMINATIONS

All Illinois children in Kindergarten, 2 nd, and 6th grades are required to have an oral health exam by a licensed dentist prior to May 15th of the school year. The examination must have taken place within 18 months prior to May

15th of the school year. Parents may request a dental examination waiver or present an exempt ion based on religious grounds, prior to the May 15th deadline, in accordance with the law. (105 ILCS 5/27 -8.1, Section 665.420)

VISION EXAMINATIONS

Public Act 95-0671 requires eye exams within one year prior to Kindergarten entry, and for all students who enter a public, private, or parochial school in Illinois for the first time. The exam must be conducted by a qualified optometrist or ophthalmologist. Proof of the required eye exam must be submitted by the first day of school.

IMMUNIZATIONS

Students must show proof of basic immunization and required boosters for Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio, Red

Measles, Mumps, Rubella, **Haemophilus Influenza Type B (pre -school), **Hepatitis B (pre-school, 5-12th grades) ,

Varicella (pre-school through 12th grades, two doses on entrance to K, 6 th

& 9 th

grades), pneumococcal conjugate for children up to 59 months of age.

LEAD SCREENING

Students entering pre-school and Kindergarten must show proof of lead screening. The requirement for children to be tested or assessed applies to children six months through six years of age. Testing is mandatory for students who reside in ZIP codes 61101, 61102, 61103, and 61104.

OBJECTIONS

Children whose parents or legal guardians object to health, dental, vision exa ms or to the required immunizations may submit a letter explaining their religious beliefs and request an exemption to the law.

NEW STUDENTS

If a student enters the district from out of state, parents or legal guardians have 30 days to comply with the above requirements, regardless of age.

The required health examinations, immunizations, and lead screening may be obtained at the local health department, clinic, or doctor’s office of choice. See Appendix B.

Hearing & Vision Screening

Hearing screening services shall be provided annually for all children attending preschool, three years of age or

older, Kindergarten, grades one through three; are in any special education class; have been referred by a teacher, parent; or are transfer students. In lieu of the screening services required, a completed and signed report form, indicating that the child has had an ear examination by a physician and an audiological evaluation completed by an audiologist within the previous 12 months, is acceptable. If a hear ing examination report or audiological evaluation is not on file at the school, your child, in the mandated age, grade, or group will be screened. “The parent or legal guardian of a student may object to hearing screening tests for their children on relig ious grounds. (23 Ill.Admin.Code

675.110)

Vision screening services shall be provided annually during the school year, as mandated for the following children;

pre-school, Kindergarten, 2 n d

to 8 th

grades and in all special education classes; those students referred by teachers, parents; and transfer students. If a vision examination report is not on file at the school, your child, in the mandated age, grade, or group will be screened. “Vision screening is not a substitute for a complete eye and vision eva luation 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.” (105 ILCS 27-8.1, Section 685.110) The parent or legal guardian of a student may object to vision screening tests for their child on religious grounds.

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Homeless and Prevention

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) considers the school enrollment, attend ance and success of homeless children and youth throughout Illinois as a high priority. It is the policy of the ISBE that every homeless child and youth be sensitively identified as required by the federal McKinney -Vento Homeless Assistance Act (“McKinney -

Vento”), 42 U.S.C. § 11431 et seq., that every such child or youth be enrolled in and attend the appropriate school on every school day, and that school admission for such children and youth be immediate and be handled sensitively and in a child and family-centered manner in accordance with McKinney -Vento and the Illinois Education for Homeless

Children Act (IEHCA), 105 ILCS 45/1 -1 et seq. This policy is promulgated with the intention of minimizing educational disruption for homeless children and youth and promoting stability and continuity in education as well as providing social supports during a period of housing in stability.

Definition of “Homeless”

Both Illinois and federal law define “homeless.” Homeless students include, but are not limited to, chi ldren or youth who are: sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason

(commonly referred to as being “doubled up”); are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; are abandoned in hospitals; are awaiting foster care placement; are staying in public or private places not ordinarily used as sleeping accommodations; are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations or similar settings; or are otherwise not residing in a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence. There is no specific time limit on how long a child or youth can be considered homeless. Whether a child or youth meets the definition of homeless depends on the living situation and the individual circumstances.

Choice of Schools

A homeless child or youth is entitled to attend any of the following:

1) the school in which he or she was enrolled when permanently housed;

2) the school in which he or she was last enrolled; or

3) any public school that non homeless students who live in the attendance area in which the homeless child or youth is actually living are eligible to a ttend. The first two choices are referred to as the “school of origin.”

Children and youth who have experienced homelessness are permitted to attend their school of origin for as long as they remain homeless, or if the child becomes permanently housed, for the remainder of the academic year in which housing is acquired. Where a homeless child or youth may be staying day -to-day in different attendance areas, each such area shall be considered an available choice for school enrollment. If a homeless child or youth presents for enrollment and the school to which they present is neither a school of origin nor a school in which other children or youth in the same living area as the homeless child are entitled to attend, it is appropriate to attempt to explain thi s to the parent, guardian or youth. However, no school district should deny enrollment of a child for that reason without also taking reasonable steps to help ensure that the child or family is promptly enrolled in an appropriate school district (and advis ing the parent, guardian or youth of the dispute resolution process and referring them to low -cost or free legal assistance).

Transportation

Where a homeless child or youth chooses to continue enrollment in his or her school of origin, school districts must ensure that transportation is provided. If the homeless child or youth continues to live in the area served by the Local

Educational Agency (LEA) where the school of origin is located, the child’s or youth’s transportation to and from the school of origin shall be provided or arranged by the LEA where the school of origin is located. If the homeless child’s or youth’s living arrangements in the area served by the LEA of origin terminate, and the child or youth, though continuing his or her education in the school of origin, begins living in an area served by another LEA, the LEA of origin and the LEA in which the homeless child or youth is living shall agree upon a method to apportion the responsibility and costs for providing the child with transportat ion to and from the school of origin. If the LEA’s are unable to agree upon such method, the responsibility and costs for transportation shall be shared equally.

Parents/guardians, in either scenario, shall make a good -faith effort to provide or arrange fo r transportation to the school of origin, including authorizing relatives, friends or a program for homeless persons to provide the child with transportation; however, it is ultimately the school districts’ responsibility to ensure that appropriate transpo rtation is provided and in no event shall appropriate transportation not be provided to a homeless student on any given school day.

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Primary Duties of School Districts

All Illinois school districts are LEA’s within the meaning of McKinney -Vento and must comply with its provisions.

Among the most important responsibilities for LEA’s are the following:

 to allow and promote access of homeless children, youth and families in all programs and activities offered by the school (including preschool, kindergarten , after school programs, etc.) and to refrain from any segregation, discrimination or stigmatization of such students;

 wherever possible, and consistent with the wishes of the parent or guardian, to keep a homeless child or youth at his or her “school of origin” as defined in state and federal law;

 to adopt a policy and practice for providing appropriate transportation services to enable homeless children and youth to attend the school of origin;

 to provide notice throughout the community and at all sch ool locations of the rights of, and services for, homeless children and youth, including school choices and transportation availability as well as the name and phone number of the liaison (Posters and brochures have been developed by Opening Doors

(www.homelessed.net), a technical assistance grantee of the Illinois State Board of Education and are available for use by school districts);

 to review and revise any policies, websites, forms and other similar items that may act as barriers to the enrollment, attendance and success of homeless children and youth(and in reviewing and revising any such items, consideration shall be given to issues concerning transportation, immunization, residency, birth certificates, school records and other documentation, and gu ardianship);

 to provide outreach to homeless families and youth to ensure that all school -age and pre-school age children not enrolled in school are promptly enrolled in the proper school or pre -school;

 to provide a fair process for resolving disputes between the LEA and any homeless child, parent or youth in accordance with applicable law and as set forth in the Homeless Student Dispute Procedures herein;

 to immediately enroll all homeless students in free breakfast and lunch programs and to waive any of the fees or charges that are subject to waiver under the Illinois fee -waiver rules; and

 to capture data regarding homeless children and youth as required by the Illinois State Board of Education and federal law.

Coordination with other Agencies and Resources

School districts should develop relationships, and coordinate, with agencies providing supportive services to the families of homeless children and youth. Such agencies include domestic violence agencies, shelter operators, transitional housing facilities, runaway and homeless youth centers, transitional living programs for homeless youth, and other public and private social services (e.g., the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services and the

Illinois Department of Human Services). A ll local school districts should undertake this coordination activity which can help facilitate access of homeless families to food stamps, Medicaid, employment services and emergency assistance.

To provide comprehensive services to homeless children and y outh and their families, school districts should endeavor to integrate child development programs, preschool programs, and programs for runaways.

Ensuring Privacy

It is prohibited, under the Illinois School Students Records Act, for any school staff to p rovide school student records or information therein to any land lord, zoning office, contractor, municipal official or housing authority. See Appendix

G.

Illinois Eavesdropping Law

Teachers may choose to use tape recorders as an instructional tool or as a means for making accommodations for students with special needs. Parents who have concerns or questions about this practice should contact the school administrator.

Instruction

Materials

The educational process is enhanced by a variety of instructiona l materials. Within the district resources, an effort will be made to equip classrooms and learning centers with an evenly proportioned, wide assortment of teaching tools, textbooks, workbooks, audio-visual materials, and equipment selected to meet the ind ividual needs of students. The purpose of all instructional materials in the school is to assist in providing quality learning experiences for students.

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Instructional Television

Instructional television shall be available for use by all staff and will r eflect the curriculum of the District. The building principal shall monitor the use of instructional television in the school.

Electronic Networks

Electronic networks and technology, including the Internet and electronic mail, are parts of the district’s instructional program and serve to promote educational excellence by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication.

The superintendent or designee shall develop an implementation plan for this policy and appoint a 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 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

The use of the district’s electronic networks and technology shall (1) be consistent with the curriculum adopted by the district as well as the varied instructional need s, learning styles, abilities, and development levels of the students, and (2) comply with the selection criteria for instructional materials and library media center materials. Staff members may, consistent with the superintendent’s implementation plan, u se the Internet throughout the curriculum. The district’s electronic network is part of the curriculum and is not a public forum for general use.

Acceptable Use

Use of the district’s electronic networks and technology must be (1) in support of education and/or research and (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 Authorization for Use of Electronic Networks and Technology Guidelines 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. (Refer to Appendix N)

Internet Safety

Each district computer with Internet access shall have a filtering de vice that is designed to block entry 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 other authorized person may disable the filtering device for bona fide research or other lawful purpose, provided that 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:

1. Ensure staff supervision of student access to online electronic networks;

2. Restrict student access to inappropriate matter as well as restricting student access to harmful materials;

3. Ensure student and staff privacy, safety and security when using electronic communications;

4. Restrict unauthorized access, including “hacking” and other unlawful activities; and,

5. Limiting unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identification information.

Authorization for Electronic Network Access

Each user must sign the district’s Authorization for Use of Electronic Networks and Technology 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 districts 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 Authorization for Use of Elect ronic Networks and Technology, or this policy, will result in the loss of privileges, disciplinary action, and/or legal action. (*Refer to Appendix N)

Community Resources

Community resources shall be used to enrich the instructional programs. Such enrich ment may be provided by individual citizens and by the organizations and institutions in the community and by planned observation of community and/or governmental activities.

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Library/Media Centers

A Library Media Center will be provided in every school in the district with appropriate materials to enrich and support the curriculum. These materials shall be available for every student in the district, free of charge, to take home on a temporary basis. Students/families will be financially responsible for books that are lost when taken home. Every school library/media center in the school district will be viewed as an information resource center for instruction and curriculum.

Textbooks

Textbooks shall be provided as instructional tools in all core curr iculum* classes throughout the district. These text and all supplemental learning materials in the education of core classes shall be available for the take home studies of each student in district 205. In the event that proof exists that there is no text available in a given core class, then any and all material used will be provided for take home study.

*Core Curriculum is defined as Math, English, Sciences, History Reading, Writing, Language, Health, Social

Studies, Government, and Economics .

The board of education shall approve the selection and adoption of textbooks upon recommendation of the superintendent. The superintendent shall establish the mechanics for the selection of textbooks which shall involve students, teachers, and administrators.

The instructional material used in the district shall appropriately reflect the multi -cultural and multi-ethnic nature of our American society and shall adequately express the value and worth of each such segment of our society without ethnic, racial or sexual prejudice or discrimination, insofar as quality textbooks are available.

The district shall provide textbooks for use in the public school without charge to students. The Superintendent shall determine a method of distribution of free textbooks subje ct to approval of the board of education. This does not mean that there will be no deposits to encourage return of textbooks by students nor that they will not be charged for lost or damaged textbooks.

Students shall be financially responsible for any bo oks which they lose when taken home. The superintendent shall establish a procedure for requiring repayment for textbooks and instructional materials lost or damaged. The superintendent shall request textbooks available through the Illinois Textbook Progra m and other government resources.

Supplemental Media

Teachers are encouraged to limit the use of supplemental media material to only that which will enhance, or otherwise illustrate, the subjects being taught. All supplemental media material must be age -appropriate. Additionally, no movie shall be shown to students which is rated R unless prior written approval is received from the building principal.

Additionally, no movie shall be shown to students which is rated NC -17.

Home and Hospital Instruction

A student who is absent from school for an extended period of time or ongoing intermittent absences, because of a medical condition may be eligible for instruction in the student’s home or hospital. Eligibility shall be determined by the Illinois State Board of Education rule governing the continuum of placement options for home/hospital services.

Instructional or related services for a student receiving special education services will be determined by the student’s individualized education program.

A student who is unable to attend school because of pregnancy will be provided home instruction, correspondence courses, or other courses of instruction before the birth of the child when the student’s physician indicates, in writing, that she is medically unable to attend regular classroom instruction as well as for up to 3 months after the child’s birth or a miscarriage. Periodic conferences will be held between appropriate school personnel, parent(s)/guardian(s), and hospital staff to coordinate course work and facilitate a student’s return to school.

Title I Programs

The superintendent or designee shall seek funding under Title I, Improving the Academic Achievement of the

Disadvantaged, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, to supplement instructi onal services and activities to improve the educational opportunities of educationally disadvantaged or deprived children.

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All district schools, regardless of whether they receive Title I funds, shall provide services that, taken as a whole, are substantially comparable. Teachers, administrators, and other staff shall be assigned to schools in a manner that ensures equivalency among the district’s schools. Curriculum materials and instructional supplies shall be provided in a manner that ensures equivalency among the district’s schools.

Title I Parental Involvement

The district maintains programs, activities, and procedures for the involvement of parents/guardians of students receiving services, or enrolled in programs, under Title I. These programs, act ivities, and procedures are described in district-level and school-level compacts.

District-Level Parental Involvement Compact

The superintendent or designee shall develop a District -Level Parental Involvement Compact according to Title I requirements. The District-Level Parental Involvement Compact shall contain: (1) the district’s expectations for parental involvement, (2) specific strategies for effective parent involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance, and (3) other provisions as required by federal law. The superintendent or designee shall ensure that the compact is distributed to parents/guardians of students receiving services, or enrolled in programs under Title I.

School-Level Parental Involvement Compact

Each building principal or designee shall develop a School -Level Parental Involvement Compact according to Title I requirements. This School-Level Parental Involvement Compact shall contain: (1) a process for continually involving parents/guardians in its development and implementation, (2) how parents/guardians, the entire school staff, and students share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement, (3) the means by which the school and parents/guardians build and develop a partnershi p to help children achieve the state’s high standards, and (4) other provisions as required by federal law. Each building principal or designee shall ensure that the compact is distributed to parents/guardians of students receiving services, or enrolled in programs under Title I.

Medications at School

Prescription Medication

Medications shall be administered to students by the school nurse or voluntary school personnel only when absolutely necessary for the critical health and well-being of the student. Medication prescribed daily, twice per day should be administered by the parent around school hours. If it is determined that the student shall receive medication at school, the procedures set forth below shall be followed:

1. The student’s physician shall provide written orders detailing the name of the student, the type of disease or illness involved, the name of the drug, dosage, time interval in which the medication is to be taken, the desired benefits of the medication, the side effects, and an emergenc y number where the physician can be reached.

2. The student’s parent or legal guardian shall provide to the school nurse a written request authorizing the administration of the prescribed medication at school including a parent emergency phone number.

3. Medication shall be brought to the school, by the parent or legal guardian, in the original container appropriately labeled by the pharmacy or physician. Prescription drugs shall display all of the following information: Student name, prescription number, med ication name/dosage, administration route and/or directions, date and refill, licensed prescriber’s name, pharmacy name, address, and phone number, name or initials of pharmacist. Non -prescription drugs shall be brought to school and stored with the manuf acturer’s original label indicating the ingredients and the student’s name affixed to the container.

No medication will be given by school personnel unless these guidelines are followed.

Administration of Approved Discretionary Medication

The School Health Council of the Winnebago County Medical Association has approved the intermittent administration of certain non-prescription medications, which may be made available at the school, following appropriate physical assessment, by the registered school nurse: Tylenol or Advil. This service is offered to alleviate the child’s minor discomforts and to avoid early dismissals from school. It is our hope that providing this service improves attendance and enhances academic performance.

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Parent or legal guardian written consent must be obtained before any medication is given to the child. Only the

School Nurse / Registered Nurse may administer these medications in accordance with established protocols. The approved consent form requires the parent/guar dian to select which medication may be made available for their child.

The consent is effective for that current school year only.

Approved discretionary medications are intended for occasional use only. If the child requires any prescription medication or non-prescription medication on a regular basis, or is beyond weight -based dosage range, the parent or legal guardian must obtain and complete an “Authorization for Medication” form, a written order from the child’s doctor, and provide a supply of the m edication in the original container.

No discretionary medication will be given by the school nurse unless these guidelines are followed.

If a student experiences an extreme allergic reaction during school hours, the school nurse may administer epinephrine (Epi-pen) in accordance with district protocols. If this occurs, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will be called and parent or designated emergency contact will be notified.

Medical Emergency Care

All Rockford Public Schools are equipped with Automat ic Defibrillator Devices. State law requires the Illinois High

School Association to post a hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillators training video on its website. The law also requires the District to notify staff me mbers and parents/guardians about the video.

You are encouraged to view the video, which will take less than 15 minutes of your time, at: www.ihsa.org/Resources/SportsMe dicine/CPRTraining.aspx

Parent Concerns

Concerns regarding your child’s education should be discussed with the classroom teacher. Contact the school principal if further discussion is needed.

Parental Involvement

In order to assure collaborative rel ationships between students' families, the board of education and the district, and to enable parent(s)/guardian(s) to become active partners in their children's education, the superintendent shall develop administrative procedures to:

1. Keep parents/guardians thoroughly informed about their child's school and education.

2. Encourage parents/guardians to be involved in their child's school and education.

3. Establish effective two-way communication between parents/guardians and the district.

4. Inform parents/guardians on how they can assist their children's learning. (ref 20 U.S.C. §6319)

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Conferences may be held any time during the school year upon the request of a parent or teacher. District parent/teacher conferences are held in the Fa ll and Spring of each school year. Parent attendance is expected at the

Fall and Spring conference sessions. Some schools may use alternative dates for conferences. Please check the schedule inside the back cover for conference dates or visit www.rps.205.com

Physical Education Medical Procedures

Due to medical issues, students may need to have their participation level modified. Whenever possible, please have your medical provider provide alternative or modified a ctivities so you may continue to participate and earn points.

When a student requires a medical modification we ask for the following:

 *Provide medical documentation from a physician or another medical professional as soon as possible.

 *Submit a document with specific modifications including preferred or allowed activities

 *Doctors may fax the school nurse with participation specifics.

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 *Students that are participating at a modified level will still be able earn their daily points for participation by working at the expected modified level.

If a Doctor or Physician does not allow a student to participate in PE, the following guidelines will apply:

 1-10 medically excused days – Student will be expected to make those days up

 11-19 medically excused days – Student will be expected to make up 10 days of physical activity. For the remaining days, the student will be provided C.O.P.E. (Cognitive Only Physical Education) or PLATO work that is aligned with State standards.

 20+ medically excused days – Student and parent will work with school representatives (teacher, counselor, and Assistant Principal) to best meet the needs of the student. These options may include, but are not limited to:

Student may medically withdraw from the class and NOT receive credit

Student may stay in the class and make up the missed classes until the desired grade is achieved

Student may switch to a different class offered during that hour

Student may stay in the class and have their grade frozen

Professional Personnel

Teacher Qualifications

A teacher, as the term is used in this policy, refers to a district employee who is required to be certified under state law. The following qualifications apply:

1. Each teacher must: a. Have a valid Illinois certificate that legally qualifies the teacher for the duties for which the teacher is employed. b. Provide the district office with a complete transcript of credits earned in institutions of higher education. c. On or before September 1 of each year, unless otherwise provided in an applicable collective

(science, the arts, reading or language arts, English, history, civics and government, economics, geography, foreign language, and mathematics) must be highly qualified for those assignments as determined by state and federal law.

The superintendent or designee shall: bargaining agreement, provide the district office with a transcript of any credits earned since the date the last transcript was filed. d. Notify the superintendent of any changes in the teacher’s transcript.

2. All teachers with primary responsibility for ins tructing students in the core academic subject areas

1. Monitor compliance with state and federal law requirements that teachers be appropriately certified and highly qualified for their assignments;

2. Through incentives for voluntary transfer s, professional development, recruiting programs, or other effective strategies, ensure that minority students and students from low -income families are not taught at higher rates than other students by unqualified, out-of-field, or inexperienced teachers; and

3. Ensure parents/guardians of students in schools receiving Title I funds are notified: (a) of their right to request their students’ classroom teachers’ professional qualifications, and (b) whenever their child is assigned to, or has been taught for 4 or more consecutive weeks by, a teacher who is not highly qualified.

Publications

STUDENT DIRECTORY INFORMATION/PUBLICATION OF STUDENT PHOTOGRAPHS/IMAGES/WORK

Directory information may include the following: student’s name and address; parents’ name an d address, birth date; gender, grade level, academic awards and honors; participation in school -sponsored activities; organizations and athletics; major field of study; and period of attendance in school. Directory information may be released to the general public upon request.

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Parents who request that directory information not be included in school publications should notify the school on an annual basis before the beginning of the school year. A form for opting out of directory information is available in the district office or online at www3.rps205.com

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Parents are advised that they cannot select specific items to be included or withheld from directory information.

Opting out means that their students will not be included in yearbook, school student directory, activity or athletic programs, school newsletter, local newspaper articles, graduation or vendor listings such as for class rings and graduations announcements.

Military

In addition, as required by law, District 205 will provide the names, an d addresses and telephone listing of students in grades 10-12 to military recruiters and representatives of institutions of higher education upon request. Parents who request that directory information not be included in school publications or released to military recruiters and/or representatives of institutions of higher education should notify the school on an annual basis before the beginning of the school year. A form for opting out of military on directory information requests is available in the di strict office or online at www3.rps205.com.

Photographs/Images/Work

Student photographs/images/work that does not contain individual identifying information about a student may be published on the District and school web sites or in District publications. Parents who do not want their student’s photograph/image or work to be published in print, video or on the web, should provide written notice indicating their request to the school on an annual basis within 14 days of registration. A form for opting out of student photographs/images/work is available at the district office or online at www.rps205.com.

School-Sponsored Publications

School-sponsored publications and productions are part of the curriculum and are not a public forum for general student use. School authorities may edit or delete material which is inconsistent with the district’s educational mission. All student media shall comply with the ethics and rules of responsible journalism. Text that is libelous, obscene, invades the privacy of other s, conflicts with the basic educational mission of the school, is socially inappropriate, is inappropriate due to the maturity of the students, or is materially disruptive to the educational process will not be tolerated. The author’s name will accompany p ersonal opinions and editorial statements. An opportunity for the expression of differing opinions from those published/produced will be provided within the same media.

Non-School-Sponsored Publications and Web Sites Accessed or Distributed at School

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

1. Will cause substantial disruption of the proper and orderly operation and discipline of the school or school activities;

2. Violates the rights of others, including but not limited to material that is libelous, invades the privacy of others, or infringes on a copyright;

3. Is socially inappropriate or inappropriate due to maturity level of the students, including bu t not limited to material that is obscene, pornographic, or pervasively lewd and vulgar, or contains indecent and vulgar language;

4. Is primarily intended for the immediate solicitation of funds; or

5. Is distributed in kindergarten through eighth grade and i s primarily prepared by non-students, unless it is being used for school purposes. Nothing herein shall be interpreted to prevent the inclusion of material from outside sources or the citation to such outside source so long as the material to be distribute d is primarily prepared by students.

Distribution of non-school-sponsored written material shall occur at a time and place and in a manner that will not cause disruption, be coercive, or result in the perception that the distribution or the material is e ndorsed by the school district. Distribution “at school” includes distribution on school property or at school -related activities.

A student engages in gross disobedience and misconduct and may be disciplined for:

(1) accessing or distributing forbidden material, or

(2) for writing, creating, or publishing such material intending for it to be accessed or distributed at school.

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Student-Created, distributed, written or electronic material including blogs.

A student engages in gross disobedience and mis conduct and may be disciplined for creating and/or distributing written or electronic material, including internet material and blogs that causes substantial disruption to school operations or interferes with the rights of other students or staff members. The building principal shall develop administrative procedures to implement this policy.

Social Media Access

A school administrator may require a student to provide a password or other related account information in order to gain access to the student’s account or profile on a social networking website if the school administrator has reasonable cause to believe that the student’s account on a social networking website contains evidence that the student has violated a school disciplinary rule or policy . (Refer to Appendix M)

Questioning of Students by Police or Social Service Officials

No student will be questioned by police or social service officials on school property during school hours on matters unrelated to the school without notification to a pare nt or guardian, unless the investigation involves the safety or well-being of the child. However, police personnel may be used in a counseling/discipline role in the presence of the building principal concerning school -related situations. As indicated by RPS205 student code of conduct, the school principal has the right to summon police or other law enforcement officials to deal with a student regarding serious school-related misconduct. Every attempt will be made to notify a parent or guardian if a chil d is to be questioned.

The child will always be questioned in the presence of a school official. If an abuse or neglect report has been filed on a student, the following guidelines will apply to investigations on school property by the Department of Chil dren and Family Services.

1. The DCFS worker will contact the principal stating the need for an interview and arrange an appropriate time for that interview.

2. The principal will arrange for a private location for the interview to take place.

3. The principal will arrange for an appropriate school representative to witness the interview. This could be the principal, the school nurse, social worker, home school counselor, teacher or psychologist.

4. Upon arrival in the building, the DCFS worker will provide the princi pal with proper identification and attempt to notify the parent(s) or guardian of the interview. If the parents(s) or guardian cannot be located to be notified, DCFS will assume responsibility for conducting the interview.

5. If protective custody is deemed necessary, DCFS will provide the school with written notification that the child is being removed from the school's custody.

6. The DCFS worker, in the presence of the principal, will attempt to contact the parent(s) or guardian and inform them of their action. If parent(s) or guardian cannot be reached and later call the school for information, they will be able to obtain information regarding their child by calling the DCFS office at 987 -

7650.

Racial and Ethnic Equity

Board of Education policies prohibit racial discrimination against students, parents, and employees. A copy of this policy may be obtained in any school office, or the Attorney's office. Complaints of discrimination may be filed using the Uniform Grievance Procedure (Appendix C) for assistance.

Bilingual Education

The district shall provide a transitional bilingual educational program for students whose native language is other than

English. The program shall recognize the student’s primary language and culture as educational assets and se ek to develop the necessary proficiency in English to provide the student access to the regular educational program.

Records/Student Files

The Rockford Board of Education has established a policy insuring the privacy of student educational records, as required by federal and state laws. Please refer to Appendix A of this handbook for further details.

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Religious Holidays

Recognition and/or Observance of Religious Events, Celebrations, or Holidays

Religion is undeniably an important element in America’s history and culture. An explanation of religious history and traditions plays a vital role in understanding the literature, the arts, history, and current events of a culture.

The historical and contemporary significance of religious holidays may be inc luded in the program of education provided that such instruction is presented in an unbiased and objective manner. The selection of holidays to be recognized shall take into account major celebrations of several world religions, not just those of a single religion.

Holiday-related activities, materials, and visuals shall be educationally sound and sensitive to religious differences, and shall be selected carefully to avoid the excessive and unproductive use of school time. Teachers shall be especially discriminating in planning activities that are to take place immediately preceding or on a religious holiday.

The use of symbols associated with religious holidays shall be permitted as a teaching aid.

Music, art, literature, and drama having religious themes (including traditional carols, seasonal songs, and classical music) shall be permitted if presented in an objective and balanced manner without sectarian indoctrination. Religious content included in student performances shall be selected on the basis of its independent educational merit and shall seek to give exposure to a variety of religious customs, beliefs, and forms of expression. Holiday programs, parties, or performances shall not become religious celebrations, or be used as a forum for religious w orship, such as a devotional reading of sacred writings, or the recitations of prayers. Student participation in a program or performance which involves personally objectionable religious material or expression shall be voluntary and students are free to b e excused from any such program.

Expressions of belief or non-belief initiated by individual students shall be permitted in composition, art forms, music, speech, and debate. However, teachers may not require projects or activities which force students t o contradict their personal religious beliefs or non-beliefs. No religious belief or non-belief shall be promoted or disparaged by the school district’s employees in their official capacities.

Religious Observance

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

The parent(s)/guardian(s)’s written notification of the student’s anticipated absence shall satisfy the district’s requirement for a written excuse when the student returns to school. The superintendent shall develop and distribute to teachers appropriate procedures regarding student absences for a religious ho liday which include a list of religious holidays on which students shall be excused from attendance, how teachers are notified of a student’s impending absence, and the state law requirement that teachers provide the student an equivalent opportunity to ma ke up any examination, study, or work requirement.

Graduation and Baccalaureate Exercises

The use of an invocation and/or benediction at high school graduation and/or baccalaureate exercises shall rest within the discretion of the graduating senior clas s.

The invocation and/or benediction, if used, shall be given by a student volunteer.

Consistent with the principle of equal liberty of conscience, the invocation and/or benediction shall be nonsectarian and no proselytizing in nature.

Reporting Pupil Progress

Progress reports will be issued midway through each trimester to inform students, parents and guardians of midterm progress in each class. If you have questions about a progress report, please discuss it with your student. If more clarification is needed, please contact the teacher. Progress reports will be sent home with each child.

Report cards are issued at the end of each trimester, three times during the school year for elementary students. The reports will include an evaluation of acad emic achievement, conduct and effort. They are issued to give

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parents/guardians a clearer understanding of your child’s total progress. Report cards will be sent home with each child.

Residence

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

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

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

When a student’s change of residence is due to the military service obligation of the student’s legal custodian, the student’s residence is deemed to be unchanged for the duration of the custodian’s military service obligation if the student’s custodian made a written request. The district, however, is not responsible for the student’s transportation to or from school.

If, at the time of enrollment, a dependent child of military personnel is housed in temporary housing located outside of the district, but will be living within the district within 60 days after the time of initial enrollment, the child is allowed to enroll, subject to the requirements of state law, and must not be charged tuition.

Non-resident students may attend district schools upon the approval of a request submitted by a student's parent(s)/guardian(s) for nonresident admission. The superintendent may, but is not required to, approve the request subject to the following:

1. The student will attend on a year -to-year basis. Approval for any one year is not authorization to attend a following year.

2. The student will be accepted only if there is sufficient room.

3. The student's parent(s)/guardian(s) will be charged the maximum amount of tuition as allowed by state law.

4. The student’s parent(s)/ guardian(s) will be responsible for transporting the student to and from school.

5. Non-resident students are not eligible to attend district schools that offer specialized programs except at the express authorization of the Superintendent or designee.

Non-resident students may attend district schools tuition-free pursuant to:

1. A written agreement with an adjacent school district to provide for tuition -free attendance by a student of that district, provided both the superintendent or designee and the adjacent district determine that the s tudent's health and safety will be served by such attendance.

2. A written agreement with cultural exchange organizations and institutions supported by charity to provide for tuition-free attendance by foreign exchange students and nonresident pupils of char itable institutions.

3. According to an intergovernmental agreement.

4. Whenever any state or federal law or a court order mandates the acceptance of a non -resident student.

Any homeless child shall be immediately admitted, even if the child or child's paren t/guardian is unable to produce records normally required to establish residency. Board Policy 6.140, Education of Homeless Children, and its implementing administrative procedure govern the enrollment of homeless children.

If the superintendent or designee determines that a student attending school on a tuition -free basis is a non-resident of the district for whom tuition is required to be charged, he or she on behalf of the school board shall notify the person who enrolled the student of the tuition am ount that is due. The notice shall be given by Certified Mail, Return

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Receipt Requested. The person who enrolled the student may challenge this determination and request a hearing as provided by The School Code, 105 ILCS 5/10 -20.12b.

Response to Intervention

RtI is a multi-tiered model of service delivery to promote efficient response to students’ needs. Each tier provides increasingly intensive support structures to ensure student success. Three tiers of intervention allow schools to offer increasingly intensive interventions to students who are not making adequate progress behaviorally or in the c ore classroom curriculum (Tier I ). Interventions in Tiers II and III are intensified by increasing time, decreasing group size, using materials matched to stu dents’ academic and/or behavioral needs, modifying modes of presentation and providing frequent corrective feedback. (See Student Code of Conduct Handbook )

Retention

Retention of a student at a grade level may be recommended by the parent, classroom teac her, or the principal in cases where the child’s progress is not adequate for success at the next grade level. An Individual Learning Plan or

Academic Improvement Plan should be implemented when student retention is being considered. An Individual

Learning Plan (ILP) should be developed by the parent, teacher and principal collaboratively, to foster the child’s academic success and progress on the learning standards. Once the student demonstrates academic progress according to his/her ILP, then promotion will be considered.

Decisions about a child’s retention are finalized by the school principal with the approval of the superintendent.

Parents must receive written notification of retention decisions by the close of the school year.

Safety Program

All district operations, including the education program, shall be conducted in a matter that will promote the safety of everyone on district property or at a district event.

The superintendent or designee shall develop and implement a comprehensive safety and crisis plan incorporating both avoidance and management guidelines. The comprehensive safety and crisis plan shall specifically include provisions for: injury prevention; bomb threats, weapons, and explosives on campus; school safety drill program, tornado protection; instruction in safe bus riding practices, emergency aid; post crisis management; and responding to medical emergencies at an indoor and outdoor physical fitness facility. During each academic year, each school building must conduct a minimum of:

1. Three school evacuation drills,

2. One bus evacuation drill, and

3. One severe weather and shelter -in-place drill.

4. Law Enforcement Drill: Armed Intruder

5. Law Enforcement Drill: Reverse Evacuation

When contacted by the appropriate local law enforcement agency with a request to conduct and participate in a law enforcement drill, the superintendent or appropriate designee must conduct a law enforcement drill during the academic year. The law enforcement drill must be conducted according to the district’s comprehensive safety and crisis plan and it may be conducted on days and times those students are not present in the building.

In the event of an emergency that threatens the safety of any person or property, students and staff are encouraged to use any available cellular telephone. A school bus driver is prohibited from operating a school bus while using a cellular telephone, except: (1) during an emergency situation, (2) to call for assistance if there is a mechanical problem, (3) where a cellular telephone is owned by the school district and used as a digital two-way radio, and (4) when the school bus is parked.

Convicted Child Sex Offender and Notification Laws

State law prohibits a child sex offender from being present on school propert y or loitering on a public way within 500 feet of school property when persons under the age of 18 are present, unless the offender is:

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a. A parent/guardian of a student attending the school and the parent/guardian is: (i) attending a conference at the school with school personnel to discuss the progress of his or her child academically or socially, (ii) participating in child review conferences in which evaluation and placement decisions may be made with respect to his or her child regarding special educatio n services, or (iii) attending conferences to discuss other student issues concerning his or her child such as retention and promotion and notifies the building principal of his or her presence at the school, or b. Has permission to be present from the school board, superintendent or superintendent’s designee. If permission is granted, the superintendent or board president shall provide the details of the offender’s upcoming visit to the building principal.

In all cases, the superintendent, or designee who is a certified employee, shall supervise a sex offender whenever the offender is in a child’s vicinity.

If a student is a sex offender, the superintendent shall develop guidelines for managing his or her presence in school.

The superintendent shall develop procedures for the distribution and use of information from law enforcement officials under the Sex Offender Community Notification Law and the Child Murderer and Violent Offender against Youth

Community Notification Law.

The superintendent or designee s hall serve as the district contact person for purposes of these laws. The superintendent and building principal shall manage a process for schools to notify the parents/guardians that information about sex offenders is available to the public as provided in the Sex Offender Community Notification Law.

This notification must occur during school registration, parent -teacher conferences and at other times as the superintendent or building principal determines advisable.

All contracts with the school district that may involve an employee or agent of the contractor having any contact, direct or indirect, with a student, shall contain the following:

The contractor shall not send to any school building or school property any employee or agent who would be prohibited from being employed by the district due to a conviction of a crime listed in 105 ILCS 5/10 -21.9, or who is listed in the Statewide Sex Offender Registry or the Statewide Violent Offender Against Youth Database. The contractor shall obtain a fingerprint -based criminal history records check before sending any employee or agent to any school building or school property. Additionally, at least quarterly, the contractor shall check if an employee or agent is listed on the Statewide Sex Offender Registry or th e Statewide Violent Offender against Youth Database.

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 a vailable to:

1. All students attending a persistently dangerous school, as defined by state law and identified by the Illinois

State Board of Education.

2. Any student who is a victim of a violent criminal offense, as defined by 725 ILCS 120/3, which occurred on school grounds during regular school hours or during a school-sponsored event.

The superintendent or designee shall develop procedures to implement the unsafe school choice option.

Student Insurance

The board of education shall annually designate a c ompany to offer student accident insurance coverage. The board does not endorse the plan nor recommend that parents/guardians secure the coverage, and any contract is between the parents/guardians and the company. Every student who participates in athletic s, cheerleading, or pompons must have school accident insurance unless the parents/guardians state in writing that the student is covered under a family health insurance plan.

Emergency Closing

The superintendent is authorized to close the schools in the event of hazardous weather or other emergencies that threaten the safety of students, staff members, or school property.

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School Bus Safety

Rockford Public Schools considers bus transportation to be an extension of the learning environment where students are expected to follow all transportation guidelines. Student safety is the primary concern of the Rockford School

District's Transportation Department. Misbehavior on school vehicles poses a threat to the safety of everyone on the roadway. Laws and regulations have been established to insure the safety of students and drivers on district owned/operated or contracted vehicles. Violations may result in suspension of school vehicle riding privileges. If riding privileges are suspended, state law requires that students continue to attend school and parents are responsible for student transportation to school. For more information, please refer to the Rockford School District

Transportation Handbook available at your school. Buses are equipped with audio and visual monitoring devices.

Parents are not allowed to see the videos per legal counsel.

School Accountability

According to the Illinois General Assembly, the primary purpose of schooling is the transmission of knowledge and culture through which students learn in areas necessary to their continuing development and entry into the world of work. To fulfill that purpose, the State Board of Education prepared State Goals for Learning which accompanying

Illinois Learning Standards. The school board gives priority in the allocation of resources, including funds, time, personnel and facilities, to fulfilling this purpose.

Quality Assurance

The school board continuously monitors student achievement and the quality of the district’s work. The superintendent shall supervise the following quality assurance components, in accordance with State Board of Education rules, by:

1. Preparing each school’s annual recognition application and quality assurance appraisal, whether internal or external, to monitor each school’s process for continuous school improvement.

2. Submitting School Improvement Plans for board approval that comply with state law and contain:

 District student learning objectives;

 Assessment systems for measuring students' progress in the fundamental l earning areas; and

 Reporting systems for informing the community and the state of assessment results.

3. If applicable, preparing and implementing a No Child Left Behind Act plan, according to federal law, and seeking the school board’s approval where necessary or advisable.

4. Continuously monitoring whether the district and its schools are making adequate yearly progress as defined by state law. If the district and/or any of its schools fail to make adequate yearly progress, the superintendent shall take the actions provided in state law as well as other responses designed to increase the likelihood that the district and/or schools will make adequate yearly progress the following year. The superintendent shall seek the school board’s approval where necessary or advisable.

5. Publishing a school report card in accordance with state law.

The superintendent shall make regular assessment report to the board, including projections whether the district and each school is or will be making adequate yearly progress as defined in state law. The Superintendent shall seek board approval for each district and/or school improvement plan and otherwise when necessary or advisable.

School Choice for Students Enrolled in a School Identified for Improvement, Corrective Action, or

Restructuring

This section applies to only those students enrolled in a school identified by the school board for school improvement, corrective action, or restructuring according to federal law. Those students may transfer to another public school within the district, if any, that has not been so identified. If there are no district schools available into which a student may transfer, the superintendent or designee shall, to the extent practicable, establish a cooperative agreement with other districts in the area. A student who transfers to another school under this policy may remain at that school until the student completes the highest grade at that school. The district shall provide transportation only until the end of the school year in which the transferring school ceases to be identified for school improvement or subject to corrective action or restructuring. All transfers and notices provided to parents/guardians and transfer requests are governed by state and federal law.

If any district school or the district itself is identified for improvement, the superintendent or designee shall identify, develop, or revise a school and/or district plan for improvement in accordance with federal law. This school and/or district plan shall be presented to the board for approval.

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Students from low-income families shall be provided supplemental educational services as provided in federal law if they attend any district school that: (1) failed to make adequate yearly progress for three (3) consecutive years, or (2) is subject to corrective action or restructuring.

Multi-Culturalism

The instructional program shall emphasize multi -cultural education by presenting in context the contributions of all races and cultures, and by recognizing in all grades the simi larities of students’ various cultures. The building principal shall monitor the school’s multi -cultural experiences and instructional program.

School Admissions and Student Transfers To and From Non -District Schools

To be eligible for admission, a child must be five (5) years old on or before September 1 s t

of that school term.

Children who enter first grade must be six (6) years old on or before September 1 st

of that school term. A child with exceptional needs who qualifies for special education services is eligible for admission at three (3) years of age.

Parent(s)/guardian(s) may request early admission for a child. The superintendent or designee shall assess the child’s readiness to attend school and make the decision accordingly.

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

Parents/guardians of students enrolling in the district for the first time must present:

1. A certified copy of the student’s birth certificate. The school shall pr omptly make a copy of the certified copy for its records, place the copy in the student’s temporary record, and return the original to the person enrolling the child. Upon the failure of a person enrolling a student to provide a copy of the student’s birth certificate, the building principal shall immediately notify the local law enforcement agency and shall also notify the person enrolling the student in writing that, unless he or she complies within 10 days, the case shall be referred to the local law enf orcement authority for investigation. If compliance is not obtained within that 10-day period, the principal shall so refer the case. The principal shall immediately report to the local law enforcement authority any material received pursuant to this parag raph that appears inaccurate or suspicious in form or content.

2. Proof of residence, as required by Board Policy 7.60, Residence.

3. Proof of disease immunization or detection and the required physical examination, as required by state law and Board Policy 7.100, Health and Dental Examinations, Immunizations, and Exclusion of Students.

Any homeless child shall be immediately admitted, even if the child or child’s parent/guardian is unable to produce records normally required for enrollment. Board Policy 6.140, Education of Homeless Children, and its implementing administrative procedure govern the enrollment of homeless children.

Student Transfers To and From Non -District Schools

A student may transfer into or out of the district according to state law and p rocedures developed by the superintendent. A student seeking to transfer into the district must serve the entire term of any suspension or expulsion, imposed for any reason by any public or private school, in this or any other state, before being admitted into the school district.

The district accepts foreign exchange students with a J -1 visa and who reside within the district as participants in an exchange program sponsored by organizations screened by administration. Exchange students on a J -1 Visa are not required to pay tuition. Privately sponsored exchange students on an F -1 Visa may be enrolled if an adult resident of the district has temporary guardianship and the student lives in the home of that guardian. Exchange students on an

F-1 Visa are required to pay tuition at the established district rate. F-1 Visa student admission is limited to high schools and attendance may not exceed 12 months. The board may limit the number of exchange students admitted in any given year. Exchange students must com ply with district immunization requirements. Once admitted, exchange students become subject to all district policies and regulations governing students.

The district cannot drop a student at age 17. Rather, the district can deny reenrollment to a regula r education dropout student who is 19 or older under limited conditions. In addition, the district m ay deny reenrollment for one semester to students who are between 17 and 19 for academic or attendance reasons – but the student cannot be excluded for more than one semester in such cases. Whenever a student is being denied reenrollment the student must be afforded a due process hearing before an independent hearing officer established under105 ILCS 5/26 -2 from Ch.

122, par. 26-2

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Re-enrollment shall be denied to any individual 19 years of age or above who has dropped out of school and who could not earn sufficient credits during the normal school year(s) to graduate before his or her 21st birthday.

However, at the superintendent’s or designee’s discretion and depending on program availability, the individual may be enrolled in a graduation incentives program established under 105 ILCS 5/26 -16 or an alternative learning opportunities program established under 105 ILCS 5/13B -1. Before being denied re -enrollment, the district will offer the individual due process as required in cases of expulsion under the district’s discipline code. A person denied re enrollment will be provided counseling and be directed to alternative educational programs , including adult education programs that lead to graduation or receipt of a GED diploma. This section does not apply to students eligible for special education under the Individuals with Disabilities Act or accommodation plans under the Americans with

Disabilities Act. (Please refer to Appendix D)

Appeal/Request for Administrative Transfer

Parents shall have the right to appeal a student assignment which falls outside of the transfer period if:

1. A safety issue warrants a transfer. The safety issue must be documented and supported by a police report or incident report and a school administrator must be aware of the situation. Do not request

documentation from the school administrator/principal , you must provide us with the name of the

administrator and we will contact them to verify. Safety issues that warrant a transfer are as follows:

 Court-issued Restraining Order

 Student is a victim of a violent crime at his/her school; or

 A student to student harassment is occurring. (This category involves gang recruitment/harassment and must be documented by Police Reports and/or administrative support.)

2. Out of a special program such as Dual Language Immersion, Arts/Gifted, Montessori, or Haskell Year

Round School Program.

Parents who want a transfer to their zone school or who want siblings together may request to be placed on the waitlist of their zone school anytime during the year, or request a transfer during the summer. Waitlists are honored for the following year if seats become available.

Parents must file a written appeal at the Student Assignment Center within 10 school days after receiving notification of the child’s school assignment or transportation route.

In order to enroll a student at a new school, an assignment receipt from the Student Assignment Center will be required. Student records will be forwarded to the new school after the child has actually enrolled and the school requests the records.

Parents/guardians of students moving out of the district should notify the child’s school of the exact date that they w ill be moving and complete the necessary withdrawal forms. Providing advance notice of the move as well as the name and address of the child’s new school allows for a smooth transition into the new school. Records will be forwarded after the child has enrolled at the new school and a request for records is made .

School Lunches

Children purchasing breakfast or lunch at school, have the option of bringing money in an envelope with their name on it or adding money to their account by going to www.webs.rps205.com/departments/foodservice, Cafe Prepay link.

Children without money in their account will be allowed to charge either breakfast or lunch, which ever applies at the time, to their account. Balance due may be paid by sending cash or check in an envelop e with the child's name on it or by going to their account with Cafe Prepay.

Free or reduced-price meals are provided to all public school children whose family incomes are at or below income levels set by the federal government. Applications for free and reduced-price lunch programs are available to students and their parents at their respective school office, the Food Service Dept. at 1907 Kishwaukee St. or on -line at www.schoollunchapp.com. Information submitted on the application is confidential and w ill be used only to determine eligibility for the breakfast/lunch programs.

*Breakfast is available at all schools EXCEPT Washington.

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School Visitation Rights

Policy #8:95-E1, The School Visitation Rights Act permits employed parents/guardians, who ar e unable to meet with educators because of a work conflict, the right to time off from work to attend necessary educational or behavioral conferences at their child's school. ( School Visitation Rights act 820 ILCS 147)

School Year Calendar and Day

School Calendar

The school board, upon the superintendent’s recommendation and subject to state regulations, annually establishes the dates for opening and closing classes, teacher institutes and in -services, the length and dates of vacations, and the days designated as legal school holidays. The school calendar shall have a minimum of 18 0 days to ensure the legally required number of days of actual student attendance.

Commemorative Holidays

The teachers and students shall devote a portion of the school day on e ach commemorative holiday designated in the school code to study and honor the commemorated person or occasion. The board of education may, from time to time, designate a regular school day as a commemorative holiday.

School Day

The board establishes the length of the school day with the recommendation of the superintendent and subject to state law requirements. The superintendent or designee shall ensure that observances required by state law are followed during each day of school attendance.

Search and Seizure

To maintain order and security in the schools, school authorities are authorized to conduct searches of school property and equipment, as well as of students and their personal effects. “School authorities,” as used in this policy, shall be defined as those individuals with authority and accountability over a school building, such as a principal, assistant principal and school liaison policy officers.

School authorities may inspect and search school property and equipment owned or controlled by t he school (such as lockers, desks, and parking lots), as well as personal effects left there by a student, without notice to or the consent of the student. Students have no reasonable expectation of privacy in these places or areas or in their personal effects left there. This paragraph applies to student vehicles parked on school property. In addition, building principals shall require each high school student, in return for the privilege of parking on school property, to consent in writing to school searches of his or her vehicle, and personal effects therein, without notice and without suspicion of wrongdoing.

School authorities may request the assistance of law enforcement officials to conduct inspections and searches of lockers, desks, parking lots, and other school property and equipment for illegal drugs, weapons, or other illegal or dangerous substances or materials. The superintendent or his or her designee may authorize searches conducted through the use of specially trained dogs.

School authorities may search a student and/or the student’s personal effects in the student’s possession (such as purses, wallets, clothing, knapsacks, book bags, lunch boxes, etc.) when there is a reasonable ground for suspecting that the search will produce evidence t he particular student has violated or is violating either the law or the district’s student conduct rules. The search itself must be conducted in a manner which is reasonably related to its objectives and not excessively intrusive in light of the age and s ex of the student and the nature of the infraction.

School authorities may authorize the random use of manual or walk -through metal detectors on students and their personal effects when they enter school buildings in order to screen for weapons. If metal is detected, the student will be asked to remove the metal causing the alarm and then retested. If metal is again detected, the student or his/her personal effects will be searched. Any schools with installed walk-through metal detectors, whether used ra ndomly or daily, must post a sign outside the entrance to be used for metal detector screenings stating: “Any person entering this building may be subject to search.” Schools should also include information about its metal detector program in a student handbook, if any, distributed to students at the beginning of each year or term.

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Separate lines should be available for male and female students to pass through walk -through units (or to be screened by manual wands); male school authorities should be assign ed to monitor the line for male students, and female school authorities should be assigned to monitor the line for female students.

There should be adequate space near the metal detectors to maintain order among the students waiting to be screened, but the area should be arranged in a way that prevents students from bypassing the search procedure.

All entrances not used for the metal detector screens should be locked so as to prevent entry from the outside, but must remain operable from the inside to co mply with the fire code. If feasible, school personnel should be posted near locked doors to prevent screened students from assisting others in circumventing the screen process.

Tables must be placed adjacent to walk -through metal detectors, and shall ha ve ample trays to accommodate the personal metal possessions of students passing through the detector.

Prior to student’s passage through a walk -through metal detector, he or she shall be instructed to place any metal items in their possession into a tra y, and to place any other personal items (coats, backpacks, purses, etc.) on the table for scanning with a hand-held wand or physical inspection.

If the alarm sounds when a student passes through the metal detector or when the wand is passed along the st udent’s body, the student should be asked to remove whatever metal is causing the alarm and then retested. If the alarm sounds again, the student should be escorted by school officials to a place of privacy and patted down. If a weapon is discovered, the Rockford Police Department must be notified immediately, and the weapon must be held by the school official who discovers it until the law enforcement officials arrive at the building.

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; and

 by a certified employee or liaison police officer of the same sex as the student.

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

If a search produces evidence that the student has violated or is violating the law or the district’s policies or rules, such evidence may be seized and impounded by school authorities, and disciplinary action may be taken. When appropriate, such evidence may be transferred to law enforcement authorities.

Search and Seizure

To maintain order and security in the schools, school authorities are authorized to conduct searches of school property and equipment, as well as of students and their personal effects. “School authorities,” as used in this policy, shall be defined as those individuals with authority and accountability over a school building, such as a principal, assistant principal and school liaison policy officers.

School authorities may inspect and search school property and equipment owned or controlled by the school (such as lockers, desks, and parking lots), as well as personal effects left there by a student, without notice to or the consent of the student. Students have no reasonable expectation of privacy in these places or areas or in their personal effects left there. This paragraph applies to student vehicles parked on school property. In addition, building principals shall require each high school student, in return for the privilege of parking on school property, to consent in writing to school searches of his or her vehicle, and personal effects therein, without notice and without suspicion of wrongdoing.

School authorities may request the assistance of law enforcement officials to conduct inspections and searches of lockers, desks, parking lots, and other school property an d equipment for illegal drugs, weapons, or other illegal or dangerous substances or materials. The superintendent or his or her designee may authorize searches conducted through the use of specially trained dogs.

School authorities may search a student an d/or the student’s personal effects in the student’s possession (such as purses, wallets, clothing, knapsacks, book bags, lunch boxes, etc.) when there is a reasonable ground for suspecting

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that the search will produce evidence the particular student has v iolated or is violating either the law or the district’s student conduct rules. The search itself must be conducted in a manner which is reasonably related to its objectives and not excessively intrusive in light of the age and sex of the student and the n ature of the infraction.

School authorities may authorize the random use of manual or walk -through metal detectors on students and their personal effects when they enter school buildings in order to screen for weapons. If metal is detected, the student w ill be asked to remove the metal causing the alarm and then retested. If metal is again detected, the student or his/her personal effects will be searched. Any schools with installed walk -through metal detectors, whether used randomly or daily, must post a sign outside the entrance to be used for metal detector screenings stating: “Any person entering this building may be subject to search.” Schools should also include information about its metal detector program in a student handbook, if any, distributed to students at the beginning of each year or term.

Separate lines should be available for male and female students to pass through walk -through units (or to be screened by manual wands); male school authorities should be assigned to monitor the line for male students, and female school authorities should be assigned to monitor the line for female students.

There should be adequate space near the metal detectors to maintain order among the students waiting to be screened, but the area should be arranged in a way that prevents students from bypassing the search procedure.

All entrances not used for the metal detector screens should be locked so as to prevent entry from the outside, but must remain operable from the inside to comply with the fire code. If feasible, school personnel should be posted near locked doors to prevent screened students from assisting others in circumventing the screen process.

Tables must be placed adjacent to walk -through metal detectors, and shall have ample trays to accommoda te the personal metal possessions of students passing through the detector.

Prior to student’s passage through a walk -through metal detector, he or she shall be instructed to place any metal items in their possession into a tray, and to place any other p ersonal items (coats, backpacks, purses, etc.) on the table for scanning with a hand-held wand or physical inspection.

If the alarm sounds when a student passes through the metal detector or when the wand is passed along the student’s body, the student should be asked to remove whatever metal is causing the alarm and then retested. If the alarm sounds again, the student should be escorted by school officials to a place of privacy and patted down. If a weapon is discovered, the Rockford Police Department m ust be notified immediately, and the weapon must be held by the school official who discovers it until the law enforcement officials arrive at the building.

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; and

 by a certified employee or liaison police officer of the same sex as the student.

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

If a search produces evidence that the student has violated or is violating the law or the district’s policies or r ules, 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.

Section 504 Accommodation Plans

Rockford Public Schools comply with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as well as all other non -discrimination legislation, to insure that students with disabilities have equal educational opportunity. Parents or guardians wishing to discuss the development of a 504 Plan should co ntact the school principal.

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Sex Offender Registry

A list of sex offenders required to register under the Sex Offenders Registration Act is available for inspection at the

Winnebago County Public Safety Building, in the school office, and on -line at http://www.isp.state.il.us/sor/

Special Education Programs and Services

Education of Children with Disabilities

The school district shall provide a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment and necessary related services to all children with disabilities enrolled in the district, as required by the Individuals with Disabilities

Education Act (“IDEA”) and implementing provisions of The School Code, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of

1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The term “children with disabilities,” as used in this policy, means children between ages 3 and 21 (inclusive) for whom it is determined, through definitions and procedures described in the Illinois State Board of Education’s Special Education rules, that special education services are needed.

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 are identifie d, evaluated and provided with appropriate educational services. Students may be disabled within the meaning of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act even though they do not require services pursuant to the IDEA.

For students eligible for services under I DEA, the district shall follow procedures for identification, evaluation, placement, and delivery of services to children with disabilities provided in the Illinois State Board of Education’s

Special Education rules. For those students who are not eligible for services under IDEA, but, because of disability as defined by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, need or are believed to need special instruction or related services, the district shall establish and implement a system of procedural safegu ards. The safeguards shall cover students’ identification, evaluation, and educational placement. This system shall include notice, an opportunity for the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) to examine relevant records, an impartial hearing with opportunity fo r participation by the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s), representation by counsel, and a review procedure.

The district may maintain membership in one or more cooperative associations of school districts which shall assist the school district in fulfillin g its obligations to the district’s disabled students.

Rockford Public Schools offer special education programs and services for eligible children, ages 3 through 21.

Programs are offered in the areas of speech and language, learning disabilities, mental impairment, orthopedic impairment, vision impairment, serious emotional impairment, hearing impairment, other health impairments, developmental delay, autism and multiple disabilities. Any child for whom there is a concern can be referred for a case study evaluation to determine eligibility for special education and related services. Each school has the services of a special evaluation team. A child can be referred to this team through the school principal, by parents and/or by the child’s teacher. Written authorization must be given by the child’s parents or guardian before any testing can take place. All children are evaluated in their primary language.

All children receiving special education instruction and/or related services must have an annually developed

"Individualized Education Program" (IEP) designed to meet their specific educational needs. Parents must be involved in the process which determines the need for special education and develops their child's IEP. For more information, contact the Special Education Department at 966 -3053.

The Rockford School District bills the Illinois Medicaid system for various services given to special education students who have a medical card. These services may include counseling, speech and language, hea lth care, and assistance with activities of daily living. If your child has any of the above services listed on his/her IEP and has a medical card; billing will be done. Please call 966 -3197 if you have any questions.

If necessary, students may also be placed in nonpublic special education programs or education facilities. Refer to

Appendix I for Medicaid data release .

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Special Education Programs and Services

Education of Children with Disabilities

The school district shall provide a free appropriat e public education in the least restrictive environment and necessary related services to all children with disabilities enrolled in the district, as required by the Individuals with Disabilities

Education Act (“IDEA”) and implementing provisions of The Sc hool Code, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of

1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The term “children with disabilities,” as used in this policy, means children between ages 3 and 21 (inclusive) for whom it is determined, through definition s and procedures described in the Illinois State Board of Education’s Special Education rules, that special education services are needed.

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 are identified, evaluated and provided with appropriate educational services. Students may be disabled within the meaning of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act even though they do not require services pursuant to the IDEA.

For students eligible for services under IDEA, the district shall follow procedures for identification, evaluation, placement, and delivery of services to children with disabilities provided in the Illinois State Board of Education’s

Special Education rules. For those students who are not eligible for services under IDEA, but, because of disability as defined by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, need or are believed to need special instruction or related services, the district shall establish and implement a system of procedural safeguards. The safeguards shall cover students’ identification, evaluation, and educational placement. This system shall include notice, an opportunity for the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) to examine relevant recor ds, an impartial hearing with opportunity for participation by the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s), representation by counsel, and a review procedure.

The district may maintain membership in one or more cooperative associations of school districts which s hall assist the school district in fulfilling its obligations to the district’s disabled students.

Rockford Public Schools offer special education programs and services for eligible children, ages 3 through 21.

Programs are offered in the areas of speech and language, learning disabilities, mental impairment, orthopedic impairment, vision impairment, serious emotional impairment, hearing impairment, other health impairments, developmental delay, autism and multiple disabilities. Any child for whom there i s a concern can be referred for a case study evaluation to determine eligibility for special education and related services. Each school has the services of a special evaluation team. A child can be referred to this team through the school principal, by parents and/or by the child’s teacher. Written authorization must be given by the child’s parents or guardian before any testing can take place. All children are evaluated in their primary language.

All children receiving special education instruction an d/or related services must have an annually developed

"Individualized Education Program" (IEP) designed to meet their specific educational needs. Parents must be involved in the process which determines the need for special education and develops their ch ild's IEP. For more information, contact the Special Education Department at 966 -3053.

The Rockford School District bills the Illinois Medicaid system for various services given to special education students who have a medical card. These services may i nclude counseling, speech and language, health care, and assistance with activities of daily living. If your child has any of the above services listed on his/her IEP and has a medical card; billing will be done. Please call 966 -3197 if you have any questions.

If necessary, students may also be placed in nonpublic special education programs or education facilities. Refer to

Appendix I for Medicaid data release .

Student Accidents/Insurance

Basic first aid is administered in schools by school personnel ( nurses, principals, etc.,) for minor injuries such as scrapes, bruises and minor cuts. Nurses will administer first aid for more serious injuries, such as possible fractures, lacerations and severe bruising. Parents are contacted when medical attention i s required. Hospitals cannot administer treatment without the consent of parents or guardians unless the situation is life -threatening. Thus, it is important that we have the correct phone number where you can be reached during the day.

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The school district has purchased a Student Accident Insurance Program that covers your child for injuries incurred while participating in school sponsored and supervised activities, including all sports. This program pays benefits up to $5,000,000 with no deductible.

Ambulance services for injured students/staff may occasionally be required by the Rockford Public Schools. The following guidelines are to be used by school personnel when using these services for school -based incidents:

1. Ambulance service required for stud ents who are injured while participating in school sponsored and supervised activities is covered under the Student Accident Insurance Program.

2. Every effort will be made by school personnel to contact parents before requesting this transportation.

This would apply to non- life-threatening situations. In the case of life -threatening situations, the ambulance would be called immediately before any attempt to contact parents for their permission.

3. If parents refuse the use of an ambulance, even though school personnel feel it is necessary, it is then the full responsibility of the parent involved.

4. There is no need for a principal/staff member to sign any papers in regard to the ambulance service.

Student Accident Insurance

Because accidents also occur away fr om school parent/guardians may wish to enroll their child(ren) in the 24 Hour

Coverage Policy which provides around the clock accident coverage for your child anywhere in the world: protection during vacation, weekends, and school days, as well as all tra vel. Enrollment forms are available in your school's office.

Student Address Changes

Address changes for all students enrolled in District 205 can be completed at the student’s assigned school ,

transportation or the Student Assignment Center . When a move occurs, the parents/guardian need to complete a

Request for Change of Address Form , which may be obtained from the school , transportation or Student Assignment

Center. Two proofs of the new address (see list below) are also required before the current address information can be changed in the mainframe computer record. Outdated and inaccurate addresses may result in the parents/guardian not receiving important school and district -wide mailing.

PROOF OF RESIDENCY*

ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

 Mortgage Closing Papers (homeowners) (intent to purchase will not be accepted)

 Signed and dated lease and proof of last month’s payment, e.g. canceled check or receipts (renters) (must

be within last 30 days)

 Notarized “Letter of Residence” to be used when the person seeki ng to enroll a student is living with a district resident (form available at the Student Assignment Center). In addition, district resident must

provide proof of address as listed below.

OR

TWO OF THE FOLLOWING:

 Most recent property tax bill and proof of p ayment, e.g. canceled check or Form 1098 (homeowners) (must

be within last 30 days)

 Utility bills (must be within last 30 days)

 Current DHS Medical Card (must be within last 30 days)

 Home visit verifying residency documents.

 Mail received at new residence, including forwarded mail (only ONE of these will be accepted and must

be within the last 30 days)

*Drivers License, Rent Receipts and Voter’s Registration, etc. can be obtained under false pretenses and may

NOT be used for verification of residency.

Student Code of Conduct

The Student Code of Conduct sets forth the discipline policy of the Rockford School District and is designed to clarify the rights and responsibilities of student s, parents, teachers, bus drivers and other school personnel in the Rock ford

Public Schools. Students, staff, parents and others are encouraged to study and discuss the contents of this code.

Understanding rights and responsibilities is one way to better ensure that these rights and responsibilities are respected, and provide fairness.

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Fair and equitable discipline is intended to protect the rights and privileges of all persons, in all matters relating to the conduct of the school. Principals, teachers, and certified personnel stand in loco parentis, that is, in the supervision of students in the absence of parent/guardian.

The teaching of self-discipline (responsibility for a person's own actions) is a goal of the Rockford Public School

District's Student Code of Conduct. It is the school's responsibility to implement a p rogram for teaching a system of essential rules and to administer just and constructive corrective measures. Should corrective measures be necessary, the following will be considered:

 Student's age

 Ability-functioning level

 Seriousness of the offense

 Frequency of inappropriate behavior

 Circumstances and intent — including family

 Circumstances and/or home environment situations

 Potential effect of the misconduct on the school environment

 Relationship of the behavior to any handicapping condition

 Relationship of the behavior to alcohol or drug influence

With very young children, application of discipline consequences should focus more on care for the child and holding caregivers responsible than consequences to the child.

Student safety is the primary conc ern of the Rockford School District’s Transportation Department. Laws and regulations have been established to insure the safety of students, and drivers on school vehicles. Misbehavior on school vehicles poses a threat to the safety of everyone on the r oadway.

When it has been determined by a principal or assistant principal that a student is in violation of the provisions of the

Student Code of Conduct, the principal or assistant principal shall impose appropriate disciplinary measures. It is the intention of the board of education that this code can be viewed as cumulative so that repeat or persistent violations result in increased intervent ions and progressive discipline. A discipline record will be maintained on each student.

This record will include Student Code of Conduct violations, interventions designed to assist the student in correcting behavior, and consequences assigned for inappropriate behavior. Whenever a child is found in violation of major behaviors indicated in the code, the principal or assistant principal will determine appropriate consequences for the offense based on the Student Code of Conduct. If a child continues to violate the Student Code of Conduct, appropriate consequences will continue to be dispensed as well as Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies utilized for the child based on the Response to Intervention (RtI) 3 – Tiered Systems of Support model. A parent or administrator may request, at any time, to review behavioral records and request consideration for an alt ernative program.

For more information, refer to your copy of the Rockford School District Student Code of Conduct, which will also discuss suspension and expulsion procedures, with due process requirements, behavior interventions guidelines, policies and procedures, and alternative learning opportunities. Bullying Policy Reference; ADHD. (see Appendix F)

Student Fees

The Rockford Board of Education will establish the per pupil student fees . Please see your school office for specifics.

Student fees should be paid at the beginning of the current school year and will become part of the school budget.

Make checks payable to your child's school.

WAIVER OF STUDENT FEES

The superintendent will recommend to the board for adoption what fees, if any, will be charged for the use of textbooks, consumable materials, extracurricular activities, and other school fees. Students will pay for the loss of school books or other school-owned materials.

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Fees for textbooks, other instructional materials, and/or class fee s are waived for students who meet the eligibility criteria for fee waiver contained in this policy. Students receiving a fee waiver are not exempt from charges for lost and/or damaged books, locks, materials, supplies, and equipment.

The superintendent shall ensure that applications for fee waivers are widely available and distributed according to state law and ISBE rule and that provisions for assisting parents/guardians completing the application are available.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

A student shall be eligible for a fee waiver when:

1. The student currently lives in a household that meets the lunch or breakfast eligibility guidelines established by the federal government pursuant to the National School Lunch Act, 42 U.S.C. §1758; 7

C.F.R. Part 245; or

2. The student or student's family is currently receiving aid under Article IV of the Illinois Public Aid Code

(Aid to Families with Dependent Children).

3. The superintendent or designee may give additional consideration where one or more of the following factors are present:

 Illness in the family;

 Unusual expenses such as fire, flood, storm damage, etc.;

 Seasonal unemployment;

 Emergency or other hardship situations.

The superintendent or designee must follow the verification requirements of 7 C.F.R. 245.6a whe n using the free lunch or breakfast eligibility guidelines pursuant to The National School Lunch Act as the basis for waiver of the student’s fee(s). When using a district established or other independent verification process, the superintendent or designee may not require verification more often than every 60 calendar days. The superintendent or designee shall not use any information from any independent verification process to determine free lunch or breakfast eligibility pursuant to The National School Lunch Act.

The building principal will notify the parent(s)/guardian(s) promptly as to whether the fee waiver request has been granted or denied. A building principal’s denial of a fee waiver request may be appealed to the superintendent by submitting the appeal in writing to the superintendent within 14 days of the denial. The superintendent or designee shall respond within 14 days of the receipt of the appeal. The superintendent’s decision may be appealed to the board. The decision of the board is final and binding.

Questions regarding the fee waiver request process should be addressed to the building principal’s office.

Student Harassment

The Rockford Board of Education has established a policy concer ning student harassment. Please refer to Appendix

F of this handbook for further details.

Student Support Services

The following student support services may be provided by the school district:

1. Health services supervised by a qualified nurse.

2. The superintendent or designee may implement pro cedures to further a healthy school environment and prevent or reduce the spread of disease, including head lice (Pediculus Humanus Capitis).

3. Educational and psychological testing services and the services of a psychologist as needed. In all cases, written permission to administer a psychological examination must be obtained from a student’s parent(s)/guardian(s). The results will be given to the parent(s)/guardian(s), with interpretation, as well as the appropriate professional staff.

4. The services of a social worker. A student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) must consent to regular or continuing services from a social worker.

5. Guidance and counseling services.

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The superintendent or designee shall develop protocols for responding to students with social, emotion al, or mental health problems that impact learning ability. The district, however, assumes no liability for preventing, identifying, or treating such problems.

This policy shall be implemented in a manner consistent with state and federal laws, including the Individuals with

Disabilities Education Act, 42 U.S.C. §12101 et seq.

Telephone Procedures

Unless an emergency situation exists, teachers and students will not be called to the telephone during school hours.

Teachers will be notified of all parent calls. Calls should be returned to parents in a timely manner.

The school telephone should be used by students only in cases of emergency, such as illness or accident.

Arrangements for after-school activities should be made before your child comes to sc hool.

Title I Programs

The superintendent or designee shall seek funding under Title I, Improving the Academic Achievement of the

Disadvantaged, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, to supplement instructional services and activities to improve the educational opportunities of educationally disadvantaged or deprived children.

All district schools, regardless of whether they receive Title I funds, shall provide services that, taken as a whole, are substantially comparable. Teachers, administrat ors, and other staff shall be assigned to schools in a manner that ensures equivalency among the district’s schools. Curriculum materials and instructional supplies shall be provided in a manner that ensures equivalency among the district’s schools.

Title I Parental Involvement

The district maintains programs, activities, and procedures for the involvement of parents/guardians of students receiving services, or enrolled in programs, under Title I. These programs, activities, and procedures are described i n

District-level and School-level compacts.

District-Level Parental Involvement Compact

The superintendent or designee shall develop a District-Level Parental Involvement Compact according to Title I requirements. The District-Level Parental Involvement Compact shall contain: (1) the district’s expectations for parental involvement, (2) specific strategies for effective parent involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance, and (3) other provisions as required by fed eral law. The superintendent or designee shall ensure that the compact is distributed to parents/guardians of students receiving services, or enrolled in programs under Title I.

School-Level Parental Involvement Compact

Each building principal or designee shall develop a School-Level Parental Involvement Compact according to Title I requirements. This School-Level Parental Involvement Compact shall contain: (1) a process for continually involving parents/guardians in its development and implementation, (2 ) how parents/guardians, the entire school staff, and students share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement, (3) the means by which the school and parents/guardians build and develop a partnership to help children achieve the state’s high standards, and (4) other provisions as required by federal law. Each building principal or designee shall ensure that the compact is distributed to parents/guardians of students receiving services, or enrolled in programs under Title I.

Tobacco Prohibition Policy

All district facilities are tobacco free. The use of tobacco on school district property and in the buildings is prohibited.

The use of "tobacco" shall mean cigarette, cigar, pipe (in a lit or unlit condition) or tobacco in any form, incl uding smokeless tobacco, in a condition which enables it to be placed in the mouth without being smoked.

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Transportation

The district shall provide free transportation for all students in the district: (1) residing at a distance of one and one half miles or more from their assigned schools, or (2) residing within one and one -half miles from their assigned schools where walking would constitute a serious hazard due to vehicular traffic or rail crossing, and adequate public transportation is not available. A student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) may file a petition with the school board requesting transportation due to the existence of a serious safety hazard. Non -public school students shall be transported in accordance with state law. Homeless students shall be transported in accordance with the McKinney Homeless

Assistance Act. Only students attending Rockford Public Schools, school district employees or classroom volunteers with the permission of the superintendent or designee, may ride the school bus (prov ided, that students with disabilities shall be transported to schools outside the district when specified in an individualized educational program, and students attending non -public schools being transported pursuant to state law). No students with animals shall be allowed on a school bus except with permission of the superintendent or designee; however, if an animal is transported it shall be confined at all times when on the school bus. The student discipline code shall apply to all students riding a district school bus, district owned vehicle, or district contracted vehicle.

A student who is required to, for disciplinary reasons, serve a detention period either before or after a regular school day shall be provided transportation unless the parent/guar dian of the student has agreed to provide transportation.

Bus schedules and routes shall be determined by the superintendent or designee and shall be altered only with the superintendent or designee’s approval and direction. In fixing the routes, every effort should be made to have the pick-up and discharge points as safe and convenient for students as possible.

No school employee may transport students in school or private vehicles unless authorized by the administration, except as provided below. o

Every vehicle regularly used for the transportation of students must pass safety inspections in accordance with state law and Illinois Department of Transportation regulations. The strobe light on a school bus may be o

The superintendent shall implement procedures in accordance with state law for accepting comment calls about school bus driving. illuminated any time a bus is bearing on e or more students. o

All contracts for charter bus services must contain the clause prescribed by state law regarding crimi nal background checks for bus drivers. o

Free transportation services and vehicle adaptation for special education students shall be provided if included in the students’ Individualized Educational Programs. o

School funds shall not be expended for trans portation costs associated with an educational tour.

Transportation may be provided for students attending school sponsored field trips and outdoor education classes and a reasonable charge may be assessed for such transportation in an amount not exceed ing the cost of providing such transportation including a reasonable allowance for depreciation. The superintendent or designee may authorize the use of school buses for transportation for school sponsored field trips and outdoor education classes if approved pursuant to board policy, and determine whether a charge will be made therefore. Transportation may be provided for students participating in school sponsored extracurricular activities and athletic activities and a reasonable charge may be assessed for such transportation not exceeding the cost thereof, including a reasonable allowance for depreciation. Custodial parent/guardians may transport their own child to and from an event. They must sign their child out with the coach prior to leaving. Where t he district does not provide transportation, students and their parent/guardian are required to provide their own transportation.

Staff transportation of students in district vehicles or private vehicles is prohibited absent prior authorization from the administration. Notwithstanding, the board recognizes that from time to time situations may arise in which students attending school sponsored activities and events do not have transportation home following the event. In the event that students are left without transportation home after a school sponsored activity or event which is conducted at a location other than a district facility, and in other non life threatening circumstances, certificated employees of the district may transport students home provided that they possess minimum automobile injury and liability insurance

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coverage of $100,000.00/$300,000.00. Where an employee transports students under this section the employee shall, not later than the day following the event, make a written report to the building principal of the school sponsoring the event including the name and address of the student transported and the time of departure and arrival at the student’s home, and the mileage.

The superintendent or designee shall develop and implement a post-trip inspection procedure to ensure that the school bus driver is the last person leaving the bus and that no passenger is left behind or remains on the vehicle at the end of a route, work shift, or workday.

Operational Services

Administrative Procedure-School Bus Safety Rules

The Building Principal shall distribute the following rules to all students. Those students not qualifying for school bus transportation to and from school should receive a copy because they may from time -to-time be transported to school activities by school bus.

1. Dress properly for the weather. Make sure all drawstrings, ties, straps, etc. on all clothing, backpacks and other items, are shortened or removed to lessen the likelihood of them getting caught in bus doors, railings or aisles.

2. Arrive on time at the bus stop and stay away from the street while waiting for the bus.

3. Stay away from the bus until it stops completely and the drive signals you to board. Enter in single file without pushing. Always use the handrail.

4. Take a seat right away and remain seated facing forward. Keep your hands, arms, and head inside the bus.

5. Help keep the bus neat and clean. Keep belongings out of the aisle and away from emergency exits. Eating and drinking are not allowed on the bus.

6. Always listen to the driver’s instructions. Be courteous to the driver and other students. Sit with hands to yourself and avoid making noises that would distract the driver or bother other passengers. Remain seated, keeping your hands, arms, and head inside th e bus at all times.

7. Wait until the bus pulls to a complete stop before standing up. Use the handrail when exiting the bus.

8. Stay out of the danger zone next to the bus where the driver may have difficulty seeing you. Take five giant steps away from the bus and out of the danger zone, until you can see the driver and the driver sees you.

Never crawl under a bus.

9. If you must cross the street after you get off the bus, wait for the driver’s signal and then cross in front of the bus. Cross the street only after checking both ways for traffic.

10. Never run back to the bus, even if you dropped or forgot something.

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Uniform Grievance Procedure

Students, parent(s)/guardian(s) employees or community members should notify any district complaint manager if they believe that the board of education, its employees or agents have violated their rights guaranteed by the State or

Federal Constitution, State or Federal Statute, or Board Policy or have a complaint regarding any of the listed acts specified in Board Policy 2.260 refer to Appendix C contained in this handbook.

Visitors' Code of Conduct

The Rockford School District encourages visits by parents or guardians, citizens, and board of education members to all school campuses. All visitors shall report to the school office and sign the guest register. Name tags will be provided for each visitor. If a parent wishes to confer with a staff member, an appointment must be made.

Conferences will be held outside school hours or at a time arranged by the principal.

Any staff member may request any person entering the school campus to provide identification and the purpose of the visit. A person who refuses to provide such informat ion is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. The principal or designee shall seek the immediate removal of any person who (1) refuses to provide identification or the purpose of the entry, (2) interferes with, disrupts, or threatens to disrupt any school activ ity or the learning environment, (3) or engages in an activity in violation of board policy. If the principal determines the conduct of a visitor warrants denial of access, the principal may request that the superintendent notify the visitor that access t o a school campus is denied. The superintendent, acting upon a request from the principal, may notify the visitor that his/her access is denied up to one year. The notification shall be in writing and shall advise the visitor that he/she may request a

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mediation hearing. Said request must be made no later than 10 days after the date of the notice. Any person who behaves in an unsportsmanlike manner during an athletic or co-curricular event may be ejected from the event and/or denied admission to school events for up to one year. The notification shall be in writing.

Web Site Information

Please consider using our website

www3.rps205.com

to find answers to questions about the school calendar, menus, enrollment process, fees, school physicals, etc.

A Quick Links listing on the left navigation bar will provide an index t o find answers to specific questions.

This website also contains links to individual School Sites, along with information regarding the Illinois Learning

Standards and ISBE Resources where you can view individual school report cards prepared by the ISBE and Online

Resources which provides research and websites to reinforce learning.

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APPENDIX A

Family Education Rights & Privacy Act

Notice to Parents/Guardians and Students of Their Rights Concerning a Student’s School Records

The district maintains two types of school records for each student: permanent record and temporary record. These records may be integrated.

The permanent record shall include:

 Basic identifying information, including the student’s name and address, birth date and place, gender, and the names and addresses of the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s)

 Academic transcripts, including grades, class rank, graduation date, grad e level achieved, and scores on college entrance examinations

 Attendance record

 Accident and health reports

 Record of release of Permanent Record information in accordance with 105 ILCS 10/6(c)

 Scores received on all state assessment tests administered at the high school level (that is, grades 9 through

12)

The permanent record may include:

 Honors and awards received

 School-sponsored activities and athletics

No other information shall be kept in the permanent record. The permanent record shall be maint ained for at least 60 years after the student graduated, withdrew, or transferred.

All information not required to be kept in the student permanent record is kept in the student temporary record and must include:

 A record of Release of Temporary Record information in accordance with 105 ILCS 10/6(c)

 Scores received on the State assessment tests administered in the elementary grade levels (that is, kindergarten through grade 8

 Information regarding serious infractions (that is, those involving drugs, wea pons, or bodily harm to another) that resulted in expulsion, suspension, or the imposition of punishment or sanction

 Information provided under the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act (325 ILCS 5/8.6), including any final finding report received from a Child Protective Service Unit Completed Home Language Survey

The temporary record may include:

 Family background information

 Intelligence test scores, group and individual

 Aptitude test scores

 Reports of psychological evaluations, including informat ion on intelligence, personality and academic information obtained through test administration, observation, or interviews

 Elementary and secondary achievement level test results

 Participation in extracurricular activities, including any offices held in sc hool-sponsored clubs or organizations

 Honors and awards received

 Teacher anecdotal records

 Disciplinary information

 Special education files, including the report of the multidisciplinary staffing on which placement or non placement was based, and all records and tape recordings relating to special education placement hearings and appeals

 Verified reports or information from non -educational persons, agencies, or organizations

 Verified information of clear relevance to the student’s education

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The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”), a federal law, requires that the Rockford Public Schools,

District No. 205 (“the District”), with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child’s education records. However, the district may disclose appropriately designated “directory information” without written consent, unless you have advised the district to the contrary in accordance with district procedures. The primary purpose of directory information is to allow the district to include this type of information from your child’s education records in certain school publications. Examples include:

 A playbill, showing your student’s role in a drama production;

 The annual yearbook;

 Honor roll or other recognition lists;

 Graduation programs; and

 Sports activity sheets, such as for wrestling, showing weight and height of team members.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Illinois Student Records Act afford parents/guardians and students over 18 years of age (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records.

They are:

1. The right to inspect and copy the student’s education records within 15 school days of the day the district receives a request for access.

 The degree of access a student has to his or her records depends on the student’s age. Students less than 18 years of age have the right to inspect and copy only their permanent record. Students 18 years of age or older have access and copy rights to both permanent and temporary records. Parents/guardians or students should submit to the building principal (or appropriate school official) a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The principal will make arrangements for access and notify the parent(s)/guardian(s) or student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. The district charges $.35 per page for copying but no one will be denied their right to copies of their records for inability to pay this cost.

 These rights are denied to any person against whom an order of protection has been entered concerning a student (105 ILCS 5/10-22.3c and 10/5a, and 750 ILCS 60/214(b)(15).

2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s ed ucation records that the parent(s)/guardian(s) or eligible student believes is inaccurate, misleading, irrelevant, or improper.

 Parents/guardians or eligible students may ask the district to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate, misleading, irrel evant, or improper. They should write the building principal or records custodian, clearly identify the record they want changed, and specify the reason.

 If the district decides not to amend the record as requested by the parents/guardians or eligible stu dent, the district will notify the parents/guardians or eligible student of the decision and advise him or her of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent(s)/guardian(s) or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.

3. The right to permit disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that the FERPA or Illinois School Student Records Act authorizes disclosure without consent.

 Disclosure is permitted without consent to school officials with legitimate educational or administrative interests. A school official is a person employed by the district as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the school board; a person or company with whom the district has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attor ney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); or any parent(s)/guardian(s) or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.

 A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.

 Upon request, the district discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student has enrolled or intends to enroll, as well as to any person as specifically required by state or federal law. Before information is released to these individuals, the parents/guardians will receive prior written notice of the natu re and substance of the information, and an opportunity to inspect, copy, and challenge such records.

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 When a challenge is made at the time the student’s records are being forwarded to another school to which the student is transferring, there is no right t o challenge: (1) academic grades, or (2) references to expulsions or out-of-school suspensions.

 Disclosure is also permitted without consent to: any person for research, statistical reporting or planning, provided that no student or parent(s)/guardian(s) can be identified; any person named in a court order; appropriate persons if the knowledge of such information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other persons; and juvenile authorities when necessary for the discharge of their official duties who request information before adjudication of the student.

4. The right to a copy of any school student record proposed to be destroyed or deleted.

 Student records are reviewed every 4 years or upon a student’s change in attendance centers, whichever occurs first.

5. The right to prohibit the release of directory information concerning the parent’s/guardian’s child.

 Throughout the school year, the district may release directory information regarding students, limited to:

 Name

 Address

 Gender

 Grade level

 Birth date and place

 Parents’/guardians’ names and addresses

 Academic awards, degrees, and honors

 Information in relation to school sponsored activities, organizations, and athletics

 Major field of study

 Period of attendance in school

Any parent/guardian or eligible student may prohibit the release of any or all of the above information by delivering a written objection to the building principal within 30 days of the date of this notice. No directory information will be released within this time p eriod, unless the parents/guardians or eligible student is specifically informed otherwise.

 A photograph of an unnamed student is not a school record because the student is not individually identified. The district shall obtain the consent of a student’s parents/guardians before publishing a photograph or videotape of the student in which the student is identified.

6. The right to request that military recruiters or institutions of higher learning not be granted access to your secondary school student’s name , address, and telephone numbers without your prior written consent.

 Federal law requires a secondary school to grant military recruiters and institutions of higher learning, upon their request, access to secondary school students’ names, addresses, and te lephone numbers, unless the parents/guardians request that the information not be disclosed without prior written consent.

If you wish to exercise this option, notify the building principal where your student is enrolled for further instructions.

7. The right contained in this statement: No person may condition the granting or withholding of any right, privilege or benefits 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 state law.

8. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the district to comply with the requirements of FERPA.

The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:

Family Policy Compliance Office

U.S. Department of Education

400 Maryland Avenue, SW

Washington DC 20202-4605

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APPENDIX B

Students

Health and Dental Examinations, Immunizations, and Exclusion of Students

Required Health Examinations and Immunizations

7.10

A student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) shall present proof that the student received a health examination and the immunizations against, and screenings f or, preventable communicable diseases, as required by the Illinois

Department of Public Health, within one year prior to:

1. Entering kindergarten or the first grade;

2. Entering the sixth and ninth grades; and

3. Enrolling in an Illinois school, regardless of the student’s grade (including early childhood programs, special education, head start programs operated by elementary or secondary schools, and students transferring into Illinois from out -of-state or out-of-country).

As required by State Law:

1. Health examinations must be performed by a physician licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches, an advanced practice nurse who has a written collaborative agreement with a collaborating physician authorizing the advanced practice nurse to perform heal th examinations, or a physician assistant who has been delegated the performance of health examinations by a supervising physician.

2. A diabetes screening must be included as a required part of each health examination; diabetes testing is not required.

3. Before admission and in conjunction with the required physical examination, parents(s)/guardian(s) of children between the ages of six (6) months and six (6) years must provide a statement from a physician that their child was “risk -assessed” or screened for lead poisoning.

4. The Department of Public Health is responsible for providing all female students entering sixth grade and their parents/guardians information about the link between human papilloma virus (HPV) and cervical cancer and the availability of the HPV vaccine.

Unless the student is homeless, or transferring from out -of-state, failure to comply with the above requirements by the

first day of school 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 school shall have 30 days following

registration to comply with the health examination and immunization regulations. If a medical reason prevents a student from receiving a required immun ization by the first day of school, the student must present, by the first day of school, an immunization schedule and a statement of the medical reasons causing the delay. The schedule and statement of medical reasons must be signed by the physician, adva nced practice nurse, physician assistant, or local health department responsible for administering the immunizations.

Until June 30, 2015, a student transferring from out -of-state who does not have the required proof of immunizations by the first day of school 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 requited 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 vaccination is properly submitted.

Eye Examination

Parents/guardians are encouraged to have their children undergo an eye examination whenever he alth examinations are required.

Parents/guardians of students entering kindergarten or an Illinois school for the first time shall present proof before the first day of school that the student received an eye examination within one year prior to entry of kindergarten or the school. A physician licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches or a licensed optometrist must perform the required eye examination.

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If a student fails to present proof by the first day of school, the school may hold the stu dent’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 the first day of school. The superintendent or designee shall ensure that parents/guardians are not ified of this eye examination requirement in compliance with the rules of the Department of Public Health. Schools shall not exclude a student from attending school due to failure to obtain an eye examination.

Dental 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 th

of the current school year in accordance with rules adopted by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

If a child in the second or sixth grade fails to present proof by May 15 th

, 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 each school year

Exemptions

In accordance with rules adopted by the Illinois Department of Public Health, a student will be exempted from this policy’s requirements for:

1. Religious or medical grounds if the student’s parents/guardians present to the superintendent a signed statement explaining the objection,

2. Health examination or immunization requirements on medical grounds i f a physician provides written verification,

3. Eye examination requirement if the student’s parents/guardians show an undue burden or lack of access to a physician licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches who provides eye examinations or a licen sed optometrist; or

4. Dental examination requirement if the student’s parents/guardians show an undue burden or a lack of access to a dentist.

Homeless Child

Any homeless child shall be immediately admitted, even if the child or child’s parent/guardian i s unable to produce immunization and health records normally required for enrollment. Board Policy 6.140, Education of Homeless

Children, governs the enrollment of homeless children.

LEGAL REF.: McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. § 11431 et seq.

105 ILCS 5/27-8.1 and 45/1-20.

410 ILCS 45/7.1 and 315/2e

23 Ill. Admin Code § 1.530

77 Ill. Admin. Code Part 665.

CROSS REF.: 6.30, 6.140, 6.180, 7.50

Adopted: October 28, 1997

Revised: March 22, 2005

May 9, 2006

August 26, 2008

August 14, 2012

November 27, 2012

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APPENDIX C

2.260

Board of Education

Uniform Grievance Procedure

A student, parent/guardian, employee, or community member should notify any district complaint manager if he or she believes that the board of education, 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:

1. Title II of the American with Disabilities Act;

2. Title IX of the Education Amendme nts of 1972;

3. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973;

4. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 20 U.S.C. § 1400 et seq.;

5. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. §2000d et seq.;

6. Equal Employment Opportunities Act (Title VII of the Civil Rights Act), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq.;

7. Sexual harassment (Illinois Human Rights Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Title IX of the

Education Amendments of 1972);

8. The misuse of funds received for services to improve educational opportunities for educationally disadvantaged or deprived children;

9. Curriculum, instructional materials, programs;

10. Victims’ Economic Security and Safety Act, P.A. 93 -591;

11. Illinois Equal Pay Act of 2003, P.A. 93 -0006; or

Provision of services to homeless students.

12. Illinois Whistleblower Act, 740 ILCS 174/1 et seq.

The complaint manager will endeavor to respond to and resolve complaints without resorting to this grievance procedure and, if a complaint is filed, to address the complaint promptly and equitably. The rig ht of a person to prompt an equitable resolution of the complaint filed hereunder shall not be impaired by the person’s pursuit of other remedies. 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. All deadlines 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 himself 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 co mplaint or require a meeting with a student’s parent(s)/guardian(s). The complaint manager may assist the complainant as needed.

Investigation

The complaint manager will investigate the complaint or appoint a qualified person t o undertake the investigation on his or her behalf. If the complainant is a student, 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 id entity of the complainant will not be disclosed except (1) as required by law or this policy, or (2) as necessary to fully investigate the complaint, or (3) as authorized by the complainant.

The identity of any student witnesses will not be disclosed exce pt: (1) as required by law or any collective bargaining agreement, (2) as necessary to fully investigate the complaint, or (3) as authorized by the parent/guardian of the student witness, or by the student if the student is 18 years of age or older.

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 of education, which shall render a decision in accordance with Section 3 of this Policy. The Superintendent will keep the Board informed of all complaints.

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Appointing

Decision and Appeal

Within five (5) school business days after receiving the complaint manager’s report, the superintendent shall mail his or her written decision to the complainant by U.S. mail, first class, as well as the complaint manager.

Within five (5) school days after receiving the superintendent’s decision, the complainant may appeal it to the board of education 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 of education. Within 30 school business days, the board of education shall affirm, reverse, or amend the superintendent’s decision or direct the superintendent to gather additional information. Within five (5) school business days of the board’s decision, the superintendent shall inform the complainant of the board’s action.

This grievance procedure shall not be construed to create an independent right to a board of education hearing. The failure to strictly follow the timelines in this grievance procedure shall not prejudice any party.

Complaint Managers

The superintendent shall appoint a complaint manager. The district’s nondiscrimination coordinator may be appointed a complaint manager. The superintendent shall insert into this policy the address and telephone number of the current Complaint Manager.

TBD

Chief HRO

Human Resources Dept.

501 7 th

Street

Rockford, IL 61104

815-966-3221

LEGAL REF.: Age Discrimination in Employment Act, 29 U.S.C. § 621 et seq.

Americans With Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. § 12101 et seq.

Equal Pay Act, 29 U.S.C. § 206(d).

Immigration Reform and Control Act, 8 U.S.C. § 1324a et seq.

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

McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. § 11431 et seq.

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

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.

Title IX of the Education Amendments, 20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq. Equal Pay Act of 2003, 820

ILCS 112.

Illinois Whistleblower Act, 740 ILCS 174/1 et seq.

Victims’ Economic Security and Safety Act, 820 ILCS 180, 56 Ill.Admin.Code § 280.

775 ILCS 5/1-101 et seq.

105 ILCS 5/2-3.8, 5/3-10, 5/10-20.7a, 5/10-22.5, 5/22-19, 5/24-4, 5/27.1 and 45/1-15.

23 Ill. Admin. Code §§ 1.240 and 200 -40.

CROSS REF.:

Adopted:

Revised:

5.10, 5.20, 6.140, 6.170, 6.260, 7.10, 7.20, 7. 180, 8.70, 8.110

June 11, 2002

October 28, 2003

December 14, 2004

September 23, 2008

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APPENDIX D

7.10

Board of Education

Equal Educational Opportunities

Equal educational and extracurricular opportunities shall be available fo r all students without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, ethnicity, language barrier, religious beliefs, physical and mental handicap or disability, status as homeless, or economic and social conditions, or actual or potential marital or parental status, including pregnancy. Further, the district will not knowingly enter into agreements with any entity or any individual that discriminates against students on the basis of sex or any other protected status, except that the district remains viewpoint neutral when granting access to school facilities under Board Policy 8:20, Community Use of School

Facilities. Any student may file a discrimination grievance by using the Uniform Grievance Procedure.

Sex Equity

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

Any student may file a Sex Equity Complaint by using the Uniform Grievance Procedure. A student may appeal the board of education’s resolution of the complaint to the Regional Superintendent of Schools (pursuant to 105 ILCS 5/3 -

10 of The School Code) and, thereafter, to the State Superi ntendent of Education (pursuant to 105 ILCS 5/2 -3.8 of

The School Code).

Administrative Implementation

The superintendent shall appoint a Nondiscrimination Coordinator. The superintendent and building principal shall use reasonable measure to inform staf f members and students of this policy and grievance procedure.

LEGAL REF.: McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. § 11431 et seq.

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

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

Art 1. Sec 18 of the Illinois Constitution .

Good News Club v, Milford Central Schools 121 S. Ct 2093 (2001)

Equal Employment Opportunities Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et

seq.

105 ILCS 5/10-21.3, 5/10-22.5, 5/22-19,and 5/27.1

23 Ill. Admin. Code §§ 1.240, 200-40 and 200-50.

CROSS REF.:

Adopted:

Revised:

2.260, 6.260, 7.20, 7.130 , 7.330, 8.20

June 11, 2002

October 28, 2003

December 14, 2004

September 23, 2008

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APPENDIX E

7.20

Students

Harassment of Students Prohibited

Prohibited Conduct

No person, including a district employee or agent, or student, shall harass, intimidate, or bully a student on the basis of actual or perceived: race; color; nationality; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity; gender -related identity or expression; ancestry; religion; physical or mental disability; order of protection status; status of being homeless; actual or potential marital or parental status, including pregnancy; association with a person or group with one or more of the aforementioned actual or perceived characteristics; or any other distinguishing characteristic. The district will not tolerate harassing, intimidating conduct, or bullying whether verbal, physical, or visual, that affects tangible benefits of education, that unreasonably interferes with a student’s educational performance, or that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment. Examples of prohibited conduct include name -calling, using derogatory slurs, stalking, sexting, 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 stated above.

Sexual Harassment Prohibited

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

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

2. Has the purpose or effect of: 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 “intimidating,” “hostile,” and “offensive” include conduct that has the effect of humiliation, embarrassment, or discomfort. Examples of sexual harassment include touching, cr ude jokes or pictures, discussions of sexual experiences, teasing related to sexual characteristics, and spreading rumors related to a person’s alleged sexual activities

Making a Complaint; Enforcement

Students are encouraged to report claims or inciden ces of bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, or any other prohibited conduct to the building principal, assistant building principal, dean of students , or a complaint manager. A student may choose to report to a school administrator of the student’s sam e 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 dean of students for appropriate action.

The district’s designated complaint managers are the Superintendent and the Human Resources Executive Director, both of whom maintain offices at 501 7th Street, Rockford IL 61104, and both of whom may be contacted via telephone at (815) 966-3000.

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 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 discipline policy. Any person making a knowingly false

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accusation regarding prohibited conduct will likewise be subject to disciplinary action up to and including discharge, with regard to employees, or suspension and expulsion, with regard to students. If a hostile environment is found to exist, in violation of this policy, the superintendent will take steps reasonably calculated to end the harassment, to eliminate the hostile environment, and to prevent it from recurring. The superintendent shall also ensure that the affected students are afforded their rights provided for un der Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 , if applicable, which may include couns eling and change of placement. Documentation of the d istrict’s investigation and action taken will be maintained and kept confidential to the extent possible.

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

34 C.F.R. Part 106.

105 ILCS 5/10-20.12, 19-22.5 and 5/27- 23.7

775 ILCS 5/1-101 et seq., Illinois Human Rights Act

23 Ill. Admin. Code § 200.10 et seq.

Davis v. Monroe County Board of Education, 119 S.Ct. 1661(1999).

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

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

West v. Derby Unified School District No. 260 , 206 F.3d 1358 (10th Cir. 200 0).

CROSS REF.:

Adopted:

Revised:

2.260, 5.20, 7.10, 7.180, 7.190

October 28, 1997

May 23, 2000

December 14, 2004

February 12, 2008

August 14, 2012

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APPENDIX F

Students

7.180

Preventing Bullying, Intimidation, and Harassment

Bullying, intimidation, and harassment diminish a student’s ability to learn and a school’s ability to educate.

Preventing students from engaging in these disruptive behaviors is an important District goal.

Bullying, on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender related identity or expression, ancestry, age, religion, physical or mental disability, order of protection status, status of being homeless, or actual or potential marital or parental status, including pregnancy, association with a person or group with one or more of the aforementioned actual or perceived characteristics, or any other distinguishing characteristic is prohibited in each of the followin g situations:

1. During any school sponsored education program or activity.

2. 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 e vents or activities.

3. Through the transmission of information from a school computer, a school computer network, or other similar electronic school equipment.

4. Through the use of any other electronic media on school grounds or off school grounds where such use causes substantial disruption to school operations.

For purposes of this policy, the term bullying means any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or electronically, directed toward a student t hat has or can be reasonably predicted to have the effect of one or more of the following:

1. Placing the student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or property.

2. Causing a substantially detrimental effect on the student’s physical or mental he alth.

3. Substantially interfering with the student’s academic performance.

Substantially interfering with the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.

Bullying, intimidation, and/or harassment may take various forms, including without limitation: threats, stalking, physical violence, sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexting, theft, public humiliation, destruction of property, or retaliation for asserting or alleging an act of bull ying. For the purposes of this policy, the term bullying includes harassment, intimidation, retaliation, and school violence.

A student who is being bullied is encouraged to immediately report it orally or in writing to the District Complaint

Manager (identified in Board Policy 2.260) or any staff member with whom the student is comfortable speaking.

Anyone who has information about actual or threatened bullying is encouraged to report it to the District Complaint

Manager or any staff member. The District will not punish anyone because he or she made a complaint or report, supplied information, or otherwise participated in an investigation or proceeding, provided the individual did not make a knowingly false accusation or provide knowingly false information .

The Superintendent or designee shall develop and maintain a program that:

1. Fully implements and enforces each of the following Board policies: a. 2.260, Uniform Grievance Procedure. This policy contains the process for an individual to seek resolution of a complaint. A student may use this policy to complain about bullying. The District Complaint Manager shall address the complaint promptly and equitably. After an investigation, the Complaint Manager shall file a written report of his or her findings w ith the Superintendent for his or her action. The student may appeal any decision to the Board. b. 6.235, Access to Electronic Networks . This policy states that the use of the District’s electronic networks is limited to: (1) support of education and/or resea rch, or (2) a legitimate business use. It subjects any individual to the loss of privileges, disciplinary action, and/or appropriate legal actions for violating the

District’s Authorization of Electronic Network Access .

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c. 7.20, Harassment of Students Prohibited. This policy prohibits any person from harassing or intimidating or bullying a student based on an actual or perceived characteristic that is identified in the policy. Those characteristics are also identified in the second paragraph of 7.180, Preventing Bullying, Intimidation, and

Harassment. d. 7:185, Teen Dating Violence Prohibited. This policy prohibits teen dating violence on school property, at school sponsored activities, and in vehicles used for school -provided transportation. It encoura ges anyone with information about an incident of teen dating violence to report it to any school staff member. e. 7.190, Student Discipline. This policy prohibits students from engaging in hazing, bullying or any kind of aggressive behavior that does phys ical or psychological harm to another or any urging of other students to engage in such conduct; prohibited conduct includes any use of violence, force, noise, coercion, threats, intimidation, fear, harassment, or other comparable conduct. f. 7.310, Publications. This policy prohibits students from: (1) accessing and/or distributing at school any written, printed, or electronic material, including material from the Internet, that will cause substantial disruption of the proper and orderly operation and discipline of the school or school activities, and (2) creating and/or distributing written, printed or electronic material, including photographs and Internet material and blogs, that causes substantial disruption to school operations or interferes with the rights of other students or staff members.

Full implementation of the above policies includes: (1) conducting a prompt and thorough investigation of alleged incidents of bullying, (2) providing each student who violates one or more of these policies with appropriate consequences and remedial action, and (3) protecting students against retaliation for reporting bullying.

2. Examines the appropriate steps to understand and rectify conditions that foster bullying, intimidation, and harassment; this con templates taking action to eliminate or prevent these disruptive behaviors beyond traditional punitive disciplinary actions.

3. Includes bullying prevention and character instruction in all grades in accordance with State law and Board policy 6.60, Curriculum Content. 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.

4. Fully informs staff members of the District’s goal to prevent students from engaging in bullying and the measures being used to accomplish it. This includes each of the following: a. Communicating the District’s expectation – and the State law requirement that teachers and other certificated employees maintain discipline. b. Establishing the expectation that staff members: (1) intervene immediately to stop a bullying incident that they witness or immediately contact building security and/or law enforcement if the incident involves a weapon or other illegal activity, (2) report bullying, whether they witness it or not, to an administrator, and (3) inform the administration of locations on school grounds where additional supervision or monitoring may be needed to prevent bullying. c. Where appropriate in the staff development program, providing strategies to staff members to effectively prevent bullying and intervene when it occurs. d. Establishing a process for staff members to fulfill their obligation to report alleged acts of bullying.

5. Encourages all members of the school community, including students, parents, volunteers, and visitors, to report: (a) alleged acts of bullying, intimidation, harassment, and other acts of actual or threatened violence, and (b) locations on school grounds where a dditional supervision or monitoring may be needed to prevent bullying.

6. Actively involves students’ parents/guardians in the remediation of the behavior(s) of concern. This includes ensuring that all parents/guardians are notified, as required by State law , whenever their child engages in aggressive behavior.

7. Communicates the District’s expectation that all students conduct themselves with a proper regard for the rights and welfare of other students. This includes a process for commending or acknowledgin g students for demonstrating appropriate behavior.

8. Annually communicates this policy to students and their parents/guardians. This includes annually disseminating information to all students and parents/guardians explaining the serious disruption caused by bullying, intimidation, or harassment and that these behaviors will be taken seriously and are not acceptable in any form.

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9. Engages in ongoing monitoring that includes collecting and analyzing appropriate data on the nature and extent of bullying in the District’s schools and, after identifying appropriate indicators, assesses the effectiveness of the various strategies, programs, and procedures and reports the results of this assessment to the Board along with recommendations to enhance effectiveness.

10. Complies with State and federal law and is in alignment with Board policies. This includes prompting the

Board to update the policy beginning every two years after its initial adoption and filing this policy with the Illinois State Board of Education after the Board adopts or updates it.

This policy is not 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 or 4 of

Article 1 of the Ill. Constitution.

LEGAL REF.:

CROSS REF

405 ILCS 49/1 et seq.; 105 ILCS 5/10-20.14, 5/24-24, and 5/27-23.7.

23 Ill.Admin.Code §§1.240 and 1.280.

2.240, 2.260, 4.170, 5.230, 6.60, 6.65, 6.235, 7.20, 7.185, 7.190, 7.220, 7. 230, 7.240, 7.285,

7.310

Adopted:

Revised:

January 8, 2008

August 14, 2012

________, 2014

School Sample Documents for Reporting for Bullying

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*Teen Dating Violence Prohibited

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 who is 13 to 19 years of age uses or threatens to use physical, mental, or emotional abuse to control an i ndividual in the dating relationship; or uses or threatens to use sexual violence in the dating relationship.

The Superintendent or designee shall:

1. Incorporate the prohibition against teen dating violence in the Student Code of Conduct.

2. Encourages anyone with information about incidents of teen dating violence to report them to any of the following individuals: a. building principal b. a complaint manager identified in Policy 7.20, Harassment of Students Prohibited.

3. Incorporates age-appropriate instruction in grades 7 through 12 about teen dating violence.

4. Notifies students and parents/guardians of this policy.

LEGAL REF.:

CROSS REF.:

Adopted:

105 ILCS 110/3.10.

2.240, 5.100, 5.230, 6.60, 6.65, 7.20, 7.180, 7.190, 7.220, 7.230, 7.240

January 14, 2014

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APPENDIX G

Students

Student and Family Privacy Rights

Surveys

All surveys requesting personal information from students, as well as any other instrument used to collect personal information from students must advance or relate to the district’s educational objectives as identified in Board policy

6:10, Educational Philosophy and Objectives, or assist students’ career choices. This applies to all surveys, regardless of whether the student answering the quest ions can be identified and regardless of who created the survey.

Surveys Created by a Third Party

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

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

Survey Requesting Personal Information

School officials and staff members shall not request, nor disclose, the identit y 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 determi ne eligibility for participation in a program or for receiving financial assistance under such program).

The student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) may:

1. Inspect the survey or evaluation upon, and within a reasonable time of, their request, and/or

2. Refuse to allow their child or ward to participate in the activity described above. The school shall not penalize any student whose parent(s)/guardian(s) exercised this option.

Instructional Material

A student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) may inspect, upon their request , any instructional material used as part of their child/ward’s educational curriculum within a reasonable time of their request. The term “instructional material” means instructional content that is provided to a student, regardless of its format, printed or representational materials, audio-visual materials, and materials in electronic or digital formats (such as materials accessible through the

Internet). The term does not include academic tests or academic assessments.

Physical Exams or Screenings

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

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The above paragraph does not apply to any physical examination or sc reening 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 p rovide 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 school s.

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 ma y a school official or staff member provide a student’s “personal information” to a business organization or financial institution that issues credit or debit cards.

Notification of Rights and Procedures

The superintendent or designee shall notify stude nts’ 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 y ear when a survey requesting personal information, as described above, is scheduled or expected to be scheduled.

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

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

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

LEGAL REF.: Protection of Pupil Rights, 20 U.S.C. §1232h.

CROSS REF.:

Adopted:

Revised:

Children’s Privacy Protection and Parental Empowerment Act, 325 ILCS 17/1 et seq.; ILCS

5/10-20.38.

2:260, 6:210, 6:220, 6:260, 7:130

February 8, 2005

May 21, 2008 (correcting statutory citations only)

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APPENDIX H

Compulsory Attendance Law

Compulsory school age-Exemptions

Whoever has custody or control of any child between the ages of 7 and 17 years (unless the child has already graduated from high school) shall cause such child to attend some public school in the district wherein the child resides the entire time it is in session during the regular school term, except as provided in. Section 10 -19.1, and during a required summer school program established under Section 10 -22.33B; provided, that the following children shall not be required to attend the public schools:

1. Any child attending a private or a parochial school where children are taught the branches of education taught to children of corresponding age and grade in the public schools, and where the instruction of the child in the branches of education is in the English language;

2. Any child who is physically or mentally unable to attend school, such disability being certified to the county or district truant officer by a competent physician licensed in Illinois to practice medicine and surgery in all its branches, a chiropractic physician licensed under the Medical Practice Act of 1987, an advanced practice nurse who has a written collaborative agreement with a collaborating physician that authorizes the advanced practice nurse to perform health examinations, a physician assistant who has been delegated the authority to perform health examinations by his or her supervising physician, o r a Christian Science practitioner residing in this State and listed in the Christian. Science Journal; or who is excused for temporary absence for cause by the principal or teacher of the school which the child attends; the exemptions in this paragraph

(2) do not apply to any female who is pregnant or the mother of one or more children, except where a female is unable to attend school due to a complication arising from her pregnancy and the existence of such complication is certified to the county or distr ict truant officer by a competent physician;

3. Any child necessarily and lawfully employed according to the provisions of the law regulating child labor may be excused from attendance at school by the county superintendent of schools or the superintendent of the public school which the child should be attending, on certification of the facts by and the recommendation of the school board of the public school district in which the child resides. In districts having part time continuation schools; children so ex cused shall attend such schools at least 8 hours each week;

4. Any child over 12 and under 14 years of age while in attendance at confirmation classes;

5. Any child absent from a public school on a particular day or days or at a particular time of day for the reason that he is unable to attend classes or to participate in any examination, study or work requirements on a particular day or days or at a particular time of day, because the tenets of his religion forbid secular activity on a particular day or days or at a particular time of day. Each school board shall prescribe rules and regulations relative to absences for religious holidays including, but not limited to, a list of religious holidays on which it shall be mandatory to excuse a child; but nothing in this paragraph 5 shall be construed to limit the right of any school board, at its discretion, to excuse an absence on any other day by reason of the observance of a religious holiday. A school board may require the parent or guardian of a child who is to be excused from attending school due to the observance of a religious holiday to give notice, not exceeding

5 days, of the child's absence to the school principal or other school personnel. Any child excused from attending school under this paragraph 5 sh all not be required to submit a written excuse for such absence after returning to school; and

6. Any child 16 years of age or older who (i) submits to a school district evidence of necessary and lawful employment pursuant to paragraph 3 of this Section and (II) is enrolled in a graduation incentives program pursuant to Section 26-16 of this Code or an alternative learning opportunities program established pursuant to Article 132 of this Code.

(Source: P.A. 96-367, elf. 8-13-09.)

(105 ILCS 5/26-2) (from Ch. 122, par. 26-2) Sec. 26-2. Enrolled pupils below 7 or over 17.

(a) Any person having custody or control of a child who is below the age of 7 years or is 17 years of age or above and who is enrolled in any of grades kindergarten through 12 in the public school sh all cause him to attend the public school in the district wherein he resides when it is in session during the regular school term, unless he is excused under paragraph 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 of Section 26 -1.

(b) A school district shall deny reenrollment in its secon dary schools to any child 19 years of age or above who has dropped out of school and who could not, because of age and lack of credits, attend classes during the normal school year and graduate before his or her twenty -first birthday. A district may, however, enroll the child in a graduation incentives program under Section 26 -16 of this Code or an alternative learning opportunities program established under Article 13k. No child shall be denied

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reenrollment for the above reasons unless the school district first offers the child due process as required in cases of expulsion under Section 10 -22.6. If a child is denied. reenrollment after being provided with due process, the school district must provide counseling to that child and must direct that child to alternative educational programs, including adult education programs, that lead to graduation or receipt of a GED diploma.

(c) A school or school district may deny enrollment to a student 17 years of age or older for one semester for failure to meet minimum academic standards if all of the following conditions are met:

(1) The student achieved a grade point average of less than "D" (or its equivalent) in the semester immediately prior to the current semester.

(2) The student and the student's parent or guardian are given written notice warning that the student is failing academically and is subject to denial from enrollment for one semester unless a "D" average (or its equivalent) or better is attained in the current semester.

(3) The parent or guardian is provided with the r ight to appeal the notice, as determined by the

State Board of Education in accordance with due process.

(4) ________________________________ The student is provided with an academic improvement plan and academic remediation services.

(5) The student fails to achieve a "D" average (or its equiva lent) or better in the current semester.

A school or school district may deny enrollment to a student 17 years of age or older for one semester for failure to meet minimum attendance standards if all of the following conditions are met:

(1) The student was absent without valid cause for 20% or more of the attendance days in the semester immediately prior to the current semester.

(2) The student and the student's parent or guardian. are given written. notice warning that the student is subject to denial from enrollm ent for one semester unless the student is absent without valid cause less than 20%_of_ the attendance days in the current semester.

(3) The student's parent or guardian is provided with the right to appeal the notice, as determined by the State Board of Educa tion in accordance with due process.

(4) The student is provided with attendance remediation services, including without limitation assessment, counseling, and support services.

(5) The student is absent without valid cause for 20% or more of the attendance days i n the current semester.

A school or school district may not deny enrollment to a student (or reenrollment to a dropout) who is at least 17 years of age or older but below 19 years for more than one consecutive semester for failure to meet academic or attendance standards.

(d) No child may be denied enrollment or reenrollment under this Section in violation of the individuals with:

* Disabilities Education Act or the Americans with Disabilities Act.

(e) "reenrolled student" means a dropout who has reenro lled full-time in a public school. Each school district shall identify, track, and report on the educational progress and outcomes of reenrolled students as a subset of the district's required reporting on all enrollments. A reenrolled student who again drops out must not be counted again against a district's dropout rate performance measure.

The State Board of Education shall set performance standards for programs serving reenrolled students.

(f) The State Board of Education shall adopt any rules necessary to implement the changes to this

Section made by Public Act 93-803.

(Source: P.A. 95-417, eff. 8-24-07.)

LEGAL REF.:

CROSS REF.:

Adopted:

105 ILCS 5/26-1, 5/26-2a, 5/26-3b, 5/26-9, 5/26-12, 5/26-13, and 5/26-15.

Hamer v. Board of Education, 383 N.E.2d 231 (2 n d

Dist. 1978)

6.110, 6.150, 7.10, 7.50, 7.60, 7.80, 7.190

October 28, 1997

Revised: December 19, 2000

December 13, 2005

June 10, 2008

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your child.

Appendix I

Medicaid Data Release – Special Education Students Only

If your child received special educa tion services and is also Medicaid eligible, Rockford School District 205 can seek partial reimbursement from Medicaid for health services documented in your approved c hild’s Individualized Education

Program (IEP). Medicaid reimbursement is a source of fe deral funds approved by Congress to help school districts maintain and improve diagnostic and therapeutic services for students.

The reimbursement process requires the school district to provide Medicaid with your child’s name, birth date and

Medicaid number. Federal law requires annual notification of our intent to pursue t his reimbursement opportunity.

If you approve of the release of information to Medicaid, do nothing.

If you object to the release of information to Medicaid, not or at any time in th e future, please state your objection in writing and forward it to Colleen Cyrus, Executive Director of Special Education, 501 Seventh Street, Rockford, IL

61104.

Regardless of your decision the district must continue to provide, at no cost to you, the s ervices listed in your child’s

IEP.

This program has no impact on your child’s or your family’s current or future Medicaid benefits. Under federal law, participation in this program CANNOT: a. Decrease lifetime coverage or any other public insurance benefi t, b. Result in the family paying for services that would otherwise be covered by Medicaid, c. Increase your premiums or lead to discontinuation of benefits or insurance, or d. Result in the loss of eligibility for home and community -based waivers.

Your continued consent allows the district to recover a portion of the costs associated with providing health services to

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Appendix J

Rockford Public Schools Student Services and Alternative Learning

Attendance Policy/Truancy Framework Matrix

C o n s eq u e nc e T a rd y U n e x cu s e d A bs e n ce “S k ip p in g ”

S e c o nd a ry

L e v e l

E le m e n ta ry S e c o nd a ry E le m e n ta ry S e c o nd a ry

1 s t Of fe nse

Second ary

(1 Cla s s

Per iod)

2 n d

O ff en se

Second ary

(2 Cla s s

Per iods )

3 r d O ff ens e

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(3 Cla s s

Per iods )

4 t h Of fe ns e

Min or

Min or

Min or

Lu nch

De te nti on

Min or

Min or

Min or

Aft e r Sc h ool

De te nti on

Minor

Minor

Manda tor y : Par en t/Gu ardi a n

Outr ea ch

Aft e r Sc h ool Det en tio n

Tru anc y I nt e rve nti on S up po rt

Co uns eli ng In te rv en tio n

Soci al W o rk In te rv en tio n

Manda tor y : Par en t/Gu ardi a n

Outr ea ch

Sat u rd ay Sch ool

Tru anc y I nt e rve nti on S up po rt

Co uns eli ng In te rv en tio n

Soci al W o rk In te rv en tio n

Minor

Manda tor y : Par en t/Gu ardi a n

Outr ea ch

ALE

Tru anc y I nt e rve nti on S up po rt

Co uns eli ng In te rv en tio n

Manda tor y :

Par ent/Gua rdi an

Outr ea ch

Lu nch Det en tio n

Tru anc y I nt e rve nti on

Sup p ort

Co uns eli ng In te rv en tio n

Soci al W o rk In te rv en tio n

Soci al W o rk In te r v en tio n

Manda tor y : Par en t/Gu ardi a n

Outr ea ch

ALE

Tru anc y I nt e rve nti on S up po rt

Co uns eli ng In te rv en tio n

Soci al W o rk In te rv en tio n

Pri ncip al T rua ncy Notific ati o n Let te r

Tru anc y I nt e rve nti on S up po rt

Co uns eli ng In te rv en tio n

Soci al W o rk In te rv en tio n

Disobedience/

Misconduct

Disobedience/

Misconduct

Gross

Disobedience/

Misconduct (2)

(1st Of fe ns e)

Gross

Disobedience/

Misconduct (2)

(2 n d Of fe nse )

5 t h

Of fe ns e YSN

Sch ool

Admi nis trati on

ALE

Gross

Disobedience/

Misconduct (2)

(3 r d

Off e nse )

6 t h Of fe ns e

YSN

Sch ool

Admi nis trati on

ALE

Tru anc y I nt e rve nti on S up po rt

Co uns eli ng In te rv en tio n

Soci al W o rk In te rv en tio n

Gross

Disobedience/Misc onduct (2)

(3 r d

Off e nse )

Re fe r to t he

Stu de nt Co de o f

Co nd uct

7 t h

&

Sub se qu en t

YSN

School Adm i n

ALE

Overnigh t

Suspen sion

~ (Pa ren t must a ttend )

Social

Suspen sion

OSS

SSA L De pa rtm en t No tice

Tru anc y I nt e rve nti on S up po rt

Co uns eli ng In te rv en tio n

Soci al W o rk In te rv en tio n

Tru anc y Co u rt

3 0 0 m i n u t e s p e r d a y c o n s t i t u t e s 1 f u l l d a y o f a t t e n d a n c e – G r a d e s 2 – 1 2 1 5 0 M i n u t e s p e r d a y c o n s t i t u t e s ½ d a y o f a t t e n d a n c e – G r a d e s 2 – 1 2

**S e p te m b e r, 2 0 1 5 , a f te r 1 0 d a y C o u n t

2 4 0 M i n u te s – fu l l d a y a t te n d a nce – P re - K – 1 s t

1 2 0 M i n u te s – ½ d a y a t te n d a n ce – P re - K = 1 s t

*E xa m p l e : 1 5 M i n u te s T a rd y fo r 1 0 d a ys = 1 5 0 M i n u te s = ½ d a y A tte n d a n ce (F o rm U p d a te d : J u ly 2 0 1 5 )

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Appendix K

Erin’s Law

Core Components of Effective and Comprehensive Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Pro grams

The Task Force recommends that, to effectively address the issue of child sexual abuse in Illinois, all public schools should implement a child sexual abuse prevention program with students in grades Pre -Kindergarten through 5. Members of this Task Force reviewed a variety of existing prevention curricula. However, recognizing the limited research available on the effects of specific curricula and the diversity of needs, resources and student populations in Illinois schools, the Task Force has chosen not to promote any specific prevention curriculum. Rather, we recommend the following core components from which each school or district can craft an effective and comprehensive child sexual abuse prevention program.

1. Programs should include techniques to teach children to recognize child sexual abuse, equip them with skills to reduce their vulnerability and encourage them to report the abuse.

2. Programs should include more than one session, ideally, at least four (Davis & Gidycz, 2000). Recognizing the importance and effectiveness of an environmental design, programs may include such building interventions as visual aids displayed throughout the school, reinforcing the concepts learned within the prevention program

(Taylor, Stein, Woods, Mumford, & Mennemei er, 2011)

3. Programs should be conducted at least annually, building on skills learned the previous year, and should be developmentally appropriate for each grade level.

4. Programs should involve children as active learning participants and should to be the most effective, include discussion, modeling and role playing (Davis & Gidycz, 2000).

5. Programs should have the capacity to be delivered by a wide range of personnel (Barron & Topping, 2010).

Acknowledging the varying resources and staffing patterns of eac h school, prevention programs should have the capacity to be delivered by a wide range of professionals, including teachers, school counselors, outside agency prevention educators, etc. Professionals delivering these prevention programs should have a thoro ugh knowledge of child sexual abuse, including how to respond appropriately to disclosures.

6. Programs should include an evaluation component with measurable outcomes.

7. Programs should be culturally sensitive and adaptable for use within varying school cont exts (age, race, special needs, etc.).

8. Although we recognize that thorough research is limited on the efficacy of specific child sexual abuse prevention programs, we recommend that schools seek to implement programs that include an evidence -based curriculum.

9. Programs must include a professional training component for administrators, teachers and other school personnel on talking to students about child sexual abuse prevention, effects of child sexual abuse on children, handling disclosures, and mandated reporting.

10. Recognizing that parents play a key role in protecting children from abuse, programs must include a component that encourages parental involvement within the child sexual abuse prevention program. This component should inform parents about child sexual abuse topics including but not limited to characteristics of offenders, grooming behaviors, and how to discuss this topic with their children (Kenny, 2010)

Task Force has identified the following statewide resources:

1. Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault (ICASA)

100 N. 16th Street

Springfield, IL 62703

(217)753-4117 http://www.icasa.org

ICASA consists of 33 sexual assault centers and 26 satellite offices across the state that provide prevention education programs to schools and professional training to school personnel.

2. Child Advocacy Centers of Illinois

1133 S. Second Street

Springfield, IL 62704

(217)528-2224 http://www.cacionline.org

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CACI consists of 39 children’s advocacy centers (CACs) across the state. In addition to their work coordinating investigations of child sexual abuse and serious physical abuse, several CACs facilitate community -based and schoolbased prevention programs.

Conclusions and Recommendations:

The story of Erin Merryn is just one example of more than 42 million stories of child sexual abuse survivors across the

United States. Her courage and determination have allowed her to be a face and a voice for survivors of child sexual abuse. Erin is constantly attacking this “silent epidemic”. She travels the country year round to share her message. She has been an inspiration and a source of healing. Her vision has evolved. Erin’s dream is to give children a voice through school-based child sexual abuse prevention programs. Illinois was the first state to enact her legislation. She has inspired eleven other states to adopt or formalize a plan to enact this law, and these states are looking to the proactive leadership of Illinois.

Every child deserves the right to have their minds, bodies, and innocence protected. It is time we stand up for children and give a voice to the voiceless. Schools are the most effective way to make sure every child receives this important message. Illinois will be an example for the entire country on the prevention of child sexual abuse.

Information contained in this report has outlined the prevalence of child sexual abuse. Many victims of sexual abuse are under the age of 7 (Briere et al., 1996; Finkelhor, 1 994). It is too late for most children who receive prevention education under Illinois law. This does not mean the current law is not important or effective; rather, our findings strongly suggest the need to simply begin prevention education earlier in the school curriculum.

Schools providing child sexual abuse education is not a new initiative. Hundreds of schools in Illinois already have programs in place. Mandates under the “Health Education Act”, “Sex Education”, and “Internet Safety Education

Curriculum” require instruction beginning in 6th grade. The following recommendations enhance and improve current

Illinois law to make our children safer.

The Erin’s Law Task Force recommendations:

 Child sexual abuse prevention education should be taught in g rades pre-K through 12. “Best Practices” should be included in this instruction (See page 16 of this report).

 Training for school administrators should be amended to include child sexual abuse as a selective strand under the

Illinois Administrator Academy.

 Child sexual abuse training should be provided as a Certified Professional Development Unit (CPDU) for certified non-administrative school personnel.

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Appendix L

Policy No. 3115 Students

Homeless Students: Enrollment Rights and Services

To the extent practical and as required by law, the district will work with homeless students and their families to provide stability in school attendance and other services. Special attention will be given to ensuring the enrollment and attendance of homeless students not currently attending school. Homeless students will be provided district services for which they are eligible, including Head Start and comparable pre -school programs, Title I, similar state programs, special education, bilingual education, vocational and technical education programs, gifted and talented pro -grams and school nutrition programs.

Homeless students are defined as lacking a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence, including:

A. Sharing the housing of othe r persons due to loss of housing or economic hardship;

B. Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations;

C. Living in emergency or transitional shelters;

D. Are abandoned in hospitals;

E. Awaiting foster care placement;

F. Living in public or private places not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodations for human beings;

G. Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, transportation stations or similar settings;

H. Migratory children living in conditions described in the previous examples.

The superintendent shall designate an appropriate staff person to be the district’s liaison for homeless students and their families.

According to the child’s or youth’s best interest, homeless students will continue to be enrolled in their school of origin while they remain homeless or until the end of the academic year in which they obtain permanent housing. Instead of remaining in the school of origin, parents or guardians of homeless students may request enrollment in the school in which attendance area the student is actually living, or other schools. Attendance rights by living in attendance areas, other student assignment policies, or intra and inte r-district choice options are available to home -less families on the same terms as families resident in the district.

If there is an enrollment dispute, the student shall be immediately enrolled in the school in which enrollment is sought, pending resolution of the dispute. The parent or guardian shall be informed of the district’s decision and their appeal rights in writing. The district’s liaison will carry out dispute resolution as provided by state policy. Unaccompanied youth will also be enrolled pending resolution of the dispute.

Once the enrollment decision is made, the school shall immediately enroll the student, pursuant to district policies.

However, enrollment may not be denied or delayed due to the lack of any document normally required for e nrollment, including academic records, medical records, and proof of residency, mailing address or other documentation. If the student does not have immediate access to immunization records, the student shall be admitted under a personal exception. Students and families should be encouraged to obtain current immunization records or immunizations as soon as possible, and the district liaison is directed to assist. Records from the student’s previous school shall be requested from the previous school pursuant to district policies. Emergency contact information is required at the time of enrollment consistent with district policies, including compliance with the state’s address confidentiality program when necessary. However, emergency contact information canno t be demanded in a form or manner that constructs a barrier to enrollment and/or attendance at school.

Homeless students are entitled to transportation to their school of origin or the school where they are to be enrolled. If the school of origin is in a different district, or a homeless student is living in another district but will attend his or her school of origin in this district, the districts will coordinate the transportation services necessary for the student, or wi ll divide the costs equally.

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The district’s liaison for homeless students and their families shall coordinate with local social service agencies that provide services to homeless children and youths and their families; other school districts on issues of transportation and records transfers; and state and local housing agencies responsible for comprehensive housing affordability strategies. This coordination includes providing public notice of the educational rights of homeless students where such children and youth receive services u nder the McKinney-Vento Act, such as schools, family shelters and soup kitchens.

The district’s liaison will also review and recommend amendments to district policies that may act as barriers to the enrollment of homeless students.

Duties of the Liaison for Homeless Students

Pursuant to McKinney-Vento, all school districts must have in place a liaison for ho meless children and youth who are properly trained on the liaison’s duties as set forth below and who is reasonably available to families throughout the school day to implement the requirements of the Act. The school liaison for homeless children and youth must ensure that:

 Homeless children and youth are sensitively identified by school personnel, whether currently enrolled or not yet attending school and, if appropriate, aid such children or youth in accessing the appropriate school;

 Homeless children and youth have a full opportunity to succeed in the district’s schools and that homeless families’ children and youth receive all educational service s for which they are eligible, including Head Start,

Even Start, preschool and referrals for healthcare, dental care, mental health and other appropriate services;

 Parents and guardians of homeless children and youth are informed about the district’s educ ational services and opportunities and are given meaningful chances to participate in their child’s education;

 Public notice of the educational rights of homeless children and youth is disseminated at locations where homeless families and children are ser ved such as schools, shelters ,soup kitchens, public aid offices, city hall, food pantries, public libraries, court houses ,and police stations;

 Disputes between the school district and homeless parents are handled in accordance with applicable law and the procedures set forth herein;

 Parents or guardians of a homeless child or youth (and any unaccompanied youth) are fully informed of all transportation services, including transportation to the school of origin and are assisted in accessing transportation to the school that is appropriately selected;

 Staff coordinate and collaborate with, among others, school personnel responsible for the provision of related services to homeless children and youth (such coordination and collaboration may include, for example, the development of training programs on rights of homeless children and youth and their families under applicable law); and,

 Ensure that special attention is given to locating and enrolling homeless children and youth not currently in school.

Homeless Student Dispute Procedures

Disagreements may occur between a school district and a homeless student or homeless parent regarding, among other things, enrollment or transportation. As soon as such a disagreement arises, the school district liaison sh ould become involved. If the district has legitimate reason to disagree with a parent, guardian or homeless youth regarding an issue related to the rights of homeless students, the district must follow a dispute procedure that includes these steps:

 Immediately enroll the student(s) and arrange for transportation and other services as appropriate.

 With the involvement of the district’s liaison, attempt to discuss the issues with the parent/youth to determine if more information can clear up the issues. Fa iling to accomplish that: o

Issue a letter to the parent/guardian or youth explaining, with a degree of specificity, the district’s position as to the homelessness-related dispute. In this letter, the district must also include referrals to free/reduced cost legal help and an outline of the dispute resolution procedure. The district must copy on such letter the applicable regional superintendent of schools and Illinois’ Coordinator for the Education of

Homeless Children and Youth (“State Coordinator”).

 Refer the child or his or her parent or guardian to the fair and impartial ombudsperson appointed by the district’s regional superintendent of schools (the “Ombudsperson”).The district’s liaison should exercise responsibility for facilitating access to legal he lp and advocacy and other information and, upon knowledge that legal representation is obtained by a family or youth, the district (through its liaison or otherwise) shall appropriately work with such legal representative throughout the dispute resolution process.

 The Ombudsperson shall: be familiar with the educational rights and needs of homeless children; work with all parties to schedule a meeting, notifying such parties of the meeting’s date, time and location; and, to the

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extent available, provide th e parties with any requested resource information in advance of the meeting so as to enable a full and fair presentation of their respective positions in the dispute resolution process. If at all possible, such meeting should occur within five (5) school days of the district’s letter.

 The Ombudsperson shall, as part of the meeting, allow for a complete presentation of relevant facts by all parties. The child and/or his or her parent or guardian should be allowed to have assistance from a legal representative knowledgeable of federal and state laws pertaining to homeless students’ educational rights.

 At the conclusion of the meeting or promptly thereafter, the Ombudsperson shall, in writing, communicate his or her decision to the parties and inform the part ies of the ability to have the state c oordinator review compliance with applicable law.

 Either party may, within five (5) school days of the Ombudsperson’s decision, send a written request to the state coordinator asking the state coordinator to review such decision for compliance with applicable law.

Such request must include any documentation related to the dispute resolution proceeding.

 Upon receiving a request for review, the state coordinator may request from either party any additional information that he or she deems relevant to determining compliance with applicable law. No later than ten

(10) school days after receiving the request for review, the state coordinator shall make a recommendation to the State Superintendent of Education regarding the O mbudsperson’s decision and the appropriate placement of the student (deferring, in this review, to any and all findings of fact by the Ombudsperson).

 Within ten (10) days of receiving the state coordinator’s recommendation, the State Superintendent of

Education or designee will inform all parties of the final determination.

 If the State Superintendent of Education or designee determines that the district’s action giving rise to the dispute is inconsistent with applicable law, he/she may order the district to take any action necessary for such district to be in compliance with applicable law. Should the district not comply with such order, the state superintendent shall place the district’s recognition status on probation in accordance with 23 Ill.

Admin. Code 1.20(b).

 Regardless of the decision of the State Superintendent of Education or designee, the State Coordinator will follow-up with the school district within five (5) school days after such determination to review the status of the dispute.

Cross References: Board Policy 3120 Enrollment

Board Policy 3231 Student Records

Legal References:

Management Resources:

Board Policy 3413 Student Immunization and Life -Threatening Conditions

RCW 28A.225.215 Enrollment of Children without Legal Residences

Title I, Part C No Child Left Behind Act, 2002

42 U.S.C. 11431 et seq. McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

Policy News, October 2002 NCLB Addresses Homeless Students

Policy News, October 2004 Homeless Students: Enrollment Rights and Services Update

Adopted:

School District Name:

Revised:

Classification:

10.02; 10.04

Essential

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Appendix M

Right to Privacy in the School Setting Act.

Public Act 098-0129

Social Network Access

Section 5. Definitions. In this Act:

"Elementary or secondary school" means a public elementary or secondary school or school district or a. nonpublic school recognized by the State Board of Education.

"Post-secondary school" means an institution of higher learning as defined in the Higher Educati on Student

Assistance Act.

"Social networking website" means an Internet -based service that allows individuals to do the following:

(1) construct a public or semi-public profile within a bounded system created by the service;

(2) create a list of other users with whom they share a connection within the system; and

(3) view and navigate their list of connections and those made by others within the system.

(4) "Social networking website" does not include electronic mail.

Section 10. Prohibited inquiry.

(a) It is unlawful for a post-secondary school to request or require a student or his or her parent or guardian to provide a password or other related account information in order to gain access to the student's account or profile on a social networking website or to demand acces s in any manner to a student's account or profile on a social networking website.

(b) Nothing in this Section limits a post -secondary school's right to do the following:

1) promulgate and maintain lawful school policies governing the use of the post-secondary school's electronic equipment, including policies regarding Internet use, social networking website use, and electronic mail use; and

2) monitor usage of the post-secondary school's electronic equipment and the post-secondary school's electronic mail without requesting or requiring a student to provide a password or other related account information in order to gain access to the student's account or profile on a social networking website.

(c) Nothing in this Section prohibits a post -secondary school from obtaining information about a student that is in the public domain or that is otherwise obtained in compliance with this Act.

(d) This Section does not apply when a post -secondary school has reasonable cause to believe that a student's account on a social networking website contains evidence that the student has violated a school disciplinary rule or policy.

Section 15. Notification. An elementary or secondary school must provide notification to the student and his or her parent or guardian that the elementary or secondary school may request or require a student to provide a password or other related account information in order to gain access to the student’s account or profile on a social networking website if the elementary or secondary school h as reasonable cause to believe that the student’s account on a social networking website contains evidence that the student has violated a school disciplinary rule or policy. The notification must be published in the elementary or secondary school's discip linary rules, policies, or handbook or communicated by similar means.

Section 20. Penalty. A post-secondary school or an agent of a post -secondary school who violates this Act is guilty of a petty offense.

Effective Date: 1/1/2014

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Appendix N

Rockford Public Schools 205

Student Acknowledgment of Receipt of Administrative Procedures for

Acceptable Use of the Electronic Network

2015-2016

All use of electronic networks shall be consistent with the Rockford Public Schools 205's goal of promoting educ ational excellence by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication. These procedures do not attempt to state all required or proscribed behavior by users. However, some specific examples are provided. The failure of any user to follow these procedures may result in the loss of privileges, disciplinary action, and/or appropriate legal action.

Accessing Electronic Network and Internet - Student access to the network is automatically granted as part of registration. To acknowledge network acce ss, students (referred to as "users") must submit a signed copy of the Student

Acknowledgment of Receipt of Administrative Procedures for Acceptable Use of the Electronic Network (referred to as the "Acknowledgment"). Each user will be required to submit a newly-signed acknowledgment of the Acknowledgment at the beginning of each school year. In the event a user's electronic network privileges are suspended or revoked, that user will be required to submit a signed Acknowledgment before the Rockford Public S chools 205 will consider restoring electronic network access privileges.

Enforcement - Any violation of the terms of Board Policy (referred to as the "Policy"), of these Administrative

Procedures, or of additional rules, regulations, or other terms or con ditions of electronic network access authorized by the Superintendent or designee may result in the suspension or revocation of electronic network privileges, disciplinary action, and/or appropriate legal action up to and including dismissal. Disciplinary measures, if any, shall be considered and imposed consistent with Rockford Public Schools 205 discipline policies. Discipline may include dismissal.

Terms and Conditions

Acceptable Use - Access to the Rockford Public Schools 205's electronic network must be: (a) for the purpose of education or research, consistent with the Rockford Public Schools 205's educational objectives, or (b) for legitimate

Rockford Public Schools 205 use. Access also must comply with the Policy, these Administrative Procedures, fe deral and

Illinois law or any additional rules, regulations or other terms and conditions of electronic network access promulgated by the Superintendent or designee, and all other disciplinary policies and regulations for the safety and pedagogical concerns of the Rockford Public Schools 205.

Privileges - The use of the Rockford Public Schools 205's electronic network is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in the suspension or revocation of those privileges. The Superintendent or de signee will make the final decision as to whether a user violated these procedures. If a violation is found, the Superintendent or designee may then deny, revoke, or suspend the access privileges of any user who violates the Policy, these Administrative Pr ocedures or any other terms or conditions governing the use of the Rockford Public Schools 205's electronic network.

Network Etiquette - The user is expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Be polite. Do not become abusive in messages to others,

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

3. Do not reveal personal information, including the addresses or telephone numbers of students or colleagues.

4. Recognize that electronic mail (e-mail) and use of the Rockford Public Schools 205's electronic network is not private. System administrators have access to all e -mail, and detailed web log history. Any discovery of messages relating to or in support of illegal activities will be reported to the authorities.

5. Consider all communications and information accessible via the network to be private property of the

Rockford Public Schools 205.

Unacceptable Use - The user is responsible for his or her actions and activities involving the network. Any use which disrupts the proper and orderly operation and discipline of schools in the Rockford Public Schools 205; threatens the integrity or efficient operation of the Rockford Public Schools 205 's electronic network; violates the rights of others, is primarily intended as an immediate solicitation of funds; is illegal or for illegal purposes of any kind; or constitutes gros s disobedience or misconduct is an unacceptable use. Use of the Rockford P ublic Schools 205's electronic network for any

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unacceptable use will result in the suspension or revocation of electronic network privileges, disciplinary action, and/or appropriate legal action. Unacceptable uses of the Rockford Public Schools 205's elect ronic network specifically include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Using the network for any illegal activity, such as fraud, libel, forgery or a violation of copyright laws of other intellectual property rights or contracts, or transmitting any ma terial in violation of any State or federal law;

2. Unauthorized downloading of any software, music, video or other media or other file to the Rockford Public

Schools 205's electronic network without an educational or professional purpose, regardless of wheth er it is copyrighted or de-virused;

3. Using the network for private financial or commercial gain including gambling or advertising;

4. Continually using resources, such as file space, toner, or paper, in a wasteful manner;

5. Hacking, jail breaking or gaining unauthorized access to files, resources, or entities including using another user's account or password;

6. Invading the privacy of individuals, which includes the unauthorized disclosure, dissemination, or use of information about anyone which is of a personal n ature including a photograph;

7. Posting material authored or created by another without his/her consent;

8. Posting anonymous messages;

9. Accessing, submitting, posting, publishing, or displaying any material that is defamatory, abusive, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, illegal or which violates the rights of others;

10. Using the network while access privileges are suspended or revoked;

11. Taking any steps which threaten, or which may reasonably be interpreted to threaten, any person, group o f persons, building, or property with harm, regardless of whether the user intends to carry out such threat;

12. Deliberately accessing, creating, displaying, transmitting, or otherwise possessing or disseminating material which contains pornography, obscenity, or sexually explicit, pervasively lewd and vulgar, or indecent or inappropriate language, text, sounds, or visual depictions;

13. Creating or sending e-mail or other communications which purport to come from another individual (commonly known as "spoofing"), or otherwise assuming an anonymous or false identity in communicating with other individuals, businesses, or organizations;

14. Modifying, disabling, compromising, or otherwise circumventing any anti -virus, user authentication, or other security feature maintained on the Rockford Public Schools 205 network or on any external computer, computer system, or computer account;

15. Creating or deliberately downloading, uploading, or forwarding any computer virus, or otherwise attempting to modify, destroy, or corrupt computer files maintained by any individual on any computer;

16. Participating in, or directly connecting with current Rockford Public Schools 205 staff in a social networking environment without an educational or professional purpose;

17. Using encryption software or otherwise encoding or password -protecting any file which is created with, sent from, received by, or stored on the Rockford Public Schools 205's electronic network;

18. Attempting to commit any action which would constitute an unacceptable use if accompl ished successfully.

No Warranties - The Rockford Public Schools 205 makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the service it is providing, The Rockford Public Schools 205 will not be responsible for any damages the user may suffer .

This includes loss of data resulting from delays, non -deliveries, missed-deliveries, or service interruptions, whether caused by the Rockford Public Schools 205's negligence or the user's errors or omissions. Use of any information obtained via the Internet is at the user's own risk. The Rockford Public Schools 205 specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through its electronic network services.

Indemnification - The user agrees to indemnify the Rockford Public Schools 205 for any losses, costs, or damages, including reasonable attorneys' fees, incurred by the Rockford Public Schools 205 relating to, or arising out of, any violation or breach of the Policy, these Administrative Procedures or any other term s or conditions governing the use of the Rockford Public Schools 205's electronic network.

Security - Network security is a high priority. If the user observes a security problem on the network, the user must notify the system administrator or Building Pr incipal and should not disclose the problem to other users: Users are expected to maintain the confidentiality of their account and password, Users shall not use another individual's account without permission from that individual. Attempts to log -on to the network as a system administrator will result in cancellation of user privileges. Any user identified as a security risk may be denied access to the network.

Vandalism - Any acts of vandalism committed by the user will result in cancellation of privileg es, other disciplinary action and/or legal action. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy data of another user, the Internet, or any other network. This includes, but is not limited to, the uploading or creation of computer viruse s.

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Privacy - Any electronic communications or files created on, stored on, or sent to, from, or via the electronic network are the property of the Rockford Public Schools 205. Consequently, users do not have any expectation of privacy with respect to such messages and files. Users should remember that such messages and files can be recovered from the electronic network's back-up system even after they have been deleted from a user's individual account.

The Superintendent or designee may access and review such messages and files when necessary to maintain the integrity and efficient operation of the electronic network; to monitor compliance with the Policy, these Rules and

Regulations, and all other rules, regulations, or other terms or conditions of electr onic network access authorized by the

Superintendent; and to further all other educational, safety and instructional concerns of the Rockford Public Schools

205. The Rockford Public Schools 205 also reserves the right to intercept, access, and disclose to appropriate authorities all information created with, sent to, received by, or stored on the electronic network at any time, with or without user notice. Use of the Rockford Public Schools 205's electronic network to create, store, send, receive, view, or access any electronic communication or other file constitutes consent by the user for the Rockford Public Schools 205 to access and review such files.

Further, if Rockford Public Schools has reasonable cause to believe the student's account on a social ne tworking website contains evidence that the student has violated a school disciplinary rule or policy, then Rockford Public Schools

205 may require a student to provide a password or other related account information in order to gain access to the student's account or profile on a social networking website, even if such site has not been accessed through one of

Rockford Public Schools 205's servers.

Copyright Web Publishing Rules - Copyright law and Rockford Public Schools 205 policy prohibit the re -publishing of text or graphics found on the Internet or on Rockford Public Schools 205 websites or file servers without explicit written permission.

1. Material from other electronic sources (including the Internet) must not be used unless written permission has been obtained by the user from the author. Additionally, any material so used, must be properly cited.

2. The absence of a copyright notice may not be interpreted as permission to copy the materials. Only the copyright owner may provide the permission.

3. The 'fair use" rules governing student reports in classrooms are less stringent and permit limited use of graphics and text.

4. Material from software owned by the Rockford Public Schools 205 or school may not be used without permission or unless the licensing agree ment specifically allows for such use.

Use of Electronic Mail - The Rockford Public Schools 205's electronic mail system, and its constituent software, hardware, and data files, are owned and controlled by the Rockford Public Schools 205. The Rockford Pub lic Schools

205 provides electronic mail to aid students grades 9 -12 as an education tool.

1. The Rockford Public Schools 205 reserves the right to access and disclose the contents of any account on its system, without prior notice or permission from the acc ount's user. Unauthorized access by any user to another user's electronic mail account is strictly prohibited.

2. Each person should use the same degree of care in drafting an electronic mail message as would be put into a written memorandum or document. Noth ing should be transmitted in an e-mail message that would be inappropriate in a letter or memorandum.

3. Electronic messages transmitted via the Rockford Public Schools 205's Internet gateway are electronically labeled with an identification of the user's Int ernet "domain." This domain name is a registered domain name and identifies the author as a user of the Rockford Public Schools 205's electronic network. Great care should be taken, therefore, to compose messages in a manner that will reflect well on the name and reputation of the Rockford Public Schools 205. Users will be held personally responsible for the content of any and all electronic mail messages transmitted to external recipients.

4. Downloading any file attached to any Internet -based message is prohibited unless the user is certain, to the best of their ability, of that message's authenticity and the nature of the file so transmitted.

5. Use of the Rockford Public Schools 205's electronic mail system constitutes consent to these regulations.

Cooperation with Investigations - The Rockford Public Schools 205 reserves the right to participate and cooperate fully in any investigation requested or undertaken by either law enforcement authorities or a party alleging to have been harmed by the use of the Rockford Public Schools 205 electronic network. Evidence of illegal activity will be reported or turned over to appropriate authorities.

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Internet Safety - Internet access is limited to only those "acceptable uses" as detailed in these procedures. Staff member users are responsible for supervising students while they are using Rockford Public Schools 205 Internet access to ensure that the students abide by the Terms and Conditions for electronic access contained in these procedures and/or the student handbook. The Rockford Public Schools 205 network for Internet access has a filtering device that blocks entry to Web sites (as defined by the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and as determined by the Superintendent or designee) that are:

1. Obscene (for definition, see the case of Miller v. California 1973)

2. Child Pornography (for definition, see 18 U.S.C. 2256)

3. Harmful to Minors (for definition, see below) The CIPA defines "Harmful to Minors" as:

Any picture, image, graphic image file, or other visual depiction that — (i) taken as a whole and with respect to minors, appeals to a prurient interest in nudity, sex, or excretion; (ii) depicts, describes, or represents, in a patently offensive way with respect to what is suitable for minors, an actual or simulated sex ual act or sexual contact, actual or simulated normal or perverted sexual acts, and (iii) taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value as to minors" (Secs. 1703(b)(2), 20 U.S.C. sec 3601(a)(5)(F) as added by CIPA sec 1 711, 20 U.S.C. sec 9134(b)(f )(7)(B) as added by CIPA sec 1712(a), and 147 U.S.C. sec. 254(h)(c)(G) as added by CIPA sec. 1721(a)).

Non-School-Sponsored Publications/Websites Students are prohibited from accessing and/or distributing at school any pictures, written material; or electronic material, including material from the Internet or from a blog, that:

1. Will cause substantial disruption of the proper and orderly operation and discipline

2. Violates the rights of others, including but not limited to materia l that is libelous,

3. Is socially inappropriate or inappropriate due to maturity level of the students, including but not limited to material that is obscene, pornographic, or pervasively lewd and vulgar, or contains indecent or vulgar language;

4. Is primarily intended for the immediate solicitation of funds; or

5. Is distributed in kindergarten through twelfth grade and is primarily prepared by non -students, unless it is being used for school purposes. Nothing herein shall be interpreted to prevent the inclusion of material from outside sources or the citation to such sources as long as the material to be distributed or accessed is primarily prepared by students.

The distribution of non-school-sponsored written material must occur at a time and place and in a man ner that will not cause disruption, be coercive, or result in the perception that the distribution or the material is endorsed by Rockford

Public Schools 205.

Policy Modifications-The Board of Education may modify the terms and conditions of electronic n etwork use and/or the provisions of the Policy and these Administrative Procedures at any time. The Superintendent or designee may also disseminate additional rules, regulations, or other terms or conditions of electronic network access as may be necessar y to ensure the safe, proper, and efficient operation of the computer network and the individual Rockford Public Schools

205 schools. Notice of any such modifications or additional rules, regulations, or other terms of conditions of access shall be promptly communicated to all authorized users, including by posting such modifications on the electronic network or in a conspicuous place at access locations. Use of the electronic network constitutes acceptance of the terms of the Policy, these Administrative Procedures, and any additional rules, regulations, or other terms or conditions of electronic network access which may have been promulgated by the Superintendent or designee.

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Appendix O

Student Transfer Form

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ANNUAL ASBESTOS NOTIFICATION

In 1986 Congress passed the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA). This law required all schools K -12 to be inspected for asbestos containing building materials (ACBM).

Those inspections were completed in 1989, and the management plan for mana ging all ACBM was filed with the State

Department of Education. A copy of the management plan for each school is on file in the principal’s office of each respective school, as well as the Facilities Department at the Administration Building located at 501 7th St., Rockford

Illinois 61104. Based on this inventory and our construction management records since the inventory was completed, the following schools are considered to be asbestos free:

Ellis

Lewis Lemon

Barbour

RESA

During the calendar year 2011, PSI, a private Occupational and Health consulting firm, in accordance with federal regulations under AHERA, re-inspected all schools. The results of these re -inspections are contained within each respective school’s management plan.

All asbestos-containing material that was identified in the management plan will continue to be monitored. The District will conduct a re-inspection of all inventoried asbestos containing material every six months. The School District ’s

Environmental technicians are qualified to conduct routine activities around asbestos containing materials, to handle accidental releases of asbestos fibers if these materials become damaged, and to monitor the condition of these materials.

If you have any questions about the Asbestos Management Program in the Rockford School District #205, please contact

Anne Ford, Environmental Health & Safety Coordinator at 815 -966-3016.

Director of Facilities

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Plan

Rockford Public School District 205

Updated: May, 2011

Policy & Purpose

It is the objective of the Rockford School District to provide clean and safe buildings for students and staff to work in.

Rockford Public Schools will use best management practices and a multi -disciplinary approach to maintain its b uildings in such a way that supports a healthy environment for its occupants.

Scope

The procedures outlined in this document apply to all Rockford Public School District owned buildings.

Responsibilities

Environmental Health & Safety Coordinator:

a. Will maintain Indoor Air Quality Plan, and oversee implementation. b. Will lead air quality investigations, and perform air sampling as needed. c. Will communicate with the laboratory, communicate issues to Chief Operating Officer, and communicate with building principals and parents as needed. d. Will assist with building walkthroughs. e. Will maintain Integrated Pest Management (IPM) system. f. Will oversee Asbestos Management Plans. g. Will oversee Radon Gas Program h. Will oversee Lead Paint RRP Program

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Operations Manager:

a. Will oversee building cleanliness, and insure that custodial service follows steps outlined in these procedures. b. Will assist with building walkthroughs. c. Will insure air filters in school buildings are changed according to maintenance schedule. d. Will insure custodial service follows ‘Green Chemicals’ rules.

Maintenance Manager:

a. Will oversee HVAC operations. b. Will assist with building walkthroughs. c. Will communicate to EHS Coordinator when HVAC service in a building has been interrupted due to malfunction or power outage, or when there is a major roof leak, or pipe leak that may result in a subsequent moisture problem. d. Will continue to develop strategies to remedy landscape drainage issues, and downspout and gutter placements that contribute to flooding.

Maintenance Planner:

a. Will address work orders for roof leaks and plumbing leaks quickly to prevent water damage and moisture

build-up within the interior of the building.

b. Will notify EHS Coordinator of work orders for air quality, mold, HVAC malfunctions , major roof leaks,

plumbing leaks, and floods that may result in a subsequent moisture problem within the interior of the building.

c. Will assist with building walkthroughs.

Food Services Director:

a. Will insure Food Services Dept. operates according to Win nebago County Health Department standards and operates in a way that minimizes food -borne odors that can impact indoor air quality.

Training

Rockford Public School District employees who perform air quality inspections, cleaning and remediation, asbestos O&M, lead paint renovation, and radon gas detection will be trained and certified according to EPA and IEMA approved methods and guidelines. Employees will repeat training as regulations change or as needed for review.

Elements of Indoor Air Quality

There are many factors that can impact indoor air quality. HVAC design and operation, housekeeping, food preparation, waste, pesticides, asbestos materials, naturally occurring gases (Radon), lead paint, pollen, dust, fungal spores, vehicle emissions, office equipment, cleaning products, synthetic furnishings, science labs, personal care products, nearby construction activities, dirty air filters, plants, air fresheners, and pet dander all contribute to a building’s indoor air quality. a. HVAC Operations

HVAC & exhaust systems are a critical component of good indoor air quality. How they function, and the systems settings influence the amount of outside air, building pressure, temperature, and humidity levels.

Rockford Public Schools rely on both central air hand ling systems and unit ventilators, and are operated according to regional educational standards to provide adequate air movement. HVAC systems will be placed onto an HVAC Summer Operating Schedule , to be updated annually. b. Housekeeping

All Rockford Public School buildings are cleaned daily during the academic year. Custodial staff abides by

EPA regulations regarding limiting cleaning chemicals to only approved ‘green’ cleaning products.

Rubbish is removed daily. Air filters are changed quarterly. Stained or wet ceiling tiles are replaced with new tiles. c. Moisture Control & Mildew Prevention

The key to mold prevention is moisture control. Mold requires water to grow, so it is important to prevent moisture problems in buildings. The Indoor Air Quality Plan focuses on this premise.

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Moisture problems can have many causes, including uncontrolled humidity, roof leaks, condensation, plumbing leaks, floods, landscaping and foundation design, and downspout/gutter placement. According to the EPA Office of Air and Radiat ion, the indoor relative humidity level should be kept below 60% to prevent moisture problems.

Maintaining low humidity levels, altering carpet cleaning methods, and monitoring closed buildings during the summer months will significantly reduce the chance of moisture problems developing.

The purpose of the HVAC Summer Operating Schedule is to control humidity levels with the goal of keeping the humidity below 60%. The timing and setting of each building’s HVAC operations will be determined by several facto rs including the carpet cleaning schedule, amount of precipitation, temperature, and humidity levels.

Custodial service will follow these carpet cleaning procedures to reduce the amount of time carpets remain wet:

1. Only anti-fungal, mildew resistant shampoo will be used.

2. Minimal amount of water will be used.

3. After carpet cleaning, encourage ventilation of room by the following means: a. If window air conditioner is present, turn it on. b. Place and turn on floor fans. c. If no air conditioner is present, turn o n floor fans and prop door open. d. If no air conditioner or fans are available, custodial service will contact Operations Support

Center before carpet cleaning, so fans can be made available.

4. No furniture or rugs will be placed back onto carpeting until carp et is completely dry

Walkthroughs: Moisture problems develop when buildings have sat empty for periods of time during the summer months when school is not in session. Roof-top ventilation units that circulate air or provide air conditioning can fail due t o power outages or equipment malfunctions, and the conditions of the interior the building can change quickly when this occurs.

Flooding after a heavy rain is a fairly common occurrence, and it is important to remove the water and dry out the interior of the building as quickly as possible.

For these reasons, schools that have historically had problems with moisture will be checked weekly by Operations

Support Center staff during the summer months when school is not in session. During inspections, build ings will be checked for HVAC malfunctions, plumbing leaks, roof leaks, vandalism, wildlife entry, flooding, mold, and odor.

Operations Support Center staff will use a Building Inspection Form and will submit completed forms to Environmental

Health & Safety Coordinator each week.

Problems identified during the building inspections will be corrected through the Rockford School District work order system.

Food Services

Cooking activities generate odors, moisture, and food waste that can impact indoor air q uality. Rockford Public Schools food service follows strict standards outlined by the Winnebago County Health Dep artment and the Illinois Department of

Public Health.

Integrated Pest Management (IMP)

Uncontrolled pest activity can affect indoor air quali ty by leaving bio detritus that can become airborne. Rockford Public

School District practices Integrated Pest Management; an approach to pest control that reduces pest populations while minimizing pesticide use.

Asbestos Management

While asbestos does not have an immediate impact on indoor air discomfort, asbestos is a known human carcinogen. In accordance with state and federal regulations, Rockford Public Schools maintains an Asbestos Management Plan for every building containing asbestos materials. Sc hools are inspected every six (6) months by Rockford School District employees trained in asbestos O&M, and every three (3) years by an outside contractor.

Radon Gas Program

Radon is a naturally occurring, colorless, odo rless, radioactive gas that is known as human carcinogen. Radon travels through soil and enters buildings through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Rockford Public School District, in

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cooperation with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, has begun a Radon Program to reduce exposure to radon gas in the school buildings.

Lead Paint Program

Lead is a toxic metal that is especially dangerous to children under six (6) years of age. When lead paint is disturbed, lead dust can become airborne and it is easily ingested. In compliance with EPA Final Rule 40 CFR Part 745, Rockford

Public Schools practices Lead Paint Renovation, Repair, & Painting procedures, and maintains lead paint renovation certification. All Rockford School District employees who remove/renovate leaded paint are tr ained and certified in Lead

RRP practices.

Other Environmental Factor

According to Tools for Schools, published by the American Lung Association and the EPA, symptoms of poor indoor air quality can be caused by other factors and are not necessarily due to air quality deficiencies. Environmental stressors such as: improper lighting, noise, vibration, seasonal allergies, overcrowding, poor ergonomics, and psychosocial problems can all produce symptoms that are similar to those associated with poor air quality.

Air Quality Inspections

Air quality inspections may by prompted by several factors: a. Staff or students complaints of illness in a specific area. b. Staff or students complaints of an odor in a specific area. c. When staff report ‘mold.’ d. A flood, leak, or extensive water damage to the interior of a building. e. Routine inspections.

When Operations Support Center receives a request for a mold/air quality inspection, employees trained in mold inspection and remediation will respond within 24 hours, but usually the same business day, and the initial inspection, corrective measures, and results of follow -up will be documented and retained in the EHS Coordinator’s office.

When an area is found to have mold, Rockford Public School employees trained in mold remediat ion will follow methods outlined in USEPA Office of Air and Radiation’s Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings , doc# EPA 402-

K-01-001.

All surfaces and materials will be cleaned according to EPA guidelines. In summary, EPA Methods are as fol lows:

Method 1: Wet vacuum and steam cleaning of porous materials such as carpeting and upholstery.

Method 2: Damp-wipe surfaces with water and detergent. Fungicide or biocide may be used but is not

necessary.

Method 3: HEPA vacuum after area has dried.

Method 4: Discard severely damaged materials and PPE in plastic bags.

If mold problem is extensive, the Rockford School District may obtain assistance from outside remediation companies to be determined on a case-by-case basis. An “extensive mold problem” would be mold that is found in three (3) or more rooms, involves several square feet of ceiling, wall, or flooring, and is found on several different types of materials.

Follow-up: Approximately 7 to 10 days after the area has been cleaned, it will be r echecked to determine the moisture problem has been corrected, and mold has not returned.

Air Sampling

In most cases, air sampling is not necessary, and is not recommended by the EPA as part of an investigation or first response to a mold problem. Since no EPA or other federal threshold limits have been set for mold, sampling cannot be used to check a buildings compliance with mold standards.

Air sampling may be useful in some circumstances, such as part of a site evaluation, to help identify unspecifie d health concerns, to identify mold species, to differentiate between mold and soot or dirt, or to determine if an area has been adequately cleaned after remediation.

If air samples are collected, the Rockford School District will use only AIHA EPA Accre dited Laboratories certified in environmental microbiology.

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Tools & Equipment

PPE:

Personal Protective Equipment such as latex gloves, N95 respirators, and eye protection will be utilized as necessary.

Fans:

Rockford Public School District will maintain an inventory of floor fans for the purpose of drying carpets after cleaning.

Operations Support Center will work closely with custodial staff to insure placement and rotation of fans to coincide with custodial carpet cleaning schedule.

Wet-Vacs:

Used to remove water.

HEPA Vacuums:

HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Vacuums are used for final cleanup of a remediation area after areas have dried.

Fluke 975 Air Meter:

Used to measure carbon dioxide levels, carbon monoxide levels, t emperature, and humidity.

Fluke Thermal Imager:

Used to find moisture in carpeting, walls, and ceilings.

Bio-Scan Surface Air Sample Kit:

Counts per square centimeter amount of fungi, particulates, skin cell fragments, insect biodetris, and pollen.

Air-O-Cell Spore Trap & Air Pump:

Counts per cubic meter of air amount of fungi, particulates, skin cell fragments, insect bio detritus, and pollen.

Cleaning Products:

The following products may be used during cleaning and remediation:

Sanitizing Extraction Bonnet Cleaner

Jomax Mildew Killer

Sodium Hypochlorite (bleach)

Re-Fresh Odor Control

EPA Tools for Schools Action Kit

Problem-solving kit designed to assist staff with maintaining a healthful environment, and identifying problems.

Attachments:

A: Summer HVAC Operating Schedule: TBA

B: Closed Building Inspection Form: MOLDbldginspectionform.xls

C: EPA Remediation Guidelines: Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings | Mold | US EPA

D: Training Certificates: MOLD training certificates.pdf

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August, 2015

Dear Parent/Guardian

Thank you for taking the time to review the Student Handbook for the 2015-16 school year. This document provides comprehensive information relative to District 205 schools. However, each school may also have specific procedures for individual building expectations. Please review with your child(ren) any areas that wo uld be pertinent to their daily school schedule.

Should you have any questions regarding information contained within this document, please contact your school office.

Please cut along dotted line and return the bottom portion to the school.

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Student’s Name__________________________________________________________________

Parent/Guardian Name___________________________________ _________________________

Relationship to Student________________________ ____________________________________

Phone Number_________________________________________ __________________________

Signature of Parent/Guardian_________________________________________________ ______

Date___________________________________________________________________________

Please return this page to your child’s school after reading and signing.

Please update the office if there are any changes to the above information.

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Barbour

Beyer

Bloom

Brookview

Carlson

Cherry

Valley

Conklin

First Semester

Dates Times

11/17 3:00-6:00

11/19 4:00-7:00

10/8

10/6

10/8

10/8

10/8

2:30-5:30

10/13 2:30-05:30

2:30-5:30

3:30-6:30

3:00-6:00

10/15 2:15-5:15

3:00-6:00

10/13 3:00-6:00

11/17 3:00-6:00

11/19 3:00-6:00

10/6 3:00-6:00

10/8 3:00-6:00

11/17 4:00-7:00

Dennis E/C 11/19 4:00-7:00

Ellis

Fairview

E/C

10/6

10/8

3:30-6:30

3:30-6:30

11/17 2:30-5:30

11/19 2:30-5:30

10/13 3:00-6:00

Froberg 10/15 3:00-6:00

Gregory

Haskell

10/6

10/8

9/22

9/24

3:00-6:00

3:00-6:00

2:30-5:30

3:30-6:30

Hillman

Johnson

10/8 3:00-6:00

10/13 3:00-6:00

11/18 3:00-6:00

11/23 2:30-5:30

King

10/6

10/8

2:30-5:30

2:30-5:30

11/17 2:30-5:30

Kishwaukee 11/19 2:30-5:30

Middle Schools

First Semester

10/1 4:15-7:15

Eisenhower 10/6 4:15-7:15

Flinn

Kennedy

Lincoln

Marshall

RESA

West

10/1 4:00-7:00

10/6 4:00-7:00

9/29 4:30-7:30

10/1 4:30-7:30

10/1 4:00-7:00

10/6 4:00-7:00

10/1 4:00-7:00

10/6 4:00-7:00

10/6 4:00-7:00

10/8 4:00-7:00

10/1 4:00-7:00

10/7 4:00-7:00

Parent/Teacher Conference Waivers for 2015-16

Elementary Schools

Second Semester

Dates Times

First Semester

Dates Times

3/1

3/3

2:30-5:30

2:30-5:30

1/14 2:30-5:30

1/19 2:30-5:30

3/1

3/3

2:30-5:30

3:30-6:30

3/3 3:00-6:00

3/10 2:15-5:15

3/8 3:00-6:00

3/10 3:00-6:00

3/1

3/3

3/3

3/8

3:00-6:00

3:00-6:00

3:00-6:00

3:00-6:00

3/3

3/8

4:00-7:00

4:00-7:00

2/9 3:30-6:30

2/11 3:30-6:30

3/1 2:30-5:30

3/10 2:30-5:30

1/19 3:00-6:00

1/21 3:00-6:00

3/8 3:00-6:00

3/10 3:00-6:00

3/1

3/3

2:30-5:30

3:30-6:30

2/25 3:00-6:00

3/1 3:00-6:00

3/3

3/9

3:00-6:00

2:30-5:30

3/1

3/3

3/1

3/3

2:30-5:30

2:30-5:30

2:30-5:30

2:30-5:30

Lathrop

Lewis

Lemon

Marsh

McIntosh

Montessori

Nashold

Nelson

Riverdahl

Rolling

Green

Spring

11/17 2:30-5:30

11/19 2:30-5:30

10/6 2:30-5:30

10/8 2:30-5:30

10/8 4:00-7:00

10/13 2:30-5:30

10/8 2:30-5:30

10/15 2:30-5:30

10/6 4:00-7:00

10/8 4:00-7:00

10/13 3:30-6:30

10/15 2:30-5:30

10/8 2:30-5:30

10/13 4:00-7:00

11/17 3:00-6:00

11/19 3:00-6:00

11/17 4:00-7:00

11/19 4:00-7:00

10/8 4:00-7:00

Creek 10/13 3:00-6:00

Summerdale 11/17 4:00-7:00

E/C

Thompson

Walker

11/19 4:00-7:00

10/13 2:30-5:30

10/15 2:30-5:30

10/8 3:00-6:00

10/15 3:00-6:00

10/8 3:00-6:00

Washington 10/13 3:00-6:00

Welsh

10/6

10/8

4:00-7:00

3:00-6:00

West View

10/6

10/8

3:30-6:30

3:30-6:30

10/1 3:00-6:00

White Swan 10/6 2:30-5:30

Whitehead

10/1 2:30-5:30

10/6 4:00-7:00

High Schools

First Semester

Second Semester

2/11 4:15-7:15

2/16 4:15-7:15

2/18 4:00-7:00

2/23 4:00-7:00

2/9

2/1

4:30-7:30

4:30-7:30

2/18 4:00-7:00

2/23 4:00-7:00

2/18 4:00-7:00

2/23 4:00-7:00

2/9 4:00-7:00

2/11 4:00-7:00

2/11 4:00-7:00

2/17 4:00-7:00

Auburn

10/1 4:00-7:00

10/6 4:00-7:00

East

Guilford

Jefferson

Roosevelt

9/29

10/1

10/1

10/6

9/30

10/6

9/30

10/5

4:30-7:30

4:30-7:30

4:30-7:30

4:30-7:30

4:00-7:00

4:00-7:00

4:00-7:00

3:30-6:30

Wilson 9/29 4:30-7:30

Aspire

(SPED)

10/1 4:30-7:30

Second Semester

Dates Times

3/3

3/8

3/1

3/3

2:30-5:30

2:30-5:30

2:30-5:30

2:30-5:30

3/1

3/3

4:00-7:00

2:30-5:30

1/14 2:30-5:30

1/21 2:30-5:30

3/1

3/3

4:00-7:00

4:00-7:00

1/19 3:30-6:30

1/21 2:30-5:30

3/3

3/8

4:00-7:00

2:30-5:30

3/3

3/8

3:00-6:00

3:00-6:00

3/3 4:00-7:00

3/10 4:00-7:00

1/21 4:00-7:00

1/26 3:00-6:00

3/3 4:00-7:00

3/8 4:00-7:00

1/9 2:30-5:30

1/21 2:30-5:30

3/1

3/3

3:00-6:00

3:00-6:00

1/14 3:00-6:00

1/19 3:00-6:00

3/1

3/3

4:00-7:00

3:00-6:00

3/1

3/3

3/3

3/8

3:30-6:30

3:30-6:30

3:00-6:00

2:30-5:30

1/12 2:30-5:30

1/14 4:00-7:00

Second Semester

2/11 4:00-7:00

2/16 4:00-7:00

2/16 4:30-7:30

2/25 4:30-7:30

2/18 4:30-7:30

2/23 4:30-7:30

2/18 4:00-7:00

2/23 4:00-7:00

2/17 4:00-7:00

2/22 3:30-6:30

2/9 4:30-7:30

2/11 4:30-7:30

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