The School Day
The school day begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 3:20 p.m. Certain activities at the middle school take place before the start of the regular day. Those activities begin at 7:35 a.m. Half day kindergarten classes meet from 8:30 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.
Children are not expected to arrive at school more than ten minutes before the bell rings. The faculty can assume no responsibility for supervision of children who come too early in the morning. Children who are transported by bus will be given special consideration because bus schedules cannot fit these limitations.
By law, children between the ages of 7 and 16 must attend school. The law requires parents to keep their children in school on a regular basis. For more information about the District’s attendance policy, please review Board policies. The District rules regarding attendance and related topics can be found in the Discipline Policy Handbook.
Valid reasons for student absences are illness or death in the immediate family. Parents must call the child’s school each day of an absence before 8:30 a.m. and inform the school of the reason for absence. Failure to comply with this notification will result in a call being made by the school to verify the student absence within two hours of the beginning of the day as required by state law.
A written excuse is necessary when a child returns to school after any absence. All excuses should give the reason for the absence and should be signed by a parent unless the school has been notified that another signature is to be accepted.
In cases of excessive tardiness, an explanatory note may be required each time the pupil is tardy.
Special dismissal during school hours should be avoided if at all possible. When absolutely necessary, please send a note stating the time and the reason for the special dismissal. No student will be released from school for part of a day unless the parent/guardian signs out the student at the school office.
We welcome all adults interested in observing our educational program. However, all schools are electronically monitored for our students’ safety and security. We would appreciate having the following rules observed at all times in order to ensure a safe environment for our students and staff.
- All visitors shall report to the school office upon entering the building where they will sign in, show photo I.D., and receive a visitors tag. Upon leaving the school visitors are to return to the office and sign out. Entrance will be restricted to one location, generally the main entrance.
- Parents wishing to visit an individual teacher are requested to make prior arrangements with that teacher or the principal.
- Other adults interested in observing classes should contact the principal of the building.
- Non-enrolled children will not be permitted to visit school unless they have been given prior approval by the principal.
Students are expected to be dressed and groomed in a manner which is appropriate and acceptable for their age level. Appropriate dress and grooming are conducive of a positive learning environment.
Principals decide whether to schedule indoor or outdoor recess. Parents may request, in writing, indoor recess for their child after an illness, but not for more than one school day. If a child must stay indoors for a longer period, parents must furnish a note from the child’s physician.
Illinois Textbook Loan Program
The State of Illinois provides, under the Illinois Secular Textbook Program, the loan of textbooks to any public or private school student enrolled in grades kindergarten through 12. The State reimburses participating school districts for the cost of one textbook per student within a given school year. Our district applies for these funds every year that this program is offered. The funds are contingent upon the supply of money allocated by the state legislature for the program. Moreover, each year, the legislature determines what grade levels will be funded.
To fulfill our state obligation in receiving these funds, we must apprise you of this program. Note: This program has no effect on students receiving textbooks since every student is supplied with the textbooks s/he needs through the District’s textbook rental program.
District 123’s Board of Education has adopted a medication policy which requires a medication authorization form to be completed by the physician and parent. Please contact the school nurse regarding this form.
Only those medications necessary to the health and well-being of a student and which must be given during school hours may be administered to a student. ALL medications given to students must be prescribed by a licensed prescriber on an individual basis.
A written order for prescription and nonprescription medications must be completed in its entirety and filed with the school nurse before any medications will be administered. All medications are to be kept in the school nurse’s office.
For more information about the District’s policy regarding administering medications to students, please review Board policy.
In the event that a student is injured in such a way as to limit physical activity, the parent shall be required to file a physician’s note with the school nurse explaining the nature of the injury and the duration for the reduction of activity. Students will be given alternate, related assignments in gym class and will be given indoor recess for the duration of the injury.