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AKIN GRADE SCHOOL

STUDENT HANDBOOK

 

“Bulldogs are the BEST!!”

 

2017-2018

 

“Education of the Children is the Key to the Future”

 

In order to assure an orderly educational process for the benefit of its students, staff, and parents, the Akin School Dist. #91 Board of Education does hereby outline its policies and procedures for students in this handbook. However, there may be some deviation from there policies by the board and administration due to unusual circumstances.

 

Non- Attendance & Early Dismissal Days by Month…               

 

2017-18 School Calendar

 

August 16th, 17th, 18th,                  2:10 Dismissal

August 20th                             No School – Eclipse

August 30th                             2:10 Dismissal Teachers Meeting

 

September 1st                         2:10 Dismissal

September 4th                         No School- Labor Day

September 15th                       11:30 Dismissal Teacher Institute

September 27th                       2:10 Dismissal Teacher Meeting

 

October 9th                             No School- Columbus Day

October 18th                           2:10 Dismissal Teacher Meeting

October 19th & 20th                Parent-Teacher Conferences

 

November 9th                                     2:10 Dismissal

November 10th                        No School- Veterans Day

November 21st                        2:10 Dismissal

November 29th                       2:10 Teacher Meeting

 

December 20th                        2:10 Teacher Meeting

December 21st                        11:30 Dismissal – Christmas Break -  Dec. 22nd- Jan. 3rd

 

January 15th                           No School – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 31st                           2:10 Dismissal Teacher Meeting

 

February 19th                         No School – President’s Day

February 28th                         2:10 Dismissal Teacher Meeting

 

March 21st                              2:10 Dismissal Teacher Meeting

March 23rd                             2:10 Dismissal – Spring Break – March 24th-31st

 

April 20th                                11:30 Dismissal Teacher Institute

April 25th                                2:10 Dismissal Teacher Meeting

 

May 18th                                 No School - Teacher Institute

May 21st                                  Tentatively Last Day of School

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

Faculty and Staff………………………………………………………… 3

 

Registration Information………………………………………………….3

 

Discrimination Policy………………………………………………….....4

 

School Policies/Security……… …………………………………………4

 

Attendance Information……………………………………………...…...5

 

Student Records ………………………………………………………….7

 

Student Conduct Information/Discipline Policy…………………….…..10

 

Suspension Procedures………………………………………………......13

 

Health Information……………………………………………………....17

 

Academic Information/WELLNESS POLICY….………………………18

 

Homecoming Guideline…………………………………………………19

 

Athletic Handbook………………………………………………………20

 

General Training Rules………………………………………………….22

 

Playground Rules………………………………………………………..23

 

Pesticide Notice/Asbestos Notification………………………………….24

 

Internet User Policy/ Terms and Conditions of Use………….…..……..24

 

Asbestos Notification…………………………………………………….25

 

Education of Homeless Children……………………………………...…26

 

 

AKIN GRADE SCHOOL

FACULTY AND STAFF

 

 

Superintendent/Principal………………………….Kelly Clark-Balliet

District Secretary / Bookkeeper . . . ……………….Rosetta Thomas

Secretary…………………………………………….Terri Dean

 

Kindergarten………………………………………...Shannon Bennett

First Grade . . . . . .…………………………………..Abbie Walker

Second Grade ………………………………………. Cassie Cocke

Third Grade………………………………………….Amber Dial

Fourth Grade …………………………………….……..Andy Davis

Fifth Grade …….…………………………….………Deziree Williams

Sixth Grade Home Room……………………………Heather Barclay

Seventh Grade Home Room …………………………Corey Kelley

Eighth Grade Home Room……………….……………Kayla Hermann

Special Education Aide……………………………….Craig Tessone

Special Education…………………………………..Christina Morris

 

Lunch / Playground Supervisor……………………….. Maria King

                                                                                

Head Cook…………………………………………. Melissa Williford

Custodian…………………………………………….David Clark

 

Pre-Kindergarten…………………………………….Beth Flick

                                                                                          Alicia Lindhorst

 

 

SCHOOL OFFICE # 627-2180

# 627-2956

 

This handbook is given to every student at registration.

 

 

 

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY:

The Akin CCSD #91 does not discriminate on the basis of color, race, national origin, religion, sex, disability, sexual orientation, ancestry, age, physical or mental handicap, status of being homeless or other factors in admission or access to its programs and activities.

No students shall on the basis of his/her sex, be denied equal access to programs, activities, services, or benefits, or be limited in the exercise of any right, privilege, advantage, or opportunity.

The Superintendent has been appointed by the Board of Education as the coordinator of non-discrimination. All complaints of inquiries shall be directed to Kelly Clark, Akin Community Consolidated School District #91, 21962 Akin Blacktop, Akin, IL 62890 or by telephone at 618-627-2180.

 

SCHOOL SECURITY AND SAFETY:   The school has security cameras operating in the hallways and cafeteria. The cameras will be monitored in the office and recorded 24 hours a day.  All parents and visitors will use the main front door during the school day.

Parents and visitors will come to the office immediately to get a visitor pass. Parents may use the other doors before and after school to deliver and pick up their students.   Students will be allowed to wear coats or jackets in the classrooms. Long coats will not be permitted.

All these regulations are meant to help keep our school and students safe and it is asked that everyone cooperate.  One telephone 627-2180 has an answering machine.  Any

information concerning school safety can be recorded anonymously on this device.

 

BOOK RENTAL: Book rent fees are $30.00 for all students. This fee is payable upon registration. Report cards can be held for those students who are not paid up. Students on free lunch do not have to pay book rental. The principal may make allowances for other monetary hardship cases.

 

COMPUTER RENTAL: 

 

PTO POLICY: All parents and teachers are welcome to join PTO. Meetings are the first Monday of each month at 5:00, UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED. All PTO activities will be approved by the Superintendent/Board of Education. PTO fund raising activities will benefit all students.

 

FEES AND MEAL PRICES:

Book fees are to be paid at registration. The fee for textbook rental is $30.00

 

Students are encouraged to eat the nutritious and delicious meals prepared by the school cooks. Price are set at $2.25 for lunch full price and 40 cents reduced. Also, breakfast is set at $1.50 cents full price and 30 cents reduced. Extra milk is 30 cents. Lunches should be paid on Monday of the week in advanced. Menus will be sent home with the students. Encourage the students to bring them home a they have many important school announcements on them. Applications for free lunches are available at registration. Do not hesitate to apply for free lunches. This is kept confidential, and the school gets more for a free lunch than for a paid lunch. The school reserves the right to verify free lunch applications.

 

All students will eat in the cafeteria, even those who bring lunches. Students who go home for lunch must have a note letting the school know that the parents know were the children are eating. The snack machine cannot be used until after student lunch.  Students are to respect the authority of the lunch supervisors. 

 

EMERGENCIES AND ACCIDENTS: On the reverse side of the enrollment card parents are asked to fill out an emergency procedure for the school to follow in case of an accident. Procedures for fire, tornadoes and other such emergencies are practiced at the school. Emergency announcements will be aired primarily the radio and local television stations. The school will utilize the Alertnow system whenever possible. It is of great importance that the school has an accurate record regarding the address and phone number of each student. Please let the office know of any changes immediately.

 

 

 STUDENT INSURANCE: Extra insurance is optional but available at registration.  A policy purchased by the school cover all student athletes.

 

 BICYCLES: Will be parked in a designated area and left alone during the school day.

 

TELEPHONE: The office telephone is to be used for school business. Students may use it with permission from a teacher, secretary or the Superintendent.  Student cell phones are to stay in lockers and turned OFF.

 

ATTENDANCE INFORMATION

The education program is built on the premise that regular attendance is vital to a student’s success in school. Seeing that a student maintains regular attendance requires a cooperative effort by the student, parents, guardian, and school personnel. The student who is frequently absent misses social interaction, class instruction, and discussions, even though written work is made up.

***3 DAY POLICY- Parents or guardians should call the attendance office each day of multiple absences. After (3) consecutive days, a student may be required to provide a Physician note to be excused from prolonged absence. For prolonged absence due to illness, special arrangements may be made through the office to obtain assignments following the second day of absences. A student who is absent for an illness or injury that extends beyond one week (5 school days) is required to have a conference with the school nurse and/or Principal before returning to class. 

 

Students are required to be in attendance every day school is in session. Parents may call to excuse their child from school up to (3) days per period per semester. After (3) days any absences from school may require a doctor’s note to be excused. Any absence exceeding the physician’s note does not count towards the 3-day limit. The following reasons are encompassed within this 3-Day Policy:

  • Unverified
  • Truant
  • Pre-Arranged
  • Out-of-School Suspension
  • Unexcused
  • Excused

Any absence from class as a result of a school-sanctioned activity is not recorded as an unexcused absence.

Any absence following the 3rd absence from any period during the semester will require medical documentation or physical or emotional conditions causing such absence.

EXCUSED ABSENCES ARE DEFINED AS THE FOLLOWING: ILLNESS, DEATH IN FAMILY, RELIGIOUS OBSERVATION, FAMILY CRISIS (Explanation required to the administration).

 

ABSENCES ARE NOT EXCUSED FOR:

*Running errands with the family

*Students staying home to care for younger children.

*Working at or away from home or going to work with the parent/guardian

*Visiting friends or relatives.

*Minor aches and pains

*Ordinary weather hazards

*Mechanical failure when parents assume responsibility for transportation.

*Sleeping in after an extracurricular activity.

 

MAKE UP WORK FOLLOWING ABSENCES

Students with excused absences may make up their work. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain and turn in the missed assignments. Students will have an equal number of days to turn in make up work to the number of days missed.  After that, 10% will be deducted from the grade for each day late up to 3 days.  Any assignments not turned in by the date set will be given a grade of zero.  Final disposition of grade is at the discretion of the teacher.

Make up work can be collected at the end of the day in the main office.

 

VISITORS

Parents and visitors are always welcome to visit Akin Grade School. Appointment to visit may be made by telephone. School is not the place for social visits by outsiders. Students from other schools are generally not permitted to attend class at Akin. EACH VISITOR MUST REPORT TO THE OFFICE AND OBTAIN A VISITOR’S PASS. THIS PASS MUST BE RETURNED TO THE OFFICE WHEN VISIT IS CONCLUDED.

 

CHECKING IN AND OUT OF THE BUILDING

Students coming into the building late or after an appointment should report directly to the office to sign in. The student’s parent or guardian must also report to the office to sign in. Students who need to leave the school during the school day MUST BE SIGNED OUT BY THEIR PARENT OR GUARDIAN IN THE OFFICE.

 

TARDY

Any student not in the classroom by 8:15 a.m. must report to the office to be signed in by their parent or guardian and receive a tardy pass. Student will receive a one point disciplinary slip from the office. If the student receives three tardies in one nine weeks the student will receive a lunch detention. 

 

 STUDENT PLACEMENT: New students will be placed by the administration in the grade that is in the best interest of the student. Student transcripts and/or tests may be used to determine the proper level.

 

STUDENT RECORDS

Every effort is made to endure the rights of parents and students as provided under the The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act [FERPA]. Student records, classified as either permanent or temporary, are maintained to ensure a continuous education program for each student. Parents are granted access to all official records pertaining to their child/children. In cases where parents are divorced, the non-custodial natural parent has rights. To record, notice of meetings, conferences, etc... upon request to the building Principal. If there is a court order to the contrary, it is the responsibility of the custodial parent to inform the school district of such restrictions.

  1. Inspect and copy records within 15 school days from the date of request;
  2. Challenge school records believed to be inaccurate, misleading or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy act.
  3. Permit disclosure of student records except to the that the district may disclose records without prior written consent;
  4. Copy any students records proposed to be destroyed.
  5. Prohibit the release of designated directory information.
  6. “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 or any information from a student’s temporary record which such individual may obtain by the exercise of any right secured by Illinois law.

 

 

 DRESS & PERSONAL APPEARANCE: The appearance of any young person is primarily the responsibility of that individual and his/her parents. Appearance will be such that it does not distract from the educational atmosphere of the school. We expect students to maintain the type of appearance that is APPROPRIATE to teachers and students in an educational setting. Apparel that is unsafe will not be allowed. Students are expected to be clean and well groomed. Parents who do not keep their children clean may be reported to the authorities.  Students going to other schools for sports, on field trips or other visits away from school should make an effort to dress as nice as possible. DRESS CODE RULES APPLY DURING THE SCHOOL DAY AND AT EXTRACURRICULAR EVENTS.

 

More specific guidelines:

Grades Pre-K-8:         

1. We ask that students do not bring purses to school. Upper grade students

may bring purses when necessary, but they will be kept in the students’ locker.

 

2. No garment or spiked or dangerous jewelry depicting distasteful symbols or debasing the dignity of a person; no garments with holes above the knee; no garments or jewelry depicting beer, alcohol, liquor, or drugs may be worn at school; no garments or jewelry with sexually explicit, obscene, or vulgar messages or symbols may be worn at school or at any school-sponsored activities.

 

3. Any clothing worn to school must be at to length of the student’s fingertips when arm is extended straight down at side. NO EXCEPTIONS. NO SHORT SHORTS. NO TIGHT SHORTS. (Bike shorts and leggings may be worn with a cover-up. School track uniform may be worn at practice or at track meets ONLY.)

 

4. Students should wear clothing that totally conceals undergarments. Appropriate undergarments must be worn at all times. At no time should a student’s undergarments be visible. NO PAJAMA PANTS ALLOWED AT SCHOOL EXCEPT PAJAMA DAYS.

 

5. All trousers will be worn at the student’s natural waistline. Trouser waistlines hanging more than 2 inches below the natural waistline of the student will NOT be tolerated.

 

6. Hats and sunglasses are not allowed to be worn in the school building.

 

7. No caps, hats, or bandanas may be worn inside the building during the school day and will be confiscated if this occurs.

 

8. Decorating oneself (i.e. face painting) is not appropriate. No distracting hair styles or colors will be permitted.

 

9. Piercing of any part of the face in unaccepted. Any student with jewelry in the nose, lip, eyelids, eyebrow, tongue, and etc. will be sent home until the matter is corrected.

 

 

Students are strongly recommended to keep all jewelry at home; any jewelry worn is to be modest; several of the same items are not permissible, since they can become distracting to learning.

 

10. NO TATTOOS OF ANY KIND ARE ALLOWED AT SCHOOL. If a student has a permanent tattoo it, MUST be covered at all times.

           

Other rules may be necessary. We ask the cooperation of the parents in this effort to preserve the educational setting of the school. If a student wears inappropriate clothing to school parents will be called to bring different clothes. Thank you.

 

CELL PHONES

The possession and use of cell phones are subject to the following rules:

  1. Cell phones MUST BE KEPT IN THE STUDENT’S LOCKER UNLESS GIVEN PERMISSION BY THE TEACHER.
  2. Cell phones must be turned OFF during the regular school day unless they are needed during an emergency.
  3. Cell phones may not be used in any manner that will cause disruption to the educational environment or will otherwise violate student conduct rules.

 

VIOLATIONS OF THIS POLICY WILL RESULT IN THE FOLLOWING:

1st offense- After school detention and confiscation of phone. Student may pick up the                 phone at the end of the day.

2nd offense- After-school detention and confiscation of phone. Parent-Guardian must pick                       up phone.

3rd offense- Confiscation of phone and loss of privilege to have a phone at school for the              remainder of the school year. Parent/Guardian must pick up the phone.

 

AKIN CCCSD #91 IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LOSS OF THEFT OF ANY CELL PHONE [OR ELECTRONIC DEVICE] BROUGHT TO SCHOOL.

 

 PARENT COMPLAINTS: Cases of complaints by parents concerning their children’s school life should be directed to the superintendent. Care should be taken not to interrupt school activities. Parents should make an appointment with the teacher or person in authority. If a satisfactory agreement is not reached, the Superintendent/Principal will consult with both parties. If an agreement is not reached, the matter may be brought before the Board of Education during a regular scheduled meeting Parents should not go directly to a classroom during school time. Parents should come to the office first.

 

BIRTHDAY INVITATION POLICY

The Akin CCSD #91 reserves the right NOT to allow the sending of birthday party invitation, due to the recognition of hurt feelings, envy, and tears. The school asks that you mail or hand deliver invitations.

 

 

 

LOST AND FOUND

There will be a designated, easily accessible lost and found area for large items (clothing, etc). Smaller valuable items that are found should be brought to the office. Any student who has lost any item should notify the classroom teacher, playground supervisor, bus driver, or office staff. Items will be disposed of at the end of each nine weeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UNIFORM DISCIPLINE POLICY

 

 DISIPLINE: Pupils are responsible for their conduct at school and at school activities. The teacher has the primary responsibility for the discipline in the classroom. Teachers may use reasonable force to insure the safety of the students.

The district has an ongoing parent-teacher advisory committee to advise the board on discipline matters.

 

Teachers may remove students from their classroom because of disruptive behavior. Such students will be sent to the office. Students will be respectful of the authority given to the adult staff members. Parents should try to teach this respect for authority also.

 

In all educational and disciplinary matters, all students will be treated fairly, without discrimination, and their due process rights will be honored.  If a student misbehaves they should tell the truth and take responsibility for an incident.

 

 WHAT WE EXPECT FROM OUR STUDENTS

Our approach to school discipline is primarily recantation. All students will be told what is expected of them during the first week of school. Additionally, all students will be given a handbook at registration, which they are required to keep. Parents will sign a statement that they have received a copy of the handbook at registration or on the first day of enrollment. Parents are asked to go over the handbook with children so that all parties involved know the rules and expectations. Then entire staff will work together to enforce the rules fairly, firmly and consistently.

 

RULES REGARDING THE CONDUCT AT SCHOOL BEFORE SCHOOL:

DOORS OPEN AT 7:45 A.M.

Upon arrival students should report to the cafeteria to eat breakfast. After eating students should go to their lockers and get materials needed for class. Students should then report back to the cafeteria. The bell will ring at 8:10 a.m. Students will be released by class to go to their classroom. Students will proceed in a quiet and orderly manner to their classroom.

 

 

AFTER SCHOOL

Upon dismissal, report to your locker, retrieve your belongings, and leave in an orderly fashion. Do not linger in front of the lockers. Bus riders should report directly to the bus. Students who walk home should go directly home. Students who are being picked up should be careful of traffic when exiting the building.

PLEASE OBSERVE THE NO PARKING IN THE DROP-OFF ZONE.

DO NOT CUT BETWEEN PARKED CARS.

PARENTS ARE LIABLE FOR STUDENTS PLAYING ON SCHOOL PROPERTY AFTER HOURS, AND ANY DAMAGES THAT THEY MAY CAUSE.

 

LEAVING SCHOOL GROUNDS: Students are not allowed to leave school grounds without permission from the office.

 

HARRASSMENT

Harassment means repeated, unwelcome verbal and/or physical contact regarding another person’s family, sex, background, religion, age, ethnicity, appearance, or ability. Such treatment will NOT be allowed. Students are expected to interact in a courteous respectful way without bothering others.

 

HALLWAY CONDUCT

Students are to be quiet in the hallway. Other classes are trying to listen and learn. Please be respectful of others. No loud, boisterous behavior in the hallway at any time.

 

BUS CONDUCT AND RULES

Riding the bus to and from school, on a field trip, or to an athletic event is a privilege. This privilege can be denied to a student who does not follow the rules and regulations set forth.

  1. Follow the direction of the bus driver. Students will ONLY be told one time, and then they will receive a disciplinary slip.
  2. Stay in your seat. The bus driver has the authority to assign seats.
  3. Keep all parts of your body inside the bus and to yourself.
  4. Do not litter or damage the bus in any way.
  5. No loud talking, cursing, or swearing.
  6. No one should abuse anyone else, neither physically or verbally.
  7. Remove all of your belongings from the bus when you exit.
  8. NO FOOD OR DRINK ALLOWED ON THE BUS AT ANY TIME. NO EXCEPTIONS.

THE CONSEQUENCES FOR BREAKING ANY OF THE RULES SET FOR IN THE HANDBOOK ARE AS FOLLOWS:

 

FIRST OFFENSE- Student verbally warned, incident is documented and reported to the office.

SECOND OFFENSE- Student referred to the principal.  Further disciplinary action will be at the discretion of the Principal.

THIRD OFFENSE- Student suspended from the bus of one day, parents notified.

FOURTH OFFENSE- Student suspended from the bus for three (3) days, parents notified, letter sent home.

FIFTH OFFENSE- Student suspended form the bus for seven days (7). Parent conference scheduled, parents asked to ride the bus with the child for the first week following suspension.

 

 

SIXTH OFFENSE- Student suspended from the bus for one month. STUDENT WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO RIDE THE BUS FOR ANY REASON DURING THE SUSPENSION.

 

The Superintendent/Principal reserves the right to suspend the bus privileges immediately and without warning if the severity of the infraction so merits.

           

DISCIPLINARY REPORT

When a student misbehaves, the teacher will use a pre-printed form that makes three copies. The teacher will keep the pink sheet. The parent keeps the yellow sheet, and students are to have their parent sign the white copy and return to school. The incident will be entered into the student’s permanent file. 

 

Serious misbehaviors such as threats, actions that could cause injury and fighting will be punished by detention after school, in-school suspension or out of school suspension.  Parents of students whose behaviors or repeatedly serious may be asked to come to the Regular Board of Education meeting where a discussion of the problems will be in closed session.  Serious misbehaviors will have punishments appropriate to the behavior and can include in-school suspension, out of school suspension or expulsion.

 

 

***A student who has received 31 points of discipline referrals becomes ineligible for school trips and athletic competition for the remainder of the school year.

 

POINTS SYSTEM FOR DISCIPLINE

During the 2003-04 school year Akin Grade School implemented a new discipline policy. This policy has classification codes for noting the location, incident, and consequences on the disciplinary form. Teachers will discuss the form and its implications on the first day of classes.

            · Each disciplinary infraction will result in the student receiving a specified number of points. The third such incident will require the student to stay for an after-school detention determined by the Superintendent. Students committing any infraction from the 3pt. list will automatically receive a detention.

            · When a student receives a detention, a notice will be sent home to the parents. IF A STUDENT IS ABSENT ON A DAY WHEN HE/SHE IS SCHEDULED TO SERVE A DETENTION, THE DETENTION WILL BE SERVED ON THE NEXT SCHEDULED DAY OF DETENTION, AND THE STUDENT IS NOT ELIGIBLE TO ATTEND OR PARTICIPATE IN ANY SPORTING EVENT UNTIL THE DETENTION IS SERVED.

            · STUDENTS INVOLVED IN SPORTS MAY NOT ATTEND OR PARTICIPATE IN GAMES OR PRACTICE ON DAYS WHEN THEY HAVE A DETENTION, SUSPENSION, OR EXPULSION.

            · Students tardy more than 3 times in a nine week period will receive a noon detention for each subsequent tardy.

            ·Accumulation of detentions will merit further disciplinary steps as listed below.

 

1 POINT INFRACTIONS:

            1. Gum/candy, beverages without permission

            2. Excessive talking

            3. Tardy to class

            4. Lack of homework/material (pencil, paper, textbook)

            5. Scuffling, pushing, goofing off

            6. Possession of electronic equipment (games, cameras, cell phones, etc.)

            7. Littering on school property

            8. Bothering peers

            9. Mild public displays of affection (hand holding, etc)

** This is not a complete list

 

3 POINT INFRACTIONS:

            1. Disrespectful to peers

            2. Disrespectful to school personnel

            3. Cheating (also results in a zero for both parties)

            4. In an unassigned area, out of class, without permission

            5. Profanity/ Inappropriate language

            6. Disruptive behavior in class

            7. Refusal to comply with adult.

            8. Inappropriate behavior or gestures

            9. Uncooperative with substitute teacher or staff member

            10. Provoking conflicts (includes spreading rumors)

            11. Violation of the computer policy

            12. Using the telephone without permission

            13. Safety hazards (pushing, tripping, shooting rubber bands, etc) or horseplay

** This is not a complete list

 

SUSPENSION OR EXPULSION

The following action will result in a more severe punishment ranging from in-school suspension to expulsion. The Principal will set the punishment and duration.

1. Possession of any type of alcohol on school property

2. Possession of any type of weapon.

3. Possession of any illegal or controlled substances or material

4. Action causing physical harm or threats to hurt someone

5. Possession of matches or lighters.

6. Leaving school grounds without permission.

7. Defacing school property

8. Theft.

** This is not a complete list

 

SUSPENSION AND EXPULSION PROCEDURES: These disciplinary procedures are reserved for cases of gross misconduct or disrespect. Suspension is exclusion from school, by the Superintendent for a period of up to ten days. Expulsion is exclusion from school, by the board, for the remainder of the semester.

A. In-School Suspension- The Superintendent/Principal shall discuss the offense with the student and hear his response. A decision will then be made, and the student’s parents notified of the decision, rules broken, and the duration. Students will be allowed to complete assignments and tests for grades. WHILE SERVING IN-SCHOOL SUSPENSION STUDENTS MAY NOT ATTEND OR PARTICIPATE IN EXTRA –CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES. The right to have a review hearing and the name of the officer will be included.

 

B. Out-of-school suspension-

            Any student who receives an out-of-school suspension WILL RECEIVE ZEROS for any/all assignments during the length of suspension (this includes homework, tests, quizzes, in class assignments, etc). The following procedures will be utilized:

            1. Prior to suspension, the student shall be provided an oral or written notice of                  the charges. If the charges are denied, the student shall be given an explanation             of the evidence against him/her and an opportunity to present his/her version of               the incident.

 

            2. Prior Notice and hearing, as stated above, may not be required, and the student             may be immediately suspended when the student’s presence poses a continuing                  danger to persons or property or an ongoing threat of disruption to the educational                      process. In such cases, the necessary notice and hearing shall follow as soon as              practical.

           

3. Any suspension shall be reported immediately to the student’s parents/Guardian. A written notice of suspension shall contain a full statement of the reasons for the suspension and a notice to the parent/Guardian of the right of review to the suspension.

 

            4. While serving an out-of-school suspension the student may NOT participate in               any school sponsored events. Furthermore, the student is not allowed on school                       property.

 

            5. Upon request of the parent/Guardian, a hearing shall be conducted by the                       School Board or a hearing officer appointed by it to review the suspension. At                   the hearing, the student’s parents/Guardian may appear and discuss the                                    suspension with the Board or its hearing officer.

 

C. Expulsion- A student may be expelled by the Board of Education in a hearing before the board in session. The student has the right to counsel (at his or her own expense), to call and cross examine witnesses, and present evidence. The board shall make a written decision.

 

In the case of special education student, their handicapping condition and their individual educational program must be considered in the disciplinary proceedings.

 

If a student presents an immediate danger or a disruption to the school, he or she may be immediately removed from the school. Reasonable force may be used as needed to provide for the safety of the students.

 

School work missed because of suspension or expulsion may not be made up. All school activities are denied to a student under suspension or expulsion.

 

POLICY CONCERNING GANGS & GANG RELATED ACTIVITIES

Public school secret societies and gangs are strictly prohibited. For the purposes of the policy, a public school secret society or gang means any organization composed wholly or in part of public school pupils which seeks to perpetuate itself by taking in additional members from the pupils rather than by the free choice of any pupil in the school who is qualified by the rules of the school to fill the special aims of the organization.

The following behavior committed by a student on school grounds or at school-sponsored events, whether on or off school grounds, on school buses and while traveling to and from school constitutes gross disobedience or misconduct:

  1. Wearing, possessing, using, distributing, displaying or selling any clothing, jewelry, emblem, badge, symbol, sign, or other thing which is evidence of membership or affiliation in a gang.
  2. Committing any act or omission or using any speech, either verbal or non-verbal (including gestures, handshakes, and hand signals), showing membership or affiliation in a gang.
  3. Using any speech or committing any act or omission in furtherance of the interests of any gang or gang activity including but not limited to:
    1. Requesting any person to pay protection or otherwise intimidating or threatening any person.
    2. Committing any other illegal act or other violation of school district policies,
    3. Acting or inciting other students to act with physical violence upon any other persons or property.
    4. Causing graffiti to be exhibited on school property, including graffiti intending to denote gang members’ territory.

 

 

POLICY CONCERNING ALCOHOL AND DRUGS

 The possession, sale, delivery, or use of alcohol, drugs, drug paraphernalia, look-alike drugs, controlled substances, or drug prescribed for another is prohibited in any school context including, but not limited to the school grounds, the regular school program, and a school-sponsored activity including regular activities which occur away from Akin Grade School grounds.

In any other context clearly related to school functions such as activities which occur before or after school. This policy applies to transportation service or any other activities related to maintenance of discipline is the school whether or not a school-sponsored activity. Violation of this policy will result in the student being suspended for ten (10) school days and the violation being reported to the appropriate law enforcement agencies.

 

 

SEARCH AND SEIZURE

 For the safety and supervision of students in the absence of parent(s)/ Guardians, to maintain discipline and other in schools, and to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of students and staff, school authorities are authorized to conduct searches of students and their personal effects, as well as district property.

 

STUDENTS AND THEIR PERSONAL EFFECTS

Employees who hold a teacher’s certificate and school administrators may search a student and/or the student’s personal effects (purse, wallet, knapsacks, book bags, lunch boxes, etc) when there is reasonable suspicion that the search will produce evidence the particular student has violated or is violating either the law or the district’s student conduct rules. The search itself must be conducted in a manner, which is reasonably related to its objectives and not excessively intrusive in light of age and sex of the student and nature of the infraction.

When feasible, the search should be conducted as follows:

  1. outside of the view of others, including students;
  2. in the presence of school administrators or adult witness(es);
  3. by certified employees and/or administrators of the same sex.

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

 

SCHOOL PROPERTY

School property, including, but not limited to, desks and lockers, is owned and controlled by the district and maybe searched by school authorities at any time. School authorities are authorized to conduct general administrative inspections of school property (e.g. searches of all student lockers) without notice to, or consent of, students and without a search warrant.

 

SEIZURE OF PROPERTY

 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.

 

SECURITY CAMERAS

Maintaining the health, welfare and safety of students, staff and visitors while on school property and the protection of the school district property are important functions of the school district. The Board of Education recognizes the value of video/electronic surveillance cameras in monitoring activities on school property in order to protect students, staff, and visitors to school property.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HEALTH INFORMATION

 

SCHOOL HEALTH RECORDS- All students are required to have on file proof of up to date immunization.

 

KINDERGARTEN AGE: A student may enter Kindergarten if he or she is five years of age prior to Sept. 1st of that school year. Parent shall present a birth certificate at the time of registration. The Board of Education may make exceptions to this rule subject to a screening of the child.

 

 PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS: All new enrollees (Kindergarten or first and transfer students) and sixth graders are required to have a physical examination and up to date immunizations including Tdap.  Forms are available at the school office. Attendance may be denied to those students who have not completed this requirement. Student athletes must have an annual sports physical. Additional health exams may be required by the school.

 

 

 CONTAGIOUS DISEASE OR PARASITE: Any student or personnel infected with a contagious disease or parasite will be suspended from school. They may be readmitted only after presentation of evidence indicating that they are free from such diseases and presents no danger to the school.

●HEADLICE- Students must be free of nits, and live lice before being readmitted.

 

●STREP THROAT- Student may return to school 24 hours after antibiotic is started if the child feels well and temperature is normal.

 

  • CHICKEN POX- Children with chicken pox should be kept home until there are no new spots and old ones have scabbed over.
  • IMPETIGO- Student may return to school after treatment. Infected area must be covered.
  • PINK-EYE- Student may return to school 24 hours after antibiotic treatment has begun. A note from the physician is required upon return to school.
  • MEASLES MUMPS< & RUBELLA- All are highly communicable diseases and need to be diagnosed by a physician and reported to the school office. The student who contracts any of these diseases may no return to school until released by a physician. Note from physician stating the date of release will be required prior to readmission.

PLEASE KEEP YOUR CHILD AT HOME IF HE/SHE EXIHIBITS ANY OF THE FOLLOWING: FEVER DIARRHEA, VOMITTING, FREQUENT AND UNCONTROLLED SNEEZING AND OR COUGHING. IT IS IMPORTANT TO KEEP EVERY STUDENT SAFE AND HEALTHY.

 

MEDICATION: It is the policy of Akin Community Consolidated School District 91 that any medication that must be taken by the student at school be brought directly to the office by the parent or guardian of the student, with a note from the student’s physician.

NO MEDICATION SHALL BE SENT WITH A STUDENT!

** THE SCHOOL WILL PROVIDE NO MEDICATION.

 

 

WELLNESS POLICY

 

SCHOOL WELLNESS

Akin CCSD #91 is committed to providing a learning environment that supports and promotes wellness, good nutrition, and an active life-style and recognizes the positive relationship among good nutrition, physical activities and the capacity of students to develop and learn. The entire school environment shall be aligned with healthy school goals to positively influence students’ beliefs and habits and promote health and wellness.

GOALS FOR NUTRIENT EDUCATION-To provide students nutrition program to promote healthy nutrition behaviors and to teach students how to make healthy choices. Nutrition education will be taught to students in health class in accordance with the learning standards.

 

GOALS FOR PHYSICAL EDUCATION- Physical education instruction that promotes lifelong physical activity and provides instruction in the skills and knowledge necessary for lifelong participation shall be provided in accordance with the Illinois School Code.

 

ACADEMIC INFORMATION

 

GRADING SCALE:

100=A+           99-95=A          93-94=A-

92-91= B+       90-87=B          86-85=B-

84-83=C+        82-77=C          76-75=C-

74-73=D+       72-67=D          66-65=D-

64-0=F

 

GRADING PERIODS

Grade reports of student’s progress are sent home at the end of every nine weeks. Midway through each nine week period, teachers will send home progress reports for all students. A grade reporting the student’s discipline record will be sent home with each progress report and grade card. The school website has information concerning the nine week periods and when progress reports and grade cards will be sent home.

 

AWARD PROGRAMS

At the end of each nine weeks, teachers may send academic awards home with students. Following the fourth grading period a year end awards program will be held in the gym to honor students for their accomplishments. Names of those students placed on the honor roll will be submitted to Benton Evening News for publication.

 

ACADEMIC PROMOTION POLICY

 The decision as to whether or not a student is to be promoted to the next grade level is based on the successful completion of the curriculum and satisfactory attendance. The decision to promote or retain a student lies with the Superintendent. The classroom teacher is to consult with the Superintendent/principal regarding his/her suggestion and the Superintendent will take into account the teacher’s recommendation.

In order to be promoted the student must have an overall average of 2.0 with a passing grade in ALL OF THE CORE ACADEMIC SUBJECTS FOR THE YEAR.

In the case of junior high students, summer school may be an alternative to retention if agreed upon by all parties involved under the condition that the student passes the summer school course(s). As soon as it becomes evident to the teacher that retention is likely, a conference should be scheduled with the parent as early as possible.

 

GRADUATION HONORS: At the end of the school year a valedictorian and salutatorian will be honored at graduation. The award will be based on the highest average of academic subjects in grades 5-8. Transfer students will be evaluated by using corresponding core courses. The 8th grade teacher will have the responsibilities of calculating the core academic subjects to determine valedictorian and salutatorian.

 

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AND GRADES

ALL grades must be higher than a “D” AND students must maintain at least a “C” average in the 5 CORE SUBJECTS  in order to participate OR attend extracurricular activities. Grades will be checked at the beginning of each week for eligibility. At the beginning of each quarter, a two-week grace period will be in effect where no student’s grades will be checked. However, if a student’s report card at the end of the previous quarter shows a student has failed a course and/or has not maintained at least a “C” average in the core academic subjects then that student has become ineligible to participate in OR attend extracurricular events. Participation in extracurricular events is a privilege.

 

HOMECOMING GUIDELINES

The 8th grade boys and girls that would like to participate in homecoming will walk in the homecoming court. In the event that there are more boys than girls, each girl will be escorted by two boys with remaining court entering in single file line. In the event there are more girls than boys, each boy will escort a girl, exit, re-enter with another girl. Boys and girls will be paired according to their height.  The 8th grade students will pick a crown bearer and a flower girl from the 3rd grade class.  The 8th grade teacher will be in charge of announcing the Coronation.

 

All 5th-8th grade students will vote for one of the candidates.  The Superintendent/Principal, 8th Grade Sponsor, and basketball coach will be in charge of the voting.  In the case of a tie, there will be an immediate re-vote between the tying candidates.  The queen will be crowned by the basketball captain and/or co-captains.  The basketball coach will pick the basketball captain and/or co-captains.

 

There will be one meeting with the Superintendent/Principal, 8th grade sponsor, 8th grade students, and their parents. The purpose of this meeting will be to discuss the day, time, what to wear, committees for decoration, dance planning, etc. There will be one day set for the coronation and dance.

 

Everyone will be invited to the coronation. Fifth through eighth grade students of Akin Grade School, families, and siblings are invited to the dance. The Superintendent/Principal must approve dates with students not enrolled at the school.  ALL rules in the handbook apply to the Homecoming Dance.

 

These guidelines cannot be changed unless anew committee is appointed by the school board.  The committee will consist of two board members, two teachers, and two parents.  The must present their proposed changes to the school board in writing at the regular board meeting.

 

FIELD TRIPS Various classroom teachers throughout the school year schedule field trips. The section granting permission for user child/children to attend field trips is included on the enrollment form that is completed each school year.  It will cover all field trips for the school year. Parents will receive notice of the field trips well in advance of the scheduled field trip date. Field trips are normally taken during school hours and accompanied by the classroom teacher. Field trips are considered different than extracurricular activities. On all field trips, regardless of the time, all students participate will ride to and from the activity on the school bus.  ANY STUDENT RECEIVING 30+ CUMMULATIVE DISCIPLINE POINTS AT ANY TIME THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOL YEAR IS INELIGIBLE FOR THE REMAINDER OF FIELD TRIPS PROVIDED TO STUDENTS.                                            

 

 

 

STUDENT-ATHLETIC HANDBOOK

 

This handbook was written for the student-athletes of Akin Community Consolidated

Unit #91so that the athletes and parent may be better informed of the rules and policies.

 

The primary purpose of our athletic program is to provide a positive environment in which to prepare our young people for the future. We certainly hope that all students-athletes acquire the principles of discipline, self-sacrifice, and dedication as they progress through our program.

 

In order that athletics represent a positive experience in a student-athletes life, parental support and encouragement is of the utmost importance. It is imperative that parents understand and support the policies outlined in this handbook. The parental role is certainly a most difficult one, but with parents, coaches and the athletes working together, the benefits for everyone will be maximized. We sincerely hope that you will contact us if there are any questions.

 

Participation in athletics at Akin Community Consolidated Unit #91 is a privilege, not an absolute right to students. With this privilege come certain responsibilities. The rules set forth are for all Akin Community Consolidated Unit #91 student who participates on any athletic team.

 

Student athletes must conform to the standards set by the I.J.H.S.A.A. regarding grades. They must be doing work so as to be passing to the next grade. Ineligible students will be reported to the Superintendent, who will inform the parents and the coaches.

 

The display of good sportsmanship is very important for both the athletes and the fans. Students should not play in the halls at home ballgames and should not run in and out.


Athletics offer experiences for encouraging desirable habits and discipline, for developing qualities of self-sacrifice and dedication for common goals, and for promoting an atmosphere of acceptable ethical and moral attitudes.

 

To accomplish these goals for athletics, it is necessary to developed maintain attitudes that are based on rational regulations and standards for personal appearance, public image and training rules that help to promote excellence in performance.

 

The nature of commutative athletics makes it possible for individual development of character, personality, and discipline in a manner that is difficult to be obtained by other means.

 

Athletics, being an elective part of the school curriculum, may not be for everyone. It is available for those who desire to abide by the conditions established for the program and who desire to derive the qualities available in the program.

 

DURING THE 2001-02 SCHOOL YEAR, THE ATHLETIC POLICY CONCERNING PARENT CONDUCT WAS APPROVED BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION STATING THAT, PARENTS OF STUDENT-ATHLETES ARE PROHIBITED FROM ENGAGING IN VERBAL OR PHYSICAL ABUSE OF COACHES, SPONSORS, OR REFEREES OF SPORTING EVENTS. STUDENT-ATHLETES OF PARENTS NOT ABIDING BY THIS WILL BE INELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE GAME FOLLOWING THE INCIDENT AND WILL ALSO NOT BE ALLOWED TO ATTEND ANY PRACTICES PRIOR TO THE GAME FROM WHICH THEY HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED. A SECOND OFFENSE BY THE PARENT WILL RESULT IN THE STUDENT BEING INELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN SPORTS FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SCHOOL YEAR. THIS POLICY IS NOT INTENDED TO MAKE THE STUDENT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ACTION OF THEIR PARENT. IT IS INSTEAD, INTENDED TO ENCOURAGE PARENTS TO PROVIDE CHILDREN WITH A PROPER EXAMPLE OF HOW TO CONDUCT THEMSELVES AT A SCHOOL FUNCTIONS. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT OUR CHILDREN HAVE RESPECT FOR SCHOOL AUTHORITITIES.

 

The training rules established for the Akin Community Consolidated Unit #91 student-athletic program apply during the sport season(s) that the student-athlete competes and during the off-season.

 

GENERAL TRAINING RULES

 

The training rules are established so that everyone knows what is expected of him/her. The following rules and regulations have been established by the coaches and athletic department, with approval of the School Board and Superintendent of Akin Community Consolidated Unit #91. The head coach of a sport may establish additional special training rules for that sport. Any additional rules must be brought to the attention of the Athletic director and the Superintendent, and the athletes in the sport.

 

1. Student-athletes will maintain grades as set by the S.I.J.S.A.A. guidelines.

 

2. Student-athletes are suspended from competition if their current behavior grade becomes an “F’.

 

3. Student-athletes who have not maintained at least a “C’ average in the core subjects and/or have a failing grade in any of the core subjects will be suspended from competition and attendance at events or practices. Grade eligibility is checked each Monday. A student with a failing grade will suspended until the next Monday when grades are checked again. If the student pulls the grade up to passing then the student may return to practice and competitions.

 

4. Student-athletes will conduct himself/herself in a respectful manner toward teachers, coaches, and game officials. The coach or the superintendent may suspend an athlete for 1 week for behavior that is disrespectful or misbehaving at a host school.

 

5. Student-athletes are expected to attend every practice and game unless excused by the coach. Promptness is imperative if a person is to succeed as an athlete. Failure to attend a practice(s) can result in an athlete being barred from a contest.

 

6. Vandalism of our school facilities or while guest at another school will result in suspension from the team. Also, you will the cost of the repairs.

            First offense- 1 week suspension

Second offense- loss of participation in all athletics for the remainder of the school year.

 

7. Lost or stolen equipment: Any lost or stolen equipment must be paid for at the end of the season. If payment is not made, the student-athlete will not be allowed to participate in another sport until the equipment is returned or restitution is made.

 

8. All student-athletes will ride school transportation to and from out of town contests. Exceptions can be made only for the return trip through communication with the Superintendent/Principal or coach. (With a signed note from the parent) Parents are not allowed to transport other students. THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS FOR THE TRIP TO THE CONTEST.

 

9. Any student-athlete who quits a team after its first contest will not be allowed to begin another sport or participate in a conditioning program until the season of the initial sport has ended.

 

10. Student-athletes must be in attendance for 5 ACADEMIC hours NOT ½ of a day on the day of a contest to be able to compete, per SIJHSAA guidelines. NO EXCEPTIONS. A student must be present for the 5 academic hours on Friday to be able to participate in a Saturday competition.

 

11. A student-athlete serving an in-school suspension will NOT be allowed to participate OR ATTEND ANY practices OR games during the suspension period. Excessive in-school suspension will result in suspension from the team.

 

12. Student-athletes serving out of school suspension will NOT be allowed to participate in practices or games during the suspension period.

Student-athletes, who receive two-out of school suspensions, during the competition season, are suspended from the team.

 

13. Maintaining drug free training and competition is an expectation of Akin student-athletes. The training rules for tobacco, inhalants, alcohol, drug paraphernalia and control substances applies to a student-athlete from the first time the student-athlete starts competing. A violation of these rules will remain on the student’s record for the entire career of the student-athlete.

First offense- 2 week suspension (all contest, competitions, performances, and school functions)

            Second offense- One year suspension

           

 

PLAYGROUND RULES   

            A. No throwing of rocks, or snowballs. No rough games like tackle football,           wrestling, or unsupervised gymnastics. No horseplay in the building.    

 

            B. No foul language, or fighting. No hats worn inside the building.

 

C. Line up quietly in the designated area when coming in from recess. Use the five minutes before the bell to get a drink and go to the restrooms or to sit quietly in the bleachers until the bell rings. Class time is not for restroom breaks except in emergencies. Recess time can be taken to make up for bathroom trips.

           

            D. Once you are outside or in the gym for recess, you must stay there unless you    get permission from the supervisor.

 

            E. No gum, or toothpicks allowed at school. Soda and candy purchased during the            afternoon recess and must be kept in the bench area. Treats given by the teacher         must be consumed in the presence of the teacher. 

     

            F. Litter and trash must be disposed of properly.

 

            G. Stay out of the mud. Clean your shoes before entering the building.

 

            H. Swings- stay seated, one to a swing, no twisting or jumping.

 

            I. Slides- line up, face forward, stay seated, one at a time.

 

            J. Teeter-totter- stay seated, one on an end, no bumping.

 

            K. Do not pick up or throw gravel.

 

            L. Climbing equipment- no king of the hill, be careful, no tag or shaking     equipment.

 

            M. Be careful around parking lot and driveways. Leave the vehicles alone.

 

            N. You may stay in the room at recess only with permission from a teacher. The     person on duty should be informed.

 

            O. When seated on the bench for disciplinary reasons, be quiet.

 

            P.  Balls are to be thrown only at the basket-not at other students.

 

            Q. Other rules may be necessary for the safety of the students. Listen for them.     Thank you for you cooperation.

 

PESTICIDE NOTICE

           

            In accordance with state law, the Akin Community Consolidated School District #91 has adopted an Integrated Pest Management Policy. The district uses pesticides to keep its buildings and grounds free from insects, rodents, weeds, and other unwanted pests. These pesticides are applied by licensed contractor or employees at times when students are not present. Please contact the building administrator if you desire more information or wish to be added to a notification list.

 

INTERNET – TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF ACCEPTABLE USE  

The purpose of the backbone networks making up the Internet is to support research and education in and among academic institutions by providing access to unique resourced and the opportunity for collaborative work. The use of your account must be in support of educational and research and consistent with the educational objectives of the Akin Community Consolidated School District.  Use of other organization’s network or computing

resources must comply with the rules appropriate for that network. Transmission of any material in violation of any national or state regulation is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, copyrighted material, threatening or obscene material, or material protected by trade secret.

 

 PRIVILEGES – The use of the internet is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of those privileges. [Each student or] teach who receives an account will be part of a discussion with an Akin Community Consolidated School District staff member pertaining to the proper use of the network.] The system administrator will deem what is inappropriate use and their decision is final.  Also, the system administrator may close an account at any time as required.  The administration, faculty, and staff of Akin Community Consolidated School District may request the system administrator to deny, revoke or suspend specific user account.

 

NETWORK ETIQUETTE – You are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. These include [but not limited to] the following.

   a)  Be polite. Do not get abusive in your messages to others.

   b)  Use appropriate language.  Do not swear, use vulgarities or any other inappropriate  

         language.

   c) Illegal activities are strictly forbidden.

   d) Do not reveal your personal address or phone number of students or colleagues.

   e) Note that electronics mail [e-mail] is not guaranteed to be private. People who operate

        the system do have access to all mail. Messages relating to or in support of illegal   may

        be reported to the authorities.

    f) Do not use the network in such a way that you would disrupt the use of the network by

        other users.

    g) All communication and information accessible via the network should be assumed to be

        private property (copyrighted).

Akin Community Consolidated School District makes no warranties of any kind,

whether expressed or implied, for the service it is providing.  Akin Community

Consolidated School District will not be responsible for any damages you suffer. This

includes loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, or service interruptions caused

by its own negligence or your  error or omissions.  Use of any information obtained via the

Internet is at your own risk.  Akin Community Consolidated School District specifically

denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through its services.

 

5-8 Grades Laptop Usage Program-See separate handout

 

ASBESTOS NOTIFICATION

This is to inform you of the status of the Akin Community Consolidated School District #91 asbestos management plan. It has been determined by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Federal Environmental Protection Agency that asbestos is a potential health hazard, and precautions should be taken to avoid disturbing any asbestos containing material.

 

As required, our building was  initially inspected for asbestos. Our initial inspection was conducted in May, 1989. The AHERA law requires that a visual surveillance of asbestos containing areas be completed every six months, and a re-inspection conducted every three years. Any evidence of disturbance or change in condition will be documented in the Management Plan as required.

 

The Inspection/Management Plan is available for public review in the Superintendent’s Office at Akin Grade School. Should you wish to review the plans, please call to make an appointment between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

 

Any concerns related to asbestos containing materials should be directed to the Ideal and Associates at 2904 Tractor Lane, Bloomington, IL 61704-9163 or via telephone at 800-535-0964.

 

Education of Homeless Children

 

Each child of a homeless individual and each homeless youth has 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” is defined as provided in the McKinney Homeless Assistance Act and State law.  The Superintendent shall act as or appoint a Liaison for Homeless Children to coordinate this policy’s implementation.

A homeless child may attend the District school that the child attended when permanently housed or in which the child was last enrolled.  A homeless child living in any District school’s attendance area may attend that school.

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, and guardianship.  Transportation shall be provided in accordance with the McKinney Homeless 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.  If a child is denied enrollment or transportation under this policy, the Liaison for Homeless Children shall immediately refer the child or his or her parent/guardian to the ombudsperson appointed by the Regional Superintendent and provide the child or his or her parent/guardian with a written explanation for the denial.   Whenever a child and his or her parent/guardian who initially share the housing of another person due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar hardship continue to share the housing, the Liaison for Homeless Children shall, after the passage of 18 months and annually thereafter, conduct a review as to whether such hardship continues to exist in accordance with State law.

 

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