AKIN GRADE SCHOOL
“Bulldogs are the BEST!!”
“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,
No School – Eclipse
2:10 Dismissal Teachers Meeting
No School- Labor Day
11:30 Dismissal Teacher Institute
2:10 Dismissal Teacher Meeting
No School- Columbus Day
2:10 Dismissal Teacher Meeting
& 20th Parent-Teacher
No School- Veterans Day
2:10 Teacher Meeting
2:10 Teacher Meeting
11:30 Dismissal – Christmas Break - Dec. 22nd- Jan. 3rd
No School – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
2:10 Dismissal Teacher Meeting
No School – President’s Day
2:10 Dismissal Teacher Meeting
2:10 Dismissal Teacher Meeting
2:10 Dismissal – Spring Break – March 24th-31st
11:30 Dismissal Teacher Institute
2:10 Dismissal Teacher Meeting
No School - Teacher Institute
Tentatively Last Day of School
Faculty and Staff…………………………………………………………
School Policies/Security……… …………………………………………4
Student Records ………………………………………………………….7
Student Conduct Information/Discipline Policy…………………….…..10
Academic Information/WELLNESS POLICY….………………………18
General Training Rules………………………………………………….22
Pesticide Notice/Asbestos Notification………………………………….24
Internet User Policy/ Terms and Conditions of Use………….…..……..24
Education of Homeless Children……………………………………...…26
AKIN GRADE SCHOOL
FACULTY AND STAFF
District Secretary / Bookkeeper . . . ……………….Rosetta Thomas
First Grade . . . . . .…………………………………..Abbie
Second Grade ……………………………………….
Fourth Grade …………………………………….……..Andy
Fifth Grade …….…………………………….………Deziree
Sixth Grade Home Room……………………………Heather
Seventh Grade Home Room
Eighth Grade Home Room……………….……………Kayla
Special Education Aide……………………………….Craig
Lunch / Playground Supervisor………………………..
SCHOOL OFFICE # 627-2180
This handbook is given
to every student at registration.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Out-of-School Suspension
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
staying home to care for younger children.
*Working at or away
from home or going to work with the parent/guardian
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Inspect and copy records within 15 school days from the date of request;
- Challenge school records believed to be inaccurate, misleading or otherwise in violation of the
student’s privacy act.
- Permit disclosure of student
records except to the that the district may disclose records without prior written consent;
- Copy any students records proposed to be destroyed.
- Prohibit the release of designated directory information.
- “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
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:
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
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
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.
The possession and use of cell phones are subject to the following rules:
- Cell phones MUST BE KEPT IN THE STUDENT’S LOCKER
UNLESS GIVEN PERMISSION BY THE TEACHER.
phones must be turned OFF during the regular school day unless they are needed during an emergency.
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Follow the direction of the bus driver.
Students will ONLY be told one time, and then they will receive a disciplinary slip.
- Stay in your seat. The bus driver has the authority to assign seats.
- Keep all parts of your body inside the bus and to yourself.
- Do not litter or damage the bus in any way.
- No loud talking, cursing, or swearing.
- No one should
abuse anyone else, neither physically or verbally.
all of your belongings from the bus when you exit.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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
· 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
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
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.
Possession of any type of alcohol on school property
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
** 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
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
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
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- Requesting any person to pay protection or
otherwise intimidating or threatening any person.
any other illegal act or other violation of school district policies,
- Acting or inciting other students to act with physical violence upon any other persons or property.
- 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
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:
- outside of the view of others, including
- in the presence of school administrators or
- 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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Students must be free of nits, and live lice before being readmitted.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
92-91= B+ 90-87=B
74-73=D+ 72-67=D 66-65=D-
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
A. No throwing of rocks, or snowballs.
No rough games like tackle football, wrestling, or unsupervised gymnastics.
No horseplay in the building.
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
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
O. When seated on the bench for disciplinary reasons,
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.
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
Be polite. Do not get abusive in your messages to others.
b) Use appropriate language. Do not swear, use vulgarities or any other inappropriate
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
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,
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
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.
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.