Non- Attendance & Early Dismissal Days by Month…
2018-2019 School Calendar
August 8th – 17th
2:50 Regular Dismissal
2:10 Dismissal Teachers Meeting
No School- Labor Day
Dismissal Teacher Meeting
Ocotber 4th & 5th
No School- Veterans Day
2:10 Teacher Meeting
2:10 Teacher Meeting
11:30 Dismissal – Christmas Break - Dec. 21st- Jan. 3rd
No School – Teacher Institute
No School – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
2:10 Dismissal Teacher Meeting
2:10 Early Dismissal
No School – President’s Day
2:10 Dismissal Teacher Meeting
March 11th –
2:10 Dismissal Teacher Meeting
April 18th- 19th
2:10 Dismissal Teacher Meeting
May 21 School
Picnic/Awards - Last Day of School!
May 22nd Teacher Inservice
Faculty and Staff…………………………………………………………
School Policies/Security……… …………………………………………4
Student Records ………………………………………………………….7
School Day and Extracurricular Events…………………………………..8
Student Conduct Information/Discipline Policy…………………….…..10
Academic Information/WELLNESS POLICY….…………………….…19
General Training Rules………………………………………………….23
Pesticide Notice/Asbestos Notification………………………………….26
Internet User Policy/ Terms and Conditions of Use………….…..……..27
AKIN GRADE SCHOOL
FACULTY AND STAFF
District Secretary / Bookkeeper . . . ……………….Rosetta Ward
First Grade . . . . . .………………………………….Abbie
Second Grade ………………………………………Cassie
Fourth Grade ……………………………………….Andy
Fifth Grade …….……………………………..….…Deziree
Sixth Grade Home Room…………………………..Heather
Seventh Grade Home Room
Eighth Grade Home Room……………….……….Kayla
Special Education Aide……………………………Julie
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.
has been appointed by the Board of Education as the coordinator of non-discrimination. All complaints of inquiries shall be
directed to Tammy McCollum, Akin Community Consolidated School District #91, 21962 Akin Blacktop, Akin, IL 62890 or by telephone
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.
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
information concerning school safety can
be recorded anonymously on this device.
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.
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 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. 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.
Extra insurance is optional but available at registration. A policy purchased by the school
cover all student athletes.
be parked in a designated area and left alone during the school day.
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. 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
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 8:05 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.
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.
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
- 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
- “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:
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 turned OFF and KEPT IN THE STUDENT’S LOCKER
- 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- 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
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
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.
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
OPEN AT 7:30 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 8:00 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 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
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.
Make-up Work Following Suspensions
School assignments missed
during a disciplinary suspension from school require completion. Students will be permitted to make up all any missed work, including homework and tests, for equivalent
academic credit. Students will be granted one day of additional make-up time for each day of absence. The school administrator
may extend the period of makeup work for special circumstances.
- 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
- 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.
- Out-of-school suspension-
School assignments missed during
a disciplinary suspension from school require completion. Students will be permitted to make up all any missed work, including homework and tests, for equivalent academic
credit. Students will be granted one day of additional make-up time for each day of absence. The school administrator may
extend the period of makeup work for special circumstances.
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.
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
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.
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.
School Health Records
Please notify the school secretary
of any change of the following:
2. Telephone number
3. Emergency contacts
Students will not be permitted participation in extracurricular activities without a valid emergency contact phone number
on file. Please report to the school nurse any known allergies or any special medical condition of your child.
Please report all communicable diseases your child contracts throughout the school year (e.g. strep throat, chicken
Health, Eye, and Dental Examination
Required Health Examinations and Immunizations
students are required to present appropriate proof that the student received a health examination and the immunizations against,
and screenings for, preventable communicable diseases within one year prior to:
1. Entering Kindergarten or
the first grade;
2. Entering the sixth grade; and
Enrolling in an Illinois school for the first time, regardless of
the student’s grade.
required health examinations must include a diabetes screening (diabetes testing is not required) and a statement from a physician
assuring “risk-assessed” or screened for lead poisoning.
Failure to comply with the above requirements
by October 15 of the current school year will result in the student’s exclusion from school until the required health
forms are presented to the school, subject to certain exceptions. New students who register mid-term shall have 30 days
following registration to comply with the health examination and immunization regulations. If a medical reason prevents
a student from receiving a required immunization by October 15, the student must present, by October 15, an immunization schedule
and a statement of the medical reasons causing the delay. An appropriate medical professional must sign the schedule
and statement of medical reasons.
All students shall provide proof of immunization from preventable, communicable diseases as required
by state law before attending classes. In the case of a transfer student, a period of 45 calendar days, beginning with
the first day of enrollment in the District, shall be given to meet the requirement.
All students entering Kindergarten or the school for the first time must
present proof before October 15 of the current school year of an eye examination performed within one year prior to entry
of Kindergarten or the school. Failure to present proof by October 15, allows the school to hold the student’s
report card until the student presents proof: (1) of a completed eye examination, or (2) that an eye examination will
take place within 60 days after October 15.
All students entering kindergarten,
second and sixth grades must present proof by May 15 of the current school year of having been examined by a licensed dentist
within the last 18 months. Failure to present proof allows the school to hold the child’s report card until the
student presents: (1) proof of a completed dental examination, or (2) that a dental examination will take place within 60
days after May 15.
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
- 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.
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.
MEDICATION SHALL BE SENT WITH A STUDENT!
** THE SCHOOL WILL PROVIDE NO MEDICATION.
of Students with Diabetes
your child has diabetes and requires assistance with managing this condition while at school and school functions, a Diabetes
Care Plan must be submitted to the school principal. Parents/guardians are responsible for and must:
a. Inform the school in a timely manner of any change which needs to be made
to the Diabetes Care Plan on file with the school for their children.
Inform the school in a timely manner of any changes to their emergency
contact numbers or contact numbers of health care providers.
Grant consent for and authorize designated School District representatives
to communicate directly with the health care provider whose instructions are included in the Diabetes Care Plan.
For further information,
please contact the Building Principal.
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
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-
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
will maintain grades as set by the S.I.J.S.A.A. guidelines.
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
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.
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
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. Snacks during the afternoon
recess and must be kept in the bench area.
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
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.
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 and supervision with 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.
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 teacher 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
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
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
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
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.
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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