North Ridge Middle School Student Handbook - 2020-2021            

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 Welcome to North Ridge Middle School
We would like to welcome all students and families to North Ridge Middle School. The policies and procedures of North Ridge Middle School are contained in this handbook. Students and parents are encouraged to read the handbook carefully and keep it in a convenient location so that you may use it as a reference as needed.
Every accident in the school building, on the school campus, at practice sessions, or at any athletic event sponsored by the school must be reported immediately to the person in charge and to the principal’s office.
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Address/Phone Number Changes
It is important that we have your current address and phone number at all times. Please notify the Guidance Office at 444-3412 for 7th grade and 444-3419 for 8th grade with any changes.
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The district has provided a student agenda for every student in the building. The agenda book is used to record assignments, grades, and hallway passport. Each student is required to maintain his or her agenda. Each core teacher may check periodically to see if all assignments have been recorded.  A grade may be given for these organization duties. Parents are strongly encouraged to read over the information items in the agenda and check your child’s assignments on a regular basis. Contact the Guidance Office for the replacement of a lost agenda book at 444-3421 for 7th grade and 444-3418 for 8th grade.
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Animals on School Property 
In order to assure student health and safety, animals are not allowed on school property, except in the case of a service animal accompanying a student or other individual with a documented disability.  This rule may be temporarily waived by the building principal in the case of an educational opportunity for students, provided that (a) the animal is appropriately housed, humanely cared for, and properly handled, and (b) students will not be exposed to a dangerous animal or an unhealthy environment.
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Athletics & Extra-Curricular Activities
There is a wide variety of activities available affording our students an opportunity to participate and represent their school. Some of our activities include:
Baseball – boys
Softball – girls
Basketball – boys and girls
Cross Country – boys and girls
Track – boys and girls
Drama Club
Girls’ Volleyball
Spelling Team
All Year
Builders Club
Chorus – Performance
Computer Club
Chess Club
Jazz Band
National Junior Honor Society
Orchestra – Performance
Radiant Reds
Scholastic Bowl
Student Council
Participation in extra-curricular activities is a privilege. Those who participate in extra-curricular activities have a responsibility to favorably represent the school and community. Students are expected to conduct themselves both in and out of school in a manner appropriate to their responsibilities as representatives of the school and district.  Refer to the OWNERSHIP IN EDUCATION HANDBOOK for further information.
In order to participate in school activities, students must maintain the eligibility standards established in the District #118 Ownership in Education handbook. Grades are checked in each subject area on a weekly basis. If a student has a failing grade in any subject, they will not be allowed to practice, play, or participate in any extra-curricular activity until the student meets the requirement of passing all subjects. Parents of ineligible students will be notified by mail.
In an effort to promote an accountable learning environment for all students in the North Ridge Middle School community, weekly eligibility will be reviewed concerning all students, in addition to those participating in extracurricular activities. Those students not eligible with passing grades across all core and specialist courses, regardless of extracurricular participation, for the next academic week will not be permitted to attend any after school functions or events, including but not limited to athletic events, school dances, etc.
Absence from School on Day of Activity
A student who is absent from school on the day of an activity is ineligible for any activity on that day unless the absence has been approved in writing by the principal.  Exceptions may be made by the coach/sponsor: 1) for a medical absence pre-arranged with the coach or 2) for a death in the student’s family.  Any student/participant who has one or more absences or who has been suspended from school may lose participation privileges in future extra-curricular activities by administration.  
A student extracurricular participant who is absent from school on a Friday before a Saturday event may be withheld from Saturday activities at the sole discretion of administration. 
All student/participants shall travel to school sponsored events and return home from events with the team on which the athlete competes by use of school approved means of transportation.  A written waiver of this rule may be issued by an administrator upon advance written request of a students’ parent or guardian and provided the parent or guardian appears and accepts custody of the participant.  In no case shall a waiver be issued unless the alternate means of transportation anticipated by the waiver will be provided by the parent.  Oral requests shall not be honored and oral permissions shall not be valid.
Any student/participant found to be in violation of this policy shall be subject to discipline in accordance with the school district’s athletic discipline policies, rules and regulations as provided herein.  
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Attendance/Absenteeism and Truancy
Illinois law requires that whoever has custody or control of any child between seven (6) and seventeen (17) years of age shall assure that the child attends school in the district in which he or she resides, during the entire time school is in session. Illinois law also requires that whoever has custody or control of a child who is enrolled in the school, regardless of the child’s age, shall assure that the child attends school during the entire time school is in session.
There are certain exceptions to the attendance requirement for children who: attend private school, are physically or mentally unable to attend school (including a pregnant student suffering medical complications as certified by her physician), are lawfully and necessarily employed, are between the ages of 12 and 14 while in confirmation classes, have a religious reason requiring absence, or are 16 or older and employed and enrolled in a graduation incentive program. When your child is going to be absent from school, it is important that you notify the school before 9:20 a.m. Please call 444-3404 to notify the secretary of your child’s absence. If no one answers, please leave us a message telling us your name and relationship to the student, the student’s name, and the reason for the absence. 
There are two types of absences: excused and unexcused. Absences that are excused in accordance with the Ownership in Education handbook allow for students to receive credit for missed work.  Absences that are unexcused do not allow for credit to be given for work that is to be completed.  In both cases students are expected to do the missed assignments in order to stay current with their class.
Regular and prompt attendance is the responsibility of both students and parents. The only valid excuses for being absent from school are:
Medical appointments
Death in immediate family
Mandated court appearance
Approved religious holidays
Emergency outside the control of the student or the student’s family
Pre-approved absences for valid cause
Absences other than those listed are unexcused. If a student has been absent, a note must be written from the parent/guardian stating the reason for the absence.  Once a student has reached three consecutive and/or six non-consecutive absences days (excused by parent and unexcused), official documentation explaining the reason for the student’s absence—a note from the doctor, an appointment card, or court appearance letter, may be required. Any absence that does not meet these criteria will be considered unexcused.  Students will be excused for the treatment of head lice for a period of two days. Each subsequent day will be counted as an unexcused absence.
In the event of any absence, the student’s parent or guardian is required to call the school at 217/444-3404 before 9:20 a.m. to explain the reason for the absence. If a call has not been made to the school by 9:50 a.m. on the day of a student’s absence, a school official and/or the SKYLERT system will call the home to inquire why the student is not at school.  If the parent or guardian cannot be contacted, the student will be required to submit a signed note from the parent or guardian explaining the reason for the absence.  Upon request of the parent or guardian, the reason for an absence will be kept confidential.
Skipping classes is a serious offense. Students will receive a zero for the day and be disciplined according to the District #118 Ownership in Education handbook. 
Absence for Valid Cause
When your child must be absent from school for more than one day because of vacation plans, etc., please contact the attendance office. For such an absence to be excused, the ABSENCE FOR VALID CAUSE form must be completed and approved 5 days prior to the absence.
North Ridge Middle School is a closed campus. This means that students may not leave the school grounds during the school day. Students are to remain in the school building once they arrive at school until they are dismissed from school at the closing of the day.
End of the School Day Dismissal
For your child’s safety, North Ridge will strictly adhere to the following procedure: Students are expected to leave school as designated each day unless we receive a note or a phone call from the parent/guardian. For example, all bus students will be sent to their assigned busses each day and all walkers will walk on their regular routes. WE MUST HAVE A NOTE OR A PHONE CALL FROM A PARENT/GUARDIAN BY 2:45 P.M. REGARDING ANY CHANGE.
Make-Up Work
If a student’s absence is excused, he/she will be permitted to make up any missed work, including homework and tests. The student will be permitted the same number of days as he/she was absent to turn in the make-up work. The student is responsible for obtaining assignments from his/her teachers. Students who are unexcused for school will be expected to make up missed work and be held responsible for their learning, but may not receive full credit for their work.
Release Time for Religious Instruction/Observance
A student will be released from school, as an excused absence, to observe a religious holiday or for religious instruction.  The student’s parent/guardian must complete the Vacation/Leave Request Form and give written notice to the building principal at least 5 days before the student’s anticipated absence(s). 
Students excused for religious reasons will be given an opportunity to make up any examination, study, or work requirement.
Student Hours
Students are NOT to be on the school grounds earlier than 8:40 a.m. for entry to school. All students are expected to report to their first hour class upon entering the building, except students eating breakfast. Students are not to leave the cafeteria without permission from the supervising adult. Students need to clean up their areas before leaving the cafeteria.
Students will be allowed to enter the building at 8:40. Breakfast students should enter the building at the gym doors. All students are expected to be in their first hour classroom by 9:00. Any student arriving after 9:00 must report to the Attendance Office for a pass. Teachers will explain this to the students on the first day of school.
If a student arrives at school after 9:00, they must report to the Attendance Secretary. Unexcused tardiness will be disciplined in accordance with the District 118 Ownership in Education handbook. Students who are tardy to school must receive a late slip from the office before being admitted to class. There are no distinctions made between unexcused and excused tardies to school.  Students are allowed three tardies, for any reason, per semester, before a school detention is assigned. Please refer to the Ownership in Education Handbook when referring to student tardiness. When a student is to leave early or arrive late, please send a note with the student or call the attendance office in advance. Students should always bring a note from the doctor’s office if possible. The attendance office is located at the school’s main entrance. All student attendance matters are handled in the office. Students arriving late or leaving early must check in and out in the office. 
Truancy will be reported to the proper authorities in an effort to remedy any unexcused absences.  We believe that attendance is vital for a student’s success in school and the development of good habits helps the child to become a successful adult.  A parent or guardian who knowingly and willfully permits a child to be truant may be convicted of a Class C misdemeanor, which carries a maximum penalty of thirty days in jail and/or a fine of up to $1500. 
Withdrawal from School
The Guidance Office should be notified of any student’s withdrawal from school regardless of the reason or length of absence.  A parent must sign a record-release form in order to transfer student records from this school district to another school district.  NO records will be sent until all obligations to the school have been met, return of all school owned property has been verified, and all fines paid.
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North Ridge Middle School has very high expectations for students and the instructional process. School/Education is the student’s primary responsibility; students are expected to work to their full potential. Students that disrupt class, treat their fellow students and classmates with disrespect, or violate school rules run the risk of being suspended from school/educational environment. The complete list of school rules, regulations, and discipline procedures is found in the District 118 Ownership in Education handbook. The handbook is distributed at the beginning of every school year.
Behavioral Interventions and Guidelines/Ownership in Education Handbook
The Ownership in Education handbook (copy of the Student Discipline Policy, Rules and Regulations) shall be furnished to the parents or guardians of each student within the first two weeks of school or within two weeks after a transfer student begins classes in the district. Students in each school in the district shall be informed of the contents of the policy. The Ownership in Education handbook is considered a part of the student handbook.
Classroom Conduct
Classroom conduct is an important factor that affects school work and academic performance. Students have an obligation to be on time, to bring necessary materials, to participate in class discussions and activities, and to follow classroom rules.
A student may be required to report to school up to 45 minutes early to serve a detention for behavior problems. Students who are in the hallway without a pass, or are late to class, etc. could receive a detention. However, the detention will not be served on the same day as the offense, unless agreed upon between the issuing staff member and the parent/guardian. It is usually assigned for the next day. Parents must make arrangements to transport their children on the day the detention is to be served. Students who fail to serve detentions will receive a DPPC (Dismissal Pending Parent Conference).
Fighting is not tolerated at North Ridge. Violent horseplay and ‘play’ fighting may be treated as seriously as ‘real’ fights. Consequences may include suspension from school and possible police contact or referral.
School Dress Code
Student and school dress code policies can be found in the OWNERSHIP HANDBOOK.  Please refer to the Ownership in Education handbook when referring to student and school dress. North Ridge Middle School is a climate-controlled building. Students should dress in layers as classroom and other areas of the building may be cool at times.
Telecommunication/Electronic Devices
Cell phones, headphones, lasers, pointers, beepers, etc. are not to be used at school. Such possessions are also a distraction at school and will be confiscated and a parent is required to pick it up. The school is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
Telecommunication/Electronic Devices
Cell phones, headphones, lasers, pointers, beepers, etc. are not to be used at school. Cell phones should remain turned off throughout the school day. Such possessions are also a distraction at school and will be confiscated and a parent is required to pick it up. The school is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
No form of tobacco is allowed at North Ridge.
Unlawful Substances
Students selling, in possession of, or under the influence of any unlawful substance/look-alikes will be subject to immediate suspension/expulsion and possible arrest.
Destroying, damaging, or attempting or threatening, either written or oral to destroy or damage District property or property at a school sponsored event is serious offenses and will be punished in accordance with the District 118 Ownership in Education handbook
The act of possessing, using, or threatening to use any weapon or look-alike on school property or at any school activity (on or off school grounds) is subject to suspension and/or expulsion.
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Students are allowed to ride their bicycle to North Ridge. Each bicycle rider should have a lock and chain to firmly secure the bicycle to the bicycle rack. The bicycle rack is located near the circle drive. The school will assume no responsibility for the safety of your bicycles. All bicycles should be locked to deter theft.  
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Birth Certificates
State law requires that parents must furnish the school district with a certified copy of the child’s birth certificate. This can be obtained from the Records Office of the Vermilion County Courthouse. If your child was born outside of Vermilion County, you will need to contact the Vital Records Office of the county where your child was born. North Ridge will photocopy the birth certificate for our new records and return the original to the parents. This law became effective January 1, 1987 and applies to all students who are new to District 118 schools.
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Prevention of and Response to Bullying, Intimidation, and Harassment 
Bullying, intimidation, and harassment diminish a student’s ability to learn and a school’s ability to educate. Preventing students from engaging in these disruptive behaviors and providing all students equal access to a safe, non-hostile learning environment are important school goals.
Bullying on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, national origin, military status, unfavorable discharge status from the military service, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender-related identity or expression, ancestry, age, religion, physical or mental disability, order of protection status, status of being homeless, or actual or potential marital or parental status, including pregnancy, association with a person or group with one or more of the aforementioned actual or perceived characteristics, or any other distinguishing characteristic is prohibited in each of the following situations:
1. During any school-sponsored education program or activity.
2. While in school, on school property, on school buses or other school vehicles, at designated school bus stops waiting for the school bus, or at school-sponsored or school-sanctioned events or activities. 
3. Through the transmission of information from a school computer, a school computer network, or other similar electronic school equipment.
4. Through the transmission of information from a computer that is accessed at a non-school-related location, activity, function, or program or from the use of technology or an electronic device that is not owned, leased, or used by the school district or school if the bullying causes a substantial disruption to the educational process or orderly operation of a school.
Bullying includes cyber-bullying (bullying through the use of technology or any electronic communication) and means any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or electronically, directed toward a student or students that has or can be reasonably predicted to have the effect of one or more of the following:
1. Placing the student or students in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s or students’ person or property; 
2. Causing a substantially detrimental effect on the student’s or students’ physical or mental health; 
3. Substantially interfering with the student’s or students’ academic performance; or 
4. Substantially interfering with the student’s or students’ ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.
Examples of prohibited conduct include name-calling, using derogatory slurs, stalking, sexual violence, causing psychological harm, threatening or causing physical harm, threatened or actual destruction of property, or wearing or possessing items depicting or implying hatred or prejudice of one of the characteristics stated above.
Students are encouraged to immediately report bullying. A report may be made orally or in writing to the district complaint manager or any staff member with whom the student is comfortable speaking. Anyone, including staff members and parents/guardians, who has information about actual or threatened bullying is encouraged to report it to the district complaint manager or any staff member. Anonymous reports are also accepted by phone call or in writing.
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Bus Conduct
Electronic recordings on school buses
Electronic visual and audio recordings may be used on school buses to monitor conduct and to promote and maintain a safe environment for students and employees when transportation is provided for any school related activity. Notice of electronic recordings shall be displayed on the exterior of the vehicle’s entrance door and front interior bulkhead in compliance with State law and the rules of the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety.
• Students are prohibited from tampering with electronic recording devises. Students who violate this policy shall be disciplined in accordance with the Board’s discipline policy and shall reimburse the School District for any necessary repairs or replacement.
• The content of the electronic recordings are student records and are subject to District policy and procedure concerning school student records; such recordings are exempt from the Eavesdropping Act. Only those people with a legitimate educational or administrative purpose may view and/or listen to the electronic video and/or audio recordings. If the content of electronic recording becomes the subject of a student disciplinary hearing, it will be treated like other evidence in the proceeding.
Bus Procedures/Safety Procedures 
The district provides bus transportation to and from school for all students living 1.5 miles or more from the school. A list of bus stops will be published at the beginning of the school year before student registration. Parents must, at the beginning of the school year, select one bus stop at which a student is to be picked up, and one stop at which a student is to be dropped off. Students are not permitted to ride a bus other than the bus to which they are assigned. Exceptions must be approved in advance by the building principal.
While students are on the bus, they are under the supervision of the bus driver. In most cases, bus discipline problems can be handled by the bus driver. In the case of a written disciplinary referral, student bus problems will be investigated and handled by the building principal.
Students are expected to follow all school rules while on the bus. Students may be suspended from riding the school bus for up to 10 consecutive school days for violating school rules or for engaging in other gross disobedience or misconduct. The school board may suspend the student from riding the school bus for a period in excess of 10 days for safety reasons. The district’s regular suspension procedures shall be used to suspend a student’s privilege to ride a school bus.
Parents are encouraged to discuss bus safety and appropriate behavior with their children before the beginning of the school year and regularly during the year. Please review these rules with your child/children to ensure their safety at the stops, and in compliance with State law, students are expected to observe the following rules:
When the bus is approaching, move far enough back to allow the bus to stop without danger of hitting someone. This is particularly important when ice and snow are on the ground.
• Observe proper rules of conduct at the bus stops. School rules apply and will be enforced when violations are reported.
• Wait for the bus to come to a complete stop and doors to be opened before moving toward the bus to board.
• Be sure to arrive at the bus stop early enough so that you do not have to run to catch the bus. Buses will not wait on students walking to the stops.
• In cold weather, students should not wait for more than 10 minutes past their bus time. Should the bus not arrive, return home, contact the school, and seek alternative transportation.
• Students are to move away from the bus immediately after getting off.
• Students are to go straight home after getting off the bus.
• If students must cross the street after getting off the bus, they must move 10 feet in front of the bus and then wait for the driver’s signal before crossing a safe distance from the bus.
• Children who have any difficulties on the bus or at the bus stop should report first to their driver and then to the building principal.
• Choose a seat and sit in it immediately upon entering the bus. Do not stand in the entrance or in the aisle.
• Do not move from one seat to another while on the bus.
• Keep all parts of the body and all objects inside the bus.
• Loud conversation, singing, boisterous conduct, unnecessary noise or profanity in not allowed. Tablets, iPods®, iPads®, smart phones, and other electronic devices must be silenced on the bus unless a student uses headphones.
• Enter and exit the bus only when the bus is fully stopped.
• All school rules apply while on the bus, at a bus stop, or waiting for the bus.
• Use emergency door only in an emergency.
• In the event of emergency, stay on the bus and await instructions from the bus driver.
• Good behavior and behavior that will not distract the bus driver from operating the bus safely is required. Crowding, pushing, scuffling, and other needless commotion are grounds for disciplinary action.
• Do not open windows.
• Keep the bus neat and clean.
• Athletic footwear equipped with cleats or spikes are not allowed on the bus.
• Inappropriate behavior will be reported to school authorities and failure to observe safety rules may result in suspension from bus services.
• Be waiting at your bus stop on time.
• Never tamper with, damage, or deface anything in or on the bus.
• Keep book bags, books, packages, coats, and other objects out of the aisles. Keep all body parts clear of the aisles when seated.
• Eating is not permitted on the bus.
• Parents will be liable for any defacing or damage students do to the bus.
• Dress properly for the weather. Make sure all drawstrings, ties, straps, etc. on all clothing, backpacks and other items, are shortened or removed to lessen the likelihood of them getting caught in bus doors, railings or aisles.
• Never run back to the bus, even if you dropped or forgot something.
A copy of the bus stops and times can be found in your registration packet and on our North Ridge website.
Students may ride a different bus only in emergency situations and if there is room on the bus. Students must have a note from the parent and it must be approved and signed by the principal or assistant principal. Students are advised to submit their note as soon as possible during the school day. Notes will not be approved as students board the bus for departure. If you have any difficulty with your child’s transportation, please contact the bus garage at 431-5532 or 431-5404. You may also contact North Ridge at 444-3400. If your child does not live in the North Ridge district but receives special transportation, the bus garage requires five days notice (school days) for a change to take effect. Please give ample notice so arrangements can be made.
For questions regarding school transportation issues, contact the Associate Superintendent of Danville District 118 at 217/444-1012.
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Cellular Devices
During the school day, electronic signaling and cellular radio telecommunication devices must be stored out of sight in the “off” mode or unable to transmit or receive communication. Modes of operations such as silent vibration, text messaging, or the ability to take photos are considered unacceptable. Use of electronic signaling and cellular radio telecommunication devices is limited to before and after school hours and in emergency situations where a teacher or administrator approves the use of the device. Students are prohibited from using such devices during class time, lunch, restroom breaks, hallway breaks, other “free” periods, etc. A student shall not use electronic signaling or cellular radio telecommunication devices for inappropriate, illegal, or disruptive activities at anytime on school property or at a school event. Any student found to be in violation of the Policy shall be disciplined consistent with the Board’s general disciplinary policies and procedures. Disciplinary measures may include such measures as verbal warnings, confiscation of the communications device by an administrator, counseling, withholding of privileges, detention, suspension, and/or expulsion. The school is not responsible for lost or stolen phones.
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Custody Arrangements
If you have any legal custody/divorce settlement information that the office should be aware of regarding your child(ren), please be sure to let us know verbally and in writing. It is extremely important the school knows if a student is not to be released to a specific person. Please bring this information to our attention each year as situations change.
Parents who are separated, but not legally divorced, are advised that the school finds itself in a difficult position when determining who should be allowed to remove the child from the school premises. Unless there is assigned custody or other court papers indicating that one parent cannot have access to their child, the school will release the child to either parent.
Directory Information
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) require that schools obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child’s records. However, District 118 may obtain “directory information” without written consent unless you have advised us to the contrary. The primary purpose of directory information is to include names of students participating in a variety of school activities. Examples include: the school yearbook, honor roll, other recognition lists, and sporting events. Directory information can also be disclosed to outside organizations such as manufacturers of class rings or yearbook publishers. If you do not want District 118 to disclose directory information from your child’s records without your prior written consent, you must notify the school principal by September 1.
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Early Dismissal
North Ridge Middle School will dismiss early multiple times this year. This time will be used by staff for curricular improvement and the educational accountability process initiated by the Illinois State Board of Education. We will dismiss at 2:45 p.m. Please refer to the Early Dismissal Dates provided on the North Ridge Calendar and on our school web page.
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Emergency Dismissal Plan
In cases of bad weather and other local emergencies, please listen to local radio stations or view local television channels to be advised of school closings or early dismissals. We will also contact you by phone through our SKYLERT Notification System and the School Connect App. Make sure you keep your contact information current with the school office to receive these messages.
If we dismiss early for an emergency or poor weather conditions, all after-school functions are automatically cancelled.  The District #118 emergency closing contact number is 217/444-1725.
The emergency dismissal plan to be followed is:
The Central office will make the decision regarding early dismissal and will notify all schools affected.
All local radio stations will be asked to announce the planned school closing at least 45 minutes prior to dismissal.
Arrangements will be made immediately for busses to arrive at school on an adjusted schedule.
All students will be dismissed at the announced time except for those whose parents have left standing instructions regarding such emergencies with the school or parents who call us that day with specific instructions. All other students will be sent home in the usual manner.
If this plan is to be effective, it is VERY IMPORTANT that we have your cooperation. Therefore, we are asking all parents to make the following plans for their child(ren) and make sure that the child(ren) is/are aware of the plans.
Designate a neighbor they can go to if parents are not home.
Designate a second neighbor in case the first neighbor is not home. 
Select a friend or relative in the event that they have no neighbors.
Notify the school if none of the above is satisfactory and clearly explain whom we are to contact. Please do so in writing as soon as possible.
It is impossible for the school to contact each parent by phone in such an emergency. Thank you for your help in this important matter.
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Emergency Plans and Drills
North Ridge Middle School has specific building plans for a variety of emergency situations and these are reviewed and practiced with students at the beginning of the school year and periodically throughout the year. Safety drills will occur at times established by the school principal. Students are required to be silent and shall comply with the directives of school officials during emergency drills. There will be a minimum of three (3) evacuation drills, a minimum of one (1) severe weather (shelter-in-place) drill, a minimum of one (1) law enforcement drill, and a minimum of one (1) bus evacuation drill each school year. There may be other drills at the direction of the administration. Drills will not be preceded by a warning to the students.
When the fire horn is activated, students are to exit the building quickly, quietly, and in an orderly fashion. Students must remain with their class because the teacher is required to take roll. In the event of a tornado drill, students will promptly follow teacher instructions. 
Evacuation Sites
If an emergency should arise necessitating the evacuation of students and faculty from the school facility and/or grounds, we ask that parents do not come to school to locate their child(ren). In an event of an emergency, evacuation sites will be communicated to parents through our automated calling system and media outlets. In order for us to ensure the safety of all students, we need them to be picked up and checked out from the designated evacuation site.  If you need any information on the situation or about your student, please call the Jackson Building at 444-1000.  
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Equal Opportunity and Sex Equity
Equal educational and extracurricular opportunities are available to all students without regard to race, color, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry, age, religious beliefs, physical or mental disability, status as homeless, or actual or potential marital or parental status, including pregnancy. 
No student shall, based on sex or sexual orientation, be denied equal access to programs, activities, services, or benefits or be limited in the exercise of any right, privilege, advantage, or denied equal access to educational and extracurricular programs and activities. Any student or parent/guardian with a sex equity or equal opportunity concern should contact: Dr. Alicia Geddis, Superintendent, 516 North Jackson Street, Danville, IL 61832, Telephone 217/444-1000.
Field Trips 
Field trips are a privilege for students. Students must abide by all school policies during transportation and during field-trip activities, and shall treat all field trip locations as though they are on school grounds. Students who fail to abide by school rules and/or location rules during a field trip may be subject to discipline.
All students who wish to attend a field trip must receive written permission from a parent or guardian with authority to give permission. Students may be prohibited from attending field trips for any of the following reasons:
• Failure to receive appropriate permission from parent/guardian or teacher;
• Failure to complete appropriate coursework;
• Behavioral or safety concerns;
• Denial of permission from administration;
• Other reasons as determined by the school.
Fund Raisers 
Selling candy and other items is not permissible during the instructional day. This may result in confiscation of the goods being sold. All students fundraising in the community will be expected to have and present a valid North Ridge Middle School Student ID. Failure to do so will result in the loss of the privilege to fundraise.
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Grading Scale
The following is the minimum standard grading scale used to determine student achievement and assign letter grades at North Ridge Middle School:
A – 90-100%
B – 80-89%
C – 70-79%
D – 60-69%
F – below 60%
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Grievance Procedure
When you have concerns, questions and/or complaints:
Please follow this Chain of Command so that differences may be resolved quickly and fairly:
1. Please call the appropriate staff member who was directly involved to make an appointment to discuss your concern. This may be the classroom teacher or another staff member. Walk-ins will not be taken. It is expected that the parent/guardian call to make an appointment with the staff member. By calling and scheduling an appointment, each party will have the necessary time set aside to meet regarding your child.
2. If there are still concerns, contact the main office at 444-3400 to meet with an administrator.
3. If the problem is still not resolved, contact the superintendent to discuss the problem.
4. Finally if there is still no resolution, contact the school board.
Guidance and Counseling 
The school provides a guidance and counseling program for students. The school’s social workers are available to those students who require additional assistance.
Social & Emotional Wellness
Student social and emotional development shall be incorporated in the District’s educational program and shall be consistent with the social and emotional development standards contained in the Illinois Learning Standards. The objectives for addressing the needs of students for social and emotional development through the educational programs are to:
1. Enhance students’ school readiness, academic success, and use of good citizenship skills;
2. Foster a safe, supportive learning environment where students feel respected and valued;
3. Teach social and emotional skills to all students.
4. Partner with families and the community to promote students’ social and emotional development.
Health & Wellness
The Board of Education is committed to providing a learning environment that supports and promotes wellness, good nutrition, and an active lifestyle and recognizes the positive relationship between good nutrition, physical activity 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, good nutrition and regular physical activity. In addition, school staff shall be encouraged to model healthy eating and physical activity as a valuable part of daily life.
Chewing gum is not allowed at North Ridge Middle School.
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Hallway Procedures
Students must have a corridor pass or their signed agenda book if they are in the hallway during regular class time. It is their responsibility to have the agenda book signed by a staff member.
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Health Services/Medication
When a student becomes ill or is injured during the school day, the classroom teacher will send them to the nurse’s office. At that time, it is determined whether the student will return to class or be sent home for further care. Students too ill to remain in school MUST be taken home by a parent/guardian, or other assigned adult who will be notified by school personnel. Space and staff limitations preclude our keeping students in the nurse’s office for lengthy periods of time.
Administration of Medicine to Students
If your child must receive medication during the school day, please stop by the office to advise us. State mandates are very clear:
Taking medication during school hours or during school-related activities is prohibited unless it is necessary for a student’s health and well-being. When a student’s licensed health care provider and parent/guardian believe that it is necessary for the student to take a medication during school hours or school-related activities, the parent/guardian must request that the school dispense the medication to the child by completing a “School Medication Authorization Form.”
No school or district employee is allowed to administer to any student, or supervise a student’s self-administration of, any prescription or non-prescription medication until a completed and signed School Medication Authorization Form is submitted by the student’s parent/guardian. No student is allowed to possess or consume any prescription or non-prescription medication on school grounds or at a school-related function other than as provided for in this procedure.These forms are available from the secretary or the school nurse.

Medications must be kept in the nurse’s office. The office staff will not dispense medication of any kind unless a form signed by a parent/guardian is on file. Students are never to have any medication in their possession. Parent/guardians are to leave medication with the school nurse or administrator. In order to protect the health and welfare of students, Illinois law requires that schools observe certain safeguards in the administration of medication. If medication is to be administered for a student at school, the following procedures must be observed.
Prescription Drugs
A prescribing physician must provide a written order stating the name of the student, the amount of medication to be administered, identification of the medicine, directions for proper administration of the medicine, and the signature of the physician. The necessary forms are available in the nurse’s office. The medication must be brought to school by the parent/guardian and kept in the original container provided by the pharmacy. Written consent of the parent/guardian must be on file with the physician’s written order. Parental permission must include the name of the student, identification of the medicine to be administered, directions for the administration of the medication, and the signature of the parent/guardian. Both the physician’s order and the parental consent will be maintained on file at the school and will be valid for only one academic year. Any withdrawal of consent to administer medication must be made in writing by the parent/guardian to the nurse. Since the policies for non-prescription drugs are the same as above, parents are encouraged to keep the use of nonprescription drugs to an absolute minimum.
A student may possess an epinephrine auto-injector (EpiPen®) and/or an asthma inhaler prescribed for immediate use at the student’s discretion, provided the student’s parent/guardian has completed and signed an Authorization for Student Self-Medication Form. The school and district shall incur no liability, except for willful and wanton conduct, as a result of any injury arising from a student’s self-administration of medication or epinephrine auto-injector or the storage of any medication by school personnel. A student’s parent/guardian must agree to indemnify and hold harmless the school district and its employees and agents, against any claims, except a claim based on willful and wanton conduct, arising out of a student’s self-administration of an epinephrine auto-injector and/or asthma inhaler, or the storage of any medication by school personnel.
Health, Eye, and Dental Examinations & Immunizations
Required Health Examinations and Immunizations
All students are required to present appropriate proof of 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 and ninth grades; and
3. Enrolling in an Illinois school for the first time, regardless of the student’s grade.
Proof of immunization against meningococcal disease is required for students in grades 6 and 12. A diabetes screening must be included as part of the health exam (though diabetes testing is not required). Students between the age of one and seven must provide a statement from a physician assuring that the student was “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 have 30 days following registration to comply with the health examination and immunization requirements. 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. The schedule and statement of medical reasons must be signed by an appropriate medical professional.
Eye Examination
All students entering kindergarten or the school for the first time must present proof by October 15 of the current school year of an eye examination performed within one year. Failure to present proof by October 15, allows the school to hold the student’s report card until the student presents: (1) proof of a completed eye examination, or (2) that an eye examination will take place within 60 days after October 15.
Dental Examination
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.

A student will be exempted from the above requirements for:
1. Medical grounds if the student’s parent/guardian presents to the building principal a signed statement explaining the objection;
2. Religious grounds if the student’s parent/guardian presents to the building principal a completed Certificate of Religious Exemption;
3. Health examination or immunization requirements on medical grounds if a physician provides written verification;
4. Eye examination requirement if the student’s parent/guardian shows an undue burden or lack or access to a physician licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches who provides eye examinations or a licensed optometrist; or
5. Dental examination requirement if the student’s parent/guardian shows an undue burden or a lack of access to a dentist.
Communicable Diseases
The school will observe recommendations of the Illinois Department of Public Health regarding communicable diseases.

1. Parents are required to notify the school nurse if they suspect their child has a communicable disease.
2. In certain cases, students with a suspected communicable disease may be excluded from school or sent home from school following notification of the parent or guardian.
3. A student excluded because of a communicable disease will be permitted to return to school only when the parent or guardian brings a letter from the student’s doctor, stating that the student is no longer contagious or at risk of spreading the communicable disease.

Head Lice
The school will observe recommendations of the Illinois Department of Public Health regarding head lice.
1. Parents are required to notify the school nurse if they suspect their child has head lice.
2. Infested students will be sent home following notification of the parent or guardian.
3. The school will provide instructions to parent or guardian regarding appropriate treatment for the infestation.
4. A student excluded because of head lice will be permitted to return to school only when the parent or guardian brings the student to school to be checked by the school nurse at North Ridge and the child is determined to be free of the head lice. Infested children are prohibited from riding the bus to school to be checked for head lice.

Care of Students with Diabetes
If you 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:
1. Parents are responsible for providing the necessary physician’s orders for implementing the diabetic care plan.
2. 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 child.
3. Inform the school in a timely manner of any changes to their emergency contact numbers or contact numbers of health care providers.
4. Sign the Diabetes Care Plan.
5. 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 Nurse at (217) 444-3408.

Students with Food Allergies
State law requires our school district to annually inform parents of students with life-threatening allergies or life-threatening chronic illnesses of the applicable provisions of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and other applicable federal statutes, state statutes, federal regulations and state rules. Dietary accommodations require a physician to complete the appropriate form.
If your student has a life-threatening allergy or life-threatening chronic illness, please notify the Building Nurse at (217) 444-3408.
Federal law protects students from discrimination due to a disability that substantially limits a major life activity. If your student has a qualifying disability, an individualized Section 504 Plan will be developed and implemented to provide the needed supports so that your student can access his or her education as effectively as students without disabilities.

Not all students with life-threatening allergies and life-threatening chronic illnesses may be eligible under Section 504. Our school district also may be able to appropriately meet a student's needs through other means.
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Honor Roll
Qualification for the honor roll is determined by a five point system. A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, F=1. High honor roll qualification is a grade average of 4.7 and above. Honor roll qualification is a grade average of 4.25-4.69.
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Instructional Materials 
A student’s parent/guardian may inspect, upon their request, any instructional material used as part of their child’s educational curriculum within a reasonable time of their request.
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Internet Acceptable Use 
Student Acceptable Use Policy is in accordance with the OWNERSHIP HANDBOOK. Please refer to the Ownership in Education Handbook when referring to the Acceptable Use.
Parents or guardians must sign the Technology Use Contract before students may access District technology. Students who do not have a Technology Use Contract on file will not be allowed to utilize the technology at North Ridge Middle School.
Non-School-Sponsored Publications/Websites
Students are prohibited from accessing and/or distributing at school any pictures, written material, or electronic material, including material from the Internet or from a blog, that:
1. Will cause substantial disruption of the proper and orderly operation of the school or school activities;
2. Violates the rights of others, including but not limited to material that is libelous, invades the privacy of others, or infringes on a copyright;
3. Is socially inappropriate or inappropriate due to maturity level of the students, including but not limited to material that is obscene, pornographic, or pervasively lewd and vulgar, or contains indecent and vulgar language;
4. Is primarily intended for the immediate solicitation of funds; or
5. Is distributed in kindergarten through eighth grade and is primarily prepared by non-students, unless it is being used for school purposes. Nothing herein shall be interpreted to prevent the inclusion of material from outside sources or the citation to such sources as long as the material to be distributed or accessed is primarily prepared by students.
The distribution of non-school-sponsored written material must occur at a time and place and in a manner that will not cause disruption, be coercive, or result in the perception that the distribution or the material is endorsed by the school district.
Invitations & Gifts 
Birthday treats, party invitations or gifts for classmates/students should not be brought to school to be distributed. The office is unable to release addresses and phone numbers of students.
Laws, Notices, Policies, and Forms 
Asbestos Management
The E.P.A. is conducting inspections in school districts statewide to determine if they are in compliance with the federal rules and regulations promulgated under the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act.
Pesticide Application Notice
The district maintains a registry of parents/guardians of students who have registered to receive written or telephone notification prior to the application of pesticides to school grounds. To be added to the list, please contact your student’s principal.
Notification will be given before application of the pesticide. Prior notice is not required if there is imminent threat to health or property.
Sex Discrimination
It is the policy of Danville District #118 not to discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational and extra-curricular programs and activities or its employment policies, as required by Illinois PA 79-597 and Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments. Inquiries regarding compliance with the Illinois sex equity rules and the Title IX regulation may be directed to the Superintendent at 516 N. Jackson St. Danville, IL 61832, Telephone 217-444-1000.
Sex Offender Notification Law
State law prohibits a convicted child sex offender from being present on school property when children under the age of 18 are present, except for the following circumstances as they relate to the individual’s child(ren):
1. To attend a conference at the school with school personnel to discuss the progress of their child.
2. To participate in a conference in which evaluation and placement decisions may be made with respect to their child’s special education services.
3. To attend conferences to discuss issues concerning their child such as retention or promotion.
In all other cases, convicted child sex offenders are prohibited from being present on school property unless they obtain written permission from the superintendent or school board.
Anytime that a convicted child sex offender is present on school property—including the three reasons above—he/she is responsible for notifying the principal’s office upon arrival on school property and upon departure from school property. It is the responsibility of the convicted child sex offender to remain under the direct supervision of a school official at all times he/she is in the presence or vicinity of children.
A violation of this law is a Class 4 felony.
Sex Offender & Violent Offender Community Notification Laws
State law requires that all school districts provide parents/guardians with information about sex offenders and violent offenders against youth. You may find the Illinois Sex Offender Registry on the Illinois State Police’s website at:
You may find the Illinois Statewide Child Murderer and Violent Offender Against Youth Registry on the Illinois State Police’s website at:
Learning & Assessment 
Standardized Testing
Students and parents/guardians should be aware that students in grades 7-8 will take the following standardized tests: PARCC. Parents are encouraged to cooperate in preparing students for the standardized testing. The quality of the education the school can provide is partially dependent upon the school’s ability to continue to improve its success on the state’s standardized tests.
Homework is used as a way for students to practice what they have learned in the classroom. The time requirements and the frequency of homework will vary depending on a student’s teacher, ability and grade level.
Grading & Promotion
School report cards are issued to students on a quarterly basis. The report cards at North Ridge Middle School are distributed at the close of each nine weeks of school. Parents must pick up the report card for the first and third quarter at a parent-teacher conference. Report cards for the second and fourth quarters will be sent home in the mail. For questions regarding grades, please contact the classroom teacher.
The decision to promote a student to the next grade level is based on successful completion of the curriculum, attendance, performance on standardized tests and other testing. A student will not be promoted based upon age or any other social reason not related to academic performance.
Lockers are to be kept locked at all times to protect personal property. Abuse to the locker may result in discipline for vandalism. The locker combinations should be kept in a safe place. Other students should not be told your locker combination. Lockers should be clean and neat at all times. Lockers are not to be used for storage of materials other than books, school papers, and coats. Lockers may not be decorated on the outside. Decorations on the inside must conform to school standards of decency and be appropriate. Book bags, lunch sacks, and purses are to be left in lockers during the school day.
The school reserves the right to inspect lockers on a frequent and unannounced basis to ensure compliance with the rules and overall student safety.
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Lost and Found
Lost books and articles of clothing may be claimed in the lost and found box located in the cafetorium. Personal property such as keys, rings, bracelets, glasses, and money may be claimed in the office.
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Mandated Reporters and Reciprocal Reporting of Criminal Activity
All school personnel, including teachers and administrators, are required by law to immediately report any and all suspected cases of child abuse or neglect to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
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To Engage, Educate and Empower, Every Student, Every day.
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The monthly newsletter can be accessed online through . If you would like to receive a copy in the mail or a monthly email please call 444-3400.
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Notice of Rights of Disabled Students to a Free and Appropriate Public Education 
Danville District 118 will assure that, to the maximum extent appropriate, all disabled children shall be educated in the least restrictive environment. Danville District 118 further assures that the services required to meet the educational needs of all disabled students shall be provided up to the day before their 22nd birthday.
Nursing Services
If a student is injured while participating in any school activity, an instructor should be notified immediately. The school is not responsible for doctor and hospital expenses resulting from accidents of any kind. All students should have their own medical insurance.
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Oops I Forgot 
At times, middle school students forget to bring their materials, lunch, etc. to school. If this should occur, parents or guardians should check-in their child’s materials at the Main Office. The office staff will get your child’s materials to them at an appropriate time.
The school has a location(s) available for school visitor parking. Those dropping off and picking up children may do so in the parking lot(s) available during school hours.
Vehicles may not be parked or located in the bus lanes or fire lanes at any time. Bus lanes and fire lanes are clearly marked. Vehicles located in these locations may be ticketed and/or towed by the police.
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Parent Notices Required by the Every Student Succeeds Act:
I. Teacher Qualifications
A parent/guardian may request, and the District will provide in a timely manner, the professional qualifications of your student’s classroom teachers, including, at a minimum, whether:
a. The teacher has met the State qualifications and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction.
b. The teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status.
c. The teacher is teaching in the field of discipline of the certification of the teacher.
d. Paraprofessionals provide services to the student and, if so, their qualifications.
II. Testing Transparency
The State and District requires students to take certain standardized tests.
A parent/guardian may request, and the District will provide in a timely manner, information regarding student participation in any assessments mandated by law or District policy, which shall include information on any applicable right you may have to opt your student out of such assessment.
III. Annual Report Card
Each year, the District is required to disseminate an annual report card that includes information on the District as a whole and each school served by the District, with aggregate and disaggregated information for each required subgroup of students including: student achievement on academic assessments (designated by category), graduation rates, district performance, teacher qualifications, and certain other information required by federal law. When available, this information will be placed on the District’s website
IV. Parent & Family Engagement Compact 4
V. Unsafe School Choice Option
The unsafe school choice option allows students to transfer to another District school or to a public charter school within the District under certain circumstances. VI. Student Privacy
VII. English Learners
The school offers opportunities for resident English Learners to achieve at high levels in academic subjects and to meet the same challenging State standards that all children are expected to meet. For further information on any of the above matters, please contact the building principal.
Personal Property
Students are requested to carefully protect their personal property at all times. Large amounts of money are not to be brought to school. Girls may carry small purses and are asked to not leave them unattended. Athletes and physical education students are not to bring valuables to a coach or teacher. Cameras and other such items are never to be brought to school unless they are being used as part of a class assignment. 
Physical Education Attire
Physical Education requires that each student wear appropriate dress and gym shoes. Clothes that restrict physical movement should not be worn. Students are required to wear gray t-shirts and black shorts, and gym shoes (no tennis shoes with black soles.) No jean shorts will be allowed. Sweatshirt and sweatpants are optional
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Pledge of Allegiance 
Students who do not choose to recite the pledge may remain silent but in no way disrupt those who wish to participate.
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Policy on Aggressive Behavior (including Bullying)
Please see the Ownership in Education handbook.
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Provisions for School Fee Waivers 
Parents may complete an application for a Fee Waiver according to the income scale. Applications are available at registration and at any time during the school year. We encourage parents to take advantage of this program provided by the federal government to assist you and your family. Student items such as uniforms or books that become lost or misplaced are the responsibility of the parent/guardian.
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School Closing — District #118 Hotline 444-1725
In the event of severe inclement weather or other emergencies, school may be closed. School closings will be announced on the local radio stations between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. If weather becomes severe after the students have arrived at school, local radio stations and Channel 5 will have dismissal information. Parents may be notified individually of emergency dismissals through the SKYLERT System. Closings will also be on the District Hotline (444-1725.)
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School Violence Tip-Line 
The Illinois State Police will administer the School Violence Tip-Line which will provide a means for students to report threats of violence and weapon violations on school grounds. The statewide toll-free number, 1-800-477-0024, will be physically answered at the ISP Communications Center in Springfield. This is an anonymous phone line.
State police employees who will forward the information to the local sheriff or police department and the appropriate ISP district will answer calls. The local law enforcement agency will be responsible for notifying the school at which the violent act is supposed to occur. If the school is not in their community, they will insure that the proper law enforcement agency and school are notified immediately.
The Tip-Line is an option in those cases when the caller fears reprisal or if the caller is considering committing acts of violence and is unwilling to sacrifice anonymity.
School Volunteers 
All school volunteers must complete the “Volunteer Information Form” and be approved by the school principal prior to assisting at the school. Forms are available in the school office. Some teachers utilize parent volunteers in the classroom. The individual teachers make this decision. Teachers who desire parent volunteers will notify parents. For school-wide volunteer opportunities, please contact the building principal.
Search and Seizure 
In order to maintain order, safety and security in the schools, school authorities are authorized to conduct reasonable searches of school property and equipment, as well as of students and their personal effects. “School authorities” includes school liaison police officers.
School authorities may inspect and search school property and equipment owned or controlled by the school (such as, lockers, desks, and parking lots), as well as personal effects left there by a student, without notice to or the consent of the student. Students have no reasonable expectation of privacy in these places, areas or in their personal effects left there.
The building principal may request the assistance of law enforcement officials to conduct inspections and searches of lockers, desks, parking lots, and other school property and equipment for illegal drugs, weapons, or other illegal or dangerous substances or materials, including searches conducted through the use of specially trained dogs.
Student Search and Seizure of Property
If a search produces evidence that the student has violated or is violating either the law or the school or district’s policies or rules, evidence may be seized and impounded by school authorities, and disciplinary action may be taken. When appropriate, evidence may be transferred to law enforcement authorities. School authorities may search a student and/or the student’s personal effects in the student’s possession (such as purses, wallets, cinch sacks, book bags, lunch boxes, etc.) when there is a reasonable ground for suspecting that the search will produce evidence the particular student has violated or is violating either the law or the school or district’s student rules and policies. The search will be conducted in a manner that is reasonably related to its objective of the search and not excessively intrusive in light of the student’s age and sex, and the nature of the infraction.
Student Social Networking Passwords & Websites
School officials may conduct an investigation or require a student to cooperate in an investigation if there is specific information about activity on the student’s account on a social networking website that violates a school disciplinary rule or policy. In the course of an investigation, the student may be required to share the content that is reported in order to allow school officials to make a factual determination.
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Sexual Harassment & Teen Dating Violence 
Sexual Harassment & Teen Dating Violence Prohibited Sexual Harassment Prohibited Sexual harassment of students is prohibited. A person engages in sexual harassment whenever he or she makes sexual advances, requests sexual favors, and/or engages in other verbal or physical conduct, including sexual violence, of a sexual or sex-based nature, imposed on the basis of sex, that: Denies or limits the provision of educational aid, benefits, services, or treatment; or that makes such conduct a condition of a student’s academic status; or Has the purpose or effect of:Substantially interfering with a student's educational environment Creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment; Depriving a student of educational aid, benefits, services, or treatment; or Making submission to or rejection of such conduct the basis for academic decisions affecting a student. The terms intimidating, hostile, and offensive include conduct that has the effect of humiliation, embarrassment, or discomfort. Examples of sexual harassment include touching, crude jokes or pictures, discussions of sexual experiences, teasing related to sexual characteristics, and spreading rumors related to a person’s alleged sexual activities. The term sexual violence includes a number of different acts. Examples of sexual violence include, but are not limited to, rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual abuse, and sexual coercion. Teen Dating Violence Prohibited Engaging in teen dating violence that takes place at school, on school property, at school-sponsored activities, or in vehicles used for school-provided transportation is prohibited. For purposes of this policy, the term teen dating violence occurs whenever a student who is 13 to 19 years of age uses or threatens to use physical, mental, or emotional abuse to control an individual in the dating relationship; or uses or threatens to use sexual violence in the dating relationship. Making a Complaint; Enforcement Students are encouraged to report claims or incidents of sexual harassment, teen dating violence or any other prohibited conduct to the nondiscrimination coordinator, building principal, assistant building principal, dean of students, or a complaint manager. A student may choose to report to a person of the student’s same sex. Complaints will be kept confidential to the extent possible given the need to investigate. Students who make good faith complaints will not be disciplined.
Special Education Services to Eligible Children Not Enrolled in the District- Identification, Assessment, and Provision Of  
Some special education services are also available to a qualified child who attends a private school. IEP’s or service plans shall be developed and implemented in accordance with the procedures found in Chapter IV, Individualized Education Programs, Section XI.
Special Programs 
Accommodating Individuals with Disabilities
Individuals with disabilities will be provided an opportunity to participate in all school sponsored services, programs or activities. Individuals with disabilities should notify the superintendent or building principal if they have a disability that will require special assistance or services and, if so, what services are required. This notification should occur as far in advance as possible of the school-sponsored function, program or meeting.
Education of Children with Disabilities
It is the intent of the district to ensure that students who are disabled within the definition of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act are identified, evaluated and provided with appropriate educational services.
The school provides a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment and necessary related services to all children with disabilities enrolled in the school. The term “children with disabilities” means children between ages 3 and the day before their 22nd birthday for which it is determined that special education services are needed. It is the intent of the school to ensure that students with disabilities are identified, evaluated, and provided with appropriate educational services.
A copy of the publication “Explanation of Procedural Safeguards Available to Parents of Students with Disabilities” may be obtained from the school district office.
English Language Learners
The school offers opportunities for English Language Learners to develop high levels of academic attainment in English and to meet the same academic content and student academic achievement standards that all children are expected to attain.
Parents/guardians of English Language Learners will be: (1) given an opportunity to provide input to the program, and (2) provided notification regarding their child’s placement in, and information about, the District’s English Language Learners programs.
For questions related to this program or to express input in the school’s English Language Learners Program, contact the Director of Educational Supports at 444-1062.
Exemption from Physical Education Requirement
A student in grades 3-12 who is eligible for special education may be excused from physical education courses if:
1. A student must present an appropriate excuse from his or her parent/guardian or from a person licensed under the Medical Practice Act. The excuse may be based on medical or religious prohibitions. An excuse because of medical reasons must include a signed statement from a person licensed under the Medical Practice Act that corroborates the medical reason for the request. An excuse based on religious reasons must include a signed statement from a member of the clergy that corroborates the religious reason for the request.
2. Students with an Individualized Education Program may also be excused from physical education courses for reasons stated in Handbook Procedure 10.301.
a) Special activities in physical education will be provided for a student whose physical or emotional condition, as determined by a person licensed under the Medical Practices Act, prevents his or her participation in the physical education course.
a) The student’s parent/guardian agrees that the student must utilize the time set aside for physical education to receive special education support and services, or
b) The student’s individualized education program team determines that the student must utilize the time set aside for physical education to receive special education support and services.
State law prohibits the School District from honoring parental excuses based upon a student’s participation in athletic training, activities, or competitions conducted outside the auspices of the School District.
The agreement or determination is made a part of the individualized education program. A student requiring adapted physical education will receive that service in accordance with the student’s individualized education program.
Home and Hospital Instruction
A student who is absent from school, or whose physician, physician assistant or advance practice registered nurse anticipates his or her absence from school because of a medical condition, may be eligible for instruction in the student’s home or hospital.
A student who is unable to attend school because of pregnancy will be provided home instruction, correspondence courses, or other courses of instruction before the birth of the child when the student’s physician indicates, in writing, that she is medically unable to attend regular classroom instruction as well as for up to 3 months after the child’s birth or a miscarriage.
For information on home or hospital instruction, contact: Special Education Office, at 217-444-1083.
Homeless Child’s Right to Education
When a child loses permanent housing and becomes a homeless person as defined at law, or when a homeless child changes his or her temporary living arrangements, the parent or guardian of the homeless child has the option of either:
(1) continuing the child's education in the school of origin for as long as the child remains homeless or, if the child becomes permanently housed, until the end of the academic year during which the housing is acquired; or
(2) Enrolling the child in any school that non-homeless students who live in the attendance area in which the child or youth is actually living are eligible to attend.
For information regarding homeless child’s right to education, contact the Director of Educational Support Programs, at 217/444-1062.
Motivating Academically Talented Students Information (MATS Program)
The MATS Program serves identified gifted children in grades 3-12. All students in grades 2-11 are screened for identification. Students who exhibit a score of 80% or higher in reading and math on the ITBS, and score 120 or higher on any area of the CogAT, may be screened further. A teacher inventory and the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test are used. Scores from the Naglieri will then be evaluated and submitted to a committee of district administrators for final selection. The final selection committee will be comprised of the gifted coordinator and the administrators of the buildings who host the self-contained gifted programs. Parents have the right to appeal the decisions to the Associate Superintendent. Students in grades 3-5 will attend school at Mark Denman Elementary School and qualifying students in grades 6-8 will attend North Ridge Middle School. At the High School, MATS classes are called honors sections.
No Child Left Behind (NCLB)
NCLB was signed into law January 8, 2002. It is a revision of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA). The overall purpose of the law is to ensure that each child in America is able to meet high learning standards of the state in which he/she lives.
North Ridge Middle School will continue to make improvements through our School Improvement Plan, Parent/Community Involvement, Professional Development, and Partners in Education to ensure that the goals established by this law are met.
The PBIS program is an effort to help students build a positive attitude, develop strong character skills and to continue to expand on the skills necessary to become successful students. This program will help students learn the expectations necessary to be successful at North Ridge. Each month we will introduce one of the “cool tools” that will help us with our expectations. The PBIS program is an extension of our efforts to provide students with a positive environment in which to learn and succeed.
Request to Access Classroom or Personnel for Special Education
Evaluation or Observation
The parent/guardian of a student receiving special education services, or being evaluated for eligibility, is afforded reasonable access to educational facilities, personnel, classrooms, and buildings. This same right of access is afforded to an independent educational evaluator or a qualified professional retained by or on behalf of a parent or child.
Response to Intervention
Through RtI, we provide high-quality classroom instruction to all of our students. We assess all of our students and provide tiered instruction and interventions matched to individual student needs. Through ongoing assessment, student progress is continually monitored.
Family involvement in this process helps to enhance student outcomes. RtI is an opportunity to bring about meaningful change in family-school relationships, allowing for engaged partnerships between educators and families through collaborative, structured problem-solving.
Standard of Dress
A student’s appearance and dress are the responsibility of the student and the parent. Students are expected to use good personal hygiene as well. If there is a question of safety or decency, a decision by the principal will be final. A parent will be notified and asked to bring a change of clothing to school if necessary. If a student does not follow the standard they may be asked to remove the item or be sent home to change. Please support the school as it enforces this policy to maintain a positive learning environment. Please refer to the Ownership in Education Handbook.
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Student Biometric Information 
Before collecting biometric information from students, the school must seek the permission of the student’s parent/guardian or the student, if over the age of 18. Biometric information means information that is collected from students based on their unique characters, such as a fingerprint, voice recognition or retinal scan.
Student Emergency Forms 
At the beginning of each school year, all parents/guardians must fill out a Student Emergency Form for each of their children enrolled in school. Situations may arise that make it necessary for the school to contact a student’s parent(s) or guardian(s), i.e. illness, injury, special recognition, or other problems that may arise. Parents are expected to update their information on a regular basis. Please contact the Guidance Office with any changes in telephone numbers (both home and work), addresses, emergency contact, and other similar information. Our office staff will not provide visitor access to students if the individual is not listed on the emergency card.
Student Fees/Waivers 
The school establishes fees and charges to fund certain school activities. Some students may be unable to pay these fees. Students will not be denied educational services or academic credit due to the inability of their parent or guardian to pay fees or certain charges. Students whose parent or guardian is unable to afford student fees may receive a fee waiver. A fee waiver does not exempt a student from charges for lost or damaged books, locks, materials, supplies and/or equipment. Student Fee Waiver Forms are to be completed at registration if one of the following prerequisites are not met:
1. The student currently lives in a household that meets the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines established by the federal government pursuant to the National School Lunch Act; or
2. The student or the family is currently receiving aid under Article IV of the Illinois Public Aid Code to include SNAP, TANF, or Medicaid.
Parent/Guardians will be notified promptly as to whether the fee waiver request has been granted or denied. Questions regarding the application process should be addressed to Sue Barnes in the Food Service Office at 217-444-1074.
A healthy breakfast and lunch will be available at no charge to all students at North Ridge regardless of income. No forms are necessary to participate in this program. All students are encouraged to participate in the free meal program to enhance the learning environment. Breakfast is served every day beginning at 8:45. There is no charge for a complete breakfast.
Lunch is served every full school day, and menus will denote days when lunch is not served on early dismissal days. There is no charge for a complete lunch. Ala carte items will be available for purchase.
For additional purchases outside of the complete breakfast and lunch that are available at no charge, parent/guardians and students may add money to student’s accounts by paying in the serving line, or in advance on your student’s account online via the parent portal.
Please note that if your student takes extra milk during breakfast or lunch, it is not covered by the Breakfast/Lunch Program Plan. Please call food service at 444-3407 if you any questions regarding our Breakfast or Lunch Programs.
Designated Meal Locations
There are specific procedures followed during the lunch periods. All students should eat in the cafetorium, unless they are invited by a teacher for makeup work or testing. The expectation at North Ridge is for students to abide by the rules and procedures listed in the cafetorium. Failure to comply may result in discipline at the discretion of the administration, as stated in the OWNERSHIP IN EDUCATION HANDBOOK.
Student Fees
The school establishes fees and charges to fund certain school activities. Some students may be unable to pay these fees. Students will not be denied educational services or academic credit due to the inability of their parent or guardian to pay fees or certain charges. Students whose parent or guardian is unable to afford student fees may receive a fee waiver. A fee waiver does not exempt a student from charges for lost and damaged books, locks, materials, supplies and/or equipment.
Applications for fee waivers may be submitted by a parent or guardian of a student who has been assessed a fee. A student is eligible for a fee waiver if at least one of the following prerequisites is met:
1. The student currently lives in a household that meets the free lunch or breakfast eligibility guidelines established by the federal government pursuant to the National School Lunch Act; or
2. The student or the student’s family is currently receiving aid under Article IV of the Illinois Public Aid Code (Aid to Families of Dependent Children).
The building principal will notify the parent/guardian promptly as to whether the fee waiver request has been granted or denied. Questions regarding the fee waiver application process should be addressed to the building principal.
Instructional Materials Fee
The Board of Education, prior to the opening of school, sets the material fees.
Instructional materials fee for this school year will be $37.00 per child in grades 6-8. Instructional fees include the rental of basic textbooks, supplemental texts, workbooks, library books, and programmed instructional materials. Special fees will be collected by the teacher after the class begins which include:
Unified Arts                    Grade 7        $5.00 per semester
Art                                    Grade 8        $6.00 per semester
Technology/GTT           Grade 8        $4.00 per semester
Textbooks are furnished for each student for the year. The students are required to maintain their books. The student responsible for them will pay for all damaged books. For his/her own protection, a student should put his/her name in ink in each of his/her books.
Participation Fees
The Board of Education charges participation fees for extra-curricular activities in grades 6-12. In grades 7-8, a $10.00 fee is charged for participation in a club/organization and a $20.00 fee is charged for athletics. Coaches/sponsors will send more information home at the start of the activity. Anyone who wishes to participate but for whom the fees pose a hardship should make a confidential inquiry to the principal.
Student Insurance
Applications and other information for student insurance will be sent home. All money and applications are to be mailed by the parent/guardian. Enrollment in the Student Accident Plan is strongly recommended since the District does not provide health or accident insurance for students.
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Student Identification Cards 
Student IDs are required to be worn by North Ridge Middle School students. A student’s ID card will serve as their meal ticket, gain them access to after school events, and serve as a valuable safety feature in allowing faculty and staff to get to know all students in the school community. Student ID’s are required in order for students to gain access at any after school athletic or extracurricular event.
Student Records 
A school student record is any writing or other recorded information concerning a student and by which a student may be identified individually that is maintained by a school or at its direction or by a school employee, regardless of how or where the information is stored, except for certain records kept in a staff member’s sole possession; records maintained by law enforcement officers working in the school; video and other electronic recordings that are created in part for law enforcement, security, or safety reasons or purposes; and electronic recordings made on school buses.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Illinois Student Records Act afford parents/guardians and students over 18 years of age (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s school records. They are:
1. The right to inspect and copy the student’s education records within 15 school days of the day the District receives a request for access.
The degree of access a student has to his or her records depends on the student’s age. Students less than 18 years of age have the right to inspect and copy only their permanent record. Students, 18 years of age or older, have access and copy rights to both permanent and temporary records. A parent/guardian or student should submit to the building principal a written request that identifies the record(s) he or she wishes to inspect. The principal will make arrangements for access and notify the parent/guardian or student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. The District charges $.35 per page for copying but no one will be denied their right to copies of their records for inability to pay this cost.
These rights are denied to any person against whom an order of protection has been entered concerning the student.
2. The rights to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent/guardian or eligible student believes are inaccurate, irrelevant, or improper.
A parent/guardian or eligible student may ask the District to amend a record that is believed to be inaccurate, irrelevant, or improper. Requests should be send to the building principal and should clearly identify the record the parent/guardian or eligible student wants changed and the specific reason a change is being sought.
If the District decides not to amend the record, the District will notify the parent/guardian or eligible student of the decision and advise him or her of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent/guardian or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.
3. The right to permit disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that the FERPA or Illinois School Student Records Act authorizes disclosure without consent.
Disclosure without consent is permitted to school officials with legitimate educational or administrative interests. A school official is a person employed by the District as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the School Board; a person or company with whom the District has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); or any parent/guardian or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
Upon request, the District discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student has enrolled or intends to enroll, as well as to any person as specifically required by State or federal law. Before information is released to these individuals, the parents/guardians or eligible student will receive prior written notice of the nature and substance of the information, and an opportunity to inspect, copy, and challenge such records.
Academic grades and references to expulsions or out-of-school suspensions cannot be challenged at the time a student’s records are being forwarded to another school to which the student is transferring.
Disclosure is also permitted without consent to: any person for research, statistical reporting or planning, provided that no student or parent/guardian can be identified; any person named in a court order; appropriate persons if the knowledge of such information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other persons; and juvenile authorities when necessary for the discharge of their official duties who request information before adjudication of the student.
4. The right to a copy of any school student record proposed to be destroyed or deleted.
The permanent record is maintained for at least 60 years after the student transfers, graduates, or permanently withdraws. The temporary record is maintained for at least 5 years after the student transfers, graduates, or permanently withdraws. Temporary records that may be of assistance to a student with a disability who graduates or permanently withdraws, may, after 5 years, be transferred to the parent/guardian or to the student, if the student has succeeded to the rights of the parent/guardian. Student temporary records are reviewed every 4 years or upon a student’s change in attendance centers, whichever occurs first.
5. The right to prohibit the release of directory information.
Throughout the school year, the District may release directory information regarding students, limited to:
Grade level
Birth date and place
Parent/guardian names, addresses, electronic mail addresses, and telephone numbers
Photographs, videos, or digital images used for informational or news-related purposes (whether by a media outlet or by the school) of a student participating in school or school-sponsored activities, organizations, and athletics that have appeared in school publications, such as yearbooks, newspapers, or sporting or fine arts programs
Academic awards, degrees, and honors
Information in relation to school sponsored activities, organizations, and athletics
Major Field of study
Period of attendance in school
Any parent/guardian or eligible student may prohibit the release of any or all of the above information by delivering a written objection to the building principal within 30 days of the date of this notice.
6. The right to request that military recruiters or institutions of higher learning not be granted access to your student’s information without your prior written consent.
Federal law requires a secondary school to grant military recruiters and institutions of higher learning, upon their request, access to secondary school students’ names, addresses, and telephone numbers, unless the parent/guardian, or student who is 18 years of age or older, request that the information not be disclosed without prior written consent. If you wish to exercise this option, notify the building principal.
7. The right contained in this statement: No person may condition the granting or withholding of any right, privilege or benefits or make as a condition of employment, credit, or insurance the securing by any individual of any information from a student’s temporary record which such individual may obtain through the exercise of any right secured under State law.
8. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the District to comply with the requirements of FERPA.
The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington DC 20202-4605
Student Record Notification
District 118 will not share a student’s records with an outside agency or school district without signed permission from the parent or legal guardian. Permanent and temporary records are maintained for each child and are kept in the school office. A parent/guardian or student (18 or older), should submit to the building principal a written request that identifies the record(s) he or she wishes to inspect. Within 10 business days, the building principal will make arrangements for access and notify the parent/guardian or student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. In certain circumstances, the District may request an additional 5 business days in which to grant access. Parents have the right to challenge and request that the record be amended if they believe that the record contains inaccuracies or misleading information.
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Student Supervision
Any student in the building before 8:45 a.m. or after 3:45 p.m. must be under the direction and supervision of a staff member. Otherwise, a detention may be issued.
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Suicide & Depression Awareness and Prevention 
Youth suicide impacts the safety of the school environment. It also affects the school community, diminishing the ability of surviving students to learn and the school’s ability to educate. Suicide and depression awareness and prevention are important goals of the school district.
The school district maintains student and parent resources on suicide and depression awareness and prevention. Much of this information, including a copy of school district’s policy, is posted on the school district website. Information can also be obtained from the school office.
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Surveys by Third Parties 
Before a school official or staff member administers or distributes a survey or evaluation created by a third party to a student, the student’s parent/guardian may inspect the survey or evaluation, upon their request and within a reasonable time of their request. This applies to every survey: (1) that is created by a person or entity other than a district official, staff member, or student, (2) regardless of whether the student answering the questions can be identified, and (3) regardless of the subject matter of the questions.
Parents who object to disclosure of information concerning their child to a third party may do so in writing to the building principal.
Surveys Requesting Personal Personal Information
School officials and staff members will not request, nor disclose, the identity of any student who completes any survey or evaluation (created by any person or entity, including the school or district containing one or more of the following items:
1. Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or the student’s parent/guardian.
2. Mental or psychological problems of the student or the student’s family.
3. Behavior or attitudes about sex.
4. Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior.
5. Critical appraisals of other individuals with whom students have close family relationships.
6. Legally recognized privileged or analogous relationships, such as those with lawyers, physicians, and ministers.
7. Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or the student’s parent/guardian.
8. Income other than that required by law to determine eligibility for participation in a program or for receiving financial assistance under such program.
The student’s parent/guardian may inspect the survey or evaluation and refuse to allow their child to participate in the survey. The school will not penalize any student whose parent/guardian exercised this option.
Teacher Qualifications 
Parents may request information about the qualifications of their child’s teachers and paraprofessionals, including:
• Whether the teacher has met State certification requirements;
• Whether the teacher is teaching under an emergency permit or other provisional status by which State licensing criteria have been waived;
• The teacher’s college major;
• Whether the teacher has any advanced degrees and, if so, the subject of the degrees; and
• Whether any instructional aides or paraprofessionals provide services to your child and, if so, their qualifications.
If you would like to receive any of this information, please contact the school office.
Telephone Calls
Students will be allowed to use the office telephone for emergency use only. The use of the phone in the office is a privilege. It should be used only when absolutely necessary. The phone is NOT for routine calls caused by a lack of planning or irresponsibility on the part of the student. Calls for forgotten items, etc., are NOT considered emergencies. Students may NOT be called to the phone for emergencies.
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Transportation Reimbursement Eligibility
Transportation at district expense will be furnished for all pupils who live 1.5 miles or more from the school they are required to attend. Transportation may be furnished for pupils ineligible for regular reimbursed transportation under 1.5 miles if parents reimburse the district at a rate established by the Board or if, in the opinion of the Board, and validated by the state Department of Transportation, there exist pedestrian hazards for pupils.
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Video and Audio Monitoring Systems 
A video and/or audio monitoring system may be in use on school busses and a video monitoring system may be in use in public areas of the school building. These systems have been put in place to protect students, staff, visitors, and school property. If a discipline problem is captured on audiotape or videotape, these recordings may be used as the basis for imposing student discipline. If criminal actions are recorded, a copy of the tape may be provided to law enforcement personnel.
Visitor Policy
Parents are encouraged to visit and volunteer in their child’s classroom regularly. We do ask that you observe certain courtesies:
• All visitors, including parents and siblings, are required to enter through the front door of the building and proceed immediately to the main office. Visitors should identify themselves and inform office personnel of their reason for being at school.
• Visitors must sign in, identifying their name, the date and time of arrival, and the classroom or location they are visiting. Approved visitors must take a tag identifying themselves as a guest and place the tag to their outer clothing in a clearly visible location. Visitors are required to proceed immediately to their location in a quiet manner. All visitors must return to the main office and sign out before leaving the school.
• It is expected that parents call first and arrange a good time to visit. The teacher can give you some idea about your child’s daily schedule or other timing details. Visitors will not be permitted if tests are being administered.
• Visitors are expected to abide by all school rules during their time on school property. A visitor who fails to conduct themselves in a manner that is appropriate will be asked to leave and may be subject to criminal penalties for trespassing and/or disruptive behavior.
• If a parent/guardian wishes to hold a conference with a teacher or teaching team, it is expected that parents/guardians call the teacher/team to schedule a meeting day and time. Although we want to maintain an open environment with parents/guardians, our teachers have specific content and interdisciplinary team meetings to attend to on a daily basis. By calling and scheduling an appointment, each party will have the necessary time set aside to meet regarding your child.
Please do not use your classroom visitation time for a conference. If you wish to discuss something with the teacher, please arrange a designated conference time.
School Visitation Rights
The School Visitation Rights Act permits employed parents/guardians, who are unable to meet with educators because of a work conflict, the right to time off from work under certain conditions to attend necessary school functions such as parent-teacher conferences. Letters verifying participation in this program are available from the school office upon request.
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This handbook is only a summary of District #118 Board Policy. Policies may be amended at any time during the year without notice. District #118 Board Policies are available online at Communication of policies has been made to all persons expected to comply with them.