North Ridge Middle School Student Handbook - 2017-2018             

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Accidents
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 444-3421 for 7th grade and 444-3418 for 8th grade with any changes.
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Agendas
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:
Fall Baseball – boys
Softball – girls
Basketball – boys and girls
Cross Country – boys and girls
Cheerleading
Winter/Spring Track – boys and girls
Drama Club
Girls’ volleyball
Spelling team
All Year Band
Builders Club
Chorus – Performance
Chess Club
Future Problem Solvers
Jazz Band
National Junior Honor Society
Newspaper
Operetta
Orchestra – Performance
Radiant Reds
Redcoats
Scholastic Bowl
Student Council
Yearbook
History Bee
Student Advisory Board

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. 
Travel
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 (7) 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:
Illness
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.
Dismissals
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 8:45 a.m. for entry to school. All students are expected to report to their first hour class upon entering the building. Those not eating breakfast are to wait outside their assigned door.  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 8:45 for breakfast and 8:55 for non-breakfast students. 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. Students are to enter the building at their specified grade level door. Teachers will explain this to the students on the first day of school.
Tardiness
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. 
Transfer to Another School
If a student is a victim of a violent crime that occurred on school grounds during regular school hours or during a school-sponsored event, the parent /guardian may request a transfer to another public school within the district. 
Truancy
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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Behavior/Discipline
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.
Detentions
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
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.
Tobacco
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.
Vandalism
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
Weapons/Look-Alikes
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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Bicycles
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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Bullying
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 Procedures/Safety Procedures
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.
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.
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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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.
 
 
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.
 
 
Fund Raisers (non school)
Selling non-school approved candy and other items is forbidden on campus. This may result in confiscation of the goods being sold.
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Grading Scale
The grading scale used at North Ridge Middle School is:
A – 100-93%
B – 92-86%
C – 85-77%
D – 76-70%
F – below 70%
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Gum
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:
No medication of any kind (prescription or over-the-counter) can be dispensed by the school without a form completed by the doctor accompanied by the parent or guardian’s written consent and waiver of liability. The 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 similar to the above, parents are encouraged to keep the use of nonprescription drugs to an absolute minimum.
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Homework Requests
The Guidance Office provides a service of collecting homework for students who are absent 3 or more consecutive days. The parent of the absent student needs to call the Guidance Office, 444-3419, and make the request before 10:30 a.m. the day of pick up. Work can be sent home with a sibling or a parent can pick up the work from the office between 3:30-4:15 p.m. Parents are responsible for going to their student’s lockers and getting the necessary books. Please make arrangements to pick up homework at the time arranged. Work that is not picked up will be returned to the teachers. Students who are absent only one day should ask their teachers for missed work upon their return.
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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 Fee
Instructional materials fee for the 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. Students in grades 7 and 8 must have a lock for their gym lockers. They may provide their own or buy a lock from the school for $4.00.

Special fees will be collected which include: Fine Arts-Grade 6, $5.00 per semester, Unified Arts- Grade 7, $5.00 per semester, Art-Grade 8, $6.00 per semester, and Technology-Grade 8, $4.00 per semester. Students who qualify for free lunch or those receiving aid under Article IV of the Illinois Public Aid Code are excused from paying the instructional materials fee. This waiver is state policy unless the parent wishes to pay. If you have more than one child attending North Ridge, please write a separate check for each child.
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Keyboarding
Students in 6th and 7th grade who have not elected to take fine arts or unified arts will spend one grading period (quarter) in keyboarding and meet the keyboarding requirements.
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Lockers
Lockers are to be kept locked at all times to protect personal property. Abuse to the lock 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 are to be left in lockers during the school day. Please note: 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 hallway east of the front doors (near Room 900). Personal property such as keys, rings, bracelets, glasses, and money may be claimed in the office.
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Lunch/Breakfast
A student wishing to purchase lunch or breakfast for the week may do so on the first day of the week or on a daily basis. Students are to pay in the cafeteria. When a student is absent from school and has paid for lunch or breakfast in advance, the missed meal(s) will be credited. An adult who wishes to visit school and eat a hot lunch with a student is welcome to do so. The commons are designated areas for eating. Students must stay in these areas at lunch and breakfast.

• Free/Reduced Lunch/Breakfast — Students approved for free or reduced lunch/breakfast last year are continued at the previous status at the beginning of the year but must re-apply each year. Please read the application carefully. If you receive food stamps or receive AFDC for your child(ren), follow the instructions noted for all other households. Note: Households eligible for free lunch/breakfast also are eligible for a waiver for instructional materials fees. Please return lunch application by the end of the first week. If you have any questions concerning the form, please contact Paula Brown at 444-3403. Many families are eligible even on a temporary basis. Names of students qualifying are confidential.

• Prices — All students may purchase lunch for $9.25 per week ($1.85 per day.) Students may bring their lunch if they wish. Milk may be purchased separately. Lunch money is collected each Monday or on the first full school day of the week in the lunchroom. Students can pay for the whole week or they may buy daily. Students who are absent when money is collected should pay the lunchroom supervisor the first day they return to school. Breakfast prices are $1.30 per day full price ($6.50 per week), $.30 per day, reduced.
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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, are further screened. 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 Gifted Coordinator. The grades 3-5 program is held at East Park. The grades 6-8 program is held at North Ridge. At the High School, MATS classes are called honors sections.
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Newsletters
Monthly newsletters will be sent home at the beginning of each month regarding items and dates of interest. The newsletter is also found on this site under information/newsletter.
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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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Participation Fees
The Board of Education charges participation fees for extra-curricular activities in grades 6-12. In grades 6-8, 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.
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PE Attire
PE requires that each student wear appropriate dress and gym shoes. For grades 7 and 8, students are required to wear gray or white t-shirts and red or black shorts, and gym shoes (no tennis shoes with black soles.) No jean shorts will be allowed. Sweatshirt and sweat pants are optional. Grade 6 students will wear street clothes for PE (tennis shoes are required.)
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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.
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Policy on Aggressive Behavior (including Bullying)
Please see the Ownership in Education handbook.
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Preamble/Philosophy
We Believe:
* Each student is a unique personality.
* Our primary task is to develop student skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
* We must encourage, with parent support, the development of pride in work, character, and self-respect.
* We must strive for excellence by developing a desire for learning now and in the future.
* Students should be taught to appreciate culture and beauty in the world.
* Students must learn to respect and get along with people with whom they work and live.
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Provisions for School Fee Waivers
Parents may make application for free or reduced meals according to 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. Students who qualify for the free lunch program also receive a waiver for school textbook fees. Should your financial situation change during the year, please do not hesitate to update your application in the office. Each parent who submits an application will receive notice as to whether the application has been approved or disapproved within 10 days.
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Required Notifications

• Asbestos Provision —In accordance with the US EPA’s AHERA standard, all information concerning asbestos-containing materials in the schools of District 118 is available in the office of the Department of Building and Grounds for review and copying by students, staff, and guardians during regular business hours.

• Notice of Accommodations Available —Most buildings in District 118 are accessible. Arrangements can be made for any mobility-impaired persons who wish to attend meetings at any school or at the District office. Please contact the building principal or Martha See (217-444-1001) at the Jackson Building.

• Pesticide Notification and Rights —The application of pesticides is subject to the USEPA regulations. District 118 will give notice to students’ parents or guardians and school staff of any upcoming pesticide treatments. Notice will be posted in designated areas at school and sent home with students.

• Equity and Nondiscrimination Policy —District 118 has a policy against discrimination on the basis of color, race, national origin, sex, and disability. Anyone who believes that there has been a violation of this policy should report the alleged incident to the Director of Human Resources.

• Sexual Harassment Policy —District 118 has a strong policy prohibiting all forms of sexual harassment whether verbal, non-verbal, or physical. If an employee or student believes that s/he has been sexually harassed, they should report the alleged act immediately to the Director of Human Resources.

• Notice of Instruction of Sex Education/Recognizing and Avoiding Sexual Abuse —Instruction dealing with family life and sex education, including sexually transmitted diseases (STD) and avoiding sexual abuse may be offered in several different courses. Opportunities will be provided for all parents and guardians to inspect materials being used for instruction. Forms are available in the principal’s office for any parent wishing to have their child excused from sex education classes.

• 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.

• Special Education Services of Eligible Children Not Enrolled in District 118 —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.
• Sex Offender Registration Notification —Information on registered sex offenders is available on the State of Illinois website http://www.isp.state.il.us/sor. This information is being provided in accordance with the Illinois Sex Offender Registration Act-Notification to Parents (Public Act 94-994).
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School Closing 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. Closing announcements are sent through our Alert Now System. Make sure current phone numbers are on file at all times in the office. Closings will be posted on the District Hotline (444-1725.) Parents may also use the District 118 homepage for information about school closings (http://www.danville.k12.il.us).
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School Improvement Plan & Illinois State School Report Card
Please check out our School Improvement Plan and Illinois State School Report Card for information about the make up of North Ridge, our test scores, and what we want to improve for the 2008-2009 school year.

Our Illinois State School Report Card and Our School Improvement Plan


These are pdf files. If you do not have Acrobat Reader,
download it for free from Adobe.com.
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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. The following is the District 118 standard of dress that is enforced for grades 6-8. 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.
• Headwear —Hats, ear guards, sweatbands, bandannas, scarves, hairnets, and hoods are not to be worn in the building. Hats worn outside must be worn with the bill forward or backward only.

• Pants —Pants must be worn at the waist, no undergarments or skin shall be exposed. Both pant legs must be the same length. Pants must be fastened.
• Belts/Suspenders —Belts must be buckled and suspender straps should both be fastened.
• Coats —Coats are not to be worn in the classroom or in the lunchroom.
• Clothing and Accessories —Girls’ tops should be long enough to cover the stomach. No tank tops (boys), no halter tops or tops with spaghetti straps (girls) are allowed. Sunglasses are not to be worn in the building unless they are prescription. Gloves are not to be worn in the building. No clothing is acceptable that advertises tobacco, drugs, profanity, or incites other to violence. Any clothing item too tight or revealing is not allowed.
• Gang Jewelry —Crescent moon, $, five or six point star, playboy bunny, bulldog, hand or glove, cane, guns or drug related jewelry are not allowed. Items can be confiscated during school hours and at school related extra-curricular activities.
• Wallet chains — Wallet chains are not allowed.
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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 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. Parents may see the building principal to inspect the records of their child. 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 remaining in the building after 3:35 p.m. must be under the direction and supervision of a staff member. Otherwise, a detention may be issued.
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Supply Lists
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Telephone Calls
The office telephones may be used by students in an emergency only. Calls for forgotten items, etc., are NOT considered 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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Visitor Policy
Parents are urged to visit and volunteer in their child’s classroom regularly. We do ask that you observe certain courtesies:

• ALWAYS report to the office before going to your child’s classroom. This is a state law and is required of ALL visitors.
• Please 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.
• Please do not use your classroom visitation time for a conference. If you wish to discuss something with the teacher, please arrange a conference time before or after school.
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