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August 2019

Dear Students and Parents/Guardians:

On behalf of the staff at Lebanon Junior High School, I welcome you to a new school year. Many exciting and challenging opportunities await students during the months to come. I hope to work closely with parents as well as students to help young people take full advantage of these opportunities. This concept of teamwork can be a focal point as we face the experiences the year will bring.

This handbook has been prepared to share basic information about procedures, rules, and policies at the junior high school. There are other handbooks for the elementary schools and the high school. The handbook is not intended to create a contractual relationship with the student, though I have discussed some legalities of school operations and the information contained implements Illinois laws and district policy. Parents/guardians can read the policy in full at the district office in the high school. The school does have a compelling interest in establishing rules of conduct for the safety of our children and efficiency of the educational process. We have not tied our hands by giving specific examples in all sections of the handbook so that we have the flexibility to respond to circumstances and enforce all policies in a fair and equitable manner. A clear understanding and observance of school regulations by all concerned will help promote a pleasant and productive year.

I have a sincere interest in each student both academically and personally. Please feel welcome to discuss any concerns or problems with me or any staff member should the need arise.

Let's work together! Our schools have a proud tradition of academic excellence. With your help, I am sure the coming year will be one of the very best.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Leigh Jackson, Principal

Lebanon Junior High School

BUILDING MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of Lebanon Elementary School is to promote academic success as well as to develop social growth for every boy and girl attending our school. This success will be accomplished by a dedicated staff that expects P.R.I.D.E. –personal responsibility in daily effort.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

LEBANON JUNIOR HIGH STAFF

Junior High …………………………………………………… …....1

Special Services…………… ……………………….………........................1

GENERAL INFORMATION

Office and School Hours……………………………………………………………………………3

Visitors ………………………………………………………………..…3

Closed Campus and Release of Students….…………………………………….3

Surveys …………………………………………………………………..4

School Prayer ……………………………………………………………..……4

Handbook …………………………………………………………………..4

ADMISSIONS AND RECORDS

Admissions ……………………………………………………………..……5

Student Transfers and Withdrawals ………………………………………..…5

Change of Address …………………………………………………………..6

Student Records ………………………………………………………..…6

BOOKS AND FEES

School Fees………..……………………………………………………….…....7

Book Rental…..…………………………………………………………………7

Waiver ………………………………………………………………..…7

Instructional Materials ……………………………………………..……9

Check Overdraft Policy ………………………………………………..…8

Breakfast/Lunch Program ………………………………………………..…8

HEALTH AND MEDICAL INFORMATION

General ……………………………………………………………...……9

Mandatory Reporting ………………………………………………………..10

Head Lice Policy ………………………………………………………..10

Illness and Injury …...……………………………………………………..10

Medical Excuses ………...………………………………………………..10

Medication Policy ……………...…………………………………………..10

Vision and Hearing Screenings ………………………………………….12

Insurance for Students……………………………………………………...…..14

TRANSPORTATION

Transportation by Automobile ……………………………………………..13

Riding Bicycles to School ……………………………………………………..14

Paid Bus Information ……………………………………………………………..16

Transportation to Out-Of-Town-Activities ……………………………………..16

ATTENDANCE

Attendance Policy …………………………………………………………16

Unexcused Absences & Truancy...…………………………………………………17

Vacations ……………………………………………………………………...18

Tardiness ……………………………………………………………………...19

Excessive Tardiness ……………………………………………………………...19

ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE

Equal Educational Opportunities & Uniform Grievance Procedure ……………..19

Sex Equity ……………………………………………………………………..19

Sexual Harassment ……………………………………………………………..20

Physical Accessibility ……………………………………………………………..21

Racial, Religious, and Gender Bias ……………………………………………..21

GRADING

Grades …………………………………………………………………………….21

Progress Reporting …………………………………………………………….21

Parent Teacher Conferences …………………………………………………….21

Homework …………………………………………………………………….22

Special Services and Opportunities …………………………………………….22

Mini Courses …………………………………………………………………...23

Promotion and Retention …………………………………………………….23

Summer School …………………………………………………………….23

CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINE

Classroom Management ……………………………………………………24

Conduct in Non-classroom Settings ……………………………………………26

Student Appearance………………………………………………………………26

Cafeteria Conduct………………………………………………………………...27

Conduct for School Activities ……………………………………………………27

Sportsmanship ……………………………………………………………………28

Assemblies ……………………………………………………………………29

GROUPS AND ACTIVITIES

Parent-Teach Group ……………………………………………………………29

Volunteer Program ……………………………………………………………29

School Newsletter/Newspaper …………………………………………29

Athletics …………………………………………………………………29

Eligibility for Participation in Athletics …………………………………30

Band …………………………………………………………………………30

Tutoring Program …………………………………………………………31

National Junior Honor Society …………………………………………31

FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT

Care of School Property …………………………………………………..31

Asbestos …………………………………………………………………..32

Homeroom …………………………………………………………………..32

Restrooms …………………………………………………………………..32

Student Lockers and Desks …………………………………………………..32

Library …………………………………………………………………………..33

Telephone …………………………………………………………………..33

SECURITY

Electronic Equipment and Toys ………………………………………….35

Lost and Found ………………………………………………………….35

Computer and Internet Use ………………………………………………….35

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

School Closing ………………………………………………………….36

Disaster Response ………………………………………………………….37

Fire Drills ………………………………………………………………….37

Tornado Procedures ………………………………………………………….37

Earthquake Procedure ………………………………………………………….37

ADMISISTRATIVE DISCIPLINE

Gross Misconduct ………………………………………………………….37 Suspension ………………………………………………………………….40

Expulsion ………………………………………………………………….41

Grievance Procedure ………………………………………………………….41

LEBANON JUNIOR HIGH STAFF

administration

Superintendent Mr. Patrick Keeney

Principal Mrs. Leigh Jackson

Junior High

Grade Six Mr. Lamar, Mr. Canavan,

Mrs. Jackson

Mrs. Lyndsey Derber

Social Studies Mr. Scott Chandler,

Mrs. Donna Wood,

Mrs. Jamie Wyms

Science Ms. Feist

Ms. DiMaria

Mathematics Mrs. Lisa Schaltenbrand

English Mrs. Mary Johansen,

Mr. Gene Canavan

P.E./Health Mr. Ferd Lamar,

Ms. Susan Elmore,

Mr. Chad Cruthis

Special Services

Athletic Director Mr. Chad Cruthis

Special Education Mrs. Bobbe Venhaus,

Mr. John Seely,

Mrs. Jamie Wyms

Speech Mrs. Laura Arnold

Band Mrs. Diana Lynn

Art Mrs. Kendra Kashycke

Technology Mrs. Donna Wood,

Mrs. Marsha Schmittling

Librarian Mrs. Mary Beil

Agriculture Mrs. Mary Lou Seely

Student Counselor Mrs. Jeannette Schorfheide

School Nurse Mrs. Tracie Mason

Secretary Mrs. Hilary Eckert

Social Worker Mrs. Nancy Frey

Special Education Aides Mrs. Bev Augustine

Ms. Graves

Mrs. Lewis

Mr. Walker

Maintenance Director Mr. Jeremy Johnson

Custodians Mr. Victor Proctor

Mr. Lessie White

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OFFICE AND SCHOOL HOURS

School office hours are from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. on school days. Teachers' hours are from 8:15 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. The office phone number is 537-4423. The fax number is 537-9588.

Students should not be on school grounds before 7:40 A.M. Students may eat breakfast in the cafeteria (served 8:00-8:20) or attend another school activity authorized by school personnel (such as junior high band, tutoring, etc.) There will be no supervision until 8:15 A.M. Students should enter through the office or commons doors in the morning and report directly to the commons. Students will not have access to lockers prior to the 8:25 bell. Students should report to their classrooms at the 8:25 A.M. bell. The tardy bell rings at 8:30 A.M. for all students.

In the interest of student safety, entrances to the building will be locked at all times during the school day. Please come to the office entrance at all times.

VISITORS

Parents/guardians are welcome in the school. If you would like to visit in your child's classroom, please plan such visits with the classroom teacher and/or the principal. All visitors, including parents and siblings, are required to enter through the main office door. Visitors should identify themselves and inform office personnel of their reason for being at school immediately upon arrival.

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 attach 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.

Visitors are expected to abide by all school rules during their time on school property. A visitor who fails to conduct himself or herself in a manner that is appropriate will be asked to leave and may be subject to criminal penalties for trespass and/or disruptive behavior.

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 principals 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.

Closed campus and RELEASE OF STUDENTS

All District #9 schools operate a "closed campus". Students must remain on school property throughout the day unless picked up by a custodial parent or guardian who must "sign them out" in the school office. This policy requires that students remain on the premises from the time they arrive, during lunch, and until they leave at the end of the school day. Violations will result in an appropriate school disciplinary action.

The school will not release students to non-custodial parents, other family members, or friends, without written permission from custodial parents. The person picking up a child must present positive identification. If some person’s access to a child is restricted by court order, the custodial parent must provide a copy of court documentation to inform the school; the courts do not provide that information automatically.

TEACHER QUALIFICATIONS

Parents/guardians 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.

SURVEYS

Lebanon CUSD #9 does not ask students to participate in surveys, collection and use of information for marketing purposes by external agencies. Surveys may be sent home with students for optional completion at the parent’s discretion.

SCHOOL PRAYER

Students may voluntarily engage in individually initiated, non-disruptive prayer that is not sponsored, promoted, or endorsed in any manner by the school or any school employees.

HANDBOOK

The handbook is a summary of the school’s rules and expectations, and is not a comprehensive statement of school procedures. The Board’s comprehensive policy manual is available for public inspection through the District’s website or at the Board office, located at: 200 W. Schuetz St., Lebanon, IL.

Lebanon C.U.S.D. #9 has a junior high handbook committee that serves to make recommendations for change in discipline policy to the administration and Board of Education. This committee updates the handbook annually. If you would like to become a member of this committee, please contact the principal. We appreciate the time and effort these people give to provide an educational environment that is safe and will prepare students for a successful life in an ever-changing society.

ADMISSIONS and records

ADMISSIONS

The following requirements must be met for enrollment in the Lebanon Schools, as more fully described in the district’s student residency policy No. 7:60 available at the District Office:

  1. The student must legally reside in Lebanon District #9 with a parent or legal guardian.
  2. Three items showing proof of residency, such as the following, may be required: (a) utility bill, (b) rental contract, (c) lease contract, (d) purchase contract, (e) utility deposit receipt, (f) driver's license, (g) voter's registration card, (h) IRS form, (i) home ownership title or deed. (k) occupancy permit.
  3. Students transferring to District #9 Schools from other school districts within Illinois must provide the official state transfer form in order to register.

HOMELESS

When a child loses permanent housing and becomes a homeless person as defined by 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:

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

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.

Our homeless coordinator is Mrs. Jeannette Schorfheide. She can be reached at 618-537-4423 Ext. 204.

Student Transfers AND WITHDRAWALS

Illinois School Code (105 ILCS 5/26-1) requires that all students between the ages of seven and seventeen attend school. Students transferring from an Illinois school must have an Illinois State Transfer Form to transfer from one school to another. That form is available through the school office and should be requested in writing at least three days prior to the leaving date. Students should remain in school the full day of their last day of attendance. Early departures may mean leaving without the state transfer form, report cards, or records of any kind. Lebanon Schools will honor the information on the transfer form provided by any other school district. Students will not be accepted for enrollment without the form stating that they are in good standing at their last district. Students who have not completed a suspension or an expulsion imposed by Lebanon Schools will not be provided a valid Illinois State Transfer Form indicating that the student is in good standing until the suspension or expulsion is complete.

HOME AND HOSPITAL INSTRUCTION

Homebound instruction may be granted if an illness or injury will result in a student absence in excess of two weeks from the time instruction started. The necessary form may be picked up in the Superintendent’s Office. The form must be filled in and signed by a medical doctor (not a psychologist) and returned to the Superintendent’s Office as soon as possible. For additional information relating to homebound instruction, please refer to board policy 6:150. A student who is absent or whose physician anticipates his or her absence from school for an extended period of time, or has ongoing intermittent absences 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.

CHANGE OF ADDRESS

Please notify the school office of any changes of address, telephone numbers, or any other information normally found on registration and emergency information forms.

STUDENT RECORDS

School student records are confidential and information from them will not be released other than as provided by law. The school and district routinely discloses “directory” type information without consent. Directory information is limited to: name, address, gender, grade level, birth date and place, parents’ names and address; academic awards, degrees and honors; information in relation to school-sponsored activities, organizations, and athletics; major field of study; and period of attendance at the school. Any parent/guardian or eligible student (student 18 or older) may prohibit the release of directory information by delivering a written request to the building principal.

State and Federal law gives parents and eligible students certain rights with respect to their student records. These rights are:

1.The right to inspect and copy the student’s education records within 15 school days of the day the school receives a request for access.There may be a small charge for copies, not to exceed $.35 per page. This fee may be waived for those unable to afford such cost.

2. The right to request the amendment of a portion of a student’s education record that the parent/guardian or eligible student believes is inaccurate, misleading, irrelevant, or improper.

3. The right to permit disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except in certain circumstances. Disclosure is permitted without consent in the case of directory information and to school officials with legitimate educational or administrative interests. 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; juvenile authorities when necessary for the discharge of their official duties who request information before adjudication of the student; and in other cases permitted by law.

4. The right to complain to the U.S. Department of Education if the school or district fails to comply with the above. Federal officials can be contacted at:

Family Policy Compliance Office

U.S. Department of Education s

400 Maryland Avenue. SW

Washington, D.C. 20202-4605

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS

You are being asked for your SSN for one or more of the following reasons:

  • Vendor services, such as executing contracts and/or billing;
  • Law enforcement investigations;
  • Internal verification;
  • Administrative services

We will only use your SSN for the purpose for which it was collected.

We will not:

  • Sell, lease, loan, trade, or rent your SSN to a third party for any purpose;
  • Publicly post or publicly display your SSN;
  • Print your SSN on any card required for you to access our services:
  • Require you to transmit your SSN over the Internet, unless the connection is secure or your SSN is encrypted; or
  • Print your SSN on any materials that are mailed to you, unless State or Federal law requires that number to be on documents mailed to you, or unless we are confirming the accuracy of your SSN.

BOOKS AND 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 give additional consideration where one or more of the following factors are present:

  • An illness in the family;
  • Unusual expenses such as fire, flood, storm damage, etc.;
  • Seasonal employment;
  • Emergency situations; or
  • When one or more of the parents/guardians are involved in a work stoppage.
Parents/guardians will be promptly notified in writing 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.
SENDING MONEY TO SCHOOLAny time you are sending money to school with children, please enclose the money in an envelope. On the outside of the envelope write the name and grade of the student; the amount of money enclosed; and what the money is to be used for.

SCHOOL FEES

vTextbook Rental………………………………………………… $95.00

vJunior High Sports Participation Fee…………………................$40.00(per sport)

(No maximum)

vJunior High Athletic Ticket Prices

oAdult………………………………….………………………$4.00

oStudent………………………………………………………..$3.00

oSeason Pass……………………………………………......….$40.00 per sport/per family of 4

Students who have not paid book fees or those who do not have a signed waiver for book fees for the prior school year may not be allowed to attend field trips or participate in other extra curricular activities until the book fee account has been cleared for the previous year. (For example a student who owes book fees for the 14-15 school year may not attend field trips or participate in extra curricular activities for the 15-16 school year until this account is settled.)

CHECK OVERDRAFT POLICY

There will be a $31.00 charge on all bad checks written to any of the Lebanon Community Unit School District #9 schools or to the District Office.

INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS

The curriculum and textbooks used in the school are approved by the School Board. A student’s parent/guardian may inspect, upon request, any instructional material used as part of their child’s educational curriculum (except test questions) within a reasonable time of their request.

BREAKFAST/LUNCH PROGRAM

Nutritious breakfasts will be served between 8:00-8:20 A.M. Students who eat breakfast will remain in the cafeteria until the 8:25 bell. School lunches are served according to the schedule for each grade level. Students have a twenty-five minute lunch period.

Students may either purchase lunch tickets at the beginning of each school day from their homeroom teacher or weekly in the school office on Monday mornings. Monthly tickets are available through the school office.

The school nutrition program is available to all eligible participants without regard to race, color, sex, age, disability, or national origin. Any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against in any USDA-related activity should write to: Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service, 3101 Park Center Drive, Alexandria VA 22302.

Meal Prices:

Junior High Lunch 2.40

Reduced Lunch.40

Breakfast 1.40

Reduced Breakfast .30

Breakfast for Adults 2.20

Lunch for Adults 3.20

Milk .40

HEALTH AND MEDICAL INFORMATION

GENERAL:

Illinois law requires that all pupils must have the two-sided certificate of “Child Health Examination” (to include current physical and dental exams and immunization record) and birth certificate on file in the school office. Pupils not properly immunized and examined will be excluded from school. Students transferring from an Illinois school must have a current physical exam & immunization record. If transferring from out of state, students will need a current immunization record at time of registration and an Illinois physical form completed within 30 days. Students coming from out of state will also need an eye examination signed by an optometrist or a medical doctor who can perform a complete eye exam. Those students who have not met these requirements will be excluded from school. The school nurse is available to assist parents in keeping up with health requirements. Dental examinations are required for students entering kindergarten and grades 2 and 6. Physicals are required for PreK, Kindergarten, sixth and ninth grades.(The sports physical is required annually for participation in athletic activities. A sports physical is not as comprehensive as the grade level physicals and can not be accepted in place of a grade level physical.)Immunizations are required at PreK, Kindergarten, 5th and 7th grades.

PLEASE DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL IF HE/SHE IS ILL.

üDo not send your child if he/she has a fever of over 100 degrees. Students must be free of fever for 24 hours.

üDo not send your child if he/she is vomiting. They may return to school when he/she can keep food down.

üDo not send your child to school if he/she has diarrhea.

üDo not send a child with a rash until he/she has been seen by a doctor and diagnosed.

üDo not send a child diagnosed with strep throat until he/she has been taking antibiotics for 24 hours.

üDo not send a child with pink eye or eyes that have yellow drainage until he/she has been seen by a doctor and is cleared to return to school.

MANDATORY REPORTING

All school personnel are required by law to report any suspected child abuse or neglect directly to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Any person required by law to report child abuse and neglect who willfully fails to report is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor for a first violation.

HEAD LICE POLICY

All students having head lice must be nit free and provide proof of treatment before returning to school. Upon returning to school, the student must report to the school office to be rechecked before returning to the classroom.

ILLNESS AND INJURY

If a student becomes ill while at school, the student should report to his/her teacher. In case of an injury, the student should report to his/her teacher or to the office. If necessary, parents will be notified in order that they may come to school and take the child home or to the doctor.

MEDICAL EXCUSES

NO medication (this includes Tylenol, Ibuprofen, cough syrup,…) will be given during school hours without a written order signed by both the parent and the physician. If a student must be excused from participating in a school program, especially physical education, an excuse from the doctor must be presented to the principal. The excuse should state the length of the time the student is to be excused (giving beginning and ending dates). Occasionally the teacher will excuse a student from participating for one day upon receipt of a note from the parent.

MEDICATION POLICY

Medication is to be given during school hours only when medically necessary to maintain the child in school. If medication is needed due to illness, a schedule should be worked out with your doctor, if at all possible, so it may be given at home, before and after school. Parents are welcome to come to school to administer medications. A written order for all prescription and nonprescription drugs must be signed by both the parent and the physician.

No student shall be subject to any disciplinary action that is based either totally or in part on the refusal of a student’s parent or guardian to administer or consent to the administration of psychotropic or psychostimulant medications to the student. Nothing in this section, however, prohibits discipline of a student for violation of school behavior guidelines or engaging in gross misconduct as defined in this handbook, the Board policy addressing student discipline, No. 7:19, and its accompany rules and regulations.

Medication forms are available through the school office and are included at the end of the handbook.

a)Prescription Medication

Prescription medication must be brought to school in the original package and shall display the child’s name, name of medication, amount and method of administration, and other directions needed. A written request and authorization to administer the medication in the school must be signed by the parent and a licensed prescriber.

b)Non-Prescription Medication

Non-prescription medication shall be brought to school in the original manufacturer’s bottle/container with the child’s name attached to the container. A written request and authorization to administer the medication in the school must be signed by the parent and a licensed prescriber.

c)Storage of Medication

All medication must be stored in the nurse’s school office. The parent/guardian will be responsible at the end of the day or end of the treatment for removing any unused medication from the school. If medication is not removed prior to its expiration date or the close of the school year, it will be disposed of and documented as such. The school will not be responsible for the child’s failure to take the medicine and/or any reaction the child may have to the medicine.

d) Self-Administration of Medication

If a parent authorizes a student's self-administration of medication, the procedures set forth above concerning the administration of medication by school personnel shall be followed, including completion of a written request and authorization. Self-administration of all medications shall be in the presence of designated school personnel and the medication shall be stored by the District. However, a student with an asthmatic condition who is prescribed asthma medication by a physician, or other medical professional authorized to prescribe asthma medication under the law, may possess and use his/her asthma medication during school or at school sponsored activities without the supervision of District personnel provided his or her parent or guardian has provided to the school written authorization for the self-administration of medication, along with a written statement from the student’s physician, physician assistant or an advanced practice registered nurse having such authority delegated by a supervising/ collaborating physician. The physician’s authorization must contain the following information: (a) the name and purpose of the medication; (b) the prescribed dosage; and (c) the time or times at which or the special circumstances under which the medication is to be administered. The information provided shall be kept in the student’s cumulative file, with a copy to the office of the school nurse and the principal.

The school district and its employees and agents are to incur no liability except for willful and wanton conduct, as a result of any injury arising from the self-administration of medication by the students. The parents or guardians of the student must sign a statement acknowledging this limitation of liability and that the parents or guardians must indemnify and hold harmless the school district or nonpublic school and its employees and agents against any claims, except a claim based on willful and wanton conduct, arising out of the self-administration of medication by the student. The permission to self-administer medication is effective for the school year for which it is granted and must be renewed each subsequent school year.

VISION AND HEARING SCREENINGS

Vision screening will be done, as mandated, for the following students:

1.Pre-Kindergarten

2.Kindergarten

3.Second Grade

4.Eighth grade

5.Students in Special Education classes

6.Teacher referrals

7.Students new to the district.

Vision screening is not a substitute for a complete eye and vision evaluation by an eye doctor. Your child is not required to undergo this vision screening if an Optometrist or Ophthalmologist has completed and signed a report form indicating that an evaluation is on file at the school. This notice is not a permission slip and is not required to be returned. Vision screening is not an option. If a vision examination report is not on file, and your child is in a mandated grade, he/she will be screened.

Hearing screening will be done, as mandated, for the following students:

1.Pre-Kindergarten

2.Kindergarten

3.First Grade

4.Second Grade

5.Third Grade

6.Students in Special Education Classes

7.Teacher referrals

8.Students new to our district.

Parents/Guardians will be notified if their child does not pass the screening.

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:

  • a. Inform the school in a timely manner of any change which needs to be made to the Diabetes Care Plan on file with the school for their child.
  • b.Inform the school in a timely manner of any changes to their emergency contact numbers or contact numbers of health care providers.
  • c.Sign the Diabetes care plan
  • d.Grant consent for and authorize designated School District representatives to communicate directly with the health care provider whose instructions are included in the Diabetes Care Plan.

For further information, please contact the Building Principal.

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 statuses, state statutes, federal regulations and state rules.

If your student has a life-threatening allergy or life-threatening chronic illness, please notify the building principal.

Federal law protects students from discrimination due to a disability that substantially limits a major life activity. If your student has a qualifying disability, and 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.

INSURANCE FOR STUDENTS

School insurance, when available, will be offered to the parents of the students at the Junior High School. Contact the school office for further information.

TRANSPORTATION

TRANSPORTATION BY AUTOMOBILE

Students transported to the Lebanon Junior High School are to load and unload in front of the school. Please do not deliver or pick up students at the rear of the school due to bus traffic. Vehicles MAY NOT be parked or located in the bus lanes or fire lanes at ANY TIME behind the school. Vehicles located in these locations may be ticketed and/or towed by the police.

Students should never ride with strangers or casual acquaintances. Make sure students have parent's permission when riding with friends. As noted under “Closed Campus and Release of Students,” above, the school will not release students to non-custodial parents, other family members, or friends, without written permission from custodial parents. If some person's access to a child is restricted by court order, the custodial parent must inform the school; the courts do not provide that information automatically.

RIDING BICYCLES TO SCHOOL

We encourage students to safely ride their bicycles to school. Bikes must be walked, not ridden, at all times on school property. Bicycles should be parked only in the designated area and should be locked. Bicycle riders should wear helmets.

BUS Transportation (Parts taken from bus conduct)

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/guardians 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. Students who are not regular bus riders will not be allowed to ride the bus as transport to or from a friend’s or relative’s house. The purpose in enforcing these rules is to ensure the safety of all students, drivers, equipment, and others on the road.

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.

Parents/guardians will be informed of inappropriate student behavior on a bus. Parents/guardians are encouraged to discuss bus safety and appropriate behavior with their children before the beginning of the school year and regularly during the year.

In the interest of the student’s safety and in compliance with State law, students are expected to observe the following rules:

1. Choose a seat and sit in it immediately upon entering the bus. Do not stand in the entrance or in the aisle.

2. Do not move from one seat to another while on the bus.

3. Keep all parts of the body and all objects inside the bus.

4. Loud conversation, singing, boisterous conduct, unnecessary noise or profanity is not allowed.

5. Enter and exit the bus only when the bus is fully stopped.

6. All school rules apply while on the bus, at a bus stop, or waiting for the bus.

7. Use emergency door only in an emergency.

8. In the event of emergency, stay on the bus and await instructions from the bus driver.

9. Good behavior and behavior that will not distract the bus driver from operating the bus safely is required. Crowding, pushing, scuffling, verbal aggression, bullying, intimidation and other needless commotion are grounds for disciplinary action.

10. Do not open windows except as instructed by the driver.

11. Keep the bus neat and clean.

12. Athletic footwear equipped with cleats or spikes are not allowed on the bus.

13. Inappropriate behavior will be reported to school authorities and failure to observe safety rules may result in suspension from bus services.

14. Be waiting at your bus stop on time.

15. Never tamper with, damage, or deface anything in or on the bus, or any of the bus or school equipment.

16. Keep book bags, books, packages, coats, and other objects out of the aisles. Keep all body parts clear of the aisles when seated.

17. Eating and drinking are not permitted on the bus.

18. Parents will be liable for any defacing or damage students do to the bus.

19. Students who ride the bus must report to the building upon arrival and remain at the building until class is in session.

An infraction of these safety rules will result in the following:

1.After one verbal warning, the bus driver will write a misconduct notice with a copy given to the principal. The principal will discuss the situation directly with the student.

2.After a second bus misconduct notice is given to the student, the principal and bus driver will discuss the behaviors with the student and the parent/guardian. A detention will be issued.

3.The third bus misconduct notice will result in the student being suspended from riding the bus for a period not to exceed 10 days. Parents will be notified of the dates and length of the suspension before it begins and will be expected to make alternate arrangements for the student to attend school on the days the suspension is in effect.

Serious infractions will be handled on an individual basis.

Students may be suspended from riding the school bus for up to 10 consecutive school days for engaging in gross disobedience or misconduct If a student is suspended from riding the bus for gross disobedience or misconduct on a bus, 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.

Video and audio cameras may be active on busses to record student conduct and may be used for the purposes of investigation into misconduct or accidents on the bus.

For questions regarding school transportation issues, contact: Jack Barrett at 537-4423.

PAID BUS INFORMATION

K-12th Grade Students living more than 1.5 miles from their designated education facility will be furnished transportation free of charge. Students living less than 1.5 miles from their education facility may register to ride a paid bus under the following conditions:

  1. The student must meet the bus at the established bus stop on an established bus route.
  2. A monthly fee is paid at the school, prior to the 5th of each month. A fee waiver for books does not include the paid bus fee.
  3. Students requesting paid transportation must return a Request for Transportation application form completed and signed by a parent or guardian before transportation will begin.
  4. Rules for expected bus conduct apply to paid and provided bus transportation.

TRANSPORTATION TO OUT-OF-TOWN ACTIVITIES

Bus transportation will be provided for participants of all athletic events or school related activities. Bus regulations apply as they do during the normal school day. Spectators are required to provide their own transportation to and from activities.

ATTENDANCE

Attendance is an important factor in student achievement and success in education. Regular attendance is essential if a student is to take advantage of the educational opportunities the school offers. Regular attendance develops dependability and responsibility in the student and contributes to academic achievement. Parents/guardians are responsible for their children's regular school attendance. Illinois law requires that whoever has custody or control of any child between seven and seventeen years of age (unless the child has already graduated from high school) shall assure that the child attends school in the district in which he or she resides, each day and for 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.

Student Absences

There are two types of absences: excused and unexcused. Excused absences include: illness, observance of a religious holiday, death in the immediate family, family emergency, situations beyond the control of the student, circumstances that cause reasonable concern to the parent/guardian for the student’s safety or health, or other reason as approved by the principal.

The school may require documentation explaining the reason for the student’s absence.Ten days of absence (occurring at any point during the school year) will be excused with only a call or note from a parent giving a valid excuse for the student’s absence, unless a student misses three school days in a row due to illness. (A student who misses 3 consecutive days of school will need to present verification for an absence to be excused.) No formal verification is required for 10 days of absences; if none of them are 3 or more consecutive days. Absences accompanied by verification are not considered part of these 10 days. (A verified absence is one where a note from a dentist, clergy person, funeral director, or doctor stating he/she has evaluated, observed or diagnosed a student’s illness, etc. is presented within 5 school days of the student’s return to school following the absence.)

A student will be released from school, as an excused absence, to observe a religious holiday or for religious instruction.Students excused for religious reasons will be given an opportunity to make up any examination, study, or work requirement. Pre-arranged excused absences must be approved by the principal. All other absences are considered unexcused.

When a student has more than 10 days of absences excused as the result of only a parent call or note, verification as defined above will be required for any further excused absence. Without such verification the absence will be considered “unexcused.” Unexcused absences will result in a 2% reduction per day in the course grade for the quarter in which the absences occurred in those classes where teachers require classroom participation as a portion of the grade.

In the event of any absence, the student’s parent or guardian is required to call the school at 537-4423 before 9:00 a.m. to explain the reason for the absence. A message reporting the absence may be left on the office voice mail at any time. If a call has not been made to the school on the day of a student’s absence, a school official will call the home to inquire why the student is not at school. The District requires the parent, guardian or other person having legal custody of the child to give at least one telephone number to be used for this purpose and to notify the school if that number changes. 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 within 5 days of the students’ return to school. Failure to do so shall result in an unexcused absence. Upon request of the parent or guardian, the reason for an absence will be kept confidential. Requests for assignments the day of an absence must be made before noon.

Truancy

A truant is a child subject to compulsory school attendance and who is absent without a valid cause. Lebanon CUSD #9 will follow the procedures for dealing with truant students as per the guidelines established by the Regional Office of Education and the District Attorney’s office. Students who are chronic truants, as defined by the School Code, shall have available support services provided prior to disciplinary action. Disciplinary action related to truancy may be taken as indicated below.

  • After a student has had 3 days of unexcused absences, the parents/guardians will receive a letter from the school principal stressing the importance of student attendance, the days the child has unexcused absences, and offering assistance to improve student attendance.
  • After the 6th day of unexcused absences, the parent/guardian will receive a letter from the District Superintendent that will serve as notice to appear before the local truancy board to address the situation. A follow-up letter will be sent from the truancy caseworker at the Regional Office of Education.
  • Following the 9th day of unexcused absences, a letter will be sent from the Regional Superintendent outlining further steps to be taken.
  • After the 12th day of unexcused absences, the parent will receive notice to appear before the Regional Office of Education Truancy Board. Results of this meeting along with documentation at other steps of the process will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for further action.

Normally, a student who is absent, excused or unexcused, is required to make up missed work in each class. The number of days allowed to complete make-up work is equal to the number of days the student was absent. In the case of extended absences (more than 3 consecutive days) upon return to school the students/parents may work with teachers to develop an alternate schedule for turning in assignments. A student who is absent from class due to band, athletics, or other school activities is also responsible for making up work missed. Students and parents should talk with individual teachers about make-up work, especially in cases of prolonged absences.

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 $1500.00

VACATIONS

Vacations during school time are not recommended. Parents and students are responsible for their decisions in this matter and should weigh educational advantages and disadvantages of the time away from instruction. However, in the event a vacation is planned, the office should be notified in writing one week prior to the departure date. This also includes extra days used during holidays, such as Christmas. It will be at the teacher’s discretion when to provide students with assignments. Assignments given ahead of time will be due upon return. Assignments given when the student returns are due 3 school days after the student returns.

TARDINESS

In order for students to gain the most from their attendance at school and for teachers to make the best possible use of instructional time, it is important that students be on time to school and class. Students are allowed 2 tardies per quarter in each class before written tardies are issued. Excused tardies will be issued to students who have legitimate reasons for being late (such as illness, religious observance, family emergency or being detained at the request of a staff member) as provided by a parent and validated by school office staff. Tardies will be issued to students who have no legitimate reason for being late to school or to class. If a teacher detains a student, the student should be sure to get a pass from that teacher, excusing his or her tardiness to the next class. The office will not issue these passes. Junior High students’ assigned five unexcused tardies within a quarter will be issued a detention. Every unexcused tardy after the fifth will also earn a detention.

ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE

EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES, SEX EQUITY & UNIFORM GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

Equal educational and extracurricular opportunities shall be available for all students without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, religious beliefs, physical and mental handicap or disability, status as homeless, or actual or potential marital or parental status, including pregnancy as per Board Policy No. 7:10 available in the District office. Any student may file a discrimination grievance by using the Uniform Grievance Procedure found in Board Policy 2:260 also available in the District office.

No student shall, on the basis of sex, be denied equal access to programs, activities, services, or benefits or be limited in the exercise of any right, privilege, advantage, or denied access to educational and extracurricular programs and activities.

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.

Board Policy No. 2:260 specified Uniform Grievance Procedures that a student, parent, guardian or community member may follow if they believe discrimination has occurred in any of the areas listed above.

The current Complaint Managers are as follows: Mrs. Jeannette Schorfhiede, Counselor and Mrs. Leigh Jackson, Principal.

PREVENTING BULLYING, INTIMIDATION & SEXUAL HARASSMENT

Bullying, intimidation, and (sexual) harassment are not acceptable in any form and will not be tolerated at school or any school-related activity, on school property, on school buses and transportation vehicles or through a school computer, network or other school electronic equipment. The school will protect students against retaliation for reporting incidents of bullying, intimidation, or (sexual) harassment, and will take disciplinary action against any student who participates in such conduct.

No person shall harass, intimidate or bully another based upon perceived race, color, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender-related identity or expression, ancestry, age, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, gender identity, order of protection status, status as homeless, or actual or potential marital or parental status, including pregnancy, unfavorable discharge from military service , association with a person or group with one or more of the aforementioned actual or perceived characteristic or any other distinguished characteristic. The school and district will not tolerate harassing, intimidating conduct, or bullying whether verbal, physical or visual, that affects the tangible benefits of education, that unreasonably interferes with a student’s educational performance, or that creates intimidating, hostile or offensive educational environment.

Bullying means any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or electronically, directed toward a student that is or can be reasonably predicted to have the effect of: (1) placing the student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or property: (2) causing a substantially detrimental effect on the student’s physical or mental health; (3) substantially interferes with the student’s academic performance; or (4) substantially interferes with the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by the school.

Examples of prohibited conduct include, without limitation, any use of violence, intimidation, force, noise, coercion, threats, stalking, harassment, sexual harassment, public humiliation, theft or destruction of property, retaliation, hazing, bullying, bullying through the transmission of information from a school computer, a school computer network, or other similar electronic school equipment, or other comparable conduct.

Students who believe they are victims of bullying, intimidation or harassment or have witnessed such activities are encouraged to discuss the matter with the student nondiscrimination coordinator, building administrator or a complaint manager. Students 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.

Any student who is determined, after an investigation to have engaged in bullying, intimidation, or harassment will be subject to disciplinary consequences as provided in this handbook, including but not limited to, suspension and expulsion consistent with the school and the district’s discipline policy. Parents of students who have engaged in the above behavior will be notified. Any student making a knowingly false accusation regarding harassment may also be subject to disciplinary consequences.

PHYSICAL ACCESSIBILITY

The junior high is physically accessible to individuals with disabilities. If you need special accommodations, including but not limited to parent conferences, school programs, or Board meetings, please contact the building principal's office.

RACIAL, RELIGIOUS AND GENDER BIAS

In his or her education, a student not only acquires skills and knowledge, but also sculpts his or her self-image and shapes attitudes toward other persons, races, religions, and cultures. Although the school experience is not the only force that molds self-images and attitudes towards others, it is essential that the materials the school provides promote in the student not only a self-image deeply rooted in a sense of personal dignity, but also the development of attitudes grounded in respect for and understanding of the diversity of American society. The accomplishment of these ends is a responsibility and obligation for all students and staff at the junior high.

§GRADING

School report cards are issued on a quarterly basis. Mid-term reports will also be sent home to keep parents informed of student progress. Parents may access grades at any time by going to the following web address https://518938.stiinformationnow.com/InformationNow/ and using the login and password supplied by the school. (Pop-ups must be allowed in order to use this website.) Lebanon Schools adhere to the following grading policy:

A: 100-90 B: 89-80 C: 79-70 D: 69-65 F: Below 65

For questions regarding grades, please contact the classroom teacher.

To achieve Honor Roll status, a student must meet the following requirements:

  • Have grades of “A” or “B” in all subjects
  • Exception: One “C” will be allowed, as long as there is at least one “A” to average it.

To achieve High Honor Roll status, a student must meet the following requirements:

  • Have an “A” in all subjects
  • Exception: One “B” will be allowed.

“All subjects” are defined as Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, P.E./Health, and all mini-courses.

PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES

Parents, teachers, and students are encouraged to communicate frequently in order that problems may be addressed and misunderstandings avoided. Teachers are available for conferences before and after school. Such conferences can be scheduled with the teachers, through the school office.

Special parent-teacher conferences have been scheduled on two occasions during the school year. The first follows the issuance of the first term report cards. The second parent-teacher conference is scheduled during the third quarter.

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.

HOMEWORK

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 the student’s teacher, subject, ability and grade level. It is expected that homework will be complete and handed in on time. The student who is absent is responsible for making arrangements with the teacher to complete the necessary requirements for the class. Junior High students will be given a grade of zero (0) for late work or work not turned in.

SPECIAL Services and Opportunities

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 whom 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 student who is absent from school for an extended period of time or has ongoing intermittent absences because of a documented medical condition, may be eligible for instruction in the student’s home or hospital

The school will comply with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) when disciplining students. Behavioral interventions will be used with students with disabilities to promote and strengthen desirable behaviors and reduce identified inappropriate behaviors. No special education student shall be expelled if the student’s particular act of gross disobedience or misconduct is a manifestation of his or her disability as determined through a manifestation hearing. Any student in special education whose gross disobedience or misconduct is not a result of his or her disability may be expelled according to the expulsion procedures.

A copy of the publication “Explanation of Procedural Safeguards Available to Parents of Students with Disabilities” may be obtained from the school district office.

MINI COURSES

Students are assigned to mini courses based on their individual needs and interests. Parents/guardians may contact the school office to inquire about their student’s scheduled mini-course assignment. Changes to mini course assignments will only be made during the first week of each semester with a written request from the parent and administrative approval. Changes during the semester will only be made for hardship reasons only.

PROMOTION AND RETENTION

A 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 (moved from below)as mandated by the Illinois School Code (105 ILCS 5/10-20.9a(b).)

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Students shall be promoted to the next grade level based on consideration of:

  1. Successful completion of the curriculum. A grade of "F" for the year in two or more academic subjects (math, language arts, science, social studies, P.E/Health, and all mini-courses, etc.) will result in retention.
  2. Attendance.
  3. Performance on Illinois Standards Achievement Testing and Stanford Achievement Test.
  4. Teacher recommendation, parent recommendation, other pertinent information.
  5. Eighth Grade students must pass the U.S. Constitution Test for promotion to the Ninth Grade.
  6. Some students receiving special education services (or for whom a case study evaluation has been requested), may not be able to successfully participate in state and district-wide assessment programs. The District will consider as criteria in its promotion decision the participation of these students with disabilities in alternate assessments as per the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Achievement of IEP goals will also be considered for these students.

Nothing in this policy prohibits retention of a student if the parents or guardians, teachers, and administration mutually agree that retention is in the best interest of the child. The final decision on the placement of the student in a particular grade level shall rest with the district, as represented by the Principal. The Principal's decision may be appealed to the Superintendent of Schools or the Board of Education.

SUMMER SCHOOL

Lebanon C.U.S.D. #9 may provide a summer school program for those students who have received less than average grades during the regular school year. The summer school program offers instruction in language arts and math for students in grades 6-8. Combined classrooms offer two hours daily of instruction in each area for a total of forty hours over a four week period. This program is considered a bridge program. Students who have been retained and successfully complete the summer school program, including attendance requirements, may be promoted to the next grade. This means their school year report card and their summer school report card indicate that they have not failed more than two academic areas when looking at the year end or session average. The cost of the program is determined annually. Since the program is self-supporting, there needs to be a minimum of five students per classroom to offer the summer bridge program. To maintain small class size, we will try to have a maximum of ten students.

CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINE

"…teachers, other certificated educational employees, and any other person, whether or not a certificated employee, providing a related service for or with respect to a student shall maintain discipline in the schools, including school grounds which are owned or leased by the board and used for school purposes and activities. In all matters relating to the discipline in and conduct of the schools and the school children, they stand in the relation of parents and guardians to the pupils. This relationship shall extend to all activities connected with the school program, including all athletic and extracurricular programs, and may be exercised at any time for the safety and supervision of the pupils in the absence of their parents or guardians." (Illinois School Code 105 ILCS 5/Section 24-24)

The following rules shall apply, and failure to abide by the rules may result in discipline:

  • Hats, coats, bandanas, sweat bands and sun glasses shall not be worn in the building without permission. Any of these items brought to school shall be removed before entering.
  • Students shall not run, talk loudly or yell in the hallways nor shall they push or hit others.
  • Students shall not write on walls, desks or deface or destroy school property.
  • Chewing of gum is not permitted in the school building.
  • Skateboards are not permitted at school.
  • Water guns, play guns, real guns or any other weapons are not permitted at school.
  • No electronic devices are permitted without permission from the principal.
  • Valuables are not to be brought to school.

The jurisdiction of the school for student conduct includes, but is not limited to, all of the following: the transportation of students to and from school, whether by bus, or other vehicle, or walking; the presence and actions of students on campus during the school day and after-school activities; the presence and actions of students at school-sanctioned activities that occur off campus; or anywhere, if the conduct may reasonably be considered to be a threat or an attempted intimidation of a staff member, or negatively affect or interfere with school purposes or an educational function.

Students and parents are urged to review the District’s complete Board Policy addressing student discipline, No. 7:190, available in the District office.

CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT

Teachers at the Junior High will communicate with parents at the beginning of the school year regarding their personal classroom structures. The continued violation of classroom rules, or other violations of District’s behavioral rules, as more fully described in the District’s Board Policy addressing student discipline, can result in the following:

Discipline will be issued on a case by case basis and may include the following:

1.Personal counseling.

2.Witholding of privileges.

3.Seizure of contraband.

4.Notificaiton of juvenile, authorities whenever the conduct involves illegal drugs (controlled substances), look-a-likes, alcohol or weapons.

5.Notification of parents(s)/guardian(s)

6.Removal from classroom.

7.Lunch Detention.

8.Detention.

9.In school supervision.

10.Suspension from school and all school-sponsored events for up to 10 days.

11.Expulsion from school and all school-sponsored events.

No disciplinary action shall be taken against any student that is based totally or in part on the refusal of the student’s parent/guardian to administer or consent to the administration of psychotropic or psychostimulant medication to the student.

Lunch Detention = 1 pt.

Half-Day Detention = 2 pts.

All-Day Detention = 3 pts.

Suspension = 5 pts.

After a student accumulates five total points within one school year, he/she will no longer be eligible (during that school year) to go on any class trip or trip sponsored by any extracurricular organization that occurs during the school day.

After a student accumulates ten total points within one school year, he/she will no longer be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities with the exception of sports which will be 15 points.

After a student accumulates thirty total points within one school year beyond the points earned for lunch detentions, he/she will be brought before a discipline hearing committee. If an eighth grade student accumulates a point total of thirty points beyond lunch detentions, he/she may still be promoted, but will no longer be eligible to participate in the promotion ceremony or other promotion-related activities.

Failure to serve an assigned detention of any type will result in an additional detention being assigned. If the extra detention is not served, the student will be assigned an all-day detention. Both detentions, the one missed and the additional detention will be counted in the total number for the student.

Students who are 5 minutes or more tardy to serve an assigned detention will be considered absent with an additional detention being assigned.

Teachers may at times feel the need for students to be dismissed from the classroom. Such dismissals from class for disciplinary reasons are considered to be very serious matters. Students dismissed are to report immediately to the principal's office with an appropriate explanation by the teacher. Teachers may need to remove a student by using a safe restraint or physical guidance when a student is no longer in control of him/her behavior or is considered to be a danger to himself, others, or school property.

If a detention time must be changed, a parent must contact the school office to make other arrangements prior to the originally scheduled detention time. This includes arrangements for students who ride the bus.

Each dismissal from class will be independently judged by the principal, or person in charge, after having investigated the situation to the extent felt necessary. Actions commonly taken by the administrator include: discussing the alleged inappropriate behavior with the student(s); contacting parents regarding the situation; involving the school counselor or social worker; arranging for peer mediation; assigning disciplinary action; and removing the student(s) from class or school for part or the remainder of the day. However, other actions may be appropriate under certain circumstances. Such actions will be consistent with the respectful treatment of students and board policy.

CONDUCT IN NONCLASSROOM SETTINGS

The rules for certain non-classroom settings or situations are provided in other sections of this handbook. However, since all possible situations cannot be addressed within this handbook, it is important that general guidelines relating to them be established and communicated. Membership or participation in a school-sanctioned activity is a privilege and not a property right.

Students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner which will reflect positively on our school. They should do nothing that will place other students in danger, keep them from learning, or damage property. The principal, dean of students, teachers, and other staff have the authority to assign appropriate consequences for misbehaviors occurring in non-classroom situations that are consistent with the nature and seriousness of the infraction.

STUDENT APPEARANCE

Students are expected to wear clothing in a neat, clean, and well fitting manner while on school property and/or in attendance at school sponsored activities. Students are to use discretion in their dress and are not permitted to wear apparel that causes a substantial disruption in the school environment.

  • Student dress (including accessories) may not advertise, promote, or picture alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia, violent behavior, or other inappropriate images.
  • Student dress (including accessories) may not display lewd, vulgar, obscene, or offensive language or symbols, including gang symbols.
  • Hats, hoods, and sun glasses may not be worn in the building during the school day without permission.
  • Hair styles, dress, and accessories that pose a safety hazard are not permitted in the shop, laboratories, or during physical education.
  • Clothing with revealing holes, rips, tears, and clothing that is otherwise poorly fitting, showing skin and/or undergarments may not be worn at school.
  • Shorts and skirts may be no shorter that 3” above the knees.
  • Appropriate footwear must be worn at all times.
  • If there is any doubt about dress and appearance, the building principal will make the final decision.
  • A student whose dress causes a substantial disruption of the orderly process of school functions or endangers the health or safety of the student, other students, staff or others may be subject to discipline.
  • No pajamas should be worn to school.

    Clothing that is revealing or suggestive my not be worn, i.e. low cut tops, bare

    backs, midriff shirts, spaghetti string tops, single strap (must be larger than one

    inch) and strapless tops.

    Jeggings and leggings will be allowed.

    CAFETERIa CONDUCT

    All lunches, including sack lunches, will be eaten in the cafeteria. No food, milk, etc., will be taken from the cafeteria area unless special permission is given.

    Students will:

    1. Choose a seat at the assigned tables unless assigned elsewhere by the teacher or aide on duty. Remain seated and ask permission from the teacher or aide on duty to leave these areas.

    2. Eat the food on your own tray or from the lunch brought. Buying or selling any of your food to other students is not permitted.

    3. Pick up milk while in line, if a tray is purchased.

    4. Use good manners while in the cafeteria & multipurpose room. Do not throw or play with food. Do not disturb others.

    5. Talk in a normal voice - no yelling or loud talking.

    6. Students are allowed to purchase juice from the vending machines during the lunchtime. Students are not allowed to bring soda to school.

    7. Students should use the restroom and water fountain before or after lunchtime. In an emergency, get permission from the teacher or aide on duty.

    8. Follow the direction of the supervisor on duty, who will determine the maximum number of students allowed on each side of the table so as not to overcrowd tables.

    9. Clean tables, seats, and the surrounding area before dismissal.

    10.Be on notice that failure to follow cafeteria rules may result in any of

    the following: movement to another table; assigned seating; isolation at another table; detention; or other appropriate punishment.

    CONDUCT FOR SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

    Attendance at school-sponsored events is a privilege. Proper conduct is a requisite for social behavior whether it is at school or in the community. Misconduct while at school or during school-related activities could result in students being prohibited from participation in such activities. Students are required to be in attendance for at least half of the school day of the event if he/she is to participate or attend that event. Any exceptions must have prior approval from the coach/sponsor and the principal.

    SPORTSMANSHIP

    The interscholastic athletic programs are an integral part of the educational process. Values received from having participated in a sport are many. Values such as self-discipline, teamwork, courage, integrity, and pride in hard work, play a significant role in life's endeavors.

    The values mentioned above are the ingredients and perhaps the greatest by-product of having participated in sports. One goal of the Lebanon Junior High School’s interscholastic athletic program is to lead students to be better citizens through participation in sports.

    Athletes must remember the responsibility they have to parents, school, community, and self. The athlete is looked up to in the eyes of the younger children in the community. Displaying good sportsmanship can build better attitudes in the young people who will be playing in later years. Good sportsmanship is not only to be exhibited in actual participation but also when the athlete is a spectator.

    Guidelines for all sports in Lebanon School District #9 are:

    1.Any verbal abuse, cursing, or improper gestures directed at officials, players, or coaches will not be permitted. Action to be taken if a player does any of the above should be removal from the game immediately. If it is a serious offense, he/she should be kept out of the game and possibly the next game too.

    2.Physical abuse or fighting will not be tolerated. Action to be taken will be immediate removal from the game; also possible exclusion from future games. A very serious problem could result in removal from the team for the remainder of the season.

    3.Use, possession, distribution, or sale of alcohol, or illegal drugs at any time during the twelve-month period beginning on the first day of the school year will not be tolerated of student athletes, cheerleaders, or pom squad members. Such actions will result in removal from participation in any athletics for the remainder of the school year, or the following school year (if this type of behavior occurs during the summer months).

    We have not set down a large list of sportsmanship rules because they could not cover all possible problems. Generally speaking, sportsmanship is being courteous and fair on and off the playing field. The junior high follows the rules specified in the District Athletic Handbook.

    ASSEMBLIES

    Assemblies are planned periodically as special events on the school calendar. They are meant to enrich the school experience for children. Special attention to citizenship and good behavior is expected of students on these occasions. Those who cannot display proper conduct will be removed.

    §GROUPS AND ACTIVITIES

    PARENT-TEACHER ORGANIZATION

    Profound and comprehensive benefits for students, families, and schools are derived when parents and family members become active participants in their children's education. The Junior High School has an active parent-teacher organization, which provides many extras to enhance and enrich school life. All parents and teachers are encouraged to join the Lebanon Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and support its many activities for the benefit of our students. Contact the school office for more information as to how to become involved.

    VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

    Lebanon CUSD #9 subscribes to the philosophy that a strong partnership between the home and school is needed if quality education is to be provided to all children. In keeping with this policy, a community volunteer program has been established at the school. Volunteers provide a variety of valuable services to school personnel and young people. (Among them are tutoring students, performing clerical tasks, supervising students, serving as resource persons, and assisting teachers in other areas in which there is a need or volunteers possess particular abilities.) If you or someone you know is interested in helping in our schools on a voluntary basis, please contact your child’s teacher or the office.

    SCHOOL NEWSLETTER/NEWSPAPER

    The Junior High School will participate in publishing and distributing a school newsletter or newspaper on a monthly basis to keep parents and the community informed about school events. Students will be given an active role in producing the paper whenever possible. It is an important line of communication between the school and home. There is a minimal cost of $1.00 per year.

    News will also be submitted to the Lebanon Advertiser for publication in those newspapers. If you do not want your child’s picture in these publications, please complete the form in your registration packet and return it to the school office.

    ATHLETICS

    Students in junior high have the opportunity to participate in interscholastic athletics, if they are successful in making such teams and maintain eligibility academically and behaviorally. Girls can participate in softball, basketball, volleyball, track, cheerleading, and bowling. Boys can participate in baseball, basketball, bowling, and track. Students must maintain certain academic and conduct standards to be eligible to participate; see Eligibility to Participate in Athletics. Students must have a current sports physical to participate in athletics before the first practice. In addition, all participants must sign the hold-harmless form, concussion policy forms and pay the participation fee. Lebanon Junior High is a member of the Tri-County Conference.

    All students who participate in extracurricular activities shall ride to and from the event on transportation provided by Lebanon CUSD #9 unless their parents/guardians have been granted permission to pick up the students at the activity. Permission must be requested in writing to the coach prior to noon on the day of the activity. Parents/guardians can sign their own child out with that sport’s coach prior to transporting them home. Fax copies will be accepted: 537-9588.

    ELIGIBILITY FOR ATHLETICS & extra curricular activitites

    For information regarding athletics and eligibility, please refer to our athletic handbook.

    STUDENT ATHLETE CONCUSSIONS AND HEAD INJURIES A student athlete who exhibits signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with a concussion in a practice or game will be removed from participation or competition at that time. A student athlete who has been removed from an interscholastic contest for a possible concussion or head injury may not return to that contest unless cleared to do so by a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches in Illinois or a certified athletic trainer. If not cleared to return to that contest, a student athlete may not return to play or practice until the student athlete has provided his or her school with written clearance from a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches in Illinois or a certified athletic trainer working in conjunction with a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches in Illinois.

    BAND

    Junior High Band is an extra-curricular class offered to students in the 6th through 8th grades. The Junior High Band is very active the entire school year with many outside class activities. Participation in these events is important to the performance of the band as a group. Immediate notification of an absence is essential. Most students must provide their own instruments; only the larger instruments will be provided by the Lebanon School District. Each student is responsible for all materials issued to them. This includes all music, music folders, larger instruments, and the uniforms assigned to them.

    Beginning Band is an extracurricular class offered to students in the 5th through 8th grades with no prior instrumental experience. Beginning band students are scheduled for weekly 25 minute lessons in a small group or sectional. The band performs twice a year, at the Christmas and Spring concerts. These performances are required for the class grade. Each student is responsible for all materials issued to them. This includes all music, music folders, and any large instruments. Parents of band members are invited to join the Lebanon Band Booster Club and are encouraged to participate in all fund-raising events.

    TUTORING PROGRAM

    Lebanon Junior High offers a tutoring program. Students meet with volunteer tutors on Monday through Thursday for one hour after school to complete daily assignments. The tutoring program is open to students in grades 6-8 and is run in collaboration with Lebanon Kids, Inc.

    lebanon JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY

    Lebanon Junior High has a Junior Honor Society for students in grades six, seven and eight. Being selected into this group is a privilege and an honor. It emphasizes the qualities of leadership, citizenship, character, service, and scholarship.

    The Junior Honor Society sponsors many school-wide and community services. These may include dances, the holiday food drive, Jump Rope for Heart and other fundraising activities.

    To be considered for membership in the organization a student must have grades of all “A” or “B” in all subjects. One “C” will be allowed, as long as there is at least one “A” to average it. These grades will be taken from the first two quarters of the school year. The students shall submit an application to the faculty council who then determines if the student is eligible to participate.

    Students selected to become a member must be on the honor roll and remain on the honor roll for the duration. They must have no detentions for the school year and be in good standing with the school office and administration. Service hours may be required for continued membership.

    Students can also be selected to participate on a probationary membership. This indicates that the student may have had one detention, but is still in good standing with the school office and administration. These students are inducted into the society and remain on probation for one full quarter. Their record will reflect that they have had a period of probation in the past.

    Once inducted into the Lebanon Junior Honor Society, students who receive a detention or do not make honor roll are placed on probation for one quarter. If that student should receive a second detention of any type, or do not make honor roll a second quarter, they shall be dismissed from the society. Any student who receives a half-day detention, all day detention, or is suspended will be dropped from membership.

    The sponsor for the Lebanon Junior Honor Society will inform parents of any change of status with membership. Final decisions regarding membership within the National Junior Honor Society shall be the responsibility of the Faculty Council. Appeals should first be made to the sponsor. If an issue cannot be resolved, then the grievance procedures as specified in the handbook shall be invoked.

    §FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT

    CARE OF SCHOOL PROPERTY

    Parents and other taxpayers are legally required to pay taxes that support and maintain the public school system. Students are responsible for the proper care of supplies, furniture, equipment, and buses. Therefore, any student who damages property, breaks windows, or commits other such acts is responsible for payment. Other consequences may also be administered depending on the circumstances

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    ASBESTOS & Pesticides

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has regulations regarding asbestos-containing materials in schools. These regulations require that all schools conduct inspections to identify the presence of asbestos in their buildings and to take proper actions to protect students and staff. According to these guidelines an asbestos inspection of our building is completed every six months and a plan developed to minimize the risk concerning any asbestos in the building. This plan is available for review in the Principal's office. The school district has contained asbestos containing materials where students may come in contact with the material. Asbestos now remaining in the building is in areas such as boiler rooms and is maintained in proper condition according to EPA standards, to minimize any risk.

    The district does not spray pesticides on a regular basis.The district maintains a registry of parents and guardians of students who have registered to receive written or telephone notification prior to the application of pesticides to the school grounds. To be added to the list, please contact the district office at 537-4553. Notification will be given before application of the pesticide. Prior notice is not required if there is imminent threat to health or property.

    HOMEROOM

    Each student’s first hour class serves a homeroom. This is where attendance is taken. The homeroom teacher serves as an advisor as well as keeping many of the necessary student records.

    RESTROOMS

    Restrooms are conveniently located in the building. These should be used before school, during lunch, and after school. Students are not to use the restrooms during class time without permission from the teacher. Students are not to congregate in the restrooms at any time.

    STUDENT LOCKERS AND DESKS

    Lockers and desks are provided for junior high students for their convenience and to help protect their property. The school retains ownership and rights at all times - at no time does the locker or desk become the property of the student. Lockers and desks must be kept clean and will be inspected periodically. Only school sponsored decorations may be placed on lockers.

    Students will have access to hall lockers at each passing period. Passing periods are 3 minutes with 5 minutes after lunch. Students are responsible to determine if they have enough time to go to the locker. Small purses that are not used as book bags will be allowed.

    LIBRARY

    Students must always remain free to inquire, to study and to evaluate, to gain new maturity and understanding. The school library serves as a primary focus of such freedom.

    Library times are scheduled during the sixth period on Monday and Wednesday for all students through the classroom teacher. Library hours are posted on the door, usually 8:30 A.M. to 3:15 P.M. daily. Students are encouraged to make all possible use of the library.

    TELEPHONE

    The office telephones are installed exclusively for the purpose of school business. Students must have permission from the principal, teacher, or other school personnel to use the telephone. In case of student illness or other such emergencies, office personnel will make the call. We would appreciate it if parents and friends would attempt to limit the number of messages to students through the school office.

    SECURITY

    VIDEO & 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.

    MANDATED REPORTERS

    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.

    SEX OFFENDER 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 in 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 AND VIOLENT OFFENDER COMMUNITY NOFICIATION LAW

    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:

    http://www.isp.state.il.us/sor/.

    You may find the Illinois Statewide Child Murderer and Violent Offender Against Youth Registry on the Illinois State Police’s website at:

    http://www.isp.state.il.us/cmvo/.

    CELL PHONES

    Pagers and cellular radio telecommunication devices (such as cell phones) will be confiscated. (105 ILCS5.10-20.28)

    It is recognized that possession of cell phones may be permitted for contact with parents for extra-curricular activities. The possession of cell phones is subject to the following rules.

    1.They must be turned off and left in school lockers during the school day.

    2.They must be turned off during the regular school day unless the supervising teacher grants permission for them to be used or if needed during an emergency.

    3.They may not be used in any manner that will cause disruption to the educational environment or will otherwise violate student conduct rules.

    4.A student using a cell phone during the school day will be issued a detention.

    5.The school is not responsible for lost or stolen cell phones (or any other electronic equipment). Security of all electronic devices and cell phones brought to school is the sole responsibility of the student.

    6.Sending, receiving or possessing sexually explicit or otherwise inappropriate pictures or images, commonly known as “sexting.” Prohibited conduct specifically includes, without limitation, creating, sending, sharing, viewing, receiving or possessing an indecent visual depiction of oneself or another person through the use of computer, electronic communication device, or cellular phone.

    ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT AND TOYS

    Students should not bring electronic equipment or toys of any kind to school without permission from the teacher. Electronic equipment includes CD players, handheld games, etc. Students are not to use electronic equipment during lunch or passing periods. Students are never to bring toys that represent weapons or other dangerous items to school.

    LOST AND FOUND

    There is a lost and found area in the office and multipurpose room. Please turn in all lost and found articles to the office. These articles will be kept a reasonable length of time.

    Computer and internet use

    Lebanon CUSD#9 believes in preparing our children for the future. The junior high school instructs all students in computer use, and many school computers are connected to the Internet. Since some sites on the Internet contain material not suitable for students, we filter and monitor student use of computers and the Internet. Computer and Internet use policy is spelled out in an agreement sent to parents when students first enroll in the district. That agreement must be signed and returned to the school before any child can use school computers. Any parent who wishes to withdraw permission for their child to use the Internet should contact the school office.

    Making an explicit threat on an Internet website against a school employee, a student, or any school-related personnel if the Internet website through which the threat was made is a site that was accessible within the school at the time the threat was made or was available to third parties who worked or studied within the school grounds at the time the threat was made, and the threat could be reasonably interpreted as threatening to the safety and security of the threatened individual because of his or her duties or employment status or status as a student inside the 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 and discipline 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.

    SEARCH AND SESIZURE

    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 Property and Equipment as well as Personal Effects Left There by Students:

    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 or 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.

    Students

    School authorities may search a student and/or the student’s personal effects in the student’s possession (such as, purses, wallets, knapsacks, 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.

    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.

    EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

    PARENT NOTIFICATION OF SCHOOL CLOSING

    Lebanon District #9 subscribes to the Alert Now system to notify parents/guardians of changes in the school schedule due to weather or other emergency situation. This system will send an automated phone message to parents/guardians of students in our district informing them of the change in schedule. TV channels 2, 4, & 5 will be contacted to announce the closings as well. Most of these stations also provide the information on their web sites.

    For your child’s safety, make certain your child knows ahead of time where to go in case of an emergency early dismissal.

    If we dismiss early for an emergency, all after school functions are automatically cancelled.

    In the case of a sudden emergency evacuation, students will be sheltered at the Methodist Church until proper notification has taken place.

    SAFETY DRILLS:

    Safety drills will occur at times established by the school board. 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.

    ADMINISTRATIVE DISCIPLINE

    PROHIBITED STUDENT CONDUCT

    Students may be disciplined for misconduct, including but not limited to the following:

    1.Using, possessing, distributing, purchasing, or selling tobacco materials.

    2.Using, possessing, distributing, purchasing, or selling alcoholic beverages.

    3.Using, possessing, distributing, purchasing, or selling:

    a.Any illegal drug, controlled substance, or cannabis (including marijuana and hashish).

    b.Any anabolic steroid or performance-enhancing substance not administered under a physician’s care and supervision.

    c.Any prescription drug when not prescribed for the student by a licensed health care provider or when not used in the manner prescribed.

    d.Any inhalant, regardless of whether it contains an illegal drug or controlled substance: (a) that a student believes is, or represents to be capable of, causing intoxication, hallucination, excitement, or dulling of the brain or nervous system; or (b) about which the student engaged in behavior that would lead a reasonable person to believe that the student intended the inhalant to cause intoxication, hallucination, excitement, or dulling of the brain or nervous system.

    e.“Look-alike” or counterfeit drugs, including a substance not containing an illegal drug or controlled substance, but one: (a) that a student believes to be, or represents to be, an illegal drug or controlled substance; or (b) about which a student engaged in behavior that would lead a reasonable person to believe that the student expressly or impliedly represented to be an illegal drug or controlled substance.

    f.Drug paraphernalia, including devices that are or can be used to: (a) ingest, inhale, or inject cannabis or controlled substances into the body; and (b) grow, process, store, or conceal cannabis or controlled substances.

    g.Students who are under the influence of any prohibited substance are not permitted to attend school or school functions and are treated as though they have the prohibited substance, as applicable, in their possession

    4.Using, possessing, controlling or transferring a firearm or “look alike,” knife, brass knuckles or other knuckle weapon regardless of its composition, a billy club, or any other object if used or attempted to be used to cause bodily harm.

    5.Using or possessing an electronic paging device.

    6. Using a cellular telephone, video recording device, personal digital assistant (PDA), or similar electronic device in any manner that disrupts the educational environment or violates the rights of others. All cell phones and similar electronic devices must be kept powered-off and out-of-sight during the regular school day unless: (a) the supervising teacher grants permission; (b) use of the device is provided in a student’s individualized education program (IEP); or (c) it is needed in an emergency that threatens the safety of students, staff, or other individuals.

    7.Using or possessing a laser pointer unless under a staff member’s direct supervision and in the context of instruction.

    8.Disobeying rules of student conduct or directives from staff members or school officials.

    9.Engaging in academic dishonesty, including cheating, intentionally plagiarizing, wrongfully giving or receiving help during an academic examination, and wrongfully obtaining test copies or scores.

    10.Bullying, hazing or any kind of aggressive behavior or encouraging other students to engage in such behavior.

    11.Causing or attempting to cause damage to, stealing, or attempting to steal, school property or another person’s personal property.

    12.Being absent without a recognized excuse.

    13.Being involved with any public school fraternity, sorority, or secret society.

    14.Being involved in a gang or engaging in gang-like activities, including displaying gang symbols or paraphernalia.

    15.Violating any criminal law, including but not limited to, assault, battery, arson, theft, gambling, eavesdropping, and hazing.

    16.Engaging in any activity, on or off campus, that interferes with, disrupts, or adversely affects the school environment, school operations, or an educational function, including but not limited to, conduct that may reasonably be considered to: (a) be a threat or an attempted intimidation of a staff member; or (b) endanger the health or safety of students, staff, or school property.

    17.Sending, receiving or possessing sexually explicit or otherwise inappropriate pictures or images, commonly knowing as “sexting.”

    For purposes of these rules, the term “possession” includes having control, custody, or care, currently or in the past, of an object or substance, including situations in which the item is: (a) on the student’s person; (b) contained in another item belonging to, or under the control of, the student, such as in the student’s clothing, backpack, or automobile; (c) in a school’s student locker, desk, or other school property; (d) at any location on school property or at a school-sponsored event; or (e) in the case of drugs and alcohol, substances ingested by the person.

    No disciplinary action shall be taken against any student that is based totally or in part on the refusal of the student’s parent/guardian to administer or consent to the administration of psychotropic or psychostimulant medication to the student.

    The grounds for disciplinary action also apply whenever the student’s conduct is reasonably related to school or school activities, including but not limited to:

    1.On, or within sight of, school grounds before, during, or after school hours or at any time;

    2.Off school grounds at a school-sponsored activity or event, or any activity or event that bears a reasonable relationship to school;

    3.Traveling to or from school or a school activity, function, or event; or

    4.Anywhere, if the conduct interferes with, disrupts, or adversely affects the school environment, school operations, or an educational function, including but not limited to, conduct that may reasonably be considered to: (a) be a threat or an attempted intimidation of a staff member; or (b) endanger the health or safety of students, staff, or school property.

    Disciplinary Measures

    Disciplinary measures may include:

    1.Disciplinary conference.

    2.Withholding of privileges.

    3.Seizure of contraband.

    4.Suspension from school and all school activities for up to 10 days. A suspended student is prohibited from being on school grounds.

    5.Suspension of bus riding privileges.

    6.Expulsion from school and all school-sponsored activities and events for a definite time period not to exceed 2 calendar years. An expelled student is prohibited from being on school grounds.

    7.Notifying juvenile authorities or other law enforcement whenever the conduct involves illegal drugs (controlled substances), “look-alikes,” alcohol, or weapons.

    8.Notifying parents/guardians.

    9.Temporary removal from the classroom.

    10.In-school detention for a period not to exceed 5 school days.

    11.Before or after-school study or Saturday study provided the student’s parent/guardian has been notified.

    CORPORAL PUNISHMENT

    Corporal punishment is illegal and will not be used. Corporal punishment is defined as slapping, paddling, or prolonged maintenance of students in physically painful positions, or intentional infliction of bodily harm. Corporal punishment does not include reasonable force as needed to maintain safety for students, staff, or other persons, or for the purpose of self-defense or defense of property.

    Firearms, Knives, Brass Knuckles & Other Objects Used or Attempted to Be Used to Cause Harm

    A student who is determined to have brought one of the following objects to school, any school-sponsored activity or event, or any activity or event that bears a reasonable relationship to school shall face disciplinary action:

    (1) A firearm. For the purposes of this Section, “firearm” means any gun, rifle, shotgun, weapon as defined by Section 921 of Title 18 of the Unites States Code, firearm as defined in Section 1.1 of the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act, or firearm as defined in Section 24-1 of the Criminal Code of 1961.

    (2) A knife, brass knuckles or other knuckle weapon regardless of its composition, a billy club, or any other object if used or attempted to be used to cause bodily harm, including “look alikes” of any firearm as defined above.

    Gang & Gang Activity

    “Gang” is defined as any group, club or organization of two or more persons whose purposes include the commission of illegal acts. No student on or about school property or at any school activity or whenever the student’s conduct is reasonably related to a school activity, shall: (1) wear, possess, use, distribute, display, or sell any clothing, jewelry, paraphernalia or other items which reasonably could be regarded as gang symbols; commit any act or omission, or use either verbal or non‐verbal gestures, or handshakes showing membership or affiliation in a gang; or (2) use any speech or commit any act or omission in furtherance of the interest of any gang or gang activity, including, but not limited to, soliciting others for membership in any gangs; (3) request any person to pay protection or otherwise intimidate, harass or threaten any person; (4) commit any other illegal act or other violation of district policies, (5) or incite other students to act with physical violence upon any other person.

    SUSPENSION

    The School Board authorizes the principal to suspend students displaying inappropriate behavior or gross misconduct. For a suspension lasting one to three days, a student will have the same amount of days upon his/her return to school as he/she was suspended in order to make up work. For a suspension lasting four or more days, students will be given three days upon return in which to complete all work. Failure to make up work according to these guidelines will result in a “0” being given for each assignment not turned in on time. Parents/guardians are strongly encouraged to pick up make-up work for students during a period of suspension.

    Suspension from school will also include suspension from extracurricular activities on the day(s) the student is suspended. The suspension process is as follows:

    1.The student will be given oral notice of the infraction.

    2.The student will be given an opportunity to present his/her side of the argument.

    3.The student's parents will be notified by phone or mail of the suspension and reasons for the suspension.

    4.Upon written request from the parent or guardian to the superintendent, the suspension may be appealed.

    5.In the event that a suspension is disallowed, the student's record will be expunged regarding the matter; the student's absence will be considered excused; and the student will be allowed to make up missed work and receive credit.

    EXPULSION

    The School Board is authorized to expel students guilty of gross disobedience or misconduct for such a period of time as they may determine to be in the best interests of the school and the student, up to two calendar years. The student and/or parents or guardian will be due the following procedural protections:

    1.Prior to expulsion, the student will be provided written notice of the charges and the time and place of hearing. The student and his/her parents will have an opportunity to be present for the hearing, at the time and place designated in the notice, conducted by the Board or a hearing officer appointed by it. If a hearing officer is appointed by the Board, he/she will report to the Board the evidence presented at the hearing and the Board will take such final action as it finds appropriate.

    2.The Board will provide written notice to the parents or guardian of the time, place and purpose of the hearing by registered or certified mail, and request the appearance of the parents or guardian at the expulsion hearing.

    3.During the expulsion hearing, the student and his/her parents or guardian may be represented by counsel, present witnesses and other evidence on his/her behalf and cross-examine adverse witnesses. The expulsion hearing will be a two-part proceeding.

    a.First. The Board or hearing officer will hear evidence on the issue of whether the student is guilty of the gross disobedience or misconduct as charged. After presentation of the evidence, the Board will decide the issue of guilt.

    b.Second. If the Board or hearing officer finds the student guilty of the gross disobedience or misconduct as charged, it will then hear evidence on the appropriate level of discipline to be meted out. After presentation of the evidence or receipt of the hearing officer's report, the Board will decide whether expulsion or some lesser form of discipline will be imposed upon the student.

    GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES

    It is realized that there may come a time when a student feels that he/she has been treated unfairly. The procedure below is used to insure that student is heard:

    1. The student and/or the parents should discuss the matter with the person(s) directly involved with the situation.

    2. If the above procedure does not resolve the issue, the matter should be directed to the school principal.

    3. If the matter is still not resolved, the district superintendent should be made aware of the situation and become involved.

    4. If the matter is still not resolved, the student and/or parents may request the permission of the school board to speak on the matter at the next meeting. Matters of student discipline and personnel are conducted in executive session.

    5. The next step in the process would be through the judicial system.

    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 ages 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.

    DISCIPLINE OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILLITIES

    The school will comply with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Illinois State Board of Education’s Special Education rules when disciplining students with disabilities. Behavioral interventions will be used with students with disabilities to promote and strengthen desirable behaviors and reduce identified inappropriate behaviors. No special education student shall be expelled if the student’s particular act of gross disobedience or misconduct is a manifestation of his or her disability as determined through a manifestation hearing. Any special education student whose gross disobedience or misconduct is not a manifestation of his or her disability may be expelled pursuant to the expulsion procedures.

    Parent/Guardian Involvement

    Parents/guardians are an integral part of any school system. They hold the ultimate responsibility for the child's health, welfare, and education. Parent/Guardian/Teacher collaboration is in the best interest of the student and will continue to be an essential part of the programming and discipline policy for this district.

    This handbook has been established to communicate important information, as well as an expected code of conduct, in a clear and concise manner. We ask that parents/guardians read and discuss the information with their child(ren). It is important for our students to understand that parents/guardians are aware of the school rules and that parents, guardians, teachers, and administrators will work together to enforce them, providing for an environment that is safe and promotes learning.