Sparta Lincoln Handbook 2010- 2011
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Welcome to Sparta Lincoln, where Kids Come First! Lincoln has been serving the community for over 50 years. The faculty, staff and administration are proud of the many accomplishments of this great institution and hope that you will help us achieve our perpetual goal, EXCELLENCE FOR ALL.
Lincoln is a beautiful middle level school, specifically designed to meet your educational, social and emotional needs. Students, you are unique! Your needs are quite different from the needs of primary or high school age students and we are committed to meeting those needs for you.
All students can learn given the right conditions. It is, therefore, our goal to provide each student with an opportunity to reach his or her fullest potential.
This handbook shares basic information about procedures, rules, and policies that are followed to help every student reach his or her full potential. This book covers some of the legalities of school operation, and this handbook implements Illinois laws and District 140 policy (available to parents at the district office.) This handbook is not intended to create a contractual relationship with the student. Membership or participation in a school-sanctioned activity is a privilege and not a property right. The school does have a compelling interest in establishing rules of conduct for the safety of each of our children and for the efficiency of the educational process. This handbook lists some rules of conduct, but we haven't tried to give examples of every possible type of good or bad behavior. Common sense and respect for each other are good guidelines for behavior, and the school staff will deal with individual situations flexibly and enforce policies fairly and equitably.
It is also our desire for each student to develop and demonstrate a sense of school pride and spirit, inspiring pride throughout the entire Sparta community. Remember that Lincoln is your school, get involved in the many activities offered, and always feel free to talk to your teachers and administrators.
On behalf of the faculty, staff, and administration, WELCOME to Sparta Lincoln.
!!!HAVE A GREAT SCHOOL YEAR!!!
In accordance with the ESEA Section 1111(h)(6) PARENTS RIGHT-TO-KNOW, the Sparta CUSD #140 School District is notifying every parent of a student in a Title 1 School that you have the right and may request information regarding the professional qualifications of your childís classroom teacher. This information regarding the professional qualifications of your childís classroom teachers including, at a minimum, the following:
1. Whether the teacher has met State qualifications and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction.
2. Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which State qualifications have been waived.
3. The baccalaureate degree major of the teacher and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree.
4. Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.
If at any time your child has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher not highly qualified, the school will notify you.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mr. Larry Beattie, district superintendent at 443-5331.
SPARTA SCHOOL DISTRICT MISSION
Students, Parents, Academics, Resources, Teachers All working together to ensure that Kids Come First!!!
SPARTA LINCOLN MIDDLE SCHOOL MISSION
Attendance Communication Emergencies General Info.
Office Info. Parent Reports School Rules Student Conduct
ARRIVING AND DEPARTING FROM SCHOOL
The school building opens at 7:55 a.m. Pupils should not arrive prior to this time. There is limited supervision prior to 7:55 a.m. Students should report to the gym upon arrival at school.
Since Sparta-Lincoln operates as a "closed campus", all 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. 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 come to the office and present positive identification upon request. If some personís access to a child is restricted by court order, the custodial parent must inform the school (or request the court do so) and provide a certified copy of the order; the courts do not provide that information automatically.
School is dismissed at 2:45 p.m. Pupils are to leave school grounds as soon as possible. Pupils should not linger on the school grounds.
All parents must enter the building in order to sign out a student.
One of the commonly observed causes of academic failure is frequent absence from school. Parents are, therefore, encouraged to work with the school in seeing that their children are in school each day when school is in session. Failure to comply with the Illinois school attendance laws (105 ILCS 5/13, 5/26; 705 ILCS 405/; et al.) may result in fines or imprisonment.
On days when it is necessary for your child to be absent from school, please CALL THE OFFICE, 443-5331 before 9:30 a.m. and report your child's absence or send a note with a brother or sister.
Note: More than 3 non-consecutive days a quarter requires a doctorís excuse.
 We will occasionally reference the Illinois Compiled Statutes (ILCS), especially the laws governing schools (Illinois School Code, Chapter 105.) You can review these laws on the Internet at http://www.legis.state.il.us/ilcs/ch105/ch105actstoc.htm .
In order that students may benefit fully from their education they must first be in attendance. This year Sparta District #140 in all of its schools will be implementing this program.
1. After four (4) days absent in one semester a letter is sent to the parent/guardian expressing concern.
2. After six (6) days absent in one semester the administrator will place a phone call or make a visit to the parent/guardian to discuss problems with attendance.
3. After eight (8) days absent in one semester a letter is sent to the parent/guardian stating that if absences accumulate to ten (10) days in one semester the student will be referred to the Right Track Program.
4. After ten (10) days absent in one semester the student is referred to the Right Track Program and the sheriff (or a police officer) will deliver a letter to the parent/guardian informing them that the student has been referred for truancy.
5. Mr. Reynolds (TAOEP Interventionist) conducts a home visit. He then assists in creating a plan for attendance and monitors the studentsí absences.
6. Continued absences will result in a certified letter requiring the student and parent/guardian to appear in front of the Truancy Review Board at the Randolph County Courthouse.
7. Further absences will result in a referral to the Randolph County State Attorney. The student and parent/guardian are then required to appear in front of a judge.
PROCEDURE FOR STUDENT RETURN TO SCHOOL
1. Report to the office prior to the start of school.
2. Present a note signed by parent/ guardian indicating reason for absence and dates you were absent if you did not call.
3. Secure an absentee slip from the attendance aide in the office.
4. Sign-in, time and name on the sheet provided.
5. Present slip to homeroom teacher.
1. Sickness -- however, if excessive, the school will need a statement from a doctor.
2. Death in the immediate family.
3. Observance of a religious holiday.
4. Doctor's appointment -- however, if excessive, the school will need a statement from the doctor.
5. Family emergency.
6. Other circumstances which may cause reasonable concern to the parent for the safety or health of the student (inclement weather, for example.)
Note: Ten or more days absent in a semester constitutes chronic truancy.
UNEXCUSED ABSENCES, TARDIES
These include but are not limited to:
1. Vacations (unless pre-arranged...see below).
2. Suspensions (except note that all students are expected to complete schoolwork during suspensions. Their grades will not be reduced for non-academic misbehavior. They will of course receive a zero for work not turned in. See Make-Up Work, page 4.)
5. Hunting trips.
6. Shopping trips.
7. Hair appointments.
9. Car problems.
10. Absence during the time it takes to come into compliance with the school dress code.
11. Any other absence that does not fall under the excused absence category.
ABSENCE DUE TO VACATION
Since vacations during the school year will disrupt a child's educational program, such absences should be avoided whenever possible. Due to the nature of the educational program, a variety of educational experiences are impossible to "make-up" ... labs, lectures, class discussions, films, and physical education, among others.
If an absence due to family vacation is unavoidable, parents must submit a letter of request for approval, to the principal, one week prior to the scheduled vacation period.
Upon notification, each teacher will attempt to assemble whatever work can be organized in advance. All assignments must be turned in, completed, on the day the student returns to school.
Upon their return, students should check with individual teachers to obtain necessary handouts, information, directions, etc.
Students who neglect to fulfill their responsibilities and complete all required work within the designated time period will receive a zero for each assignment not completed.
A student who has been absent for whatever reason is to contact his teachers when he returns to arrange for make-up work. When an absence is known in advance, the student should arrange to do the work in advance to prevent extensive make-up work. It is the student's responsibility to obtain assignments, turn work in, and schedule tests.
A student who receives an excused absence will have the same number of days as they were absent to make-up their work. Any tests that are assigned before a student is absent are to be made up the day that the pupil returns. Any assignments that were due the day of the pupil's absence are also due upon their return, except by prior arrangement with the teacher.
A student who receives an unexcused absence may turn in completed schoolwork on the day he or she returns. It will be graded as though the student were present. Any assignment not turned in on the day of return will receive a zero.
DENTAL / DOCTOR APPOINTMENTS
Please make dental and doctor appointments outside the school day if at all possible. Otherwise, the school must be notified in advance. Since the pupil knows in advance about the appointment, the pupil will be responsible for all work missed as soon as he or she returns. This does include tests. If a pupil knows that they will miss a test, they should make arrangements with the teacher to take the test earlier in the day. Homework for that day should be turned in before the student leaves for the appointment.
 We will occasionally reference the Illinois Compiled Statutes (ILCS), especially the laws governing schools (Illinois School Code, Chapter 105.) You can review these laws on the Internet at http://www.legis.state.il.us/ilcs/ch105/ch105actstoc.htm .
TARDY TO CLASS (Grades 5-8)
1. Each student must be on time to all classes.
2. Students must be in their assigned seats and ready to work by the sounding of the bell to be considered on time to class.
3. Students will be allowed two (2) tardies per quarter to any one class without significant disciplinary action.
4. Students will receive one (1) after school detention for each unexcused tardy over two (2) during a quarter.
5. Students with chronic tardy problems will be subject to a conference with the principal.
6. To insure fairness for all, teachers must dismiss their class upon the bell and issue written passes if a student is officially detained.
TARDY TO SCHOOL
1. Students tardy to school must report to the office to sign in and get a pass to class.
2. All unexcused tardies will be treated as a class tardy (see above). Tardies due to late school buses will be considered automatically excused.
3. The principal will discuss chronic tardiness problems with students and their parents.
Since regular attendance at school is one of the most important factors in the success of the child, both at school and later in life, Sparta-Lincoln assists you in many ways to insure your childís presence every school day. (For example, we call your home if your child is absent and the school hasnít been notified ahead of time; this also helps protect your childís safety.) Despite your and our best efforts a few students habitually fail to attend; they are truants.
The legal definition of a truant is a child who is absent from school without valid cause for a school day or any portion of a school day. A chronic or habitual truant is a child who is absent without valid cause from school for 10% or more of the previous 180 regular attendance days (105 Illinois Compiled Statutes 5/26-2a.) The valid causes for absences or tardies are listed in paragraphs above. To help you avoid the consequences of truancy that fall on the parents, we track unexcused absences closely and attempt to contact you if it appears there is a pattern of absenteeism.
If truancy continues, we are required to report it to the Regional Superintendent of Schools, who relays the report to the Regional Truancy Officer. The consequences of truancy can include a ticket, court appearance, and fine from the City of Sparta; and/or conviction of a Class C misdemeanor resulting in up to 30 days imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $500. Also, according to the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, proof that a minor is a chronic truant shall be prima facie evidence of neglect by the parent or guardian (705 ILCS 405/2-18(5)).
Obviously, it is better for you, us, and most of all your child, if he or she is present in school every possible day. Please work with us to help your child get every possible benefit from a complete education. (see Right Track Truancy Program, page 2 for the specific outlining of procedures.)
Randolph County has adopted a truancy ordinance for all school-aged children. If you would like a copy, please contact the office.
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The school address is 203A Dean Avenue, Sparta IL 62286. The office phone number is 618-443-5331, and you can leave a message any time. The office fax machine number is 443-2892.
Parents, it's your responsibility to keep the office informed of any changes to your address or phone number, most importantly to include changes to your Emergency Form, discussed later. And remember, if some personís access to a child is restricted by court order, the custodial parent must inform the school.
To help insure safety, all visitors* to the school must report to the Office immediately upon entering the building. *Visitors are anyone other than a student or an employee.
PROOF OF RESIDENCY
Parents/guardians are required by law to show proof of residency every school year upon enrollment of their children.
The following will be accepted as proof of residency:
The following items will not be valid for proof of residency:
Water activation receipt
Mortgage payment book
IL driverís license
Firearmís ID card
Real estate tax bill
Gun registration card
Voter registration card
Parent Conferences are scheduled twice each year. One of the best ways to ensure a good relationship between home and school is to get to know your child's teacher and to discuss any problems that might come up. The school encourages all parents to attend these conferences days. Of course, anytime you wish, you are encouraged to call for an appointment to speak with teacher(s) or principal.
CONTACTING YOUR ADMINISTRATORS
Please call for an appointment to insure availability. Generally, appointments will be made between 8:30 A.M. and 3:30 P.M. However, special arrangements can be made when needed.
CONTACTING YOUR CHILD'S TEACHER
Teachers appreciate being contacted during school hours. The best time to call is between 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. In addition, each teacher has a "prep" period when he or she is planning lessons for the next day. You can call the office and find out when your child's teacher has their prep period or leave a message on their voice mail and the teacher will call you. It is preferred that you avoid calling teachers at home if at all possible.
SEVERE WEATHER CONDITIONS/SCHOOL CLOSINGS
From time to time it may be necessary to dismiss school due to bad weather. If the weather looks threatening please listen to WHCO radio, Channel 1230AM. The district will attempt to notify students/parents of any school closings/emergencies through the School Reach telephone program. It is imperative that you provide the school with a current phone number. If it is necessary to dismiss school due to bad weather, every effort will be made by the school to see that all children arrive home safely. Students in grades 4-8 will be dismissed as usual unless a parent/guardian notifies the office otherwise. Please discuss with your student where he or she is to go if we were to dismiss school early due to bad weather, and keep your Emergency Form updated with the office.
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Pupils should report all injuries at once to their teacher or the supervisor in charge. In the event a student is injured or is involved in an incident at school but does not inform the adult in charge, please notify the school as soon as possible of the situation so appropriate action can be taken.
Teachers have first aid kits in their classrooms. Minor cuts and scrapes should be handled in the classroom; any serious accidents should be reported to the office immediately. The adult in charge should fill out the necessary reports (an accident/incident form) and the office staff will follow established procedures to insure that the situation is handled correctly.
Fire, earthquake, emergency, and tornado drills are held from time to time. These drills are very important for the safety of all students. During the first week of school all pupils will be informed as to where they are to go during drills. During drills the following rules will be observed:
1. There will be no talking during a drill.
2. Pupils should walk quickly but not run.
3. Pupils should obey the directions of all adults during a drill.
4. Once the drill is completed the pupils should return quietly to their rooms and resume class.
We must have an emergency form on each student on file in the Office at all times. When there is an emergency we will follow the directions on the form. During the year if there is any change of address, job, or emergency number(s) please contact the Office.
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CAFETERIA AND LUNCH INFORMATION
A nutritious breakfast and lunch are served daily. Sparta District #140 participates in the national school lunch and breakfast program. Information about the requirements and eligibility for this program is available in the Lincoln office.
Parents, please tell us if your child has any food allergies. We will try to help your child remember to avoid these foods, but we cannot be responsible for such products as our suppliers may include in prepared menu items.
Pupils may bring their lunch if they wish to, but all food, including candy, soda, etc., must be consumed in the cafeteria.
Students will not be allowed to leave the building at noon unless they are signed out and picked up by their parents. Students must also sign in when they return from lunch. If anyone else is to pick the student up, the parent must notify the office in advance.
Students leaving the building at lunch without approval will face disciplinary consequences for leaving school without permission.
Lunch money should be brought to the Lincoln office or meals may be purchased on-line using the Cafť Pre-Pay Program. Students will not be allowed to accumulate more than ten (10) credits at any given time. Students may not charge aíla carte items. If your child brings lunch money to school, please place the money in an envelope with the studentís name on it. The student should report through the gym doors upon arrival at school. They then should ask the supervisors to bring the money to the Lincoln office.
In the cafeteria, pupils are to obey the direction of the noon supervisors at all times. Pupils who do not obey the rules will lose the privilege of eating with the other students.
The following rules must be observed in regard to the lunch program:
1. Students should wash hands with soap before meals.
2. Once students are in the cafeteria they may not return to their rooms or lockers for any reason without permission.
3. Students bringing their lunches may go directly to their tables.
4. Those eating a hot lunch must line up properly. There is to be no saving places in line, no cutting in line, and if the student leaves the line for any reason without permission, they may not have their place back.
5. For health and sanitary reasons, students may not share or exchange food.
6. Students may not throw food or anything else, of course. Students are expected to clean up any accidental spills.
7. Talking is allowed in the lunchroom, but shouting and loud noises are not.
8. Students should keep their hands, feet, and objects to themselves at all times.
9. Unless told otherwise, pupils should remain seated until they are dismissed.
10. When students leave the table they should leave the area clean and carry their trays and trash to the appropriate receptacles.
11. Students will follow other rules as may be posted in the cafeteria, and should use good manners and common courtesy at all times.
All students shall comply with the directions of the teacher, student teacher, substitute teacher, administrators, bus driver, noontime supervisor or any other school personnel whenever a student is under authority of the school. All shall comply with all directions by such officials.
Students disobeying the bus rules and endangering the lives of other students with disruptive behavior will be held accountable with consequences ranging from verbal warnings to possible suspension/expulsion.
The Board of Education provides transportation for students living one and one-half miles or more from the school building.
A bus rider is expected to:
1. Ride the bus to which he or she is assigned.
2. Obey all rules and regulations pertaining to the bus.
3. Obey the driver's instructions at all times.
4. Respect the rights of all pupils who ride the bus.
5. Riding the bus is a privilege, not a right. Any student abusing the privilege will lose the privilege.
6. Parents are responsible for providing transportation to and from school when a child is suspended from the bus.
7. Only eligible students may ride the buses.
TRANSPORTING OF STUDENTS
Parents may take their own children home after ballgame/activity after notifying and signing the child out with the sponsor. Students may ride home with their own parents only, not with any other adult. Adults may not take home any student other than their own child(ren).
Grades 4 through 8 take the Illinois State Achievement Test (ISAT). The test is given in March. Grades 4 and 7 take the reading, math, and science tests. Grades 5 and 8 take the reading, writing, and math tests. Grade 6 takes the reading and math tests. Please make sure your child is in attendance for testing. It is also recommended that your child get plenty of rest and eat a good breakfast on testing days.
Lincoln offers pupils many extra-curricular activities designed to provide the student with a number of valuable experiences. Pupils are encouraged to become involved in these activities. Specific rules and consequences are also outlined in the district activity handbook. These handbooks are available upon request. In general:
1. Pupils should learn the rules and regulations of each activity and follow them.
2. Each activity is assigned a sponsor who is in charge and should be obeyed at all times. The sponsor should be consulted first if there are any problems.
3. When pupils are representing Sparta Lincoln in any way, they are expected to be on their best behavior and to set an example for others to follow.
4. All school rules regarding behavior apply at all extra-curricular activities whether at Lincoln or away from the building.
5. A student must attend school the day of an event or extra-curricular activity in order to participate or attend.
6. Students who attend alternative schools (such as PEP and Red Brick) will not be allowed to attend school activities without consent from the administrators of both schools.
Students can be denied participation in school activities due to disciplinary consequences. These activities include but are not limited to: fieldtrips, parties, ballgames, graduation ceremony, dances, ETC.
As much as it is possible, we would like everyone to become involved in as many activities as they wish. However, some activities occur simultaneously, making participation impossible (for example, cheerleading and girlsí basketball.) The student must choose one or the other activity.
At ball games:
1. Left out section about no food or drink in gym. No street shoes will be worn on the gym floor!
2. Pupils should remain quiet during the National Anthem.
3. Pupils should remain seated while the game is going on, not walking around. Pupils who need to use the restroom, etc. may do so at half time and between games. This is a courtesy so that those who are watching the game are not disturbed.
4. No sitting on the bleacher walkways or on the gym floor in front of the bleachers for safety reasons.
5. Good sportsmanship is expected at all times. There is to be no booing or criticizing the other team, their cheerleaders, their fans, or the officials. If you want to yell, yell for your team in a positive manner.
6. Remember that the other team and their fans are our guests and should be treated as such. The impression that they receive at a game will be the impression that they have of Sparta Lincoln and of you.
7. Parents are discouraged from sending small children without an adult to ball games. *Any child under the age of 9 (4th grade) must be accompanied by a parent. All children are expected to follow the above rules and the school may ask, at any time, for children not to attend ball games.
8. Parents should make arrangements beforehand for immediate student transportation home after the game, so that the gym may be cleared out quickly.
9. Pupils who fail to act appropriately at any extra-curricular activity may be barred from attending that activity in the future. Other disciplinary consequences may occur.
When attending assemblies, pupils are expected to be polite, i.e. quiet and attentive. Pupils who do not pay attention may have to leave and be barred from attending future assemblies.
LIBRARY and COMPUTER LABS
The library is for the use and benefit of all students. All pupils have a scheduled library time. The library will be open during study hall and at other times for pupils to check out books. Pupils are responsible for the books that they check out and will be charged for any lost books.
The computer labs contain delicate equipment and should be treated carefully. No student shall use a computer without permission of a teacher, and must have a signed Authorization Form on file. (See Authorization for Internet Access form, last page of this handbook, and Internet Policy, page 16.)
LOST AND FOUND
All pupils who lose articles should check with the head custodian. All articles that are found should be brought to the library. Each year there are numerous items that are never claimed. Please be sure to claim your lost articles. Any unclaimed items will be placed on display and "leftovers" will then be given to charity at the end of each quarter.
Periodically throughout the school year students are found to have contracted head lice. When a student(s) is (are) found to have head lice, the following rules will be applied:
Any child who has been identified as a case or contact to a case of head lice will be rechecked 7 to 10 days after the initial examination or sooner if the building principal determines that child should be examined.
When your child is ill we prefer that he or she be kept home from school. Sending a sick pupil to school only infects others and endangers the health of the sick child. If your child has a fever, please do not send him or her back to school until he or she has been free from fever (without medication) for 24 hours. If your child becomes ill at school, we will contact you or an emergency contact so that you may pick him or her up.
In the event that your child requires cough drops, the parent/guardian must send a note to the office.
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.
EXCUSES FROM PHYSICAL EDUCATION (P. E.)
All pupils will be assigned to a P.E. class. From time to time for a minor illness or injury it may be necessary for a student to be excused for P.E. In this case, a note from the parent will be accepted. If the period of time will be longer than one day, a note from the doctor will be needed.
School pictures will be taken at registration in August. There will be a make-up date that will be announced in the fall.
The office telephones are for school business only. Pupils may only use the office phones in case of an emergency or when their teacher sends them to use the phone. The phone in the office will not be used for pupils who forget items from home except for glasses and medicine.
Obviously, misuse of the phones (prank calls, dialing 911 when there is no real emergency, etc.) is inconsiderate at best, criminal at worst. Phone misuse will result in consequences appropriate to the situation.
State law requires that all visitors report directly to the office. Parents and community members are encouraged to visit, but please, all visitors to the school must report to the office first.
Visitation by students from other schools is not allowed.
Sending flowers or balloons to your child at school on his or her birthday is a nice gesture. However, with one or two birthdays each day in the school, this has proven to be disruptive. The delivery person must bring the gift to the office and your child will be notified to pick it up at the end of the day. If you would like to send treats for a classroom birthday party for your child, please make arrangements ahead of time with the teacher.
Today's students need the support of parents, school and community. Sparta Lincoln wants and needs volunteer workers; if you are interested or wish further details, please call the office to receive a copy of our Volunteer Handbook. All volunteers must be approved with a pre-approved background check and will be checked on the sexual offender registries.
SUSTAINED SILENT READING (SSR)
Each week all pupils will take part in SSR or Sustained Silent Reading. SSR is designed to encourage pupils to read for enjoyment. Pupils may bring appropriate books from home or may check books out from the library.
Sparta Lincoln Middle School provides lockers for the convenience of its students. The lockers are the property of Sparta Community School District #140. The school district reserves the right to reassign, or terminate the use of lockers at any time. Students are to use only their assigned lockers. Students are held responsible and take ownership of any article placed in the locker. Each student is responsible for damage to his/her locker beyond ordinary wear.
Pupils are assigned a locker; this is a privilege not a right. Pupils are urged not to keep valuables in their lockers and lockers should be kept neat at all times. Textbooks cost a great deal of money and when they are jammed in a messy locker they can be easily torn up. Students are responsible for maintaining the condition of their assigned textbooks, and will be required to pay for damaged books.
Lockers are the property of the school and may be inspected or searched at any time by school personnel. Students are not allowed to share lockers. Students may not affix any items to the interior locker walls. Students are not to alter or interfere with the lock mechanism on their locker. Students Who Do Not Follow These Rules May Lose Locker Privileges.
A wide range of special services is provided for students with special learning needs. The State of Illinois has mandated that local school districts provide special services for eligible students with disabilities from the age of three years through twenty-one. Parents of children who may have difficulties should contact the teacher or the building principal.
The Title I Program provides extra help in the areas of reading and math. Students may be determined eligible through testing by the Title I staff. Services are provided within the classroom or in small groups meeting in the Title I room.
A student with a disability who is between the ages of three and twenty-one who legally resides in the district and is enrolled in the district and requires special education and related services to address the adverse effects of the disability on his/her education is entitled to receive a free, appropriate public education. These services are mandated by Article 14 of the Illinois School Code, its implementing regulations and the federal law, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Upon request, parents/guardians may receive a copy of the Illinois State Board of Educationís regulations on special education services and their rights. This means that special education and related services must be available to meet the unique needs of the child and be specifically designed for the individual student. The need for special education and related services must be determined at an IEP Team meeting following a full individual evaluation. The education rights of students with disabilities are reviewed with parents before an evaluation is conducted. Parental consent is necessary for evaluation and initial placement.
Students may be eligible for services under the provisions of Section 504 even though they do not qualify for services through special education. Students may receive services for any mental or physical impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activity such as, but not limited to: walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, etc.
Most students are provided services within their own school district. Others may be transported to nearby school districts through cooperative agreements.
As required by Illinois School Code, a course on sexual abstinence will be taught to middle school students. Trained professionals will teach the course. In the case of the professional not being a teacher, a teacher will be present during all sessions. Parents may request in writing that their child not participate in the course.
As required by Illinois School Code (105 ILCS 5/27-13.2/23 IAC I. 420 (T, a lesson on abduction education will be taught to middle school students. Grades 4-8 will be given abduction education information via a video from KinderVision Foundation. The video can be previewed at http://www.thegreatestsave.org/products.php#kvvideo. Click on ďLittle Red SaidĒ and then click on details. Click on play to view a demo of the video. The program is optional. Parents may request in writing that their child not participate in the lesson.
DISCIPLINE WITH DIGNITY/POSITIVE BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTION AND SUPPORTS (PBIS)
Academic achievement is directly affected by student behavior. On one hand, disruptions take up precious teaching and learning time. On the other hand, all students learn more easily when they are responsible members of a community of learners in a school atmosphere of safety and respect. Sparta Lincoln has chosen the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports program (PBIS) as an overarching and systemic approach to improving learning opportunities for all students. PBIS develops a school wide system that supports staff in teaching and promotes positive, appropriate behavior in all students. By reducing behavioral problems, PBIS creates and maintains safe learning environments where teachers can teach and students can learn. Through this behavior model we identify and address problems. Some changes you may have noticed are (1) the specific teaching of appropriate behavior through clear expectations and actually practicing the desirable behaviors, (2) the formation of TALK (Teachers assisting Lincoln Kids) to help students with their problems and (3) more rewards for positive behavior. Please note: A reward for good behavior to a student(s) is NOT intended as a punishment to another student.
The safe environment we all desire includes both psychological and physical aspects. The PBIS program "brings it all together" in a logical and effective way. Our guiding PBIS principles for good behavior are Be Responsible, Be Respectful, and Be Safe. PBIS has many components to address the many facets of student behavior. The TALK component, our PAL classes, Second Step, planned Incentives, and discipline guidelines are mentioned elsewhere. Beta Club, Student Council, and various service projects give each child the chance to learn the benefits of helping others. Red Ribbon Week and the DARE programs help teach the benefits of healthy lifestyles. Especially valuable is the training we give students on what behavior is expected of them in different situations and locations. We collect data on both positive and negative behaviors to efficiently reward the good and address the inappropriate. One of the features of our PBIS program is offering group reward opportunities.
STUDENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM/TEACHERS ASSISTING LINCOLN KIDS (TALK)
One of the priority goals of our ongoing school improvement process is to make provisions for students who are at risk, but not eligible for special education. Teachers Assisting Lincoln Kids (TALK) is a component of the PBIS program designed to assist those students most at risk of not being successful in school, especially in the areas of behavior, academics, health, and attendance. TALK is how our school participates in the Illinois State Board of Education's Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention Student Assistance Program (SAP). SAP funding has provided training and materials that have improved identification of at‑risk students, improved intervention techniques, improved team productivity, and improved school‑wide efficiency as they carried over into other service areas. The trained TALK team teachers work with individual students, parents, and community resources to create an action plan to address that at-risk studentís needs. The TALK team indirectly helps all students through its integration with Red Ribbon Week, and our school social worker's School‑Based Wraparound program.
A yearbook is published annually by a student group. Pupils will be given an opportunity to purchase a yearbook during the year.
Each pupil is assigned to a homeroom. All pupils will meet with their homeroom teacher first thing in the morning for the purpose of attendance and announcements.
BICYCLES, SCOOTERS, and SKATEBOARDS
Students are encouraged to safely ride their bicycles to school. Except for entering and leaving the school grounds, bikes are not to be ridden on school property. Bicycles are to be parked in the designated area, and it is advisable to lock bikes when parked at school. The school is not responsible for bikes. State law requires bicycle riders to wear helmets.
Students are NOT encouraged to bring scooters or skateboards to school. They may not be used on campus sidewalks. Scooters must be engraved with a permanent ID number or name. They should be parked and locked in the designated area. The school is not responsible for scooters or skateboards. If folding scooters or skateboards are stored in a studentís locker that must be done in a way that does no damage to books or anything else.
TEXTBOOKS AND EQUIPMENT
Every student is responsible for the proper use and care of school equipment and books. If books or equipment are lost, damaged or defaced, a charge will be assessed to the student.
At the beginning of the year or upon enrollment, each student is given a Student Agenda. Students use this handy planning calendar every day to write down assignments, look up reference material, prioritize their work, etc. Teachers and parents can send notes to each other in the Agenda, and can use the valuable lessons and suggestions it contains to help the child. Left out-We reward students who use their Agenda regularly, with small prizes. If students lose or destroy their Agenda, replacements are available for a $5 fee.
The School Board approves the curriculum and textbooks used in the school. Citizens may review all print and non-print materials (except test questions) used in the educational process, by contacting the principal.
Letter to Parent(s)/Guardian(s) Regarding Student Use of Internet
We now have the ability to enhance your childís education through the use of the Internet. The Internet offers vast, diverse, and unique resources. The District's goal in providing this service is to promote educational excellence by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication. Your authorization is needed before your child may use this resource.
The Internet electronically connects thousands of computers throughout the world and millions of individual subscribers. Students and teachers may have access to:
Limited electronic mail communications with people all over the world
Information from government sources, research institutions,and other sources
Many libraries, including the catalog to the Library of Congress, and the US government's Educational Resources Information Clearinghouse (ERIC)
With this educational opportunity also comes responsibility. You and your child should read the appended Authorization for Internet Access (a copy of the entire Board Internet Policy may be obtained from the District office) and discuss it together. The use of inappropriate material and language, violation of copyright laws, or any other violation of the District Internet Policy may result in the loss of the privilege to use this resource. Remember that you are legally responsible for your childís action. Students are not allowed to access websites such as Face Book, My Space, etc. at school. Please note that students can be disciplined for misuse of the Internet off of school property if there is a connection between the misuse and a disruption of the school environment.
The District takes precautions to prevent access to material that may be defamatory, inaccurate, offensive, or otherwise inappropriate in the school setting. On an unregulated network, however, it is impossible to control all material and a user may discover inappropriate material. Ultimately, parents/guardians are responsible for setting and conveying the standards that their child or ward should follow. To that end, the School District supports and respects each familyís right to decide whether or not to authorize Internet Access.
Please read and discuss the Authorization for Internet Access with your child. If you agree to allow your child to have an Internet account, sign the Authorization form and return it to your school. (The form is located in the back of the handbook)
THE FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. They are:
1. The right to inspect the studentís education records within 45 days of the day the District receives a request for access. A parent/guardian or eligible student should submit to the Records Custodian, Principal, or other appropriate official, written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The District official will make arrangements for access and notify the inspected. If the records are not maintained by the District official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the parent/guardian of eligible student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
2. The right to request the amendment of the studentís education records that the parent/guardian of an eligible student believes are inaccurate or misleading.
A parent/guardian or eligible student may ask the District to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the District official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading.
If the District decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent/guardian of eligible student, the District will notify the parent/guardian or eligible student of the decision and advise the parent/guardian or eligible student of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent/guardian or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.
3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the eligible studentís education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the District in an administrative, supervisory, academic, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person or company with whom the District has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); or a person serving on the Board of Education.
The No Child Left Behind Act requires schools to provide information on students to military recruiters. USDE has been working with the Department of Defense to develop joint guidance to schools.
Generally speaking, Local Education Agencies (LEAs) that are recipients of ESEA funds must provide, upon request, students' name, address, and phone number to military recruiters. Typically, recruiters are asking for information on juniors and seniors.
4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the District to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20202-4605
Directory information may be disclosed without prior notice or consent unless the parent/guardian or eligible student notifies the Records Custodian or other official in writing before October of the current school year, that he does not want any or all of the directory information disclosed. Directory information includes the studentís name, address, telephone listing, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized degrees and awards received, and the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended
Sex Equity Policy
It is the policy of this School District not to discriminate on the basis of sex in any program, activity, service, or benefit. The School District guarantees both sexes equal access to educational and extracurricular programs and activities.
SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY
The sex offender registry for Randolph County is available at www.isp.state.il.us/sor.
PUBLIC RELEASE/INCLUDE PHOTOS FOR INTERNET AND PAPER
At times the Sparta School District has the opportunity to publish the achievements of students at school. Publications may occur through school or district WebPages, newsletters or other media. It is the intent of the Sparta School District to protect all students from harm or injury. If parents/legal guardians do not wish their childís picture or student produced materials to be used for this purpose, or parents/legal guardians wish to have their childís name omitted, please send a letter outlining this request to the studentís building principal by the end of September.
To help maintain school safety and security, students and others may be videotaped in the school, on the bus, or on school property at any time. The video cameras may include sound recording capability. Parents/guardians may review tapes of their children; please ask to set up a time to do so in the school office.
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Book rental fees should be paid at the time of registration. Please contact the school for a current list of fees. Pupils are responsible for all books issued to them. The student to whom the book was issued will pay for any lost or damaged book.
NOTIFICATION OF STUDENT FEES WAIVER
The Board of Education shall waive all fees assessed by and payable directly to the District for instructional and extra-curricular activities, including textbook fees for students whose parents are unable to afford them according to established standards, including those children eligible for free lunches or breakfasts under the Community School Lunch Programs. Parents or Guardians or eligible students may obtain application for student fee waivers form the school office during the hours of 7:55 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or they may write to Sparta Lincoln Middle School, 203A Dean Ave., Sparta, IL 62286, or call 618-443-5331 to have an application mailed to their home. A copy of the Districtís student fee waiver policy and the applicable rules and regulations including information on the eligibility standards and the appeal procedure, will be included with each application.
Twenty-four hour or school day insurance is offered each year. This insurance is optional. It covers accidents occurring at school or on the way to and from school as well as at school activities. This includes all athletics. It is important that all pupils report any accidents or injuries at once so that an accident report may be filled out. This will aid in any insurance claims that may later be filed. If you have questions about insurance, call the school office, 443-5331. Coverage includes the summer months of the covered year.
Physical, Dental Examinations and Immunizations
Upon entering the Sparta Schools for the first time or upon entering the 6th and 9th grades, students are required to show proof of a physical examination all 6th grade students are required to submit a dental exam. In addition, these students must show evidence of having received two (2) doses of measles virus vaccine. (The first dose when at least 12 months of age and the second no less than one (1) month after the first or proof of immunity.) All children entering 5th grade and children two years of age and older entering a school program below Kindergarten level must also have the Hepatitis B (Hep B) vaccination.
All new students entering the district must have a vision exam.
All children entering Kindergarten must also have the Varicella (Chicken Pox) vaccination or show proof of prior varicella disease.
You are urged to make the necessary arrangements to complete preparation for your child to be in compliance with all health requirements on or before the first day of the school year. If a child does not submit proof of the required health examination and immunization requirements at the beginning of the school year, the student cannot begin school.
Inquiries regarding the proper procedures to comply with requirements should be directed to the principal.
In addition, any pupil participating in athletics must have a physical on file to try-out and to participate. It is up to parents to update the office on any new medical information about their children that may be of concern. Students not in compliance with legally required health information may be denied attendance.
Parents of all students discovered having head lice will be notified, and the child must be nit free and provide proof of treatment before returning to school. Upon return, the student must report to the office to be rechecked before going to the classroom.
Only students with office related business and concerns should be in the office. Change will be made before school only; no change will be given at other times. Make sure that you have the correct change from home or that you get change in the morning. Students must enter the office through the main door and check with a secretary. Pupils must not go beyond the counter or into any offices without permission.
REQUESTS FOR BOOKS AND ASSIGNMENTS
The school will provide books and assignments for students who anticipate an absence of two or more days. Requests made before 9:00 A.M. will be ready at 3:30 P.M.
WITHDRAWAL FROM SCHOOL
The office and the homeroom teacher should be informed two to three days prior to departure when possible. This will enable the office to prepare records. If a child protected by a courtís Order of Protection transfers to another school, the custodial parent may request the school to transfer the Order to the receiving school.
It shall be the policy of the State of Illinois that the administration of medication to students during regular school hours and during school-related activities should be discouraged unless absolutely necessary for the critical health and well-being of the student. (105 ILCS 5/10-22.21b)
All medications, prescription or nonprescription (over the counter), administered at school must adhere to the following regulations:
I. Authorization For the Administration of Medication and Emergency Medical Assistance
A. Any prescription or non-prescription medication brought to school must be taken directly by a parent or designated adult to the school administrative office for storage. No student shall be in possession of prescription or non-prescription medication on school property after the commencement of the school day without the following express authorizations having been provided to the school office.
1. All medications to be administered, (prescription and nonprescription), must be accompanied by a written order from the studentís physician, dentist or other person legally authorized to prescribe medication. The written order shall contain:
a) the studentís name;
b) date of birth;
c) licensed prescriberís name, signature, and phone number;
d) name of medication;
e) dosage of medication;
f) route of administration of medication;
g) frequency and time of administration of medication;
h) date of prescription and order;
i) discontinuation date;
j) diagnosis requiring medication;
k) intended effect of medication;
l) possible side effects;
m) other medications the student is receiving.
2. A written request and waiver of liability from the parents and/or guardian requesting the administration of medication by school employees.
B. Parents may sign a written authorization for medical assistance, included in these Procedures as the Parental Consent Form for Emergency Treatment, in order to authorize the provision of emergency medical assistance to a student by school personnel during school hours or at school-sponsored activities.
C. Authorizations required by this Section shall be placed in the studentís cumulative file, with a copy to the principal of the school the student attends.
II. Administration of Medication
When the conditions contained in Section A of these Rules and Regulations are satisfied, medication shall be administered to students in the following manner:
A. Prescription medications shall be brought to school in the original container, which shall display:
1. the studentís name;
2. prescription number;
3. medication name, dosage, route of administration and other required directions;
4. licensed prescriberís name;
5. date and refill instructions;
6. pharmacy name, address, and phone number;
7. name or initials of pharmacist.
B. Over-the-counter medications shall be brought to school in their unopened original container with the seal unbroken and the studentís name affixed to the container.
C. All medications shall be stored in a separate locked or secure area. Medications requiring refrigeration shall be refrigerated in a secure area.
D. The principal shall designate the employee or employees authorized to dispense the medication including employees who are required to administer medication in an emergency situation. Teachers or other non-administrative school employees, except school nurses, shall not be required to administer medication to students. However, such employees may be so designated if they agree or volunteer to administer the medication.
E. Each dose of medication shall be documented for the studentís health records. Documentation shall include date, time, dosage and route and signature or initials of the person administering the medication. In the event the medication is not administered as ordered, the reasons therefore shall be entered in the record.
F. When requested by the studentís physician, the medicationís effectiveness and side effects shall be assessed and documented.
III. Emergency Medical Treatment
School personnel shall be authorized to render emergency medical assistance to any student whose parents have signed written authorization for such assistance when paramedical personnel or licensed physicians are not available or have not arrived and such assistance is necessary to protect the studentís health, safety or welfare. The school personnel providing emergency medical assistance shall attempt to contact the principal as soon as possible and contact a licensed physician or certified paramedical personnel to provide or assist in providing emergency medical assistance.
The studentís parent or guardian shall be contacted as soon as possible after the injury-giving rise to the need for emergency medical assistance.
IV. Self-Administration of Medication
If a parent requests assistance from school personnel in a studentís self-administration of medication, the procedures set forth in the Rules and Regulations concerning the administration of medication by school personnel shall be followed.
The school district and its employees and agents are to incur no liability, except for willful and wanton misconduct, as a result of any injury arising from the self-administration of medication by the pupil, and the parents or guardians must indemnify and hold harmless the school district and its employees and agents against any claims, except a claim based on willful and wanton conduct, arising out of the self-administration of medication by the pupil.
Specifically, for a pupil's discretionary use of his or her prescribed ASTHMA medication, the parents or guardians of the pupil must provide to the school office:
A. written authorization for the self-administration of medication; and
B. a written statement from the person legally authorized to prescribe the medication, physician, containing the following information:
1. the name and purpose of the medication;
2. the prescribed dosage; and
3. the time or times at which or the special circumstances under which the medication is to be administered.
C. This information must be provided at the start of every school year, so that a pupil with asthma may possess and use his or her medication (i) while in school, (ii) while at a school-sponsored activity, (iii) while under the supervision of school personnel, or (iv) before or after normal school activities, such as while in before-school or after-school care on school-operated property.
Students must never share their medication with another student (or anyone else.) Any student who asks to borrow, or gives to another student, any medication, even an aspirin, risks damaging the health of the student who ingests the substance. Any student who asks for, offers, takes, or otherwise shares medication, could face significant disciplinary consequences as well.
V. Disposal of Medication
The parent(s) or guardian of a student will be responsible at the end of the treatment regimen for removing from the school any unused medication prescribed for their child. If the parent(s) or guardian does not pick up the medication by the end of the school year, the principal or his or her designee will dispose of the medication and document that the medication was discarded. Medications will be discarded in the presence of a witness.
Illinois School Code and the Law require that students not be in possession of any medication at any time. The only exceptions to this are defined in Section IV. Medication may only be given at school with a prescription/note from the physician, and the signed form from the parent/guardian. Students in possession of medications not defined in Section IV at any time are subject to suspension and/or expulsion.
VII. Dissemination of the Policy
A copy of the Policy and these Rules and Regulations shall be distributed to the parents or guardians of each student within 15 days after the beginning of each school year or within 15 days after starting classes for a student who transfers into the school during a school year. A copy of the Policy and these Rules and Regulations shall be printed in the Student Handbook for said distribution. In addition, at the beginning of the school year, students shall be informed of the contents of the Policy and these Rules and Regulations in the following manner: Students shall be informed of the contents of this policy by their homeroom teachers.
A registry will be established at Sparta Lincoln Middle School in accordance with the State of Illinois Structural Pest Control Act, 225 ILCS 235, administered by the Illinois Department of Public Health. The State of Illinois passed a law effective August 1, 2000, which required districts to actively implement an Integrated Pest Management Program (IPM). It also requires the district to provide information to parents, students, and employees about pesticide usage in the schools.
Parents and guardians of students and employees may make a request in the office at any time to be added to the Pest Control Notification registry.
Parents and guardians of students and employees on the registry will be notified, in writing, 48 hours prior to any pest control spraying.
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GRADING AND HONOR ROLL
The grading scale and honor roll points are as follows:
A 100-93 Superior 5.0
B 92-86 Good 4.0
C 85-76 Average 3.0
D 75-70 Below Average 2.0
F 69-0 Failing 1.0
THE GRADE OF "A" REPRESENTS WORK OF SUPERIOR QUALITY. THIS MEANS THAT THE STUDENT DOES ALL ASSIGNED WORK IN AN OUTSTANDING MANNER. IN ADDITION, THE STUDENT TAKES THE INITIATIVE FOR DOING MORE THAN IS REQUIRED BY THE TEACHER, THIS GRADE IS FOR TRULY OUTSTANDING WORK.
THE GRADE "B" REPRESENTS THE COMPLETION OF ALL REQUIRED WORK IN A BETTER THAN AVERAGE MANNER. THIS MARK IS FOR STUDENTS WHOSE WORK IS CLEARLY ABOVE AVERAGE.
THE GRADE "C" REPRESENTS THE COMPLETION OF ALL ASSIGNMENTS IN AN AVERAGE MANNER BY A STUDENT.
THE GRADE OF "D" REPRESENTS A WARNING THAT A STUDENT IS WORKING BELOW HIS ABILITY OR HIS WORK IS OF POOR QUALITY AND NEEDS IMPROVEMENT.
THE GRADE OF "F" INDICATES THE STUDENT HAS DONE INSUFFICIENT WORK AND/ OR HAS NOT LEARNED A SUFFICIENT AMOUNT TO KEEP UP WITH HIS GRADE LEVEL. EVEN THOUGH HE MAY HAVE THE ABILITY, RETENTION MAY BE NECESSARY OR DESIRABLE.
INCOMPLETE WORK MAY BE DUE TO ABSENCE OR SOME OTHER CAUSE. A GRADE WILL BE ASSIGNED UPON COMPLETION OF THE WORK. TWO DAYS WILL BE ALLOWED FOR EACH DAY'S ABSENCE TO MAKE UP THE INCOMPLETE WORK.
Sparta-Lincoln student grades are not lowered as discipline for non-academic misbehavior. Teachers do take into consideration student participation and presence in class when assigning grades, and poor attendance or failure to do homework will obviously affect a student academically.
The honor roll is calculated by quarter. Pupils who earn a grade point of 5.0 are classified as High Honors; a 4.5 to 4.9 classifies a student as Honors and 4.0 to 4.4 is classified as Honorable Mention.
Pupils who receive Honors or High Honors two out of three of the first three grading periods will be eligible for the Academic Awards Program in May. Also, pupils who receive Honorable Mention three out of three quarters will be eligible to attend the Academic Awards Program.
REPORT CARDS AND PROGRESS REPORTS
Report cards are issued four (4) times each school year approximately at nine-week intervals. Parents are encouraged to discuss their childrenís progress with the teacher. Progress reports (mid-quarter reports) are issued at the mid-point in each grading period. These reports are used to inform parents of both good and poor progress and should encourage parent/teacher conferences throughout the school year. Dates will be noted in the monthly newsletter and may also be found in the News-Plaindealer.
To help parents track their 8th grade studentís progress toward graduation and advancement to high school, the 8th grade teaching team prepares a special form with mid-quarter grades. The student is responsible for bringing this form home and returning it with parent signature to their homeroom. Failure to return this form (substitutions not accepted) will result in appropriate consequences.
Students who take Algebra 1 as 8th graders will obtain high school credit for the course if they meet the following criteria: a yearly average of C or better and successful completion of three additional years of high school math.
Sparta District #140 will not promote students to the next higher grade level based upon age or any other social reasons not related to their academic performance, as mandated by the Illinois School Code (105 ILCS 5/10-20.9b.) Retained is defined as requiring the student to repeat the same grade level the following academic year. Promoted is defined as promoting the student to the next grade level based on satisfactory academic progress at grade level.
A student's retention or promotion will be made on an individual basis with many factors taken into consideration, including but not limited to intellectual ability, absenteeism, amount of work completed, self-concept, and family concern and cooperation. If a child receives 3 out of 5 Fís, they become a candidate for retention.
Teachers will notify parents as early as possible concerning a student who is not doing satisfactory work and is jeopardy of not being promoted. A meeting with parents or guardians, teachers, and support staff as necessary, can be arranged to discuss the situation and options available to assist the student. The School or District can provide the student with an individual remediation plan and description of services available. These options may include retention in the present grade, modified instructional materials, a summer program, extended school day, special homework, tutorial sessions, or increased or concentrated instructional time. Some of these options may be available through the district, while some may be the responsibility of the parent.
Nothing in this policy will prohibit the retention of a student if there is mutual agreement among the parents or guardians, teachers, and administration that retention is in the best interest of the child.
The final decision on the placement of the student in a particular grade level or with a particular teacher 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.
Students who attend alternative schools (such as Red Brick and PEP) will receive their diplomas at the school they attend.
Homework is assigned as part of the learning experience. It is always due on the date that the teacher indicates. Parents should encourage students to do their homework at the same time every night. This helps to develop good study habits. Each student should have a place to put their work when it is completed so that they will not forget to bring it to school the next day. Pupils will be discouraged from calling home to have parents bring their homework. Often the best way to develop responsibility is for the pupil to suffer the consequences of forgetting a time or two.
Students are responsible for writing down their own assignments. An assignment book is provided and required at all times. If a pupil forgets to write down an assignment, he or she should call a classmate for the assignment, not the teacher. Parents are requested to check this assignment book nightly. Space is also provided for teacher-parent communication.
While individual classroom procedures will vary, in general an otherwise capable student who habitually does not complete or turn in homework will be required to complete it an alternative setting.
RECORDS/ STUDENT FILES
Records will be kept regarding each student's progress in school. All student records are confidential. Parents may access, review, and/or challenge their child's records by requesting an appointment with the teacher and/or principal. Please contact the school secretary if you wish to make an appointment to view records. Twenty-four hour notice is required. The records will be maintained in accordance with the Illinois School Student Record Act (105 ILCS 10/), the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA, 20 USCA 1232) and policies of the State Board of Education and Regional Office of Education. The full District policy is published and available in the District offices (per 105 ILCS 10/3b). Also see the section on FERPA in this handbook.
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No large book or gym bags are allowed in the classrooms; any such bag brought to school must be able to be placed easily in the lockers.
Sparta Lincoln is a closed campus. This means that pupils may not leave the building at any time during the school day unless they have permission from the office. Any pupil who arrives late or who must leave early must check in at the office. Teachers may not give permission for pupils to leave. Permission must come from the Principal's Office. This also means that once a student arrives on school property (even though classes have not started) the student MAY NOT leave without permission.
Cheating on assignments or tests will not be tolerated at Sparta Lincoln. Cheating/Academic Dishonesty includes such things as submitting another studentís work as oneís own, plagiarizing, copying anotherís work or allowing someone to copy yours, using cheat sheets or other material not allowed during tests, etc. Any work on which a pupil has cheated will receive a grade of zero. In addition, any pupil who assists or allows another to cheat will also receive a grade of zero. In all cases parents will be notified, and students given the opportunity to explain their actions. Depending on the seriousness of the offense, or repeated offenses, more serious consequences may result.
DRESS CODE AND PERSONAL APPEARANCE
Students attending Sparta Lincoln are expected to dress in a neat, clean, and well-fitting manner, and to use good judgment in their choice of apparel and personal appearance and grooming. The school may provide alternative clothing or the chance to shower at school, or may ask students to return home and change, if their attire or personal appearance is so extreme as to possibly interfere with the schoolís favorable learning atmosphere, or to present a risk to the health, safety, or general welfare of the students or staff. Student absence during the time it takes to come into compliance with the school dress code will be considered unexcused.
While some styles are obviously unacceptable, we realize that delineating what is or isnít extreme is hard to do ahead of time. Administrators will use their best judgment in making that decision, balancing the studentís need for self-expression with the schoolís need to prevent physical harm or attention-getting classroom disruptions that hurt your childís chance to learn. The following are inappropriate for all students, but the Principal or Assistant Principal/Dean of Students may add other guidelines as needed and enforce them fairly for all students. This section is not inclusive of all situations that may arise; therefore, new situations will be addressed as they become noticeable or are reported.
1. Any clothing or grooming, including accessories, advertising or referring to alcohol, smoking, drugs, or violence; or containing obscene language or pictures.
2. Short or cut off tops which expose all or any part of the midriff. Fishnet shirts. Shirts with spaghetti straps. Clothing with holes that expose undergarments or the body between mid-thigh and the shoulders.
3. Any shorts or skirts which are too tight or short.
4. Clothing which is extremely dirty. (Insufficient personal hygiene).
5. Hats, clothing hoods or head coverings of any kind are not to be worn.
6. Symbols, which are or appear to be gang-related are not allowed at any time for any reason.
7. Pants must be worn around the waist, not hips or lower. Excessively baggy, sagging, or dragging pants are not to be worn.
8. Shoes containing roller skate wheels are not allowed at school.
9. Underwear is not to be visible at any time.
10. Outdoor wear (coats, jackets, etc.), or other clothing that could conceal contraband, will be placed in lockers at the start of the day and may not be worn in class or hallways.
11. Spiked apparel, or chains or other items dangling from pockets or belts. They could harm passersby.
12. Unnatural makeup and hairstyle or coloring, other than on those days (Spirit or Dress Up Days, for example) when specifically authorized.
13. Students may not have pierced areas on their faces except for their ears. This is a distraction and may become a safety issue.
GUM AND CANDY
Gum and candy are not allowed at Sparta Lincoln. The only exception is if the candy is brought for lunch. The candy must be eaten in the cafeteria as part of lunch. No candy of any type will be sold at school unless the principal has approved it. Students will be told to spit out the candy or gum. If they continue to chew gum or eat candy in class, the teacher will take appropriate measures.
Pupils are encouraged not to leave class for any reason. If it is necessary for a pupil to leave the room during class time, they must have a hall pass. This will prevent unauthorized pupils from being in the hall.
All students will follow these rules for halls.
1. Keep to the right.
2. Always walk.
3. Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself. (And off others or the walls!)
4. Use quiet voices in the hall (other students are in class.)
Students should not bring any digital communication devices or any personal items such as radios, pagers, portable/cell phones, tape players, toys, or computer games to school. Any such items are subject to confiscation. Inappropriate items will be confiscated and given to the student to take home at the end of the day. If an item is taken from a student a second time, the item will be confiscated and not returned to the student. A parent or a guardian can only pick up the confiscated item. If the item is confiscated a 3rd time, a parent or guardian will have to pick up the item and the student will be given 1 day of alternative study in the in-school room. The only exception to this rule is when a teacher requests a student to bring an item which should then be kept in the teacher's locked filing cabinet or in the office. The school is not responsible for any personal property brought to school.
Students are advised to keep all personal belongings in lockers when not being used. Items of value should not be brought to school. The school can assume no responsibility for a studentís personal property. Book bags are to be placed in lockers upon arrival.
Students should not bring excessive amounts of cash to school, in that it can get lost or can tempt other students to steal. We have noticed that when students loan or borrow money from others, the borrower sometimes forgets to repay it, causing conflicts. Also, frequent asking for money from others can indicate bullying or gang membership. Students are not to loan or borrow money.
These general playground rules should be followed at all times.
1. Get a pass from noon supervisor to leave playground (one person per pass).
2. Stay on school property at all times.
3. Obey the noon supervisors.
4. Keep your hands, feet, and other objects to yourself.
5. Be respectful to all students, adults, equipment, etc. on the playground.
TOBACCO AND SMOKING
The use of or possession of tobacco and or tobacco products is strictly forbidden at Sparta Lincoln, on the school grounds or at any school activity. Adults use is prohibited as well.
WRITING ON SELF (OR OTHERS)
Writing, marking or drawing of any kind on oneself (skin) or others is absolutely prohibited. There will be no more ďwarningsĒ. Consequences will be immediate. Remember marking of oneís skin can be seen as using gang related symbols.
Most Lincoln teachers have established rules for their classroom. While these rules may differ slightly from room to room, they are all reasonable and are designed to support a strong learning environment. Each parent and pupil should become familiar with the rules and the consequences. The Principal's Office supports all classroom rules. All teachers and staff remind students to honor our school motto: Be respectful, Be safe, and Be responsible.
The teacher or administrator may place pupils who are unable to show responsibility or to conduct themselves within the stated guidelines (see below), or who fail three classes, on social adjustment. During this period of time, the student will be unable to attend and participate in any extracurricular or school social activities such as dances, parties, sporting events, trips, assemblies. In addition, the student will be assigned to a quiet detention lunch table and will not participate in noon recess.
STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
The primary objective of education, "AIDING EACH STUDENT IN DEVELOPING MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY TO THEIR MAXIMUM CAPACITY," cannot be achieved in a disorderly and chaotic environment. Only through group and individual discipline can the individual and the school accomplish their goals. It is with this in mind, and the thought that in contemporary America we must all learn to conform to some extent, following rules and regulations, that such policies have been established for Lincoln. It is one thing for an individual to refuse to cooperate and fail to obtain an education and quite another thing for the same individual to interfere with the rights of others. Those who choose to deny themselves the opportunity to obtain an education may (unfortunately) do so, but they will not be allowed to obstruct the opportunity of all the students, faculty, and community.
Students are, therefore, expected to cooperate fully in following rules, regulations, and policies that have been set down in the interest of all the students, faculty, and community.
Students are encouraged to talk to a teacher or an administrator any time they have a question about the appropriateness of some action, do not fully understand a policy, or cannot find a policy that covers the situation.
Please note that we do not believe punishment for misbehavior is the only or best way to help children Be Responsible, Be Respectful, and Be Safe. We feel it is more effective to catch children being good and reinforce positive behavior. Sparta-Lincolnís commitment to helping our youth grow into life-long learners and responsible citizens includes such positive initiatives as the PBIS, TALK, PAL, and character education programs mentioned before. We also provide many incentives and rewards for appropriate behavior, and some of those are listed elsewhere. We welcome parent ideas for other things we could do to show our students the benefits of being good.
STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Students have a right to:
1. A meaningful learning experience.
2. A meaningful curriculum.
3. Protection from physical or verbal abuse by teachers.
4. Protection from physical or verbal abuse by students.
5. Protection from disruption of their opportunity to learn, by the misbehavior of others.
6. Participate in decision-making concerning their individual educational goals.
7. The opportunity to practice decision-making procedures within the democratic process.
8. Be disciplined or reprimanded in private, if possible. If discipline is to be in the presence of others, it shall be done in a respectful and appropriate manner.
9. Adult representation when in serious or constant conflict with school authority.
10. Know the reason for any discipline administered to them.
Students are responsible for:
1. Their own actions.
2. Their own learning.
3. Obeying school rules and regulations, those made by the school authorities, and by the student governing body
4. Respecting the rights of others, including fellow students, teachers, and parents.
5. Active and positive participation in learning situations as demonstrated by making a sincere effort to do their very best work.
It is illegal and against Board of Education policy for any school adult or student, male or female, to sexually harass a student by:
(a) making unwelcome sexual advances or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature;
(b) making submission to or rejection of such unwelcome sexual conduct the basis for academic decisions affecting a student;
(c) creating the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with a studentís academic performance, or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational environment by such unwelcome sexual conduct.
A student engaging in sexual harassment will be subject to discipline, up to and including expulsion.
The initiation of a complaint of sexual harassment will not adversely affect the terms and conditions of the studentsí academic status.
Reporting Sexual Harassment
A. If a student believes that he or she has been sexually harassed, the student (or parent of the student) should report the alleged act immediately to any teacher, the building administrator, or the Superintendent or designee.
B. There are no express time limits for initiating complaints under this policy; however, every effort should be made to file such complaints as soon as possible, while facts are known and potential witnesses are available.
C. Any student accused of sexual harassment will be notified of such accusations by the Building Administrator.
D. The student will be given every opportunity for explanation, comments, and presentation of facts as he/she sees them.
Investigation of Sexual Harassment
A. The Building Administrator shall conduct the investigation. No complaint or identity of a complainant will be disclosed except when necessary to fully investigate the complaint and after notification to the complainant.
Dissemination of Sexual Harassment Policy
A. Any student (or parent of a student) is encouraged to raise questions he or she may have regarding sexual harassment with the school Principal or Superintendent.
B. A copy of this Board Policy and implementing regulations shall be included in student and teacher handbooks annually.
C. Students enrolling in the district after the beginning of the school year shall be provided handbooks and be informed of the policy and its regulations.
Possession, distribution, and/or the attempt to obtain pornography is prohibited. Andy student found in violation of this policy shall be subject to the boardís disciplinary penalties for misconduct as well as police action. This includes but does not limit pictures and texts found on cell phones, etc.
The Illinois State Board of Education has mandated that every school in Illinois have a Bullying Policy. (P.A. 92-0260, amending 105 ILCS 5/10-20.14).
According to the National Association of School Psychologists, approximately one in seven schoolchildren is a bully or a victim, and the problem directly affects about five million elementary and middle school students in the United States. The most common form of bullying for girls and boys in middle school is teasing. However, physical abuse (for boys) and social ostracism/exclusion (for girls) rank second as the most common.
We realize that Lincoln Middle School is not immune to such statistics, and we will take a proactive approach, whenever possible, to quickly identify, intervene, and STOP any bullying that may be present in our school. Lincoln Middle School will strive to provide all students with a safe school environment that facilitates learning. This environment encompasses:
Definition and Examples
Bullying is defined as physical or verbal mistreatment of a person where an imbalance of physical or psychological power is created, with the bully being stronger (or perceived to be stronger) than the victim and causes a disruption to the learning environment. Aggressive behavior or bullying is any behavior that may subject a student to insults, taunts or challenges whether verbal or physical in nature (either isolated or repeated behavior), which are likely to intimidate and/or provoke a violent or disorderly response from the student being treated in this matter. This also includes the encouragement or prodding of other students to engage in these types of aggressive behaviors. Some examples of aggressive behaviors are, but are not limited to:
1. Physical: hitting, kicking, grabbing, spitting, etc.
2. Verbal: name calling, racist remarks, put-downs, extortion, etc.
3. Indirect: spreading rumors, wearing or possessing items depicting or implying hatred or prejudice, exclusion from peer group, taking and hiding/destroying otherís papers, and/or possessions, etc.
4. Written: threatening e-mail, notes, and/or graffiti, etc.
Any staff member or student at Lincoln Middle School who has witnessed or has reliable information that a student or staff member has been subjected to bullying, shall report such incident to the Principal, Assistant Principal/Dean of Students, or nearest school adult. Confidentiality to the fullest extent possible will be observed at all stages of the investigation and for any hearings that take place. Also, retaliation against those who seek remedies under this policy is prohibited.
The Assistant Principal/Dean of Students is initially responsible for receiving oral or written reports of violations of this policy. The AP/Dean shall conduct the investigation according to administrative guidelines.
The Assistant Principal/Dean of Students will provide age-appropriate methods of discussing the meaning, substance, and application of this policy with staff and students in order to minimize the occurrence of bullying and for staff to effectively respond to any such incidents. The students will review what bullying is, how to avoid such actions, and how to report any incidents of this unwanted behavior.
Lincoln also endeavors to teach its students various social and emotional skills to help them cope with bullying should it occur, or to understand when their own behavior could be considered bullying. These training programs include various character education programs, videos, and student conferences conducted by the principal or ap/dean of students. Students found to be engaging in acts of bullying or disrespect will be placed in an anti-bullying/anti-disrespect class during homeroom. They will also eat lunch at a separate table in the cafeteria. Students must complete the program before they are able to return to their regular homeroom class or be allowed to return to regular sitting in the cafeteria.
If the investigation of said complaints concludes that a pupil has engaged in bullying conduct prohibited by this policy, the pupil shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary actions as outlined in the Student Handbook, as well as legal requirements from state and federal sources.
A student or group of students who repeatedly say and/or write mean things to or about another student will face suspension.
Students are prohibited from engaging in gang activity. A gang is any group of 2 or more persons whose purpose includes the commission of illegal acts.
No students shall engage in any gang activity, including but not limited to:
1. Wearing, using, distributing, displaying, or selling any clothing, jewel emblem, badge, symbol, bandana or other things that are evidence of membership or affiliation in any gang.
2. Committing any act or omission, or using any speech, either verbal or non-verbal(such as gestures or handshakes) that are evidence of membership or affiliation in any gang.
3. Using any speech or committing any act or omission in furtherance of the interests of any gang or gang activity, including, but not limited to: (a) soliciting others for membership in gangs, (b) requesting any person to pay protection or otherwise intimidating or threatening any person, (c) committing any other illegal act or other violation of school district policy, (d) inciting other students to act with physical violence upon any other person as determined at the discretion of the principal.
4. Writing, marking or drawing on their own skin.
Students engaging in any gang-related activity will be subject to serious disciplinary actions, including possible suspension or expulsion from school.
TYPES OF INCENTIVES
We are extremely interested in "catching" students being good. The following programs aim to reward that vast majority of our students whose Behavior and/or Scholarship merit positive attention.
It is our commitment and continuous goal to expand and enhance these programs
-----Academic Awards Ceremony
-----Honors Bumper Stickers
-----Classroom incentives, e.g. treats, etc.
-----Phone calls, Good News postcards, and other positive contacts with parents
-----Pictures/Stories in the local media
DISCIPLINE OF STUDENTS: BOARD POLICY
Because the Board of Education is entrusted with protecting the safety, health, and welfare of the students, staff and property of the School District, it may be necessary at times to discipline students whose conduct affects the well-being of the schools. In accordance with due process and statutory requirements, the Board of Education may suspend or expel students from school and from the school bus for acts of gross disobedience or misconduct and take other actions to maintain discipline in the schools. Only the Board of Education may determine to expel a student from school or from the school bus. The Superintendent, Principal, and Assistant Principal may suspend students.
While it impossible to list every type of situation, the following information serves as a guide.
∑ If an incident occurs that is not included in this handbook, the administration will determine the appropriate action to be taken.
∑ In the event of extreme circumstances, the administration may advance the disciplinary action to an appropriate level.
∑ In a case of suspension or expulsion, you will have the right to review the case with the Sparta District #140 Board of Education
∑ Students/parents must request such a review within five (5) days after the notification or eight (8) days after the date of the mailing or the notification, whichever is earlier.
∑ Failure to make such a request for review shall be considered a waiver of your right to a review hearing.
∑ Students have the right to be represented at the suspension or expulsion review hearing by an attorney or other representative. We ask that students/parents inform us of the name of their representative.
The Board of Education defines gross disobedience or misconduct to include any behavior of such egregious nature as to constitute, on its face, gross disobedience or misconduct. Gross disobedience or misconduct also is any conduct, behavior or activity, as defined by the Board of Education in its policies, which causes, or may reasonably cause, school authorities to forecast substantial injury or disruption or material interference with school activities or the rights of other students or school personnel.
A copy of the board policy is available upon request in writing from the Sparta Lincoln office. A sign-off sheet is appended, acknowledging receipt of this handbook.
The jurisdiction of the school for student conduct includes 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 or during before- or after-school times; during school sanctioned activities that occur on campus; during field trips and other off campus school sponsored activities; during any event, situation, or student action which bears a reasonable relationship to school, or which involves a threat or attempted intimidation of a staff member, or interferes with school purposes or an educational function, or tends to bring discredit upon the school. This jurisdiction includes summer school.
Homebound or part-time home schooled students on school property or attending school-sponsored functions for any part of the day are subject to the rules in this Handbook.
School administration and staff will diligently monitor and supervise student conduct at all times students are in their control, striving to maintain the safety of every student and the confidence of parents and the community.
TYPES OF DISCIPLINARY ACTION
Note: Illinois state law prohibits corporal punishment in schools, and it will not be allowed in Sparta Lincoln Middle School. This does not prohibit teachers and others to use reasonable force "to maintain safety for the other students, school personnel or persons or for the purpose of self defense or for the defense of property." (105 ILCS 5/24-24.)
. Corporal punishment is defined as slapping, paddling or prolonged maintenance of students in physically painful positions or the intentional infliction of bodily harm.
1. DETENTION -
Required presence of a student at school on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday from 2:50-3:20. Students are expected to serve their detention as assigned. Talking is not permitted and students must bring study materials and study.
Detention is usually assigned for the next detention day, in order that parents always have advance notice and would be able to arrange transportation. The Detention notice must be signed by the parent and returned to school the following day.
Students who have a legitimate conflict with serving their detention when assigned must resolve their problem with the principal before the detention. The following are not excuses for missing detention:
A. No way to get home.
B. Ball practice or game.
D. Responsibility for siblings at Primary Attendance Center (the Lincoln student should pick up the siblings, who can then wait in the Lincoln office till the detention is over.)
In other words, if you value the above or other after school activities, don't get in trouble. If you miss a practice, etc. you will have to suffer the consequences. No exceptions will be made...--SO DON'T ASK---
2. SOCIAL ADJUSTMENT - Pupils will not be allowed to attend any extra-curricular activities or recess and will sit at a quiet table at lunch.
3. IN-SCHOOL DETENTION - The temporary removal of a student from all classes for disciplinary reasons. The student's attendance at school is required. Students will make up all assignments. Students on in-school detention may not attend any extra-curricular activities.
4. SUSPENSION - The temporary removal of a student from classes and from school for disciplinary reasons not to exceed ten (10) consecutive days. Suspended students are not permitted to attend school or school activities. Students will be issued unexcused absences for the days missed. Students will make up all assignments. Students MAY NOT be anywhere on district property during the suspension.
5. EXPULSION -
The removal of a student from classes and school property for disciplinary reasons for a period of time exceeding ten (10) days. Expelled students are not permitted on district property at any time! No make-up work may be done for credit. Unexcused absences are issued for all classes missed.
6. Should a student commit any infraction of school rules while serving any detention or suspension, the consequences may include at least one additional day of that detention or suspension.
DISCIPLINE CONSEQUENCES GUIDELINES
The following list of consequences is representative of what may happen in similar discipline situations. However, it is to be remembered that appropriate consequences for each situation are the sole decision of the Principal or Assistant Principal/Dean of Students. This listing provides a guideline only; individual circumstances as evaluated by the administration of this building may result in either lessened or increased consequences.
It is not possible to list every type of incident that may occur. Students are reminded that reasonable conduct, i.e. showing respect for themselves and others, is all that is being required of them.
STUDENTS ARE FURTHER REMINDED OF THE CUMULATIVE EFFECT OF MISBEHAVIOR. FOUR OR MORE OFFENSES AGAINST ANY RULES MAY RESULT IN A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE OF CONSEQUENCES. IN ADDITION, STUDENTS WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED EXCESSIVE, AND/OR SEVERE REPEATED BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS MAY BE EXCLUDED FROM EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, SUCH AS FIELD TRIPS, AND ATHLETIC EVENTS, AT THE DISCRETION OF THE PRINCIPAL.
NOTE: Suspension means Out-of-School unless otherwise indicated.
Absence from After School Detention
1st Offense: 2 additional days of detention for each detention missed.
2nd Offense: 2 days of in-school detention plus detention owed.
3rd Offense: 3 days suspension plus detention owed. Parent Conference required.
Failing to bring schoolwork, failing to do that work silently, or having to leave the room for other than an emergency, will result in another day of detention. More serious disruptions while already in Detention will result in in-school detention or out of school suspension.
Students misbehaving in the in-school detention room may get an out-of-school suspension. When the student returns, he or she must serve the in-school detentions missed.
Tardy to School or Class
Every tardy over two in a quarter will result in an after school detention.
Being in an Unauthorized Area Without Permission
1st Offense: 1 day detention.
2nd Offense: 3 days detention.
3rd Offense: 2 days in-school detention.
Disobedience in General
1st Offense: 1 day detention.
2nd Offense: 3 days detention.
3rd Offense: 2 days in-school detention.
1st Offense: 2 days in-school detention.
2nd Offense: 3 days suspension. Parent Conference required.
3rd Offense: 10 days suspension. Recommendation for expulsion.
Fireworks, Matches, Lighters, etc. in School
1st Offense: 1 day in-school detention.
2nd Offense: 3 days in-school detention.
3rd Offense: 3 days suspension.
1st Offense: 2 days detention.
2nd Offense: 2 days in-school detention.
3rd Offense: 3 days suspension.
Minor discipline at the discretion of the teacher or administration. General misbehavior might include repeated failure to do schoolwork, minor disturbances, loaning money, not walking quietly in the hallways, etc.
Gross Disrespect/ Disobedience or Insubordination (toward any school employee)
The pupil will be removed from class for the remainder of the day, and:
1st Offense: 2 days in-school detention.
2nd Offense: 2 days suspension.
3rd Offense: 5 days suspension.
(If a student curses or threatens an employee, the more severe action may be taken immediately.)
*Students found to be engaging in acts of disrespect will be placed in a character education class during homeroom. They will also eat lunch at a separate table in the cafeteria. Students must complete the program before they are able to return to their regular homeroom class or be allowed to return to regular sitting in the cafeteria.
Because horseplay can often lead to injury or more serious fighting, it is not allowed at Sparta Lincoln. Students who engage in horseplay will receive the following punishment. In more severe cases the principal may decide on a harsher punishment.
1st Offense: 1 day detention.
2nd Offense: 3 days detention.
3rd Offense: 2 days out-of-school suspension. Parent Conference required.
Repeat offenders accumulating three offenses that result in after school detention, in-school suspension, or suspension may be placed on Social Adjustment for a minimum period of two weeks. This means that the pupil will be excluded from all extra-curricular activities, including assemblies, carnivals, parties, field trips, and athletics. The student will also be assigned to Noon Detention and will not be allowed to go out for noon recess.
Leaving School Without Permission
1st Offense: 2 days detention.
2nd Offense: 2 days in-school detention.
3rd Offense: 3 days out-of-school suspension. Parent Conference required.
1st Offense: 2 days detention.
2nd Offense: 5 days detention.
3rd Offense: 2 days in-school detention.
1st Offense: Verbal warning.
2nd Offense: 2 days detention.
3rd Offense: 2 days in-school detention.
In addition, the pupil will have to call their parent from the office and repeat what they have said.
Repeated Disruptive Behavior Resulting in Being Sent to the Office
1st Offense: Removal from the class for the remainder of the period. 1 day detention. Parent notification.
2nd Offense: Removal from the class for the remainder of the period. 3 days detention. Parent conference required.
3rd Offense: 2 days in-school detention. Parent Conference required.
4th Offense: 3 days suspension. Parent Conference required.
1st Offense: 2 days in-school detention. Parent notification.
2nd Offense: 3 days suspension. Parent notification. Report to Police.
3rd Offense: 5 days suspension. Parent notification. Report to Police. May be recommended for expulsion.
Bullying, Threatening, or Intimidating Another Student
1st Offense: 2 days in-school detention.
2nd Offense: 3 days suspension. Parent conference required.
3rd Offense: 6 days suspension. May be recommended for expulsion.
*Students found to be engaging in acts of bullying will be placed in a character education class during homeroom. They will also eat lunch at a separate table in the cafeteria. Students must complete the program before they are able to return to their regular homeroom class or be allowed to return to regular sitting in the cafeteria.
Threats of violence, implied or stated, whether serious or in jest, toward others (School staff, students, school property) will be taken seriously and considered as gross disobedience.
Truancy (Skipping class or school) Note there are additional legal penalties for parents whose children are chronic truants.
1st Offense: Unexcused absence and 1 day detention per school period missed.
2nd Offense: Unexcused absence and 2 days in-school detention for each day or portion thereof missed. Report to Truant Officer.
3rd Offense: Unexcused absence and 4 days in-school detention. Report to Truant Officer.
Use or Possession of Drugs (including look-a-likes) (on school property at any time.)
10 day suspension. Parent notification. Report to School Resource Officer/Police. Recommendation for expulsion.
10 days suspension. Parent Notification. Report to School Resource Officer/Police.
Use or Possession of Tobacco Products (including Chewing Tobacco)
1st Offense: 3 days detention.
2nd Offense: 5 days in-school detention.
3rd Offense: 3 days suspension. Conference with parents.
Use or Possession of Weapons (i.e. guns, knives, etc. and as defined by Illinois School Code)
1st Offense: Immediate 10 Day suspension with recommendation for expulsion. Report to School Resource Officer/Police.
Note: This includes Look-A-Likes, i.e. if it looks like a real gun the consequences will be the same as if it had been a real gun.
Students will be required to pay for the damages and will serve 3 detentions. A second offense will be reported to the Police and include suspension from school.
Board Procedures for Behavioral Intervention with Children with Disabilities.
In accordance with Sparta District #140 School Board Policy 704.5, the Board of Education has established a committee and has developed policies and procedures for using behavioral intervention with children who have disabilities. If you would like to view the policy and or procedures please contact the school office.
. Corporal punishment is defined as slapping, paddling or prolonged maintenance of students in physically painful positions or the intentional infliction of bodily harm.
AUTHORIZATION FOR INTERNET ACCESS
USER NAME: ________________________
(Required if the user is a student)
I have read this Authorization for Internet Access. I understand that access is designed for educational purposes and that the District has taken precautions to eliminate controversial material. However, I also recognize it is impossible for the District to restrict access to all controversial and inappropriate materials.(e.g. sexually explicit material) I will hold harmless the District, its employees, agents, or Board Members, for any harm caused by material or software obtained via the network. I accept full responsibility for supervision if and when my childís use is not in a school setting. I have discussed the terms of the Authorization with my child. Students must agree to visit NO Internet site without permission from their teacher. I hereby request that my child be allowed access to the Internet, through the School District.
Parent/Guardian Name (Please print)
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We will occasionally reference the Illinois Compiled Statutes (ILCS), especially the laws governing schools (Illinois School Code, Chapter 105). You can review these laws on the Internet at http://www.legis.state.il.us/ilcs/ch105/ch105actstoc.htm.