Chapter 2: Communication and Safety

Communication with Parents

District 146 subscribes to an alert system, which allows an email or recorded voice message to be distributed to all parents and staff within a very short period of time. This system utilizes the phone numbers and email addresses that parents and staff have provided to the school and District as official contact information. Please contact the school office with any changes to this information.

The District and school websites are frequently updated with news and information about school events. All schools have a newsletter. 

To communicate with a teacher, parents are encouraged to send an email. In most cases, the email address is the teacher’s first initial followed by their full last name @district146.org. Please allow time for teachers to respond to emails, keeping in mind that time is limited during the school day to respond. By phone, voice mail is available, or you may call the school office and leave a message.

The District has a filtering system for emails to protect it from viruses and excessive spam. If a parent emails a staff member and does not receive a response within 24 hours, please call the staff member to be certain your email has not been rejected.

Accommodating Individuals with Disabilities

Individuals with disabilities will be provided an opportunity to participate in all school-sponsored services, programs, and activities. Individuals with disabilities should notify the building principal if they have a disability that will require special assistance or services and, if so, what services are required. This notification should occur as far in advance as possible of the school-sponsored function, program, or meeting.

Assemblies

Assemblies are provided to educate, enrich, and celebrate the accomplishments of students. Each school’s parent group may provide assemblies during the year. Students are expected to behave appropriately during assemblies. A student who is unable to behave appropriately in an assembly program may be subject to disciplinary action.

Assignment Notebooks

Students in grades 3 through 5 receive individual student assignment books. These are provided to students as part of their instructional fees. The notebook helps students keep track of homework assignments and also serves as a communication tool between parents and staff. Sometimes, electronic tools serve this function. A charge of $2.50 will be necessary to replace a lost assignment notebook.

Care of Textbooks, Materials, and Property

Our buildings and equipment represent a considerable investment on the part of the citizens of our school district. Students or persons who deliberately mar, deface, or reduce the worth or usefulness of property shall be responsible for repairs or replacement of damaged property. Students are responsible for an additional charge if books assigned to them have been lost or used carelessly.

Parents are asked to discuss with their children their responsibility for care of public property.

Cell Phone Use by Students

Students may bring a cell phone to school at their parents’ discretion. Because most cell phones used today are also connected to the internet, students are expected to use these devices safely and in accordance with our internet safety rules at all times while on school grounds. 

Phones must be turned off once the student arrives on school property, and must remain off until after school. During school hours, devices must be stored in the student’s backpack/locker. Cell phones seen out, or on, during school hours will be confiscated and returned to a parent.

After school, students may access their cell phones, assuming they continue to use it in a safe and respectful manner. District 146 and its schools are not responsible for lost phones. 

Community Use of Schools

School facilities are available to community organizations during non-school hours when such use does not (1) interfere with any school function or the safety of students or employees, or (2) affect the property or liability of the District. The use of school facilities for school purposes has precedence over all other uses. Persons on school premises must abide by the District’s conduct rules at all times. School Facility Use forms are available from building secretaries, at the District office, and online.

Crisis Plan

The safety of students and staff is of primary importance to School District 146. The District Crisis Plan is designated as an all-hazard approach to emergencies and crises that may occur during the school day. The plan is developed and maintained through a collaborative committee approach. The Committee meets annually, at a minimum, to review procedures and ensure compliance with the Illinois School Code and the policies of the Board of Education.

Each school has a Building Crisis Intervention Team which includes several teachers, a social worker, the secretary, a custodian, and the principal. The principal chooses team members and schedules regular meetings to review the response plan and update/train staff. 

The District also has an emergency plan to provide safe shelter to students and staff. The plan is implemented in situations that prevent students and staff from waiting inside or outside the building during an emergency/disaster. Each school has a designated emergency housing site. 

Drills

Fire, disaster, and intruder drills are held at various intervals throughout the school year. Teachers routinely review drill plans with students. When a safety/security drill is in progress, a sign is posted at the main entrance doors to notify visitors to the building of the drill as well as the need to remain outside of the building until the conclusion of the drill.

Emergency School Closings

The Superintendent is authorized to close the schools in the event of hazardous weather or other emergencies that threaten the safety of students, staff members, or school property. School closings due to weather and other emergencies are posted on the District’s website at district146.org, on school and district Facebook pages and at weatherclosings.com. They are also broadcast on most local TV and radio stations. District 146 will also call all homes with a recorded message when a decision to cancel school is made.

When District 146 is notified by local police about situations that might present a danger to children, the District’s website, social media accounts, and our automated system will alert parents. In addition, if advised to do so, we will activate the automated phone message service. Letters will be sent home as needed.

It is very important that your emergency/contact information be kept current in the school’s main office in the event that the school needs to be closed during the day when students are in session. If the school needs to be closed for any reason, the District will call your home with a message to advise you of the status of the school closing.

E-Learning Days

District 146 may utilize e-Learning Days in lieu of Emergency Days (snow days, etc.). When an e-Learning Day is implemented, all Early Learning through 8th Grade students will engage in 5 hours of synchronous and asynchronous learning and instruction.

More information on the District’s e-Learning Plan can be found on the District and school websites.

Emergency Warning System

A storm warning system to help protect students and others is in place at each school. When a school is under emergency procedures, such as those when a tornado warning is in effect, a strobe light outside the front entrance of the school will be activated. The system is to notify waiting parents that no one is permitted to leave the building at that time and also that they can seek shelter if necessary.

Lockers

Elementary school

Students are assigned lockers/cubbies to store books and personal items. It is the student’s responsibility to see that the locker/cubby is kept clean and orderly at all times. Lockers/cubbies are the property of the school and may be inspected by school personnel at any time. Coats, jackets, and hats must be kept in lockers/cubbies and may not be worn in class. Lockers/cubbies are not to be used to store personal items beyond jackets, outerwear, and book bags.

Middle School

Each student is assigned an individual hall locker to store books and personal items.

The combination should be kept confidential. It is the student’s responsibility to assure the hall locker is kept clean, locked, and organized at all times. Lockers are the property of the school and may be inspected by school personnel at any time.

Fines will be assessed for damage to lockers caused by careless and deliberate abuse. Coats, jackets, hats, book bags, backpacks, and other personal belongings must be kept in lockers and may not be worn in class. Backpacks on wheels do not fit in lockers.

During Physical Education class, it is the student’s responsibility to see that the locker in the locker room is locked during class time.

Lost and Found

Elementary School

Students who find lost articles of clothing or other items should immediately give them to a teacher or the main office to be placed in the lost and found bin. Students who lose personal items should check the lost and found for their items. Identifiable items will immediately be returned to the student. Valuable personal property or sizable amounts of money should not be brought to school. Unclaimed items are given to not-for-profit organizations throughout the year.

Middle School

The lost and found is located in each grade level pod and in the main office. Students who find lost articles of clothing or other items should promptly turn them in to the pod where the owner can claim them. If students have had any personal items lost, stolen, or damaged, the incident should be reported to the office the day they are made aware of the loss. Identifiable items will immediately be returned to the student. Forms to file a report of the incident are available in the school office. Unclaimed items are given to not-for-profit organizations throughout the year.

Valuable personal property or sizable amounts of money should not be brought to school. Students are responsible for their own property. Students should make sure that their hall and gym lockers are kept locked. Combinations are to be kept private and not shared with other students.

Pesticide Application Notification

Notice of an application of pesticide will be posted online, at school entrances, and at the Administration Center.

Notification will be given before application of the pesticide. Prior notice is not required if there is imminent threat to health or property.

Pledge of Allegiance

Staff and students recite the Pledge of Allegiance on a daily basis.

Military Service

District 146 follows all legal requirements regarding parents/guardians in the military service.  

Registration and Fees

The material registration fee includes the use of basic texts, computers, library books, meal debit cards, assignment notebooks, and other educational materials. Students and their parents are held responsible for the loss, undue wear, or damage of these items. This may result in replacement fees. All students, regardless of grade, are charged registration/book rental fees. The fee is due upon registration of school or upon entering during the school year.

Safety and Security – Visitor Information

We want our schools to be safe and secure places for all of our students to learn and grow. All entrances and exits of our schools are secured by locked doors before, during, and after school hours. The school safety clerk and other school personnel monitor the doors by means of video cameras. Parents and visitors are always welcome to visit a school. However, safety requires that parents or other callers do not visit teachers while they are supervising and teaching students. In order to provide safety for students and staff, and to keep classroom disruptions to a minimum, we request that all parents and visitors follow these procedures:
  • Report to the main office.
  • If you are dropping off an item for your child, please give it to the office personnel and they will place it in the teacher’s mailbox and/or reasonable efforts will be made to get the item to students without disrupting instruction.
  • If you need to speak/meet with a staff member, an appointment should be scheduled in advance.
  • If you are a visitor, you will be asked to show identification. You will then need to sign-in and receive a visitor’s badge in order to proceed through the building. Visitors will need to sign out in the office upon completion of their school business and return the visitor’s badge.
  • If your child has an early dismissal, parents must come into the main office to sign out their child. If a child is returning to school after being dismissed early or arriving late due to an illness or doctor’s appointment, parents must come into the main office to sign in their child.
As an added safety measure, criminal background checks will be conducted on all adults working with children, including volunteers and chaperones. Background checks need to be completed well in advance of the field trip or activity.

Sex Offender Awareness

State law requires that all school districts provide parents/guardians with information about sex offenders and violent offenders against youth. You may find the Illinois Sex Offender Registry on the Illinois State Police’s website. You may find the Illinois Statewide Child Murderer and Violent Offender Against Youth Registry on the Illinois State Police’s website.

Student Searches

To maintain order and security in the schools, school authorities may inspect and search places and areas such as lockers, desks, parking lots, and other school property and equipment owned and controlled by District 146 without notice or consent of the student, and without a search warrant. If a conducted search produces evidence that the student has violated or is violating either the law, local ordinance, or the District’s policies or rules, school authorities may seize the evidence and take appropriate disciplinary action which may include suspension and expulsion from school. School authorities may also turn over the evidence to local law enforcement authorities.

School Visitation Rights

The School Visitation Rights Act permits employed parents/guardians, who are unable to meet with educators because of work conflict, the right to time off work under certain conditions to attend necessary school functions such as parent-teacher conferences.

Student Privacy Protection

Surveys by Third Parties

Before a school official or staff member administers or distributes a survey or evaluation created by a third party to a student, the student’s parent/guardian may inspect the survey or evaluation, upon their request and within a reasonable time of their request. This applies to every survey: (1) that is created by a person or entity other than a District official, staff member, or student, (2) regardless of whether the student answering the questions can be identified, and (3) regardless of the subject matter of the questions.

Parents who object to disclosure of information concerning their child to a third party may do so in writing to the building principal.

Surveys Requesting Personal Information

School officials and staff members will not request, nor disclose, the identity of any student who completes any survey or evaluation (created by any person or entity, including the school or District) containing one or more of the following items:
  1. Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or the student’s parent/guardian.
  2. Mental or psychological problems of the student or the student’s family.
  3. Behavior or attitudes about sex.
  4. Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior.
  5. Critical appraisals of other individuals with whom students have close family relationships.
  6. Legally recognized privileged or analogous relationships, such as those with lawyers, physicians, and ministers.
  7. Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or the student’s parent/guardian.
  8. Income other than that required by law to determine eligibility for participation in a program or for receiving financial assistance under such program.
The student’s parent/guardian may inspect the survey or evaluation and refuse to allow their child to participate in the survey, if desired. The school will not penalize any student whose parent/guardian exercises this option.

Student Records

School student records are confidential and information from them shall not be released other than as provided by law. Any record that contains personally identifiable information or other information that would link the document to an individual student is a school student record if maintained by the District, except: (1) records that are kept in the sole possession of a school staff member, are destroyed not later than the student’s graduation or permanent withdrawal, and are not accessible or revealed to any other person except a temporary substitute teacher, and (2) records kept by law enforcement officials working in the school. Permanent student records are kept for 60 years.

State and federal law grants students and parents/guardians certain rights, including the right to inspect, copy, and challenge school records. The information contained in school student records shall be kept current, accurate, clear, and relevant. All information maintained concerning a student receiving special education services shall be directly related to the provision of services to that child.

The District may release directory information as permitted by the Illinois School Student Records Act. A parent/guardian shall have the right to object to the release of information regarding his or her child. However, the District will comply with an ex parte court order requiring it to permit the U.S. Attorney General or designee to have access to a student’s school records without notice to, or the consent of, the student’s parent/guardian.District directory information consists of identifying information, including the student’s name, grade level, parents’ names and electronic email addresses; academic awards, degrees and honors received; information relating to school-sponsored activities, organizations, and athletics; period of attendance in the school; and photographs or video recordings of students. Directory information may be released to the general public from time to time, including by way of a student yearbook, or in newspapers and other publications, unless a parent informs the District that information concerning his or her child should  not be released, or that the parent desires that some or all of this information  not be designated as directory information. Parents should be notified annually in the Parent/Student Handbook of the release of directory information and of their right to opt out of such release by informing the Superintendent or designee in writing within 10 days of receipt of the Parent/Student handbook.

Student Media Release

Throughout the year, District 146 publishes photos and stories about students and school accomplishments, especially during special events and performances.

Examples of how the District may use your child’s name or photograph:

  • A group photo or video from a choir or band concert.
  • A story and photo on the school website about the Math Challenge.
  • A first and last name in the local newspaper for winning the Standout Student award.
  • A printed photo in a school or District newsletter.
  • A group photo on Facebook of a classroom planting flowers on Earth Day.
  • A video clip on Twitter of students celebrating International Walk to School Day.
  • A drawing or poem your student created posted on the website.

Places where the District may use names or photos:

  • School and District websites
  • School/District newsletters
  • Newspaper articles and photos
  • Photos in district reports
  • Videos on the website
  • Social media posts
District 146 does NOT distribute information regarding a student’s records, address, or phone numbers to the media. However, the media may request a student’s full name to be used in publications and the District retains the option to give the name in full for media usage. Be advised that the media does not seek District 146 approval for any photographs they themselves take of students at school/public events.

Note: No payment will be made to a student for use of his/her photograph under the terms of this release, nor his/her family. Parents/guardians waive the right to preview or approve the finished photographs or videos. Parents are advised that they cannot select specific items to be withheld from this list.

Parents/guardians who DO NOT wish to have their student’s full name or information released for any publicity purposes are required to submit the District 146 Release Opt-Out Form to the school office within the first 10 days of enrollment. This release will remain in effect until the following school year. If your circumstances change, contact your school’s main office. This opt-out form does not prohibit your student from appearing in the yearbook.

Temporary Student Records Destruction Schedule

A temporary student record is kept for five years. Notice is hereby given that District 146 will be destroying all temporary student records for those students who have matriculated from Grade 8 to high school during the 2016-2017 school year or students who have transferred from District 146 during the 2016-2017 school year. Students over 18 or parents who are interested in obtaining copies of these records may do so by contacting the Director of Curriculum at 708-614-4500, before December 1, 2021.

Student Supply List

School supply lists are available at each school’s main office and on the school website. Please check with your child throughout the school year to make sure that supplies are adequate.

Student Transfers

Students leaving District 146 must have a parent contact the school’s main office at least two days before the official withdrawal date. A transfer slip will be issued. Parents should accompany their child on the date of withdrawal in order to sign a records release form so test records and other data can be forwarded directly to their child’s new school. The student records being forwarded to a new school may also be inspected by parents.Within 10 days of the receipt of a transfer request, an unofficial record of the student’s grades is forwarded to the school to which the student is transferring. School District 146 will forward written information relative to the grade levels, subjects and record of academic grades achieved, current mathematics and language arts placement levels, health records and a most current set of standardized test reports. The District, within 10 days after any outstanding fines and fees are paid, will forward any official transcripts of the scholastic records of each student transferring. (Illinois School Code: 105ILCS 5/10-20.14, Illinois Administrative Code: 23 Ill.Admin.Code 1.280)

Teacher Qualifications

Parents/guardians may request information about the qualifications of their child’s teachers and paraprofessionals, including:
  • Whether the teacher has met State certification requirements;
  • Whether the teacher is teaching under an emergency permit or other provisional status by which State licensing criteria have been waived;
  • The teacher’s college major;
  • Whether the teacher has any advanced degrees and, if so, the subject of the degrees; and
  • Whether any instructional aides or paraprofessionals provide services to your child and, if so, their qualifications.

Technology Use Guidelines

Technology Use Guidelines for Students

District 146 has made a significant commitment to technology and provides these resources to its students, staff, School Board members, and volunteers for educational and other appropriate professional activities. The goal in providing these resources is to develop thoughtful and responsible users of technology by promoting educational excellence and fostering high quality personal learning. District 146 firmly believes that technology resources, including the use of the Internet, are of great importance in today’s environment. At the same time, the District recognizes the need to develop guidelines in relation to the use of these resources.

To this end, the following acceptable practice guidelines have been developed to protect District 146’s investment in technology and to inform users of appropriate and responsible usage. Since access to the technology resources of District 146 is a privilege and not an entitlement or right, these guidelines are provided so that users are aware of the responsibilities they are about to acquire.

Definition of District Technology Resources

The information systems and technology resources covered by these regulations include all of the District’s computer systems, software, access to the Internet, and networks and their various configurations. The systems and networks include all of the computer hardware and peripheral equipment, operating system software, application software, stored text, and data files. This includes electronic mail, local databases, externally-accessed databases (such as the Internet), clip art, digital images, digitized information, communications technologies which include audio and video capability, and new technologies as they become available. The District reserves the right to monitor all technology resource activity.

Authorized Use

  • Authorized use of the District’s technology and the Internet shall be governed by administrative procedures developed by the Superintendent and the Board of Education.
  • Access to the District’s technological resources will be granted only upon receipt of the appropriate consent form agreeing to adhere to the acceptable use guidelines.
  • The District’s Technology Resources are a part of the District 146 curriculum and have not been provided as a public access service or a public forum. The District has the right to place restrictions on the material that users access and post through its technological resources. Users of these resources are expected to follow the general use policy, any rules found in District or school handbooks, any Board or administrative directives, and all applicable local, state, federal and international laws.

 

No Expectation of Privacy

All technological resources, along with associated network wiring and management devices, are owned in their entirety by Community Consolidated School District 146. All information, correspondence, and communication contained in the files that reside on District 146’s technological resources, or that were sent or received using District Technology resources, are owned by District 146.

Therefore, users waive their right to privacy with respect to their files and communications and consent to access and disclosure to them by authorized District personnel and those external personnel designated by the Superintendent. Authorized District personnel shall be identified by the Board or Superintendent and shall include, but not be limited to, the Superintendent, the members of the Administration, Principals and Assistant Principals. Technical support personnel will have limited access to files while performing their roles.

Student Online Personal Protection Act

School districts throughout the State of Illinois contract with different educational technology vendors for beneficial K-12 purposes such as providing personalized learning and innovative educational technologies, and increasing efficiency in school operations. 

The Student Online Personal Protection Act (SOPPA) requires that Illinois School Districts provide families with information about these vendors and what information they may be acquiring. More information on SOPPA, along with a list of vendors contracted with District 146 can be found on the District website.

Student Responsibilities

  • Students utilizing District-provided technology resources must first have the permission of and/or be supervised by District 146 professional staff. Individual students are responsible for their use of the network. Students must practice appropriate behavior and judgment when on-line or using other technology resources just as they do in a classroom or other areas of the school. The same general rules for behavior and communication apply. Since network communication is often public, students are responsible for behaving as appropriately on the network as they are in school. Students may be disciplined up to, and including, expulsion for inappropriate use.
  • All resources should be handled with care. Hardware and software must not be modified, abused or misused in any way. Students shall not download anything without prior approval. Students are responsible for reporting any unauthorized software that they observe on the network. Failure to report to their teacher may result in a suspension of computer usage.
  • The District does not provide students with personal email accounts. Thus, all student use of email shall be under the supervision of a staff member and shall be consistent with the District’s curriculum and educational mission. Students shall not be allowed to use the District’s electronic mail communication for personal messages, anonymous messages or communications unrelated to the school program. Students may be  disciplined up to, and including, expulsion for the creation of inappropriate 
    emails sent via the school network and may also be disciplined up to, and including, expulsion for receiving and not reporting inappropriate email.
  • Students shall respect the privacy rights of others and shall not attempt to access any electronic mail communications not directed to them or intended to be received by them.
  • Network passwords are to be used exclusively by the authorized owner of the password. Passwords should never be shared with others. Students shall not attempt to gain access to others’ passwords, modify others’ passwords or any files or other data belonging to others or misrepresent others on the network. Disclosure of an individual password or utilization of another student’s password shall be the basis for revocation of computer privileges and may subject the student to additional discipline. The owner of a password shall be responsible for actions using the password.
  • Students shall not attempt to access the District’s network or technological resources in a way that compromises the security of the network by trying to gain unauthorized access or going beyond authorized access to District resources.
  • Students are responsible to inform professional staff of any unauthorized use of their password, any unauthorized installation of software, the receipt of inappropriate electronic transmissions, knowledge of any copyright violations, and any other inappropriate issues involving use of hardware or access.

Unacceptable Use

The user is responsible for his or her actions and activities involving the network. Some examples of unacceptable uses are:
  1. Using the network for any illegal activity, including violation of copyright or other contracts, or transmitting any material in violation of any State or federal law.
  2. Unauthorized downloading of software.
  3. Downloading copyrighted material for other than personal use.
  4. Using the network for private financial or commercial gain.
  5. Wastefully using resources such as file space.
  6. Hacking or gaining unauthorized access to files, resources or entities.
  7. Invading the privacy of an individual, that includes the unauthorized disclosure, dissemination, and use of information about anyone that is of a personal nature including a photograph.
  8. Using another user’s account or password.
  9. Posting material authored or created by another without his/her consent.
  10. Posting anonymous messages.
  11. Using the network for commercial or private advertising.
  12. Accessing, submitting, posting, publishing, or displaying any defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, obscene, profane, sexually-oriented, threatening, racially offensive, harassing, or illegal material.
  13. Using the network while access privileges are suspended or revoked.

 

Network Etiquette

The user is expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. These include, but are not limited to the following:
  1. Be polite. Do not become abusive in messages to others.
  2. Use appropriate language. Do not swear or use vulgarities or any other inappropriate language.
  3. Do not reveal personal information, including the addresses or telephone numbers, of students or colleagues.
  4. Recognize that email is not private. People who operate the system have access to all mail. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities may be reported to the authorities.
  5. Do not use the network in any way that would disrupt its use by other users.
  6. Consider all communications and information accessible via the network to be private property.

Internet Filtering

District 146 subscribes to an Internet filtering system, as required by the federal Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), to filter out sites with content considered unacceptable for educational use. While using District 146 technology resources, no user may attempt to bypass this filtering system or attempt to access the Internet in any other way.

Student-Created or Distributed Written or Electronic Material Including Blogs and Social Media Websites:

A student may be disciplined for creating and/or distributing written, printed, or electronic material including photographs, Internet material, and blogs, that causes substantial disruption to school operations or interferes with the rights of other students or staff members.

Software & Hardware Use & Installation

  • Only authorized persons (Technology Team, teachers, and administrators) are permitted to install software and/or hardware on District technological resources.
  • No software or hardware is to be installed on District resources without the licensing agreement that allows the installation. Users must not connect or install any computer hardware or software which is their own personal property to or on the District’s resources without prior approval of building or district level administrators. In addition, such hardware or original media software purchased by individual users must be accompanied by a legitimate proof of purchase. Users must not download any material or software from the Internet for which a fee or license agreement is required without the approval of appropriate building or district level administrators.
  • The District Technology Team is only responsible for installing District-purchased and approved software. Assistance with installing and troubleshooting personally purchased software that has been approved by an administrator will be available by the Technology Team as time permits and as District resources allow. It is the policy of District 146 to abide by all software licensing agreements.
  • The Technology Team will be responsible for maintaining a licensing agreement file.
  • The District Technology Team, will not reinstall unapproved copies of software nor will they be able to retrieve any data files, which are required to be saved to a user’s home drive. With this in mind, please keep any installation disks of specific school-purchased software in an identified location at each school. Users are personally responsible for making backups of any data files that may have been stored on a local hard drive.

Copyright Issues

Users must abide by all copyright laws and respect the rights of copyright owners. Copyright infringement occurs when a user inappropriately reproduces a work that is protected by a copyright. (Click here for information on copyright issues.)

Under the “fair use” doctrine, unauthorized reproduction or use of copyrighted materials is permissible for such purposes as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship or research. All users must follow the “Fair Use” guidelines when using information gained from the Internet. (Click here for Fair Use Guidelines.)

Users shall not plagiarize. This also applies to works that are found on the internet or through other electronic resources. Plagiarism is presenting the ideas or writings of others as one’s own. It is important for users of technology to cite sources used in papers and presentations both from an ethical and legal standpoint.

District  Responsibility

Although it is the District’s goal to develop responsible users of technology, it must be understood that making network and Internet access available, even with the use of an Internet filtering service, carries with it the potential that network users will encounter sources that may be considered controversial or inappropriate. Because of this the District is not liable or responsible for the accuracy or suitability of any information that is retrieved through technology. Additionally, because no technology is guaranteed to be error-free or totally dependable, the District is not responsible for any information that may be lost, damaged or unavailable due to technical difficulties.

Again, it is important to remember that the use of District technology is a privilege and not a right. The District has the right to determine consequences for the abuse and/or misuse of its technological resources or properties.

Technology/Electronic Devices

Using or possessing a cellular telephone, personal digital assistant (PDA), tablet, earbuds, headphones, or other electronic device in any manner that disrupts the educational environment or violates the rights of others, including using the device to take photographs or video, cheat, signal others, or otherwise violate student conduct rules, is prohibited. All electronic devices must be kept off and in the student’s locker/backpack during the regular school day unless (a) the principal/supervising teacher grants permission; (b) use of the device is provided in a student’s IEP; or (c) it is needed in an emergency that threatens the safety of students, staff, or other individuals. With permission, students will be allowed to utilize personal communication devices within the classroom for the sole purpose of engaging in educational activities when specifically directed by their teacher. Students are responsible for the safe-keeping of their personal devices at all times and should not share them with other students. The school is not responsible for damaged, lost, or stolen personal devices. In addition, the District will not be responsible for maintenance, replacement, or assistance with any technical problems or connectivity of personal devices.

Telephones

Each classroom is equipped with a telephone for staff use. These telephones help provide better communication between teachers and parents. During instructional times, the teacher places the telephone on “do not disturb” mode. A parent, however, may leave a message on the teacher’s voicemail at anytime during the day or evening, and the teacher will return your call at his/her earliest convenience. 

Students may be allowed to call home for health or safety reasons. Phone calls for forgotten homework or after school social planning will not be permitted during class time. Students should not place phone calls during the school day without staff member permission.

Video and Audio Monitoring Systems

Video and/or audio monitoring may be in use on school buses and a video monitoring system may be in use in public areas of the school building. These systems have been put in place to protect students, staff, visitors, and school property. If a discipline problem is captured on audiotape or videotape, these recordings may be used as the basis for imposing student discipline. If criminal actions are recorded, a copy of the tape may be provided to law enforcement personnel. Per ISBE rules, viewing and/or listening to electronic video and/or audio recordings is limited to law enforcement officers and district and/or transportation personnel who have a need to investigate student or driver conduct.

Volunteers/Parent Involvement

Our schools welcome and encourage volunteer participation. We recognize the importance of volunteers in providing support and enriching experiences for our students. Volunteers can also increase the effective utilization of staff time and skills. Most importantly, volunteers enable us to increase individual attention to our students.

Per District policy, volunteers, including field trip chaperones, need to complete and clear a criminal background check prior to serving as a volunteer at any school event. The Safety Clerk in each building has a Criminal Background Check Form volunteers need to complete to initiate this process. The required background check is by no means to discourage participation in school activities. However, the District must be sure that students are safe and secure in all school-related activities.

Elementary School

Parents can volunteer for a variety of activities. The PTA/PTO offers additional opportunities for volunteers. Preschoolers and young children should not accompany parents while they are volunteering.

Middle school

Teams may generate volunteer lists for classroom activities. For special events, such as the annual Graduation Party and Luncheon, a committee from the PACT group will solicit additional volunteers.
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