Delavan Junior High SchoolStudent Handbook2021-2022Our MissionDelavan CUSD #703 will be student-focused, well-managed, and innovative. We will hold ourselvesaccountable for preparing all children to achieve academic excellence and strength of character so that theyhave the opportunity to succeed in all aspects of life.Adopted by theDelavan Board of EducationApril 22, 20211

Delavan Junior High SchoolTable of edule Changes20Accidents and School Insurance5Field Trips14School Buses/Riding a Bus20Animals on School Property6Grades and Promotion14School Safety20Asbestos Containing BuildingMaterials Management Plan6Health and or Roll17Section 50420Bullying Policy/Relational Aggression6Hot Lunch/Breakfast Program17Social Media20Cell Phone Policy6Integrated Pest Management17Special Education21Chromebooks & iPads6Leaving School18Student l Device UsageAgreement6Lockers18Title I22Discipline8McKinney-Vento HomelessAssistance Act18Visitors2213Media Policy18Withdrawals2213Non-Discrimination Policy19Work Permits22Dress Code and StudentAppearanceDrug Related Problems: Rules andRegulationsEmergency y14Physical Education19Request to Interview Students by19Policy or DCFS2

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year at Delavan Junior High School. This handbook has been prepared as aguide to our policies and procedures and may be modified by the administration as situations arise. Theprovisions of this handbook are not to be considered irrevocable contractual commitments between the schooland the student. Furthermore, this handbook is not considered the only resource for all District policies,procedures, or regulations. In the event of a discrepancy or conflict between this Student Handbook and anyBoard Policy for Delavan CUSD #703, the Board Policy for Delavan CUSD #703 shall govern. The Delavan Boardof Education Policy Manual and the Illinois School Code are available in the Delavan CUSD #703 district office.Daily ScheduleDoors OpenSchool Begins1st Hour2nd Hour3rd Hour4th Hour5th Hour6th Hour7th Hour8th Hour9th HourECE/PFA Morning ClassECE/PFA Afternoon Class8:05 a.m.8:17 :0012:00-3:10School SongDHS our hats are off to you!Panthers, Panthers,Fighting through and through!We’ll cheer for every man,We’ll root from every stand,That’s made for the DHS!!Rah! Rah! Rah!Watch our teams goTearing down the floor,Men of iron, strength forever more,Hail, Hail!Hail, Hail!Hail to the DHS!Rah!D-D-Del A-A-VAND-E-L-A-V-A-NDELAVAN, DELAVAN, LET’S WIN!3

AbsencesWhen a student is absent, a parent/guardian contact is required on the day of the absence to inform the school of the reason forthe absence. If a parent/guardian has not contacted the office by 9:00 a.m. the morning of an absence, the absence may beconsidered unexcused at the discretion of administration. Each day of absence must be confirmed. Students must be fever freefor 72 hours without the use of medication before having them return to school.Attendance office hours: 7:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.Attendance office phones: 244-8285 (24 hour, 7 day answering machine)Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the district reserves the right to investigate any student absence individually. Requirement of adoctor’s note will be more frequent, and the district may reject an explanation of any absence if not properly reported anddocumented. Student excused/unexcused absences will be evaluated on a case by case basis.Excessive Absence Policy: The district reserves the right to investigate any student absence and reject an explanation of anyabsence. In situations of excessive absence, administration has the discretion to report the student and parents/guardians to theTruancy Officer of our Regional Office of Education. A doctor’s note will be requested for serious illnesses lasting three (3) or more days to ensure the safety and welfare of allstudents. Illinois School Code states the following regarding unexcused absences: 105 ILCS 5/26-2a states: “A chronic or habitualtruant is a child subject to compulsory attendance laws who is absent without valid cause from school for 5 percent or moreof the previous 180 regular attendance days.” Students who are in violation of this school law, will be classified as truantand reported to the State. If a student has missed seven (7) days per semester, administration will determine if the student is eligible to attend anytrips, including class field trips that are considered vital to the curriculum.Excused Absences: Each semester, students will be allowed seven (7) days of excused absences. An excused absence is valid andauthorized by the school in conjunction with a parent/guardian and/or medical personnel. Administration may use discretion on acase by case basis for days over the seven (7) day limit.Absences that do not count toward the student’s (7) days limit per semester: Attendance at funeral services Court appearances Disciplinary suspensions School-related activities - field trip, job shadow, and/or leaving for a required athletic/co-curricular (extra-curricular) eventAbsences beyond the seven (7) days per semester limit will require a doctor/physician’s excuse—per each event—verifying the needfor the student’s absence or the absence will be classified as “unexcused.” The district interprets a physician excuse to include, butnot limited to, dental, vision, physical therapy, and mental health. Parents/Guardians may petition the administration in a timelymanner via writing or electronic communication to review the attendance limit for their child for situations related to atypicalcircumstances or for a specifically diagnosed condition.For home or hospital instructional services, a parent/guardian and a doctor/physician must fill out the required form for theseservices, which includes providing a student’s diagnosis, any type of restrictions that the illness/medical condition places on thestudent, and the anticipated duration of those restrictions. Homebound students are not allowed to attend or participate directly inschool activities (sports, co-curricular, dances, assemblies, clubs, etc.) until released from the doctor’s office.For monitoring the seven (7) days per semester limit for students, the office will send an absence notification letter to the parentbefore his/her student reaches the limit. A follow up contact will be made after the seven (7) days per semester limit in an effort tonotify parents that unexcused absences will now be issued for future absences for the semester.Afternoon Absences: If a student is absent from school for any part of the afternoon session because of sickness or truancy, thestudent is ineligible to participate or attend any school sponsored activities that fall on the evening of the same day.4

Excused Absences Make-Up Assignments Students are given two (2) days for the first day absent and one day for each subsequent day to make up work.The maximum allowable amount of days to turn in make-up work is ten (10) school days from the day of the student’sreturn from an extended absence (regardless of the number of days missed). When this occurs within the last two weeks ofthe grading period, the make-up work from those two weeks needs to be turned in to the teacher by ten school days afterthe end of the quarter. This includes the end of the school year as well (ten weekdays after the last day of school). Any worknot turned in within these ten days will receive a zero.Parents may request assignments by using our district’s website to access teachers’ email addresses or by contacting theoffice at (244-8285) for students who have been ill and are unable to contact their teachers personally. While emailing ourteachers is the most efficient manner for acquiring information related to what is missed, phone call requests forhomework are accepted by the office in the morning and may be picked up in the office at 3:30 p.m. on that same day.When requesting homework, please specify all dates of absence.If an assignment and/or test has been assigned prior to a student’s absence, the student will still be responsible for turningin the assignment or taking the test on the assigned day. The teacher and/or administration will use their discretion whenconsidering unusual circumstances. For example, if a teacher feels the student has missed valuable review days, or if thestudent has missed many days and did not have access to study materials, an extension may be granted. It is the student’sresponsibility to discuss this with the teacher.Assignments made previous to a student’s absence for a field trip, job shadowing, and/or other school-related activity willbe due at the teacher’s discretion.Tardy Policy: A student is tardy if he/she is not in their classroom when the bell rings. A tardy attendance record will be kept by theoffice. Consequences for tardies include, but are not limited to, detention, in-school suspension or attendance contract.Unexcused Absences: An unexcused absence is an invalid or unauthorized absence from school. Administration reserves the rightto review all absences to determine if they are excused or unexcused. If a student’s absence has wrongly been assigned asunexcused, that student has 2 school days after returning to school for the unexcused absence to be changed to an excusedabsence. Listed below are some examples of unexcused absencesExamples, but not limited to: Oversleeping Baby-sitting Shopping Beauty shop or barber appointments Suspension (as authorized by school) Leaving class or school grounds without permission Working at home on school projects Missing a ride or the school bus Working on the job Non-participants going to athletic contests Working as a volunteerUnexcused Absences Disciplinary Consequences: Students who miss school for reasons classified as unexcused may be subjectto further consequences beyond zeroes for daily work and quizzes missed including, but not limited to detention, in-schoolsuspension, attendance contracts, and withdrawn from class with a failing grade. For the 5th offense for an unexcused absence forany class period in a semester, students are withdrawn with a failing grade for the specific class. For junior high students, thestudents are withdrawn for the class and issued a failing grade for the quarter’s course. For students with an IEP, determinationswill be made on a case by case basis.Unexcused Absences Make-Up Assignments: This policy is for all unexcused absences except Out-of-School Suspension Days. Astudent will receive zeroes for daily work and quizzes missed during an unexcused absence. A student may receive no more than50% on missed tests during an unexcused absence. Grades for long-term homework projects due during an unexcused absence willbe ruled on by administration with the advisement from the teacher(s) involved.Accidents and School InsuranceSchool insurance is available for all students who wish to avail themselves of this service. All accidents on school grounds (unless youhave 24 hour coverage) must be reported to the school office. It is the student's responsibility to report any accident and obtain aclaim form from the office.5

Animals on School PropertyIn order to assure student health and safety, animals are not allowed on school property out of their owner’s vehicle, except in thecase of a service animal accompanying a student or other individual with a documented disability. This rule may be temporarily waivedby administration in the case of an educational opportunity for students, provided that (a) the animal is appropriately housed,humanely cared for, and properly handled, and (b) student will not be exposed to a dangerous animal or an unhealthy environment.Asbestos Containing Building Materials Management PlanThis is to notify you that Delavan CUSD #703 has submitted its management plan prepared pursuant to the requirements of theAsbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA 40 CFR 763) for the Delavan CUSD facilities. Copies of the management plan areavailable in the administrative office of the school district and in the administrative office of the school building. These plans areavailable for inspection during normal business hours and during other times by special arrangement. We request thatappointments be made with us to review such plans. To make arrangements, please contact: Delavan Schools at (309)244-8285.AssembliesAssemblies will be called to present informational, dramatic, musical, athletic, inspirations, and pep programs of educational valueand/or interest. Students are to remain seated and continue to conduct themselves properly through the completion of theprogram. Students are required to attend all assemblies scheduled within the time they normally attend school. Students are alsoresponsible to attend their full class schedule on those days when time periods are changed for a special occasion. If a student isabsent from an assembly program without a valid reason, or not in the proper seat, he or she will be considered unexcused.Bullying Policy/Relational AggressionRelational Aggression (RA), also commonly known as “Bullying” is defined as, “emotional violence and bullying behaviors focused ondamaging an individual’s social connections within the peer group.” RA may be displayed in many different ways such as emotional,verbal, or physical intimidation including, but not limited to, verbal or written harassment, writings, or gestures. Bullying is any typeof repeated behavior (including cyber bullying) that is determined to be intimidating, hostile and offensive to another person includingintentional conduct that has the effect of humiliation, embarrassment, or discomfort to the victim. If a student is subject to this typeof behavior they need to report the behavior to a school official. Disciplinary action will be determined based on the seriousness ofthe incident.Cell Phone PolicyStudents are allowed to use their cell phones/smart watches before school, during their lunch hour, and after school. Cellphones/smart watches are to remain in the student’s book bag or locker and must be set to silent during the schoolday. Students are not to take any photos or videos of any kind during the school day. At no point may a student make or receive aphone call on their cell phone/smart watch during the school day. Usage of cell phones/smart watches or having cell phones/smartwatches visible during non-sanctioned times will be handled as Gross Misconduct/School Misconduct.Chromebooks & iPadsDelavan Junior High School is a 1:1 Chromebook school, whereby each student (having read and agreed to the District’s ElectronicDevice Information and Agreement form) will be issued a Chromebook for use at school. Chromebooks are to be utilized only inaccordance with the signed student agreement and inappropriate use will be subject to onal Electronic Device Usage AgreementConsequences for Unauthorized/Unacceptable Use: All violations of the terms and conditions of this Agreement will be consideredGross Misconduct, along with potential removal and denial of computer/internet/iPads/personal electronic device privileges. See“Discipline” section for possible consequences.Contract: Your initials on the Program Participation Form for computer/ chromebook/internet/ipads/personal device use indicatesthat you have carefully read and understand the terms and conditions of this Computer/Chromebook/ Internet/iPads/PersonalElectronic Device Usage Agreement and policies set forth in this Agreement. If a Delavan District #703 user violates any of the aboveprovisions, his/her access or use may be terminated and future access and/or use could be denied, as determined by administration.All users must initial and sign the Program Participation Form before being permitted to use the district’s facilities or equipment foraccess to the internet.6

Delavan CUSD #703 Handbook(s): Users of computers/ chromebooks/internet/iPads/personal devices are further subject to therules and regulations set forth in the applicable Delavan CUSD #703 handbooks. Violations of the terms and conditions of this policythat warrant disciplinary action, as determined by administration, will be handled according to the corresponding handbook.District’s Network/Limitations: Delavan CUSD #703 makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the serviceit is providing through any district device or internet access. The district will not be responsible for any damages you suffer. Thisincludes loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, missed deliveries, or service interruptions caused by the server's ownnegligence or student errors or omissions. Use of any information obtained via the internet is at your own risk. Delavan CUSD #703specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through its services.Educational Purpose: The purpose of allowing the use of computers/ chromebooks/internet/iPads/personal devices is to supportresearch and education by providing access to unique resources and the opportunity for collaborative work. Such use is for limitededucational purposes and/or classroom activities, career development, and high-quality self-discovery activities. Such use andaccess by students and staff must be in support of and consistent with the educational objectives of Delavan CUSD #703. Use ofother organization networks or computing resources must comply with the rules appropriate for that network in addition to therules of Delavan CUSD #703. Transmission of any material in violation of any federal or state regulation is prohibited. This includes,but is not limited to, copyrighted material, threatening or obscene material, or material by trade secret. Use for commercialactivities is not acceptable except in very limited circumstances with administrative approval. Students may not offer, provide, orpurchase products or services through the use of the Delavan CUSD #703 network server without approval of administration. Usefor product advertisement or political lobbying is also prohibited.Etiquette for District Network / Use of Personal Electronic Devices (as applicable): The user is expected to abide by the generallyaccepted rules of network etiquette. These include, but are not limited to, the following: Be polite. Do not get abusive in your messages to others. Use appropriate language. Do not swear or use vulgarities. Do not use rude or disrespectful language. Do not reveal your personal address or phone numbers to anyone. Do not use the network in such a way that you would damage or disrupt the use of the network by other users. Do not engage in illegal activities. Recognize that electronic mail (e-mail) is not private. People who operate the system have access to all mail. Messagesrelating to or in support of illegal activities may be reported to authorities. All communications and information accessible via the network should be assumed to be private property of the source orsources. Blogs are a learning tool that is considered an extension of the classroom. Students should not write anything on a blogthat they would not say or write in the classroom. Please note that student “speech” is limited within the school and thus“limited” within any blog that is written in conjunction with any Delavan School classroom or program. Therefore, anyspeech that is considered inappropriate in the classroom would also be considered inappropriate for blogs. This includes,but is not limited to, profanity; racist, sexist or discriminatory remarks; or personal attacks. Teachers may removeindividual blogs from students who violate this policy, any other District rules or policy, or classroom expectations. Further,students may be subject to disciplinary action which includes, but is not limited to, grade reduction and formal disciplinaryaction.Security: On any computer system, security is high priority. If you feel you can identify a security problem on the Internet, you mustnotify a District Administrator(s) or Technology Coordinator(s). Do not demonstrate the problem to other users. Any user identifiedas a security risk or having a history of problems with other computer systems may be denied access to the Internet.Unacceptable Use of District Network and Personal Electronic Devices (as applicable): The user is responsible for his/her actions andactivities involving the network and personal electronic devices. Some examples of unacceptable use include, but are not limited to,the following: Using the network for illegal activity, including violation of copyright law or other contracts, transmitting any material inviolation of any U.S. or state regulation, and unauthorized disclosure of student records information7

Unauthorized installing or downloading of software regardless of whether it is copyrighted or devirusedDownloading copyrighted material for other than personal useUsing the network for private financial or commercial gain without District Administrator(s) approvalGaining unauthorized access to resources or entities; hackingInvading the privacy of individuals, which includes the unauthorized disclosure, dissemination, and use of information aboutanyone that is of a personal nature including a photographUsing another user's account or passwordPosting material authorized or created by another without his/her consentPosting anonymous messagesUsing the network for commercial or private advertisingAccessing, submitting, posting, publishing or displaying any defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, obscene, profane, sexuallyoriented, threatening, racially offensive, harassing, or illegal materialEnter chat rooms without permission and supervisiono Student setting up e-mail accounts, checking e-mail, or e-mailing someone without administrative or teacherapproval; notification will be given to parents of students when e-mail addresses are issued for classroomeducational usesUsing the network while access privileges are suspended or revokedUsing the network to engage in on-line, non-staff approved gamesCyber bullying, cyber stalking, or cyber harassing, which includes harassing, threatening, embarrassing, or targeting othersConnecting other electronic devices to the District’s networks without authorization from the Technology Department,including but not limited to cellular telecommunications devices such as cellular phones, personal communication devices,pagers of any kind, laptops, net books, PCs that are not District owned, etc.Use is a Privilege: The use of computers/ chromebooks/internet/iPads/personal devices is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriateuse may result in a cancellation of those privileges and may lead to disciplinary action. The District Administrator(s) or TechnologyCoordinator(s) may deny access to or use by any user at any time. Note: Electronic communications and downloaded material onthe District network or on District computers or related equipment, including files deleted from a user's account, may be monitored,reviewed, or read by school officials.Vandalism and Compensation: Any vandalism may result in cancellation of privileges. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attemptto harm or destroy hardware, data of another user, the Internet, or any other network. This includes, but is not limited to, theuploading or creating computer viruses. Further, upon any violation, access privileges may be revoked, and school disciplinaryaction and/or appropriate legal action may be taken. Any damages or costs incurred because of malicious misuse, or chargesincurred while using another system, must be paid by the person or persons causing said damages.DisciplineDelavan Schools' discipline policy should reflect the interest and needs of the students, teachers, and parents/guardians. This policyshould strive to protect the learning environment, allow a constructive atmosphere for those who teach, and offer a positive learningprocess that parents/guardians provide through their support of education. Our discipline policy is established to maintain a fair andconsistent learning experience. Our intent is to establish guidelines that will develop citizenship, respect for self and authority, anddevelop good character and behavior while offering rights and responsibilities to those who accept the process of self-discipline. Wefurther understand that a discipline policy must have rules and consequences that will promote effective behavior, allow forappropriate decision-making, and help ensure a good social environment so that maximum educational benefits will result for allstudents. No disciplinary action shall be taken against any student that is based totally or in part on the refusal of the student’sparent(s)/guardian(s) to administer or consent to the administration of psychotropic or psychostimulant medication to the student.Disciplinary action may be taken against any student guilty of gross misconduct/school misconduct, whenever and wherever astudent’s conduct is reasonably related to school or school activities, including, but not limited to: on school grounds before, during,or after school hours and at any other time when the school is being used by a school group or for a school event; off school groundsat a school activity, function or event; traveling to or from school/school activity, function, or event; and/or anywhere, if the conductmay reasonably be considered to be a threat or an attempted intimidation of a staff member or a student, an interference with schoolpurposes or an educational function, or any conduct that may reasonably carry-over into the school setting. Classroom teachersestablish expectations for their educational environment. Teachers use classroom management techniques to deal with individual8

student behavior, and may also use the discipline referral system to refer a student to administration for disciplinary action.Bullying, Intimidation, and Harassment: Bullying, intimidation, and harassment diminish a student’s ability to learn and aschool’s ability to education. Preventing students from engaging in these disruptive behaviors and providing all students equalaccess to a safe, non-hostile learning environment are important school goals. Bullying on the basis of actual or perceived race,color, national origin, military status, unfavorable discharge status from the military services, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity,gender-related identity or expression, ancestry, age, religion, physical or mental disability, order of protections status, status ofbeing homeless, or actual or potential marital or parental status, including pregnancy, association with a person or group with oneor more of the aforementioned actual or perceived characteristics, or any other distinguishing characteristics is prohibited in each ofthe following situations: During any school sponsored education program or activity While in school, on school property, on school buses, or other school vehicles, at designated school bus stops waitingfor the school bus, or at school-sponsored or school-sanctioned events or activities Through the transmission of information from a school computer, a school computer network, or other similar schoolequipment Through the transmission of information from a computer that is accessed at a non-school related location, activity,function, or program or from the use of technology or an electronic device that is not owned, leased, or used by theschool district or school if the bullying causes a substantial disruption to the educational process or orderly operationof a schoolBullying is a physical or verbal act/conduct or written/electronic communication (cyberbullying) that is directed toward anotherstudent that can be reasonably predicted to have the effect of at least one of the following: Placing the student in reasonable fear of harm Causing a substantially detrimental effect on the student’s mental or physical health Substantially interfering with the student’s academic performance Substantially interfering with the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privilegesprovided by the schoolStudents are encouraged to immediately report bullying. A report may be made orally or in writing to the district complaintmanager or any staff member with who the student is comfortable speaking. Anyone, including staff members andparents/guardians, who has information about actual or threatened bullying is encouraged to report it to the district complaintmanager or any staff member. Anonymous reports are also accepted by phone call or in writing.Complaint ManagerDean of Students907 Locust St.Delavan, IL 61734244-8285A reprisal or retaliation against any person who reports an act of bullying is prohibited. A student’s act of reprisal or retaliation willbe treated as bullying for purposes of determining any consequences or other appropriate remedial actions.A student will not be punished for reporting bullying or supplying information, even if the school’s investigation concludes that nobullying occurred. However, knowingly making a false accusation or providing knowingly false information will be treated as bullyingfor purposes of determining any consequences or other appropriate remedial actions.Corporal Punishment: Corporal punishment is discouraged. However, faculty and staff may use reasonable force, as needed, tomaintain safety for other students and themselves and may remove a student from the classroom for disruptive behavior.Detention, Before or After School: For teacher issued detentions, the detention will be served with the teacher who issues it ona day arranged by the teacher. Af

Cell Phone Policy 6 Integrated Pest Management 17 Special Education 21 . of Education Policy Manual and the Illinois School Code are available in the Delavan CUSD #703 district office. . For the 5th offense for an unexcused absence for any class period in a semester, students are withd