Caring, Safe, and Orderly Learning Environments

  • Caring, Safe, and Orderly Learning Environment

    Community Consolidated School District 15 is committed to maintaining safe and orderly schools and offices. This policy supports the district's Civic Beliefs by promoting mutual respect, civility, and orderly conduct among students, employees, parents, and other community members.

    Any individual entering District 15 property or attending school district-sponsored activities including extracurricular activities, board meetings, or athletic events shall treat others with dignity and respect. This policy is not intended to deprive any person of his/her right to freedom of expression but rather to maintain, to the extent possible and reasonable, a safe, harassment-free educational atmosphere for the school community with minimal disruption. The district encourages positive communication and discourages volatile, hostile, or aggressive behaviors. The district expects public cooperation with this endeavor.

    Visitors to Schools

    Parents are welcome to visit schools and classrooms during school hours. Classroom visits should generally be scheduled in advance with the teacher or the office staff. Visits immediately before school holidays or at the end of the school year are not encouraged, since those are extremely busy times for teachers and other staff members. When visiting a school, please report directly to the office and sign in before proceeding to any classroom. 

    All parents/visitors who are seeking to enter a school building beyond the school office area will be required to do the following when they enter a District 15 school:

    • Enter through the designated visitor entrance door. Ring the doorbell, and a staff member will release the lock.
    • Go directly to the school’s main office and sign in to the school’s visitor’s log, providing any pertinent information listed on the log (such as your name, destination, reason for visit, time in/time out, etc.)
    • Provide personal government-issued identification card with a photo (such as a driver’s license or state identification card) in exchange for a visitor’s pass.
    • Visibly wear the visitor pass that is provided by the school’s office personnel for the duration of the visit.
    • Observe all laws, school policies, procedures, and rules while visiting the school.
    • Sign out of the visitor’s log and return the visitor’s pass in exchange for personal government-issued identification.

    All visitors to District facilities are expected to display respect, civility, and orderly conduct at all times. Those who do not comply may be asked to leave. If necessary, law enforcement authorities will be contacted.

    All visitors are prohibited from entering the school with any type of weapons, knives, guns, or explosive devices. Visitors are further prohibited from bringing any type of illegal drug, corrosive chemical or liquid, illegal contraband, or alcohol into the school with them. Also, visitors are not allowed on the playground during school hours.

    For the safety of students and staff, exterior doors of the school building will be locked at all times except when children are entering or exiting. 

    Only students are allowed to enter into the building in the morning. If a parent or visitor would like to take their child to class in the morning, they must enter through the main doors and follow the visitor sign-in policy.

    Items dropped off for students, such as lunches, notes, homework, keys, or musical instruments, will be delivered from the office before lunch or before dismissal. Items must be labeled with the child’s name and room number/teacher or delivery cannot be guaranteed.

    Parent Volunteers

    Parent volunteers are encouraged and welcome in all District 15 schools; however, we ask that the following protocols be observed:

    • All volunteers must sign in at the school office and wear a guest or volunteer badge while in the building.
    • All volunteers must note the purpose and destination of their visit and not deviate from this purpose or destination without prior notification to the school office.
    • All volunteers follow confidentiality guidelines when working with students. 
    • Volunteers should not bring either under-school-age children or school-age children not attending school (i.e., absent due to illness, half-day programming, etc.) with them while volunteering.
    • Volunteers are considered a part of the school population, and should observe all laws, school policies, procedures, and rules while visiting the school. In the event a visitor is in the building when a lockdown is initiated, remain in the area you are in and follow the directives of trained staff members.

    Animals on School Grounds

    No animals are allowed on school grounds during times when children are present unless pre-authorized by the Principal of the school. (Trained dog guides or service animals in use by a person with a disability are allowed on school grounds.)

     Keeping Our Students Safe

    The safety of all children attending District 15 schools is a top priority. Please review the school’s general rules and safety precautions with your child, putting particular emphasis on bus rules, bicycle rules and wearing a helmet, obeying the safety patrol, and returning home immediately after school unless other arrangements have been made. If you transport your child to school by car, please use the areas designated by the school for dropping off and picking up your child.

    District 15 schools do not permit such items as knives, bean shooters, hard baseballs, etc., to be brought to school. If items that are deemed potentially hazardous to the student or others are brought to school, these articles will be confiscated. 

    Accidents

    Minor accidents which occur during the school day are treated by the classroom teacher or registered nurse. If the injury appears serious, the school nurse will call a parent. If a parent cannot be reached, the school will call the emergency number provided on the enrollment form. If a parent or designated emergency contact are not available and the injury requires immediate aid, the child will be taken to the nearest hospital by paramedics. Either the school nurse, principal, or assistant principal will accompany the child while school staff continues to try locating a parent.

    School Threats Taken Seriously

    If students write or talk about injuring or killing another student, staff member, or any other person or about using weapons through any media, these statements will be taken as serious threats. All reports of such threats or statements will be fully investigated. If the information is substantiated, the student(s) involved will be disciplined as appropriate under district and/or building policies and local municipal ordinances. It is important for students to think about what they say, especially when angry or upset. Teachers, social workers, school psychologists, administrators, and services are available to assist students with behavioral or anger management issues.

    Online Bullying and Safety Reporting Center

    District 15’s Online Bullying and Safety Reporting Center provides parents and students with an additional option to report bullying and/or other safety concerns within their schools. Similar to making a report in person or over the phone, when making an online report, please include as much detailed information as possible because doing so will greatly assist administrators in investigating and addressing the concern(s). 

    Although it is usually best to speak directly with an administrator when making a report about bullying and/or other safety concerns at your school, sometimes students and parents are not comfortable doing so. Toward that end, this tool also allows for anonymous reporting.

    Please keep in mind that online reports received outside of school hours will not be reviewed and acted upon until school is back in session. With that said, if your concern(s) require(s) immediate attention, please contact local law enforcement.

    To submit a concern via the Online Bullying and Safety Reporting Center, visit www.ccsd15.net/TipLine

    Junior High School Police Liaison Officers

    The Village of Palatine and the City of Rolling Meadows have intergovernmental agreements with the school district to provide a part-time police liaison officer assigned to each junior high school. The police liaison officers’ purpose at school is to assist school officials in maintaining a safe, orderly, and caring educational environment for all students. The officers provide a variety of services to students, parents, and staff and serve as positive role models for all students. They meet with individual students, small groups of students, and entire classes to discuss various aspects of the law and procedures of the court system. They are available to discuss specific situations with parents and staff. The officers are also available to elementary school parents, staff, and students. 

    Canine Searches

    Creating and maintaining a safe environment for our students and staff is one of the most important tasks educators have. It is with this in mind that each junior high school in Community Consolidated School District 15 partners with local law enforcement to conduct two (2) unannounced canine searches each year for illegal drugs.

    All canine searches are limited in scope to lockers and other common areas (e.g., gym lockers, library, etc.) with building administration being present throughout the exercise. When a canine search is being conducted, the school is placed into a soft-lockdown. A soft-lockdown requires students and staff to remain in their classroom where instruction continues to take place.

    In the event that illegal drugs are found during a canine search, building administration conducts a full investigation that would most likely involve the participation of our school resource officer and appropriate school-based and legal consequences would be issued.

    Junior high administration will inform their parent and staff communities of each canine search after it has taken place.

    Additional information about searches in Community Consolidated School District 15 can be found in Board of Education Policy 7:140.

    Sex Offender Registration Act

    Public Act 94-004 makes information about registered child sex offenders available to the public, including names, addresses, and offenses committed. This information can be viewed on the Illinois State Police website at www.isp.state.il.us/sor, or parents may obtain information from their local police department or sheriff’s office. 

    Erin's Law

    Public Act 096-1524, known as Erin’s Law, amends the school code to address the prevention of child sexual abuse. In partnership with parents and families, the District is committed to raising awareness and providing resources to further community prevention efforts. Parents are encouraged to review the warning signs of possible child abuse as listed below:

    • Unexplained injuries and changes in behavior
    • Returning to earlier behavior (regressing to behaviors more appropriate for younger children)
    • Fear of going to certain previously welcome locations (neighbors, relatives, friends, etc.)
    • Changes in eating habits and/or sleeping patterns
    • Changes in school performance and/or attendance
    • Risk-taking behavior
    • Inappropriate sexual behavior
    • Mood swings
    • Lack of personal care or hygiene 

    Visit the District 15 website (search "Erin's Law") for additional resources for parents. In addition to the schools, local and national resources committed to child safety, abuse prevention, and intervention include:

    • Northwest CASA (Center Against Sexual Assault)—24-Hour Hotline 888-802-8890
    • The Bridge Youth and Family Services—Crisis Line 847-359-7490
    • Alexian Brothers Center for Mental Health—Crisis Prevention 847-952-7460
    • National Child Sexual Abuse Help Line—866-FOR-LIGHT (866-367-5444)
    • www.preventchildabuse.org
    • www.childluresprevention.com

    Suicide and Depression Awareness

    The District addresses suicide and depression awareness in conjunction with School Board Policy 7:290 in order to provide students, parents/guardians and employees with practices and procedures for early identification and referral of students possibly at risk of suicide.