Chapter 12

  • BOARD OF EDUCATION POLICY

    STUDENT EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

    Board of Education Policy 7:10, Equal Educational Opportunities provides:

    Equal educational and extracurricular opportunities shall be available for all students without regard to color, race, nationality, religion, gender, sexual orientation, ancestry, age, physical and mental handicap or disability, gender identity, status of being homeless, order of protection status, or actual or potential parental or marital status, including pregnancy. Further, the District will not knowingly enter into agreements with any entity or any individual that discriminates against students on the basis of any protected status, except that the District remains viewpoint neutral when granting access to school facilities under Board Policy 8:20, Community Use of School Facilities. Any student may file a discrimination grievance by using the Uniform Complaint Procedure.

    Nondiscrimination

    The District prohibits discrimination against individuals on the basis of color, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, ancestry, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, immigration status, order of protection status, status of being homeless, military status, or unfavorable discharge from military service, or any other legally protected characteristic.

    District employees are expected to demonstrate sensitivity and respect in dealing with students. The District’s prohibition against discrimination includes, but is not limited to, proscribing any employee from making any discriminatory statements, comments, or remarks to or about any student or engaging in any discriminatory conduct toward any student because of or relating to the student’s legally protected characteristic. District employees found to have violated the District’s non-discrimination or equal education policies will be subject to discipline, up to and including termination.

    Gender Equity

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

    Any student may file a gender equity complaint by using the Uniform Complaint Procedure. A student may appeal the Board of Education’s resolution of the complaint to the Regional Superintendent of Schools (pursuant to 105 ILCS 5/3 10 of The School Code) and, thereafter, to the State Superintendent of Education (pursuant to 105 ILCS 5/2-3.8 of The School Code).

    The Superintendent appoints a nondiscrimination coordinator. The Superintendent and building administrators shall inform staff members and students of this policy and grievance procedure.

    Any District employee, parent, or student may file a complaint of discrimination pursuant to the Uniform Grievance Procedure (Board Policy 2:260) by bringing his or her complaint to one of the non-discrimination coordinators identified below.

    Equal Access

    The District provides equal access to the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and other designated youth groups.

    Nondiscrimination coordinators: Lisa Nuss at 847-963-3013 or nussl@ccsd15.net and Dr. Matthew Barbini at 847-963-3210 or barbinim@ccsd15.net, 580 North 1st Bank Drive, Palatine, IL 60067.

    STUDENT AND FAMILY PRIVACY RIGHTS

    Surveys

    All surveys requesting personal information from students, as well as any other instrument used to collect personal information from students, must advance or relate to the District’s educational objectives as identified in Board Policy 6:10, Educational Philosophy and Objectives, or assist students’ career choices. This applies to all surveys, regardless of whether the student answering the questions can be identified and regardless of who created the survey.

    Surveys Created by a Third Party

    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(s)/guardian(s) may inspect the survey or evaluation upon their request and within a reasonable time of their request.

    This section applies to every survey that is created by a person or entity other than a District official, staff member, or student regardless of whether the student answering the questions can be identified, and regardless of the subject matter of the questions.

    Surveys Requesting Personal Information

    School officials and staff members shall not request, nor disclose, the identity of any student who completes any survey or evaluation (created by any person or entity, including the 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 privileged 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(s)/guardian(s) may:

    1. Inspect the survey or evaluation upon, and within a reasonable time of, their request, and/or
    2. Refuse to allow their child or ward to participate in the activity described above. The school shall not penalize any student whose parent(s)/guardian(s) exercises this option.

    Instructional Material

    A student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) may inspect, upon their request, any instructional material used as part of their child/ward’s educational curriculum within a reasonable time of their request.

    The term “instructional material” means instructional content that is provided to a student, regardless of its format, printed or representational materials, audio-visual materials and materials in electronic or digital formats (such as materials accessible through the Internet). The term does not include academic tests or academic assessments.

    Physical Exams or Screenings

    No school official or staff member shall subject a student to a non-emergency, invasive physical examination or screening as a condition of school attendance. The term “invasive physical examination” means any medical examination that involves the exposure of private body parts, or any act during such examination that includes incision, insertion, or injection into the body, but does not include a hearing, vision, or scoliosis screening.

    The above paragraph does not apply to any physical examination or screening that:

    1. Is permitted or required by an applicable state law, including physical examinations or screenings that are permitted without parental notification;
    2. Is administered to a student in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 U.S.C. §1400 et seq.);
    3. Is otherwise authorized by Board policy.

    Selling or Marketing Student Personal Information is Prohibited

    No school official or staff member shall market or sell personal information concerning students (or otherwise provide that information to others for that purpose). The term “personal information” means individually identifiable information including: (1) a student or parent’s first and last name, (2) a home or other physical address (including street name and the name of the city or town), (3) a telephone number, (4) a Social Security identification number or (5) driver’s license number or state identification card.

    The above paragraph does not apply: (1) if the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) have consented; or (2) to the collection, disclosure or, use of personal information collected from students for the exclusive purpose of developing, evaluating or providing educational products or services for, or to, students or educational institutions, such as the following:

    1. College or other post-secondary education recruitment, or military recruitment.
    2. Book clubs, magazines, and programs providing access to low-cost literary products.
    3. Curriculum and instructional materials used by elementary schools and secondary schools.
    4. Tests and assessments to provide cognitive, evaluative, diagnostic, clinical, aptitude, or achievement information about students (or to generate other statistically useful data for the purpose of securing such tests and assessments) and the subsequent analysis and public release of the aggregate data from such tests and assessments.
    5. The sale by students of products or services to raise funds for school-related or education-related activities.
    6. Student recognition programs.

    Under no circumstances may a school official or staff member provide a student’s “personal information” to a business organization or financial institution that issues credit or debit cards.

    Notification of Rights and Procedures

    The Superintendent or designee shall notify students’ parent(s)/guardian(s) of:

    1. This policy as well as its availability upon request from the general administration office;
    2. How to opt their child or ward out of participating in surveys or other provisions addressed in this policy;
    3. The approximate dates during the school year when a survey requesting personal information, as described above, is given or expected to be given; and
    4. How to request access to any survey or other material described in this policy.

    This notification shall be given to parent(s)/guardian(s) at least annually, at the beginning of the school year, and within a reasonable period after any substantive change in this policy.
    The rights provided to parent(s)/guardian(s) in this policy transfer to the student when the student turns 18 years old, or is an emancipated minor.

    SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

    Sexual harassment of students is prohibited. An employee or District agent, or student engages in sexual harassment whenever he or she makes sexual advances, requests sexual favors, or engages in other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual or sex-based nature, imposed on the basis of sex, that:

    1. Denies or limits the provision of educational aid, benefits, services, or treatment; or that makes such conduct a condition of a student’s academic status; or
    2. Has the purpose or effect of:
      1. Substantially interfering with a student’s educational environment;
      2. Creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment;
      3. Depriving a student of educational aid, benefits, services, or treatment; or
      4. Making submission to or rejection of such unwelcome conduct the basis for academic decisions affecting a student.

    The terms intimidating, hostile, and offensive include conduct which has the effect of humiliation, embarrassment, or discomfort. Examples of sexual harassment include touching, crude jokes or pictures, discussions of sexual experiences, teasing related to sexual characteristics, and spreading rumors related to a person’s alleged sexual activities. The term sexual violence includes a number of different acts. Examples of sexual violence include, but are not limited to, rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual abuse, and sexual coercion.

    Making a Complaint

    Students are encouraged to report claims or incidences of bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, or any other prohibited conduct to the building principal, assistant principal, complaint managers, or non-discrimination coordinator. A student may choose to report to a person of the student’s same gender. Complaints will be kept confidential to the extent possible given the need to investigate. Students who make good faith complaints will not be disciplined. An allegation that a student was a victim of any prohibited conduct perpetrated by another student shall be referred to the building principal or assistant principal for appropriate action. Any student of the District who is determined, after an investigation, to have engaged in sexual harassment of another student will be subject to disciplinary action, including, but not limited to, suspension and/or expulsion. Any person making a knowingly false accusation regarding sexual harassment will likewise be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including discharge with regard to employees, or suspension and/or expulsion with regard to students.

    Complaint Managers/Nondiscrimination Coordinators: Lisa Nuss at 847-963-3013 or nussl@ccsd15.net and Dr. Matthew Barbini at 847-963-3210 or barbinim@ccsd15.net, 580 North 1st Bank Drive, Palatine, IL 60067.

    STUDENT RECORDS

    In District 15, all records, except health, reports of individual testing, records of other student services, and suspension, are kept in the student’s cumulative folder. Health records are maintained in the Health Services Office. Records of individual testing and other student services records are kept in the Student Services Department with copies also maintained in the office of the principal. Suspension records are maintained in the Superintendent’s Office.

    Authorized District 15 personnel who have access to the student records are: the principal of the school the child attends, teachers working with the student, and instructional or student services personnel or administrators involved in serving the child. The records of students who are enrolled in public or private school programs outside the school district are made available to personnel who work with the students in those programs. The laws also specify certain state and federal officials who may have access to the files if the use of the records is consistent with the fulfillment of their responsibilities.

    Questions about student records should be directed to the principal of the school your child attends or to the Student Services Department at 847-963-3149. All student records may be examined by the child’s parent(s) or guardian(s) who also may obtain copies of the records. A parent wishing to read the records or obtain copies must make a written request to the Assistant Superintendent for Student Services, as explained in #3 (below).

    The following information pertains to the rights and obligations of parents, students, and the school district under the Illinois School Student Records Act (ISSRA), Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act 1974, and 34 CFR Part 99.

    1. The student permanent record consists of basic identifying information, the academic transcript, the attendance record, accident reports and the health record, and a record of release of permanent information. It also may consist of honors and awards and information concerning participation in school-sponsored activities or athletics, or offices held in school-sponsored organizations. No other information will be placed in the student permanent record. The permanent record will be kept for 60 years after graduation or permanent withdrawal. (ISSRA, Par. 50-2(e); 50-4(e))

    2. The student temporary record consists of all information that is of clear relevance to the education of the student but is not required to be in the student permanent record. It may include family background information, intelligence test scores, aptitude test scores, psychological and personality test results, achievement test results, teacher anecdotal records, disciplinary information, and special education files.

    A record of release of temporary record information must be included in the student temporary record. The temporary record will be reviewed periodically for elimination of out-of-date, inaccurate, or unnecessary information. The temporary record will be destroyed entirely within five years after permanent withdrawal from the District. (ISSRA, Par. 50-2(f) and 50-4(f))

    3. Parents or any person specifically designated by a parent have the right to:

    a. Make a written request to inspect and copy all permanent and temporary records. Parents have a right to review the records within 15 days from the time the custodian of the records receives the request. The official records custodian in District 15 is the Director of Student Services. A student shall have the right to inspect and copy his or her school student permanent record. The charge for copying records is 35 cents per page. No parent or student shall be denied a copy of school student records due to inability to bear the cost of such copying. (ISSRA, Par. 50-5)

    b. Have present, at the option of either the parent or the school district, a qualified professional who may be a psychologist, counselor, or other advisor, and who may be an employee of the school district or employed by the parent, to interpret the information contained in the student temporary record. If the school district requires that a professional be present, the school district shall secure and bear any cost for the presence of a professional. If the parent so requests, the school district shall secure and bear any cost for the presence of a professional employed by the school district. (ISSRA, Par. 50-5(b))

    c. Challenge the accuracy, relevancy, or propriety of any entry in the student records, exclusive of grades, by requesting a hearing with the school district.

    (i) The request for a hearing shall be submitted in writing to the records custodian and shall contain notice of the specific entry or entries to be challenged and the basis of the challenge.

    (ii) An informal conference will be held within 15 school days of receipt of the request for a hearing.

    (iii) If the challenge is not resolved by the informal conference, a formal hearing shall be initiated.

    (iv) For a formal hearing, a hearing officer who is not employed in the attendance center in which the student is enrolled shall be appointed by the school district and shall conduct a hearing within a reasonable time but no later than 15 days after the informal conference, unless an extension of time is agreed upon by the parents and school officials. The hearing officer shall notify the parents and school officials of the time and place of the hearing. Each party shall have the right to present evidence and to call witnesses, the right to cross-examine witnesses, and the right to counsel. A record of the hearing shall be made by tape recording or by a court reporter. The decision of the hearing officer shall be rendered no later than 10 school days after the conclusion of the hearing and shall be transmitted to the parents and the school district. The hearing officer’s decision shall be based solely on the evidence presented at the hearing and shall order (a) retention of the challenged contents of the student record; or (b) removal of the challenged contents of the student record; or (c) a change, clarification or addition to the challenged contents of the student record. The parties shall have the right to appeal the decision of the hearing officer to the Regional Superintendent of Schools.

    (v) A notice of appeal must be presented to the Regional Superintendent of Schools within 20 school days after the decision of the hearing officer. The opposing party shall be notified of the appeal at the same time. Within 10 school days, the school district shall forward a transcript of the hearing, a copy of the record entry in question and any other pertinent materials to the Regional Superintendent of Schools. Upon receipt of such documents, the Regional Superintendent of Schools shall examine the documents and record, make findings and issue a decision to the parents and the school district within 20 school days of receipt of the documents. If the subject of the appeal involves the accuracy, relevance, or propriety of any entry in special education records, the Regional Superintendent of Schools should seek advice from appropriate special education personnel who were not authors of the entry and whose special education skills are relevant to the subject(s) of the entry in question. The school district shall be responsible for implementing the decision of the Regional Superintendent of Schools. Such decision shall be final, but may be appealed to the Circuit Court of the county in which the school district is located. (ISSRA, Par. 50-7)

    4. No student records or information contained therein may be released, transferred, disclosed, or otherwise disseminated, except:

    a. To a parent or student or person specifically designated as a representative by a parent; (ISSRA, Par. 50-6(a) (1))

    b. To an employee or official of the school district or the State Board of Education with a current demonstrable educational or administrative interest in the student, in furtherance of such interest; (ISSRA, Par. 50-6(a) (2))

    c. To the official records custodian of another school in which the student has enrolled or intends to enroll. The records may be transferred to the requesting school 10 school days after the student transfers out of the school district. Parents have the opportunity to inspect, copy, or challenge contents of the student records within those 10 days or before the records are transferred (ISSRA, Par. 50-6(a) (3)). Also, Public Act 89-261 requires the sending school district to verify that the student’s medical records are up-to-date and the student is not currently being disciplined by an out-of-school suspension or expulsion. Records of students who graduate from eighth grade are automatically forwarded to the high school the student will attend in District 211 or 214;

    d. To any person for the purpose of research, statistical reporting, or planning, provided that no student or parent can be identified from the information released and the person(s) requesting the use of such information has signed an affidavit agreeing to comply with all rules and statutes regarding school records; (ISSRA, Par. 50-6(a) (4))

    e. Pursuant to a court order, provided that the parent shall be given prompt written notice upon receipt of such order, of the terms of the order, the nature and substance of the information proposed to be released in compliance with such order and an opportunity to inspect, copy, and challenge the contents of the school student records; (ISSRA, Par. 50-6(a) (5))

    f. To any person as specifically required by state or federal law, provided that such person shall provide the school with appropriate identification and a copy of the statute authorizing such access and that the parent receives prior written notice of the nature and substance of the information to be released and an opportunity to inspect, copy, and challenge such information. If the release of information relates to more than 25 students, such prior notice may be given in a local newspaper of general circulation or other publication directed generally to parents; (ISSRA, Par. 50-6(a) (6))

    g. Subject to regulations of the Illinois State Board of Education, in connection with an emergency to appropriate persons if the knowledge of such information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other persons, provided that the parents are notified as soon as possible of the information released, the date of release, the person, agency or organization receiving the information, and the purpose of the release; (ISSRA, Par. 40-6(a) (7))

    h. To any person with the prior specific, dated, and written consent of the parent designating the person to whom the records may be released and the designated records or designated portions of the information to be released. The parent has the right to inspect, copy, and challenge the records and to limit any such consent to designated records or designated portions of the information contained within the records. (ISSRA, Par. 50-6(a) (8))

    5. Parents may insert in their child’s school student record a statement of reasonable length setting forth their position on any disputed information contained in that record. The school shall include a copy of such statement in any subsequent dissemination of the information in dispute. (ISSRA, Par. 50-7(d))

    6. Parents will be given reasonable prior notice before any school student record is destroyed or information deleted therefrom and an opportunity to copy the record or information proposed to be destroyed or deleted. (ISSRA, Par. 50-4(h))

    7. Except for the student and his/her parents, no person to whom information is released and no person specifically designated as a representative by a parent may permit any other person to have access to such information without prior consent of parent obtained in accordance with ISSRA, Par. 50-6(a) (8). (ISSRA, Section 50-6(d))

    8. A record of any release of information shall be maintained for the life of the school student records and shall be available only to the parents and the official records custodian. The record of release shall include the nature and substance of the information released, the name of the person requesting such information, the capacity in which such a request has been made, the purpose of such request, the date of the release, the name and signature of the official records custodian releasing such information, and a copy of any consent to such release. (ISSRA, Par. 50-6(c))

    9. All rights and privileges accorded a parent under the ISSRA shall become exclusively those of the student upon his/her 18th birthday, graduation from secondary school, marriage, or entry into the military service, whichever occurs first. Such rights and privileges also may be exercised by the student at any time with respect to the student’s permanent school record. (ISSRA, Par. 50-2(g))

    10. No person may condition the granting or withholding of any right, privilege or benefit, or make as a condition of employment, credit, or insurance the securing by any individual of any information from a student’s temporary record which such individual may obtain through the exercise of any right secured under the Illinois School Student Records Act. (ISSRA, Par. 50-8)

    11. Psychological evaluations, special education files, and other information contained in the student temporary record which may be of continued assistance to the student may be transferred to the custody of the parent or student if the student succeeded to the rights of the parents no sooner than five years after graduation or permanent withdrawal of a special education student.

    HOMELESS STUDENTS

    Board of Education policies provide that any homeless child shall be immediately admitted, even if the child or child’s parent/guardian is unable to produce records normally required for enrollment. A homeless child may attend the district school that the child attended when permanently housed or in which the child was last enrolled. A homeless child living in any district school’s attendance area may attend that school. Students eligible for services under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act shall have transportation provided to them in accordance with both state and federal law. Homeless students will also have all school fees waived and will become automatically eligible for free or reduced cost meals provided by the District.

    The District 15 liaison for homeless children is: Alicia Corrigan, Director of Student Services, 580 North 1st Bank Drive, Palatine, IL 60067, 847-963-3152, corrigaa@ccsd15.net.

    DISCIPLINE

    Discipline is used to discourage inappropriate student behavior through consequences that are implemented fairly and consistently. Consistent discipline helps educate children on appropriate behavior and teaches them to make better choices in the future. Students who fail to comply with school/District rules and guidelines will be referred to the principal or assistant principal. The administrator will determine consequences for the student’s misbehavior and contact parents either by phone and/or referral form.

    The development of student self-discipline is a goal of the schools. Self-discipline is regarded as a constructive form of discipline that contributes to individual growth. Staff members work with students to maintain good conduct at all times in the schools and at all school activities in such areas as the District’s civic beliefs. These expectations include conduct during lunch hour, transportation to and from school, and educational trips.

    District 15’s disciplinary policies are based on The School Code of Illinois, which requires school districts to establish and maintain a parent/teacher advisory committee to develop and review District discipline policies. These policies must provide that a teacher may remove a student from the classroom for disruptive behavior and must afford due process for students. The policies also require that students be informed of the contents of the District’s discipline policy and that parents or guardians be furnished a copy.

    Teachers and other certified educational employees shall maintain discipline in the schools in the interest of the safety of students and the establishment of an environment conducive to learning.

    Acceptable discipline includes engagement of students in purposeful activities and in constructive use of time. Emphasis is to be placed on development of self-discipline according to the level of maturity of the child. Acceptable expectations should be clearly defined for the student.

    Corrective disciplinary measures are to be positive in nature. Every effort is to be made to see that the child understands the reason for correction and the purpose of measures taken. If the measures taken do not result in correction of the situation, the teacher may remove the child from the classroom. However, this step should be taken only after other efforts to handle the situation have not succeeded and the student has been advised that the behavior may result in removal from the classroom.

    If it is necessary to remove the student, that student is to be advised that all students have a right to an environment conducive to learning and that the removed student’s return to the classroom is conditional upon his/her cooperation in maintaining such an environment.

    Discipline is a cooperative effort between parents and school staff. Parents are to be informed and involved in the correction procedures at the discretion of the principal. Discipline is also a crucial part of a student’s learning environment. Cooperation among parents, students, and staff will lead to quality education for all students.

    STUDENT BEHAVIOR—Board of Education Policy 7:190 is as follows:

    The goals and objectives of this policy are to provide effective discipline practices that: (1) ensure the safety and dignity of students and staff; (2) maintain a positive, weapons-free, and drug-free learning environment; (3) keep school property and the property of others secure; (4) address the causes of a student’s misbehavior and provide opportunities for all individuals involved in an incident to participate in its resolution; and (5) teach students positive behavioral skills to become independent, self-disciplined citizens in the school community and society.

    When and Where Conduct Rules Apply

    A student is subject to disciplinary action for engaging in prohibited student conduct, as described in the section with that name below, whenever the student’s conduct is reasonably related to school or school activities, including, but not limited to:

    1. On, or within sight of, school grounds before, during, or after school hours or at any time;
    2. Off school grounds at a school-sponsored activity or event, or any activity or event that bears a reasonable relationship to school;
    3. Traveling to or from school or a school activity, function, or event; or
    4. Anywhere, if the conduct interferes with, disrupts, or adversely affects the school environment, school operations, or an educational function, including, but not limited to, conduct that may reasonably be considered to: (a) be a threat or an attempted intimidation of a staff member; or (b) endanger the health or safety of students, staff, or school property.

    Prohibited Student Conduct

    The school administration is authorized to discipline students for gross disobedience or misconduct including, but not limited to:

    1. Using, possessing, distributing, purchasing, or selling tobacco or nicotine materials, including without limitation, electronic cigarettes.

    2. Using, possessing, distributing, purchasing, or selling alcoholic beverages. Students who are under the influence of an alcoholic beverage are not permitted to attend school or school functions and are treated as though they had alcohol in their possession.

    3. Using, possessing, distributing, purchasing, selling, or offering for sale:

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

    b. Any anabolic steroid unless it is being administered in accordance with a physician’s or licensed practitioner’s prescription.

    c. Any performance-enhancing substance on the Illinois High School Association’s most current banned substance list unless administered in accordance with a physician’s or licensed practitioner’s prescription.

    d. Any prescription drug when not prescribed for the student by a physician or licensed practitioner, or when used in a manner inconsistent with the prescription or prescribing physician’s or licensed practitioner’s instructions. The use or possession of medical cannabis, even by a student for whom medical cannabis has been prescribed, is prohibited.

    e. Any inhalant, regardless of whether it contains an illegal drug or controlled substance: (a) that a student believes is, or represents to be capable of, causing intoxication, hallucination, excitement, or dulling of the brain or nervous system; or (b) about which the student engaged in behavior that would lead a responsible person to believe that the student intended the inhalant to cause intoxication, hallucination, excitement, or dulling of the brain or nervous system. The prohibition in this section does not apply to a student’s use of asthma or other legally prescribed inhalant medications.

    f. Any substance inhaled, injected, smoked, consumed, or otherwise ingested or absorbed with the intention of causing a physiological or psychological change in the body, including without limitation, pure caffeine in tablet or powdered form.

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

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

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

    4. Using, possessing, controlling, or transferring a “weapon” as that term is defined in the Weapons section of this policy, or violating the Weapons section of this policy.

    5. Using or possessing an electronic paging device.

    6. Using a cellular telephone, video recording device, personal digital assistant (PDA), 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 in locker rooms or bathrooms, cheat, or otherwise violate student conduct rules. Prohibited conduct specifically includes, without limitation, creating, sending, sharing, viewing, receiving, or possessing an indecent visual depiction of oneself or another person through the use of a computer, electronic communication device, or cellular telephone. Unless otherwise banned under this policy or by the Building Principal, all electronic devices must be kept powered off and out of sight during the regular school day unless: (a) the supervising teacher grants permission; (b) use of the device is provided in a student’s individualized education program (IEP); or (c) it is used during the student’s lunch period, or (d) it is needed in an emergency that threatens the safety of students, staff, or other individuals.

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

    8. Disobeying rules of student conduct or directives from staff members or school officials. Examples of disobeying staff directives include refusing a District staff member’s request to stop, present school identification, or submit to a search.

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

    10. Engaging in hazing or any kind of bullying or aggressive behavior that does physical or psychological harm to a staff person or another student, or urging other students to engage in such conduct. Prohibited conduct specifically includes, without limitation, any use of violence, intimidation, force, noise, coercion, threats, stalking, harassment, sexual harassment, public humiliation, theft or destruction of property, retaliation, hazing, bullying, bullying using a school computer or school computer network, or other comparable conduct.

    11. Engaging in any sexual activity, including without limitation, offensive touching, sexual harassment, indecent exposure (including mooning), and sexual assault. This does not include the non-disruptive: (a) expression of gender or sexual orientation or preference, or (b) display of affection during non-instructional time.

    12. Teen dating violence, as described in Board policy 7:185 Teen Dating Violence Prohibited.

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

    14. Entering school property or a school facility without proper authorization.

    15. In the absence of a reasonable belief that an emergency exists, calling emergency responders (such as calling 911); signaling or setting off alarms or signals indicating the presence of an emergency; or indicating the presence of a bomb or explosive device on school grounds, school bus, or at any school activity.

    16. Being absent without a recognized excuse; State law and School Board Policy regarding truancy control will be used with chronic and habitual truants.

    17. Being involved with any public school fraternity, sorority or secret society, by: (a) being a member; (b) promising to join; (c) pledging to become a member; or (d) soliciting any other person to join, promise to join, or be pledged to become a member.

    18. Being involved in gangs or gang related activities, including displaying gang symbols or paraphernalia.

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

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

    21. Operating an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) or drone for any purpose on school grounds or at any school event unless granted permission by the Superintendent or designee.

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

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

    Efforts, including the use of early intervention and progressive discipline, shall be made to deter students, while at school or a school-related event, from engaging in disruptive behavior that may reasonably produce physical or psychological harm to someone else. The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that the parent/guardian of a student who engages in aggressive behavior is notified of the incident. The failure to provide such notification does not limit the Board’s authority to impose discipline, including suspension or expulsion, for such behavior.

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

    Disciplinary Measures

    School officials shall limit the number and duration of expulsions and out-of-school suspensions to the greatest extent practicable, and, where practicable and reasonable, shall consider forms of non-exclusionary discipline before using out-of-school suspensions or expulsions. School personnel shall not advise or encourage students to drop out voluntarily due to behavioral or academic difficulties. Potential disciplinary measures include, without limitation, any of the following:

    1. Notifying parents(s)/guardian(s).
    2. Disciplinary conference.
    3. Withholding of privileges.
    4. Temporary removal from the classroom.
    5. Return of property or restitution for lost, stolen, or damaged property.
    6. In-school suspension. The Building Principal or designee shall ensure that the student is properly supervised.
    7. After-school study or Saturday study, provided the student’s parent/guardian has been notified. If transportation arrangements cannot be agreed upon, an alternative disciplinarymeasure may be used. The student must be supervised by the detaining teacher or the Building Principal or a designee.
    8. Community service with local public and nonprofit agencies that enhances community efforts to meet human, educational, environmental, or public safety needs. The District will not provide transportation. School administration shall use this option only as an alternative to another disciplinary measure, giving the student and/or parent/guardian the choice.
    9. Seizure of contraband; confiscation and temporary retention of personal property that was used to violate this policy or school disciplinary rules.
    10. Suspension of bus riding privileges in accordance with Board policy 7:220 Bus Conduct.
    11. Out-of-school suspension from school and all school activities in accordance with Board policy 7:200, Suspension Procedures. A student who has been suspended may also be restricted from being on school grounds and at school activities.
    12. Expulsion from school and all school activities for a definite time period not to exceed 2 calendar years in accordance with Board policy 7:210 Expulsion Procedures. A student who has been expelled shall be restricted from being on school grounds and at school activities.
    13. Transfer to an alternative program if the student is expelled or otherwise qualifies for the transfer under State law. The transfer shall be in the manner provided in Article 13A or 13B of the School Code.
    14. Notifying juvenile authorities or other law enforcement whenever the conduct involves criminal activity, including but not limited to, illegal drugs (controlled substances), “look-alikes,” alcohol, or weapons or in other circumstances as authorized by the reciprocal reporting agreement between the District and local law enforcement agencies.

    The above list of disciplinary measures is a range of options that will not always be applicable in every case. In some circumstances, it may not be possible to avoid suspending or expelling a student because behavioral interventions, other than a suspension and expulsion, will not be appropriate and available, and the only reasonable and practical way to resolve the threat and/or address the disruption is a suspension or expulsion.

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

    Weapons

    A student who is determined to have brought one of the following objects to school, any school-sponsored activity or event, or any activity or event that bears a reasonable relationship to school shall be expelled for a period of at least one calendar year but not more than two calendar years:

    1. A firearm, meaning any gun, rifle, shotgun, or weapon as defined by Section 921 of Title 18 of the United States Code (18 U.S.C. § 921), firearm as defined in Section 1.1 of the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act (430 ILCS 65/), or firearm as defined in Section 24-1 of the Criminal Code of 1961 (720 ILCS 5/24-1).
    2. A knife, brass knuckles, or other knuckle weapon regardless of its composition, a billy club, or any other object if used or attempted or intended to be used to cause bodily harm, including “look-alikes” of any firearm as defined above.

    The expulsion requirement under either paragraph one or two above may be modified by the Superintendent, and the Superintendent’s determination may be modified by the Board on a case-by-case basis. The Superintendent or designee may grant an exception to this policy, upon the prior request of an adult supervisor, for students in theatre, cooking, ROTC, martial arts, and similar programs, whether or not school-sponsored, provided the item is not equipped, nor intended, to do bodily harm.

    This policy’s prohibitions concerning weapons apply regardless of whether: (1) a student is licensed to carry a concealed firearm, or (2) the Board permits visitors, who are licensed to carry a concealed firearm, to store a firearm in a locked vehicle in a school parking area.

    Re-Engagement of Returning Students

    The Superintendent or designee shall maintain a process to facilitate the re-engagement of students who are returning from an out-of-school suspension, expulsion, or an alternative school setting. The goal of re-engagement shall be to support the student’s ability to be successful in school following a period of exclusionary discipline and shall include the opportunity for students who have been suspended to complete or make up work for equivalent academic credit.

    Required Notices

    A school staff member shall immediately notify the office of the Building Principal in the event that he or she: (1) observes any person in possession of a firearm on or around school grounds; however, such action may be delayed if immediate notice would endanger students under his or her supervision, (2) observes or has reason to suspect that any person on school grounds is or was involved in a drug-related incident, or (3) observes a battery committed against any staff member. Upon receiving such a report, the Building Principal or designee shall immediately notify a local law enforcement agency, State Police, and any involved student’s parent(s)/guardian(s). “School grounds” includes modes of transportation to school activities and any public way within 1000 feet of the school, as well as school property itself.

    Delegation of Authority

    Each teacher, and any other school personnel when students are under his or her charge, is authorized to impose any disciplinary measure, other than suspension, expulsion, corporal punishment, or in-school suspension, that is appropriate and in accordance with the policies and rules on student discipline. Teachers, other certificated [licensed] educational employees, and other persons providing a related service for or with respect to a student, may use reasonable force as needed to maintain safety for other students, school personnel, or other persons, or for the purpose of self-defense or defense of property. Teachers may remove students from a classroom for disruptive behavior.

    The Superintendent, Building Principal, Assistant Building Principal, or Dean of Students is authorized to impose the same disciplinary measures as teachers and may suspend students guilty of gross disobedience or misconduct from school (including all school functions) and from riding the school bus, up to ten consecutive school days, provided the appropriate procedures are followed. The Board may suspend students from riding the bus in excess of ten school days for safety reasons.

    Parent/Student Handbook

    The Superintendent, with input from the parent-teacher advisory committee, shall prepare disciplinary rules implementing the District’s disciplinary policies. These disciplinary rules shall be presented annually to the Board for its review and approval.

    A parent/student handbook, including the District disciplinary policies and rules, shall be distributed to the students’ parents/guardians within 15 days of the beginning of the school year or a student’s enrollment.

    SEARCH AND SEIZURE

    Board Policy 7:140 authorizes school authorities, including police liaison officers, to conduct searches of school property and equipment, as well as of students and their personal effects to maintain order and security in the schools. The policy states:

    Students

    School authorities may search a student and/or the student’s personal effects in the student’s possession (e.g., purses, wallets, knapsacks, book bags, lunch boxes, etc.) when there are reasonable grounds for suspecting that the search will produce evidence the particular student has violated or is violating either the law or the District’s student conduct rules. The search itself must be conducted in a manner which is reasonably related to its objectives and not excessively intrusive in light of the age and sex of the student and the nature of the infraction.

    When feasible, the search should be conducted as follows:

    • outside the view of others, including students;
    • in the presence of a school administrator or adult witness;
    • by a certificated employee or police liaison officer of the appropriate gender.

    School Property and Equipment as Well as Personal Effects Left on School Property by Students

    School authorities may inspect and search school property and equipment owned or controlled by the school (such as lockers, desks, and parking lots), as well as personal effects left on school property by a student, without notice to or the consent of the student. Students have no reasonable expectation of privacy in these places or areas or in their personal effects left on school property.

    The Superintendent or designee may request the assistance of law enforcement officials to conduct inspections and searches of lockers, desks, parking lots, and other school property or equipment for illegal drugs, weapons, or other illegal or dangerous substances or materials, including searches conducted through the use of specially trained dogs.

    Seizure of Property

    If a search produces evidence that the student has violated or is violating either the law or the District’s policies or rule, such evidence may be seized and impounded by school authorities, and disciplinary action may be taken. When appropriate, such evidence may be transferred to law enforcement authorities.

    OUT-OF-SCHOOL SUSPENSION PROCEDURES

    The Superintendent or designee shall implement suspension procedures that provide, at a minimum, for each of the following:

    1. A conference during which the charges will be explained and the student will be given an opportunity to respond to the charges before he or she may be suspended.

    2. A pre-suspension conference is not required, and the student can be immediately suspended when the student’s presence poses a continuing danger to persons or property or an ongoing threat of disruption to the educational process. In such cases, the notice and conference shall follow as soon as practicable.

    3. An attempted phone call to the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s).

    4. A written notice of the suspension to the parent(s)/guardian(s) and the student, which shall:

    a. Provide notice to the parent(s)/guardian(s) of their child’s right to a review of the suspension;

    b. Include information about an opportunity to make up work missed during the suspension for equivalent academic credit;

    c. Detail the specific act of gross disobedience or misconduct resulting in the decision to suspend;

    d. Provide rationale or an explanation of how the chosen number of suspension days will address the threat or disruption posed by the student or his or her act of gross disobedience or misconduct; and

    e. Depending upon the length of the out-of-school suspension, include the following applicable information:

    i. For a suspension of 3 school days or less, an explanation that the student’s continuing presence in school would either pose:

    1. A threat to school safety, or

    2. A disruption to other students’ learning opportunities.

    ii. For a suspension of 4 or more school days, an explanation:

    1. That other appropriate and available behavioral and disciplinary interventions have been exhausted,

    2. As to whether school officials attempted other interventions or determined that no other interventions were available for the student, and

    3. That the student’s continuing presence in school would either:

    a. Pose a threat to the safety of other students, staff, or members of the school community, or

    b. Substantially disrupt, impede, or interfere with the operation of the school.

    iii. For a suspension of 5 or more school days, the information listed in section 4.e.ii. above, along with documentation by the Superintendent or designee determining what, if any, appropriate and available support services will be provided to the student during the length of his or her suspension.

    5. A summary of the notice, including the reason for the suspension and the suspension length, must be given to the Board by the Superintendent or designee.

    6. Upon request of the parent(s)/guardian(s), a review of the suspension shall be conducted by the Board or a hearing officer appointed by the Board. At the review, the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) may appear and discuss the suspension with the Board or its designee and may be represented by counsel. Whenever there is evidence that mental illness may be the cause for the suspension, the Superintendent or designee shall invite a representative from the Department of Human Services to consult with the Board. After presentation of the evidence or receipt of the hearing officer’s report, the Board shall take such action as it finds appropriate. If the suspension is upheld, the Board’s written suspension decision shall specifically detail items (a) and (e) in number 4, above.

    A student seeking to transfer into District 15 must serve the entire term of any suspension or expulsion, imposed for any reason by any public or private school in Illinois or any other state, before being admitted into a district school, as specified in Board Policy 7:50, Student Admissions and Student Transfers To and From Non-District Schools.

    GANGS AND GANG-RELATED ACTIVITIES

    Board of Education Policy 7:191 states:

    Student involvement in gangs or gang-related activities, including the display of gang symbols or paraphernalia, on school property or at school-related events is strictly prohibited. Any student who violates this policy shall be subject to disciplinary action which may include suspension or expulsion in accordance with the District’s student behavior policy.

    As used herein, the term “gang” shall mean any organization, club, or group composed wholly or in part of students and which is assembled for the common purpose or design of:

    1. committing or conspiring to commit criminal offenses,
    2. engaging in conduct that is contrary to the public good, or
    3. engaging in conduct that interferes with, or disrupts, the District’s educational process or programs.

    As used herein, the phrase “gang-related activity” shall mean any conduct engaged in by a student on behalf of any gang:

    1. to perpetuate the existence of any gang, and
    2. to effect the common purpose and design of any gang including, without limitation, recruiting students for membership in any gang and/or threatening or intimidating other students or employees to commit acts or omissions against their will in furtherance of the common purpose and design of any gang.

    BUS CONDUCT

    All students must follow the District’s School Bus Safety Rules.

    School Bus Suspensions

    The Superintendent, or any designee as permitted in school code, is authorized to suspend a student from riding the school bus for up to 10 consecutive school days for engaging in gross disobedience or misconduct, including but not limited to the following:

    1. Prohibited student conduct as defined in School Board policy, 7:190 Student Behavior.
    2. Willful injury or threat of injury to a bus driver or to another rider.
    3. Willful damage and/or defacement of the bus.
    4. Repeated use of profanity.
    5. Repeated willful disobedience of a directive from the bus driver or other supervisor.
    6. Such other behavior as the Superintendent or designee deems to threaten the safe operation of the bus and/or its occupants.

    If a student is suspended from riding the bus for gross disobedience or misconduct on a bus, the School Board may suspend the student from riding the school bus for a period in excess of 10 days for safety reasons. The District shall provide the student with notice of the gross disobedience or misconduct and an opportunity to respond.

    Academic Credit for Missed Classes During School Bus Suspension

    A student suspended from riding the bus who does not have alternate transportation to school shall have the opportunity to complete or make up work for equivalent academic credit. It shall be the responsibility of the student’s parent or guardian to notify the school that the student does not have alternate transportation.

    All District 15 buses are equipped with video cameras to monitor conduct and maintain a safe environment for students and employees.

    TITLE IX COMPLIANCE

    School District 15 is in full compliance with regulations for implementing Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibit sex discrimination in federally assisted education programs. The school district complies fully with the nondiscriminatory provisions of federal and state law pertaining but not limited to students, parents, members of the community, employees, and applicants for employment.

    HARASSMENT/BULLYING

    Bullying, intimidation, and harassment are not acceptable behaviors in any form.

    Board of Education Policy 7:180 states:

    Prevention of and Response to Bullying, Intimidation, and Harassment

    Bullying, intimidation, and harassment diminish a student’s ability to learn and a school’s ability to educate. Preventing students from engaging in these disruptive behaviors and providing all students equal access to a safe, non-hostile learning environment are important District goals.

    Bullying on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, national origin, military status, unfavorable discharge status from the military service, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender-related identity or expression, ancestry, age, religion, physical or mental disability, order of protection status, status of being homeless, or actual or potential marital or parental status, including pregnancy, association with a person or group with one or more of the aforementioned actual or perceived characteristics, or any other distinguishing characteristic is prohibited in each of the following situations:

    1. During any school-sponsored education program or activity.
    2. While in school, on school property, on school buses or other school vehicles, at designated school bus stops waiting for the school bus, or at school-sponsored or school-sanctioned events or activities.
    3. Through the transmission of information from a school computer, a school computer network, or other similar electronic school equipment.
    4. Through the transmission of information from a computer that is accessed at a nonschool-related location, activity, function, or program or from the use of technology or an electronic device that is not owned, leased, or used by the School District or school if the bullying causes a substantial disruption to the educational process or orderly operation of a school. This paragraph (item #4) applies only when a school administrator or teacher receives a report that bullying through this means has occurred; it does not require staff members to monitor any nonschool-related activity, function, or program.

    Definitions from Section 27-23.7 of the School Code (105 ILCS 5/27-23.7)

    Bullying includes cyber-bullying and means any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or electronically, directed toward a student or students that has or can be reasonably predicted to have the effect of one or more of the following:

    1. Placing the student or students in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s or students’ person or property.
    2. Causing a substantially detrimental effect on the student’s or students’ physical or mental health.
    3. Substantially interfering with the student’s or students’ academic performance; or
    4. Substantially interfering with the student’s or students’ ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.

    Cyber-bullying means bullying through the use of technology or any electronic communication, including without limitation any transfer of signs, signals, writing images, sounds, data, or intelligence of any nature transmitted in whole or in part by a wire, radio, electromagnetic system, photo-electronic system, or photo-optical system, including without limitation electronic mail, Internet communications, instant messages, or facsimile communications. Cyber-bullying includes the creation of a webpage or weblog in which the creator assumes the identity of another person or the knowing impersonation of another person as the author of posted content or messages if the creation or impersonation creates any of the effects enumerated in the definition of bullying. Cyber-bullying also includes the distribution by electronic means of a communication to more than one person or the posting of material on an electronic medium that may be accessed by one or more persons if the distribution or posting creates any of the effects enumerated in the definition of bullying.

    Restorative measures means a continuum of school-based alternatives to exclusionary discipline, such as suspensions and expulsions, that: (i) are adapted to the particular needs of the school and community, (ii) contribute to maintaining school safety, (iii) protect the integrity of a positive and productive learning climate, (iv) teach students the personal and interpersonal skills they will need to be successful in school and society, (v) serve to build and restore relationships among students, families, schools, and communities, and (vi) reduce the likelihood of future disruption by balancing accountability with an understanding of students’ behavioral health needs in order to keep students in school.

    School personnel means persons employed by, on contract with, or who volunteer in a school district, including without limitation: school and school district administrators, teachers, school guidance counselors, school social workers, school counselors, school psychologists, school nurses, cafeteria workers, custodians, bus drivers, school resource officers, and security guards.

    BULLYING PREVENTION AND RESPONSE PLAN

    The Superintendent or designee shall develop and maintain a bullying prevention and response plan that advances the District’s goal of providing all students with a safe learning environment free of bullying and harassment. This plan must be consistent with the requirements listed below; each numbered requirement, 1-12, corresponds with the same number in the list of required policy components in 105 ILCS 5/27-23.7(b) 1-12.

    1. The District uses the definition of bullying as provided in this policy.

    2. Bullying is contrary to State law and the policy of this District. However, nothing in the District’s bullying prevention and response plan is intended to infringe upon any right to exercise free expression or the free exercise of religion or religiously based views protected under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution or under Section 3 of Article I of the Illinois Constitution.

    3. Students are encouraged to immediately report bullying. A report may be made orally or in writing to the District named officials or any staff member. The District named officials and all staff members are available for help with a bully or to make a report about bullying. Anonymous reports are also accepted.

    Nondiscrimination Coordinator:

    Name: Lisa Nuss

    Address: 580 N. 1st Bank Drive
    Palatine, IL 60067

    E-mail: nussl@ccsd15.net

    Telephone: 847-963-3013

    Complaint Managers:

    Name:            Matthew J. Barbini                   Lisa Nuss

    Address:       580 N. 1st Bank Drive              580 N. 1st Bank Drive

                          Palatine, IL 60067                    Palatine, IL 60067

    E-mail:         barbinim@ccsd15.net                nussl@ccsd15.net

    Telephone:    847-963-3210                          847-963-3013

    4. Consistent with federal and State laws and rules governing student privacy rights, the Superintendent or designee shall promptly inform the parent(s)/guardian(s) of every student involved in an alleged incident of bullying and discuss, as appropriate, the availability of social work services, counseling, school psychological services, other interventions, and restorative measures.

    5. The Superintendent or designee shall promptly investigate and address reports of bullying, by, among other things:

    a. Making all reasonable efforts to complete the investigation within 10 school days after the date the report of a bullying incident was received and taking into consideration additional relevant information received during the course of the investigation about the reported bullying incident.

    b. Involving appropriate school support personnel and other staff persons with knowledge, experience, and training on bullying prevention, as deemed appropriate, in the investigation process.

    c. Notifying the Building Principal or school administrator or designee of the reported incident of bullying as soon as possible after the report is received.

    d. Consistent with federal and State laws and rules governing student privacy rights, providing parents/guardians of the students who are parties to the investigation information about the investigation and an opportunity to meet with the Building Principal or school administrator or his or her designee to discuss the investigation, the findings of the investigation, and the actions taken to address the reported incident of bullying.

    The Superintendent or designee shall investigate whether a reported incident of bullying is within the permissible scope of the District’s jurisdiction and shall require that the District provide the victim with information regarding services that are available within the District and community, such as counseling support services, and other programs.

    6. The Superintendent or designee shall use interventions to address bullying, that may include, but are not limited to, school social work services, restorative measures, social-emotional skill building, counseling, school psychological services, and community-based services.

    7. A reprisal or retaliation against any person who reports an act of bullying is prohibited. A student’s act of reprisal or retaliation will be treated as bullying for purposes of determining any consequences or other appropriate remedial actions.

    8. A student will not be punished for reporting bullying or supplying information, even if the District’s investigation concludes that no bullying occurred. However, knowingly making a false accusation or providing knowingly false information will be treated as bullying for purposes of determining any consequences or other appropriate remedial actions.

    9. The District’s bullying prevention and response plan must be based on the engagement of a range of school stakeholders, including students and parents/guardians.

    10. The Superintendent or designee shall post this policy on the District’s website, if any, and include it in the student handbook, and, where applicable, post it where other policies, rules, and standards of conduct are currently posted. The policy must be distributed annually to parents/guardians, students, and school personnel (including new employees when hired), and must also be provided periodically throughout the school year to students and faculty.

    11. The Superintendent or designee shall assist the Board with its evaluation and assessment of this policy’s outcomes and effectiveness. This process shall include, without limitation:

    a. The frequency of victimization;

    b. Student, staff, and family observations of safety at a school;

    c. Identification of areas of a school where bullying occurs;

    d. The types of bullying utilized; and

    e. Bystander intervention or participation.

    The evaluation process may use relevant data and information that the District already collects for other purposes. The Superintendent or designee must post the information developed as a result of the policy evaluation on the District’s website, or if a website is not available, the information must be provided to school administrators, Board members, school personnel, parents/guardians, and students.

    12. The Superintendent or designee shall fully implement the Board policies, including without limitation, the following:

    a. 2:260, Uniform Grievance Procedure. A student may use this policy to complain about bullying.

    b. 6:60, Curriculum Content. Bullying prevention and character instruction is provided in all grades in accordance with State law.

    c. 6:65, Student Social and Emotional Development. Student social and emotional development is incorporated into the District’s educational program as required by State law.

    d. 6:235, Access to Electronic Networks. This policy states that the use of the District’s electronic networks is limited to: (1) support of education and/or research, or (2) a legitimate business use.

    e. 7:20, Harassment of Students Prohibited. This policy prohibits any person from harassing, intimidating, or bullying a student based on an identified actual or perceived characteristic (the list of characteristics in 7:20 is the same as the list in this policy).

    f. 7:185, Teen Dating Violence Prohibited. This policy prohibits teen dating violence on school property, at school-sponsored activities, and in vehicles used for school-provided transportation.

    g. 7:190, Student Behavior. This policy prohibits, and provides consequences for, hazing, bullying, or other aggressive behaviors, or urging other students to engage in such conduct.

    h. 7:310, Restrictions on Publications; Elementary Schools. This policy prohibits students from and provides consequences for: (1) accessing and/or distributing at school any written, printed, or electronic material, including material from the Internet, that will cause substantial disruption of the proper and orderly operation and discipline, of the school or school activities, and (2) creating and/or distributing written, printed, or electronic material, including photographic material and blogs, that causes substantial disruption to school operations or interferes with the rights of other students or staff members.

    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.

    PARENT RIGHTS

    Parents have the right to request information regarding the professional qualifications of any teacher instructing their child(ren). Information that may be requested includes:

    • Whether or not the teacher has met state licensure requirements;
    • Whether or not the teacher is teaching under emergency or provisional status;
    • The bachelor’s degree major of the teacher, any other certification or degrees held by the teacher and the subject areas of the certification or degrees; and
    • Whether your child is provided services by teacher aides/paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.

    For more information, contact Lisa Nuss, Assistant Superintendent for Human Services, 580 North 1st Bank Drive, Palatine, IL 60067, 847-963-3013.

    Accommodating Individuals With Disabilities

    Individuals with disabilities shall be provided an opportunity to participate in all school-sponsored services, programs, or activities, including parent-teacher conferences, school programs and school board meetings, on an equal basis and will not be subject to illegal discrimination. Where necessary, the district may provide to persons with disabilities separate or different aids, benefits, or services from, but as effective as, those provided to others. The district will provide reasonable accommodations where necessary to afford individuals with disabilities equal opportunity to participate in or enjoy the benefits of a service, program, or activity. Each service, program, or activity operated in existing facilities shall be readily accessible to, and useable by, individuals with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities should notify the Superintendent or building principal if they have a disability which will require special assistance or services and, if so, what services are required. This notification should occur as far as possible before the school-sponsored function, program, or meeting. Individuals with disabilities may allege a violation of this policy or federal law by filing a grievance under the Uniform Grievance Procedure.

    Complaint Managers: Lisa Nuss at 847-963-3013 or nussl@ccsd15.net and Dr. Matthew Barbini at 847-963-3210 or barbinim@ccsd15.net, 580 North 1st Bank Drive, Palatine, IL 60067.