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STARTING/DISMISSAL TIMES

The starting and dismissal times for District 59 schools are as follows for Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays:

Junior High Schools (Grades 6-8):
Starting Time: 7:45 AM
Dismissal Time: 2:50 PM

Elementary Schools (Grades K-5):
Starting Time: 8:45 AM
Dismissal Time: 3:35 PM

Ridge Family Center for Learning (Grades K-5):
Starting Time: 7:50 AM
Dismissal Time: 2:40PM

Early Learning Center
Morning Program
8:15 – 10:45 AM (Half day program, M-F)
Afternoon Program
12:00 – 2:30 PM (Half day program M, T, Th, F –No class W)

All schools will dismiss one hour early every Wednesday during the school year.


REPORTING STUDENT ABSENCES

The primary responsibility for notifying the school when a child is to be absent lies with the child’s parent/guardian. Therefore, it is the expectation of the District that a parent/guardian will notify the child’s school by 9:00 a.m. if their child is to be absent from school on any given day. Any parent/guardian failing to notify the school of an absence will be contacted by telephone at home or work to verify the absence. The exact hours for reporting school absences will be communicated to you by your local school principal.

The District is required to maintain attendance records on all children. The Illinois State Board of Education has established guidelines for half-day and full-day attendance. The guidelines are based on instructional time with the following general parameters:

                                           Kindergarten            First Grade                      Grades 2-8
Full Day Credits           4 hrs/240 mins          4 hrs/240 mins                5 hrs/300 mins
Half Day Credits          2 hrs/120 mins         2.5 hrs/150 mins              2.5 hrs/150 mins

Consistent with the requirements of state law, if any child in grades K-8 is absent from school, and there is no record that the absence has been authorized and is for valid cause, the school will, within 2 hours after the first class in which the child is enrolled, make a reasonable attempt to contact the parent or guardian of the child’s absence. This notice will not be given for those absences authorized by the parent/guardian.

These attendance guidelines do not apply to disabled children below the age of 6 who, because of disability, cannot attend a two-hour session or to home/hospital bound children.


TARDINESS

Students arriving at school after the official school starting time are marked as “tardy.” If this late arrival results in a student failing to meet the minimum attendance credit times as listed above, then the student will be marked as absent for that part of the school day. When a child arrives late to school, a parent should bring his/her child to the office to verify their late arrival to school.


FAMILY VACATIONS

Parents are strongly urged to coordinate vacation plans and other such activities with school vacations. It must be realized that some classroom experiences cannot be repeated for students who are absent.

While most families do not take extended vacations during the school year, some find it necessary to take their children out of school. If and when this occurs, you need to be aware of the following. If the absence exceeds ten school days without parental communication to the school, the child’s attendance record will be adjusted to reflect a student withdrawal effective the first day of absence from school.


COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE LAWS

The Illinois compulsory attendance law requires all children ages 6-17 to attend school. Children below the age of 6 years or above the age of 17 years who are enrolled in grades Kindergarten – 12 are also required to attend school while in session during the regular school term.

It is the responsibility of a parent or guardian to ensure his/her child attends school regularly in order to obtain the maximum benefits from the educational program. In order to obtain maximum efficiency in the use of school buses, the starting and ending times of the schools are staggered.

The lunch periods also may differ among schools to provide maximum use of available instructional time.


TRUANCY

The School District will determine if the student is a truant, chronic or habitual truant, or a truant minor.

A “truant” is a child subject to compulsory school attendance who is absent without valid cause from such attendance for a school day or portion thereof.

Valid cause for absence – A child may be absent from school because of illness, medical appointment, observance of a religious holiday, death in the immediate family, family emergency, school activities, special or unusual events approved by the parent(s)/guardian(s) and pre-approved with the school, situations beyond the student’s control as determined by the Board of Education or such other circumstances which cause reasonable concern to the parent for the safety or health of the student.

Chronic or habitual truant – A “chronic or habitual truant” is a child who is subject to compulsory school attendance and who is absent without valid cause from such attendance for 5% percent or more of the previous 180 regular attendance days. Students who are identified as chronic or habitual truants will be reported to the appropriate Intermediate Service Center.

Truant minor – A chronic truant to whom supportive services, including prevention, diagnostic, intervention and remedial services, alternative programs, and other school and community resources have been provided and have failed to result in the cessation of chronic truancy or have been offered and refused.

The Educational Services Department (847-593-4335) will function on a consultative and remedial basis in truancy matters. Families and students seeking help with truancy may be referred to Educational Services after a principal/teacher conference.


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STARTING/DISMISSAL TIMES

The starting and dismissal times for District 59 schools are as follows for Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays:

Junior High Schools (Grades 6-8):
Starting Time: 7:45 AM
Dismissal Time: 2:50 PM

Elementary Schools (Grades K-5):
Starting Time: 8:45 AM
Dismissal Time: 3:35 PM

Ridge Family Center for Learning (Grades K-5):
Starting Time: 7:50 AM
Dismissal Time: 2:40PM

Early Learning Center
Morning Program
8:15 – 10:45 AM (Half day program, M-F)
Afternoon Program
12:00 – 2:30 PM (Half day program M, T, Th, F –No class W)

All schools will dismiss one hour early every Wednesday during the school year.


REPORTING STUDENT ABSENCES

The primary responsibility for notifying the school when a child is to be absent lies with the child’s parent/guardian. Therefore, it is the expectation of the District that a parent/guardian will notify the child’s school by 9:00 a.m. if their child is to be absent from school on any given day. Any parent/guardian failing to notify the school of an absence will be contacted by telephone at home or work to verify the absence. The exact hours for reporting school absences will be communicated to you by your local school principal.

The District is required to maintain attendance records on all children. The Illinois State Board of Education has established guidelines for half-day and full-day attendance. The guidelines are based on instructional time with the following general parameters:

                                           Kindergarten            First Grade                      Grades 2-8
Full Day Credits           4 hrs/240 mins          4 hrs/240 mins                5 hrs/300 mins
Half Day Credits          2 hrs/120 mins         2.5 hrs/150 mins              2.5 hrs/150 mins

Consistent with the requirements of state law, if any child in grades K-8 is absent from school, and there is no record that the absence has been authorized and is for valid cause, the school will, within 2 hours after the first class in which the child is enrolled, make a reasonable attempt to contact the parent or guardian of the child’s absence. This notice will not be given for those absences authorized by the parent/guardian.

These attendance guidelines do not apply to disabled children below the age of 6 who, because of disability, cannot attend a two-hour session or to home/hospital bound children.


TARDINESS

Students arriving at school after the official school starting time are marked as “tardy.” If this late arrival results in a student failing to meet the minimum attendance credit times as listed above, then the student will be marked as absent for that part of the school day. When a child arrives late to school, a parent should bring his/her child to the office to verify their late arrival to school.


FAMILY VACATIONS

Parents are strongly urged to coordinate vacation plans and other such activities with school vacations. It must be realized that some classroom experiences cannot be repeated for students who are absent.

While most families do not take extended vacations during the school year, some find it necessary to take their children out of school. If and when this occurs, you need to be aware of the following. If the absence exceeds ten school days without parental communication to the school, the child’s attendance record will be adjusted to reflect a student withdrawal effective the first day of absence from school.


COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE LAWS

The Illinois compulsory attendance law requires all children ages 6-17 to attend school. Children below the age of 6 years or above the age of 17 years who are enrolled in grades Kindergarten – 12 are also required to attend school while in session during the regular school term.

It is the responsibility of a parent or guardian to ensure his/her child attends school regularly in order to obtain the maximum benefits from the educational program. In order to obtain maximum efficiency in the use of school buses, the starting and ending times of the schools are staggered.

The lunch periods also may differ among schools to provide maximum use of available instructional time.


TRUANCY

The School District will determine if the student is a truant, chronic or habitual truant, or a truant minor.

A “truant” is a child subject to compulsory school attendance who is absent without valid cause from such attendance for a school day or portion thereof.

Valid cause for absence – A child may be absent from school because of illness, medical appointment, observance of a religious holiday, death in the immediate family, family emergency, school activities, special or unusual events approved by the parent(s)/guardian(s) and pre-approved with the school, situations beyond the student’s control as determined by the Board of Education or such other circumstances which cause reasonable concern to the parent for the safety or health of the student.

Chronic or habitual truant – A “chronic or habitual truant” is a child who is subject to compulsory school attendance and who is absent without valid cause from such attendance for 5% percent or more of the previous 180 regular attendance days. Students who are identified as chronic or habitual truants will be reported to the appropriate Intermediate Service Center.

Truant minor – A chronic truant to whom supportive services, including prevention, diagnostic, intervention and remedial services, alternative programs, and other school and community resources have been provided and have failed to result in the cessation of chronic truancy or have been offered and refused.

The Educational Services Department (847-593-4335) will function on a consultative and remedial basis in truancy matters. Families and students seeking help with truancy may be referred to Educational Services after a principal/teacher conference.


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