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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

We strongly encourage parents and students to review the following information. These are the most common questions that are asked during the course of the school year.

Please note these are common general questions and are not meant to be all inclusive of the many guidelines and policies for our school and district. View the School District 59 Family Reference Guide for complete information.


Getting to and home from school

What are Byrd’s School Hours?

Please click here to see current school hours.

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ABSENCE, ATTENDANCE AND TARDINESS?

The Byrd School attendance line is (847) 593-4388.

Please call the school office any time your child will be absent. For your convenience, a voice mail system is available 24 hours a day at the above number. If your child is not in attendance, it is our policy to try to reach you if we have not heard from you. This policy helps protect our children. Please cooperate and call in all absences before 9:15 each day. If a parent cannot be reached and we suspect the possibility of truancy, the local police department may be contacted.

If your child is ill with a common contagious disease, please notify the nurse immediately. This allows us to notify other parents that the children were exposed.

If at all possible, please try to schedule vacations in the summer or over school holidays. If missing several days of school is unavoidable, please contact the office/teacher as soon as possible to keep the school adequately informed. Please be aware that teachers cannot prepare homework assignments in advance for students who are absent due to trips. If a student is going to be absent for an extended period of time due to illness or medical reasons (more than two school days), parents may call to request assignments that may be picked up at the school office.

Please click here to see handbook information about attendance.

WHERE DO I ENTER THE BUILDING?

All visitors will be expected to enter through the main front doors on Wellington Avenue. (Door # 1). Upon entering, please ring the bell and the office staff will buzz you into the school. Please know that the office staff will inquire about your purpose and may ask who you are. At times, even familiar faces are not recognizable, and the safety of our students is of utmost importance. After entering the office,you will be asked to provide a drivers license. The driver’s license will be scanned and you will be provided an ID for entrance into the school. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

WHERE DO I DROP OFF MY CHILD AND/OR PARK?

The safety of our students is of utmost importance to us. The Elk Grove Village Police have prepared a letter and map reflecting the appropriate traffic and parking procedures on the streets surrounding the school that reflect the village traffic laws. Please click here to read information regarding traffic and parking around the school. Please click here to read about cell phone use in a school zone.

As a school, we ask you to comply with the following basic traffic safety rules:

  • Use the designated “Kiss and Drive” only for dropping off students. This is not designated as an area for parking.
  • There is no parking in this drop-off lane. In order to help traffic move smoothly, please be sure that your child is ready to exit the car and that he or she exits on the passenger side.
  • Park vehicles in designated parking areas only.
  • If you are parking in a designated area and your child will need to cross a street, please walk your child across the street to ensure their safety.
  • Do not enter the school parking lot between 8:20 am – 9:00 am and 3:30 pm – 4:00 p.m., because this is a time when students may be walking through the lot on their way to or from school buses.

As parents, we ask you to assist us in creating a safe environment for ALL children. We also ask you to display the ‘six pillars’ of good character as we work together to make Byrd School a safe place to learn.

All kindergarten students will enter the building through door # 1 (front door) and wait outside the front door until a patrol escorts them inside the building and then they proceed to wait outside their classroom until the 8:45 bell. Students in grades 1-5 will wait for school to begin on the blacktop. A supervisor will be on duty every morning from 8:25-8:45 a.m. on the blacktop area. Students are asked not to arrive before 8:25 because there will be no supervision before that time. When the 8:35 bells rings the students who are already lined up on the blacktop in their grade level specified lines will be entering the building. The morning supervisor will allow students in grades 1-5 to enter the building through door # 10  and then the students will go to their lockers. Any student who arrives after 8:45 should enter through door #1.

Students who arrive on a bus can either enter through door #1 to go to breakfast or head to the blacktop where they will follow the same procedures as the walkers. We have bus supervisors in place to assist with the entry/dismissal of students to and from the buses.

In cases of inclement weather all students will enter the building through door # 1 (front door) or #10 (near blacktop) and proceed to their lockers and then sit on the floor outside their classroom.

Afternoon dismissal procedures will vary by grade level, and your child’s teacher will discuss this during the first day Meet Your Teacher celebration. If you need further clarification on dismissal procedures, please contact your child’s teacher.

Safety is of utmost importance to us and we strive to ensure the safety of all children. Should you need to change your child’s normal dismissal routine, please call the office before 3:15 so that we have enough time to contact your child’s teacher. If you have NOT notified the office by dismissal time and you are picking up your child instead of having them ride the bus, you must first check in with the office before leaving with your child. These policies have been put in place to ensure the safety of your child. Thanks, in advance, for your cooperation as we strive to make Byrd School a safe environment for all our children.

WHAT IF MY CHILD BIKES OR WALKS TO SCHOOL?

Students who ride their bikes to school are asked to make sure that they have a lock for their bike. Bike racks are located along the blacktop, near door #7. Students who walk to school should not arrive at school before there is adult supervision outside on the blacktop at 8:25 A.M.

WHERE CAN MY CHILD KEEP A BACKPACK?

Students will either be assigned a locker where they can store their backpacks, or there will be a designated space in their classroom for their personal items. Students should use them for transporting belongings to and from school and must be stored except for this purpose.

WHAT DO I DO IF MY CHILD NEEDS AN EARLY DISMISSAL?

If it should be necessary for a student to be dismissed from school early, a request must be written by the parent stating the time and reason for the early dismissal. All requests must be presented to the student’s teacher who will then forward it to the office. Parents must come to the office to sign their children out of school before picking them up for departure. Students will not be dismissed from class until a parent or guardian has arrived to pick up the student.

WHAT IF I NEED TO BRING MY CHILD AN ITEM THAT WAS FORGOTTEN?

To keep classroom interruptions to a minimum, students expecting items forgotten at home will not be called to the office. It is the student’s responsibility to check in the office to see if it has arrived after asking the teacher’s permission so as not to impact classroom instruction. Students who are expecting a lunch will be allowed to come pick it up from the office after asking the lunch supervisors permission to come to the office.


IMPORTANT SCHOOL POLICIES

WHAT IS THE SCHOOL POLICY ON BULLYING?

The purpose of this policy is to promote consistency of approach and to create a climate in which all types of bullying are regarded as unacceptable. We wish to create a learning community in which relationships are based on mutual respect. All members of our school community have the right to enjoy their learning and leisure time free from any form of bullying or harassment. District 59 will not tolerate unkind actions or remarks, even if they lack malicious intent. We expect students, staff, and parents to support this policy by reporting all incidents of bullying. All allegations of bullying are investigated and documented by building administrators or their designee.

Definition of Bullying:
Bullying is defined as physical, psychological or verbal attack(s) against an individual or group of individuals by a person or group of persons, causing, or potentially causing

  • Physical harm
  • Psychological harm
  • Lasting emotional distress
  • An imbalance of power
  • Exclusion of the victim(s) from participation in, and/or enjoyment of any program or activity offered or sponsored by the school district

Bullying may be an isolated incident but is more often a series of incidents occurring over a period of time. Bullying takes various forms, including, but not limited to, harassment, threats, intimidation, spreading rumors, stalking, physical violence, sexual harassment, sexual violence, theft, humiliation, causing social or psychological isolation, extortion, destruction of property, or retaliation for alleging an act of bullying. It can occur in person, in writing, and online.

Bullying can be addressed in many ways, including but not limited to, restorative justice, mediation, behavior agreements, punitive measures, supports, and interventions.

Definition of Cyber-bullying:
“Cyber-bullying” is considered a form of bullying and is defined as the use of e-mail, instant messaging, chat rooms, pagers, cell phones, or other forms of information technology to bully, harass, embarrass, threaten, or intimidate someone. Students who engage in such activity on school grounds or who engage in such activity off campus and create a material disruption of school operations shall be subject to penalties for bullying and harassment as well as possible criminal penalties. Students’ home and personal Internet use can have an impact on the school and on other students. If a student’s personal Internet expression – such as a threatening message to another student or a violent website – creates a likelihood of material disruption of the school’s operations, that student may face school discipline and criminal penalties.

Social Conflict
Social conflict differs from bullying. Social conflict is a disagreement between two people or two groups that can possibly involve accusations, name calling, and loud, emotionally-driven arguing. Social conflict differs from bullying because

  • There is not an imbalance of power
  • The conflict is likely not repeated
  • There is not lasting distress, physical harm, or psychological harm
  • Social conflict is expected to occur because we do not always agree with others, and we see situations from different perspectives.

Social conflict can be addressed in many ways, including but not limited to, restorative chats, mediation, behavior agreements, and/or other forms of conflict resolution.

Please view the district’s entire policy about bullying and student behavior by clicking here.

 

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE SCHOOL DRESS CODE?

Parents and students are asked to make careful choices about clothing, footwear and outerwear. When choosing clothing each day, keep in mind the appropriateness of clothing in terms of: warmth, modesty, safety and practicality for the school setting. Studentsʼ dress and grooming must not disrupt the educational process, interfere with the maintenance of a positive teaching and learning climate, or compromise reasonable standards of health, safety, and decency. We ask you to carefully follow the guideline below in order to maintain both safety and a focus on learning.

  • Children need to have shoes that are appropriate for playing outside on the playground or field. Flip-flops, high-heeled sandals/boots/shoes are not safe for outdoor play. If a child wears any shoe that is considered unsafe, he or she will need to change into gym shoes before going outside for recess.
  • Children need to have appropriate gym shoes available on gym days. These need to be non-marking soled gym shoes.
  • The following items are prohibited at all times at Byrd School: bare midriffs, short shorts, and short miniskirts. (Skirts should be no shorter than arms length when arms are resting at the sides.)

Dressing for Outdoor Recess

  • Weather permitting; the students go outside for recess daily. On days when it is raining or when the wind chill temperature drops below 10 degrees, students will remain in their classrooms for recess. All other days require that the students be “dressed for the weather”.
  • In addition, if students wish to play on the playground equipment or in the field when it is snowy, they must wear boots and snow pants. Students not dressed appropriately will need to remain on the blacktop.
  • Please dress your child weather appropriate.  They will go out to play in what they wore to school.

MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED LUNCH QUESTIONS

When does my child eat lunch?

Byrd school has 2 lunch periods:

  • 1st – 11:45am – 12:10pm
  • 2nd – 12:10 – 12:35pm

What is the cost of breakfast and lunch?

Breakfast:

  • Breakfast costs $1.30 (reduced price .30)
  • Students can purchase a “grab-n-go” breakfast from 8:25-8:45 a.m. everyday
  • Students eat breakfast in the multi-purpose room.
  • If you qualify for a free lunch, you also qualify for a free breakfast.

Lunch:

  • Lunch is $2.85 (reduced price 40 cents).
  • A student can purchase milk for 50 cents
  • Every student receives a lunch ID card on their first day of school. If they wish to purchase lunch and have money on their account, they may swipe their ID card at the register.
  • All students must hand in their lunch money at the beginning of the day.  The money/check must be in a zip-locked bag or envelope with their first and last name on it.
  • If a student just wants to buy milk, he does not need to wait in line. He can use his ID card to make the purchase
  • If a student loses his ID, s/he needs to inform the office. Students who continue to lose their breakfast/lunch ID will be charged for a replacement.
  • Breakfast/Lunch menus can be found on the website

What if my child forgets his lunch or has no money left on his account?
Organic Life will continue to serve your child a complete lunch and notify you that your child has a negative balance in their account. When you deposit money in your child’s account, they will deduct the amount that you owe them.

What is “Fun Friday”?

  • Fun Friday is a reward the children receive when they have shown the supervisors that they can follow all of the lunch rules.
  • Some of the activities we may be doing on a “Fun Friday” are: snowball fights in the lunchroom (not real snowballs), dance contest, sit with a new friend, sledding down Byrd hill, scavenger hunt, pajama day, crazy hair day, and any other special ideas the students may suggest. Remember to ask your child about it!

If I have a question or concern regarding lunch, whom do I contact?
Mrs. Czarnik (our asst. secretary) is able to answer any questions regarding the lunch program. She can be reached at (847) 593-4388.  We encourage the students to ask a lunch supervisor immediately if they need help with any issues.  Students are also told they may speak to Mrs. Czarnik in the office if they need help with any lunch concerns.

WHAT IS THE POLICY ON CELL PHONES FOR STUDENTS?

Cell phone use is not permitted in the school or on the school bus. Cell phones are allowed in school under the condition that the phone will be kept in the locker and turned OFF. Loss or theft of cellphones is NOT the responsibility of the school. Elementary aged students are discouraged from bringing cell phones to school.

Phone use can occur before or after school hours outside the school building. If a phone is found with the student during the school day, or the student operates the phone during the school day, the phone will be confiscated and a parent must come to school to retrieve their student’s phone.

Parents are asked to help us enforce this policy and are also asked to refrain from calling or texting their child during the school day while classes are in session.

If a student really needs to make a call during the school day, a teacher can give permission to use the classroom phone. Students can also use the office phone in some instances.

WHAT IS THE SCHOOL POLICY ON LOCKERS?

Students in several grade levels are issued hall lockers. It is important to remember:

  • Lockers remain the property of the school and can be inspected at any time by teachers or administrators
  • Lockers are used only for storing books, clothing, and items necessary for school- money and other valuables should never be left in lockers
  • Lockers are to be kept clean and orderly, and students will be held responsible for any damage to lockers

WHAT IF MY CHILD WILL NEED TO TAKE MEDICATIONS AT SCHOOL?

For medication to be administered during the school day, a written order from the physician detailing medication, dosage, and time intervals to be given, must be on file. The required form to be used for both the parent and physician is available at the school office and is called the Medication Authorization Form, available on this page.

Non-prescription drugs also require a written order from the physician. Documented permission from the parent or guardian must also be on file in the school health office to permit the child to receive medication during school hours.

With the exception of asthma medication to be self-administered by the student (see more information about asthma medication below), all medications must be delivered personally by the parent to a school representative in a container, properly labeled by a pharmacy or a physician.

The district reserves the right to reject any request for the administration of medication in the school. Students in possession of prescription or non-prescription medications in violation of this policy may be subject to disciplinary action.

Important information about asthma medication:

  • A student may possess and self-administer asthma medication on school grounds, at school activities, while under the supervision of school personnel, or before and after normal school activities, when:
  • The medication has been prescribed by a physician, a physician’s assistant or an advanced practice registered nurse possessing the proper authority to prescribe medication
  • The student’s parent(s) or guardian(s) have provided the school nurse with written authorization for the self-administration of medication and a written statement from the student’s physician, physician assistant or advance practice registered nurse that states the following:

1. The name and purpose of the medication
2. The prescribed dosage
3. The time or times at which or special circumstances under which the medication is to be administered

  • The student or guardian(s) have signed and submitted the district’s “Hold Harmless and Indemnity Agreement for the Self-Administration of Asthma Medication” form, available on this page.

MY CHILD HAS A LIFE THREATENING ALLERGY OR MEDICAL CONDITION. WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?

Please click here for more information.

WHEN CAN I EXPECT REPORT CARDS?

As these dates are subject to change depending on school closings for inclement weather, please refer to the school calendar for the most up to date information on end of grading periods and report card distribution.

WHAT IS THE POLICY REGARDING FIELD TRIPS?

Educational field trips are planned by teachers to meet specific instructional goals. Since these trips are an extension of the classroom learning experience, children should not be kept at home. The Byrd PTO generously finances all field trips. Most field trips entail riding on a school bus. Parents might be asked to volunteer to act as chaperones on certain trips.

WHAT IS THE POLICY ON LEAVING SCHOOL GROUNDS?

No child may leave the school grounds during the day unless escorted by his/her parent or guardian. If you need to pick up your child early, please send a note to the teacher that morning, and sign the child out at the office at the appropriate time.

WHAT ARTICLES ARE PROHIBITED FROM SCHOOL?

There are a number of behaviors students should avoid at all costs. The following items should never be brought to school, under any circumstances: weapons, drugs, drug paraphernalia, alcohol, and lighters, plus any items that look like any of these items. If your child is found to be in possession of any of these items at school, then there is a strong chance that you and your child will have to appear before the School Board at a hearing facing expulsion (permanent or semi-permanent removal) from District 59 schools. Please be extremely diligent about what your child brings to school, whether in his/her pockets, in a backpack, or in a musical instrument case. We strive to provide all of our students with safe and secure learning environments. You can help accomplish this goal by closely monitoring what your student brings to school each and every day. A more complete explanation of student disciplinary offenses appears in the Family Reference Guide for more information.

How do I get information concerning the identification of registered sex offenders?

Visit the Illinois Sex Offender Information website.


EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

WHAT CLUBS OR ACTIVITIES ARE AVAILABLE, AND HOW DOES MY CHILD JOIN?

There will be a number of clubs or activities that will be available to students throughout the year. Some examples of previous clubs that have been sponsored include: Chimes, Chorus and Technology Club, to name a few. Information about the clubs will be provided before each session begins. Permission slips will go home with students who are interested in participating in the different clubs.


PARENT VOLUNTEERING

CAN I VOLUNTEER AT SCHOOL?

Research in the area of parent involvement indicates that parent participation is one of the greatest indicators of student success. Byrd Elementary School would like to partner with parents to help our students be successful and grow academically. Please consider volunteering for at least one activity at our school! We have many opportunities for parents to volunteer. Please join our PTO. We need your help!

REMINDER: District 59′s complete family reference guide is available by clicking here.

We strongly encourage parents and students to review the following information. These are the most common questions that are asked during the course of the school year.

Please note these are common general questions and are not meant to be all inclusive of the many guidelines and policies for our school and district. View the School District 59 Family Reference Guide for complete information.


Getting to and home from school

What are Byrd’s School Hours?

Please click here to see current school hours.

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ABSENCE, ATTENDANCE AND TARDINESS?

The Byrd School attendance line is (847) 593-4388.

Please call the school office any time your child will be absent. For your convenience, a voice mail system is available 24 hours a day at the above number. If your child is not in attendance, it is our policy to try to reach you if we have not heard from you. This policy helps protect our children. Please cooperate and call in all absences before 9:15 each day. If a parent cannot be reached and we suspect the possibility of truancy, the local police department may be contacted.

If your child is ill with a common contagious disease, please notify the nurse immediately. This allows us to notify other parents that the children were exposed.

If at all possible, please try to schedule vacations in the summer or over school holidays. If missing several days of school is unavoidable, please contact the office/teacher as soon as possible to keep the school adequately informed. Please be aware that teachers cannot prepare homework assignments in advance for students who are absent due to trips. If a student is going to be absent for an extended period of time due to illness or medical reasons (more than two school days), parents may call to request assignments that may be picked up at the school office.

Please click here to see handbook information about attendance.

WHERE DO I ENTER THE BUILDING?

All visitors will be expected to enter through the main front doors on Wellington Avenue. (Door # 1). Upon entering, please ring the bell and the office staff will buzz you into the school. Please know that the office staff will inquire about your purpose and may ask who you are. At times, even familiar faces are not recognizable, and the safety of our students is of utmost importance. After entering the office,you will be asked to provide a drivers license. The driver’s license will be scanned and you will be provided an ID for entrance into the school. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

WHERE DO I DROP OFF MY CHILD AND/OR PARK?

The safety of our students is of utmost importance to us. The Elk Grove Village Police have prepared a letter and map reflecting the appropriate traffic and parking procedures on the streets surrounding the school that reflect the village traffic laws. Please click here to read information regarding traffic and parking around the school. Please click here to read about cell phone use in a school zone.

As a school, we ask you to comply with the following basic traffic safety rules:

  • Use the designated “Kiss and Drive” only for dropping off students. This is not designated as an area for parking.
  • There is no parking in this drop-off lane. In order to help traffic move smoothly, please be sure that your child is ready to exit the car and that he or she exits on the passenger side.
  • Park vehicles in designated parking areas only.
  • If you are parking in a designated area and your child will need to cross a street, please walk your child across the street to ensure their safety.
  • Do not enter the school parking lot between 8:20 am – 9:00 am and 3:30 pm – 4:00 p.m., because this is a time when students may be walking through the lot on their way to or from school buses.

As parents, we ask you to assist us in creating a safe environment for ALL children. We also ask you to display the ‘six pillars’ of good character as we work together to make Byrd School a safe place to learn.

All kindergarten students will enter the building through door # 1 (front door) and wait outside the front door until a patrol escorts them inside the building and then they proceed to wait outside their classroom until the 8:45 bell. Students in grades 1-5 will wait for school to begin on the blacktop. A supervisor will be on duty every morning from 8:25-8:45 a.m. on the blacktop area. Students are asked not to arrive before 8:25 because there will be no supervision before that time. When the 8:35 bells rings the students who are already lined up on the blacktop in their grade level specified lines will be entering the building. The morning supervisor will allow students in grades 1-5 to enter the building through door # 10  and then the students will go to their lockers. Any student who arrives after 8:45 should enter through door #1.

Students who arrive on a bus can either enter through door #1 to go to breakfast or head to the blacktop where they will follow the same procedures as the walkers. We have bus supervisors in place to assist with the entry/dismissal of students to and from the buses.

In cases of inclement weather all students will enter the building through door # 1 (front door) or #10 (near blacktop) and proceed to their lockers and then sit on the floor outside their classroom.

Afternoon dismissal procedures will vary by grade level, and your child’s teacher will discuss this during the first day Meet Your Teacher celebration. If you need further clarification on dismissal procedures, please contact your child’s teacher.

Safety is of utmost importance to us and we strive to ensure the safety of all children. Should you need to change your child’s normal dismissal routine, please call the office before 3:15 so that we have enough time to contact your child’s teacher. If you have NOT notified the office by dismissal time and you are picking up your child instead of having them ride the bus, you must first check in with the office before leaving with your child. These policies have been put in place to ensure the safety of your child. Thanks, in advance, for your cooperation as we strive to make Byrd School a safe environment for all our children.

WHAT IF MY CHILD BIKES OR WALKS TO SCHOOL?

Students who ride their bikes to school are asked to make sure that they have a lock for their bike. Bike racks are located along the blacktop, near door #7. Students who walk to school should not arrive at school before there is adult supervision outside on the blacktop at 8:25 A.M.

WHERE CAN MY CHILD KEEP A BACKPACK?

Students will either be assigned a locker where they can store their backpacks, or there will be a designated space in their classroom for their personal items. Students should use them for transporting belongings to and from school and must be stored except for this purpose.

WHAT DO I DO IF MY CHILD NEEDS AN EARLY DISMISSAL?

If it should be necessary for a student to be dismissed from school early, a request must be written by the parent stating the time and reason for the early dismissal. All requests must be presented to the student’s teacher who will then forward it to the office. Parents must come to the office to sign their children out of school before picking them up for departure. Students will not be dismissed from class until a parent or guardian has arrived to pick up the student.

WHAT IF I NEED TO BRING MY CHILD AN ITEM THAT WAS FORGOTTEN?

To keep classroom interruptions to a minimum, students expecting items forgotten at home will not be called to the office. It is the student’s responsibility to check in the office to see if it has arrived after asking the teacher’s permission so as not to impact classroom instruction. Students who are expecting a lunch will be allowed to come pick it up from the office after asking the lunch supervisors permission to come to the office.


IMPORTANT SCHOOL POLICIES

WHAT IS THE SCHOOL POLICY ON BULLYING?

The purpose of this policy is to promote consistency of approach and to create a climate in which all types of bullying are regarded as unacceptable. We wish to create a learning community in which relationships are based on mutual respect. All members of our school community have the right to enjoy their learning and leisure time free from any form of bullying or harassment. District 59 will not tolerate unkind actions or remarks, even if they lack malicious intent. We expect students, staff, and parents to support this policy by reporting all incidents of bullying. All allegations of bullying are investigated and documented by building administrators or their designee.

Definition of Bullying:
Bullying is defined as physical, psychological or verbal attack(s) against an individual or group of individuals by a person or group of persons, causing, or potentially causing

  • Physical harm
  • Psychological harm
  • Lasting emotional distress
  • An imbalance of power
  • Exclusion of the victim(s) from participation in, and/or enjoyment of any program or activity offered or sponsored by the school district

Bullying may be an isolated incident but is more often a series of incidents occurring over a period of time. Bullying takes various forms, including, but not limited to, harassment, threats, intimidation, spreading rumors, stalking, physical violence, sexual harassment, sexual violence, theft, humiliation, causing social or psychological isolation, extortion, destruction of property, or retaliation for alleging an act of bullying. It can occur in person, in writing, and online.

Bullying can be addressed in many ways, including but not limited to, restorative justice, mediation, behavior agreements, punitive measures, supports, and interventions.

Definition of Cyber-bullying:
“Cyber-bullying” is considered a form of bullying and is defined as the use of e-mail, instant messaging, chat rooms, pagers, cell phones, or other forms of information technology to bully, harass, embarrass, threaten, or intimidate someone. Students who engage in such activity on school grounds or who engage in such activity off campus and create a material disruption of school operations shall be subject to penalties for bullying and harassment as well as possible criminal penalties. Students’ home and personal Internet use can have an impact on the school and on other students. If a student’s personal Internet expression – such as a threatening message to another student or a violent website – creates a likelihood of material disruption of the school’s operations, that student may face school discipline and criminal penalties.

Social Conflict
Social conflict differs from bullying. Social conflict is a disagreement between two people or two groups that can possibly involve accusations, name calling, and loud, emotionally-driven arguing. Social conflict differs from bullying because

  • There is not an imbalance of power
  • The conflict is likely not repeated
  • There is not lasting distress, physical harm, or psychological harm
  • Social conflict is expected to occur because we do not always agree with others, and we see situations from different perspectives.

Social conflict can be addressed in many ways, including but not limited to, restorative chats, mediation, behavior agreements, and/or other forms of conflict resolution.

Please view the district’s entire policy about bullying and student behavior by clicking here.

 

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE SCHOOL DRESS CODE?

Parents and students are asked to make careful choices about clothing, footwear and outerwear. When choosing clothing each day, keep in mind the appropriateness of clothing in terms of: warmth, modesty, safety and practicality for the school setting. Studentsʼ dress and grooming must not disrupt the educational process, interfere with the maintenance of a positive teaching and learning climate, or compromise reasonable standards of health, safety, and decency. We ask you to carefully follow the guideline below in order to maintain both safety and a focus on learning.

  • Children need to have shoes that are appropriate for playing outside on the playground or field. Flip-flops, high-heeled sandals/boots/shoes are not safe for outdoor play. If a child wears any shoe that is considered unsafe, he or she will need to change into gym shoes before going outside for recess.
  • Children need to have appropriate gym shoes available on gym days. These need to be non-marking soled gym shoes.
  • The following items are prohibited at all times at Byrd School: bare midriffs, short shorts, and short miniskirts. (Skirts should be no shorter than arms length when arms are resting at the sides.)

Dressing for Outdoor Recess

  • Weather permitting; the students go outside for recess daily. On days when it is raining or when the wind chill temperature drops below 10 degrees, students will remain in their classrooms for recess. All other days require that the students be “dressed for the weather”.
  • In addition, if students wish to play on the playground equipment or in the field when it is snowy, they must wear boots and snow pants. Students not dressed appropriately will need to remain on the blacktop.
  • Please dress your child weather appropriate.  They will go out to play in what they wore to school.

MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED LUNCH QUESTIONS

When does my child eat lunch?

Byrd school has 2 lunch periods:

  • 1st – 11:45am – 12:10pm
  • 2nd – 12:10 – 12:35pm

What is the cost of breakfast and lunch?

Breakfast:

  • Breakfast costs $1.30 (reduced price .30)
  • Students can purchase a “grab-n-go” breakfast from 8:25-8:45 a.m. everyday
  • Students eat breakfast in the multi-purpose room.
  • If you qualify for a free lunch, you also qualify for a free breakfast.

Lunch:

  • Lunch is $2.85 (reduced price 40 cents).
  • A student can purchase milk for 50 cents
  • Every student receives a lunch ID card on their first day of school. If they wish to purchase lunch and have money on their account, they may swipe their ID card at the register.
  • All students must hand in their lunch money at the beginning of the day.  The money/check must be in a zip-locked bag or envelope with their first and last name on it.
  • If a student just wants to buy milk, he does not need to wait in line. He can use his ID card to make the purchase
  • If a student loses his ID, s/he needs to inform the office. Students who continue to lose their breakfast/lunch ID will be charged for a replacement.
  • Breakfast/Lunch menus can be found on the website

What if my child forgets his lunch or has no money left on his account?
Organic Life will continue to serve your child a complete lunch and notify you that your child has a negative balance in their account. When you deposit money in your child’s account, they will deduct the amount that you owe them.

What is “Fun Friday”?

  • Fun Friday is a reward the children receive when they have shown the supervisors that they can follow all of the lunch rules.
  • Some of the activities we may be doing on a “Fun Friday” are: snowball fights in the lunchroom (not real snowballs), dance contest, sit with a new friend, sledding down Byrd hill, scavenger hunt, pajama day, crazy hair day, and any other special ideas the students may suggest. Remember to ask your child about it!

If I have a question or concern regarding lunch, whom do I contact?
Mrs. Czarnik (our asst. secretary) is able to answer any questions regarding the lunch program. She can be reached at (847) 593-4388.  We encourage the students to ask a lunch supervisor immediately if they need help with any issues.  Students are also told they may speak to Mrs. Czarnik in the office if they need help with any lunch concerns.

WHAT IS THE POLICY ON CELL PHONES FOR STUDENTS?

Cell phone use is not permitted in the school or on the school bus. Cell phones are allowed in school under the condition that the phone will be kept in the locker and turned OFF. Loss or theft of cellphones is NOT the responsibility of the school. Elementary aged students are discouraged from bringing cell phones to school.

Phone use can occur before or after school hours outside the school building. If a phone is found with the student during the school day, or the student operates the phone during the school day, the phone will be confiscated and a parent must come to school to retrieve their student’s phone.

Parents are asked to help us enforce this policy and are also asked to refrain from calling or texting their child during the school day while classes are in session.

If a student really needs to make a call during the school day, a teacher can give permission to use the classroom phone. Students can also use the office phone in some instances.

WHAT IS THE SCHOOL POLICY ON LOCKERS?

Students in several grade levels are issued hall lockers. It is important to remember:

  • Lockers remain the property of the school and can be inspected at any time by teachers or administrators
  • Lockers are used only for storing books, clothing, and items necessary for school- money and other valuables should never be left in lockers
  • Lockers are to be kept clean and orderly, and students will be held responsible for any damage to lockers

WHAT IF MY CHILD WILL NEED TO TAKE MEDICATIONS AT SCHOOL?

For medication to be administered during the school day, a written order from the physician detailing medication, dosage, and time intervals to be given, must be on file. The required form to be used for both the parent and physician is available at the school office and is called the Medication Authorization Form, available on this page.

Non-prescription drugs also require a written order from the physician. Documented permission from the parent or guardian must also be on file in the school health office to permit the child to receive medication during school hours.

With the exception of asthma medication to be self-administered by the student (see more information about asthma medication below), all medications must be delivered personally by the parent to a school representative in a container, properly labeled by a pharmacy or a physician.

The district reserves the right to reject any request for the administration of medication in the school. Students in possession of prescription or non-prescription medications in violation of this policy may be subject to disciplinary action.

Important information about asthma medication:

  • A student may possess and self-administer asthma medication on school grounds, at school activities, while under the supervision of school personnel, or before and after normal school activities, when:
  • The medication has been prescribed by a physician, a physician’s assistant or an advanced practice registered nurse possessing the proper authority to prescribe medication
  • The student’s parent(s) or guardian(s) have provided the school nurse with written authorization for the self-administration of medication and a written statement from the student’s physician, physician assistant or advance practice registered nurse that states the following:

1. The name and purpose of the medication
2. The prescribed dosage
3. The time or times at which or special circumstances under which the medication is to be administered

  • The student or guardian(s) have signed and submitted the district’s “Hold Harmless and Indemnity Agreement for the Self-Administration of Asthma Medication” form, available on this page.

MY CHILD HAS A LIFE THREATENING ALLERGY OR MEDICAL CONDITION. WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?

Please click here for more information.

WHEN CAN I EXPECT REPORT CARDS?

As these dates are subject to change depending on school closings for inclement weather, please refer to the school calendar for the most up to date information on end of grading periods and report card distribution.

WHAT IS THE POLICY REGARDING FIELD TRIPS?

Educational field trips are planned by teachers to meet specific instructional goals. Since these trips are an extension of the classroom learning experience, children should not be kept at home. The Byrd PTO generously finances all field trips. Most field trips entail riding on a school bus. Parents might be asked to volunteer to act as chaperones on certain trips.

WHAT IS THE POLICY ON LEAVING SCHOOL GROUNDS?

No child may leave the school grounds during the day unless escorted by his/her parent or guardian. If you need to pick up your child early, please send a note to the teacher that morning, and sign the child out at the office at the appropriate time.

WHAT ARTICLES ARE PROHIBITED FROM SCHOOL?

There are a number of behaviors students should avoid at all costs. The following items should never be brought to school, under any circumstances: weapons, drugs, drug paraphernalia, alcohol, and lighters, plus any items that look like any of these items. If your child is found to be in possession of any of these items at school, then there is a strong chance that you and your child will have to appear before the School Board at a hearing facing expulsion (permanent or semi-permanent removal) from District 59 schools. Please be extremely diligent about what your child brings to school, whether in his/her pockets, in a backpack, or in a musical instrument case. We strive to provide all of our students with safe and secure learning environments. You can help accomplish this goal by closely monitoring what your student brings to school each and every day. A more complete explanation of student disciplinary offenses appears in the Family Reference Guide for more information.

How do I get information concerning the identification of registered sex offenders?

Visit the Illinois Sex Offender Information website.


EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

WHAT CLUBS OR ACTIVITIES ARE AVAILABLE, AND HOW DOES MY CHILD JOIN?

There will be a number of clubs or activities that will be available to students throughout the year. Some examples of previous clubs that have been sponsored include: Chimes, Chorus and Technology Club, to name a few. Information about the clubs will be provided before each session begins. Permission slips will go home with students who are interested in participating in the different clubs.


PARENT VOLUNTEERING

CAN I VOLUNTEER AT SCHOOL?

Research in the area of parent involvement indicates that parent participation is one of the greatest indicators of student success. Byrd Elementary School would like to partner with parents to help our students be successful and grow academically. Please consider volunteering for at least one activity at our school! We have many opportunities for parents to volunteer. Please join our PTO. We need your help!

REMINDER: District 59′s complete family reference guide is available by clicking here.

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