Compulsory School Attendance
This policy applies to individuals who have custody or control of a child: (a) between the ages of 7 and 17 years of age (unless the child has graduated from high school), or (b) who is enrolled in any of grades, kindergarten through 12, in the public school regardless of age. These individuals must cause the child to attend the District school wherein the child is assigned, except as provided herein or by State law. Subject to specific requirements in State law, the following children are not required to attend public school: (1) any child attending a private school (including a home school) or parochial school, (2) any child who is physically or mentally unable to attend school (including a pregnant student suffering medical complications as certified by her physician), (3) any child lawfully and necessarily employed, (4) any child over 12 and under 14 years of age while in confirmation classes, (5) any child absent because his or her religion forbids secular activity on a particular day, and (6) any child 16 years of age or older who is employed and is enrolled in a graduation incentives program.
The parent/guardian of a student who is enrolled must authorize all absences from school and notify the school in advance or at the time of the student's absence. A valid cause for absence includes illness, observance of a religious holiday, death in the immediate family, family emergency, other situations beyond the control of the student, other circumstances that cause reasonable concern to the parent/guardian for the student's safety or health, or other reason as approved by the Superintendent or designee.
Absenteeism and Truancy Program
The Superintendent or designee shall manage an absenteeism and truancy program in accordance with The School Code and School Board policy. The program shall include but not be limited to:
- A protocol for excusing a student from attendance who is necessarily and lawfully employed. The Superintendent or designee is authorized to determine when the student's absence is
- A process to telephone, within 2 hours after the first class, the parents/guardians of students in grade 8 or below who are absent without prior parent/guardian
- A process to identify and track students who are truants, chronic or habitual truants, or truant minors as defined in The School Code, Section 26-2a.
- Methods for identifying the cause(s) of a student's unexcused absenteeism, including interviews with the student, his or her parent(s)/guardian(s), and staff members or other people who may have
- The identification of supportive services that may be offered to truant or chronically truant students, including parent-teacher conferences, student and/or family counseling, or information about community agency
- A process to request the assistance and resources of outside agencies, such as, the juvenile officer of the local police department or the truant office of the appropriate Regional Office of Education, if truancy continues after supportive services have been offered.
- A protocol for cooperating with non-District agencies including County or municipal authorities, the Regional Superintendent, truant officers, the Community Truancy Review Board, and a comprehensive community based youth service agency. Any disclosure of school student records must be consistent with Board policy 7:340, Maintenance of Student Records, and policy 7:350, Access to Student Records, as well as State and federal law concerning school student records.
- An acknowledgement that no punitive action, including out-of-school suspensions, expulsions, or court action, shall be taken against a chronic truant for his or her truancy unless available supportive services and other school resources have been provided to the
- The criteria to determine whether a student's non-attendance is due to extraordinary circumstances shall include economic or medical necessity or family hardship and such other criteria that the Superintendent believes qualifies.
- A process for a 17 year old resident to participate in the District's various programs and resources for truants. The student must provide documentation of his/her dropout status for the previous 6 months. A request from an individual 19 years of age or older to re-enroll after having dropped out of school is handled according to provisions in 7:50, Students School Admissions and Student Transfers To and From Non-District Schools .
- A process for the temporary exclusion of a student 17 years of age or older for failing to meet minimum academic or attendance standards according to provisions in State law. A parent/guardian has the right to appeal a decision to exclude a
LEGAL REF.: 105 ILCS 5/26-1 through 16.
705 ILCS 405/3-33.5.
23 Ill.Admin.Code §§1.242 and 1.290.
6:110 Programs for Students At Risk of Academic Failure and/or Dropping Out of School and Graduation Incentives Program), 6:150 (Home and Hospital Instruction), 7:10 (Equal Educational Opportunities), 7:50 (School Admissions and Transfers To and From Non-District Schools), 7:60 (Residence), 7:80 (Release Time for Religious Instruction/Observance), 7:190 (Student Discipline 7:20 & 7:20-R), 7:340 (Maintenance of Student Records).
Adopted May 2008
Revised: June 2016
7.70R Attendance and Truancy – Administrative Regulation
Truant - 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, observance of a religious holiday, death in the immediate family, family emergency, situations beyond the student's control as determined by the Board of Education, such other circumstances which cause reasonable concern to the parent for the safety or health of the student, or other reason as approved by the Superintendent or designee.
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 five (5) percent or more of the previous 180 regular attendance days.
Truant minor - A child to whom supportive services, including prevention, diagnostic, intervention and remedial services, alternative programs, and other school and community resources have been provided but who has failed to cease chronic truancy or who has been offered such services and has refused them.
TRUANCY AND TARDINESS
If a high school student has four (4) incidents of truancy from a class, he/she may be dropped from that class and lose credit for the class.
A notification system will exist to inform the students and their parent(s)/guardian(s) of these incidents of truancy. This notification system will provide that due process procedural rights are being accommodated.
A student's parent(s)/guardian(s) must: (1) upon his/her child's enrollment, provide one or two telephone numbers to the Building Principal and update them as necessary, and (2) authorize all absences and notify the school in advance or at the time of the child's absence.
If any student in grades 8 or below is absent without prior authorization by the parent(s)/guardian(s), the Building Principal or a designee shall, within 2 hours after the first class in which a student is enrolled, make a reasonable effort to notify the parent(s)/guardian(s) of their child's absence by telephoning the numbers given. If any student in grades 9 through 12 is absent without prior authorization by the parent(s)/guardian(s), the Building Principal or a designee shall make a reasonable effort to notify the parent(s)/guardian(s) of their child's absence within 3 hours after the first class by telephoning the numbers given.
Since there is a positive relationship between regular attendance and academic success, it is of the utmost importance that students be present in class. Regular attendance and punctuality are essential if students are to make use of the educational opportunities that school offers. Parent(s)/guardian(s) have the responsibility for the children's regular attendance. At all grade levels, the teachers and administration will be involved in a collaborative process with truant students and their parents in an effort to avoid further truancy, and to provide and/or identify appropriate resources to truant students in an effort to prevent further truancy.
High School Attendance
An attendance cap has been created to deal with students who are excessively absent from school during a semester. A student who has accumulated ten days absence will be considered excessively absent. Teachers and administrators are expected to follow, in sequence, the collaborative process outlined below in Steps A through G.
- Attempts by the classroom teacher to remedy the
- Referral by teacher to the dean's
- Telephone contact between the dean and the
- At the student's tenth (10th) absence, a conference will be convened which may include the student, parent/guardian, teacher and At this time, an attendance contract will be developed which will require documentation for approval of any additional absences. *For exceptions see below.
- Any additional absences without approval will result in truancy.
- At the fifteenth (15th) absence, the student may be withdrawn from class and placed in a study hall, no credit will be given and withdrawn pass/fail will be listed on the transcript.
Exceptions to the absence cap must be submitted to the attendance center with accompanying documentation prior to the date of absence. Eligible reasons may include:
- Religious holidays
- Extended illness verified by doctor’s statement addressing the inability of the child to attend school.
- Death in the immediate family
- Field trips
Revised May 2008
Revised September 2011
Philosophy of Student Conduct
The Board believes that student behavior should reflect standards of good citizenship. Students are expected to conduct themselves within the bounds set by the Board and, as hereby authorized, the administrative regulations set forth by the Superintendent or his/her designee.
The basic principles guiding student behavior are consideration for the rights and well-being of others, cooperation with all members of the school community (which includes staff, students, community members, Board and parents) and respect for oneself and others.
Rules and guidelines established by District 203 are intended to encourage positive, constructive and responsible student behavior and an environment conducive to learning. All members of the school community are responsible and obligated to familiarize themselves with the rules and guidelines governing student conduct.
The Board especially believes that, if staff, parent(s) or guardian(s), and students know and understand the expectations for student conduct and the consequences for not meeting these expectations, behavior issues in our schools will be reduced and a better educational environment will prevail.
All members of the school staff share responsibility for maintaining good discipline and presenting positive role models. Behavior issues should be reported and handled promptly for the benefit of the student and the school. Recognizing that each situation is unique, and that administrative discretion is necessary, the goal is to implement the appropriate behavioral and/or disciplinary intervention(s) needed to change the undesirable behavior and maintain an orderly school environment.
The best interest of the student and the welfare of others are the motivating forces behind this philosophy. Additional Interventions Related to Discipline Code
The District is concerned for the health, safety, and well-being of all students and recognizes that students’ problems as they are manifested in school – specifically pertaining to behavior, attendance, health, and academic issues, may impact their ability to learn.
The District recognizes these issues as legitimate educational concerns, and seeks to address them, because they can influence student learning. The District offers assistance, support, and interventions. Forms of intervention, prevention and/or education may include observation of inappropriate behavior, intervention at appropriate levels, encouragement of professional assessment, referral, and support/aftercare.
Notification Regarding School Searches
Students are hereby notified that school lockers, desks, storage facilities and other school property are subject to searches at any time for any reason. Furthermore, students have very limited expectations of privacy on school property and are hereby notified that, to further the school’s interest in the educational needs and safety of all students, the school may search any student property, including bags, backpacks, clothing, purses, any electronic device including computers, tablets, telephones, cameras or other electronic devices that have the ability to take, store, display, or send images, videos, or text messages with embedded images, and automobiles, whenever the administration has reason to suspect that the search will disclose a criminal violation or a violation of a school policy, rule or regulation.
To ensure the highest standards of learning in the classroom, District staff will urge students to abstain from the use of illegal substances or drugs, alcohol or the misuse or abuse of prescription or non-prescription drugs, identify student behavior which may indicate use or abuse of illegal substances or drugs, alcohol or the misuse or abuse of prescription or non-prescription drugs, and implement intervention or support services along with appropriate disciplinary action.
District 203 believes in the dignity and uniqueness of each individual. In order to maintain learning and work environment that is safe and promotes excellence in education, District 203 encourages respect for all persons and will not tolerate harassing, hazing, bullying or intimidating behavior.
The primary responsibility for student discipline within the school rests with the individual building principal. The primary responsibility for the maintenance of discipline within the classroom lies with the individual classroom teacher.
The Board has established specific rules and regulations to govern the discipline of its students when a student’s conduct constitutes gross disobedience or gross misconduct, as determined by the Administration or the Board.
Special education students (those with an IEP) exhibiting gross disobedience or misconduct shall, be disciplined in accordance with laws and regulations governing special education.
Students who are suspended externally or expelled are to be excluded from all District 203 activities and property for the duration of their suspension or expulsion. A student who is subject to suspension or expulsion as provided in this Section may be eligible for a transfer to an alternative school program in accordance with Article 13A or 13Bof the School Code. A student must not be denied transfer because of the expulsion, except where the transfer would cause a threat to the safety of students or staff in the alternative program.
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:
- On, or within sight of, school grounds before, during, or after school hours or at any time;
- Off school grounds at a school-sponsored activity or event, or any activity or event that bears a reasonable relationship to school;
- Traveling to or from school or a school activity, function, or event; or
- 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
Administrators shall report suspected criminal violations to the Naperville or Lisle Police Department or other law enforcement agencies, as appropriate.
Prohibited Student Conduct
The Administration is authorized to impose discipline for gross disobedience or misconduct. The following examples of gross disobedience or misconduct in no way limit the Board’s ability to discipline students for conduct, which is not specifically listed. In addition, prohibited conduct shall be interpreted to include either an actual commission of an offense or an attempt to commit an offense.
Prohibited conduct includes, but is not limited to:
- Excessive tardiness.
- Class and/or school Current city ordinances and State law regarding truancy will be strictly enforced by school officials.
- Failure to follow student schedule.
- Off campus violation during the school day. Once students arrive on campus they must remain on campus until the end of their scheduled school day unless authorized or approved by the building or District administration.
- Violation of the disciplinary rules and regulations contained in the Student Handbook not otherwise covered in this policy.
- Prohibited conduct or promotion of prohibited conduct on District property, at school sponsored activities, at a school bus stop, or as a school bus passenger.
- Engaging in any activity on or off campus, that interferes with, disrupts, or adversely affects the school environment, school operations, the educational atmosphere, or an educational function, including but not limited to conduct that may reasonably be considered (a) a threat or an attempted intimidation of a staff member; or (b) endanger the health or safety of students, staff, or school property.
- Damage resulting from misconduct; damage to school property or personal property of District employees, students or others; or criminal damage to property of any such (Restitution will be required for any violation of this provision).
- Unauthorized use of school property.
- Entering school property or a school facility without proper authorization.
- Disregard for student parking regulations.
- Posting of signs and /or other materials without administrative approval.
- Forgery and/or falsifying information.
- Engaging in academic dishonesty, including cheating, plagiarizing, wrongfully giving or receiving help during an academic examination, altering report cards, and wrongfully obtaining test copies or scores.
- Theft, including taking the property of others without their permission or consent, possession of stolen items and possession of tools that are used to gain possession of another person’s property.
- Use of profane or obscene language.
- Insubordination or disrespect toward Board members, administrators, teachers, custodial staff, secretarial staff, food service employees and all other District employees and volunteers.
- Wearing hats, caps, or head-coverings of any kind by individuals from the time they enter the school building until they exit the school building unless otherwise approved by the building principal or required for religiouspurposes. Wearing coats, jackets and other outdoor wear in the building during the school day (from the first class period bell until the bell ending the last class period), unless otherwise approved by the building principal. Coats and hats are to be stored in student lockers or other designated places during the school day.
- Wearing or display of garments, objects, jewelry, or body art that depict distasteful symbols debasing the dignity of a person or persons that depict or promote use of alcohol or drugs or that contain sexually explicit, obscene, or vulgar messages or symbols at school or at any school-sponsored activity. Wearing or display of spiked or dangerous jewelry, garments or objects, at school or at any school-sponsored activity.
- Violation of Bus Conduct Policy or related Administrative Regulations.
- Use of cellular phones and any other electronic communication devices from the beginning of the first class period until the end of the last class period unless authorized or approved by the building or District administration. For high school authorization, see student handbook.
- Use of any electronic device including computers, tablets, telephones, cameras, or other electronic devices that have the ability to take, store, display, or send images, videos, audio recordings or text messages with embedded images on school grounds during the course of the school day 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 includes, without limitation, creating, sending, sharing, viewing, receiving or possessing an indecent visual depiction of oneself or another person.
- Obtaining or gaining passwords, unapproved access to District’s information network, computing systems and applications, solutions or components thereof through the use of social engineering, possession or use of hacking hardware or software or any other tools or applications that can be used maliciously and pose a threat to the District’s information resources, systems or data, unless approved by teachers or building administrators.
- Unauthorized or improper use of the District’s information network, computing systems and applications, solutions or components This includes accessing technology related resources on any device connected to the District’s information network by circumventing District security measures to gain access to non-approved or restricted web sites, systems and applications as well as violations of the Access to Electronic Networks Policy 6.235.
- Performing manual or automated actions such as installing unapproved software, computer programs or routines that alter the normal functioning state of any District computing device or system.
- 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.
- Demonstrating aggressive behavior or behaviors that put the student at risk for aggressive behavior. Aggressive behavior is defined as conducts and behaviors towards others that appear to terrorize, intimidate or start fights.
- Actions, including physical assault which threatens the well-being of Board members, District employees, students, volunteers, or other persons.
- Making or causing to be made a threat against the school: including but not limited to a bomb threat or a school shooting.
- Deliberately causing, attempting, or threatening to cause injury to another person.
- Possession of lighters, matches or other such materials.
- Possession or use of an explosive or incendiary device.
- Possession or use of fireworks (i.e. smoke bombs, stink vials, firecrackers, caps, ).
- Using, possessing, controlling, or transferring a weapon, look-alike weapon, or part of a weapon, as defined below, or violating the Weapons In School section of this policy. For purposes of this provision, “weapon” means a firearm (as defined below) including any gun, handgun, rifle, shotgun, or machinegun; a BB gun; pellet gun; air gun; paintball gun; pneumatic gun; spring gun; ammunition for any of the foregoing; a knife, razor, stiletto, throwing star, dagger, dirk, broken bottle or other piece of glass; metal knuckles or other knuckle weapon, regardless of its composition; billy club; bludgeon; black jack; sling shot; sand club; sand bag; stun gun or taser; tear gas gun projector or bomb or any object containing noxious liquid gas or substance; or any other object that is used to inflict harm, is used to threaten harm, or has been modified so that it can inflict harm. “Firearm” is defined as (A) any weapon (including a starter gun) which will or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive; (B) the frame or receiver of any such weapon; (C) any firearm muffler or firearm silencer; or (D) any explosive, incendiary, or poison gas, including (i) bomb, (ii) grenade, (iii) rocket having a propellant charge of more than four ounces, (iv) missile having an explosive or incendiary charge of more than one-quarter ounce, or (vi) device similar to any of the devices described above.
- Participation in any unauthorized fraternity, sorority, or secret society, satanic activity, and/or gang activity. This includes, but is not limited to the display, wearing, or possession of contemporary gang identifiers, the use of gang hand signals, the solicitation of others for membership, and requesting payment of dues, insurance, or other forms of protection from individuals. This also includes intimidating, or threatening an individual or inciting others to participate in any form of physical violence involving a person or property.
- Use of derogatory comments which are often, but not always, associated with race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or physical differences.
- Hazing, aggressive or demeaning behavior that does or may result in physical, emotional or psychological harm to another 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, bullying, bullying using a school computer or a school computer network or other comparable conduct. Hazing is defined as requiring a student to perform an act for the purpose of induction or admission into any group, organization or society associated with District 203.
- Harassment, of a student or staff member, which includes intimidation, threatening individuals or inciting the participation of others in such behavior for any reason including, but not limited to on the basis of actual or perceived: race; color; national origin; military status; unfavorable discharge status from 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; 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 through, but not limited to, verbal comments, racial, ethnic,religious or other slurs or threats, physical gestures or actions, the use of email, web sites, social networking sites, voice mail, or any other verbal, written or electronic communication.
- Bullying or cyber bullying, as defined in Board Policy 7:180:
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 reasonable predicted to have the effect of one or more of Placing the student or students in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s or students’ person or property;
- Causing a substantially detrimental effect on the student’s or students’ physical or mental health.
- Substantially interfering with the student’s or students’ academic performance;
- 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.
- Sexual harassment which includes sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, the distribution or transfer of images, or other conduct of a sexual nature when such conduct (1) denies or limits the provision of education aid, benefits, services, or treatment or (2) has the purpose or effect of: a. substantially interfering with a student’s educational environment; b. creating an intimidating hostile, or offensive educational environment; or c. depriving a student of educational aid, benefits, services or treatment. Refer to Administrative Regulation #7.20R for further definitions of Sexual Harrassment.
- 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 or possession, distribution and or transfer of any material of a sexual nature.
- Perpetrating on an unwilling person an act which is of a sexual nature.
- Teen dating violence, as described in Board Policy 7:185. Teen dating violence is defined as follows:
- A pattern of behavior in which a person uses or threatens to use physical, mental, or emotional abuse to control another person who is in a dating relationship with the person, where one or both persons are 13-19 years of age, or
- Behavior by which a person uses or threatens to use sexual violence against another person who is in a dating relationship with the person, where one or both persons are 13-19 years of age.
- Use, possession, transfer, purchase, sale or offer for sale of tobacco products or nicotine delivery device including but not limited to e-cigarettes/vaping devices. Violation of any current city ordinances and State law regarding tobacco. Students under the age of 21 will be referred to the Naperville Police Department for additional intervention.
- Use, possession, transfer, purchase, sale, offer for sale, or abuse of, or being impaired by any alcoholic beverage, intoxicant, prescription drug not properly prescribed or used in a manner inconsistent with the prescription of prescribing physician’s or licensed practitioner’s instructions, any illegal drug or controlled substance or cannabis (including marijuana, hashish, and medical cannabis, “pep pills” or “speed”, tranquilizers, “look-alike” drugs or any other illegal substance. For students who are authorized to be administered a medical cannabis infused product under Ashley’s Law, the student may use, ingest or be impaired by or under the influence of cannabis, including marijuana, hashish and medical cannabis. Such a student may not possess, transfer, purchase, sell, offer for sale, or abuse cannabis, including marijuana, hashish and medical cannabis.
- Use, possession, transfer, purchase, sale, offer for sale, or abuse of, or being impaired by a non-prescription drug. Refer to Administering Medication to Students Policy 270.
- Possession or use of any drug paraphernalia, including devices that 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.
- Use, possession, transfer, purchase, sale, offer for sale, or abuse of anabolic steroids unless it is being administered in accordance with a physician’s or licensed practitioner’s prescription.
- Use, possession, transfer, purchase, sale, offer for sale, or abuse of a 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.
- Activating or causing to be activated a false fire alarm or disaster alarm.
- 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.
- Violating any criminal law, including but not limited to assault, battery, arson, theft, gambling, eavesdropping, vandalism, hazing and any activity prohibited by criminal law or municipal ordinance.
Terminology Used in Prohibited Student Conduct
The term “intoxicant” includes any substance which is not properly prescribed and which, if used, is intended to produce an altered physical or mental state, including, for example, an inhalant, which produces a “high” such as pure caffeine in tablet or powder form.
The term “look alike” includes 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 of other substance that is prohibited by this policy.
The terms transfer, sale and purchase include any involvement in such activity or the attempt to conduct such activity.
The terms “possession” and “use” shall include possession or use by a student who has consumed, or is impaired by, or reasonably appears (such as through odor or behavior) to have consumed or be impaired by, any of the aforementioned substances, whether prior to entering school or at any school-sponsored event.
The term “possession” also includes having control, custody or care, currently or in the past, of an 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, or automobile; (c) in a school’s student locker, desk, or other school property; or (d) at any location on school property or at a school-sponsored event.
Weapons in School
The Board may expel a student for a weapons violation for a definite period of time not to exceed 2 calendar years, as determined on a case by case basis. Prior to any expulsion hearing, the Administration will make a recommendation to the Superintendent for the term of the expulsion based on the circumstances involved with the student.
A student who is determined to have brought a weapon 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 not less than one year. For purposes of this provision, a “weapon” is defined as:
- A firearm. For the purposes of this Section, “firearm” means any gun, rifle, shotgun, weapon as defined by Section 921 of Title 18 of the United States Code, firearm as defined in Section 1.1 of the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act, or firearm as defined in Section 24-1 of the Criminal Code of 1961. The expulsion period under this subdivision (1) may be modified by the Superintendent, and the Superintendent’s determination may be modified by the Board on a case-by-case basis.
- A knife, brass knuckles or other knuckle weapon regardless of its composition, a billy club, or any other object if used or attempted to be used to cause bodily harm, including “look alikes” of any firearm as defined in subdivision (1) of this subsection. The expulsion requirement under this subdivision (2) may be modified by the Superintendent, and the Superintendent’s determination may be modified by the Board on a case-by-case basis.
The prohibition concerning weapons applies regardless of whether a student is licensed to carry a concealed firearm.
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 prohibition 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.
Efforts, including the use of positive interventions and supports, shall be made to deter students, while at school or a school-related event, from engaging in aggressive 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.
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:
- Notifying parent(s)/guardians(s)
- Disciplinary conference.
- Withholding or privileges.
- Temporary removal from the classroom.
- Return of property or restitution for lost, stolen, or damaged property.
- In-school suspension. The building principal or designee shall ensure that the student is properly supervised.
- After-school detention or Saturday detention provided the student’s parent/guardian has been notified. If transportation arrangements cannot be agreed upon, an alternative disciplinary measure must be used. The student must be supervised by the detaining teacher or the building principal or designee.
- Seizure of contraband; confiscation and temporary retention of personal property that was used to violate this policy or school disciplinary rules.
- Suspension of bus riding privileges in accordance with Board policy 7:220, Bus Conduct.
- Out-of-school suspensions from school and all school activities in accordance with Board policy 7:200, Suspension Procedures. A student who has been suspended will also be restricted from being on school grounds and at school activities.
- Expulsion from school and all school activities for a definite period not to exceed 2 calendar years in accordance with Board policy 7:210, Expulsion Procedures. A student who has been expelled will also be restricted from being on school grounds and at school activities.
- 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.
- 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 safety issue or disruption is a suspension or expulsion
Students enrolled in the District’s State-funded preschool program(s) may be temporarily removed or transitioned to a new program in accordance with federal and State law. State law prohibits the expulsion of students from the program(s).
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.
Physical restraint and timeout are restrictive behavior interventions that shall be employed only when a student is displaying physically aggressive behavior that presents an imminent risk of injury to the student or others and is required to maintain a safe learning environment. It shall not be used as a discipline strategy to address instructional problems, inappropriate behavior, or in response to verbally aggressive behaviors. Any use of either timeout or physical restraint shall be supervised, short in duration, and used only for the purposes of de-escalating the behavior and be in compliance with the Emergency Amendments to School Code 10-20.14 Section 1.285 issued on 11/20/2019 or any subsequent permanent rules adopted by the Illinois State Board of Education related to time out and restraint.
The superintendent or designee shall develop written procedures for staff and designate a school official who will be informed and maintain documentation for each incident of physical restraint and timeout that is required by the Emergency Amendments to School Code 10-20.14 Section 1.285 issued on 11/20/2019 or any subsequent permanent rules adopted by the Illinois State Board of Education related to time out and restraint.
If a student is injured during the course of physical restraint or timeout, the incident shall be reviewed by the Assistant Superintendent of Student Services or designee. The evaluation shall consider if all D203 policies and procedures were followed. A written report related to the use of time out or physical restraint shall be produced and maintained in the student’s temporary file.
Annually each designated school official must conduct a review of the incidents of physical restraint and timeout and submit a written report that includes an analysis of the following information:
- the number of incidents involving the use of these interventions,
- the location and duration of each incident,
- identification of the staff members who were involved,
- any injuries or property damage that occurred, and
- the timeliness of parental notification and administrative review.
The written report must be submitted to the Assistant Superintendent of Student Services within 30 days of the last day of school.
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.
Early Identification – Aggressive Behavior
Any school staff member, who identifies a student as having demonstrated aggressive behavior, or behaviors that put the student at risk for aggressive behavior, shall refer the student to the building administrator. The building administrator shall establish procedures by which teachers may refer such a student. The building administrator shall determine whether the conduct and behavior of the student are of such a nature and degree that the student is at risk for aggressive behavior. The building administrator shall promptly notify the student’s parents/guardian of the referral and shall attempt to schedule a parent-teacher conference to discuss the referral and to recommend such available intervention procedures as are deemed reasonably appropriate.
A school staff member shall immediately notify the building principal as soon as possible in the event that he or she (1) observes any person in possession of a firearm on or around school grounds (2) observes or has reason to suspect that any person on school grounds is or was involved in a drug-related incident, (3) observes a battery committed against any staff member, or (4) observes hazing of a student that results in bodily harm. If the hazing results in great bodily harm or death, the school staff member shall immediately notify law enforcement and then the building principal or Superintendent. Such action may be delayed if immediate notice would endanger students under his or her supervision. Upon receiving such a report, the building principal or designee shall immediately notify the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s), the State Police and the local law enforcement agency.
The Superintendent is authorized to follow the provisions of the School Code of Illinois to create administrative regulations which include guideline procedures to establish and maintain a reciprocal reporting system between the District and local law enforcement agencies regarding criminal offenses committed by students.
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, corporal punishment, or in-school suspension, that is appropriate and in accordance with the policies and rules on student discipline. Teachers, other certificated (licensed) education 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 temporarily 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 a student from riding the bus in excess of ten school days for safety reasons.
A 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. Within the first week of school, the student discipline policy and description of prohibited conduct will be reviewed with the students. Students will be required to sign a receipt for the handbook.
Gun-Free Schools Act, 20 U.S.C. §7151 et seq.
Pro-Children Act of 1994, 20 U.S.C. §6081.
105 ILCS 5/2.371(a)(7), 5/10-20.14, 5/10-21.10, 5/10-22.6, 5/10-27.1A, 5/10-27.1B, 5/24-24, 5/31-3, 410 ILCS
130/, 410 ILCS 647, and 420 ILCS 66/.
23 Ill. Admin. Code §§1.210 and §1.280. 720 ILCS 5/12-10
710 ILCS 5/12-10.1
CROSS REF.: 2:150 (committees), 2:240 (board policy development), 5.230 (maintaining student discipline), 6:110 (truant’s programs), 6:235 (access to electronic networks), 7:20 (harassment of students prohibited), 7:70 (truancy), 7:130 (student rights and responsibilities), 7:140 (search and seizure), 7:150 (police interrogation), 7:160 (student appearance), 7:170 (vandalism), 7:180 (bullying, intimidation and harassment), 7:183 (open campus/lunch), 7:185 (teen dating violence), 7:200 (suspension procedure), 7:210 (expulsion procedures), 7:220 (bus conduct), 7:230 (student with disabilities), 7:240 (high school co-curricular code), 7:270 (administering medication to students), 8:30 (conduct on school property).
ADOPTED: May 7, 1997
Revised: April 19, 2010
Revised: April 18, 2011
Revised: April 6, 2012
Revised: April 15, 2013
Revised: April 21, 2014
Revised: April 20, 2015
Revised: May 16, 2016
Reviewed:April 17, 2017
Revised: April 23, 2018
Revised: April 22, 2019
Revised: December 16, 2019
Revised: May 19, 2020
To maintain order and security in the schools, school authorities are authorized to conduct reasonable searches of school property and equipment, as well as students and their personal effects. “School authorities” includes school liaison police officers.
School Property and Equipment as well as Personal Effects Left There 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 there 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 there.
The Superintendent may request the assistance of law enforcement officials to conduct inspections and searches of lockers, desks, parking lots, and other school property and equipment for illegal drugs, weapons, or other illegal or dangerous substances or materials, including searches conducted through the use of specially trained dogs.
School authorities may search a student and/or the student's personal effects in the student’s possession (such as, purses, wallets, knapsacks, book bags, lunch boxes, etc.) when there is a reasonable ground 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 that is reasonably related to its objectives and not excessively intrusive in light of the student’s age and sex, 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, and
- By a certificated employee or liaison police officer of the same sex as the student.
Immediately following a search, a written report shall be made by the school authority who conducted the search, and given to the Superintendent. The parent(s)/guardian(s) of the student shall be notified of the search as soon as possible.
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 rules, 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.
Video Cameras and/or Monitors
To assist in maintaining security and to deter inappropriate conduct, the School District may position video cameras and/or monitors in public areas of school property, such as hallways, stairwells, gymnasium, cafeteria, school buses, and exterior locations of school buildings. Appropriate disciplinary action may be taken for misconduct which is recorded or observed from the cameras and/or monitors.
Notification Regarding Student Accounts or Profiles on Social Networking Websites
The Superintendent or designee shall notify students and their parents/guardians of each of the following in accordance with the Right to Privacy in the School Setting Act, 105 ILCS 75/:
- School officials may not request or require a student or his or parent/guardian to provide a password or other related account information to gain access to the student’s account or profile on a social networking website.
- School officials may conduct an investigation or require a student to cooperate in an investigation if there is specific information about activity on the student’s account on a social networking website that violates a school disciplinary rule or policy. In the course of an investigation, the student may be required to share the content that is reported in order to allow school officials to make a factual determination.
105 ILCS 5/10-20.14, 5/10-22.6, and105 ILCS 5/22.10a
Right to Privacy in the School Setting Act, 105 ILCS 75/.
Cornfield v. Consolidated High School Dist. No. 230, 991 F.2d 1316 (7th Cir. 1993). People v. Dilworth, 661 N.E 2d 310 (III., 1996), cert. denied, 116 S.Ct. 1692 (1996).
People v. Pruitt, 662 N.E. 2d 540 (III. App. 1, 1996), app. denied, 667 N.E. 2d 1061 (III. App. 1, 1996).
T.L.O. v. New Jersey, 105 S.Ct. 733 (1985).
Vernonia School Dist. 47J v. Acton, 115 S.Ct. 2386 (1995).
Safford Unified School Dist No. 1 v. Redding, 129 S. Ct. 2633 (2009).
CROSS REF.: 7:130 (rights and responsibilities), 7:150 (police interrogation), 7:190 (student discipline)
ADOPTED: October 7, 1996
Revised: September 20, 2004
Revised: April 20, 2009
Revised: April 22, 2019
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 environment are important District goals.
Bullying, intimidation or harassment of a student or staff member for any reason, including, but not limited to, 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 through, but not limited to, verbal comments, racial, ethnic, religious or other slurs or threats, physical gestures or actions, the use of email, web sites, social networking sites, voice mail, or any other verbal, written or electronic communication, is prohibited in each of the following situations:
- During any school-sponsored education program or activity.
- While in school, on school property, on school buses or other school vehicles, at designated school bus stops waiting for the school bus, or at school-sponsored or school-sanctioned events or activities.
- Through the transmission of information from a school computer, a school computer network, or other similar electronic school equipment.
- Through the transmission of information from a computer that is accessed at a non-school-related location, activity, function, or program or from the use of technology or an electronic device that is not owned, leased, or used by 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 non-school 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:
- Placing the student or students in reasonable fear of harm to the student's or students' person or property;
- Causing a substantially detrimental effect on the student’s or students' physical or mental health;
- Substantially interfering with the student's or students' academic performance; or
- 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.
- The District uses the definition of bullying as provided in this
- 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 S. Constitution or under Section 3 of Article I of the Illinois Constitution.
- Students are encouraged to immediately report bullying. A report may be made orally or in writing to the District Nondiscrimination Coordinator, Building Principal, Assistant Building Principal, Dean of Students, a District Complaint Manager, or any staff member with whom the student is comfortable speaking. Anyone, including staff members and parents/guardians, who has information about actual or threatened bullying is encouraged to report it to the District Complaint Manager or any staff member. Anonymous reports are also
Chief Human Resources Officer
203 W. Hillside Road
Naperville, IL 60540
Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education
203 W. Hillside Road
Naperville, IL 60540
Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education
203 W. Hillside Road
Naperville, IL 60540
- 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
- The Superintendent or designee shall promptly investigate and address reports of bullying, by, among other things:
- 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.
- Involving appropriate school support personnel and other staff persons with knowledge, experience, and training on bullying prevention, as deemed appropriate, in the investigation process.
- Notifying the Building Principal or school administrator or designee of the reported incident of bullying as soon as possible after the report is received.
- 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 regardingservices that are available within the District and community, such as counseling, support services, and other programs.
- 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
- 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
- A student will not be punished for reporting bullying or supplying information, even if the District's investigation concludes that no bullying 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.
- 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.
- The Superintendent or designee shall post this policy on the District's Internet 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 also be distributed annually to parents/guardians, students, and school personnel, including new employees when
- 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:
- The frequency of victimization;
- Student, staff, and family observations of safety at a school;
- Identification of areas of a school where bullying occurs;
- The types of bullying utilized; and
- 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.
- The Superintendent or designee shall fully implement the Board policies, including without limitation, the following:
- 2:260,Uniform Grievance Procedure. A student may use this policy to complain about bullying.
- 6:60, Curriculum Content. Bullying prevention and character instruction is provided in all grades in accordance with State law.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 characteristicsin 7:20 is the same as the list in this policy).
- 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.
- 7:190, Student Discipline. This policy prohibits, and provides consequences for, hazing, bullying, or other aggressive behaviors, or urging other students to engage in such conduct.
- 7:310, Restrictions on Publications. 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.
LEGAL REF.: 405 ILCS 49/, Children’s Mental Health Act.
105 ILCS 5/10-20.14, 5/24-24, and 5/27-23.7.
23 Ill.Admin.Code §§1.240 and §1.280.
CROSS REF.: 2:240 (Board Policy Development), 2:260 (Uniform Grievance Procedure), 4:170 (Safety), 5:230 (Maintaining Student Discipline), 6:60 (Curriculum Content), 6:65 (Student Social and Emotional Development), 6:235 (Access to Electronic Networks), 7:20 (Harassment of Students Prohibited),
7:185 (Teen Dating Violence Prohibited), 7:190 (Student Discipline), 7:220 (Bus Conduct), 7:230 (Misconduct by Students with Disabilities), 7:240
(Conduct Code for Participants in Extracurricular
Activities), 7:285 (Food Allergy Management Program), 7:310 (Restrictions on
ADOPTED: February 2008
REVISED: March 2015
REVISED: May 2020
No person, including a District employee or agent, or student, shall harass, intimidate or bully a student on the basis of actual or perceived: race; color; nationality; 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; 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. The District will not tolerate harassing, intimidating conduct, cyber bullying or bullying whether verbal, physical, or visual, that affects the tangible benefits of education, that unreasonably interferes with a student's educational performance, or that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment. Examples of prohibited conduct include name-calling, using derogatory slurs, stalking, causing psychological harm, threatening or causing physical harm, threatened or actual destruction of property, or wearing or possessing items depicting or implying hatred or prejudice of one of the characteristics stated above.
Sexual Harassment Prohibited
Sexual harassment of students is prohibited. Any person, including a district employee or agent, or student, engages in sexual harassment whenever he or she makes sexual advances, requests sexual favors, and engages in other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual or sex-based nature, imposed on the basis of sex, that:
- 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
- Has the purpose or effect of:
- Substantially interfering with a student's educational environment;
- Creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment;
- Depriving a student of educational aid, benefits, services, or treatment; or
- Making submission to or rejection of such conduct the basis for academic decisions affecting a student.
The terms "intimidating," "hostile," and "offensive" include conduct that 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.
Students are encouraged to report claims or incidents of bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, or any other prohibited conduct to the Nondiscrimination Coordinator, Building Principal, Assistant Building Principal, Dean of Students, or a Complaint Manager. A Student may choose to report to a person of the student's same sex. 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, Assistant Building Principal, or Dean of Students for appropriate action.
The Superintendent shall insert into this policy the titles, addresses, and telephone numbers of the District's current Nondiscrimination Coordinator and Complaint Managers. At least one of these individuals will be female, and at least one will be male.
Chief Human Resources Officer or Designee Address
203 W. Hillside Road
Naperville, IL 60540
Chief Human Resources Officer or Designee;
Chief Operating Officer or Designee Address
203 W. Hillside Road
Naperville, IL 60540
The Superintendent shall use reasonable measures to inform staff members and students of this policy, such as, by including this policy in the appropriate handbooks.
Any District employee who is determined, after an investigation, to have engaged in conduct prohibited by this policy will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including discharge. Any District student who is determined, after an investigation, to have engaged in conduct prohibited by this policy will be subject to disciplinary action, including but not limited to, suspension and expulsion consistent with the discipline policy No. 7.190. Any person making a knowingly false accusation regarding prohibited conduct will likewise be subject to disciplinary action up to and including discharge, with regard to employees, or suspension and expulsion, with regard to students.
20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq., Title IX of the Educational Amendments, 34 C.F.R. Part 106.
105 ILCS 5/10-20.12, 5/10-22.5, 5/27-1, and 5/27-23.7.
775 ILCS 5/1-101 et. Seq. Illinois Human Rights Act. 23 Ill.Admin.Code §1.240 and Part 200.
Davis v. Monroe County Board of Education, 119 S.Ct. 1661 (1999).
Franklin v. Gwinnett Co. Public Schools, 112 S.Ct. 1028 (1992).
Gebser v. Lago Vista Independent School District, 118 S.Ct. 1989 (1998).
West v. Derby Unified School District No. 260, 206 F.3d 1358 (10th Cir., 2000).
CROSS REF.: 2:260 (Uniform Grievance Procedure), 5:20 (Sexual Workplace Harassment Prohibited), 7:10 (Equal Educational Opportunities); 7.180 (Preventing Bullying, Intimidation, and Harassment) 7:190 (Student Discipline) ADOPTED: February 2008
REVISED: June 2016
7:20-R Administrative Regulation - Non-Discrimination
Anyone wishing to present an allegation of discrimination against any student on account of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or physical differences in educational programs or activities in violation of Board of Education Policy 7.20 shall use the following procedures. If the alleged discrimination is against the building principal, the process may begin with Step 2.
Student Discrimination Complaint Procedure
Step 1. Allegation of discrimination shall be submitted to the administrator in charge of the building in which the student or students are housed. All complaints must be presented within thirty (30) calendar days of the occurrence of the first event giving rise to the complaint. Within ten (10) working days of receipt of the complaint, the administrator will respond in writing to the complaint, and will forward copies of the decision to both the complainant, the District Superintendent, the District Nondiscrimination Coordinator and Complaint Managers.
Step 2. If the complainant is not satisfied with the decision of the administrator at Step 1, the complainant may request that the Nondiscrimination Coordinator and/or Complaint Managers respond to the complaint. The request must be submitted to the Nondiscrimination Coordinator and/or Complaint Managers within ten (10) working days of the date of receipt of the administrator's decision at Step 1. The Nondiscrimination Coordinator and/or Complaint Managers shall review the complaint and the decision of the administrator and shall render a decision within ten (10) working days of the receipt of the request for review. Copies of the decision shall be forwarded to the complainant, the administrator and the District Superintendent.
Step 3. If the complainant or the administrator is not satisfied with the Nondiscrimination Coordinator or Complaint Manager's decision, either may request that the District Superintendent respond to the complaint. The request must be submitted to the Superintendent within (10) working days of the date of receipt of the Nondiscrimination Coordinator/
Complaint Manager's decision. The District Superintendent shall review the complaint and the decision of the Nondiscrimination Coordinator and/or the Complaint Managers and shall render a written decision within (10) working days of receipt of the complaint. Copies of the decision shall be forwarded to the complainant, the administrator and the Nondiscrimination Coordinator and/or Complaint Managers.
Step 4. If the complainant is not satisfied with the decision rendered by the Superintendent, the decision may be appealed to the Board of Education. Notice of intent to appeal to the Board must be submitted to the Superintendent within ten (10) working days of the receipt of the Superintendent's decision. Upon receipt from the complainant of written notice of intent to appeal to the Board, copies of the complaint and the decisions at each prior level of review shall be forwarded by the Superintendent to the Board. The Board shall review all of the relevant documents no later than the second regularly scheduled meeting after the receipt of the notice of intent to appeal and shall render its written decision within ten (10) working days of the date upon which the review is held.
Step 5. If the complainant is not satisfied with the Board's disposition of the complaint, the Sex Equity Rules of the Illinois State Board of Education provide for further appeal of complaints of sex discrimination to the Regional Office of Education Superintendent under Section 3-10 of the Illinois School Code and thereafter to the Illinois State Superintendent of Education under Section 2-3.8 in the Illinois School Code.
NOTICE: Complainants are entitled to confidentiality and respect and shall not be subjected to harassment or retaliation as a result of having filed a complaint or appealed a decision. Failure of the complainant to present or advance a complaint on time may be a basis for denial of the complaint. Failure of school district officials to respond on time to a complaint will permit the complainant to proceed to the next step of the complaint procedure. The Nondiscrimination Coordinator and the Complaint Managers shall be available to provide assistance to the complainant, as reasonably needed, in the preparation and the processing of the complaint and the appeal of decisions.
Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources or Designee Address
203 W. Hillside Road
Naperville, IL 60540
Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources or Designee;
Associate Superintendent for Operations or Designee
203 W. Hillside Road
Naperville, IL 60540
Telephone 630-420-6315; 630-420-6313
Electronic networks and computers, including the Internet, are a part of the District's instructional program and serve to promote educational excellence by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication. The District maintains its commitment to educational excellence. It recognizes that students will need to collect and synthesize information from a variety of digital sources, as well as collaborate and communicate with peers and colleagues in a global community. The District will assist students in developing the necessary skills and knowledge to navigate this rapidly-changing world. Additionally, the District will reinforce the ideals of digital citizenship and what it means to access various devices, tools, networks, technologies and the Internet responsibly. “Computers,” “electronic devices,” “mobile devices,” and “devices” for the purposes of this policy are interchangeable. The Superintendent or designee shall develop an implementation plan for this policy and appoint a system administrator(s).
The School District is not responsible for any information that may be lost, damaged, or become unavailable when using the network or a District-issued computer, or for any information that is retrieved or transmitted via the Internet. Furthermore, the District will not be responsible for any unauthorized charges or fees resulting from access to the Internet.
Curriculum and Digital Citizenship
The use of the District’s electronic networks and computers shall (1) be consistent with the curriculum adopted by the District as well as the varied instructional needs, learning styles, abilities, and developmental levels of the students, and (2) comply with the selection criteria for instructional materials and library resource center materials. Students will be educated about appropriate digital citizenship, including but not limited to: (1) interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms, and (2) cyber-bullying awareness and response. Staff members may, consistent with the Superintendent's implementation plan, use the Internet throughout the curriculum.
The District’s electronic networks is and District-issued computers are part of the curriculum and is are not a public forum for general use.
All use of the District's electronic networks or District-issued computers must be (1) in support of education and/or research, and be in furtherance of the goals stated herein, or (2) for a legitimate school business purpose. Use is a privilege, not a right. Students and staff members have no expectation of privacy in any material that is stored, transmitted, or received via the District's electronic network or District-issued computers. General rules for behavior and communications apply when using electronic networks. The District's Authorization for Use of Computers and Electronic Networks contains the appropriate uses, ethics, and protocol, including an individual’s use of personal computer for school use or on a District network. Electronic communications and downloaded material, including files deleted from a user's account but not erased, may be monitored or read by school officials.
In accordance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), the District’s primary concern is the safety and welfare of all students. The District filters all on-premises connections to the Internet and blocks computers or sites that may contain content considered obscene, pornographic, harmful or inappropriate for students. Only an administrator, supervisor, or other authorized person may disable the filtering device for bona fide research or other educational purposes provided that the individual receives prior permission from the Superintendent or system administrator. The District will supplement this policy by providing at-home filtering applications for District-issued computers that are used off-campus and at home.
The Superintendent or designee shall include measures in this policy’s implementation plan to address the following:
1. Ensure staff supervision of student access to online electronic networks;
2. Restrict student access to inappropriate matter as well as restricting access to harmful materials;
3. Ensures and staff privacy, safety, and security when using electronic communications;
4. Restrict unauthorized access, including “hacking” and other unlawful activities;
5. Restrict unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identification information, such as names and addresses.
Authorization for Use of Computers and Electronic Networks
Each staff member must sign the District’s Authorization for Use of Computers and Electronic Networks as a condition for using the District’s electronic networks or computers. Each student and/or his or her parent(s)/guardian(s) as appropriate, must sign the Authorization before being granted unsupervised use.
All users of the District’s computers or networks to access the Internet shall maintain the confidentiality of student records. Reasonable measures to protect against unreasonable access shall be taken before confidential student information is loaded onto the network.
The failure of any student or staff member to follow the terms of the Authorization for Use of Computers and Electronic Network Access, or this policy, may result in the loss of privileges, disciplinary action, and/or appropriate legal action.
No Child Left Behind Act, 20 U.S.C. §6777.
Children’s Internet Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. §254(h) and (l).
Enhancing Education Through Technology Act, 20 U.S.C §6751 et seq.
47 C.F.R. Part 54, Subpart F, Universal Service Support for Schools and Libraries.
720 ILCS 135/0.01.
CROSS REF.: 5:100 (Staff Development Program), 5:170 (Copyright for Publication or Sale of Instructional Materials and Computer Programs Developed by Employees), 6:40 (Curriculum Development), 6.60 (Curriculum Content), 6:210 (Instructional Materials), 6:230 (Library Resource Center) 6:260 (Complaints About Curriculum, Instructional Materials, and Programs), 7:130 (Student Rights and Responsibilities), 7.180 (Preventing Bullying and Harassment), 7:190 (Student Discipline) 7:310 (Publications)
ADMIN PROC.: 6:235 AP1 (Exhibit- Acceptable Use of Computers and Electronic Networks), 6:235-E 1 (Exhibit – Student Authorization for Electronic Network Access), 6.235-E 2 (Exhibit – Staff Authorization for Electronic Network Access)
Revised: October 2004; August 2015
6:235-R Administrative Procedure Acceptable Use of Electronic Networks
All use of electronic networks shall be consistent with the District's goal of promoting educational excellence by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication. These procedures do not attempt to state all required or proscribed behavior by users. However, some specific examples are provided. The failure of any user to follow these procedures will result in the loss of privileges, disciplinary action, and/or appropriate legal action.
Terms and Conditions
Acceptable Use- Access to the District's electronic networks must be (a) for the purpose of education or research, and be consistent with the educational objectives of the District, or (b) for legitimate business use.
Privileges - The use of the District's electronic networks is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of those privileges. The system administrator will make all decisions regarding whether or not a user has violated these procedures and may deny, revoke, or suspend access at any time; his or her decision is final.
Unacceptable Use - The user is responsible for his or her actions and activities involving the network. Some examples of unacceptable uses are:
1. Using the network for any illegal activity, including violation of copyright or other contracts, or transmitting any material in violation of any U.S. or State law;
2. Unauthorized downloading of software, regardless of whether it is copyrighted or de-virused;
3. Downloading copyrighted material for other than personal use;
4. Using the network for private financial or commercial gain;
5. Wastefully using resources, such as file space;
6. Hacking or gaining unauthorized access to files, resources, or entities;
7. Invading the privacy of individuals, which includes the unauthorized disclosure, dissemination, and use of information about anyone that is of a personal nature;
8. Using another user's account or password;
9. Posting material authorized or created by another without his/her consent;
10. Posting anonymous messages;
11. Using the network for commercial or private advertising;
12. Accessing, submitting, posting, publishing, or displaying any defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, racially offensive, harassing, or illegal material; and
13. Using the network while access privileges are suspended or revoked.
Network Etiquette - The user is expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. These include, but are not limited to, the following:
1. Be polite. Do not become abusive in messages to others.
2. Use appropriate language. Do not swear, or use vulgarities or any other inappropriate language.
3. Do not reveal personal information, including the addresses or telephone numbers, of students or colleagues.
4. Recognize that electronic mail (E-mail) is not private. People who operate the system have access to all mail. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities may be reported to the authorities.
5. Do not use the network in any way that would disrupt its use by other users.
6. Consider all communications and information accessible via the network to be private property.
No Warranties - The District makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the service it is providing. The District will not be responsible for any damages the user suffers. This includes loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, missed-deliveries, or service interruptions caused by its negligence or the user's errors or omissions. Use of any information obtained via the Internet is at the user's own risk. The District specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through its services.
Security – Network security is a high priority. If the user can identify a security problem on the Internet, the user must notify the system administrator or Building Principal. Do not demonstrate the problem to other users. Keep your account and password confidential. Do not use another individual's account without written permission from that individual. Attempts to log-on to the Internet as a system administrator will result in cancellation of user privileges. Any user identified as a security risk may be denied access to the network.
Vandalism - Vandalism will result in cancellation of privileges and other disciplinary action. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy data of another user, the Internet, or any other network. This includes, but is not limited to, the uploading or creation of computer viruses.
Telephone Charges - The District assumes no responsibility for any unauthorized charges or fees, including telephone charges, long-distance charges, per-minute surcharges, and/or equipment or line costs.
Copyright Web Publishing Rules - Copyright law and District policy prohibit the re-publishing of text or graphics found on the Web or on District Web sites or file servers without explicit written permission.
For each re-publication (on a Web site or file server) of a graphic or a text file that was produced externally, there must be a notice at the bottom of the page crediting the original producer and noting how and when permission was granted. If possible, the notice should also include the Web address of the original source.
Students and staff engaged in producing Web pages must provide library media specialists with e-mail or hard copy permissions before the Web pages are published. Printed evidence of the status of "public domain" documents must be provided.
The absence of a copyright notice may not be interpreted as permission to copy the materials. Only the copyright owner may provide the permission. The manager of the Web site displaying the material may not be considered a source of permission.
The "fair use" rules governing student reports in classrooms are less stringent and permit limited use of graphics and text.
Student work may only be published if there is written permission from both the parent/guardian and student.
Use of Electronic Mail
The District's electronic mail system, and its constituent software, hardware, and data files, are owned and controlled by the School District. The School District provides e-mail to aid students and staff members in fulfilling their duties and responsibilities, and as an education tool.
The District reserves the right to access and disclose the contents of any account on its system, without prior notice or permission from the account's user. Unauthorized access by any student or staff member to an electronic mail account is strictly prohibited.
Each person should use the same degree of care in drafting an electronic mail message as would be put into a written memorandum or document. Nothing should be transmitted in an e-mail message that would be inappropriate in a letter or memorandum.
Electronic messages transmitted via the School District's Internet gateway carry with them an identification of the user's Internet "domain." This domain name is a registered domain name and identifies the author as being with the School District. Great care should be taken, therefore, in the composition of such messages and how such messages might reflect on the name and reputation of this School District. Users will be held personally responsible for the content of any and all electronic mail messages transmitted to external recipients.
Any message received from an unknown sender via the Internet should either be immediately deleted or forwarded to the system administrator. Downloading any file attached to any Internet-based message is prohibited unless the user is certain of that message's authenticity and the nature of the file so transmitted.
Use of the School District's electronic mail system constitutes consent to these regulations.
Internet access is limited to only those "acceptable uses" as detailed in these procedures. Internet safety is almost assured if users will not engage in "unacceptable uses," as detailed in these procedures, and otherwise follow these procedures.
Staff members shall supervise students while students are using District Internet access to ensure that the students abide by the Terms and Conditions for Internet access contained in these procedures.
Each District computer with Internet access has a filtering device that blocks entry to visual depictions that are (1) obscene, (2) pornographic, or (3) harmful or inappropriate for students, as defined by the Children's Internet Protection Act and as determined by the Superintendent or designee.The system administrator and Building Principals shall monitor student Internet access.LEGAL REF.:Children's Internet Protection Act, P.L. 106-554.
20 U.S.C § 6801 et seq.
47 U.S.C. § 254(h) and (l).
720 ILCS 135/0.01.