DAILY SCHOOL ROUTINE
SCHOOL OFFICE HOURS
8:45am – Breakfast – Students eating breakfast at school should enter the front (north) entrance
8:55am – Outside supervision begins. Students not eating school breakfast should not arrive to school before this time. Students will only be allowed inside prior to the entry bell if weather condition are unfavorable.
9:05am – Entry Bell – Students are expected to be lined up at their assigned entry door by this time.
9:15am – Tardy Bell – Any student arriving to school after this time will be considered tardy, unless they arrived on a late bus. Any student arriving after this time should enter the front(north) entrance.
12:15pm – 12:55pm – Lunch / Recess
3:38pm – Dismissal / Load Busses – Students should not remain on school property once they are dismissed unless they are involved in a school-sponsored after school activity or are under the direct supervision of a parent or legal guardian.
Kindergarten Front Door (north)
Grades 1-3 East Door
Grades 4-5 South Door
All visitors and tardy students Front Door (north)
STUDENT DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP
When dropping off or picking up students, please use the front (north) entrance. Please use the drop off lane in the parking lot or park in a designated parking spot. Never leave your vehicle unattended unless it is parked in a designated parking spot.
Pursuant to the Illinois School Code, Section 26-1, children are to be in attendance at school every day unless they are ill, observing a religious holiday, or death in the family. It is the responsibility of the parents to insure that their child is in school. Any child who is absent from school without an excuse is considered truant according to the law. The school is required to report chronic absences to the Truant Officer for further action.
Parents should follow these procedures when your child is absent:
When students are tardy, they must report to the office to sign in before going to class. Teachers will not allow students into their classrooms without a tardy pass from the office. Tardy means arriving to school after 9:15AM.
Signing Out a Student
When you take your child out of school during the day, you must sign him/her out in the office. School personnel may require proof of identification of any individual before releasing a child. Anyone not listed in our data base as a contact for a student will not be allowed to sign out a student without proper permission from the parent or legal guardian. Please do not take your child out of school early unless for a legitimate reason.
* Please call school by3:00pm if you do not want your child to ride the bus for any reason. We WILL NOT release a child to a minor (under 18 yrs. old).
SCHOOL UNIFORM POLICY
Hyde Park students are expected to be dressed in their school uniform every day during the school year. This policy is a Waukegan Public Schools initiative and students may be subject to consequences if they are not in compliance. The following are acceptable examples of clothing that comply with the uniform policy.
Top: White or Navy Blue collared shirts (polos or turtle necks). Plain White or Navy Blue sweaters or sweat shirts may be worn over collared shirt. Hooded tops must be removed upon entry to school.
** Hoodies or sweatshirts that are not solid navy or white will be hung up upon entering the classroom.
Bottom: Navy Blue pants, shorts, jumpers or skirts. Denim (blue jeans) is not acceptable.
Shoes: Any (Heelies or shoes with wheels are not allowed)
Stores where clothing is available:
Wal Mart – All stores K-Mart—all stores
Xtra Credit – Gurnee Mills Target--all stores
J. C. Penny (or catalog)--Gurnee Mills Sears--Gurnee Mills
Burlington Coat Factory--Gurnee Mills American Outfitters
Students are prohibited from using electronic devices (i.e.: CD/MP3/tape players, electronic games, cameras) during the school day. All such items will be confiscated if being misused and returned at the end of the school day. Cell phones are to be used only for emergencies and only when given permission by a staff member. Cell phones should be kept in a book bag and turned off during the entire school day. Parents / guardians should contact the school office if they need to speak with their child in case of an emergency.
Students are discouraged from bringing any item of value to school, whether monetary or sentimental, including large amounts of cash, toys, jewelry, etc. Hyde Park school and its employees will not be responsible for loss or damage of such items. Sporting equipment (marked with permanent marker for identification)is allowed at school but only to be used during recess time.
Lunch Money Collection/Lunch Policy
Friday, or the last school day of the week is the day lunch and milk money should be sent to school. Please pay weekly. Lunch applications must be completed and returned promptly by each Waukegan Public Schools student.
Emergency Student Information
It is the parent's responsibility to inform the school office of any changes of address, phone number, work location, or emergency contacts during the year. It is imperative our office have the means to contact a parent or guardian in case of an emergency.
The school must be notified in advance of a student’s withdrawal from school. If a child is moving or transferring in Illinois, an Illinois State Transfer Form from the office is needed. All school property (textbooks, library books, supplies, etc) must be returned prior to student withdrawal. All fees and fines must be paid before records will be transferred.
Visitors to School
Parents / guardians are welcome at Hyde Park Elementary provided they register at the office upon arrival. Visitors must sign in at the office to receive a Visitor's Pass. Parents / guardians are encouraged to visit their child’s classroom to observe without disrupting instruction. Parents / guardians are encouraged to have frequent contact with their child’s teacher. Please speak with your child’s teacher to arrange conference times when instruction is not taking place.
Recognition of a child's birthday at school is permissible. Treats may be sent to school and may be passed out on birthdays after making arrangements with your child's teacher. Gum should not be included as a treat. Birthday party invitations cannot be passed out at school.
EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSINGS
The superintendent or his designee may close or dismiss school in extremely inclement weather. In the event that schools are forced to close, PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE SCHOOL. Look on the district home page (www.wps60.org) or listen to the radio for announcements of school closings.
WKRS 1220 AM WXLC 102.3 FM
HYDE PARK HOMEWORK POLICY
The Hyde Park School Community wants to assist students in developing habits and skills of independent study and encourage responsibility. Learning does not stop at the end of the school day when the bell rings. Our school community is concerned with children's habit formation, and we know positive habits are best built with consistent reinforcement from home. Independent study is an important habit and homework can be a strong tool for helping children to acquire the habit of study.
Ideally, parents will expect their children to study at home for a period of time each school day, and teachers will consistently assign homework. Thus, the habit of studying is established by both home and school. Learning time is extended beyond the regular school day.
If you would like your child's work because of absence, please notify the office so that the teacher may have advance notice. You may pick up the assignments in the office at the end of the day.
New students, Kindergarten students, and Grade 6 students MUST have a Health exam prior to enrollment. Students who got an exam last year as a fifth grader are not required this year to get an exam for 6th grade. Forms are available in the school office. Additionally, State law requires a complete record of immunizations to be on file for every child.
In the case of an accident or illness, the school personnel provide first aid and make every effort to contact the parent. If we are unable to make contact with a parent / guardian, or in case of serious accidents, the paramedics will be called.
When a child is ill at school, we will make efforts to contact the parent and/or emergency person listed on the family information portion off the student profile sheet. It is imperative that you keep this information accurate and up to date during the school year. Please call us when you have a change.
Keep in mind that it is important for children to be in school every day. However, home is the best place for a child who is ill.
Please keep your child at home if they have any of the following symptoms:
VISION AND HEARING SCREENING
Waukegan District #60 provides vision and hearing screening, at no expense, for the children. A report is made to the parent only if a problem is detected. Further treatment is the parent's responsibility.
Children exhibiting symptoms of head lice or nits (eggs) will be excluded from school until all nits have been removed from the hair using a shampoo formulated to kill head lice and their eggs. An adult must bring the child to school after treatment, and the student should report to the nurse for re-examination before re-entry.
LUNCH RECESS POLICY
Any child who comes to school will be sent outside for recess at noon, weather permitting, unless they provide a doctor's note. The note must indicate the exact dates the child is to remain indoors. No supervision is available by classroom teachers for sick children. Please make sure your child(ren) are appropriately dressed for the weather.
REGULATIONS FOR PRESCRIBED MEDICINE
All medicine administered at school must be prescribed by your physician. A parent or other adult should bring the medicine to school. Children may not carry medicine (including cough drops, antacids, etc) to or from school.
The parent must return the completed Administration of Medication at School form, signed by the doctor and parent, before medicine may be administered. Failure to comply with the above regulations will result in medicine not being administered. In such cases, the parent will be notified to come to School to administer the medicine.
TEMPORARY DISABILITY / PHYSICAL EDUCATION EXCUSE
If your child is to be excused from P.E. for more than two days because of an illness or injury, a note from your physician is required. This note must indicate the nature of the illness/injury and the date the student may return to P.E.
Children who are in leg casts and/or are on crutches may not return to school without physician’s written approval. Use of stairs requires written physician approval. Please notify the school nurse prior to your child’s return to school.
It is the responsibility of the parent to keep the school informed regarding any changes in their child’s health that may arise during the school year.
It is the goal of Hyde Park Elementary to provide each student with the maximum opportunity to acquire an education. No student has the right to interfere with this opportunity by his or her actions or inappropriate behavior. Students are expected to be courteous to school staff, children, and others while in school, on the playground, and on the bus. Each student is expected to respect school employees by following Hyde Park Elementary and District #60 rules and regulations, as well as the laws of the community, state, and nation. The student will respect and be considerate of the personal property, rights, and privileges of others.
Consequences for acting contrary to school and district rules and regulations will follow the guidelines specified in board policy and state law.
We would appreciate the cooperation of all parents. Please discuss the discipline rules and policies in the District Parent / Student Handbook with your child to prevent any misunderstanding. Impress upon him / her the importance of good behavior.
WAUKEGAN PUBLIC SCHOOLS PARENT / STUDENT HANDBOOK
In addition to receiving the Hyde Park Parent/Student Handbook, you will also receive the WPS CUSD #60 Right, Responsibilities, and Discipline Handbook. It is important to familiarize yourself with the policies set forth by the Waukegan School Board and to discuss these two documents as a family. Please return pages 52 and 53 of the district handbook, and the last page of the Hyde Park Parent Handbook with dates and signatures where appropriate. These documents will be kept on file at the school.