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

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

 

Getting to and home from school

What are the school hours?

Please see the below chart for information on school hours:

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
All Grades Start 8:45 AM
End 3:35 PM
Start 8:45 AM
End 3:35 PM
Start 8:45 AM
End 2:35 PM
Start 8:45 AM
End 3:35 PM
Start 8:45 AM
End 3:35 PM

What do I need to know about absence, attendance and tardiness?

No pupils should be in the building before 8:30 A.M. except by special permission.

School begins at 8:45 A.M.. Students who are not in their homeroom/first period class when the bell rings will be considered tardy and must obtain a tardy slip from the main office. Repeated tardiness will result in parent contact and/or student disciplinary action.

All student absences must be reported to the school office by 8:30 AM each day.  Absences can be reported by using the Online Absence Form, button below, or by calling the Absence Attendance Line at (847) 472-3882.  A phone message system will be available to accept short phone messages if a parent wishes to report a student absence before the school office opens via phone.

Report Student Absence Online

If a call is not received, a parent will be contacted at home or at work by the office staff. We greatly appreciate efforts made by parents to complete these calls as early as possible, and before 8:30 A.M.. If a parent cannot be reached and we suspect the possibility of truancy, the local police department may be contacted.

Excessive absences may prevent students from being included in student activities. On the day a student is absent, participation/attendance at after school/evening activities is not allowed without an administratorʼs permission.

If a student is going to be absent for an extended period of time, parents may call to request assignments be collected.

Please click here to see handbook information about attendance.

Where do I drop off my child and/or park?

Kiss N’ Drive: Parents can drop off / pick up children at Door 19 located off Ridge Avenue each morning and afternoon.

Bus arrival and dismissal: Students will be dropped off by the bus in the front driveway of the building located on Clearmont Drive.

AM Walkers:

  • Students that walk to school enter through Door 4 (Front of building on Clearmont Drive) and Door 19 (Ridge Ave.)

What if my child bikes or walks to school?

With the heavy volume of traffic located around Clearmont School, we strongly suggest that students who walk or ride bikes should travel in groups of two and three if at all possible.

After any evening activity, or anytime after dark, we strongly suggest that parents pick up their children personally unless they live within sight of the school. Students who attend school activities at night are prohibited from walking to any of the local restaurants or snack shops after the activity, unless accompanied by a parent.

When students leave the building after the regular school day, they must go directly home and not plan to return to school to ride the activity bus, or watch a game. The closeness of snack shops in the area creates a very hazardous situation. We do not want students crossing streets, except when directed by their parents – and then only at the traffic lights. Students who ignore these requests will be excluded from participation in activities.

Where can my child keep a backpack?

Backpacks are not to be used in classrooms. Students may use them only for transporting belongings to and from school and must be stored except for this purpose. Backpacks may be kept in lockers/cubbies during the school day.


Important School Policies

What kind of treats can my child bring in?

Please click here for information on snacks and treats.

 

WHAT IS THE SCHOOL POLICY ON BULLYING?

School District 59’s Anti-Bullying Policy promotes consistency of approach and creates a climate in which all types of bullying are regarded as unacceptable. We wish to create a learning community in which relationships are based on mutual respect. All members of our school community have the right to enjoy their learning and leisure time free from any form of bullying or harassment. District 59 will not tolerate unkind actions or remarks, even if they lack malicious intent. We expect students, staff, and parents to support this policy by reporting all incidents of bullying.

Definition of Bullying:

Bullying is defined as any physical, psychological or verbal attack against an individual or group of individuals by a person or group of persons, causing, or potentially causing, physical or psychological harm to the victim(s) or resulting in the exclusion of the victim(s) from participation in, and/or enjoyment of any program or activity, including academic and nonacademic classes and extracurricular activities, offered or sponsored by the school district. The attack may be an isolated incident or series of incidences occurring over a period of time.

Bullying takes various forms, including, but not limited to, harassment, threats, intimidation, spreading rumors, stalking, physical violence, sexual harassment, sexual violence, theft, humiliation, causing social or psychological isolation, extortion, destruction of property, or retaliation for alleging an act of bullying.

Definition of Cyber-bullying:

“Cyber-bullying” is considered a form of bullying and is defined as the use of e-mail, instant messaging, chat rooms, pagers, cell phones, or other forms of information technology to bully, harass, embarrass, threaten, or intimidate someone. Cyber-bullying can include, but is not limited to, such acts as making threats, sending provocative insults or racial or ethnic slurs, gay bashing, or attempting to infect the victim’s computer with a virus, and “sexting”. Students who engage in such activity on school grounds or who engage in such activity off campus and create a material disruption of school operations shall be subject to penalties for bullying and harassment as well as possible criminal penalties. Students’ home and personal Internet use can have an impact on the school and on other students. If a student’s personal Internet expression – such as a threatening message to another student or a violent website – creates a likelihood of material disruption of the school’s operations, that student may face school discipline and criminal penalties.

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

What do I need to know about the school dress code?

Studentsʼ dress and grooming must not disrupt the educational process, interfere with the maintenance of a positive teaching and learning climate, or compromise reasonable standards of health, safety, and decency.

Specifically, the following is prohibited at school or at school-sponsored events:

  • Clothing which displays or implies, with words or graphics, any of the following:
    • The use of tobacco, alcohol, or illegal substances
    • Sexual, vulgar, lewd, or indecent meanings or connotations
    • Identification with a gang or with any group whose purpose or effect is to interfere with the operation of the school or school activities or with the safety and security of students and staff
    • Depiction of violence in any form
  • Coats, jackets, caps, bandanas and hats- except when arriving at or departing from school, or attending after school activities
  • Clothing/accessories that may damage school property or be readily used as a weapon

In addition:

  • Students should be covered from shoulder to mid-thigh with solid material at all times
  • Undergarments should never be showing
  • Pants must be at waist level and tank tops must cover area above and below shoulder
  • Skirts and shorts must be worn at a reasonable length (no shorter than an arms length when arms and fingers are fully extended at sides of the body)

Students may be warned or asked to change objectionable clothing. Students who repeatedly do not comply with the student appearance policy are subject to further disciplinary action.

DOES MY CHILD NEED TO WEAR ANY IDENTIFICATION?

No. Students do not need to wear identification / IDs at Clearmont School. Teachers will collect daily all student lunch cards / library cards within each classroom.

What is the policy on cell phones for students?

Cell phone use is not permitted in the school. Cell phones are allowed in school under the condition that the phone will be kept in the locker and turned OFF.

Phone use can occur before or after school hours outside the school building. If a phone is found with the student during the school day, or the student operates the phone during the school day, the phone will be confiscated and placed in the school safe until the end of the day. Repeated offenses will result in having a parent come to school to retrieve their student’s phone.

Loss of a cell phone usually occurs because the phone has not been securely locked in the student’s locker, as required. The school cannot be responsible for items lost due to student negligence.

Parents are asked to help us enforce this policy and are also asked to refrain from calling or texting their child during the school day while classes are in session. If there is an emergency, we ask that parents contact the main office, and we will get into contact with the student.

If a student really needs to make a call during the school day, a teacher can give permission to use the classroom phone. Students can also use the office phone in some instances. Students may also use their own cell phone outside of the school after school is dismissed.
Students may not use their phones on the school bus as they must be kept in their backpacks until they exit the bus.
 

What if I need to bring my child an item that was forgotten?

To keep classroom interruptions to a minimum, paging of students is done only in the morning. If students forget something at home and are expecting it to be delivered to school, it is the student’s responsibility to check in the office to see if it has arrived. Anything left in the office at the end of the day will be put in lost and found.
Students who must leave school due to an appointment should bring a note to the office or have a parent call. Students will not be dismissed from class until a parent or guardian has arrived to pick up the student.

What if my child will need to take medications at school?

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

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

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

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

Important information about asthma medication:

A student may possess and self-administer asthma medication on school grounds, at school activities, while under the supervision of school personnel, or before and after normal school activities, when:

      • The medication has been prescribed by a physician, a physician’s assistant or an advanced practice registered nurse possessing the proper authority to prescribe medication
      • The student’s parent(s) or guardian(s) have provided the school nurse with written authorization for the self-administration of medication and a written statement from the student’s physician, physician assistant or advance practice registered nurse that states the following:
        1. The name and purpose of the medication
        2. The prescribed dosage
        3. The time or times at which or special circumstances under which the medication is to be administered

My child has a life threatening allergy or medical condition. What do I need to know?

Please click here for  additional information.

How does the school utilize security cameras?

As part of the District’s ongoing efforts to provide a safe and nurturing environment for our students and staff, the District has placed security cameras in public areas, both inside and outside the school. The following outlines the purpose of the security cameras:

      • Providing a deterrent for inappropriate behavior by students
      • Provide information to assist the investigation into student misconduct
      • Provide information for managing, preventing, and disciplining inappropriate student behavior
      • Provide information to assist in the prevention of student violence, bullying, and vandalism

WHEN CAN I EXPECT REPORT CARDS?

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

 

Parents and students have the ability to access student grades anytime through Skyward Family Access. The link to access Skyward is available on the school homepage. Students and parents can sign in using the username and password given to them at the beginning of the school year.

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

Visit the Illinois Sex Offender Information website.


Extracurricular Activities

What clubs, activities or sports are available, and how does my child join?

Clearmont offers various activities, including intramurals and art club. Please contact the school for additional information.


Parent Volunteering

CAN I VOLUNTEER AT SCHOOL?

Research in the area of parent involvement indicates that parent participation is one of the greatest indicators of student success!

Please consider volunteering for at least one activity at Clearmont School! Clearmont School welcomes the support and assistance of parents with many different types of duties including but not limited to the following listed below:

  • Serving on our PTO Board
  • PTO Social Family events
  • Helping to organize fundraisers
  • Collecting box tops and other items to raise funds for the school
  • Classroom celebrations
  • Listening to students read
  • Working with students on math facts
  • Writing skills
  • Modeling good reading skills
  • Centers in the classroom
  • Field Trips
  • Many more events

We need and welcome your help!!

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

 


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

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

 

Getting to and home from school

What are the school hours?

Please see the below chart for information on school hours:

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
All Grades Start 8:45 AM
End 3:35 PM
Start 8:45 AM
End 3:35 PM
Start 8:45 AM
End 2:35 PM
Start 8:45 AM
End 3:35 PM
Start 8:45 AM
End 3:35 PM

What do I need to know about absence, attendance and tardiness?

No pupils should be in the building before 8:30 A.M. except by special permission.

School begins at 8:45 A.M.. Students who are not in their homeroom/first period class when the bell rings will be considered tardy and must obtain a tardy slip from the main office. Repeated tardiness will result in parent contact and/or student disciplinary action.

All student absences must be reported to the school office by 8:30 AM each day.  Absences can be reported by using the Online Absence Form, button below, or by calling the Absence Attendance Line at (847) 472-3882.  A phone message system will be available to accept short phone messages if a parent wishes to report a student absence before the school office opens via phone.

Report Student Absence Online

If a call is not received, a parent will be contacted at home or at work by the office staff. We greatly appreciate efforts made by parents to complete these calls as early as possible, and before 8:30 A.M.. If a parent cannot be reached and we suspect the possibility of truancy, the local police department may be contacted.

Excessive absences may prevent students from being included in student activities. On the day a student is absent, participation/attendance at after school/evening activities is not allowed without an administratorʼs permission.

If a student is going to be absent for an extended period of time, parents may call to request assignments be collected.

Please click here to see handbook information about attendance.

Where do I drop off my child and/or park?

Kiss N’ Drive: Parents can drop off / pick up children at Door 19 located off Ridge Avenue each morning and afternoon.

Bus arrival and dismissal: Students will be dropped off by the bus in the front driveway of the building located on Clearmont Drive.

AM Walkers:

  • Students that walk to school enter through Door 4 (Front of building on Clearmont Drive) and Door 19 (Ridge Ave.)

What if my child bikes or walks to school?

With the heavy volume of traffic located around Clearmont School, we strongly suggest that students who walk or ride bikes should travel in groups of two and three if at all possible.

After any evening activity, or anytime after dark, we strongly suggest that parents pick up their children personally unless they live within sight of the school. Students who attend school activities at night are prohibited from walking to any of the local restaurants or snack shops after the activity, unless accompanied by a parent.

When students leave the building after the regular school day, they must go directly home and not plan to return to school to ride the activity bus, or watch a game. The closeness of snack shops in the area creates a very hazardous situation. We do not want students crossing streets, except when directed by their parents – and then only at the traffic lights. Students who ignore these requests will be excluded from participation in activities.

Where can my child keep a backpack?

Backpacks are not to be used in classrooms. Students may use them only for transporting belongings to and from school and must be stored except for this purpose. Backpacks may be kept in lockers/cubbies during the school day.


Important School Policies

What kind of treats can my child bring in?

Please click here for information on snacks and treats.

 

WHAT IS THE SCHOOL POLICY ON BULLYING?

School District 59’s Anti-Bullying Policy promotes consistency of approach and creates a climate in which all types of bullying are regarded as unacceptable. We wish to create a learning community in which relationships are based on mutual respect. All members of our school community have the right to enjoy their learning and leisure time free from any form of bullying or harassment. District 59 will not tolerate unkind actions or remarks, even if they lack malicious intent. We expect students, staff, and parents to support this policy by reporting all incidents of bullying.

Definition of Bullying:

Bullying is defined as any physical, psychological or verbal attack against an individual or group of individuals by a person or group of persons, causing, or potentially causing, physical or psychological harm to the victim(s) or resulting in the exclusion of the victim(s) from participation in, and/or enjoyment of any program or activity, including academic and nonacademic classes and extracurricular activities, offered or sponsored by the school district. The attack may be an isolated incident or series of incidences occurring over a period of time.

Bullying takes various forms, including, but not limited to, harassment, threats, intimidation, spreading rumors, stalking, physical violence, sexual harassment, sexual violence, theft, humiliation, causing social or psychological isolation, extortion, destruction of property, or retaliation for alleging an act of bullying.

Definition of Cyber-bullying:

“Cyber-bullying” is considered a form of bullying and is defined as the use of e-mail, instant messaging, chat rooms, pagers, cell phones, or other forms of information technology to bully, harass, embarrass, threaten, or intimidate someone. Cyber-bullying can include, but is not limited to, such acts as making threats, sending provocative insults or racial or ethnic slurs, gay bashing, or attempting to infect the victim’s computer with a virus, and “sexting”. Students who engage in such activity on school grounds or who engage in such activity off campus and create a material disruption of school operations shall be subject to penalties for bullying and harassment as well as possible criminal penalties. Students’ home and personal Internet use can have an impact on the school and on other students. If a student’s personal Internet expression – such as a threatening message to another student or a violent website – creates a likelihood of material disruption of the school’s operations, that student may face school discipline and criminal penalties.

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

What do I need to know about the school dress code?

Studentsʼ dress and grooming must not disrupt the educational process, interfere with the maintenance of a positive teaching and learning climate, or compromise reasonable standards of health, safety, and decency.

Specifically, the following is prohibited at school or at school-sponsored events:

  • Clothing which displays or implies, with words or graphics, any of the following:
    • The use of tobacco, alcohol, or illegal substances
    • Sexual, vulgar, lewd, or indecent meanings or connotations
    • Identification with a gang or with any group whose purpose or effect is to interfere with the operation of the school or school activities or with the safety and security of students and staff
    • Depiction of violence in any form
  • Coats, jackets, caps, bandanas and hats- except when arriving at or departing from school, or attending after school activities
  • Clothing/accessories that may damage school property or be readily used as a weapon

In addition:

  • Students should be covered from shoulder to mid-thigh with solid material at all times
  • Undergarments should never be showing
  • Pants must be at waist level and tank tops must cover area above and below shoulder
  • Skirts and shorts must be worn at a reasonable length (no shorter than an arms length when arms and fingers are fully extended at sides of the body)

Students may be warned or asked to change objectionable clothing. Students who repeatedly do not comply with the student appearance policy are subject to further disciplinary action.

DOES MY CHILD NEED TO WEAR ANY IDENTIFICATION?

No. Students do not need to wear identification / IDs at Clearmont School. Teachers will collect daily all student lunch cards / library cards within each classroom.

What is the policy on cell phones for students?

Cell phone use is not permitted in the school. Cell phones are allowed in school under the condition that the phone will be kept in the locker and turned OFF.

Phone use can occur before or after school hours outside the school building. If a phone is found with the student during the school day, or the student operates the phone during the school day, the phone will be confiscated and placed in the school safe until the end of the day. Repeated offenses will result in having a parent come to school to retrieve their student’s phone.

Loss of a cell phone usually occurs because the phone has not been securely locked in the student’s locker, as required. The school cannot be responsible for items lost due to student negligence.

Parents are asked to help us enforce this policy and are also asked to refrain from calling or texting their child during the school day while classes are in session. If there is an emergency, we ask that parents contact the main office, and we will get into contact with the student.

If a student really needs to make a call during the school day, a teacher can give permission to use the classroom phone. Students can also use the office phone in some instances. Students may also use their own cell phone outside of the school after school is dismissed.
Students may not use their phones on the school bus as they must be kept in their backpacks until they exit the bus.
 

What if I need to bring my child an item that was forgotten?

To keep classroom interruptions to a minimum, paging of students is done only in the morning. If students forget something at home and are expecting it to be delivered to school, it is the student’s responsibility to check in the office to see if it has arrived. Anything left in the office at the end of the day will be put in lost and found.
Students who must leave school due to an appointment should bring a note to the office or have a parent call. Students will not be dismissed from class until a parent or guardian has arrived to pick up the student.

What if my child will need to take medications at school?

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

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

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

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

Important information about asthma medication:

A student may possess and self-administer asthma medication on school grounds, at school activities, while under the supervision of school personnel, or before and after normal school activities, when:

      • The medication has been prescribed by a physician, a physician’s assistant or an advanced practice registered nurse possessing the proper authority to prescribe medication
      • The student’s parent(s) or guardian(s) have provided the school nurse with written authorization for the self-administration of medication and a written statement from the student’s physician, physician assistant or advance practice registered nurse that states the following:
        1. The name and purpose of the medication
        2. The prescribed dosage
        3. The time or times at which or special circumstances under which the medication is to be administered

My child has a life threatening allergy or medical condition. What do I need to know?

Please click here for  additional information.

How does the school utilize security cameras?

As part of the District’s ongoing efforts to provide a safe and nurturing environment for our students and staff, the District has placed security cameras in public areas, both inside and outside the school. The following outlines the purpose of the security cameras:

      • Providing a deterrent for inappropriate behavior by students
      • Provide information to assist the investigation into student misconduct
      • Provide information for managing, preventing, and disciplining inappropriate student behavior
      • Provide information to assist in the prevention of student violence, bullying, and vandalism

WHEN CAN I EXPECT REPORT CARDS?

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

 

Parents and students have the ability to access student grades anytime through Skyward Family Access. The link to access Skyward is available on the school homepage. Students and parents can sign in using the username and password given to them at the beginning of the school year.

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

Visit the Illinois Sex Offender Information website.


Extracurricular Activities

What clubs, activities or sports are available, and how does my child join?

Clearmont offers various activities, including intramurals and art club. Please contact the school for additional information.


Parent Volunteering

CAN I VOLUNTEER AT SCHOOL?

Research in the area of parent involvement indicates that parent participation is one of the greatest indicators of student success!

Please consider volunteering for at least one activity at Clearmont School! Clearmont School welcomes the support and assistance of parents with many different types of duties including but not limited to the following listed below:

  • Serving on our PTO Board
  • PTO Social Family events
  • Helping to organize fundraisers
  • Collecting box tops and other items to raise funds for the school
  • Classroom celebrations
  • Listening to students read
  • Working with students on math facts
  • Writing skills
  • Modeling good reading skills
  • Centers in the classroom
  • Field Trips
  • Many more events

We need and welcome your help!!

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

 


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