Positive Learning in an Atmosphere of Individual Development

Rules and Regulations

Effective August 1, 2012

  1. Admission Policy – Transfers – Immunization, Physical and Dental Exams
  2. School Attendance – Absences – Excused Absence – Tardiness – Visitors
  3. Sickness or Injury – Medicine – Communicable Disease
  4. Dismissal Rules – Responsibility – Release of Students During School – Custody Issues
  5. Allergies & Special Medical Problems – Abused & Neglected Children
  6. Dress Code 
  7. Grievance Policy & Procedure
  8. Warnings: Fire Drills & Tornado Drills, Sightings
  9. Reports – Testing – Student Records – Graduation Policy – Transfers
  10. Director/Teacher Appointments & Phone Calls
  11. School/Personal Property
  12. Discipline – Detention – Contraband – Forgotten Items
  13. Homework – Field Trip Policies – Extra Curricular Activities
  14. Enrichment Curriculum – Evaluation & Test Material – Conferences
  15. Certificate on Non-Public School Recognition
  16. Instructional Program
  17. Calendars – Safety Patrol – Amendments
  18. Computers
  19. Lunches
  20. Parent Communicator

1. Admission Policy – Transfers – Immunization, Physical and Dental Exams

Admission Policy

For the admission of a First Year Student or a transferring student, any grade parents should present:
1. Copy of child’s birth certificate or verification of child’s
age.
2. Record of compliance with health code.
3. Previous academic records (where applicable)

It is the policy of P.L.A.I.D. Academy that children be admitted on a space available basis according to priorities of existing families attending P.L.A.I.D. Academy and in order of the existing waiting list.

Transferring a Student

Once a student has been transferred out of the school, he/she is not eligible for re-admission unless such agreement was made between the parents and the Directors at the time of the transfer. Formal petition for re-admission is granted or rejected by the Directors. All documentation must be in writing. If a parent has paid tuition over and above the last month of the child’s attendance and transfers the child out of the school, he/she will not be reimbursed for the amount of time paid for but not in attendance (unless special arrangements had been made prior thereto).

Books, bill, fees, etc must be paid in full before the beginning of each school year. None of the monies charged for these items shall be refunded if the child is transferred out any time after the first day of the school year.

Students are re-accepted on an annual basis. Re-acceptance requires cooperation of students and parents satisfactorily, i.e., that the school is capable of meeting the needs of the students; that all financial obligations have been paid (or suitable arrangements have been made with the accountant); that there is compliance with health code.

Immunization, Physical and Dental Exams

State law requires a health examination performed by a licensed physician and within one year prior to entering preschool, kindergarten or first grade and the fifth grade. Every child must present proof of immunity as required by law. Forms must be filled out and signed by a physician. Conscientious objectors should provide a notarized letter for the school file. Health forms are provided.

Dental examinations are required at the same time as physical examinations.

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 2. School Attendance – Absences – Excused Absence – Tardiness – Visitors

School Attendance

The State of Illinois provides by the law for compulsory attendance of all children between the ages of seven and sixteen years. The responsibility for compliance of this law belongs to the parents. However, if it is not complied with or if the school has reason to suspect the validity of an excuse when the child is absent, the Director will investigate the situation and apply appropriate remedies. If all efforts fail to bring about
regular attendance, the case will be referred to the truant officer of Cook County.

Absences

Since even occasional absence constitutes a handicap to the pupil in his/her progress, we know you will cooperate in keeping absence to a minimum. When a student is absent from school, it is the responsibility of the parent to notify the school between 8:00 and 9:00 A.M. Upon returning to school from an absence the student must present a written note from parent/guardian stating the name of the child and date of absence. This must be signed by a parent or guardian. An absence of 3 days or more requires a physicians letter to  release the student back to school.

Homework and class work missed during the absence must be completed within three days of a student’s return to school. Parents should make arrangements to pick-up the make-up assignments with the appropriate Director.

Excused Absence

Absences due to medical appointments, injuries, illnesses, and family deaths are considered excused absences carrying the privilege of making up schoolwork. Please notify the child’s teacher in writing when it is necessary to keep a child from school due to doctor or dental appointments. A child cannot be excused during regular school hours without written notice. Then a parent or guardian must come to school to pick up the student. Parents are asked to consider carefully before taking his/her child(ren) out of school for an extended vacation. Please notify the Director at least one month before a vacation. Some of the missed schoolwork can be made up after the child returns to school, but is usually impossible to make up the class time that is missed. It is the parent’s responsibility to have the child complete make-up work within three days following such vacations.

Tardiness

A student who is not in their seat working at 8:30 A.M. is marked tardy. As a means of monitoring tardiness, after the third tardy per week, the student will receive a signature on their respect sheet and this will be documented in the students file. (Gr. 5-8 only)

Visitors

Parents of students are welcome to visit their child(ren)’s classroom on any day of the school year. We ask that you give us a day’s notice, if possible, and keep in mind that the teacher will be busy and unable to give parent conference time. Please plan to visit once in the year. All visitors must stop in the school office before being escorted to any area of the school.

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3. Sickness or Injury – Medicine – Communicable Disease

Sickness or Injury

Parent or authorized person must pick the student up in the school office and sign for the child’s release. When your child is ill, please make arrangements for homework to be picked up daily by family or friends.
If a child becomes ill or is injured during the school day, a parent or person authorized by the parent will be notified. Records are kept in the school office of emergency numbers and persons authorized by parents.

Medicine

No medicine will be dispensed. This includes aspirin and prescription drugs. Parents will be responsible for coming to school and dispensing any drug their child(ren) might need. Exceptions to this policy are up to the discretion of the Director and must include written permission from the parent/guardian.

Communicable Disease

In the event a child has a communicable disease, a release card from Board of Health or a letter from the family physician indicating that the Board of Health regulations have been met and must be presented when the child returns to school.

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4. Dismissal Rules – Responsibility – Release of Students During School – Custody Issues

Dismissal Rule

School gets out at 2:30 P.M. Students are sent outside to wait for their rides. There is an adult present. This is not playtime. Parents should pick up their children in the main parking lot for the Beverly Arts Center (enter lot on Campbell Avenue, just south of 111th Street).

Any student not picked up by 2:45 P.M. will be sent to P.L.A.I.D.  PAD (extended care). The price is whatever the current P.L.A.I.D.  PAD fee  is and will be charged if you are there for 5 minutes or 1 hour.

If a student needs to be dismissed early, we ask the school be notified in the morning. The student will be released from the office to the authorized adult, picking up the student. This is to ensure the safety of the student as no staff from P.L.A.I.D. will be outside the building to monitor the child and we do not allow our students outside unsupervised.

Responsibility

The school cannot take responsibility for the student’s route to or from school. There will be no supervision before or after school hours. The exception to this policy is if the child is enrolled and attending P.L.A.I.D. PAD or an enrolled P.L.A.I.D. after school program or activity.

Release of Students During School Hours

No child may be released to anyone other than the parent/guardian or listed persons on the emergency list during the school day. Exceptions to this should be so stated in writing and also listed on the school emergency list.

Custody

If parents are divorced or separated, the school presumes that both parents have access to the child(ren) unless the school has a copy of a court order giving one parent exclusive custody.

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5. Allergies & Special Medical Problems – Abused & Neglected Children

Allergies & Special Medical Problems

Although this information may be included on the emergency card in the business office, it is still required of the parent to send allergy/special medical problem information to the office and to the individual teacher. Teachers should be notified at the beginning of each school year and updated with any changes throughout the school year.

Abused & Neglected Children

The Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act (81-1077) requires that school personnel, having reasonable cause to believe that a child known to them in their professional capacity may be an abused or neglected child, MUST report to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. The one reporting need not identify him or herself. Students are expected to come to school CLEAN in body and clothing, fed and in a condition to learn (rested). Bruises, etc. of an unexplainable nature are matters of concern; equal in significance are inappropriate and bizarre punishments.

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6. Dress Code

P.L.A.I.D. Academy  School Uniform Policy
Updated for 2012-2013 School Year 

Note:  Uniform shirts are available through Lands End Catalog and at www.landsend.com.  The school logo is available for embroidery on their school uniform clothing.  The P.L.A.I.D. Academy school number for Lands End is 900045980.
Field Trip Uniform:
Boys/Girls:
  • Shirts:  Black polo with P.L.A.I.D. Academy Logo on it.
  • Pants:  Tan dress pants/chino pants
  • Shoes:  Black dress shoes
  • Sweater (optional):  Red sweater with P.L.A.I.D. Academy Logo on it.
  • Belt:  Black
Optional for Girls:
  • Tan or Red Polo Dress with P.L.A.I.D. Academy Logo on it.
  • Knit Jumper in Tan or Red with P.L.A.I.D. Academy Logo on it and a white collared shirt underneath.
  • Tan skirt or skort.
Regular School Day Uniform:
Boys/Girls:
  • Shirts:  Any polo shirt or button-down dress shirt MUST have the P.L.A.I.D. Academy Logo on it.
  • Belts:  Shirts MUST be tucked in with a belt.
  • Pants:  Any color dress pants (no denim), may be pleated, flat-front or cargo.  Uniform shorts (no denim) may be worn in Sept & June.
  • Shoes:  Gym shoes with ties or velcro.  No slip-on shoes or heels for safety reasons.
  • Jackets/Sweaters:  NO hoodies/jackets/sweaters may be worn in class unless it is a P.L.A.I.D. Academy sweater with a logo on it.
Optional for Girls:
  • Girls may also wear skirts of any color but, must be no shorter than above the knee length or knee length!
  • Dress/Jumpers may be worn but they MUST HAVE the P.L.A.I.D. Academy logo on it.
Gym Day/Casual Field Trip Uniform:  (can be ordered through Lands End)
  • Shirts:  Athletic tee in gray with P.L.A.I.D. Academy logo printed on it.
  • (optional) Jacket:  Athletic Jacket in black with P.L.A.I.D. Academy logo printed on it.
  • Pants/Shorts:  Athletic pants/shorts in black
  • Swimsuit:  Girls Y-back Tugless Tank in black and Boys Jammer Swim Trunks in black.

Any accessories and hairstyle CAN NOT be a distraction in the classroom. All hair must not exceed the eyebrow or is held back so as not to interfere with vision.

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 7. Grievance Policy & Procedure

Policy for Reconciling Problems: Always try to confine problems, disputes or issues to the least number of people necessary. Procedures for Reconciling Problems:

(1) Address the individual (s) with whom you have an issue.
(2) If step one is unsatisfactory, address the director of that area: Primary, Intermediate, or Junior High Director.
(3) In the event of an unresolved issue with such director, please direct complaint to the Administrative Director.
(4) If the complaint cannot be reconciled satisfactorily with the Administrative Director, you may address your complaint, in writing, to the Board of Directors.
(5) If your issue is financial, please address the Financial Director. If your issue is in the academic area, address the Administrative Director.

All concerns, complaints and issues brought before the Board of Directors, in writing, will be addressed at the next scheduled Board of Directors meeting. Any of the Directors can call an emergency meeting, depending on the severity of the situation.

All written correspondence to the Board of Directors will be responded to, in writing, in a timely manner, as to the outcome of the finding. A request to appear before the Board is also available, upon request.

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 8. Warnings: Fire Drills & Tornado Drills, Sightings

Fire drills will be held at regular intervals. Everyone, including visitors, must evacuate the building immediately at the sound of the alarm. The entire school, including the lunchroom, is inspected regularly by the fire department. Tornado drills are held periodically during springtime each year. In the event of a tornado warning during the school day, children will not be sent home. Once school has been dismissed at its regular time,
students will be released. If there is an actual tornado sighting in the immediate area, the children will be kept in the building until official safety has been declared.

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9. Reports – Testing – Student Records – Graduation Policy – Transfers

Reports

Report cards or evaluations will be sent home at the end of a marking period. Mid-term reports may also be sent. The mid-term progress report is not material for the student’s permanent record. It is simply to inform parents of progress between report card time. Tuition must be current in order for Report Cards to be issued. Final Report Cards are not issued until all tuition and fees are paid in full.

Testing

Grades 1-8 are given standardized tests annually. The results will be given to parents. These tests are given as a measure of student and school strengths and weaknesses. We feel it is important to help each student prepare for standardized testing to help reduce anxiety and help students perform at their most successful testing ability. This, however, is not the schools main evaluation of the students.

Student Records

Parents have the right to inspect all of the child’s educational records they wish to see. Requests will be granted within a reasonable time. In case of incomplete work, the consequence will be the decision of the Unit Director. This decision will be discussed with the student. If satisfactory completion of assignments is not met, the Unit director will contact parents.

Graduation Policy

The Junior High Classroom promotes on quarters. Your child’s start in eight grade does not mandate an automatic diploma at the end of the year. Your child must pass each quarter. The Junior High Director will send each student’s parent/guardian a written notification of all requirements needed to be fulfilled in order to graduate by the end of the third quarter. This must be signed and returned in order for your child to be considered for graduation.

Transfers

Once a student has been transferred out of the school, he/she is not eligible for re-admission unless such agreement was made between the parents and the Directors at the time of the transfer. Formal petition for re-admission is granted or rejected by the Directors. All documentation must be in writing. If a parent has paid tuition over and above the last month of the child’s attendance and transfers the child out of the school, he/she will not be reimbursed for the amount of time paid for but not in attendance (unless special arrangements had been made prior thereto).

Books, bills, fees, etc must be paid in full before the beginning of each school year. None of the monies charged for these items shall be refunded if the child is transferred out any time after the first day of the school year.

Students are re-accepted on an annual basis. Re-acceptance requires cooperation of student and parents satisfactorily, i.e., that the school is capable of meeting the needs of the students; that all financial obligations have been paid (or suitable arrangements have been made with the accountant); that there is compliance with health code.

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10. Director/Teacher Appointments & Phone Calls

Any parent desiring an appointment with teacher/director, please contact the school office. An appropriate time will be set up to discuss the matter. Any concerns of a classroom matter, please do not hesitate to contact a director to discuss the matter. Open conversations and communications are imperative for the successful student.

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11. School/Personal Property


We reserve the right to inspect all school and/or personal property of any student in our school. We also reserve the right to seize articles that are inappropriate to the school setting or that are not in keeping with the school philosophy. Certainly, no weapons, knives, firearms, firecrackers, or anything that could cause personnel injury can be allowed. A parent must pick up anything confiscated from a student, i.e. cell phones, toys,
card collections, and headphones within two (2) weeks. A Director reserves the right to restrict removable accessories: purse, scarves, ties or things that can be played with in class.

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12. Discipline – Detention – Contraband – Forgotten Items

Discipline

In guiding the student’s growth in positive attitudes, we believe it is to EMPHASIZE THE POSITIVE RATHER THAN THE NEGATIVE. The essence of positive discipline is SELF-DISCIPLINE. The child should be guided in choosing one form of behavior over another and in accepting the consequences of his/her behavior.

It is important that students show respect for himself/herself, others, and school property, at all times. Each student is expected to conduct himself/herself respectfully; follow the Rules and Regulations; and fulfill his/her student obligations. A student who follows this code of conduct is granted the designation of R.E.S.P.E.C.T. (Rewards Earned and Special Privileges for Exhibiting Continued Trust) Student and is accorded special privileges and/or activities.

    1. A Student R.E.S.P.E.C.T. contract is used to re-enforce P.L.A.I.D.’s expectation of each student and record minor infractions. A student is required to have his/her Student R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Contract at all times. If attempts to enlist a student’s cooperation have been unsuccessful, the infraction will be noted on the Student R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Contract. Failure to have his/her contact is an automatic infraction. If three infractions are recorded within a month, the Student R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Contract will be mailed to the student’s parent/guardian and the child will lose the privileges of a R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Student. This will communicate to the parent there is a problem. If three Student R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Contracts are sent home within a month, a conference is required with the child’s parent (s)/guardian. The need for a Probation Contract will be discussed during this conference. It is possible for more than one Student R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Contract be sent home in a day. In case of more serious misconduct, parents will be immediately notified and established consequences will be agreed on.
    2.  PROBATION CONTRACT: In the supervision and evaluation of the pupil’s conduct for a specific period of time to ascertain whether the student has overcome his/her problem or is in need of further discipline.
    3.  SUSPENSION: Is the isolation of the pupil from some or all school activities. This could range from a 1/2 day in-school suspension, during which the student is required to continue schoolwork on an independent basis, through a three-day at home suspension.
    4. EXPULSION: Is the termination of the student’s privilege to attend P.L.A.I.D. Academy and will require the pupil to transfer to another school. This is a drastic action and will be invoked usually to prevent disruption of the school environment and/or assist the pupil to overcome a disciplinary problem.

Detention

Detentions are given to students for misconduct. The student will be given extra clean up time, to be served during school hours.

Contraband

Students bringing cigarettes, alcoholic beverages, weapons, gang identification, or drugs to school are subject to suspension or expulsion and possible legal ramifications.

Forgotten Items

Parents are encouraged NOT to bring forgotten items to school. We want to develop a sense of responsibility for remembering school materials. This is sometimes a tough lesson.

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13. Homework – Field Trip Policies – Extra Curricular Activities

Homework

Homework gives an opportunity to reinforce and practice concepts taught in school. Parents are expected to take an interest in their child(ren)’s homework. We highly recommend that parents establish regular homework routine in a location, which makes supervision and assistance possible.

We remind parents that satisfactory completion of homework assignments affect a student’s daily grade and ultimately the report card marks.

• Primary Unit – 15 to 20 minutes of written work
• Intermediate – 30 to 60 minutes of written work
• Junior High – 60 to 90 minutes of written work

IN ADDITION, ALL STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO BE READ TO OR READ A MINIMUM OF 30 MINUTES EACH DAY.

Field Trip Policies

Field trips are an integral component of our curriculum and considered an important day of instruction. Students are expected to attend all field trips and should not consider them optional unless specifically stated by the course description. If, as in the case of illness or otherwise, a child is unable to attend, he must fulfill that trip’s goals within two weeks and provide requirements as stated by trips goals.

Students are expected to be fully aware of P.L.A.I.D. Academy’s academic and behavioral expectations for excellence on all field trips. Students who do not demonstrate the ability to consistently maintain this high quality of excellence will not be allowed to attend the field trip and are expected to be under their own parental supervision for the entire day in question. An assignment will be provided for that day and must be completed prior to the student’s return to school.

• Students must be with their assigned adult/chaperone
• Students must be respectful of themselves, other and property.
• Students must have the capability to make responsible decisions.
• Students must follow given directions.
• Students are expected to come to school clean, groomed and wearing

P.L.A.I.D. Academy clothing in clean, good condition. Shirts are provided each year for field trip purposes.

Extra Curricular Activities

Extra-curricular activites are provided by the Beverly Arts Center.

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14. Enrichment Curriculum – Evaluation & Test Material – Conferences

Enrichment Curriculum

Enrichment curriculum will foster appropriate intellectual, cultural and social climate; promote growth in student leadership and social interaction skills; encourage individual, group special interest through a diversified and balanced program of extra classroom activities.

Evaluation and Test Material

  1. Evaluation and Test Materials:
    • Are provided and administer in the fairest means possible.
    • Have been validated for specific purpose for which they are used.
    • Are administrated by competent personnel in conformance with the instruction provided by their producer.
  2. Tests and other evaluation materials include those tailored to assess specific area of educational need and not merely those which are designed to provide a single general intelligence quotients.
  3. When tests are administered to a child with impaired sensory, motor or communication skills, tests shall be selected and administered to ensure that the results accurately reflect the child’s aptitude or achievement level, rather than reflecting the child’s impaired sensory, motor or communication skills except where those are the factors which the test purports to measure.
  4. No single procedure will be used as the sole criterion for determining an appropriate educational program for a child.
  5. The team Directors, the student’s regular teacher and support teachers of the student will make a full evaluation. Present must be a teacher qualified to teach a child his or her age and Certified by the State of Illinois.
  6. In instances in which a child has been evaluated by qualified professional personnel outside the school, district or private testing, that evaluation shall be considered and may be utilized in determining eligibility and need for placement.

Conferences

  1. No less than two conferences per student shall be held in an academic year. This may or may not be the conference that will determine the student’s individual goal setting and development of academic program. If not, an additional meeting will be held with the staff. Parents are expected to participate in these meetings. The child may or may not include in the staffing.
    • Participants in the conference shall include appropriate representatives and Education Director or designee who is qualified to provide or supervise the provision of the educational program; school personnel; parent(s); other persons having significant information regarding the child; and those people who may be responsible for providing the special education program or service to the child; the child, where appropriate, and other individuals at the discretion of the parent or school.
    • The purpose of the evaluation and/or conferences shall be to:
      • Establish a composite understanding of the child’s learning characteristics, sensory and motor skills and behavior;
      • Determine necessity for further evaluation;
      • Determine the child’s unique educational needs and the extent to which these needs can be met by the educational program.
      • To determine the nature and degree of intervention needed and recommend further testing and or corresponding placement. Such as the need for testing for possible visual impairment, hearing impairment, physical and/or health impairment, speech and/or language impairment, specific learning disability, educational handicap, behavior disorder, mental impairment, or multiple impairment (Definitions from 23 Illinois Administrative Code Ch, S.226.552, Subchapter f, Special Education) Results and recommendations to be in writing. A written report of the results and recommendations of the multi-disciplinary conference shall be prepared. The conference report shall be dated and list the names of all of those at conference. A copy of the report, together with all the documentation upon which it is to be based, shall be kept on file by the school. The parents shall be informed of their right to access the report.

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15. Certficate on Non-Public School Recognition

Voluntary recognition of non-public schools. To ensure the integrity of P.L.A.I.D. Academy we are committed to retaining full recognition from The Illinois State Board of Education. The following are the policies and guidelines that were developed in consultation with the Committee for Establishing Standards for Non-Public Schools.

The Illinois State Board of Education is authorized by statue to determine policies and guidelines with respect to private (non-public) elementary schools in Illinois. P.L.A.I.D. Academy is committed to follow the policy and guidelines for the purpose of retaining Certification of Non-Public School Recognition, status shall be viewed by all educational institutions and organizations as having a state approved educational program.
Furthermore, such certification should mean that attendance of children at such schools should not be a barrier to participation in organized extracurricular activities or to the acceptance by secondary and post-secondary educational institutions.

P.L.A.I.D. Academy will submit annual reports to the Illinois State Board of Education and request periodic visits to the school for the purpose of continued recognition. The curriculum has been developed to place equal emphasis on the development of knowledge, skill and understanding creativity, to its student body in accordance with purpose, goals and objectives. This curriculum will:

  1. Provide learning experiences in both standard curriculum as well as enrichment studies.
  2. Facilitate the development of academic skills such as reading, writing, spelling, listening, speaking clearly, and using basic and advanced mathematical computation. Foster the abilities to express ideas, think critically, observe carefully, solve problems, participating effectively in groups, healthy living, enjoy aesthetic experiences, understanding career development, clarification of individual values, personal goal setting.
  3. The school’s program shall consist of 176 days of school, or 880 hours of instruction within each school year.
  4. P.L.A.I.D. Academy will provide for students of different talents, intellectual capacities and interests, to the extent of compatibility with P.L.A.I.D. Academy and the student body.
  5. The school shall provide a total pattern of instruction, including such special components as:
    • instructional objectives;
    • planning by teachers;
    • the selection and use of varied types of learning materials and experiences;
    • the adoption of organization and instructional procedures of pupils needs; and
    • the use of varied evaluation instruments and procedures.
  6. Upper elementary shall provide instruction in the history of the U.S. and representative government.
  7. A program of in-service education shall be maintained to stimulate continued improvement of teaching and curriculum.

P.L.A.I.D. Academy shall be accessible to its school population, as free as possible from traffic hazards and distracting noise, and functional for the instructional program.

The building shall be clean and kept in good repair. Proper precautions shall be taken to protect pupils and employees from injury.

P.L.A.I.D. Academy shall be in compliance with applicable standards for heating, ventilation and illumination.

P.L.A.I.D. Academy shall comply with prevailing State of Illinois and City of Chicago safety codes.

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16. Instructional Program

Language Arts and Literature

Language arts is the process by which English is used to listen, speak, read, and write effectively. The Language Arts program will focus on reading/literature, composition, and language. The primary level literature program is incorporated into the whole-language approach to reading and writing. The Intermediate and Junior High literature program is a combination of novels and short stories. The language focus will involve grammar, vocabulary and mechanics. The composition or writing process has five stages: 1) prewriting, 2) drafting, 3) responding and revising, 4) proofreading and 5) publishing (written or oral).

Math

Materials will be available for daily, reinforcement, enrichment of math operations, concepts and problem solving. Formal instruction will be provided on a daily basis. Primary and Intermediate grades will focus on operations, measurement, time and math skills, money, fractions, decimals, percentages, problem solving, and geometry. Junior High will review, reinforce, and expand upon these skills. Upon demonstrating an adequate amount of these skills, we will then focus upon algebra, real life application of essential math skills and current events in math (such as the Chicago Tribune Stock Market program).

Science

Science curriculum will incorporate science into every day life, integrate science and math concepts and provide hands-on experience such as science experiments. Children will participate in science projects and science fairs. The three main areas of study will be biology, physical science and earth science. Science field trips will further enhance comprehension of concepts.

Social Studies

The areas of study will be geography, government and elections, economy, culture and customs, history, geography and current events and values at the local, national and international levels. In accordance with Illinois Administrative Code CH. I.S. 1.420 Subchapter a(r) P.L.A.I.D. Academy will provide history and social studies courses which do the following:

      1. Analyze the principles of representative government, the Constitution of both the United States and the State of Illinois, the proper use of the flag, and how these concepts have related and currently do relate in actual practice in our world (Section 27-21 of the School Code).
      2. Include in the teaching of the United States history the role and contribution of ethnic groups in the history of this country and the State (Section 27-21 of the School Code).
      3. Include in the teaching of United States history the role of labor unions and their interaction with government in achieving the goals of a fixed free-enterprise system (Section 27-21 of the School Code).
      4. Include the study of the period in World History known as the Holocaust (Section 27-20.3 of the School Code).
      5. Include the study of events of black history including the individual contributions of Afro-Americans and their collective socio-economic struggles.
      6. Include the study of the events of women’s history in America, including individual contributions and women’s struggles for the right to vote and for equal treatment (Section 27-20.5 of the School Code).

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17. Calendars – Safety Patrol – Amendments

Calendars

A yearly calendar in compliance with State law will be formulated and distributed.

Safety Patrol

Safety patrol adults are posted on the busiest intersections by the Chicago Police Department. P.L.A.I.D. Academy does not provide patrol people. It is expected that students use designated route and patrolled intersections when walking to and from school.

Amendments

Statements in this Rules and Regulations section of P.L.A.I.D. Academy’s web site are subject to amendment with or without notice. We will attempt to keep everyone informed of all the changes as soon as possible.

18. Computers

Computers are utilized on a daily basis and used to assist with the curriculum. However, there are specific rules that are enforced regarding use of our computers. No student is allowed unsupervised in the computer room. Students are not allowed to surf the internet for anything not specifically authorized by a P.L.A.I.D. staff member. Students are only allowed to use programs preset on the computer’s desktop or with special
authorization by a staff member. No student is allowed to e-mail or download from the internet without teacher authorization. No student is allowed to set up any type of web page.

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19. Lunches

Students are responsible for their own lunches. Juice, water, or ready to drink beverages are allowed. Soda pop and powered drink mixes are not allowed. Student who participate in the Hot Lunch Program hosted by Country House Restaurant (which is delivered to the school) are responsible for their lunch on days it is not provided by Country House Restaurant.

NO peanut butter is allowed in lunches or treats due to severe student allergies.

WE EMPHASIZE NUTRITION AND ASK PARENTS TO RESTRICT USE OF JUNK FOOD AND CANDY IN A CHILD’S LUNCH!

20. Parent Communicator

Each student is given a folder called a parent communicator at the beginning of the school year. Pertinent information given to be taken home to the student’s parent/guardian is to be placed in this folder (ex: permission slips, conference scheduling, school notes, etc…). This folder is to be checked by the parent/guardian weekly. If a duplicate copy is needed of any written information distributed, the parent/guardian must call the school to request same. If a third copy is needed, the student’s parent/guardian must come to the school in person to obtain it.

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