Lincoln School

Student Handbook

2016-2017

 

 

1. Mission Statement 

Lincoln School provides a supportive learning environment for students to succeed academically, socially, and behaviorally in order to reach their highest potential.  Focusing on a goal of high standards for all, Lincoln School encourages the development of higher level learning, good citizenship and personal responsibility.

                Lincoln School Objectives 

                1. Provide students a safe school environment

                2. Develop a personal education plan for all students

                3. Address social, emotional and behavioral needs

                4. Create a successful transition plan to the student’s home school district

2. Admission Criteria

Lincoln School is comprised of three alternative learning programs.  The Safe School Program (RSSP) serves students who have been removed from their home school district as a result of multiple behavior issues and/or in lieu of expulsion. The Alternative Learning Opportunities Program (ALOP) and Truants Alternative Optional Education Program (TAOEP) at Lincoln School serve students who have been referred due to chronic truancy issues, social and emotional needs, and for credit recovery.

Students who enter the RSSP, ALOP and TAOEP programs must have completed referral forms from the home school district and completed enrollment forms upon conclusion of the intake, which include emergency contact information. In order for the student to be enrolled, the parent/guardian and the student must attend an intake meeting conducted by a Lincoln School representative. During this meeting, parents/guardians will be given an overview of the program, academic and behavioral expectations will be discussed, an Individualized Optional Education Plan or Student Success Plan will be developed and the parent/guardian will provide Lincoln School personnel with all required information. 

3. School Fees

All fees must be provided in cash and are utilized to cover the cost of school supplies (including headphones). The fee is $30 for one semester and $50 for the school year. Additional fees will apply if school property is misused and restitution is deemed necessary by administration. Fees may be waived for those families that qualify.  Qualification for free and reduced will be determined by the student’s home school.  Qualification will be strictly determined by the Illinois Free and Reduced program.

4. School Hours

Lincoln School is open from 8:30-4:30 each student attendance day.

         Normal School Days 10:00-4:00                                   School Improvement Days 12:00-4:00

                                Arrival 10:00                                                                        Arrival 12:00

                                Dismissal 4:00                                                                     Dismissal 4:00

5. SIP Days (Late Arrival)

On School Improvement Days (SIP Days), students will arrive to school at 12:00PM and will be dismissed at 4:00PM.  Students are expected to follow transportation rules and policies as outlined within the handbook.

6. Rights and Responsibilities

Lincoln School, in support of the aims of public education, believes that behavior of students attending public schools shall reflect standards of good citizenship demanded of members of a democratic society.

Self-discipline (responsibility for one’s actions) is one of the important ultimate goals of education. While education is a right of American youth, it is not an absolute right. It is qualified first by eligibility requirements. Every student who gives evidence of a sincere desire to remain in school, to be diligent in academic work and compliance with behavioral expectations, and to profit by the educational experiences provided will be given every opportunity to do so and will be assisted in every way possible to achieve scholastic success to the limit of individual ability.

Student Rights:

  • To attend school.
  • To appropriately express his or her opinion one-on-one with a teacher, counselor or administrator.
  • To expect that the school be a safe place for all students to gain an education.
  • To not have their rights infringed upon by another student

7. Student Responsibilities

Students are required to sign the Student Responsibilities Agreement upon completion of the intake.  Student agreement upon the responsibilities of participation at Lincoln School is necessary for success in the program. Please see the Student Responsibilities Agreement for additional information on specific student responsibilities for continued student placement at Lincoln School.

8. Parent Responsibilities

Parents are required to acknowledge receipt of student handbook.  Parents are required to sign the Parent/Guardian Responsibilities Agreement upon completion of the intake.  Parents are a vital component of student success at Lincoln School. Please see the Parent/Guardian Responsibilities Agreement for additional information on specific parent responsibilities for continued student placement at Lincoln School.

9. Student Records

Lincoln School does not maintain permanent student files.  The student’s home school holds all permanent student records.  Lincoln School maintains temporary files on each student for 5 years.  Parents may view and/or obtain copies of their child’s record(s) upon request. All official record requests, pertaining to items within the student’s permanent file, need to be sent to the student’s home school for future enrollment opportunities.  

10. Withdrawal

Students may only be withdrawn from Lincoln School by a parent/guardian. Student withdrawal must be done in person with a building administrator at Lincoln School. Students 17 or younger may not withdraw themselves from Lincoln School without parental permission, unless he or she is emancipated.  If a student withdraws from Lincoln School, all of his or her records are sent to their home school.

11. Medication

Prescription and non-prescription medication (for example painkillers, cough drops, birth control pills, Visine/eye drops, herbal supplements, vitamins, etc.) are not permitted at Lincoln School without a valid Medication Authorization Form. If non-prescription medication is brought to school with a valid Medication Authorization Form, it must be brought to school in its sealed original package. If prescription medication is brought to school with a valid Medication Authorization Form, it must be brought to school in its original bottle stating the student name and doctor name with the number of pills clearly labeled on the outside. All medication must be surrendered to an administrator upon arrival and will be kept by administration during the school day. If medication must be taken during the school day, a staff member will escort the student and monitor the administration of said medication.

12. Building Security

Lincoln School upholds strict requirements of all students to maintain security and safety in the building. Students must exit and enter the building from the designated locations only. The school is locked following arrival. Students are not allowed to loiter outside the building before arrival or following dismissal. Lincoln School is a closed campus.

In order to maintain a safe learning environment, all students who attend Lincoln School will:

  • be in full uniform before entering the building
  • check in all electronic devices
  • pass through a metal detector and comply with all staff requests to remove objects/possessions
  • be searched by a police officer upon entry to the building
  • have all of their personal items searched, and seized, if not permissible

This policy and the above procedures are non-negotiable under any circumstances. 

                12A. Search and Seizure

All students will be searched upon arrival and are subject to searches throughout the school day. A pat-down search by a police officer is a mandatory part of Lincoln School rules and procedures. Searches will include the use of a metal detection wand as necessary. Requests to remove coats, shoes, turn out pockets, etc. given by a staff member or police officer are to be followed immediately. Failure to comply will be treated as non-compliance.  Searches may occur in addition to the search performed at arrival at any time during the school day.  School administrators may request the assistance of the police officer on duty and law enforcement at their discretion. Students should have no expectation of privacy in regards to any personal belongings brought into the building. If the search produces evidence that the student is in violation of the law or Lincoln School policy, such evidence may be kept by school administration and disciplinary action may be taken. When appropriate, such evidence may be transferred to law enforcement authorities.

                12B. Police On Duty at Lincoln School

Police officers on duty at Lincoln School are not school employees. Their role at Lincoln School is to maintain a safe environment for all students and staff. All students are expected to treat officers with respect and obey all requests made by the officer.  When required by a situation, a police officer will perform his or her responsibilities as an extension of the Joliet Police Department. These duties include, but are not limited to, restraining students and arresting students who exhibit violent or aggressive behavior towards any person within the school building.  In the event that a Joliet Police Officer, in the process of performing his or her responsibilities, takes control of a behavioral situation, the situation becomes a matter of law enforcement and is no longer under the jurisdiction or responsibility of Lincoln School staff, Lincoln School or any other persons/programs/agencies affiliated with Lincoln School.

13. General School Policies

The policies set forth in this manual will be regarded as the minimum behavioral and procedural requirements necessary for attendance at Lincoln School. Successful students will maintain at least these minimum expectations. Students will meet these minimum expectations for continued attendance at Lincoln School and successful transition back to their home school.

The following behaviors are considered unacceptable under any circumstance at Lincoln School and will not be tolerated. The following behaviors, or involvement in the following situations, may result in removal from Lincoln School and the involvement of law enforcement authorities. These behaviors include:

  • Disrespect (including inappropriate language/conversation, threats and attempts to intimidate) directed towards any staff member or any student
  • Noncompliance/Defiance of any staff direction
  • Harassment or intimidation towards any person upon that person’s gender, color, race, religion, ancestry, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, or other protected group status
  • Verbal and/or physical aggression and/or confrontation, either actual or threatened, including instigation of conflict.  This includes throwing objects at other students. 
  • Gang identifiers, symbols, graffiti, signs, drawings, or discussions of gang involvement
  • Possession of lighters, weapons, tobacco, alcohol and/or mind altering substances or “look-alike” drugs of any kind
  • Attending school under the influence
  • Leaving school property without permission
  • Misuse or destruction of school property
  • Engaging in inappropriate conversations such as drugs, gangs, violence, sexual connotations, etc. 
  • Other behaviors deemed inappropriate at the discretion of Lincoln School Administration

14. Point System

Students at Lincoln School earn points during the course of the school day and may earn up to 10 points per day Students earn points for attending school, demonstrating positive behavior, making good choices, remaining on task and reaching the daily academic completion goal.  Lincoln School staff will inform students regularly of their point status as a means to motivate students.  Students who earn a determined number of points during the course of the week will be eligible for incentives.  Students who do not earn points during the course of the week may be placed on the Intervention System.  Student questions regarding points must be asked of the classroom teacher in a one-on-one setting.

                14A. Student Incentives

All Lincoln School students have the opportunity to earn points to be used toward weekly incentives as recognition for their positive behavior choices and success in meeting classroom expectations. These incentives can include, but are not limited to, school store, dress down days, pizza party, and movie days. School store includes items such as healthy snacks and or beverages which may be “purchased” using points that have been earned during the week. Students are not eligible for any incentive if they are absent or placed in BMR during the week. New students will not receive any incentives during their first week of attendance.

                14B. Intervention System

Students who do not earn 60% or more of points in a week may be placed on the Level Intervention System.  There are 4 Levels in the Intervention System.  Students who are placed on a Level will have 5 school days to show improvement.  At the conclusion of 5 school days, an Intervention Review Meeting will take place to determine if the interventions have been effective and to review the student’s behavior choices.  Students who demonstrate positive behavior choices and earn 60% or more of their points may be placed down a Level on the system.  Students who do not show improvement may be placed on the next Level.   The following is a list of the Levels:

Level 1 Intervention:  Students who are placed on Level 1 will meet with their teacher to discuss their behavior choices.  During the meeting, an intervention plan will be put in place--consisting of Lincoln Staff responsibilities and student responsibilities—that will assist the student in making better choices.  Parents will be notified if their child is placed on Level 1.  Students who show improvement for the 5 school days after interventions are put in place may be taken off the Intervention System, though the interventions may remain in place.

Level 2 Intervention:  Students who do not show improvement from the interventions in Level 1 may be placed on Level 2.  A Level 2 meeting will include the student, teacher, counselor and a phone conference with a parent/guardian.  As with Level 1, interventions will be put in place in order to help the student improve his/her behavior choices.    Students who show improvement for the 5 school days may be moved back to Level 1.

Level 3 Intervention:  Students who do not show improvement in their behavior after Level 1 and Level 2 may be placed on Level 3.  A Level 3 meeting will include the student, teacher, counselor, parent(s)/guardian(s), and possibly the home school administrator.  The student’s continued behavior choices will be discussed during the Level 3 meeting and interventions will be put in place to assist the student.  The student’s home school administrator will be notified that the student is placed on Level 3.  Students who show improvement for 5 school days may be removed from Level 3 and placed back on Level 2.  Students who do not show improvement may be placed on level 4.

Level 4 Intervention:  Students who do not show improvement in their behavior choices during the prior three Intervention Levels may be placed on Level 4.  Once on Level 4, the student is eligible for removal from the program.  Students who are placed on Level 4 will have a 5 day placement in BMR.  A Level 4 meeting will include the student, counselor, parent(s)/guardians(s), and Lincoln School administration and must take place before the student can return to the regular classroom.  A total review of the student’s behavior will be discussed at this meeting.  The Will County Regional Office of Education will be contacted to determine if Lincoln School is the proper placement. The outcome of the meeting may be a final contract, referral to a different program, or removal from Lincoln School.

15. Step System

Students who engage in serious behaviors, as referred to in Section 13, may be placed on the Step System.  Once a student is placed on a Step, they cannot be removed from that Step.  Only administrators can place a student on a Step.  The Step System consists of four steps.  The following is a list of Steps:

Step 1:  Students who are placed on Step 1 will meet with an administrator to discuss their behavior choices.  During the meeting, a behavior contract and/or consequences for the behavior will be put in place that will assist the student in making better choices.  Parents will be notified if their child is placed on Step 1. 

Step 2:  As with Step 1, consequences will be put in place in order to help the student improve his/her behavior choices.  An additional behavior contract and/or consequence plan may be developed.    Parents will be notified if their child is placed on Step 2.

Step 3:  As with previous Steps, consequences will be put in place in order to help improve his/her behavior choices.  Additional behavior contracts and/or consequences may be developed.  A phone conference with a parent will take place, at minimum, to discuss the student’s behaviors and choices.  A meeting with stakeholders may be scheduled.  An administrator from the home school may be invited to attend the meeting. 

Step 4:  The student is eligible for removal from the program.  A mandatory meeting with the student, parent, and principal will be scheduled.  A total review of the student’s behavior will be discussed at this meeting.  The Will County Regional Office of Education will be contacted to determine if Lincoln School is the proper placement.  The outcome of the meeting may be a final contract, referral to a different program, or removal from Lincoln School.

16. Behavior Management Room (BMR)

Lincoln School does not address behavior concerns through suspension. However, there are some behavior choices that warrant removal from the classroom and more intensive intervention from staff in order to maintain a peaceful and safe learning environment for all students. The Behavior Management Room is a smaller classroom setting which allows more one on one work with a staff member in order to process decision making and discuss positive choices.   A student may be placed in BMR if they have engaged in significant classroom disruption, demonstrated disrespect or have been involved in a serious behavior (for example, physical aggression, threatening another person, etc).  The academic work to be completed while in BMR is determined by the classroom teacher.

Students will be placed in the BMR at the discretion of administration. Refusal to go to BMR will be treated as non-compliance and students may be considered for removal from Lincoln School.  Parents/guardians will be contacted if a student is placed in BMR.  If the student’s behavior does not improve in BMR, parents/guardians will be required to pick the student up from school.  Students must have a successful day while in BMR.  Academic work must be completed and there should be no significant disciplinary issues.  If a student does not have a successful day, he/she will remain in BMR until he/she achieves a successful day.  While in BMR, the student loses the opportunity to earn points and is, consequently, disqualified from incentives for the week.

Students may not request to go to BMR and BMR will not be used as an alternative classroom.

17. Attendance

Attendance at Lincoln School is mandatory for student success. Academic work cannot be completed when students are not in attendance. Daily attendance is the responsibility of the student and parent/guardian as determined by the School Code of Illinois. Absences must be reported by a parent/guardian to the counselor prior to 12:00 PM in order to be marked excused. Excused absences do not include waking up late, missing the bus, work, keeping a student home to care for family members, and/or family vacations.  Students cannot miss a day or a portion of a day for employment reasons.    

Excused Absences are only allowed for:

  • Illness (school has the authority to ask for a doctor’s note)
  • Death in the Family
  • Observance of a religious holiday
  • Family Emergency
  • Court Date

Parents/guardians will be contacted by a counselor if their child is not in attendance and have not been notified by the parent.  Students must maintain at least an 85% attendance rate.  Students who do not maintain an 85% attendance rate may be subject to attendance contract, home visit by Lincoln School staff and/or the Will County truancy officer and may be subject to removal from the program.  More than 3 days of consecutive absences due to illness require a doctor’s note upon student return.  If a student reaches 3 consecutive days of non-attendance with no contact made by the parent/guardian to report the absences the student may be subject to removal from the program. If a student reaches 10 consecutive days of non-attendance with a parent/guardian reporting the absence, the student may be subject to removal from the program.

18. Transportation

All students will arrive to school and leave school at the end of the school day by school bus or with a parent/guardian. Parents may request that their child be picked up by a designee in extraordinary circumstances, but only if a written or verbal request is given to administration.  Students will not be allowed to leave with any person other than a parent/guardian without a signed request by the parent or a verbal request by phone prior to dismissal.  Discussion of transportation concerns will not take place during dismissal.  All students will take the bus unless previous arrangements have been made.  These arrangements must have administrative approval and must be made prior to 3:00 p.m. that day.  Students are prohibited to drive themselves to school under any circumstances. Students are not permitted to take the PACE bus to or from school.

Lincoln School is not responsible for any transportation issues.  Any issues regarding transportation should be directed to the home school of the student.  These concerns include, but are not limited to, pick up/drop off times, missed bus, and disciplinary issues that occur on the bus.  Contact information for all transportation department may be obtained on the Lincoln School website.

19. Parent Sign In & Out

Any student arriving to school after the beginning of the school day must be signed into school in the main office by a parent, guardian, or emergency contact. Students may not enter the school late without a parent/guardian accompanying them into the office. Any student that does not utilize the bus and arrives after 10:15 will be considered tardy.  Students who leave prior to the end of the school day may only be picked up by a parent, guardian, or designated emergency contact. Students leaving school prior to the end of the school day must be signed out in the main office before they are allowed to leave the building.  All visitors are required to present a picture ID at the Main Office after entering the building.

20. Personal Electronics

In order to maintain a quiet and distraction-free learning environment, students are not allowed to be in possession of any electronic devices at Lincoln School under any circumstances. These devices include but are not limited to cell phones, iPods, mp3 players, camcorders, cameras, hand held video games, radio, headphones, etc. Students are strongly encouraged to leave all electronic devices at home.  Students who bring electronic devices to school shall have no expectation of privacy with regard to that device while on school property.

All electronic devices must be turned off and handed to school staff upon arrival. The device will be checked in and returned to the student upon dismissal. Lincoln School is not responsible for any electronic items that are brought onto school property under any circumstances, including items that are turned in upon arrival.

Students found in violation of this policy concerning the possession and use of electronics will have the device confiscated by staff. If staff believe that a student may be in possession of an electronic device, either through observing use of the device, observing the device in the student’s possession or hearing the device, they will request that the student hand in the device.  Students are expected to comply with this request.  If the student does not comply, administration may ask the Joliet Police Officer to conduct a search of the student.

If an electronic device is confiscated from a student during the school day, either through compliance with staff requests to turn over the device or as a result of search, a parent/guardian will be contacted.  The electronic device will be returned to the student at the end of the day for the first offense.  A second offense of this policy will result in the electronic device being confiscated.  The device will not be returned to the student at the end of the day.  A parent or guardian must come to the school to pick up the electronic device and meet with school personnel.  Only at the conclusion of said meeting will the device will be given to the parent/guardian (or designee).  Any further offenses will result in the electronic device being confiscated for the remainder of the school year or the student’s return to their home school. Students found in violation of the electronics policy may lose the option of bringing electronic items to school in the future. There are absolutely no exceptions to the above policy and procedures.

21. Backpacks, Purses & Personal Items

Students are not allowed to bring backpacks into the building.  Any bag or purse must not be larger than a standard size of paper (8.5 x 11).  All coats, bags, purses and other personal items brought into the classroom must be placed on hooks or shelves as instructed by the classroom teacher. Students are not allowed to bring pens, pencils and/or calculators.  With the exception of a single purse, no personal belongings may remain with the student (at their desk, hung on the chair, etc) during the school day. All personal belongings are subject to search at any time.  Students who do not comply with this policy will not be allowed to bring personal belongings into the building.  No external speakers or large headphones will be allowed into the building. The only permissible headphones are ear buds, but students are not allowed to use their own headphones during class.  If students elect to bring earbuds, they will be collected along with any other electronic devices.  Headphones will be supplied to all students for classroom use.  There are no exceptions to this policy. 

22. Uniform Policy

Lincoln School requires a uniform to be worn by all students at all times for the purpose of removing all possible barriers to productive learning. It is the responsibility of the student and parent to ensure that the student has appropriate clothing that is in compliance with the uniform policy.  A collared polo shirt must be worn at all times, even if the student is wearing a sweater or hoodie.  If the student chooses to do so, he or she may wear an undershirt: any undershirt that is worn MUST BE SOLID WHITE FOR H.S. STUDENTS AND SOLID WHITE/SKY BLUE FOR M.S. STUDENTS.  If a student wears an undershirt that is not solid white, he or she will be required to remove it before entering the classroom.

Students must be in compliance of the dress code when they enter the building.  Students that come to school out of compliance with the uniform policy will not be allowed to enter any classroom.    Efforts will be made to help students adhere to the uniform policy.  This includes, but not limited to, providing tape to cover non-black areas of shoes, providing white tape to cover a logo on a shirt, providing a loner shirt or shoes, etc.  Students that come to school out of uniform will not be eligible to receive their rules and policies points for the day.  If a student refuses to wear a school provided uniform, they will not be allowed to go to any classroom, including BMR.  Parents will be contacted if a student has come to school out of uniform four or more times, or refuses to change into a school provided “loner” uniform.

If a student comes to school out of uniform for a fifth time within a semester he/she will not earn points for the day.  Students will not earn points for each subsequent infraction of the dress code.  In the event that the dress code violation cannot be resolved, a student may be placed in BMR for the day.

                22A. Middle School Uniform

  • Solid light blue (baby blue or sky blue only) polo shirt with collar
  • Navy blue pants or navy blue shorts that cover the knee
  • Solid black athletic shoes with black laces and black soles
  • White/Sky Blue undershirt (no other color permitted)
  • Solid blue hoodie, long sleeve or sweater may be worn over the collared shirt if student desires long sleeves
  • Belt

22B. High School Uniform

  • Solid white polo shirt with collar
  • Khaki (tan) pants or khaki (tan) shorts to the knee
  • Solid black athletic shoes with black laces and black soles
  • White undershirt (no other color permitted)
  • Solid white hoodie, long sleeve shirt or sweater may be worn over the required collared shirt if student desires long sleeves
  • Belt

22C. Black Athletic Shoes

Students are required to wear ALL BLACK athletic shoes with laces.  This includes soles and the laces.  Shoes cannot have any other color, including white, anywhere on the shoes.  Students who wear shoes that are not all black will be considered in violation of the dress code policy as set forth above.  There are absolutely no exceptions made regarding this policy.  Covering any non-black areas with tape or a marker or any other device/object is not considered a long term solution. 

22C. Hoodies

Students may wear acceptable hoodies to school.  Only solid blue hoodies (middle school) or solid white hoodies (high school) as outlined above may be worn in the classroom or throughout the building.  Students may not have the hood of the sweatshirt on at any time.  Black hoodies are absolutely not allowed to be worn in the building under any circumstance.  All coats and sweatshirts that do not conform to the uniform policy must be hung up in an area designated by the teacher and are not to be worn in any fashion during the school day.  No exceptions will be made to this policy.

22D. Athletic Shorts/Leggings/Sweat Pants

All athletic shorts, leggings and sweat pants are strictly prohibited at all times.  Students are not allowed to wear athletic shorts, leggings or sweat pants under uniform pants or at any time (dress down for example) for any reason.  There are no exceptions to this policy.  Students in violation of this policy will be required to remove or replace the article of clothing and may be sent to BMR.

22E. Sagging Pants

Students are expected to wear the uniform in an appropriate fashion.  Sagging of pants is strictly forbidden.  All pants/shorts must sit at the waist.  No underwear may be visible at any time.  Pants must cover any underwear.  It is the responsibility of the parent and student to ensure that the clothing is appropriate.  Deviation from this policy will result in the student not earning their points.  Students who refuse to comply with this policy will not be allowed into the classroom.  This policy is non-negotiable. 

22F. Hats/Other Head Ware

No sunglasses, hats, do-rags, curlers, hair picks, combs, bandanas, scarves or head coverings of any kind are permitted to be worn inside the building.  All items listed above, and those determined by Administration, need to be checked in at the door before students can proceed to their classes.

22G. Boots

Students are not allowed to wear boots under any circumstances.  This includes winter weather and dress down days.  Students who choose to wear boots will be given the opportunity to borrow shoes if some are available.  If no shoes are available, the student will be required to remain in BMR for the day.  If shoes are available and the student refuses, he or she will remain in the office until his or her parent picks them up. 

22H. Other Specifications

  • All uniform items must be SOLID COLOR. No stripes, patterns, logos, brand names, labels, or other color is permitted anywhere on the uniform.
  • Shirts worn by middle school students must be light blue.  Variations such as aqua, teal or other shade of blue (as determined by administration) are not permitted.
  • No jeans are allowed. (pants or shorts with rivets are strictly prohibited)
  • Shoes must be athletic shoes. Students must have appropriate shoes for Physical Activity (P.E.).  Shoes must have laces.  No flip flops, open toed shoes, sandals, boots, flats, slippers, etc. are permitted.
  • Visible undergarments are not permitted under any circumstances.
  • No clothing, jewelry, or accessories which are evidence of membership in or affiliation to any gang or unauthorized organization.
  • No rubber bands worn as bracelets or as ties for bottoms of pants.
  • Students may not tie or band the bottoms of their pants.
  • No jewelry which can be considered a weapon is allowed
  • Absolutely no cleavage or visible undergarments. Midriffs must be fully covered when the student raises both arms above their head. No visible back (lower or upper).  Shirts may not be rolled up. 
  • Any other item deemed inappropriate by administration will not be allowed

Lincoln School staff reserve the right to determine at any time if any piece of clothing, jewelry or anything worn on the student is unacceptable in the school environment and may ask the student to change or remove it. Students are required to comply with all staff instructions regarding dress and appearance.

23. Dress Down Days

When scheduled by Lincoln School staff, students may be given the opportunity to wear their normal clothes to school as an incentive for earning a determined number of points. Parents/guardians will be notified when students are allowed at school out of uniform.  Parents/guardians should contact school staff if they are unsure whether or not their child is required to wear the uniform on a given day. Requirements set forth here should be considered basic guidelines.  Lincoln School staff reserves the right to determine at any time if any piece of clothing, jewelry or anything else on the student is unacceptable in the school environment. Students are required to comply with all staff instructions regarding dress and appearance and students whose street clothing is deemed unacceptable may be asked to change into the school uniform and lose their dress down privilege.

Just as the uniform is used to encourage a distraction-free learning environment, there are requirements for student clothing on dress-down days as well. If students are not in compliance with this policy they will not be allowed into the classroom.  The following minimum requirements must be met for dress down day:

  • Students must wear clothing that covers their body from the shoulder to the knee. Shoulders must be covered (no tank tops, shirts with straps, etc.) Absolutely no cleavage or visible undergarments. Midriffs must be fully covered when the student raises both arms above their head. No visible back (lower or upper). Shorts must come to the knee.  Sport shorts are not permissible at any time.  Sagging pants are not permissible. 
  • Jeans that are ripped, distressed or torn in any manner are not acceptable
  • No skirts, sweatpants, leggings, stretch pants, yoga pants or pajama pants.
  • No flip flops, open toed shoes, sandals, boots, flats, slippers, high heels etc. are permitted. Participation in Physical Activity (P.E.) is required of every student, every day.
  • No sunglasses, hats, do-rags, curlers, hair picks or head coverings of any kind are permitted to be worn inside the building.
  • No references to or symbols of gangs, illegal substances, alcohol, inappropriate language, sex, or that bears a message which may be considered disrespectful to an individual or group.
  • No clothing, jewelry, or accessories which are evidence of membership in or affiliation to any gang or unauthorized organization.

Lincoln School staff reserve the right to determine at any time if any piece of clothing, jewelry or anything worn by the student is unacceptable in the school environment and may ask the student to change or remove it. Students are required to comply with all staff instructions regarding dress and appearance.

24. Food/Beverage

Lincoln School does not have a cafeteria.  Students are strongly encouraged to bring healthy snacks to eat at a designated time during the school day. Students may purchase small snack items from the Snack Shop.  Students may not eat at their own leisure: students have a designated snack time.  All food will be kept in an area designated by the teacher.  Students are not allowed to have any food at the computer.  Students may have a water bottle with them at the computer.  Students do not have access to a microwave or refrigerator. All snacks are subject to search. Lincoln School does not provide eating utensils: students need to supply their own plastic utensils.  Metal utensils are not permitted at any time.  Students may not bring any candy or gum into the building. Candy and gum will be disposed of immediately upon entry in to the building.

The only beverages students may have in school are water or a single sealed serving of juice.  Students’ water bottles must be sealed upon arrival to school. All unsealed water bottles will be discarded or emptied if the student chooses to keep the bottle.  Students may elect to bring plain flavored water, provided that the bottle is sealed.  Pop, soda, tea, coffee, energy drinks, sports drinks, vitamin drinks, life water, sparkling/carbonated water, or anything that would not be construed as plain water will not be allowed.  All flavor additives are prohibited, including flavored water packets.

Students may not have snacks brought to the school on their behalf.  It is the student’s responsibility to bring their snack with them prior to arriving at school.  There are no exceptions to this policy.

25. Classroom Expectations

Students are expected to be kind, courteous and respectful of one another and staff members in order to maintain a peaceful and productive learning environment. For this reason, disruption and or/defiance of any kind will not be tolerated in Lincoln School. Classroom expectations include the basic requirements for attendance of Lincoln School as laid forth in this handbook and additional rules as laid forth by the classroom teacher. Rules set forth by the classroom teacher are expected to be followed. Questions about classroom expectations not explicitly defined in this handbook should be directed to the classroom teacher or an administrator.

                25A. Classroom Disruption

Examples of “disruption” include, but are not limited to, talking, shouting, singing or rapping, whistling, being out of seat without permission, dancing, creating loud noises or banging on equipment, tapping, eating at times other than the designated snack period, throwing objects, inappropriate language at any volume, etc. Students who engage in classroom disruptive behaviors will not earn points and may be subject to removal from the classroom at the discretion of Lincoln School staff. Students are not allowed to have conversations with other students during the computer directed instruction portion of the school day.  This will be considered a classroom disruption.          

25B. Defiance/Disrespect

Examples of “disrespect”, also called “defiance”, “insubordination” or “non-compliance” include a refusal to follow directions as they are given, talking back, use of inappropriate or abusive language (including swearing, socially rude words and disparaging remarks), ignoring teacher directives, arguing and general disregard for classroom rules. Students who exhibit any of these behaviors or are determined to be defiant by the classroom teacher will be removed from the classroom at the discretion of Lincoln School staff. All school policies, including those set forth in the classroom, are non-negotiable.

26. Hallway Expectations

Quiet passage through the hallway is important to maintaining quiet and calm in the nearby classrooms. Absolutely no talking or noise is permitted in the hallways.  Loitering in the hallways is not permitted.  Students must be silent before they may enter the hallway. Students must be in view of an adult at all times.  Unwarranted and/or tampering with fire alarms or fire extinguishers by any student is illegal and subject to legal prosecution.  Students who play with, attempt to play with or tamper with fire alarms or fire extinguishers are subject to arrest and removal from Lincoln School.

27. Conflict Resolution

Conflict in the classroom is disruptive to the learning environment and will not be tolerated. If the conflict cannot be handled within the classroom, the student(s) may be removed by a staff member (counselor, administrator, etc).  Students who are asked to leave the classroom must do so.  Students who refuse to comply with this direction may be removed by the police officer, as decided by administration.  Mediation between the student and other person(s) involved may occur if the conflict is not quickly resolved or warrants student removal from the classroom. Mediation to be conducted by the counselor may be requested by administration, parents and/or the student(s) involved and participation is mandatory.

28. Harassment/Bullying

Harassment/bullying is disruptive to the learning environment and will not be tolerated at Lincoln School. No person shall harass or intimidate another person upon a person’s sex, color, race, religion, ancestry, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, or other protected group status. Lincoln School will not tolerate harassing or intimidating conduct whether verbal, physical or visual that affects tangible benefits of education, unreasonably interferes with a student’s education performance or creates an intimidating hostile or offensive educational environment for the whole school community. Examples of prohibited conduct include, but are not limited to: name calling, throwing objects at others, using derogatory slurs, gestures, writings/graffiti, wearing/possessing items depicting or implying hatred or prejudice hatred toward one of the characteristics stated above.

Complaints of harassment or intimidation will be handled by an administrator in combination with the counselor. Administration shall use reasonable measures to inform staff and students that Lincoln School will not tolerate harassment/bullying. All students should make every effort possible to report harassment/bullying to a staff member, whether they are the target of such harassment, have witnessed above mentioned behavior or have reasonable suspicion that it may be occurring.

28A. Cyberbullying

Lincoln School recognizes the rights of students who choose to participate in online social networking and other communication in electronic form. However, information produced, shared, and retrieved by students that is related to other students or staff is subject to Lincoln School’s policies and any student engaging in actions that are deemed inappropriate, by any measure, are subject to disciplinary action.

29. Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is strictly prohibited at Lincoln School. An employee, school authority or student is engaged in sexual harassment whenever he or she makes sexual advances, requests sexual favors, engages in verbal/physical conduct of a sexual or sex based nature and/or any other conduct on the basis of sex that has the purpose/effect of:

  • substantially interfering with a student’s educational environment,
  • creating and intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment,
  • depriving a student of educational aid, benefits, services, or treatment,
  • and/or making submission to, or rejection of, such unwelcome conduct the basis for academic decisions affecting a student

The terms ”intimidating”,” hostile” and “offensive” include all conduct that has the effect of humiliation, embarrassment, or discomfort. Examples of sexual harassment include, but are not limited to: touching, crude jokes or pictures, discussions of sexual experiences, teasing related to sexual characteristics and/or spreading rumors related to a person’s sexual activities.

Sexual harassment is defined by the Illinois Administrative Code as any “unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.”  Sexual harassment interferes with a student’s right to learn, study, work, or participate in school activities in a comfortable, respectful environment.  According to state and federal laws, sexual harassment of students or school employees is illegal and is prohibited in Illinois Public Schools.

To determine whether a situation or encounter is sexual harassment, it is helpful to ask yourself the following questions:

  • Is the behavior of a sexual nature?
  • Is the behavior unwelcome by anyone involved?
  • Does the behavior make you or anyone near you feel uncomfortable?
  • Does the behavior interfere with anyone’s ability to learn or participate in school activities?
  • Does the behavior involve one person trying to have some sort of power over another person?
  • Is the behavior part of a repeated behavior?

Types of Sexual Harassment:

  • Verbal- Requests for sexual favors, lewd comments, inappropriate jokes, name calling, unwanted sexual comments
  • Physical- Unwanted touching, kissing, cornering, massaging, rape (assault/battery)
  • Visual- Leering or displaying sexually explicit photos, drawings, or objects, gestures with hands or body of a sexual nature, revealing body parts in a sexual nature

Students who believe they are victims of sexual harassment or have witnessed sexual harassment are strongly encouraged to discuss the matter with administration, counselor or other building staff. Students may choose to report to a person of their same gender. 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 of harassment of one student by another will be referred to the building administration for appropriate action which may include removal from Lincoln School.

30. Physical Contact

Engaging in inappropriate physical gestures and/or contact with another student or adult, either consensual or nonconsensual, is strictly prohibited. The student may be removed from the classroom if at any time the student or teacher feels uncomfortable or threatened by actual or threatened physical contact. Physical contact may be unavoidable and/or required in certain situations that put anyone at risk or in danger. This may include restraint and possible arrest by the police officer on duty.

                30A. Physical Aggression/Fighting

Physical aggression towards any person is unacceptable.  Lincoln School has zero tolerance for physical aggression.  Actions involving physical contact where injury may occur (hitting, kicking, punching, hitting with an object, hair pulling, scratching, slapping, etc.) will have severe consequences.  Consequences for physical aggression/fighting will be determined by Lincoln School administration, including the possibility of removal from the program.  Students who engage in physical aggression/fighting may be subject to arrest by the Joliet Police Officer.  Actions which may not cause physical harm but threaten the safety of students and staff (aggressive behavior other than fighting, instigation of a fight, threats of violence, etc.) will have severe consequences as determined by school administration.

31. Weapons

All students are searched upon arrival to Lincoln School to ensure the safety of all students.  A component of this search is to ensure that no students are in possession of any weapon or object capable of causing bodily harm. Any object capable of causing bodily harm and/or look-a-like weapons are not allowed at Lincoln School. Students who are in possession of a weapon or look-a-like weapon are subject to arrest by the Joliet Police Officer and possible removal from Lincoln School.

32. Drugs and Alcohol

Drug and/or alcohol use is strictly prohibited at Lincoln School. Students are not permitted to bring illegal drugs, alcohol, prescription medication (including birth control pills), over the counter medication, drug paraphernalia, cigarettes, lighters, “look-alike” drugs or any other materials related to drug/alcohol use. Students in possession of the above items may be subject to removal from Lincoln School and legal consequences. If a search produces evidence that a student has violated or is violating the policies of Lincoln School, such evidence may be seized and kept by school administration. When appropriate, such evidence may be transferred by administration to law enforcement authorities.

Students suspected of being under the influence of any substance are subject to a field sobriety test at the discretion of a staff member, to be performed by the police officer. Students suspected of being under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, or determined by the police officer to be under the influence, will be sent home for the day and must be picked up by a parent/guardian. The parents/guardians of the student that is suspected to be under the influence will be notified by administration after the field sobriety test has been administered.  Consequences for coming to school under the influence of drugs/ alcohol will be determined by an administrator.

33. Computer Equipment

In the classroom, each student will be assigned a work station and all of their computer equipment will be checked out to them, including but not limited to the computer unit, monitor, keyboard, mouse and headphones. Students are responsible for their assigned computer items and will be held liable at all times for any damage which may occur to them.  If the equipment is misused and subsequently damaged, the parent/guardian of the student to which the equipment was assigned will be responsible for paying the cost of the equipment as restitution. “Misuse” of the equipment includes but is not limited to altering (or attempting to alter) computer settings, writing/marking on any computer equipment, removing/rearranging keys, tampering with mice, etc. There is a $5 fee for new headphones.  Failure to comply with these policies (including internet use policy) may result in removal from Lincoln School.

              33A. Internet Use

Computer equipment is provided to the students solely for the purpose of academic work. Any use of the equipment for purposes other than academic work will not be tolerated. Access of any website other than Edgenuity is prohibited unless express permission has been given by classroom teacher or an administrator.  Disciplinary action will be taken if students do not comply with this policy.

34. Grading System

Lincoln School uses a straight scale, meaning that no “plus” or “minus” is given. Grades are reported to parents/guardians during the progress report period (October and March).Parents/guardians and the home school are given final grade report (December and May). Lincoln School staff will stay in regular contact with parents/guardians regarding student progress and grades.  Parents/guardians are strongly encouraged to attend parent/teacher conferences held during the progress report period.  Parents receive a report from Edgenuity if they provide Lincoln School a valid email address.

Physical Activity (P.E.) is given as a “pass” or “fail” class. No letter grades are given.

Failure to complete any course, assigned with a reasonable amount of time in order to complete the course, will result in the student earning an “F.”  All students are expected to complete two academic courses every 40 school days (end of each quarter and semester).  Any course not completed by the end of the given grading period will result in a failing grade for the class.  Incompletes are only given if the student is assigned a course that will carry over to the next Semester.

Some electives not offered through Edgenuity (for example, Health, Street Law, etc) may be given based on student need and eligibility.

Lincoln School Grade Scale:

-          90% - 100%                      A

-          80% - 89%                        B

-          70% - 79%                        C

-          60% - 69%                        D

-          59% or below                   F

35. Physical Education (P.E.)

All students are expected to participate in Physical Education (P.E.) at Lincoln School.  Behavior in the gym must be appropriate and orderly.  Students may not engage in horseplay, ignore staff direction, use equipment in any aggressive fashion or misuse any of the equipment in any fashion that risks the safety of any/all students/staff.

Upon entering the gym, students must immediately line up quietly against the wall until instructed to do otherwise. Refusal to participate in P.E. may result in loss of opportunity to earn credit.  When P.E. is outside, no student, under any circumstance, may go outside the perimeter of the gates. Students who do not comply with P.E. rules and policies will lose the opportunity to participate.

In addition to assigned days for P.E. in the gym, high school students are required to complete online coursework as a supplement.  Students who do not complete the online supplemental program will not earn P.E. credit. 

35A. Use of Heggie Park for P.E.

When weather permits, P.E. may take place outside of the school boundaries at Heggie Park to provide students additional space for activities.  All school rules apply when at Heggie Park.

36. Character Education/Group Counseling

Character Education is an important and mandatory part of the program at Lincoln School. The function of Character Education is to guide students to making better decisions and life choices. The program is led by the counselor and will cover topics such as drugs/alcohol use, bullying, sexual harassment, anger management, goal setting, careers/college, communication and other topics to be determined by the counselor as needed.

Though credit is not given for the program, non-participation is not an option. All students will participate in the program and activities: there are no exceptions to this policy under any circumstance. 

37. Take Home Courses

Lincoln School does offer high school students the opportunity to do additional courses at home under the guidance of the teacher. All assessments for take home courses must be completed at Lincoln School.  These courses are limited to certain electives and are only given to students who are in need of credit recovery.  The home school must be willing to approve the course before the option is extended to the student.  Students who wish to enroll in take home courses must meet the minimum expectations: enrolled in Lincoln School for at least forty days; completed two regular courses within the forty days; utilize time in the classroom wisely; and are not on Level.  Students who do not meet each criterion will not be afforded the opportunity to do take home courses. 

38.  Core Assessments

Per policy of Joliet Township High School District 204, students of Joliet Township High Schools are required to take a Core Assessment exam for each course completed while at Lincoln School.  Core Assessment exams are scheduled each month.  Students will be signed up to take the exams and Joliet Township Administration will administer the tests.  The student’s overall grade is weighted by applying 60% towards their Edgenuity grade and 40% towards their Core Assessment grade.  Students who do not take the Core Assessment exams will not earn credit.  Please contact the counselor for additional information regarding Core Assessments.

39. Transition

All students able to transition back to their home school district will receive transition counseling to best prepare them for continued school success upon return. A transition meeting conducted by the counselor in conjunction with the parent, student and home school administration will be scheduled prior to the student’s transition. Any parent and/or student concerns regarding transition back to the home school district can be directed to the counselor.

40. Student Review Meetings

Student review meetings will take place at the end of the Spring semester for all RSSP students who will return to Lincoln in the fall.  All ALOP and TAOEP students will have a review or transition meeting each semester.  A student review meeting is conducted by the counselor in conjunction with the parent, student and home school administration. The purpose of this meeting is to review attendance, behavior and academic performance.  Any parent and/or student concerns regarding student review meetings can be directed to the counselor.

41. Student Leader

Students who attend school on a regular basis, exhibit positive behavior choices and are successful academically may attain Student Leader status.  The purpose is to reward and honor students who are models to their peers.  Once Student Leader status is attained, the student may come to school in dress down as long as he/she is in compliance with the Dress Down policy as stipulated in Section 23.

To earn this privilege, students must earn perfect points and a minimum of 7% progress for 20 days in a row.  If the student fails to earn perfect points or 7% progress for any given day, the 20 day period restarts.  Any absence, unless accompanied by a doctor’s note or court memorandum, will result in a reset.  41. Student Council

The Lincoln School Student Council is a student-led organization committed to student life at school through projects that promote the general welfare of our school and community, while developing leadership among its members. Each classroom votes for a council representative and an alternate representative.    Some of the responsibilities of council representatives are as follows:

  • To give input about program policies
  • To plan special events or projects
  • To fundraise for student activities or the program in general
  • To support students
  • To give the student body a "voice"
  • To socialize with other students
  • To work as a team with peers
  • Show positive leadership initiative

Student Council members must behave in a manner that is respectful, accountable and honest. Representatives need to be mindful and respectful of other members’ opinions and work well as a team. Arguing or bullying attitudes are not allowed at any time. Violation of these guidelines will lead to the student’s removal from Student Council and the alternate will take the representative role. If a member of Student Council is placed on either Level 2 or Step 2, they will be disqualified from membership and will be removed from office.

42. Compliance

Parents/guardians and students are expected to read and comply with school rules and policies stated in this handbook.  However, this handbook is not all inclusive and situations may arise that are not addressed within.  Administrators have the final authority in making decisions in order to ensure a safe learning environment for all students.