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Bullying is...

...hurting another person with words or actions on purpose.
 

Types of bullying:

  • Physical - easily recognizable (examples include pushing and hitting)
  • Verbal - common because it is quick, direct and easy to do (examples include threats and gossip)
  • Emotional - more sophisticated (examples include humiliating someone publicly)
  • Cyberbullying - using technology (examples include spreading rumors through social networking sites and mean text messages)
A bully can be thefit athlete or the child who wears black and keeps to himself, but a bully can also be the quiet National Honor Society member or the captain of the cheerleading squad. IT IS NOT APPEARANCE THAT DEFINES A BULLY BUT BEHAVIOR.
 
Be aware that bullying exists and choose to be part of the solution.
(content adapted from www.pacer.org)
 
Deans and Contact Informaiton
Linda Borchew Dean, students with last names A-G Team Black 692-8167
Marta Hall Dean, students with last names H-O Team Red 692-8169
Mike McGreevy Dean, students with last names P-Z Team White 692-8168
     
Tony Raitano School Resource Officer 692-8121
SSTeam Administrative Assts. & Attendance Lines
Names A-G (Black) Administrative Asst.
Attendance Line
692-8171
692-8213
Names H-O (Red) Administrative Asst.
Attendance Line
692-8203
692-8216
Names  P-Z (White) Administrative Asst.
Attendance Line
692-8170
692-8204
 

 

Philosophy of School Discipline

Quality schools are active in their commitment to a philosophy of student discipline that is fair, consistent, and effective. The purpose of these procedures is to promote the development of student citizenship and learning by maintaining a safe and educationally conducive environment for students, faculty and members of the community. To cultivate such a discipline program in Maine, a committee of parents, students, teachers, administrators, and board members developed comprehensive discipline procedures in 1986 that established expectations for student behavior, as well as consequences for misbehavior. District 207 Discipline Procedures are distributed in booklet form to students and their parents, teachers, department chairs/lead teachers, counselors, deans, and others, who then can function as a team to promote a wholesome, safe, and secure school climate.
 
While most students do exercise self-discipline and self-control, occasionally some students violate the rules. Students, parents, and school personnel should take a few minutes to familiarize themselves with the regulations of this District 207 Discipline Procedures booklet. Designed not only to inform and guide, written discipline procedures also promote the idea that students must take responsibility for their own behavior. Effective discipline is possible only when students, parents, and school personnel know, understand, and support the school rules and regulations. Correspondingly, they should also understand and support the consequences of misbehavior. Only with effective discipline can students have the maximum opportunity to develop emotionally, socially, and intellectually.

Maine South High School Policies & Procedures

In addition to the discipline procedures and board policies established by the Board of Education, Maine South has established the following policies and procedures:
  1. Attendance
  2. Absence from School
  3. Absences from School - Valid causes of
  4. Access to the building and campus
  5. Bus Behavior
  6. Bus Transportation Information
  7. Cameras
  8. Detentions
  9. Drop-off Area and Message to Students
  10. Early Release (WorkProgram)
  11. Failure to sign-in or out at the SST office
  12. Hallways
  13. IDCards
  14. Lounge
  15. Lunch
  16. Nurse's Office
  17. Parents Out of Town
  18. Pre-Arranged Absence(s)
  19. Reassignment(REA)/In-School Suspension
  20. Saturday REA
  21. StudyHalls/Resource Areas
  22. Suspension from School
  23. Tardiness to School
  24. Tardiness to School - Valid Cause Of
  25. Unauthorized Area
  26. Unauthorized Phone Calls
  27. Visitors

Attendance

(return to home)

Attendance, both punctual and regular, is important to a student’s success at school.It is also the mark of a student’s maturity and a sense of responsibility.It is impossible to recreate classroom experiences identical to the ones students have missed.Although it is unfortunate and sometimes unavoidable for students to miss class, MSHS encourages high attendance from all students.
 

Absence from School

Responsibilities of the:

Students:
To be on time to school and class so that his/her attendance can be taken in a timely manner.In the event of an absence, the student must assume responsibility for seeking out and completing their assignments.
 
Parent/Guardian:
To call your students' SSTeam (see numbers above) by 12:00 p.m. on the day of the absence.No corrections will be made after 24 hours and the absence may remain unauthorized.Messages are received 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
 
When calling to report an absence, please state the following information:
  • Student’s first and last name
  • Student’s ID number
  • Name of parent/guardian calling
  • Reason for absence
If the reason for the absence differs from the parent’s, the student will be directed to the deans’ office.
 

School:

To monitor the student’s attendance and to inform parent/guardian of any attendance problems/concerns. The final decision for categorizing an absence rests with the school administration.
 

Valid causes of

Maine South High School, in keeping with Section 26-2a of the Illinois School Code considers the following circumstances to be valid causes for a student’s absence:
  • Illness
  • Observance of a Religious Holiday
  • Death in the immediate family
  • Family emergency
  • Situations beyond the control of the student as determined by the Board of Education, or such other circumstances which cause reasonable concern to the parent for the safety or health of the student.

Access to the Building & Campus

For the purpose of safety and security of faculty/staff/students and campus, access to the building will be limited as determined by the administration and to include, but not limited to the following:
  • On school days before school:Designated entry doors of the building are unlocked at 6:00 a.m.Students should not expect access to the building prior to 6:00 a.m. unless under the supervision of a faculty/staff member.
  • During the school day, designated doors will remain unlocked for student/faculty access only.
  • On school days after school: The doors of the building are locked at 4:00 p.m. or 45 minutes after the last period of the day. Students may not remain in the school building after 4:00 p.m. or 45 minutes after the last period of the day unless under the supervision of a faculty/staff member.
The designated student drop-off & pick-up areas are located in the front-circle, jock-lot, north lot & south lot.
 
Any student in the building during non-school hours without authorization and/or supervision will be referred to the Deans’ Office and may be subject to school disciplinary action.
 
Students should not open doors and/or allow access to any person(s) outside of the building.
 
Any suspicious person(s) and/or activity should be reported immediately to Security at  692-8281.
 

Bus Behavior

Students are expected to behave while riding the school bus including all school field trips, school sponsored activities, public transportation and at bus stops.The bus driver is in legal charge of students’ action and will enforce all observed school rules.Students’ misbehavior which may distract the bus driver is considered a major offense.Damage to bus, any property of the bus company, or any other violations involving misbehavior will result in a loss of riding privileges, forfeiture of any fee and appropriate school consequences.
 

Bus Transportation Information

Public transportation (Pace) operates between the school and local surrounding areas.For more information, please visit www.pacebus.com or obtain bus route information in the Main office.
 

Cameras

To assist in maintaining security and to deter inappropriate conduct, the Maine Township High School District 207 Board of Education has authorized the installation of electronic video surveillance cameras in public areas of school property, such as the parking lots, driveways, entrances, and other locations on campus.
 
The passive use of electronic surveillance is primarily for the purpose of maintaining a safe and orderly educational environment for students and staff.
 

Detentions

When a student is assigned a detention by the Dean or or the Deans' Assistant, he/she may choose the date within a three-day period to serve the detention.Students must report to room C-101-C and depending on assigned time, may serve the detention(s) before school starting at 7:00 a.m. or 7:20 a.m. OR after-school at 3:20 p.m.
 
Students should bring homework and spend their time in productive work. Failure to serve a detention may result in a Saturday detention or additional consequences.
 

Drop-off Area and Messages to Students

Please note that the school is not responsible for any items dropped off for students and will not contact your child to arrange a pick-up. 
 
If your child needs to contact a parent/guardian, phones will be available in their SST office.
 
It is difficult to deliver messages to students due to student’s schedule, size of building, number of students and available staff to assist with this task. In extreme hardship or emergencies, students will be sought out and located if possible. The public address system will not be used for this purpose.
 
In case of an emergency, please contact your child’s counselor and/or Dean.
 

Early Release (Work Program)

Students who have an early release (work program) from school are expected to leave the building promptly at the end of their last class.Students must carry their work program permit card at all times indicating a release time.
 
If the school day bell schedule has been modified, for an assembly, for example, it is the student’s responsibility to remain in all of his or her classes until they are entirely over.
 

Failure to sign-in or out at the SST office

(return to home)
When arriving late or leaving early, students are expected to sign-in or out at their SST office.
Parent calls must be received prior to a student leaving school.Failure to sign in at the SST office at time of arrival or to sign out when leaving prior to normal dismissal may result in school consequences.
 

Hallways

Students in the hallways after the passing period must have an authorized pass.Students are expected to obtain an authorized pass from a teacher or supervisor before entering the hallways after the passing period has ended.Students without an authorized pass will be directed to return to their original location
 
Students exiting from the cafeteria must dispose of any food/drink prior to leaving the cafeteria.
While in the hallways, students are not permitted to consume or have food/drink in their possession for any reason.
 

ID Cards

An identification card is issued to all students during registration.The student is expected to carry his/her current student ID card while at school or while attending any school-related activity and is expected to present it to a staff member upon request. Failure to do so may result in school consequences.
 
The ID card is utilized in the following areas but not limited to: food service, library, student activity ticket, lounge, resources areas, school dances, athletic events, and SST office.
 
For replacement of the ID card, the student must report to the book store.There is a $2.00 replacement fee for each ID.
 
If the student loses or misplaces their ID, it is the student’s responsibility to contact QUEST (food service), if they have money on the student lunch account.
 

Lounge

Students are expected to report directly to their scheduled lounge or a resource area such as the library, computer lab, writing lab, etc.It is the responsibility of the student to be on time and accounted for during their lounge/resource area so that his/her attendance can be taken in a timely and accurate manner.Upon arrival, students will be required to scan their ID. Students are to remain in lounge or resource area until the bell rings.
 
Tardies, unauthorized absences and unauthorized departures will be referred to the Deans’ office and consequences may be assigned.
 
Students that meet with their teachers during their scheduled lounge period must have their attendance accounted for; otherwise the absence will remain unauthorized.
 

Lunch

Students are expected to report directly to their scheduled lunch.It is the responsibility of the student to be on time. After reporting to the cafeteria, students are to remain there until the bell rings.
 
Students are expected to behave in an orderly manner in the cafeteria and are responsible for keeping eating areas, tables, and surrounding areas clean.
 
Students may not take food or drink out of the cafeteria.
 
Any student referred to the Deans’ Office for misconduct will be subject to disciplinary action which may include removal from the cafeteria.
 

Nurse’s Office

If a student is feeling ill, they should get a pass from their teacher to the nurse's office. If it is necessary to send the student home, the nurse’s office will contact the parent/guardian to authorize the absence.Students will be expected to sign-out through their SST office.
 
Students who contact their parents prior to going to the nurse’s office via their cell phone are subject to disciplinary action for violating the district cell phone policy.
 

Parents Out of Town

It is the responsibility of the parents to inform their student's SST Office if they will be unavailable for a period of time. The authorized person appearing on the student’s emergency card must call the SST Office if the student is absent from school. If another adult is designated by the parents to excuse their child from school, a phone call from a parent identifying the temporary guardian must
be received prior to the parents leaving town. Failure to follow the above procedures may result in an unexcused absence.
 

Pre-Arranged Absence(s)

Students who plan to vacation with parents, visit college, etc., should make arrangements a week before leaving. Parents must call, the student must pick-up a form from his/her counselor and students should contact their teachers to obtain assignments and to schedule make-up activities.
 

Reassignment (REA)/In-School Suspension

When a student is assigned an REA, he/she must serve the time as assigned by the Dean.Students must report to room C-101-C.The student will be responsible for the following:
  • Getting assignments/textbooks/materials and teacher signatures for all classes prior to your assigned REA.
  • Completing all school related assignments and maintain a studious environment.
  • Bringing a lunch.
  • Abiding by all District 207 discipline policies and procedures, REA rules posted in the classroom and instructions from the REA supervisor.
  • Failure to abide by the above stated expectations may result in a referral to the Deans’ Office.
  • Failure to serve the Reassignment (REA) may result in additional consequences.

Saturday REA

When a student is assigned a Saturday REA, he/she must serve the time as assigned by the Dean.Students must report to room C101-A and depending on the assigned time, may serve the REA from 7:30-9:30 a.m., 9:30-11:30 a.m. or 7:30-11:30 a.m.
 
The following expectations will apply:
  • Students will complete the assigned Saturday REA as agreed upon with the Dean.
  • Students are required to come prepared to do school-related work.
  • Students will do school related assignments and remain silent.
  • No food or drinks.
  • No radios or electronic devices allowed including: IPODS, Cell Phones and Laptop Computers unless prior authorization is given by the Dean.
  • No sleeping.
  • All District Discipline Policies and Procedures apply.
Students who fail to follow the above expectations will be removed from the Saturday REA and sent home. Students who are removed must report to their Dean on the following school day. Failure to serve a Saturday REA may result in additional consequences.
 

Study Halls/Resource Areas

Students should use their scheduled study hall constructively on school related assignments, either in their assigned study hall or by seeking assistance in other resource areas such as the Library, Writing Lab, Computer Lab, Math Lab, College Resource Center (CRC) or other approved areas.
 
Students should report directly to their assigned study hall or resource area.Depending on the resource area or study hall, students will be required to scan their ID, sign-in, or a supervisor will take attendance.
 
It is the responsibility of the student to be on time and accounted for during study hall or resource area so that his/her attendance can be taken in a timely and accurate manner.After students have reported to their assigned study hall or resource area, they are to remain in the area until the bell rings.
 
Tardies, unauthorized absences, and unauthorized departures will be referred to the Deans’ office and consequences may be assigned.
 
Students that meet with their teachers during their scheduled study hall period must have their attendance accounted for; otherwise the absence will remain unauthorized.
 

Suspension from School

Students assigned an out-of-school suspension may not be on the school grounds during the suspension period.Students on suspension are not permitted to attend any school function and/or participate in any school activity during the time of suspension.
 
Upon notification of suspension, students are responsible for contacting teachers to obtain assignments.Arrangements must be made with the Dean of Students in advance in order to pick up any assignments and materials from school.
 

Tardiness to School

Responsibilities of the:

Students:
  • Students who arrive at school after 8:05 a.m. (or 9:08 on Wednesdays) must sign in at their SST office.
  • The office will then give the student a tardy admit. If the tardy is unauthorized, the student will be referred to their Dean.
  • Students arriving late must use the following entrances:
    1. Visitor’s Entrance (Door #3)
    2. A-wing (Door #9)
  • Upon entering any of these doors, the student should go directly to their SST office for an admit to class.
Parent/Guardian:
  • To call your student's SST office at 847-692-8213 (Team Black, A-G) 847-692-8216 (Team Red H-O) or 847-692-8204 (Team White P-Z)as soon as possible to notify the school that their child will be tardy to school.
  • When calling to report a tardy, please state the following information:
    • Student’s first and last name
    • Student’s ID number
    • Name of parent/guardian calling
    • Reason for tardy
  • If the reason for the tardy differs from the parent’s, the student will be directed to the deans’ office.
School:
  • To monitor the student’s attendance and to inform parent/guardian of any attendance problems/concerns.The final decision for categorizing an absence rests with the school administration.

Tardiness to School – Valid causes of

As with all absences, Maine South only recognizes the following as valid cause under Section 26-2a of the Illinois School Code to excuse a student for tardiness to school:
  • Illness
  • Observance of a Religious Holiday
  • Death in the immediate family
  • Family emergency
  • Situations beyond the control of the student as determined by the Board of Education, or such other circumstances which cause reasonable concern to the parent for the safety or health of the student.
Do not assume that inclement weather will be cause to authorize a tardy.Car trouble, trains, road work, etc. are not valid excuses to be tardy to school, therefore the student may be assigned an unauthorized tardy.
 

Unauthorized Area

Students must have proper authorization to enter areas not designated on their class schedule for that period of the day.This includes but not limited to hallways, resources areas (library, computer lab, and nurse’s office), parking lots, forest preserve, Hamlin gate area, cafeteria, locker rooms, etc.Students who are in an unauthorized area may be sent to the Dean and may receive appropriate school consequences.
 

Unauthorized Phone Calls

A student calling or having someone else call their SST Office in lieu of parent shall be treated the same as a forgery. See FORGERY/ALTERING INFORMATION of the school discipline procedures.
 

Visitors

Upon arrival in the building, all visitors must report to door #3 located in the front circle.All visitors must submit a valid driver’s license or state issued ID to be scanned and checked against a sex offender database registry. In addition, the visitor must provide the following information:
  1. Nature of Business
  2. If a vehicle is parked on campus, the vehicle's make/model, color, license plate information and/or location of parked vehicle.
If approved, a visitor pass will be issued and the visitor pass must be displayed around the chest area so that it is visible at all times while in the building.
 
All visitors to the school or school premises shall be expected to conform and abide by the rules and regulations pertaining to that school.Maine South has the right and responsibility to request identification of any person entering either the school building, or its grounds.
 
Unregistered vehicles are subject to a ticket and/or tow.
 
All vehicles entering Maine South High School property are subject to being searched.
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