We are having a large number of our students bringing mobile phones and other electronic devices into our building. We realize that it is important for parents to keep in contact with their child, particularly after dismissal time. However, on several occasions, students were caught using these devices during class and/or transition times (i.e. lunch, recess, etc.). In many of these occasions it was the parent texting or calling their child during school time. I ask you to please help us minimize the usage of mobile devices during school time by avoiding calling/texting your child from 7:45 am to 2:45 pm (4:30 pm if your child attends after school activities). Remember that if your child is caught using their mobile device during school time they will be subject to the consequences listed on the 2014 Student Code of Conduct. Please also remember that our school and/or any any member of our staff is not responsible for any electronic device(s) your child bring to school.
Cell Phones in The Building
Last year we had a large number of our students bringing cell phones into our building. We realize that it is important for parents to keep in contact with their child, particularly after dismissal time. However, on several occasions, students were caught using these devices during class and/or transition times (i.e. lunch, recess, etc.). In many of these occasions it was the parent texting or calling their child during school time. I ask you to please help us minimize the usage of mobile devices during school time by avoiding calling/texting your child from 7:45 am to 2:45 pm (4:30 pm if your child attends after school activities). Remember that if your child is caught using their mobile device during school time they will be subject to the consequences listed on the 2014 Student Code of Conduct.
CPS principals were informed two weeks ago that the Federal government is mandating the implementation of a new Nutrition and Wellness Policy for all schools receiving federal funding. Starting this school year, schools are not allowed to serve any food to students that have not been processed in the school’s cafeteria. For our school this rule is in effect from 12:01 am until 3:15 pm. The fees and penalties for not complying with this policy are extremely high. Therefore, our school must adhere to this new federal regulation. Starting this year, our school can no longer accept cupcakes, cakes, candies, chips, soda, or any other food that parents bring to celebrate their child’s birthday. Once again, if it was not prepared in our cafeteria, then we cannot give it to our students. The school is allowed to bring outside food for only two events during the school year. Our staff decided that these two special events will happen the last day before Winter Break and the last day before Summer Break. This new policy does not apply to students that bring their own lunch from home as long as they don’t share their food with any other student.
Food in the Building
This is just a reminder that schools are not allowed to serve any food to students that has not been processed in the school’s cafeteria. Therefore, we encourage families to abstain from sending any food, including candies, for any of the Halloween celebrations we may have this month. Food allergies are a growing food safety and public health concern that affect an estimated 4%–6% of children in the United States. Allergic reactions can be life threatening because the body’s immune system can respond in a severe way, such in cases of anaphylaxis. Eight foods or food groups account for 90% of serious allergic reactions: milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, wheat, soy, peanuts, and tree nuts. We ask you to help us maintain a safe environment in our school by avoiding sending any of these items with your child to our school. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated!
I would like to clarify to parents our policy regarding absences. When your child is absent, you should notify the school by phone on the day of the absence. You must also submit a written note identifying the cause of the absence. If you don’t submit a note with your child, the day will be marked as an unexcused absence. There seems to be some confusion about this. The phone call is just a verbal communication to let us know that your child will not be in school. However, by law, we still need a written note describing the cause of the absence. Please keep this in mind the next time your child is absent from school. I would also like to clarify that not all the notes you send to our school qualify under the excused absence policy authorized by the Board of Education. Excused absences will be granted only under the following situations:
Healy Visitor Policy
Parents are welcome to visit our school anytime. To ensure visitations are productive for both school and visitors, please follow these guidelines:
1. All visitors must sign in with the security officer after entering the building. They must immediately proceed to the main office to inform our clerks the nature of their visit.
2. If a visitor is visiting a classroom or any other area of our building, they must wear a visitor identification sticker in a visible place.
3. If a parent is planning to visit a classroom to observe their child, they must provide prior notice to teachers and staff to arrange appropriate times and days. This notification must be done at least 24 hours prior to their visit.
4. Conferences with teachers cannot be scheduled during class time. Parents must make arrangements with their child’s teacher to meet either during the teacher’s preparation time, or before/after school.
School policy does not permit children (students from other schools, friends, relatives) to visit the classroom for the day.
We ask that you do not interrupt the classroom schedule by going directly to the classroom. All contacts with students should be made through the school office.
Student Identification Policy (5th-8th Grade)
Students will receive a picture identification card (I.D.) at the beginning of the school year. This ID card contains students’ schedules, their pictures, and their CPS ID number (bar code). Students will need their ID cards to check out library materials, use of school computers, bathroom breaks, hallway passes, and for use during lunch counts. Students are required to wear their I.D. cards in a visible location on their shirt collars while at school and present them for identification when requested by a staff member. Replacement of a lost, stolen, or damaged I.D. is $5.00. New I.D.'s can be obtained in the main office by filling out a form with Ms. Daly or Ms. Capoccia. Students who don’t have their I.D’s. will be required to purchase a new one.