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          2017 - 2018

“Get ready for college – ready for a career!”
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For Your Information
All parents and students should review the following information
carefully in order to become aware of Technology Center of
DuPage’s (TCD) standards, expectations, rules, regulations, and
daily procedures. Questions about this information or any other
aspect of TCD should be directed to the Student Services Office.

Occupational Skills
    Industry Specific
    Personal and Professional Accountability
    Technical Literacy

Workplace Skills
    Job Seeking and Keeping
    Workplace Ethics
    Communication

Career Preparation Skills
    Career Exploration
    Work-Based Learning
    Transition from Education to Careers

Academic Competencies
    Mathematics
    Technical Reading and Writing
    Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Adopted by the Board—12/19/02

Request for Program Change
Program changes are made following consultation with the
student’s parent(s)/ guardian(s), home school counselor, Career
Counselor, and TCD Administrator. Review of a student’s career
assessment, staff consultation, and other factors that may affect
student success will be considered before program transfers are
Program participation fees are non-refundable and non-
transferrable after the transfer deadlines. Students are
responsible for any additional participation fees associated with
program transfers, including those on fee waivers.
                      Program Transfer Deadlines:
                      Fall – September 12, 2017
                      Spring – January 12, 2018
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Parent/Guardian and Student Consent Form
Media Release
I hereby acknowledge and grant permission for representatives of
Technology Center of DuPage and its governing body (DuPage
Area Occupational Education System or DAOES) to use my image,
voice, and/ or identification information for educational,
informational, or promotional purposes. This may include release
to the news media, posting on the TCD/DAOES websites or World
Wide Web, or use in TCD/DAOES publications, presentations, or

Images may include video recordings, photographs, digital images,
negatives, or prints. Voice may include audio-video recordings,
quotes, or testimonials. Identification information may include my
name, hometown, high school, TCD program, grade level,
honors/awards, or activities related to my TCD program.

Check one box only: ❏ I grant permission ❏ I deny permission

Directory Information Release
The primary purpose of directory information is to allow Technology
Center of DuPage to include information from your child’s education
records in certain publications. This information can include: Student
Name, Mailing Address, Telephone Listing, Photograph, and/or Grade
Level. The Telephone Listing will be used ONLY for student follow-up

Check one box only: ❏ I grant permission ❏ I deny permission

Parent/Guardian and Student Signature Required
Please sign the back of this sheet, and return this sheet to your
instructor after reading the following sections of this form:
1. Media Release
2. Directory Information Release
3. Internet Acceptable Use Policy Commitment Statement
4. Student/Parent Handbook
5. Automated Message from TCD Consent
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Internet Acceptable Use Policy Commitment Statement
My signature below, and that of my parent(s) or guardian(s),
means that I have read, understand, and agree to follow the
guidelines as stated in the TCD Internet Use Policy of the
Student/Parent Handbook, which is also available at Please complete all requested information.

Student/Parent Handbook - Rules and Information
My signature below, and that of my parent(s) or guardian(s), means
that we have read, understand, and agree to the following
information stated in the TCD Student/Parent Handbook. Please
complete all requested information.

Student Printed Name _____________________________________
Student Signature ________________________________________

Parent or Guardian Printed Name ___________________________
Parent or Guardian Signature ______________________________

Parent Email                     Parent Phone            Best Time To Contact

TCD Program (AM or PM) __________________________________

Automated Messages from TCD – Consent Form
Technology Center of DuPage communicates important messages
(i.e., school closings/delays, security alerts, upcoming school
activities, and more) to our families in a variety of ways, including
email, text, phone and mobile devices. An email is automatically sent
to all families who have an email address on file for their students.
However, if you would like to receive these important messages
via phone call and/or text, it is important that you opt-in. Please
indicate, with your initials, your permissions below:

________I/We elect to receive automated messages from TCD via
the phone number(s) I have already provided on the TCD registration

________I/We elect to receive automated text messages from TCD
via the mobile device number(s) I have already provided on the TCD
registration form.

You can opt-out from receiving these messages at any time, but
please be aware that consent is not required if the call or text is for
emergency purposes.

Please inform the School Office as soon as possible if your
contact information changes AFTER you have provided it to
TCD. It is important that we have the most accurate means of
contacting you.
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Notice for Directory Information
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a federal
law, requires that Technology Center of DuPage, with certain
exceptions, obtain a parent’s/guardian’s written consent prior to the
disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child’s
education records. However, Technology Center of DuPage may
disclose appropriately designated “directory information” without
written consent, unless you have advised the school to the contrary.
The primary purpose of directory information is to allow Technology
Center of DuPage to include this type of information from your child’s
education records in certain publications.
Examples include:
   Honor Roll or other                     Awards Night programs
    recognition lists                       Area News
   TCD News Highlights via
    school website.
Technology Center of DuPage has designated the following
information as directory information:
     Student’s name                    Honors and awards
     Program                            received
     Home High School                  Hometown
     Telephone Listing                 Grade Level
     Photograph

At the front of this book is a release form (pages 3 and 4). Parents are
asked to sign this release form and return it to the program instructor.
Please be sure to indicate on this form whether or not you give your
permission for directory information to be released.

Telephone Information
Except for major holidays, Technology Center of DuPage’s
switchboard is open between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. weekdays
during the regular school term. The phone number is (630) 620-
8770. Teachers can be reached from 7:45 a.m. to
8:00 a.m., and from 2:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Administration
personnel may be reached by phone throughout the school
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Student Absences
There are two types of absences: excused and unexcused. Excused
absences include: illness, observance of a religious holiday, death in
the immediate family, family emergency, situations beyond the control
of the student, circumstances that cause reasonable concern to the
parent/guardian for the student’s safety or health, or other reason as
approved by administration. A student is considered “excused absent”
on days that the sending school does not provide transportation. All
other absences are considered unexcused. Pre-arranged excused
absences must be approved by administration.

The school may require documentation explaining the reason for the
student’s absence.

In the event of any absence, the student’s parent or guardian is
required to call the school at (630) 691-7529 before 8:00 a.m. to
explain the reason for the absence. The student may be required to
submit a signed note from the parent or guardian explaining the
reason for the absence. Failure to do so shall result in an unexcused
absence. Upon request of the parent or guardian, the reason for an
absence will be kept confidential.

At TCD, a student is evaluated as an employee. Lack of regular
attendance and punctuality affects grades, assessments in
workplace skills, and the receipt of a TCD Certificate of Completion.
Should absence be a concern, the student’s sending school may
withhold graduation credit. Parents will be notified by TCD staff if
attendance is a concern. All absences are reported each day to the
student’s sending school by TCD. TCD needs direct notification
from parents; please report absentees by calling (630) 691-7529.

Directory Information
Directory information will be handed out to students on the first day of

Daily Procedures and Regulations
1. Arrival at Technology Center of DuPage
    Students are expected to report immediately to their program
    areas. After checking in, a student must have the instructor’s
    permission to leave the program area. A student is not
    permitted to check in or out for another student.

2. Departure from Technology Center of DuPage
    A student is permitted to leave his/her program area with
    instructor permission five minutes before his/her bus is scheduled
    to depart.
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3. Missed Bus Procedures
    Arrival to Technology Center of DuPage: Notify the sending
    school Dean’s Office for instructions.
    Departure from Technology Center of DuPage: Immediately
    notify TCD’s Student Services Office.

4. Student Driving
    Every student is required to take the bus provided by the sending
    high school. Exceptions to this policy are rare and can be made
    ONLY with at least 48-hour advance approval from the sending
    school, parents and Technology Center of DuPage. Cars must be
    parked in the south parking lot. Unauthorized parked cars will be
    towed at the owner’s expense and the sending school and
    parents will be notified. A student with permission to drive to
    or from Technology Center of DuPage may not give rides to
    another student at any time. A violation of this policy will result
    in the loss of driving privileges. TCD reserves the right to inspect
    any car on its property.

5. Early Dismissal
    All early dismissals must be approved in advance by the
    student’s sending school. To leave Technology Center of
    DuPage before the regular time, a student must have a 24-hour
    advance notice from home that is countersigned by the sending
    school dean and has a phone number that can be used to verify
    parental permission. In an emergency situation, Technology
    Center of DuPage’s Emergency First Aid Provider may dismiss a
    student after the sending school and parents have been notified.

6. Use of Tobacco/Smoking
    Smoking or the use of tobacco in any form (including “electronic
    cigarettes and paraphernalia) is not permitted in the building or
    on the grounds of Technology Center of DuPage. Possession of
    tobacco may lead to disciplinary consequences consistent with
    those of the sending school. Further, possession of tobacco by
    a person under 18 years of age is also an ordinance violation in
    the Village of Addison and is punishable by a fine.

7. ID Card
    Students must show their sending school ID cards upon
    entering the Technology Center of DuPage building and have it
    in their possession when going through the halls. Those
    students who are not able to produce a school ID will be
    brought to the Student Services Office to verify enrollment at
    TCD. Failure to comply will result in the student being reported
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       to his/her sending school for appropriate disciplinary action. It is
       the student’s responsibility to report a lost ID card to the
       sending school and arrange for a replacement.

8. Student Safety and Personal/School Property
         Technology Center of DuPage students are expected to
          demonstrate the safety habits appropriate to the program
          area. At no time should a student behave in a manner that
          might pose a danger to himself/herself or others.

         In addition, students should treat school property and
          equipment with respect.

         Personal belongings are the student’s responsibility and
          should be kept in a secure and proper place.

         TCD does not offer student accident insurance. Low-cost
          accident insurance generally is available from the sending
          school. TCD recommends that students obtain accident
          insurance, especially if they are not covered by a family
          medical plan. TCD assumes no responsibility or liability for
          any accidents or the filing of claims.

9. Cell Phones, Smartphones, and Cell Technologies
       Cell phone use in school is a potential distraction to the learning
       environment. However, cell phone technology can be of
       academic benefit to the educational process if utilized prudently.
       With this in mind, we expect students to utilize cell phones in an
       academically appropriate manner. Cell phones may be used for
       academic purposes in classrooms with teacher permission.
       Unauthorized cell phone use will result in confiscation. Repeated
       inappropriate use of cell phones on campus may result in
       disciplinary action consistent with those of the sending school.
       Refusal to surrender a cell phone to a staff member will be
       considered insubordination and will result in appropriate
       discipline consistent with those of the sending school. TCD is not
       responsible for cell phones if misplaced on campus. Cell phones
       used in a manner that might compromise a person’s right to
       privacy (including but not limited to taking and/or sharing
       unauthorized pictures, videos, and/or correspondence) will be
       disciplined for gross disrespect consistent with those of the
       sending school.

       When used responsibly, cell phones may be used in the common
       public areas before school, after school, and during passing
       periods. Students are not to use cell phones in any other area
       other than the common public areas, unless expressly authorized
       by staff.
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10. Lockers
    Lockers are the property of Technology Center of DuPage.
       Only Technology Center of DuPage locks may be used.
        Other locks will be removed.
       Students are responsible for maintaining their lockers.
       Technology Center of DuPage is not responsible for lost or
        stolen items.
       School officials have access to lockers at any time.
       Keys/combinations should be carefully guarded and should
        not be given to any other student. All locker problems should
        be reported immediately to the instructor.

    NOTE: All students must clean out their lockers on the last day
    before winter break and summer vacation. Students who
    withdraw from Technology Center of DuPage during the school
    year are responsible for cleaning out their lockers on their last
    day at TCD. Articles not claimed within two weeks after a student
    leaves Technology Center of DuPage will be donated to charity.

    School Property Searches
    School authorities may conduct searches of school property to
    maintain order and security. This may include lockers, desks,
    parking lots, other school property owned and controlled by the
    school, and personal items left in these places without a search
    warrant and without the notice and consent of the student. If any
    search produces evidence that a student is violating the law, the
    school may turn over such evidence to law enforcement
    authorities. [Illinois School Code 5/10-22.6(e)]
11. Technology Center of DuPage Property
    Technology Center of DuPage property is not to be
    removed from the premises without an instructor’s
    written permission.

12. Food and Drink
    Food (or drink) is not allowed in the halls or in program areas,
    except at pre-approved times.

13. Inappropriate Language, Gesture, and Material
   While on school property, on a school bus, or at any school
   sponsored activity a student shall not use obscene, suggestive, or
   highly disrespectful language or gestures. The student shall not
   possess or distribute profane, obscene, or suggestive material.
   Also, a student shall not possess clothing or material that
   represents cults, gangs, or related activities, or use graffiti or
   inappropriate gestures.

14. Use of Controlled Substances
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    Possession, consumption, or distribution of any controlled
    substance (i.e. alcohol, narcotics, marijuana, etc.) or look-
    alike drugs is not permitted on Technology Center of
    DuPage premises at any time. The use of medical
    marijuana by students while at school is prohibited.
    Compliance with this standard of conduct is mandatory.

    Any student found to be a possessor, consumer, or distributor of
    any controlled substance is subject to disciplinary action up to
    and including expulsion and arrest. Under most circumstances,
    disciplinary sanctions will be assigned by the student’s sending
    school in consultation with TCD.
    Technology Center of DuPage staff is prepared to work with
    students and their sending schools to provide information
    about the availability of drug and alcohol treatment programs.

15. School Visitors
    Any individual visiting the school for any reason must first sign
    in at the desk at the west entrance. The visitor will be issued a
    name tag, which will be worn while the visitor is in the building.
    If it should be necessary to speak with a student or teacher
    directly, the hall monitor will make the proper arrangements.
    It is extremely important that classroom activities have as few
    interruptions as possible. Therefore, teacher or room
    visitations may be arranged either by directly contacting the
    teacher or by requesting an appointment through the Student
    Services Office. In this case, the visitor will again sign in at the
    west entrance and will be directed to the program area.

    All visitors must return to the west doors and sign out
    before leaving the school.

    Visitors are expected to abide by all school rules during their
    time on school property. A visitor who fails to conduct himself or
    herself in a manner that is appropriate will be asked to leave
    and may be subject to criminal penalties for trespass and/or
    disruptive behavior.

16. Use of Instructional Materials
    Use of any instructional material or any instructional technology
    in any manner other than its intended use will be considered a
    serious offense. This could result in recommendation for
    disciplinary consequences including removal from the TCD
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Emergency Closing
Closing announcements will be posted on TCD’s website,, and aired between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m on AM
radio stations WGN 720 and WBBM 780, and TV stations CBS/2,
NBC/5, ABC/7, WGN/9, Fox/32, and CLTV. In addition, TCD uses an
automated emergency response system via Blackboard to notify
parents by phone about emergency school closings.

For other closing announcement updates, please call (900) 407-
7669 (SNOW) for $.95 per minute (parental permission required), or
go to www. and enter “(630) 620-8770”
or “Technology Center of DuPage.”
If TCD is forced to close during the school day, students will be
taken back to their sending schools.

Learning Resource Center
Technology Center of DuPage’s LRC regulations are:
   No food or drink allowed in the LRC.
    All LRC property and equipment must be respected. Students
     are held responsible and fined for any damage.
    All materials must be used in the LRC, except when a teacher
     provides written permission for materials to be used elsewhere.

Standard Policies of Student Internet Usage
Students will be given guidance by their instructors on how to
use the Internet for educational purposes aligned with the goals
of TCD. This is a significant educational opportunity for students,
but it also entails a responsibility.

Appropriate Use
The use of the Internet at TCD is restricted to the support of any
research for educational purposes directly involved in the execution of
class assignments and is consistent with the educational goals of the

Students will use computing and networking resources in an
effective, efficient, ethical, and legal manner.

The school administrators and instructors work to create a secure
environment for the use of the Internet. If a problem is discovered on
the Internet, it is imperative that the problem be reported directly to
the school administration or staff.
Access to areas that have been posted as off-limits is forbidden.
Any unauthorized use of files is prohibited.
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Users are expected to show mutual respect for others at all times.
A cooperative attitude will ensure everyone has equal
privileges, privacy and protection from interference or
Users will avoid excessive use of resources: for example,
computers, printers, graphic devices, networks, and processor
Students will respect the people responsible for overseeing the
computers in the classroom and those responsible for
administering the network and follow established procedures.

Student Publishing on the Internet
All efforts will be made to obtain written authorization from a
parent/guardian prior to any TCD publication of any student work
(text, audio, video, and picture) on the Internet. Although TCD staff
will attempt to ensure that names, addresses, and/or other means of
identification will not accompany student works published on the
Internet, due to the vast and rapidly growing capabilities of
computers, TCD cannot guarantee such information will remain

Internet Access and Electronic Mail Policy
I. No Expectation of Privacy
   Students should be aware that they have no privacy interest and
   no reasonable expectation of privacy while using any TCD-
   provided access to the Internet, including the World Wide
   Web, and electronic mail (e-mail). In addition, students should
   have no expectation that any information transmitted or stored on
   TCD computers is or will remain private.

II. Monitoring and/or Searching Internet Use and/or Electronic
   In the course of their duties, system operators, board personnel,
   or other staff may monitor and/or search individual use of the
   Internet or review the contents of stored or transmitted data.

   Moreover, all products, information, and files created by a student
   using TCD technology (either hardware or software) are also
   subject to such monitoring and/ or searches. Such monitoring
   and/or searches may occur with or without cause. A partial list of
   circumstances that could cause such a monitor or a search is:
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a. Ensuring that TCD systems are not used to transmit
   discriminatory or offensive material or messages (including but not
   limited to defamatory, false, inaccurate, abusive, threatening,
   racially offensive, or illegal material).
b. Ensuring that TCD systems are not used to transmit, receive,
   download, or otherwise produce or view obscene, pornographic,
   profane, sexually oriented, or illegal material or messages.
c. Determining the presence of illegal material or unlicensed
d. Ensuring that TCD systems are not used to conduct illegal
   activities, engage in gambling, wagering, betting, or selling
   chances, or otherwise engage in any activity for personal gain or
e. Responding to legal proceedings that call for the production of
   electronically stored evidence.
f. Responding to investigations of misconduct or wrongdoing.
g. Making purchases on the Internet and/or World Wide Web or
     selling or offering to sell any goods or services on the Internet or
     World Wide Web.
h. Any other circumstance in which monitoring and/or a search may
     or is expected to produce evidence of misconduct or wrongdoing.

III. Violation of Policy
   Violation of this policy and/or any misuse of TCD technology
   may result in limiting or revoking personal Internet use
   privileges, including access to the World Wide Web and/or
   electronic mail, suspension/expulsion from school, and/or
   other appropriate disciplinary action for students.

   Please keep this Internet Acceptable Use Policy for future
   reference. Failure to return the commitment statement at the
   front of this book prohibits the student from Internet usage.

Daily Schedule
First Session: 8:00 a.m. to 10:40 a.m.
Second Session: 11:45 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.

Grading Policies and Assessment Expectations
Assessment expectations for students are articulated in each
program’s syllabus.

Emergency First Aid Provider (EFAP)
Every student must have current emergency information on file for the
2016-2017 school year in the First Aid Office. Students who do not
have health information on file may be temporarily withheld from
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class. It is extremely important that all emergency information and
phone numbers be kept up to date.

TCD has an Emergency First Aid Provider (EFAP) able to handle
medical and traumatic emergencies while students attend TCD. The
role of the EFAP is to administer first aid to those students with urgent
or emergent medical conditions that occur at TCD. Any other medical
issues should be addressed with the nurse at the student’s sending
A student who is ill or injured should first report to his/her
instructor, who will then contact the EFAP. The Provider will render
any treatment necessary and will contact a parent or legal
guardian, as well as the sending school nurse regarding the nature
of illness or injury, including the need for ambulance transport or
the need for the student to be sent home. Students who leave
TCD without following this procedure will be considered

Parents need to be aware that TCD does not have a school nurse,
but does have an EFAP. Any medications a student receives must
be given at the sending school under the direction of the sending
school nurse.

If you have questions about emergency medical services for
your student, contact the EFAP at 630-691-7515.

Administering Medicines to Students
Whenever possible, medications should be scheduled at times other
than school hours. However, if it is medically necessary, as dictated
by a physician, for your student to take medication of any kind when
he/she is at TCD, the following policy applies:
        All medications must be taken at the sending school. The
         exception will be sending schools that have policies allowing
         students to self-administer emergency medication, such as
         epi-pens, asthma inhalers, or other emergency medications.
        A student with a medical condition that requires medication
         while the student is at TCD will need to contact the
         Emergency First Aid Provider Office at (630) 691-7515 to
         complete required forms. If a student has an Emergency
         Plan (food allergies, diabetes, seizures, asthma, or other
         medical conditions) or a 504 Plan, please notify TCD.
         Occasionally, these plans may need to be adjusted to meet
         the students’ individual needs while attending TCD.

Questions regarding student health issues can be addressed to
the EFAP. The EFAP can be reached Monday through Friday
from 7:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at 630-691-7515.
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Concussions and other head related injuries can cause serious
damage to an individual’s brain. These injuries can impact a
student’s behavior, academic performance, and normal day-to-day
activities. Students who have medical documentation of concussion
or other head-related injuries should submit this paperwork to the
Student Services Office. TCD’s Student Services Team will meet
with the student to clarify and implement any accommodations
outlined by the student’s home high school and attending physician.
Any questions or concerns regarding a student’s medical condition
or school accommodations should be directed to the Student
Services Office.

Homeless Child’s Right to Education
When a child loses permanent housing and becomes a homeless
person as defined by law, or when a homeless child changes his or
her temporary living arrangements, the parent or guardian of the
homeless child has the option of either:
1.      Continuing the child’s education in the school of origin for as
        long as the child remains homeless or, if the child becomes
        permanently housed, until the end of the academic year
        during which the housing is acquired; or

2.       Enrolling the child in any school that non-homeless students
         who live in the attendance area in which the child or youth is
         actually living are eligible to attend.

Any homeless child shall be immediately admitted to the sending
school, even if the child or child’s parent/guardian is unable to
produce records normally required for enrollment.

Education of Children with Disabilities
It is the intent of TCD to ensure that students who are disabled within
the definition of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or the
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act are provided with
appropriate educational services.
TCD provides a free appropriate public education in the least
restrictive environment and necessary related services to all children
with disabilities enrolled in the school. The term “children with
disabilities” means children between ages 3 and the day before their
22 birthday for whom it is determined that special education
services are needed.

A copy of the publication “Explanation of Procedural Safeguards
Available to Parents of Students with Disabilities” may be obtained
from the sending school. Referrals and more specific information may
be found by contacting the sending school.
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Care of Students with Diabetes
If your child has diabetes and requires assistance with managing
this condition while at school and school functions, a Diabetes
Care Plan must be submitted to the school principal. The
parent(s)/guardian(s) are responsible for and must:
         Inform the school in a timely manner of any change which
          needs to be made to the Diabetes Care Plan on file with the
          school for their child.
           Inform the school in a timely manner of any changes to their
            emergency contact numbers or contact numbers of health
            care providers.
           Sign the Diabetes Care Plan.
           Grant consent for and authorize designated School District
            representatives to communicate directly with the health care
            provider whose instructions are included in the Diabetes
            Care Plan.

For further information, please contact the building principal.

Communicable Diseases
The school will observe recommendations of the Illinois
Department of Public Health regarding communicable diseases.
1.      Parents are required to notify the sending school nurse if
        they suspect their child has a communicable disease.
2.      In certain cases, students with a communicable disease may
        be excluded from school or sent home from school following
        notification of the parent or guardian.
3.      The sending school will provide written instructions to the
        parent and guardian regarding appropriate treatment for the
        communicable disease.
4.      A student excluded because of a communicable disease will
        be permitted to return to school only when the parent or
        guardian brings a letter to TCD from the student’s doctor
        stating that the student is no longer contagious or at risk of
        spreading the communicable disease.

Standards of Student Behavior
Technology Center of DuPage is an extension of the sending school.
Therefore, all sending school rules and regulations apply while a
student is at TCD or participating in TCD-sponsored activities. All
students should be familiar with their school’s rules and regulations.
Two principles govern all Technology Center of DuPage
        Conduct that is disruptive to the educational process is
        Conduct that infringes upon the rights of others is prohibited.
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All students are expected to be familiar with rules that relate to
conduct and discipline. Discipline-related incidents are referred
back to the sending school.

General Standards
Technology Center of DuPage students are expected to accept their
responsibility in the learning process by:
   Using their time at TCD in a wise and productive manner.
   Striving to achieve to the best of their ability.
   Attending class on a regular and punctual basis.
   Respecting the rights and property of others.
   Practicing the courtesy and decency that are consistent with the
    standards of good citizenship in a democratic society in all
    relationships with students and staff members.

Bullying, Intimidation, and (Sexual) Harassment
Bullying means any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or
conduct, including communications made in writing or electronically,
directed toward a student that has or can be reasonably predicted to
have the effect of:
1.        Placing the student in reasonable fear of harm to the
          student’s person or property;
2.        Causing a substantially detrimental effect on the student’s
          physical or mental health;
3.        Substantially interferes with the student’s academic
          performance; or
4.        Substantially interferes with the student’s ability to participate
          in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges
          provided by the school.

Examples of prohibited conduct include, without limitation, any use
of violence, intimidation, force, noise, coercion, threats, stalking,
harassment, sexual harassment, public humiliation, theft or
destruction of property, retaliation, hazing, bullying, bullying through
the transmission of information from a school computer, a school
computer network, or other similar electronic school equipment, or
other comparable conduct.

Aggressive Behavior Procedure
Technology Center of DuPage does not condone and will not tolerate
any student engaging in aggressive behavior toward another student
or students. Students who have demonstrated aggressive behavior or
behaviors that put them at risk for aggressive behavior infraction
including, but not limited to, “bullying” which is hereby defined as
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conducts and behaviors towards other students that, to a marked
degree, appear intended to terrorize, intimidate, defame, or start
fights with other students shall be referred to the school principal. The
school principal shall promptly notify the student’s parents or
guardians of the referral and shall attempt to schedule a parent-
teacher conference to discuss the referral and recommend such
available early intervention procedures as are deemed reasonably

Sending schools and law enforcement authorities will be notified of
bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment and all criminal offenses that
result in disruption in the learning environment.

Teen Dating Violence Policy
All students attending Technology Center of DuPage have the right to
a safe learning environment. Therefore, teen dating violence is
unacceptable and prohibited. Students who are concerned for their
own safety or are concerned for the safety of a fellow student due to a
violent dating situation should notify a TCD administrator or counselor

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, teen
dating violence is defined as the physical, sexual, psychological, or
emotional violence within a dating relationship, including stalking. It
can occur in person or electronically, and might occur between a
current or former dating partner. Several different terms are used to
describe teen dating violence:
     Relationship Abuse                      Dating Abuse
     Intimate Partner                        Domestic Abuse
      Violence                                Domestic Violence

Due Process Rights
If a student or parent believes that there has been unfair treatment
regarding the offenses charged or the punishment assigned, the
student or parent can request an appeal for review with the principal.
In such situations students or parents should notify the teacher or
staff member involved with the problem. If the student or parent is not
satisfied with the results, notify an administrator (principal, or
assistant principal); and if the problem is not resolved at the building
level, contact the System’s Office.

Care of Building and Grounds
Take pride in both the building and the grounds. Make every effort to
keep the school as neat and clean as possible. Vandalism is a selfish
act and deprives others of what is also rightfully theirs. In addition to
disciplinary action, payment must be made for all vandalism.
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School Safety Drills and Procedures
TCD has developed a specific plan to provide a safe environment.
The school will have “disaster drills” from time to time to facilitate
this process. Students are asked to keep quiet and orderly at all
times during these drills. Teachers will move students from classes
to protected areas as is appropriate.

Fire Emergency Procedures
TCD has designed a safe and efficient procedure for emergency exit
of the building in case of fire. Students should remain quiet and calm
as they exit the building in an orderly fashion, as well as use
appropriate and available exits.

All hats, sunglasses and headgear are to be removed upon entering
the school building. This includes school day and extra-curricular
activities and events. Students with documented medical and/or
religious reasons for head covering or sunglasses will be exempt from
this policy. Sunglasses, hats, and headgear must be placed in lockers
throughout the school day. Students failing to comply will have these
items confiscated.

Student Dress and Grooming
Clothing that creates a disruption of classroom order will not be

The responsibility for student dress and grooming is that of the
students and their parents. Basically, dress and grooming
guidelines are threefold:
    1. Health and Safety - Students should not wear clothing or
         hair-styles that can be hazardous to them in their school
         activities, such as shop and lab area. Grooming and dress
         that prevent the student from doing his or her best work
         because of blocked vision or restricted movement, such as
         hats or coats, are not allowed as are dress styles that create,
         or are likely to create, a disruption of classroom order.
         Proper footwear must be worn at all times. Students may be
         asked to wear a protective net or cap, if the hair is too long
         for health and safety precautions. Any dress that can be
         inferred to be gang-related is also not permitted.

    2.   Common Decency - Students will be required to wear
         clothing that covers their entire body completely and
         appropriately from shoulders to five inches above the knee.
         Clothing with holes or rips are subject to this policy. Shorts
         and skirts worn above 5 inches from the knee violate this
         policy as does clothing with holes or rips. Students will not
         be allowed to be shirtless or to wear shirts/ tops less than full
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         length or that does not cover their entire torso. Pants must
         be worn above the waistline. Clothing having slogans,
         pictures, or emblems promoting or advertising drugs or
         alcohol, or having profane or obscene slogans, innuendos,
         pictures, or emblems will also not be allowed. Fashion
         choices deemed inappropriate by staff violate this dress
         code policy. Any fashions deemed inappropriate by the staff
         violate this dress code policy.

    3.   Maintenance of School Plant - Students cannot wear
         clothing that would damage furniture, floors, walls, etc.
         Students who are not attired in an appropriate manner will
         be referred to administration for necessary action.

Students in violation will be directed to the Student Services Office to
either change clothes, wear a school-provided shirt that must be
returned at the end of the school day, or be sent home unexcused to
change clothes. After three violations of the dress code, the student
may receive a suspension.

Protective Eyewear and Apparel
Safety is of paramount importance for all TCD students and staff
members. Protective eye wear, protective garments, and footwear
must be worn by all students, staff members, and visitors when
participating in or observing in all lab situations in which such
protection is appropriate including but not limited to dangerous
vocational arts and chemical or combined chemical-physical
laboratories involving caustic or explosive chemicals or hot liquids or

Video Monitoring Cameras
Proper conduct is an important safety factor. TCD approves the use
of video cameras in common areas for the primary purpose of
reducing disciplinary problems and vandalism, thereby providing for a
safer environment for our students.

Safe and Secure School Environment
Any staff member of TCD has the authority to confiscate from a
student any weapon or object that may cause harm or interference.
This would include pocket pagers, laser pointers, headgear, cell
phones, and similar devices.
Students refusing to surrender such an item or object will be
subject to rules governing insubordination.

Student Discipline
Administrative discretion will be used in all discipline situations. TCD
will coordinate information and outcomes in all discipline situations
with sending schools.
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Prohibited Student Conduct
Students may be disciplined for misconduct, including but not
limited to the following:
     1. Using, possessing, distributing, purchasing, or selling
          tobacco materials.
     2. Using, possessing, distributing, purchasing, or selling
          alcoholic beverages.
     3. Using, possessing, distributing, purchasing, or selling:
          a. Any illegal drug, controlled substance, or cannabis
               (including marijuana and hashish).
          b. Any anabolic steroid or performance-enhancing
               substance not administered under a physician’s care
               and supervision.
          c. Any prescription drug when not prescribed for the
               student by a licensed health care provider or when not
               used in the manner prescribed.
          d. Any inhalant, regardless of whether it contains an illegal
               drug or controlled substance: (a) that a student believes
               is, or represents to be capable of, causing intoxication,
               hallucination, excitement, or dulling of the brain or
               nervous system; or (b) about which the student engaged
               in behavior that would lead a reasonable person to
               believe that the student intended the inhalant to cause
               intoxication, hallucination, excitement, or dulling of the
               brain or nervous system.
          e. “Look-alike” or counterfeit drugs, including a substance
               not containing an illegal drug or controlled substance,
               but one:
                     a. That a student believes to be, or represents to
                         be, an illegal drug or controlled substance; or
                     b. About which a student engaged in behavior that
                        would lead a reasonable person to believe that
                        the student expressly or impliedly represented to
                        be an illegal drug or controlled substance.
          f. Drug paraphernalia, including devices that are or can be
               used to:
                     a. Ingest, inhale, or inject cannabis or controlled
                          substances into the body; and
                     b. Grow, process, store, or conceal cannabis or
                          controlled substances. Students who are under
                          the influence of any prohibited substance are
                          not permitted to attend school or school
                          functions and are treated as though they have
                          the prohibited substance, as applicable, in their
     4. Using, possessing, controlling or transferring a firearm or
          “look alike,” knife, brass knuckles or other knuckle weapon
          regardless of its composition, a billy club, or any other object
          if used or attempted to be used to cause bodily harm.
     5. Using a cellular telephone, video recording device, or similar
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      electronic device in any manner that disrupts the educational
      environment or violates the rights of others. All cell phones
      and similar electronic devices must be kept powered-off and
      out-of-sight during the regular school day unless:
      a. The supervising teacher grants permission;
      b. Use of the device is provided in a student’s individualized
          education program (IEP); or
      c. It is needed in an emergency that threatens the safety of
         students, staff, or other individuals.
6.    Using or possessing a laser pointer unless under a staff
      member’s direct supervision and in the context of instruction.
7.    Disobeying rules of student conduct or directives from staff
      members or school officials.
8.    Engaging in academic dishonesty, including cheating,
      intentionally plagiarizing, wrongfully giving or receiving help
      during an academic examination, and wrongfully obtaining
      test copies or scores.
9.    Bullying, hazing or any kind of aggressive behavior that does
      physical or psychological harm to a staff person or another
      student or encouraging other students to engage in such
      behavior. Prohibited conduct specifically includes, without
      limitation, any use of violence, intimidation, force, noise,
      coercion, threats, stalking, harassment, sexual harassment,
      public humiliation, theft or destruction of property, retaliation,
      hazing, bullying, bullying through the transmission of
      information from a school computer, a school computer
      network, or other similar electronic school equipment, or
      other comparable conduct.
10.   Causing or attempting to cause damage to, stealing, or
      attempting to steal, school property or another person’s
      personal property.
11.   Being absent without a recognized excuse.
12.   Being involved with any public school fraternity, sorority, or
      secret society.
13.   Being involved in a gang or engaging in gang-like activities,
      including displaying gang symbols or paraphernalia.
14.   Violating any criminal law, including but not limited to,
      assault, battery, arson, theft, gambling, eavesdropping, and
15.   Engaging in any activity, on or off campus, that interferes
      with, disrupts, or adversely affects the school environment,
      school operations, or an educational function, including but
      not limited to, conduct that may reasonably be considered to:
      a. Be a threat or an attempted intimidation of a staff
             member; or
      b. Endanger the health or safety of students, staff, or
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    16. Sending, receiving or possessing sexually explicit or
        otherwise inappropriate pictures or images, commonly
        known as “sexting.” Prohibited conduct specifically includes,
        without limitation, creating, sending, sharing, viewing,
        receiving or possessing an indecent visual depiction of
        oneself or another person through the use of a computer,
        electronic communication device, or cellular phone.
    17. Using, purchasing, selling or possessing any performance-
        enhancing substance on the Illinois Association of High
        School Association’s most current banned substance list,
        unless administered in accordance with a prescription.
    18. Making an explicit threat on an Internet website against a
        school employee, a student, or any school-related
        personnel, if the Internet website through which the threat
        was made is a site that was accessible within the school at
        the time the threat was made or was available to third parties
        who worked or studied within the school grounds at the time
        the threat was made, and the threat could be reasonably
        interpreted as threatening to the safety and security of the
        threatened individual because of his or her duties or
        employment status or status as a student inside the school.
        For purposes of these rules, the term “possession” includes
        having control, custody, or care, currently or in the past, of
        an object or substance, including situations in which the item
        is: (a) on the student’s person; (b) contained in another item
        belonging to, or under the control of, the student, such as in
        the student’s clothing, backpack, or automobile; (c) in a
        school’s student locker, desk, or other school property; (d) at
        any location on school property or at a school-sponsored
        event; or (e) in the case of drugs and alcohol, substances
        ingested by the person.

No disciplinary action shall be taken against any student that is
based totally or in part on the refusal of the student’s
parent/guardian to administer or consent to the administration of
psychotropic or psychostimulant medication to the student.

The grounds for disciplinary action also apply whenever the
student’s conduct is reasonably related to school or school
activities, including but not limited to:
     1. On, or within sight of, school grounds before, during, or after
           school hours or at any time;
     2. Off school grounds at a school-sponsored activity or event,
           or any activity or event that bears a reasonable relationship
           to school;
     3. Traveling to or from school or a school activity, function, or
           event; or
     4. Anywhere, if the conduct interferes with, disrupts, or
           adversely affects the school environment, school operations,
           or an educational function, including but not limited to,
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         conduct that may reasonably be considered to:
         a. Be a threat or an attempted intimidation of a staff
             member; or
         b. Endanger the health or safety of students, staff, or
             school property.

Disciplinary Measures
        Disciplinary measures may include:
        Disciplinary conference.
        Withholding of privileges.
        Seizure of contraband.
        Suspension from school and all school activities for up to 10
         days. A suspended student is prohibited from being on
         school grounds.
        Suspension of bus riding privileges.
        Expulsion from school and all school-sponsored activities
         and events for a definite time period not to exceed 2
         calendar years. An expelled student is prohibited from being
         on school grounds.
        Notifying juvenile authorities or other law enforcement
         whenever the conduct involves illegal drugs (controlled
         substances), “look-alikes,” alcohol, or weapons.
        Notifying parents/guardians.
        Temporary removal from the classroom.
        In-school detention for a period not to exceed 5 school days.
        After-school study or Saturday study provided the student’s
         parent/guardian has been notified.

Corporal Punishment
Corporal punishment is illegal and will not be used. Corporal
punishment is defined as slapping, paddling, or prolonged
maintenance of students in physically painful positions, or intentional
infliction of bodily harm. Corporal punishment does not include
reasonable force as needed to maintain safety for students, staff, or
other persons, or for the purpose of self-defense or defense of

Firearms, Knives, Brass Knuckles & Other Objects Used or
Attempted to Be Used to Cause Harm
A student who is determined to have brought one of the following
objects to school, any school-sponsored activity or event, or any
activity or event that bears a reasonable relationship to school shall
be expelled for a period of not less than one year:
     1. A firearm. For the purposes of this Section, “firearm” means
          any gun, rifle, shotgun, weapon as defined by Section 921 of
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         Title 18 of the Unites States Code, firearm as defined in
         Section 1.1 of the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act, or
         firearm as defined in Section 24-1 of the Criminal Code of
         1961. The expulsion period may be modified by the
         superintendent, and the superintendent’s determination may
         be modified by the board on a case-by-case basis.
    2.   A knife, brass knuckles or other knuckle weapon regardless
         of its composition, a billy club, or any other object if used or
         attempted to be used to cause bodily harm, including “look
         alikes” of any firearm as defined above. The expulsion
         requirement may be modified by the superintendent, and the
         superintendent’s determination may be modified by the
         board on a case-by-case basis.

Gang Related Behavior
“Gang” is defined as any group, club or organization of two or
more persons whose purposes include the commission of illegal
acts. No student on or about school property, or at any school
activity, or whenever the student’s conduct is reasonably related
to a school activity shall:
     1. Wear, possess, use, distribute, display, or sell any clothing,
           jewelry, paraphernalia, hairstyle or other items which
           reasonably could be regarded as gang symbols; commit any
           act or omission, or use either verbal or nonverbal gestures,
           or handshakes showing membership or affiliation in a gang;
     2. Use any speech or commit any act or omission in
           furtherance of the interest of any gang or gang activity,
           including, but not limited to, soliciting others for membership
           in any gangs; or
     3. Request any person to pay protection or otherwise
           intimidate, harass or threaten any person
     4. Commit any other illegal act or other violation of district
           policies; or
     5. Or incite other students to act with physical violence upon
           any other person.

Gangs and gang activities cause a substantial disruption of or
material interference with classes and other school activities.

While on school property or at any school-sponsored event
wherever held, no student shall participate in any gang or in any
gang-related activity, including but not limited to the following:
    1. Requesting any student/staff to pay for protection.
    2. Intimidating or threatening any student/staff.
    3. Inciting other students to act with physical violence upon any
         other student/ staff.
    4. Committing or inciting other students to commit any other
         illegal act. Soliciting students for membership.
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    5.   Wearing, using, distributing, displaying or selling any gang
         identification on TCD property or at TCD sponsored
               members’ uniform, jewelry, emblems, badges or
              members’ symbols, slogans or initials.
              members’ code names.
               members’ use of non-verbal gestures, handshakes,
Violations of this policy will be considered gross misconduct
and may lead to suspension or expulsion from school.

Suspension Policy and Due Process Procedures
In disciplinary cases where a student is removed from a classroom for
a day or longer, TCD affords a due process procedure in accordance
with 105 ILCS 5/10-122 6(b). Due Process ensures that the student
shall be informed of the charges and has the right to respond.

Suspended students are not permitted to be on school property or
attend/ participate in school related activities (home or away).
Suspended students, however, will be permitted to make up work
missed. It is the student’s responsibility to make certain assignments
are obtained and work is completed on time after returning from
Discipline Referrals
All students are encouraged to express their individuality
providing that their conduct does not interfere with the rights of
others. If a student should infringe on the rights of others or
disrupt the educational process, disciplinary action will be taken.
TCD documents discipline situations and promotes positive
behaviors. Student discipline infractions are categorized as either
minor offenses or major offenses. A copy of the discipline referral
will also be sent home.

Chronic Disruption of the Learning Environment
A student consistently failing to follow stated school protocols
and refusing to submit to authority figures or other
interventions may be suspended and/ or recommended for
expulsion. A student who accumulates four separate
suspensions in a semester may be recommended for alternate
placement or expulsion.

If such a pattern of behavior becomes evident,
parent(s)/guardian(s) and sending school representatives will be
involved in the progressive remediation process.
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Academic Dishonesty
Academic dishonesty includes cheating and plagiarism, or knowingly
assisting another student in cheating or plagiarizing. Those students
found cheating on any assignment(s)/test(s), or deliberately using
someone else’s language/material without acknowledging its source,
or knowingly assisting another student in cheating or plagiarizing, will
be penalized at the instructor’s discretion. Violations may result in a
phone call to the home school dean, the parent(s)/guardian(s), and/
or result in a zero for the assignment/test.

Notice of Nondiscrimination
Technology Center of DuPage extends equal opportunity in the
areas of admissions, educational programs, activities, and
employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin,
ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, disabled status, or

Noticia De No Discriminar
El Centro de Tecnologia de DuPage extiende la oportunidad de
igualdad en los areas de admicion, los programas de educacion,
actividades, y del empleo, sin discriminar a la raza, el color, la
religion, el origin nacional, su ancestro, el sexo, su orientacion
sexual, su statuo de matrimonio, su statuo de disabilidad o su edad.
Mrs. Susan Mokry, Assistant Principal, and Mr. Steve Carr, Principal,
serve as coordinators for inquiries (information, complaints and
grievances) regarding Title IX (prohibits discrimination on the basis of
sex in educational programs) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation
Act (prohibits discrimination on the basis of handicap in any program
or activity receiving federal financial assistance). Mrs. Mokry may be
reached at: (630) 691-7571. Mr. Carr may be reached at: (630) 691-

Pest Control Requirements Notification
Requirements: Public Act 91-0525 & Public Act 91-
This is to advise all parents, guardians, students, and staff of
Technology Center of DuPage’s pest control management schedule.
School grounds spraying will occur on the third Saturday of the
months of March, April, May, and June.

TCD building bug spraying will occur on the second Tuesday of each
month after 2:30 p.m. The TCD employee responsible for the Pest
Control is Bob Maldonado and he can be reached at (630) 691-7586.
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