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Page |1 www.tcdupage.org 2017 - 2018 Student/Parent Handbook “Get ready for college – ready for a career!”
Page |2 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 approved. 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
Page |3 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 displays. 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 study. 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
Page |4 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 www.tcdupage.org. 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 form. ________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.
Page |5 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 day.
Page |6 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. Attendance 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 class. 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.
Page |7 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
Page |8 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.
Page |9 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
P a g e | 10 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 program.
P a g e | 11 Emergency Closing Closing announcements will be posted on TCD’s website, www.tcdupage.org, 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. emergencyclosings.com 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 school. Students will use computing and networking resources in an effective, efficient, ethical, and legal manner. Security 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.
P a g e | 12 Netiquette 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 harassment. Users will avoid excessive use of resources: for example, computers, printers, graphic devices, networks, and processor time. 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 private. 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 Communications 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:
P a g e | 13 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 software. 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 profit. 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
P a g e | 14 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 school. 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 truant. 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.
P a g e | 15 Concussions 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 nd 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.
P a g e | 16 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 regulations: Conduct that is disruptive to the educational process is prohibited. Conduct that infringes upon the rights of others is prohibited.
P a g e | 17 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
P a g e | 18 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 appropriate. 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 immediately. 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.
P a g e | 19 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. Hats/Headgear/Sunglasses 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 permitted. 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
P a g e | 20 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 solids. 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.
P a g e | 21 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 possession. 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
P a g e | 22 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 hazing. 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 school property.
P a g e | 23 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,
P a g e | 24 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 property. 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
P a g e | 25 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; or 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.
P a g e | 26 5. Wearing, using, distributing, displaying or selling any gang identification on TCD property or at TCD sponsored activities. members’ uniform, jewelry, emblems, badges or colors. members’ symbols, slogans or initials. members’ code names. members’ use of non-verbal gestures, handshakes, etc. 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 suspension. 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.
P a g e | 27 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 age. 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- 7581. Pest Control Requirements Notification Requirements: Public Act 91-0525 & Public Act 91- 0099 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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