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Student Handbook

Our student handbook is a reference tool for students and families that explains many important expectations, policies, and procedures of our school. 

Classroom Visitations and Conferences

Please feel free to schedule a virtual conference at any time. Simply contact the school secretary or classroom teacher to arrange a convenient time. The scheduled conference day this year is listed on the school calendar. 

During this time we ask that you refrain from entering the building during the instructional day. 

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Family Living

The Sycamore School District does have a family living curriculum, which in the elementary schools means the fourth and fifth graders will view presentations on “growing up.” Fourth grade girls view a film, with their mothers, on menstruation. Fifth grade boys and girls see presentations on the growing up process. The school nurse and the classroom teachers coordinate the discussions. Parents are notified prior to the presentations being shown.

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The Sycamore C.U.S.D. #427 will waive all fees assessed by the district on children whose parents are unable to afford them, including but not limited to children eligible for free lunch or breakfast under the “Community School Lunch Program.” For extenuating circumstances such as very significant loss of income due to severe illness or injury in the family, unusual expenses as fire, flood, or storm damage, or similar emergency situations that the district determines to include in this policy.

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Inclusive Education

Children with any type of disability receive their education in regular education classrooms along with peers their own age. Special education supports are provided within the context of the general education class and in other (integrated) environments in the school building. While in the building, you may see various educational and/or behavioral programs taking place. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the principal.

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Items Brought to School

In the past there has been an increase in the number of items students bring to school that distract rather than aid in their schoolwork. Any items that are a distraction/disruption to the school day will be collected. These items will be returned to the student or picked up by parent/guardian. If you wish to bring a pet to school for show and tell please check with your child’s teacher prior to bringing an animal to school. Cell phones are permitted if left in the student’s locker and it must be turned off during the school day. The Sycamore School District is not responsible for lost or damaged items.

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Lunch Program

For the 2020-2021 school year, all students have access to free breakfast and free lunch. Under the current extension given to schools by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), all children under the age of 18 who reside within the District’s boundaries are eligible for free meals through the end of the school year. The way that students receive these meals will depend on the model of learning they have selected and their grade level. Any family who would like to access the free meal program should contact the district office to sign up. 

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Medicaid Data Release (Special Education Students Only)

If your child receives special education services and is also Medicaid eligible, District 427 can seek partial reimbursement from Medicaid for health services documented in your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP). Medicaid reimbursement is a source of federal funds approved by Congress to help school districts maintain and improve diagnostic and therapeutic services for students.

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Parental Rights

Parents are entitled to inspect all instructional materials used in connection with any survey, analysis or evaluation. No student will be required to submit to any survey, analysis, or evaluation, which reveals the kind of information specified in 20 U.S.C. S1232h without prior written consent of parents (or consent of student if age 18 or emancipated). Copies of the law, which are referenced, are available in the district office for inspection during regular business hours.

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Response to Intervention

Response to Intervention (RtI) is a multi-tier approach to the early identification and support of students with learning and behavior needs. The RtI process begins with high-quality instruction and universal screening of all children in the general education classroom. Struggling learners are provided with interventions at increasing levels of intensity to accelerate their rate of learning.

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Retention Procedures

In rare instances the staff may feel that it is in the child’s best interest to have him/her repeat a grade. Retention is only recommended if the child will benefit from it, and is never to be used as a punitive measure. Parents and/or guardians will be kept informed about the academic progress of their child and notified in person as early as possible, prior to the end of the year, if retention is being considered. Parent input is always considered in the decision making process; however, the school has the ultimate authority to make the decision.

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Smith Commemorative Fund

The Sycamore School District has available a commemorative fund in the name of Essie B. Smith. This fund has provided families with clothing, grocery certificates, and shoes during the holiday season. It is also available as a financial resource for emergencies throughout the school year. If you are in need of assistance, or know someone who is, please contact the school nurse.

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Special Services & Programs

Sycamore CUSD 427 Schools are served by various support personnel available to work with your child should the need arise. Many special education teachers are employed, as well as speech clinicians, a psychologist, and social worker. Sycamore School District also runs English Learners Language (ELL) program for students of limited English. A number of special programs are also available; i.e. Reading Improvement, music, art, physical education, and a continuum of special education classes. For more information on these services, contact the principal.

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Student Records Rights of Notice

This notice contains a description of your and your student’s rights concerning school student records. A school student record is any writing or other recorded information concerning a student and by which a student may be identified individually that is maintained by a school or at its direction or by a school employee, regardless of how or where the information is stored, except for certain records kept in a staff member’s sole possession; records maintained by law enforcement officers working in the school; video and other electronic recordings that are created in part for law enforcement, security, or safety reasons or purposes; and electronic recordings made on school buses. The District maintains two types of school records for each student: permanent record and temporary record. 

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Use of Virtual Platforms

Throughout the 2020-2021 school year, our staff will be providing various web-based learning opportunities to our students. These web-based opportunities will be provided through virtual platforms such as Google Hangouts, Zoom, Seesaw, Canvas, Google Classroom, and may include individual or group instructional and/or related service sessions via videoconferencing, live streaming and/or recorded lessons, classes, and sessions




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