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ADDENDUM - August 2001
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General Information:   The school handbook and addendum(s) are not intended to create a contractual relationship with students and/or parents.  They are a summary of Board policies governing the district and are intended to describe the school, its current practices, procedures, rules and disciplinary guidelines.  The handbook may be amended during the school year without notice.  The district retains the right to make and enforce policies, rules, and regulations including those for discipline.  Board policies are available to the public at the District Office.

Participation in co-curricular activities:  Membership or participation in a school-sanctioned activity is a privilege and not a property right.

Locker/school ground search procedures:  School authorities may inspect and search property owned or controlled by the school.  Students have no reasonable expectancy of privacy in using such places and areas.  Such places and areas include, but are not limited to, lockers, desks, parking lots, and personal effects left in those places.  Students do not need notice nor must a school authority require consent to search or obtain a search warrant.  Evidence obtained may be turned over to law enforcement if the evidence indicates a student has violated the law, local ordinance, or school policies or rules.

Provision of free appropriate pubic education:  Students with disabilities have the right to a free and appropriate public education.  Whiteside School District belongs to the Belleville Area Special Services Cooperative (BASSC).  Federal Public Law and the Illinois School Code mandate all guidelines for referring, testing, and placing students in special programs.  Numerous programs are available to those students who qualify for services.  Speech-language therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and vision/hearing impaired programs are among the services and programs available.   Special services are also provided for students who have needs such as the learning disabled, students with behavioral or emotional disorders, and students identified as mentally impaired.  An early childhood program is available for pre-school children with special needs.  "When a child is identified through the screening process, or exhibits problems which interfere with the child's educational progress and/or adjustment to the educational setting, or when there is reason to believe that a child may require special education services," contact Whiteside's special education coordinator to initiate a referral for consideration for need of a special education evaluation (231AC 226.515).  Parents and/or school personnel may initiate this referral, however, no evaluations or services are conducted without parental consent.   Written notification of parental rights is given upon referral and is available upon request from the school office.

Identification, assessment, and provision of special education services to eligible children not enrolled in the district:  Special education services are available to qualified children who reside in the Whiteside School District.  Children ages three through fourteen may be eligible for services through Whiteside School in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.  "When a child is identified through the screening process, or exhibits problems which interfere with the child's educational progress and/or adjustment to the educational setting, or when there is reason to believe that a child may require special education services," contact Whiteside's special education coordinator to initiate a referral for consideration for need of a special education evaluation (231AC 226.515).  Specialized evaluations are provided by Whiteside School District or Belleville Area Special Services Cooperative (BASSC) personnel.  no evaluations or services are conducted without parental consent.   Written notification of parental rights is given upon referral and is available upon request from the school office.  Eligible services are provided at Whiteside School during regular school hours.

Bilingual education:   Students with limited English-speaking ability, who are incapable of performing ordinary classwork in English, are eligible for participation in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program.  This program is administered through the Regional Office of Education.

Notice of disability accommodation at parent conferences, school programs, and board meetings:   In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, parents needing accommodations or auxiliary aids in order to participate in parent conferences, school programs, and board meetings should contact the school administration at least 24 hours in advance.

Nondiscrimination:   Notice is hereby given that Whiteside School District #115 does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, national origin, age, economic status or handicap in admission or access to its programs and activities.  For complaints of alleged discrimination or for inquiries regarding Title IX, please contact the superintendent, who has been designated by Whiteside School District #115 to coordinate the District's efforts in compliance with regulations implementing the American's with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, or Title IX of the Education Amendments.  Appeals may be directed in writing to the Board of Education by filing within fourteen calendar days of the original decision being received.

School safety measures:  Whiteside School has developed an Emergency Response Plan to address possible school crises.  Throughout the year, children and staff will participate in drills for fire, tornado, earthquake, hostile persons/weapons, bomb threats, medical emergencies, and general security alerts.  All visitors and volunteers are required to check-in at the office upon arrival and will be issued identification badges.  For information on the Student Assistance Program, Character Education, and Peer Mediation, please see Whiteside School's pamphlet on School Safety Measures.

Video surveillance:   Playground, parking lots, and hallways are under 24-hour video surveillance.   Video cameras are posted on several school buses.  Entry doors are equipped with electronic door locks.

Bullying:   For the purpose of school discipline, bullying includes, but is not limited to, the following behaviors, intended to exert power over another person:

Physical - pushing, kicking, hitting, pinching, spitting, physical violence/threats.
Verbal - name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumors, persistent teasing, threats.
Emotional - tormenting, ridicule, humiliation, exclusion from groups or activities.
Racial - racial taunts, graffiti, gestures.
Sexual - unwanted physical contact, abusive or suggestive comments.

Students who engage in bullying behavior(s) face consequences ranging from verbal reprimand to out-of-school suspension, based upon the severity and frequency of the offense(s).   Parents/guardians will be notified by phone or in writing of bullying behavior and the consequences resulting from such behavior.  Students whose behavior indicates a pattern of bullying will be referred to the Student Assistance Program (SAP) team for further assistance and monitoring.  Students who believe they have been bullied should report the incident(s) to a teacher or school administrator promptly.

Annual Asbestos Management Plan Notice:  It has been determined by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Federal Environmental Protection Agency that asbestos is a potential health hazard, and precautions should be taken to avoid disturbing any asbestos containing materials.  As required, our building was initially inspected for asbestos on April 24, 1987.  The AHERA law requires that a visual surveillance of asbestos containing areas be completed every six months and a reinspection conducted every three years.  Any evidence of disturbance or change in condition will be documented in the Management Plan as required.  The Inspection/Management Plan is available for public review in the superintendent's office.  Should you wish to review the plan, please call to make an appointment between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.  Any concerns relative to asbestos containing materials should be directed to Dan Mattern, asbestos coordinator at Whiteside School, 2028 Lebanon Ave., Belleville, Illinois, phone (618) 233-7917.