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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

We strongly encourage parents and students to review the following information. These are the most common questions that are asked during the course of the school year.

Please note these are common general questions and are not meant to be all inclusive of the many guidelines and policies for our school and district. View the School District 59 Family Reference Guide for complete information.

 

Getting to and home from school

What are the school hours?

Please see the below chart for information on school hours:

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
All grades Start 8:45 AM
End 3:35 PM
Start 8:45 AM
End 3:35 PM
Start 8:45 AM
End 2:35 PM
Start 8:45 AM
End 3:35 PM
Start 8:45 AM
End 3:35 PM

WHERE DO I ENTER THE BUILDING?

All visitors enter through the main front doors on Oakton Street. (Door No. 1)

Upon entering, please ring the bell and the office staff will buzz you into the school office.

Parent/guardians who need to drop off a forgotten item or a lunch are asked to leave it in the office.

Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

What do I need to know about absence, attendance and tardiness?

The absence line is 847-472-3887.

Please call the school office any time your child will be absent. For your convenience, a voice mail system is available 24 hours a day at the above number. It is our policy to try to reach you if we have not heard from you. This policy helps protect our children: please call in all absences. If a call is not received each day of your child’s absence, a parent will be contacted at home or at work. If a parent cannot be reached and we suspect the possibility of truancy, the local police department may be contacted.

If your child is ill with a common contagious disease, please notify the nurse immediately. This allows us to notify other parents in your child’s class (or grade) that the children were exposed.

All children arriving late must report to the school office to be signed in by a parent or guardian prior to going to the classroom.

If at all possible, please try to schedule vacations in the summer or during school holidays. If missing several days of school is unavoidable, please contact the office/teacher as soon as possible to keep the school adequately informed. Please be aware that teachers may not be able to prepare homework assignments in advance for students who are absent due to trips.

Please click here to see handbook information about attendance.

Where do I drop off my child and/or park?

Rupley has a designated “Kiss & Drive” area at the back of the building off of Crest Avenue. To ensure the safety of all our students, please adhere to the following procedures:

  • Be aware of the “No Parking” signs between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the residential side of Crest from Ridgewood to Woodcrest.
  • NO STANDING – PARKING – STOPPING signs are installed between the entrance and exits on the parking lot side of Crest.
  • 15 minute parking signs are installed along the park side located just south of the school parking lot exit.
  • Please have children exit the car on the passenger side only.
  • You may only make a right turn when exiting the Kiss & Drive lot.
  • We have several staff members on hand at door 4 at both arrival and dismissal times to help facilitate with the entry and dismissal of our students.
  • If you need to accompany your child for any reason, you must park your vehicle in a designated parking spot in the parking lot or on the street, enter through the main doors, and go to the office to sign in.

The final bell rings at 9:00 a.m. Students arriving after that time will need to be brought to the main door (Door #1) on Oakton Street and be signed in by a parent/guardian.

Please be aware that the front circle on Oakton Street is the designated drop off area to be used for our ELSP students and their buses only.

What if my child bikes or walks to school?

All children who do not arrive at school on a school bus are to enter the building through door 4 at the back of the building off of Crest Avenue where we have several staff members on hand at both arrival and dismissal times to help facilitate with the entry and dismissal of children.

What do I do if my child needs an early dismissal?

If you need to pick up your child early, please send a note to the teacher that morning. Parent/guardians must come to the office to sign their child out of school. If your child must leave school due to an appointment they should bring a note to the office or have a parent call. Your child will not be dismissed from class until a parent or guardian has arrived to pick up the child. Please note that your child will be marked absent for either a half or full day per Illinois School Code guidelines.


Important School Policies

WHAT IS THE SCHOOL POLICY ON BULLYING?

The purpose of this policy is to promote consistency of approach and to create a climate in which all types of bullying are regarded as unacceptable. We wish to create a learning community in which relationships are based on mutual respect. All members of our school community have the right to enjoy their learning and leisure time free from any form of bullying or harassment. District 59 will not tolerate unkind actions or remarks, even if they lack malicious intent. We expect students, staff, and parents to support this policy by reporting all incidents of bullying. All allegations of bullying are investigated and documented by building administrators or their designee.

Bullying

Bullying is defined as physical, psychological or verbal attack(s) against an individual or group of individuals by a person or group of persons, causing, or potentially causing

  • Physical harm
  • Psychological harm
  • Lasting emotional distress
  • An imbalance of power
  • Exclusion of the victim(s) from participation in, and/or enjoyment of any program or activity offered or sponsored by the school district

Bullying may be an isolated incident but is more often a series of incidents occurring over a period of time. Bullying takes various forms, including, but not limited to, harassment, threats, intimidation, spreading rumors, stalking, physical violence, sexual harassment, sexual violence, theft, humiliation, causing social or psychological isolation, extortion, destruction of property, or retaliation for alleging an act of bullying. It can occur in person, in writing, and online.

Bullying can be addressed in many ways, including but not limited to, restorative justice, mediation, behavior agreements, punitive measures, supports, and interventions.

Social Conflict

Social conflict differs from bullying. Social conflict is a disagreement between two people or two groups that can possibly involve accusations, name calling, and loud, emotionally-driven arguing. Social conflict differs from bullying because

  • There is not an imbalance of power
  • The conflict is likely not repeated
  • There is not lasting distress, physical harm, or psychological harm
  • Social conflict is expected to occur because we do not always agree with others, and we see situations from different perspectives.

Social conflict can be addressed in many ways, including but not limited to, restorative chats, mediation, behavior agreements, and/or other forms of conflict resolution.

Cyber-bullying

“Cyber-bullying” is considered a form of bullying and is defined as the use of e-mail, instant messaging, chat rooms, pagers, cell phones, or other forms of information technology to bully, harass, embarrass, threaten, or intimidate someone. Students who engage in such activity on school grounds or who engage in such activity off campus and create a material disruption of school operations shall be subject to penalties for bullying and harassment as well as possible criminal penalties. Students’ home and personal Internet use can have an impact on the school and on other students. If a student’s personal Internet expression – such as a threatening message to another student or a violent website – creates a likelihood of material disruption of the school’s operations, that student may face school discipline and criminal penalties.

Please view the district’s entire policy about bullying and student behavior by clicking here.

What do I need to know about the school dress code?

Parents and children are asked to make careful choices about clothing, footwear and outerwear. When choosing clothing each day, keep in mind the appropriateness of clothing in terms of: warmth, modesty, safety and practicality for the school setting. We ask you to carefully follow the guidelines below in order to maintain both safety and a focus on learning.

  • Children need to have shoes that are appropriate for playing outside on the playground or field. Flip-flops, high-heeled sandals/boots/shoes are not safe for outdoor play or safety drills, such as a fire drill. If a child wears any shoe that is considered unsafe, he or she will need to change into gym shoes before going outside for recess.
  • Children need to have appropriate gym shoes available on gym days. These need to be non-marking soled gym shoes.
  • The following items are prohibited at all times at Rupley: bare midriffs, spaghetti straps or halter tops, and short miniskirts. (Skirts should be no shorter than arms length when arms are resting at the sides.)

Dressing for Outdoor Recess

  • Weather permitting; children go outside for recess daily. On days when it is raining or when the wind chill temperature drops below 10 degrees, children will remain indoors for recess. All other days require that they be “dressed for the weather”.
  • Children are asked to wear jackets at recess when the temperature is 45 degrees or below. In addition, if they wish to play on the playground equipment or in the field when it is snowy, boots and snow pants are required. Children not dressed appropriately will need to remain on the blacktop.

 

What is the policy on cell phones for students?

Cell phone use is not permitted in the school. Cell phones are allowed in school under the condition that the phone will be kept in their backpack and turned OFF.

Phone use can occur before or after school hours outside the school building. If a phone is found with the child during the school day, or the child operates the phone during the school day, the phone will be confiscated and placed in the school safe until the end of the day. Repeated offenses will result in having a parent come to school to retrieve their child’s phone.

The school cannot be responsible for items lost due to your child’s negligence.

Parents are asked to help us enforce this policy and are also asked to refrain from calling or texting their child during the school day while classes are in session.

What if I need to bring my child an item that was forgotten?

If your child forgets something at home and is expecting it to be delivered to school, parents should bring it to the school office. We will get the item to your child.

WHat is the policy in regards to field trips?

Educational field trips are planned by the teacher to enhance specific instructional goals. Since this experience is an extension of the classroom learning experience, children should not be kept home when a trip is scheduled. All field trips are partially financed through school and PTO funds.

 

What if my child will need to take medications at school?

For medication to be administered during the school day, a written order from the physician, detailing medication, dosage, and time intervals to be given must be on file. The required form to be used for both the parent and physician is available at the school office and is called the Medication Authorization Form, available on this page.

Non-prescription drugs also require a written order from the physician. Documented permission from the parent or guardian must also be on file in the school health office to permit the child to receive medication during school hours.

With the exception of asthma medication to be self-administered by the child, all medications must be delivered personally by the parent to a school representative in a container, properly labeled by a pharmacy or a physician.

The district reserves the right to reject any request for the administration of medication in the school. Children in possession of prescription or non-prescription medications in violation of this policy may be subject to disciplinary action.

Important information about asthma medication:

A child may possess and self-administer asthma medication on school grounds, at school activities, while under the supervision of school personnel, or before and after normal school activities, when:

      • The medication has been prescribed by a physician, a physician’s assistant or an advanced practice registered nurse possessing the proper authority to prescribe medication
      • The parent(s) or guardian(s) have provided the school nurse with written authorization for the self-administration of medication and a written statement from the student’s physician, physician assistant or advance practice registered nurse that states the following:
        1. The name and purpose of the medication
        2. The prescribed dosage
        3. The time or times at which or special circumstances under which the medication is to be administered
      • The parent(s) or guardian(s) have signed and submitted the district’s “Hold Harmless and Indemnity Agreement for the Self-Administration of Asthma Medication” form, available on this page.

My child has a life threatening allergy or medical condition. What do I need to know?

Please click here for  additional information.

How does the school utilize security cameras?

As part of the District’s ongoing efforts to provide a safe and nurturing environment for our students and staff, the District has placed security cameras in public areas, both inside and outside the school. The following outlines the purpose of the security cameras:

      • Providing a deterrent for inappropriate behavior by children
      • Provide information to assist the investigation into student misconduct
      • Provide information for managing, preventing, and disciplining inappropriate student behavior
      • Provide information to assist in the prevention of student violence, bullying, and vandalism

WHEN CAN I EXPECT REPORT CARDS?

As these dates are subject to change depending on school closings for inclement weather, please refer to the school calendar for the most up to date information on end of grading periods and report card distribution.

Parents and students have the ability to access student grades anytime through Skyward Family Access. The link to access Skyward is available on the school homepage. Students and parents can sign in using the username and password given to them at the beginning of the school year. Parents can contact the school office if they have forgotten or need their username and password.

WHAT ARE THE PROCEDURES FOR TRANSFERRING OUT OF DISTRICT?

If your child is to be transferred from Rupley Elementary School to another school district, please notify the school office at least one week in advance. A transfer form and copy of school physical will be sent to the receiving school. Full school records and medical examination reports will be forwarded to the new school upon receipt of a request from that school.

WHAT ARTICLES ARE PROHIBITED FROM SCHOOL?

There are a number of behaviors children should avoid at all costs. The following items should never be brought to school, under any circumstances: weapons, drugs, drug paraphernalia, alcohol, and lighters, plus any items that look like any of these items. If your child is found to be in possession of any of these items at school, it is possible that you and your child will have to appear before the Board of Education at an expulsion hearing facing expulsion (permanent or semi-permanent removal) from District 59 schools.

Please be extremely diligent about what your child brings to school, whether in his/her pockets, in a backpack, or in a musical instrument case. We strive to provide all of our students with safe and secure learning environments. You can help accomplish this goal by closely monitoring what your student brings to school each and every day. A more compete explanation of student disciplinary offenses appears in the Family Reference Guide (handbook) you received during registration. You can also access similar information at our website, www.ccsd59.org.

WHAT ARE THE EMERGENCY DRILLS AND PROCEDURES THAT RUPLEY HAS IN PLACE?

Tornado Policy
Tornado drills are conducted each year. When the school receives a message that a tornado warning has been issued by the Elk Grove Civil Defense, the following plan will be implemented:

  1. If the tornado warning extends past 3:50 p.m., children will be retained in school unless they are picked up by their parents or until an all clear is scheduled.
  2. Parents picking up their children must come through the main entrance and go directly to the office so that they many sign for their children.
  3. After a parent receives the child, we ask that he/she leave immediately.

Fire Drills
For the safety of our children, fire drills are conducted three times a year.

Earthquake and Lock Down Drills
These drills are conducted at least once each year in conjunctions with the Elk Grove Police Department.

Bus Evacuation Drills
At least once a year the children practice exiting a school bus in case of emergency. As all the children ride a bus during the year (daily transportation or field trips), everyone participates in the drills.

 WHAT ARE THE RULES FOR RIDING THE BUS?

  • Children must board the bus in an orderly manner and go to their seats immediately and sit down.
  • Children will remain seated at all times when the bus is moving.
  • Children will keep arms, hands, and other parts of the body inside the bus – never through the windows.
  • Children must not throw waste paper or other rubbish on the floor of the bus or out of the window. Students must help keep the bus clean, sanitary, and orderly at all times.
  • Children must keep books, packages, coats, and all other objects out of the aisles.
  • Classroom conduct must be observed in the bus. Ordinary conversation is permitted; never shout or make loud noises that may distract the driver and endanger all of the children on the bus.
  • Children must recognize that playing or fighting on the bus may distract the driver.
  • Children must report at once to the driver any damage to the bus.
  • Children must refrain from unnecessary conversation with the driver.
  • Children must be on time at the designated bus stops; the bus cannot wait beyond its regular time schedule for those who are tardy.
  • Children must not stand in the traffic lanes while waiting for the bus.
  • When children must cross the road to be picked up, the bus driver will first check for approaching cars and signal the students when it is safe for them to cross. At that time, students are to cross promptly.

The above rules also apply to school sponsored field trips.

WHAT IS THE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH PROGRAM AT RUPLEY?

A “Grab and Go” breakfast, along with a hot lunch is available every day. The meals are prepared by Sodexo, a food management company, and brought in heated cabinets to the school. Information, including menus, regarding the breakfast and lunch program can be found on the district website. Children are strongly encouraged to eat breakfast at school. If children qualify for lunch at a free or reduced rate, the same is true for breakfast. Children wishing to bring their own lunch may do so and just milk can be purchased.

What is PBIS?

Rupley believes that schools can only be successful when they help children to grow academically, socially, and emotionally. In order for this to happen it is important that we establish a safe environment that allows children to grow. It is our goal to create an atmosphere for learning by setting clear expectations and directly teaching students about our expectations.

Our school-wide behavior plan is based on Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). We have a PBIS team which meets monthly to analyze our behavior data, and when necessary, adjust our system through educating our student by way of a “Cool Tool”. Please talk with your children about the words: Respectful, Responsible, Safe & Caring, as these are the cornerstones of the Rupley PBIS program.

How do I get information concerning the identification of registered sex offenders?

Visit the Illinois Sex Offender Information website.


Parent Volunteering

CAN I VOLUNTEER AT SCHOOL?

Research in the area of parent involvement indicates that parent participation is one of the greatest indicators of student success!

Please consider volunteering for at least one activity at our school! We have many opportunities from joining committees to supervising events to organizing at home projects, as well as serving on our PTO Board. We need your help!

Rupley is a great place for children to learn. However, it is through our numerous special activities that our students are afforded the opportunity to make great connections with other children and our staff. These special activities would not be possible without the support from our parent volunteers. It sends a great message to your child when you show an interest in his/her education through volunteering. Please consider joining our volunteer group today, and help us to improve the quality of your child’s educational experience!

REMINDER:  District 59’s complete family reference guide is available by clicking here.

We strongly encourage parents and students to review the following information. These are the most common questions that are asked during the course of the school year.

Please note these are common general questions and are not meant to be all inclusive of the many guidelines and policies for our school and district. View the School District 59 Family Reference Guide for complete information.

 

Getting to and home from school

What are the school hours?

Please see the below chart for information on school hours:

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
All grades Start 8:45 AM
End 3:35 PM
Start 8:45 AM
End 3:35 PM
Start 8:45 AM
End 2:35 PM
Start 8:45 AM
End 3:35 PM
Start 8:45 AM
End 3:35 PM

WHERE DO I ENTER THE BUILDING?

All visitors enter through the main front doors on Oakton Street. (Door No. 1)

Upon entering, please ring the bell and the office staff will buzz you into the school office.

Parent/guardians who need to drop off a forgotten item or a lunch are asked to leave it in the office.

Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

What do I need to know about absence, attendance and tardiness?

The absence line is 847-472-3887.

Please call the school office any time your child will be absent. For your convenience, a voice mail system is available 24 hours a day at the above number. It is our policy to try to reach you if we have not heard from you. This policy helps protect our children: please call in all absences. If a call is not received each day of your child’s absence, a parent will be contacted at home or at work. If a parent cannot be reached and we suspect the possibility of truancy, the local police department may be contacted.

If your child is ill with a common contagious disease, please notify the nurse immediately. This allows us to notify other parents in your child’s class (or grade) that the children were exposed.

All children arriving late must report to the school office to be signed in by a parent or guardian prior to going to the classroom.

If at all possible, please try to schedule vacations in the summer or during school holidays. If missing several days of school is unavoidable, please contact the office/teacher as soon as possible to keep the school adequately informed. Please be aware that teachers may not be able to prepare homework assignments in advance for students who are absent due to trips.

Please click here to see handbook information about attendance.

Where do I drop off my child and/or park?

Rupley has a designated “Kiss & Drive” area at the back of the building off of Crest Avenue. To ensure the safety of all our students, please adhere to the following procedures:

  • Be aware of the “No Parking” signs between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the residential side of Crest from Ridgewood to Woodcrest.
  • NO STANDING – PARKING – STOPPING signs are installed between the entrance and exits on the parking lot side of Crest.
  • 15 minute parking signs are installed along the park side located just south of the school parking lot exit.
  • Please have children exit the car on the passenger side only.
  • You may only make a right turn when exiting the Kiss & Drive lot.
  • We have several staff members on hand at door 4 at both arrival and dismissal times to help facilitate with the entry and dismissal of our students.
  • If you need to accompany your child for any reason, you must park your vehicle in a designated parking spot in the parking lot or on the street, enter through the main doors, and go to the office to sign in.

The final bell rings at 9:00 a.m. Students arriving after that time will need to be brought to the main door (Door #1) on Oakton Street and be signed in by a parent/guardian.

Please be aware that the front circle on Oakton Street is the designated drop off area to be used for our ELSP students and their buses only.

What if my child bikes or walks to school?

All children who do not arrive at school on a school bus are to enter the building through door 4 at the back of the building off of Crest Avenue where we have several staff members on hand at both arrival and dismissal times to help facilitate with the entry and dismissal of children.

What do I do if my child needs an early dismissal?

If you need to pick up your child early, please send a note to the teacher that morning. Parent/guardians must come to the office to sign their child out of school. If your child must leave school due to an appointment they should bring a note to the office or have a parent call. Your child will not be dismissed from class until a parent or guardian has arrived to pick up the child. Please note that your child will be marked absent for either a half or full day per Illinois School Code guidelines.


Important School Policies

WHAT IS THE SCHOOL POLICY ON BULLYING?

The purpose of this policy is to promote consistency of approach and to create a climate in which all types of bullying are regarded as unacceptable. We wish to create a learning community in which relationships are based on mutual respect. All members of our school community have the right to enjoy their learning and leisure time free from any form of bullying or harassment. District 59 will not tolerate unkind actions or remarks, even if they lack malicious intent. We expect students, staff, and parents to support this policy by reporting all incidents of bullying. All allegations of bullying are investigated and documented by building administrators or their designee.

Bullying

Bullying is defined as physical, psychological or verbal attack(s) against an individual or group of individuals by a person or group of persons, causing, or potentially causing

  • Physical harm
  • Psychological harm
  • Lasting emotional distress
  • An imbalance of power
  • Exclusion of the victim(s) from participation in, and/or enjoyment of any program or activity offered or sponsored by the school district

Bullying may be an isolated incident but is more often a series of incidents occurring over a period of time. Bullying takes various forms, including, but not limited to, harassment, threats, intimidation, spreading rumors, stalking, physical violence, sexual harassment, sexual violence, theft, humiliation, causing social or psychological isolation, extortion, destruction of property, or retaliation for alleging an act of bullying. It can occur in person, in writing, and online.

Bullying can be addressed in many ways, including but not limited to, restorative justice, mediation, behavior agreements, punitive measures, supports, and interventions.

Social Conflict

Social conflict differs from bullying. Social conflict is a disagreement between two people or two groups that can possibly involve accusations, name calling, and loud, emotionally-driven arguing. Social conflict differs from bullying because

  • There is not an imbalance of power
  • The conflict is likely not repeated
  • There is not lasting distress, physical harm, or psychological harm
  • Social conflict is expected to occur because we do not always agree with others, and we see situations from different perspectives.

Social conflict can be addressed in many ways, including but not limited to, restorative chats, mediation, behavior agreements, and/or other forms of conflict resolution.

Cyber-bullying

“Cyber-bullying” is considered a form of bullying and is defined as the use of e-mail, instant messaging, chat rooms, pagers, cell phones, or other forms of information technology to bully, harass, embarrass, threaten, or intimidate someone. Students who engage in such activity on school grounds or who engage in such activity off campus and create a material disruption of school operations shall be subject to penalties for bullying and harassment as well as possible criminal penalties. Students’ home and personal Internet use can have an impact on the school and on other students. If a student’s personal Internet expression – such as a threatening message to another student or a violent website – creates a likelihood of material disruption of the school’s operations, that student may face school discipline and criminal penalties.

Please view the district’s entire policy about bullying and student behavior by clicking here.

What do I need to know about the school dress code?

Parents and children are asked to make careful choices about clothing, footwear and outerwear. When choosing clothing each day, keep in mind the appropriateness of clothing in terms of: warmth, modesty, safety and practicality for the school setting. We ask you to carefully follow the guidelines below in order to maintain both safety and a focus on learning.

  • Children need to have shoes that are appropriate for playing outside on the playground or field. Flip-flops, high-heeled sandals/boots/shoes are not safe for outdoor play or safety drills, such as a fire drill. If a child wears any shoe that is considered unsafe, he or she will need to change into gym shoes before going outside for recess.
  • Children need to have appropriate gym shoes available on gym days. These need to be non-marking soled gym shoes.
  • The following items are prohibited at all times at Rupley: bare midriffs, spaghetti straps or halter tops, and short miniskirts. (Skirts should be no shorter than arms length when arms are resting at the sides.)

Dressing for Outdoor Recess

  • Weather permitting; children go outside for recess daily. On days when it is raining or when the wind chill temperature drops below 10 degrees, children will remain indoors for recess. All other days require that they be “dressed for the weather”.
  • Children are asked to wear jackets at recess when the temperature is 45 degrees or below. In addition, if they wish to play on the playground equipment or in the field when it is snowy, boots and snow pants are required. Children not dressed appropriately will need to remain on the blacktop.

 

What is the policy on cell phones for students?

Cell phone use is not permitted in the school. Cell phones are allowed in school under the condition that the phone will be kept in their backpack and turned OFF.

Phone use can occur before or after school hours outside the school building. If a phone is found with the child during the school day, or the child operates the phone during the school day, the phone will be confiscated and placed in the school safe until the end of the day. Repeated offenses will result in having a parent come to school to retrieve their child’s phone.

The school cannot be responsible for items lost due to your child’s negligence.

Parents are asked to help us enforce this policy and are also asked to refrain from calling or texting their child during the school day while classes are in session.

What if I need to bring my child an item that was forgotten?

If your child forgets something at home and is expecting it to be delivered to school, parents should bring it to the school office. We will get the item to your child.

WHat is the policy in regards to field trips?

Educational field trips are planned by the teacher to enhance specific instructional goals. Since this experience is an extension of the classroom learning experience, children should not be kept home when a trip is scheduled. All field trips are partially financed through school and PTO funds.

 

What if my child will need to take medications at school?

For medication to be administered during the school day, a written order from the physician, detailing medication, dosage, and time intervals to be given must be on file. The required form to be used for both the parent and physician is available at the school office and is called the Medication Authorization Form, available on this page.

Non-prescription drugs also require a written order from the physician. Documented permission from the parent or guardian must also be on file in the school health office to permit the child to receive medication during school hours.

With the exception of asthma medication to be self-administered by the child, all medications must be delivered personally by the parent to a school representative in a container, properly labeled by a pharmacy or a physician.

The district reserves the right to reject any request for the administration of medication in the school. Children in possession of prescription or non-prescription medications in violation of this policy may be subject to disciplinary action.

Important information about asthma medication:

A child may possess and self-administer asthma medication on school grounds, at school activities, while under the supervision of school personnel, or before and after normal school activities, when:

      • The medication has been prescribed by a physician, a physician’s assistant or an advanced practice registered nurse possessing the proper authority to prescribe medication
      • The parent(s) or guardian(s) have provided the school nurse with written authorization for the self-administration of medication and a written statement from the student’s physician, physician assistant or advance practice registered nurse that states the following:
        1. The name and purpose of the medication
        2. The prescribed dosage
        3. The time or times at which or special circumstances under which the medication is to be administered
      • The parent(s) or guardian(s) have signed and submitted the district’s “Hold Harmless and Indemnity Agreement for the Self-Administration of Asthma Medication” form, available on this page.

My child has a life threatening allergy or medical condition. What do I need to know?

Please click here for  additional information.

How does the school utilize security cameras?

As part of the District’s ongoing efforts to provide a safe and nurturing environment for our students and staff, the District has placed security cameras in public areas, both inside and outside the school. The following outlines the purpose of the security cameras:

      • Providing a deterrent for inappropriate behavior by children
      • Provide information to assist the investigation into student misconduct
      • Provide information for managing, preventing, and disciplining inappropriate student behavior
      • Provide information to assist in the prevention of student violence, bullying, and vandalism

WHEN CAN I EXPECT REPORT CARDS?

As these dates are subject to change depending on school closings for inclement weather, please refer to the school calendar for the most up to date information on end of grading periods and report card distribution.

Parents and students have the ability to access student grades anytime through Skyward Family Access. The link to access Skyward is available on the school homepage. Students and parents can sign in using the username and password given to them at the beginning of the school year. Parents can contact the school office if they have forgotten or need their username and password.

WHAT ARE THE PROCEDURES FOR TRANSFERRING OUT OF DISTRICT?

If your child is to be transferred from Rupley Elementary School to another school district, please notify the school office at least one week in advance. A transfer form and copy of school physical will be sent to the receiving school. Full school records and medical examination reports will be forwarded to the new school upon receipt of a request from that school.

WHAT ARTICLES ARE PROHIBITED FROM SCHOOL?

There are a number of behaviors children should avoid at all costs. The following items should never be brought to school, under any circumstances: weapons, drugs, drug paraphernalia, alcohol, and lighters, plus any items that look like any of these items. If your child is found to be in possession of any of these items at school, it is possible that you and your child will have to appear before the Board of Education at an expulsion hearing facing expulsion (permanent or semi-permanent removal) from District 59 schools.

Please be extremely diligent about what your child brings to school, whether in his/her pockets, in a backpack, or in a musical instrument case. We strive to provide all of our students with safe and secure learning environments. You can help accomplish this goal by closely monitoring what your student brings to school each and every day. A more compete explanation of student disciplinary offenses appears in the Family Reference Guide (handbook) you received during registration. You can also access similar information at our website, www.ccsd59.org.

WHAT ARE THE EMERGENCY DRILLS AND PROCEDURES THAT RUPLEY HAS IN PLACE?

Tornado Policy
Tornado drills are conducted each year. When the school receives a message that a tornado warning has been issued by the Elk Grove Civil Defense, the following plan will be implemented:

  1. If the tornado warning extends past 3:50 p.m., children will be retained in school unless they are picked up by their parents or until an all clear is scheduled.
  2. Parents picking up their children must come through the main entrance and go directly to the office so that they many sign for their children.
  3. After a parent receives the child, we ask that he/she leave immediately.

Fire Drills
For the safety of our children, fire drills are conducted three times a year.

Earthquake and Lock Down Drills
These drills are conducted at least once each year in conjunctions with the Elk Grove Police Department.

Bus Evacuation Drills
At least once a year the children practice exiting a school bus in case of emergency. As all the children ride a bus during the year (daily transportation or field trips), everyone participates in the drills.

 WHAT ARE THE RULES FOR RIDING THE BUS?

  • Children must board the bus in an orderly manner and go to their seats immediately and sit down.
  • Children will remain seated at all times when the bus is moving.
  • Children will keep arms, hands, and other parts of the body inside the bus – never through the windows.
  • Children must not throw waste paper or other rubbish on the floor of the bus or out of the window. Students must help keep the bus clean, sanitary, and orderly at all times.
  • Children must keep books, packages, coats, and all other objects out of the aisles.
  • Classroom conduct must be observed in the bus. Ordinary conversation is permitted; never shout or make loud noises that may distract the driver and endanger all of the children on the bus.
  • Children must recognize that playing or fighting on the bus may distract the driver.
  • Children must report at once to the driver any damage to the bus.
  • Children must refrain from unnecessary conversation with the driver.
  • Children must be on time at the designated bus stops; the bus cannot wait beyond its regular time schedule for those who are tardy.
  • Children must not stand in the traffic lanes while waiting for the bus.
  • When children must cross the road to be picked up, the bus driver will first check for approaching cars and signal the students when it is safe for them to cross. At that time, students are to cross promptly.

The above rules also apply to school sponsored field trips.

WHAT IS THE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH PROGRAM AT RUPLEY?

A “Grab and Go” breakfast, along with a hot lunch is available every day. The meals are prepared by Sodexo, a food management company, and brought in heated cabinets to the school. Information, including menus, regarding the breakfast and lunch program can be found on the district website. Children are strongly encouraged to eat breakfast at school. If children qualify for lunch at a free or reduced rate, the same is true for breakfast. Children wishing to bring their own lunch may do so and just milk can be purchased.

What is PBIS?

Rupley believes that schools can only be successful when they help children to grow academically, socially, and emotionally. In order for this to happen it is important that we establish a safe environment that allows children to grow. It is our goal to create an atmosphere for learning by setting clear expectations and directly teaching students about our expectations.

Our school-wide behavior plan is based on Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). We have a PBIS team which meets monthly to analyze our behavior data, and when necessary, adjust our system through educating our student by way of a “Cool Tool”. Please talk with your children about the words: Respectful, Responsible, Safe & Caring, as these are the cornerstones of the Rupley PBIS program.

How do I get information concerning the identification of registered sex offenders?

Visit the Illinois Sex Offender Information website.


Parent Volunteering

CAN I VOLUNTEER AT SCHOOL?

Research in the area of parent involvement indicates that parent participation is one of the greatest indicators of student success!

Please consider volunteering for at least one activity at our school! We have many opportunities from joining committees to supervising events to organizing at home projects, as well as serving on our PTO Board. We need your help!

Rupley is a great place for children to learn. However, it is through our numerous special activities that our students are afforded the opportunity to make great connections with other children and our staff. These special activities would not be possible without the support from our parent volunteers. It sends a great message to your child when you show an interest in his/her education through volunteering. Please consider joining our volunteer group today, and help us to improve the quality of your child’s educational experience!

REMINDER:  District 59’s complete family reference guide is available by clicking here.

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