Health & Safety
Tdap Update January 25, 2013
Beginning next school year, Fall of 2013, all students entering, transferring, or advancing into 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grades will be required to show proof of receipt of one dose of Tdap vaccine (containing tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis). Most students may have already received the vaccine and simply need to provide the school with verifying documentation from the family health care provider. ****Tdap is the only vaccine that meet this requirement.
Injuries and illnesses at school may require the services of a nurse. If the injury is more serious, please be sure the office has a current emergency number in case you are unable to be contacted. If your child becomes ill during the school day, you will be contacted. Please do not have your child return to school until he/she is fully recovered. Your child will only be able to stay indoors during recess for a maximum of two days. Then, a written doctor's note is required.
Medication in school is not normally a part of education. However, medication is allowed by the Moline Board of Education during school hours when:
1. A doctor says the medicine must be given during the school day to allow the student to attend school.
2. The District medication forms are available in the school office. They must be completed by the doctor, signed by the parent and be on file in the school. Forms are needed for non-prescription drugs including cough drops, Tylenol, etc. Medication should be brought to the school office and picked up by the parent or another responsible person, not the student. Students using inhalers for asthma control, epi-pens for bee stings, diabetic monitoring or other medicines or treatments must have a doctor's written note to "self-administer" their medication.
Absences must be called into the school office by 9 a.m. of the day of absence. You will be contacted if we don't receive a call. A written excuse must be sent with your child upon his or her return to school. If you wish to pick up your child during the day, please first report to the office. If a person is unknown to the school office staff, written permission by the parent/guardian is required. Absences other than emergencies, illness, or injury, are discouraged. A student cannot learn if he/she is absent from school. Any student who is absent for more than 40 minutes during the day will be marked absent for a half-day.
Accordingly, Illinois School Code 105 ILCS 5/26-1 Compulsory Attendance states that a child must “attend some public school in the district wherein the child resides the entire time it is in session during the regular school term” except for the following valid reasons: illness, observance of a religious holiday, death in the immediate family, family emergency, and shall include such other situations beyond the control of the student as determined by the board of education in each district, or such circumstances which cause reasonable concern to the parent for the safety or health of the student.
In accordance with the Illinois School Code family vacations or trips do not constitute a “valid cause” for an absence and should, therefore, be listed as an unexcused absence.
All buildings must enforce and follow the Illinois School Code. Therefore, absences will be adjudged by the Building Administrator to be excused or unexcused.
Excused Absences include:
Unexcused Absences include:
Credit will not be granted for work missed during an unexcused absence.
Student Accident Insurance applications will be available during registration and during the first few days of the school year. This insurance is optional and not a school district insurance policy.
Safety Patrols/Crossing Guards are provided as a service to our families for help in crossing streets. Please tell your children to respect and listen to these people. We ask for your assistance.
Gym Shoes must be worn during the student's daily physical education class.
Visitors, especially parents, are welcome in our schools. However, we ask you to check in at the school office and wear a blue visitors badge while in the building. Please call before your visit.
Bicycles may be ridden to school by students in grades 4, 5 and 6. Individual buildings may also prohibit bicycles totally as a form of school transportation with safety issues. A student may also be denied the privilege of riding a bicycle to school if safety rules are disobeyed.
Clothing and school supplies should be marked with your child's name to help with identification and stop theft.
Bus riders should be courteous and follow the rules of the public transportation system, MetroLINK, or the private bus contractor. The bus driver cannot do his/her job if he/she has to continually monitor the behavior of the passengers.
Locked doors, except for one main entrance, are maintained for safety at all schools. We appreciate the few extra steps you may take so we can better protect our students and staff.