Student Handbook

  1. Chapter 1: Introduction and General School Information
  2. Chapter 2: Attendance, Promotion & Graduation
  3. Chapter 3: Student Fees and Meal Costs
  4. Chapter 4: Transportation and Parking

Chapter 1: Introduction and General School Information

1.00 Pandemic Preparedness; Management; and Recovery

School Operations During a Pandemic or Other Health Emergency

A pandemic is a global outbreak of disease. Pandemics happen when a new virus emerges to infect individuals and, because there is little to no pre-existing immunity against the new virus, it spreads sustainably. Your child's school plays an essential role, along with the local health department and emergency management agencies, in protecting the public's health and safety during a pandemic or other health emergency.

During a pandemic or other health emergency, you will be notified in a timely manner of all changes to the school environment and schedule that impact your child. Please be assured that even if school is not physically in session, it is the goal of the school to provide your child with the best educational opportunities possible.

Additionally, please note the following:

  1. All decisions regarding changes to the school environment and schedule, including a possible interruption of in-person learning, will be made by the superintendent in consultation with and, if necessary, at the direction of the Governor, Illinois Department of Public Health, local health department, emergency management agencies, and/or Regional Office of Education.
  2. Available learning opportunities may include remote and/or blended learning. Blended learning may require your child to attend school on a modified schedule.
  3. Students will be expected to participate in blended and remote instruction as required by the school. Parents are responsible for assuring the participation of their child. Students who do not participate in blended or remote learning will be considered truant.
  4. All school disciplinary rules remain in effect during the interruption of in-person learning. Students are subject to discipline for disrupting the remote learning environment to the same extent that discipline would be imposed for disruption of the traditional classroom.
  5. Students and parents will be required to observe all public health and safety measures implemented by the school and district in conjunction with state and local requirements.
  6. During a pandemic or other health emergency, the school will ensure that educational opportunities are available to all students.
  7. School personnel will work closely with students with disabilities and other vulnerable student populations to minimize the impact of any educational disruption.
  8. Students who have a compromised immune system, live with an individual with a compromised immune system, or have a medical condition that may impact their abilityto attend school during a pandemic or other public health emergency should contact school officials.
  9. During a pandemic or other health emergency, teachers and school staff will receive additional training on health and safety measures.
  10. In accordance with school or state mandates, the school may need to conduct a daily health assessment of your child. Parents and students will be notified of the exact assessment procedures if this becomes necessary.
  11. Parents should not send their child to school if their child exhibits any symptoms consistent with the pandemic or other health emergency.
  12. Please do not hesitate to contact school officials if you have any concerns regarding your child's education, health or safety.

1.30 General School Information

This handbook is a summary of the school's rules and expectations and is not a comprehensive statement of school procedures. This handbook is to be used in conjunction with the Handbook On: Rights, Responsibilities, Procedures. The following handbook will be reviewed annually, and updates made available on the website. Hardcopies are available on request.

ISVI Administration includes the following staff:

  • Aimee Veith, M.S.Ed., NBCT, Superintendent
  • Assistant Superintendent
  • Barbi Ballard, M.S. Ed., Education Principal
  • Vocational Principal
  • Malinda Pollard, B.S., Residential Director
  • Kaytlin Risley, BSN., RN, Health Center Supervisor
  • Kenneth Mansell, B.S., Athletic Director

The school is located and may be contacted at:

Illinois School for the Visually Impaired
658 East State Street
Jacksonville, IL 62650
(217) 479-4400
isvi.illlinois.gov

1.40 Visitors

All visitors must check in immediately upon arriving on campus. On weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. all visitors, including parents and siblings, are required to enter through the door on the North side of the Main Building (Frank Hall Building) and proceed immediately to the Superintendent's office (217-479-4401). After 4:30 p.m. and on weekends visitors are required to sign in at the Health Center (217-479-4419), or with the ISVI Guards 217-370-0075. Visitors should identify themselves and inform office personnel of their reason for being at school.

Visitors must sign in, identifying their name, the date and time of arrival, and the classroom or location they are visiting. Approved visitors must take a tag identifying themselves as a guest and place the tag to their outer clothing in a clearly visible location. Visitors are required to proceed immediately to their location in a quiet manner. All visitors must return to the Superintendent's office and sign out before leaving the school. Campus visitation should be concluded by 8:30 p.m.

Any person wishing to confer with a staff member should contact that staff member to make an appointment. Conferences with teachers are held, to the extent possible, outside school hours or during the teacher's conference/preparation period.

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.

No person on school property or at a school event shall perform any of the following acts:

  1. Strike, injure, threaten, harass, or intimidate a staff member, board member, sports official or coach, or any other person.
  2. Behave in an unsportsmanlike manner or use vulgar or obscene language.
  3. Unless specifically permitted by State law, possess a weapon, any object that can reasonably be considered a weapon or looks like a weapon, or any dangerous device.
  4. Damage or threaten to damage another's property.
  5. Damage or deface school property.
  6. Violate any Illinois law or municipal, local or county ordinance.
  7. Smoke or otherwise use tobacco products.
  8. Distribute, consume, use, possess, or be impaired by or under the influence of an alcoholic beverage, cannabis, other lawful product, or illegal drug.
  9. Be present when the person's alcoholic beverage, cannabis, other lawful product, or illegal drug consumption is detectible, regardless of when and/or where the use occurred.
  10. Use or possess medical cannabis, unless he or she has complied Illinois' Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act and district policies.
  11. Impede, delay, disrupt, or otherwise interfere with any school activity or function (including using cellular phones in a disruptive manner).
  12. Enter upon any portion of school premises at any time for purposes other than those that are lawful and authorized by the board.
  13. Operate a motor vehicle: (a) in a risky manner, (b) in excess of 20 miles per hour, or (c) in violation of an authorized district employee's directive.
  14. Engage in any risky behavior, including rollerblading, roller-skating, or skateboarding.
  15. Violate other district policies or regulations, or a directive from an authorized security officer or district employee.
  16. Engage in any conduct that interferes with, disrupts, or adversely affects the district or a school function.

1.45 Alumni Visiting Campus

ISVI alumni may visit the ISVI campus on occasion with prior approval from administration. Alumni are expected to abide by the following rules:

  1. May visit ISVI at these times: one evening per week: 4:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m. and one weekend day per week: 8:30 a.m. 8:30 p.m.
  2. Cannot be on campus without permission during non visiting hours unless attending a public event, i.e., track meet, Goal ball event, Talent Show, etc.
  3. If on campus for reasons other than public events, must sign in at the Main Building switchboard and get a nametag.
  4. Must follow all rules for visitors.
  5. Are not allowed on ISVI's campus for any reason if owing money to ISVI.
  6. Are not allowed to take ISVI students off campus without permission.
  7. Are not allowed to have ISVI students in home without permission.

1.50 Equal Opportunity and Sex Equity

Equal educational and extracurricular opportunities are available to all students without regard to race, color, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry, age, religious beliefs, physical or mental disability, status as homeless, or actual or potential marital or parental status, including pregnancy.

No student shall, based on sex or sexual orientation, be denied equal access to programs, activities, services, or benefits or be limited in the exercise of any right, privilege, advantage, or denied equal access to educational and extracurricular programs and activities.

Any student or parent/guardian with a sex equity or equal opportunity concern should contact: Aimee Veith, Assistant Superintendent aimee.veith@illinois.gov .

1.60 Animals on School Property

In order to assure student health and safety, animals are not allowed on school property, except in the case of a service animal accompanying a student or other individual with a documented disability. This rule may be temporarily waived by the building principals in the case of an educational opportunity for students, provided that (a) the animal is appropriately housed, humanely cared for, and properly handled, and (b) students will not be exposed to a dangerous animal or an unhealthy environment.

1.70 School Volunteers

All school volunteers must complete the "Volunteer Application Packet" which includes background checks and must be approved by the school administration prior to assisting at the school. Forms are available in the residential department. For school-wide volunteer opportunities, please contact the residential director or the principals.

Volunteers are required to check in and out at the superintendent's office and receive a visitor badge before going to their destination.

1.85 Treats & Snacks [K-8]

Due to health concerns and scheduling, treats and snacks for any occasion must be arranged in advance with the classroom teacher. All treats and snacks must be store bought and prepackaged in individual servings. No homemade treats or snacks are allowed at school. Treats and snacks may not require refrigeration and must have a clearly printed list of ingredients on the packaging. We strongly encourage you to select a treat or snack with nutritional value.

1.90 Emergency School Closings

In cases of bad weather and other emergencies, a message will be sent out through the school's electronic messaging systems such as email and automated phone messages. Parents and guardians who wish to receive these messages are responsible for providing the school with current working phone numbers, email addresses, physical addresses and other contact information. You may also listen to or visit websites of local radio or television station to be advised of school closings or early dismissals.

At times bad weather or other emergencies can impact travel home or to campus. In these instances, families will be notified as early as possible.

1.100 Video & Audio Monitoring Systems

A video and/or audio monitoring system may be in use on school busses and a video monitoring system may be in use in public areas of the school campus. These systems have been put in place to protect students, staff, visitors and school property. If a discipline problem is captured on audiotape or videotape, these recordings may be used as the basis for imposing student discipline. If criminal actions are recorded, a copy of the tape may be provided to law enforcement personnel.

1.110 Accommodating Individuals with Disabilities

Individuals with disabilities will be provided an opportunity to participate in all school-sponsored services, programs, or activities. Individuals with disabilities should notify the building principal or superintendent if they have a disability that will require special assistance or services and, if so, what services are required. This notification should occur as far in advance as possible of the school-sponsored function, program, or meeting.

1.120 Students with Food Allergies

State law requires our school district to annually inform parents of students with life-threatening allergies or life-threatening chronic illnesses of the applicable provisions of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and other applicable federal statutes, state statutes, federal regulations and state rules.

If your student has a life-threatening allergy or life-threatening chronic illness, please notify the ISVI Health Center at (217) 479-4419.

Federal law protects students from discrimination due to a disability that substantially limits a major life activity. If your student has a qualifying disability, the IEP shall address the prevention and management of allergic reactions while in school and at school events as part of the IEP.

Not all students with life-threatening allergies and life-threatening chronic illnesses may be eligible under Section 504. Our school also may be able to appropriately meet a student's needs through other means.

1.130 Care of Students with Diabetes

If your child has diabetes a Diabetes Care Plan must be submitted to the ISVI Health Center. Parents/guardians are responsible for and must:

  1. 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.
  2. Inform the school in a timely manner of any changes to their emergency contact numbers or contact numbers of health care providers.
  3. Sign the Diabetes Care Plan.
  4. Grant consent for and authorize designated School representatives to communicate directly with the health care provider whose instructions are included in the Diabetes Care Plan.

For further information, please contact the ISVI Health Center 217-479-4419.

1.140 Suicide and Depression Awareness and Prevention

Youth suicide impacts the safety of the school environment. It also affects the school community, diminishing the ability of surviving students to learn and the school's ability to educate. Suicide and depression awareness and prevention are important goals of the school.

The school maintains student and parent resources on suicide and depression awareness and prevention. Much of this information, including a copy of school district's policy, can also be obtained from the Health Center.

Chapter 2: Attendance, Promotion & Graduation

2.10 Attendance

Illinois law requires that whoever has custody or control of any child between six (by September 1st) and seventeen years of age shall assure that the child attends school in the district in which he or she resides, during the entire time school is in session (unless the child has already graduated from high school). Illinois law also requires that whoever has custody or control of a child who is enrolled in the school, regardless of the child's age, shall assure that the child attends school during the entire time school is in session.

2.20 Student Absences and Tardiness

There are two types of absences: excused and unexcused. Excused absences include: illness, observance of a religious holiday or event, 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 mental, emotional, or physical health or safety, attending a military honors funeral to sound TAPS, or other reason as approved by the building principal.

Additionally, a student will be excused for up to 5 days in cases where the student's parent/guardian is an active duty member of the uniformed services and has been called to duty for, is on leave from, or has immediately returned from deployment to a combat zone or combat-support postings. The Administration, in its discretion, may excuse a student for additional days relative to such leave or deployment. A student and the student's parent/guardian are responsible for obtaining assignments from the student's teachers prior to any excused absences and for ensuring that such assignments are completed by the student prior to his or her return to school.

All other absences are considered unexcused. Pre-arranged excused absences must be approved by the building principal.

The school may require documentation explaining the reason for the student's absence.

In the event of any absence, the student's parent/guardian is required to call the school at 217-479-4436 before 8:00 a.m. to explain the reason for the absence. If a call has not been made to the school by 10:00 a.m. on the day of a student's absence, a school official will call the home to inquire why the student is not at school. If the parent/guardian cannot be contacted, the student will be required to submit a signed note from the parent/guardian explaining the reason for the absence. Failure to do so shall result in an unexcused absence. Upon request of the parent/guardian, the reason for an absence will be kept confidential.

Pre-Arranged Absences

Students, who know they will be gone from classes for one or more period, must come to the education office and get a Pre-Arranged Absence form from the School Secretary or Principal. They must talk with each of their teachers and obtain the educators' signatures. This will assure that students are made aware of any class work or assignments that must be completed. This form must be returned to the office at least one day prior to the scheduled absence. If the form is not returned to the office one day in advance of the absence, the student's absence may not be considered excused.

Tardiness

Excessive absenteeism includes excessive tardiness. Tardiness is defined as "not being ready for class at the second bell." Tardiness is not appropriate and disrupts the education of other students. Each teacher will utilize the district wide student information system for recording absences and tardies. A tardy will be categorized as excused or unexcused. Parent(s)/guardian(s) are requested to notify the school office if a student will be arriving late, by writing a note, calling the office or accompanying the child to the school office for sign in.

In order to reduce or prevent excessive absenteeism, the school will implement and maintain a procedure to:

  • Track and provide early identification of potentially harmful attendance practices.
  • Provide a multi-level plan toward remediation of the problem

The first and second unexcused tardy for a class will initiate a counseling from the educator. Three unexcused tardies in the same class during one semester will receive a consequence of an after-school detention. This is ongoing for subsequent tardies in the same semester, with additional interventions as needed on an individual basis. The procedures will include, but not be limited to, conference with the student, his/her parent(s)/guardian(s), any school official(s), or other people who may have information.

2.30 Release Time for Religious Instruction/Observance

A student will be released from school, as an excused absence, to observe a religious holiday or for religious instruction. The student's parent/guardian must give written notice to the building principal at least 5 calendar days before the student's anticipated absence(s). Students excused for religious reasons will be given an opportunity to make up all missed work, including homework and tests for equivalent academic credit.

2.40 Make-Up Work

If a student's absence is excused or if a student is suspended from school, he/she will be permitted to make up all missed work, including homework and tests, for equivalent academic credit. Students who are unexcused from school will not be allowed to make up missed work.

2.50 Truancy

Student attendance is critical to the learning process. Truancy is therefore a serious issue and will be dealt with in a serious manner by the school and district.

Students who miss more than 1 % but less than 5% of the prior 180 regular school days without valid cause (a recognized excuse) are truant. Students who miss 5% or more of the prior 180 regular school days without valid cause are chronic truants. Students who are chronic truants will be offered support services and resources aimed at correcting the truancy issue.

If chronic truancy persists after support services and other resources are made available, the school and district will take further action, including:

  • Referral to the truancy officer
  • Reporting to officials under the Juvenile Court Act
  • Referral to the State's Attorney
  • Appropriate school discipline

A student who misses 15 consecutive days of school without valid cause and who cannot be located or, after exhausting all available support services, cannot be compelled to return to school is subject to expulsion from school.  A parent or guardian who knowingly and willfully permits a child to be truant is in violation of State law.

2.60 Grading & Promotion

School report cards are issued to students on a quarterly basis. Generally, the quarterly reports are sent in November, January, April, and June. For questions regarding grades, please contact the classroom teacher. Individual teacher conferences to discuss progress can be scheduled by contacting the Principal's office.

The decision to promote a student to the next grade level is based on successful completion of the curriculum, attendance, performance on standardized tests and other testing. A student will not be promoted based upon age or any other social reason not related to academic performance.

Students will receive a quarterly progress report in letter grade or narrative style on curricular areas such as Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science as well as general behavior and related services such as: Adaptive P.E., Orientation and Mobility, and Speech and Language. Students within the Academic and Modified curriculum will receive a letter grade on the following scale: A-100 to 90%, B-80 to 89%, C-70 to 79%, D-60 to 69%, F-Below 60%. Students within the Functional curriculum may be graded on a P/F grading system with a Pass being 70+%.

5th Year Program

Students in the 5th Year Program will receive grades of P/F with all passing grades at the 70+% level.

GRADE POINT AVERAGE

Courses earn units of credit each semester based upon the number of days per week that the class meets. Grades are assigned quarterly by the educator. Semester grades are entered on each student's official school transcript.

  • Grade A  4 points
  • Grade B  3 points
  • Grade C  2 points
  • Grade D  1 point
  • Grade F  0 points

*Grade Point Average is determined by dividing the total of all points by the total of credits attempted (0.0-4.0). Grade Point Average is determined at the end of the school year.

2.70 Homework

Homework is used as a way for students to practice what they have learned in the classroom. The time requirements and the frequency of homework will vary depending on a student's teacher, ability and grade level. Habitual failure to complete homework could result in discipline such as after school detention and could affect a student's grades.

2.75 Structured Study

Structured Study is an after-school study hall supervised by a teacher which provides students an opportunity to do homework assignments with instructional support from a teacher. Structured study is not considered a form of discipline. It can be recommended by a teacher or requested by a student. Failure to turn in completed homework or complete an in-class assignment or test may result in a structured study request.

2.80 Exemption from Physical Education Requirement [K-8]

In order to be excused from participation in physical education, a student must present an appropriate excuse from his or her parent/guardian or from a person licensed under the Medical Practice Act. The excuse may be based on medical or religious prohibitions. An excuse because of medical reasons must include a signed statement from a person licensed under the Medical Practice Act that corroborates the medical reason for the request. An excuse based on religious reasons must include a signed statement from a member of the clergy that corroborates the religious reason for the request.

A student in grades 7-8 may submit a written request to the building principal requesting to be excused from physical education courses because of the student's ongoing participation in an interscholastic or extracurricular athletic program. The building principal will evaluate requests on a case-by-case basis.

Students with an Individualized Education Program may also be excused from physical education courses for reasons stated in Handbook Procedure 10.30.

Special activities in physical education will be provided for a student whose physical or emotional condition, as determined by a person licensed under the Medical Practices Act, prevents his or her participation in the physical education course.

State law prohibits the School from honoring parental excuses based upon a student's participation in athletic training, activities, or competitions conducted outside the auspices of the School District.

Students who have been excused from physical education shall return to the course as soon as practical. The following considerations will be used to determine when a student shall return to a physical education course:

  1. The time of year when the student's participation ceases; and
  2. The student's class schedule.

2.80 Exemption from Physical Education Requirement [HS]

In order to be excused from participation in physical education, a student must present an appropriate excuse from his or her parent/guardian or from a person licensed under the Medical Practice Act. The excuse may be based on medical or religious prohibitions. An excuse because of medical reasons must include a signed statement from a person licensed under the Medical Practice Act that corroborates the medical reason for the request. An excuse based on religious reasons must include a signed statement from a member of the clergy that corroborates the religious reason for the request.

A student in grades 9-12 may submit a written request to the building principal requesting to be excused from physical education courses for the reasons stated below.

  1. Ongoing participation in an interscholastic or extracurricular athletic program;
  2. Enrollment in academic classes that are required for admission to an institution of higher learning (student must be in the 11th or 12th grade); or
  3. Enrollment in academic classes that are required for graduation from high school, provided that failure to take such classes will result in the student being unable to graduate (student must be in the 11th or 12th grade).

Students with an Individualized Education Program may also be excused from physical education courses for reasons stated in Handbook Procedure 10.30.

Special activities in physical education will be provided for a student whose physical or emotional condition, as determined by a person licensed under the Medical Practices Act, prevents his or her participation in the physical education course.

State law prohibits the School from honoring parental excuses based upon a student's participation in athletic training, activities, or competitions conducted outside the auspices of the School District.

Students who have been excused from physical education shall return to the course as soon as practical. The following considerations will be used to determine when a student shall return to a physical education course:

  1. The time of year when the student's participation ceases;
  2. The student's class schedule; and
  3. The student's future or planned additional participation in activities qualifying for substitutions for physical education, as outlined above or in Handbook Procedure 10.30.

2.90 Credit for Proficiency, Non-District Experiences,

Credit for Non-District Experiences

A student may receive high school credit for successfully completing any of the listed courses or experiences even when it is not offered in or sponsored by the District:

  1. Distance learning course, including a correspondence, virtual, or online course.
  2. Summer school or community college courses.
  3. Foreign language courses taken in an ethnic school program approved by the Illinois State Board of Education.
  4. Work-related training at manufacturing facilities or agencies in a Tech Prep.

Students must receive pre-approval from the building principal or designee to receive credit for any non-District course or experience. The building principal or designee will determine the amount of credit and whether a proficiency examination is required before the credit is awarded. Students assume responsibility for any fees, tuition, supplies, and other expenses. Students are responsible for (1) providing documents or transcripts that demonstrate successful completion of the experience, and (2) taking a proficiency examination, if requested. The building principal or designee shall determine which, if any, non-District courses or experiences, will count toward a student's grade point average, class rank, and eligibility for athletic and extracurricular activities.

2.95 Student Employment Program

At ISVI, student employment is available to high school students 16 years of age and older. Students may receive high school credit and while gaining work experiences and work habits at assigned workstations on the ISVI campus, such as in the dietary department, in offices, housekeeping, and laundry. Students may work a varied number of hours on a weekly basis. Students may be assigned career internships at off-campus workstations at various businesses in the Jacksonville community.

2.100 Home and Hospital Instruction

A student who is absent from school, or whose physician, physician assistant or licensed advance practice registered nurse anticipates his or her absence from school, because of a medical condition may be eligible for instruction in the student's home or hospital.

Appropriate educational services from qualified staff will begin no later than five school days after receiving a written statement from a physician, physician assistant, or licensed advanced practice registered nurse. Instructional or related services for a student receiving special education services will be determined by the student's individualized education program.

A student who is unable to attend school because of pregnancy will be provided home instruction, correspondence courses, or other courses of instruction before (1) the birth of the child when the student's physician, physician assistant, or licensed advanced practice nurse indicates, in writing, that she is medically unable to attend regular classroom instruction, and (2) for up to 3 months after the child's birth or a miscarriage.

For information on home or hospital instruction, contact: Mrs. Aimee Veith

2.110 Early Graduation

Students who will have successfully completed graduation requirements after seven (7) semesters may petition to graduate. Any student wishing to graduate early must submit a letter of application along with a transcript. The deadline for application/submission of paperwork is the last day of the semester prior to the semester of graduation. Approval must be granted by both the principal and the superintendent. Once fall semester of the senior year has started, students may not drop classes to declare early graduation.

Early graduates must make arrangements with the high school office for anything pertaining to the graduation ceremony. (i.e. announcements, cap and gown rental, graduation practices, etc.) Early graduates will receive their diploma at commencement in May. Upon request, a copy of the official transcript will be granted.

Any student enrolled in an off-campus course to fulfill graduation requirements must show documentation of such course(s) by the last day of the seventh semester. Failure to produce this documentation will result in denial of the early graduation petition.

The student and a parent will schedule a conference with the Principal prior to the end of the student's seventh semester, and in some cases may have an IEP meeting. At the conference the student should be prepared to justify his/her request to graduate early.

2.120 High School Graduation Requirements

To graduate from high school, unless otherwise exempted, each student is responsible for:

  1. Completing all State mandated graduation requirements listed below.
  2. Completing all District graduation requirements that are in addition to State graduation requirements.
  3. Passing an examination on patriotism and principles of representative government, proper use of the flag, methods of voting, and the Pledge of Allegiance.
  4. Participating in the State assessment required for graduation.

State Mandated Graduation Requirements

  1. Four years of language arts.
  2. Two years of writing intensive courses, one of which must be English and the other of which may be English or any other subject. When applicable, writing-intensive courses may be counted towards the fulfillment of other graduation requirements.
  3. Three years of mathematics, one of which must be Algebra I and one of which must include geometry content and one of which may be an Advanced Placement computer science course.
  4. Two years of science.
  5. Two years of social studies, of which at least one year must be history of the United States or a combination of history of the United States and American government. Within the two years of social studies requirement, one semester of civics is required.
  6. One year chosen from (A) music, (B) art, (C) foreign language, which shall be deemed to include American Sign Language, or (D) vocational education.
  7. One semester of health education.
  8. Daily physical education classes.
  9. A course covering American patriotism and the principles of representative government, as enunciated in the American Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States of America and the Constitution of the State of Illinois, and the proper use and display of the American flag.
  10. Nine weeks of consumer education.

The above requirements do not apply students with disabilities whose course of study is determined by an Individualized Education Program or students who are exempted from participation in certain courses in accordance with State law.

ISVI Graduation Requirements

A total of 24 credits are required for graduation. Students will receive 1/2 credit per semester for each class including Physical Education. Listed below are the requirements. An additional 5 credits must be met from the Expanded Core Curricula and Elective Courses offered.

  1. English - 4 Credits
  2. Math - 3 Credits
  3. Social Studies - 3 Credits
  4. Science - 2 Credits
  5. PE - 4 Credits
  6. Health - Minimum 1 semester or 1/2 credit or 1 credit
  7. Fine Arts - 1 Credit (Music, Art, Foreign language, Vocational Education)
  8. Consumer Economics - 1/2 Credit or 1 credit
  9. Orientation to Family and Consumer Science/Food Prep - 1/2 Credit

These minimum courses apply to students attending ISVI. Requirements may be altered by an IEP.

The state of Illinois requires an additional 2 credits in writing intensive classes. ISVI has incorporated these credits into one English course and one social studies course.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Graduation Requirement

As a prerequisite to receiving a high school diploma, the parent or guardian of each student or, if a student is at least 18 years of age or legally emancipated, the student must comply with either of the following:

  1. File a FAFSA with the United States Department of Education or, if applicable, an application for State financial aid.
  2. File a waiver indicating that the parent or guardian or, if applicable, the student understands what the FAFSA and application for State financial aid are and has chosen not to file an application.

Upon request, the school will provide a student and his or her parent or guardian any support or assistance necessary to comply with this requirement

A school district may award a high school diploma to a student who is unable to meet this requirement due to extenuating circumstances, as determined by the school district, if (i) the student has met all other graduation requirements, and (ii) the principal attests that the school district has made a good faith effort to assist the student or, if applicable, his or her parent or guardian in filing an application or a waiver.

Chapter 3: Student Fees and Meal Costs

3.10 Fines, Fees, and Charges; Waiver of Student Fees

The school establishes fees and charges to fund certain school activities. Some students may be unable to pay these fees. Students will not be denied educational services or academic credit due to the inability of their parent or guardian to pay fees or certain charges. Students whose parent or guardian is unable to afford student fees may receive a fee waiver. A fee waiver does not exempt a student from charges for lost and damaged books, locks, materials, supplies, and/or equipment.

Applications for fee waivers may be submitted by a parent or guardian of a student who has been assessed a fee. As student is eligible for a fee waiver if at least one of the following prerequisites is met:

  1. The student currently lives in a household that meets the free lunch or breakfast eligibility guidelines established by the federal government pursuant to the National School Lunch Act; or
  2. The student or the student's family is currently receiving aid under Article IV of the Illinois Public Aid Code (Aid to Families of Dependent Children).

School Administration will give additional consideration where one or more of the following factors are present:

  • An illness in the family;
  • Unusual expenses such as fire, flood, storm damage, etc.;
  • Unemployment;
  • Emergency situations; or
  • When one or more of the parents/guardians are involved in a work stoppage.

The building principal will notify the parent/guardian promptly as to whether the fee waiver request has been granted or denied. Questions regarding the fee waiver application process should be addressed to the building principal.

Pursuant to the Hunger-Free Students' Bill of Rights Act, the school is required to provide a federally reimbursable meal or snack to a student who requests one, regardless of whether the student has the ability to pay for the meal or snack or owes money for earlier meals or snacks. Students may not be provided with an alternative meal or snack and the school is prohibited from publicly identifying or stigmatizing a student who cannot pay for or owes money for a meal or snack.

3.20 School Meals

Meals

The ISVI dining hall staff prepares three well-balanced meals daily which are served in the dining room. A dietary manager is responsible for selecting a variety of nutritious and delicious foods for the students. Special diet needs are followed for students who may have medical/dietary restrictions.

Breakfast and lunch are provided for day students who do not reside on campus. Breakfast, lunch, and supper are provided residential students. The dietary staff also provides nutritional snacks for students in the classroom and residential settings.

ISVI SNACK BAR

ISVI's Snack Bar is located on the ground floor of the Joshua Rhoads Auditorium and is open and available for recreation use some afternoons and evenings. Vending machines are available however students are not allowed to purchase from vending machines during school hours.

Chapter 4: Transportation and Parking

4.10 Bus Transportation

A list of bus stops will be determined at the beginning of each school year. Parents will be informed of their bus stop at the beginning of the year on registration day.

Students are not permitted to ride a bus other than the bus to which they are assigned. Exceptions for emergencies or unusual circumstances must be approved by the residential director and transportation coordinator.

While students are on the bus, they are under the supervision of the bus driver and other staff on the bus. Any bus discipline problems can be handled by the bus driver or staff. In the case of a written disciplinary referral, student bus problems will be investigated and handled by the principal and / or residential supervisor.

Students are expected to follow all school rules while on the bus. Students may be suspended from riding the school bus for up to 10 consecutive school days for violating school rules or for engaging in other gross disobedience or misconduct. A student may be suspended from riding the school bus for a period in excess of 10 days for safety reasons. The school's regular suspension procedures shall be used to suspend a student's privilege to ride a school bus.

A student who is suspended from riding the school bus and who does not have alternative transportation to school shall be allowed the opportunity to make up all missed work for equivalent academic credit. It is the responsibility of the student's parent or guardian to notify the school that the student does not have alternative transportation to school.

In the interest of the student's safety and in compliance with State law, students are also expected to observe the following:

  1. Dress properly for the weather. Make sure all drawstrings, ties, straps, etc. on all clothing, backpacks and other items, are shortened or removed to lessen the likelihood of them getting caught in bus doors, railings or aisles.
  2. Arrive on time at the bus stop, and stay away from the street while waiting for the bus.
  3. Stay away from the bus until it stops completely and the driver signals you to board. Enter in single file without pushing. Always use the handrail.
  4. Take a seat right away and remain seated facing forward. Keep your hands, arms, and head inside the bus.
  5. Talk quietly on the bus. No shouting or creating loud noises that may distract the driver. Tablets, iPods®, iPads®, smart phones, and other electronic devices must be silenced on the bus unless a student uses headphones.
  6. Help keep the bus neat and clean. Keep belongings out of the aisle and away from emergency exits.
  7. Always listen to the driver's instructions. Be courteous to the driver and other students. Sit with your hands to yourself and avoid making noises that would distract the driver or bother other passengers. Remain seated, keeping your hands, arms, and head inside the bus at all times.
  8. Wait until the bus pulls to a complete stop before standing up. Use the handrail when exiting the bus.
  9. Stay out of the danger zone next to the bus where the driver may have difficulty seeing you. Take five giant steps away from the bus and out of the danger zone, until you can see the driver and the driver sees you. Never crawl under a bus.
  10. If you must cross the street after you get off the bus, wait for the driver's signal and then cross in front of the bus. Cross the street only after checking both ways for traffic.
  11. Never run back to the bus, even if you dropped or forgot something.