Our school policy is based on the requirements of the state law, which states that a child be present for five clock hours of instruction to be given credit for a full school day of attendance. Kindergarten students must be present for two hours. Please attempt to schedule doctor and dentist appointments outside of school hours so that little or no time is missed. Attendance is documented on report cards.
Your cooperation is sought in scheduling family vacation periods and other non-school connected activities during regular school holidays. Success in our educational program is dependent upon regular school attendance. Also, fiscal support of our schools by the state of Illinois is based upon student attendance.
If your child is absent from school because of illness, please notify the school within one hour after the beginning of the school day. This permits a check on attendance and is a valuable security measure for your child. After three days, homework assignments may be issued at parent’s request, and may be picked up after school hours or delivered by a classmate.
District 67 strongly discourages absences for reasons other than illness. Every school day matters.
Tardiness has a detrimental effect on all of our students. Tardiness causes a disruption to the educational setting, and causes the student who is late to miss work valuable instruction.
Each school will carefully track all students who are tardy, and notify parents when the student acquires a 4th tardy. Be sure to check with your school for detailed procedures, which vary by grade level. These procedures ensure that the family is informed, and records are kept to make certain students who are chronically tardy learn the importance of “bell to bell” attendance.
The Lake Forest Public Elementary Schools maintain individual Permanent and Temporary records on each student, as follows:
A Permanent Record, prepared for each student, includes identifying
information, attendance and academic information, a Permanent Health
Record and accident reports. The permanent record is filed in the office
of the school principal while the student is in attendance or until
such time as the student completes eighth grade (or for previously
transferred students when his class completes eighth grade) when that
information is transferred to Lake Forest High School under terms of the
intergovernmental agreement and remains in the custody of Lake Forest
High School for a period of sixty (60) years.
The Temporary Record includes a Cumulative Folder which contains
basic student information; i.e., birth date and place, family
background, emergency health information, grades and academic record,
standardized test scores, parent-teacher summary reports, awards and
activities, and special education data, and is filed in the office of
the principal of the school where the student attends.
A temporary Special Educational Record is also kept for all
children referred for a case study evaluation and/or who receive special
education services. This consists of referral information, observation
and screening data, psychological evaluations, staffing and progress
reports, reports from physicians and other agencies having direct
contact with the student and other verified information deemed relevant
to the education of the student. This record is housed in the Department
of Student Services at the District 67 Administrative Center and may be
reviewed by parent(s) at any time.
Upon transfer or permanent withdrawal from the district, temporary
records are forwarded to the receiving school district upon written
The Permanent Health Record, all Temporary Student Records and all
Special Education Records of the children in the 8th grade graduating
class, including those who have transferred or otherwise withdrawn
within the time period of five years prior to the 8th grade graduation
of the student’s respective class and whose records have not been
formally transferred to another district, may be delivered to Lake
Forest High School District 115 on or following June 30th of the year of
the 8th grade class graduation. Parents have the Right to review,
challenge and make copies of all student records prior to graduation,
transfer, or permanent withdrawal. Parents of students graduating from
8th grade should accomplish this prior to January of the year of the 8th
grade graduation as all records are sent to Lake Forest High School
District 115 per intergovernmental agreement.
All temporary records not requested by other receiving districts
and/or left in the custody of District 67, prior to or following June
30, 1977, will be destroyed five (5) years following the student’s
transfer or permanent withdrawal from the district, unless otherwise
notified in writing by the parents or legal guardians of these students.
Parents have the following rights pertaining to student records kept by the school:
- The right to inspect and copy, at the parents’ expense, any
permanent and temporary records. The cost of each copy shall be
determined yearly. No person shall be denied copies due to an inability
to bear the cost. Requests for access and review shall be made to the
school principal and shall be granted within ten (10) school (work) days
after the request has been received.
- Where parents of the child are divorced, copies of school
permanent and temporary records shall be provided to both parents by
mail when they are requested in writing by either parent unless a court
order to the contrary is in effect. The specific materials to be
furnished are as follows:
a. Reports or records, which reflect the pupil’s academic progress.
b. Reports of the pupil’s emotional and physical health.
c. Notices of school-initiated parent-teacher conferences.
d. Notices of major school-sponsored events, such as open houses, which involve pupil-parent interaction.
e. Copies of the school calendar regarding the child which are
furnished by the school district to one parent be furnished by mail to
the other parent
- Parents have the right to challenge the contents of student
records. Following the review, the parents have the further right to
challenge and correct or delete inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise
inappropriate data contained therein at the discretion of the school
- The parents have the right to request a hearing before a
hearing officer appointed by the Superintendent of Schools, should an
issue concerning the challenge be unresolved. The hearing is requested
by completing a form furnished by the school and shall be set within
fifteen (15) school days of the receipt of the form by the
Superintendent of Schools, or his designee.
- Parents may request a list of free or low cost legal services through the Department of Student Services.
- If the hearing does not resolve the issue, the parents have a
further right to request a hearing before the Superintendent of the
Educational Services Region.
- Parents have the right to control access and release of school
student records and the right to request a copy of information released.
- The school should grant access to, or release specific
information from, school student records without parental consent or
notification only to:
a. An employee or official of the school or school district or
the State Board of Education, provided such employee or state official
has a current demonstrable education interest in the student and the
records are in furtherance of such interest.
b. To any person for the purpose of research, statistical
reporting, or planning, providing that no student or parent can be
identified from the information released and the person to whom the
information is released signs an affidavit agreeing to comply with all
applicable statutes and rules pertaining to school student records.
c. Pursuant to a court order, provided that the procedures outlined
in Ill. Rev. Statutes, 1985, CH. 122, Article 50-6(a), (5) are
- The Lake Forest High School shall maintain original student
permanent and health records for sixty (60) years. Neither Lake Forest
High School nor Lake Forest School District 67 shall maintain any
student temporary record during a period of its usefulness to the
student and school, and in no case longer than five (5) years following
transfer or withdrawal from either school district.
- “Directory Information” may be released to the general public
unless a parent specifically requests, in writing, that any or all such
information not be released on his/her child. “Directory Information”
shall consist of:
a. Identifying information: name, address, gender, grade level, birth date and place, and parents’ names and addresses.
b. Academic award and honors, and school attendance.
c. Information in relation to school-sponsored activities, organizations, and athletics.
- The Temporary Record shall include a copy of Record of Access
(IST-3) or Notification of Subpoena (IST-4) of Definition of Term
Parent: Parent(s) is defined as 1) Natural parent(s); 2) Step parent(s);
3) Legal guardian(s); 4) the State of Illinois for children who are
wards of the State (provisions of the Juvenile Court Act; 5) Foster
parent(s); and 6) Surrogate parent(s) for those children who have no
parent identified or who have parents that cannot be located.
The need for a surrogate parent(s) will be determined by the
Department of Student Services who will follow State
guidelines (Illinois 23) for determining the need for and assigning
(ref. Board Policy 7:340)
Lake Forest School District 67 has purchased student accident
insurance coverage on your child’s behalf. This program provides
coverage for your child for any injuries incurred while participating in
any school-sponsored and/or supervised activity, including athletics.
If students have other insurance, District 67 coverage is secondary. Claim forms are available at the nurse's office.
For information about supplemental student accident insurance, please visit the Registration page.
Lake Forest Elementary School District 67 is committed to providing its students and staff with supportive and positive learning environment in its schools. Members of the school community are expected to treat each other with mutual respect. Disrespect among members of the Lake Forest Elementary School District community is unacceptable as it may threaten to disrupt the positive learning environment, which our District has achieved and continually strives to maintain.
Harassment or disrespectful behavior based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, or disability, whether committed by an administrator, teacher or a student toward any member of the Lake Forest Elementary School District community will not be tolerated. Harassment can include any unwelcome conduct, whether verbal, physical, or visual, and may include, for example, jokes about another person, derogatory remarks, demeaning comments or behavior, slurs, name calling, threats, and bullying.
All Lake Forest Elementary School District employees are responsible to help assure that harassment is avoided or promptly addressed in our school community. Any school employee who observes, overhears, or otherwise witnesses harassment based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability should take prompt and appropriate action to address the harassment and to address the prevention of its reoccurrence.
If an employee or a student believes that they have been bullied or harassed, notification should be made to your principal or Dr. Lori Wilcox, the District’s Nondiscrimination Coordinator.
The District 67 Board of Education has adopted a number of policies that promote equal educational opportunities for children as well as policies strictly prohibiting bullying and harassment of any kind. If you should have any questions regarding your responsibility to address this in our schools, please do not hesitate to speak with your building principal or contact Rebecca Jenkins at 847-604-7422.
Lake Forest School District 67 provides special education services for exceptional children, ages three through fourteen. A Lake Forest child is eligible for special education services if he/she is: multi-disabled, orthopedically impaired, other health impaired, learning disabled, developmentally delayed, speech/language impaired, deaf-blind, visually impaired, hearing impaired, intellectually disabled, emotionally disturbed, autistic, or suffers a traumatic brain injury. Parents are urged to contact Student Services staff in your child’s building to share information or concerns, which may lead to additional support or intervention for students preK-8.
Lake Forest School District 67 annually conducts a general screening two times a year for preschool children, ages three to five, who reside in Lake Forest. Registration
is required prior to the screening. Call 847-604-7459 for more information.
Each child is entitled to nondiscriminatory evaluation for each
identified and diagnosed disability. District procedures include the
use of Response to Intervention (RtI) as part of the identification
process. RtI is the practice of providing high quality instruction and
interventions matched to student need, monitoring progress frequently
to make decisions about changes in instruction and educational decision
related to special education. A multi-disciplinary conference involving
parents, teachers, and all members of the evaluation team review and
determine eligibility based on RtI data.
Parents will be invited to participate in an annual review of their
child’s Individual Educational Program (IEP) with full access to the
child’s records and confidentiality as to their contents. If the
parents’ or child’s primary language is not English, the child is
evaluated by qualified personnel in his/her primary language and an
interpreter may be provided if requested. If it is determined in the
multi-disciplinary staff conference that the child’s disability is too
severe or profound for a public school special education program, the
school district will provide alternative placement. Public funds will
pay for the child’s tuition to a private special education school only
if it is determined as being appropriate, in the least restrictive
environment, and is on the state of Illinois approved list. If the
parents disagree with the Individual Educational Program proposed for
their child or are dissatisfied with his/her present placement, or have
been denied any of their rights, they have the right to an impartial due
process hearing. The Illinois State Board of Education appoints an
impartial hearing officer to hear both sides and renders a
recommendation to the local education agency.
Parents are entitled to receive a copy of Rules and Regulations to
Govern the Administration and Operation of Special Education, issued by
the Illinois State Board of Education. A list of Parent Rights in brief
will also be provided to the parent annually and will be reviewed with
the parent at the time of the multi-disciplinary conference. Parents may
request a list of free or low cost legal services through the
Department of Student Services.
A temporary Special Education Record is also kept for all children
referred for a case study evaluation and/or who receive special
education services. This consists of the information referred to above
and may also contain referral information, observation and screening
data, psychological evaluations, staffing and progress reports, reports
from physicians and other agencies having direct contact with the
student and other verified information deemed relevant to the education
of the student. This record is housed in the Department of Student
Services at the District 67 Administrative Center. Annual notification
shall be made to all residents of Lake Forest by the publication of this
notice each year.
Questions concerning special education in Lake Forest School District 67 should be directed to Director of Special Services, School District 67, 300 S. Waukegan Rd., Lake Forest, Illinois 60045.
Again, a complete copy of the State Board of Education “A Parent’s
Guide: The Educational Rights of Students With Disabilities” is
available at the office. You are urged to consult this should your child
be considered for special educational services. The Director of
Student Services or her agent will review this with you.
The District values open and direct communication with parents. Parents are encouraged to address their questions or concerns to the person or office most directly involved in the matter’s resolution. When subsequent conversation is deemed necessary, parents should follow the customary “chain of command” (i.e., teacher to principal to appropriate central office administrator to Board of Education). Those involved in addressing matters that are raised are committed to responding in an appropriate and timely manner.
Parental inquiries generally should be directed as follows:
- Classroom Teacher – specific issues such as student progress, grade level or subject area curriculum, classroom practices or expectations, the instructional program, student assessment, student discipline, or other matters related to classroom activities or organization.
- School Principal – school rules or regulations, student placement practices, student registration, parent participation and involvement, student records, special programs and related student services, building goals, or other matters related specifically to school-wide activities or organization.
- Assistant Superintendent of Business Services, 847-604-7402 – district finances, buildings and grounds operations, district transportation services, food services, materials and activities fees, purchasing practices, facility rental, or other matters related to budget, finance or general operations.
- Director of Special Education, 847-235-9661 – special education evaluation, services, and programming.
- Director of Teaching and Learning, 847-604-7416 - instructional practices, district curriculum, assessment, student performance and achievement, Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS).
- Director of Instruction Technology and Learning Spaces, 847-604-7443 - digital citizenship, information literacy, district technology programs, library/media services, classroom environments
- Executive Director of Student Services, 847-604-7440 – gifted and talented evaluation, services, and programming.
- Office of the Superintendent, 847-604-7401 – district policies or procedures and their application, general district questions or concerns, public communications, Board of Education meetings and agenda, or other matters related to district operations which are not defined within the general role descriptions delineated above.
- Board of Education – board policies, practices, programs, operations, actions, or other matters related to governance should be directed to the Board Clerk, 847-604-7420, or Board of Education.
District 67 is proud of its three outstanding neighborhood elementary schools. From time to time, a family may feel that a school other than their home school would best meet their needs. A student will be permitted to attend a school other than his/her neighborhood school provided that:
- the student and/or family have an educational need or hardship that can only be satisfied by the transfer;
- the transfer will not negatively impact class size or gender composition in the particular grade level at the requested school.
When a permissive transfer request is approved, parents assume responsibility for transporting their children to and from school per Board Policy 7:30
(please visit the Board of Education Page
Approved permissive transfers will last though the end of 4th grade. The student becomes a member of the new school’s community and will remain there barring any unforeseen circumstances. Timeline to Request:
Timeline for District Responses:
* The timeline may be adjusted for siblings of students previously granted a permissive transfer.
Mandarin Program Attendees
Students who live in the Everett or Sheridan attendance area may apply to transfer to Cherokee to study Mandarin. Cherokee students who opt to study Mandarin will receive daily instruction, K-4. Students from Everett and Sheridan will be accepted as enrollment allows. When a student has been admitted to a school for a special program, he/she is considered a student at that school for the remainder of his/her Lake Forest elementary experience.
District transportation may be provided to attendees for a fee as the program is only offered at one school. Timeline to Apply:
February, MarchTimeline for District Results:
If full-day kindergarten is at capacity in one building, a student may attend the full-day program in another building, assuming space is available. This is a one-year transfer, not a permanent transfer.
Please direct questions to: Rebecca Jenkins, Assistant Superintendent for Growth, Talent, and Human Relations, 847-604-7422 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To request a permissive transfer or program change, please download and return the completed Request for Permissive Transfer / Program Attendance Form.
Parents should give advance notice of transfer to another school to
the building principal to permit the preparation of transfer records and
reimbursement of accumulated lunch funds or other fees.
Parents are required to sign a waiver
so that academic and health records may be released to the school to
which a child is transferred. Report cards and other student records
will not be sent until all fees or debts have been paid, or satisfactory
arrangements have been made with the principal.