Period 1 - 8:15 – 8:58, Period 2 - 9:01 – 9:43, Period 3 - 9:46 – 10:28, Period 4 - 10:31 – 11:13, Period 5 - 11:16 – 11:51
Period 6 - 11:54 – 12:29, Period 7 - 12:33 – 1:15, Period 8 - 1:18 – 2:00, Period 9 - 2:03 – 2:45, Period 10 - 2:48 – 3:30
The habit of regular and faithful attendance is a prerequisite to successful school life. Students should be absent only in cases of illness or emergency. The Board of Education directs the school administration and staff to enforce, on a consistent basis, all school regulations relative to school attendance. These regulations shall require that all absences be verified by phone by the student's parents or legal guardian. When a student is ill and will be absent, parents are asked to call the school office that morning (847-480-4814 or 847-272-1900) by 7:45 a.m. to report the absence.
Students absent for three or more consecutive days due to illness will be required to submit a written statement from a physician which includes the diagnosis for the extended absence.
Board of Education policy requires all students to be in full attendance for the entire school day. State attendance reporting regulations require a student to be in attendance 2.5 hours in both the a.m. or p.m. or be reported for the respective half day. Students arriving late but within the 2.5 hour limit shall be considered tardy.
Excused Absences: There are two types of absences: excused and unexcused. Excused absences include: illness (including up to 5 days per school year for mental or behavioral health of the student), observance of a religious holiday or event, death in the immediate family, family emergency, situations beyond the control of the student as determined by the school board, 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. All other absences will be considered unexcused.
If a student is not in attendance by 9:30 a.m. or leaves before the end of the school day, he/she will not be permitted to participate in any extracurriculars activities unless special arrangements have been approved by the administration. If a student does not participate during P.E. due to a medical reason, the student cannot participate in athletic practices or games on that day.
Leaving During the School Day
The following procedures should be followed if it is necessary for a student to leave the school during the day:
Parents should write a note requesting an early dismissal for a student who needs to leave school during the day. The note should indicate who will be picking the child up. Before the start of the school day, the student should bring the note to the school secretary who will issue an early dismissal slip.
The person who is to pick up the child must report to the school office and sign the child out of school. Parents cannot go to a classroom to pick up a student. No teacher may dismiss a child from class without first receiving an appropriate notice. Students will not be called out of class until the parent is in the building.
Every student must be signed out in the office by a parent, guardian, or person who has been authorized by the parent before leaving the building with that person.
If a child is to be picked up during that time that he/she may be at lunch, the person must sign the child out in the office and wait for the child the report to the office. Under no circumstances may an unauthorized adult who is not a staff member approach the lunch/recess area.
This section explains the procedures for using the Wood Oaks drive to drop-off and pick-up students. These procedures are designed to ensure the safety of both staff and students and have been developed in coordination with the District 27 Director of Facilities.
At 6:30 AM each day, the entrance to the staff parking lot will be closed off to all traffic entering from Sanders Road. All vehicles will need to use the horseshoe drive which wraps around to the front of the school to drop off students. Please maintain a safe speed and obey all posted stop signs.
Staff members will be crossing from the lot to the building during this time, please be aware of them. If you need to visit the main office during morning drop-off time, please follow the horseshoe drive around, enter the staff lot from the south end and park in a visitors space (marked in green on the map). Once parked, please make use of the marked crosswalks to approach the building.
There are also three visitor spaces located on the south end of the property which can be used (also marked in green on the map). At approximately 8:30 AM each day, the entrance to the staff lot from Sanders Road will be re-opened and use of the horseshoe drive to park and visit the office will no longer be required.
Please keep in mind that the rationale for these procedures is to maintain the safety of all pedestrians on our campus. Since the institution of these procedures last year, the number of reported “close calls” of vehicle vs. pedestrian incidents has been drastically reduced. We consider the safety of every individual on our campus to be my paramount responsibility.
At 2:30 PM each day, the entrance to the staff parking lot from Sanders Road will once again be secured. Vehicles arriving to pick-up students will need to follow the horseshoe drive around, maintaining a safe speed and obeying all posted stop signs, until they reach the front of the school or another parked vehicle. Vehicles should form a line along the curb (marked in yellow on the map) and wait for student dismissal.
Parking in the visitor spaces in the staff lot or south driveway (marked in green on the map) will be reserved only for those with business in the main office or for parents who need to assist their child to the car. Examples of this include: students on crutches, students unable to carry their own bags, and students with large instruments. If your child does not require your assistance to get to your vehicle, you should not be parking in the staff parking lot, but joining the lines of cars around the horseshoe drive.
Cars in the horseshoe drive should form two lines in the right two lanes. The far left lane should be left open for through traffic. If there are too many cars to fit in those two lanes, Wood Oaks staff members will assist visitors with filling in the third lane of traffic. Students will not be allowed to get into a vehicle until that vehicle has pulled up and is in the loading zone marked with yellow paint on the pavement (marked in yellow on the map). This area begins near the first set of double doors on the north side of the building. If you are within a short distance of that zone, please do not call for your child and encourage them to challenge the staff member posted there to ensure they only load in the designated area.
I am aware that many students have after school commitments which require them to be at a certain location at a certain time. My recommendation to you, if that situation applies, is to arrive early and be one of the first cars in the line. This plan is based on the philosophy that every student should enter a vehicle at the curb and not need to cross in front of other vehicles. No student will be allowed to cross the drive and enter the staff lot unless they are escorted by a parent who is properly parked. On most days, all parent traffic has exited the Wood Oaks lot by 3:45 pm and we begin to load buses.
For those arriving at school for an after-school athletic event, the entrance to the staff lot from Sanders Road will be re-opened at 3:45 PM. If you arrive earlier than that, you will not be able to access the parking lot.