Safe School Requirements
All St. John of the Cross Parish School volunteers are required to meet all of the following Safe School Requirements.
- Criminal Background Check (completed online)
- Virtus Training Workshop
- Code of Conduct Form
- CANTS Form (required every school year)
- Mandated Reporter Training (required for coaches only)
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Extended School Day
Extended School Day care is designed to accommodate all families whose children are enrolled in St. John of the Cross School. Care is available between the hours 7:30-8:40 am & 3:30-5:30 pm on full days when school is in session in the Learning Resource Center (LRC). Students will have space for individual or group games and supervised study space with homework help available.
Attendance & Guidelines
- Enrolled SJC students in kindergarten through eighth Grade can attend.
- Before and After School Care is provided on all full school days. There will not be care on ½ days, holidays or scheduled institute days.
- Students enrolled in half day morning kindergarten can attend only Before School Care from 7:30 – 8:40.
- Students enrolled in half day afternoon Kindergarten can attend only After School Care from 3:30 – 5:30.
- All Day Kindergarteners can attend both Before and After Care.
- Based on enrollment - Before and After Care will be in the LRC for grades K through 4. Grades 5th – 8th may be in a separate classroom. All Students will return to the LRC for pick-up.
- Students should provide their own healthy snacks. See SJC Handbook for specifics.
- Charges will be $5.00 per 1/2 hour or $10.00 per hour
- Pre-paid family cards for 5-15 hours of care can be purchased through the school office financial by check for $50, $100, or $150. Payment can be arranged by electronic withdrawal.
- Cards can be per student or per family. Two or more children can share a pre-paid card.
- Cards will be kept on file in the Learning Resource Center (LRC).
- A one time registration fee of $25 will be assessed to each family when they register for the program. This fee will be deducted as time is used by the family. A notice will be sent when the balance is zero. A credit balance will NOT transfer to the next school year.
- Late fees will be assessed for students picked up after 5:30.
- Special arrangements can be made to meet the needs of individual families and students.
During the morning students remain in the LRC and can:
- Bring a healthy breakfast snack
- Play free choice games
- Enjoy computer time
During the afternoon, students have several options to fill the time they spend with us.
- Optional Snack time
- Supervised Outside Playtime in the SJC parking lot with small equipment, Weather Permitting
- SQUIRT: Serious-Quiet-UnInterrupted-Reading-Time
- Homework Help
- Math Practice: Flash Cards, White Boards and computer games
- Access to LRC Computers & Software and research Spelling, math, social studies, keyboarding
- Specific Classes Book club, study skills, etc
- Students may attend After School Care before or after any SJC activity. They will be charged per the rate schedule and escorted to the activity. These students will be charged for only the time spent in the After School Care program.
Staffing will be determined based on enrollment under SJC policy.
All SJC school policies apply to this program.
- Acceptable Usage of Computer Policy
- Use of electronic devices
- General behavior can be found in the SJC Student Handbook.
Check in/Check Out
Morning Drop Offs
- Drop offs will be at the LRC door on the North/East side of the building.
- Each child will be signed in and out by their parent or care provider in an attendance book.
Afternoon Pick Ups
- Pickups will be through the LRC door on the North side of the building.
- Parents must enter the LRC and sign their child/children out.
- Only adults authorized on the registration form are allowed to take children from the LRC.
- Parents must call or provide written permission for a child to be released to any other adults.
Parents and child care providers must follow the procedures in the SJC handbook to notify a student of any emergencies or changes in the pick-up schedule. The school office will notify homeroom teachers.
Should an emergency arise for a non-registered family, students will be charged by the hour and the $25 registration fee will be added to the charge at that time. The one free session will not apply.
In order to encourage all students to use the LRC, students working on a group or individual research project can meet in the LRC for the first hour after school at no charge.
- A written request from a teacher will be required. After school book check-outs will not require a note.
- Students coming into the LRC in the morning, on a regular basis (more than once a year) to print out homework assignments will be required to register for the program.
- Students coming into the LRC to take a make-up test as requested by a teacher, will not be required to register for the program.
St. John of the Cross Parish School
708 -51st Street, Western Springs, IL 60558
SJC Office (708) 246-4454
LRC Direct Phone (708) 292-1112
HOURS: 7:30-8:40 AM and 3:30-5:30 PM
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Policy & Procedures
Food in the Classroom
Student safety is the most important concern at St. John of the Cross Parish School. Each year, there are more and more students with peanut/tree nut and other allergies, in some cases which even a microscopic amount of the offending food item may cause a life threatening allergic reaction. St. John of the Cross Parish School does NOT allow any products that contain or have been processed in a facility with peanuts and/or tree nuts to be in any of our classrooms at any time. We require that only food items found on the latest revision of the school Approved Classroom Food List may be eaten in the classroom. This list applies to daily snack and any other classroom events, including birthday/class/holiday celebrations. IT IS IMPERATIVE THE CLASSROOM FOOD POLICY BE FOLLOWED AT ALL TIMES. Students will still be allowed to bring peanut and tree nut products for their school lunches because of the dedicated nut-free table provided for children with allergies in the school Multi-purpose Room / lunchroom. (NOTE: Nuts still in their shells are NEVER allowed anywhere at St. John of the Cross Parish School. Only Peanut/Tree Nut free snacks/treats/lunches will be allowed on field trips.)
Approved Classroom Snack/Treat List for Grades K - 8 *
- Cheese (chunks or string)
- Fresh Fruit (grapes, apples, pears, bananas, oranges/tangerines, etc.)
- Fresh Vegetables (carrots, cucumbers, celery, etc.)
- Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers & Pretzels (single serving pre-packaged ONLY)
- Skinny-Pop Brand Popcorn (single serving pre-packaged ONLY)
*Our Early Childhood (EC) classrooms use a version of the SJC Approved Snack List that is slightly more specific due to the fact that the EC teachers are responsible for dispensing these foods to children who are, in many cases, not yet able to communicate difficulties due to food allergies.
Nut-Free Table Policy and Procedure
A dedicated nut-free table is provided for children with allergies in the school Multi-purpose Room / lunchroom. Each school year as students are registered, parents are required to complete Emergency Medical Information indicating emergency contact information, known allergies, emergency medications and routine medications that are to be administered at school, and whether or not seating at the nut-free table in the school lunchroom is needed/required. Changes in lunchroom seating can be made by written notice from parents to the school administration and/or school nurse. No products that contain or have been processed in a facility with peanuts and/or tree nuts may be present at the nut-free table at any time. Parents whose child/ren without allergies choose to sit with friends at the nut-free table are asked to contact their child/ren’s teacher, the school nurse, and/or the school administration for the specific guidelines for sitting at the nut-free table before their child/ren sit there.
Classroom Celebration Policy
With the increase in food allergies among our students, and our emphasis on healthy eating, we are shifting the focus of our celebrations away from edible treats and on to non-edible options.
- Only food items found on the latest revision of the school Approved Classroom Food List will be allowed for classroom events, including birthday/class/holiday celebrations.
- Only foods found on the latest revision of the Approved Classroom Food List will be allowed to be eaten in the classroom when daily snack is allowed.
- Foods not found on the Approved Classroom Food List are never allowed in the classroom.
- ONLY Peanut/Tree Nut free snacks/treats/lunches will be allowed on field trips.
- Any food provided at special events, special lunches, and concession items, etc. must remain in the area from which they were received and never brought into the classrooms.
With our emphasis on healthy eating and the increase in food allergies among our students, we would like to shift the focus of our celebrations away from edible treats in the classroom and on to non-edible options. (Please see TIME TO CELEBRATE below.)
TIME TO CELEBRATE
With the increase in food allergies among our students, and our emphasis on healthy eating, we are shifting the focus of our celebrations away from edible treats and on to non-edible options, like the ones mentioned below.
Do you like fun stickers, pencils, or erasers?
Do you have a favorite book you would like to share by donating it to your classroom or to the LRC?
Do you have a favorite game you would like to donate to your classroom for use on days when recess is indoors?
Do you play any sports and want to donate equipment for use during outdoor recess?
These are just a few non-edible ideas you can use to celebrate that special day with your classmates!
Kindly direct any questions about this policy to our assistant principal, Mr. Jim O’Keefe (firstname.lastname@example.org), or our school nurse, Mrs. Laurie Petersen (email@example.com), both at 708.246.4454.
Acceptable Use Policy
St. John of the Cross Parish School provides technology resources to its students and staff for educational and administrative purposes. The goal in providing these resources is to promote educational excellence by facilitating resource sharing innovation and communication with the support and supervision of parents/guardians, teachers, and support staff. The use of these technology resources is a privilege, not a right.
Access to computers provides the potential availability of material that may not be considered of educational value in the context of the school setting. Appropriate behavior, as it relates to the use of computers, is no different from behavior expectations in all other aspects of the learning and instructional program. All users are expected to use the computers and computer networks in a responsible and ethical manner. This document is intended to clarify these expectations as they apply to computer and network usage in schools.
SJC follows the Archdiocesan guidelines for technology protocol.
- prevent user access or transmission over its computers and computer network of inappropriate material via internet electronic mail, or other forms of direct electronic communications:
- prevent unauthorized access and other unlawful online activity:
- prevent unauthorized online disclosure, use, or dissemination of personal identification
- information of minors; and including but not limited to the intranet, Internet access, fax, email, stand alone computer and telephone;
- comply with the provisions of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (Pub. L. No. 106-554 47 USC 254(h)).
Use of the technology resources that are prohibited include, but are not limited to:
- violating student rights to privacy/confidentiality, or unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identification information;
- attempting any unauthorized access, including hacking of any computer system:
- downloading unaccep5able materials;
- re-posting personal communication without the author’s prior consent
- violating copyright law;
- using school technology resources for financial gain credit card fraud, electronic forgery, other illegal activity and political purposes;
- downloading, installing or storing software on a school computer without the approval of appropriate school personnel;
- changing or attempting to alter any configuration, program or password on any computer or system;
- using a school computer without knowledge/approval of school personnel responsible for the computer;
- using inappropriate language, pictures, and gestures in any form on the internet;
- using the Internet for entertainment or limited self-discovery function;
- using the Internet for unauthorized purchases.
The school is primarily responsible for:
- applying blocking to visual depictions of material deemed obscene or to child pornography or to any material deemed harmful to minors as determined by the school administration;
- teaching proper techniques and standards for Internet participation;
- guiding student access to appropriate areas of the Internet;
- informing students that misuse of the Internet in school could result in loss of access privileges and/or further disciplinary action;
- monitoring privacy, software policy, copyright laws, e-mail etiquette, approved/intended use of the school’s Internet resource;
- disabling, subject to administrative supervision, protection measures in the case of bona fide adult research or other lawful purposes.
The school is not responsible for:
- unauthorized costs or charges that are incurred by students over the Internet;
- any damages the student may incur, including loss of data;
- the accuracy or quality of any information obtained through any school Internet connection.
The Parent/Student Handbook addresses student use of electronic devices during regular school hours and during school-sponsored activities.
Student-owned computers, when used in school,, must follow the same procedures as school-owned equipment. Student-owned computers cannot be used on school premises without the expressed consent of the principal.
Parents/Guardians and students must sign and acknowledge the school Acceptable Use Procedure. The parent/guardian must authorize the student to have access to the school technology resources at the beginning of each school year.
Parking Lot Drop-off & Pick-up Reminders
Please review the following reminders and remember to always allow yourself enough time so that these policies and procedures may be maintained.
AM Drop-off Reminders:
- For drop-off at North Doors or the school’s Main Doors, cars will use the northernmost driveway to enter the SJC campus, forming two separate lanes of traffic upon entering. The middle driveway is exit only for morning drop-off.
- For student drop-off at NORTH DOORS, cars are to approach SJC driving SOUTH on Wolf Road, entering the parking lot making a left hand turn and using the northern lane of traffic.
- For student drop-off at the MAIN DOORS, cars are to approach SJC driving NORTH on Wolf Road, entering the parking lot making a right hand turn and using the southern lane of traffic.
- To avoid accidents and confusion, drivers are NEVER allowed to CROSS OVER into the opposite lane of traffic! (EX: Turning right into the northern lane or turning left into the southern lane.)
- Drivers must decide which drop off lane they wish to use prior to entering campus so as to approach SJC from the proper direction on Wolf Road.
- Once in position to drop-off, students may only disembark vehicles from the doors closest to the school building.
- Families with 3 year old Preschool are to use Door #7 on Caroline Avenue. Children will be taken from the car by teachers/sides. Parents should circle around the parish campus for arrival so that they are traveling south on Caroline Avenue. PLEASE DO NOT BLOCK THE PARKING LOT EXIT LOCATED AT RUGELEY ROAD WHILE WAITING IN LINE TO DROP OFF YOUR CHILD(REN).
- Families with 4 year old Preschool (AM & PM) students only are to use the circle driveway outside of the 51st Street doors. Children will be taken from the car by teachers/sides. Parents should circle around the parish campus for arrival so that they are traveling south on Caroline Avenue and turning west (right) onto 51st Street.
- Families with Kindergarten students only are to enter the school campus traveling north on Wolf Road and making a RIGHT TURN ONLY in the first/southern entrance near the Kindergarten (under the large crucifix). Children will be taken from the car by teachers/sides.
PM Pick-up Reminders:
- Cars in the South Main lot are to face WEST (toward Wolf Road); cars in the East Parish Center are to face NORTH (toward the Parish Center).
- When parking in the East Parish Center lot, please drive as far west as parking allows and remember to pull forward if the space in front of you is available.
- For the safety of our children, BACKING UP IS NEVER ALLOWED! Always pull forward when exiting the parking lot.
- Parking/Waiting in the aisles or in areas that are not designated as parking spots is not allowed. We must be able to maintain an orderly flow of traffic in these areas.
- Ensure that you are parked within the parking lines so that there are enough parking spots for those who arrive after you.
All volunteers and visitors to SJC are now required to enter the school building through the Main Entrance (Door #1). Please review the following remember to allow yourself extra time so that the standard policies and procedures may be maintained.
Long Term Visitors to SJC:
- All long term (more than 5 minutes) volunteers/visitors to SJC are asked to enter the parking lot using the center entrance on Wolf Road, parking their vehicles to the left in the North Parish Center lot.
- Volunteers/Visitors are to enter the building through the Main Doors so that they may sign in and out with the main office.
Short Term Visitors to SJC:
- All short term (5 minutes or less) visitors to SJC are asked to enter the parking lot using the center entrance on Wolf Road, parking their vehicles to the right in the South Main lot in the first row of parking closest to the school building.
- Visitors are to enter the building through the Main Doors so that they may check in with the main office.
- When exiting the South Main lot, visitors are asked to drive south and exit using the southernmost exit onto Wolf Road.
- Children who walk to and from school are ALWAYS and ONLY to cross at the intersections with crossing guards.
- No parking or dropping off/picking up of students is allowed on any street surrounding the school.
A complete explanation with diagrams of parking and drop-off/pick-up procedures may be viewed on pp. 33-37 of the Parent/Student Handbook.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation and support.
Parent Teacher Conferences
Twice per school year St. John of the Cross Parish School holds Parent Teacher Conferences. The Fall Conferences, held in early November, are mandatory for all Grades Pre-K through 8th. Students in Grades 5 to 8 attend conferences with their parents. The Spring Conferences, held in early February, are not mandatory but offer a perfect opportunity for parents to catch-up on children’s progress.
St. John of the Cross School utilizes Pick-a-time online scheduling for parents to be able to schedule the day and times that are most convenient for them. Email instructions are sent to parents about 10 days before the conference date and time is allotted for all parents to access the scheduler.
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