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Board of Education Policy Manual

The Lostant CUSD #425 Board of Education Policy Manual is provided at this location so that any policy can be accessed at anytime. The following links provide access to the full Policy Manual. If any policy is in the process of being updated, this will be indicated until the final policy is approved by the Board. For more information, please contact Superintendent Sandra Malahy at 815-368-3392.


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Section 1 Table of Contents

1:10 School District Legal Status

1:20 District Organization, Operations, and Cooperative Agreements

1:30 School District Philosophy


Section 2 Table of Contents

2:10 School District Governance

2:20 Powers and Duties of the Board of Education

2:30 School District Elections

2:40 Board Member Qualifications

2:50 Board Member Term of Office

2:60 Board Member Removal from Office

2:70 Vacancies on the Board of Education

2:70-E Exhibit - Checklist for Filling Board Vacancies by Appointment

2:80 Board Member Oath and Conduct

2:80-E Exhibit - Board Member Code of Conduct

2:100 Board Member Conflict of Interest

2:105 Ethic and Gift Ban

2:110 Qualifications, Term, and Duties of Board Officers

2:120 Board Member Development

2:120-E1 Exhibit - Guidelines for Serving as a Mentor to a New Board of Education Member

2:125 Board Member Expenses

2:125-E1 Exhibit - Board Member Expense Reimbursement Form

2:125-E2 Exhibit - Board Member Estimated Expense Approval Form

2:130 Board Superintendent Relationship

2:140 Communications To and From the Board

2:140-E Exhibit - Guidance for Board Member Communications, Including Email Use

2:150 Committees

2:160 Board Attorney

2:160 - E Checklist for Selecting a Board Attorney

2:170 Procurement of Architectural, Engineering, and Land Surveying Services

2:200 Types of Board of Education Meetings

2:210 Organizational Board of Education Meeting

2:220 Board of Education Procedures

2:220-E1 Exhibit - Board Treatment of Closed Meeting Verbatim Recordings and Minutes

2:220-E2 Exhibit - Motion to Adjourn to Closed Meeting

2:220-E3 Exhibit - Closed Meeting Minutes

2:220-E4 Exhibit - Open Meeting Minutes

2:220-E5 Exhibit - Semi-Annual Review of Closed Meeting Minutes

2:220-E6 Exhibit - Log of Closed Meeting Minutes

2:220-E7 Exhibit - Access to Closed Meeting Minutes and Verbatim Recordings

2:220-E8 Exhibit - School Board Records Maintenance Requirements and FAQ's

2:230 Public Participation of Board of Education

2:240 Board Policy Development

2:240-E1 Exhibit - PRESS Issue Updates

2:240-E2 Exhibit - Developing Local Policy

2:250 Access to District Public Records

2:260 Uniform Grievance Procedure

Section 3 Table of Contents

3:10 Goals and Objectives

3:30 Chain of Command

3:40 Superintendent

3:50 Administrative Personnel Other Than The Superintendent

3:60 Administrative Responsibility of the Building Principal

3:70 Succession of Authority


Section 4 Table of Contents

4:10 Fiscal and Business Management

4:15 Identity Protection

4:20 Fund Balances

4:30 Revenue and Investments

4:40 Incurring Debt

4:45 Insufficient Fund Checks & Debt Recovery

4:50 Operational Services

4:55 Use of Credit and Procurement Cards

4:60 Purchases and Contracts

4:70 Resource and Conservation

4:80 Accounting and Audits

4:90 Activity Funds

4:100 Insurance Management

4:110 Transportation

4:120 Food Services

4:130 Free and Reduced-Price Food Services

4:130 Exhibit - Free and Reduced-Price Food Services; Meal Charge Notifications

4:140 Waiver of Student Fees

4:150 Facility Management and Building Programs

4:160 Environmental Quality of Buildings and Grounds

4:170 Safety

4:175 Convicted Child Sex Offender; Screening Notifications

4:180 Pandemic Preparedness


Section 5 Table of Contents

5:10 Equal Employment Opportunity and Minority Recruitment

5:20 Workplace Harassment Prohibited

5:30 Hiring Process and Criteria

5:35 Compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act

5:40 Communicable and Chronic Infectious Disease

5:50 Drug- and Alcohol-Free Workplace; Tobacco Prohibitions

5:60 Expenses

5:60 - E1 Exhibit - Employee Expense Reimbursement Form

5:60 - E2 Exhibit - Employee Estimated Expense Approval Form

5:70 Religious Holidays

5:80 Court Duty

5:90 Abused and Neglected Child Reporting

5:100 Staff Development Program

5:110 Recognition for Service

5:120 Ethics and Conduct

5:125 Personal Technology and Social Media; Usage and Conduct

5:130 Responsibilities Concerning Internal Information

5:140 Solicitations By or From Staff

5:150 Personnel Records

5:170 Copyright

5:180 Temporary Illness or Temporary Incapacity

5:190 Teacher Qualifications

5:200 Terms and Conditions of Employment and Dismissal

5:210 Resignations

5:220 Substitute Teachers

5:230 Maintaining Student Discipline

5:240 Suspension

5:250 Leaves of Absence

5:260 Student Teachers

5:270 Employment At-Will, Compensation, and Assignment

5:280 Duties and Qualifications

5:285 Drug and Alcohol Testing for School Bus and Commercial Vehicle Drivers

5:290 Employment Termination and Suspension

5:300 Schedules and Employment Year

5:310 Compensatory Time-Off

5:320 Evaluation

5:330 Sick Days, Vacation, Holidays, and Leaves


Section 6 Table of Contents

6:10 Educational Philosophy and Objectives

6:15 School Accountability

6:20 School Year Calendar and Day

6:30 Organization of Instruction

6:40 Curriculum Development

6:50 School Wellness

6:60 Curriculum Content

6:65 Student Social and Emotional Development

6:70 Teaching About Religions

6:80 Teaching About Controversial Issues

6:100 Using Animals in the Educational Program

6:110 Programs for Students At Risk of Academic Failure and/or Dropping Out of School and Graduation Incentives Program

6:120 Education of Children with Disabilities

6:130 Enrichment Program

6:140 Education of Homeless Children

6:145 Migrant Students

6:150 Home and Hospital Instruction

6:160 English Learners

6:170 Title I Programs

6:190 Extracurricular and Co-Curricular Activities

6:210 Instructional Materials

6:230 Library Media Program

6:235 Access to Electronic Networks

6:240 Field Trips and Recreational Class Trips

6:250 Community Resource Persons and Volunteers

6:255 Assemblies and Ceremonies

6:260 Complaints About Curriculum, Instructional Materials, and Programs

6:270 Guidance and Counseling Program

6:280 Grading and Promotion

6:290 Homework

6:315 High School Credit for Students in Grade 7 or 8

6:340 Student Testing and Assessment Program


Section 7 Table of Contents

7:10 Equal Educational Opportunities

710-E-Exhibit- Equal Educational Opportunities

7:15 Student and Family Privacy Rights

7:20 Harassment of Students Prohibited

7:30 Student Assignment

7:40 Nonpublic School Students, Including Parochial and Home-Schooled Students

7:50 School Admissions and Student Transfers To and From Non-District Schools

7:60 Residence

7:70 Attendance and Truancy

7:80 Release Time for Religious Instruction/Observance

7:90 Release During School Hours

7:100 Health, Eye, and Dental Examinations; Immunizations; Exclusion of Students

7:130 Student Rights and Responsibilities

7:140 Search and Seizure

7:150 Agency and Police Interviews

7:160 Student Appearance

7:170 Vandalism

7:180 Prevention of and Response to Bullying, Intimidation, and Harassment

7:185 Teen Dating Violence Prohibited

7:190 Student Discipline

7:200 Suspension Procedures

7:210 Expulsion Procedures

7:220 Bus Conduct

7:230 Misconduct by Students with Disabilities

7:240 Conduct Code for Participants in Extracurricular Activities

7:250 Student Support Services

7:260 Exemption from Physical Education

7:270 Administering Medicines to Students

7:275 Orders for Forgo Life-Sustaining Treatment

7:280 Communicable and Chronic Infectious Disease

7:285 Food Allergy Management Program

7:290 Suicide and Depression Awareness and Prevention

7:300 Extracurricular Athletics

7:305 Student Athlete Concussions and Head Injuries

7:310 Restrictions on Publications

7:325 Student Fund-Raising Activities

7:330 Student Use of Buildings - Equal Access

7:340 Student Records


Section 8 Table of Contents

8:10 Connection with the Community

8:20 Community Use of School Facilities

8:25 Advertising and Distributing Materials in Schools Provided by Non-School Related Entities

8:30 Visitors to and Conduct on School Property

8:70 Accommodating Individuals with Disabilities

8:80 Gifts to the District

8:90 Parent Organizations and Booster Clubs

8:95 Parental Involvement

8:100 Relations with Other Organizations and Agencies

8:110 Public Suggestions and Concerns






Lostant CUSD 425 315 W 3rd Street Lostant, IL  61334

Phone: 815.368.3392 Fax: 815.368.3132

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