Kaneland 2012-13 school year information

By on June 30, 2012

KANELAND—Kaneland Schools will begin the new school year on Wednesday, Aug. 22, with a full day of classes. Full bus service to all schools and full hot lunch service at the middle and high schools will be provided.

Kaneland Elementary Schools
The starting time for all elementary schools is 8:50 a.m. Do not bring your child to the elementary school before 8:40 a.m. Elementary school students are dismissed by 3:30 p.m. Dismissal of students that walk, are picked up by parents or ride the bus, may vary slightly at each school.

Morning kindergarten classes are from 8:50 to 11:30 a.m. Afternoon kindergarten classes are from 12:45 to 3:30 p.m. The Extended Day Kindergarten program will run with the same start and end times as the elementary buildings.

Kaneland elementary schools conducted a mail-in registration in April/May. Parents of students new to the elementary schools, and parents who have not as yet registered their children for kindergarten (children must be five years of age on or before Sept. 1) should contact the appropriate office immediately to register for the coming school year:
John Stewart Elementary School
817 Prairie Valley, Elburn (630) 365-8170
John Shields Elementary School
85 Main St., Sugar Grove (630) 466-8500
Blackberry Creek Elementary School
1122 S. Anderson Road, Elburn
(630) 365-1122
McDole Elementary School
2901 Foxmoor Drive, Montgomery
(630) 897-1961

Harter Middle School—
Kaneland High School

All students new to the district are requested to register before Aug. 20. Registration packets for new students are available online. All students will receive fee statements in the mail, and students are able to access their schedules through Konnect by Aug.13.

Parents of new middle school students are requested to call the Harter Middle School office at (630) 466-8400. Middle school students may purchase physical education clothes and locks the first week of school during P.E. or lunch.

Parents of new high school students should call the Students Services Center, (630) 365-5100, ext. 210, in advance to arrange an appointment to register. High school students will receive their schedules online and fee statements in the mail. For high school students, PE clothes and locks are available for purchase in the Athletic Office during the first week of school.

Harter Middle School hours are 7:25 a.m to 2:40 p.m. Kaneland High School hours are 7:35 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.

Important information for
students/parents new to District 302

If you are in the process of moving into the Kaneland District, register as soon as possible. Contact the appropriate school building to be certain that you meet the state residency criteria to attend the district’s schools. You are encouraged to visit the building before school starts. Each school will host an open house for new students; visit www.kaneland.org for information.

Also note that, if a student is not registered by Wednesday, Aug. 1, bus service cannot be guaranteed for the first two weeks of school. If your child will be transported to or from an approved child care facility, make sure you have filled out the necessary paperwork by Wednesday, Aug. 1.

Special education programs and
services for new students

In order to identify appropriate programming and service options, parents of children with special needs are encouraged to bring current IEP’s with them when they register their child for school. The IEP enables the district to implement services in a timely manner and is vital for providing a smooth transition for your child to his or her new school.

For information, contact Fran Eggleston, director of Special Education, at (630) 365-5111, ext. 111.

Fees for the 2012-13 school year are as follows: textbook rental and instructional materials, early childhood technology fee, early childhood textbook rental and instructional materials, kindergarten technology fee, kindergarten textbook rental and instructional materials, grades 1-5 technology fee, grades 1-5 textbook rental and instructional materials, grades 6-8 technology fee, grades 6-8 middle school extracurricular activities, middle school clubs, middle school drama (school plays), textbook rental and instructional materials, grades 9-12 technology fee, grades 9-12 parking permit fee (must receive permission to drive to school), extracurricular activities, poms/cheerleading, high school clubs, high school class play/musical, driver education, plus $20 permit fee (made payable to Secretary of State).

Payment must be postmarked by Monday, Aug. 20. Fees may be paid online at www.kaneland.org.

Textbook rental and instructional material fees have been frozen since 2007; only extra-curricular and parking fees have increased or been instituted.

Student insurance options
The district has recently added student accident insurance coverage to the district’s policy. However, the student’s primary health insurance carrier will be the first means of coverage.

School lunch program
This year, the cost of hot lunch is $2.05 for students in grades 6-12, milk sold separately.

Hot lunch is not available at the elementary schools. Students in grades 1-5 will be required to bring their own lunches on a daily basis. Milk will be available for $.30. An optional annual payment of $48 is also offered, along with a per-semester option (first semester, $25; second semester, $24). Lunches will be provided to students eligible for free lunches.

Examinations and health requirements
The School Code of Illinois requires that proof of a physical examination be provided at registration for all students entering the Early Childhood Program, kindergarten, sixth grade, ninth grade, and for all students who are enrolling at Kaneland from another state.

Dental examinations are required for all kindergarten, second-graders and sixth-graders, and vision examinations are required for all kindergarten students, and students entering Kaneland from another state. Forms for the physical examination are available in the school office or online (www.kaneland.org). To be valid, these examinations must have been administered by a licensed physician within one year of the entry date into the grades cited above.

The physical form needs to include the immunizations, health history and diabetes screening (based on height and weight). Beginning 2012-13, any child entering sixth and ninth grade shall show proof of receiving one dose of Dtap vaccine, regardless of the interval since the last Dtap, DT or Td dose. Immunizations are available from the Kane County Health Department. Call (630) 264-7665.

Early childhood and kindergarten students must provide proof of having received lead screening, and all Kaneland students in K-12 must furnish proof of having received all required shots for MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), polio, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus (DPT) and chicken pox by Oct. 15.

In addition, students entering the early childhood program must furnish proof of having received HIB and Hepatitis B shots by Oct. 15, and students entering 5th grade must also furnish proof of having received Hepatitis B shots by Oct. 15.

Kindergarten students must show proof of having received one dose of Varicella on or after their first birthday, or show proof of having had the disease by the health care provider.

Any questions regarding health records should be addressed to the nurse of the school your child is attending. Any questions regarding immunization requirements should be addressed to the Kane County Health Department, (630) 264-7665.