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    • District 300 welcomes all students, parents and guardians to the 2019-2020 school year!  We look forward to celebrating the first day of school with you on Tuesday, August 13th.

      District 300 has compiled useful information for the upcoming school year all in one place. Topics have been arranged in alphabetical order to optimize organization. Please note: some topics are only applicable to certain parent groups (for example, the “newcomers meeting” topic is only applicable to families that are new to our district). As such, please read each section carefully to determine if a topic is applicable to your student.

      Advanced Placement (AP) Exam Changes

      This update is for high school AP students and their parents. College Board, the organization that oversees AP testing, has revised test registration and payment processes for students considering taking an AP test in May of 2020.

      College Board has moved the timeline for AP exam registration and payment to the fall of 2019 as their data indicates students who register for an AP exam in the fall are more engaged throughout the year and achieve higher test results. District 300 and our high schools will communicate all pertinent updates to ensure parents and students remain informed. 

      Student (or parents) may contact their school counselor with any AP exam questions.

       

      Assessments

      To view the 2019-2020 school year assessment calendar, please visit: https://www.d300.org/Assessments 

       

      Attendance

      Encouraging regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways a parent or guardian can prepare a child for success. When students are absent for an average of just two days of school per month—even when the absences are excused—it can have a negative impact. These absences can affect students as early as kindergarten. As a parent or guardian, you can prepare your child for a lifetime of success by making regular school attendance a priority.

       

      Bus and Transportation Information

      If your student(s) is eligible for school bus transportation during the 2019-2020 academic year, you can expect a postcard with your child’s route information approximately two weeks prior to the start of school. Additionally, beginning August 8th, parents and guardians will be able to access this same route information through Infinite Campus Parent Portal.

      Students who were registered after July 13th, 2019 may not receive transportation data until after the second week of school.

      Due to the volume of students we transport on a daily basis, please understand that transportation change requests cannot be accommodated during the first few weeks of school.

      All preschool through second grade students will receive a “bus backpack pass” for the new school year on their first day of class from their teacher. This “bus backpack pass”will include the student’s afternoon bus route information and will be used to board the bus. 

       

      Bus Tracker App

      The Durham Bus Tracker app provides an accurate means for parents and students to monitor the location of a particular bus and/or possible delays in the arrival to a specific stop.

      The app can be downloaded from the Apple Store, Google Play, or directly at m.durhambustracker.com. A parent must have a smartphone or tablet device to download the app.

      Use of the app is purely voluntary. There is no cost associated with the app, however associated data charges may apply and will be the responsibility of the user.

      Once the app is downloaded, parents and guardians can follow these instructions:

      • “Create An Account” by entering your name and email address, then create a password for this application.

      • “Add Student” by first selecting a “state” which is “Illinois,” then “location” which is “Carpentersville, IL.”

      • Enter your “Student ID” number and “Student last name.” This must be entered exactly as it is in the District 300 student database.

      • If you have more than one student, continue adding students then select “Save.” It is VERY important for students to still arrive at the bus stop 5 minutes prior to their scheduled time to avoid missing the bus. The bus will not return for students that were not at the bus stop at their correct time. Please note that GPS data gives us information such as speed of vehicle, idling time, accurate time of bus arrival to any location and door opening at each stop.

      • Late start and early release day schedules won’t be reflected in the app but parents can see where the bus is located.

       

      Calendar and Schedule Information

      All District-level calendar information for the 2019-2020 school year can be found at d300.org/Calendars. School specific events can be located on your school’s homepage in the section titled: “Upcoming Events.”

      • The 2019-2020 District calendar for kindergarten through 12th grade students can be accessed by clicking here.

      • The preschool calendar can be accessed by clicking here.

      • Bell times for regular school days can be accessed by clicking here.

      • Early release dates and bell times can be accessed by clicking here (please note: preschool students do not follow the district’s early release bell schedule. Parents of preschool students should refer to the preschool calendar).

      • Elementary A-B-C-D-E schedule can be accessed by clicking here.

      • High school bell schedules can be accessed by clicking here.

       

      Chromebooks

      Parents, please remind students in grades 6 through 12 who brought their Chromebook home for the summer to bring it back to school, fully charged, on the first day of classes.

      High school students who did not bring their Chromebook home over the summer will receive it during their school’s textbook distribution night.

      Middle school students who did not bring their Chromebook home over the summer will receive it during their ELA class period during the first three days of school.  

      Elementary school students will receive their Chromebooks within the three days of school (please note: preschool and kindergarten students do not receive Chromebooks).

       

      Construction Update

      The District 300 Buildings and Grounds team has been hard at work all summer to ensure our schools are clean and well-maintained for the start of the new school year.

      Additionally, the team has completed (or is nearing completion) on numerous construction projects at the following sites:

      • District-wide: the District 300 Buildings and Grounds team has completed concrete replacement and sealcoating throughout District 300 schools.

      • Algonquin Middle School: Floor replacement

      • Carpentersville Middle School: Bathroom renovations and floor replacement

      • Dundee-Crown High School: Mechanical replacement and media center renovations

      • Dundee Highlands: Bathrooms, ceilings, lights, and blinds

      • Hampshire Elementary: Bathroom renovations, floor replacement, and  roof replacement

      • Hampshire High School: Mechanical replacements, and parking lot replacement

      • Hampshire Middle School: Roof replacement

      • Lakewood Elementary School: Floor replacement

      • Jacobs High School: Kitchen renovation, mechanical replacements, media center renovation, and tuck-pointing

      • Lake in the Hills Elementary: Bathroom renovations

      • Neubert Elementary School: Bathroom renovation, floor replacement, and roof replacement

      • Parkview Elementary School: Medical center renovations

      • Sleepy Hollow Elementary School: Bathroom renovations

      • Westfield Community School: Tuck-pointing

       

      D300 Parent Universities and Network Liaison Program

      2019 - 2020 Parent Universities

      • Saturday, August 17, 2019: Resource Fair - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dundee Library

      • Monday, August 26, 2019: School Avoidance/Refusal - 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the D300 Central Office

      • Monday, September 16, 2019: Discipline and Bullying Overview - 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the D300 Central Office

      • Wednesday, September 18, 2019: Love and Logic Series Session 1: Putting an End to Arguing, Back Talk and Begging (must attend all sessions in series and have 10 signed up) - 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the D300 Central Office

      • Thursday, October 10, 2019: Opioid Crisis - 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the D300 Central Office

      • Wednesday, October 23, 2019: Love and Logic Series Session 2: Teaching Responsibility Without Losing Their Love (must attend all sessions in series) - 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the D300 Central Office

      • Monday, November 4, 2019: IEP Basics - 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the D300 Central Office

      • Wednesday, November 20, 2019: Love and Logic Series Session 3: Setting Limits Without Waging War (must attend all sessions in series and have 10 signed up) - 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the D300 Central Office 

      • Monday, December 2, 2019: Stress and Anxiety - What Can Parents Do To Help - 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the D300 Central Office

      • Wednesday, December 11, 2019: Love and Logic Series Session 4: Avoiding Power Struggles (must attend all sessions in series and have 10 signed up) - 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the D300 Central Office 

      • Wednesday, January 8, 2020: Love and Logic Series Session 5: Guiding Kids to Own and Solve Their Problems (must attend all sessions in series and have 10 signed up) - 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the D300 Central Office 

      • Monday, January 13, 2020: Managing 24/7 Digital Access For Your Child - 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the D300 Central Office

      • Monday, February 10, 2020: Vaping and Drug Prevention - 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the D300 Central Office

      • Wednesday, February 12, 2020: Love and Logic Series Session 6: Teaching Kids to Complete Chores Without Reminders and Without Pay (must attend all sessions in series and have 10 signed up) - 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the D300 Central Office 

      • Saturday March 7, 2020: Transition Planning - Adult Services: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.; College: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.) at the D300 Central Office 

      • Monday, April 13, 2020: Guardianship - 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the D300 Central Office
         

      • Monday, May 18, 2020: Mental Health Awareness - 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the D300 Central Office

        

      Dress Code

      To view the District 300 student dress code, please click here.

       

      Education Services Video Series

      The District 300 Education Services Department has created an informative video series intended to answer frequently asked questions, define commonly used terminology, and provide an overview of important concepts and resources.

      The Education Services Video Series includes the following titles:

      The complete Education Services Video Series can be viewed by clicking here

       

      Free And Reduced Lunch Applications

      The Household Eligibility Application for free/reduced price meals must be completed annually starting in July of each year.

      Applications for the National School Lunch Program can be completed by clicking here.

      If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact 847-551-8349 or send an email to FandRapps@d300.org.

       

      Graduation Dates

      The District 300 class of 2020 (all three high schools) will celebrate graduation ceremonies on Saturday, May 16th at the Sears Centre Arena (5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates, 60192) as follows:

      Dundee-Crown High School

      Dundee-Crown High School’s graduation ceremony begins at 10 a.m.  

      All students should plan to arrive at the Sears Centre Arena no later than 9 a.m.

      Hampshire High School

      Hampshire High School’s graduation ceremony begins at 2 p.m.

      All students should plan to arrive at the Sears Centre Arena no later than 1 p.m.

      Jacobs High School

      Jacobs High School’s graduation ceremony begins at 6 p.m.

      All students should plan to arrive at the Sears Centre Arena no later than 5 p.m.

       

      Health Requirements

       

      Illinois law [105 ILCS 5/27-8.1] requires schools to exclude students from school until they present proof of meeting the health exam and immunization requirements.

      All District 300 students must be up-to-date with their physical examination and immunization requirements prior to the beginning of the new academic year. All forms must be turned into the School Health Office no later than August 1, 2019, to ensure students can begin on the first day of attendance. Students will not be able to attend school until all health information is on file. A listing of required immunizations/vaccinations can be found at www.d300.org/HealthRequirements. You can also watch a video overview of all 2019-2020 health requirements by clicking here.

      Specific exemptions or causes exist for students that preclude them from being excluded from school by the date specified and must include the following:

      • Medical Exemptions: Students with specific medical conditions may be exempt from required immunizations/vaccinations. The medical exemption must be signed by a medical doctor licensed to practice medicine in Illinois. Healthcare providers may use their judgment, along with many sources of information about vaccination, to assess whether a child is likely to experience an adverse reaction. If the determination is yes, then the medical practitioner may issue a medical exemption or adopt an individualized schedule.

      • Religious Exemptions: Parents or legal guardians who object, for religious reasons, to their child being immunized for school entrance must submit a Certificate of Religious Exemption, which now must be signed by a healthcare provider. This legislation requires a health care provider to sign the certificate confirming they have provided education to the parents or legal guardians about the benefits of immunizations and the health risks of not vaccinating students.

        • Parents or legal guardians must submit the signed certificate to their local school authority prior to children entering kindergarten, sixth grade, and ninth grade.

        • The Certificate of Religious Exemption form is available by clicking here.

      • Newly Enrolled Students: New students enrolling at a school or within a district for the first time have 30 days from the initial date of enrollment to meet these requirements.

      • Proof of a Scheduled Medical Appointment: School Code does allow students to be exempt from mandatory exclusion if they are able to provide evidence of a scheduled appointment for their immunizations/vaccinations. A copy of the scheduled appointment must be submitted to the school nurse. The nurse will call and verify the appointment and will follow-up after the scheduled date to ensure that all records have been updated.   

      Per School Board Policy 7:100, students not meeting the Physical Examination and Immunization requirements prior to the first day of school will not be allowed to start classes. Students who do not have their immunization/vaccination records completed will not be issued an actual school schedule. Students will have access to their courses through Infinite Campus but will not receive a final schedule. Students without their immunizations/vaccinations and/or completed registration who come to school will be housed on the first day in a central location. Staff will work to contact individual families and apprise them that their student(s) may not attend until all records are complete or the district receives evidence of a scheduled appointment or waiver submission.

      How To Submit Health Documents

      Parents and/or guardians may submit documentation of physicals and/or immunizations/vaccinations via fax, email (scanned), mail, or in person.

      Nurses are not 12 month employees and return to school buildings in late July. If you have sent verification of immunizations/vaccinations and/or physical exams prior to July 22, please contact the school nurse to ensure that your child’s records have been received and are accurately reflected in the system. As an alternative, you may also submit your child’s records to Sherrie Schmidt, Coordinator for Health Services at Health.Forms@d300.org or via fax at 847-551-8433. Should you have any questions or concerns you can contact Sherrie Schmidt at 847-551-8371.

       

      Homecoming Dance Dates

      District 300 high schools will host their respective homecoming dances on the following dates:

      • Dundee-Crown High School: Saturday, September 28th

      • Hampshire High School: Saturday, September 28th

      • Jacobs High School: Saturday, September 21st

      Each high school will provide updates with additional information.

       

      INCubator Volunteers

      The District 300 Business INCubator program is seeking volunteers who can share their entrepreneurship and business journey with middle school and high school students. Volunteers can serve in a variety of different roles, including: mentors, guest speakers, coaches, and more. 

      For additional information, please email Lindsay Sharp, Coordinator of College and Career Readiness, at Lindsay.Sharp@d300.org

       

      Infinite Campus Parent Portal and Student Portal

      The Infinite Campus Parent Portal and Campus Student Portal are powerful resources that provide parents and students with access to information such as assignments, attendance, grades, and schedules.

      The Campus Parent Portal and Campus Student Portal are available via a web browser (by visiting: https://infinitecampus.d300.org/campus/portal/carpentersville.jsp) or as a mobile app titled Campus Parent and Campus Student.

      An important note for parents who have not updated their Infinite Campus Mobile App since June of 2019: Infinite Campus retired the previous version of the Infinite Campus Mobile Portal App. If you would like to continue accessing your student’s Infinite Campus information from your mobile device, you would need to download the latest free Infinite Campus apps:

      - Campus Parent (for parents)

      - Campus Student (for students)

      Both apps are available to download in the App Store and Google Play. Both Campus Parent and Campus Student provide real time access to grades, assignments, schedules, announcements and more. District 300 recommends parents download and begin using the new Campus Parent Mobile App today. 

      For more information about the Campus Student and Campus Parent Mobile Apps, please click here

      In addition, the previous browser version of Infinite Campus was retired in early July. When you attempt to access the previous browser version of Infinite Campus, you will be directed to a new Infinite Campus site where you can enter your existing username and password information. The latest browser version of Infinite Campus is available by clicking here.

       

      Meal Account Payments

      Funds can be added electronically to student meal accounts (breakfast and lunch) through MyPaymentsPlus. To create a new account or to add funds to existing account click here.

       

      Middle School Recognition Nights

      The complete list of middle school recognition night dates, times, and locations can be located by clicking here.

       

      Newcomers Meeting

      District 300 hosted a meeting for all new families to our district on July 31st in the Jacobs High School Auditorium. District 300 recorded a video of the presentation, which is available by clicking here.

       

      Open Houses

      Every District 300 school will host an open house to welcome parents and guardians and to provide information to ensure your child has a successful and rewarding academic year. You can view the complete open house schedule by clicking here.

       

      Parent/Guardian Handbook

      The District 300 Parent/Guardian Handbook for the 2019-2020 school year is available online and can be accessed by clicking here.

      The Parent/Guardian Handbook contains pertinent sections from the District 300 Board Policy Manual, along with supplementary notices for students and their families.

       

      Parent-Teacher Conferences

      During the 2019-2020 academic year, Parent-Teacher Conferences for all District 300 schools will be held on Monday, November 25th and Tuesday, November 26th. Schools will provide registration information as the conference dates approach.

       

      Parking Permits

      High school students (and their parents) may contact their high school’s main office about parking permit availability, applications, and payment.   

       

      Pick-Up And Drop-Off Procedures

      To ensure a smooth start to the academic year, each school’s pick-up and drop-off procedures have been posted to their respective websites. To locate your school's procedures:

      • Visit your school’s homepage

      • Hover your mouse over the “About” channel

      • Click “Pick-Up and Drop-off Procedures” from the dropdown menu

       

      Picture Days

      Each District 300 will host a picture day for all students. To see a complete list of picture days, please visit d300.org/PictureDays.

      For your convenience, senior portrait information has also been included under each high school heading. 

      Questions related to your school's picture day can be directed to your school's main office.

       

      School Meals

      Parents and students can view school meal calendars by clicking here.

      Roadwork Map

      While Durham Transportation Services work to ensure efficient commutes, various road construction projects across our district may cause delays in transportation, including bus stop pick-up and drop-off times. The district has prepared a D300 Community Roadwork Map web page that includes a list of routes that will be impacted by roadwork that can be accessed by clicking here

       

       

      School Safety

      School safety is one of District 300’s top priorities. In our effort to keep schools safe, students, parents, or community members can use the Safe School Tip Line, by clicking here, to report concerns with bullying, drugs, weapons, violence, or self-harm in our schools.

      The Safe School Tip Line can be found on the District 300 homepage (located in the blue row of icons directly beneath the homepage slideshow image). Individuals can also call the Safe School Tip Line at (847) 551-8477 or email at SafeSchoolTipline@d300.org. Additionally, you can share your safety concerns through the District 300 phone app by clicking the Safety Tip Line icon.

      The Safe School Tip Line can be used anonymously or contact information can be provided for follow-up.

      For more information, or to provide a safety concern directly, please contact our Director of School Safety, Todd Rohlwing, at (847) 551-8365 or Todd.Rohlwing@d300.org.

       

      School Supply Lists

      School supply lists for the 2019-2020 school year are posted on the District 300 website and each school website. You can view each school’s supply list by visiting: www.d300.org/SchoolSupplies. Please note, high schools do not have school supply lists.

       

      Student And Family Privacy Rights

      The Student and Family Privacy Rights form includes specific information regarding privacy rights and restrictions on items such as student photographs, directory information, and information supplied to the military and post-secondary education institutions. For more information and to complete a form for the 2019-2020 school year please click here.

       

      Student Fees

      Student fees are due by August 13, 2019. Click here to view student fees for the 2019-2020 school year. Online payments for student fees can be made at www.pushcoin.com. Cash and check payments can be made at your child’s school or by mailing a check payment to:

      Community Unit School District 300

      Attn: Accounts Receivable

      2550 Harnish Drive

      Algonquin, IL  60102

      Checks should be made payable to CUSD300 and a phone number is required on all check payments. Please include the student ID number(s) on the check.

       

      Student Schedules

      Students schedules for the 2019-2020 school year will be released on August 1st and August 2nd via Infinite Campus.

      • High school schedules will be released on Thursday, August 1st after 9 a.m.

      • Middle schools and all Westfield Community School schedules will be released on Thursday, August 1st after 2 p.m.

      • Elementary School (including preschool) schedules will be released on Friday, August 2nd after 9 a.m. 

      Parents and students can click here to access a step-by-step guide on how to view student schedules.

       

      Virtual Backpacks

      District 300 schools that send out virtual backpacks also house them in their respective “Communication Centers.” The Communication Center is located directly under the main image on your school’s homepage.

       

      Volunteer Applications Now Available Online

      Anyone interested in volunteering at a District 300 school during the 2019-2020 academic year simply needs to fill out an application, which is available by clicking here.

      Please note: volunteers must fill out a new volunteer application on an annual basis. Even if you volunteered in a school last year, you would still need to fill out a new application to be approved to volunteer in schools for the 2019-2020 school year.

      Users must complete and submit the volunteer application online. Upon submission, the application will be sent to the school(s) indicated on the application form. Upon approval, the user will receive an approval email with sign in instructions. Each application must have a unique email address and a volunteer cannot use a District 300 email address.

      Parents and guardians must present a photo ID at their first scheduled volunteering opportunity. The ID will be scanned and linked to a volunteer file. 

      This new system will be able to track volunteer hours and can be utilized by schools to manage events.

      Please do not use a District 300 email address when filling out the application as the system will not be able to recognize it.