Parent FAQs


What do I do if my child is absent?

When a student is ill and will not be present at school, a parent must call the attendance line at 847-486-7712 by 8:30 a.m. on EACH day of the absence(Or give a range of dates the student will be absent).  The student’s parents should leave the student’s name, team, and reason for absence. Please also be sure to spell the student's first and last name. Please speak slowly and clearly to make sure that absences can be recorded accurately.  If a parent notifies the student’s teachers about an upcoming absence, the parent must also call the attendance line with the same information. 

Pupil appointments (medical, dental, etc.) and family vacations should be scheduled when school is not in session. Should this be unavoidable please call the attendance line with the above information as soon as possible.

What do I do if my child will be absent for an extended period of time?
If your child will be out of school for an extended period of time, please notify the Health Office (847-486-7716) in advance of the absence.  The Health Coordinator will ensure that the student's teachers are also aware of the absence.
What to do if parents go out of town?
Please advise the  School Nurse in writing if you are planning to be away for any extended period of time while your child remains in school.  The Nurse should know the name and telephone numbers of the person(s) who will be responsible for your child in your absence.
How do I request homework information during my child's absence?
A student must be absent for at least 2 days before requesting homework.  Students should utilize the team websites, contact a “homework buddy,” or use the other methods teachers have identified to access homework information to find out about missed assignments for an absence of only 1 day. Upon returning to school, the student should check in with his/her teachers.

Homework requests for 2 day absences should be submitted directly to the teacher(s) by 10:00 a.m. on the day it will be picked up.  Teachers will determine appropriate due dates for these assignments, and will offer students an opportunity to seek extra help before and after school when they return.  The homework may be picked up from the Main Office between 3:15 and 4:30 p.m. Please note: Parents should call the Main Office to see if any paperwork has been brought down for pick up as many teachers will send assignments to students through their IPad.

For a week or more absence: a request must be submitted at least a week before the homework is needed.  Parents should be aware that not all schoolwork may be made up independently; students may need to meet with teachers before or after school for additional “catch-up,” to take missed tests/quizzes, or to do project work.

For any long-term absence due to illness (at least 10 days), homebound instruction may be arranged through the Student Services Administrator.

Early Dismissal & Late Arrival

What do I do if my child will be late for school?
Students are expected to be in their first period class by 8:25am.  If a student is late to school, the student must sign in at the Main Office upon arrival.  Parents are not required to accompany their child inside. After signing in, the student will be issued a pass to class.  

A student’s tardy to school is regarded as “excused” if a medical appointment or a family emergency was the cause of the late arrival. Students who are late for other reasons that are otherwise within their control (such as oversleeping or leaving the house too late) are regarded as “unexcused,” and we will help students monitor their tardies to school to help them cultivate good time management habits. And since students arriving late to school require special office attention and whose late arrival to class an disrupt the flow of classroom activities, there is a trimester limit (5) to the number unexcused tardies.  Students who exceed the trimester limit of unexcused tardies will need to meet with one of the principals and may be issued a minor consequence.

Parents are requested to call the Attendance Line at (847)486-7712 to report a late arrivals so attendance can be marked accurately.
What do I need to do to pick up my child before the end of the school day (early dismissal)?
If you need to pick up your child before the end of the school day, please send your child to school with a note explaining this need.  Be sure to include the time you will be at school to pick-up your child.  It is also helpful to indicate if the student will or will not be returning to school that day. Instruct your child to bring the note to the Main Office when they arrives at school.   Upon receipt of this note, the staff will issue an Early Dismissal Pass to your child and enter the information into Powerschool.  The student will present the pass to the teacher whose class they will be leaving.  At the given time, your child will quietly pack up their belongings and wait for you in the Main Office. This system expedites your exit from the school as your student will be waiting in the office for you. It also, limits interruptions to the classroom environment. 

Upon your arrival to Attea, please come into the Main Office to sign-out your child.  Children will not be allowed to wait outside for their parents nor walk home or to another location for an early release.

In the rare event, an appointment was scheduled after your child left for school, please call the Main Office at 847-486-7700 to request an Early Dismissal Pass be written for your child.  The student will receive an email notification on their IPad to come to the office to pick up the pass.

Overture Period (7:10am-8:15am)

What is the earliest my child can arrive at school?
Students may begin arriving at school no earlier than 7:10am in the morning, as there is no supervision in the building prior to that time.  Band, orchestra, and chorus students who are required to attend morning rehearsals should do so on their assigned days.  Else, students may go to the cafeteria for breakfast or a place to study, use the LRC, or meet with a teacher (a pass from the teacher is required). 

Transportation Questions

How will my child know which bus to use for each of the four bus runs?
Transportation information, including bus numbers and bus stop locations, will be sent home to families in mid-August each year.  Additionally, student bus numbers will be printed on their student IDs.  Students receive their IDs on the first day of school each year.  Sixth grade students will have bus procedures explained to them as part of their orientation to Attea on the first day of school.
MORNING BUS ROUTES: What is the difference between "Activity" bus runs and "Regular" bus runs?
Each morning when school is in session, unless otherwise noted, there will be a Morning Activity Bus Run and a Regular Morning Bus Run.  The purpose of the Morning Activity Bus Run is to ensure that students, who are entitled to busing services, and enrolled in Band, Orchestra, and Chorus arrive at school by 7:20am.  Any student though, entitled to busing services, may use this Morning Activity Bus Run to arrive at school and must then follow the expectations for our Overture period (7:20-8:15am).  The Regular Morning Bus Run ensures that ALL students entitled to busing services can arrive at school by 8:15am.  

Please note that the there are fewer buses providing transportation for the Morning Activity bus run than for the Regular Morning bus run.  This means that students will walk a little further to their assigned Morning Activity bus stop than to their Regular Morning bus stop.
AFTERNOON BUS ROUTES: What is the difference between the "Regular 3:00pm Bus Run" and the "4:10pm Activity Bus Run"?
Regular 3:00pm Bus Run
There are two afternoon bus runs on each school day for all students entitled to bus services. Students board buses for the Regular Afternoon Bus Run at the end of the school day (3:00pm) and buses leave for their destinations by approximately 3:10pm each day.  

Activity Bus Run
Students choosing to stay after school for an activity (clubs, intramurals, etc.), to meet with a teacher, or to use the LRC, may then utilize the 4:10pm Activity Bus.  After-school activities typically take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Fridays.  Students who participate in these activities will be issued a bus pass by the adult who supervised them during the activity period.  Students staying after school must be in a supervised activity with a staff member.

Late buses run on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  There are no late buses on Thursdays. There are fewer buses for the 4:10pm Activity Bus Run than for the Regular Afternoon Bus Run so students will have a longer walk from the bus stops to their residences.  
What are the transportation rules?
The District shall provide free transportation for all students in the District: (1) residing at a distance of one and one-half miles or more from their assigned schools, or (2) residing within one and one-half miles from their assigned schools where walking to school or to a pick-up point or bus stop would constitute a serious hazard due to vehicular traffic or rail crossing, and adequate public transportation is not available.

The District may provide and charge a fee for transportation for other students residing within one and one-half miles from their assigned school. A student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) may file a petition with the School Board requesting the District to submit a serious safety hazard finding to IDOT requesting transportation due to the existence of a serious safety hazard. 

Free transportation services and vehicle adaptation for special education students shall be provided if included in the students’ individualized educational program.

Students are only allowed to ride the bus or buses they have been assigned to ride and will only be assigned to one morning route and one afternoon route. Additionally, they may only be picked up from and dropped off at their assigned stop or stops and these stops are to remain consistent. Parents are responsible for transportation if a short-term change is needed.

Grading Communication

How are trimester grades calculated?
In the 2009-10 school year, our middle school teachers spent a great deal of time discussing issues related to grading. We also reviewed best practices and research that identifies how grading can best support and represent the learning process. From this dialogue and study, the middle school staffs have adopted grading practices that will provide more consistent, accurate and meaningful information about student learning.  This document helps explain these guidelines to parents and, most importantly, to help parents connect the guidelines to their children’s learning experiences and progress reports.  Click here to read the Parent Guide to Middle School Grading Guidelines.
What is the promotion policy?

In order to be promoted to the next grade level, a students must earn an overall average of at least a “C” (2.0 Grade Point Average) and maintain at least a “D” average in every subject. Failure to attain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 will require remediation before promotion to the next grade. If a student earns a 2.0 GPA but earns less than a “D” average in one class, remediation will be recommended. Remediation will be required for a student who earns a 2.0 GPA but earns less than a “D” average in two or more classes. 

What do letter grades mean and how do they impact the Grade Point Average?

Grading System: The following grades are used to report a student’s academic progress:

  • A grade of “A” is given to an active learner who achieves above and beyond grade level expectations. This student has exemplary work habits and a firm grasp of concepts and skills. It is valued at 4.00 points in the Grade Point Average.

  • A grade of “B” means achievement is beyond average expectations. This student has a good grasp of concepts and skills and has demonstrated a maturing thinking process. It is valued at 3.00 points in the Grade Point Average.

  • A grade of “C” indicates satisfactory progress, achievement at an average level, and meeting grade level expectations. It is valued at 2.00 points in the Grade Point Average.

  • There is cause for concern if a student receives a grade of “D” or “U.” These grades often reflect poor work habits and/or insufficient effort. An average lower than a D would indicate that a student may not possess all of the skills necessary to be successful in the next year’s academic program. In this case, the student and the parent will address this deficiency with the teachers. A “D” is valued at 1.00 point in the Grade Point Average and a “U” has a value of 0 points in the Grade Point Average.

  • A grade of “I” (Incomplete) indicates missing assignments that must be made up soon (usually within two weeks). Incomplete grades are counted in the Grade Point Average and have a value of 0 points. 

When and how are grades communicated to parents?
  1. The academic year is divided into three equal trimesters. Grades are reported at each mid-term and at the end of the trimester in a report card.  The mid-term of each trimester is indicated on our school's calendar.  As a reminder to parents, an e-mail will be sent the day prior to the mid-term of a trimester to remind you of the marking period and to encourage you to access your child's grade via the online portal.  Parents and students can access grades via Powerschool’s on-line portal. The link for parent access to grades is accessed using the same log-in and user id you use to access lunch account information. Parents and students simply need to click on the “Grades and Attendance” icon to view student grades, teacher comments regarding grades, and assignment marks. Grades will be routinely entered and a “last updated” date will show on the grade access screen so parents and students can see when grades were last entered and calculated. We encourage parents and students to check their grades on a regular basis and to discuss learning and academic progress together. At the end of each trimester, a hardcopy report card will be sent home in a special report card envelope with your child.  Your child is expected to share his/her report card with you.

How can I find information about my child's grades?
Parents can access Powerschool using their parent web ID and password (these are the same as the ones you use to log-in to add money to your child's food service account).  Click here for instructions on how to access your child's grades on-line.  

Lost & Found, Personal Technology, Forgotten Items

How can I help my child find a lost item?
We ask students to thoughtfully label all school supplies and materials regularly brought to school with their full names (first and last).  This includes labeling jackets, lunch bags, and pencil bags/boxes.  If a student misplaces an item during the school day, the student should check each of his/her classrooms - this means talking with each teacher about the missing item.  If this classroom search is not successful, the student should check the lost & found area in the cafeteria. Should the student still be unable to locate their lost item, they should check with the front office and report it lost there.