2019-2020 Student Handbook
August 27, 2019
Dear District 65 Families,
Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year. In Evanston/Skokie School District 65, we take great pride in our schools and in the education of our students. The Student Handbook is an excellent resource to help ensure that your child has a successful school year. As parents and caregivers, each of you plays an integral role in your child’s education. Please spend some time with your child to share and discuss this important information. The handbook is available on the District 65 website (district65.net/studenthandbook) as well as on each school’s website. There are also copies available in each school office.
Each year, the Student Handbook is reviewed and updated. In addition, district administrators use a Racial Equity Impact Assessment tool when making decisions related to new policy and procedure. In the handbook, you can find information about student attendance, health and wellness, school fees, parental involvement, student achievement, behavioral expectations, and curricular information. I also would like to note the inclusion of the district’s new discipline policy (p. 42). A team of district and school administrators, educators, and restorative practice coaches collaborated around the development of this new policy. This team also engaged members of the District Equity Leadership Team (DELT) and parents and caregivers to receive additional feedback. In District 65, we take a preventive, positive approach to discipline rather than focusing exclusively on “punishment.” We respond to behavior with a restorative approach, individual supports and intentional consequences aimed at teaching skills that support the norms and values set by the learning community, understanding and addressing the root causes of the behavior, resolving conflicts, meeting students’ needs and keeping students in school. We take intentional steps to create a positive school climate in which every student can learn, fully engage in a rigorous curriculum, and feel safe, nurtured, and welcome.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher. I wish all of our students and families a great school year!
Dr. Stacy Beardsley
Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction