LZHS STUDENT SERVICES DEPARTMENT
The mission of the LZHS Counseling Department is, “To support and facilitate the academ¬ic, post-secondary, and social emotional success of each high school student.” Six counselors, one college/career counselor, four social workers, two psychologists, one SAP coordinator, two deans and one nurse are on staff at the high school.
Listed below are just a few of the services provided by the Student Services staff at Lake Zurich High School:
High School Course Planning
Post-High School Educational Planning, Post-High School Career Planning
Career Interest Inventories
Advanced Placement Testing
College Admission Tests- , SAT I & II, PSAT- PLAN
F.A.M.E. Mentoring Program Social Work Groups
Other Agencies: Public and Private
A College and Career Counselor is available to provide service to students, parents, faculty and administration of District 95. In addition, there are college catalogs in the office area for student, parent, and faculty use. Students may use these during a study period, before or after school.
The Counseling Office together with the library has files of career information available to interested students, parents and faculty. Most of the career information is housed in the library to allow greater exposure and use by interested students and classroom teachers. Naviance is a licensed website that counselors utilize with all freshmen when explor-ing career opportunities.
In addition to the literature mentioned above, the Counseling Office also has reference books regarding careers and college information for use by students, parents and faculty. These reference books may be used before school, after school, during a study period, or they may be borrowed overnight.
Students considering university admissions should place heavy emphasis on “college preparatory” classes in the classic Liberal Arts sense. Their programs should consist of four years of English, three to four years of mathematics, three to four years of science, three years of social science, and at least two years of a world language.
There is no prescription for college admissions. Specific admission requirements fluctuate widely from university to university. College entrance exams, grades in core courses, strength of curriculum, admission test scores, grades in all courses and essays are also heavily considered in the admissions process. Our counselors encourage students to use Lake Zurich High School’s resources to look up admission requirements before selecting high school classes for the following year.
College Financial Assistance
Many students attending college will qualify for one or more forms of financial assistance. The amount of need-based assistance that a student may receive for college is generally determined by the family income and assets and the cost of the college the student plans to attend. The difference between the college costs and what need analysis agencies deter¬mine the family can afford is the amount of assistance possible. Since most need-based assistance is federal aid, there are annual adjustments to the application process. Students wishing to apply for financial assistance should do so by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after January 1 of their senior year, but also by the deadline stipulated by the prospective college. The appropriate forms are available in the College Career Center each December.
In addition to need-based assistance, students may qualify for merit-based assistance based on academic achievement or participation in athletic competition.
Lake Zurich High School also provides information about local scholarships that are fund¬ed by various organizations and families for the benefit of college-bound seniors. Applications are available late fall and spring. Please see the College/Career Counselor for more details.
A Financial Aid Seminar is the annual fall/winter event. Parents and students are encouraged to attend this session to learn the most up-to-date information about the financial aid process.
College Open Houses
Many colleges sponsor open house programs on their campuses for interested high school juniors and seniors. These programs can be a valuable in helping students make a college choice. Students should visit college and university websites for more information.
Visitations by College Representatives
Many post-high school educational institutions have representatives who visit high schools to talk with prospective students. Most of the representatives who visit Lake Zurich High School are from colleges and universities, but some business, technical, and trade schools, as well as schools of nursing, also schedule visits here.
School Resource Officer
A School Resource Officer, who is a police officer with the local police department, is assigned to the high school. He shall serve in a threefold manner: (1) As a counselor that is available to students, faculty and other staff during regular school hours; (2) As a law enforcement official that will apply enforcement of laws when deemed necessary; (3) As a liaison between the high school and police department. He is also available for classroom lectures on law, citizenship, safety, drugs and alcohol. Students who experience thefts, van¬dalism or related problems should notify the school resource officer.
STUDENT CONDUCT & RESPONSIBILITIES BULLYING
Any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or electronically, directed toward a student that has or can be reasonably predicted to have the effect of one or more of the following:
- Placing the student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or property.
- Causing a substantially detrimental effect on the student’s physical or mental health.
- Substantially interfering with the student’s academic performance.
- Substantially interfering with the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.
Cyberbullying occurs when a child or teen is embarrassed, humiliated, harassed, tormented or otherwise targeted by another using the Internet or other form of digital communication.
The cafeteria is the only area in which students may eat food and drink beverages. In order to keep a safe and clean cafeteria, students are expected to clean up after themselves and follow faculty instructions. Failure to respond to their request will result in a Dean’s Office Referral.
Students will be expected to deal honestly with all staff members. Examples of dishonesty that may result in disciplinary consequences include, but are not limited to:
- Unauthorized attendance call
- Lying to school officials
- Altering school forms
- Inappropriate possession of school forms/exams
- Misuse of student’s ID
DRUGS AND ALCOHOL
Lake Zurich Community School District #95 recognizes that the use of alcohol and other drugs and the associated problem is becoming increasingly commonplace in our society. The misuse or abuse of alcohol and other drugs often precedes severe dependencies. The Board of Education recognizes the impediment to education posed by drugs and pledges to provide a drug-free environment for our students by taking whatever lawful steps may be available toward achieving this goal.
PROCEDURES FOR USE, DISTRIBUTION, SALE, POSESSION, INTENT TO SELL OR PUCHASE AND/OR UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF:
- ALL OTHER INTOXICANTS
- CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES
- DRUG PARAPHERNALIA
- E – CIGARETTES (INCLUDING PARAPHERNALIA)
- ILLEGAL DRUGS
- LOOK-ALIKE DRUGS
- NON-PRESCRIPTIVE DRUGS
- TOOLS AS WEAPON
- VAPORIZOR (INCLUDING PARAPHERNALIA)
These are major offenses with up to a ten-day suspension and possible recommen¬dation for expulsion to the Board of Education. Students will also be referred to the police for appropriate legal action and parents will be required to come in for a parent conference. An expulsion hearing will be scheduled, which the parent and student are requested to attend. Students will also lose their driving privileges and forfeit the parking sticker fee for the remain¬der of the school year.
For students under the influence of alcohol or exhibiting the odor of alcohol, the Breathalyzer is the only proof of innocence. If students are suspected of being under the influence, they are expected to comply with administrative directives and submit to a Breathalyzer. Failure to comply will equate to an admission of guilt.
Any circumstances that cause reasonable concern to the safety of our students may result in a school administrator requesting a parent or guardian to pick up their student. First time offenders may have the option to participate in and successfully complete Pathways, a substance abuse education program, sponsored by Lake Zurich High School through the SAP Coordinator as a means of reducing the suspension.
Violations of policy concerning alcohol, drugs, intoxicants, and drug paraphernalia shall be cumulative over the student’s high school years.
We recommend that students do not bring anything of value to school as thefts do occur. Students who bring any entertainment/electronic equipment to school do so at their own risk. Lake Zurich High School is not responsible for the loss, damage or theft of any electronic devices brought to school.
Students are extended the privilege of possessing and using cell phones and/or Personal Electronic Devices (PED’s) on school grounds. With this privilege comes appropriate use and expectations:
• All use must be respectful and not create a disturbance to the educational environment or impede the learning process
• In instructional areas the expectation is that the device is silent and out of sight unless use is expressly permitted by a staff member
• Use is permitted during the 5 minute passing period, in the cafeteria during your lunch, and before/after school
• Phones must be on silent mode at all times
Areas where use of cell phones and PEDs are not allowed include, but are not limited to:
• Locker Rooms
• Hallways during class periods
Inappropriate use of cell phones and PEDs will result in behavioral interventions
The following list includes, but is not limited to, major behaviors that may also result in police referral:
• Creating, taking, sending, sharing, viewing, or possessing inappropriate pictures and/or videos
• School officials may request or require a student or his or her parent/guardian to provide a password or other related account information to gain access to the student’s account or profile on a social networking website.
No student is to be in the hallways during class time without a pass from a staff member. When in hallways, students are expected to be mindful that unnecessary conversation and inconsiderate behavior are distracting to classroom activities and will not be tolerated. No eating or drinking will be allowed in hallways. Students are also expected to use appropri¬ate language and demonstrate appropriate behavior during passing periods.
Each student is assigned a hall locker. The sharing of lockers with other students is pro¬hibited and a change in locker assignments requires approval from the Dean of Students. All students are encouraged to maintain their lockers in good order. It is the student’s responsibility to periodically clean out the locker to ensure the locker remains in good con¬dition. The condition of the locker, both interior and exterior, are the student’s responsi¬bility. Lockers should never be struck, kicked, written on, or defaced. Stickers and other materials should not be attached either inside or outside the locker. A monetary fine and/or behavioral intervention may be assessed for locker damage.
Lockers are the property of the school. The school is not responsible for the replacement of property missing from lockers. School officials reserve the right of owner access to lock¬ers at any time. A search of a student’s personal property or locker may be conducted by a member of the high school staff if there is a reasonable suspicion that there is anything in the student’s possession that is contrary to health, safety, education, and good order. Materials discovered in the search may be con¬fiscated and used as evidence in school-related investigations. It is the student’s responsibility to secure all items and to clean out hall lockers and P.E. lockers at the end of the year. Any items left behind will be donated to local charities.
Lake Zurich High School does not tolerate pranks and/or vandalism of any kind at any time since they interfere with the learning environment and may present a danger to people and property. This includes, but is not limited to, writing on desks, damaging school or person¬al property, drawing graffiti, and other destructive acts.
SCHOOL DANCE REGULATIONS
All dances are for Lake Zurich Senior High School students only unless otherwise directed by the Principal. All attendees must be at least a freshman in high school and not be older than 20.
All school rules apply when in attendance at a dance. Students and guests will be searched before entering a dance. No one is admitted one hour after the start of any dance unless an administrator gives special per¬mission. Once a student leaves the dance, he cannot be readmitted. All students must bring an ID card for entry. Non-LZHS attendees must be accompanied by an LZHS student and have some form of identification to enter the dance. If bringing a guest, the LZHS student must complete and submit a Guest/Visitor Form to the Deans’ Office. The guest form must be approved by the Deans’ Office before the student will be able to purchase tickets. Non LZHS students will not be allowed to purchase tickets at the door. If a student’s outside guest’s behavior is inappropriate, the LZHS student loses the privilege to bring an outside guest to future dances.
Any student suspected of being under the influence of any intoxicating substances may be refused entry to the dance.
Lake Zurich High School has a breathalyzer that will be administered to students who exhib¬it behavior that suggests that they have been drinking. Students who do not pass the breathalyzer test or refuse to take the test will be detained and their parents will be called to come pick them up. In addition, students who do not pass the breathalyzer test or who refuse to take the test will be given an automatic ten-day suspension with possible referral to the Board of Education for expulsion. No water bottles or pop cans/bottles will be per¬mitted. No backpacks or large purses will be allowed.
Students need to demonstrate appropriate behavior and show respect for themselves, staff and peers at all times. This includes showing respect for others relative to space and refraining from provocative and inappropriate dancing. Students who do not abide by these standards, as determined by the chaperones, may be asked to leave the dance. Students need to dress appropriately. If the attire is deemed inappropriate by the school administration/officials, the student will be asked to change.
SCHOOL ID. CARDS
Students will always carry the current year school I.D. card. Students must present or surrender the current year card to any staff member upon request. The current year card is the property of Lake Zurich High School. Current year ID cards may be used to purchase food in the cafeteria through the district’s Point of Sale system. A fee of $10.00 is charged for replacement.
The application process will start in May of the current school year for the next school year. The process will only take place one time; permits issued for the 2017-2018 school year are valid for the entire school year. The parking permit fee for the 2017-2018 school year is $330.00. The fee must be paid at the time the permit is issued along with showing proof of insurance, driver’s license and school I.D. Parking fees are non-refundable. Unpaid parking spots will be filled by the waiting list.
Students must ensure that the parking sticker is permanently adhered to the windshield, passenger side lower corner at all times. The permit is non-transferrable. If a student parks in any student lot without a proper permit or parks in an unauthorized area such as visitor parking or the faculty lot, they will be subject to ticketing and/or towing at their own expense and may lose their parking privileges.
Students and parents will also be required to sign a statement agreeing to abide by all district rules regarding parking.
Parking privileges may be revoked for any of the following reasons:
• Violation of the attendance policy and/or behavior referral
• Off-Campus (leaving school without a proper pass)
• Speeding and/or reckless driving
Freshmen, Sophomores are prohibited from driving and/or parking on school property.l. Juniors and Seniors without permits are prohibited from driving and/or parking on school property.. Students without a sticker may obtain a one-day parking permit in the Dean’s Office to be used for temporary purposes only (up to 3 times per semester). Documentation for the parking necessity is due in the dean’s office by the next day. Failure to produce this documentation will result in a semester long loss of parking privileges. The cost for a temporary permit is $10.00 per day ($5.00 if paid a day in advance). If payment and paperwork are not turned in on time the student’s spot will be revoked.
Any student caught abusing the privilege of parking on campus by duplicating, illegally transferring, falsifying information, and/or altering the parking permit in any way will forfeit his right to park on campus for the remainder of the school year, and/or the upcoming school years. Behavior Interventions will also apply.
The Testing Center is a supervised room open before and after school and every period of the day. It is used as an opportunity to make up quizzes and tests due to absences from class without missing valu¬able instructional time. The following rules exist for the Testing Center:
• Must arrive within the first 5 minutes of the period
• Need to present a pass from the classroom teacher and ID to obtain the quiz or test
• Once quiz or test is completed, student will turn in quiz or test to Testing Center supervisor
• Student will then return to study hall, lunch, or class with a signed pass
CONSEQUENCES OF INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR/INTERVENTION STRATEGIES
All suspected violations of the behavior policies of Lake Zurich High School, will be direct¬ed to the Dean of Students. The Dean of Students will meet with the student. The facts will be presented, and the Dean of Students shall weigh the evidence, based upon their best judgment. Before making a decision on the disposition of the student’s case, both the best interests of the student and the best interests of the school will be considered. Students directed to report to the Dean’s Office for a disciplinary matter, but failing to do so, may result in an intervention
Detention & Saturday Morning Detention
(Assigned by Dean of Students)
Detentions are periods of time for quiet study that are assigned by the Dean of Students. Detentions will be served at a time designated by the Dean of Students, after school or Saturday morning. Detentions may either be one, two or four hours in length.
Saturday detention is assigned by the Dean of Students for serious misbehavior in school.
- Saturday detention is held from 8:00 a.m. to noon
- Failure to report for an assigned four-hour Saturday detention will result in a Suspension being assigned
- There are no rescheduling of Saturday Detentions
- Saturday detentions are supervised by teachers
- All school rules apply during any detention
- Students are required to bring homework assignments or educational reading material to occu¬py their time
- Specific rules are posted each Saturday
- Any student who commits an infraction during the Saturday detention will be sent home immediately and will forfeit all time served that day
- Transportation for Saturday Detention is not provided by District 95 Students must arrange for their own transportation
- Student jobs and extra-curricular activities are not valid reasons for missing detentions