Kaneland School District 2013-14 school year
KANELAND—The Kaneland Schools will begin the new school year on Wednesday, Aug. 21, with a full day of classes. Full bus service to all schools and full hot lunch service at the middle school and high school will be provided the first day of school.
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 and ride the bus may vary slightly at each school.
Morning kindergarten classes will be from 8:50 to 11:30 a.m. Afternoon kindergarten classes will be from 12:45-3:30 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 (note: 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 will be able to access their schedules through Konnect by Aug. 15.
Parents of new middle school students are requested to call the Harter Middle School office at (630) 466-8400. Middle school students may purchase PE clothes and locks the first week of school during PE 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.
The hours for students at Harter Middle School are 7:25 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. The hours for students at Kaneland High School 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 to locate this information.
Also, note that if a student is not registered by Thursday, Aug. 1, bus service cannot be guaranteed for the first two weeks of school, depending on locations and other factors. If your child will be transported to or from an approved child care facility, make sure you have filled out the necessary paperwork included in your registration packet by the Aug. 1 deadline.
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. If you need additional information or have any questions, contact Fran Eggleston, director of Special Education, at (630) 365-5111, ext. 111.
Fees for the 2013-14 school year are as follows:
• Early Childhood, $60
• Kindergarten, $75
• Grades 1-5, $130
• Grades 6-8, $130
• Grades 9-12, $175
• Technology (Grades 1-12), $55
• Technology (Kindergarten), $27.50
• Technology (Early Childhood), $22
• Driver Education (plus $20 permit fee made payable to the Secretary of State), $250
• Early Childhood, $50
• High school parking, $180
• High school sports fee (per sport), $150
• High school club fee (per club), $60
• High school class play/musical (each), $60
• Middle school sports fee (per sport), $120
• Middle school club fee (per club), $35
• Middle school drama (each), $35
• Kindergarten Extended Day, $250 per month; $150 per month (free or reduced lunch)
Hot lunch fees
• Student hot lunch, $2.15
• Adult hot lunch, $2.65
• Milk, $.30 ($24 for the first semester; $25 for the second semester; $48 per year)
Payment must be received or postmarked on or before Aug. 20. Fees may be paid online using the Kaneland Web Store at www.kaneland.org. Note: textbook rental and instructional material fees have been frozen since 2007; only extracurricular and parking fees have increased or been instituted.
Student insurance options
The School District has recently added student accident insurance coverage to the district’s policy. However, in the event of an accident, 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 $2.15 for students in grades 6-12. Milk sold separately will cost $.30. Hot lunch is not available at the elementary schools. Therefore, students in grades 1-5 will be required to bring their own lunches on a daily basis. Milk will be available at a cost of $.30. An optional annual payment ($48) is also offered, along with a per-semester option (first semester, $24; second semester, $25). Lunches will be provided to students eligible for free lunches.
Physical examination 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 in Kaneland District 302 from a state other than Illinois. Dental examinations are required for all kindergarten, second 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 at 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 with the school year 2013-14, a new immunization requirement, Tdap (whopping cough booster defined as tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis) will be required according to the IDPH (Illinois Department of Public Health) and ISBE (Illinois State Board of Education). All students in grades 6-12 will be required to present PROOF of receiving a dose of Tdap prior to the start of the school year 2013-14. Immunizations are available from the Kane County Health Department. Call (630) 264-7665 for an appointment.
Early Childhood and kindergarten students must provide proof of having received lead screening, and all Kaneland students grades 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 Tuesday, 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 fifth 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 at (630) 264-7665.