Parent FAQs

Morning Routines

What time does morning supervision begin?
  • Morning supervision begins at 7:35 am.
  • Supervisors are stationed at the front of the building, at Entrances A and B, in the lbreakfast area, and on the playground. Do not drop students off before this time, as the children will be unsupervised before 7:35 am.
  • Students arriving on buses use the east pathway to get to the playground for a short morning recess.
  • Students arriving in cars use the west and east pathways to get to the playground for a short morning recess.
  • Students who would like to have breakfast at school use Entrance A, the front main entrance, to come into the cafeteria.
What time should students enter Glen Grove?
  • Our first bell rings at 7:45 am indicating that all students should be entering the building and getting organized to begin their day of learning.
  • Students arriving in cars should go directly into the building through Entrance B.
  • Students at recess line up at designated entrances according to their grade level.
What should students do if they arrive AFTER 7:55 am?
After 7:55 am, students MUST come through the office, sign in, and obtain a tardy pass that allows them entrance into their classrooms. This is a very important procedure, as teachers begin taking attendance immediately after announcements, and it is critical that we are accurate in the accounting of our students.
Why is it important that students come to school on time?
  • Our morning announcements start promptly at 7:55 am. Students walking in after this time miss important information relayed during these daily announcements. They also miss participating in the important communal experiences of saying the Pledge of Allegiance and acknowledging birthdays together.
  • Even if students walk through our doors at 8:00 am, it will take them several minutes to organize themselves to be ready for their day. Instruction at Glen Grove begins promptly at 8:00 am.  Students arriving after this time miss out on valuable instructional time. They may miss a set of directions, review items, or an important explanation of a concept or skill, all of which support and enhance the learning process for our students.
  • When students are late for school, they start their day rushed and hurried. This may make them feel a sense of anxiety and would not be the calmest or most effective way to begin a day.

Absences

What should I do if my child is going to be absent?
  • When a student is ill and will not be present at school, a parent must phone the Health Coordinator at 847-998-5031 by 7:30am EACH day of the absence. 
  • When leaving a message on the answering machine, the student’s parents should leave the student’s name, teacher’s name and reason for absence. 
  • If a parent notifies the student’s teachers about an upcoming absence, the parent must also call the health office with the same information.  If you do not report your child’s absence within the first hour of school, the nurse will contact your home.
  • Pupil appointments (medical, dental, etc.) and family vacations should be scheduled when school is not in session. 
  • When a student returns to school, even after one day’s absence, the student is required to bring a note from a parent explaining the reason for the absence.  This note should be submitted to the Health Office immediately upon the student’s return to school.
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 (847-998-5031) 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 health coordinator in writing if you are planning to be away for any extended period of time while your child remains in school. 
  • The Health Office 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 the main office to assemble homework.
  • Students should utilize the team/classroom 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 to the Main Office 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 pm.
  • 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.

Visiting Glen Grove School

What do I need to bring when I visit Glen Grove?
When visiting school, please make sure to have your Illinois Driver’s License (or another State I.D.) with you, as you will need to leave it in our front office during your visit. We will use the I.D. to print a personalized lanyard for you that you will wear while in our building. On your way out, you will return your lanyard and pick up your I.D.
Can I drop things off for my child?
Children have a lot to remember, and just like adults, sometimes forget things. If you are bringing a forgotten lunch, homework, supplies, an iPad, an instrument, etc. to school for your child, please leave it in the front office labeled with your child’s name as well as his/her homeroom teacher. We will make sure the item(s) gets to your child.
Can I visit my child’s classroom?
If you would like to visit with a teacher, please call to arrange an appointment with him/her. Unless it is an emergency, teachers should not be interrupted during instruction, and they are often committed to various meetings during non-instructional times. We value the partnerships we’ve developed with our families and highly encourage ongoing communication between school and home that includes face-to-face meetings; however, a meeting will be much more efficient and productive if everyone is prepared for it.
Can I eat lunch with my child?
We invite you to come and eat lunch with your child, but please call the office or your child’s teacher beforehand to let us know you are coming.

End of Day Routines

What time is dismissal?
Our dismissal bell rings at 2:30 at which time walkers and students being picked up by car are called to exit the building though Entrance B, and bus riders are called a few routes at a time.
What do I need to do if I want to pick my child up before the dismissal bell rings?
  • If you need to take your child out of school before the end of the school day, please make sure to sign him/her out in our front office. If your child returns to school after an appointment, please make sure to sign him/her back in.
  • If your child normally takes the bus, but there is occasion that you need to pick him/her up at school, instead, please phone or email your child’s teacher to let him/her know as early in the day as you possibly can. Ideally, we’d like to have this information by 2:00 pm at the very latest.
  • If you need to change after school pick-up arrangements for your child, please call our office before 2:00 PM to inform us of the changes. There is a lot going on in a school office both at the beginning and the end of the school day. By calling before 2:00 pm, you are giving the front office staff the time needed to communicate the message to classroom teachers regarding this change. Locating a child at dismissal puts much stress on the office and supervisory staff as they frantically attempt to locate a child who may already be on a bus or pulling off the lot in the bus. This also almost always results in delayed bus departures that affect not only the Glen Grove routes but the routes of other schools, waiting to use these same buses for their routes, as well.
What are the pick-up procedures?
  • If you are picking your student up in the Car Pick-Up Lane, please remain in your vehicle until your child joins you in your car. This lane is a designated pick-up/drop-off zone NOT to be used for long or short-term parking.
  • When in the car pick-up lane, please do NOT form a second Car Pick-Up lane next to the designated curbside lane. When a second lane is formed, children dart between cars in the first lane to get to their family vehicle in the next lane putting themselves between two moving vehicles – a very unsafe practice.
What are the pick-up procedures during AFTER SCHOOL activities?
Parents are welcome to come into the building after school, but just as during the daytime, we ask parents to check into the front office as we keep our building secure during after school activities, as well.

Transportation

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.
How will my child know which bus to get on?
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 Springman on the first day of school.