Parent FAQs

Absences

What do we do if our child is absent?
One of the major objectives of the school health program is the encouragement and development of good health habits. For each child’s protection and for the protection of schoolmates, children should stay home when they have the following symptoms: sore throat, coughing, rashes, weakness, fever, earache, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, enlarged glands, diarrhea, or listlessness.

Each day your child is absent, call the health office at (847)998-5046 to report the illness.  Before
school hours, a message may be left on the our voicemail.  State your child’s name, grade and
teacher.  If you do not report your child’s absence within the first hour of school, the health aide will
contact your home.  If your child is ill with a strep infection or other illness that is contagious, report
this at the time of your call.
What do we do if our child will be absent for an extended period of time?
If your child will be out of school for an extended vacation, notify the teacher and the health office in writing in advance of the absence.  Homework or make-up work is not provided for extended vacations.  The child should read daily and keep a journal of the trip, which can be given to the teacher upon return.

If your child will be out of school for an extended period of time due to illness, surgery,
etc., please notify the health office. 
What happens if our child has a repeated absence?
Repeated absence from school without a valid reason is considered truancy. The principal will contact parents as a first step in dealing with this problem.  School personnel (health coordinator, social worker) will be called upon to find a solution.  If the problem is not resolved at the local school level, it shall be referred to the District Truant Officer who may call on the resources of outside agencies.
What to do if parents go out of town?
Please advise the  school in writing if you are planning to be away for any extended period of time while your child remains in school.  The office should know the name and telephone numbers of the person(s) who will be responsible for your child in your absence.

After School Pick-up Procedures

What is the after school pick-up procedure?
The following procedures have been put in place to make the end of the day safe and smooth.
We ask that all parents assist us in assuring that every child at Lyon is safe by following these
rules. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

All parents are asked to remain in their vehicle and pull up alongside the canopy at the front of
the building to load their children on the curbside. Parents are not allowed to park and walk
their children through the parking area to a vehicle. The line for cars starts at the student loading
area and continues around the outer perimeter of the bus lanes.

All traffic should go around the bus lanes and along the fence line in order to get into the line
for pick-up.  Only a single lane of traffic will be allowed in the inner circle of the driveway along
the front of the school at the end of the day.  Anyone needing to enter the school for an after
school meeting or activity is asked to park in the outer lot and utilize the crosswalk near the
building to cross. The only exceptions to this are vehicles with designated handicapped parking
permits and the Special Education buses.

Parents will not be allowed to park and wait in the school hallway or under the front canopy of
the school for their child, but must remain in their vehicle.

If your child is assigned a bus please use this service whenever possible. If you will be picking
children up at the end of the day, please write a note indicating your child will be a walker. Your
signature, along with the correct day/date, will help in making the correct changes.

If on the rare occasion your transportation arrangements require a change for your child during
the school day please call the office before 3:00 p.m. This will allow the office staff ample time to
notify your child’s teacher of the change.

Students are not allowed to ride any bus other than the one assigned. Thus, a child may not ride
home on another bus for a play date or go to another child’s home if it requires a change from
their assigned bus. Parents will need to make their own transportation arrangements for this
purpose.

Arrival to School

What is the before school drop off procedure?
Children should not arrive at school before 8:40 a.m.  Children riding the bus to school will be dropped off at the southern end of school property and supervised until the beginning of the school day. 

If children are being dropped off by car,  all parents are asked to remain in their vehicle and pull up alongside the canopy at the front of the building to unload their children on the curbside. Parents are not allowed to park and walk their children through the parking area to school. The line for cars starts at the student drop-off
area and continues around the outer perimeter of the bus lanes if needed.

All traffic should go around the bus lanes and along the fence line in order to get into the line
for drop-off.  Only a single lane of traffic will be allowed in the inner circle of the driveway along
the front of the school at the beginning of the day.  Anyone needing to enter the school for a before
school meeting or activity is asked to park in the outer lot and utilize the crosswalk near the
building to cross. The only exceptions to this are vehicles with designated handicapped parking
permits and the Special Education buses.

Students will be allowed to begin entering the building at 8:40 a.m.  Prior to that please remain in your car until supervision under the canopy is in place.
What is the earliest my child can arrive at school?
Students may begin arriving at school no earlier than 8:40 in the morning, as there is no supervision on the playground prior to that time.  The bell to line up and enter the building rings at 8:50 a.m., so all students should arrive to school by this time.  Teachers will greet the children at their entrance door.  Students will not be allowed in the building before 8:40 a.m., unless they are participating in a school PTA sponsored activity.  The office staff at school cannot take responsibility for supervision of students arriving early.

In the case of  inclement weather, the children will be brought into the building at 8:40 a.m. when before-school supervision will occur inside. 

Attendance Questions

What do we do if our child will be absent?
If, for any reason, a child must be absent from school, parents should call the school health coordinator before school begins each day that a child is absent. Each school has a voicemail system that is available 24 hours a day. Parents can leave a message with absence information at any time, even when school is not in session. 

Absences which have been accounted for through telephone communication do not require a written note when the child returns to school. However, if a child has had a communicable disease, a note indicating the child may return to school is required from the attending physician.

All children are required by law to attend school every day. Repeated absence from school without a valid reason is considered truancy. The principal will contact parents as a first step in dealing with this problem.  School resources such as the nurse, social worker, etc. are available in attempting to find a solution. If the problem is not resolved at the local school, it shall be referred to the Truancy Officer at Suburban Cook County Regional Office of Education.

Birthday Questions

Birthday Party Invites - Can we hand out invitations at school?
Lyon School does not allow birthday party invitations to be distributed at school.  We ask that invites be mailed.  We can not give out address information, however you may be able to find this information in the PTA directory.
Can we bring treats for our child’s birthday?
District 34 does not allow food or beverages at birthday parties at school.  Instead, there are several suggestions below for parents and children who still want to celebrate a birthday without food, including:
  • Special time/special recognition during class.  Examples include the student reading to the class, sharing a personal story with the class or selecting a fun activity from a list provided by the teacher.
  • Purchase a book for the classroom library.  This might include the student’s name in the front of the book indicating it was donated by the student in celebration of a birthday.
  • Bring in a non-food item/party favor (i.e. - pencils, erasers, stickers).  Please, no disruptive  items.  If you need help deciding, please contact the school for guidance.
Please know all celebratory activities should be cleared with the classroom teacher in advance but that no food or beverages will be allowed as part of these celebrations. Administrators throughout the district are responsible for implementing this practice.

Early Dismissal & Tardy Questions

What do we do if our child will be late for school?
Lyon school hours are 8:55 a..m. to 3:30 p.m. If you are dropping off your child after 8:50 a.m., please accompany them into school office.  Sign your child in and inform the health coordinator of your arrival.  Late arrival is anytime after 8:55 AM or 1:00 PM for the afternoon kindergarten.  Please do not drop your child off in the front of the building.
What do we do if we need to pick our child up early?
To pick up your child during the regular school day, write a note to your child’s teacher and it will be passed on to the office.  Come to the office at Lyon and sign your child out in the health office.  Upon your arrival someone in the office will call your child down to the office.  Children will not be allowed to wait outside for their parents for an early release but rather will be released from the classroom once the parent has arrived.
What is the afternoon school dismissal procedure?
If there is a change to your child’s dismissal (i.e. he/she will not be taking the bus home or they are to be car ider) a written note from the parent must be sent to school.  Please include in the note the date, student’s name, teacher, and your first and last name.  We will not allow your child to change his or her after school departure from school without your written permission.  In an emergency situation, you may contact the school and verbally make changes.  No changes can be made after 3:00 p.m.

Transportation Questions

How late can I call in a “car rider”?
We ask that if your child is going to be a car rider that you send a note to your child’s teacher in the morning.  If there is a last minute change you can call the office to report that you want your child to be a car rider by 3:00 p.m.  We ask that you not call after 3:00 p.m. in the interest of the child’s safety.
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.