Ravenswood Elementary School
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School Policies & Procedures

Our policies and procedures follow all CPS rules, regulations and guidelines. At Ravenswood, we value inclusivity, respect for others and an appreciation of learning and achievement. These school-specific policies support those values and goals.

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Anti-Bullying

We believe that all students require and deserve a safe and civil school environment. Bullying causes physical, psychological and emotional harm to students and interferes with their ability to learn and participate in school activities.

In accordance with CPS regulations and Illinois state law, bullying at Ravenswood is strictly prohibited. All students are taught positive behaviors towards others and older students must sign and agree to our anti-bullying rules.

At Ravenswood, we actively work to prevent bullying. We set clear expectations on what is appropriate behavior for our students. Our social-emotional approach to teaching promotes positive relationship building and encourages students to speak out if they hear bullying, degrading language, bias or prejudice. We establish predictable responses and effective disciplinary practices to address the root cause of bullying, teach skills, build empathy and repair harm.

 Our students are taught positive discipline and social-emotional behaviors. These include building a peaceful classroom environment.

Our students are taught positive discipline and social-emotional behaviors. These include building a peaceful classroom environment.


 
 All students received a peace-sign shirt from the school on Ram-Palooza day!

All students received a peace-sign shirt from the school on Ram-Palooza day!

Dress Code

Dress code: We do not wear uniforms at Ravenswood and students are not required to dress a certain way. We follow these guidelines:

  • All clothing should be weather and temperature appropriate. We suggest wearing layers. Our building is old and some rooms heat & cool faster than others.

  • Religious head coverings are allowed. Caps or hats, especially those that block another student’s view, are not permitted.

  • We suggest that our younger students keep a change of clothing in their cubby or locker at all times.

  • Derogatory or inflammatory language on clothing is not permitted. Teachers, staff and administration may make a judgment call on slogans or statements.


 

Drop Off & Pick Up

 

School starts at 8:45am. Please ensure your student is on time. For a good morning drop-off:

  • Students attending BASA may be dropped off as early as 7:30am. Please see our BASA policies for more details.

  • We ask that students line up outside the door assigned to their class by 8:40am when the first bell rings.

  • Students will be escorted into the building by their teachers when the bell rings at 8:45.

  • Students who are running late should be dropped of at the main doors (door 2 on Paulina).

  • Parents are not permitted to accompany students into the building, unless the student is in pre-k. If you have school business, please sign in at the front desk and then go directly to the main office.

  • If you drive, do not double park and exit your vehicle. Do not park in Ravenswood faculty spots. Watch for crossing guards. Do not yell at other parents or stop in the road to talk to someone. Obey all rules of the road. Put your phone down - our students’ lives depend on it.

School ends at 3:45pm. To make pick up go smoothly:

  • Please make sure students know and are prepared for their after school plans.

  • Students attending BASA or Columbia College classes will stay in school. Younger students will be picked up from their classroom by a counselor. Older students are responsible for getting to programming on their own.

  • Students who aren’t enrolled in extracurriculars will be escorted to the school doors by their teachers. Teachers will wait with students until a designated parent or guardian appears.

  • Parents are not permitted to pick up students directly from their classroom.

  • If you need to pick up your student early, for any reason, you must go to the main office and fill out an early dismissal form.

  • If you drive, do not double park and exit your vehicle. Do not do not park in Ravenswood faculty spots. Watch for crossing guards. Do not yell at other parents or stop in the road to talk to someone. Obey all rules of the road. Put your phone down - our students’ lives depend on it.


 Drop off can be hectic, especially during the first few weeks of school! Please follow our procedures to make sure all students remain safe and comfortable.

Drop off can be hectic, especially during the first few weeks of school! Please follow our procedures to make sure all students remain safe and comfortable.

 We encourage parents and students to stay and mingle after pickup - as long as you’re not blocking the road or another car. Please be safe at all times.

We encourage parents and students to stay and mingle after pickup - as long as you’re not blocking the road or another car. Please be safe at all times.


We strive to be a nut-free school.

Our school community has made a commitment to follow nut-free guidelines for the safety and health of all our students. We need each student, teacher and parent to help us make Ravenswood a safer place for kids who have food allergies.

Guidelines for Families

Here’s how you can help your students support their friends:

1. Don’t bring nuts to school. At all. Ever. This means no sandwiches, granola bars, treats or other food that contain nuts. We won’t be bringing any food with nuts for lunches, school events or class parties. You might have to help your parents remember. They try (really, they do) but your gentle reminders and the lunchbox stickers you will get will help.

2. Be a label detective! Food labels have super-tiny print and have lots of unpronounceable words, so you will have to become skilled at scanning the side of all packages. Ask an adult if you need help until you can check and report nuts in the foods you have for lunches.

3. If a friend shares that they have a food allergy, take note. Listen carefully and ask how you can help to support them.

4. If you have a food allergy, tell your friends why Ravenswood’s nut-free policy is important to you. If you’re comfortable joining your classroom lunch table, this is a great time to strike up the conversation over delicious soy butter sandwiches.

5. No, really. Try the soy butter.There are lots of delicious alternatives to peanut butter. Do a taste test! You might be surprised how much you love the creamy deliciousness that soy butter and sun butter add to plain old bread.

7. Skip the teasing, rude comments and making fun of food allergies. It’s not funny. Many kids with food allergies are bullied. None of us want that to happen at Ravenswood. Your teachers will help the classroom come up with ideas for staying supportive and positive, and putting an end to the negative stuff quickly.

8. What if I accidentally bring nuts to school? You will have the option of eating food with nuts at a designated nut table or tossing the item in the trash and eating a nut-free, no-cost school lunch.

 

Did You Know?

1.  One in 13 children in this country are affected by food allergies, and the number of kids at Ravenswood is slightly higher – about 10%.

2. All CPS meals are nut free. CPS also requires that every school stock EpiPens that staff members are trained to administer in the event of an anaphylactic reaction, helping to earn CPS national recognition for health policy.

3. We are joining a growing community of nut-free schools. Each year, 300,000 children visit the doctor for treatment of food allergy symptoms. Children are most likely to have their first reaction at school, and a quarter of those who are administered epinephrine in response have not had a diagnosis and are not aware they have a food allergy.

4. Food allergies can be fatal. Reactions can range from an irritating rash to life-threatening anaphylaxis. It only takes a small amount of the allergen to set off symptoms.  

5. Ravenswood is an inclusive school where each child is valued. We respect the needs of ALL of our students, including those with allergies. Our nut-free policy allows children with food allergies to enjoy classroom and lunch time with their fellow students.


School Safety

 Our crossing guards help ensure student safety every day! Please follow their directions when driving or walking near our school.

Our crossing guards help ensure student safety every day! Please follow their directions when driving or walking near our school.

Student safety is always our top priority at Ravenswood. We work with CPS’ Office of Safety and Security to ensure our policies are always up to date.

When it comes to safety, we need your help. Though some of our rules may feel inconvenient, please know our intention is to prioritize school safety at all times. We appreciate your support.

  • Parents and guests must enter and exit through main entrance on Paulina only. Please stand in front of the camera and ring the bell.

  • All visitors must sign in when entering the building.

  • All visitors must obtain a visitor/volunteer pass on the red lanyard upon checking in. This includes school tour visitors.

  • All volunteers must be registered properly under CPS policy.

  • All non-registered visitors must go directly to the main office.

  • Doors should remain shut at all times.

  • Do not open the door for others.

  • Only Ravenswood students are allowed on the school playgrounds during school hours.

  • After dismissal, parents and students should not re-enter the building. If re-entry is needed, please proceed to the main entrance to sign in and check in at the main office.

  • Please use crosswalks when crossing the street and be vigilant when driving around the school.

  • The staff parking lot and street parking is off limits to parents and families.

  • Please follow all BASA drop off and pick up procedures.


 

Inclement Weather

 

This is Chicago! Schools are open and classes are held in all types of weather. If it’s a school day, we expect to see your students here and ready to learn!

Indoor Arrival: If there is heavy rain, lightning or the windchill is below 15, the main door (Door 2, on Paulina) will open at 8:30 for students to come in and wait inside. Parents are asked to leave their students inside the door. School staff will help younger students find their indoor drop-off location if needed. You’ll see orange flags announcing an indoor arrival day, flying at the main entrance, on the north corner by Montrose, and on the south corner of the school by the playground. Flags will be up by 8:15am.

Outdoor recess: Recess is held outside if the windchill is above 15º Farenheit (-10º Celsius). Please ensure your students are dressed warmly, or have warm clothes in their backpacks or lockers. We use Weather.com to confirm temperatures.

Snow days: CPS sets our snow day policy and determines when to close schools. If school is cancelled for snow, or for any other reason, we’ll share an update as soon as possible through our newsletter, Facebook page, on Twitter, on Instagram, and through our room parents.

 We’ll brave the snow, rain, sleet and ice — at least for a few minutes, so that we can post our indoor drop-off flags!

We’ll brave the snow, rain, sleet and ice — at least for a few minutes, so that we can post our indoor drop-off flags!


 
 We’ll have breakfast waiting for our students every morning, so that no one starts the day hungry. Students can grab a piece of fruit or a bagged meal on their way to class.

We’ll have breakfast waiting for our students every morning, so that no one starts the day hungry. Students can grab a piece of fruit or a bagged meal on their way to class.

 Students have recess every day, and  Dance  or  PE  at least twice a week. We also support physical activity with events like our Walkathon and Rampalooza, which encourage students to move and stay active!

Students have recess every day, and Dance or PE at least twice a week. We also support physical activity with events like our Walkathon and Rampalooza, which encourage students to move and stay active!

Wellness @ Ravenswood

 

Ravenswood Is Healthy School Certified!

We continue to work to improve our Healthy School certification.  In order to receive this, the school needs to meet a set of criteria which include daily physical activity, nutrition education at every grade, implementation of a healthy snack and beverage policy, the avoidance of food rewards and the creation of an active school wellness team.

While some of these requirements are being met on a daily basis at Ravenswood, others are still being developed and customized to meet Ravenswood’s unique needs.  The school administration, the Wellness Advocacy Committee and the LSC have been working hard in an ongoing process to write policy and implement these requirements.

Your support and participation in meeting these requirements are greatly appreciated as we continually work to make Ravenswood a healthy place to grow and learn.  

Our Wellness policies (including our nut free guidelines, classroom snacking policy, and allergy awareness) are designed to ensure a healthy environment for all students.

Allergy Awareness

We ask parents and students to make us aware of any allergies that your students may have, including any type of food or medication allergy. If your child has an allergy, you’ll need to fill out the appropriate forms so that we can ensure your child’s safety is addressed.

Nut-Free School

We strive to be a nut free school and ask all parents to support us in this.

Classroom Snacks

Many of our classrooms are now snack free. This allows us to avoid any allergy-causing foods begin present in the classroom, and also helps with classroom cleanliness. To make this easier on students, we ask that parents encourage their children to eat a healthy and sustaining breakfast and lunch. (Both breakfast and lunch are always provided, free of charge, at our school.)

When snacks are allowed in the classroom, we request that they always be nut-free. Some classrooms may have additional restrictions on snacking. For the health and safety of all of our students, we ask that you follow these guidelines and ensure your students do so as well.

Classroom Celebrations & Birthday Parties

Most of our classrooms now celebrate birthdays with a sharing activity, like a birthday timeline or birthday book, instead of a food-oriented activity. This makes our celebrations much more inclusive and gives each student time to share something about themselves in a unique way.

Occasionally, classrooms may have other celebrations, to celebrate an achievement or holiday. Teachers will share specific guidelines for these events. We ask parents to be considerate of all students during these activities, and help to promote the same spirit of inclusion that guides all of our school behaviors.