Parents and students are reminded of the importance of student attendance at all classes during the school day. If your student is absent or late, the parent or guardian must notify the school between 7:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on the day of the absence. A phone call is required every day of the absence.
Requests to excuse students for medical appointments during the school day must be verified by medical personnel, in writing, in order to be classified as an excused absence. Failure to comply will result in disciplinary sanctions.
To promote and maintain an environment of scholarship, self-respect, discipline and community, we ask that all students report to school each day well-groomed and attired in clothing that is modest and in accordance with Loyola's dress code. Our dress code will be enforced whenever students are on campus for class. Students are required to wear traditional classic-cut or relaxed-fit chino khaki dress slacks and LoyolaWear shirts with the Loyola Academy seal. Please note that "skinny style" pants do not comply with the dress code. Shoes must be worn during the school day. No sandals or boots are permitted. Young men must be clean-shaven and their hair length should not be below the shirt collar.
Questions regarding availability of LoyolaWear should be directed to LoyolaWear Store Manager, Ms. Lisa Lovcik at 847.920.2486 or email@example.com.
From now until March 5, students may wear any Loyola sweatshirt or fleece, as well as boots during the school day. Sweatshirts from athletics, cocurriculars or the Loyola store—with or without hoods—may be worn. Students are still required to wear the Loyola uniform polo and khaki pants. Please note, hoods and hats are not allowed to be worn in the building at any time.
A parent or guardian must call 847.920.2707 (between 7:15 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.) to report an absence, late arrival or early dismissal. A phone call is required for each day of absence.
Regular daily attendance is the key to student success. Our policy allows students to accrue eight unexcused absences in each course during a semester. Students who exceed eight "unexcused" absences in a semester may result in a withdrawal with an F. Please note that the following absences are considered "excused" absences: sick with doctor's documentation, an accident, a death in the family, Loyola retreats, Dean's pre-approved college visits and approved school-sponsored cocurricular activities.
Additionally, in an effort to improve accuracy in recording and tracking student absences, the codes that appear in onCampus next to an absence indicate whether or not the absence is excused or if it counts toward the eight "unexcused" absences the student is allowed to accrue each semester. Our OnCampus recording system allows for improved tracking and better communication regarding daily attendance. If you have questions, please contact Dean of Students Peg Culhane at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please review the information below regarding student attendance:
A doctor's note should be sent within 48 hours of a student's absence. Notes can be faxed to 847.920.2401; emailed to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org; or hand-delivered to the Dean's Office.
Students arriving late to school must report to the Dean’s Office before going to class.
Students leaving early from school must report to the Dean’s Office before departing. If a student arrives 20 or more minutes late for any class, he or she will be marked absent from that class.
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* Effective March 11, 2020 Given the rising health concerns in our community, we are making a change to our Sick Day Policy. Do not send your student to school if he or she is sick. Absences due to illness, including fever-related absences, will be recorded as an Excused Absence without a doctor's note. Teachers will work with students to create a plan to make up missed work.
We strongly encourage our students to stay home if they are ill. Amending our policy aims to support this statement.
Parents dropping off students before school should enter the parking lot from Laramie Avenue at the southern end of the south lot (Lot D) and proceed north along the west side of the stadium to the dual drop-off lanes to unload passengers. Students will enter the building either through Door #1 (main entrance) or Door #6 (Piazza entrance). Afterward, parents should continue north toward the school and turn west to exit onto Laramie Avenue. Please yield to pedestrians walking to the school building and follow the direction of the traffic control aides along the route and at the driveway to Laramie Avenue.
The route for pick-up along the west side of the stadium is similar to drop off. Parents should proceed to the northernmost available position to wait for students. Vehicles are to queue in two lanes along the entire length of the stadium. Parents should remain in their vehicles and move up in the queue as vehicles pick up students and depart. After picking up students, proceed north to the school and west to Laramie Avenue. Please yield to pedestrians walking through the area and follow directions from the traffic control aides along the route.
At this time, drop off and pick up in the north lot (Lot A) off of Illinois Road just east of Frontage Road at the northeast corner of the school is NOT available.
Please be aware that traffic circulation is closed between the south side of the school and the parking near the pool and along the east side of the school (near the Edens Expressway) between 7:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. in order to create a safe zone for pedestrians.
Important to note: Our longtime agreement with our neighbors prohibits drop-off and pick-up on all other side streets, including Forest, Walnut, Elmwood and Greenwood Avenues, Manor Drive and Illinois Road.
For the health, safety and security of our entire community, access to Loyola Academy will be limited to two doors. These doors are numbered on the inside and outside of the school building.
Door #1 — Main entrance (west side of the school at the flag pole)
Door #6 — Piazza entrance (south side of school across from Sachs Stadium)
These doors will be open beginning at 6:45 a.m. for students to enter the building. The following procedures must be followed when entering the building:
Students, faculty and staff will join one of the screening lines and use hand sanitizer while waiting for screening. Social distance must be maintained. Guides will be marked on the floor.
Screeners will be present, holding up a sign with symptoms of COVID-19. Students, faculty and staff will be asked if they have any of the listed symptoms. Temperatures will be taken. If a temperature is normal AND the individual answers "NO" to having any of the listed symptoms, he or she will proceed to his or her classroom/office.
If a student, faculty or staff member answers "YES" to having any of the listed symptoms or if he or she has a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, he or she will be sent to a designated area for additional screening. Additional screening will be conducted by one of the school nurses.
Students must be wearing their student ID to enter the building once IDs have been issued.
As mandated by the State of Illinois, all individuals must wear a mask at all times while on campus, including the parking lot and outdoor areas. Masks must already be in place when entering the building.
All students are required to have an iPad for school use. Students can utilize cell phones for educational purposes only. Teachers will inform students when they require use of the cell phone as an educational tool. Please reference the Technology Use Policy section of the Student Handbook for details on responsible use of devices.
No food and/or beverage deliveries for students are permitted during the school day under any circumstances. All attempts by outside vendors and third-party delivery services to deliver food will be denied by Loyola's front desk staff. Staff at the primary entryways will not receive food or beverages from anyone. The cost of a failed delivery will be the responsibility of the student.
At this time, no visitors are allowed on campus. Video conferencing should be used whenever possible. However, an in-person meeting, if absolutely necessary, can be arranged in advance. Masks must be worn and social distancing must be maintained. When entering the building, parents and visitors will be required to enter the school exclusively through the main entrance (Door #1) or the Piazza entrance (Door #6), present a photo ID at the security desk and receive a visitor's pass.
To enhance security on campus, our Visitor ID System, Raptor, was upgraded over the summer. In doing so, we no longer have access to information that was previously stored in the system. All visitors to Loyola Academy, including parents, will be required to provide a photo ID to be scanned upon entering the building during the school day, even if your ID was previously stored in our system. Therefore, when coming to campus, please allow extra time for this procedure. If possible, we recommend you stop by the Main Lobby (Door #1) or Piazza (Door #6)security desk at your earliest convenience to scan your ID—this will eliminate the need for you to do so in the future, especially before events when there is likely to be a line. Thank you for your understanding and patience.
All visitors are asked to obtain a Visitor's Parking Permit from the security desk in the main entrance or Piazza. You are invited to store the permit in your car to use on subsequent visits to Loyola Academy. We ask all Loyola students, faculty, staff and visitors to park in a legal parking spot in the lot whenever it is available. Those who choose to utilize Visitor Parking in the drop off/pick up lanes may not park before 8:30 a.m. and must move their vehicles by 2:30 p.m. at the latest. Security personnel in the main lobby can direct you where to park if you need assistance. If you are issued a ticket in error, please contact the Dean’s Office at 847.920.2707.