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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 absence policy for the 2019–20 school year has changed in response to the reduced number of times each class meets per semester with our rotating bell schedule. The new 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 new 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com; 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.
For additional information on this new policy, please click here.
* 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.
Similar to last year, parents dropping off students before school should enter from Laramie Avenue at the southern end of the south parking 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 or Door #6. Afterward, parents should continue north toward the school and turn west to exit onto Laramie Avenue. Please yield to pedestrians walking to the school and follow the direction of the traffic control aides along the route and at the driveway to Laramie Avenue.
If arriving from the north, parents may also enter the north lot (Lot A) from the east end of Illinois Road just east of Frontage Road at the northeast corner of the school. Upon entering, parents should circulate west in the first drive aisle and south to Door 10 to drop off students. To exit back to Illinois Road, parents should proceed east and north to the same driveway used to enter. Please yield to pedestrians in the lot and follow directions from the posted traffic control aide at Door 10 to maintain safety for students and faculty walking in the area. Please note, this route from the north is an adjustment from last year and provides direct access to Door 10.
To balance the need for security with our goal of creating a welcoming and engaging environment, access to Loyola Academy in the morning hours will be limited to three doors. These doors are numbered on the inside and outside of the school 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.
For the safety of all students, parents and visitors will be required to enter the school exclusively through the main entrance (Door #1) or the Piazza entrance (Door #6), presenting photo ID at the security desk to receive a visitor's pass.
Beginning March 10, 2020, all visitors to campus during normal school operating hours must have an appointment or a planned meeting in order to enter the building. In addition, we are temporarily suspending college-age alumni visits during the school day. Though we love seeing the smiling faces of our alumni, we feel it is wise to restrict access to the building at this time.
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.