Joppa-Maple Grove Unit School District 38 students can expect to be at school every day of the 2021-22 school year. Students will be in class five days a week from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The only students allowed to study at home will be those who have medical exemptions or are mandated to be in quarantine. Documentation will be required from the health department and a form completed for the school.

The Return to School Plan is available at the district ‘s website, www.jmg38.com.

“Joppa-Maple Grove is committed to the health and safety of our students, staff and their families. Every effort will be made to ensure the health and safety of staff and students,” said superintendent Dr. Vickie Artman.

RegistrationRegistration for Joppa-Maple Grove students will begin Wednesday, Aug. 4. All students must register for the 2021-22 school year.

New students to the district may register on Wednesday, Aug. 4, from 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Packets may be picked up from the Maple Grove Elementary School office or the Joppa Junior/Senior High School office and filled out in the parking lot and returned the same day or the day following for those desiring to complete them at home. All information will be inside a manila envelope. All registration information is due Monday, Aug. 9. When a new student enrolls, records will be requested from the previous school. Transfer students will be placed on a schedule after records are received, and credits and grades have been evaluated.

Back-to-school night for pre-K and kindergarten is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 12, at 6 p.m. at Maple Grove. Please make arrangements for your child to stay with someone during this time. Parents/guardians will meet their child’s teacher and discuss the upcoming school year. Remaining information will be collected to complete the child’s records; students will not be allowed to begin school unless all paperwork is completed and turned in. Pre-K appointments for home visits will also be scheduled on this night.

TechnologyJoppa-Maple Grove students will continue to use Chromebooks or iPads in the classrooms as a blended option. Third- through 12th-graders will use Chromebooks in the classroom as a part of routine instruction. Pre-K through second-graders will have have iPads for classroom use as part of routine instruction.

“We hope to better engage students and increase student ownership of their learning and the learning process,” Artman said.

A $20 non-refundable technology fee is required for all students. This fee will be discounted $5 for each sibling in the same household.

Students who have signed the “Technology Agreement,” along with their parents and have paid the $20 technology fee, will be allowed to take their designated Chromebook home to continue school work and/or during eLearning designated days. Students who do not have permission to take the Chromebooks home will have an assigned device at school each day.

FeesFees will be charged for the 2021-22 school year for students who participate in athletics, drivers’ education and high school art. These fees help to cover the costs incurred by students for workbooks, consumable materials and other supplies that cannot be reused.

• Textbook rental fees are: $20 for both Maple Grove Elementary and Joppa Junior/Senior High School.

• Students will be charged $20 per sport per year, not to exceed $50 per family.

• High school students who take drivers’ education will be charged a $50 fee for the class in addition to the $20 White Slip Fee to the Secretary of State.

• High school art students will incur a supply fee of $10.

Students who would normally qualify for free/reduced meals may be eligible for a fee waiver. This fee waiver covers all fees except the technology fee. A household income application must be completed by the parent/guardian and returned, along with the fee waiver form, to the appropriate school office by the end of the first two weeks of attendance. The office will review the information supplied by the parent/guardian. Upon approval, a written response letter will be mailed to the parent/guardian, and if applicable the fees will be waived for the school year.

Required formsPhysical examinations, immunization records and certified birth certificates are required to be on file for all students. Forms for physicals, dental and vision exams are available at the district office, located at Joppa Junior/Senior High School

• Students entering kindergarten, sixth and ninth grades are required to have an updated physical examination and appropriate immunizations prior to beginning the school year.

• Students entering kindergarten, second and sixth grades are required to have a dental exam prior to school starting.

• Students in kindergarten or who are attending public school for the first time are required to have a vision exam upon entering school this year.

• All new students must provide the school with a copy of a recent physical examination, vision exam, copy of the student immunization record and official birth certificate upon registration.

The hospital birth certificate will not be accepted. Students must provide a copy of the official certificate from the state in which they were born. Students will not be allowed to attend classes until all Illinois state mandated requirements for physical examinations, immunization, dental exams, vision exams and birth certificates are met.

Students who participate in sports activities must present proof of physical examination prior to the beginning date of the sport. This year, parents/guardians will be responsible for getting those students their physical examinations and providing proof of that physical to the school district. Sports physicals do not replace the mandatory physicals required for students entering sixth and ninth grade.

Accident insurance for school activitiesThe district provides limited student accident insurance for school activities during school time as part of its own liability insurance policy coverage. Parents should be reminded that this accident insurance program is supplemental and normally will not completely cover all accident-related costs. The insurance suffices for the Illinois required accident insurance for students participating in sports activities. An additional supplemental insurance policy is available for purchase.

The district provides a breakfast and lunch program at both Maple Grove Elementary and Joppa High School. During the 2021-22 school year, the schools will continue to participate in the state’s Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) as part of the National School Lunch Program. Students attending district schools will again receive free breakfast and lunch on a daily basis.

Additional information• Teachers will be attending all-day in-services on Wednesday, Aug. 11, and Thursday, Aug. 12, beginning at 8:30 a.m. There will be no school for students on these two days.

• On Friday, Aug. 13, students will attend classes from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. at both Maple Grove Elementary and Joppa Junior/Senior High School. The doors will open at 7:45 a.m. for breakfast. Students who do not ride buses should not arrive at school before 7:45 a.m.

• Robinson Transport Bus Services will provide student transportation for the district. Students are strongly encouraged to be present at their bus stops at the normal daily pick up time to prevent delays in the routes for other student pick up locations. All buses are being monitored via satellite this year and have active video cameras used at all times to monitor students. Parents/guardians with questions about bus service or bus routes may contact Robinson Transport Bus Services at 618-309-6923.

• School supply lists by elementary grade level are posted at joppa38.com, the Joppa Post Office and at Joppa City Hall.

• Joppa Junior/Senior High School students should bring two combination locks the first full day of attendance for physical education and regular lockers. Lockers will be assigned as soon as the locks are brought to the office. Students are required to wear PE uniforms (gym shorts, a solid color T-shirt and tennis shoes).

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