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2018-2019 Student Fees Information

 

Elementary:

2018-2019 fees for Materials and Supplies are due!  Fees are $22 for students in 4K and $40 for students in grades KG-5.  Your student’s balance can be viewed on the Parent Portal under Fees on the left hand side.

Payments can be made to the main office via cash or check.  Please include your child’s name and ID# with all payments.  Online payments can be made via credit card or eCheck at https://racine.revtrak.net.  No processing fees apply!

Families who need to apply for the Free or Reduced Meal Program can pick up a form in the main office or apply online at https://www.freereducedlunch.com/rusd.  Fees can only be waived with a completed Sharing Information with Other Programs form on file. 

Please contact the main office with questions.

 

K-8:

2018-2019 fees for Textbooks, Materials and Supplies are due!  Fees are $22 for students in 4K, $40 for students in grades KG-5 and $60 for students in grades 6-8.  Your student’s balance can be viewed on the Parent Portal under Fees on the left hand side.

Payments can be made to the main office via cash or check.  Please include your child’s name and ID# with all payments.  Online payments can be made via credit card or eCheck at https://racine.revtrak.net.  No processing fees apply!

Families who need to apply for the Free or Reduced Meal Program can pick up a form in the main office or apply online at https://www.freereducedlunch.com/rusd.  Fees can only be waived with a completed Sharing Information with Other Programs form on file. 

Your student may not be able to participate in future school events if all fines and fees are not paid and/or waived.

Please contact the main office with questions.

 

Case, Horlick, Park, Walden and REAL:

2018-2019 fees for Textbooks and Materials are due!  Fees are $60 per student.  Your student’s balance can be viewed on the Parent Portal under Fees on the left hand side.

Payments can be made to the main office via cash or check.  Please include your child’s name and ID# with all payments.  Online payments can be made via credit card or eCheck at https://racine.revtrak.net.  No processing fees apply!

Families who need to apply for the Free or Reduced Meal Program can pick up a form in the main office or apply online at https://www.freereducedlunch.com/rusd.  Fees can only be waived with a completed Sharing Information with Other Programs form on file. 

Your student may not be able to participate in future school events if all fines and fees are not paid and/or waived.

Please contact the main office with questions.

 

 

ALiCE Information and FAQ

Dear RUSD Parent/Guardian,

Providing a safe and secure learning environment for your child is one of Racine Unified’s top priorities. To ensure we accomplish this, we regularly review and update our safety and security procedures. As a result, we have updated our lockdown procedures, which are set into motion in the unlikely event that a threat of danger exists in or around our schools.

Beginning this fall, RUSD is implementing the use of ALiCE, an active shooter response training program, (i.e. alert, lockdown, inform, counter and evacuate) in all of our schools. Security experts across the country believe, as do we, that the use of these additional procedures will enhance student and staff safety.

For the last several months, all RUSD staff members including principals and teachers, took part in ALiCE training. The following is a brief overview of what ALiCE is and what students and staff are taught.

If an intruder enters the building, students and staff should:

  • Stop, look, listen and take appropriate action.
  • Get to and/or remain in a secure area and barricade until it is safe to evacuate.
  • Use sensory information to determine when and if it is safe to evacuate.
  • Distract the intruder if it becomes necessary to do so.
  • Do not be a stationary target.

Students in all grades will undergo age-appropriate ALiCE training next month so they are prepared to react appropriately in the unlikely event of an intruder or violent situation at their school.

Before we rollout this program District-wide, we invite our families to learn more about ALiCE at one of the District’s upcoming presentations (see the backside of this letter for dates, times and locations). There, you will learn more about ALiCE, what it means and what would happen in your child’s classroom.

Thank you for your understanding and support. It is our responsibility to make sure our students and staff are safe at school – that starts with making sure everyone is equipped with the tools to react appropriately.

 

ALiCE Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: What is ALICE and ALICE training?
A: As part of the District’s ongoing commitment to student and staff safety, ALICE is being implemented District-wide this fall. The goal of ALICE training is to teach students and teachers strategies that will prepare them in the unlikely event of an intruder or other violent situation. This training encourages staff and students to respond based on their situation. During ALICE training, staff and students are trained in different options for responding to a school intruder. In certain circumstances, the “lock the door and hide” strategy might be appropriate. In some cases, the teacher and students might take precautions to barricade the entrance(s) of the classroom. Under certain conditions, it might be the best decision for the teacher and students to evacuate the building.

Q: What does ALiCE stand for and what do the words mean?
A:  ALiCE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate.

Alert – inform people of the threat, giving as much information as possible.
Lockdown – Students and staff can choose to lockdown and barricade the room that they are in if they determine that it is not safe to evacuate.
Inform – pass on as much information as possible to others and to First Responders, including calling 911.
Counter – an effort of last resort, if an armed intruder is able to get into the space they are in, individuals can counter with distraction or other tactics. Staff are being trained to use every effort to stop the intruder, instead of relying on the traditional lockdown and hide response.
Evacuate – If it is safe to do so, all are encouraged to evacuate the building, and remove themselves from the threat.

Q: Are teachers and staff expected to follow ALICE in order? Are you supposed to Alert, then lockdown, then inform?
A: ALICE is not intended to be a checklist of things to do. It is a list of choices, with accompanying strategies that are options for our staff to ensure everyone stays safe in the unlikely event of an armed intruder.

Q: Why implement ALiCE in my child’s school?  
A: The safety of our students and staff is one of RUSD’s top priorities. To ensure our schools remain safe places, we want to ensure our students and staff are equipped with the tools necessary to know what to do if an armed intruder is in a school. All our schools are equipped with a number of safeguards, some seen and others unseen, to keep our students safe. There is a new standard-of-care which emphasizes the need for proactive, options-based, strategies, which means that we have a responsibility to those in our care to do all we can to prepare them for this rare event.

Q: What does it mean to “counter”?
A: The main intent of Counter is to distract the intruder, not try to physically take on the intruder. An example of Counter would be to throw objects at an intruder for a distraction. How each staff member chooses to respond if directly confronted by a violent intruder is a personal choice.  

Q: How will parents be notified if their child’s school is experiencing a real emergency?
A: Emergency notifications will be sent out using all methods of RUSD’s communication, including a phone call and text message from our robocall system, website updates, media alerts and social media. Families are encouraged to login to the Infinite Campus Parent Portal and make sure their emergency contact information is up to date and accurate. 

Q: How will we know my child will be safe after the emergency?
A: In the event of a full evacuation, children would be transported to safe evacuation sites off of school grounds where they will be reunited with parents/guardians. Parents/guardians will be informed about these locations through direct communication from their child’s school.

Q: Where can I go for more information about ALICE?
A: The ALICE training institute guides the District in our training approach. Additional information is available at their website https://www.alicetraining.com/our-program/alice-training/k12-education/. If you have specific questions, regarding your child’s school, please contact your school principal.

 

2018-2019 SCHEDULE PICK-UP INFORMATION

Wm. Horlick High School Registration and Schedule Pick-Up

Parents and students are to enter the building through Door 7W (west end, by the tennis courts).

Proceed to the cafeteria entrance where you will begin the registration/schedule pick-up process.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

SENIORS – Class of 2019:  9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

JUNIORS – Class of 2020:  1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Senior/Junior - Evening Registration/Schedule Pick-up:  5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.*

*For ANY Senior or Junior student who was unable to pick-up their schedule during the day.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

SOPHOMORES – Class of 2021:  9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

FRESHMEN – Class of 2022:  1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

ALL GRADE LEVELS - Evening Registration/Schedule Pick-up**:  5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

**For ANY Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior or Senior, who was unable to pick up their schedule during their regularly scheduled time.

Parents are reminded the first day of school is on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. Please encourage your son/daughter to be in school on time. Attendance and timeliness are good life lessons to be learned now. Please watch your mail as you will receive another postcard soon with information regarding the first week of school!

    Other items to take care of during schedule pick-up:

Emergency Card Information: You no longer need to fill out copies of student emergency cards.  All of this information will now be entered on-line using the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. If you already have access to the Infinite Campus Parent Portal, please log-on and fill out your student’s emergency contact information. If you do not currently have access, more information will be available the days of schedule pick-up.

Pay book rental fees/other school fees. Book Rental: $60.00 (for the year). The District Finance Department will have staff on hand during schedule pick-up days to distribute fee information and answer questions. You will also be able to pay other school fees on these days.

Pick–up packet of forms for “Free or Reduced Lunch” and “Book Rental Waiver” THESE WAIVER FORMS NEED TO BE FILLED OUT EACH YEAR…DON’T WAIT UNTIL PROM TO SEE IF YOU QUALIFY FOR THE BOOK RENTAL WAIVER!!! In order to qualify for both free/reduced lunch and to have the 2018-2019 book rental fees waived, both forms will need to be filled out and turned in. (Both forms are located within the same packet of information).  *Please note: If a student qualifies for free/reduced lunch, the book rental fee is not automatically waived. You will need to fill out and turn in the “Book Rental Waiver Form” to see if the student also qualifies to have this fee waived.

Buy an RUSD Student Activity Pass $35.00 or *Family Activity Pass $70.00This pass will allow students to attend all regular high school athletic events and activities at no additional cost. This pass is not valid for major musical and drama productions, dances, prom, and WIAA tournament events. This pass is non-transferable, non-refundable, and is only available for Racine Unified students – fee not subject to waiver. *Family Pass – up to four (4) people.

Reserve a 2018-2019 Yearbook – Schedule Pick-up Special! One Yearbook = $68* (*After schedule pick-up the cost will be $75/yearbook). For families with multiple students at Horlick: Two Yearbooks = $125**. Three Yearbooks = $180**. (**After schedule pick-up the cost will be $75/yearbook).  Please bring a check made payable to: Horlick High School and write “Yearbook - (Student Name)” in the comment section on your check. Order forms will also be available the day of Registration. However, if the book is NOT purchased on the Schedule Pick-up days, the price will be $75.

Student ID & School Picture Information Due to the downward trend of school picture sales and large increase in cost, there will no longer be a professional photographer taking school photos.  ID Photos will be taken on schedule pick-up days and students should come prepared to do so. Students will also be receiving their school ID on schedule pick-up days. Please make every effort to have your child receive their ID and ID photo on Schedule Pick-up days. Families may purchase a school photo (ID picture); however, there will be limited options. Order forms will be available on Schedule Pick-up days.   If your student is not available to have their ID picture taken during schedule pick-up, they will be have it done the first week of school. ALL students MUST have an ID to participate in school activities/functions.

 

WINGS VOLUNTEER INFORMATION

 

We are going “Green”!  We are pleased to inform you that effective Sept. 7, 2017 we will “go live” with an online WINGS volunteer application that is accessible from our RUSD homepage. 

http://www.rusd.org/district/volunteering

All volunteers are required to complete the online volunteer application, even if they were previously approved.  Volunteers that do not complete the online application will not be allowed to serve in the District until they do so. Volunteers only need to complete one online application, as it will suffice for all volunteer opportunities throughout the entire District.

 

RUSD SNOW DAY/DELAYED START INFORMATION

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As winter weather approaches, I want to be sure you are aware of emergency closing procedures that the Racine Unified School District follows. We realize that any change from the normal school schedule may cause some disruption. The below options will be utilized sparingly and only when conditions make such procedures absolutely necessary. It is very important that you are prepared for such an emergency. Please make all necessary arrangements in advance for alternate supervision for your child/children in case of emergency closings. Our goal is to ensure care and safety for all students.

Parent Notification

If schools are closed, delayed or dismissed early, we will make every effort to inform you as soon as possible. To receive the earliest information about emergency closings or delays, we urge you to register your email address on our website (www.rusd.org) to receive up-to-date notification via email. Additionally, we will immediately post school closing information on the website (www.rusd.org) and the notice will be broadcast over the following media:
 

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(Racine Unified School District)

  •  

(The Journal Times)

Fox 6 (Channel 6)

TMJ4 (Channel 4)

CBS 58 (Channel 58)

WISN 12 (Channel 12)

FM 106.1

WRJN (1400 AM)

NEWSTALK 1130 WISN

AM 920 THE WOLF

WGTD (91.1 FM)

V100.7 JAMS

94.5 KTI Country

97.3 RADIO NOW

OLDIES 95.7

620 WTMJ

92.1 The Shore

 

School Closing Procedures

There are three possibilities for closing school, which may be considered based upon weather conditions:

Option #1 - Schools Closed – All Racine Unified schools will be closed for the day. No after-school activities occur on days when the schools are closed.

Option #2 - Delayed Start - Two Hours – Schools will start two hours later than their usual starting time. Students who use school bus transportation should be at their assigned bus stop two hours later than normal. Students who walk should plan to arrive at their schools two hours later than the normal arrival time. Students will be dismissed at their regular dismissal time at the end of the day.

Early Childhood and 4-Year-Old Half-Day Kindergarten - When schools are delayed two hours, early childhood and 4K are not in session.

 

Option #3 - Early Dismissal Dismissal time is determined based on weather and communicated to families as quickly as possible. No after school activities occur on early dismissal days.

Additionally, we will be launching text message notifications. Please watch for more information coming soon!

My sincere thanks to you for your support as we enter the coming season of weather-related planning.

Sincerely,

Lolli Haws, Ph.D.

Superintendent of Schools

 

 

Estimados Padres y Guardianes,

Ya que el clima del invierno se acerca, quiero que estén enterados acerca de los procedimientos de cierre de emergencia que sigue el Distrito Escolar. Entendemos que cualquier cambio del horario normal escolar puede provocar algo de perturbación. Las siguientes opciones se utilizarán con moderación y solo cuando las condiciones hagan que este tipo de procedimiento sea absolutamente necesario. Es muy importante que ustedes estén preparados para tal emergencia. Por favor hagan todos los arreglos necesarios con anticipación para una supervisión alternativa de sus estudiantes en caso de cierres de emergencia. Nuestra meta es asegurar el cuidado y la seguridad de todos los estudiantes.

Notificación a los Padres

Si las escuelas se cierran, la hora de entrada se retrasa o salen temprano, haremos todo lo posible por informarles lo más antes posible. Para recibir la información más actualizada sobre el cierre o retrasos de emergencia, les sugerimos que registren su dirección de correo electrónico en el página de internet de nuestro distrito (www.rusd.org) para recibir noticias actualizadas a través de correos electrónicos. Además, inmediatamente publicaremos la información de cierre de escuelas en la página de internet del Distrito (www.rusd.org) y la notificación se transmitirá a través de los siguientes medios de comunicación:

www.rusd.org

(Racine Unified School District)

  •  

(The Journal Times)

Fox 6 (Canal 6)

TMJ4 (Canal 4)

CBS 58 (Canal 58)

WISN 12 (Canal 12)

FM 106.1

WRJN (1400 AM)

NEWSTALK 1130 WISN

AM 920 THE WOLF

WGTD (91.1 FM)

V100.7 JAMS

94.5 THE LAKE

97.3 RADIO NOW

OLDIES 95.7

620 WTMJ

 

 

Procedimiento del Cierre de Escuela

Hay tres posibilidades de cierre de escuela, que pueden ser consideradas basadas en las condiciones del clima:

Opción 1 – Se cierran las escuelas - Todas las escuelas del Distrito Unificado de Racine estarán cerradas por el día. Tampoco se realizarán las actividades que regularmente se hacen después de clases

Opción # 2 – La hora de entrada es retrasada - Dos Horas – Las escuelas comenzarán dos horas después de su hora normal de entrada. Los estudiantes que usan el transporte escolar deben estar en su parada de autobús asignada, dos horas más tarde de lo normal. Los estudiantes que caminan deben planear llegar a sus escuelas dos horas después de su hora normal de entrada. Los estudiantes saldrán a su hora regular al final del día.

Educación de Edad Temprana y Kínder de Cuatro Años (4K) de Medio Día. Cuando las escuelas se retrasan dos horas, Educación de Edad Temprana y el Kínder de Cuatro Años (4K) no asisten a la escuela.

Opción #3 - Salida Temprana – La hora de despedida es determinada basada en el clima y es comunicada a las familias lo más rápido posible. No hay actividades escolares después de la escuela en los días de salida temprana.

Adicionalmente, estamos implementando notificaciones por mensajes de textos, pronto compartiremos más información. Mis más sinceros agradecimientos por su apoyo mientras entramos a la temporada de la planificación relacionada con el clima.

Atentamente,

Lolli Haws, Ph.D.

Superintendente de Las Escuelas

 

 

 

 

VISITOR CHECK-IN POLICY

Updated - November 9, 2015

Dear Horlick Families,

Per School District Policy, in an attempt to keep Horlick High School safe for our families, students, and staff, all parents and visitors wishing to gain entrance to the building Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., must enter through the tennis court doors located at the west end of the building (Entrance 7W).

We ask that you use the security call button located on the outside of the Tennis Court Doors.  The police officer at the visitor check-in desk will respond and ask your name, the reason for your visit, if you have an appointment with a Horlick staff member, and who that staff member is.

The officer will then allow you entrance into the building. Proceed to the visitor check-in desk where they will further assist you.

If you have an appointment, you will be asked to sign in as a visitor and will receive a visitor pass before you will be allowed to go into the building or into the Scarlet School Office.

Once your business is concluded, we ask that you return to the visitor check-in desk, sign out, and exit the building through the tennis court doors.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Horlick High School at 262-619-4300.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Sincerely,

Angela Ress Apmann, Directing Principal - Wm. Horlick High School

9 de noviembre de 2015

 

Estimadas Familias de Horlick,

Por noma del distrito escolar, de modo de mantener a la Escuela Preparatoria Horlick segura para nuestras familias, estudiantes y personal, todos los padres y visitantes quienes desean entrar al edificio de lunes a viernes entre las horas de 7:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., deberán entrar por las puertas cerca de las canchas de tenis localizadas al lado oeste del edificio (entrada 7W).

Les pedimos usen el botón localizado afuera de las puertas de las canchas de tenis para llamar a seguridad.  El oficial del escritorio de entrada le responderá y pedirá su nombre, la razón por su visita, si tiene sita con algún miembro del personal de Horlick y el nombre de tal persona. 

Entonces el oficial le dejará entrar al edificio.  Proceda al escritorio de los visitantes y ahí le brindarán más ayuda.

Si tiene una cita,  se le pedirá anotar su entrada como visitante y recibirá una identificación de visitante antes de poder acceder al edificio o al a oficina roja (scarlet). 

Ya que haya terminado con el asunto de su visita, le pedimos que regrese al escritorio de los visitantes para firmar su salida y salir del edificio por las puertas de las canchas de tenis.

Si tiene preguntas, por favor comuníquese con la Escuela Preparatoria Horlick al 262-619-4300.

Les agradecemos, por adelantado, por su cooperación.

 

Atentamente,

Angela Ress Apmann

Directora Principal

Wm. Horlick High School

 

Student Deliveries (Flowers, Balloons, etc.)

Please refrain from having deliveries made to students during the school day (flowers, balloons, etc.)

Due to some students having severe floral and latex allergies, students should not be receiving and/or and carrying around flowers, latex balloons, and/or mylar balloons during the school day.

In the event a delivery is made during school hours, flowers and/or balloons will be kept in the Main Office where the student can pick them up at the end of the school day. Thank you.

Student Deliveries (Food)

With the exception of a parent/guardian dropping off a bag lunch, students should not have food delivered during the school day (pizza, subs, etc...).

The school cafeteria offers many choices each day for students to choose from. Please see the Parent/Student Handbook for more information on cafeteria rules, lunch times, policies and procedures. Thank you.