Program Expectations


When a student is absent from school, a parent should call the office by 8:00 a.m. each day of the absence. If the office does not receive a call, a parent will be contacted. This policy is for the protection of the St. Joan of Arc students.

  • Calls before 7:30 a.m. are taken by voicemail at 630-969-1452.
  • After 7:30 a.m. calls are taken in the office at 630-969-1732.
  • Students should be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school.

A written statement giving reasons for the absence or tardiness must be brought to the student’s teacher upon the student’s return.

The school calendar provides for extended weekends throughout the school year. Parents are encouraged to schedule trips or family outings during these times so as to eliminate the need to interrupt a child’s learning process.

Missed assignments are the student’s responsibility. For short absences, students should make arrangement with classmates or check SchoolSpeak regarding assignments. Students may also receive missed assignments from their teacher when they return to school. Teachers are not required to give make-up tests or assignments for absences due to vacations. No assignment will be given in anticipation of the vacation. Arrangements for regular classroom tests missed because of an absence are to be made with the individual teachers. In today’s schools there is really no such thing as ‘make-up’ work. Teachers and students can only attempt to offset the loss of instructional days. With the increase of teacher-pupil inter-action, Instructional Aides, Discussion Groups, Computer Assisted Instruction and Media-Center assignments, a loss of even one day may be detrimental to a pupil’s progress and therefore, cannot adequately be compensated. Absenteeism definitely presents a difficult problem for both teachers and students because it prohibits continuity of instruction.

When an emergency arises that necessitates a student being absent during school time, parents must request an absentee form from the office to specify the projected dates of absence and the location of the students during this time. When this form is returned to the main office, teachers will be notified. Upon the student’s return, the teachers will give assignments to be completed at home that will attempt to partially compensate for the loss of instructional time. Excessive absence or tardiness, can be cause for action on the part of administration.


Students who are not in the classroom when attendance is taken must report to the main office for a tardy slip. Students will not be marked tardy and will not need a tardy slip when buses are late.

Excessive tardiness affects the learning of all of our students. Students at all grade levels who are tardy 5 times in a trimester will serve a lunch detention, 10 tardies will result in three assigned lunch detentions. More than 10 tardies will result in an after school hour long detention for students in grades 4-8. Students in grades K-3 will continue to serve lunch detentions. Parents will be asked to come to school for a conference with administration if their student exceeds 10 tardies.


Students are required to be in complete uniform coming to school and going home, unless a staff member allows them to change for an after school activity. Out of uniform times occur only with administrative approval. The official St. Joan of Arc uniform which must be worn by everyone and can be purchased at the Dennis Uniform Store at 1141 N. Main St. – Lombard, Illinois (630-932-7171) A summer uniform option is available to be worn from April 1st until October 31st.

All Students-K-8:

Skirts for all girls in all grades must be no shorter than to the knee. Ensure that there is sufficient hem on the skirt or jumper to allow for student growth.

Slacks or pants must be plain, not a blue jeans style (no rivets or patch pockets). The legs are straight and not flared. The waist should be at the natural waistline.

Shirts and blouses are not to be oversized and always tucked in at all times.

Shoes must be sturdy suede, leather or leather-like with a non-marking soft sole and must be below the ankle. No sole or heel may be higher than 1½ inch. Solid colors of navy, brown, black or tan are acceptable. Sperry or Sperry-like shoes may be worn but must follow the color guidelines. This means no plaids, sparkles, pastels, or two tone shoes.

White, knit turtlenecks may be worn under the school sweatshirt, uniform sweaters, vests, blouses or shirts on very cold days

Uniforms are worn from the first day of school until the last day. Special out of uniform activities must be requested through the principal.

Summer Uniform

Navy short sleeve polo only with Dunbar plaid skirt.

Khaki shorts or skort with navy or white socks

Students may not:

  • wear colored T-shirts under uniform shirts or blouses
  • wear any make-up
  • wear anything other than clear, white or pastel pink nail polish
  • wear more than one small earring in each ear lobe; boys may not wear earrings
  • streak, bleach, color, or dye their hair
  • have shaved heads or trendy haircuts
  • have shoelaces untied
  • wear over-sized clothing
  • have blouses or shirt untucked
  • wear boots during the school day
  • wear choke chains
  • wear jewelry (except a small pair of earrings for girls, a small ring for girls, or a light chain with a SMALL Catholic medal or cross)
  • Boys may not wear earrings or rings, but may wear a light chain with a SMALL Catholic medal or cross.
  • wear trendy necklaces or bracelets

Boy’s hair should be neatly trimmed, no longer than collar length, and of a suitable style for an academic environment, as determined by the administration.

Girl’s hair should be neat and of a suitable style for an academic environment, as determined by the administration.

Dress shoes (navy, black, or dark brown) are required at all times except for P.E. classes (oxford style, saddle shoes, loafers, top-siders are acceptable). No sandal, no open-back shoes, or any type shoe which resembles a tennis shoe, no boots or hi-top shoes, and no shoes with a heel over 2 inches (measured from the back exterior of the shoe) are permitted. Shoes with laces must be tied at all times.

Watches with a beeping device should be disconnected during the school day. Watches that beep will be taken away and may be claimed by a parent or guardian.

The uniform should be clean and pressed with all buttons attached and hem intact. Shirttails should be tucked in while a student is on campus. Belts may be navy, brown, or black.

Out of Uniform Guidelines

Students may wear

  • jeans
  • tennis shoes
  • short socks
  • shorts no shorter than three inches above the knee
  • skirts no shorter than directly above the knee
  • skorts
  • sweatshirts
  • jogging suits
  • dresses
  • slacks

Students may not wear

  • flip-flop sandals
  • no open back shoes
  • tank tops
  • T-shirts with inappropriate writing
  • tennis shoes that convert to roller skates
  • biker shorts
  • pajama pants – yoga clothing
  • make-up
  • low cut blouses/tops
  • clothing that is extremely tight
  • hats

Good Rule: If you think you shouldn’t wear it, you shouldn’t. ALL UNIFORM REGULATIONS AND GUIDELINES must be adhered to. Teachers will enforce the dress code policy. Once a week we will have a uniform check day for the entire school. During this time all teachers will check student uniforms. A dress code violation will be given to student if there is an infraction. The notice must be signed and returned to school the next day and the violation must be corrected by the next day as well. Please note that while we will have a dress code check for the whole school once a week, a teacher may administer a dress code violation at any time they note an infraction.