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Key Back to School Information

Welcome back to East St. Louis School District 189!

School began August 15, 2022.  Please take note of these key back to school details.


Uniform & Dress Code Information

School uniforms for students in preschool through grade 8 are as follows:
· Navy blue, khaki or black: Slacks, skirts, jumpers or shorts
· White, black, navy blue or powder blue: Shirts/blouses
· Closed-toe shoes with backing (any color)
 
High school students are NOT required to wear a school uniform, but they must adhere to the Dress Code, which can be reviewed in section 6.20 of the Student Handbook, here: SY23 Student Handbook
 
Students are required to conform to the uniform dress code as adopted by the Board of Education while on school property and/or in attendance at school-sponsored activities. Students are prohibited from wearing clothing or attire that is contrary to acceptable health and safety standards, or may disrupt the education process or learning atmosphere. Students whose dress causes a substantial disruption of the orderly process of school functions or endangers the health or safety of the student, other students, staff or others may be subject to discipline.

Students are expected to wear clothing in a neat, clean, and well-fitting manner while on school property and/or in attendance at school-sponsored activities.  Students are to use discretion in their dress and are not permitted to wear apparel that causes a substantial disruption in the school environment. 

All students’ dress will conform to the following* (does not include clothing designated for religious reasons):

  • Student dress (including accessories) may not advertise, promote, or picture alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia, violent behavior, or other inappropriate images.

  • Student dress (including accessories) may not display lewd, vulgar, obscene, or offensive language or symbols, including sexual innuendo, RIP images, gang affiliation/symbols or occult references.

  • Students must remove their head coverings upon entering the building.  Hats, coats, bonnets, scarves, bandannas, sweat bands, and sunglasses may not be worn in the building during the school day.  Up to 3” flat headbands are allowable. 

  • Hair styles, dress, and accessories that pose a safety hazard are not permitted in the shop, laboratories, or during physical education.  

  • Clothing with holes, rips, tears, and clothing that is otherwise poorly fitting, showing undergarments and/or skin may not be worn at school. Ripped pants or jeans are only allowed if leggings are used underneath to cover skin.  No tank tops.

  • The length of shorts or skirts must be appropriate for the school environment.  Students’ skirt hems must come to the top of their knees.  A two inch hem allowance will be granted provided the student is wearing black (solid color) tights, jeggings, or leggings.  Skin-tight attire such as tube dresses, liquid pants, jeggings and leggings are not allowed to be worn alone.

  • Pants or jeans must be worn at the waist so that undergarments and midriff skin are not visible.  If a belt is needed to secure your pants at the waist, it should be used.

  • Appropriate footwear must be worn at all times. Students must wear close-toed shoes with a backing (no high heels, slippers, or flip flops).

  • No accessories with sharp or pointed protrusions.

  • All worn jackets, hoodies, and sweaters must comply with the dress code. Hoods must NOT be worn in the building.

  • If there is any doubt about dress and appearance, the building principal will make the final decision.  

  • Students must remain in school uniform / dress code for the duration of the school day, except during remote learning. During any remote learning session, students should be appropriately dressed, following all other dress code requirements.

  • Students must follow CDC or IDPH guidance concerning face coverings when enforced.


School Supply Lists

Only CLEAR BACKPACKS are allowed at Lincoln Middle, Mason/Clark Middle, Bush Alternative Center, and East St. Louis Senior High School.  Alternatively, students may use binders.  Clear backpacks are available for purchase from a number of retailers, including Personal Touch Boutique in East St. Louis, Walmart, Target, Amazon, and others.  The backpack plastic must be completely transparent, but the straps to carry them do not have to meet this requirement. Secondary students are allowed to carry a non-clear pouch or purse no larger than 5.5 inches by 8.5 inches to hold personal items, such as hygiene products or cellphones. 
 
Traditional, non-clear backpacks are still allowed at the preschool and elementary levels as well as at the Younge School of Excellence.
 
Please see the School Supply Lists:
 
 
 

School Calendar

Please review the School Year 2022-2023 Calendar for key information about when school is in session or on break.  Every Wednesday is an early release by one hour.


Bell Schedule

EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER

VIVIAN ADAMS EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER (Pre-K): School Starts: 9:00 am     Dismissal: 3:30 pm   Early Dismissal (every Wednesday): 2:30 pm

 

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

AVANT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (K-5):    School Starts: 9:00 am Dismissal: 3:30 pm   Early Dismissal (every Wednesday): 2:30 pm

DUNBAR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (K-4): School Starts: 9:00 am  Dismissal: 3:30 pm   Early Dismissal (every Wednesday): 2:30 pm

OFFICER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (K-4): School Starts: 9:00 am  Dismissal: 3:30 pm   Early Dismissal (every Wednesday): 2:30 pm

WRIGHT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (PreK-4): School Starts: 9:00 am  Dismissal: 3:30 pm   Early Dismissal (every Wednesday): 2:30 pm

 

CENTERS

YOUNGE SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE (K-7): School Starts: 8:00 am Dismissal: 3:00 pm   Early Dismissal (every Wednesday): 2:00 pm

BUSH ALTERNATIVE LEARNING CENTER (Middle School):  School Starts: 8:30 am   Dismissal 2:30 pm   Early Dismissal (every Wednesday): 1:30 pm

BUSH ALTERNATIVE LEARNING CENTER (High School):  School Starts: 8:00 am   Dismissal 3:00 pm   Early Dismissal (every Wednesday): 2:00 pm

 

MIDDLE SCHOOLS

LINCOLN MIDDLE SCHOOL (Grades 5-8):  School Starts: 8:00 am   Dismissal 3:00 pm   Early Dismissal (every Wednesday): 2:00 pm

MASON/CLARK MIDDLE SCHOOL (Grades 5-8):  School Starts: 8:00 am  Dismissal 3:00 pm   Early Dismissal (every Wednesday): 2:00 pm

 

HIGH SCHOOLS

EAST ST. LOUIS SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL (Grades 9-12):   School Starts: 7:30 am   Dismissal: 2:30 pm   Early Dismissal (every Wednesday): 1:30 pm

 

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