- Café Lab
- Early Day Program
- Late Arrival
- Legal Authorizations & Permissions
- Notification of Rights under FERPA for the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools
- Personal Property
- Photographs & Video Recording
- Summer Lab Safety and Security
Students in Adventure Kids Day Camp, Summer Lab on Stage or Summer School (Grade 3 and above) may purchase lunch from Café Lab, the Laboratory Schools' cafeteria. Bag-lunch options are also available for Summer School Nursery through Second grade and Adventure Kids on field trip days. For more information, please contact Cafe Lab at 773-702-0403 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Children may also bring lunch, snacks and drinks beginning the first day. Please pack foods that do not require refrigeration. Snacks will be provided for Nursery and Kindergarten classes as well as for Adventure Kids Day Camp, Sports Camp and Late Day enrollees.
Café Lab menus are peanut and tree nut free; given the potential severity of peanut/tree nut allergies amongst the school-aged population, Summer Lab, reserves the right to ask that you not send certain foods with your child for the life safety of our students.
The registration form includes your release and hold harmless agreements as well as acknowledgement of the Laboratory Schools Standards of Behavior. Please be sure to complete all sections of the registration form and accompanying documents. Incomplete applications will be returned and no reservation will be held. Additional costs for field trips may be assessed to parents prior to the trips by way of notice distributed by classroom teachers or camp staff.
Additionally, while Summer Lab makes every effort to accommodate all children, the program will not accept children who are a danger to themselves or to others, or who are disruptive to the activities such that other participants’ enjoyment thereof is hindered. Persistent activity of this nature will be grounds for dismissal from the program. Parents and guardians are strongly urged to discuss with the Directors any special conditions or circumstances regarding their child prior to registration.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students who are 18 years of age or older ("eligible students") certain rights with respect to the student's education records. These rights are:
The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days after the day the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools (“School”) receives a request for access.
Parents or eligible students who wish to inspect their child’s or their education records should submit to the school principal or assistant principal a written request that identifies the records they wish to inspect. The school official will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.
The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA.
Parents or eligible students who wish to ask the School to amend their child’s or their education record should write the school principal or assistant principal, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it should be changed. If the school decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the school will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.
The right to provide written consent before the school discloses personally identifiable information (PII) from the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official includes a person employed by the School or the University of Chicago as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel) or a person serving on the Board of Directors. A school official also may include a volunteer, contractor, or consultant who, while not employed by the school, performs an institutional service or function for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records, such as an attorney, audi¬tor, medical consultant, or therapist; a parent or student volunteering to serve on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee; or a parent, student, or other volunteer assisting another school official in performing their tasks. A school official typically has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill their professional responsibility.
Upon request, the School discloses education records without consent to officials of another school or school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll, or is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes of the student’s enrollment or transfer.
The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the [School] to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA are:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202
In addition, FERPA permits the disclosure of PII from students’ education records, without consent of the parent or eligible student, if the disclosure meets certain conditions found in § 99.31 of the FERPA regulations. Except for disclosures to school officials, disclosures related to some judicial orders or lawfully issued subpoenas, disclosures of directory information, and disclosures to the parent or eligible student, § 99.32 of the FERPA regulations requires the school to record the disclosure. Parents and eligible students have a right to inspect and review the record of disclosures. A school may disclose PII from the education records of a student without obtaining prior written consent of the parents or the eligible student –
- To other school officials, including teachers, within the educational agency or institution whom the school has determined to have legitimate educational interests. This includes contractors, consultants, volunteers, or other parties to whom the school has outsourced institutional services or functions, provided that the conditions listed in § 99.31(a)(1)(i)(B)(1) - (a)(1)(i)(B)(3) are met. (§ 99.31(a)(1))
- To officials of another school, school system, or institution of postsecondary education where the student seeks or intends to enroll, or where the student is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes related to the student’s enrollment or transfer, subject to the requirements of § 99.34. (§ 99.31(a)(2))
- To authorized representatives of the U. S. Comptroller General, the U. S. Attorney General, the U.S. Secretary of Education, or State and local educational authorities, such as the State educational agency (SEA) in the parent or eligible student’s State. Disclosures under this provision may be made, subject to the requirements of § 99.35, in connection with an audit or evaluation of Federal- or State-supported education programs, or for the enforcement of or compliance with Federal legal requirements that relate to those programs. These entities may make further disclosures of PII to outside entities that are designated by them as their authorized representatives to conduct any audit, evaluation, or enforcement or compliance activity on their behalf if applicable requirements are met. (§§ 99.31(a)(3) and 99.35)
- In connection with financial aid for which the student has applied or which the student has received, if the information is necessary for such purposes as to determine eligibility for the aid, determine the amount of the aid, determine the conditions of the aid, or enforce the terms and conditions of the aid. (§ 99.31(a)(4))
- To State and local officials or authorities to whom information is specifically allowed to be reported or disclosed by a State statute that concerns the juvenile justice system and the system’s ability to effectively serve, prior to adjudication, the student whose records were released, subject to § 99.38. (§ 99.31(a)(5))
- To organizations conducting studies for, or on behalf of, the school, in order to: (a) develop, validate, or administer predictive tests; (b) administer student aid programs; or (c) improve instruction if applicable requirements are met. (§ 99.31(a)(6))
- To accrediting organizations to carry out their accrediting functions. (§ 99.31(a)(7))
- To parents of an eligible student if the student is a dependent for IRS tax purposes. (§ 99.31(a)(8))
- To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena if applicable requirements are met. (§ 99.31(a)(9))
- To appropriate officials in connection with a health or safety emergency, subject to § 99.36. (§ 99.31(a)(10)
- Information the school has designated as “directory information” if applicable requirements under § 99.37 are met. (§ 99.31(a)(11))
- To an agency caseworker or other representative of a State or local child welfare agency or tribal organization who is authorized to access a student’s case plan when such agency or organization is legally responsible, in accordance with State or tribal law, for the care and protection of the student in foster care placement. (20 U.S.C. § 1232g(b)(1)(L))
- To the Secretary of Agriculture or authorized representatives of the Food and Nutrition Service for purposes of conducting program monitoring, evaluations, and performance measurements of programs authorized under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act or the Child Nutrition Act of 1966, under certain conditions. (20 U.S.C. § 1232g(b)(1)(K))
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Notice for Directory Information
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a Federal law, requires that the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools (“the School”), with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child’s education records. However, the School may disclose appropriately designated “directory information” without written consent, unless you have advised the School to the contrary in accordance with the School’s procedures outlined below. The primary purpose of directory information is to allow the School to include information from your child’s education records in certain school publications. Examples include:
- A playbill, showing your student’s role in a drama production;
- The annual yearbook;
- Honor roll or other recognition lists;
- Graduation programs; and
- Sports activity sheets, such as for wrestling, showing weight and height of team members.
Directory information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, can also be disclosed to outside organizations without a parent’s prior written consent. Outside organizations include, but are not limited to, companies that manufacture class rings or publish yearbooks. In addition, two federal laws require local educational agencies (LEAs) receiving assistance under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA) to provide military recruiters, upon request, with the following information – names, addresses and telephone listings – unless parents have advised the LEA that they do not want their student’s information disclosed without their prior written consent.
If you do not want the School to disclose any or all of the types of information designated below as directory information from your child’s education records without your prior written consent, you must notify the School in writing by sending an email to email@example.com by no later than August 1 prior to the start of academic year. The School has designated the following information as directory information:
- Student's name
- Telephone listing
- Electronic mail address
- Date and place of birth
- Major field of study
- Dates of attendance
- Grade level
- Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
- Weight and height of members of athletic teams
- Degrees, honors, and awards received
- The most recent educational agency or institution attended
- Student ID number, user ID, or other unique personal identifier used to communicate in electronic systems but only if the identifier cannot be used to gain access to education records except when used in conjunction with one or more factors that authenticate the user’s identity, such as a PIN, password, or other factor known or possessed only by the authorized user
- A student ID number or other unique personal identifier that is displayed on a student ID badge, but only if the identifier cannot be used to gain access to education records except when used in conjunction with one or more factors that authenticate the user's identity, such as a PIN, password, or other factor known or possessed only by the authorized user.
The Laboratory Schools use images of students in its paper and electronic publications. Images are also used for promotional and archival purposes. These uses include the regular school academic program as well as all auxiliary, co-curricular, and extracurricular programs. Students are not identified. If you DO NOT wish to your child’s photo in any Laboratory Schools’ publication or on the web site, please put the request in writing to: Office of the Director, University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, 1362 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637.
Our Safety and Security team serves the Schools by ensuring our community is safe and secure and enforcing safety policies. These areas of responsibility include traffic control during drop-off and pick-up times, monitoring hallways during and after school hours, and processing visitors. The team works with The University of Chicago Police Department to develop training protocols and safety policies.
The Historic Campus main security desk is located at the Judd Hall entrance and can be reached at 773-834-8628. The Earl Shapiro security desk is located at the main entrance and can be reached at 773-702-4299. These desks are staffed during building hours from 7:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. on school days.
Lab Safety & Security Team
773-834-1662, GPAH, Room N113
Lab IDs and on-campus identification
Parents and caregivers who already have a school-issued lanyard and ID are asked to visibly display them upon entering Lab buildings and tap in at the security desks.
Those without a school-issued lanyard and ID must provide a government-issued ID at the security desk upon entrance and be checked in as visitors. No adult will gain access to campus without such an ID.
Earl Shapiro Hall hours and access
The Stony Island front door will be unlocked 7:30–8:30 a.m. and 3–3:45 p.m. and will be the only visitor entrance. Tap-in and buzzer access will be available throughout the school day.
The side carline door will be used for students entering during drop-off. The parking lot back door will be locked.
Historic Campus hours and access
Blaine Hall will be Summer Lab's main entrance and will be unlocked 7:30 a.m.–8:45 a.m.
Visitors and parents without a school-issued lanyard and ID may check in at the Blaine Hall, Judd Hall, or Kovler Gym security desks. Tap-in and buzzer access will also be available at these entrances throughout the school day.
Should you have any questions or concerns not answered here, please feel free to contact us.
Main Ph: 773-834-7766
Summer Lab's complimentary bus service provides a safe, convenient, and green transportation option for families. It helps reduce traffic at arrival and dismissal, and plays an important role in the Schools' commitment to environment sustainability.
Our routes are designed to work as a system serving a broad range of Chicago neighborhoods. These routes operate daily. Registration is required in order to use the bus. Families must schedule their students in advance so we know exactly where each child will be going on which day of the week.