Policies

We take our mission seriously in the summer as we do in the academic year. The policies here reflect we care about the whole child, including the details that ensure students from all across Chicago (and many from around the world) have a safe and fun experience where they can feel free to explore and grow.

Late Arrival

Students who arrive at school after programs begin should report directly to their campuses Summer School Office to obtain a late pass to present to their teacher.

Early Day Program

The school building opens at 7:30 a.m. for those students registered in Early Day. Early Day meets in the Blaine Lobby of the Historic Campus (Grades 3 - 12) and in the lobby of Earl Shapiro Hall (Grades Nursery - 2). Children will be transitioned to their morning program.

Fun in the Sun (Late Day Program N-2)

The Late Day program offers students a safe, supervised environment to gather, rest, and play after summer programs. Please observe pick-up times accurately; staff cannot look after children outside of these hours. Pick-up after 5:25 pm will result in a fine of $100 along with the possible discontinuation of the program without refund.

Swimming

Summer School students in Kindergarten through 4th Grade registered for 6-week, Full Day programs will have swimming during the week; pool time includes instruction and free swim. Students should provide swimsuits, swim caps, and goggles and nose clips if needed. Please label or mark items clearly with your child's name.

Adventure Kids Campers swim three days a week; pool time includes instruction and free swim. Field trips may also include additional water activities.

Legal Authorizations & Permissions

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.

Personal Property

The Laboratory Schools assume no liability for participants' personal property.

Photographs & Video Recording

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.

Notification of Rights under FERPA for the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools

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:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 registrar@ucls.uchicago.edu 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
  • Address
  • Telephone listing
  • Electronic mail address
  • Photograph
  • 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.  

2019 Session Dates

Session I: June 24–July 12
Session II: July 15–August 2
Full Session: June 24–August 2

Daily Hours

Nursery - Grade 2 (ESH):
 
  • Early Day: 7:30–8:15 a.m.
  • Afternoon: 12:15–3:15 p.m.
  • Full day: 8:15 a.m.–3:15 p.m.
  • Fun in the Sun (Late Day): 3:15 p.m.–5:15 p.m.

Grades 3-12 and Adventure Kids (Historic Campus):

  • Early Day: 7:30–8:30 a.m.
  • Morning: 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
  • Afternoon: 12:30–3:30 p.m.
  • Full day: 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
  • Sports Camp: 3:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.