Information You Need to Know - Connecting Parents & Guardians

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Activities Office – 3650

Athletic Office – 3700

Attendance Coordinator - 3652

Bookkeeper – 3590

Counseling Services – 3751

Library (LRC) – 3800

Main Office – 3500/3520

Maintenance – 3905/3900

Nurse – 3780

Parent Liaison – 3620

Registrar – 3670

Support Services – 3750 

Security – 3950 or 3999


Via Twitter - Tweet, tweet your heart away!

Activities – follow Shepard activities by following @ABSastros on Twitter.

Announcements - follow @astroannounce on Twitter for all school announcements.

Shepard High School News - @ShepardAstros on Twitter to follow Bob McParland

Athletics Info –follow @ABS_Athletics on Twitter for athletics.

ABS Cheerleading – follow @AstrosCoedCheer

PE/Health/Driver’s Ed @D218PEHealthDE

Parent Liaison – follow me @LiaisonKim


School Website: Alan B. Shepard High School

Parent Liaison Webpage: Parent Support - General - Alan B. Shepard High School


Attendance Issue - Attention Parents & Guardiansas a reminder the district requires that parents notify the attendance office when their child is absent or needs to leave early. If the parent does not inform the school their child is absent, the student will be referred to the discipline office for a Full Day Absence (FDA). A full day absence is when a student does not attend at least three class periods or does not attend school for the entire day. Students that earn a full day absence referral may lose academic credit for work assigned in the classes they missed, and they may also receive a 3-hour after school detention. To excuse your child, please contact the attendance office at 708-371-1111 x3630 when they're absent.


Student Absence or Early Dismissal Procedures:

To report a STUDENT ABSENCE -  Please call the Attendance Office voicemail line before noon whenever your student is absent. Leave the student’s name, id#, and reason for the absence along with your name, relationship to the student and contact number.


To request an EARLY DISMISSAL -  Please call the Attendance Office voicemail line to request an early dismissal (per the district handbook, 2-hour prior notice is preferred for non-emergencies). please also state the dismissal time and name of the person picking up the student.


ATTENDANCE OFFICE VOICEMAIL LINE - 708-371-1111, ext. 3630

Emergency Situations… parents please speak to your students about the importance of reporting anything questionable to a trusted adult. If they hear or see anything on social media or elsewhere, it is imperative they report it. All information will be kept anonymous. Should you be made aware of a situation which could potentially be unsafe or dangerous, during afterhours or on the weekend, there are several things you can do. There is a Confidential Community Concern and Awareness Phone Number - 708-572-9405. In the event of an emergency, we do ask that a concerned citizen contact 911. You can also email our Security Director, Ericka Arocho or our Principal, Greg Walder at As always you can reach me on REMIND (see instructions above) and I can contact you and the proper personnel. Remind messages go directly to my phone so I will be able to respond quickly


Check the Emergency Closing Center for up to date school closings. ECC: Status Search

New this semester: Digital Report Cards

We are excited to implement another technology feature that provides better communication and quicker access to information through digital report cards.

Digital Semester 1 Report Cards have been posted to student records. You can access your 1st Semester Report Card through Skyward Student or Family Access under the PORTFOLIO option. Once accessed you can view and/or print the report card. Report cards remain part of the student record and can be accessed as soon as they are posted or any time in the future.

How to access report cards through Skyward Student & Family access:


Log on to Skyward Student or Family access; if logging on to the Desktop version of Skyward:

  • Down the left side, select PORTFOLIO
  • Click on: 2019-20 Report Card: Semester 1
  • Click VIEW REPORT to access the Report Card
  • Once accessed, you can view, save or print

If logging on to the Mobile App version of Skyward:

  • In the top right corner, click the 3-lines icon
  • Click the 4-lines icon to access Full Menu
  • Down the menu, select PORTFOLIO
  • Click the PRINT button under the 2019-20 Report Card: Semester 1
  • Click DOWNLOAD to access the report card
  • Once accessed, you can view, save or print


Gym Uniforms: are available the first week of class during their gym period. The uniforms can be purchased from their teacher. The cost is $10 for a t-shirt, $10 for shorts, $15 sweatpants. Locks are also available for $5. Uniforms can be purchased in the athletic office, located by the gym. 

I-Pad Protection: I-Pad insurance is available for $25, it can be added to their cart in the Fees section on skyward.  If they do not want to pay by credit card, they can bring in (or send with their student) cash or a check payable to CHSD218. Your student's iPad is not covered in the District 218 Protection Plan until the fee has been paid. All I-Pads will need to be inspected before coverage can be purchased.

Library - LRC Fines:  Please check your students’ Skyward account periodically for outstanding fines. If your student has overdue library books or textbooks, fees are being added to their Skyward account.  All overdue books should be returned to the LRC and fines can be paid to the bookkeeper Bonnie Kay in the Main Office with cash, Visa/MasterCard or Discover, or thru your Skyward account. For questions regarding LRC fines, contact Diana Coleman at 708-371-1111 X 3800.

School Locks: The Orange district issued locks MUST stay on the lockers upstairs, they cannot be used for PE/sports/swim lockers, those have to be provided by the students.  Locks can be purchased at Ace, Walmart, Menards, Walgreen etc.  A $5 charge is incurred if locks are missing.

Student Fees:  Please check to see if you have an outstanding balance through Skyward Family Access (using your parent login). Visa/MasterCard/Discover payments can be made online.  Cash, check or money order made payable to CHSD218 can be brought to Bonnie Kay located in the Main Office. Questions, please contact Bonnie Kay at 708-371-1111 X 3590.

Yearbook/School Pictures: Yearbooks can be ordered online with a credit card (small processing fee applies) at  You can also pay with a check at school in the Activities’ Office. The cost is $65. Please include the student’s name and ID on the memo line.  No cash.  Yearbooks will be distributed in May. Questions, contact Nykeya Woods  at 

School Picture Info - Lifetouch Photography Contact: 630-910-6800


Breakfast After the Bell: Students can start their day off with a quick to-go breakfast; it is FREE and available every morning in the cafeteria until 8:15 a.m. for all students. Students have the option of a hot or cold breakfast; some options include yogurt, fruit, milk, granola bar, etc.

Food deliveries for students; NOT ALLOWED.  To prevent strangers from gaining access to our school, a major safety issue, we ask that students not open building doors for non-staff members. A student who opens a building door for food deliveries is subject to discipline and may have their food confiscated. Question, contact Brian Roberts at or by phone 708-371-1111 x 3610.