Arrival and Dismissal Attendance and Illness
Cell phones at school Emergency information cards
Teacher conferences Bell Schedule & Hours
Character Counts Automated Message System
Report Cards Textbook and Library
Arrival and dismissal
No children will be allowed on campus before 7:40 a.m. There is NO adult supervision until that time. If your child is left unattended before school, you will be contacted and asked to make safe arrangements.
Please read and follow all traffic pattern and rules. To insure safety when dropping off or picking up students, please pull over as close to the curb as possible in order to exit on the curb side of the car. DO NOT ask your children to cross in the middle of the street or to walk between parked cars to get to their destination. Double parking is illegal and dangerous! Do not park and leave your car on the school side of the street, in the area for drop-off of passengers and for school buses only. Please be considerate of our neighbors and DO NOT HONK for your children as it is inconsiderate. The gate in front of the school will be open at 7:40 a.m. All gates will be closed at 8:10 a.m. lf children are late to school, they must come through the office and obtain a tardy slip.
- Parents may not walk their child(ren) to class after 8: 10 am. lf necessary, office personnel will walk your child to class.
Morning drop off – Parents must remain with their child(ren) where at 8: 10 a.m. the Kindergarten teachers will pick up the students and take them to their classroom.
After—school pick up – Parents may enter the school grounds when the dismissal bell rings and wait for child to be dismissed by their teachers in front of the classroom. Kindergarten students will only be released to an authorized adult such as: a parent/guardian. But may also be enrolled in Soaring Eagles after school program. Please be on time to pick up your kindergartener; Kinder students are not allowed to be on the playground after school.
FIRST- FIFTH GRADE STUDENTS:
Morning drop off – Only two main gates will be open for drop off in the morning — the Hatteras Street main gate by the main office and the Emelita Street main gate. Students 1st — 5th grade will be instructed to lineup with their class on the yard where the teachers will meet them and walk them to class.
Parents are welcome to stay with their child at their room line up until picked up by the teacher. Our instructional day begins at 8:10 a.m. and we ask that all parents leave the campus at that time.
After-school pick up – Parents are welcome to come on campus to pick up their child(ren) from either the Hatteras Street main gate or the Emelita Street main gate. Gates will remain closed until dismissal time. Please keep your child(ren) safe by advising them to stay on the school grounds until they are picked up by an authorized adult.
First grade students are not allowed to be on the playground with the YS after school program, but may be enrolled in the KYDS or Soaring Eagles program. First grade students also must be picked up from their classroom either by a parent/guardian, KYDS or Soaring Eagles staff member. Please be on time to pick up your first grader.
RELEASE OF STUDENTS
lf a student is to leave school during school hours, the parent or other authorized person must appear at the office, show picture identification and be on the Emergency Information Card.
A child will be released ONLY IN THE OFFICE AND ONLY TO THE PARENT/GUARDIAN OR THE PERSON WHOSE NAME APPEARS ON THE EMERGENCY INFORMATION CARD. If you must have someone not on the emergency card pick up your child, please call the office and send a note indicating the authorized person’s name and your permission. No one under 18 may pick up a student.
In the event of an emergency, all children will be kept at school until released by their teacher to a parent or designated adult. All adults must appear at the emergency gate of our school (located on Emelita Street) to gain release of their children. In conjunction with our Safe School Plan emergency supplies, food and water are stocked at school. Staff members have been trained in first aid and CPR, and emergency communication channels have been established with neighboring schools-. Our intent is to provide maximum safety and accountability for each student until you or your designee listed on the emergency card arrives at school.
Attendance and Illness
Education Code section 48200 and 48400 states that each person between the ages of 6 and 18 years are subject to compulsory full time education. Each person subject to full time compulsory education shall attend the public full time day school for the full time designated as the length of the school day by the governing board of the school district which the residency of either the parent of legal guardian is located and each parent or legal guardian having control or charge of the pupil shall send the pupil to the full time public day school for the full time designated as the length of the school day by the governing board of the school district in which the residence of the parent or legal guardian is located.
Every student s expected to attend school on a daily basis, unless there is justification for the absence [Education Code 48200]. Please refrain from allowing your child to have 'parent permitted truancies'. These truancies are best described as absences for reasons other than what the law allows. They may include the following; Personal business, car problems, no clean clothes, bad or inclement weather.
All children are expected to be in attendance each day unless they are ill. Family vacations and excursions should be planned on non—school days. When your children are not in school, not only do they lose valuable instructional time, but the school loses money, which is used to purchase much needed instructional materials.
Remember that a written note explaining the absence is required after a student has been absent. Because of the great value we place on attendance, we will be acknowledging students and providing special incentives not only for perfect attendance each month, but for perfect attendance for each of the reporting periods and for the entire year.
We realize that there may be an instance when your child is tardy. However, when this is a regular occurrence it is extremely harmful to your child and to the class in general. If a child arrives in class late, it can upset his/her entire day. The opening directions for the day are missed and your child starts the day behind and may have to rush to complete assignments. It is important for even the youngest students to begin to accept responsibility for their education and being in school on time each and every day is a positive first step. Please avoid tardiness.
Cell phones at school
Students are permitted to possess a cell phone on campus provided that any such device shall remain OFF. lf and stored in a backpack during school hours or school activities. Students are permitted to use cell phone before or after school. Students must comply anytime a request is made by school personnel to cease the use of a cell phone. lf such device is observed by staff during school hours or activities, it shall be confiscated until redeemed by a parent or guardian. Please be advised that the District/School is not responsible for students’ broken, lost or stolen cell phones.
Emergency information cards
During the first week of school, your child will bring home an Emergency Information Card for you to complete. IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT that the information on this card be filled out completely and accurately. Be sure to add cell phone numbers.
Make sure all telephone numbers and addresses are written clearly. Include as many names and telephone numbers as possible of persons who can be contacted in case you cannot be reached. You may wish to number them in order of how you would like us to contact them. Emergency contacts must live or work relatively close to the school. This information is used whenever the school needs to contact you such as when your child is ill, has been hurt, or in any type of emergency.
We will not release your child to anyone under the age of 18. We will not release your child to anyone not listed on this Emergency Card without a written note from you. We will use this information during emergencies such as earthquakes to release your child. You may attach an extra sheet with emergency contacts if needed.
We always welcome parents to Emelita. Because your child’s teacher is especially busy in the mornings, we would appreciate if you would not discuss your child’s progress at that time. If you would like to talk to your child’s teacher, kindly stop by the main office and leave a message with your telephone number and the best time to call. Our teachers make every effort to communicate with parents. Thank you so much for your cooperation.
Bell Schedule & Hours
Children in grades 1 – 5 should not arrive at school before 7:40 a.m. for any reason, unless enrolled in the Soaring Eagles morning program.
Kinder students must be accompanied by an adult, until their teacher arrives.
Please get in the habit of saying goodbye to your child when you drop them off. Children line up on the playground and you may not walk with them to class. Those volunteering are of course welcome to sign in at the office and get a visitor’s pass to be on campus.
Beyond the Bell After School Playground Hours: Until 6:00 pm — Open to all students in Grades 2 – 5.
Under no circumstances may Kindergarten children be allowed on the After School Playground. (See “After School Playground”)
School Nurse Hours: Friday 8:00am - 2:45pm. Parent Center Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 12:00pm
REGULAR DAY SCHEDULE
7:40 School Opens
8:05 Warning Bell
8:10 School Begins
BREAKFAST IN CLASSROOM
12:00-12:40 All Grades
1:33 School Ends Tuesday or Shortened Days
2:33 School Ends
Until 6:00 Beyond the Bell School Playground Hours
MINIMUM DAY SCHEDULE
12:40 School Ends
1:54 School Ends
Our school community has adopted the 6 Pillars of Character which recognizes the importance of character development for all students. As a result, we are continuing our character education program. This comprehensive plan is based on the nationally recognized and acclaimed CHARACTER COUNTS! The program focuses on core ethical values called the “Six Pillars of Character”. These character values include trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship. Development of these traits defines good character and leads to positive conduct, productive citizenship, and academic excellence. The program will include daily lessons in character, class and club activities, school assemblies, contests and recognition programs. Like you, we hold the highest expectations for student achievement and for the character of every student. To that end, a Commitment to Character and Three Way Contract will be provided to every student at the beginning of the school year. This contract defines the “Six Pillars of Character” and outlines expected student behavior.
Automated Message System
You will receive messages from the Principal highlighting the upcoming activities at the school. In the event of a major school emergency, all phone numbers on file from the enrollment packet will be called instantaneously. If you want additional numbers on the emergency system, please advise the school office. Keep your phone numbers up-to-date.
Textbook and Library Book Replacement
A library contract will be provided to every student at the beginning of the school year. Damaged and/or lost library and textbooks must be replaced. The school will inform you of the charge for a particular book.
Report cards are completed and sent home 3 times a year.