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Policies & Procedures

STUDENT DROP OFF AND PICK UP

Parking policy and procedures are in place to ensure the safety of all students. Please DO NOT park at any time in the front entrance parking loop. Drivers need to remain in their cars at all times. The curb lane closest to the curb is for waiting, the right lane is for cars exiting or driving through. If you would like to meet your child at the gate, you will need to park on Mitchell or surrounding streets dogs are allowed on campus. The parking lot is reserved for school staff. Students must exit the car from the right side, side closest to the curb, as this ensures student safety.

Kinder

Grades 1, 2, 3

Grades 4, 5

M, Tu, Th, Fr

8:00-1:35

8:00-2:23

Wednesday,

8:00-1:05

8:00-1:09

Lunch

11:15-12:00

11:45-12:30

12:30-1:15






SCHOOL UNIFORMS

Our daily uniform consists of:

Red, white, light blue, or navy blue shirt with a collar. Only Beswick logo t-shirts without collars may be worn.

Pants, shorts, skirts, skirts, or jumpers navy blue, black or khaki. Leggings may only be worn under skirts or dresses.

Shorts/skirts need to be as long as the student’s hand when arm is straight at the student’s side

Shoes must be closed-toe/heel. No sandals or shoes with wheels.

PERSONAL BELONGINGS

Each child should take responsibility for the care of his/her belongings. Please label all personal belongings such as coats, sweaters, jackets, books, back packs, lunch boxes, etc. with your child’s name. If an item is misplaced, encourage your child to check in his/her classroom and the lost and found located outside the school office. Items not claimed will be donated to charity. Toys are not allowed at school. Cell phones are permitted but must be turned off and kept inside the backpack during the day. TUSD is not responsible for lost or stolen property.

ATTENDANCE

The State of California has a compulsory education law. This law states that students are required to attend school punctually and regularly.

1.Excused Absence are absence for causes listed in the State Educational Code are: illness and medical appointments. For any type of doctor’s appointment, please bring a doctor’s note.

* Students that have a morning or afternoon doctor appointment are required to come to school for the portion of the day that the student is not at the doctor’s office.

2.Unexcused Absence are absences for any reason other than those listed above. Truancy that is intentional is a violation of state attendance laws.

3.Emergency Trips: Please contact the school office at least three days prior to absence for approval. Students may be placed on an “Independent Contract” when it is necessary for them to be away from school because of emergency trips.

4.After any absence, students MUST BRING A NOTE signed by the parent/legal guardian, or parents must make a phone call to the school office stating the date(s) and reason for the student’s absence.

5.After 10 absences in a year consecutive or not, a doctor’s note is required for absences to be excused.

Students that have excessive absences will be referred to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB).

TARDINESS

Any student that is not inside the school gate by the start bell at 8:00am is considered tardy. Any student that is more than 30 minutes late will be regarded as truant. Students with excessive tardies will be referred to the School Attendance Referral Board (SARB). Tardies cause unnecessary stress on students, teach them bad habits and disrupt the class.

BREAKFAST AND LUNCH

BREAKFAST: K-5 7:35-7:55 LUNCH: Kinder 11:15 Grades 1, 2, 3 11:45 – 12:30 Grades 4 & 5 12:30 – 1:15

All students receive free and reduced breakfast and lunch at Beswick Elementary. If you choose to pack a nutritious lunch from home, please send students to school with their bagged lunch in the mornings or drop lunches off on the lunch cart by 11:30 a.m.


Homework

HOMEWORK:

Homework is an integral part of the academic program. Homework reinforces skills, fosters creativity, involves parents in the educational program of their child, and teaches responsibility. Homework assignments vary according to the grade level, the needs of the student, and the content area. Upper grade students (3rd-5th) will record homework assignments daily or weekly in this Reminder Binder. All kindergarten through fifth grade students are required to read or listen to an adult read to them for 20-30 minutes each night. In addition, students will be assigned other homework (generally Monday-Thursday) based on the following guidelines:

Kindergarten 10 minutes/night Third Grade: 40 minutes/night

First Grade: 20 minutes/night Fourth Grade: 50 minutes/night

Second Grade: 30 minutes/night Fifth Grade: 60 minutes/night

Listed below are several things parents can do to help students:

Establish a quiet environment and regular time for homework each day.

Provide the necessary supplies, such as pencils, paper, dictionary, crayons, etc.

Encourage your child to do the best work possible. Offer praise for a job well done.

Show interest by asking questions such as, “What is the assignment about?”

Offer to help with instructions or answer questions.

Check that assignments are complete and neatly done, and then initial the binder.

Establish consequences for not completing homework (limit playtime, games, or TV).



Discipline

Each of the schools in Tustin Unified School District is obligated by the rules and regulations of the Board of Education to prepare and share a discipline policy with students and parents. In general, our philosophy of discipline is based on the following assumptions:

Students, parents, and schools share the responsibility for discipline;

Personnel are responsible for providing an educational program which contributes to good citizenship/discipline;

School personnel have a responsibility to develop a discipline plan which includes positive reinforcement as well as consequences to promote acceptable behavior; and

School personnel shall strive to implement a program based on the recognition of the dignity and rights of the inpidual, and upon self-control.

As prescribed in various state laws, students will be expected to comply with school regulations, follow the course of study, and acknowledge the authority of school personnel. Therefore, because we believe that appropriate behavior and good discipline are an integral part of our curriculum and an aspect of training and guidance, we have developed the standards of behavior below for Beswick Elementary. The standards have been developed in order to:

Provide a safe environment in which to learn and grow;

Provide a classroom environment conducive to learning;

Provide a playground atmosphere that allows for the enjoyment of physical activity;

Provide a pleasant environment during the lunch period.

These standards are based on our school wide discipline plan. Each teacher will also implement specific classroom standards, rewards, and consequences, as appropriate.

School Wide Behavior Standards

All students are expected to:

Follow classroom, playground, bus and lunch area rules.

Listen and follow directions the first time.

Have needed materials ready.

Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself.

Be respectful of others and property.

School Wide Academic Standards

All students are expected to:

Arrive at school on time.

Stay on task.

Complete class work on time.

Complete homework on time.

Positive Reinforcement

Raffles and Drawings

Classroom Rewards

Beswick Principal Awards

Recognition by Teachers and Administrators

Monthly movie with popcorn for raffle winners

Consequences (general guideline)

1st Offense- Conference with student and staff

2nd Offense- Staff assigned consequence

3rd Offense- Staff assigned consequence and parent contact

4th Offense- Conference with administrator, parent contact, and staff assigned consequence