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Attendance Policy

Attendance Policy
The Board of Education believes that regular and punctual attendance in school is essential to a student's success. Absence from school is one of the greatest contributing factors to unsatisfactory schoolwork. Pupils are required by Law and Education Code 48260 to attend school punctually and regularly.

Any pupil subject to compulsory full-time education who is absent from school without valid excuse three days in one school year or tardy or absent for more than any 30 minute period during the school day without a valid excuse on three occasions in one school year is a truant and shall be reported to the attendance supervisor or to the superintendent of the school district.

When you know your child will be absent from school, please call the school office at (714) 734-1875 or e-mail the Myford Office Clerk Linda McCord at lmccord@tustin.k12.ca.us. If a student is absent with no notification from the student's parent or guardian, the school will call the student's home. Students will be marked Truant if no communication is received for an absence.

Excused Absences

(Defined by the school laws of the State of California) are absences for illness, medical appointments, recognized religious holidays, or attendance at a funeral service for a family member.

Unexcused Absences

Unexcused absences are for any reason other than those listed as an excused absence.

Tardies

If a student arrives to school after the 8:15 bell (Grades 1-5) they are considered tardy and must stop in the front office for a tardy slip. If a student arrives after 8:45 am, it will be too late to be included in the lunch count so they will need to bring their own lunch.

Trips/Vacations/Family Business

Students and their parents may request a limited Independent Study when it is necessary for the family to be away from school because of a trip, vacation or family business. Independent Study is valid for no less than 5 days but not more than 10 days per request, and limited to a total of 20 days per school year. Limited Independent Study must be approved by the teacher and principal prior to the trip.

Consequences for Truancy or Absence:

If a student is absent with no notification from the student's parent or guardian, the school will call the student's home. Students will be marked Truant if no communication is received for an absence.

Trimester Absences

In One Trimester...

After three unexcused absences
Letter 1 sent home
After five absences
Conference with Principal
After seven unexcused absences
Letter 2 sent home and SART (Student Attendance Review Team) meeting
Continued unexcused absences

Referral to SARB (Student Attendance Review Board) and/or

District Attorney meeting

Perfect Attendance Program

Click here to download this special program as a PDF in both English and Spanish.

Uniform Policy

Uniform Policy

Uniform Policy

Myford Elementary adheres to the following guidelines Monday through Thursday. Friday at Myford is Free Dress Day but the attire still must adhere to the TUSD dress code (no tank tops, no spaghetti straps, no bandannas, hats or clothing with writing or logos). For a full description of approved clothing, go to the TUSD web site. Spirit Wear is allowed on any day of the week. Choose from a variety of Spirit Wear styles for both girls and boys here.

Myford Uniform Policy.pdf

All student’s footwear MUST BE closed toed. Tennis shoes, loafers, etc.
Bike shorts may be worn under skirts or jumpers ONLY.
Jeans may be worn ONLY on Free-Dress Friday.

Myford P.T.O. has a special contract with Land’s End on-line to provide our PAW PRIDE polo shirts at a discounted price for all students so please be sure to order Myford PAW PRIDE polo uniforms from Land’s End. Just go to: www.landsend.com, click on the “School Uniform” tab and type in Myford Elementary at the prompt. You can then order the clothing and accessories with our logo and get the special discount.

The basic uniforms can also be purchased at local stores including Target, Sears, K-Mart, Old Navy, J.C. Penney, GAP, The Children’s Place, etc.

Uniform Waiver

Click here for the Application for Exemption from Student Uniform Requirement

Parking Lot Safety

Parking Lot Safety
We feel it is very important that you and your child review the rules for arriving and leaving the school safely. Please note that Irvine Police Department does patrol our school area. Be sure to pick up your child promptly as supervision is limited. Please cooperate fully with Myford Staff on parking lot patrol as they have your child's safety as their highest priority. We truly appreciate you being courteous to all who are working hard to keep your children safe.

Skateboards, scooters (razors), roller blades, roller shoes and skates are PROHIBITED on school grounds at all times.

Students

  • All students must cross at designated cross walks.
  • Students are to follow the directions of the staff on duty.
  • Only 4th and 5th grade students may ride their bicycles to and from school, and must have a signed permission slip on file for each year that they intend to do so. (See office staff for permission slips and ensure that students wear helmets at all times).
  • Students riding bicycles are to ride in the same direction as traffic, walk bicycles in the crosswalks to cross streets, and walk their bicycles when on any part of the campus.

Parents

  • Please stay in your cars and keep moving with traffic, moving as far forward as possible. DO NOT PASS OTHER CARS - and please - DO NOT CUT IN LINE
  • Please drop off and pick up your children as quickly as possible to help keep traffic moving. Many people linger during this process which causes delay and frustration.
  • If parents are parked across the street from the school, your child must cross in the crosswalk.
  • Park only in unnumbered and unmarked spaces in the school parking lot, or park in the parking lot at Valencia Park. All other spaces are reserved for faculty.
  • If parents park in the parking lot, please cross at designated/marked crosswalks only. Always use the crosswalk.
  • There is no parking in the drop off zone in front of school...please park in designated spaces only.
  • Do not drop off or pick up students in the bus zone when buses are present.
  • NO PARKING, LOADING OR UNLOADING in the RED ZONE. You may be ticketed by IPD if you do so.

Drop Off & Pick Up

  • Students are not allowed on campus before 8:00 AM as there is no supervision before that time.
  • When dropping off your child, please follow the parking lot safety directions, and ensure that you pull as far forward along the white curb for your child to exit the vehicle.
  • All students must walk to their line up numbers on the blacktop before school begins. No playing on the playground before or after school.
  • On rainy days keep in mind that many parents will be driving their students to school. Please leave early to give yourself ample time to get to schoolor plan to walk to school.
  • Students arriving after the 8:00 bell for Kinders, and the 8:15 bell for all other students, are considered tardy. They must walk into the school office to receive a tardy slip before walking to their classroom.
  • Please leave dogs and other pets at home when picking up your student for the safety of students and the animals. NO animals are allowed on schoolgrounds or parking areas.
  • Please choose the same spot each day for picking up your child in order to ensure there is no confusion.
  • Remind your child to never go home with a friend unless previously arranged by you.
  • Pick up your children on time! In the event that you will be late picking up your child, please inform the front office.

Parking Lot Flow Maps

Front Gate Traffic Flow:

Back Gate Traffic Flow:

Technology Policy

Safety Preparedness

Safety Preparedness Procedures
This page is to inform parents and the Myford community of our school’s safety plan and the ways in which we prepare your children in the event of an emergency. We want our parents to know know the exact procedures for becoming reunited with their children. Please take the time to discuss these very important topics with your family so that everyone is prepared in the unlikely event that there is an emergency!

Monthly Drills

Myford participates in one fire drill per month and four earthquake drills per year. These drills involve all students being evacuated from the building and lining up on the field on the playground. During an earthquake drill, all students drop, cover and hold. Once an “all clear” signal is given, students evacuate the building. Students practice these drills and understand that they are to be taken seriously. Teachers take roll and account for all students. If a child is missing (in the bathroom, at the nurse’s office, or absent) teachers mark that on their emergency reports and hold up a red laminated card to indicate “danger” or “problem”. If all students are accounted for, teachers hold up a green laminated card to indicate “all clear”. Once all teachers’ classes are accounted for the drill is over and students are free to return to their classrooms.

Lockdown Drills

This year students and teachers will be taking part in “lockdown” drills. These drills are practiced so that in the event that there is an intruder on campus, students and staff will know what to do. According to the Irvine Police Department, these drills are also important to practice since the likelihood of student injury and/or death from this type of incident is far greater than that of fire or earthquake. In this type of drill, students remain inside the locked classroom. The goal is for the teacher to keep students safe and inside, away from windows or visibility.

Disaster Duties

All staff members are a part of our disaster team which is comprised of the following:

  1. Command Center:

Alerts the site to the possible threat via appropriate signals and communicates with team members. Distributes supplies to team members. Sets up command post.

  1. Search and Rescue

Works in pairs to search campus for missing/injured persons.

  1. Site Security

Secure school by locking gates. Checks all utilities and reports to command center.

  1. First Aid

Assess injured students and use triage to administer first aid.

  1. Supervision/Assembly

Supervise assembly area and cooperate with the command center for the accounting and release of all students.

  1. Student Release

Set up reunion gate with necessary supplies. Call for students from assembly area to reunion gate. Release students given proper documentation.

Main Gate/Reunion Gate

The main gate is the front gate at the entrance of the school. In the event of an emergency, all gates will be locked and parents/family members will be asked to remain outside these gates. In order to minimize confusion, students will be released to parents only with the proper identification. In order for the school to release a child to someone other than parents and/or legal guardians, we must have your permission. Each year we request this information in the Back to School packets. Please make sure your list is complete and communicate with the people that you have added to your emergency contact list so they are aware that you have identified them as someone who can pick up your kids.

The reunion gate is the back gate and will be used for the sole purpose of student release. Once verification has been made that a student can be released to the parent guardian, etc. the student will be pulled from the supervision area and taken to the reunion gate to be released. Documentation will be made as to who picked up the child, that person’s signature, and the time the student was released.

Materials/Supplies

Water and rations have been purchased and are in our school’s emergency “shed” on the playground. This shed also contains emergency backpacks for search and rescue, etc. All teachers have emergency backpacks within their classrooms which contain first aid kits, flashlights, radios, emergency blankets, safety vests, and student rosters. These backpacks are taken out during all safety drills.

*Please submit a current email address if you haven’t already done so. In the event of an emergency, communication may be sent via email due to the likelihood that phone lines may be busy.

Homework Policy

The staff at MYFORD Elementary School believe that homework is a valuable part of the instructional process. Homework provides a structure to ensure learning of the skills and knokwledge gained in the classroom and lays the foundation for students taking responsibility for their own learning

Teachers' Homework responsibilities

  • Require that homework meaningfully reflects and reinforces the curriculum / standards
  • Ensure that homework assignments are well prepared
  • Explain homework assignments to students and review study skills, homework guidelines and expectations
  • Facilitate student access to the resources necessary to complete assignments
  • Check the homework as it is returned
  • If homework is not completed, students will be given a homework alert

Parents' Homework Responsibilities

  • Arrange a quiet time and study area including proper lighting
  • Provide appropriate materials for homework such as pencils, paper, crayons, glue, and scissors
  • Initially review assignment with your child and review finished projects checking for accuracy and neatness
  • Call or Email your childs teacher if you have any questions regarding the homework

Students' Homework Responsibilities

  • Ask questions in class so the homework is clearly understood
  • Take homework assignments and materials home
  • Complete and return the homework assignments on time
  • Produce a high quality work including accuracy and neatness
  • Complete homework assigned during absences within designated time periods.

Suggested Times

Every student should plan on setting aside a reasonable portion of each school evening. Monday through Thursday for homework assignments. As a rule, homework will not be assigned on weekends or holidays, and teachers will be sensitive to special school activities.

  • Kindergarten: 15 minutes per night
  • First Grade: 15 - 30 minutes per night which includes 15 minutes of reading
  • Second Grade: 30 - 40 minutes per night which includes 20 minutes of reading
  • Third Grade: 35 - 45 minutes per night which includes 20 minutes of reading
  • Fourth and Fifth Grades: 45 - 60 minutes per night which includes 30 minutes of reading
If your child spends substantially more or less time each day on homework than indicated, please communicate with your child's teacher immediately

Birthday Policy

Celebrating Birthdays at MYFORD

Students love to celebrate birthdays at school, as it is a memorable time to share with teachers and friends. In an effort to abide by the TUSD Wellness Policy and to maximize student instructional time, we are asking all parents to follow these simple guidelines when planning for your child’s birthday celebration at school. The Myford staff feels strongly that by following these guidelines, we are promoting a healthy lifestyle and maximizing student learning!

  • Contribute a book to the Myford library through the Birthday Book Program.
  • Bring in non-food items for classmates such as pencils, erasers, bookmarks, etc.
  • Volunteer in your child’s class and capture the moment with a class “birthday” photo.
  • Make a donation to your child’s class charity in honor of your child’s birthday.
  • Provide goodie bags for classmates which can be distributed and taken home at the end of the day.
  • Donate an educational game or book for your child’s classroom.

Students are no longer allowed to bring in food items for birthday celebrations, as many of the items brought to school did not follow the TUSD Wellness Policy guidelines. We appreciate your help with this matter!

Wellness Policy

Our District has developed a Wellness Policy that is focused on improving the health of students. The policy was developed with health and wellness advisory council that includes teachers, parents, students, administrators, guidance counselors, and the school nurse. View our Wellness Policy

Sharing the Message of Wellness

One of our goals is to share the message of nutrition and wellness via our department's Web site that emphasizes the importance of nutrition AND fitness. Our site provides information on the nutrition and fitness for teachers, parents, and students, as well as, a variety of learning tools.

Key Areas of our Wellness Policy

Balance is essential for any Wellness Policy. Key areas include:

  • Nutrition Education
  • Physical activity
  • Other school-based activities that are designed to promote student wellness.

Wellness Goals

  • Involvement of parents, students, representatives of school food service, the school board, school administrators, and the community in the development of the school wellness policy.
  • Goals for nutrition education, physical activity, and other school-based activities designed to promote student wellness.
  • Nutritional guidelines for all food available on each school campus during the school day.
  • Assurance that guidelines for reimbursable meals will not be less restrictive than federal regulation and guidance issued by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

A plan for measuring the implementation of the local wellness policy and designation of one or more persons in the district or at each school to oversee the implementation of the adopted wellness policy

Wellness in the Works

Does the Tustin Unified School District have a Wellness Policy?

Yes! The district adopted a Wellness Policy in 2006. The policy applies to every school in the district. The policy assists schools in improving the health of students by promoting physical activity and access to nutritious foods.

Why is wellness important at school?

We know that healthy students learn better. Research has shown a strong link between student health and learning. Increased physical activity and healthy eating habits help students stay focused in school and can reduce and prevent overweight and obesity.

How can I help?

There are many ways you can help support the policy.

Show support for the policy. Spread the word and incorporate the ideas into your home life.

Fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, milk and 100% juice drinks are encouraged on campus. Candy, cupcakes, and sugary beverages are to be avoided during school hours (PLEASE do not send these to school, even for holidays and birthdays).

  • Volunteer in your child’s classroom or in the school garden.
  • Praise your child for their healthy choices. Ask what they chose from the salad bar at lunch. Ask what they did during recess and PE class.
  • Be sure your child eats breakfast every day.
  • Be a healthy role model. You can positively impact your child’s eating and physical activity habits by modeling healthy behaviors.

What if I want to do more?

Become a representative for your school site Wellness Team. Volunteer to be on the District’s Wellness Commitee by contacting the district’s wellness lead, Theresa Squibb or call 714-730-7301 x396.

Book Replacement Policy

It is the mission of the TUSD libraries to provide materials in a variety of formats that promote effective use of information and create a lifelong love of learning and reading. As a part of the library program at Myford Elementary School your student will be assigned a set of textbooks that are kept for the entire year. He or she also has the opportunity to check out library books on a weekly basis.

Students are responsible for keeping library and textbooks in good condition and returning them when they are due. Textbooks are due at the end of the school year. Library books must be returned each week. Students may renew their book(s) for a second week if they are brought to the library for renewal on his or her library day.

As you can imagine, these materials can be quite expensive and there are limited funds available to replace them. Therefore, if a book is lost or damaged, your student is responsible for the replacement cost. Replacement costs include the list price of the book plus 7.75% tax. If your student does not return his or her book(s) within three weeks of the due date, a fine notice will be sent home. If a book is found after a payment has been made, your fine will be refunded providing it has been no longer than 365 days and the book is in good condition.

We appreciate your cooperation in helping your child develop a strong sense of responsibility for school property and library procedures.

Student Fees

Student Fees are described here.

School Security

Recent events on school campuses have hit us all close to home. We want to reassure you that TUSD and Myford Elementary actively train and practice for emergency situations. All visitors are required to check in at the office and/or have been pre-identified with a Volunteer Lanyard for morning drop-off. Monthly we practice not only fire drills and earthquake drills, but also for lockdown emergencies.

In order to stay informed:

  1. Follow us on Twitter @tusdmyfordmedia
  2. Sign up to receive Text Message Alerts: message 40404 and type follow tusdmyfordmedia in the message box.

This is the primary way we will communicate in an emergency. Also, it is critical that the contact and medical information we have for each student is current, and we recommend parents review and update your family information at https://parentnet.tustin.k12.ca.us.

Student Gates: Morning Access

In an effort to keep our students and staff safe, we require all parents have visible identification in the form of a daily Visitor’s Sticker or Volunteer Lanyard while on campus. To that end, only students will be allowed through the gates before school unless the parent is wearing a visible Volunteer Lanyard or daily Visitor’s Sticker (both issued from the office). We appreciate all your support!

Volunteer Lanyards

If you are interested in serving as a volunteer for Myford Elementary, we would love your help! In order to keep our campus safe, we expect that all adults have identification.

If you are a routine volunteer or would like to be, please come to the front office to complete a Volunteer Lanyard Request Form. We will need a copy of your Drivers License and an understanding of your volunteer capacity (e.g., PTO, Morning Supervision, Classroom, Library, Friday Folders, etc.).

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