Policies & Procedures

SCHOOL UNIFORMS

Benjamin Beswick Elementary is a UNIFORM school. Students Must be in UNIFORM except on designated free dress days.

  • The school uniform consists of navy, light blue, red or white collared shirts or blouses; navy blue or khaki skirts, jumpers, pants, or shorts (Denim is allowed but not encouraged). Beswick logo shirt is also acceptable. 
  • All clothing must be one solid color (no stripes or designs of any kind) and be the student's appropriate size. -Pants, jeans, shorts or skirts: navy blue, khaki (tan) or black. Skirts and shorts need to be as long as your fingertips when your hands are stretched straight down your side.
  • Shoes, socks, winter jackets and belts are exempt from the color scheme. 
  • Shoes: close-toed Hats: can be worn for sun protection, but not in classrooms

Spirit uniforms with the school's logo are available for sale in the office for spirit days.

  • Exceptions: Student Council Theme Days (Twin Day, Backwards Day, etc.) Nationally-recognized youth organizations uniforms (Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, etc.) may be worn on regular meeting days. 

Compliance: All students will be expected to wear their uniforms every day. In case of noncompliance, parents may be asked to bring a uniform to school.

Financial Assistance: Families in need of financial assistance need to contact the office. Eligibility will be determined following the California Eligibility Scale for Free Meals. 

Alternatives: Students whose parents choose not to comply with mandatory school uniform requirements will have the opportunity to request a waiver must be presented to the principal in writing. 

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.

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 valid excuse on three occasions in one school year is considered truant and may be reported to the attendance supervisor or to the superintendent of the school district.  It is the legal responsibility of parents or guardians to see that their school-aged children attend school every day for the entire day, unless they have a valid excuse. Under the law, a child may be legally excused from attending school or for being tardy only for the following reasons: 1) illness, 2) medical or dental appointment for the student only, 3) death in the family, and 4) religious observance.  All other absences are unexcused.

Regular attendance at school is important for every Beswick student for the following reasons:
  • Students need to be in class to learn and develop social relationships with peers and adults.
  • The teaching-learning process builds on lessons previously taught.
  • Lessons often involve hands-on activities which cannot be duplicated with paper and pencil assignments outside of class.
  • Students develop the habits of scholarly behavior including good attendance and punctuality for future careers when following timelines and schedules.
  • School funding is dependent on scholar attendance.

Excused AbsenceAbsence for causes listed in the State Educational Code are: illness, medical, dental, and optometry 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 child is not at the doctor’s office.  (Example: Scholars that have morning appointments must come to school after the appointment, if well enough, and scholars having afternoon appointments, must come to school for the morning).

Unexcused Absence:  Absences for any reason other than those listed above (includes family vacations, athletic events, extra-curricular events such as Brownies, Scouts, Indian Princess activities).  Truancy that is intentional is a violation of state attendance laws. While advance notice to the school for these types of absences is appreciated and noted, they will, regardless of advanced notice, will trigger attendance violation letters after the third unexcused absence. The purpose of the letter is to keep parents informed of the State of California compulsory education law.

Emergency Trips:  Students may be placed on an “Independent Study” when it is necessary for them to be away from school because of emergency trips. In order to meet your child’s educational needs, contact the school office at least ten days prior to absence for approval.  This will allow for teachers to have the time to adequately prepare lessons for your child’s Independent Study. Independent Study is valid for not less than 5 consecutive school days at a time, and no more than 10 total days in a school year. Work is provided on the last day of attendance and due the day the child returns to school. Actual attendance credit is determined once completed work is received by the school. PLEASE NOTE: Independent Studies will not be authorized a. with less than 5 days notice to the school and b. the last two (2) weeks of the school year.  

Reporting Absences: Parents must send a note, email, or call the school office to report your child’s absence.  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.  The note should include the date(s) absence and reason for the scholar’s absence.

NOTE: Parents must report an absence within 3-5 days by reporting the child’s name, grade, reason for the absence and your relationship to the child, one of the following ways:  

Tardies: Prioritizing on-time arrival to school is critical. 

Students are expected to be in their classrooms at 8:00 a.m., line up is at 7:55 a.m.

Anyone who arrives at 8:00 a.m. and after will be marked as tardy unexcused unless a medical note is accompanied.

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.

Please be advised, if your student has any unverified absences they will be reflected in the upcoming report card. Be sure to log in to your Aeries portal HERE and review your student's attendance.

  • Students who arrive even just 2-3 minutes late miss-out on the benefits of a calm and predictable start to their school day. Thank you for your support with ensuring on-time arrival. 

  • Scholars arriving late to school or leaving school early 30 minutes and/or more will be considered truant if there is not a medical reason (see excused absences). Scholars arriving late to school 30 minutes or more must be signed in by a parent. Students leaving school more than 30 minutes prior to dismissal time (if not a medical reason), qualifies as an unexcused tardy.

Consequences for Truancy or Absence (per district and school policy):  On the student’s first day back to school after an absence, the student must bring a signed written note from his/her parent/guardian which lists the date of absence and specific reason for the absence. In lieu of a written note, a parent/guardian may call the school office or e-mail Mrs. Martinez, the School Attendance Clerk at amartinez@tustin.k12.ca.us 

      After 3 unexcused absences:  1st Truancy letter will be sent home

      After 6 unexcused absences: 2nd Truancy letter will be sent home- Request for parent conference

      After 9 unexcused absences 3rd  Truancy letter will be sent home- Possible SARB referral

      Scholars who have excessive absences/tardies may be referred to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB).

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

Please remember that consistent attendance (including being on time to school) is critically important to your child’s education.  Please refrain from scheduling vacations while school is in session.

BREAKFAST AND LUNCH

                                                                                                      BREAKFAST: K-5 7:35 a.m. -7:55 a.m.

LUNCH: Kinder 11:40 a.m. Grades 1, 2, 3 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Grades 4 & 5 12:30 – 1:15 p.m.

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. labeled with the student name, grade, and teacher.

 

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).

PARKING

 

Parents are welcome to park legally on the school's neighboring streets and walk students to and from school.

Please do not park in the parking spaces that are labeled.

Please be advised that there is no parent parking or student pick-up or drop-off at the start or end of the school day in the Beswick Elementary staff parking lot. Please also respect our neighbors and understand that there is no blocking driveways.