Policies & Procedures

Policies and Procedures


BIRTHDAYS:  Students love to celebrate birthdays at school, as it is a memorable time to share with teachers and friends. Teachers will do something special for their students on their birthdays. Please do not send your child to school with gift bags, balloons, or any food items on his/her special day. Students/parents are not allowed to bring food items for birthday celebrations, as many of the items brought to school do not follow the TUSD Wellness Policy guidelines and/or cause problems in regards to student food allergies. Additionally, students will not be able to pass out birthday invitations to students here at school. As you might imagine, this can cause very hurt feelings for the students who do not get invited or cannot attend the birthday event, and serve as a distraction to learning.  

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 – 1:25 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 11:20 a.m. labeled with the student name, grade, and teacher.

General Information

OFFICE HOURS: Our school office is open daily from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM. You are welcome to stop by the school office or phone the office (714-730-7385) should you need assistance.  

If you have an appointment with any staff member we ask that you arrive on time or you call to let the staff member know that you will be running late or cannot keep the appointment.  Staff members often have several meetings scheduled one after another and if you are not on time for your appointment the staff member will not have the appropriate amount of time to devote to you and your child.

Please note that District, State, and Federal Education Policies govern our school. The office staff /teachers are mandated to follow all rules, regulations, and policies set forth by these governing bodies. We try to work with families to help provide the most positive experience possible, but we must do so while still adhering to the law.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Get connected and celebrate the awesomeness of Beswick and TUSD! Follow us on Instagram @beswickbobcats. Follow us on Twitter @beswickes Follow Tustin Unified School District @TUSDschools! #TUSDthrives

SCHOOL TELEPHONES: Please be sure to explain any unusual after school plans to your child prior to leaving for school in the morning. Outside calls cannot be forwarded to the classroom. Student phone use is restricted to emergencies only. Be sure you have a rainy day plan which does not involve contacting your child at school.

PRINCIPAL COMMUNICATIONPrincipal McNamara will send out phone calls and emails to parents via Blackboard Connect parent portal and Weekly SMORE. 

PRINCIPAL MEETING/PHONE CALL: If you would like to message or meet with Mrs. McNamara, you may do so by emailing our school secretary, Mrs. Cindy Avelar at cavelar@tustin.k12.ca.us to set up an appointment. Rarely will Mrs. McNamara be available for walk-in meetings, as she typically finds herself “richly calendared” each day. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. If your communication is to be kept confidential, please email Principal McNamara directly at amcnamara@tustin.k12.ca.us. It may take up to 24 to 72 hours for her to respond. 


Health and Wellness


ILLNESS: To ensure the health of all students, please keep your child home from school under the following conditions:

  • Temperature of 100 degrees F or higher (NOTE: Your child should be without fever for 24 hours before returning to school.)

  • Flu symptoms, nausea, vomiting, severe abdominal pain, or diarrhea.

  • Acute cold, sore throat, persistent cough, or constant runny nose.

  • Eyes that are red, inflamed, excessive tearing or crusting.

  • Any diagnosed skin rash, (Any draining skin lesions, unless protected and diagnosed as non infections).

  • Swollen glands around the jaws, ears or neck.

  • Marked drowsiness or dizziness.

ADDITIONAL HEALTH GUIDELINES: If your child is not feeling well and you are uncertain about sending him/her on any given school day, it is best to keep your child home and observe him/her for worsening symptoms. If a child is too ill to attend school in the morning, it is recommended that he/she remain home all day.



Student needs to remain home if he/she has an excessive runny nose (green mucus), excessive coughing, temperature at or above 100 F, or is too ill to function at school

Chicken Pox

Student may return to school when all blisters are dried and crusted over. Notify school nurse if your child has chickenpox.


If a student has diarrhea 2 times in a day, he/she needs to remain at home until diarrhea subsides and no other signs of illness exist.

Ear Infections

Student does not need to stay home from school, but should be evaluated by his/her physician if he/she complains of ear pain.

Eye Infections:

Student cannot attend school if purulent eye drainage present. May return if eyes clear, treatment started, or cleared by MD. No exclusion for non-purulent drainage unless there is an outbreak.


If the fever is over 100 F, the student must remain home. He/she may return to school when fever free, without medication, for 24 hours.

Fractures and Surgeries:

Parents need to contact the nurse when a child has a serious injury or surgery. Modifications to physical activity and mode of travel throughout the building need to be evaluated. Please provide written information from your physician as to your child's level of activity at school. State all limitations and special needs.

School Injuries

The nurse or trained staff member will assess the injury, administer first aid and notify parents as soon as possible by phone and/or note as to the type and status of injury.

 Head Lice

Student needs to stay home from school and be treated with shampoo or rinse as recommended by your doctor or pharmacy. Children may return to school when the hair is lice- free and show proof of treatment. Notify the school if your child has head lice.


Student is to remain at home with any undiagnosed skin rash. Student may return to school when the rash disappears or with a doctor's note stating diagnosis and clearing him/her to return to school.

Strep Throat

Student needs to be treated with antibiotics for 24 hours and be without fever before returning to school.


The student needs to be free from vomiting for at least 24 hours before coming to school.


MEDICATIONMedication that is to be taken at school will be administered by the health clerk or other designated personnel. For the safety of all students (prescription and non-prescription) must be delivered to the Health Office by an adult in the current prescribed bottle, container or package. A medication permit form needs to be completed and signed by your physician to allow us to administer the medication. All medication including aspirin, inhalers, or Tylenol must be under the supervision of school personnel. STUDENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO HAVE ANY MEDICATION IN HIS/HER POSSESSION ON CAMPUS. THIS INCLUDES ASPIRIN, COUGH DROPS, ETC...

EMERGENCY INFORMATIONPlease be sure to keep the office informed of any new home, work or cell phone numbers. Update changes in the AERIES Parent Portal right away and notify the front office staff. If you have a new address, you will need to bring in proof of residency to the office. Acceptable documents: Rental agreement, lease, mortgage, escrow paperwork and utility bill (gas, water, electric).


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.
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 may be assigned other homework (generally Monday-Thursday) based on the following guidelines: 

                                                     Kindergarten         Minimum 15 minutes of reading together, sharing a story, a lesson, 
                                                                                     activity, or reviewing concepts or skills taught during the week.
                                                         First Grade         15 minutes per night increased to 20 minutes as skills increase
                                                   Second Grade         20 minutes per night increased to 30 minutes as skills increase
                                                      Third Grade         30-45 minutes per night, including nightly reading
                                                     Fourth Grade        40-50 minutes per night, including nightly reading
                                                        Fifth Grade         50-60 minutes per night, including nightly reading

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 their binder. 
  • Establish consequences for not completing homework (limit playtime, games, or TV). 
  • Students’ Homework Responsibilities are to:
  • Take homework assignments and materials home.
  • Spend the necessary time each night to complete homework.
  • Demonstrate pride in homework by doing the best you can do.
  • Submit finished homework to the teacher completely done and on time.
  • Share concerns with teacher if homework is too difficult or too easy.

Parents’ Homework Responsibilities are to:

  • Arrange a quiet time and study area including proper lighting.
  • Encourage reading for pleasure.
  • Expect your child to report progress to you on long-term assignments.
  • See that your child organized homework for return at the right time.
  • Encourage your child to work independently on homework assignments.
  • Contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions regarding homework.
  • Communicate with the teacher if homework is taking longer than expected or if your child frustrational level is “high” on a regular basis.

Teachers’ Homework Responsibilities are to:

  • Require that homework is meaningfully and reflects and reinforces the curriculum/standards taught in class.
  • Ensure that homework assignments are accessible 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.
  • Differentiate or modify homework as needed in partnership with student and parent.

Support and encouragement from parents and guardians help children succeed. Thank you for doing your part to ensure your child’s love of learning and success!


Parking and Transportation

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.

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

Please also respect our neighbors and understand that there is no blocking driveways. Please do not park in the parking spaces that are labeled.

BICYCLES/SKATEBOARDS/ROLLERBLADES/RAZOR SCOOTERS:  Bikes may be ridden to and from school by 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students only. Helmets and bike locks are required. The school is not responsible for stolen bicycles. Bicycles must be locked inside the fenced area. Bike riding is not permitted on school grounds. For safety reasons, skateboards and scooters are discouraged from being ridden to or from school. They are not to be ridden at anytime on school property. 

TO AND FROM SCHOOL: Please be sure to speak to your child about going straight to school in the morning and straight home after school. If you have established an off campus pick-up location with your child, we encourage you to arrive no later than 2:40 p.m. to pick him/her up. Please encourage your child to let the office know immediately if there are problems with strangers, animals, friends, etc..., on the way to and from school. Let him/her know that we are a community and here to help.  

WALKING TO SCHOOL: Parents are asked to support our efforts to teach children to respect the property of others. Lawns, shrubbery, and trees adjacent to walkways are not to be damaged. Students walking to school are encouraged to walk with a friend and to always use crosswalks. A crossing guard will help students cross Newport Avenue at Mitchell and Mitchell Avenue in front of the school at the crosswalk. Students are forbidden to cross Mitchell anyplace other than the crosswalks. Please review safety practices. 

TIMELY PICK-UP It is very important that all students are picked up on time. Be sure to call the office at (714) 730-7385 as soon as possible if there is a problem causing a late pick up for your child. The office cannot provide supervision for your children after school. We appreciate timely pick up of students.

Students are dismissed at 1:05/1:09 p.m. on Wednesdays ONLY. 

LATE PICK-UP: Should your child be picked up after 2:40 p.m. (or 1:25 on Wednesdays), he/she will  need to be signed out of the office by an adult who is on the emergency contact list. The office staff is not able to send students out to a car or person upon receiving a phone call or a request to do so. Thank you in advance for your cooperation with avoiding late pick-ups and ensuring student safety.

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, backpacks, lunch boxes, etc. with your child’s name. 


Lost and FoundPlease make sure your children label all removable clothing, water bottles, lunchpails, etc... with his/her FIRST and LAST name. The lost and found cart is kept outside the Health Office across from the Staff Lounge. The school/staff assumes no responsibility for any personal item which is brought on campus. All unclaimed items are donated to charity at the end of each trimester. It is amazing to see how quickly items collect in the lost and found and how few items are actually returned to their owner due to lack of identification on clothing etc. We appreciate your help with this!

Prohibited Items: Personal items (electronic or otherwise) may not be brought to school without prior permission from a teacher. Any item which causes a distraction to the learning process will be taken from the student and returned to the parent/guardian. Specific items prohibited are: weapons of any kind (toy or real), pocket knives or camping tools, skateboards, roller skates, and roller blades. Toys, sports equipment, trading cards, and chewing gum are not allowed at school - unless special permission has been granted by the teacher or principal.

Playground and Play Areas


We are determined to foster and maintain a safe place for students to exercise through games and activities. Throughout the year we will work with students in a positive manner while instilling attitudes of respect, responsibility, and appropriate decision-making skills, which will support the academic and social foundations of Beswick Elementary School. We will review playground activity options and expectations regularly and make considerations where changes can be made as new ideas arise. In any situation, students should avoid engaging in any activity that could endanger his/her safety or the safety of others. Students will be taught to THINK before they act, and ask an adult if they do not know what is allowed.

Designated Play Areas: With the exception of getting a drink, using the restroom, or moving from the eating area to the playground, students are to remain on the blacktop or grass during recess and lunch periods once snack/lunch has been eaten. Students should not be between or behind buildings, or in any unsupervised area. When playgrounds get wet or muddy, students are required to stay on the blacktop play area.

General Rules

  • Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself. 
  • Practice good sportsmanship and use KIND and appropriate language.
  • Follow directions of supervising adults.
  • Absolutely NO FIGHTING or “play fighting” – disciplinary action will be taken.
  • No running on blacktop.
  • When you hear the first bell, STOP playing and freeze. Hold all equipment. At the sound of the whistle, walk to your designated area.
  • Recess and Lunch Break – Food must be eaten at the lunch tables. 
  • Always clean up your paper and food scraps. Absolutely NO GUM is permitted on school grounds.


  • Always stay in designated areas.
  • Refrain from loitering or playing in the restrooms or at the drinking fountains.
  • Do not climb on cement walls, planters or fences.
  • Stay away from large containers (no running or hiding behind them).
  • Students leaving the playground to go to the office must have a note from playground supervisor.


  • Game rules should be followed at all times. 
  • Use Rock, Paper, Scissors (only once; not 2 out of 3) while back-to-back if there is a dispute about who is “out.”
  • Use, “Nice try, you’re awesome!” when someone loses.
  • Handball: Those waiting for their turns must stand along the line. Anyone who leaves the line must go to the end. 
  • There is no “cutting” in line.
  • There are no “saving places” for friends.
  • Personal sports equipment must remain at home and cannot be brought to school.
  • Items from home: You must have your teacher’s approval before bringing items to school. These items may NOT be used during recess or lunchtime. 
  • Respect school equipment. Students who intentionally mistreat equipment (such as intentionally kicking balls into neighbors’ yards, for example) may face disciplinary action and may be required to replace the equipment. 


Teacher: Warning, reflection/break time with a Think Sheet, loss of privileges, telephone calls home, behavior or slips (major or minor) sent home.

Administrator: Telephone calls home, behavior slip/letter sent home, in-house suspension, suspension from school, and in severe cases, expulsion.

School Dress Code/ 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 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: close-toed
  • Hats: can be worn for sun protection, but not in classrooms
  • Shoes, socks, winter jackets and belts are exempt from the color scheme. 

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.