First Day Packet Documents

Policies and Procedures

Drop-Off/Pick-Up Procedures

STUDENT SAFETY

Drop-Off /Pick-Up Procedures

  •  Students may be dropped off as early as 7:45 am: no earlier as we do not have supervision prior to 7:45. 
  • Parents may use the yellow loading/unloading zone located in front of the school/multipurpose room only.  Please do not park in yellow loading zones.
  •  All cars using the drop off lane need to pull all the way forward before allowing their children to exit the car.  Also, to keep traffic flowing, backpacks need to be with the children in the passenger areas and not in the trunk of the vehicle.
  •  Students need to be picked-up within 15 minutes of the end of the school day. 
  • Cars may not be left vacant in the loading zone in front of the office during the instructional day for any length of time.  Please exercise extreme caution when driving on Red Hill Avenue near the school and near the crosswalks. 
  • Only 4th and 5th graders are permitted to ride bicycles to school and bike helmets must be worn at all times. Bicycles are to be locked in the bike racks and must be walked on school grounds. 
  • Scooters, skates, and skateboards are not permitted to be ridden on school grounds.

Early Pick-Up

If a student needs to leave school early for any reason, a parent/guardian, with a photo ID, must come to the office and sign the student out.  The office will call the room to notify the teacher.  Do not go to your child’s classroom to get them. 

Cell Phone Policy

Cell phones may only be used on campus with permission from a teacher or administrator. Any cell phones being used without permission will be confiscated immediately and held until picked up by a parent/guardian. Students bring cell phones on campus at their own risk. Red Hill Elementary is not responsible for lost, stolen or broken devices.  

Medication

If it becomes necessary for a student to take any form of medication at school, a signed form from a doctor must be brought to the office (this includes over the counter medication).  The school office has the form (Health Care Provider Request for Medication) that must be completed by the doctor.  Medicine must be in the original container labeled with the name of the child, name of the medicine, dosage requirements and the doctor’s name. Students cannot bring aspirin, ibuprofen or any other medication to school on their own.  All medication, no matter how harmless it may appear to be, must be kept in the office during school hours. 

Office Procedures

  • Thank you in advance for helping us maintain a safe and orderly environment at Red Hill Elementary.  This year, we will continue to implement the following office/school procedures: 
  • The office is open from 7:30 – 4:30 daily.
  • All volunteers need to check in at the office and wear a volunteer sticker.
  • Parents will not be allowed to deliver forgotten items to the classroom as it disrupts instructional time.  Lunches may be placed in the school office. It is the student’s responsibility to check the lunch cart for lunches and snacks. School materials that are dropped in the front office will be placed in the teacher’s mailbox and picked up at the teacher’s discretion.
  • To keep a quiet and orderly atmosphere, cell phone conversations are not permitted within the school building.  If you’d like to speak on a cell phone, we ask that you step outside. 
  • Students may use the school telephone only for emergencies and extraordinary circumstances.

ITEMS FROM HOME : Teachers occasionally ask students to bring items from home to share with their classmates during their special week or sharing time.  Please do not bring pets or animals to school at any time.  Dangerous items such as weapons or other sharp objects are prohibited.  Toys, cameras, electronic games, collectible cards should not be brought from home to school. 

VISITING SCHOOL: Parents are welcome to visit the school and individual classrooms.  All visitors must sign in and out through the school office and receive a Visitor’s Sticker.  For classroom visits, you must call your child’s teacher 72 hours in advance to be sure that it is a good time for your visit.

VOLUNTEERS: Red Hill Elementary welcomes parent volunteers.  There are many ways to become an active member of the Red Hill community.  Parents are encouraged to join and participate in the Parent Teacher Association (PTA), and the School Site Council (SSC). Please work with your child’s teacher to learn of ways you can volunteer in the classroom.

Attendance

 

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 for more than 30-minutes during the school day without valid excuse on three occasions in one school year is considered truant, and shall be reported to the attendance supervisor or to the superintendent of the school district. 
 
Regular attendance at school is important for every student for the following reasons: 

  1. Students need to be in class to learn.
  2. The teaching-learning process builds on lessons previously taught.
  3. Lessons often involve hands-on activities, which cannot be duplicated with paper and pencil assignments outside of class.
  4. Students who miss a day of school suffer because that day of instruction cannot be retrieved.
  5. Students develop the habits of good attendance and punctuality for future careers.
  6. School funding is dependent on student attendance. 

 
Excused Absences (defined by school laws of the State of California) are absences for illness; medical, dental or optometric appointments; or attendance at a funeral service for a family member. If a student is out ill 3 or more consecutive days, the school may request a doctor’s note to verify the absence.

  Children should not be sent to school when they are ill.  Children must be fever free (under 100 degrees) for 24 hours before returning to school.  It is a parent’s responsibility to pick up their student in a timely manner if they are being sent home from school due to illness.  An authorized adult, at least 18 years of age with a photo ID, must sign the student out of school in the front office in the event the student needs to leave during school hours. Students are not allowed to leave on their own under any circumstances.  Students should never use a cell phone to contact parents to pick them up. 

 
Unexcused Absences are absences for any reason other than those listed as an excused absence and should be avoided.
 
Consequences for Truancy or Absence:  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 the absence and the specific reason for the absence.  In lieu of a written note, a parent/guardian may call the school office or e-mail the school attendance clerk.
 Further monitoring includes:   3 unexcused absences  Letter sent home :6 unexcused absences  Letter sent/parent conference.  After 9 unexcused absences  Letter/Habitual Truant Classification/ Truancy Conference 

 
Unverified Absences: If a parent does not contact the school regarding their child’s absence within 3-5 days of a student’s return to school, the absence will be recorded as unexcused. 

TARDIES 
 
We have a 5 minute warning bell at 7:55.  Students should be lined up in an orderly manner with their class when this bell rings.  The start of school bell rings at 8:00.  Any student who arrives on campus after 8:00 am must go to the office for a tardy slip.  It is critical that all students are in the habit of arriving at school on time and ready to learn.  Any student tardy for more than 30-minutes during the school day without valid excuse on three occasions in one school year is considered truant, and shall be reported to the attendance supervisor or to the superintendent representative of the school district. 
 

Excused Tardies 

  1.  Medical or dental appointments for the student only. (Must return with note.) 
  2. Sick/not feeling well.
  3. Immediate family member funeral.
  4. Court appearance .

 
All other reasons for tardiness are unexcused.  Unexcused tardies count against perfect attendance.  Any student tardy 15 minutes after the start of school, 8:00 am, must have a parent walk the student into the office to get a tardy slip. Note:  A student is considered tardy if he/she arrives after the start of school bell rings at 8:00. 

 
Early Release (30 minutes or more) 
 
According to District policy, early release from school is monitored and reviewed. Students leaving school 30 minutes or more, must have a valid excuse or they will be marked Unexcused-Early Release.

Excused – Early Release

  1. Illness (sent home from health office).
  2. Doctor Appointment (must return with a doctor’s note).
  3. Court Appearance. 
  4. Funeral Students leaving 30 minutes or more will be marked.

Homework and Report Cards

HOMEWORK :  The amount of homework assigned each night varies between the grade levels.  School Board recommendation is 10 minutes per night per grade level, i.e. First Grade 10 minutes, Fifth Grade 50 minutes.  Parents are encouraged to support their children in the daily completion of their homework, along with nightly reading.

REPORT CARDS : Report cards are issued three times a year; December, March and June.  Parent teacher conferences are held in October and in March. A parent-teacher conference may be scheduled at any time during the school year.  Please contact your child’s teacher to schedule an appointment. 

Discipline

SCHOOL DISCIPLINE POLICY: It is important that students and staff maintain a safe and healthy school environment, and a classroom climate that promotes learning.  This discipline plan outlines school policies and rules regulating student behavior, and it promotes the importance of student rights and responsibilities.  Our major goal is to help students become accountable and to teach them to conduct themselves in such a way so as to show at all times that they understand and accept school policies and rules regulating student behavior. Although each teacher sets up his or her own class rules, the entire staff is committed to providing an education which is free of disruptive behaviors.  The students at Red Hill are required to make good choices and be responsible individuals.  If a child makes a poor choice the consequence will depend on his or her actions.  It is important that all children follow the school and classroom rules and be respectful of all staff members on site.

Student Rights:

  1. To learn in a positive safe environment. 
  2. To be recognized as a unique individual. 
  3. To be respected and treated equally. 
  4. To be heard and trusted.

Student Responsibilities: 

  1. Show respect for yourself and others.
  2. Show respect for public and private property. 
  3. Come to school on time with the needed materials.
  4.  Take pride in and complete all school work.
  5. Come to school daily, unless you are sick.
  6. Obey the rules of safety and courtesy:
  7. Follow teacher/adult supervisors’ directions at all times. 
  8. Keep hands and feet to yourself. 
  9. Gum, skateboards, electronic devices, balls and toys are not permitted.
  10. Walk bikes on campus. 
  11. Walk in the hallways and on the blacktop. 
  12. Observe the standards of behavior during lunch and on the playground.
  13. Remain in designated areas of school grounds; leaving the campus without parent or school permission is not permitted.

Unacceptable Behavior:

  1.  Fighting
  2. Threats and/or bullying behavior 
  3. Inappropriate language or gestures
  4. Stealing or gambling
  5. Property damage
  6. Possessing, selling or otherwise furnishing any firearm, knife, explosive or other dangerous object.
  7. Violating the dress code. 
  8. Cheating 
  9. No littering.
  10. Making bomb threats/false fire alarms.
  11. Use/possession of drugs, alcohol or tobacco.

Suspension: The education code states:  “Continual, willful disobedience, open and persistent defiance of the authority of the teacher, habitual profanity or vulgarity, habitual truancy, smoking of cigarettes on school premises, possession or sale of controlled substances or forgery constitutes good cause for suspension or expulsion from school.

Dress Code

Education Law does allow public schools to establish a dress code.

Student Dress Codes are established to:

● Promote a climate and culture where focus is on learning

● Promote a productive safe instructional environment

While society reflects a wide range of personal expression in clothing, grooming, and accessories, the quality of scholar work and behavior is affected by personal appearance. Scholars are expected to wear clothing that is clean, neat, appropriate, and safe.

TUSD Dress Code:

To eliminate misinterpretations of the dress code, the following dress standards shall be enforced:

Shirts/Tops:

·         No tight/revealing shirts (workout tops, undergarments showing, see-through, low-cut, etc.)

·         Undergarments must not be visible (including sports bras)

·         No bare midriff/crop tops (If skin shows when arms are raised the top is too short.)

·         No spaghetti straps, bare shoulders, or shirts with less than one-inch straps

·         No halter or swimwear tops

·         No tube tops

·         No “underwear” style tank tops

·         No shirts with oversize armholes showing torso area

·         Pants/Shorts/Skirts:

·         No short-shorts or micro-mini skirts (minimum 5” inseam)

·         No excessively loose or baggy pants/shorts

·         Pants/shorts must be worn at the waistline

·         Hems must be sewn; no frayed, split, or pinned legs

·         Pants may not drag on the ground, or have rips or holes.

·         Pants/shorts may not allow undergarments to be exposed

·         No excessively long, untied, or dangling belts

·         Overall straps must be worn over the shoulders and buttoned

Footwear:

·         Footwear which is safe for school activities must be worn at all times

·         Footwear must be closed toe and closed back

Dangerous Jewelry/Objects:

·         No chains, or sharp dangly earrings

·         No dagger style ear plugs

·         No riveted dog collars or raised rings

·         No chains for wallets

·         No laser light pens (Scholars shall be cited as per Penal Code Sections 417.25 and 417.27.)

Other Inappropriate Attire:

Clothing, apparel, and jewelry shall be free of writing, pictures, or any other insignia that is crude, vulgar, profane, demeaning, sexually suggestive, or which advocates or promotes racial, ethnic, religious, sexual prejudice or strife, or which relates to the use of tobacco, drugs, or alcohol.

·         No sex/sexual comments/innuendoes

·         No drugs or references to drugs (blunt, 13, hemp, marijuana leaf, 4:20, etc.)

·         No tobacco product names or trademarks

·         No liquor products or bar names or trademarks/logos

·         No depicting a person engaged in illegal activities (tagging, weapons, etc.)

·         No hats/caps indoors, and must follow the guidelines above.

·         No visible tattoos

*No hats worn in the classroom

*Teachers and staff may have students remove or put away non- essentials items (ie: hats, jewelry, personal items, accessories, etc.) either in or out of the classroom if they are causing a disruption or are distracting other students.

*Please label all water bottles, lunch boxes, jackets, and removable clothing items with your child’s name. These items are commonly left on the playground, and as we do our best to return labeled items to the proper owner, unlabeled items will be placed in the Lost & Found located outside the office.