First Day Packet Documents

Policies and Procedures



Red Hill Elementary School is committed to providing an engaging and challenging instructional educational program for all students.  We provide a safe and nurturing environment which promotes character-building and establishes a foundation for life-long learning and achievement.  We are a dedicated community of students, staff and parents who work collaboratively for the success of all Red Hill students.



Tustin Unified School District follows the California State Standards which detail what students should know and be able to do.  Teachers will align their curriculum directly to these Standards.


Red Hill School is proud of its excellent curriculum and well-prepared teachers.  Each child will receive direct instruction in reading/language arts, math, history/social science, science, physical education, and visual/performing arts.  All children have access to State- and District-adopted textbooks in addition to supplementary materials to help students reach grade level expectations. 



The staff at Red Hill Elementary School believes that home study is a vital part of each child’s educational program.  Assignments completed at home assist the child and teacher in reaching instructional objectives more quickly and thoroughly.


Teacher’s Homework Responsibilities:

·        Assign homework that meaningfully connects and reinforces the District Standards and curriculum.

·        Clearly explain assignments to the students.

·        Facilitate student access to the resources necessary to complete assignments.

·        Help students to develop a system for recording and planning homework.

Parent’s 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.

·        Encourage your child to work independently on homework assignments.

·        Contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions regarding homework.

·        Hold students accountable for recording homework assignments.


Student’s Homework Responsibilities:

·        Ask questions in class so the homework is clearly understood.

·        Take homework assignments and materials home.

·        Complete and return homework assignments on time.

·        Produce a high quality of work including neatness and accuracy.

·        Use a system for recording and planning homework.


Suggested Times - Every student should plan to set aside a reasonable portion of each school evening for homework.  As a rule, homework will not be assigned on weekends or holidays.  The following table shows the suggested amount of time each student should spend on homework daily.  Please remember that incomplete classwork is NOT considered homework.



Outside Reading

Total Daily Minutes


5-10 minutes

10 minutes

15 - 20 minutes


10 - 15 minutes

10 - 15 minutes

20 - 30 minutes


15 - 20 minutes

15 - 20 minutes

30 - 40 minutes


20 - 30 minutes

20 - 30 minutes

40 - 60 minutes


30 - 40 minutes

30 minutes

60 - 70 minutes


30 - 40 minutes

30 minutes

60 - 70 minutes


If your child spends substantially more or less time each day on homework than is indicated, please communicate with your child’s teacher immediately.


Pupils are required by law to attend school punctually and regularly.


1.      Excused Absence:  Absence for causes listed in the State Educational Code for illness, medical, dental, and optometry appointments; multiple illnesses may require a doctor’s note.

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

3.      Excessive Absences:  Students who miss more than 5 days of school, or have more than 3 unexcused absences will be notified with a letter home and/or referral to the Student Attendance Review Board.


After an Absence students are required to bring a note from parents the day he/she returns to school.  The note must list the date of the absence, specific reason for the absence, and must be signed by parent or guardian.  A phone call to the office or e-mail to the school secretary may also excuse an absence.



Any student who is excessively tardy will be regarded as truant.  A parent conference will be required.  Truancy could also lead to a referral to the Student Attendance Review Board. 



Red Hill is a closed campus.  Students may not leave campus without checking out in the office.  All visitors on campus, even those dropping off lunches, etc., must check in at the office and receive a visitor’s badge.  Please do not enter the school grounds without signing in and obtaining a visitor’s badge.  Parents waiting for children to be dismissed must do so in the front area of the school.  Please do not wait in front of classrooms or in walkways.



Before School - Students are not to arrive at school before 7:45am.  There is no supervision before that time, and the grounds are not open to play.  After 7:45, students must walk directly to the quad area for line-up. 

After School - Students are to go directly home.  Students who must wait for a parent or guardian must wait on the benches in front of the office; the playground is not available after school.  Visitors standing on the playground, or in the walkways between 8:00 and 2:25 will be asked to sign in at the office and wear a visitor’s badge.



8:00 to 1:40 (lunch at 12:05)

Wednesdays only 8:00 to 12:45 (lunch at 12:05)

Minimum day dismissal is at 12:45


Grades 1 - 5:

8:00 to 2:28 (lunch at 12:05)

Wednesdays only: 8:00 to 1:14 (lunch at 12:05)

Minimum day dismissal is at 1:14. 



Students in grades K through 5 are given a 20-minute snack recess and a 45-minute lunch period, which includes time for eating, playing games, and participating in activities.  Students may purchase a hot lunch or bring a lunch from home.  Red Hill participates in the Free/Reduced District lunch program; applications are available in the office or online at

All students should eat during the lunch period, and we recommend that students also eat a small healthy snack at recess.  We discourage fast food drop-off lunches as they are a distraction to other students.  If you must drop off a lunch, please leave it at the front office counter.



Red Hill sponsors a Birthday Book Club to help your child celebrate their special day.  Students may select a book to purchase for our library and a commemorative sticker will be placed inside indicating the donor’s name.  If you would like to provide a small snack for your child’s classmates at recess on their birthday, we encourage you to support the TUSD wellness efforts by bringing healthful foods such as fresh fruit, frozen fruit juice popsicles, pretzels, popcorn, etc.  If you do plan to bring a snack, please make sure that the classroom teacher is advised of your plans ahead of time.  No sweets such as candy, cupcakes or cookies.




Students riding the bus to and/or from school and on field trips are expected to exhibit good conduct and courtesy on the bus and at the bus stops.  Failure to comply with the rules will result in the issuance of a citation.  A citation is a serious warning and means that the child has neglected important responsibilities.  Repeated infractions may result in suspension of riding privileges.



We understand that emergencies sometimes occur during the day that make it necessary for you to contact your child.  However, in order to minimize interruptions to classroom instruction, the office will not deliver messages to students in the classroom during instructional time.  Please make arrangements with your child prior to the school day.  Students will be allowed to use the telephone only in emergencies and very special circumstances.



Medication that needs to be taken by students at school will be administered by the health aide or other designated adult.  For the safety of all students, an adult must deliver all medications (prescription and non-prescription) to the school Health Office.  A medication permit form (available in the Health Office) must be filled out and signed by your physician to allow us to administer any medication at school.  No medication is to be brought to school by the student; we will not send medication home with the student.



Your Parent Teacher Association is just that. . . parents and teachers working together for the benefit of our children.  Red Hill has a very active PTA that wants and needs your support.  By joining the PTA you support parents across the nation who strive to make school a better place for your children.  If you would like more information on the school PTA, please contact the office or visit the website at



One of the best ways to become involved in the school is to volunteer your time in your child’s classroom or serve on a committee.   Serving as a volunteer aide can be very rewarding.  Here are some ways you may serve during the school year:


1.      Conduct follow-up activities under the direction of the teacher.

2.      Read with children

3.      Direct learning centers

4.      Supervise reading games

5.      Gather and/or construct instructional materials

6.      Tutor special needs students

7.      Share special talent or skills

8.      Accompany class on field trip

9.      Provide clerical help

10.   Serve as a library aide


Persons wishing to volunteer should contact the teacher or the school office (714) 730-7543.



The Tustin Unified School District’s Board of Education encourages parents to visit their child’s classroom.  Such visits enable parents to better observe their child’s progress and the school’s educational program.  If you would like to see a particular subject taught or conference with the teacher, please call school office to set up an appointment ahead of time.  In order to avoid disruptions to teaching and learning, visitations will be limited to 30 minutes no more than twice a month, with administrator escort only.  All visitors are required to sign in at the office and wear a visitor’s badge. 



The Student Study Team (SST) is available to help all children.  The SST works to make children aware of how they can best grow and learn as students.  Parents may wish to meet with the SST for suggestions on ways to help children at home.  Children with unique problems may be referred to special counseling services available from outside agencies.  The Red Hill SST consists of the principal, specialized academic instructor, and regular education teachers.  It is the responsibility of the Team to evaluate students experiencing academic, behavioral, attendance, or other school-related difficulties.  The Team may provide the teacher and parents with strategies for change, test data as needed and/or referral to services such as Special Education.  A student may be referred to the Team by a parent or teacher.



GATE opportunities are provided in grades three, four, and five.  Students are clustered in classrooms with teachers who are specially trained to meet the needs of GATE children.  Instructional strategies focus on teaching for depth and complexity.  



Red Hill Elementary is a participant in the District school uniform policy.  To ensure continuity among the elementary schools, the District uniform dress code guidelines are as follows:

  • Shirts, polo shirts or blouses should be white, red, or navy and have a collar
  • Pants, shorts, skirts, skorts or jumpers should be navy blue or khaki; plaid is acceptable for jumpers, skirts and skorts.
  • Socks can be any color
  • Shoes should be closed-toed; tennis shoes are recommended
  • Pants should fit well (no more than 2” bigger than natural waist size)

NO -

  • Spaghetti straps (shirts with less than one-inch straps
  • Bare shoulders
  • Make-up


Parents may purchase school spirit shirts from the PTA that are designed to conform to the School Uniform Policy and may be worn any day as a part of the uniform.  Spirit wear may be ordered online at the Red Hill PTA website.



The State of California’s Constitution requires that a public education for students be free of charge.  A student’s right to a free education includes all school/educational activities, whether curricular or extracurricular, regardless of whether a student receives a grade for the activity.  Subject to certain exceptions, a student’s right to free public education means that schools cannot require the purchase of materials, supplies or equipment for any school activity. 

These exceptions are:

·       Charges for optional attendance as a spectator at a school or District activity.

·       Charges for food served to students, subject to free and reduced price meal program eligibility and other restrictions specified by law.

·       Replacement cost for District books or supplies loaned to a student that the student fails to return, or that are vandalized. 

·       Fees for field trips and excursions in connection with courses of instruction or school related social, educational, cultural, athletic, or school band activities, as long as no student is prevented from making the field trip or excursion because of lack of sufficient funds. 

·       Medical or hospital insurance for field trips that is made available by the school district.

·       Fees for school camp programs, so long as no student is denied the opportunity to participate because of nonpayment of the fee.

·       Reimbursement for the actual cost of duplicating records, student records, or prospectus of the school curriculum.


In our effort to provide 21st century learning at school, students will be using iPads as a learning tool for communication, collaboration, creativity and productivity only.  The TUSD Board of Education has imposed the Annual Data Confirmation/Technology Use Agreement, which must be accessed through the Aeries Parent Portal and signed by students and parents at the beginning of each school year.  This document contains guidelines for students regarding the ethical and responsible use of devices at school.  Students in violation of the Technology Use Agreement or classroom rules regarding the use of Technology will be subject to discipline. 


Playground Standards of Behavior

It is our goal to make our playground a safe and fun place for students to exercise through games and activities.  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 Red Hill School. 

Please review the following playground rules with your child.  We thank you for working with us to support a safe and fun playground area.


In any situation, do not engage in any activity that will endanger your safety or the safety of others.  THINK before you act, and ask an adult if you do not know what is allowed.


Before School - On the way to and from school, students are to use crosswalks.  The grounds are open at 7:45 a.m.  There will be NO supervision until that time.  After 7:45 students are to walk directly to the quad area.

After School - Students are to leave grounds immediately after school. 


The playground includes the areas painted for games, the United States map, swings and climbing equipment, and the field.  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.


Fourth- and fifth-grade students only may ride bicycles to school with parent permission.  Bikes are to be locked in the bike rack.  The school is not responsible for the theft of parts or damage while bicycles are parked in the rack.  Helmets are required.

Bikes are to be walked on and off the school grounds, on sidewalks and in the bike parking area.  The bicycle area is off limits during school hours and to students not riding bikes.


Roller skates/blades and skateboards are not allowed on campus at any time, including after school and on weekends (TUSD policy and OC Sheriff Dept. Crossing Guards) without direct permission from the principal.  They are not to be brought to school.  Scooters will be allowed, as long as they are folded up and stored by lock in the bike rack.  Scooters are not to be ridden on campus at any time.


Restrooms are to be used appropriately at all times.  No playing, loitering, or assembling in the bathrooms.


Walk at all times.  Students are required to use walkways.  Under no circumstances are students to climb fences or walls, or walk through parking areas.


Do not run on the blacktop unless you are in an organized game.


Swings, slides, bars, etc. are to be used safely and properly.  Do not jump from swings.


Snacks (or any kind of food) are to be eaten at the lunch tables.  Gum is not allowed at any time on school grounds, and candy is discouraged.  Throw trash in trash containers.


Report all injuries to the supervisor on duty.


There is no trading, buying, selling, giving away, or exchanging items at school.  Bringing toys, electronic devices, balls, jump ropes, make-up, sunglasses, hats, markers, or any dangerous material will result in confiscation of the item.


·       Bodily contact on the playground should be avoided at all times.  There will be no piling on top of others or unnecessary rough play.


·       Fighting or threatening others will result in progressive disciplinary action, which may include suspension and/or expulsion.


·       Chasing games of any kind are not allowed on the blacktop area.


·       Recess games are open to all students unless restricted to a specific grade level.


·       Students are not to wait or gather around the restrooms, between buildings or in front of the school.


·       Students are to stop playing when signaled and “freeze” quietly until a whistle is blown.  After the whistle, students are to walk immediately to their lines.  All playground equipment must be held and not played with while walking to or waiting in line.


·       Students are expected to show respect for all adults as well as other students.  All staff members maintain the responsibility for the safety and welfare of students on school grounds, and our students have the responsibility to behave in a safe, orderly, and respectful manner.


All students should attempt to solve problems using the following five problem solving steps:

1.     Ignore it

2.     Walk away

3.     Say “I’m sorry”

4.     Talk about it

5.     Tell an adult (Dangerous play, fighting, or other serious situations may require going directly to an adult.)


Student Conduct Policy


All children have equal rights to an education in a safe, nurturing and orderly environment.  It is the Principal’s role to establish a climate that fosters these rights.  Each child will be treated with respect and dignity.   Fair and consistent rules have been established at Red Hill School and will be reviewed annually with School Site Council and staff.  These rules will be applied in order to maintain a powerful learning environment for all students.



·       that every child is entitled to be treated with respect and dignity.


·       that every child has the right to learn in a calm and orderly environment.


·       that every child has the responsibility to respect others’ rights to learn in an atmosphere that is conducive to learning.


·       that every child is responsible for his or her own behavior.



It is the responsibility of:

·       the school to promote, develop, and enforce codes of behavior.

·       the teachers to organize and manage an environment that is conducive to learning and to teach acceptable forms of behavior.

·       the students to accept and understand the logical consequences of their actions.

·       the parents to assist in reviewing the rules with their child and promote support of a safe, nurturing and orderly environment.

·       the school personnel and parents to recognize and respond appropriately to positive and negative behaviors.


Students will make appropriate choices when they know the standards of acceptable behavior.  Children need to know the consequences for choosing whether or not to follow established expectations.  Specific school and classroom standards and consequences have been developed and are included in this packet.  Each teacher has the right to individualize their plan according to identified student needs and teaching style.