Our School's Documents
The following is a list of documents specific to our school. The documents marked with an asterisk require printing, signing and returning to our school as part of the annual registration process.
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- Drop Off and Pick Up
- Early Pick Up
- Cell Phone Policy
- Office Procedures
- Homework and Report Cards
- Discipline Policy
- Dress Code
- Library Book Replacement Policy
Drop-Off /Pick-Up Procedures
- Students may be dropped off as early as 7:45: not earlier as we do not have supervision prior to 7:45.
- Students that are being dropped-off at school need to be dropped off in the parking horseshoe. Drop-off in other areas such as Robinson creates a safety issue for our students. In addition, Tustin Police will issue tickets for stopping to drop-off on Robinson or Keller.
- 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 fire lane in front of the office during the instructional day for any length of time. Please exercise extreme caution when driving on Robinson and Keller 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.
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. Tustin Ranch is not responsible for lost, stolen or broken devices.
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 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.
- Thank you in advance for helping us maintain a safe and orderly environment at Tustin Ranch. 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 badge.
- 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. Under no circumstances will forgotten iPads be accepted by the front office staff.
- 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 during kindergarten. 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 may 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 Pass. 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 Tustin Ranch Elementary School welcomes parent volunteers. There are many ways to become an active member of the Tustin Ranch Elementary community. Parents are encouraged to join and participate in the Parent Teacher Association (PTA), the School Site Council (SSC) and the English Learners Advisory Committee (ELAC). Please work with your child’s teacher to learn of ways you can volunteer in the classroom. Also, please listen to your Sunday night phone message and visit our website for information regarding our community events
Tustin Unified School District Elementary Attendance and Tardy Procedures
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 a 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:
- Students need to be in class to learn.
- 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 who miss a day of school suffer because that day of instruction cannot be retrieved.
- Students develop the habits of good attendance and punctuality for future careers.
- 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.
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 a truant and shall be reported to the attendance supervisor or to the superintendent representative of the school district.
- Medical or dental appointments for the student only. (Must return with note.)
- Sick/not feeling well.
- Immediate family member funeral.
- 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
- Illness (sent home from health office).
- Doctor Appointment (must return with a doctor’s note).
- Court Appearance.
- Funeral Students leaving 30 minutes or more will be marked.
Unexcused – Early Release
Absences for any reason other than those listed as an excused absence. Examples:Personal, Trip, Vacation, Birthdays. Students checked out of school for invalid reasons will be marked as Unexcused Early Release.
REPORTING AN ABSENCE
There are several acceptable ways for you to notify the front office of the reason of your child’s absence. These ways include:
- Email Karen Dillon at (firstname.lastname@example.org),
- Call the front office after 7:30 AM
- Send a note. It is preferred that you send your absence verification to Mrs. Dillon.
- Absences can also be reported on the website, under the Report and Absence form in Parents and Community tab.
The teachers are very busy starting the school day, and they may forget to forward your note. In the event your child is absent and we don’t receive a reason for your child’s absence, an automated phone message will be sent home reminding you to verify your child’s absence. If the absence is not cleared by the following day, you will receive a blue absence verification reminder sent home with your student.
TARDINESS: Prompt arrival at school is expected of all students. Late arrival disrupts class and causes loss of instructional time. Students who arrive after 8 AM are tardy and need to come through the office to receive a tardy slip.
HOMEWORK : Homework is an important part of the educational process for two reasons: 1) children need to practice the skills they learn at school often and continuously; and 2) children need to learn the discipline of accomplishing assigned work and be responsible for its completion. The amount of homework assigned each night varies between the grade levels. Parents are encouraged to support their children in the daily completion of their homework.
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.
SCHOOL DISCIPLINE POLICY: It is important that students and staff maintain a safe and healthy school environment and 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 Tustin Ranch 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.
- To learn in a positive safe environment.
- To be recognized as a unique individual.
- To be respected and treated equally.
- To be heard and trusted.
- Show respect for yourself and others.
- Show respect for public and private property.
- Come to school on time with the needed materials.
- Take pride in and complete all school work.
- Come to school daily, unless you are sick.
- Obey the rules of safety and courtesy:
- Follow teacher/adult supervisors’ directions at all times.
- Keep hands and feet to yourself.
- Gum, skateboards, electronic devices, balls and toys are not permitted.
- Walk bikes on campus.
- Walk in the hallways and on the blacktop.
- Observe the standards of behavior during lunch and on the playground.
- Remain in designated areas of school grounds; leaving the campus without parent or school permission is not permitted.
- Threats and/or bullying behavior
- Inappropriate language or gestures
- Stealing or gambling
- Property damage
- Possessing, selling or otherwise furnishing any firearm, knife, explosive or other dangerous object.
- Violating the dress code.
- No littering.
- Making bomb threats/false fire alarms.
- 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.
Tustin Unified School District Libraries Book Replacement Policy for Elementary Schools
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 Tustin Ranch 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. Please sign and return the form below to indicate you understand and agree to these TUSD library procedures. Library books may not be checked out until this form is returned.
My child and I understand the above library and textbook policies. We will assume financial responsibility for any loss or damage.
________________________________________________ Student’s Name
________________________________________________ Teacher’s Name
_______________________________________________ Parent’s Name