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Attendance Guidelines

Regular attendance is essential to your student's success in school. The California Education Code, Section 48200, makes full time education compulsory for children from ages six to sixteen. It is the legal responsibility of parents/guardians to see their school-aged children attend school every day, unless they have a valid excuse. Family trips during the school year are strongly discouraged. Each day that a student misses instruction negatively impacts his/her learning. Please plan trips during the school breaks only.

SCHOOL DAY

The school day begins at 7:50 AM and ends at 2:29 PM except Late Start Wednesdays, which starts at 8:50 AM and ends at 2:29 PM. Students are expected to be in their classrooms by 7:50 AM and will be considered tardy if they arrive after that time. Students are requested to arrive on campus no earlier than 7:30 AM and stay no later than 2:45 PM.

EARLY DISMISSAL/RELEASE PROCEDURES

If a student needs to leave school early, a parent/guardian must come to the office and sign the student out. Students will be dismissed from their classroom and released once the parent/guardian has arrived and signed out the students. To protect all students, students may only be released to people that have been listed on their Emergency Contacts.

PROCEDURE AFTER ABSENCE

When your child is absent, you need to notify the school office regarding the reason for the absence. A note, phone call, or office visit from the parent/guardian listing the date and reason for the absence are acceptable ways to have your student’s absence cleared.

EXCUSED/UNEXCUSED ABSENCES

State law dictates the difference between an Excused Absence and an Unexcused Absence. Excused Absences include: student's illness, doctor's appointments, family bereavement, and religious holidays. Unexcused Absences include situations not listed above such as vacation, oversleeping, car trouble, and parent illness. Students who do not contact the office regarding their absence will be marked unexcused. Students with a poor attendance record will be referred to the School Attendance Review Board. Students who are not in attendance for one or more periods will receive a phone call home.

TARDIES

Students are considered tardy when they are not in their seats when the bell rings. Students arriving 10 minutes after the morning tardy bell must report to the office for a tardy slip before reporting to class. Consequences for tardies are as follows:

  1. Three tardies in a week to any class will result in a one hour detention.
  2. Ten tardies in a month will result in a 2 hour block detention.

Book Replacement Policy

Welcome to the Library Media Center (LMC) at C. E. Utt Middle School. The mission of the TUSD libraries is to provide materials in various formats that promote effective use of information and create a lifelong love of learning and reading. Your student will be assigned a set of textbooks for classes in which they are enrolled. He or she also has the opportunity to check out library books and conduct research in the LMC.

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 semester or school year depending on the class. Library books must be returned within 2 weeks of the date they were checked out. Students may renew their book for a further two weeks if it is brought to the library for renewal.

All textbooks and library books are the property of TUSD and a student ID card is required for all checkouts. Books returned damaged are subject to the fines listed below. Students who fail to return books or pay fines may be restricted from school activates or may be unable to register for fall semester in accordance with TUSD Board Policy #5125.4.

FINES FOR REPAIRABLE DAMAGE

Damage beyond normal use and/or missing bar code .........................................................................................................................................$5.00
(This includes but is not limited to torn pages, defaced pages, bent covers, and damaged spine.)

Damage to front and/or back cover that requires rebinding ........................................................................................................................ $15.00

FINES FOR NON-REPAIRABLE DAMAGE

Damage rendering the book unusable .........................................................................................................................................List Price + 7.75% tax
(This includes but is not limited to lost book, torn/missing pages, and water damage.)

For an up to date price list of textbooks, please visit the TUSD website at https://www.tustin.k12.ca.us.

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.

TUSD ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY

All students receive the Library Media Center Use and Conduct Policy in their registration packet. This policy must be signed and agreed to by all students. The C.E. Utt Middle School administration reserves the right to revoke these privileges at any time.

For Book Replacement Policy in Spanish, please view Bibliotecas del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Tustin.

Bullying Policy

Tustin Unified School District Board Policy (5131.2) prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying.

An aggressive behavior that is intentional repeated over time and involves an imbalance of power or strength. Bullying can take many forms (both direct and indirect), such as hitting or punching, teasing or name-calling, intimidation through gestures, social exclusion and sending or posting insulting messages or pictures by cell phone or online.

CYBER BULLYING

The use of Modern Communication Technologies (including but not limited to e-mail, text messaging, instant messaging, chat rooms, blogs, websites, social networking sites, cell phones, tablets, computers and other forms of technology) to intentionally embarrass, humiliate, threaten or intimidate an individual or group in an attempt to gain power or control.

HOW YOU SHOULD RESPOND TO BULLYING BEHAVIOR

  • Report any instances of suspected bullying involving you or a fellow student to a teacher, counselor or school administrator as soon as possible.
  • If you witness bullying behavior, intervene (if it is safe to do so) or help to stop the behavior as soon as it occurs. Peer-to-peer early intervention is proven to be effective in reducing bullying.
  • Students should not listen to rumors, should not engage in rumors, and should not listen to or say anything mean to or about anyone. This is a form of bullying (“relational”). Bullying is not tolerated at C.E. Utt Middle School.

DR. OLWEUS "TEST" FOR BULLYING BEHAVIOR

  • Specific type of aggression: a) verbal, b) physical, c) psychological
  • Behavior is intended to harm or disturb
  • Carried out repeatedly and over time
  • Imbalance of power: a) physical, b) psychological

Cell Phone Policy

Students are allowed to carry their cell phones on campus. However, with this privilege comes certain guidelines that must be adhered to in order to ensure minimal distraction and maximum safety for students and staff on campus. Students may be in possession of a cell phone on campus under the following conditions:

  • Cell phones may only be used with staff permission.
  • Cell phones must remain out of sight and on vibrate/silent or off during the school day.
  • Students with a medical doctor’s note for a medical condition can have an active cell phone at all times. See the office to arrange this.
  • Cell phones can be used before and after school with no restrictions.

It is best that students remember, “bell to bell, no cell!”

The school/district will not be responsible for the loss or theft of a cell phone.

Consequences for violating the cell phone policies are as follows:

  • First Offense: Cell phone confiscated and returned to parent.
  • Second Offense: Above, plus detention assigned.
  • Third Offense: Above, plus student and parent conference, and possible one day suspension.
  • Fourth Offense: Above, plus possible three day suspension.
  • Fifth Offense: Above, plus possible five-day suspension and recommendation to the Student Placement Review Committee (SPRC) for a possible transfer.

Dress Code Policy

Utt students wear clothing that is comfortable, clean, safe, and appropriate. All clothing must fit appropriately. What a student wears to school must not disrupt the purpose of being at Utt. Our overall goal continues to be to provide the best educational environment possible. To eliminate misunderstandings in the dress code regulations, the following dress standard will be enforced:

SHIRTS/TOPS

  • No tight/revealing shirts (undergarments showing, see-through, low cut).
  • No spaghetti straps, bare shoulders, tube tops, or shirts with less than one inch straps.
  • No bare-backed, halter, swimwear tops, “underwear style” or see-through shirts.
  • Shirts must always cover the midriff area and undergarments must never show. Remember to consider your body movements.
  • Shirts may not be longer than your fingertips with arms extended downward. Longer shirts must be tucked in.

PANTS/SHORTS/SKIRTS

  • Pants and shorts must be fitted at and worn at the waist with no exposed undergarments. Pants/shorts may not exceed more than two sizes of the student’s actual size. Remember to consider your body movements.
  • No short-shorts. Shorts must always cover one’s self and undergarments must never show. Remember to consider your body movements.
  • No micro-mini skirts or dresses (skirts/dresses must be longer than fingertips of extended arms and hands).
  • No holes, slits or splits in pants above the knee.
  • Hems must be sewn, no frayed, split or pinned legs. Pants may not drag on the ground.
  • 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. While sandals or “flip flops” are welcome during the day, athletic shoes and socks must be worn during PE. Make sure to have these with you.

GANG-RELATED ATTIRE/DANGEROUS JEWELRY/OBJECTS

  • No oversized tan, gray, or black cotton work pants.
  • No clothing with professional or college sports logos identified by law enforcement as gang related.
  • No clothing or jewelry associated with ‘tagging’ or with gang symbols.
  • No trench coats, combat boots worn with flight jackets, chains (including wallet chains), or bandanas.
  • No clothing or jewelry may be worn with suggestive or questionable language and/or drawings oriented toward violence, degrading cultures, ethnicity, gender, religion, ethnic values or glorifying sex, drugs, alcohol, or tobacco.
  • No hats or head coverings (unless medically or religiously required or Utt spirit wear) including hoods.
  • No safety pins, chains, studded or riveted jewelry or accessories.
  • Jewelry that is determined to be dangerous for PE must be removed before class.
  • Belts may not dangle and may not have initial buckles or buckles with sharp edges.
  • No clothing or jewelry deemed inappropriate or gang related, as concluded by school administration or law enforcement agencies.

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 pertains to the use of tobacco, drugs, or alcohol:

  • No sex/sexual comments/innuendos.
  • No drugs or references to drugs (hemp, marijuana leaf, 4:20, etc.).
  • No tobacco products names or trademarks.
  • No liquor products or bar names or trademarks/logos.
  • No depicting a person engaged in illegal activities (tagging, weapons, etc.).
  • No sleep wear or slippers.
  • No hats other than school authorized hats.
  • No head covering indoors.
  • No visible tattoos.
  • No facial piercings of any kind (nose, lip, tongue, eyebrow, plugs, etc.).

Parent support encourages students to dress appropriately. What is considered appropriate attire may change as fashion trends change. Parents may call the school at any time for clarification prior to purchase of fad clothing for school attire.

If students attend school dressed inappropriately, they will be asked to change into their P.E. clothes or loaners for the remainder of the day. The confiscated clothing will only be released to the parent. Repeat violators will be subjected to disciplinary action.

DRESS CODE VIOLATIONS

Violations to the dress code will be addressed as follows:

  • First Offense:
  1. Referral and warning
  2. Change into loaner clothes
  3. Inappropriate clothing can be picked up at the end of the school day.
  • Second Offense:
  1. Referral and detention
  2. Change into loaner clothes
  3. Inappropriate clothing can be picked up at the end of the school day.
  • Third Offense:
  1. Referral and one-day suspension
  2. Parents are informed of ramifications of fourth offense.
  • Fourth Offense:
  1. Suspension
  2. Referral to the Student Placement Review Committee (SPRC) for a possible new educational placement

iPad and Device Policy

All students are issued a device to be used for instructional purposes for the entire school year. Students are responsible for the device and parents/guardians may purchase insurance:

  • Students may use devices in classrooms or the library.
  • Devices are never allowed to be used outside, including before or after school.
  • Only apps approved by TUSD should be loaded onto these devices. Games are not allowed to be played during school.

Consequences for violating the iPad/device policies:

  • First Offense: Warning and parent signature.
  • Second Offense: Detention assigned and parent signature on referral required.
  • Third Offense: Student must check-in and check-out his or her device to the library daily. Student will not be allowed to take device home for a specified amount of time. Parent and student need to arrange a time for homework (needing a device) to be done in the library.
  • Fourth Offense: Restrictions will be placed on the device so that student may not download anything other than TUSD app store. Library check-in and check-out will also still be in place.
  • Fifth Offense: Suspension, as well as library check-in and check-out and restrictions on apps.

Academic Honesty Policy

We believe that a sound educational program must insist upon academic honesty. In the classroom we strive to develop a respect for the dignity of the group and the individual. We encourage self-confidence and personal integrity by insisting on the importance of doing one’s own work and establishing consequences for using another person’s ideas and words as one’s own. Therefore, cheating on tests, fabrication, unauthorized collaboration, plagiarism, forgery, and computer tampering will not be permitted. Consequences for violating the Utt Academic Honesty Policy are:

  • First Offense:
  1. Receives “F” or zero points for assignment
  2. Parents are contacted by the teacher
  3. Detention and proper placement on the Utt Behavior Contract
  • Second Offense:
  1. Receives “F” or zero points for assignment
  2. Receives a “U” for citizenship and work habits in the class in which the second offense occurred
  3. One day suspension and parent conference
  4. Proper placement on the Utt Behavior Contract
  • Third Offense:
  1. May be withdrawn from class with “F” in the course
  2. Three day suspension and parent conference
  3. Proper placement on the Utt Behavior Contract
  4. May be recommended for an involuntary transfer

Other Policies

Procedures

Report Student Absence

If your student is absent from school, please call the attendance line at (714) 730-7573 ext. 84102. Leave a message including your name, your child's first and last name, and the date and reason for the absence. You must call each day your child is absent. You can also report an absence by emailing Mrs. Ortega at eortega@tustin.k12.ca.us or completing a Student Absence Form online. It is important that notification be given to the school as soon as possible. All absences that are not cleared within 3 days will be marked as a cut on the student's attendance record.

TUSD Portal FAQ

Important Notices

Please review this document before contacting support center or school site as it addresses most of the requests we receive.

  • We recommend using the CHROME browser (regardless of device) to access the TUSD Portal. It has the fewest reported issues regarding certificates, cookies, server errors, and confirmations for online enrollment and parent data confirmations.
  • We also recommend not using an AOL email account as Tustin is often black listed by AOL.COM. You will not receive emails from Tustin when that happens.
  • We do not recommend using a small mobile device for completing the Parent Data Confirmation screens or performing student re-registration.

To Receive a Portal Account

Portal accounts are automatically generated when an email is associated with the student’s record. This is done for both student and parent portal accounts. Please contact your school office staff and give them the email you wish to use as your portal account login. Make sure it is the same one you have used for any other children you have enrolled in our district.

To Add Additional Student(s) to Your Existing Parent Account

  • Please contact the school and request the email is the same for each of your students under the Parent’s email. This will automatically link the students in our system under the one account.
  • For both Parents to have access to each student, one of the parent’s email address needs to be the same under the Contacts for each of their students.

To Change Email Associated with Account

Login with your current portal email and click Options, Change Email.

Requesting Changes to Information Displayed in Portal

We are working on allowing more modifications to the information displayed in the Portal. Meanwhile, if the system doesn’t accept the data changes you require, please submit requests to your student’s school office staff. For security purposes, Portal Help doesn't make changes to your student’s data and will be unable to process those requests.

** Please note: Only Parents can change portal email addresses, students must use their mytusd.org accounts. **

Adding/Modifying Contact Information

Changing or adding contact information for your student is available through the Data Confirmation menu option (not the Contacts option). For further instructions on updating information, please see the Online Reregistration instructions.

Deletion of Account Requests

You may request the removal of a Portal Account if:

  • You are the parent/guardian of student on record, AND
  • The account to be removed is not another parent/guardian.

Certificate Errors

Please see this document if you are running Safari on a MAC and are experiencing certificate/server errors. However, the recommendation is to use a different browser like Chrome of FireFox.

School of Choice Student Transfer

Please visit the 2018-19 TUSD Transfers page on the Tustin Unified School District website for more information.