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June 26, 2017
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 Attendance and Absence
 Health Assistant
 Dress Code
 Safety
 Playground Supervision
 Excusing Students from School and PE
 Accidents
 Medication at School
 Messages to Students and Use of Telephone
 Bicycles, Skateboards, Toys, etc.
 Homework
 Reporting to Parents
 Graffiti Policy
 School Supplies and Lost and Found
 Sexual Harassment
 Textbooks
 Treats at School
 Visitors on Campus
 School Regulations and Conduct at School

 


Attendance and Absence
Every boy and girl is required by state law to attend school full time until age 16. A child is legally absent from school for illness, dental appointments, medical service or quarantine by a health official.
Schools are required by law to account for student absences. When a pupil returns to school following an absence, he/she must bring a note signed by a parent or guardian giving exact dates and reason for absence.
School districts no longer receive funding from the State of California for pupils who are absent from school. This includes all absences, even those related to illness, medical, or doctor appointments, or for the purpose of attending funeral services of a member of the immediate family.
In other words, schools will receive state funding only for the students who actually attend school. If you find it necessary to keep your child out of school for reasons other than an illness, we encourage you to send your child to school for at least a part of the day so that your child will not be counted absent and also will not miss out on important school assignments.
Independent Study contracts are available in the office for students who are going on vacation for at least three days. Please check with the teacher at least one week ahead of time.
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Health Assistant
A Health Assistant is in the office everyday from 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. She is trained in first aid and CPR. She is not a registered nurse and cannot diagnose illness. Each area has a registered nurse on call if necessary. Please DO NOT send your child to school if they are sick or have a fever.
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Dress Code
Students should be sent to school in appropriate clothing. No halter tops, no open-toed shoes, or slip-on type shoes. (Even with socks, this type of shoe does not protect feet.) No hats, caps, or scarves are permitted at Arlington unless approved by Principal. If clothing is deemed inappropriate, parents will be notified. A pupil who goes to school without proper attention having been given to personal cleanliness or neatness of dress, may be sent home to be properly prepared for school, or shall be required to prepare himself for the school room before entering (Administrative Code, Title 5, Section 302).
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Safety
1. We will help children learn that walking in corridors is a safer habit to develop than running.
2. Crossing streets at the crosswalks will help avoid accidents.
3. Parents: IF YOU PICK YOUR CHILDREN UP AFTER SCHOOL, PLEASE DO NOT DOUBLE PARK ON THE STREET. IF YOU PARK ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF 178TH STREET,INSTRUCT YOUR CHILD TO CROSS THE STREET AT THE CORNER WITH THE CROSSING GUARD.
4. Student must be picked up by parents promptly at dismissal time.
5. Parents are. not to be in halls or on playground without an office pass.
6. No double parking by kindergarten gate.
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Playground Supervision
PLEASE NOTE: Adult supervision is provided between the hours of 8:15 AM and 3:05 PM. Children should not be on campus earlier than 8:15 AM. Parents are required to pick up their students promptly at their dismissal times. Kindergarten children are to be picked up promptly at 1:51 PM.
Upon arrival at school, grades 1 - 5 should report to the lunch benches for supervision until the playground opens at 8:30.
All students must be picked up promptly at dismissal time. For their safety, children may not play on the playground after school.
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Excusing Students from School and PE
Students are excused from school on receipt of a note from a parent giving permission to leave the school grounds for dental or doctor appointments, field trips or personal reasons.
All students leaving school during school hours must be signed out through the office by a parent or guardian.
To be excused from physical education, a student must have a written note from a parent, guardian or doctor.
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Accidents
We take great care to see that Arlington School is a safe place for students and staff. When accidents occur, they must be reported immediately to the adult in charge. It is important that parents complete and return to school the green emergency information card that was sent home with each child at the beginning of the school year. In case of serious injury, parents will be contacted.
It is also very important for parents to keep the information on the green information card current.
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Medication at School
According to the California 5tate Education Code, definite procedures must be followed with regard to taking medication at school.
During a regular school day, any pupil required to take medication prescribed for him by a physician must receive:
1. A written statement from the physician stating the method, amount and time by which medication is to be taken.
2. A written statement from the parent or guardian of the pupil granting their permission that the physician's orders be carried out.
No medication is to be kept in the classroom. It is the student's responsibility to. come to the office to take the prescribed medication at designated times.
The parent or guardian can bring a prescribed medication to the school and give it to their child directly. These policies are for the protection of all school children.
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Messages to Students and Use of Telephone
Please use discretion about asking the office to deliver messages to your children in the classrooms. We will deliver emergency messages immediately, but the day to day information that you wish your child to have should be given at home so it will not be necessary for him/her to call you during the school day.
USE OF TELEPHONE: School telephones are for official school business and emergencies only. Pupils should not request to use phones for personal business, left lunches, etc.
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Bicycles, Skateboards, Toys, etc.
Bicycle riding is permitted for grades 3 - 5, but is not encouraged due to safety and security reasons. Students may ride bikes to school at their own risk, providing they obey safe riding rules and school rules. The school may restrict students from riding bicycles to school if they fail to obey the rules. Bicycles must be parked in the bicycle area and locked. Riders must observe the same crossing regulations as pedestrians. All bicycles should be licensed by the police department. Students MUST WALK their bicycles on campus. HELMETS MUST BE WORN.
Skateboards, roller blades, scooters, roller skates, and/or shoe skates are not permitted at school. These items should not be used at the crosswalk. Students are not allowed to bring toys or other playthings to school. The only exceptions are baseball gloves. The school provides all necessary equipment.
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Homework
Homework requests will be honored after a student has been absent for two days. Parents are to call the office (early in the morning) and the homework will be in the office by dismissal time. PARENTS ARE NOT TO GO TO THE ROOM AND REQUEST WORK.
To secure the benefits of regular homework for students, the following guidelines for homework assignments have been established by our Board of Education.
Grade K 20-40 minutes per week Grade 1 - 3 One hour thirty minutes to two hours per week Grade 4 - 5 Three hours twenty minutes to four hours per week
We know you want to become involved in your child's educational program and give your support to your child's efforts, so we would like for you to find out from your child and your child teacher what the expectations and routines are concerning homework assignments. If you don't see homework assignments coming home, check with the teacher. We know your child's teacher will appreciate your cooperation and support.
EXTRA HOMEWORK COULD BE READING DAILY AND STUDYING MATH FACTS.
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Reporting to Parents
Individual conferences for parents and teachers are scheduled at the end of the first and second reporting periods. (December and March). We encourage all parents to come for the conferences.
Teachers will contact parents to arrange for conferences. We also encourage parents to meet with teachers at anytime during the school year. If you wish to meet with a teacher, simply call the school office for an appointment.
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Graffiti Policy
In keeping with district policy, persons who damage public property will face penalties, prosecution, and costs for damage. The jointly recommended options from the Districts Attorneys Office, Probation Department, and Juvenile Court include:
* Full restitution for damages * Suspension of driver�s license for up to one year. * Delay of driver's license for a year. * Graffiti removal community services. * A fine plus penalty assessment. * A referral for parents to participate in a parenting education program.
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School Supplies and Lost and Found
We recommend NO pencil boxes, mechanical pencils or other expensive school supply items be brought to school except those requested by teachers. LOST AND FOUND
Lost and found items are turned into the office. Students losing any item should check in the office or the coat racks inside the cafeteria. PLEASE MARK YOUR CHILD'S CLOTHING.
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Sexual Harassment
As a result of state mandates, our School Board has formulated and adopted a sexual harassment policy for all employees and for all students in grades Kindergarten through twelve. As used in this policy, sexual harassment means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and any other verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature made by any student in the District. Any student who engages in sexual harassment of any student in or from the District may be subject to discipline, up to and including expulsion. Every student in grades Kindergarten through twelve will receive a copy of the Torrance Unified School District Sexual Harassment Policy for Students. This policy defines an informal and formal complaint process, which students can follow if they feel they have been a victim of sexual harassment.
California Code of Regulations, Title 5 Section 4622
Requires pupils to conform to school regulations; obey all directions; be diligent in study and respectful to teachers ad other authority; and refrain from use of profane and vulgar language. 
Education Code Section 44807
Every teacher in the public schools shall hold pupils to a strict account for their conduct on the way to and from school, on the playgrounds or during recess.
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Textbooks
Each pupil is held responsible for classroom books, library books, textbooks, and teacher books issued and must pay for any loss or damage resulting from negligence. All textbooks must be covered.
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Treats at School
When you bring a food treat to your child's classroom, it must be a store purchased item. We are not allowed to serve children home prepared foods. Teachers should be notified about this one week in advance.
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Visitors on Campus
To protect the welfare and security of students and staff, the Torrance Unified School District requires that individuals having legitimate and relevant school business, who wish to enter or remain on school campuses, must first obtain permission from the office. Visitors must check in at the school office, BEFORE entering school grounds or classrooms.
Classroom and teacher visitations are welcomed and advance arrangements with the teachers are appreciated. PLEASE SIGN IN AT THE OFFICE.
SCHOOL AGE FRIENDS OR RELATIVES ARE NOT PERMITTED ON CAMPUS DURING SCHOOL HOURS.
Loitering in or nearby a public school is prohibited by law. This would include older brothers or sisters, or older friends waiting for school to dismiss. Please advise your friends of this low (State Penal Code 6530). Parents are encouraged to pickup students in front of the school NOT by the class at dismissal time. EVERYONE, INCLUDING SMALL CHILDREN MUST WAIT AT THE LUNCH BENCHES FOR SCHOOL TO BE DISMISSED.
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School Regulations and Conduct at School
The behavior of students at school has a direct effect on the educational climate of that school. The following is a policy statement of the Torrance Unified School District.
It is the policy of the Torrance Schools to assist parents in the training of their children for good citizenship. Such training shall include the establishment of procedures for governing pupil behavior toward the following ends: (1) to assist students to achieve self-discipline; (2) to protect the welfare of oil children, and (3) to maintain a school climate which is conducive to learning. Student behavior evidencing undesirable citizenship, including stealing, cheating, plagiarism or similar behavior will not be condoned. Appropriate action to prevent or eliminate such behavior may be taken by the superintendent or his designated representative.
It should be noted by State Law 44808 no school district or any officer or employee of such a district or board shall be responsible or in any way liable for the conduct or safety of any pupil of the public schools at any time when such pupil is not on school property.
The key to appropriate discipline is self-responsibility, this is what we teach at Arlington which includes respect and consideration for ones self and oil others with whom we associate.
Good discipline is important to children. We find that students are more secure and the learning situation is better when rules of conduct and standards are clear, fair, and consistent.
The Torrance Unified School District does not tolerate sexual harassment of any kind.
Absolutely NO SMOKING on any TUSD campus.
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