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EMERGENCY INFORMATION

In the event of any emergency - it is critical that current emergency information be on file in our office.  Contacts listed are those we call any time you must be notified.

If any changes occur during the school year - please advise the school office in writing.  Up-to-date information is essential for your child's safety.


MEDICATION AT SCHOOL

Any medication taken at school must be:


1.  Prescribed by a physician.
2.  Delivered to school in the prescription container by the parent.
3.  Accompanied by a medication form signed by the physician and parent.
4.  Kept in the school office under lock and key.


ATTENDANCE

Regular attendance is essential for maximum achievement.  It is also important that students arrive on time, ready to learn.  Parents are highly encouraged to schedule appointments for their children during after school hours in order to minimize intrusion on instructional time.

PARKING LOT SAFETY

The parking lot is often a congested area, especially at arrival and dismissal times.  Rainy days cause even more problems.

1.  Impress upon your child the importance of using sidewalks at all times.
2.  Please DO NOT park or stop in the RED ZONE, the BUS ZONE,
or the NO PARKING areas. These areas are for the school buses and emergency vehicle access.
3.  Stopping in the traffic lane of the parking lot WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.
4.  Prearrangements for a meeting place with your chlid on a rainy day will alleviate much congestion in the parking lot.


ZERO TOLERANCE

According to Education Code (ED 48915), students possessing, selling, or otherwise furnishing any knife, gun, explosive device or other dangerous object at school or school activities off school grounds shall be subject to discipline up to, and including expulsion, consistent with district policies and regulations, as well as state and federal law.  By law, the principal must then file expulsion papers with the school district for any of the above listed offenses.

Any student who possesses toy or imitation firearms, knives, explosive devices or dangerous objects at a school or school activities off school grounds will be subject to discipline, up to and including suspension or expulsion.


DISCIPLINE POLICY


1.  Misbehavior may result in the following disciplinary action:

    Loss of play periods
    Assignment of litter collection
    Detention
    Being sent home for the rest of the day, and/or suspension for one or more days.
    Acts designed to inflict injury on another person or property will result in being sent home for the rest of the day or suspension.


2.  Santa Susana Elementary's detention periods are normally 15 to 60 minutes in length.  Students can legally be detained after school for up to one hour.

BICYCLE SAFETY RULES

1.  
Bicycles may be ridden to school by students in grades 3 and above.
2.  Riders are required to wear a helmet by state law.
3.  When on the school grounds, students must walk, not ride, their bikes.
4.  Bike riders must know and obey traffic rules when they ride to and from school.
5.  Bicycles are to be taken directly to the bike rack and locked up with a substantial lock and cable or chain.


CELL PHONES (ELECTRONIC SIGNALING DEVICES) - Board Policy 5131.12(a)

Except in the case of an immediate emergency, students shall not use electronic signaling devices during instructional time or in a setting which may interfere with any school program.


All electronic signaling devices (cell phones) are to be turned off in the classroom and during school activities.  This includes the vibrate or silent mode for cellular telephones.

Cellular telephones and/or pagers must remain in the student's backpack or other secured area during the course of the school day.  Electronic signaling devices shall not be visible while school is in session unless permission to use the device has been given.

Students shall follow any additional guidelines developed by school staff regarding the use of cellular telephones on the school campus.  


LOST AND FOUND

1.  Property should be marked with student's name for identification. Use permanent marking pens.
2.  Unmarked items found (clothing, lunch pails, and backpacks) are put in the "Lost and Found" container in the cafeteria.
3.  Keys, money, glasses and/or other valuables are kept in the office manager's desk.  Students should ask the office staff about these types of items.

 
HOMEWORK POLICY

Homework is that work assigned by the teacher to be completed by the student in other than classtime.  Homework may include:

    finished work not completed in class
    revising, correcting, or refining work done previously that needs more work
    work initiated by the student to fulfill his creative desires or to achieve a superior product
    practice, enrichment, extension activities

Purposes and Goals of Homework:


    to extend and reinforce classroom learning
    to develop sound study habits and self discipline
    to contribute to students' development of skills, creativity, and satisfaction in learning
    to involve parents with their child's schoolwork

The amount, length, and kind of homework assignments will be the teacher's decision, but as a general rule, homework will be assigned regularly in all grades Monday through Thursday, and sometimes on Friday.  Approximate guidelines are as follows:

    Grades K - 2        15 - 30 minutes
    Grades 3 - 4        30 - 45 minutes
    Grades 5 - 6        45 - 60 minutes

These times are minimal for most students.  Teachers may assign additional work or time.

ALL STUDENTS SHOULD READ OR BE READ TO DAILY.  WE ASK ALL STUDENTS AND PARENTS TO INSURE THS THIS HAPPENS.