TUSD/Arlington Elementary School Policies
(Updated: September 13, 2005)
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
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
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.
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.
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).
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
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
6. No double parking by kindergarten gate.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Classroom and teacher visitations are welcomed and advance
arrangements with the teachers are appreciated. PLEASE SIGN IN AT THE
SCHOOL AGE FRIENDS OR RELATIVES ARE NOT PERMITTED ON CAMPUS DURING
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.
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.