Policies

 
ANTI-BULLYING POLICY
 
The Carmel Creek School Community is committed to making our school a safe and caring environment for all students. We will treat each other with respect and refuse to tolerate bullying of any kind.
 
Definition: Bullying is unfair and one-sided. Bullying behavior happens when someone keeps hurting, harassing, intimidating, threatening, or causing substantial emotional distress to a person. Cyberbullying is the use of electronic communication media (cell phones, text messages, instant messaging, social networks, etc.) to bully another student in the ways described above. Bullying and cyberbullying interfere with a student’s educational opportunities and can substantially disrupt the orderly operations of the school.
 
Bullying behaviors include the following: 
  • Hurting someone physically by hitting, kicking, tripping, or pushing
  • Stealing or damaging another person’s things
  • Ganging up on someone
  • Teasing someone in a hurtful way
  • Using put-downs (i.e., insulting or making fun of someone)
  • Name calling
  • Spreading rumors or untruths about someone
  • Leaving someone out on purpose, or trying to get other kids not to play with someone
  • Using any electronic communication device (texting, cell phones, social networks, etc.) to insult, threaten, or post untrue information or    embarrassing photos about another student
Students at Carmel Creek School will do the following things to prevent bullying: 
  • Treat everyone with respect and kindness
  • Refuse to bully others
  • Refuse to let others be bullied
  • Refuse to watch, laugh, or join in when someone is being bullied
  • Try to include everyone in play, especially those who are often left out
  • Report bullying behavior to an adult
Teachers and staff at Carmel Creek School will do the following things to prevent bullying and help children feel safe at school:
  • Closely supervise students in all areas of the school and playground
  • Watch for signs of bullying behavior and stop it when it happens
  • Respond quickly and sensitively to bullying reports using the Four-A-Response Process (Affirm Feelings, Ask Questions, Assess Safety, and Act by coaching the child on what to do in the future)
  • Look into all reported bullying incidents
  • Assign consequences for bullying based on the school discipline code
  • Assign immediate consequences for retaliation against students who report bullying
  
Consequences for Violation of the Anti-Bullying Policy
Bully behavior, including cyberbullying, will not be tolerated. If cyberbullying occurs outside of school hours, but the repercussions are brought to school and disrupt the school and/or interfere with a student’s emotional/social well being, consequences will be given. Depending on the severity and nature of the incident, Carmel Creek School will take one or more of the following steps when bullying occurs:
 
Intervention, Warning, and Redirection
A teacher, principal, or staff member will ensure that the immediate behavior stops and reinforce to the student who is doing the bullying that bullying will not be tolerated. During this meeting with the student, the staff member will redirect the student and come up with a plan for success should they find themselves in a similar situation in the future.
 
 
Notification of Parents
School staff will notify the parents of involved students. The parents might be asked to meet with the principal or other members of the school staff, including the student’s teacher and/or the school guidance counselor.
 
Resolution with the Target of the Bullying
The student who is bullying may be required to write a letter of apology to the student who was bullied. Depending upon the nature of the incident, the students involved may meet to help resolve the problem and ensure it does not happen again.
 
Referral to School Support Staff
The student who is bullying may meet with the school guidance counselor to help prevent future violations.
 
Consequences
The student who is bullying may receive one or more days of detention or lose school privileges (i.e., participating in a field trip or assembly)
 
Suspension
In cases of severe or repeated bullying, the student will be suspended.
 
ASSESSMENT
Student assessment is a vital part of the educational process. Teachers and specialists use a variety of methods to regularly assess student progress on an ongoing basis. In addition, the following testing procedures are used district-wide.
STAR Testing: Standardized Testing and Reporting is administered in the spring to all students in grades 2-4. These norm-referenced tests provide information concerning our students’ performance as compared with a nationwide set of performance norms. As achievement tests, the Stanford and SABE are designed to identify the knowledge and skills that students have acquired in specific content areas at a certain point in time. Reading, language, and math are tested and individual student achievement is reported to parents.
MAP
The MAP test (Measures of Academic Progress) is a computer program that measures and reports student growth in Reading and Math over months and years. A MAP assessment is administered three times each year and informs the instructional decisions of teachers.
OTIS LENNON 
The Otis Lennon test is a scholastic aptitude test that is administered to all third graders.
 
ATTENDANCE PROCEDURES
 
Regular attendance is important for students to be successful learners. When a student is absent, they miss out on the sequence of instruction and must spend extra time catching up with their classmates upon returning to school. In addition, Ed. Code 48200 requires all children ages 6 to 18 to be enrolled in a full-time education program. Absences are monitored closely. Please call the absence hotline by 8:45am, (858) 794-4451 (available 24 hours a day) when your child will be absent. Please call each day your child is absent.
Checking In and Out:
Students must be checked in and out through the school office when coming in late or leaving early. Students may ONLY be released to those persons designated on their emergency cards. We are unable to make any exceptions. Parents must insure they have listed the names of any individual who may pick up their child on the student's emergency card.
Tardies:
Tardies for students grade K through 3: Students are required to attend school and classes on time each day. Punctuality is a measure of responsibility and the Governing Board of Solana Beach School District deems it important that all students learn the value of being punctual.
Students tardy to school must obtain a Tardy Admission Slip at the school office before going to their class. Students are considered to be tardy if they are not in their seat prepared to work before the bell rings for any period. The tardy admission slip will be sent home with the student at the end of the day in their backpack or by email.
Justification for tardiness is very limited. Tardies will be excused only for health reasons, family emergencies and justifiable personal reasons, as permitted by law, Board Policy and Administrative Regulation 5113, and Education Code 48205. Class participation is an integral part of students’ learning experiences. Parents/guardians and students are strongly encouraged to schedule medical appointments during non-school hours.
 
Tardies will accumulate during the school year. For each tardy that occurs within a school year, the following consequence(s) will apply.
  • 5th Tardy - Principal Conference with student and telephone call to parent
  • 6th Tardy - First Truancy letter and Soft Truancy Booklet sent home
  • 8th Tardy - Second Truancy letter Parent Conference Scheduled
  • 10th Tardy - Referral to school Attendance Review Team (SARB) through the San Diego County Office of Education
 
School Attendance Review Board (SARB):
Attendance and tardies are monitored closely throughout the school year. Truancy letters are sent out to students each time they receive three unexcused absences or three tardies. After nine unexcused absences or nine tardies, a referral may be made to the county Student Attendance Review Board (SARB). SARB is composed of educators and county officials who will review the student's attendance history, interview the parents and student, and make various recommendations to which the parents and student must adhere. If these recommendations are not followed and the student continues to accrue unexcused absences and tardies, SARB can turn the case over to the district attorney's office for legal action. Students may also be referred to SARB for chronic discipline problems.
 
After School Pickup:
Staff supervision ends at 2:50 pm. Students not picked up by 2:50 pm will be directed to the office. Students will then sign their name on a clipboard and sign the time out when they leave. Repetitive late pick-ups will be reported to the principal. A letter may be sent home reminding you that prompt pick-up is important to ensure your child's safety.
 
Medical Appointments:
We urge parents to schedule medical and dental appointments so they do not conflict with class time. If a student needs to be checked out of class, parents must come to the office to sign them out (and back when they return). We will call the classroom to have your child come to the office. 
 
BACK-TO-SCHOOL NIGHT
 
Parents are encouraged to attend this special event at the beginning of the year. The purpose of the meeting is to give teachers an opportunity to share with parents the curriculum, class expectancies and learning opportunities being made available for each child. This night is for parent/teacher communication, so parents will need to make child care arrangements. Discussion is intended to be general. Conferences for individual concerns are scheduled for a later time.
Open House Night will be scheduled in May. This is an opportunity for students to share with their parents some of the projects and other classroom activities they have worked on throughout the year.
 
BIKE, SCOOTERS, and SKATEBOARD RIDING POLICY
 
Students may ride bicycles and scooters to school if they abide by the following safety rules:
  • Riders must be in grades 3 or 4.
  • Bicycles, scooters, and skateboards are to be walked on school premises. Sidewalks must be used in the parking lot areas.
  • Bicycles, scooters, and skateboards must be parked in bike racks and locked.
  • Only one person on a bike.
  • All riders must obey these rule that apply to cars when using the street.
  • Helmets must be worn according to state law.
CELL PHONES/IPADS
 

Any personal portable devices (e.g. cell phones, smartwatches, tablets, etc.), except for assistive technology to support medical conditions, may not be used during school hours. They should be turned off and remain in the student’s backpack. If students need to call a parent during school hours, they may ask to use a school phone. The school phone should not be used to schedule after-school play dates as these types of arrangements should be scheduled outside of the school day.

 
CHANGE OF STUDENT'S CLASSROOM 
 
We do not move students from a classroom after the school year has begun.
 
CHANGE OF STUDENT’S ROUTINE
 
If a child is going to be doing something different from his/her normal routine after school, the teacher or office should have a note from the parent. If the parent has not notified the school or teacher, the child will be expected to follow his/her normal after school routine. Students may not use the phone to make arrangements for social activities.
CHILD CARE 
  
The Solana Beach School District Child Development Center (CDC) offers before and after-school child care. New! Morning Homework Hour is being offered here at SP. Beginning Oct. 4, Mon – Fri: 7:00 am - 8:30 am. Room 102. For more information, contact the CDC office at (858) 794-7160 regarding registration and space availability.
 
CLOSED CAMPUS
 
The Solana Beach Board of Trustees has established a "closed campus" at Carmel Creek in the interest of student safety and supervision. Once students arrive on the school grounds, they must remain on campus until the end of the school day. Students who need to leave school before the end of the day need to be checked out in the school office.
For the safety of the students at Carmel Creek, we ask that ALL parents sign in at the office when on campus for volunteering purposes.
 
 
COMMUNICATION
 
Teachers will inform parents on Back-to-School Night how they would like to communicate between home and school.
For your convenience, we have provided a message line (858) 794-4451 to report absences. PLEASE CALL EACH DAY YOUR CHILD IS ABSENT.
Student Messages: Parents are requested to call students only in emergencies. Items and messages brought to school for students during school hours are to be brought to the office. Please do not deliver them to the classroom, as this interferes with the continuity of the learning process.
In the event that a parent needs to get a message to the student, the parent will need to identify themselves by giving the office information that is on the student's emergency card. Messages will then be delivered to the classroom as soon as possible.
 
COMPUTERS/IPADS/ROBOTICS
 
Students have access to computers/ipads/robotics in their classroom, the media center, and the computer lab. Before students use the computer/ipad/robotics, student and parent must sign a contract. The contract states: Improper use of the computer/ipad/robotics will result in the cancellation of the student's access privileges and revocation of permission to use the computer/ipad/robotics, as well as disciplinary action by school officials. The contract also gives or takes away the right for the student to log on to the Internet.
 
DISCIPLINE POLICIES & PROCEDURES
 
The primary mission of the school's discipline policy is to develop a structure of consistency in discipline using a proactive, preventative approach where students develop a respect for others, themselves, and learning. An important element of this policy is how well the students understand the rules and consequences. All students and parents will be asked to review the rules together at the beginning of each year and to sign a form stating that they understand the rules and consequences.
Five school rules have been identified which form the foundation of the discipline plan. These rules are posted in each room, and every student is expected to follow them.
We believe. . .
All students have the right to learn.
All teachers have the right to teach.
 
Therefore, all students will:
  • Be on time and prepared to work
    • Bring materials, books and assignments to class.
    • Be in their seats before instruction begins.
  • Show courtesy and respect for everyone.
    • Follow directions of all adults the first time without talking back.
    • Keep hands, feet, and objects to oneself.
    • Use appropriate language and actions.
    • Wait their turn to speak.
    • Show approval at assemblies by clapping.
    • Wear hats outside only.
    • Remember to use courteous words such as "please", "thank you", and "excuse me" as often as possible.
    • Refrain from using "put downs".
  • Respect property.
    • No chewing gum at school.
    • Take care of school property and the property of others.
    • Keep feet on the floor, not on furniture.
  • Not disrupt the learning process.
    • Follow all classroom rules and procedures.
    • Use appropriate behavior in all classrooms, assemblies, hallways and on the playground.
    • Walk quietly through the building.
    • According to the Solana Beach School District policy, immediate expulsion may occur for the possession of a weapon of any kind or a  controlled substance.
These rules are posted in every classroom, as well as in the Media Center, Computer Lab, and Music Room. In addition, each teacher will post and discuss the specific rules and consequences for their own classroom (Classroom Behavior Plan).
 
School-wide Consequences
Classroom Behavior Plan is used. Depending on the severity and frequency of the infraction, consequences may include written explanations, discussions, time outs, phone calls home, letters to parents, parent conferences, after school or lunch time outs/detentions, suspensions and/or expulsion.
  • Student meets with Guidance Assistant -
  • Student and Guidance Assistant discuss problem.
  • Appropriate consequences are assigned (may include lunch time/detention or suspension).
  • Appropriate paperwork is completed.
Student meets with Principal - for habitual behavior, severe disruptions, defying authority, or actions with intent to hurt someone (ie: fighting, rock throwing, biting, etc.)
When a student is referred to the office, parents may be notified via a phone call or email.
 
Playground Rules:
 
Recess is a privilege that is earned through making appropriate choices and following safety rules.
In order to have a fun, safe recess, all students will:
  • Follow adult directions the first time.
  • Not use put-downs or rude/inappropriate language or actions.
  • Play in designated areas only - not past red lines, on the hillsides, or behind fences.
  • Use equipment the way it was designed to be used.
  • Bounce balls only against utility building walls or where walls have been covered for this purpose.
  • Leave personal play equipment/electronic games at home.
  • Play games that are safe (at adults’ discretion).
  • Refrain from fighting or having negative bodily contact of any kind.
  • Playground Consequences: Students will receive a reminder when a playground rule is being broken.
If the problem persists:
  • Time Out will be assigned.
  • Teacher notification with a Student Behavior Referral (additional consequences may be given).
  • Guidance Assistant notification and a plan will be developed (additional consequences may be given).
  • Depending on the severity and frequency of the infraction, consequences may include written explanations, discussions, time outs, phone calls home, letters to parents, parent conferences, after school or lunch time outs/detentions, suspensions and/or expulsion 
 Play Structure Rules
  • One person at a time on the bars and slide
  • Never hang upside down
  • No chase, tag, or running in the area
  • Always hold on with two hands
  • Never stand on top of or jump off climbing structure
  • Never climb up the slide
  • Move in a clockwise direction 
Monkey Bar Rules
  • Kindergarteners may not use the monkey bars unless supervised by a teacher/aide
  • 1st & 2nd graders may not skip a bar
  • No hanging upside down
  • ALWAYS start on the first bar 
Sexual Harassment:
  • The Solana Beach School District prohibits unlawful sexual harassment of any student or employee by any other student or employee.
  • Teachers shall discuss this policy with their students in age-appropriate ways and should assure them that they need not endure any form of sexual harassment.
  • Any student who engages in sexual harassment of anyone in or from the District may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion. Any employee who permits or engages in sexual
 
DOGS
 
To support student safety, Carmel Creek will be enforcing a No Dogs on Campus policy. 
 
DRESS CODE
 
The purpose of a school-wide DRESS CODE is to establish a school environment that supports a productive academic atmosphere that supports students’ learning and reflects the educational values of the staff and the parents. These standards are consistent with those established by the Solana Beach School District, Board Policy 5132 and Administrative Regulation 5132a and can also be found in the Parent-Student Handbook available online.
The following items of clothing/accessories are considered inappropriate and/or disruptive to the educational process and are unacceptable for school attire:
  • Spaghetti straps, strapless tops and tube tops worn
  • Bare midriffs – no belly button and/or skin showing
  • Short shorts, dresses, or skirts shorter than mid-thigh, tight athletic shorts 
  • Undergarments showing (i.e., bra straps showing, baggy pants worn below the waist) or lack of undergarments
  • Emblems, lettering, or pictures related to drugs, alcohol, sex, violence, or profanity
  • Chains or jewelry that dangle and could be unsafe
  • Open-toe sandals, flip flops, plastic or slip on shoes, roller skate type shoes (Shoes should allow students to fully participate in outdoor physical education activities.) 
  • Makeup
  • Clothing or accessories that contribute to the disruption of a productive learning environment and the safe operation of the school
  • Hats or hoods inside the building or classroom unless for educational or religious purposes.
Please know how very much your support and cooperation with our school dress code policy is valued. The positive message that school is a place to work and learn is reinforced when our students come to school dressed appropriately.
 
EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES AND PROGRAMS
  
It is one of our goals at Carmel Creek to provide students with a variety of experiences that enhance student learning. Following are some of the activities students may participate in:
Assemblies:
During the year assemblies are scheduled which expose students to various cultural and educational experiences beyond those available in the classroom. In addition, local organizations provide community and environmental awareness programs.
Books and Beyond:
The "Books and Beyond" Program, sponsored by the Solana Beach School District, has been designed to increase the amount of reading done at home. "Books and Beyond" is open to all students, teachers, and parents. At the end of the year, parents are invited to an assembly to watch their children receive earned gold medals.
CCN:
Carmel Creek News is a daily news program written, produced, and performed by the students at Carmel Creek School.
Computer Lab:
Students and parents must sign an Acceptable Use Policy Agreement before a student may participate in our computer program. The agreement will be sent home with each child at the beginning of the school year. Carmel Creek has a computer lab with 30 Macintosh computers. Students attend the lab on a weekly basis. Students use a variety of programs in the lab during the school year.
Compass Learning:
The Compass Learning is offered to students two days a week for one hour each day. Students are recommended to Compass Learning by their teachers.
Study Trips:
Classes take field trips to various educational and motivational places that supplement the classroom curriculum. 
Library/Media Center:
We are fortunate to have a library with an excellent collection of books that meet a wide range of interests and investigations. Students in each classroom visit the library once a week and are allowed to check out one book at the Kindergarten level and two books for grades 1-3, provided they return previously checked out material. The Media Center teacher, a credentialed teacher, will expose students to different types of genres. Students are responsible for paying the replacement or repair costs for lost or damaged books they have checked out. Report cards will be held until all checked out books are returned or the replacement/repair costs paid. Parents may contact their child's teacher for more specific information regarding library use.
Music Program:
Music is offered to K - 3rd grade students on a weekly basis. The music teacher is a credentialed teacher who works closely with teachers to integrate daily curriculum and music.
Reflections:
All students interested in participating in the Reflections Program, sponsored by the National PTA, are invited to share their talents in art, poetry, literature, etc. The PTA newsletter will keep you informed on dates.
Study Buddies:
Local High School students volunteer after school to mentor Carmel Creek students. Students are recommended to this program by teachers.
EMERGENCY PROCEDURES 
 
Emergency procedures are in place to insure the safety of the students during various emergency situations: earthquake, evacuation, bomb threats or intruder on campus.
During an emergency, children will be dismissed by the Superintendent to go home only if there is time to return students safely to their homes, and parents can be notified. If a student's parents cannot be contacted and/or the parent is unable to pick up their child, the school will maintain responsibility for the student until the parent or authorized individual can pick up the student. At no time will a student be excused except to the care of a parent or other adult designated on the emergency card.
If evacuation of the school is necessary, students will be transported to a predetermined location. Parents will be advised of the evacuation site by radio announcements and/or information posted at the school site. Evacuation of the school will not be attempted unless there is no alternative.
In the event of an emergency, school personnel need to be involved in caring for the students, and telephone lines need to be kept open for communications with proper authorities. As a result, we ask that you call the message hot line, (858) 794-4451, which will be updated with specific information and instructions for parents.
Students participate in various mock emergency drills such as fire, duck-and-cover, and classroom evacuations. These are conducted periodically throughout the year to insure students and staff are familiar with emergency procedures and can respond safely in an emergency situation.
 
GRADING
 
Report cards are issued once each trimester to inform parents of their child's performance. Report cards represent only one facet of the communication process and may be used as a starting point for discussion during conferences. Near the end of the first trimester, your child's teacher will send home a notice to make arrangements for a conference. First trimester report cards are distributed to parents during this conference. During conference weeks, students will be dismissed at 12:00 noon each day.
 
GROUNDS FOR SUSPENSION
 
California Education Code §48900.
  • Caused, attempted to cause, or threatened to cause physical injury to another person.
  • Possessed, sold or furnished firearm, knife, explosive, or other dangerous object.
  • Possessed, used, sold, furnished or been under the influence of drugs, alcohol, a controlled substance or intoxicant.
  • Offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell look-alike controlled substances, alcohol, or intoxicants.
  • Committed or attempted to commit robbery or extortion.
  • Caused or attempted to cause damage to school or private property.
  • Stole or attempted to steal school or private property.
  • Possessed or used tobacco or product containing tobacco or nicotine.
  • Committed obscene act or engaged in habitual profanity or vulgarity.
  • Possessed, offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any drug paraphernalia.
  • Disrupted school activities, willfully defied valid school personnel in the performance of their duties.
  • Knowingly received stolen school property or private property.
  • Engaged in an act of bullying, including, but not limited to, bullying committed by a means of an electronic act, directed specifically toward a pupil or school personnel.
  • Committed sexual harassment (Ed. Code §48900.2)
  • Participated in an act of hate violence (Ed. Code §48900.3)
  • Harassed, threatened, or intimidated another student. (Ed. Code §48900.4)
Further Information:
Education Code Section 48900 - 48927 
HEALTH
 
Children must have proof of immunization against polio, measles, rubella, mumps, diphtheria, and tetanus. This requirement may be waived for religious reasons only. Children who do not have proof of immunization (month, day, year) will not be registered in school. We make no exceptions. The proper health forms are available in the school office or at your doctor's office. If your child becomes ill or injured during the school day, parents will first be notified. If we are unable to reach the parent, we will call the people listed on the emergency card. Be sure to keep up-to-date information on your child's emergency card, which is on file in the school office.
School personnel may not administer medication without a prescription from the doctor. This prescription must be issued to the student. The medication must be in the proper bottle displaying the prescription information. This includes aspirin, decongestants, cough drops, or any over-the-counter medication. Please call the Health Clerk for more information.
 
HOMEWORK POLICY
 
CLASSROOMS WILL NOT BE OPENED UP
FOR FORGOTTEN HOMEWORK AND BOOKS AFTER 2:40 P.M.
Purpose: The purpose of assigning homework at Carmel Creek is to strengthen academic skills, reinforce concepts taught by teachers, develop student responsibility and accountability, and promote parent awareness.
Definition: Homework may be an independent activity, or may require parental help, to be accomplished outside of the school day and without benefit of teacher assistance, to reinforce previously learned ideas.
Unfinished class work or work missed due to absences, although accomplished outside of the school day, is not included in the school's definition of homework.
Homework will generally fall into one or more of these different categories and may include, but is not limited to, the following examples:
  • Practice - This includes activities to reinforce skills such as studying spelling words and practicing math facts.
  • Preparation - These are assignments designed to provide background information and focus on future class activities. Studying for tests and reading supplementary materials are examples of such homework assignments.
  • Extension/Creative - Activities such as book reports, science projects, and research for social studies reports are examples of such homework.
  • Amount of Homework: The amount of homework assigned shall be related to the maturity and ability level of the students in a given class.
The following chart suggests these guides as homework schedules for students. These schedules can be used as guidelines for parents and teachers in monitoring student time devoted to homework.
K - 2............. 10 - 30 minutes.............. up to 4 days per week
3 ..................... 30 - 60 minutes.............. up to 4 days per week
Be advised that students may spend more than one hour daily completing school work, as time at home may be spent doing assigned homework and completing unfinished classroom assignments.
Student's Responsibility:
It is the responsibility of the student to note and understand the homework assignment, complete it, and return it to school on the required day. Teachers may use homework assignments to help determine a student's grade.
Parent's Responsibility:
It is the responsibility of the parent to set a specific time and place for doing homework and to monitor the student's homework. If at any time a parent has a concern about the school's homework policy, they are to contact their child's teacher.
Teacher's Responsibility:
Teachers will be responsible for assigning homework to students and for providing the necessary explanation and direction required to assure that the students can accomplish the work with reasonable success. The teacher will also monitor, assess, and acknowledge homework results for parents and students.
Specific classroom homework practice will be established by each teacher as well as this school policy and may differ from room to room depending upon the needs and abilities of the students. Teachers will share their homework policy with parents at Back-to-School Night.
 
KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION
 
Each year, beginning in April, registration begins for all new Kindergarten students entering the following school year.  Kindergarten children must be 5 by September 1. Proof of residency must be shown to receive a registration packet. Completed registration packets can be brought into the office during regular office hours.
 
LICE
 
Please look out for symptoms of excessive itching and white nit eggs on hair follicles. Students with head lice will be sent home for treatment. 
Teach your children to avoid sharing hats, combs and barrettes.
 
LOST & FOUND
 
Articles found are placed in a lost and found cabinet next to the stage area in the Media Center. We make every effort to return lost items if names are on them. The lost and found cabinet is cleaned out once every three months with all items given to a charitable organization. Please insure that your child's name is on coats, lunch boxes, sweatshirts, and other personal items that may be misplaced.
 
LUNCH PROGRAM AND RULES
 
We offer a lunch program for all students. The regular cost for lunch is $3.25 which includes milk. Milk can be purchased separately for 75 cents. In order to obtain a free or reduced lunch, parents must fill out an application available in the school office on a yearly basis. Parents can pay online.
Students are encouraged to prepay for their lunches. These students will be issued an electronic card which keeps track of the balance in the student's lunch account. When a student's account drops below a predetermined amount, the student will be given a note to take home. When paying by a check, please make the checks out to S.B.S.D. The school does not provide lunch money to students who have forgotten their lunch money.
School lunches are ordered by 9:00 am. If students come to school after 9:00 am, they should bring their own lunch, or make arrangements with their teacher to order their lunch the day before.
We cannot guarantee that all students will be assured their lunch selections on the menu. When in doubt, pack your child's lunch.
 
Parents are not allowed to eat at the lunch tables with students.
  1. No lining up early - GO PLAY - Lining up early will result in being sent to the end of the line.
  2. Walk to line when the bell rings - No running!
  3. Inside voices - No yelling or screaming.
  4. EAT - You cannot talk and eat at the same time.
  5. When the bell rings:
    • Stay seated until your teacher arrives
    • After your teacher arrives, clean up your mess from the table and ground (at least two pieces of trash).
    • Line up where instructed by your teacher.
    • Table Monitor's stay and wipe down the tables.  Table Monitors will be given bracelets to wear to distinguish who is the classroom table monitor. 
 
PERSONAL ITEMS
Students are not allowed to bring toys/play equipment to school
 
PHYSICAL EDUCATION
California Education Code 51210(g) requires that students in grades 1 through 6 receive not less than 200 minutes of physical education every 10 school days, excluding lunch and recess. Teachers in Solana Beach School District post schedules for P.E. in their classrooms. The schedules are also available in the school’s office.
 
PICK UP & DROP OFF
 
Due to the increased population of students at Carmel Creek School, the Safety Committee has developed a revised procedure for student arrival and departure in cars. These instructions will NOT affect any child who walks to school.
Student a.m. drop-off (arrival 8:15 - 8:30 a.m.): There are three drop-off zones. They are located on the west, south, and east sides of the school. NO PARKING is allowed in any of these zones. Students must line up with their class and must stay out of the building until their teacher walks the whole class into the building. NO FRONT DOOR ENTRY!
  • Student p.m. pick-up (departure 2:40-2:50 pm):
  • Follow the instructions of the Safety Director or Staff Member. Remember, these methods are for the safety of your child and the benefit of everyone.
  • Drop-off and Pick-up zones are for this purpose only. These areas will open at 8:15 am and 2:35 pm. If you need to enter the building or grounds for any reason, you MUST park your car. You CANNOT leave it for any reason in these zones.
  • If for any reason your child is not present for pick-up, proceed to vacate the pick-up zone. No waiting will be allowed in these zones. You MUST vacate and re-enter the zone when your child is ready.
  • Teachers will bring  Kindergarteners to the kindergarten playground.
  • Teachers will bring/excuse 1st and 2nd grade students to the east pick-up zone.
  • Teachers will excuse 3rd grade students to the west pick-up zone.
  • Students must use the crosswalks to cross streets. Jaywalking will result in a student detention.
  • We recommend you discuss the dismissal/pickup plan with your child(ren).
  • If you have more than one child to pick-up, we recommend you use the zone of the youngest student.
  • It will be necessary that each and every parent accept their responsibility for the safety of ALL our students. Thank you VERY much for your cooperation!
 
SCHOOL HOURS
 
School hours are Monday through Friday 8:30am - 2:40pm.
School office hours are Monday through Thursday - 7:30am - 4:00pm and Friday 7:30am - 3:30pm (all days that students are in attendance)
 
SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL
 
The Carmel Creek Site Council is a group of parents and certificated staff members. This group's purpose is to review, revise, and monitor the implementation of the School Improvement Plan. The School Improvement Plan is a document that supports district and state curriculum requirements and is used to guide the expenditures of school improvement funds.
The Council is made up of five elected parents, five teachers/aides and a school administrator. Each year, two or three positions become open for election. A nomination form is distributed in the weekly electronic communication. Terms of office are for two years.
The School Site Council (SSC) meets approximately three times throughout the year at 2:45 pm in the Media Center. Dates are agreed upon at the beginning of the school year. Community members are invited to attend all SSC meetings and will be provided an opportunity to speak at the beginning of each meeting.
 
SPECIAL PROGRAMS
 
If the Student Success Team and parents determine that a student is performing significantly below grade level due to a possible handicapping condition, a referral to special education will be made. Once this referral has been made and parent approval is granted, the school special education staff assesses the student's current level of performance and the level at which the student is capable of performing. In order to qualify for special education services, there must be a large discrepancy between these two areas and an identified learning disability. If this discrepancy exists, an IEP (individual education plan) meeting will be conducted with the parents to share results and set up specific learning goals for the student.
Resource Specialist: Once a student qualifies for special education, the resource program can provide assistance to the students in special education to help meet goals and objectives. Students are given strategies they can utilize in collaboration with the regular education teacher to compensate for their learning disability.
Speech & Language Program:
The speech & language program at Carmel Creek serves students from three years of age through third grade. A pre-school program is available through the Solana Beach School District to serve children from three years of age who demonstrate speech or language delays or who are at high risk for developing speech or language delays.
ELD (English Language Development):
Students who have been identified as English Language Development (ELD) will receive support through a specially designed language acquisition program. This is a pullout program in which identified students work with an instructional assistant on a variety of language acquisition skills. The language survey, included in students' registration packet, is used to identify those students who may qualify.
 
 
SPECIAL RESOURCES
It is the desire of the Carmel Creek staff to insure that all students, regardless of their unique needs and abilities, are able to achieve and learn the school curriculum. In order to do this, we provide a variety of special resources for students which help those with difficulties improve and challenge those with exceptional abilities. In order to qualify for these services, students must be referred through the Student Success Team.
 
STUDENT SUCCESS TEAM
 
The teacher and/or parent may refer a student to the Student Success Team. This team of teachers, special education staff and parents meet to discuss the strengths and concerns of the student and the team will make several recommendations to the teacher and parents in regards to classroom/home modifications and interventions.
 
TOBACCO FREE SCHOOL SITE
 
Carmel Creek School and the Solana Beach School District is a tobacco-free site. Use of all tobacco products shall be prohibited within any district building, facility, or vehicle. In addition, the use of all tobacco products is prohibited on school grounds or premises. This prohibition shall also apply to all individuals attending or representing the school district at school-sponsored activities held off district property.
 
VISITORS
 
To ensure minimum interruption of the instructional program, the Superintendent or designee shall establish procedures which facilitate visits during regular school days. Visits during school hours should be first arranged with the principal. If a conference is desired, an appointment should be set with the teacher during non-instructional time. (BP1250)
The following resources are available to any parent who wishes to know how his/her child is doing in school: parent-teacher conferences, Back To School Night, guidance counselor, meetings with the principal, report cards, progress reports, homework samples, work samples and standardized test data.
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