Anti-Bullying Policy
 
Solana Beach School District Bullying Prevention Policy
Our 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 Our School will do the following things to prevent bullying:

  • 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
  • Treat everyone with respect and kindness

Teachers and staff at Our 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, the principal or designee will take one or more steps on the following page when bullying occurs:

  • Intervention, Warning, and RedirectionA 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 psychologist or guidance counselor to help prevent future violations.
  • Consequences: The student who is bullying may be assigned detention and/or lose school privileges (i.e., serving on student council, school newspaper, school performances, yearbook, etc). In cases of serious or repeated bullying, the student may be subject to suspension and/or expulsion. If serious circumstances warrant, law enforcement may also be contacted.
  • Suspension
    In cases of severe or repeated bullying, the student will be suspended.

Assemblies

The last Friday of each month at 8:30 A.M (weather permitting), all classes gather on the blacktop for a short assembly. The principal makes announcements, gives awards, recognizes students, etc. Classes recite the Pledge of Allegiance and sing a song together. Parents are invited to our weekly assemblies.
 
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 2-3. These norm-referenced tests provide information concerning our students’ performance as compared with a nationwide set of performance norms. These tests 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 Testing:  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 
When your child is absent because of illness or for a doctor or dental appointment, please call the Absence Line at (858) 794-3751. The law requires that the exact nature of an illness be stated; this type of absence is defined as an excused absence. Students who are absent for 10 or more consecutive days will be withdrawn from the school and the class list. They will be re-entered to the school upon their return. If your child has a pattern of tardies and/or absences, a parent-principal meeting may be scheduled to discuss improved attendance. 
 
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 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 at 8:35am. The tardy admission slip will be sent home with the student at the end of the day.

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.
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
Tardies will accumulate during the school year. For each tardy that occurs within a school year, the following consequence(s) will apply.

1-3rd Tardy — Teacher Conference with student
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.

Prompt Afterschool Pickup: Staff supervision ends at 3:00 pm. Students not picked up by 3:00 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.

Back To School Night

Parents are encouraged to attend this special event at the beginning of the year. The purpose of the evening is to give teachers an opportunity to share with parents the curriculum, class expectations, and learning opportunities 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 should be scheduled for a later time.
 
Before School/Morning Arrival 
Students may be dropped off between 8:15 and 8:30 each morning. Drop-off should occur in front of the playground area where our morning greeter is located. There is a sign down the street on Santa Victoria that states “Begin Passenger Unloading”. However, for safety reasons, please only unload in the designated area in front of the playground. Students are not permitted to be on campus before 8:15 a.m. unless they are enrolled in a before school intervention class or CDC.
 

Bike Riding Policy

Students may ride bicycles to school if they abide by the following safety rules:
All riders must wear a helmet.
Bicycles are to be walked on school premises. Sidewalks must be used in the parking lot areas.
Bicycles must be parked in bike racks and locked.
Only one person per bike.
Bicycle riders must obey the same rules that apply to cars when using the street.
The District strongly recommends that children who ride their bikes to school be in grades three through six.
 
Skateboards or scooters are NOT permitted on the school campus.
 
Cell phones and Mobile Devices

While we do not discourage students from bringing mobile devices (including cell phones, watches, Kindles, etc.) to school, these devices may not be used during school hours, unless their class has arranged to have a special technology day or if the teacher has given permission for a student to bring his/her Kindle device to read in the class.  All mobile devices should be turned off when students come on campus in the morning and remain in their zipped backpack during the school day.  These devices may only be used once students have left the campus. If a personal item, including a mobile device, is lost, broken or stolen, the District will not be responsible for replacing the item.

 

Classroom Assignments

When we assign students to classes for the next school year, we endeavor to meet the needs of the individual child and develop classes whose balance and dynamics contribute to a positive learning environment. To achieve well-balanced classes, we consider academic ability; to help maintain positive class dynamics, we consider which pupils should and should not be placed together. "Sending" and "Receiving" teachers will consider the benefits of possible assignments to each student, as well as the contributions each student and various groupings of students can bring to the dynamics and balance of each class.
 
Closed Campus
The Solana Beach Board of Trustees has established a "closed campus" at Solana Vista 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 Solana Vista, we ask that ALL parents sign in at the office when on campus for volunteering purposes.

 
Discipline/School Rules
All students have the right to learn, and all teachers have the right to teach. Therefore, all students will follow the personal standards:
Solve your own problems
Make good choices
Be respectful

General School-Wide Rules
All students will:
Use appropriate language.
Dress appropriately (i.e. close-toed shoes, no baggy pants, no inappropriate language or signs on clothing, no spaghetti-strapped or midriff tops.
All students will respect the rights and property of others. There will be:
No drugs on campus
No weapons on campus
No gum on campus
No threats of bodily harm
No racial slurs
No sexual harassment
No physical contact
No stealing
 
 Personal Items and Toys
Students are not allowed to bring personal items (such as toys, cards, playground equipment, etc.) from home. If a student brings a personal item to school for an after school activity, the item needs to remain in the student's backpack during school hours.  If a personal item is lost, broken, or stolen, the District will not be responsible for replacing the item.  There are no Zuca backpacks permitted on campus.

Playground/Recess Rules:
Students must not run on the blacktop.
Remain on the playground unless they have a written pass from a teacher.
Play in a safe way so that others are not knocked down.
Wait in an orderly manner for equipment use.
Use the slides in a down direction only, no stopping on the slides, and keep the bottom of the slides clear.
Include other students in team play. Games may not be closed ("locked").
Students must abide by the following rules while on the playground:
No jumping off of any equipment.
No throwing water, sand, dirt, pebbles or rocks.
No climbing on fences, portable railings or backstops.
No personal sports equipment should be brought to school.
No balls are to be thrown against any school walls.
No pushing, pulling of each other or clothes is allowed at school.
No tag or other chasing games should be played anywhere other than the grass-area.
 

Detention:

Students who do not follow school/classroom rules are given a blue ticket and assigned to afterschool detention in the Media Center from 2:45 to 3:15 pm, following parental notification.
 

Suspension: 

Grounds for suspension according to the California Education Code §48900 are that a student:
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.
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

Dress Code

The purpose of a school-wide DRESS CODE is to establish a school environment that supports a productive academic atmosphere, which supports students’ learning and reflects the educational values of the staff and the parents. These standards are consistent with those established by California Education Code and the Solana Beach School District. Please take the time to review this policy with your children.

The following items of clothing/accessories are considered inappropriate and/or disruptive to the educational process and are unacceptable for school attire:

  • Strapless, halter or tube tops worn without a blouse/sweater cover-up to include tank tops with less than two inches of fabric across the shoulder on each side

  • Bare midriffs or open back shirts

  • Tops that are unbuttoned below the sternum

  • Short shorts or skirts, un-hemmed shorts, tight athletic shorts, rolled up short

    shorts

  • Undergarments showing (i.e., baggy pants worn below the waist and low rider jeans, bras or sports bras) or lack of undergarments

  • Emblems, lettering, or pictures related to drugs, alcohol, sex, or profanity

  • Chains or weapons on clothing

  • Flip-flop sandals, platform or slip-on shoes which could be unsafe

  • Jewelry that dangles and could be unsafe

  • NO wheelie shoes

  • NO makeup, including glitter, or false finger nails

Any items of clothing or manner of wearing clothing which contributes to the disruption of a productive learning environment and the safe operation of the schoolOf great concern due to safety issues is the style of footwear that students wear. Shoes should have hard soles and be strapped or tied. Athletic shoes are always a good choice and allow students to fully participate in outdoor/physical education activities. Students who choose to wear sandals may be asked to bring tennis shoes so they can participate safely in outdoor/PE activities without injury. Hats, caps, or visors may be appropriate on the playground during recess to protect students from the sun. Students should be reminded that wearing these items is a privilege which may be lost if they become a distraction in the classroom or a problem on the playground.


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. Thank you for reviewing this policy with your child and helping us to reinforce appropriate school attire.  

Emergency Drills and Procedures
To help prepare for emergency situations, all students and staff perform a 3–in–1 Drill once a month. A 3–in–1 Drill consists of the following: 

All Building Closed (ABC) Drill
This drill is in case of an intruder, stray dog, or any other threat on campus. The principal announces the situation on the intercom and rings the bell if students are outside. Teachers lock the doors and close windows. The students move together to a safe spot in the classroom. Teachers take attendance and remain with students. The class waits for further instructions.

Fire/Evacuation Drill
The fire alarm sounds. The teacher walks the students to their designated area a safe distance from the building. The teacher then takes attendance and waits for further instructions from the principal.

Earthquake Drill
The teacher has students "Drop and Cover" which is getting to their knees away from dangerous windows or other areas covering their heads. They get under tables, desks, or other sturdy furniture. They remain in this position until the office indicates it is time to evacuate. All classes walk outside the building to the backfield. Everyone meets at the assembly area where there are supply sheds and emergency equipment in case of an actual emergency.
 

Homework Policy
Rationale:
The purpose of homework is to strengthen academic skills, reinforce concepts taught by teachers, develop student responsibility and accountability, and promote parent awareness. Positive results of homework include better retention of factual knowledge, increased understanding of material, improve critical thinking, concept formation and information processing skills, as well as enrichment of the core curriculum. Our gal is to create assignments that promote one or more of these outcomes. We recognize that homework is not the only circumstance under which after-school learning takes place. Many leisure-time activities teach important academic and life skills. We believe in the importance of balancing leisure, learning and family time.

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 homework schedules as guides for students. These schedules can be used as guidelines for parents and teachers in monitoring student time devoted to homework.

Grades K-2 10 – 30 minutes up to 4 days per week
Grades 3-6 30 – 60 minutes up to 4 days per week


Be advised that students on occasion may spend more than one hour and/or more than four days a week completing schoolwork, as time at home may be spent doing assigned homework, long-term projects, and completing unfinished classroom assignments. Students have varying abilities to use class time efficiently, and the amount of time spent on homework varies from one child to another.

Student’s Responsibility:
It is the responsibility of the student to record and understand the homework assignment, complete it, and return it to school on the required day.

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. Parents who have concerns about homework should contact their child’s teacher. Parents should provide guidance to students, not answers.
 

Requests for Homework: 

Requests for homework should be called in on the Absence Line (858-794-3751) before 10:00 a.m., and can be picked up between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. that day.
 

Lost and Found
Found items are kept at the coat rack in the Kiva; small or valuable items are kept in a drawer in the school office. After a period of time, items are donated to charity, so please encourage your children to check the lost and found boxes periodically, and label all personal belongings.
 

Lunch Information/Lunch Rules

 
 
The Solana Beach School District takes part in the National Lunch Program. Meals are served every school day. Students may buy lunch for $3.75. Please visit our online prepayment system myschoolBucks. Eligible students may receive a free or reduced price lunch. A student lunch includes an entrée, choice of 1% low-fat milk or fat free chocolate milk, 100% fruit juice and assortment of fresh and canned fruits and vegetables from our salad bar.
 

Lunch Rules: 

Eat first.
Clean up your area.
Talk quietly.
Be polite and remember your manners.
Raise your hand to use the restroom and get a drink.
 

Nurse's/Health Information

Illnesses: 
Each year school children have an average of five to seven common infections such as colds and intestinal upset. For the protection of your child and his/her classmates, please keep your child at home when ill. Please notify the school when your child is ill. The following symptoms may mean that an illness is contagious:
Fever, diarrhea, vomiting within the last 24 hours. Children need to be symptom free for 24 hours before returning to school.
Thick mucous or pus draining from eyes.
Sore throat, especially if combined with fever or swollen neck glands.
Rashes with fever or rashes of unknown origin.
Upper respiratory infection and/or severe cold, especially if accompanied with green or yellow nasal discharge and/or ear pain. A cough spreads germs, and a cough that keeps a child up at night means they will be too tired to learn the next day.
Stiff neck.
Unusual fatigue, paleness, loss of appetite, confusion and irritability.
 

Immunizations: 

The California School Immunization law requires that all children entering school receive proper immunizations to protect them from serious illness and to prevent the spread of communicable diseases: polio, measles, rubella, mumps, hepatitis B, varicella (chickenpox), diphtheria, tetanus, haemophilus influenza type b (Hib meningitis), and whooping cough. Guide to Immunizations for School Entry (pdf, 212 kb) 
 

Medical Insurance: 

This is to inform you that the Solana Beach School District does not provide student and athletic accident insurance coverage for students, however, it does make available several insurance coverage plans through Student Insurance, an independent insurance company. The Solana Beach School District takes appropriate steps to protect your child from injury; however, accidents can and do occur, even in safe environments.

In accordance with Education Code Section 49472, the Solana Beach School District has made available for purchase, voluntary student and athletic accident insurance through the Student Insurance Company. The insurance program offered is optional and complies with the State Education Code. The Student Accident Insurance may be purchased for school-time, 24-hour, and dental coverage. Although you may already have medical insurance for your family, the purchase of this additional coverage could assist you by paying deductibles and balances left after your primary carrier has paid.

To enroll in the insurance program, please have your student pick up an enrollment brochure and application from the school office. (If you would prefer, you may download a brochure and application at www.studentinsuranceusa.com. ) Complete the application and return with your premium to Student Insurance in the envelope provided. All premium checks/money orders should be payable to Student Insurance. Please do not send cash! Please retain the brochure attached to the application for your records.

If you have any questions, please call Student Insurance directly for assistance with this program. They may be reached at 1-800-367-5830.

Medication at School: 

If your child is required to take daily or occasional medication during school hours, state law requires a parent/guardian MUST complete a medical form signed by the doctor before the medication can be administered. ALL medication must be stored in the health office. The nurse and/or health aide will be on duty to administer first aid and medications.
 
Pets/Animals on Campus
To support student safety, Solana Vista will be enforcing a No Dogs on Campus policy. 
Children are asked not to bring pets from home. In special cases, pets may be brought only with the prior permission of the teacher and should be in a cage or under some other form of restraint.
 
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
All teachers walk with students who are being picked up at the playground to the dismissal area on the blacktop.
We ask that parents picking up students on the blacktop pass through the outside gate when it is opened at the designated time. Please do not come through the main doors before the bell rings.
Students who have not been picked up need to remain seated at their line. They may not play on the playground if they do not have a parent present.
We ask that parents pick up students at their classroom line and then move beyond the pick-up area with their children so that we can clearly see which students are waiting to be picked up.
If you are going to stay and have your child play on the playground, please be sure that you are supervising them at all times, as we do not provide playground supervision after school.
Students that have not been picked up by 3:00 will be brought to the office and will need to wait there until being checked out by their parents.
 
Sexual Harassment
Solana Beach School District has adopted board policy and administrative regulation (BP/AR) 5145.7 containing rules and procedures for reporting sexual harassment. “The Board prohibits sexual harassment of students by other students, employees or other persons, at school or at school-sponsored or school-related activities. Prohibited sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to, unwelcome sexual advances, unwanted requests for sexual favors or other unwanted verbal, visual or physical conduct of sexual nature made against another person of the same or opposite gender, in the education setting.”
 

Student Council

Learning the skills necessary for self-government is a major goal of public education. Student Council offers students opportunities to participate in and observe the election and governing process. Each classroom in grades 2-3 selects a student council representative each month to participate in a student council meeting.
 

Tobacco Free Site

Solana Vista 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 School
All persons visiting our campus must follow these rules:
They must first check in with the office and get a visitor’s badge which must be visibly worn.
Visitors may observe classroom instruction. However, they may not disrupt the learning process.
Visitors are asked to check back in with the office before leaving campus to sign out and return their badge.
 
Volunteers
Volunteers are asked to follow these procedures before reporting to a classroom to volunteer:
Sing-in in the Volunteer Book in the office.
Volunteers should be wearing a volunteer badge so they can be easily identified by all staff on campus.
Volunteers must have a signed "Not a Registered Sex Offender" affidavit and have a current negative TB test verification form on file with the office.

It is important for all volunteers to remember the following:
Respect confidentiality. Students and staff have a right to privacy.
When things come up and you can’t fulfill a promise, let someone know.
Be on time. If you can’t make it, let someone know.

We so appreciate all that you do for Solana Vista Elementary School. Tuberculin Tests Each volunteer working with children must have the report of a negative tuberculin test (injection) or X-ray on file in the health office. The tuberculin test and X-ray are good for four years.
provide Science and art instruction to students. Your teacher will inform you of the designated times of this instruction.
 
Wellness Guidelines 

All Solana Beach district schools have updated their Wellness guidelines. Food treats for birthdays parties will no longer be allowed.


If you wish to commemorate your child’s birthday at school, some ideas include: sharing a favorite book or game, giving stickers or pencils. Please check with your teacher.


Research documents that a student's health affects their attendance and ability to learn.  Healthy children:

  • Do better in school
  • Miss fewer days of school
  • Pay attention in class
  • Have improved classroom behavior
  • Are more likely to graduate from high school and go to college
 
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