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ARROYO VISTA SCHOOL IMPORTANT INFORMATION

2015-16

 

Office and School Hours

The school office is open from 7:15-3:45p.m. daily.

Our school phone number is 234-5951.  Arroyo Vista School’s Call in Sick number is 234-5929.

 

School Hours:

 

Grade Level                                         Hours – M, T, Th, F                             Hours – Wed

Grades 1-5                                           8:15a.m to 2:35p.m.                              8:15a.m. to 1:20p.m.

Grades 6-8                                           8:00a.m. to 2:40p.m.                             8:00a.m. to 1:25p.m.

Early Bird Kindergarten                         8:15a.m. to 12:08 p.m.                          8:15a.m. to 12:08 p.m.

Late Bird Kindergarten                          10:00a.m. to 1:38 p.m.                          8:15a.m. to 12:08p.m.

 

 

Attendance/Tardies

A Call in Sick phone line is provided at Arroyo Vista K-8 School.  Please leave a recorded message at 234-5929 when children are absent from school.  Students are excused if absent because of illness.  Children should be kept home when they are not feeling well.  Ample time will be provided for them to make up any work that is missed, according to how many days the student was absent.  If a child is tardy, he/she must check in at the front office before being admitted to class.  Frequent tardies without a valid excuse is considered truancy under the law.  Students with continued tardies and/or unexcused absences will be referred to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB) for disciplinary action.       

 

Bicycles/Skateboards/Rollerblades/Razor Scooters

Bikes may be ridden to and from school by grades 3-8 students only.  Please contact the principal if you have an extenuating circumstance for a younger child.  Helmets and bike locks are required.  The school is not responsible for stolen bicycles.  Bicycles may be locked in the bike rack area.  Bike riding is not permitted on school grounds.  Students must walk their bike on and off campus.

 

Skateboards, rollerblades, scooters or skate shoes may NOT be ridden to/from school or on school property.

 

Child Care

The YMCA operates an on-campus daycare program.  For information regarding services and fees, please contact the YMCA at 589-8502 or 859-9622.

 

Dress Code

CUSD has a district wide dress code.  Hats may not be worn to school except when special permission is granted by the administration or the teacher, typically for dress up days and/or other specified school events.  Any attire, which appears to glorify gang affiliation, is prohibited.  T-shirts that display inappropriate messages including but not limited to alcohol or tobacco products may not be worn.

 

Lost and Found

Labeling jackets, sweaters, and lunch bags will help us return misplaced items to their proper owner.  Elementary and middle school Lost and Found locations are in their respective libraries.  The Lost and Found bin/area fills up quickly.  Due to space limitations any unclaimed items will be donated to a charitable organization at the end of each semester. 

 

Lunch Program

School lunches for grades 1-5 may be purchased for $2.75.  Middle school students may purchase lunch for $3.00.  Free and reduced lunch application may be requested from the school office.  Parents are encouraged to prepay lunches for their child to help avoid lost lunch money and other mishaps.  Parents can visit the Food and Nutrition link on the CUSD website for more information.

 

Medication

Medical treatment is the responsibility of the parent and family physician.  Medications, both prescription and over the counter should be dispensed at home,   rather than at school, whenever possible.  The only exceptions involve special or serious problems where it is deemed absolutely necessary by the physician that the medication be given during school hours.  In order for any medication (even Tylenol/cough drops, etc.) to be dispensed at school, an Administration of Medication form signed by both the physician and parent, must be on file in the school office.  A new Administration of Medication form is required each school year and medications kept at school must be picked up at the end of the current school year.

 

Use of School Telephones

Please be sure to communicate all after school plans with your child prior to leaving for school in the morning.  Phone messages are difficult to relay to a student.  Outside phone calls cannot be forwarded to the classroom.

 

Parent Involvement

Parents play a vital role in making Arroyo Vista School a success.  During Back to School Night each year, teachers discuss the many ways parents can become involved in their child’s education.  We rely heavily on parents to assist us both inside the classroom and at home.  Some volunteers, depending upon their student contact, may be required to be fingerprinted and approved through the district.  All visitors, including parent volunteers working during school hours, need to sign in at the front office and wear a visitor badge.  Arroyo Vista School maintains an active PTA.  Ongoing opportunities are made available to help plan our many school events.  All parents are invited and encouraged to join the PTA and to attend monthly general meetings.

 

Releasing Children to Adults

Parents must sign their child out in the office when removing students from school early.  Children will only be released to those individuals listed on the Parent Portal/emergency card and an ID will be required.  If special pick up arrangements are made with persons not listed on the card, please send a note to the school office.  Any pertinent custody information should be brought to the attention of the teacher and principal immediately.

 

Visiting classrooms

Teachers structure their day to maximize instructional time and minimize interruptions.  Please make sure your child has items they will need during the day when they arrive at school each morning.  In the event  of forgotten  necessities please use the school office to make all deliveries.  The office will see that it reaches your child at the appropriate time.

 

Walking to School

Parents are asked to support our efforts in teaching children to respect the property of others.  Students walking to school are encouraged to walk with a friend and to always use crosswalks.  Students are responsible for upholding all school rules as they travel both to and from school. 

 

Dogs on Campus

Orange County health regulations prohibit dogs on school grounds at any time.

 

Telephone iPod/Electronic and other Cell Phones Usage

Students may use the school telephone only in an emergency. Parents are asked to plan ahead with their children regarding any changes to procedures for students to follow after school. Changes should be communicated to the student’s teacher by written note.

CUSD policy permits possession of cell phones on a school campus, but requires that they be turned off and stored in a locker, backpack, purse, pocket or other place where it is not visible during the instructional day. Depending on the specific campus policy, the device may be used before the first bell and after the school day ends. Only students in high school may use cell phones during the lunch period.

If a student uses a cell phone inappropriately on campus, school officials have the authority to confiscate the device. If the device rings, or is visible during exams or is used for cheating, it may be confiscated and the student may be removed from the situation. Exceptions to this policy may be granted by the site administrator for purposes relating to the health or educational needs of a student.

If the device is found connected to the CUSD network without permission, it will be determined that the student has violated the student Acceptable Use Policy and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken. This will occur only in cases where the device is used in a manner that disrupts the learning environment.

The District assumes no responsibility under any circumstances for the loss, destruction, or theft of any cellular phones, or any other electronic signaling devices that are brought to school at any time or to any extracurricular or after school activity. School and District office personnel are not required to investigate lost or stolen devices.

Pictures or recordings taken on campus or at school events will not be posted on the Internet or shared without written permission of the Administration. The District is not liable for any inappropriate actions, content, or materials accessed or shared on personal devices (see BP 6163.5 and AR 6.7). If there is reasonable suspicion, administration reserves the right to hold onto the device and search content on any personal device, including but not limited to blogs, text messages, images, etc., during an investigation.

No pupil shall be prohibited from possessing or using an electronic signaling device that is determined by a licensed physician to be essential for the health of the pupil and the use of which is limited to the pupil’s health.

The use of camera functions on electronic devices is prohibited on campuses.

 

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS

We would like to support recognizing each child’s birthday.  However, we want to make sure we are doing so in an appropriate manner.  Please do not bring treats to school to distribute to other people’s children.  We encourage you to be creative, however, if you would like others to enjoy the celebration.  Items such as stickers, bookmarks, special pencils or erasers, etc. are welcomed and will be passed out at the end of the day.    Also, teachers are not allowed to distribute birthday invitations or provide contact information for other students.
 
Thank you for helping us honor everyone’s wishes while still recognizing students’ birthdays on campus.
 
The Arroyo Vista PTA also offers another way to commerate your child's birthday - enroll your child in the AVPTA Birthday Book Club!  Your child chooses a book for our library, their name is placed in the book and their picture goes on the our library's Giving Tree Wall!  Best of all your child is the first to check out this book.  Commerate your child's birthday by joining today!   For more information call Kelly Lansford @ 888-9505.
 
DROPPING OFF ITEMS

All items that parents need to drop off (lunches, homework, PE uniforms, etc.) need to be done so through the front office.  Do not go straight to the classroom . 

 

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Capistrano Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying in all district activities, programs, and employment based upon actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, color, religion, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, sex, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Reference: AR 1312.3, BP 1312.3 and BP 5183.

Rich Montgomery, Executive Director, Human Resource Services/Compliance
33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 234-9200

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