SIERRA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
An International Baccalaureate
6811 Camborne Way
Rocklin, CA 95677
(916) 788-7161 (fax)
SIERRA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
TABLE OF CONTENTS
3 Welcome; School Hours; District Administration; Board of Trustees
4 PTC information; Community Organizers
5 Sierra Elementary School Staff
6 Programs and Services
7-10 School Policies
11-12 School Discipline Plan
13-24 Rocklin Unified School District Policies
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2. On MONDAY, all children in grades 1-6 attend 7:50-1:20
Sierra Elementary School
http://ses.rocklin.k12.ca.us Teachers will utilize the time on Mondays to receive specialized training in a
variety of instructional practices, including: reading recovery, differentiated
instruction, guided reading/writing, assessments, and mathematics. District-wide
inservices are planned to allow our teachers adequate time to plan curriculum and
Dear Parents, align our instructional program with the new state mandates. Additionally,
Welcome to Sierra Elementary School! We are proud to be an teachers will be able to share what is working well in their classrooms with their
International Baccalaureate World School. Our school, its staff, and colleagues so we can better improve student achievement for all our children. If
the community are pleased that you are here with us. you have any questions, please contact your son/daughter's school.
The staff of Sierra Elementary School strives to provide an
exemplary learning environment through the use of inquiry based IB Rocklin Unified School District
principles and concepts. Student centered learning is the primary 2615 Sierra Meadows Drive
focus of the school. Through the PYP Learner Profile and Attitudes, Rocklin, CA 95677
Sierra students internalize the qualities of a life long learner, prepared (916) 624-2428
to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
The staff welcomes your direct involvement in all aspects of Kevin Brown 630-2230. Superintendent
our program at Sierra Elementary. Please feel free to call me or your Linda Rooney 630-2227 Deputy Superintendent,
child’s teacher if you have questions concerning any school issue – Educational Services
my door is always open. Barbara Patterson 630-2234 Business/Assoc. Superintendent
Sincerely, Mike Garrison 630-2240 Human Resources/Asst. Sup
Karen Huffines, Principal Larry Stark 630-3188 Facilities/Asst. Superintendent
Betty Jo Wessinger 630-2232 Director of Special Services
SCHOOL HOURS Carolyn Nunn-Lum 630-3187 Director of Categorical/Elem
See Bell Schedule on our webpage for current School Board Members
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Wendy Lang firstname.lastname@example.org
Todd Lowell email@example.com
Office Hours 7:00 – 3:45 PM
Camille Maben firstname.lastname@example.org
The school playground is supervised beginning at 7:40 Please
Steve Paul email@example.com
do not arrive before that time.
TEACHER TRAINING/PLANNING TIME Our parent, teacher organization is called PTC. This is an
For the 2011-2012 school year, the district will continue using one hour every activity oriented organization that works together in various
Monday afternoon for articulation. ways for the benefit of our children and school. This is
Kindergarten teachers will be included in the articulation process. Therefore, the
following changes will take place regarding the starting and ending times that
accomplished by supporting school activities, class programs,
Kindergarten students attend school on Mondays. The schedule for students in fundraisers, and sharing time and ideas. You have the
grades 1-6 will remain the same. opportunity to participate in the activities that fit your interests
1. On MONDAY:
and time. PTC meetings are held monthly, but it is not
AM Kindergarten students will attend school from 7:50– 11:10 a m necessary to attend each meeting.
1A. Tuesday through Friday, Kindergarten students will be on the regular schedule:
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Take an active part in shaping the educational environment of Rocklin Youth Soccer Club Message 773.7217
Tri-City Little League Message 624-5590
Sierra Elementary. You’ll meet new friends, have fun in the Rocklin Little League Message 632.7756
process, and your participation will be greatly appreciated. Rocklin Wave Swim Team Message 497-1444
Loomis Basin Dolphin Swim Team 652-3719
Five Cities Softball Message 652.8716
PARENT PARTICIPATION Rocklin Recreation Dept. Mark Reimer 632.4100
Following is a list of various programs in which you can help: Public Library 624.3133
Rocklin High School Pool 632.4100
Parent Club Participation Art Docent Volunteers Rocklin Jr. Thunder Football & Cheer Message 497.1369
Classroom Volunteers Teacher Appreciation Day Rocklin Girls Fastpitch Softball 625-1510
Scrip Sales Membership Drive
Mini Olympics Library Volunteers The Rocklin Unified School District is a
Fundraisers drug free, alcohol free, and tobacco free
President -- Deanna Hogenboom Sierra Elementary Mission Statement
Secretary – Kelly Tourville
Sierra Elementary provides guided inquiry instruction
Treasurer – Mindy Musser in a safe, supportive environment where a highly
qualified staff work collaboratively to develop
life-long learners who are critical thinkers,
reflective, compassionate, and globally minded.
Boy Scouts 929-1417
Brownies/Girl Scouts 1.800.322.4475
Camp Fire USA Roseville 781.3544
Cub Scouts Dan Garvin 929-1417
Kids Junction 625-5253
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Sierra Elementary School Staff
Karen Huffines- Principal
- Candy Donnell - Administrative Assistant
- Laura Linsteadt - Clerk FIFTH GRADE
Brett Shirhall 17
Jeri Farmer 16
Krissa Anderson K-3
Julie Budge 3
Rebecca Burke K-2
Jeff Strawn 13
Kameron Breckenridge K-1
Nell Hildebrand 14
Lisa Johnson 2
Cinci Saucerman 1
Cynthia Brown 18
Rose Marie Caballero 6
Heather Winter 8
Katrina Loutensock 26
Lori Gin 9
Andrea Tiernan Pollock 7
Carole Durbin 12
Yvonne Edwards 5
Diane Sorenson 4
Brett Shirhall 17
Lyn Donohue 11
Marissa Hardy 15
Carrie King – Psychologist
LUNCH ACHIEVEMENT TESTING
A nutritionally balanced lunch is available in the cafeteria. Students in grades 2 through 6 will take the SAT 9 each
Student lunches are $2.50. Those who bring lunches from spring. Results will be sent home with students four to six
home may purchase milk for . 50 cents. New monthly menus weeks after the tests are given.
are distributed at the end of each month. A multi-lunch card
may be purchased in the office each morning. Students are
allowed to charge lunches and must pay the next day VAPA
RUSD provides a balanced curriculum, with arts as part of the
Parents who wish to eat in the cafeteria may do so by calling the core for all students, kindergarten through grade 12.
school the morning of the day that you intend to join your child Programs and curriculum incorporate the following four
for lunch. The adult meal is $3.50. components in alignment with the California State Framework
for Visual and Performing Arts: Dance, Music, Theater, and
the Visual Arts. The components of the arts education are:
(1) Artistic Perception, (2) Creative Expression, (3) Historical
and Cultural Context, and (4) Aesthetic Valuing.
Instruction in wind/percussion instruments is offered for
grades 5 and 6.
A before and after school child care program is available on our
campus. The Rocklin Recreation Department sponsors “Kids
Junction.” Call 624-4100 for registration information. The
program is located in the portable closest to the Kindergarten
STUDENT STUDY TEAM
Our Student Study Team (SST) meets regularly each month to
discuss educational options for students who have been
referred by the classroom teacher. The group is comprised of
school and district personnel and the child’s parents who offer
various suggestions and strategies that may be considered to
better meet the needs of the child. A concerned parent may
also request an SST for their child.
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HOMEWORK wish to pick up the assignment, the teacher will have the work
If home study is to be effective, it must be a joint responsibility ready for you to pick up in the office after school. (Office is
of the home and school. Parents should help the student work open until 3:30 P.M.)
out a study schedule and provide a quiet work atmosphere. Our
staff believes homework should be introduced at the primary EMERGENCY CARDS
level with assignments moving from the occasional simple Please be sure that Emergency Cards are kept current. In
assignment to more complex assignments as the student the event your child becomes ill or is injured at school, we
proceeds through the upper grades. Homework should be must have a phone number where we can reach you or a
considered the highest priority before after-school play. designated substitute.
When students are absent from school, it is important that their Bus transportation is provided by the Rocklin Unified School
absences be cleared on the first day back to school. The only District at a cost. You must obtain a bus pass at the RUSD
legally recognized absences are for illness, doctor appointments Transportation Office each semester. Students are not
and certain bereavement. Please use both first and last name allowed to ride with friends without a bus pass.
of student and teacher’s name on all correspondence from
home. Families may purchase bus passes at the Transportation
Office at 2225 Corp Yard (next door to UPS, off of Sierra
When your child is absent, please call the school or send a Meadows), phone number 624-9106. If a student is going
note with your child on the day he/she returns to school. It home on a different bus, parents must send a note to school
will be necessary otherwise to call the parent at home or stating their approval, bus number, and stop. Buses at full
work in order to clear the absence. capacity may deny students who do not regularly ride that
particular bus. Bus passes for riding the bus on a temporary
TARDIES: When students are late for school, they must check basis (20 rides) may be purchased through the school office
in at the office before going to class. Excessive tardiness will be at a cost of $50.00
APPOINTMENTS: All students leaving school early should
have a note and must be signed out in the office before leaving.
INDEPENDENT STUDY: Students who will be away from
school for an extended period of time (5 or more days), can be
given assignments that will require 240 minutes of study per
day. Students will receive credit for being in school. If this is
desired, please let the office know a few days in advance.
REQUEST FOR HOMEWORK:
For a student illness of 2 days or more, parents may request
homework. If you call the office by 10:00 a.m. of the day you
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ARRIVING TO, AND LEAVING SCHOOL The administration reserves the right to decide the appropriateness
of the student's attire. Inappropriately dressed students will be
expected to change clothing.
• Walk bicycles/scooters/skateboards in and out of the bike According to RUSD Administrative Procedure 5056 the following
rack area. guidelines shall apply to all regular school activities:
• Walk your bicycle/scooter/skateboard across the crosswalks. 1. All garments must fit and be worn in the manner in which they
are designed. Pants must be worn at or above the hip point and be
• Stay out of the bicycle/scooter/skateboard rack area after you able to stay up without a belt.
park your bicycle/scooter/skateboard.
2. Footwear must be worn at all times. At all elementary schools,
• Lock your bicycle/scooter/skateboard for safety reasons, thongs or backless shoes/sandals are
prohibited; however, sandals may be worn if they have heel straps.
• No bicycle/scooter/skateboard riding on the school grounds 3. Clothes shall be sufficient to conceal undergarments at all times.
before or after school. See-through or fish-net fabrics, halter tops, off-the-shoulder or low-
cut tops, tank tops, torn off sleeves, bare midriffs, and skirts or
• Helmets for bicycles are REQUIRED by State Law and highly shorts shorter than mid-thigh are prohibited.
recommended for scooters, skateboards, skates and inline
skates. 4. Inappropriate lettering, printing, message patches, or messages
on clothing, hats, backpacks, binders or other personal items, are
• Cross streets using the crosswalks.
5. Clothing and jewelry shall be free of writing, pictures, or any
other insignia which are crude, vulgar, profane, or sexually
• Walk facing the traffic whenever possible.
suggestive or which advocate racial, ethnic, or religious prejudice
or the use of drugs or alcohol.
STUDENT DRESS AND APPEARANCE
(Board Policy 5056) 6. Hair shall be clean and neatly groomed. Hair may not be
The major responsibility for dress and grooming is placed upon sprayed by any coloring that would drip when wet.
the student and the student's parents. The following guidelines
are intended to define appropriate student attire and personal 7. Gym shorts may not be worn in classes other than physical
grooming. The purpose is to prevent disruption of the education.
classroom atmosphere, encourage appropriate dress for the
workplace, eliminate disturbances among students in 8. Any apparel, jewelry, accessory, school materials, or manner of
attendance, and minimize student distraction so as not to grooming which by virtue of its color, arrangement, or any other
attribute denoting membership in a gang is prohibited.
interfere with the educational process. It is also intended to help
protect the health, safety, and welfare of the individual student. 9. No hats are allowed to be worn in the classroom (district-wide)
with the exception of classroom curriculum activities.
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VISITING THE SCHOOL time is determined by grade level. If students have any
It is important that we know who is on campus. All adults are overdue books, they will not be allowed to check out any
required to check in at the office and wear a visitor badge before more until the overdue has been cleared.
going to any classrooms. If you are bringing a lunch or materials
during the day for your child, please bring them to the office to BOOKS AND MATERIALS
avoid disruption of instruction in the classroom. Please see the Each student is issued a set of books, and other materials at
Board Policy on pages at the end of the Handbook. the beginning of the school year. (Books should be covered
with a sturdy cover). Students are expected to care for the
MEDICATION books and materials and return them in June in a similar
All medication, including non-prescription, requires a signed condition. Students will be charged for excessive wear and
release form from parents for school personnel to administer the tear or loss of materials and reports cards will be withheld
medicine as prescribed in the written statement from the pending payment. Certain grade levels may request
attending physician. Release forms may be obtained at the additional materials from home.
school office. Please see the Board Policy on pages at the end
of the Handbook. BOOK DAMAGE OR LOSS
Students are expected to pay for excessive damage to books
LOST AND FOUND or for the loss of books. The cost will be determined by the
Parents are strongly encouraged to label jackets, sweaters, current replacement cost of the book(s). Students who do not
lunch boxes, with their owner's name. "Found" articles will be meet these obligations lose further borrowing privileges and
kept in the “Lost and Found” cage in the cafeteria. If they are report cards will be withheld until such obligations have been
not claimed they will be donated to a charitable organization. met.
LIBRARY USAGE AND BEHAVIOR CONFERENCES
Students may use the library any time during open hours, or Parents are encouraged to keep close contact with the
under the supervision of an adult in charge. This may be a school. If at any time you have a question, please call the
scheduled class visit, or an individual visit with permission of the school office and leave a message. The teacher will return
teacher and the librarian for independent study. Students must your call as soon as possible and set a conference time if one
have a pass to enter the library during school hours, including is desired.
lunch, if not accompanied by a teacher or aide. NO STUDENT
may be in the library unsupervised at any time.
While in the library, students will follow school rules and are
expected to conduct themselves responsibly. Loud talking,
running, eating and drinking are not appropriate in the library.
Students exhibiting these behaviors may be asked to leave the
Students may borrow books for a two-week period of time. The
number of books a student may have checked out at any one
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FIELD TRIPS unless accompanied by his/her own parent and all waiver forms
Attendance of Field/Study Trips is a privilege that must be earned. are signed and filed in the office prior to the departure of the
Students with a school behavior problem or a problem keeping up bus.
with their school-work will be excluded from the field/study trips at All chaperones going on Field Trips must be fingerprinted.
the discretion of the teacher/administrator. (Parents should pick up a Live Scan form from the school office.
This form needs to be taken to the Sheriff's Department in the
Students are responsible for bringing permission slips to school Dewitt Center in Auburn or to the Sheriff's Department at 5510
when field trips are planned. Students who do not have written Garfield Avenue in Sacramento. Live Scan results will be back in
permission may not be allowed to participate in a particular field 2 to 3 days. Regular fingerprinting takes 4 to 6 weeks.)
trip. Only students who are members of the class may attend the Parents who wish to accompany their own child on a Field Trip and
field trip activity are not a chaperone, may do so. However, their child should be
assigned to a group and a chaperone, and that parent would need to
There are two types of Field Trips: buddy-up with the chaperone assigned to their child. Parents who
1. Co-Curricular Field Trips are defined as activities that may be are not serving as chaperones will need to provide their own
associated with the curriculum in a regular classroom. These are transportation on field trips.
outgrowths of classroom activities and serve as valuable
supplements to the regular classroom program. No student shall
be prevented from making a co-curricular field trip because of lack
of sufficient funds.
The telephone is for emergency use only. Students making
2. Extra-Curricular Field Trips are activities which include, but are long distance calls to parents at work or for any other reason
not limited to, athletic events, cheerleading, and the variety of must charge that call to their home.
events sponsored by school clubs and organizations as approved
in writing by the principal. These activities provide students with TRANSFERS
opportunities to participate in educationally related activities. An Please notify the school office by telephone or note if you will
"extra-curricular activity" is not part of the regular school be moving out of the district. It is helpful to know at least 48
curriculum. Any student voluntarily participating in an extra- hours in advance so there is time to check in textbooks,
curricular field trip or excursion must secure his/her own individual return materials, clear library and office records. School
funds. records will be mailed to your new school as soon as you
enroll your child and the school makes a request.
Students must have written parental permission, including pertinent
medical information, in order to participate in any field trip. HONOR ROLL
(Education Code 35350) Students who do not have written Students with a “B” Grade Point Average and higher will be
permission may not be allowed to participate in a particular field honored for their achievement at an awards assembly at the
trip. Only students who are members of the class may attend the end of each trimester. Parents are welcome.
field trip activity.
Transportation for all field trips beyond walking distance is AWARDS
provided by District buses. Parent chaperones, along with Students showing outstanding behavior or achievement in
classroom teachers, must ride the buses with the students. No specific areas will be recognized for their efforts at the awards
child may be transported to a field trip location in a private car assembly at the end of each trimester. Parents are welcome.
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SCHOOL RULES Peaceful Playground rules:
Rules are to ensure a safe environment for all students and
adults on campus. We Expect Each Student To: • Play by the rules. BEHAVE or you'll not get to play.
You Can’t Say, You Can’t Play! All games are open.
1 Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Productive. • Dress appropriately. Keep track of your stuff. BE POLITE.
2 Respect the rights and properties of others • Take turns. SHARE. Make friends. Tolerate
3 Keep your hands, feet and objects to yourself when DIFFERENCES of others.
• Consider the FEELINGS of others. Give everyone a
playing or angry. CHANCE.
4 Follow the directions of the adults on campus. • Get along. Be humble.
5 Walk around the buildings, sidewalks and hallways. • REMEMBER. Cheaters never really win. WINNERS never
6 Wear shoes or sandals at all times. cheat.
7 Be in the classroom only when an adult is present. • Don't tear up the equipment. Put stuff back where you
8 Use the bathroom properly. found it.
9 Play games in a sportsmanlike manner. • Show SPORTSMANSHIP. Shake hands. Practice to get
10 Use play equipment properly. better at everything.
11 Wear safe, enclosed, non-raised heeled tennis • Know the score. NEVER GIVE UP! TRY YOUR BEST
shoes/sneakers for Physical Education activities. ALWAYS IN ALL WAYS!
It is our intention to treat all students with firm, fair, and
consistent discipline. All students are given ample opportunities
to improve their behavior. All discipline will be handled privately
and carefully with immediate parent involvement.
Safety is a primary consideration at all times. Students are
expected to obey all personnel who are on duty to help ensure a
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1. Verbal acknowledgement Let’s all work together to make this a
2. Telephone calls to parents for good behavior. wonderful school year . . . . . for everyone,
3. Personal notes home. And most importantly, for you and your
UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR child.
1. Throwing or shooting objects that could cause injury.
2. Fighting (real or play).
3. Wrestling, tackling, pushing.
4. Possessing dangerous objects (knives, firecrackers,
caps, matches, lighters, etc.)
5. Climbing trees
6. Leaving campus without the permission of the office staff.
7. Radios, tape recorders, skateboards, etc. are not allowed
at school unless the teacher has given permission for a
classroom activity (The school will not be responsible for
lost or stolen items brought from home.)
8. Students are not permitted to damage or destroy school
property or the property of other people.
9. Students may not sell items at school.
10. Gum & sunflower seeds are not allowed at school. Candy
is allowed at lunch time only.
11. Students are to use appropriate language.
12. Spitting is not permitted
13. Sexual harassment will not be tolerated.
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ROCKLIN UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT 11. STUDENT DRESS AND APPEARANCE (Board
BOARD POLICIES Policy/Administrative Regulation 5132)
1. SEXUAL HARASSMENT (Board 12. TRANSPORTATION
Policy/Administrative Regulation 5145.7)
13. SCHOOL SPONSORED TRIPS (Board
Policy/Administrative Regulation 6153)
2. OPEN ENROLLMENT/INTRADISTRICT (Board
Policy/Administrative Regulation 5116.1)
3. STUDENT SAFETY (Board Policy/Administrative 15. TEACHER TRAINING TIME
16. COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS
4. STUDENT CLASS ASSIGNMENTS (Board
17. PROMOTION/RETENTION INFORMATION
Policy/Administrative Regulation 6152)
18. HIGH SCHOOL EXIT EXAMINATION
5. GATE (Gifted and Talented Education)
19. UNIFORM COMPLAINT PROCEDURE
6. MEDICATIONS (Board Policy/Administrative
Regulation 5141.21) 20. CELL PHONES ON CAMPUS (Board
Policy/Administrative Regulation 5131)
7. SUSPENSION/EXPULSION (Board
Policy/Administrative Regulation 5144.1)
48900 a through u
48900.2 Suspension for sexual harassment
48900.3 Suspension for hate violence
48900.4 Suspension for harassment
48900.7 Suspension and expulsion
8. USE OF VOLUNTEER SERVICES (Board
Policy/Administrative Regulation 1240)
9. EMERGENCY SITUATIONS
10. SCHOOL VISITATIONS (Board Policy/Administrative
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ROCKLIN UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT Any student who feels that he/she is being harassed should
POLICIES TO BE INCLUDED IN SCHOOL HANDBOOKS immediately contact the principal or designee or another District
2009-2010 administrator in order to obtain a copy of BP & AR 1312.3-Uniform
Complaint Procedures. Complaints of harassment can be filed in
accordance with these procedures.
SEXUAL HARASSMENT (Board Policy 5145.7) A complete copy of Board Policy and Administrative Regulation
5145.7 is available in the school office.
The Board of Trustees is committed to maintaining a school
environment that is free from harassment. The Board prohibits sexual INTRADISTRICT/OPEN ENROLLMENT (Board Policy/Administrative
harassment of any student by another student, an employee or other
person, at school or at a school-sponsored activity. The Board also
The Board of Trustees of the district desires to provide options that
prohibits retaliatory behavior or action against any person who
meet the diverse needs, potential, and interests of district students
complains, testifies, assists or otherwise participates in the complaint
and shall annually review enrollment options. Students who reside
process established in accordance with this policy.
within the district boundaries may apply for enrollment in any
district school. The Superintendent or designee shall determine the
Any student who engages in sexual harassment of anyone at school
capacity of each district school and establish a random, unbiased
or at a school-sponsored or school-related activity is in violation of this
selection process for the admission of students from outside a
policy and shall be subject to disciplinary action. For students in
school’s attendance area. In accordance with law, no student
grades 4 through 12, disciplinary action may include suspension
currently residing within a school’s attendance area shall be
displaced by another student. No student who currently resides in
the attendance area of a school shall be displaced by students
Administrative procedure 5145.7 states that prohibited sexual
harassment includes, but is not limited to, unwelcome sexual transferring from outside the attendance area. It is the responsibility
advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, visual or of the parent to provide transportation for their child(ren) granted an
physical conduct of a sexual nature. Types of conduct which are intradistrict transfer.
• A parent/guardian who wishes his/her child to attend a school in
prohibited in the District and which may constitute sexual harassment
another attendance area should prepare an application for an
include, but are not limited to:
intradistrict attendance agreement made available at all K-8 school
Unwelcome sexual flirtations or propositions.
Sexual slurs, epithets, threats, verbal abuse, derogatory • The application process is to be initiated at the school of attendance.
comments, or sexually degrading descriptions. The principal or designee will sign the application and the
Graphics verbal comments about an individual's body or overly parent/guardian will then deliver it to the school he/she wishes his/her
personal conversation. child to attend. If more applications are received at a particular school
Sexual jokes, stories, drawings, pictures, or gestures. than space available, a random drawing will be held to determine who
Spreading sexual rumors. will be granted an Intradistrict attendance agreement. Every effort will
Teasing or sexual remarks about students enrolled in a be made to complete this process at least 15 days before the start of
predominantly single-sex class. the school year.
Touching an individual's body or clothes in a sexual way. • Students who previously attended the school will be considered prior
Limiting a student's access to educational tools. to new (intradistrict) applicants. Every effort will be made to
Purposefully cornering or blocking of normal movements. accommodate additional family members, although there is no
Displaying sexually suggestive objects. guarantee.
• lntradistrict attendance agreements will become tentatively effective
five days prior to the first day of school each school year to ensure
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that students residing in the attendance area have had an opportunity to school premises or not. The Superintendent to designee shall
enroll. establish regulations and procedures as necessary to protect
• During the first ten school days, the students residing within the students from dangerous situations.
attendance area of the school shall have precedence over the students
attending the school on intradistrict agreements. Should an overload The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that teachers,
occur during the first ten days of school, students tentatively enrolled at teacher aides, yard aides, and volunteers who supervise students
the affected grade level on an intradistrict agreement shall return to their receive training in safety practices and in supervisory techniques
school of residence. Should the school of residence be overloaded, said which will help them to forestall problems and resolve conflicts.
students may be transferred to another school. Students enrolled in
school due to child care arrangements at the affected grade levels shall The following visitor regulations shall be in place at each school
be transferred to a nearby school where there is space. site:
• After the first 10 days of school, the students tentatively enrolled on an All visitors, including parents, must sign in at the office.
lntradistrict agreement are subject to the same consideration as a child All unknown visitors will show proof of identity.
living in the attendance area for the school year. Uniform District identification badges will be used
• Should a school or classroom within a school become impacted anytime throughout the District.
during the school year, the transfer of students shall be based on the Picture identification badges will be used by District
last students to register in the affected grade levels. employees who visit campuses (i.e. Superintendents,
• Parents/guardians of students with disabilities will follow the same Intradistrict Maintenance, and Transportation/Cafeteria Supervisors.)
Transfer request process as parents/guardians of nondisabled students.
However, the District must ensure a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) A "buddy system" will be in effect. K-3 students will have a
for students with disabilities. Therefore, prior to finalizing the approval of a companion when leaving the classroom. A 4-6 "buddy
transfer for a student with disabilities, the Individualized Education Program system" is supportive and recommended, but is not
(IEP) team or the Section 504 Team will be required to determine if the student mandatory unless upon parents' request.
can be provided FAPE at the school of choice.
Every reasonable effort will be made to ensure against excessive A complete copy of Board Policy and Administrative Regulation
transferring of any students. The following exceptions shall be 5142 is available in the school office.
considered: (1) Change of boundary lines when new schools open; (2)
When boundary lines are adjusted to form a new attendance area; (3) STUDENT CLASS ASSIGNMENTS: (Board
The necessity to move an entire class or grade level; and (4) When Policy/Administrative Regulation 6152)
the school of residence is full or impacted. When assigning students to specific classrooms, the
Superintendent or designee shall strive to provide the best possible
The initial intradistrict agreement is in effect for the duration of the school year. It learning environment for each student. Insofar as possible,
must be renewed annually. consideration shall be given to:
A complete copy of Board Policy and Administrative Recommendations of the current classroom teacher
Regulation 5116.1 is available in the school office. Approved Gender and ethnic balance
April 18, 2001. Academic balance of high, medium and low achievers
STUDENT SAFETY ( Board Policy/Administrative Regulation Balance of students with social or emotional problems
5142) Strengths of individual teachers
The Board of Trustees places a high priority on safety and on the Student’s interests, readiness, behavior and motivation
prevention of student injury. Principals and staff are responsible for
the conduct and safety of students from the time they come under The Superintendent or designee may accept from parents/guardians any
school supervision until they leave school supervision, whether on information which would be helpful in making placement decisions. However,
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parents/guardians who provide such information shall be informed that requests for a like more information on this process or are interested in joining the
specific teacher shall be used as only one of many determining factors which must be GATE parent group, please contact Kathy Patterson at 774-2828,
taken into account. During the school year, the Superintendent or designee may
make any adjustments in class placement which he/she considers beneficial to the selection #3. The GATE Parent Group coordinates/sponsors a
student or the educational program. number of activities including Odyssey of the Mind and Academic
Every year, much thought is put into the development of class lists
and the assignment of students to teachers. Many factors are Self-contained classrooms for GATE students in grades 3-4 and 5-
considered in this process including, but not limited to, academic and 6, are held at Rocklin Elementary School.
social skills, class size, special needs, and students that need to be
separated from each other. Class lists are posted prior to the first day MEDICATIONS (Board Policy 5141.21)
of school for the convenience of students and parents. The Board of Trustees recognizes that students may need to take
prescribed medication during the school day in order to be able to
If parents have a concern regarding their child's placement, the attend school without jeopardizing their health. When the District
following procedures must be followed: has received written statements from the student’s physician and
Allow two weeks for student adjustment to class. parent/guardian, designated personnel shall assist the student in
Conference with the teacher following the end of the second taking the medication. In addition, upon written request,
week of placement. designated personnel may assist the student in monitoring, testing
Submit the concern(s) in writing to the school principal. or other treatment of an existing medical condition.
Meet with the school principal to discuss the concern(s).
Following the conference between the parents and the principal, the ALL MEDICATION, INCLUDING NON-PRESCRIPTION DRUGS
principal will make the final decision as to what course of action will be requires a signed release from parents and the attending physician
in the best interest of all concerned. in order for school personnel to administer the medicine on
campus. Each prescription must be accompanied by a written
A complete copy of Board Policy and Administrative Regulation 6152 prescription and statement or note from the attending physician.
is available in the school office. Release forms may be obtained from the school office.
STUDENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO CARRY ANY FORM OF
GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) MEDICATION (PRESCRIPTION OR OVER-THE-COUNTER) AT
The Rocklin Unified School District is dedicated to providing the ANY TIME WHILE ON CAMPUS EXCEPT THOSE MEDICATIONS
structure, support, training and resources necessary to ensure that THAT A PHYSICIAN REQUESTS THE PUPIL BE ALLOWED TO
students receive the highest quality education to become happy, CARRY (e.g. inhalant for asthma, Epinephrine, Auto-injector [Epi-
healthy, productive members of society. As part of a comprehensive Pen} for severe bee-sting allergies)!! Any medication must be
array of educational programs and resources, the Rocklin GATE placed under lock and key in the nurse's office in the administration
program assists students in developing their unique skills and abilities. building for the safety of all students. A complete copy of Board
The goal is to provide every student with numerous opportunities for Policy and Administrative Regulation 5425 is available in the school
extended learning in the regular classroom and at all grade levels. office.
If you wish to refer a child to the GATE Program, please request a SUSPENSION/EXPULSION (Board Policy 5144.1)
Parent Referral form at the school office. Screening is initiated at the Education Code 48900
second grade level. If a child is referred earlier, information will be A pupil may not be suspended from school or recommended for
gathered to support an identification at a later time. Screening expulsion unless the Superintendent or the principal of the school
sessions are held three times per year. After your form has been in which the pupil is enrolled determines that the pupil has
received, you will be notified of the next screening date. If you would
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committed an act as defined pursuant to one or more of subdivisions committed a sexual battery as defined in Section 243.4 of the Penal
(a) to (o), inclusive: Code.
(o) Harassed, threatened, or intimidated a pupil who is a complaining
(a) (1) Caused, attempted to cause, or threatened to cause physical injury witness or witness in a school disciplinary proceeding for the
to another person; or (2) Willfully used force or violence upon the purpose of either preventing that pupil from being a witness or
person of another, except in self-defense. retaliating against that pupil for being a witness, or both.
(b) Possessed, sold, or otherwise furnished any firearm, knife, explosive, (p) A pupil may not be suspended or expelled for any of the acts
or other dangerous object, unless, in the case of possession of any enumerated unless that act is related to school activity or school
object of this type, the pupil had obtained written permission to attendance occurring within a school under the jurisdiction of the
possess the item from a certificated school employee, which is Superintendent or principal or occurring within any other school
concurred in by the principal or the designee of the principal. district. A pupil may be suspended or expelled for acts that are
(c) Unlawfully possessed, used, sold, or otherwise furnished, or been enumerated in this section and related to school activity or
under the influence of, any controlled substance listed in Chapter 2 attendance that occur at any time, including, but not limited to, any
(commencing with Section 11053) of Division 10 of the Health and of the following: (1) While on school grounds.
Safety Code, an alcoholic beverage, or an intoxicant of any kind. (2) While going to or coming from school.
(d) Unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any controlled (3) During the lunch period whether on or off the campus.
substance listed in Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 11053) of (4) During, or while going to or coming from, a school sponsored
Division 10 of the Health and Safety Code, an alcoholic beverage, or activity.
an intoxicant of any kind, and then either sold, delivered, or otherwise (q) It is the intent of the Legislature that alternatives to suspensions or
furnished to any person another liquid, substance, or material and expulsion be imposed against any pupil who is truant, tardy, or
represented the liquid, substance, or material as a controlled otherwise absent from school activities.
substance, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant. (Amended by Stats. 1997, Ch. 637, Sec. 1.)
(e) Committed or attempted to commit robbery or extortion. (r) A pupil may not be suspended or expelled for any of the acts enumerated in
(f) Caused or attempted to cause damage to school property or private this section, unless that act is related to school activity or school attendance
property. occurring within a school under the jurisdiction of the superintendent or principal or
(g) Stolen or attempted to steal school property or private property. occurring within any other school district. A pupil may be suspended or expelled
(h) Possessed or used tobacco, or any products containing tobacco or for acts that are enumerated in this section and related to school activity or
nicotine products, including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, attendance that occur at any time, including, but not limited to, any of the
miniature cigars, clove cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, snuff, chew following:
packets, and betel. However, this section does not prohibit use or (1) While on school grounds.
possession by a pupil of his or her own prescription products. (2) While going to or coming from school.
(3) During the lunch period whether on or off the campus.
(i) Committed an obscene act or engaged in habitual profanity or (4) During, or while going to or coming from, a school sponsored activity.
vulgarity. (s) A pupil who aids or abets, as defined in Section 31 of the Penal Code, the
(j) Unlawfully possessed or unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to infliction or attempted infliction of physical
sell any drug paraphernalia, as defined in Section 11014.5 of the injury to another person may suffer suspension, but not expulsion, pursuant to this
Health and Safety Code. section, except that a pupil who has been adjudged by a juvenile court to have
(k) Disrupted school activities or otherwise willfully defied the valid committed, as an aider and abettor, a crime of physical violence in which the
authority of supervisors, teachers, administrators, school officials, or victim suffered great bodily injury or serious bodily injury shall be subject to
other school personnel engaged in the performance of their duties. discipline pursuant to subdivision (a).
(l) Knowingly received stolen school property or private property. (t) As used in this section, "school property" includes, but is not limited to,
electronic files and databases.
(m) Possessed an imitation firearm. As used in this section, "imitation (u) A superintendent or principal may use his or her discretion to provide
firearm" means a replica of a firearm that is so substantially similar in alternatives to suspension or expulsion, including, but not limited to, counseling
physical properties to an existing firearm as to lead a reasonable and an anger management program, for a pupil subject to discipline under this
person to conclude that the replica is a firearm. section.
(n) Committed or attempted to commit a sexual assault as defined in
Section 261, 266c, 286, 288, 288a, or 289 of the Penal Code or
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(v) It is the intent of the Legislature that alternatives to suspension or expulsion be (Added by Stats. 1994, Ch. 1017, Sec. 1.)
imposed against any pupil who is truant, tardy, or otherwise absent from school
(Amended by Stats. 2006, Ch. 601, Sec. 3.) 48900.7 Suspension and expulsion
(a) In addition to the reasons specified in Sections 48900, 48900.2,
48900.2 Suspension for sexual harassment 48900.3, and 48900.4, a pupil may be suspended from school or
recommended for expulsion if the Superintendent or the principal of
In addition to the reasons specified in Section 48900, a pupil may be
the school in which the pupil is enrolled determines that the pupil
suspended from school or recommended for expulsion if the
has made terroristic threats against school officials or school
Superintendent or the principal of the school in which the pupil is
property, or both.
enrolled determines that the pupil has committed sexual harassment
as defined in Section 212.5.
(b) For the purposes of this section, "terroristic threat" shall include
any statement, whether written or oral, by a person who willfully
For the purposes of this chapter, the conduct described in Section
threatens to commit a crime which will result in death, great bodily
212.5 must be considered by a reasonable person of the same
injury to another person, or property damage in excess of one
gender as the victim to be sufficiently severe or pervasive to have a
thousand dollars ($1,000), with the specific intent that the
negative impact upon the individual's academic performance or to
statement is to be taken as a threat, even if there is no intent of
create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment.
actually carrying it out, which, on its face and under the
This section shall not apply to pupils enrolled in kindergarten and
circumstances in which it is made, is so unequivocal, unconditional,
grades 1 to 3, inclusive.
immediate, and specific as to convey to the person threatened, a
(Added by Stats. 1992, Ch. 909, Sec. 2.)
gravity of purpose and an immediate prospect of execution of the
threat, and thereby causes that person reasonably to be in
48900.3 Suspension for hate violence sustained fear for his or her own safety or for his or her immediate
In addition to the reasons specified in Sections 48900 and 48900.2, a family's safety, or for the protection of school district property, or
pupil in any of grades 4 to 12, inclusive, may be suspended from the personal property of the person threatened or his or her
school or recommended for expulsion if the Superintendent or the immediate family.
principal of the school in which the pupil is enrolled determines that (Added by Stats. 1997, Ch. 405, Sec. 1.)
the pupil has caused, attempted to cause, threatened to cause, or
participated in an act of, hate violence, as defined in subdivision (e) of A complete copy of Board Policy and Administrative Regulation
Section 33032.5. 5144.1 is available in the school office.
(Added by Stats. 1994, Ch. 1198, Sec. 6.)
USE OF VOLUNTEER SERVICES (Board
48900.4 Suspension for harassment
Policy/Administrative Regulation 1240)
In addition to the grounds specified in Sections 48900 and 48900.2, a
pupil enrolled in any of grades 4 to 12, inclusive, may be suspended
Volunteers may supervise students during lunch and/or breakfast
from school or recommended for expulsion if the Superintendent or
period or may serve as volunteers under the
the principal of the school in which the pupil is enrolled determines
immediate supervision and direction of certificated personnel to
that the pupil has intentionally engaged in harassment, threats, or
perform non instructional work, assisting
intimidation, directed against a pupil or group of pupils, that is
certificated personnel in the performance of teaching and
sufficiently severe or pervasive to have the actual and reasonably
administrative responsibilities. These duties shall not include
expected effect of materially disrupting classwork, creating substantial
assignments of grades to students. A volunteer shall perform
disorder, and invading the rights of that pupil or group of pupils by
his/her duties in the physical presence of the teacher as the
creating an intimidating or hostile educational environment.
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teacher retains responsibility for the instruction and supervision of drills are held regularly to make certain that the students
students in his/her charge. understand emergency procedures.
Sex Offender Checks Please inform your children that they are as safe at school as they
Before authorizing any person to serve as a volunteer, the are at home in a serious emergency. School buildings have been
Superintendent or designee shall ask a local law enforcement agency designed with safety in mind and inspections are made regularly to
to conduct an automated records check or submit the person's remove possible hazards. There are personnel who are trained in
fingerprints to the Department of Justice to determine that the first aid. Our primary concern in the event of an emergency is the
individual is not a registered sex offender. safety and welfare of the students.
Fingerprinting Your children should be instructed to obey the directions of their
Any volunteer who supervises students without a certificated teachers and follow the directions of the bus driver if they are on a
employee present, must be fingerprinted. bus. If walking or riding bicycles, they should be told to continue
(Parents should pick up a Live Scan form from the school office. toward their destination when an emergency situation develops.
School Secretaries will direct Your cooperation is asked in any emergency:
you where to take the form.) Please avoid calling the school. Telephone lines will be
needed for emergency communications.
Tuberculosis Testing Please avoid driving to school. Streets should be as open
All volunteers who are in a classroom three or more times per week, as possible for emergency vehicles.
shall submit evidence that they are free from active tuberculosis at Turn your radio to any of the local Placer/Sacramento
least once every four years pursuant to Education Code 49406. All County radio stations. Information and instructions for
volunteers who are in a classroom three or more times per week, shall picking up students during or after an emergency will be
be tested for tuberculosis within 60 days before or within seven days given over the radio. AM - KAHI 95, KFBK 1530; FM -
after the volunteer service begins. Staff shall also maintain follow-up KHYL 101, KAER 92.5
reports indicating that the volunteer is free from tuberculosis. In the event your child's school must be evacuated, your child will
be transported to another school. The school of choice will be
determined by the nature of the emergency. Specific information
will be broadcast on the local radio stations listed above.
Volunteer Facilities Projects
All volunteer facilities projects shall have approximate start and
completion dates and must be approved by the principal in advance.
Projects approved by the principal shall also be approved in advance SCHOOL VISITATIONS (Board Policy/Administrative
by the Director of Facilities or Director of Maintenance. regulation 1250)
A complete copy of Board Policy and Administrative Regulation 1240 The Board of Trustees encourages parents/guardians and interested members of
the community to visit the schools and view the educational program. To ensure
is available in the school office. minimum interruption of the instructional program, visits during school hours
should be first arranged with the teacher and Superintendent or designee. If a
EMERGENCY SITUATIONS: conference is desired, an appointment should be set with the teacher during non-
instructional time. To ensure the safety of students and staff and avoid potential
disruptions, all visitors shall register in the school administration office immediately
The Rocklin Unified School District has plans and preparations for upon entering any school building or grounds when school is in session. No
major emergency situations. Our school staff has been trained and electronic listening or recording device may be used by students or visitors in a
classroom without the teacher and principal’s permission.
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School hours include the hours during the day that students would more authority than any other citizen. Board members have
reasonably be expected to be involved in school activities. School authority only in regularly called meetings of the Board, or
hours are only applicable on days during the week that school is in when delegated specific tasks by Board actions.
Unless otherwise posted at the school, school office hours for all Registration Procedure
schools in the District are as follows: In order to register, visitors shall, upon request, furnish the principal
or designee with the following information: (Penal Code 627.3)
Elementary Schools: 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 1. His/her name, address and occupation
Middle School: 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 2. His/her age, if less than 21
High School: 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 3. His/her purpose for entering school grounds
4. Proof of identity
School Visitor Registration 5. Other information consistent with the provisions of law
Parent/Guardian: Each parent/guardian desiring to schedule a
parent/teacher conference is required under normal circumstances to Loitering/Trespassing on School Grounds
give a 24 hour notice and report to an area designated by the school Loitering on school grounds in the District is prohibited. Any
principal to sign a register before meeting with the teacher for such individual who is present on a school ground in the District who has
conference. A parent/guardian wanting to visit the classroom or view no apparent lawful purpose to pursue will be directed to leave the
his/her student's participation in a presentation, demonstration, or school grounds immediately as per California Penal Code
performance is required to report to a designated area and register requirements.
before attending the above mentioned activity. In either case, if the
request is approved, the visitor will be announced to the teacher by Denial of Registration
the office personnel, and the visitation will be coordinated by a school The following provisions of law shall apply to visitors.
representative. When a parent/guardian comes to the school to attend
a prescheduled conference, e.g., week of parent/conferences, such 1. The principal or designee may refuse to register any visitor if
meeting/conference is not considered a school visitation and the he/she reasonably concludes that the visitor's presence or acts
parent/guardian is not required to register. The Superintendent or would disrupt the school, students, or employees; would result
designees shall post at every entrance to each school and school in damage to property; or would result in the distribution or use
grounds a notice setting forth visitor registration requirements, hours of a controlled substance. The principal or designee or school
during which registration is required, the registration location, the security officer may revoke a visitor's registration if he/she has
route to take to that location, and the penalties for violation of a reasonable basis for concluding that the visitor's presence on
registration requirements. (Penal Code 627.6) Unless otherwise school grounds would interfere or is interfering with the
directed by the principal or designee, a staff member shall accompany peaceful conduct of school activities or would disrupt or is
visitors while they are on school grounds. disrupting the school, students or staff. (Penal Code 627.4)
Any person other than the following is considered a visitor and 2. The principal or designee may request that a visitor who has
required to register upon entering school premises during school failed to register, or whose registration privileges have been
hours: (Penal Code 627.1, 627.2, Evidence Code 1070) denied or revoked, promptly leave school grounds and not
1. A student of the school, unless currently under suspension; return within 48 hours (Ed.Code 32211). When a visitor is
2. A Governing Board Member or District employee who is directed to leave, the principal or designee shall inform the
required to be on school grounds, or any authorized person visitor that if he/she reenters the school within seven (7) days,
who is on school grounds at the district's/school's request. he/she will be guilty of a misdemeanor subject to a fine and/or
Board members who visit schools of their own volition have no imprisonment. (Penal Code 627.7)
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6. Hair shall be clean and neatly groomed. Hair may not be sprayed
Appeal Procedure by any coloring that would drip when wet.
Any person who is denied registration or whose registration is revoked may appeal to 7. Gym shorts may not be worn in classes other than physical
the Superintendent or designee by submitting within five (5) days a District complaint education.
form and by following the District's complaint procedure (Administrative Policy 1312). 8. Any apparel, jewelry, accessory, school materials, or manner of
The final segment in the appeal process is for the Board of Trustees to consider the grooming which by virtue of its color, arrangement, or any other
appeal. attribute denoting membership in a gang is prohibited.
9. No hats are allowed to be worn in the classroom (district-wide) with
A complete copy of Board Policy and Administrative Regulation 1250 the exception of classroom curriculum activities.
is available in the school office.
A complete copy of Board Policy and Administrative Regulation
STUDENT DRESS AND APPEARANCE (Board Policy 5132) 5132 is available in the school office.
The Board of Trustees believes that appropriate dress and grooming TRANSPORTATION
contribute to a productive learning environment. The Board expects
students to give proper attention to personal cleanliness and to wear Families may purchase bus passes at the Transportation Office at
clothes that are suitable for the school activities in which they 2225 Corp Yard (next door to UPS, off of Sierra Meadows), phone
participate. Students’ clothing must not present a health or safety number 624-9106. If a student is going home on a different bus,
hazard or a distraction which would interfere with the educational parents must send a note to school stating their approval, bus
process. The major responsibility for dress and grooming is placed number, and stop. Buses at full capacity may deny students who
upon the student and the student's parents. The administration do not regularly ride that particular bus. Bus passes for riding the
reserves the right to decide the appropriateness of the student's attire. bus on a temporary basis (20 rides) may be purchased through the
Inappropriately dressed students will be expected to change clothing. school office at a cost of $50.00
The following guidelines are intended to define appropriate student Thomas Edward Lanni School Bus Safety Act Of 1997(AB1297)
attire and personal grooming and shall apply to all regular school Prior to the passage of AB1297, school bus drivers were required
activities: to activate a buses red flashing signal lights and the stop signal
arm only when a pupil the bus had been carrying was about to
1. All garments must fit and be worn in the manner in which they are cross a public or private roadway. After January 1, 1998, the red
designed. Pants must be worn at or above the hip point and be able to
flashing signal lights and stop signal arm are required to be
stay up without a belt.
2. Footwear must be worn at all times. At all elementary schools, for operated every time the bus stops for the purpose of loading or
safety reasons, thongs or backless shoes/sandals are prohibited; unloading pupils, even if the pupil does not intend to cross the
however, sandals may be worn if they have heel straps. road.
3. Clothes shall be sufficient to conceal undergarments at all times. See-
through or fish-net fabrics, halter tops, off-the-shoulder or low-cut tops, Vehicle Code 22454 states that the driver of any vehicle, upon
tank tops, torn off sleeves, bare midriffs, and skirts or shorts shorter meeting or overtaking, from either direction, any school bus
than mid-thigh are prohibited. displaying a flashing red light signal and stop signal arm, that is
4. Inappropriate lettering, printing, message patches, or messages on stopped for the purpose of loading or unloading any school
clothing, hats, backpacks, binders or other personal items, are children, shall bring the vehicle to a stop immediately before
passing the school bus and shall not proceed past the school bus
5. Clothing and jewelry shall be free of writing, pictures, or any other
insignia which are crude, vulgar, profane, or sexually suggestive or until the flashing red light signal and stop arm signal arm cease
which advocate racial, ethnic, or religious prejudice or the use of drugs operation.
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SCHOOL SPONSORED TRIPS (Board Policy/Administrative Transportation for all field trips beyond walking distance is provided
Procedure 6153) by District buses. Parent chaperones, along with classroom
teachers, must ride the buses with the students. No child may be
Field Trips will be classified as either minor or major trips. transported to a field trip location in a private car unless
Minor Field Trip (Requests will be considered and approved or denied accompanied by his/her own parent and all waiver forms are
by administrative personnel) signed and filed in the office prior to the departure of the bus.
Travel of students to an activity within 150 air miles from Placer
County, inside the states of California or Nevada. All chaperones going on Field Trips must be fingerprinted.
Travel of nine or fewer students to some location within the (Parents should pick up a Live Scan form from the school office.
continental United States School Secretaries will direct you where to take the form.)
Parents who wish to accompany their own child on a Field Trip and
Major Field Trip (Requests will be considered and approved or denied are not a chaperone, may do so. However,
by the Board of Trustees) their child should be assigned to a group and a chaperone, and
Travel of 10 or more students to an activity located more than 150 that parent would need to buddy-up with the chaperone assigned to
air miles from Placer County. their child. Parents who are not serving as chaperones will need to
Travel of nine or fewer students to any location outside the provide their own transportation on field trips.
continental United States.
A complete copy of Board Policy and Administrative Regulation
There are two types of Field Trips: 6153 is available in the school office.
1. Co-Curricular Field Trips are defined as activities that may be
associated with the curriculum in a regular classroom. These
are outgrowths of classroom activities and serve as valuable ATTENDANCE
supplements to the regular classroom program. No student shall
be prevented from making a co-curricular field trip because of Absences
lack of sufficient funds. When students are absent from school, it is important that their
absences be cleared on their first day back to school. If the
2. Extra-Curricular Field Trips are activities which include, but are student does not have a note, it will be necessary to call the parent
not limited to, athletic events, cheerleading, and the variety of at home or work in order to clear the absence. According to
events sponsored by school clubs and organizations as California law, there are NO excused absences. Notes are still
approved in writing by the principal. These activities provide required to satisfy the compulsory education law. Please call the
students with opportunities to participate in educationally related school to report an absence or leave a message. Please state your
activities. An "extra-curricular activity" is not part of the regular child's first and last name, your first and last name, reason for the
school curriculum. Any student voluntarily participating in an absence, and dates of the absence.
extra-curricular field trip or excursion must secure his/her own
individual funds. Parents will be asked to conference about continual non-illness
absences and to improve their child's attendance. Failure to do so
Students must have written parental permission, including pertinent may result in a referral of the student and parent to the Rocklin
medical information, in order to participate in any field trip. (Education Unified School District Attendance Review Board for further action.
Code 35350) Students who do not have written permission may not
be allowed to participate in a particular field trip. Only students who
are members of the class, may attend the field trip activity.
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Notes From Parents articulate. School schedules and Flex day schedules will be
Please use both first and last name of student on all correspondence announced at a later date.
from home. This is especially important when the parent and child do Teachers will utilize the time on Mondays and flex days to receive
not have the same last name. specialized training in a variety of instructional practices, including
reading recovery, differentiated instruction, guided reading/writing,
Request For Homework assessments, and mathematics. District-wide inservices are
For a student illness of two days or more, parents may request planned to allow our teachers adequate time to plan curriculum and
homework. Call the office at least one day before the day you wish to align our instructional program with the new state mandates.
pick up the assignments. The teacher(s) will have the work ready for Additionally, teachers will be able to share what is working well in
you to pick up in the office after school the next day. their classrooms with their colleagues so we can better improve
student achievement for all our children. If you have any
Independent Study questions, please contact your son/daughter’s school.
When students know they will be away from school for at least five
days, the school can assign work through an Independent Study PROMOTION/RETENTION
Program. If the work is completed and the Independent Study
Contract is fulfilled, students will receive credit for being in school. California has been addressing the issue of student accountability
Parents must inform the office at least two days in advance to receive for the past several years. Growing concerns about students who
their student's work. are not grade level proficient have resulted in newly enacted laws
that require school districts to retain, or hold back, students. The
Tardies purpose of retaining students is to provide additional opportunities
An emphasis is placed on students arriving to school on time. Late for a student to learn grade level skills. Legislation (AB1639) was
students often miss the focus of the day or lesson and disrupt the flow recently passed requiring all school districts to establish a
of the lesson for other students. When students are late for school, it promotion and retention policy . AB1639 also requires school
is important for them to check in at the office before going to class. districts to offer supplemental instruction to students with low
Parents will be notified if a child has continual tardies and will be reading, writing, or math achievement .
asked to follow through with a program to increase punctuality.
Further tardies may result in a referral of the student and parent to the Beginning in 1999-2000, students will be required to demonstrate
Rocklin Unified School District Attendance Review Board for further that they have mastered grade level expectations in order to be
action. promoted to the next grade. Grade level expectations are based
on the following:
If a student leaves school for an appointment, please send a note with 1. Grades
the student in the morning. Pick up your child by coming to the school 2. Scores on achievement tests
office and signing him/her out. 3. Teacher evaluation of student's abilities and effort
4. Student's motivation level
TEACHER TRAINING/PLANNING TIME, GRADES K-6 5. Proficiency assessments
Early-late Reading Program 6. Parental involvement and family commitment to supporting
Elementary schools will continue to have early-late reading, but the student's academic achievement
transportation will not be provided for this program. The District will 7. Attendance
continue using one hour every Monday afternoon for articulation in
grades K-6. Grades 7-12 will also have flex days in which to Students who are struggling with reading, language arts, or
mathematics skills will be provided with opportunities for remedial
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instruction. Such opportunities may include, but are not limited to learners must pass the exit examination in English to receive a
tutorial programs, after-school programs, summer school programs, high school diploma.
and Saturday School. It is extremely important that the student Special education students cannot receive their high school
attend the recommended remedial instruction and learn the necessary graduation diploma without passing the HSEE. The HSEE may
skills. To fail to do so will severely jeopardize the student's be administered with appropriate accommodations as required
opportunity to be promoted. in each student's Individual Educational Plan (IEP).
All students will be required to pass the examination to get a
When a student is identified as being at risk of retention, the student's high school diploma from a California public school, regardless
parents/guardians shall be notified in writing as early in the school of whether or not parents want their students tested.
year as practicable. The student's parents/guardians shall be Students will be able to retake the examination until all portions
provided an opportunity to consult with the teacher(s) responsible for of the test are passed, and they will retake only those portions
the decision to retain the student. not previously passed.
If a student does not pass the HSEE, school districts may
If a student is identified as performing below the minimum standard choose to provide a certificate of completion of high school in
for promotion, the student shall be retained in his/her current grade lieu of a diploma.
level unless the student's regular classroom teacher determines, in
writing, that retention is not the appropriate intervention for the UNIFORM COMPLAINT PROCEDURE (Board Policy 1312.3)
student's academic deficiencies. This determination shall specify the Federal law requires the school district and county office to adopt and
reasons that retention is not appropriate for the student and shall notify parents of the District’s complaint procedures for state and federal
include recommendations for interventions other than retention that, in education programs, including the opportunity to appeal to the state
the opinion of the teacher, are necessary to assist the student in department. The Act requires the school district to investigate and seek
attaining acceptable levels of academic achievement. If the teacher's to resolve complaints at the local level and to follow uniform complaint
recommendation to promote is contingent on the student's procedures pursuant to state regulations when addressing complaints
alleging unlawful discrimination for failure to comply with the law in adult
participation in a summer school or interim session remediation
basic education, consolidated categorical aid programs, migrant
program, the student's academic performance shall be reassessed at education, vocational education, child care and development programs,
the end of the remediation program, and the decision to retain or child nutrition programs and special education programs.
promote the student shall be reevaluated at that time.
The Governing Board has adopted a complaint procedure for programs
HIGH SCHOOL EXIT EXAMINATION and services covered by this act and a compliance officer has been
appointed to process claims, investigate, and ensure compliance with law.
A copy of the Uniform Complaint Procedure may be obtained from the
Beginning in 2000-2001, students in grade 9 may, but will not be District Office.
required to, take the exam.
Beginning in 2001-2002, students in grade 10 will have to take the CELL PHONES ON CAMPUS (Board Policy 5131)
Students in the graduating class of 2004 will have to pass all Grades K-12 students are allowed to have cell phones and other
sections of the HSEE to receive a diploma. electronic signaling devices in their possession while at school.
English language learners (ELLs) may defer the HSEE However, cell phones and other electronic signaling devices must be
off during school hours and during all indoor extra-curricular
requirement for a period of up to 24 calendar months from
enrollment in the California public school system until the student
has completed six months of instruction in reading, writing, and
comprehension in the English language. English language
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