Mission’s Discipline Policy

  • The philosophy of Mission Avenue Open School is based on the concept of individual and shared responsibility, acceptance of others, and understanding of self-discipline. Discipline is systematic training. The ultimate goal is positive self-discipline with each student accepting the responsibility for his/her actions.

    Mission Avenue Open School students assume personal responsibility for their conduct. As a member of the student body, each student is obligated to be considerate and respectful of fellow students, teachers, other staff members, visitors and parents. Each student is expected to assume these responsibilities in order to be an integral part of the school community.

    Students are also expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the San Juan Unified School District’s policy on student behavior, school rules, and each classroom’s rules.


    • Dress Code: Please refer to page 29 of the SJUSD Family Handbook regarding the district policy on what students can and cannot wear.
      Here are some of the main points:
      • Students attend a K-6 school and should be mindful of the impression they are making on younger students. Think about what clothing choice is being made for the environment. Is it most appropriate for school or for the weekend? Adults dress appropriately for their jobs and students need to dress appropriately for school.
      • Allowed on campus, but teacher has discretion to have it removed while in the classroom
      • Sleeveless are okay as long as straps are 1" thick over both shoulders
      • Belly buttons cannot be exposed at ANY time
      • Undergarments, such as a bra, cannot be exposed
      • Tops cannot promote drugs, alcohol, smoking, profanity or weapons, etc.
      • Pajamas are allowed only on designated "pajama days"
      • Underwear should NEVER be exposed
      • Rips on pants MUST stop at mid-thigh
      • Shorts must be long enough to avoid exposing any portion of the student's bottom at ANY time
      • If dress/skirt is knee-length or higher, shorts MUST be worn
      • Bottom pieces of clothing cannot drag along ground
      • Pajamas are allowed only on designated "pajama days"
      • No heels or backless shoes unless for special event hosted by the school and allowed by classroom teacher
      • Toes should be covered for protection at play
      • Shoes meant for running and playing MUST be worn for PE

District Policy on Use of Students in Photos and Video

  • Photos and video footage of students add significantly to the communication value of district and school publications, television productions, and websites. It is the district's desire to share the achievements and recognition earned by students with the broader community. This effort can be aided by the use of photos or video footage showing students involved in the classroom and school-related activities.

    Photos & Video

    Unless notified in writing of an objection by a parent, legal guardian, or student of age 18, photographs and video footage of students and/or names may be posted in district-produced materials including printed publications, television productions, and websites.

    If parents do not wish photographs or videos of their students to be used in these materials, they should complete a Photo/Video Opt-Out form available at school offices or via the link below. Please be aware that opt-out requests are valid for the current school year and must be renewed at the start of the next school year.
    If an opt-out form is filed, district and school staff members will ALSO request news media not interview your student or film/photograph your student. While local news media typically honor such requests, the district does not have legal authority to prevent your student from talking with media or restricting who media outlets film or photograph. You are encouraged to have a discussion with your student about your wishes should members of the news media request to interview them. 
    If photos or videos of students or staff are going to be created, maintained or displayed by a third party where the district or school will not have direct control of the materials, then a written release form is required. Contact the Community Relations Office at (916) 979-8281 to discuss options. 

    Photos & Video - Special Education Students and Homeless Students

    School and district staff will always seek parent/guardian permission before using a photo that identifies a student receiving special education or homeless services. Permission forms for these situations can also be obtained from school offices or via the link below.

    Please contact your school office or the Community Relations Office at (916) 979-8281 if you have any questions about this policy.

Last Modified on January 19, 2023