General School Rules

  • ATTENDANCE
    Regular and prompt attendance is vitally important to a successful school experience. Recognizing this importance, we encourage perfect attendance except in cases of illness or extreme emergency. Students need to arrive on time. Excessive tardiness has a detrimental effect on learning and is disruptive to the learning of the other students. We ask that you minimize disruptions to the school day by scheduling doctor and dental appointments before and after school whenever possible. If your child needs to be out of school for reasons other than illness, you need to come to the office and apply for an Independent Study Contract at least one week in advance. 
        
    When your child is absent from school, state law requires verification of absences. A child who is kept out of school for most reasons other than illness receives an unexcused absence. Please call the school office at 986-2215 before 9:00 a.m. the day your child is absent. If your child is under medical care please provide verification from the doctor. All absences need to be cleared within 10 school days or they will become cuts.
    STUDENT ARRIVAL/DISMISSAL
    Students should not arrive on campus earlier than 10 minutes before the bell rings unless they are buying breakfast or attending a before school class. Students who arrive late need to check in at the office.  Likewise, students are to exit the campus immediately following the dismissal bell. 
        
    Parents waiting for students at dismissal time need to wait out in front of the school.
        
    The school office closes at 4:00 PM. If you have an emergency and cannot come for your child, please inform us by phone, and then arrange for someone to pick up your child by 4:00 PM.
    RELEASE DURING CLASS HOURS
    For the welfare and protection of your children, your cooperation in the following procedures will be appreciated.
    1. Any Adult coming on campus will need to sign in at the office and wear a badge at all times.
    2. If your child needs and early dismissal please come to the office to sign your child out and we will call the student out of class. Please plan ahead to allow enough time for us to get your child ready for an early dismissal.
    3. Only adults that are on the emergency card will be permitted to pick up your child unless you call the office in advance.
    VISITING SCHOOL
    We welcome your visits to school. All visitors must check with the office and obtain a visitor badge before going to classrooms. This is to ensure that only people with legitimate business are here. Informal and formal classrooms visits with teachers are not possible during class time as teachers are teaching and should not be interrupted. Please schedule appointments, when needed, with your classroom teacher.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Students are encouraged to observe every safety precaution on the way to and from school. It is also imperative that students come directly to and go directly home from school.
    BY BUS:  The bus drivers have the responsibility for the safety and conduct of students riding the buses to and from school. Instructions and rules for students are posted in each bus. Students should know the arrival time of the buses and be waiting at the bus stop a few minutes before the slated arrival time. Students waiting for the bus must respect the property of the people who live in the vicinity of the bus stops. We will no longer refer to bus numbers to identify the bus routes: various buses may be used each day.
    BY CAR:  If you drop your children off in the morning or pick them up in the afternoon, please remember not to block the lanes of traffic in front of the school. Do not block emergency vehicle access marked by the red curb in front of the school.
    BY BICYCLE:  Bicycles are used for transportation by a number of students, and we provide racks for bicycle parking. We do require students to wear bicycle helmets and that all bicycles be locked. The bicycles are not visible at all times. All pads for bikes or specialty items should remain at home. Parents are asked to review bicycle safety with their child.
    WALKERS:  Parents need to review traffic rules and help their children determine the safest route to school.
    Students who walk to school must arrive at school on time. Students must observe traffic rules and remember to stay on the side of the road, especially if walking in groups. Students must walk directly home when leaving school, and check in before playing or leaving for a friend’s house. Parents are asked to review traffic rules with their children.
    MEDICATION
    Any medication, prescription or non-prescription (aspirin, etc.) will NOT be dispensed by school personnel without proper permission. A form, available in the school office, must be signed by the physician and parent before the medication can be administered.
    The medication bottle must contain a pharmacy label clearly marked with the child’s name. Children may NEVER have even non-prescription medication in their desks or backpacks. All medication must be kept in the school office.
    STUDENT USE OF SCHOOL PHONES AND CELL PHONES ON CAMPUS
    The school phone is to be used for business and emergency purposes only. Students will be allowed to use phone by permission of a teacher or administrator. Forgotten books, homework assignments, forgotten permission slips, or wanting to go home with a friend do not constitute an emergency. Students staying after school at a teacher’s request are required to call home to notify parents.
    Current state law allows students to bring cell phones to schools, with parental permission, for use during an emergency. District policy permits the use of cell phones for emergencies only and their presence on school grounds will be allowed as long as students follow these guidelines:
    • Cell phones are to be turned off while on school grounds except for extreme emergencies. Extreme emergencies refer to life threatening situations where the school does not have other communication options available.
    • Cell phones are to be kept out of sight at all times while on the school campus.  This includes before and after school.  If a student fails to abide by these rules, he/she will lose the right to carry a cell phone with him/her during school hours and the phone will be confiscated.  Phones that are confiscated will be kept in the office until they are picked up by a parent.
    • Cell phones are not to be used to call parents, friends, or relatives while on campus or in place of school phones except for extreme emergencies.
    • The school is not responsible for cell phones brought to school and will not be liable for damaged, destroyed or lost cell phones.
    LOST AND FOUND
    Each year we collect an enormous amount of items left behind by students. Please label everything as clearly and as permanently as possible with student’s name. If an item becomes lost, check with us as soon as possible. Items unclaimed after one month will be donated to a charitable organization.
    TEXTBOOKS
    All basic texts are loaned to students for their use during the school year. Textbooks are to be kept clean, covered and handled carefully. You will be required to pay for lost or damaged books.
    HOMEWORK POLICY
    Practice of newly learned skills is extremely important. Regular homework is a means of extending instructional time, providing necessary practice and developing responsibility. Homework will be required of all students. Occasionally, an assignment may be given over a weekend when it is appropriate to a specific unit of study. This important study skill is learned more effectively when started at an early age. We will need your help in making sure that homework is completed each evening. As a rule, students should be able to complete their homework in the times shown below provided they are not distracted by things such as television.
        Kindergarten    15 minutes    
        Grades 1-2        30 minutes    
        Grades 3-4       45 minutes
        Grades 5-6       60 minutes
    The above items are guidelines and are to be considered maximum times for students who are not behind in their work. No homework will be assigned prior to a holiday.
    If your student consistently has no homework, or the homework takes much more time than indicated above, please contact the teacher.
    SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM
    Breakfast and lunch is served daily in the school cafeteria.  View our menus online. We recommend that you purchase a lunch ticket if your child wants to buy daily lunches. Free and reduced lunches are available for families who qualify. Applications forms are in the office. This program is funded by the federal government.  Please feel free to inquire about this program.
    FORGOTTEN LUNCHES
    If your child forgets to bring lunch, we will allow him/her to call you.  If we cannot reach you, we will offer a small snack.  We will no longer let students charge lunch. To avoid this problem, parents may purchase an “emergency lunch” ticket or two for cafeteria lunches.  If your child does not use the ticket, your money can be refunded at the end of the school year or carried over to the next year. 
    DRESS CODE
    School is a place where important work is to be completed. Since the emphasis is on academic excellence, students will need to dress accordingly. The school shares with parents the responsibility for teaching young people the appropriateness of dress. In keeping with this philosophy, the following standards will be expected:
        1. Shorts may be worn to accommodate the hot weather. Shorts must be hemmed and clean. The length of the shorts needs to be to the end of the student’s finger tips when their arms are laid flat against their side. No tight shorts or spandex shorts are allowed. No “sagging” shorts or pants.  
        2. Shirts with offensive or inappropriate slogans or graphics are not to be worn to school. This includes references to drugs, alcohol, tobacco, sex, or slurs.
        3. Flip-flops, clogs, zories, elevated platform shoes, high heels, sandals without heel straps, and shoes that are not  tied securely to the feet are considered unsafe and inappropriate for school activities. Shoes with wheels on the bottom are not allowed.
        4. Hats and caps may be worn outside only.
        5. Students are not to come to school with painted faces or unnatural hair color.
        6. Jewelry should be minimized. Earrings that hang below the lobe are not allowed for safety reasons. Any jewelry, watches, etc. of value should not be worn to school.
        7. No makeup is allowed.
    HOME-SCHOOL COMMUNICATIONS
    Contacting a Teacher
    Communication between teachers and parents is extremely important. Teachers welcome your notes and calls. Conferences can be easily arranged. Teachers are usually available to accept phone calls from 8:10-8:25 a.m. and immediately after school. The office will take messages anytime and the teacher will return the call as soon as practical. Please don’t hesitate to call if you have a question or concern. Emailing teachers is also a convenient method of contact.
    School Newspaper
    The ACORN, the school newsletter, is published bi-weekly and sent home with your child every other Wednesday. It would be appreciated if you would read the ACORN thoroughly each week as this is the main source of the school’s communication with parents.
    10 POINTERS FOR DAILY COMMUNICATION
    BETWEEN HOME AND SCHOOL
    1. Take a moment to look at everything your child brings  home.
    2. Ask him/her to tell you about school.
    3. Ask how and why questions.
    4. Give praise.
    5. Be realistic in expectations.
    6. If your child has homework, provide a place to work and to keep school things. Homework should be a family affair.
    7. Set aside a time each night that T.V. is off and there are as few distractions as possible.
    8. Share ideas!
    9. Help or give moral support as needed.
    10. Family members, during homework time, might provide a good example by reading.
    REPORTING PUPIL PROGRESS
    Teachers and parents share a joint responsibility for home-school communication. The school’s formal reporting procedure includes:
    1. A group conference “Back to School” night is held early in the first trimester, at which time the teacher explains his/her program and answers questions from parents.
    2. A deficiency notice will be issued no later than three    weeks prior to the end of each trimester. It will be sent home in U.S. Mail and a copy placed in the student’s cumulative folder. A deficiency notice is given when:
      • The student has earned an N in the quality of work.
      • The student needs improvement in areas of work habits or citizenship.
    3. At the end of the first trimester a conference will be scheduled for the parents of each child and a report card will be sent home.
    4. A report card will be issued at the end of the second trimester for all first through sixth grade students. In addition, a conference will be scheduled at the end of the second trimester with parents of students working below grade level or upon parent request.
    5. Final report cards (Grades 1-6) will be sent home at the end of the third trimester. Kindergarten students will receive their final report card during their third trimester conference.
    Informal reporting may take place at any time during the school year by phone, note or in person. We encourage parents to check with teachers any time they have a question or concern regarding a student’s progress.
    PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
    Student Study Team
    The purpose of the Student Study Team is to provide recommendations and support to teachers and parents regarding a student experiencing academic or behavioral difficulties. The recommendations include class assistance along with education and program modifications. Students may be referred by the Student Study Team for possible testing to see if a child qualifies for special education programs.
    Reading/InstructionalProgram
    Oakview students participate in a balanced Reading/Language Arts Program which emphasizes strong, sequential phonics as one part of the early literacy program. Through the grades, skills instruction in reading is balanced with a rich literature-based program in which children use the shared experience of literature as the basis for further development of skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening and thinking. Instruction is based on students achieving the state's standards for Reading/Language Arts as well as standards in mathematics and other content areas.
    PERSONAL ITEMS
    Personal items such as toys, balls, radios, jewelry, etc. should remain at home to avoid loss or damage. Please remind your child so we may avoid conflict and hurt feelings. 
    CLASSROOM VOLUNTEERS     
    We deeply appreciate your willingness to serve the needs of all of our children through the unselfish donation of your time and talents.
    Classroom volunteers are valuable, appreciated assets to Oakview’s success in providing a strong education for our students. Your help at Oakview or with the work you do at home to assist the teacher frees them to focus on students learning.
    Parent volunteers should make their arrangements directly with their child’s teacher. Please be sure to check in at the office each time you are on campus, and be sure to wear a volunteer badge at all times.  We ask that you do not bring siblings or other children in your care with you while volunteering. 
    Confidentiality:  It is important to maintain confidentiality and discretion regarding student information.  If you have a concern or question, please go directly to that child's teacher or the school principal.
    Fingerprint Clearance by SJUSD is required to drive on field trips.
    GIFTED AND TALENTED EDUCATION PROGRAM
    Providing for the individual needs of the very able student is important to all staff. Students identified as being eligible for the Gifted and Talented Program and their parents are contacted in the first trimester of school to attend a GATE Advisory Committee meeting. At this meeting parents and teachers work together to plan the GATE program. In addition, classroom teachers design activities to challenge able students at a learning rate commensurate with their abilities.
    SICKNESS OR INJURY AT SCHOOL 
    If your child becomes sick or injured at school, we will assess the situation and call you if it appears that the child may require medical attention or needs to go home.  Please respond as quickly as possible in the interest of your child’s well-being and comfort.  We are not equipped to take care of sick children in the office for extended periods of time. For the safety and comfort of your child, and in the interest of the health of students and staff, please do not send your child to school if he or she is ill. A child who is absent due to a contagious disease or a fever should be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to school. This is very important to the health of students, staff and volunteers at Oakview. As in all San Juan District elementary schools, the secretary and the principal are certified in Standard First Aide and CPR.  We do not have a nurse.
    In the event of what we consider to be a serious medical emergency, we will call 911.  Please make certain that your emergency card information is up-to-date.  Your child could be denied emergency medical treatment if we do not have current information.
    COUNSELING SERVICES
    The San Juan District offers counseling through the Counseling Center located at the “White House” located on the Carmichael School campus. The center provides individual, group and family counseling on a sliding fee schedule based upon a family’s ability to pay. In many cases, individual insurance will cover this service. Telephone number: 971-7640.
    TECHNOLOGICAL CLASSROOM
    An integral part of Oakview’s academic program is the use of technology. Through grant, SIP and PTC money, Oakview has set up a technological classroom where students learn word processing, composing and work on problem solving.
    STUDENT COUNCIL
    The Student Council provides for student activities, serves as training experience for both leaders and followers, promotes the common good, gives students a share in the management of the school, develops high ideals of personal conduct, acts as a clearing house for student activities, seeks to interest students in school affairs and helps solve problems that may arise. Members of the Council are student representatives and have direct access to the school administration.
    INTERRUPTIONS TO INSTRUCTION
    In Oakview’s continuing effort to provide the best possible instruction program for students, the staff will continue to limit interruptions to teaching and learning time. We are aware that every minute in a school day is valuable to the learning of our students - the more time spent on a subject, the more learning takes place. An interruption to a classroom causes students and teachers to be distracted from their lesson. We are asking parents to help by supporting the following:
    • Do not visit your child’s classroom with lunches, lunch   money, notes, messages, books, etc. Bring these to the office; we will see that your child receives them.
    • Make sure that your child arrives at school on time with all of his books and equipment. When your child is late,  he/she not only interrupts his education, but usually 30 other children’s education.
    • Try to schedule doctor and dentist appointments before or after school.
    • Do not schedule vacations, visits to parents, etc. during   school time.
    • Please do not visit the teacher for a conference during school hours. Instead, call the teacher after school hours        and schedule an appointment.
    • Parents waiting for students at dismissal time need to     wait out in front of the school, not by the classrooms.
    • Try to make after-school arrangements with your child     before he/she comes to school. We cannot guarantee that last-minute messages for your child can be delivered.
    Thank you for your continued support.
Last Modified on May 26, 2014