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Rules and Procedures

SCHOOL RULES

Respect

Students are expected to respect the rights and dignity of all other persons on campus.

  • Rude, discourteous, and threatening behavior will not be tolerated
  • Profane, vulgar language or gestures is unacceptable
  • Students are expected to respect the privacy of others
  • Hands, feet, and objects should be kept to oneself

Closed Campus

The Palmdale School District requires Yucca School and other district schools to maintain a “closed campus” for the safety and protection of your children. Students must stay on the school grounds from the time they arrive until dismissal at 2:20 p.m. unless they are signed out through the office by a parent or another adult listed on the emergency card. Please be prepared to present some form of identification prior to releasing the child.

Morning Arrival

For the health and safety of the students, please have your children leave home so as to arrive at school no earlier than 7:45 a.m. This will enable the supervisory staff to be prepared to receive them and prevent over-exposure to severe weather conditions. Classes begin promptly at 8:29 a.m. Students who arrive late will report to the office to get a pass before being sent to class. Parents should make every effort to get their child to school on time.

Release of Students During School Hours

Students released during school hours must be signed out in the office by the person checking them out. Students will only be released to the parent(s) or emergency contacts indicated on the student’s emergency card. There will be NO over the phone releases. In emergency situations when a parent needs a child released to someone other than the persons indicated on the emergency card, the parent must do the following:

a. Send a written request, signed by the requesting parent with the person who is picking up the child. The request needs to be signed by the parent who registered he child for verification purposes.

b. Give the name and description of the person you are authorizing to pick up your child (The person must show proper identification.)

Instances where these steps are not followed will result in the student being released at the end of the school day as per the usual release procedure.

Non-custodial parents (as defined by court order) may not pick students up at school unless the Emergency Card so stipulates or the custodial parent gives permission according to the guidelines. Any student release that leaves the student’s welfare in question shall be handled at the discretion of the site administrator or designee. Should any such situation become a disruption to the school, the sheriff’s office will be contacted and an officer will be requested to intervene.

Parents are asked to make every attempt not to involve school sites in custody matters. 

Cafeteria

Breakfast and Lunch Programs
Hot, well-balanced breakfasts and lunches are available in the cafeteria everyday.  The school district provides copies of a quarterly menu to be sent home with the children.  NO FOOD MAY LEAVE THE SCHOOL CAFETERIA.

Rules of Conduct

§        Enter and leave the cafeteria quietly.

§        Talk quietly and courteously.

§        Pick up tray and trash when finished.

§        Remain seated until the table is dismissed.

§        Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself.

§        Absolutely no food throwing is allowed!

 

Smoke Free Environment

In the interest of public health, all schools within the Palmdale School District prohibit the use of any and all tobacco products on school grounds.

Change of Address

In case of a change of address, phone number, doctor, babysitter, or any question of guardianship, please advise the office immediately. It is imperative someone is always listed on your Emergency Card who can be contacted in case of accident or illness. Call the office at 273-5052 to update these records as circumstances change.

The School Office

Students must have a pass or referral to be admitted to the office. The office is a busy work place, and disruptions will not be accepted.

The office staff is part of the school personnel and will be treated with respect at all times. If students have business in the office they are to wait quietly until they can be helped. No student will be admitted to the office during the school day without a pass except in an emergency situation.

Dismissal

Students are dismissed at 2:20 p. m. Parents are requested to wait outside the school gates until the bell for dismissal rings. Please exercise extreme caution when driving a vehicle around the school at this time!

Bicycles, Skateboards, Roller-skates, and Rollerblades

Bicycles may be ridden to school by students in 4th through 6th graders. A bike rack is provided. For your protection, bicycles must be locked. Unlocked bikes invite vandalism and theft. The school is not responsible for lost or vandalized bicycles, skateboards, and/or rollerblades. You must fill out a permission slip, obtainable at the office, before you ride a bike to school. Bikes may only be ridden by students wearing helmets and who observe all safety rules.

The use skateboards, roller-skates, rollerblades or other similar wheeled items including scooters is prohibited on campus at all times.

Emergencies/Disaster Procedures

Yucca School conducts monthly emergency/disaster drills to familiarize students and staff with proper procedures. Emergency plans and maps are displayed in each classroom. Each teacher has an emergency bag with supplies to be used in the event of a disaster. If there is a disaster, please bring proper identification and calmly proceed to the bus gate on Stanridge. At the gate, a staff member will take all necessary information and a runner will be sent to get your child. Standard release procedures will be used in the event of a disaster. We are very concerned for the safety of your child. Please help us by following these basic procedures.

Emergency Evacuations

In case of a fire drill, actual fire, earthquake, or other emergency situation, all rooms should have posted directions as to the proper route to evacuate the building. There should be no talking, horseplay, etc. Once outside the classroom, students are to remain with their classes for the entire period of time or until dismissed.

Student Emergency Cards

It is imperative that we have emergency phone numbers to call in case of accident or illness. Please be certain that an Emergency Card is completed and the information is up to date for each of your children enrolled at Yucca.

Child Abuse Reporting Law

A major responsibility of our school is the welfare and protection of all children. Staff members are required by law to immediately report to the Department of Children’s Services any child who has injuries, bruises, and/or marks “of a suspicious nature” or who exhibits signs of neglect, emotional or sexual abuse.

Visiting the School

Parents and teachers benefit from a good working relationship that makes an open exchange of information regarding student learning and development possible. Parents are encouraged to visit the school to discuss their children’s progress with the teacher.

Visits may be arranged by telephoning the office at the school (273-5052). A message will be left for the teacher to return your call. All visitors must report to the office, sign in on the visitor’s log, and obtain a visitor’s pass before going to individual classrooms.

Parking

The parking lot on Q-7 is for Yucca School Staff members only. Please drop off or pick-up children at the curb on the corner of Q-7 and 2nd Street East.

PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN HANDICAPPED SPACES. NEVER LEAVE YOUR CAR UNATTENDED WHILE RUNNING IN TO PICK-UP YOUR CHILD.

Playground Behavior

Playground behavior is expected to reflect the same respect for self and others as in the classroom. Recess and P.E. activities are designed to give students an opportunity to refresh themselves, have opportunities to participate in large group and small group activities and to share and develop friendships outside the classroom environment.

Citizenship Code

General Rules

¨ Profane language and discourteous, rude behavior will not be tolerated.

¨ After recess, students are to proceed immediately to their lineup area.

¨ The rest room facilities and drinking fountains are to be used before the whistle/bell sounds.

¨ Students will walk to classrooms, the auditorium, the lunch area, and the library (e.g., any destination), in straight, quiet lines.

¨ Students will enter the classrooms quietly and listen for the teacher’s direction.

¨ Students will be responsible in the use of school materials.

¨ Students will be expected to keep their hands and feet to themselves at all times.

¨ Fighting and threatening others will not be tolerated.

¨ Students are not allowed to bring the following items to school: skateboards, tape players, toys, other personal items that do not pertain to school.

¨ Students are not allowed to bring or have the following at school: gum or money (with the exception of money for lunch or special events).

¨ 3rd to 6th grade students only are permitted to ride bikes to school. Bikes are to be kept in locked bike rack. The school is not responsible for bikes.

Classroom Rules

Each teacher will develop his/her own rules appropriate to their particular grade level. These are to promote a safe and equitable learning environment. Students must adhere to the classroom standards set by their teachers.

Playground Rules

Playground rules are critical for the safety of all students while allowing the formation of friendships outside of a classroom setting. These rules also increase the maximum amount of time used in the pursuit of academic excellence.

¨ Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself.

¨ No food is allowed in the play yard.

¨ Students are not allowed to run through hallways.

¨ No flips, cartwheels, etc. are allowed on the yard.

¨ No jumping from swings is allowed.

¨ No bats or hard balls are permitted.

¨ No tackle football may be played.

¨ No play fighting is allowed.

¨ Students are not allowed to play close to portable classrooms.

¨ No climbing on gates, fences or walls is permitted.

¨ Drinks and bathroom breaks are to be taken before the bell rings.

¨ Avoid shouting and screaming. Talk courteously.

¨ Line up immediately when asked to do so.

Physical Education Rules

Physical Education is only one part of a comprehensive general education plan. Physical is not an optional activity and is required by state law.

¨ Drinks and restroom breaks are to be taken by permission only.

¨ P.E. excuses should be given to the school nurse in the morning.

¨ Report directly to and stay in designated P.E. areas.

¨ Face the teacher during instruction.

¨ P.E. is a required subject for elementary school students.

¨ Therefore, students are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and shoes for participation. (This includes shorts under dresses for girls.)

¨ P.E. activities will be adjusted according to weather conditions.

¨ Students will be graded based on behavior and participation.

Textbooks

Students are responsible for books assigned to them. Payment for malicious damage or loss from neglect will be required. If payment is not received, the school staff may choose to hold grades until the debt is cleared.

Personal Item/Lost and Found

Students may claim lost articles before school, during break, or after school in the office.

Students frequently bring personal items to school for projects or for sharing. The Yucca School staff cannot be responsible for any damage or loss of personal property. Please use discretion on what items are brought to school and instruct your child as to how to care for them. Please clearly mark ALL items with your child’s first and last name.

Items that could provide distractions to the learning environment are not to be brought to school. These items include, but are not limited to, large amounts of money, radios, toys (except for show and tell), cassette players/CD and cassettes/CD’s, balloons, water guns, trading cards, video games, electronic instruments, distractive clothing and make-up. A student may bring her/his cell phone to school but it must remain turned off at all times during school hours. The school is not responsible for calls and charges accrued on a cell phone while student was in school. Any unauthorized items will be confiscated and held until a parent claims them from the principal or vice principal.

Last Modified on December 17, 2013