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400 E Hermosa Dr,   Fullerton, CA 92835
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Student & Parent Handbook

Welcome to Hermosa Drive Elementary School!   Please use this guide to help you with school information and some of our policies.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the school office for more information.  You may also visit our website at www.fullertonsd.org/hermosa/ 

 

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  • SCHOOL HOURS

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday

Kindergarten                       8:00 AM - 2:10 PM     

            1st-6th Grades           8:00 AM - 2:20 PM

 

Wednesday- Early Release

Kindergarten                       8:00 AM - 12:40 PM     

            1st-6th Grades           8:00 AM - 12:50 PM

 

**Modified Friday before Winter/Spring Break

            Kindergarten                       8:00 AM - 12:40 PM     

            1st-6th Grades         8:00 AM - 12:50 PM

           

  • BELL SCHEDULES 2018-2019

MONDAY, TUESDAY, THURSDAY & FRIDAY

7:30 - 7:55 AM Breakfast MPR or Lunch Tables

7:45 AM Call Bell

8:00 AM Class Begins for K-6 Grades

10:05 - 10:20 AM K- 3rd/4th Grade Recess

10:25 - 10:40 AM 4th - 6th Grade Recess

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM Kindergarten Lunch 

11:20 AM - 12:00 PM 1st – 2nd Grade Lunch

11:25 AM - 12:00 PM 3rd - 4th Grade Lunch

11:55 AM - 12:30 PM 4th - 6th Lunch

1:10 - 1:20 PM K - 3rd Recess

2:10 PM Kindergarten Dismissal 

2:20 PM 1st - 6th Grade Dismissal

 

WEDNESDAY-RESTRUCTURED DAY

7:30 - 7:55 AM Breakfast MPR or Lunch Tables

7:45 AM Call Bell

8:00 AM Class Begins for K-6 Grades

10:05 - 10:20 AM K- 3rd/4th Grade Recess

10:25 - 10:40 AM 4th - 6th Grade Recess

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM Kindergarten Lunch 

11:20 AM - 12:00 PM 1st – 2nd Grade Lunch

11:25 AM - 12:00 PM 3rd - 4th Grade Lunch

11:55 AM - 12:30 PM 4th - 6th Lunch

12:50 PM Kindergarten Dismissal 

12:50 PM 1st - 6th Grade Dismissal

 

  • SCHOOL ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY

Absences for reasons other than illness are considered unexcused absences and will be recorded as such on attendance documents.   Students are considered tardy if they arrive after 8:00 and must report to the office before going to class.  Tardiness is also recorded on attendance documents. Students with excessive absences or tardiness will be invited to attend our SSOAR (Saturday Attendance School) offered several times throughout the year or may be referred to Fullerton School District's School Attendance and Review Board.  Students enrolled at Hermosa on an intra or inter district transfer may have transfers rescinded for excessive absences or tardiness.  If a student is going to be absent from school, we request that parents contact the school office between 7:30-9:00 AM.  If we do not hear from you in advance regarding your child’s absence, we will call all listed contact numbers until we are able to verify your child’s absence. If you would like to request homework for the student’s day of absence, please call the school office by 9:00 AM to make the request.  

 

  • SCHOOL BREAKFAST AND LUNCHES

Breakfast is offered every morning from 7:30-8:00 AM in the MPR.  Cost of breakfast is $1.80 or .30/free for those who qualify.  Student lunches are available for purchase in the cafeteria for $2.85 or .40/free for those who qualify.  Student meals may be prepaid for any amount of money. Checks and cash may be placed in envelopes available in the school office.  You can reach the Nutrition Center (714-447-7435) by telephone between 7:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m. or online at www.mySchoolBucks.com.  If your child is bringing a lunch, please do NOT send your child with candy, soda, or high sugar content items. 

 

  • FOOD & WELLNESS POLICY 

In conjunction with the FSD Wellness Policy, we will be avoiding all food items for classroom celebrations (ie. class parties, birthdays, and academic rewards).  Celebrations will still be held in classrooms with alternative options. Please contact your child’s teacher for the class approved options. In addition, please feel free to review the FSD Wellness Policy for further information: https://goo.gl/H2tYdk.  All snacks/foods for classroom celebrations must be store bought.

 

  • STUDENT SUPERVISION

Students may arrive to school beginning at 7:30 AM.  Students must report to the lunch tables (warm weather) or MPR (cold weather) for supervision.  Students may enter the blacktop at 7:45 AM after the daily call bell. Adults are not permitted on the back blacktop from 7:30 AM to 2:20 PM without a visitor’s badge.  Parents should NOT drop their child off at school prior to 7:30 AM.  We also request that students be picked up promptly at dismissal.  Parents will be asked to sign students out late if they are picked up 15 minutes or later after the dismissal bell. If your child needs supervision before or after school, please make arrangements for child care. TheLAB operates a childcare facility on the Hermosa Drive campus.  Please contact FSD’s Child Development Services directly at 714-447-2858 for information.

 

  • VISITOR BADGES, SIGN-IN, AND CLASSROOM VISITS

Anytime you visit or volunteer on campus, you need to sign-in at the office and obtain a visitor/volunteer badge.  All staff will be looking for this identification.  If the sticker is not visible to staff, you will be asked to return to the office for this important item. This is for the protection and safety of our students and visitors.  In an effort to minimize disruptions to our classroom instruction, we ask that you prearrange classroom visits/observations with the classroom teacher and school office. Volunteer times will be determined mutually by the teacher and volunteer.

 

  • THURSDAY COMMUNICATION FOLDERS

Each Thursday your child will bring home their Communication Folder.  Please review all papers to stay informed about your child’s progress and important events and school information.  Your child is asked to return the folder the next school day to ensure effective weekly home-school communication. 

 

  • APPROPRIATE SCHOOL ATTIRE

"The Board of Trustees believes that the development of attitudes and behavior patterns in dress and grooming should be a part of each student's total educational experience.  Dress, hair style, or makeup which are of a distracting nature or which interfere with the study habits of students in the class or school are not acceptable. The District is responsible for the establishment of classroom and campus atmosphere which creates the proper conditions and practice of orderly study. Grooming standards are directed towards the fulfillment of this obligation, attending to the concerns for health and safety...Reflected with these standards is an appreciation for the current trends in style or fashion, but tempered with restrictions regarding extremes that are disruptive, dangerous, or inappropriate at school...Clothing worn should correspond with the demands and attributes of the activity in which students participate."

 

The following are NOT considered appropriate, safe attire for students at Hermosa Drive Elementary School:

  • open-toed or backless shoes
  • oversized or excessively large clothing
  • gang attire or clothing that displays logos for tobacco, alcohol, drugs
  • clothing that does not cover underwear (ie. short shorts, skirts, and dresses) or fully cover chest and stomach area (ie: spaghetti straps, midriff tops, and wide-armed shirts)               
  • clothing that displays profanity     
  • make-up and mo-hawks
  • clothing that displays illustrations and/or language degrading a race, religion, or gender      
  • hoops or dangling earrings
  • hoods or beanies

 

Hats are allowed to be worn at school to protect children from hazards related to sun exposure (SB 310).  They are to be worn properly for outdoor use as ‘sun protection’ and need to be removed when entering a building.  Hats must meet all other dress policy requirements regarding illustrations, language, and symbols.

 

  • ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Students may possess cell phones on campus, but are prohibited from using them during the school day. They must be turned off and stored in their backpacks at all times. Any electronic devices used during school hours (sending/receiving phone calls, texting, internet use, applications) will be stored with the school staff and returned to a parent/guardian by the principal.  The security of the device is strictly the responsibility of the student and his/her parents/guardians. If you need to reach your child during school hours, please contact the school office.

 

  • STUDENT SAFETY TO AND FROM SCHOOL (BIKES, BLADES, PETS, ETC.)

Students must wear helmets if they ride a bike to school.  It is strongly advised that only students in grades 4th, 5th, and 6th ride a bike to school. It is not considered safe for younger students to do so. Students should bring a lock to secure their bicycle at the rack in front of the school.   Students may NOT ride skateboards, roller blades, scooters, or skates (including Heelys) to school.   All riding equipment must be walked on campus during school hours and at start/dismissal times.  We also ask that you refrain from walking dogs or other pets on to campus. Even the best family pet can become agitated when over 500 people are moving quickly. Your attention to this request keeps our students safe.

 

  • BUS TRANSPORTATION

Students who ride a school bus to and from school must have a valid bus pass with them every day. A student will NOT be transported home any day that he/she does not have a current bus pass to show the driver.  Bus riders are expected to adhere to the Fullerton School District School Bus Discipline Policy. If you have any questions regarding these policies, please contact the Transportation Office at 714-447-7445.

 

  • SCHOOL PARKING LOT RULES OF SAFETY

DROP-OFF ZONE 

  • Load and unload passengers in the coned zone located in the front of the multipurpose room/ next to the Flower-Pop mosaic.  The driveway in the front of the school is for buses ONLY.  
  • Please do NOT enter the bus-loading lane at any time.
  • Your car enters the coned zone, cars are to pull as far forward as possible prior to loading or unloading passengers. 
  • Please do NOT exit your car to obtain student(s)- let the student(s) come to your car.
  • Please do NOT park under tree for shade and hold-up traffic.
  • Children are NOT to get-in or out of cars stopped in the driveways or in the middle of the parking lot.  
  • Children are to load and unload in the coned zone only. 
  • If your student is not present when you arrive, please circle around to keep traffic flowing and prevent congestion on Hermosa Drive.
  • Escort children across the parking lot and driveways to cars parked on the street.
  • Children should wait for parents in the loading zone.
  • It is not considered safe for children to wait in the park, along the side streets or corners off campus as no supervision is provided in those areas. 

PARKING 

  • Park in marked spaces in the parking lot or at the curbside on the street. 
  • Do NOT double park.
  • Do NOT park in the loading zone.
  • Parking in the handicapped space is by permit only. 
  • Do NOT park on the grass.
  • No parking or stopping in the bus lanes.
  • If your student is not present when you arrive, please circle around to keep traffic flowing and prevent congestion on Hermosa Drive.

 

STREET

  • Please be courteous and cooperative with other drivers and school staff.  
  • All requests made by school staff are done so with student safety and traffic in mind.
  • Allow the flow of traffic on the street. 
  • Please do NOT block the flow of traffic prior to the dismissal bell. 
  • Allow traffic to pass East and Westbound on Hermosa Drive or at the stop sign on Egerer.  
  • Pull to the side of the street to allow neighbors to pass freely through the neighborhood prior to the dismissal bell. 

 

  • BUILDING CHARACTER WITH PBIS

Hermosa Drive School participates in a positive behavioral and support program called Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports model  (PBIS). The school-system includes proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create a safe and respectful school environment.  One important piece of PBIS is to create a set of school rules that are well-known to all students, staff, and the community.

 

Our motto reads…

H – Have Respect

A – Act Responsibly

W – Work Together

K – Keep Safe

 

Your support and assistance is greatly appreciated as we support all students’ success at Hermosa Drive.

 

GENERAL PROCESS

Students will be working toward following the HAWK Star motto in all areas of our school. As part of our acknowledgement system, teachers, supervisors, and school staff will distribute HAWK Stars to students who exhibit these positives behaviors. Students who do not follow PBIS rules will receive a PBIS Parent Notification Form or PBIS Office Referral Form.

 

REWARDS  

20 HAWK Stars- Special Teacher Helper or Help with Morning Announcements *

30 HAWK Stars- Popcorn Party with 3 friends (2:00-2:20), Principal’s helper for awards assembly, Lunch with a Teacher (bring your own lunch), or Lunch with Principal (bring your own lunch)

50 HAWK Stars- Wii Party with 3 friends (during lunch) or Cornhole or Ladderball with Ms. Ramirez

*Only 3rd-6th grade students will be allowed to help with morning announcements. 

 

Students are able to save HAWK Stars from year to year.

 

SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARDS 

Students are recognized at awards assemblies, balloon celebrations, and afternoon announcements for demonstrating the positive HAWK Star traits.

 

CONSEQUENCES

Possible consequences, as indicated on PBIS forms, may include but are not limited to Grades K-6:

Time Out                                    Behavior Contract

Loss of Privileges                     In-School Suspension

Parent Contact                          Out-of-School Suspension         

Student Intervention Team

 

Grades 4-6:

Detention will be scheduled on an individual basis by each teacher. If a student is absent, he/she will serve the detention at the next scheduled detention period upon his/her return to school. Students who do not report to detention as assigned will have to serve one additional day for each day missed. Parents must make transportation arrangements for their child to get home after detention at 2:50 p.m.  In case of severe misconduct, a student may be referred for disciplinary action without the progressive steps listed above.

 

ACADEMIC HONESTY GRADES 4-6

Students are expected to complete their own work with academic integrity.  No student should use another person’s work, cheat or plagiarize material to complete an assignment or test. Students who violate the District Policy for Academic Honesty will be disciplined according to Board Policy guidelines which include: 1) no credit for the assignment, 2) parent notification, 3) subject grade and citizenship grade will be affected depending on overall percentage and other behaviors. Additional consequences or interventions consistent with classroom or school-wide discipline plan will be assigned or imposed through progressive discipline steps depending on the nature of the assigned task or test.

 

LEARNING COMMUNITY EXPECTATIONS

It is the goal of the Hermosa Drive Elementary Staff and community to provide a safe, positive and nurturing environment that focuses on the development of fairness, trust, communication and caring for every student. This climate is conducive to teaching and learning, both academically and socially.

 

Every student at Hermosa Drive Elementary School has the right to:

               

  • Be able to learn free from disruption;
  • Be safe at school; 
  • Be respected by peers and adults; and
  • To do so in a neat and orderly school environment.



SCHOOL STAFF ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR:

  • Providing a quality learning environment for every child to access the Board adopted  curriculum and State content standards.
  • Explaining and consistently enforcing classroom, playground, and district expectations.
  • Approaching students positively with a rationale for consequences and/or citation.
  • Investigating all student concerns.

 

PARENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR:

  • Knowing, understanding and supporting the expectations for student conduct.
  • Ensuring that your child attends school on time, every day, all day.
  • Ensuring compliance with the school dress code and policy for appropriate attire.
  • Ensuring that students bring or purchase a nutritious lunch and snack.
  • Checking in at the school office and obtaining a Visitor/Volunteer Badge before entering any classroom.
  • Delivering late student items (such as lunches, projects or assignments) to the school office to minimize classroom disruptions during instructional periods.

 

STUDENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR:

  • Arriving to school on time prepared to learn.
  • Completing all assigned tasks.
  • Respecting the rights, safety and property of all students and adults.
  • Following all classroom, playground and lunch area rules.
  • Remaining within designated boundaries at all times.
  • Bringing to school only appropriate and approved belongings.
  • Wearing only appropriate and safe attire.

 

  • STUDENT CONDUCT EXPECTATIONS

The student conduct expectations listed below ensure that a positive learning environment exists for our entire learning community of students and adults at Hermosa Drive. In addition to these specific school expectations, California Education Code 48900 (included in this packet) lists additional reasons for student suspension or expulsion.

 

BE POLITE AND RESPECTFUL TO OTHERS 

  • Treat adults and peers with respect.
  • Be respectful of the ethnic background and personal beliefs of others.
  • Take turns.
  • Follow all playground rules and honor the freeze bell at the end of recess.
  • Playground games are open to all students and may not be ‘closed’.
  • Use appropriate language and gestures.
  • Use quiet voices near classrooms, breezeways and lunch areas.
  • Respect others property.

 

BE COOPERATIVE

  • Accept responsibility for your own actions.
  • Be honest in school work and actions.
  • Have a positive attitude.
  • Be in the right place at the right time doing the right thing.
  • Willful disobedience will not be tolerated.
  • Follow the dress code for appropriate student attire.      

        

KEEP OBJECTS, HANDS, AND FEET TO YOURSELF

  • Fighting, play-fighting, or other aggressive behavior is not permitted.
  • Play involving bodily contact is not permitted.
  • Do NOT throw objects not intended for that purpose.

 

BRING ONLY APPROPRIATE ITEMS TO SCHOOL

 

The following items are NOT permitted:

  • hand-held computer games, laser pointers, cell phones turned on during the day.  The school is not responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged phones.
  • imitation firearms or weapons, explosives of any kind - fireworks, poppers, caps
  • dangerous or disruptive objects, firearms or other weapons
  • skateboards, roller blades, scooters, shoes with built-in wheels
  • aerosol products (ie: breath fresheners, spray deodorants)
  • obscene materials or personal belongings displaying vulgar pictures or language
  • items displaying drug, alcohol, or tobacco products or logos
  • sports equipment (except with special permission from school personnel)
  • toys or other play items from home without school permission    
  • cosmetics or hair care products
  • gum
  • medications that have not been processed through the school office. Includes prescribed or over the counter medications of any kind.
  • pets (without specific authorization from school personnel)

 

School authorities may search student belongings if there is a reasonable suspicion that there is possession of any item, substance or material that is prohibited on campus.

 

TAKE PRIDE IN YOUR SCHOOL BY KEEPING IT CLEAN

  • Use school facilities properly.
  • Pick up your own litter on the playground and in the lunch area.
  • Put all trash in proper containers.
  • Keep restrooms clean and report any problems to the office or custodian.
  • Do NOT deface or destroy school property.