school policies

Absences

A note from a parent or guardian must accompany every child on his/her return to school after an absence. A child who has been ill for 3 days or more should report to the nurse’s office for re-admittance upon arrival at school.

Dress Code

While there is no formal dress code/uniform policy, students must adhere to the following rules: -Closed toe shoes and socks must be worn at all times – Sandals not permitted -Gang-like attire (i.e. baggy pants, lowered waistbands, inappropriate t-shirts), and expensive jewelry and/or dangling/hoop earrings are not permitted -School Board policy allows for students to wear hats and/or dark glasses for outdoor sun protection, but not in the classroom.

Fire Arm Safety

Read the LAUSD memorandum regarding safe storage of firearms.

Homework

A detailed LAUSD homework policy statement is available in the front office. Here is a relevant excerpt: While homework may be scheduled over an extended period of time that may include weekends and vacations, homework will be assigned for a minimum of four days a week (Monday through Thursday). The average time needed for completion of homework assignments per day varies according to grade level.

Kindergarten: 15 to 20 minutes
Grades 1 & 2: 20 to 35 minutes
Grades 3 & 4: 35 to 45 minutes
Grade 5: 50 to 60 minutes
In addition, students are expected to read or be read to for a minimum of 15 minutes daily.

Inappropriate School Items

As detailed in the Standards of Conduct, the following items are inappropriate for school: gum, candy, soda, toys, trading cards, radios, game boys, etc. Also, students are not allowed to use cell phones during the school day.

Makeup Assignments

Students with excused absences must be given the opportunity to complete the missed classroom work, homework or test with other equivalent assignments and must be given credit equal to that they would have received on the original assignment or test for the same quality of work.

Misbehavior

As detailed in the Standards of Conduct, consequences for misbehavior vary with the severity of the action. When a verbal warning in not sufficient, students may be given a time out, asked to write letters to parents, sent to the office, and/or have parents contacted immediately. Severe infractions, such as fighting, destroying property or possession of illegal items, will result in administrative intervention.

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Morning Bells

The morning bell rings at 8:10 am. The second bell rings at 8:15 am signaling the start of school. Parents may access the yard before and after the instructional day, but may not be on campus after 8:15 am unless they have signed in as a visitor or volunteer at the front desk.

Rainy Day Drop Off Procedures

In the event of rain and a wet campus, drop off is organized in front of school with students entering the Auditorium to wait with their class for their teacher. Parents are not permitted into the Auditorium with the exception of Little Dippers students and their guardian. Kiss and Drop is available rain or shine. 

 

Safety

While parents are always welcome to visit classrooms and participate in special events, we must request that all visitors check-in/out upon arrival/leaving and must wear a Visitor’s Badge. Visitors MUST also check in with the office BEFORE visiting a classroom, as the teacher must be notified of the visitation.

School Hours

Regular Hours:
K – Grade 5: 8:15 am – 2:38 pm
All students should be on campus by 8:10 am so they are in class ready to begin by 8:15 am.

Early Dismissal
Students will be dismissed at 1:38 pm every Tuesday so that teachers can participate in professional development training.

School Office
The school office is open from 7:30 am to 4 pm

Release During School Hours
No child will be released to leave the school before dismissal time unless the parent or person authorized to care for the child signs a release form. The authorized person must be over the age of 17, identified on the child’s emergency card and must pick up the child in person.

Standards of Conduct

All students at Castle Heights are expected to accept the guidance of all teachers, aides, and other adults; come to school prepared to learn, stay on task and will complete assignments; respect themselves and others; and maintain a safe environment on the playground; and keep our school clean and beautiful.

Thursday Folders

This is the primary source of communication between the school administration, parent groups and the parents. The folder will come home in your child’s backpack on Thursday and should be returned each Friday.

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