Policies and Rules
Absences and Attendance
- Medical Appointments
- Personal Reasons
Upon returning to school, your child must present to the teacher a signed note indicating days, dates of absence and the reason(s).
The time to be excused.
- Purpose (medical appointment or personal).
- Who the child will be picked up by.
- Whether your child will be returning to school on the same day. Early dismissal of a student is subject to approval by the principal and requires that the student make up missed assignments/tests.
If leaving school early for any reason, each child must be signed out from the office by an authorized adult.
Appropriate Items for School
In accordance with county health laws, home-made or home-baked goods may not be served to students in the classroom. These goods are still permitted at PTA or other functions that occur outside of school hours.
These shall not be brought to school except with the teacher’s permission to “share.” They shall remain in the classroom unless specific approval is obtained from the principal. This includes trading cards of any kind, such as baseball, Pokémon, etc. Hard balls, marbles, water pistols, slingshots, and other items of a dangerous or nuisance type will not be allowed. No radios, MP3 players (i.e. iPods, iTouch), or computerized games (i.e. DS) are to be brought to school at any time. Please note that laser pointers are considered a dangerous object and subject to all disciplinary actions as outlined in the No Tolerance Policy including 5-day suspension and recommendation to expel.
Starting in September 2007, Torrance schools implemented school Wellness policies in accordance with SB12 and SB965. These policies outline specific goals relating to nutrition and physical education in schools. The law requires that only Senate Bill compliant food items be served at school in the cafeteria and during classroom events. This is a joint effort between the state, the district, the school and the PTA to support a school environment in which active and well-nourished students are more likely to attend school and are better prepared to learn.
Child Welfare and Attendance Codes
We believe that the role of the school, as that of the home, is to provide firm but loving guidance and discipline to assist the child toward the attainment of the eventual goal of self-discipline. Developing self-discipline takes the combined efforts of students, parents and teachers.
In order to accomplish this crucial goal, we believe that children in their young and formative years require positive guidance coupled with well-defined limits of behavior. The observance of these limits gives the child a sense of inner security and contributes toward the formation of strong moral character.
The child must know, for example, that he will not be allowed to harm himself, others, or the property of others. Also, a child will not be permitted to interfere with the learning process. If he transgresses these limits, he must be prepared to accept the required consequences. By law, adult supervisors on campus serve in the absence of parents.
The discipline plan for our school is based on the TUSD Discipline Policy and Administrative Rules for Grades K-5.
A severe misbehavior may result in school suspension or expulsion. Students may be suspended for:
1. Classroom Disruption/Disobedience
2. Violation of School Rules
4. Profanity, vulgarity, inappropriate language/attire/gestures or disrespectful.
5. Use and/or possession of tobacco and/or paraphernalia, including lighters and matches
6. Possession or use of any controlled substance or alcohol
7. Possession or lighting of fire crackers/starting fires or setting off fire alarms
8. Assault, intimidation, fighting, or attempting to cause or threatening to cause injury to another person
9. Vandalism, graffiti, theft
10. Inappropriate use of computers
Other more serious offenses may result in immediate suspension and expulsion or immediate suspension and a determination of further action, which may result in expulsion proceedings. Please contact the school for more information about the Zero Tolerance Policy.
2. Walk (walk away—don’t engage)
3. Talk (tell an adult)
Throughout all TUSD elementary schools, Chirp the Bird is helping to promote the idea of “Expect Respect.” Students learn strategies to recognize and respond to bullying and other inappropriate behaviors. By using the consistent response of “Stop, Walk, Talk” students and staff can help to put an end to bullying on campus. Bullying is not tolerated on campus; all incidents should be reported to the office immediately so that swift action can occur, and the behavior stopped.
1. Talk it over - listen.
2. Walk away.
3. Say - “I'm sorry.”
4. Do something else (i.e., play in another area.)
5. Take turns.
7. Ignore it.
8. Have the group in a game vote, with the majority deciding the dispute.
9. If these strategies do not work, ask an adult for help.
2. Use appropriate school language - no profanity.
3. Share equipment - no closed games.
4. Toys and balls from home are not allowed.
5. Do not play in the halls or between and behind the buildings.
6. Eating is allowed in designated areas only.
7. Do not run on the blacktop, except in an organized game.
8. Never throw rocks or other objects (such as sand).
9. Use equipment appropriately and in the assigned area.
10. Tackling, tripping, pushing, piggy-back, or pile-on games are not permitted. “Tag” is not an allowed game on the school playground.
11. No jumping off bars or swings.
12. No standing on top of the jungle gym.
13. Fighting is never permitted.
14. Chewing gum or spitting is not allowed.
15. Rough play and/or “play fighting” is never allowed.
16. No drinks or bathroom use after the bell.
17. When the bell rings, all activities must stop. Students are to get off all equipment, get out of the sandbox, hold balls, be still and wait for the whistle to walk to line.
18. A general rule of safety on the playground is -- any activity is unacceptable if it is dangerous, destructive, discourteous or disrespectful.
Damage or Loss of School Property
Students shall be held liable for damage to or loss of school property. Please note Educational Code, Section 10606 quoted below:
“Any pupil who willfully cuts, defaces, or otherwise injures in any way any property, real or personal, belonging to the school district is liable for all damages so caused by the pupil.”
Please help us protect our school from vandalism by reporting any unusual activities to the Torrance Police Dept. at (310) 328-3456.
Homework is an extension of the instructional program and shall be regular in accordance with the needs and abilities of the student. Homework shall be explained before it is taken home.
Homework should be independent practice to reinforce skills previously taught in class. Although time spent on homework will vary according to individual needs, abilities, and course of study, the following guidelines for homework assignments have been established:
Grade Time Allocation per Week (may be less but not more):
K ………………. 20 to 40 minutes
1-2……………..1 Hr. 30 minutes to 2 Hours
3……………….. 2 to 3 Hours
4-5 …………….3 Hrs. 20 minutes to 4 Hours
An independent study contract has been developed to provide students with class work while they are away from school due to family business or vacation. If you are planning to have your child out of school for five days or more, please contact your child’s teacher at least a week in advance, so that an independent study contract can be developed. Approval must be obtained by the Principal for all contracts longer than 10 days. A maximum of 15 days will be approved by the Principal.
Lost and Found
Lost clothes are collected and stored in the cafeteria. Because of limited space, unidentified clothes cannot be stored indefinitely. After advance notice is given to students and parents, lost and unmarked items will be donated to charity.
night. Riding a bicycle is a privilege and can be revoked by the principal for violations of the bicycle rules.
School volunteers who assist on a regular and ongoing basis are required to complete a Volunteer Application and have a Megan’s Law or a State/Federal Background Check. Proof of a current negative TB test is also required.
To prevent classroom disruption, parents must bring lunches, money, books, etc. to the school office rather than taking them directly to their child’s room. Parents are welcome and are encouraged to visit the school and their child’s class. However, please check with the teacher in advance. Unannounced visits may cause disruption to the instructional program.
Sexual Harassment Policy for Students
The Torrance Unified School District is committed to an educational environment in which all students are treated with respect and dignity. Each student has the right to learn in an environment that promotes equal educational opportunity and is free from discriminatory practices. Sexual harassment is a violation of Title IX of the Education Act Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and California Education Code Sections 210 through 214, inclusive. Therefore, the district strongly condemns, opposes, and prohibits sexual harassment of students whether verbal, physical, or environmental, by anyone in or from the district. Any student who engages in sexual harassment of any student in or from the district may be subject to discipline, up to and including expulsion. Any employee who engages in sexual harassment of any student in or from the district may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.
1. The principal will be available to receive sexual harassment complaints from students. If the complaint is against the principal, the student may present his or her complaint to the appropriate assistant superintendent, K-12 schools. Upon receiving a sexual harassment complaint the principal shall:
a. Counsel the alleged victim.
b. Obtain a factual written statement of the complaint.
c. Conduct an investigation, interview the accused, and any witnesses as appropriate, and recommend the disposition of the complaint.
2. The principal will review the factual information collected to determine whether the alleged conduct constitutes sexual harassment, giving consideration to the record as a whole and the totality of the circumstances, including the nature of the sexual advances and the context in which the alleged incidents occurred, and will take and/or authorize appropriate action.
3. An effort will be made to protect the privacy of the parties involved in a complaint. Files which pertain to complaints handled under the informal process shall be kept confidential.
Smoke Free Policy
Arnold Elementary School is a smoke free environment. The use of tobacco products of any kind are not allowed on any part of the school campus, including the playground and parking lots.
Statement of Non-Discrimination
The Torrance Unified School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, marital status, medical condition or handicap in educational programs, activities, and employment. All educational opportunities will be offered without regard to race color, national origin, sex or handicap. Limited English skills will not be a barrier to admission and/or participation in vocational education programs.
Use of School Facilities
School facilities are available for public use during non-school hours. An application for their use is available at the district office. Use of the school is conditional and must be approved by the principal and the district business manager.