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                                   McSweeny Elementary School

                                                           451 W. Chambers Ave

                                                              Hemet, CA  92543

                                                 (951) 925-4366  Fax:  (951) 925-8321

Web Site: http://mcsweeny.hemetusd.org

 

                                                    OFFICE HOURS:  7:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

 

SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS:                                                                                                             

 

 

Ekko DePriest....................................................................................... Principal

Lee Ann Bradshaw............................................................ Assistant Principal

 

 

OFFICE STAFF:

 

Jennifer Scott............................................. …………………..Office Manager

Tanya Barnett................................................................................... Secretary II

Veronica Corona………………………………….……………Parent Liaison

Cheri Turner........................................................................ Health Technician

Lorenzo Ramirez............................................................................... Custodian

Laura Mahle… ……………………………………………Library Technician

 

 

 

 

Please report absences by calling:  (951) 652-1397

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL TIME    
GENERAL INFORMATION

Arrival:            7:10‑7:40 a.m.                 Students arrive on campus

                           7:40 a.m.                     Morning Kindergarten begins

                        7:35 a.m.                        Warning Bell ‑ Students in grades 1‑5 enter classrooms

7:40 a.m.                         Class begins for grades 1‑5

11:0 a.m.                       Afternoon Kindergarten begins (Monday-Thursday)

9:24 a.m.                        Afternoon Kindergarten begins (Friday)

 

 

Dismissal:       11:00 a.m.                     Morning Kindergarten (Monday through Friday)

                        2:04 p.m.                      Grades 1‑5 (Monday through Thursday)

                        2:20 p.m.                      Afternoon Kindergarten (Monday through Thursday)

                        1:04 p.m.                      Grades 1‑5 and Afternoon Kindergarten (Every Friday)

 

Students are not to arrive on campus before 7:10 a.m. there will be no supervision before this time.  Most students arrive around 7:15.  Upon arrival students are to go either straight to breakfast, if applicable, or to the playground.  Students who are not enrolled at McSweeny Elementary are not permitted on campus before or after school without parent or guardian supervision.   Students who eat breakfast at school may report to the cafeteria no earlier than 7:10 a.m.   Students who enter the campus after the 7:40 a.m. bell will be considered tardy.  Students not in classrooms by 7:40 a.m. must come to the office to sign in as tardy before going to class.

 

If you are dropping off your child please ensure he/she crosses at the crosswalk . Here are a few reminders regarding parking lot protocol:

 During drop‑off and pick‑up:

  1. No Parking or Leaving Your Car in Loading Zones (yellow or white)

or Red Zones

  1. Drop Off/Pick Up AT CURB ONLY; No Double Parking or letting students in or out of your car in driveways or in the street.
  2. No Jay‑Walking; Cross at CROSSWALKS ONLY
  3. NO U‑TURNS Across Double Yellow Lines; This is ILLEGAL & UNSAFE

 

THE CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL WILL MONITOR THE SCHOOL UNANNOUNCED AND WILL TICKET FOR ALL TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS INCLUDING THOSE IN OUR PARKING LOT.

 

*Students who ride bikes, scooters or skateboards to school must wear a helmet per California law.  Individuals are responsible for locking their bikes, scooters and skateboards in the bike rack. 

We understand that staying safe is not always convenient and easy.  However, the children’s safety is everyone’s first priority.

ATTENDANCE/TARDIES

 

HUSD Elementary Attendance Guidelines

Perfect Attendance

            NO Saturday School  / Independent Study

            NO more than 3 tardies

Outstanding Attendance

                Absences can be made up at Saturday School

                Independent Study

                3 or less absences

                3 or less tardies

Absences

We urge you to have your child at school at all times unless he/she is ill.  A child can never make up a day he/she has missed, even though he/she may go over the assignments that were presented.  The discussion and experiences that take place at school are often more valuable than the written material.  As of the 1998‑99 school year, California public schools no longer receive monetary credit for "excused absences."  Our apportionment is based only on the days that children actually attend school.  We are, however, still required by the State to collect absence notes.  If we do not receive notice regarding an absence we will record the absence as "unverified."  Excessive "unverified" or "unexcused" absences will result in a mandatory meeting with school and district representatives beginning the SART process.

 

For students who are habitually absent and/or tardy, attendance conferences will be scheduled for parents with the Assistant Principal and/or representative from the District Office.  Students may be assigned Saturday school as well. Notification for these meetings will be made two weeks in advance so that arrangements can be made with employers and day care providers.  Attendance for these meetings is mandatory and meetings cannot be rescheduled due to the schedule of the District Office representative.

 

In case of extended illness or absence for 5 or more days, a student can be placed on an Independent Study Contract.  Arrangements must be made with the office secretary at least 5 days in advance.  For all other absences, assignments may be requested through the office.  Teachers will need at least 24 hours notice when collecting materials and assignments for students who are home sick.  Home instruction may be provided for hospitalization and/or extended illness.  Please notify the office if you have this need.  Parents should discuss postoperative procedures or special care with the school health technician and teacher.

Tardies

Time is our precious school ingredient.  Students are to be at school on time, ready to learn, NO LATER than 7:40 AM each day.  The outside gates will be locked immediately after the 7:40 AM bell.  Students late to class must report directly to the office.  Students who are tardy more than 15 minutes need to have a parent sign them in or bring a note from the parent stating the reason the child is late.   Attendance conferences will be scheduled with school administration for students who are habitually tardy. It is the family’s responsibility to reinforce a positive learning experience with punctuality. 

Early Release

The end of the school day is a very busy time for our students and teachers.  Homework directions, as well as important classroom procedures must not be interrupted.  It is school policy that students must not be called out of class during the last 30 minutes of any school day.  Please schedule all medical and other appointments accordingly.  If an extenuating circumstance exists, please make every effort to notify the office in advance.  No students will be removed from class until parent, guardian or authorized contact over 18 years old has arrived in the school office to sign students out. Any items that are locked in the classroom during early release will need to be picked up after school or the next day.

 McSweeny ABSENCE HOT LINE   OR EMAIL: mcsattendance@hemetusd.org

            To Clear Absences call:               951-652-1397 when you hear the recording:

            Press 1 another recording will ask you for:

            Student’s First and Last Name

            Teacher’s name

            Your Name/Relationship

            DATES absent (exact dates)

            Reason: Sick, out of town, etc.

ALL information MUST be present in Hotline calls OR on Absence Notes in order to verify absences.

 

 McSweeny Cafeteria                                                      951-766-6189

      

Nutrition Service District Office                      951-765-5100 x 5380

 

 Central Registration                                                                    951-765-5100 x 3580

        1791 W. Acacia Ave.

          2nd Drive way on Acacia from

              corner of Acacia & Lyon,

              drive all the way back to

              Central Registration.

                                                                                                                                  

Transportation (for Bus Transportation)                        951-765-5100 x 5880

            425 S. Lyon Ave.

 

Health Services District Office                                        951-765-5100 x 4180                 

 

 C.S.P.P.  PreSchool-On campus                                 951-929-4580 

    (California State PreSchool Program)

          PreSchool Registration                                                  951-765-1648 

 

 SAFE Program  on campus (for registered students, only)        951-490-1863

         SAFE District Office                                                                    951-765-5100 x 3901

RESIDENCY AND EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

 

Residency

If you move during the school year, you are required to go to the Hemet Unified Centralized Student Services Center to change your address.  If you wish to remain at McSweeny, you can fill out transfer paperwork at that time.  It is imperative that all families follow this policy so that in the event of an emergency or disaster, we can reach our students’ contacts.                                            

Emergency Contacts

Please remember that if you change your phone number, or wish to add or delete an emergency contact, you must notify the office immediately.  All changes must be made in the office.  The office will then notify the teacher.  Again, this is for your child’s safety during an emergency or disaster.

Saturday School

Saturday School is an opportunity for students to make up absences. Saturday School takes place from 8:00 – 12:00 on select Saturdays throughout the school year. Invitations will be sent to eligible students one week in advance.  One Saturday School session will clear one absence.

                                                                       

                                                                                               GROUNDS SUPERVISION

The McSweeny Elementary school grounds are supervised by the school staff twenty minutes before school and fifteen minutes after school.  The school will not be responsible for anything that happens outside of these supervised times, exceptions being school‑sponsored activities.

Walking and Waiting in Lines

When moving from place to place on campus, student groups will adhere to the following rules: single file, face forward, hands and feet to themselves.  This policy greatly reduces the rowdiness and horseplay which naturally occurs while students walk in groups.  At the same time it promotes an atmosphere of discipline and orderliness that tends to reinforce high academic achievement.

CLOSED CAMPUS / VISITORS

For the safety and welfare of the children, McSweeny Elementary School is a closed campus.  This means that students may not leave the school grounds after they arrive at school in the morning unless released to a parent, guardian or other adult whose name appears on the student’s emergency card.   The office will release a student during school hours ONLY to those persons 18 and older listed on the Student Emergency Card.  All parents/guardians are required to sign students out through the office.  Also, please be aware that we check I.D. for all persons. Additionally, no student will be released to a person without a proper photo I.D. and listed on the Emergency Card as an authorized contact.  Law enforcement may be contacted for support if unauthorized persons attempt to pick up a student.  We realize that this is sometimes inconvenient and time consuming, however, our students’ safety is our top priority. 

                                                                                                                                               

We have always welcomed our McSweeny families to attend school programs, participate in activities or volunteer in their child’s classroom.  However, we do ask that visitors/volunteers go to the front office to sign the Visitor or Volunteer Logbook.  Visitors are defined as those persons who visit a classroom on an infrequent basis, i.e., to chaperone day field trips or assist with a special classroom function.  ANYONE ENTERING THE CAMPUS WILL BE REQUIRED TO SCAN A VALID GOVERNMENT ID THROUGH OUR LOBBYGUARD SYSTEM.

 

If you need to speak to a teacher and you do not have an appointment, you will not be permitted to go to the classroom.  The office staff will be more than happy to deliver a message so the teacher can contact you and set an appointment during non-instructional time.  Parents who wish to observe a classroom are expected to contact their child’s teacher and give a 24 hour advance notice.

 

NO STUDENT INFORMATION WILL BE GIVEN OVER THE PHONE.  CHANGES TO ANY STUDENT INFORMATION MUST BE DONE IN PERSON AT THE SCHOOL OFFICE.

 

DISCIPLINE

McSweeny Elementary School is a PBIS SCHOOL

                                                                                                           

These five principles are reinforced by McSweeny  teachers and staff in math/language arts, social studies classes, assemblies, and other instructional programs.  We emphasize problem solving skills to help our students resolve disagreements and arguments in a creative and peaceful way.  PBIS lessons/activities are presented daily and PBIS expectations are posted throughout the campus.   

 

Using PBIS expectations, all McSweeny students will:

            ‑ Achieve academically to their highest potential

‑ Develop language and social competency skills which create positive interpersonal relations

            ‑ Engage in dialogues using a framework, which allows them to resolve disagreements peacefully

            ‑ Develop resources for assisting in making wise decisions

            ‑ Develop a sense of belonging and feeling safer in school

‑ Demonstrate pride in their school through care and concern for the physical environment

Discipline Plan

Behavior which violates the above code will be addressed by McSweeny staff.  The type of intervention used will depend on the severity of the offense and the individual student’s discipline history.  McSweeny uses a policy of "progressive discipline."  Generally, when misbehavior occurs, the student’s classroom teacher will be the first level of intervention.  Inappropriate behaviors that continue despite teacher interventions will be referred to the office. 

 

Students who violate our school discipline plan may receive the following consequences:

  1. Verbal warning.
  2. Time out from room (in other classroom or office) with a reflection assignment.
  3. Loss of recess and/or loss of special privilege.
  4. Community service to beautify the school (with parental permission)
  5. PBIS Behavior Expectation Class
  6. Suspension
  7. Parent Conference
  8. Parent attendance at school with student
  9. Behavior contract
  10. Pawsitive program

 

STUDENTS CAN AND MAY BE RECOMMENDED FOR EXPULSION FOR MAJOR VIOLATIONS OF THE EDUCATION CODE           

 

 

                                                                                Playground Rules

Students need to be mindful of the following playground rules at ALL times!

 

Restrooms:

Ø  No running/playing on ramps

Ø  Do not climb on the railings

Ø  No playing inside the restroom

 

Grassy Area:

Ø  Do not throw the grass

Ø  Do not climb, break, bend or otherwise harm the trees

Ø  No playing in the grass during wet conditions (Rainy day)

Ø  Do not talk to strangers or pet animals through the fence

Ø  If an adult approaches you or talks to you through the fence, let your teacher or recess supervisor know immediately

Ø  If a ball goes over the fence, DO NOT attempt to go and retrieve it. Let an adult know and they will help you.

Ø  No football

 

Classroom Equipment:

Ø  Soccer balls and red playground balls are permitted

Ø  Supervising teacher may bring out jump ropes

Ø  If you are the one to check out equipment from your class, then you

 need to be responsible and be the one to bring it back

Ø  No personal items from home on the playground

 

At the end of recess/lunch when the bell rings ALL students must freeze and wait till the whistle blows.

 

 

 

 

General:

 

  • Always be respectful and courteous to others; use a talking voice
  • Do not interrupt PE games
  • Always act in a safe manner; no tag or horseplay
  • If you see someone being bullied or harassed, tell an adult immediately
  • Food, drinks and other snacks are to always be at a pic-nic table
  • Keep your hands and feet to yourself

 

 Black-Top:

 

  • Black top area is for Hopscotch, 4-Square, or jumping rope.
  • Do not kick the playground balls
  • Do not walk through other’s games
  • No spitting on black top
  • No hanging on basketball hoops
  • No running

 

 Swings

  • Students get a 30-count for their turn. Students waiting for a swing

will count every time the swinging student’s legs come up in the air.

Swinging student then needs to trade.

  • No climbing on top of structure
  • Students must swing straight
  • Do not push another student while they are on the swing

 

Tetherball-

  • 3 wins maximum at one time
  • No hanging on the poles or balls

 

Wood Chip Area-

  • No throwing wood chips
  • Students climb/cross bars towards the structure and slide down only

 

Discipline‑Related Terms

Bullying: Intentional, hurtful acts, words or other behavior, such as name‑calling, threatening and/or shunning committed by one or more children intending to assert power over another.  Bullying can be physical, verbal, emotional, or sexual in nature.

Defiance: Purposely resisting or disregarding a request by a staff member.  While students are at school, McSweeny staff members are in loco parentis, a Latin phrase meaning "in the place of the parents."  Students, therefore, must obey staff members.  Failure to do so could result in disciplinary actions.

Physical Violence: To physically touch the body of another person in a way that causes or intends to cause harm or pain.

Profanity: The use of vulgar, obscene, or unacceptable language.

Put‑Downs: A remark or action meant to belittle or disrespect someone.

Sexual Harassment: Remarks or actions of a sexual nature which cause a hostile work or learning environment. 

Teasing: To provoke, annoy, or make fun of someone by words or actions.

Theft: Taking something that does not belong to you without getting prior permission of the owner

Threats: To express an intention to inflict harm or pain to another person.  Threats can be communicated through body language.

 

Bullying

Bullying is never permitted at McSweeny Elementary

What is bullying?

Bullying among children is aggressive behavior that is intentional and that involves an imbalance of power or strength. A child who is being bullied has a hard time defending himself or herself. Usually, bullying is repeated over time. Bullying can take many forms, such as hitting or punching (physical bullying); teasing or name-calling (verbal bullying); intimidation using gestures or social exclusion (nonverbal bullying or emotional bullying); and sending insulting messages by phone or computer e-mail (cyberbullying).

 

What to do if your child is being bullied:

  1. First, focus on your child. Be supportive and gather information about the bullying.
  2. Contact your child’s teacher or principal. Give factual information about your child’s experience of being bullied including who, what, when, where, and how.
  3. Help your child become more resilient to bullying. Encourage your child to make contact with friendly students, help your child meet new friends outside of the school environment, teach your child safety strategies, teach him or her how to seek help from an adult when feeling threatened by a bully, talk about whom he or she should go to for help and role-play what he or she should say, assure your child that reporting bullying is not the same as tattling.

 

What students do to help with bullying prevention:

(1) Not going along with bullying behavior to others: be supportive to someone who is being bullied; stand up in a non-confrontational way to someone who is doing the bullying if it feels safe.

(2) Tell the student who is being bullied to talk to someone about what happened. Offer to help by going along.

(3) Tell an adult who can help you with the problem. McSweeny Elementary staff  recognizes that while these situations are clearly different for the one-sided dynamic of bully and target, we cannot be indifferent to this behavior. Accepting name-calling and rough-housing because it is between friends or because a student didn’t intend to harm has the effect of creating a background of low-level hostility in our school environment, making it more difficult to identify serious situations. Stopping such behavior reassures other members of the community that potentially harmful actions will be confronted and taken seriously. Taking the time to explain to students the meaning and effect of their words and actions helps them to embrace their responsibility for creating a community where all members are supported and protected.

  

 

 

 

"Zero‑Tolerance" for Violence/Threats

 

The McSweeny community has "zero‑tolerance" for physical violence or threats of any sort.  We know that intellectual progress requires an individual to take risks and expose vulnerabilities, and that in an unsafe environment these risks are not taken and vulnerabilities are not exposed.  Therefore, the McSweeny staff places a high priority on creating a safe and supportive environment so that all students can learn and grow to their fullest potential. 

Students who are determined to have engaged in physical violence (including, but not limited to, fighting, hitting, kicking or pushing) or threats of physical violence will face disciplinary consequences and possible suspension.  Also, please be aware that any type of physical or violent "games" or "playing," or threats made in a "joking" or "kidding" way are also unacceptable and will result in disciplinary consequences and possible suspension.  Physical violence and threats are never acceptable at school, even if those involved think of them as "games" or "jokes." 

In accordance with our policy of "progressive discipline," the duration of a suspension may increase with each repeated offense.  For example, a one‑day suspension will likely increase to a two‑day suspension on the next offense.  Repeated incidents of physical violence or threats could result in a recommendation for expulsion. 

This is not limited to students.  Parents are expected to model appropriate behavior on campus. Parents not complying with school district policies or are in violation of the law may be served with a cease and desist or restraining order and not allowed on campus.  Additionally, law enforcement will be immediately contacted for any threats made towards staff or other families on our campus.

 

SUSPENSION AND EXPULSION

A student may be suspended by a teacher for the remainder of the day the offense occurred and for one additional school day provided a parent conference is scheduled prior to the student’s return to class.  A student may be suspended by the Principal or Principal’s Designee no more than five consecutive days for one offense (exception in the case of suspension pending expulsion).  All rules and regulations regarding student discipline are available in the Principal’s office.

According to Education Code 48900, a student may be suspended and/or expelled for the following offenses:

(a)(1)       Caused, attempted to cause, or threatened to cause physical injury to another person.

    (2)       OR:     Willfully used force or violence upon the person of another, except in self defense.

(b)           Possessed, sold or otherwise furnished any firearm, knife, explosive, or other dangerous object.

(c)            Possessed, used , sold or otherwise furnished, or been under the influence of any controlled substance, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant of any kind.

(d)           Offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any controlled substance, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant of any kind, and then sold, delivered, or otherwise furnished to any person another substance and represented that substance as a controlled substance, alcoholic beverage or intoxicant.(ie. Look alike)

(e)            Committed or attempted to commit robbery or extortion.

(f)            Caused or attempted to cause damage to school property, or private property.

(g)           Stole or attempted to steal school property, or private property.

(h)           Possessed or used tobacco.

(i)            Committed an obscene act, or engaged in habitual profanity or vulgarity.

(j)            Had unlawful possession of, or unlawfully offered, arranged or negotiated to sell any drug paraphernalia.

(k)           Disrupted school activities, or willfully defied the authority of school personnel.

(l)            Knowingly received stolen school property of private property.

(m)          Possessed an imitation firearm.

(n)           Committed or attempted to commit sexual assault, or committed sexual battery.

(o)           Harassed, threatened, or intimidated a pupil who is a witness in school disciplinary proceeding.

                                (.2)          Committed sexual harassment (grades 4‑12 only).

                                (.3)          Caused, attempted to cause, or participated in an act of hate violence (grades 4‑12 only).

                                (.4)          Created an intimidation or hostile educational environment by intentionally engaging in harassment, threats or intimidation against a pupil or group of pupils (grades 4‑12 only).

 

PLEASE NOTE:    Possession of a firearm, brandishing a knife, sales of drugs, or sexual assault and/or battery will result in automatic expulsion recommendations.(EC 48915a,b)

PROFESSIONAL SPORTS ATTIRE IS NOT PERMITTED UNDER DISTRICT                                                        POLICY

 

The manner in which students dress for school can influence behavior and learning.  Students are expected to come to school dressed in a manner which insures adequate modesty.  Student dress that causes disruption or leads to unsatisfactory behavior is not appropriate and is not to be worn.  Any student who is dressed in a manner considered by school administration to be disruptive, offensive, immodest or unsafe will be sent to the office to wait for a change of clothes to be delivered. 

 

Examples of inappropriate clothing:  shirts that bare undergarments, bare midriffs, bare backs, short shorts (shorts must extend below the fingertips when arms at side), and pants worn far below the waistline and/or dragging on the floor are not to be permitted. Sleeveless shirts and dresses may be worn but must have a strap at least 1 inch wide. No spaghetti straps will be allowed. Clothing that is more than one size too large for the student will be deemed unsafe and inappropriate.  Button down shirts should always be buttoned.  Clothing that advertises drugs, sex, violence, or a negative attitude is not allowed.  Slogans on shirts must be appropriate and must not contain any offensive or suggestive language or graphics.  Belt buckles displaying initials, numbers or an 8-ball are not allowed.

 

                                                                                                                               Shoes

Shoes are to be worn at all times. Sandals may be worn, but they must have back straps.  Footwear must be appropriate for play as well as classroom activities. 

 

                                                                                                                             Headgear

Hats are not to be worn inside of buildings at any time. Hats may be worn any time students are outdoors including recess and physical education.  Hats are to be worn bill facing forward and must not contain inappropriate wording, slogans or logos.  Wave caps, doo-rags, and bandannas are not permitted.  Hoods are only to be worn when it is raining.

 

                                                                                       CELLULAR PHONES AND ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Cellular phones and electronic devices are not allowed to be turned on during the school day.  All phones must be turned off and kept in your child’s backpack during school hours.  Cell phones and electronic devices that are taken away from a student during the school day will require parent contact and pick-up from the office by a parent or guardian. Any phone calls made home during the day should be made from the classroom or office telephone with permission from a staff member.  Electronic gaming devices are not permitted.

 

Digital Citizenship  Students are  expected  to use all technology platforms and  forms of technology, (computers, Chrome books, ipads) appropriately  and as  it reasonably relates to school work and school based assignments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FIELD TRIPS/ON CAMPUS ACTIVITIES

Field trips and on campus activities such as Field Day and special Assemblies are a privilege to be earned at McSweeny – NOT a right.  Attendance of such activities is left to the discretion of the classroom and P.E. teachers and administration.  Students can have privileges revoked for poor behavior.

 

Field trips are designed to enhance your student’s educational experience.  Teachers will send home notice of all field trips in advance.  Parents should carefully read any notices sent home about field trips because they often contain important information.  For example, special clothing or other items (hat, sunscreen) may be necessary.  Also, when field trips are scheduled to arrive back at school after regular school hours, parents must pick students up from school.  Students will not be left alone to wait for parents who are late.  When attempts to contact parents who have not picked up their child are unsuccessful, the child will be turned over to law enforcement officials.

 

GRADES, PROGRESS REPORTS, PARENT CONFERENCES, ACADEMIC PROBATION

Students will receive parent reports at the end of each quarter.  The first reporting period must include a parent‑teacher conference.  Parents may arrange other conferences with the teacher throughout the school year to discuss their child’s progress.  Please call the school office to arrange such a conference.

 

Students who have not gained proficiency in reading and mathematics at their grade level will be placed on academic probation. If interventions do not bring the student to the expected level proficiency, the student may be retained.  Adequate notification of academic probation and intervention programs will be provided to parents in advance of such action.

 

LIBRARY

Students at McSweeny Elementary School have regular access to the library during their school day.  The library is open during recess and lunch and throughout the day according to the classroom schedule.  Student must use their library card as their pass to the library.  Books are checked out for two weeks.  Books are not allowed on the playground.  Students with overdue books will not be allowed to check out more books until overdue books are returned.  Students will be held financially accountable for any damage or loss to books checked out to them, including textbooks.  Replacement of books for damage or loss will incur an additional $10.00 fee for inventory return and shipping costs to replace the book for the library.

 

If library and/or textbooks are not checked in by the required date at the end of the school year, students will lose the opportunity to participate in any and or all of the end of the year activities until the missing items are returned or paid for.  End of the year Parent Reports are held until library fines are cleared.

 

LOST AND FOUND

Clothing articles that are found are placed on the "lost and found" in the cafeteria.  Eye glasses , retainers, purses, and other small items of value will be kept in the office.  It is wise to have your child’s name inside coats, jackets, sweaters, lunch pails, bags, etc.  Items of value such as Gameboys, Walkman, I Pod, jewelry, or valuable memorabilia should not be brought to school. Any items left in the “lost and found” area before a break from school (ie., Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc) will be donated to a local charity.

The school will not assume responsibility for the loss of valuables.

 

 

 

 

MEDICATION AND STUDENT HEALTH

NO MEDICATION (this includes over‑the‑counter medicines such as aspirin, cough drops, eye drops, nasal spray, etc.) shall not be administered by any school personnel, except on the written orders of a physician or dentist.  The medication is safeguarded in the school health office to avoid any risk that it may be improperly ingested by anyone.  As noted on the Dr.s instructions the health tech will administer medication per the current document.  Medication must be in a pharmacy‑labeled container having the student’s name, name of drug, dosage of drug, name of physician, and current date printed on it. Medication is to be brought immediately to the school health office where it will be placed under lock and key.  It is the student’s responsibility to remember to come to the health office for the medication at the proper time.

 

School personnel will give emergency care to sick and/or injured children.  Parents will be called immediately if a serious accident should occur.  It is most important for the school to have up‑to‑date telephone numbers (home, office, and emergency numbers) and correct names of any persons you authorize to sign out your child from school.

 

Immunization

All children enrolled in California schools must have a complete and up‑to‑date immunization record on file in the school office.  The State of California requires that all students be updated on their immunizations before entering kindergarten.  All kindergarten students must have completed a series of three Hepatitis B shots, two MMR shots, DTP, Polio, and one varicella shot before entrance. All students under age 18 from out of state or out of country who enter Hemet Unified School District for the first time after July 1, 2001 shall have 1 dose of Varicella vaccine or health care provider documented varicella disease or immunity.

 

Physicals for Kindergarten

A physical is required within 6 months of entering Kindergarten.

 

Injuries Requiring Devices

Any student who has an injury that requires any medical device (ie., crutches, casts, wraps, etc.) needs to obtain a note from the doctor to specify what he/she can or cannot do and also any physical education (PE) restrictions.

NOTE:  Students must have a note from the doctor allowing the student to use crutches during school hours.  This is the policy of the Hemet Unified School District.

 

Notes to Exclude from Physical Education

If a student is ill or has a mild injury, a note is required either from the parent or doctor stating that the child is not to participate in physical education.  A note from a parent is only accepted for three (3) consecutive physical education days.  If a note is not submitted, the student is expected to participate in P.E.

 

P.E.

Clothing for physical education must follow school guidelines.  Clothing must not be restrictive; students must be able to have free movement.  No jewelry is to be worn during physical education.  Shoes must be appropriate for physical activities; i.e., tennis shoes, running shoes, etc.  Students who break equipment carelessly will be held responsible for the cost of repair or replacement.  Students are responsible for the same level of behavior during P.E. class as in all classrooms at McSweeny.  This is a required class with fitness goals that must be mastered.

 

 

SCHOOL BREAKFAST/LUNCH

Breakfast and hot lunches may be purchased by the day, week, or month.  A student’s breakfast (including beverage) is $.  A student’s lunch (including milk) is $.  Any child may purchase milk for $0.25.  Menus will be sent home once a month so that students and parents know what is being served.  Applications for free or reduced meal prices are available in the office.

 

Students who do not have the necessary funds to purchase their lunch will not be served after 3 consecutive days of account arrearages.  Students are given a container of milk. 

 

S.A.F.E. AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

Hemet Unified School District’s after school program is called the S.A.F.E. (Students Achieving in Fun Environments) program.  This program has its own staff and administrators.  If you have any questions or concerns you can contact the SAFE site facilitator, or contact the district office at 765-5100.  S.A.F.E  staff are available from 2:06 through 6:00 Monday through Friday.  A light snack is served to all students free of charge.  Daily activities range from arts and crafts, to homework time, to off‑campus field trips.  Applications may be picked up at the office. Enrollment is limited and a new application is required each year regardless of previous years acceptance.   

 

SEARCH AND SEIZURE

The administration retains control over buildings, parking lots, and grounds, and has the right to search them without warrant.  All persons entering a school site or district facility may be subject to a metal detector scan and/or personal search to ensure that weapons, drugs, or other dangerous items are not brought on campus.  Violators are subject to suspension, expulsion, or arrest.

 

SEXUAL HARASSMENT

The Hemet Unified School District is committed to a work and educational environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity.  Therefore, the District strongly condemns, opposes, and prohibits sexual harassment, whether verbal, physical, or environmental.  Anyone who violates this policy is subject to discipline, including student expulsion or employee dismissal.  The complete Board policy and resolution process is available to each school at the District Office Website.

VOLUNTEERS

 Volunteers are persons who assist in the classrooms or are on campus on a regular basis.  It is the policy of Hemet Unified School District that all classroom volunteers must be fingerprinted and have a tuberculosis test and clearance.  If you would like to volunteer in a classroom, prior arrangements should be made with your child’s teacher.  Please check with the office to arrange for volunteer packet and fingerprinting instructions.  

 

Due to limited financial resources, fingerprinting will only be available to a certain number of volunteers each year.  The school site will cover the cost of fingerprinting, but it is the responsibility of the volunteer to secure their own current TB test at their own cost prior to fingerprinting.

 

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