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General Information

ABSENCES

We are required by law to account for all absences. Allowable absences are outlined in the Guidelines for Parents and Students and detailed under Education Code 48205 and are generally limited to illness (illness more than three consecutive days require Dr's note to excuse absence(s)). When it is necessary for your child to be absent, it is essential you send a note when your child returns, stating the child's first and last name, teacher, reason for absence and date of absence(s), and your signature. Please provide a professional note from any appointments (Dr., Dentist, Ortho, Eye Dr., Therapist etc.) otherwise it will be marked as an unexcused absence. Our automated telephone system will call Parent when absences are reported by the teacher. Tardies, early outs, and absences negatively impact the educational process. Our students learn when they come to school. Parents may monitor their child's absence(s) through ParentVue.

Allergies

We need to be aware of any allergies that may affect your child with specific direction from your child's physician, if necessary. On occasion during the school year, food may be prepared and eaten as part of a classroom lesson. A notice concerning any allergies your child may have will be sent home by your child's teacher before this type of activity occurs. Students with severe allergies should have appropriate prescribed medications on file. Students are not permitted to carry any medications (prescribed or over the counter) with them or in their backpack. They need to be cleared with the nurse and stored in her office. Please contact our nurse with any questions.

For more information on special diets, please visit the LBUSD Nutrition Services web page.

Attendance

Each student is required to be at school on time each day. Students who arrive after 8:00 a.m. are marked Tardy. Students who arrive before 8:30am may report directly to their classroom. Students arriving after 8:30am need to report to the office for a late slip and will be marked Late. If they are late due to Dr/Dental appointments, please request a school excuse note from their Dr/Dental offices to excuse the late arrival (handwritten parent notes for appointments are not accepted and will result in an unexcused mark).

If your child must leave during the day, parents must come in to the office to sign out and pick him/her up. Your child will be called to the office and released to the parent/guardian. It is most helpful if a note is sent with your child in the morning alerting the teacher that your child will be leaving early. Only the person(s) listed on the emergency/enrollment cards may pick up your child. Be advised that a picture ID is required. Please be aware that "early sign outs" affect your child's attendance record.

Students arriving late or leaving early can have a negative impact on the individual student and the classroom. Additionally, students with excessive tardiness, those who leave early and/or have excessive absences will generate a notification from LBUSD notifying you that your child has been reported as a Truancy to the LBUSD attendance supervisor.

Positive attendance supports your student's achievement. Every day a student misses school, he/she is at risk of falling behind academically. Not only is the missed day lost, the return day is spent catching up. Every day a student attends school is also a lesson in responsibility and commitment.

Chronic absenteeism is defined as missing 10 percent or more of the school year, which is equivalent to 18 days out of a 180-day school year, regardless of whether absences are excused or unexcused. Truancy refers to unexcused/unverified absences and excessive tardies.

LBUSD Attendance Parent Notification Policy

LBUSD School Attendance Brochure

HEALTH AND MEDICATIONS

Students' vision and hearing are routinely tested when they are in kindergarten, 2nd, and 5th grade.

Please do not send your sick child to school. This may expose other children to unnecessary illnesses. Although we stress the importance of good attendance, a student who appears ill should remain at home, and the family medical physician consulted. A child should be free of all symptoms of disease/illness and be fever free (fever = 100 degrees or higher) without medication for 24 hours prior to returning to school.  

PLEASE NOTIFY THE SCHOOL WHEN YOUR CHILD IS ABSENT. We cannot diagnose illness or prescribe medication. We are legally restricted to give only First Aid for injuries at school. Should a situation arise that requires further evaluation/attention, we will attempt to contact the parent/guardian immediately or call for appropriate medical intervention. 

Any student who needs to take medication at school must have a Medication Request Form signed by their doctor and parent/guardian (forms available on the LBUSD Student Health Services web page). This form is filed at the nurse's office. This form needs to be renewed each school year and/or whenever there is a change in the medication order (change in drug, dose, etc.) STUDENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO CARRY MEDICATION WITH THEM AT SCHOOL. For safety and liability reasons, this policy also applies to prescription medications as all as ALL over-the-counter remedies.

The use of a cast, brace/sling, crutches, and/or wheelchairs requires a note from the Dr/Physician specifically stating what the child is using, whether activity is limited or placed on no-activity, and dates stating how long they need it for. Please see the nurse should you have any questions.

PLAYGROUND SUPERVISION

7:40-8:00am/Dismissal until 3:20pm

Before- or after-school playground supervision is not available for TK or kindergartners.

School begins each day at 8:00am. Students may arrive at school as early as 7:30am for breakfast or at 7:40am for supervised play. After-school playground supervision ends at 3:20pm every day (these hours may change and are subject to funding). All students must be picked up by 3:20pm.

RAINY DAY (INCLEMENT WEATHER)

In the event of inclement weather it may be necessary to modify the school day to protect the health and safety of our students. As students arrive to school, they are to report directly to the auditorium where they will be directed to classrooms at 8:00. Students are provided with recess time within their classrooms and given the opportunity to use the restroom. Lunch periods are limited to 30 minutes to provide teachers with their mandatory duty-free lunch. At dismissal time, all students are directed to the auditorium to wait to be picked up.

Visitors on Campus

All visitors must check in at the office.

Authorized visitors will be issued a visitor badge! Class observations are limited to 20 minutes and must be arranged with the teacher in advance. If you are interested in volunteering time working in your child's class, a VIPS application must be completed and approved. VIPs are required to sign the VIPS binder in the office and to wear their badge every day of service.