We invite you to visit your child’s classroom. Please call or write your child’s teacher in advance to set the day and time of your visit. This will ensure that you will observe class sessions of interest to you. This courtesy is an aid to visitors and school personnel.
Observations are limited to twenty minutes
On the day of the visit, sign in at the office, and pick up a visitor’s badge
Enter and leave the classroom quietly
Do not converse with the teacher or your child during class time
If a parent conference is necessary, please notify the office as you leave
When leaving the school, check out through the office, and return your visitor’s badge
Transfers and Withdrawals
Please notify the teacher and the office at least two days before your child is withdrawn from school. This will assist us in clearing his/her records and will facilitate the transfer of the student. Any lost or missing school materials must be accounted for before records are sent to the new school.
Release of Students During School Hours
An authorized parent or guardian must report to the school office to sign out the student. (Authorization to release a student must be clearly indicated on the Emergency Authorization Card. Persons on the Emergency Card must be 18 years or older. Students will not be released to minors.)
The parent or authorized adult must go to the Bret Harte office and follow these required procedures:
Indicate the name of the child
List the room or the teacher
Write the reason for the student being taken from school
Sign out each child so there is a record of his/her leaving school (Identification will be checked if adult is unknown to office staff)
The office staff will make arrangements for releasing a pupil from his/her instructional area. At NO time:
should a child be picked up directly from the classroom
should the child wait outside the classroom or in front of the school for a parent to pick him/her up at a prearranged time
should a child walk home to meet his/her parent during the school day
CHILDREN WILL NOT BE RELEASED TO INDIVIDUALS NOT LISTED ON THE EMERGENCY CARD. Thus, it is very important to keep these cards current.
Absences and Tardies
Please avoid unnecessary tardies by planning your morning routine with ample time.
All students arriving after their bell has rung need to report to the office where they will receive a tardy slip. This procedure places emphasis on student responsibility and promptness to school.
If your child is absent or tardy, please send a note explaining the reason. An example of anabsence notethat contains all required information is available for you to copy at the end of this page.
According to the school district’s attendance policy, a parent must report his/her student’s absence to the school in writing, by phone, or in person, within 3 days. If the absence is not verified as an excusable absence, it shall be recorded as unexcused. Please refer to the district’s “Annual Notification to Parents/Guardians” booklet for further details on their attendance policy regarding “excused” and “unexcused” absences.
Per Educational Code 48260, “Any pupil subject to compulsory full-time education or to compulsory continuation education who is absent from school without valid excuse for 3 full days in one school year or tardy or absent for more than any 30-minute period during the school day without a valid excuse on 3 occasions in one school year, or any combination thereof, is truant and shall be reported to the attendance supervisor or to the superintendent of the school district.”
Continued truancy will result in parent conferences and may result in a referral to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB).
Students are encouraged to make every effort to be on time. It is essential that your child be in class by his/her scheduled start time, ready for learning. Students who enter the classroom late, disrupt the learning environment for others as well as themselves.
To assist families in getting their children to school on time, we provide a supervised area. Students are to report to the lower playground. This area is supervised beginning at 8:00 a.m. for children who wish to arrive early. Children are not to go to the classrooms, but must go directly to the supervised area.
Parents need to wait outside of the fence where you can see your child. Extra adults on the playground can cause a problem for teachers or yard supervisors who will be supervising. For the safety of our students, all adults on campus must have an identification badge. Visitor and Volunteer passes are available in the office when you sign in. (SeeVisitorsand Volunteers).
In the state of California, school attendance is mandatory for all students ages six through eighteen. In order to provide the best education possible for your child, it is imperative that he or she has regular attendance. Please ensure that your child attends school regularly and on time. This will not only help your child gain the most from his or her school experience, but it will also help the school district financially. There is a financial impact on district revenues from the state every day a student is absent. Students who continue to have excessive absences, tardies, or truancies will be referred to the District School Attendance Review Board.