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HLPUSD Vision STATEMENT

The Hacienda La Puente Unified School District is a community committed to developing lifelong learners who value themselves and the diversity of all people; apply decision-making skills leading to responsible actions; and use creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving in meeting the challenges of a changing society.

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Hacienda La Puente Unified School District Board of Education Goals 

•All students in the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District will succeed in meeting high standards and achieving at high academic levels.
•The Hacienda La Puente Unified School District will provide a supportive and innovative learning environment rich in the visual and performing arts and a challenging course of study to meet the unique needs of every student.
•The Hacienda La Puente Unified School District will attract and retain quality personnel who demonstrate strong, positive leadership that promotes a culture of collaboration and teamwork and creates an environment in which all stakeholders feel respected, valued and are dedicated to every student’s success.
•The Hacienda La Puente Unified School District will efficiently expend and effectively maximize all resources to fulfill educational priorities, while sustaining and maintaining long-term financial stability.
•The Hacienda La Puente Unified School District will provide its students and employees with safe, orderly and clean schools and district sites.
•The Hacienda La Puente Unified School District will continue to develop, sustain, recognize and promote programs of excellence and strong partnerships with parents and the community which result in high levels of success for all students.

Emergency Card Information

It is imperative that in case of an emergency the parents of the students or an authorized adult be reached. For this reason, every effort should be made to keep the office informed of any changes in address or telephone numbers.  The names and telephone numbers of friends, relatives and baby-sitters listed on the card must also be kept current.  Students will be released only to persons on emergency card.  Persons listed must be over 18.

Leaving School Grounds

Students may not leave the school grounds during the school day without written permission. Once students arrive at school they may NOT leave the campus. After school students are to go directly home. District Policy requires that we release a student only to a parent or other adult listed on the Student Emergency Information card. Therefore, students must be cleared through the front office.  Parents are to come to the office to sign their children out. Office staff will call students to the office.

STUDENTS’ SAFETY

Fifth Street becomes very congested before and after school. For their safety, students are NEVER to cross the street alone.  Parents should park their cars and escort their children across the street. If you drive into the parking lot on the north side on Workman Street it is best to drive through and then exit. We ask you to please drop off all children in front of the school or in the North Parking lot.

Students are NOT to be on the school grounds before 7:45 a.m.  Students having breakfast at school should arrive no earlier than 7:30 a.m. and must report directly to the cafeteria.  Parents must be aware that there is no supervision on the school playground before 7:45 a.m. Parents who wait with their child each morning must wait in front of the school. Workman Elementary promotes a closed campus, although you are welcome to come to the office if you need assistance regarding school business. All students need to line up with their class when the bell rings. Students are not allowed to leave campus during school hours. Once they arrive at school they are to remain at school.

When students are dismissed, they are to go directly home or be picked up immediately unless being detained by the teacher. We do not provide after school supervision.  It is the parent/guardian’s responsibility of your child’s safety and welfare after they leave school.    Please do not allow children to wait alone in front of the school. We ask you to supervise your child if you are waiting for another child after school and make sure they do not throw trash, play on the front steps and railing or run around.

Disaster Dismissal Procedures 

When a disaster occurs, every parent wants to be sure their child is safe and being cared for or supervised. The following procedures are designed to get this information to you or to return your child to you as soon as possible.


1. In case of a disaster, please do not telephone the school.  The telephone will be needed for emergency communications only. Keep the office informed of any current changes in address or phone number in case the school needs to contact you.

2.If at all possible, do not drive to the school as this will only add to the traffic congestion and impede the progress of emergency vehicles.

3. Do not enter the school grounds. Follow the procedures below for picking up your child.


When a disaster occurs, the school principal or his/her designee will determine if, when, and how the students will be released. Students will be released at the close of the regular school day.


1. If students walk to school we will determined if it is safe for them to leave the school grounds.

2. Students may be dismissed prior to the end of the school day to adult age relative or any adult that the students identify as being responsible for their safe keeping or is on their disaster emergency card. Every person picking up a student will be asked to sign a statement giving their name, the student’s name and their relationship to the student, such as a parent, uncle, etc.

3. Kinder students will be released from the Kindergarten area. TK-3 students will be released from the campus at the North side gate by the upper field. Upper grade students 4-6 will be released from the South West gate near the cafeteria gate entrance. When reaching the gate report to the person in charge to check out your child. He/she will send for your child.  If the disaster event blocks the fence opening, the school will follow the above procedure but will release from another area.  We respectfully urge you to avoid using Workman Street as it may be needed for emergency vehicles.

Students will not be released at the end of the regular day if the destruction is so great that it is deemed unsafe to dismiss them to walk. They will be cared for at the school until parents can be reunited with them.

We ask that all students bring an emergency earthquake bag to school during the first month of school. A letter will be sent home with instructions of what to include in the emergency earthquake bag. Please review earthquake procedures with your child at home.

Rainy Day Procedures

Morning Arrival: When students arrive on campus on a rainy day all students are to report to the cafeteria. Students in grades 4-6 will be directed to wait outside the cafeteria by rooms 9 and 10 with supervision.

Afternoon Dismissal: Parents with students in grades TK-2 will be able go directly to their child’s classroom for dismissal. All other students in grades 3-6 will come to the cafeteria for dismissal.  Please adhere to all traffic regulations for our student’s safety. Park in designated areas only.

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Release of Students during the School Day

There may be circumstances that arise during the year when it will be necessary for parents to take their children out of school for part of the day. When these situations arise, theparent must go to the office in orderto sign out the child. No parents are allowed to pick up their children in the classrooms. A student will not be released to anyone except the parent or an adult listed on the student’s emergency card.  The student will not be released to anyone under the age of eighteen.  The office doors will be locked at specific times due to safety reasons.

TRANSFERS

Please notify the school as soon as possible if you will be moving. The office staff will assist you and complete the necessary transfer papers for the new school.

TARDIES

Tardiness causes classroom disruption and it is important that parents support our program by bringing or sending their children to school on time. Students are considered tardy if they are not in the classroom by starting time.  Tardy students must go to the office to get an “Admit to Class” slip before entering their classroom. Students arriving late for school must report with an adult to the office for a tardy slip. A note must accompany your child explaining the reason for a tardy. Only illness or a doctor/dental appointment will be considered an excused tardy. Tardies are also accounted for at Workman Elementary. Excessive tardies will result in a phone call, letter home or conference with the teacher and principal. *Note: A minimum of three 30-minute tardies can be considered for a truancy report. California state law (Education Code #48200) states that every child between the ages of five and eighteen years of age must attend school full time unless exempt under state law.

TELEPHONE

Student use of the telephone is for emergencies only. Make arrangements with your child ahead of time about rainy day plans, minimum day plans, etc. Such calls are not considered emergencies. Students may not bring cell phones to schoolor any other electronic devices. The school has the right to confiscated cell phones, etc. and keep them in the office until a parent conference is held. If a student continues to bring a cell phone the school will confiscate and keep until the end of the school year.

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Parent Student Handbook

Workman Elementary SCHOOL HANDBOOK EXCERPTS:

DISCIPLINE PROGRAM

All schools are required by law to have a School Wide Discipline Plan. The Workman Elementary Staff promotes a positive discipline plan for all children. In striving to build positive leaders for our future, Workman Elementary Staff will work together with parents/students so all children can learn in a secure, safe, quiet, and positive environment. Positive leadership is based on mutual respect and responsible choices.

SCHOOL RULES

An important part of our School Wide Discipline Program is that all children develop a positive attitude toward themselves and school. To accomplish this goal, students in grades TK-6 will be expected to:
•Come to school prepared and ready to learn
•Maintain an environment that is safe, healthy, and promotes learning
•Follow directions the first time, and ask questions for clarification
•Follow the Workman Elementary Matrix and school motto. Wolverines are: Respectable and Responsible

To encourage and acknowledge positive behavior, each classroom has a system which will be shared with parents at Back-To-School Night.  Parents will be notified of the system and the consequences for students who are in violation of our school rules.

Our staff has developed a progressive program that begins with interventions the teacher uses in the classroom. These interventions may include verbal warning, note to parent, and call parent, referral to the principal, or a meeting with the Response to Intervention Team. The students will receive positive support for appropriate behaviors and consistent consequences for inappropriate behaviors. The severity of the consequence is determined by the frequency and/or seriousness of the inappropriate behaviors. The principal will schedule awards assemblies every 6 weeks to recognize students with positive behavior. Parent support in reinforcing the California Education Code laws, as well as our Workman school rules is greatly appreciated. Consequences for violation of school rules may include, but not limited to, a warning, time out during class, recess detention, (i.e., in the office or other classroom) loss of privileges, community service, telephone calls to parents, visits to the principal, suspension or expulsion.

It is essential to have a safe, positive atmosphere in which students can perform at their best. Students must develop pride in themselves and their school and exhibit courtesy and respect toward others. If inappropriate behavior should occur, the disciplinary action taken will follow board policy and state law. It is the responsibility of each student at Workman Elementary to be aware of and to follow all rules. Please speak to your child regarding following classroom and playground rules.

PLAYGROUND RULES

1.When the bell rings, students in grades K-6 will stop and immediately WALK to their line.

2. Walk on the blacktop area at all times.

3. Playing in the restroom is not allowed.

4. Use school equipment properly. Do not bring items from home (no toys, balls, stuffed animals, game boys, Ipods, cell phones, or any other electronic devices etc.)

5. Stay away from the fences surrounding the playground area and near the front of the school.

6. Students are not allowed in the hallways at any time.

7. Student must stay in the designated areas at recess.

8. Once the bell rings students are not allowed to use the restroom and must wait until they return to class and ask the teacher for permission and sign out on the class bathroom log.

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Inappropriate Student Behaviors

1.  Chewing gum (Gum is not allowed in school)

2.  Fighting or threatening to cause physical injury to another person.

3.  Wilfully using force or violence to another person (bullying)

4.  Possessing any firearm, knife, lighter, matches, explosive, pepper spray, or other dangerous item.

5.  Disorderly conduct

6.  Dress/appearance which causes disruption.

7.  Profanity, obscene acts or inappropriate pictures

8.  Forgery/cheating

9.  Theft/burglary/possession of stolen property.

10. Smoking/possession of tobacco or other illegal substances

11. Defiance of authority/disruption of school activities.

12. Destruction of school property or private property, including graffiti.

13. Alcohol/drugs/paraphernalia/look-alikes.

14. Possessing an imitation firearm.

15. Extortion/robbery.

16. Explosive devices, including firecrackers.

17. Hazing (Initiation)

18. Leaving school without permission.

19. Sexual harassment.

The law states that parents are liable for all damage to school property, including damaged or lost books. Students writing on school property not limited to: desks or walls will be expected to clean them and will be suspended.

Possible consequences for Inappropriate Student Behavior

1. Counselling with student

2. Note to parents

3. Conferencing with parents

4. Loss of extracurricular privileges

5. Detention (during or after school)

6. Community Service

7. Response to Intervention Committee (RTI Team)

8. In-House Suspension

9. Suspension:

The school principal has the right to suspend a student for a period of up to five consecutive school days for each offense. In cases of this type, a conference between the principal and his/her designee, the student, and any other appropriate persons will be conducted. If, after an investigation is conducted, the principal decides if a suspension is necessary and it will become effective immediately. The principal will attempt to notify parents by telephone before this action is taken. One copy of the suspension notice will be sent to the parents with the student and one copy by mail the next day.

10. Expulsion:


The school principal has the right and, in some cases, is required to recommend to the district superintendent that a student be expelled (expulsion). In cases of this type, an administrative hearing panel will convene and action will be taken by the board of education. If a student has violated a school rule and is subject to expulsion, both the student and his/her parents will be formally notified. Part of the notification process will include detailed instructions regarding the due process procedures.

DANGEROUS OBJECTS/WEAPONS

Students who bring knives, guns (including toy guns), explosives, laser lights or any dangerous object which can be used as a weapon, will be recommended for suspension or expulsion.

Lost and Found

In order to avoid losing clothing articles, please label sweaters, coats and jackets, etc; lost jackets and sweaters may be found at the back of the cafeteria.  Any other found items are to be turned in to the office. We encourage parents to follow up on their children’s lost articles.  At the end of each trimester, items not recovered will be disposed of or donated to a local homeless shelter or Salvation Army drop center.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT/VOLUNTEERS

Workman Elementary School invites you to become involved in the school by volunteering.All volunteers working directly with students must fill out an application each year; have a current TB test and fingerprints which have been cleared by the HLPUSD Police Department. Parents can also submit an application for a One-Time Volunteer but must be completed 2 weeks in advance.  When the children see their parents involved in their education, they will be encouraged to put forth their best effort. Applications are available in the school office.

report Cards and Parent Conferences

Report cards are issued three times during the school year for students in grades TK-5. Progress reports for 6th grade students are given every 6 weeks and report cards twice a year. Mandatory parent conferences are scheduled twice; once in the fall and once in the spring. You will receive notification prior to conference dates. Feel free to make an appointment with your child’s teacher at any time throughout the year if you have a question or concern regarding his/her progress. We strongly discourage classroom interruptions during instruction. You may leave a message with the School Office Manager or Office Assistant and they will provide the teacher with your message at recess or lunch time.

NURSE

The school does not have a school nurse on a daily basis. A district nurse is available for emergencies at all times. The school nurse is assigned to our school once a week.  A district nurse can be called in case of an emergency. Hearing and vision assessments are given to all kindergarten and third grade students.

school nurse

MEDICATION

Special arrangements must be made with the school office when it is necessary to administer medication at school. The district requires specific forms to be completed by the doctor, who must provide explicit instructions. This authorization must be renewed on a yearly basis. All medication should be clearly labelled and will be kept locked in the office where distribution can be supervised by office personnel. STUDENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO CARRY ANY MEDICATION AT SCHOOL, including, but not limited to, inhalers, Tylenol, cough drops, liquid medicine and other types of medication.

PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES

The responsibility of guidance for the students is shared by every member of the staff.  To assist the staff, the school psychologist is assigned to the school once a week to test and/or consult.

UNIFORMS

Our students are expected to abide by the district uniform policy. Our district colors are navy blue and white with navy bottoms and white or powder blue tops.  Shoes must be worn at all times. Sandals should have heel straps. Shirts and blouses must have sleeves and clothing must be free of writing, emblems, and logos. Clothing must be free from tears, rips, holes, etc. Clothes shall be sufficient to conceal undergarments at all times. see-through or fish-net fabrics, halter tops, off-the-shoulder or low-cut tops bare-midriffs and skirts or shorts shorter than mid-thigh are prohibited.  Hoods on shirts, sweaters, sweatshirts, jackets, etc. should not be worn up. Shorts and pants must fit at the waist and not be oversized. Shorts must not be below the knee. No hats, baseball caps, beanies or other head gear is to be worn on campus or at school activities unless such head gear is approved sun-protective head hear or medically or religiously required and approved by the school principal.

 

Students who wear clothing with inappropriate slogans or designs, disruptive to the educational environment, will be asked to change and a uniform violation letter will be sent home. Overly sized clothing that interferes with a student’s ability to participate in recess and physical education lessons is inappropriate. Parental discretion and monitoring is critical. We appreciate exercising good judgment in selecting the mode of dress. School is for learning and should not be used as a fashion platform.


•Thursday is our official college day. Students may wear attire reflecting college or university logos.
•Friday is the day in which students may wear the school logo tops.
•Students must wear solid, colored shirts with sleeves (such as blouses and polo shirts).
•Students must wear navy blue or blue uniform pants. Jeans are acceptable with no rips/torn/holes and designs (No beige, black or other colors)
•Girls may wear plaid skirts that are knee length.
•Students may wear uniform shorts that are knee length, but not oversized or baggy.

 

Studies have shown that dress affects attitude and behavior.  Most students wearing uniforms arrive at school with a positive attitude and with the knowledge they are at school to learn.


Note: Student Dress and Grooming Standards (Rules and Guidelines) are presented in detail in the Superintendent’s yearly district handbook which students receive on the first day of school. All waivers must be signed before the first day of school. Waivers will be granted based on the district guidelines as stated in the district handbook. The school has a right to revoke the waiver if the student violates the dress code for students with a waiver.

 

For a more detailed information about the District Uniform Policy, please follow the link below:

2014-2015 HLPUSD District Information Handbook

Home School Communication

Home School Communication

The Workman staff is committed to frequent student-parent-school communication that is essential for our working together as an educational team. Communication between school and home may be done through phone messenger, flyers, weekly/monthly classroom newsletters, written notes, Workman Face book, the marquee in front of the school, phone calls, parent conferences, and speaking to the principal directly. We encourage every parent to stay in close communication with his child’s teacher and the school. You may call the office, leave a note for the teacher, email the teacher, or speak to the teacher afterschool in the dismissal area. Please check with your child’s teacher for the most efficient and best way to communicate with him/her. If you have a question, we are here to help with an answer. Make it a habit to ask for and go over the corrected assignments, notes and communications that come home with your child. Workman Elementary School phone number: 626-933-4200 or 626-933-4201 for Spanish

HOMEWORK

It is the policy of the district for teachers to provide and expect homework to be done, completed and returned. Homework will be an extension of classroom activities. Homework is based on standards based assignments which focus on students’ needs. The full cooperation of the parents/students is necessary for the homework policy to be successful. Students in grades 2-6 will be provided with a homework planner and are responsible to write daily homework assignments in their planner. It is a school-wide expectation that every child read for a minimum of 20 every night. Research suggests that a students’ academic success is directly tied to the amount of time he/she spends reading. Read, Read, Read!

 

To provide good learning opportunities and to promote educational growth, homework should be:

1. Meaningful to the student

2. Appropriate to the student, class, and subject

3. Reasonable in quantity and quality

4. The responsibility of the student

5. Responsibility of the parent to monitor their child’s homework.

It is important that homework is returned to the class according to the teacher’s homework policy. If homework is not submitted, consequences may occur, and will be reflected in the homework skills section of the report card. A student may lose field trip privileges, participation in other related school activities, assemblies, recess and may be assigned to detention.

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Breakfast and Lunch Procedures

We offer a breakfast and lunch program which provides a balanced meal for students. Students who are not eating breakfast should not arrive on campus until 7:45 a.m. due to supervision and safety. Lunch applications are available in the office. Please complete all portions of the application and return it to Food Services at the district office. Each family must complete a new application every school year. For families who meet the income qualifications, free breakfast and lunch are available. Breakfast is served from 7:30-7:55 a.m. each day. Cost for breakfast: $1.00 cost for lunch: TK-5 $1.70 and 6th Grade is $1.95. Students are able to bring their own lunch.

All students are required to eat lunch either provided by the school or home. California lunch law states that parents are NOT to go into the cafeteria to feed or eat with their child. Our cafeteria staff will assist children when needed. No food may be taken outside.      

CAFETERIA EXPECTATIONS

1. All children will enter the cafeteria quietly and orderly.

2. Children will be expected to eat their lunch quietly and with use of good manners.

3. Children will not drop, throw, trade, or give away any food.

4. Children may not reach or touch another student’s food tray.

5. Children will remain at their tables until dismissed by the noon aide or helpers. (No table hopping)

6. Each child will be responsible for keeping his/her own eating area clean.

7. All food must be eaten in the cafeteria

8. Children will respect and obey the noon aides and helpers at all times.

9. Children are not allowed to bring unhealthy snacks to school (Hot Cheetos, Takis, Energy Drinks, etc;)

If students do not follow the cafeteria rules they will be sent to the office and will eat with the principal or other staff member and lose their recess. Students may also be assigned community service duties in the cafeteria such as: cleaning tables, sweeping, picking up trash, stacking trays, etc; as posted in the cafeteria

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LIBRARY

Each class is scheduled to use the library at least once each week. A book is checked out for one or two weeks at a time. However, it may be renewed for an additional week. If a book is lost or damaged, the student will be denied the privilege of checking out any other book from the library until the book is either paid or found. Parents must sign a permission slip which states they are responsible for lost or damaged books.

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BIKE STUDENTS

Only students in 4th-6th gradesare allowed to ride their bicycles to school.  California law requires students wear their helmets while riding their bicycles. Bicycles are to be parked at the bike rack and must be locked at all times. Students must provide their own locks. The school is not responsible for stolen or damaged bikes. Students are to walk their bicycles on and off the school grounds, on sidewalks and the perimeter of the school. Students are to follow bicycle rules or lose permission to ride their bicycles to school. Skateboards, roller Skates/blades, “wheelies” (the skates in the sneakers type) and scooters are not permissible forms of transportation to school.

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CLASSROOM VISITATIONS

Although we encourage parents to visit our classrooms, parents are required to meet with the principal prior to visiting a classroom. All visitors must check in at the office and receive a Visitor’s Badge. No one will be allowed in a classroom without prior approval from the principal and with identification or a note from the office. This badge must be worn at all times during the visit.

CLEAN CAMPUS

Workman Elementary prides itself on maintaining a clean, well-kept campus. We ask everyone to assist in doing his or her part in keeping our campus clean, trash and graffiti free. Please help our school by reporting any incidents of vandalism or graffiti to a teacher, principal, noon aide, custodian, school office personnel or the district police.

FIELD TRIPS

Field trips are planned to enhance classroom activities and to serve an educational purpose. Parents will be notified of each field trip and permission slips signed and returned before the field trip. The school has the authority to prohibit student attendance on field trips if a student:

1. Has poor classroom or playground self control.

2.Has been disobedient, on previous field trips.

3.Does not turn in assigned classroom work and/or homework.

* Due to school budget cuts and limited funds for field trips, parents may be asked for monetary donations.

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MISCELLANEOUS

Birthday celebration guidelines: Classroom birthday celebrations/parties will not be permitted. Parents will not be allowed to bring cakes, cupcakes, flowers and balloons. You may send goodie bags which do not contain food items. California Law prohibits any homemade food. Make arrangements with the teacher ahead of time.

Cell Phones/Electronic Devices: No cell phones or electronic devices will be allowed at school. If your child needs to contact you they may come to the office and use the telephone. We are not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged cell phones and/or electronic devices. We have the right to confiscate cell phone and upon our discretion we will return the cell phone or device after meeting with the parent. If a student brings a cell phone or device more than once it will be returned to the student at the end of the school year.

Markers: Students may not bring any type of markers to school.  (permanent, water base, marker sets, gel pens, etc;)

Toy Policy: Children are not allowed to bring trading cards, all types of balls, toys, stuffed animals, Game boys, digital cameras, etc: The toys will be taken from them and you will need to pick them up in the office. We are not responsible for lost or damaged articles no matter what the circumstances are.

Water bottles are permitted. Please do not fill them with juice, soda or other drinks.

Please read this parent./student handbook with your child and discuss the contents of this handbook. We at Workman Elementary appreciate your support and cooperation. We want all our students to be successful in school and be able to achieve, succeed and follow their dreams of higher education. Thank You for investing the time in reading and discussing with your child(ren) the contents of this important handbook.