- Anti-Bullying Policy
- Back-to-School Night
- Bike & Skateboarding
- Cell Phones/Handheld Portable Devices
- Change of Classroom
- Change of Routine
- Closed Campus
- Discipline Policy
- Dress Code
- Educational Activities and Programs
- Emergency Procedures
- Kindergarten Registration
- Lost & Found
- Lunch Program
- Physical Education
- Pick-up & Drop-off
- School Hours
- School Site Council
- Special Programs
- Special Resources
- Student Success Team
- Tobacco Free Site
Solana Highlands is committed to making our school a safe and caring environment for all students. We treat each other with respect and refuse to tolerate bullying of any kind.
Definition: Bullying is unfair and one-sided. Bullying behavior happens when someone keeps hurting, harassing, intimidating, threatening, or causing substantial emotional distress to a person. Bullying interferes with a student’s educational opportunities and can substantially disrupt the orderly operations of the school.
Bullying behaviors include the following:
• Hurting someone physically by hitting, kicking, tripping, or pushing
• Stealing or damaging another person’s things
• Ganging up on someone
• Teasing someone in a hurtful way
• Using put-downs (i.e., insulting or making fun of someone)
• Name calling
• Spreading rumors or untruths about someone
• Leaving someone out on purpose, or trying to get other kids not to play with someone
Students at Solana Highlands will do the following things to prevent bullying:
• Treat everyone with respect and kindness
• Refuse to bully others
• Refuse to let others be bullied
• Refuse to watch, laugh, or join in when someone is being bullied
• Try to include everyone in play, especially those who are often left out
• Report bullying behavior to an adult
Teachers and staff at Solana Highlands will do the following things to prevent bullying and help children feel safe at school:
• Closely supervise students in all areas of the school and playground
• Watch for signs of bullying behavior and stop it when it happens
• Respond quickly and sensitively to bullying reports using the Four-A-Response Process (Affirm Feelings, Ask Questions, Assess Safety, and Act by coaching the child on what to do in the future)
• Look into all reported bullying incidents
• Assign consequences for bullying
Consequences for Violation of the Anti-Bullying Policy
Bully behavior will not be tolerated. Depending on the severity and nature of the incident, Solana Highlands will take one or more of the following steps when bullying occurs:
• Intervention, Warning, and Redirection
A teacher, principal, or staff member will ensure that the immediate behavior stops and reinforce to the student who is doing the bullying that bullying will not be tolerated. During this meeting with the student, the staff member will redirect the student and come up with a plan for success should they find themselves in a similar situation in the future.
• Notification of Parents
School staff will notify the parents of involved students. The parents might be asked to meet with the principal or other members of the school staff, including the student’s teacher and/or the school guidance counselor.
• Resolution with the Target of the Bullying
The student who is bullying may be required to write a letter of apology to the student who was bullied. Depending upon the nature of the incident, the students involved may meet to help resolve the problem and ensure it does not happen again.
• Referral to School Support Staff
The student who is bullying may meet with the school guidance counselor to help prevent future violations.Assessment
Student assessment is a vital part of the educational process. Teachers and specialists use a variety of methods to regularly assess student progress on an ongoing basis. In addition, the following testing procedures are used district-wide.
- STAR Testing: Standardized Testing and Reporting is administered in the spring to all students in grades 2-3. These norm-referenced tests provide information concerning our students’ performance as compared with a nationwide set of performance norms. These tests are designed to identify the knowledge and skills that students have acquired in specific content areas at a certain point in time. Reading, language, and math are tested and individual student achievement is reported to parents.
- MAP Testing: The MAP test (Measures of Academic Progress) is a computer program that measures and reports student growth in Reading and Math over months and years. A MAP assessment is administered three times each year and informs the instructional decisions of teachers.
- OTIS LENNON: The Otis Lennon test is a scholastic aptitude test that is administered to all third graders.
Regular attendance is important for students to be successful learners. When a student is absent, they miss out on the sequence of instruction and must spend extra time catching up with their classmates upon returning to school. In addition, Ed. Code 48200 requires all children ages 6 to 18 to be enrolled in a full-time education program. Absences are monitored closely. Please call the absence hotline, (858) 794-4351 (available 24 hours a day) when your child will be absent. If you would like more information about the absence or tardy policy, please use this link.
Checking In and Out: Students must be checked in and out through the school office when coming in late or leaving early. Students may ONLY be released to those persons designated on their emergency cards. We are unable to make any exceptions. Parents must insure they have listed the names of any individual who may pick up their child on the student's emergency card.
Tardies & Absences for students grade K through 3: Students are required to attend school and classes on time each day. Punctuality is a measure of responsibility and the Governing Board of Solana Beach School District deems it important that all students learn the value of being punctual.
Students tardy to school must obtain a Tardy Admission Slip at the school office before going to their class. Students are considered to be tardy if they are not in their seat prepared to work before the bell rings for any period.
Prompt Afterschool Pickup: Staff supervision ends at 2:50 pm. Students not picked up by 2:50 pm will be directed to the office. Students will then sign their name on a clipboard and sign the time out when they leave. Repetitive late pick-ups will be reported to the principal. A letter may be sent home reminding you that prompt pick-up is important to ensure your child's safety.Medical Appointments: We urge parents to schedule medical and dental appointments so they do not conflict with class time. If a student needs to be checked out of class, parents must come to the office to sign them out (and back when they return). We will call the classroom to have your child come to the office.Back to School NightKindergarten Back-to-School Night is scheduled for Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 5:30 PM. 1st - 3rd Grade Back-to-School Night is scheduled for Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 5:30PM. Parents are encouraged to attend this special event at the beginning of the year. The purpose of the meeting is to give teachers an opportunity to share with parents the curriculum, class expectancies and learning opportunities being made available for each child. This night is for parent/teacher communication, so parents will need to make child care arrangements. Discussion is intended to be general. Conferences for individual concerns are scheduled for a later time.
Open House Night is scheduled on Thursday, May 30, 2019, from 5:30 to 6:30 PM in the classrooms. This is an opportunity for students to share with their parents some of the projects and other classroom activities they have worked on throughout the year.
Bike and Skateboard Riding Policy
- Bicycles/skateboards are to be walked on school premises. Sidewalks must be used in the parking lot areas.
- Bicycles/skateboards must be parked in bike racks and locked.
- Only one person on a bike.
- Bicycle riders must obey these rule that apply to cars when using the street.
- Helmets must be worn according to state law.
Cell Phones/Handheld Portable Devices
Any personal portable devices (e.g. cell phones, smartwatches, tablets, etc.), except for assistive technology to support medical conditions, may not be used during school hours. They should be turned off and remain in the student’s backpack. If students need to call a parent during school hours, they may ask to use a school phone. The school phone should not be used to schedule after-school play dates as these types of arrangements should be scheduled outside of the school day.Change of Student's Classroom
We do not move students from a classroom after the school year has begun.Change of Student's RoutineIf a child is going to be doing something different from his/her normal routine after school, the teacher or office should have a note from the parent. If the parent has not notified the school or teacher, the child will be expected to follow his/her normal afterschool routine. Students may not use the phone to make arrangements for social activities.Closed Campus
The Solana Beach Board of Trustees has established a "closed campus" at Solana Highlands in the interest of student safety and supervision. Once students arrive on the school grounds, they must remain on campus until the end of the school day. Students who need to leave school before the end of the day need to be checked out in the school office.For the safety of the students at Solana Highlands, we ask that ALL parents sign in at the office when on campus for volunteering purposes.Communication
Teachers will inform parents on Back-to-School Night how they would like to communicate between home and school.
For your convenience, we have provided a message line (858) 794-4351 to report absences. The messages are picked up every school day between 9:00 and 11:30 AM. PLEASE CALL EACH DAY YOUR CHILD IS ABSENT.
Student Messages: Parents are requested to call students only in emergencies. Items and messages brought to school for students during school hours are to be brought to the office. Please do not deliver them to the classroom, as this interferes with the continuity of the learning process.In the event that a parent needs to get a message to the student, the parent will need to identify themselves by giving the office information that is on the student's emergency card. Messages will then be delivered to the classroom as soon as possible.ComputersStudents have access to computers in their classroom, the media center, and the computer lab. Before students use the computer, student and parent must sign a contract. The contract states: Improper use of the computer will result in the cancellation of the student's access privileges and revocation of permission to use the computer, as well as disciplinary action by school officials. The contract also gives or takes away the right for the student to log on to the Internet.Discipline Policy and ProceduresThe primary mission of the school's discipline policy is to develop a structure of consistency in discipline using a proactive, preventative approach where students develop a respect for others, themselves, and learning. An important element of this policy is how well the students understand the rules and consequences. All students and parents will be asked to review the rules together at the beginning of each year and to sign a form stating that they understand the rules and consequences.Dogs
Dress CodeThe purpose of a school-wide DRESS CODE is to establish a school environment that supports a productive, academic atmosphere, which supports students’ learning and reflects the educational values of the staff and the parents. These standards are consistent with those established by California Education Code and the Solana Beach School District. Please take the time to review this policy with your children.
The following items of clothing/accessories are considered inappropriate and/or disruptive to the educational process and are unacceptable for school attire:
- Strapless, halter or tube tops worn without a blouse/sweater cover-up to include tank tops with less than two inches of fabric across the shoulder on each side.
- Bare midriffs or open back shirts.
- Tops that are unbuttoned below the sternum.
- Short shorts or skirts, un-hemmed shorts, tight athletic shorts, rolled up short shorts.
- Undergarments showing (i.e., baggy pants worn below the waist and low-rider jeans, bras or sports bras) or lack of undergarments.
- Emblems, lettering, or pictures related to drugs, alcohol, sex, or profanity
- Chains or weapons on clothing.
- Flip-flop sandals, platform or slip-on shoes which could be unsafe.
- Jewelry that dangles and could be unsafe.
- NO wheelie shoes.
- NO makeup, including glitter or false finger nails.
- Any items of clothing or manner of wearing clothing which contributes to the disruption of a productive learning environment and the safe operation of the school.
Of great concern due to safety issues is the style of footwear that students wear. Shoes should have hard soles and be strapped or tied. Athletic shoes are always a good choice and allow students to fully participate in outdoor/physical education activities. Students who choose to wear sandals may be asked to bring tennis shoes so they can participate safely in outdoor/PE activities without getting injured. Hats, caps, or visors may be appropriate on the playground during recess to protect students from the sun. Students should be reminded that wearing these items is a privilege which may be lost if they become a distraction in the classroom or a problem on the playground.
Please know how very much your support and cooperation with our school dress code policy is valued. The positive message that school is a place to work and learn is reinforced when our students come to school dressed appropriately. Thank you for reviewing this policy with your child and helping us to reinforce appropriate school attire.Educational Programs and Services
It is one of our goals at Solana Highlands to provide students with a variety of experiences that enhance student learning. Following are some of the activities students may participate in:
Assemblies: During the year, assemblies are scheduled which expose students to various cultural and educational experiences beyond those available in the classroom. In addition, local organizations provide community and environmental awareness programs.
Gold Medal Reading: The "Gold Medal Reading" Program has been designed to increase the amount of reading done at home. "Gold Medal Reading" is open to all students, teachers, and parents.
DNN: Dolphin Network News is a news program written, produced, and performed by the students at Solana Highlands School. The SBFL pays for this weekly news broadcast.
Computer Lab: Students and parents must sign an Acceptable Use Policy Agreement before a student may participate in our computer program. The agreement will be sent home with each child at the beginning of the school year. Solana Highlands has a computer lab with 30 Macintosh computers. Students attend the lab on a weekly basis. Students use a variety of programs in the lab during the school year.
Compass Learning: The Compass Learning is offered to students two days a week for one hour each day. Students are recommended to Compass Learning by their teachers.
Field Trips: Classes take field trips to various educational and motivational places that supplement the classroom curriculum. At times there are entrance fees charged along with bus transportation costs. Parents may be asked to make a donation to help pay these costs. No student will be denied the opportunity to participate because of nonpayment of fees, if any, or lack of sufficient funds.
Library/Media Center: We are fortunate to have a library with an excellent collection of books that meet a wide range of interests and investigations. Students in each classroom visit the library once a week and are allowed to check out one book at the kindergarten level and two books for grades 1-3, provided they return previously checked out material. The Media Center teacher, a credentialed teacher, will expose students to different types of genres. Students are responsible for paying the replacement or repair costs for lost or damaged books they have checked out. Report cards will be held until all checked out books are returned or the replacement/repair costs paid. Parents may contact their child's teacher for more specific information regarding library use.
Music Program: Music is offered to K - 3rd grade students on a weekly basis. The music teacher is a credentialed teacher who works closely with teachers to integrate daily curriculum and music.
Reflections: All students interested in participating in the Reflections Program, sponsored by the National PTA, are invited to share their talents in art, poetry, literature, etc. The PTA newsletter will keep you informed on dates.
Study Buddies: Local High School students volunteer after school to mentor Solana Highlands students. Students are recommended to this program by teachers.Emergency Procedures
Emergency procedures are in place to insure the safety of the students during various emergency situations: earthquake, evacuation, bomb threats or intruder on campus.
During an emergency, children will be dismissed by the Superintendent to go home only if there is time to return students safely to their homes, and parents can be notified. If a student's parents cannot be contacted and/or the parent is unable to pick up their child, the school will maintain responsibility for the student until the parent or authorized individual can pick up the student. At no time will a student be excused except to the care of a parent or other adult designated on the emergency card.
If evacuation of the school is necessary, students will be transported to a predetermined location. Parents will be advised of the evacuation site by radio announcements and/or information posted at the school site. Evacuation of the school will not be attempted unless there is no alternative.
In the event of an emergency, school personnel need to be involved in caring for the students, and telephone lines need to be kept open for communications with proper authorities. As a result, we ask that you call the message hot line, (858) 794-4351, which will be updated with specific information and instructions for parents.
Students participate in various mock emergency drills such as fire, duck-and-cover, lock-down and classroom evacuations. These are conducted periodically throughout the year to insure students and staff are familiar with emergency procedures and can respond safely in an emergency situation.Grading
Report cards are issued once each trimester to inform parents of their child's performance. Report cards represent only one facet of the communication process and may be used as a starting point for discussion during conferences. Near the end of the first trimester, your child's teacher will send home a notice to make arrangements for a conference. First trimester report cards are distributed to parents during this conference. For the 2018-19 school year, conferences have been scheduled for Nov. 05 - Nov. 09, 2018 and March 11-15th, 2019. During conference weeks, students will be dismissed at 12:00 noon each day.HealthChildren must have proof of immunization against polio, measles, rubella, mumps, diphtheria, and tetanus. This requirement may be waived for religious reasons only. Children who do not have proof of immunization (month, day, year) will not be registered in school. We make no exceptions. The proper health forms are available in the school office or at your doctor's office. If your child becomes ill or injured during the school day, parents will first be notified. If we are unable to reach the parent, we will call the people listed on the emergency card. Be sure to keep up-to-date information on your child's emergency card, which is on file in the school office.
School personnel may not administer medication without a prescription from the doctor. This prescription must be issued to the student. The medication must be in the proper bottle displaying the prescription information. This includes aspirin, decongestants, cough drops, or any over-the-counter medication. Please call the Health Clerk for more information.Homework Policy
Purpose: The purpose of assigning homework at Solana Highlands is to strengthen academic skills, reinforce concepts taught by teachers, develop student responsibility and accountability, and promote parent awareness.
Definition: Homework may be an independent activity, or may require parental help, to be accomplished outside of the school day and without benefit of teacher assistance, to reinforce previously learned ideas.
Unfinished class work or work missed due to absences, although accomplished outside of the school day, is not included in the school's definition of homework.
Homework will generally fall into one or more of these different categories and may include, but is not limited to, the following examples:
- Practice - This includes activities to reinforce skills such as studying spelling words and practicing math facts.
- Preparation - These are assignments designed to provide background information and focus on future class activities. Studying for tests and reading supplementary materials are examples of such homework assignments.
- Extension/Creative - Activities such as book reports, science projects, and research for social studies reports are examples of such homework.
- Amount of Homework: The amount of homework assigned shall be related to the maturity and ability level of the students in a given class.
The following chart suggests these guides as homework schedules for students. These schedules can be used as guidelines for parents and teachers in monitoring student time devoted to homework.
Kinder - 2nd grade - 10 - 30 minutes, up to 4 days per week.
3rd grade - 30 - 60 minutes, up to 4 days per week.
Be advised that students may spend more than one hour daily completing school work, as time at home may be spent doing assigned homework and completing unfinished classroom assignments.
Student's Responsibility: It is the responsibility of the student to note and understand the homework assignment, complete it, and return it to school on the required day. Teachers may use homework assignments to help determine a student's grade.
Parent's Responsibility: It is the responsibility of the parent to set a specific time and place for doing homework and to monitor the student's homework. If at any time a parent has a concern about the school's homework policy, they are to contact their child's teacher.
Teacher's Responsibility: Teachers will be responsible for assigning homework to students and for providing the necessary explanation and direction required to assure that the students can accomplish the work with reasonable success. The teacher will also monitor, assess, and acknowledge homework results for parents and students.Specific classroom homework practice will be established by each teacher as well as this school policy and may differ from room to room depending upon the needs and abilities of the students. Teachers will share their homework policy with parents at Back-to-School Night.Kindergarten Registration
Each year, beginning in April, registration begins for all new kindergarten students entering the following school year. Only those children who will be five by September 1st may be enrolled. Proof of residency must be shown to receive a registration packet. Completed registration packets can be brought into the office during regular office hours.
Lost & FoundArticles found are placed in a lost and found cabinet near the front office and by Media Center. We make every effort to return lost items if names are on them. The lost and found cabinet is cleaned out once every three months with all items given to a charitable organization. Please insure that your child's name is on coats, lunch boxes, sweatshirts, and other personal items that may be misplaced.Lunch Program
We offer a lunch program for all students. The regular cost for lunch is $4.50 which includes milk. Milk can be purchased separately for 75 cents. In order to obtain a free or reduced lunch, parents must fill out an application available in the school office on a yearly basis. Parents can pay online through myschoolbucks.com.
Students are encouraged to prepay for their lunches. These students will be issued an electronic card which keeps track of the balance in the student's lunch account. When a student's account drops below a predetermined amount, the student will be given a note to take home. When paying by a check, please make the checks out to S.B.S.D. The school does not provide lunch money to students who have forgotten their lunch money.
School lunches are ordered by 9:00 am. If students come to school after 9:00 am, they should bring their own lunch, or make arrangements with their teacher to order their lunch the day before.
California Education Code 51210(g) requires that students in grades 1 through 6 receive not less than 200 minutes of physical education every 10 school days, excluding lunch and recess. Teachers in Solana Beach School District post schedules for P.E. in their classrooms. The schedules are also available in the school’s office.Pick Up & Drop Off
If you are using the drop-off/pick-up zone, we ask that you:
- Enter the parking lot by turning RIGHT (when headed West on Long Run Dr). Please refrain from turning LEFT on Long Run Dr. into the parking lot.
Be sure all children are ready to exit the vehicle. Backpacks and lunches should be easily accessible (i.e. NOT in the trunk). Hugs and kisses should be done PRIOR to school arrival, then a quick "goodbye". Please, no use of cell phones. For non-global students, volunteers and staff are on duty from 8:10 to 8:30 am to assist. For global students, children are to go immediately to their classroom after drop-off.To familiarize the students with the departure system, their classroom teacher will discuss and review the procedure. Thank you for getting your child to school on time and for driving safely. For non-global, our instructional day begins at 8:30 AM and ends at 2:38 PM for all grades, K-3.At the end of the school day, volunteers and staff will supervise the front parking lot. Students will meet on the sidewalk immediately in front of the school and staff will call out names of parents arriving. Students will get in the cars from the front of the line. We will cone off the back parking lot area to eliminate parking, and drivers must remain in the vehicle while lining up and waiting for children.
- The curb close next to the Kindergarten playground is reserved for Bus Parking/After-school Program Vehicles only, e.g. Boys and Girls Club Van, Chinese School, Special Needs bussing, and After-school Program Vehicles.
Thank you VERY much for your cooperation!
- Follow the instructions of the Safety Director or Staff Member. Remember, these methods are for the safety of your child and the benefit of everyone.
- Drop-off and Pick-up zones are for this purpose only. These areas will open at 8:10 am and 2:40 pm. If you need to enter the building or grounds for any reason, you MUST park your car. You CANNOT leave it for any reason in these zones.
- If for any reason your child is not present for pick-up, proceed to vacate the pick-up zone. No waiting will be allowed in these zones. You MUST vacate and re-enter the zone when your child is ready.
- Teachers will bring Kindergarteners to the kindergarten playground.
- Students must use the crosswalks to cross streets.
- We recommend you discuss the dismissal/pickup plan with your child(ren).
- If you have more than one child to pick-up, we recommend you use the zone of the youngest student.
- It will be necessary that each and every parent accept their responsibility for the safety of ALL our students.
The school campus is open to students from 8:10 am to 2:50 pm. Students are not to arrive prior to 8:10 am, as there is no supervision provided on the playgrounds. Please be on time to pick up students. Students not picked up by 2:50 pm are brought to the office to call home. Parents will need to come into the office to pick up students after 2:50 pm.
The school office is open from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm on all days when students are in attendance.School Site Council
The Solana Highlands Site Council is a group of parents and certificated staff members. This group's purpose is to review, revise, and monitor the implementation of the School Site Strategic Plan. The School Site Strategic Plan is a document that supports district and state curriculum requirements and is used to guide the expenditures of school improvement funds.
The Council is made up of five elected parents, five teachers/aides and a school administrator. Each year, two or three positions become open for election. A nomination form is distributed in the weekly electronic communication. Terms of office are for two years.The School Site Council (SSC) meets approximately four times throughout the year at 7:30 am in the Media Center Bubble. Dates are agreed upon at the beginning of the school year. Community members are invited to attend all SSC meetings and will be provided an opportunity to speak at the beginning of each meeting.
If the Student Success Team and parents determine that a student is performing significantly below grade level due to a possible handicapping condition, a referral to special education will be made. Once this referral has been made and parent approval is granted, the school special education staff assesses the student's current level of performance and the level at which the student is capable of performing. In order to qualify for special education services, there must be a large discrepancy between these two areas and an identified learning disability. If this discrepancy exists, an IEP (individual education plan) meeting will be conducted with the parents to share results and set up specific learning goals for the student.Resource Specialist: Once a student qualifies for special education, the resource program can provide assistance to the students in special education to help meet goals and objectives. Students are given strategies they can utilize in collaboration with the regular education teacher to compensate for their learning disability.
Speech & Language Program: The speech & language program at Solana Highlands serves students from three years of age through fourth grade. A pre-school program is available through the Solana Beach School District to serve children from three years of age who demonstrate speech or language delays or who are at high risk for developing speech or language delays.
ELD (English Language Development): Students who have been identified as English Language Development (ELD) will receive support through a specially designed language acquisition program. This is a pullout program in which identified students work with a credentialed teacher on a variety of language acquisition skills. The language survey, included in students' registration packet, is used to identify those students who may qualify.Special ResourcesIt is the desire of the Solana Highlands staff to insure that all students, regardless of their unique needs and abilities, are able to achieve and learn the school curriculum. In order to do this, we provide a variety of special resources for students which help those with difficulties improve and challenge those with exceptional abilities. In order to qualify for these services, students must be referred through the Student Success Team.Student Success TeamThe teacher and/or parent may refer a student to the Student Success Team. This team of teachers, special education staff and parents meet to discuss the strengths and concerns of the student and the team will make several recommendations to the teacher and parents in regards to classroom/home modifications and interventions.Tobacco Free School SiteSolana Highlands School and the Solana Beach School District is a tobacco-free site. Use of all tobacco products shall be prohibited within any district building, facility, or vehicle. In addition, the use of all tobacco products is prohibited on school grounds or premises. This prohibition shall also apply to all individuals attending or representing the school district at school-sponsored activities held off district property.