The Solana Beach School District Community is committed to making our school a safe and caring environment for all students. We will 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. Cyberbullying is the use of electronic communication media (cell phones, text messages, instant messaging, social networks, etc.) to bully another student in the ways described above. Bullying and cyberbullying interfere with a student’s educational opportunities and can substantially disrupt the orderly operations of the school.
Bullying behaviors include the following:
Students at Solana Pacific will do the following things to prevent bullying:
Teachers and staff at Solana Pacific will do the following things to prevent bullying and help children feel safe at school:
Consequences for Violation of the Anti-Bullying Policy:
Bully behavior, including cyberbullying, will not be tolerated. If cyberbullying occurs outside of school hours, but the repercussions are brought to school and disrupt the school and/or interfere with a student’s emotional/social well being, consequences will be given. Depending on the severity and nature of the incident, Solana Pacific will take one or more of the following steps when bullying occurs:
The first Friday of every month (weather permitting), all classes attend a short morning assembly at 8:45. The principal makes announcements, gives awards, recognizes students for leadership, etc. Classes recite the Pledge of Allegiance and sing songs together. Parents are always welcome to join to our monthly assemblies.
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.
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) 794-4551 (available 24 hours a day) when your child will be absent.
homework: Requests for homework should be called in before 10:00 am on the
Absence Line, (858) 794-4551 or main line, (858) 794-4500 and may be picked up
between 3:00 and 4:00 pm that day.
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 6: 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.
Justification for tardiness is very limited. Tardies will be excused only for health reasons, family emergencies and justifiable personal reasons, as permitted by law, Board Policy and Administrative Regulation 5113, and Education Code 48205. Class participation is an integral part of students’ learning experiences. Parents/guardians and students are strongly encouraged to schedule medical appointments during non-school hours.
Tardies will accumulate during the school year. For each tardy that occurs within a school year, the following consequence(s) will apply.
Excused Absences: Justification for absence is very limited. Absences will be excused only for health reasons, family emergencies and justifiable personal reasons, as permitted by law, Board policy and administrative regulation 5113.
A pupil shall be excused from school when the absence is: (Education Code 48205 excerpts)
Unexcused Absences: Absences from school for any reason not outlined in Education Code 48205 will be considered unexcused and the student will be considered truant.
A truant student is defined in EC 48260 as "Any pupil subject to compulsory full-time education or to compulsory continuation education who is absent from school without valid excuse three 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 three occasions in one school year, or any combination thereof, is a truant and shall be reported to the attendance supervisor or to the superintendent of the school district."
The principal or designee reserves the right to determine whether an absence is excused and/or if there is a pattern of non-attendance. Absences will be logged as they accumulate during the school year.
The following procedures will be followed to insure student's attendance:
School Attendance Review Board (SARB): Attendance and tardies are monitored closely throughout the school year. Truancy letters are sent out to students each time they receive three unexcused absences or three tardies. After nine unexcused absences or nine tardies, a referral may be made to the county Student Attendance Review Board (SARB). SARB is composed of educators and county officials who will review the student's attendance history, interview the parents and student, and make various recommendations to which the parents and student must adhere. If these recommendations are not followed and the student continues to accrue unexcused absences and tardies, SARB can turn the case over to the district attorney's office for legal action. Students may also be referred to SARB for chronic discipline problems.
Prompt Afterschool Pickup: School ends at 2:53 and Staff supervision ends at 3:05 pm. Students not picked up by 3:05 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 phone call or 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.
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. Please check the website calendar for the date, 5:30-7:00 pm, the second Tuesday in September.
Open House Night 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.
Specific dates and times for these nights will be posted on the school calendar and the school’s “Weekly Communication.”
Solana Pacific Expectations - Sandpiper P.R.I.D.E.
We want our students to be able to apply the Five-Way test as they work with school staff and with one another:
· Is what I’m saying or doing demonstrating my Personal Best ?
· Is what I’m saying or doing being a Responsible and Safe Citizen?
· Is what I’m saying or doing showing that I am an Innovative Learner?
· Is what I’m saying or doing Demonstrating Respect?
· Is what I’m saying or doing Encouraging and Including Others?
We strongly encourage parents to determine whether their children are competent riders before they are permitted to ride to school unaccompanied, regardless of age.
Wear a helmet if you bike, skateboard, or scooter to school. Park and lock your equipment in the bicycle racks located by the car drop-off and pick-up area (rear lot) and by the turn-about at the front lot entrance to the school.
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.
When we assign students to classes for the next school year, we endeavor to meet the needs of the individual child and develop classes whose balance and dynamics contribute to a positive learning environment. To achieve well-balanced classes, we consider a balance of girls and boys, health concerns, behavior concerns, ethnicity, academic strengths and weaknesses, familiar faces ( e.g. students who have been placed in his or her class previously) etc. It is a lengthy, complicated and painstaking process, but we believe that is essential to create classes that are well balanced, manageable for teachers, and acceptable to the majority of our families. Our process is supported by Board Policy 6152. Because of the many variables that go into the careful consideration of the makeup of each class, we can not accommodate parent requests for a particular placement for a child. Please be assured that we care about your child and will provide a successful school year filled with learning, friendships and excitement. The placement of students each year is a task that our staff takes very seriously and takes into account many, many circumstances. You can feel confident that our goal is to create the most positive, productive learning environment for each and every student at Solana Pacific.
If 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.
The Solana Beach School District Child Development Center (CDC) offers before and after-school child care in Room 101. For more information, contact the CDC office at (858) 794-7160 regarding registration and space availability.
The Solana Beach Board of
Trustees has established a "closed campus" at Solana Pacific 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 Pacific, we ask that ALL parents sign in at the office when on campus for volunteering purposes. Volunteering needs to be set up through the teacher or PTA coordinators prior to volunteering.
Teachers will inform parents on
Back-to-School Night how they would like to communicate between home and
school. If your child is going to be absent, please call into the school
to report absences. The messages are picked up every school day between
10:00 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. Messages and materials will be left for the teacher to be picked up at recess or at the end of the school day.
Students have access to computers and mobile devices in their classroom, the media center, and the computer lab. Before students use the computer, or any electronic device, 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.
The 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.
See also Grounds for Suspension and Expulsion
To support student safety, Solana Pacific will be enforcing
a No Dogs on Campus policy unless they are leashed therapy dogs.
Please do not walk dogs too and from school or bring dogs onto campus.
The 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 the Solana Beach School District. Please take the time to review this policy with your children again.
The following items of clothing/accessories are considered inappropriate and/or disruptive to the educational process and are unacceptable for school attire:
Due to safety issues, the style of footwear is very important. Shoes should have hard sole 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 are appropriate on the playground during recess. 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. They are not to be worn inside the school.
Thank you for your support and cooperation with our school dress code policy. The positive message that school is a place to work and learn is reinforced when our students come to school dressed appropriately.
It is one of our goals at Solana Pacific 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.
Band Program: Our band program is a district program offered for a fee to 4th - 6th grade students.
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.
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 Pacific has a computer lab with Macintosh computers. Students attend the lab on a weekly basis. Students use a variety of programs in the lab during the school year.
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 1-6, 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 - 6th grade students on a weekly basis. The music teacher is a credentialed teacher who works closely with teachers to integrate daily curriculum and music.
Study Buddies: Local High School students volunteer after school to mentor Solana Pacific students. Students are recommended to this program by teachers.
and much, much more!
We have gone green. Every Wednesday, there will be a newsletter, from our principal, posted on our website http://www.sbsd.k12.ca.us/SP/. Various community flyers will also be posted.
It is very important for you to subscribe to the service (called MadMimi) to receive an email notice when our newsletters are posted. Go to: http://sbsd.schoolwires.net//site/Default.aspx?PageID=1104
Incoming 4th grade families will need to unsubscribe their email addresses from SH/CC. Thank you for helping us to use technology to enhance communication.
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..
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.
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.
Education Code Section 48900 - 48927
Please look out for symptoms of excessive itching and white nit eggs on hair follicles. Students with head lice will be sent home for treatment.
Teach your children to avoid sharing hats, combs and barrettes.
Children 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 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.
Purpose: The purpose of assigning homework at Solana Pacific 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:
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
4th - 6th 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.
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. Solana Pacific does not have kindergarten and students will register
at Solana Highlands or Carmel Creek.
We make every effort to return lost items if names are on them. The lost and found articles are 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.
We offer a lunch program for
all students. The regular cost for lunch is $3.25 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 Nutri-Kids.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.
Your child’s safety is vitally important to us. We encourage students and families to walk and ride bikes to school. Supervision begins at 8:25. Students can not be dropped off before this time.
For those who drive, the supervised drop-off area will be in the parking lot in the rear of the school. All drivers MUST follow the Arrival and Departure Procedures described below. The success of this procedure to run efficiently depends on the cooperation of all drivers. Thank you for your cooperation during this important transition period.
If you are using the drop-off/pick-up lot, we ask that you:
Afternoon Departure procedure: Drive-In * Pick-up * Depart
At the end of the school day, staff will supervise the rear parking lot. Students will meet on the sidewalk along the edge of the lot. Students will get in the cars once they reach the edge of the sidewalk.
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. Our instructional day begins at 8:45 am and ends at 2:53 pm for all grades, 4-6.
Before the first day of school, please be sure your child knows where you intend to meet. Thank you for your continued cooperation.
The school campus is open to
students from 8:25 am to 3:05 pm. The first bell rings at 8:40 and the tardy
bell 8:45. School ends at 2:53. Students are not to arrive prior to
8:25 am, as there is no supervision provided on the playgrounds. Please be on
time to pick up students. Students not picked up by 3:10 pm are brought to the
office to call home. Parents will need to come into the office to pick up
students after 3:10 pm.
The school office is open from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm on all days when students are in attendance.
The Solana Pacific 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
The Council is made up of five parents, five teachers/aides and a school administrator. Each year, two or three positions become open. A nomination form is distributed in the weekly electronic communication. Terms of office are for two years (with the exception of the 2014-2015 school year. Half of the members will be for one year and the other half two years to help with continuity).
The School Site Council (SSC) meets approximately three times throughout the year at 7:45 am in the Conference Room. 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.
Learning Specialist: Once a student qualifies for special education, the Learning
Specialist Team 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
Speech & Language Program: The speech & language program at Solana Pacific serves students from fourth through sixth grade. A pre-school program is also 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.
It is the desire of the Solana Pacific 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.
The teacher and/or parent may refer a student to the Student Success Team. This team of teachers, school Psychologist, Principal, 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.
The Leader in Me is an approach to developing a culture of leadership in our school and is based on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People® by Stephen Covey. Founded on internationally recognized and universal principles, The Leader in Me model emphasizes skills that students need in order to be successful in an ever changing society. Developing a culture of leadership in our school is about helping students be the leaders of their own lives. The Leader in Me helps them identify their own unique talents and abilities and encourages them to make a positive difference in the world.
Solana Pacific School is committed to help all of our students become leaders!
Solana Pacific 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.
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.
All visitors must sign-in and out in the office and wear a visitor's badge
Solana Pacific values its Parent Volunteers immensely. Volunteer assistance enriches the educational program, increases supervision of students, and contributes to school safety while strengthening the schools' relationships with the community. Parents/guardians and other members of the community are encouraged to share their time, knowledge, and abilities with students. It is very important for all volunteers to respect confidentiality, be on time and inform the teacher if they cannot volunteer as scheduled.
Please contact your teacher or the PTA for volunteer opportunities. Prior to volunteering the attached Parent Volunteer form should be completed. Click here for the form.
When it is time to celebrate a birthday or a special occasion, many of us love to make special treats for our children. When sending in treats please be mindful and respectful of our district’s wellness policy which includes offering students the healthiest foods while at school. So, If you’re planning to send in birthday treats for your child, the treat MUST be HEALTHY. Some ideas for your children include: fruit kabobs, blueberry muffins, frozen yogurt with fresh fruit, low fat pudding cups, fresh fruit (cut apples, peaches, melons or strawberries), cereal bars, oatmeal cookies, or fruit popsicles. Be creative!
Research documents that a student's health affects their attendance and ability to learn. Healthy children: