Policies & Procedures
Lake Forest Elementary
21801 Pittsford Drive
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Office: (949) 830-9945
TLC: (949) 472-6193
Attendance: (949) 830-6106
Audra Bailey, Principal
Dear Lake Forest Elementary Families,
Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year. The Lake Forest Elementary staff and I are looking forward to a year filled with challenging learning opportunities and exciting new ways of connecting with our community.. I know that by working together we will have a very successful and rewarding school year.
Please take time to read through this handbook and learn about our school rules and procedures. Please be aware that students must adhere to school rules from the time they leave their home, throughout the school day, and until they return home or arrive at their afterschool care facility. If you have any questions, you are welcome to stop by the office and speak with the office staff, or me. I hope you and your students enjoy the 2020-2021 school year and I look forward to seeing all of our returning Dolphins, and meeting all of our new LFE families.
Audra Bailey, M. Ed.
Principal, Lake Forest Elementary
ABSENCES and ATTENDANCE
Students with several absences and/or many tardies may be referred to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB). On this panel are District officials, law enforcement officers and Department of social service administrators who meet with parents regarding their responsibility for their children and regular school attendance. In California, schooling is mandatory and regular student attendance is of great importance to student success and achievement. Recent studies have verified that students with high test scores and high achievement also have excellent attendance. Due to the State of California’s new direction of actual attendance accounting the schools will only receive funding for students who are in attendance in class. Independent Study Contracts will still be available for long-term illness or travel/vacations. It is imperative that we utilize this option. It is critical that your child attend school regularly. Independent Study Contracts will not be scheduled this year. If your student will be absent for 5 or more days, they need to be completing their asynchronous work.
Every absence from school will require a note from a parent or guardian when the child returns to school or a telephone call to the attendance office at (949) 830-6106.
ARRIVAL and DEPARTURE
Staff members are on duty to supervise students on the playground beginning at 8:15 a.m. for the AM hybrid session and 11:45 a.m. for the PM hybrid session. Students may not be on the grounds prior to that time, nor may they be unsupervised on the periphery of the school. Afterschool supervision ends at 2:45 p.m. Any student who is not picked up 15 minutes after dismissal time will be brought into the office for their safety. Parents and emergency contacts will be called to pick up the student. Lake Forest Elementary and SVUSD cannot assume responsibility for students on campus during unsupervised times. Parents with students needing care before or after school may contact The Learning Connection (TLC) at (949) 472-6193.
Students who are picked up through our drive-up lane, will wait on the field and their names will be called as the parents enter the school driveway. Students who walk to meet their parents elsewhere, walk home, or ride their bikes home, will exit the campus when the bell rings. Due to Covid-19, parents are not allowed on school property.
Students in grades one through six may ride bicycles to school. Before coming to school, please discuss and map out a safe route to school and observe your child while riding his/her bike. Bike racks are provided, but all students must bring their own bicycle locks. Remember that California law mandates that all children must wear helmets when riding a bicycle.
1. A bicycle helmet is worn when riding a bicycle.
2. Each bike must be locked to the bike rack.
3. Bikes must be walked on the sidewalk and within the crosswalk areas.
4. Bikes may not be ridden on campus or through the parking lot.
Students who ride unsafely or who do not comply with the rules will have their bike riding privileges revoked.
For safety and storage reasons, roller blades, roller skates, Razors (scooters) and skateboards may not be ridden on campus.
Books for all classes are provided by the Saddleback Valley Unified School District. Although some workbooks are provided for student use each year, most hard cover books must last for several years. Therefore, it is important that students take responsibility for keeping the book in good condition, free from pencil or ink marks, and covered. Parents/students will be charged for all damaged or lost books including library books.
Some primary classes are adopted by upper grade classes. Students participate in many activities such as reading, art projects, creative writing assignments, cooking activities, classroom parties, and cross-age tutoring.
Students who ride the bus are expected to abide by LFE’s school rules and any additional bus rules established by the bus driver.
Computer/technology education is provided to all students via a distributed network of classroom computers and portable devices. All classrooms are outfitted with monitors, student and teachers microphones, and WIFI is available throughout the campus.
The school must legally allow either parent to check their child out of school with proper I.D. unless court custody papers are on file in the school office.
DRESS and GROOMING AT SCHOOL
Students are required to show proper attention to personal cleanliness, health, neatness and safety. In addition, state law requires that all children wear shoes at school. A well-groomed appearance is important in developing a positive self-image and compliments the total instructional program.
· Extreme styles or fads that may disrupt the educational process or other school activity are prohibited. This includes any makeup, lipstick, hairstyle or adornment that causes a disruption of school activities.
Shirts should come past the top of the pants, and should not show their stomachs when their arms are raised above their head. Cropped shirts are not allowed. Tank tops must have a strap of at least one inch. Spaghetti straps are not allowed.
Shorts, skirts, and dresses must meet or be longer than the tip of the thumb when arms are extended down at the side of the body.
· Sandals may be worn only if they have a front and back strap, according to the California Safety Code. However, tennis shoes are far safer for our active students and enable greater participation in P.E. and other out-door activities. It is best to avoid wearing open toe shoes. Flips flops and steel toe boots are not permitted.
· Clothing or jewelry that is offensive or may promote gangs, drugs or alcohol is prohibited.
· Baseball hats are to be worn with the bill forward. Hats are not allowed to be worn inside the building unless approved by a teacher or administrator.
· Jewelry, dangling earrings, heavy chain necklaces, and chains attached to wallets or belt loops may not be worn at school.
EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION
Emergency contact information forms are sent home at the beginning of each school year and need to be completely filled out (front and back) and returned to the school immediately. If contact information changes at any time during the year, it is imperative that the office be notified. A complete list of relatives and neighbors, and their correct telephone numbers should be noted on the emergency card in the event that you are unable to be contacted. Please remember that the contact information provided is the school’s only link to you during the school day.
Parents wanting to have a student released early must sign their child out in the school office. Please call the office from the parking lot so we can have your child ready. For your child’s protection, the office does not release students to adults who are not listed on the emergency card. Identification is required. Early checkout should be avoided whenever possible as students are missing important instructional minutes.
Fire and earthquake drills will be practiced on a regular basis. Fire drills will be held monthly while earthquake drills will be practiced several times each trimester. Students are taught to respond quickly to the emergency commands and are prepared to act appropriately during a disaster. The LFE Staff has a formal site disaster plan in place. The staff has practiced carrying out specific tasks during a mock emergency, from administering first aid, to checking out children to parents and guardians. All adults and children on campus must participate in fire and emergency drills.
Field trips are scheduled by classroom teachers throughout the school year. These trips are designed to supplement different aspects of the classroom curriculum and to introduce students to the resources of the community. Parents will receive notices of the field trips well in advance of the scheduled trip date and will be asked to sign the field trip permission slips. Please note that students may go on a field trip with their class only.
The district does not provide medical insurance for students. However, information regarding voluntary school accident insurance is sent home at the beginning of every school year. You may purchase this insurance if you wish. The district business office is able to answer questions you may have regarding voluntary school insurance.
The Library Clerk provides weekly visits to the library for all students. Students are welcome to check out books of interest and conduct research during their time in the library.
centers are open from 7:00 AM until 6:00 PM at all elementary school sites in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District. For information about this program, please call (949) 472-6193.
Toys are not allowed at school. Some objects may be brought from home and shared with the class; however, they should be carried to and from school in a bag. Older students are not allowed to bring toys, electronic equipment, P.E. equipment, or items that might harm others.
If your child will be walking to school, please review the walking route with him/her. It is always a safe practice to use appropriate crosswalks. Stay on sidewalks and walk with a friend. Crossing guards will be available at the intersections and in front of our school.
There are very strict laws in the state of California regarding possession of weapons on a school campus. It is forbidden by law for students to be in possession of pocketknives, any type of guns, imitation firearms, nail clippers etc. on the school campus. Students may not bring any objects that contain gunpowder or an igniter such as caps or poppers.