Safety

 

Safety First

Our school maintains a closed campus to ensure the safety of the students and staff. Gates are opened at 7:40 each morning and closed promptly at 8:00.

Gates are opened at dismissal time and closed thirty minutes following dismissal time at all gates except the Kindergarten gate, which is opened at 8:00 a.m. and closed at 8:15, and opened again at dismissal time and closed fifteen minutes following dismissal.  Adults and upper grade students are NOT permitted to come onto campus in the a.m. through the Kindergarten gate.

Parents who have been scheduled as volunteers in a classroom, or who are requesting a classroom observation, will need to go to the front office and not through the campus. At the front office, parents will request a visitor’s pass and sign in our visitor’s book. This policy will enable us to know who is on our campus at all times.

Please observe the following safety rules when picking up or dropping off your children.

For everyone’s safety, it is imperative that safety rules be followed. LAPD frequently tickets the area, and the Department of Transportation does video the area as part of their Video Enforcement Ticketing Program.

Please Remember:

  • Do not double-park at any time.

  • Use the designated Loading Zones (white curbs) to load and unload the students.
  • Do not make “U” turns in front/back of the school, or turn into a neighbor’s driveway.
  • Use the crosswalk at all times when crossing the streets around school.
  • Drive slowly and carefully.
  • Do not use the Staff Parking Lot to drop off or pick up your children. Board prohibits this use.
  • Avoid honking your horn at the end of the school day.

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School Hours

Grades K-5

Monday – Friday

8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

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Arrival Time

Students are expected to be on time to class every day.

There is NO SUPERVISION for children before 7:40 a.m.  Campus does not open until 7:40.  At the 8:00 a.m. bell, all students (grades 1-5) line up on the playground with their class at the morning assembly area. This year we are focusing on improving attendance and reducing the number of students who are tardy to school. Your child will be marked TARDY if he/she enters class after 8:05 a.m. Students must report to the office before going to class if tardy. Please write a note stating the reason for lateness.

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Absences

Students are expected to attend school every day, unless ill or they have a family emergency! It is critical that following an absence, every child returns to school with a note of explanation. If medical appointments must be made during the school day, please schedule them around the instructional program or after school. When considering extended absences for family trips, we hope that school attendance is a very high priority and that your child will miss school only under extreme, exceptional circumstances.

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Minimum and Shortened Days

On Minimum Days, the students in grades K-5 attend school from 8:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. On Shortened Days, the student’s attend school from 8:00 a.m. – 1:55 p.m. Minimum and Shortened Days allow the staff to meet for important conferences, meetings, visits to other schools, staff collaboration and other school issues.  Minimum and Shortened Days will be on the school calendar, and reminders will be sent home.

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Class Assignments

Classrooms are organized using the following priorities:

  • Heterogeneity – A cross section of abilities in each class

  • Language Acquisition Needs – Requires specific teacher credentials
  • Special Needs – Special Education, Physical disabilities
  • A balance in class size
  • A balance in the numbers of boys and girls in each class
  • Separating students who work better when not together
  • A balance in ethnicity
  • Eligibility for the Advanced Studies Program

We believe we do provide a positive learning environment in every class at Haynes. The individual differences between teachers and their teaching styles will only serve to enrich and expand your child’s experience.  Every attempt is made to balance the classes. Decisions as to class placements will be made by teachers, administrators, and the class placements are final. Changes will onlly be made for the necessary reorganization of classes that may occur after school begins, and initial reading and math assessments have been completed.

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Parent and Community Volunteers

Haynes would not be the outstanding school that it is without an extensive amount of parent and community volunteers. Everyone is welcome to volunteer! It is imperative for those who volunteer in classrooms and the library on a regular basis to have proof of a clear TB test by the Mantoux tuberculin skin test. Skin tests can be obtained from your own doctor. An important reminder: School insurance does not permit parents to work in the classrooms, or to assist with school activities during the school day with under-aged siblings. Because of safety and liability issues, infants, toddlers and strollers are not allowed on campus during the
regular school hours
. Special events such as Assemblies and parent events are exceptions to this safety rule.

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Earthquake Preparedness

Haynes is ready, are you? Emergency evacuation and drop drills are practiced regularly by all students and staff. Each classroom has an Emergency Back Pack and the outside cargo containers have emergency supplies to house students and staff for a 72 hour period.  In case of a school lockdown for any reason, please report to the Reunion Gate, which is located on Haynes Street.

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Dress Code

We encourage students to wear Haynes spirt clothing or navy blue and gold every Friday. The Governance Council has approved the following dress code:

1. Wear closed toe shoes with no more than a 1″ heel and socks. No sandals, slip-ons, shoes without a heel strap or open toe shoes. No skate shoes!

2. Shirts should cover the body without skin showing. No halter-tops, tank-tops, tops with spaghetti straps, bare midriff blouses or cutout shirts. No tops that have sexually explicit, suggestive, derogatory/inflammatory phrases or any reference to alcohol, drugs or smoking.

3. Short shorts, cut-offs (un-hemmed) and skirts shorter than mid-thigh, or with slits up the side are inappropriate school attire.

4. Pants should fit the waist without the use of a belt. No oversized clothing, including pants, shirts, overalls, etc. No hip-huggers or below the waist jeans.

5. Stud type earrings only. No large hoop, dangling earrings or expensive jewelry.

6. Hats are permitted, but must be removed and put away while indoors.

7. Scouting uniforms are allowed.

Alternate clothing will be provided for students to use for the day if the above dress code is violated.

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Parent Conferences

Communication between home and school is essential for your child’s success. If problems should arise, please contact the classroom teacher so that proper action may be taken to resolve any difficulties that may be occurring. Parent conferences are held in December for all students, and scheduled thereafter as needed. Please call ahead to schedule teacher conferences to assure ample time to talk with the teacher before or after school, parent conferences are not to interfere with classroom instruction time.

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School Spirit

Our school logo is the “Haynes Mustang”:

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We at Haynes proudly wear our school colors of blue and gold on Fridays.  Spirit wear may also be purchased in the front office!

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Homework

Homework is an important part of the students’ educational program. Beginning with Kindergarten, students will have regular assignments Monday through Thursday. It is your child’s responsibility to bring home daily/weekly homework assignments. The following is a general guide of homework time allotments:

Kindergarten

15-20 minutes

4 Days a Week

1st Grade

30-35 minutes

4 Days a Week

2nd Grade

30-35 minutes

4 Days a Week

3rd Grade

35-40 minutes

4 Days a Week

4th Grade

35-45 minutes

4 Days a Week

5th Grade

50-60 minutes

4 Days a Week

Students in the Advanced Studies Program may have additional work, which allows them to work in a more complex and deeper level.

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Requests for Homework when a Student is Absent

Should you wish homework assignments for your child when he/she is ill, please make your request by calling the office early in the day (before noon). Please let the office know if you are requesting another student to pick up your child’s homework assignment. Requests made after the noon hour cannot usually be honored until the following day. Assignment will be available for pick-up in the office at the end of the school day.

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Emergency Card

Each year a new emergency card must be completed for each student. Please complete both sections of the card. LOCAL emergency numbers of someone who can be reached other than the parent or guardian must be included. Please return on the portion of the card giving emergency information. Please do not separate this section of the card. Please return the card with your child, the day after you receive it. We must maintain current information on each child, so please notify the office if any of the information changes. Students will ONLY be released to those adults listed on the emergency card. NO EXCEPTIONS.

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Parent Group

We invite all of our parents to become active participants in our school PTO, school committees and our School Governance Council meetings. Our school is wonderful only because of the support from our families! The monthly calendar will list dates and times of all meetings. The PTO and the Staff are planning some very exciting fund-raising activities and family fun events. The money raised from these fundraisers provides our boys and girls with outstanding enrichment and educational opportunities. Please participate as a regular member or when you have available time.

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Riding Bicycles to School

Our discipline policy allows students in 3rd grade and higher to ride their bicycle to and from school. It is the policy of Haynes that all students riding bicycles to and from school MUST wear bicycle helmets. That is a state law as well as a school rule. The helmets MUST BE WORN! The bicycle rack is located in the back of the library. If your child is interested in riding his/her bicycle to school on a temporary or regular basis, parents must sign the Bicycle Safety Agreement. Please ask the office for this form.

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Bikes, Skateboards & Scooters

Students are not allowed to ride bicycles, skateboards or scooters on campus due to safety issues. Anyone wishing to bring a bicycle or scooter to school needs to bring a lock, and lock up the bicycle/scooter in the bicycle area. Skateboards are not allowed on campus.

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Student Discipline

You will soon receive Haynes Discipline Policy, and the District’s Student Discipline Policy and Staff and Parent Responsibilities. All parents and students are required to sign, agreeing that these school codes will be followed. Please keep for reference!

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Classroom Interruptions/Lunch Policy

Please do not call the office or ask us to interrupt the instructional program to deliver items to your child. Please inform your child that he/she may come to the office at recess or lunch to see if a missing or forgotten item has been delivered. If lunch, ticket or money has not been delivered, the procedure is for the child to stand at the end of the lunch line, and he/she will receive a full lunch the first time a ticket or money has been forgotten. After that, the student will receive nutrition consisting of milk, an apple and graham crackers. We greatly appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

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After School Playground

Our after school playground is run by Youth Services for grades 2-5 ONLY. Their hours are from school dismissal to 6:00 p.m. The same behavior code of conduct that is practiced during the school day is required for our after school program as well. Children can either be picked up before 6:00 p.m., or be allowed to walk home. This is not a day care program.

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Student Health Services and Immunizations

New students will not be enrolled unless a written immunization record provided by a physician or by the health department is presented at the time of the enrollment and immunization are up-to-date. There are requirements for Hepatitis B and Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccines (MMR) immunizations for new enrollees entering kindergarten.

Students who require additional vaccine doses or who lack a written record are no longer allowed a grace period. All students new to the District or transfer students within the District must show that they have received all currently required immunizations in order to be enrolled.

The immunization status of all students will be reviewed periodically. Those students who do not meet the State guidelines must be excluded from school until their requirements are met. Students who have been exposed to a communicable disease for which they have not been immunized must be excluded from school at the discretion of the Health Department.

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Tuberculosis Clearance

All new kindergarten students and all new first grade students who have never attended kindergarten must present a written report provided by the private physician or health department giving the results of a Monteux test for tuberculosis done within one year prior to school entry.

All other new students entering grades 1-5 who have never previously attended any school in California must present documentation of results of a Monteux test done at some previous time.

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Medication at School

Students may not carry or use medication on campus without written consent. A student who needs to take medication during school hours MUST have a statement to this effect on file at the school, signed by the prescribing physician and the parent or guardian. Self-administration of medication may be permissible by special arrangement with the school administrator and the nurse. The required forms are available from the school nurse or office. School health personnel do not prescribe or give advice regarding medication.

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Miscellaneous Health

Communicable disease inspections will be conducted periodically. A student suspected of having a communicable disease will be excluded from school until guidelines for readmission are met.

An effort will be made to notify parents/guardians about school exposure to chicken pox. The parent/guardian of a student for whom chicken pox presents a particular hazard should contact the school nurse to facilitate notification. Students at risk include those with conditions affecting the immune system and those receiving certain drugs for the treatment of leukemia or organ transplants.

A student returning to school with sutures, casts, crutches, brace(s) or a wheelchair must have a physician’s written permission to attend school and must comply with any safety procedures required by the school administration and Health Services personnel.

A student returning to school following serious or prolonged illness, injury, surgery or other hospitalization must have written permission by the health care provider to attend school, including any recommendations regarding physical activity.

Any excuse (less than 10 weeks) from physical education may be granted to a student who is unable to participate in a regular or modified curriculum for a temporary period of time due to illness.

School personnel are available for consultation.

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Loitering/Truancy Ordinance

The Los Angeles City Council and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors have passed a Loitering/Truancy Ordinance that is currently in effect. In essence, the Ordinance prohibits any person under the age of 18, and subject to compulsory school attendance, from loitering in or upon public streets, highways, roads, alleys, parks, playgrounds or other public grounds between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on days when the student’s school is in session. The exceptions to this are as follows:

  • A student who is accompanied by a parent or guardian

  • A student who is on an emergency errand directed by a parent or guardian
  • A student who is going or coming directly from their place of gainful employment
  • A student is going or returning from a medical appointment
  • A student has permission to leave campus for lunch and has in his/her possession a school issued permit
  • A student is going to or returning from a public meeting

The Los Angeles City Traffic Ordinance Citation Program and the Los Angeles County Board or Supervisors enforce the ordinance.

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