Policies & Procedures
Information about School Policies and Procedures
START TIME/OFFICE HOURS
The school day begins at 8:00 a.m. for grades 1 to 6. Kindergarten hours vary depending on whether AM or PM. Office hours are 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
STUDENTS SHOULD ARRIVE FOR SCHOOL AFTER 7:20 A.M. No supervision is provided prior to 7:45 a.m.. Parents are responsible for their children prior to 7:45.
PHONE MESSAGES AND ITEMS DELIVERED TO STUDENTS - TWICE DAILY
Telephone messages or items from parents are delivered to classrooms only at 10:30 and 1:15 each day. The office tries to avoid interrupting classes; therefore, a runner takes all messages or items to classes at 10:30 and again at 1:15. If you need a message to get to your child, please call by 1:00 PM. We are unable to get messages to students from 1:15 to 2:30.
Students may not use the office telephones unless it is an emergency. Cell phones are to remain in backpacks if brought to school. A student may ask a teacher for permission to use a cell phone during dismissal.
EMERGENCY CARDS / EMERGENCY NUMBERS
Emergency cards are sent home at the beginning of the school year. It is required that we have a completed card for every child. In the event of an emergency or accident, the phone numbers given on the card will be used to notify parents or another listed person. EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS MUST BE PROVIDED. Please notify the school of any changes.
** Only persons listed on the student's emergency card will be permitted to pick up children. They must have a photo ID to show when picking up a student.
RELEASING STUDENTS TO ADULTS
EMERGENCY CARDS / EMERGENCY NUMBERS
Students will be released only to persons listed on the child's emergency card. If a parent has not given us prior notification to release their child, the child will not be released to any adult. Adults must have a photo ID to show when picking up a student.
STUDENT SIGN-OUT PROCEDURES
If it is necessary for a parent or person listed on a child's emergency card to sign out a child during school hours, the person will be required to sign the log in the office, show photo identification (if staff does not recognize the individual as a parent or person listed on the child's emergency card) before your child will be called from class to the office. Students will not be called to the office prior to parent or individual's arrival. Please arrange to arrive early enough for the sign-out process and still be able to make your appointment. Keep in mind, that depending on the time of day, students may need to be found on the playground if it is their recess or lunch time. Students being signed out between 2:10 and 2:30 (1:10 to 1:30 on Wednesdays) will require an administrator be summoned to get the child from class. This period at the end of the day is critical to teachers as it permits them to recap the day, answer final questions students may have about homework items or materials needed for the next day. These may require additional time.
Students will be signed out only to persons listed on the student's emergency card.
HEALTH AND SAFETY ISSUES
ILLNESS AND ACCIDENTS
In the event of illness or accident during school hours, parents will be contacted using the numbers provided on the emergency card. If the school is unable to contact parents, other persons listed on your child's emergency card will be contacted. Please be sure the emergency card is updated. Old phone numbers do little when your child is sick or injured.
If your child feels ill in the morning, please do not send him/her to school, especially if he/she has a fever.
In the event that a doctor has prescribed mediation for your child, that must be taken during school hours, the school must be notified. State law requires that the necessary forms be completed before any medication can be administered at school. Please contact the school office for further information at 736-3336.
Students with a contagious or infectious disease should be kept at home for their own and other's protection. The school should be notified if a child contracts a communicable disease. Admittance to school is dependent upon state law. Please contact the school office if you need additional information.
SPECIAL HEALTH PROBLEMS
If your child has a special health problem, please contact the school nurse or health clerk by calling 736-3336 and leaving a message.
VISITORS AND PARENT HELPERS
VISITORS TO SCHOOL
Visitors to our school are required to sign-in at the office and receive a Visitor pass. The visitor's photo identification will be checked against the student's emergency card to verify the visitor is listed on the card. Persons not listed on the emergency card may be denied access to classrooms, the lunch areas, or playground. This procedure is in place for safety reasons. Visitors coming to work in a classroom must have prescheduled their volunteer time with the teacher at least one day in advance of visit. Visitor passes are dated by the office staff and must be visible to school personnel while on campus. Visitors may only visit the classroom of their own child. Visitors working in classrooms or visiting students at lunch for more than 4 hours per week are required to first complete the Visitor Application form found on our Website or by asking at the office.
Parents may enjoy lunch with their child during their child's lunch period within the designated area so long as they have signed in and received their pass. Siblings of students are not permitted when visiting a student for lunch.
Visitors are welcome to attend our awards assemblies, class plays and presentations by invitation without the need to complete a Volunteer Application.
PARENT HELPERS AT SCHOOL
Classroom teachers may determine whether they wish to use parent helpers in their classrooms. A teacher desiring to schedule parent helpers must designate the time and day helpers may come to their classroom. Parents desiring to help in classrooms need to make arrangement with their child's teacher prior to the day of helping need to follow procedures outlined under "Visitors to School" listed in section above. As of July 2010, the school District has required volunteers to complete the CNUSD Volunteer Application. All applicants will be checked for previous legal issues. The District has established that volunteers on campus for four hours or more on average per week must also have a fingerprint scan conducted. Preschool children and/or off-track minors may not accompany parent visitors or helpers to our school due to safety and instructional time issues. Parents may bring young children or off-track minors to awards assemblies or class presentations or plays to see siblings recognized or perform.
PERMITTED PARTIES (PTA SPONSORED)
Room Parents need to plan teacher selected parties such that students are occupied with activities. These activities should fulfill most of the party time. Activities may take place on the playground with teacher being present and his/her permission.
EARLY DISMISSAL / MINIMUM DAYS
Early dismissal and minimum days are listed on the calendar. Please mark your calendar. Children need to be picked up immediately after school gets out as all staff attends meetings.
Instructional minutes are important to the staff team at Lincoln Alternative School. Interruptions to classrooms are held to a minimum to provide students the greatest opportunity of uninterrupted learning time.
ARTICLES FROM HOME
Personal articles (toys, iPods, radios, pets, permanent marks, etc.) should remain at home unless prior written permission from their teacher is given. Cell phones may not be used on campus at any time for listening to music.
TO AND FROM SCHOOL ITEMS
TRANSPORTING STUDENTS TO AND FROM SCHOOL
The pick-up areas become very congested each morning and afternoon with parents dropping and picking up their children at school. Two things can aid in making the drop off or pick up easier. They are:
1. Be sure to pull all the way forward along the curb in the pick-up or drop-off areas.
2. Do not use cell phones in the pick-up and drop-off areas.
FRONT PARKING LOT AND ALLEY
The front parking lot is for staff. Also, please do not drop off or walk students through this parking lot area.
All traffic laws, including signage and street markings, are to be followed and will be enforced by the Corona Police Department. It is not legal to park and leave your vehicle in the alley.
SAFE ROUTE TO SCHOOL
Please review the safest route to school with your children. Children are expected to practice good citizenship and obey school rules on the way to and from school. Students must use sidewalks and crosswalks.
California law requires children to wear a bicycle helmet when riding a bicycle. This law may be enforced by school personnel for students riding a bike to and from school. Our policy is to detain the child and have them call their parent for a helmet. If no helmet is brought to school by the parent, the child may be required to walk home. Parent would then pick up bicycle later in the day, or the child could bring a helmet the next day.
District policy and City of Corona ordinances prohibit students from riding roller blades or skateboards to school. Riding skateboards and roller blades during after school hours is not permitted by ordinance.
BREAKFAST AND LUNCH
Lincoln Alternative School serves lunch to students at the school's Café. Students may either pay for lunch or breakfast on a daily basis or prepay. Prepaying is a very easy method and may be done for a few days, months, or a year. To learn more, contact the school's Café manager.
Checks may be written to pay for lunch, lost books, and other items. However, if a bad check is received, it will be resubmitted to the bank a second time. If it is still bad, it will be referred to the Riverside County District Attorney's office. There is a large fine imposed on the check writer by the DA's office (about $140) for processing. Please be sure that funds are available in your account for all checks written.
ANIMALS AND PETS IN CLASSROOMS
Animals/Pets may be escorted onto campus by an adult when tied to the Standards and supporting current instruction. A teacher must gain approval of an administrator for an animal to enter campus. If approval is granted, an adult must escort the pet/animal onto school grounds on a leash or in an enclosure. The handler must remain with the animal at all times. The animal may remain on campus for no longer than 30 minutes. Law enforcement animals are permitted on campus with administrator approval.
City code does not permitt pets on any school grounds at any time unless approved by school administrators.
Fish may be approved by an administrator to remain in classrooms.
LOST AND FOUND
Many articles become lost or are left unclaimed each year. All personal items should be marked with the child's first and last name. Items not claimed at issuance of quarterly report cards will be given to charity. Each year, our school donates hundreds of unclaimed jackets and sweaters. Parents and students are suggested to check the lost and found regularly for missing items.
WEAPONS / DRUGS
Weapons and drugs are not permitted on school grounds at any time. Students may not possess these items while coming to school or returning home after school. Students found in possession of such items will be suspended pending an expulsion hearing. The Corona Police Department will also be called.
Should a student find or discover they have brought a knife or dangerous object to school, he/she should turn it into a teacher or the office immediately. He/She will not get into trouble.
ARE YOU MOVING?
If you move during the school year, please notify the school prior to your move. This helps our secretarial staff prepare the necessary paperwork for shipment to your child's new school.
SIX GRADE FIELD TRIP
All students participating on school field trips must have a completed, signed field trip permission slip. Students going on the school field trip must remain with the class or classes attending from the time they leave school until their return. Students are required to ride on district/school provided transportation to and from the field trip location to be considered part of the field trip. Any child not present for the taking of attendance or who is signed out from school, is the responsibility of their parent. Students not present for attendance or signed out from school are not part of a school field trip but are members of the public if they should arrive at the same location as the field trip students. Any child having medical concerns attending a field trip should discuss these with the teacher prior to the field trip. Parent chaperons are not permitted to bring other persons (preschool children, off-track students, older children on vacation or out of school) because the parent chaperon has the responsibility of monitoring students of the class participating on the field trip.
CITIZENSHIP STANDARDS/VIRTUESSCHOOL-WIDE CITIZENSHIP STANDARDS
Lincoln Alterative School as a Character Education program built around former Secretary of Education William Bennett's Book of Virtues. The school has three Virtue words of Respect, Honor and Effort. Additionally, each grade level has a Virtue word of their own.
The staff team believes in our character education program and its virtues to maintain an environment where all students feel safe while at school. Behaviors that are inappropriate, whether in class or on the playground, are not tolerated. Physical contact in an aggressive, threatening manner is not permitted. When students act inappropriately, action is taken. Our parents and staff team expect children to adhere to the school procedures and rules for safety and learning purposes. Children who decided through their actions not to follow procedures and rules receive consequences. The staff team knows that parents support actions necessary to provide a safe learning environment and that rules and procedures are necessary. It is also known these parents support our taking action to correct misaligned behaviors by their child as we strive to provide their child a quality education.
Lincoln Alternative School is dedicated to providing all students a safe and orderly place to learn and grow. It is for this reason that Citizenship Standards exist.
School-wide Citizenship Standards are the following:
1. Everyone uses good manners and the virtues
2. Students follow directions.
3. Students keep hands, feet and objects to oneself.
4. Students treat all others with respect.
5. Students use property and equipment properly.
6. Students remain in assigned areas.
7. Students will not chew gum or play fight.
Parents, we appreciate your support of our Citizenship Standards. The teamwork between the home and school create a positive and exciting atmosphere at Lincoln Alternative School.
To reinforce and emphasize our desire for a safe environment, Lincoln Alternative School uses a systematic list of consequences, as noted above, when needed and only after careful investigation. These consequences include detention, in-school suspension, and suspension.
Lincoln Alternative School promotes and recognizes appropriate citizenship and good manners. Each classroom has a developed plan in place for recognizing students displaying good citizenship. This is tied to our school-wide plan of promoting outstanding citizenship through the giving of Principal's Learning Award and Virtues awards.