Student Breakfast and Lunch Program
Your child is eligible for free breakfast and lunch through a lunch grant. [E.C. 49510 – 49520]
Breakfast and lunch is served daily at the school. If the children do not wish to eat the school’s lunch, they may bring their own sack lunch from home. Established school health and food service policies require that students consume these purchased hot lunches in the school cafeteria and may not be taken home. Adults may purchase these items at the following prices: milk- 35¢; $2.00 for breakfast; $3.50 for lunch.
Homeless Education Program
The Alisal Union School District Homeless Education Program was designated to provide assistance to homeless students and their families in compliance with the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, an integral part of the No Child Left Behind Act. We work in collaboration with school personnel and community service agencies to maximize access to educational programs and facilitate the school enrollment process to ensure equal access to educational and meal programs as well as tutoring. Assistance with transportation, backpacks and school supplies is also available.
School Accountability Report Card
The School Accountability Report Card is available on request, and is available on the internet at www.alisal.org. It contains information about the District and school regarding the quality of programs and its progress toward achieving stated goals. A copy will be provided upon request. [E.C. 33126, 32286, 35256, 35258, 52056]
Kindergarten and First Grade Physical
State law requires that for each child enrolling in the first grade, the parent must present a certificate, signed by a physician, verifying that the child has received a physical examination within the last 18 months. If your child does not receive this exam, you must file with the District a waiver stating the reasons you are unable to obtain such services. You must understand that your child may be sent home if you fail to provide the certificate or waiver, or if your child is suspected to be suffering from a contagious disease. You may find it convenient to have your child immunized at the same time that the physical examination is conducted. [E.C. 49450; Health and Safety Code 124085, 124100, 124105, 120475]
These services may be available to you at no cost through the Child Health and Disability Prevention Program (CHDP).
For immunizations and health exams, you may contact:
Monterey County Health Department Services
1270 Natividad Road, Salinas, CA 93905
Kindergarten and/or First Grade Oral
Many things impact a child’s school progress and success, including health. Children must be healthy to learn, and children with cavities are not healthy. Baby teeth are not just teeth that will fall out. Children need their teeth to eat properly, talk, smile, and feel good about themselves. Children with cavities may have difficulty eating, stop smiling, and have problems paying attention and learning at school.
Parents or guardians must have their child’s oral health assessed by May 31 of the student’s first school year (kindergarten or first grade). Assessments within the 12 months before the child enters school also meet this requirement. A licensed dentist or licensed registered dental health professional must do the assessment. However, the state budget crisis has given Districts flexibility in collecting this data. [E.C. 49452.8]
A pupil may not be admitted to school unless he/she has been fully immunized against diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), tetanus, poliomyelitis, measles, mumps, and rubella. Students entering kindergarten and the seventh grade are required to have three doses of Hepatitis B vaccine and a second dose of measles containing vaccine. Students must be immunized for varicella or provide proof from a doctor stating child has had the disease. The required immunizations are available from the County Health Department or a physician. Documented proof of immunization is required upon admission. It is the policy of this District that there be no “conditional” admittance to schools; immunizations must be up-to-date before admission is granted. This requirement does not apply if a district provided waiver is signed that the immunization is contrary to the beliefs of the parent or guardian, or a licensed physician writes a letter indicating the immunizations are contraindicated. If an outbreak of a communicable disease occurs at a school, the non-immunized student will be excluded for his/her own safety until such a time as directed by health officials or District administration. Parents or guardians may refuse to allow the sharing of personal information related to their child’s immunization record by notifying the County Health Department listed in this section. [Health and Safety Code Sec, 120335, 120440; E.C. 49403]
Children may take medication, which is prescribed by a physician, and get help from school personnel during the day if:
1. The District designee has received a written statement from the
physician detailing the medication name, method, amount, and
time schedules by which the medication is to be taken; and
2. Parent, guardian or caregiver submits a written statement
indicating his/her desire that the school District assist his/her child
in taking the medication; and
3. Parent signs a release statement on a special form available from
the District. [E.C. 49423, 49480]
Children may carry and self-administer a blood glucose level test and diabetes care, emergency inhaled asthma medication and/or auto-injectable epinephrine if the rules in one through three above are met and with a written statement of the authorized health care provider, written parent consent, and the school nurse or other duty qualified supervisor of health observation and documentation of the student’s capability to safely and competently perform the task. [E.C. 49414.5, 49423, 49423.1, 49480]
If your child is one a continuing medication regimen for a non-episodic condition, you are required to notify the District designee of the medication being taken, the current dose, and the name of the supervising physician. [E.C. 49480]
For your child’s safety, we need to know if your child is taking medication on a regular basis.
If you want your child to be exempt from physical examinations at school, file a written statement with the school refusing such an exam. However, when there is a good reason to believe that your child is suffering from a recognized contagious or infectious disease, he/she may be sent home and shall not be permitted to return to school until the contagious or infectious disease does not exist. [E.C. 49451]
Children are eligible for fluoride treatments through a program organized by the county health officer. Parents will get a record that the treatment was applied. The county health officer will determine how to pay for the program. Parents have the right to refuse this program. This program is not meant to replace regular professional dental care. [Health and Safety Code 104855]
Vision and Hearing Appraisal
A school nurse between grades kindergarten and 6 will check your child’s vision and hearing, unless you submit a written statement of objection to the District. All students whose parent filed an objection will be referred for a medical exam. [E.C. 49455, 49452]
Height and Weight Screening
Your child may have his/her height and weight checked by an authorized person between grades kindergarten and 6. BMI (body mass index) will be calculated following the screening. You may submit a written statement of objection to the District if you do not want this screening done. All students whose parents filed an objection will be referred for medical exam.
Students when outdoors can wear sun protective clothing, including, but not limited to hats. [E.C. 35183.5] Students may also apply sunscreen during the day without a doctor’s note or prescription. [E.C. 35291, 35294.6]
Drug, Alcohol, Steroid and Tobacco
This notice is provided in compliance with the requirements of state and federal law as a part of the District’s drug, alcohol, and tobacco prevention programs. The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of illicit drugs, alcohol, or any form of tobacco product of District premises or as a part of any of its activities is wrong, harmful and is strictly prohibited.
Tobacco use is prohibited. All pupils will abide by this prohibition as a condition of attendance. Any violations of District or school standards of conduct, rules and regulations or state or federal laws regarding illicit drugs, alcohol and tobacco will be investigated.
Violators will be subject to prosecution in accordance with local, state and federal law and District disciplinary action up to an including expulsion, and/or required to satisfactorily complete a drug abuse assistance, tobacco cessation program, or rehabilitation program selected by the District in conformance with law.
The District’s drug, alcohol, and tobacco education and prevention programs are designated to address the legal, social and health consequences of drug, alcohol, and tobacco use and to provide pupils with effective techniques for resisting peer pressure to use illicit drugs, alcohol or tobacco. Information about any drug, alcohol and tobacco counseling, rehabilitation, and re-entry programs available to pupils may be obtained by contacting their school. This information may include programs sponsored or maintained by various community groups or agencies. The District neither supports nor endorses any specific program, agency or firm. The information is provided only to assist parents and pupils who may desire information regarding the resources available to assist them. [E.C. 49033, 60041; Health and Safety Code 11032]
In schools where a school-wide uniform is required, the principal, staff and parents/guardians of the individual school shall jointly select the specific uniforms to be worn. At least six month before a school uniform policy is implemented, the principal or designee shall notify parents/guardians of this policy.
Parents/guardians shall also be informed of their right to have their child exempted. The principal of designee shall also repeat this notification at the end of the school year so that parents/guardians are reminded before school clothes are likely to be purchased.
The Superintendent or designee shall establish criteria for determining student eligibility for financial assistance when purchasing uniforms. Students who participate in a nationally recognized youth organization shall be allowed to wear organization uniforms on days when the organization has a scheduled meeting. [E.C. 35183; Regulation AUSD, Approved: May 5, 2004, Salinas, CA; Revised 07-10-2008]
CURRICULUM AND PERSONAL BELIEFS
Medical and Hospital Insurance for Students
Comprehensive and Sexual Health and
In the California Comprehensive Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Prevention classes written and audio-visual educational materials will be used and are available for inspection prior to the start of classes. You have the right to request, in writing, that your child not attend these classes. You may withdraw this request at any time. The District must ensure that all pupils receive sexual health instruction from adequately trained personnel in appropriate courses. In this District, staff (teachers) gives such instructions. If taught by a consultant or in any assembly, parents will be given the dates, name of organizations and affiliation of speakers in this booklet or receive notice at least 14 days prior to the dates of the class or assembly. Contractor’s material will be accurate and age appropriate. This instruction will emphasize that sexual abstinence and abstinence from intravenous drug use as the most effective means for AIDS prevention and avoiding sexually transmitted diseases. The instruction will also include development of refusal skills to assist pupils to overcome peer pressure and use effective decision-making skills to avoid high-risk activities. Parents will be notified in writing and given the opportunity to review the material and can request in writing that their child not participate in any of all of the above activities.
Copies of Education Code Sections 51938 and 51934 can be requested from your District or can be obtained online at www. leginfo.ca.gov. [E.C. 51933, 51934, 51937-51939; Health and Safety Code 151000]
Excused from Instruction Due to Religious
Whenever any part of the instruction in health or family life education conflicts with your religious training and beliefs or personal moral conviction, or those of your child, your child shall be excused from such instruction if you request an excuse in writing. [E.C. 51240]
Tests/Surveys on Personal Beliefs
Unless you give written permission, your child will not be given any test, questionnaire. Survey, examination, or marketing material containing questions about your child’s, or his/her parent’s or guardian’s personal beliefs or practices in politics, mental health, anti-social, illegal, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior, critical appraisals of others close to the family, about legally confidential relationships such as ministers or doctors, income (unless to determine eligibility in a program or for receiving assistance), sex, family life, morality, or religion. Parents may also opt out of their child supplying information to be used for marketing.
Students – Dress and Grooming
In cooperation with teachers, students and parents/guardians, the principal or designee shall establish school rules governing student dress and grooming which are consistent with law, Governing Board policy and administrative regulations. These school dress codes shall be regularly reviewed. Each school shall allow students to wear-protective clothing, including but not limited to hats, for outdoor use during the school day. [E.C. 35183.5] Students are strongly recommended to wear the school uniform. If the school has opted for mandatory uniforms, and parents/guardians have submitted a written exemption to the principal, the dress requirements outlined below must be followed:
Hair and clothes will be neat and clean. Hair may not be sprayed by any coloring that would drip when wet.
Clothing which contains offensive language, insignias, pictures, and/or references to tobacco, alcohol, drugs, gangs, violence, and/or sex will not be worn.
No gang colors or gang attire will be worn.
Clothing will completely cover the torso, (no bare midriffs, tank tops, or strapless tops).
Hats, caps, hairnets and knotted beanies will not be worn indoors.
Sports logos and/or team emblem will not be worn on jackets, sweaters, tee shirts, jerseys, etc.
Mini skirts, short shorts, bike shorts, spandex clothing or tight leggings will not be worn. (Leggings can be worn only if a long top covers the mid-thigh). Mid-thigh shorts such as walking shorts are acceptable.
Appropriately sized clothing will be worn (oversized shirts and baggy pants are not allowed).
Shoes shall be worn at all times.
Makeup will not be worn.
Tattoos and markings are not allowed.
Consequences of Breaking the Dress Code:
On the first occasion, parents/guardians will be notified to bring a change of clothing for their child. If the parent/guardian cannot be reached, the student will use clothing available at the school. If the problem persist any or all of the following may be required:
A parent/guardian conference
Send student home to change clothing
School service performed by the student (i.e. pick up paper, clean bathrooms)
Ineligibility for extracurricular activities (i.e. sports, field trips, assemblies)
A site administrator has the responsibility for enforcement of policy. The principal, staff, students and parent/guardians at each school may establish reasonable dress and grooming regulations for times when students are engaged in extracurricular or other special school activities.
The District shall limit the definition of “gang-related apparel” to apparel that reasonably could be determine to threaten the health and safety of the school environment if it were worn or displayed on a school campus. [E.C. 32282] Because gang-related symbols are constantly changing, definitions of gang-related apparel shall be reviewed at least once each semester and updated whenever related information is received.
Parents have the right to review any survey or educational materials related to the survey on any of the above items. The District has developed policies relating to the surveys and personal information. [E.C. 60650, 51513, 61614, 61615; PPRA, 20 U.S.C.; No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB)]
Your children may decide, or you may decide for them, not to participate in some parts of certain classroom activities for various reasons.
SCHOOL RECORDS AND STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT
Annually the District prepares curriculum, course titles, aims, and descriptions. This is available at each school site and may be reproduced at cost. [E.C. 49063, 49091.14]
You have the right to review, get copies, and inspect their school records within five business days of a written request or oral request or before any meeting regarding an individualized education program or a hearing. Those records are confidential, and privacy will be maintained, except in some instances such as when your child transfers to another school. The records include transcripts, discipline letters, commendations, attendance, and health information. The records are maintained at the District office by the Data Department. There is someone to help interpret the material. When more than one child is named in the records, parents may only see material related to their child. If requested, the District will provide a list of types and locations where materials are held. There is a log of who has viewed the records that is kept at the same location as the records. District policy or administrative regulation 5125 sets forth the criteria by which school officials and employees can look and change or delete the files and why.
Files may be reviewed to identify students eligible for public school choice or supplemental educational services. You may have copies made for ten cents (10¢) per page. If you cannot afford the cost of copes they will be provided free of charge. You also have the right to file a written request with the superintendent challenging the records. You can challenge how your request was handled with the District or with the United States Department of Education if you think there is an inaccuracy, unsubstantiated conclusion or inference, a conclusion outside the observer’s expertise, comment not based on personal observation with time and date noted, misleading information, or violation of privacy rights. You will get to meet with the superintendent or designee within 30 days.
If your challenge is sustained, the changes will be made. If not, you can appeal to the State Trustee, who has final authority. If you still have a different view, your view can be included in the student’s record. [E.C. 49063, 49060, 49069, 49070, 56043, 56504; Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA); 34 CFR Part 99]