From Your Principal, Darlene Hale
Welcome to the John Baldwin Elementary School family. We believe that parents are important members of the team that must work together to assist students to be successful. We hope the information contained in this handbook will allow you to help your child in understanding our programs and practices.
John Baldwin is a very special and unique learning community. Our accomplished faculty has a united focus in providing challenging and meaningful standards- based experiences for our students. We view every child as an individual with unique qualities and needs. These individual differences are valued and nurtured through thoughtful and progressive teaching. We look forward to building a strong partnership with you to help us best meet your child’s needs. And, since we want to continue to be the best possible elementary school we can be, we encourage you to share with us your feelings and suggestions.
It is very important that we have the full cooperation of parents and guardians to help ensure that we verify each child’s safe arrival at school and that we accurately record each student’s daily attendance.We ask that parents/guardians call the Attendance Office at 855-5299 by 9:30 a.m. every morning that their child is going to be absent from school. Informing the teacher of the absence is not sufficient. Please be sure to call the attendance line and be ready to provide the following information:
- Name of caller and relationship to the child (Adults only)
- Student’s Name
- Teacher’s Name
- Reason for absence and the number of days absence is expected
- Nature of Illness
If a child is absent and we have not received a call, we will attempt to reach the parent/guardian by calling you by 10:00 a.m. to check on unreported absences. The responsibility for reporting absences remains with the parents. If we are unable to reach you and you have not called us, the absence will be marked “truant”.
These programs, offered by district approved outside vendors, meet weekly after school. Performances and other culminating
activities are often associated with these programs. Fees and schedules vary by class offering.
Animals can be an effective teaching aid. In addition, instruction related to the care and treatment of animals teaches students a sense of responsibility and promotes the humane treatment of living creatures. Animals may be brought to school for educational purposes, including “show and tell” and “share days,” subject to rules and precautions related to health, safety, and sanitation, and as long as the teacher is aware in advance and that the animal posses no danger to the students. Teachers shall ensure that these rules and precautions are observed so as to protect both the students and animals. Parents should not bring dogs and other animals on campus at the beginning and end of each school day. If the child is bringing the animal to school to share, parents should confirm permission as well as the location for the share with the teacher.
- Contact Ms. Hale in writing to see if a rule change in this area is being considered, if the rule is one that must be appealed to a higher authority first (School Board), or if the rule cannot be changed because of law.
- You must provide a written proposal that describes in detail what is wrong with the current situation and what you believe would be a better solution. In your written proposal, you must detail your arguments both for and against the proposed solution by both student and faculty (that is a total of four arguments). You must include research into what other schools have done. This will prepare you to recognize and be ready to discuss the different points of view that cause rules to be controversial at times and why getting agreement to change may be difficult.
- These pieces of evidence will be presented to the faculty so they can take one of the following steps.
- Ask you to survey the people who would be affected by this change so that opinions of all others are known;
- Ask you to gather some other information before going on;
- Agree with your proposal and work with you to get it into action;
- Reject your proposal with comments back to you as to why.
We want all students to be successful at school. Common sense and research tell us that the most successful students are those with good attendance who are able to concentrate at school. Schools only receive funding for the actual time students are at school, regardless of the reason for an absence. State Law requires parents to send students ages 6-18 to school regularly and on time, to compel the student to attend regularly, and to provide an explanation satisfactory to school personnel for all absences/tardies. Parents/Guardians who fail to meet these obligations may be guilty of an infraction and subject to prosecution (E.C. 48070).
The only valid reasons for absence from school are (Ed. Code, Section 4610):
- An illness or injury to the child
- A quarantine of the home by a county or city health official.
- A medical, dental, optometric, or chiropractic appointment that can only be scheduled during school hours.
Attendance at funeral services for a member of the immediate family. Student absences for religious holidays will be granted upon written request from the parent or guardian. Other California laws and codes relating to child welfare and attendance in school
- Any student subject to compulsory full-time education who is absent from school without valid excuse more than three days or is tardy in excess of 30 minutes on each of more than three days in one school year is truant and shall be reported to the attendance supervisor or to the Superintendent of the school district.
- Any pupil who has once been reported as a truant and who is again absent from school without written valid excuse one or more days, shall again be reported as truant to the attendance supervisor or the Superintendent of the School District. (E.C. 48261)
- Any pupil deemed a habitual truant who has been reported as a truant three or more times may be reported to the School Attendance Review Board (E.C. 48262)
Following is a sample of an Incident Report:
BEHAVIORAL INCIDENT REPORT
Student Name: ___________________ Teacher: ________________ Incident Date: _____________
Adult Incident Description:__________________________________________________________________________
Referring Staff Member Signature __________________________________________ Date ______________________
To be completed by student:
1. Please describe what happened.
I disobeyed the teacher/adult
I was disrespectful.
I shouted and disturbed others
I hurt school/someone else's property.
I used inappropriate language.
I physically hurt someone.
I hurt someone by using aggressive words/threats.
Student Description of Incident: ____________________________________________________________________________________
To whom did you show disrespect?
2. What did you want?
My own way
I didn'twant to do my work
3. Did you get what you wanted?
4. If you were disrespectful to another person, how do you think that person felt?
5. What were the negative consequences of your choice?
6. What is another choice you can make the next time you're in a similar situation?
7. If you make the choice in number 6 next time, what do you think the consequences will be?
I agree to make the choice listed in number six above if something like this happens again. I will discuss this incident with my parents when I go home today. I will review the rules in the school handbook with my parents.
Teacher or Principal Signature
- Students riding a bicycle must wear certified helmets. They must also wear them correctly and fastened correctly. It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure this. This is a school rule and a DMV rule as well. If a student is caught riding a bicycle to school without a helmet, parents will be called to bring one or to collect the bicycle and the student at dismissal time. The student will not be permitted to leave campus on the bicycle without a proper helmet.
- For safety reasons, we advise walking bikes on Brookside Drive between the campus and Paraiso. The sidewalks are too conjested to ride safely.
- Bicycles must be walked once the student enters the campus, and then secured in the bike racks. Students may not use skates, in-line skates, or heelies on the campus at any time.
- Bicycles must use the designated bike lanes when available. If bike lanes are not available, students must ride in the same direction as traffic and as far to the right as possible. Students must walk their bikes across streets at designated cross-walks. Students riding in groups must ride single file.
- Bicycles are required to follow all traffic rules that affect motor vehicles including the heeding of all road signs. Please obtain a copy of the California Department of Motor Vehicles handbook and go over the section on bicycles with your child.
- One rider per bike.
- Bicyclists must remember that they are riding the most vulnerable of all vehicles. Bikes must be ridden responsibly and in a controlled and safe manner at all times.
The traffic at Baldwin at drop off time and pick up time is heavy. Bicyclists must be aware that they are in constant danger from cars and must be on the look out and be defensive. Parents, if you feel that your child is not at a point where he/she can handle the very great responsibility of riding a bike to school, please do not give them permission. If parents are unsure, it is better to err on the side of caution.
Calendar of Events
The Baldwin “Kids with Character” program involves a monthly, schoolwide theme with various activities that teachers can individually structure to match what is happening in their classrooms. Character traits for each month are:
- September Respect
- October Friendship
- November Citizenship
- December Kindness
- January Acceptance
- February Responsibility
- March Honesty
- April Fairness
- May Determination
- June Cooperation
An extensive literature list and classroom materials have been assembled to match the above. A flyer will be sent home to families each month with important information about each character trait including activities and items for discussion at home.
Using the work of other people (including parents) rather than doing their own work deprives students of the chance to actually learn the material they are expected to learn. In addition, it becomes impossible for the teacher to assess what further instruction the child must receive if they are not receiving raw student work. A student is considered to be in violation of school policy when (s)he participates in any of the following activities:
- copying homework or any class assignment from any source (plagiarizing), or allowing another student to copy one’s own work
- copying homework or assignments from other students
- willfully falsifying data and presenting it as one’s own research or work
- passing notes during a test, looking at notes during a test, looking at another student’s test
- talking to others during a testStudents who engage in any form of cheating will receive no credit for the assignment, project, or test, and the student will be marked down on the report card in the area that addresses these basic standards.
Students are given instruction in correct computer use, and both parents and students are to sign the “Acceptable Use Policy” before students use on-line services. Students who violate their agreements will be subject to discipline under “unauthorized use of school equipment.”
In the event that you have questions or concerns about your child, a program, or classroom expectation, please contact the teacher first. If, after working with the teacher, you feel that your concerns are not handled in a satisfactory manner, please contact the principal. If, following a meeting with the principal, you feel your concerns have not been addressed, you may access the SRVUSD Complaint Procedure by filing a written complaint on the form available in the school office.
Cougar Ed Fund
The Cougar Education Fund is an affiliate of the San Ramon Education Foundation and was established in 1999 to raise funding for additional staffing at Baldwin. CEF handles many fundraisers throughout the year, including the annual “Bid for Kids” auction. The board of the CEF is made up of parents, a teacher represenative, and the principal. Each family is asked to make a voluntary contribution at the beginning of the year to support the many programs provided by CEF. We welcome all families to be involved.
The San Ramon Valley Unified School District follows a progressive approach to student discipline. Any student who is in possession of or under the influence of any controlled substance or look alike, including tobacco, alcohol, illegal drugs or who is misusing legal drugs will be suspended.
John Baldwin Elementary School and the entire San Ramon Valley Unified School District is a “Smoke-Free Zone.” By Board Policy, use of any tobacco product by anyone on the grounds or buildings is strictly prohibited at any time. This also includes field trips while children are off campus.
Definition: Cyber Bullying is the use of electronic information and communication devices to willfully and repeatedly harm either a person or persons through the medium of electronic text, photos, or videos. Examples of this behavior include but are not limited to:
- sending false, cruel, vicious messages
- Creating websites that have stories, cartoons, pictures, and jokes ridiculing others.
- Breaking into an email account and sending vicious or embarrassing materials to others.
- Engaging someone in electronic communication, tricking that person into revealing sensitive personal information and forwarding that information to others.
- Posting of a student picture without their permission.
Bullying of this nature creates a hostile, disruptive environment on the school campus and is a violation of a student’s right to be safe and secure. Cyber Bullying and Harassment will not be tolerated. Actions deliberately threatening, harassing, intimidating an individual or group of individuals, placing an individual in reasonable fear of harm or damaging the individual’s property; or disrupting the orderly operation of the school, will not be tolerated. The online activities and technologies often used by students engaged in Cyber Bullying include but are not limited to social networking sites, chat rooms and discussion groups, instant messaging, text messaging, computers, cell phones and personal digital devices, digital cameras, cell phone cameras, and web cams. As new technologies emerge, they too may be included with the above forms of electronic communication.
Consequences for Harassment and/or Cyber Bullying: Education Codes 48900.4 and 48900 (r), strictly prohibit harassment or bullying of any kind and such behavior is subject to the following consequences:
- Minimum: 1 day suspension
- Maximum penalty: Expulsion
*** Education Codes 48900.4”Harassment, threats, or intimidation creating an intimidating or hostile educational environment”
*** Education Code 48900 (r) “Engaged in an act of bullying, including, but not limited to bullying committed by means of an electronic act, as defined in subdivisions (f) and (k) of Section 32261, directed specifically toward a pupil or school personnel”
If the conduct occurs off school grounds and causes or threatens to cause a substantial disruption at school or interferes with the rights of students to be secure, school administration may impose consequences. The Administration may also report the Cyber Bullying or Harassment to the police.
Action Steps to Respond to Cyber Bullying or Harassment:
- Save the evidence. Print the online harassing.
- Identify the Cyber Bully.
- Clearly tell the Cyber Bully to stop.
- Ignore the bully by leaving the online environment and/or blocking communications.
- File a complaint with the Internet or cell phone company.
- Contact the Cyber Bully’s parents.
- Contact the school administration.
- Contact the police.
See Bell Schedule
In the event of a major earthquake or other disaster, the school has an emergency plan to protect the safety and well being of all of the children. The children and staff practice for this on a regular basis throughout the school year. The school has medical supplies, tents, food, water, etc. to care for the children until a designated adult can pick them up. In the event of a disaster, it is important that you as parents do not endanger your lives to get to school. The school will keep the children safe and cared for until such time that the parent or a designee can get here - even if it is for a week or longer. In order to take a child from school, the parent or designee will need to sign the child out at the check out table located near the Big Toy.
All parents will fill out a disaster release form at the start of school indicating contacts and designated adults to whom children can be released. Anyone who violates our procedures during a disaster will be in violation of state and federal law and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
In the event of an emergency, cars should not be parked in the school loop, fire zones, or Kids Country. These areas are reserved for emergency vehicles only.
The appearance and manner of dress of students is a matter to be determined primarily by the students’ parents. The district expects students will attend school wearing clothing which is both neat and clean and which is appropriate to the activities being conducted in school and to the weather. In no case shall the dress or appearance of a student be such that it endangers the health and safety of the student or others or such that it has a disruptive effect upon the orderly operation of the school.
Students are expected to come to school ready to learn. They should be well fed, well groomed, and dressed appropriately. It is our goal to assist parents in establishing proper guidelines for children related to appearance. Students need to know that going to school is not unlike their parents going to work. It is important to remember that we are establishing a code that is appropriate for young children attending school. If students dress inappropriately, they will be excluded from class and school activities until their clothes have been changed to reflect dress code standards. We are attempting to discourage children from taking on the appearance of various subcultures related to drug abuse, violence, promiscuity, and gang activity, and to prevent distractions to learning. Therefore, the following code regarding dress has been established and will be enforced:
- Clothes or hairstyles that create a distraction for other students are not permitted.
- No attire may be worn that promotes or advertises the following: alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, illegal substances, negative or profane comments, breaking the law, violence, the occult, or inappropriate pictures, themes or
- Students may not wear crop-tops, muscle shirts, cut-off shirts, or tops that are so short that they expose any skin.
- Students may not wear tops with “spaghetti straps” or off-the-shoulder blouses.
- Students’ undergarments may not be exposed at any time.
- Students may not wear cut-off shorts or extremely short skirts or shorts.
- Clothing must be clean, not ragged or dirty. A neat look is encouraged for both boys and girls.
- Since physical education is a regular part of the educational program, it is essential that students wear appropriate and safe shoes to school. Tennis shoes are recommended. No flip flops, heels, or shoes without straps are permitted at any time.
- Hats must have a brim for protection from the sun and are to be worn facing forward at recesses and during P.E. Hats shall not be worn indoors.
- Students may not wear oversized clothing. All pants must stay up without the aid of a belt, rope, suspenders, etc.
- Students may not have wallets on chains.
- Students may not wear make-up. This includes eye shadow, hair or facial glitter, etc.
- Students may only wear post ear rings - no dangling ear rings. This is primarily a safety issue.
- Gang related clothing may not be worn.
Enforcement of Dress Code
If a student violates these policies, he/she will be sent to the office where the parents will be called and asked to provide a change of clothes, if appropriate, or to pick up the item being worn that is not permitted. If the parent refuses, the student will be placed on in-school suspension that day in the office and will be placed on regular out-of-school suspension until the student returns to school in the appropriate dress. Normal suspension procedures will be followed including a parent conference. After five days have passed the administration will recommend an extension of the suspension until the matter is resolved. Due process involves an appeal to the superintendent first and then to the governing Board of Education.
To reach any staff member via e-mail, simply type their first initial and last name followed by: @srvusd.net. Exceptions are:
Kathy Casotti = kcassot
Vicki Kallick = vkallic
Jeannie Morris = jmorris01
In case a parent or guardian cannot be reached by telephone, only the person(s) listed on the “Emergency Card” may be contacted. Please keep this information up to date.
All field trips at Baldwin are voluntary. No child is required to participate in an off campus field trip. If the parent does not sign the consent form for the field trip, the child will be assigned to another class for the period of the trip. Keeping your child home will result in an unexcused absence. Parents are encouraged to allow their children to participate in the bus experience. All children must leave and return with their class.
Please note the following guidelines about field trips:
- When parent drivers are used on field trips, they are required to fill out the proper forms in advance and demonstrate proof of insurance, etc. The parent’s insurance will provide primary coverage and the district insurance will provide secondary coverage. It is important that parents have adequate and proper liability limits (minimum of $100,000/300,000 bodily injury and $25,000 property damage) if they plan to drive on field trips.
- If driving, the parent’s car must have a seat belt available for each child. Students are not permitted to sit in the front seat even if the car is not equipped with front passenger airbags. Children are safest in the back seat. The car must have enough gasoline to complete the trip without making a stop for gas. Parent drivers are responsible to ensure that children are safely belted and behaving appropriately in the car at all times.
- Parents who chaperone should plan to supervise children the entire time.
- Parents who chaperone may not bring siblings along with them.
- If movies will be shown during the car ride, they must be G Rated.
- When driving on a field trip, all cars must go directly to the destination and return directly to school on the way back. IT IS NOT PERMITTED TO STOP FOR FOOD, DRINKS, ETC. or to vary from the prescribed route.
- Often a donation is requested to pay for a field trip or a deposit is requested. There are no refunds once these donations have been made.
- Parents are to refrain from using cell phones on field trips because their primary responsibility is to supervise the students and help them to participate in the various activities. Cell phones also provide a major distraction to the students’ learning.
- The number of chaperones needed for each trip will be determined by the
teacher or the grade level team.
- tackle football
- dodge ball
- Red Rover
- pole climbing
- tag in the sandbox or cement/asphalt areas
Picking Fair Teams:
- choose two team captains
- choose alternately until the game maximum is reached
- if the maximum is not reached, then every time two new players come, one will go on each team
- no maximum number of players
- no catching the ball
- no takeovers
- first in line is the judge to decide if it is in or out
- no fists—open hands must be used to hit the ball
- serves must be faiir
- no “saves”
- the ball must hit inside the opponent’s square or you are out
- the line of waiting players must be behind the white lines of the square
- maximum of 15 per team
- fair teams
- touch only, NO TACKLE
- count 10 alligators before rushing
- no blocking
- must be played on the football field
- maximum of 11 per team
- no bunts
- fair teams
- three pitches and you’re out
- usual kickball rules
- no ropes—if you touch the rope, you’re out
- no catching of the ball
- one hit per side on each turn around the pole unless it touches the pole/opponent
- no touching the pole
- retire after 3 wins
- maximum of 15 on each team
- game closed when maximum is reached
- no cleats
- no high kicking
- AYSO rules apply
- offsides, hands, possession, tripping are only called when there’s a referee unless fouling team agrees to the foul.
- no “slide tackles”
- maximum of 5 per team on half court
- maximum of 7 per team on full court
- no back court press
- two on a ball—out of bounds
- switch off out of bounds
- no free throws for fouls
- no hanging on basketball hoops
- no tripping—if deliberate—OUT OF GAME
- no “pops” on bottom of board
- no “slicies” (really low hits)
- ball must be at least 6” off ground
- no “bubble-ups
- “babies” are okay
- lines are OUT
- overboards are OUT
- first in line is the judge
- retire after 3 wins
- games must be supervised by an adult
- captains select teams
- nerf balls only
- “out” if hit below the waist
- “out” if hit on hands
- “out” if you hit a player above the waist
- line up at the step and go across.
- do not stop or come back
Bars and Swings
- Time limit is 60 seconds; count to 60 by 1-1000, 2 - 1000, etc.
- may only be played on the grass
- tag students above waist only
If your child becomes ill or is injured at school you will be contacted. If you cannot be reached, another adult authorized by you on the child’s emergency card will be notified. It is vital that the information on your emergency card is accurate and up to date. Please notify the office if you have any changes are necessary to your Emergency Card. Please be aware that childrenwill ONLY be released to the people listed on the Emergency Card. If emergency medical attention is needed, the school will call for emergency personnel.
The Independent Study Contract has been formulated to provide the student and teacher with specific educational guidelines when a child is away from school due to extended illness, and/or other extenuating circumstances for 5 consecutive school days or longer only. The contract will be utilized to provide somewhat of an on-going instructional program. By developing this
individual contract, the student is able to keep pace academically with his class while the school is able to count this time as instructional time for attendance purposes. The child’s classroom teacher will determine appropriate assignments and will confer with you and your child. You can help by setting aside some study time each day so that work can be accomplished in a calm and suitable environment. We hope that this contract helps both you and your child.
- Independent Study Contracts shall be requested by parents from the teacher. Contracts should be requested a reasonable time in advance of the absence to allow the teacher time to prepare the assignments. We request at least one week’s notice.
- All contracts shall be signed and dated by the student, parent, and teacher before being turned into the office.
- A clear and definite homework assignment shall be given to the student, which will substitute for at least a minimum day’s worth of work for each day of absence from school.
- The contract and all accompanying homework shall be turned in to the teacher the day the student returns to school. The work should be treated as any other assignment and marked accordingly.
- If work has not been turned in and is overdue, that student’s absences will be changed from excused to unexcused. At that time, the Independent Study contract will be canceled, and the teacher will make note of the missing work.
- Independent Study is for absences of 5 consecutive school days or longer only.
Students may not leave campus without being signed out at the office by the parent/guardian or other adult listed on the child’s emergency card. Students leaving campus during the school day will be called to the office from class after being officially discharged in the office. Please do not call the office when you are on your way to pick up your child. The office will call the classroom when you arrive. Under no circumstance is anyone to go directly to a classroom or the yard to remove a child from school. When making dental or other medical appointments, please try to make them after school so that your child misses a minimum of instruction time.
Please submit to the office any change of address,telephone number, or email in person or in writing. Parents must provide the office with home and work phone numbers.
An integral part of our school is the ibrary. The library is staffed by a part-time library assistant and by parent volunteers. Students go regularly to the library and have an opportunity to select from a wide variety of books. Students are encouraged to bring home their selections to share with you. Your assistance in the care and return of these materials is greatly appreciated. Reference books and encyclopedias may not be taken home.
Lost and Found
Many items are lost by students and go unclaimed each year. Please check the lost and found on a regular basis. Each trimester, the unclaimed lost and found items will be donated to charity. Items forgotten at school (books, jackets, etc.) will have to be returned to the student the next day if the classroom teacher has already left for the day. It is very important for students to begin developing responsibility for their own belongings, textbooks, and learning materials.
John Baldwin cafeteria serves a hot lunch daily. A choice of three main entrées and a salad/fruit bar are available. Baldwin participates in the electronic lunch debit card program. You can set your child’s debit card up and add money to it throughout the year by going to the district’s website at www.srvusd.net . If you wish to make these transactions in person, please visit the Child Nutrition Building at 3280 East Crow Canyon Road, San Ramon (only checks or cash accepted.) Please call 824-0279 for further
questions and to check on the Nutrition Office hours. We strongly urge you to be sure your child either buys a lunch or brings a lunch daily. A snack for the morning recess is also recommended. Good nutrition is necessary for your child’s brain to function and think actively during school hours. If your child forgets his/her lunch, you may bring it to the school office.
A monthly menu is distributed to all families via email and is also posted on our school website.
Reduced and free lunch applications are available in the office.
- No balls or other play equipment at the lunch tables.
- Use good table manners and quiet voices when talking to others.
- Eat at the table designated for your class.
- No trading or selling food among students. Food is to remain at the tables and is not to be taken to the playground areas.
- Keep our campus clean by throwing away all food when finished eating.
- At the end of lunch recess 4th and 5th grade students should go immediately to class. First through third grade students should line up by class near their class buckets.
When a child is absent, any missed work will be provided for the student upon his/her return to school and the teacher will give the number of days of the absence as an extension for the work to be due. It is the student/parent’s responsibility to request the work from the teacher.
(Prescription and Non-Prescription)
If your child needs to take medication at school on a regular basis, a Medication During School Hours form must be filled out and signed by the child’s physician. This form must be completed before any student will be allowed to bring or take any medication at school. All medications must be stored in the school office and administered by school personnel. The medication must be sent in the container with the prescription number and the doctor’s name. Under no circumstances is a child to have medication on his/her person at school or take medication unsupervised without written permission from their doctor. Non-prescription medication (cough drops, etc.) can be administered by the staff if the “Medication During School Hours” form has been signed by a doctor and is on file in the office. The “Medication During School Hours” form must be updated each year for any medications to be administered.
Please submit to the office any change of address,telephone number, or email in person or in writing. Parents must provide
the office with home and work phone numbers.
The school Newsletter is the "Cougar Weekly" - a weekly newsletter containing important information about our school will be
sent to you weekly via email. It is important that you provide the school with current email addresses. In the event that you would prefer to receive this information via hard copy, please complete an “Electronic Opt Out” form at the beginning of the school year. Forms are available in the school office.
Parents have the right to expect that attention will be given to the individual academic, social, physical, and emotional needs of the student in an atmosphere which treats children with dignity, fairness, and consistency. Parents share responsibilities to support the school in its efforts to provide an exemplary program for students.
Parents have the responsibility to:
- Send students to school in a positive frame of mind.
- See that students have the proper diet and rest.
- Assist students to insure that all books, assignments, and lunch/lunch money are brought to school each day.
- Provide a quiet time and place for study.
- Show an interest in the student’s day.
- Communicate with the teacher for progress reports and about any concerns or questions.
- Keep all conference appointments or notify the teacher/administration to the contrary.
- Work with the school. Your student’s education is a shared responsibility.
Pickup/Drop off Procedures
The focus of the traffic management program at any school has to be on the safety of students. At the end of the school day, when all students are leaving at once, every school zone will have traffic backups and delays. These guidelines are designed to encourage safe practices, which may cause students and parents some inconvenience, but if followed, give both the best chance for safe and sane dropoffs and pickups. Parents need to model good, safe practices and expect their students to do the same.
Please help us in making drop-off and pick-up as safe as possible for all our students by:
- parking and walking your child to the school grounds—it’s fun family time and will reduce the traffic. Carpooling and walking are wonderful alternatives too! Children and parents who walk to school must walk on the sidewalk, when available, and only use marked cross walks to cross any streets.
- dropping off children from cars in the front parking lot only. Do not use the Kids Country Lot for drop-off or pick-up for school.
- helping your child exit the car quickly from the passenger side of the car by ensuring that their backpack is placed next to them in the car. Parents should NEVER exit the car while in the drop-off area. The teachers will assist the child in unloading.
- being a good role model to our students by being considerate
- making a right turn only at the exit of the parking lot. Drivers who wait to turn left cause a huge backup in the lot and on Brookside. Please help us keep the traffic moving by making a right turn.
- remembering that it is illegal to stop in the middle of traffic because you are awaiting entrance into the school lot. Cars that prevent other cars from moving may be ticketed.not using cell phones while driving in the pick-up/drop-off areas
- when dropping off, late readers in grades 1-2 should line up between the library and the main office. A teacher will pick them up and take them to class from this location.
- planning your arrival for pick up after the bell rings at 3 p.m. rather than coming earlier and awaiting the students’ dismissal. This will help the traffic continue to flow and prevent the need for other cars to go around the awaiting cars to get through, causing very serious safety issues. Cars should never be turned off while in the flow of traffic!
- picking up students by car from the front parking lot or on foot behind the MPR. Kindergarten students must be collected at the front of the school either by car or foot. Please do not instruct your child to wait for you by playing in the Big Toy area or the Kindergarten Playground as there is no supervision provided in these areas after school. The waiting zone is under the pavillion. Please also remember that no supervision is provided in other locations (i.e. Iron Horse Trail). Students must be
picked up by 3:15 p.m.
- avoiding the use of our neighbor’s driveways to turn around.
- dropping your child off after 8:15 in the morning to ensure that they will be supervised. The playground is supervised by our teachers from 8:15 - 8:30 a.m. If your child has to arrive before 8:15 a.m., they must be enrolled in Kids Country.
- Kindergarten teachers will meet their students at the back door to the classroom until after the November Thanksgiving break. Following Thanksgiving, Kindergarten teachers will meet their students at the curb in front of the school at 8:15 a.m. for morning kindergarteners, and 11:45 a.m. for the afternoon kindergarteners.
- Do not load or unload in the red zones on Brookside Drive.
- Do not park in the staff parking lot.
The school playground is a place for recreation and enjoyment. Many a life’s lesson is learned on the school playground especially about working and getting along with others, sportsmanship, honesty, courtesy, etc. The playground and fields are safe, orderly places where children can interact positively with each other in a cooperative spirit. To ensure this the following rules are in place:
- SAFETY FIRST! Use common sense when playing. If you think you might get hurt or hurt somebody else, don’t continue to play in that manner.
- All games are open. This means that all students may participate in any game at any time. No one may be excluded from any game.
- Deliberate interference with games is not permitted.
- Running is not permitted in the Big Toy/Tanbark area.
- Students may race, but not chase in field areas.
- Every game has rules. Students may not change the rules of any game at any time. These rules will be taught to the students as part of the Physical Education program
- In the event of a disagreement over a game as to whether a player is out or not - students playing in the game are to vote. The outcome of this vote will be the final decision. The decision may not be appealed to the yard supervisors or principal.
- Martial Arts, including karate, etc. are not permitted in any form at any time.
- Contact sports or games that involve tackling, wrestling, pushing, etc. are not permitted. Flag/Touch Football is permitted on the fields only.
- Students are not permitted in the parking lot or off the campus during the school day.
- Playground balls are not to be kicked (except soccer balls and kick balls). Red rubber balls, tennis balls, and other playground balls are to be played with on the field, blue boards, basketball hoops, or foursquare courts only. Balls may never be bounced from school building walls.
- Students may not wander about classroom areas, library, computer lab, office, in front of the school, or corridors during recess or at any other time without a pass from the teacher.
- All wildlife is to be respected and honored at all times. There shall be no climbing of or pulling at trees or foliage.
- Students will use the playground equipment in a safe manner. Slides are one direction only, no running or playing tag while using the equipment. There is a limit to the number of children that may use a piece of equipment at a time.•
- Use school equipment only. Students may not bring toys to school (except for share time with permission of the teacher). This includes collector cards, electronic devices, etc.
- In absolutely all cases, the yard supervisors are to be respected and obeyed. Students are not to argue with the yard supervisors. Students who do will face disciplinary action for defiance and disrespect.
- Students may not use any type of profane language.
- Free falls off the bars or any type of free fall flips are prohibited.
- Students should not bring their own balls and bats or other equipment to school.
- Students may not throw sand, dirt, or objects.
- No gambling or betting is allowed.
- The main playground is open and supervised from 8:15 a.m. in the morning and until 3:15 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (2:25 p.m. on Wednesdays). When children are playing on the playground, they are required to follow school rules. The K yard is not open prior to the start of class or after class is dismissed. Children are not to be dropped off at school before 8:15 a.m. CHILDREN ARE TO BE PROMPTLY RETRIEVED FROM SCHOOL BY 3:15 P.M. EACH DAY EXCEPT WEDNESDAYS. PLEASE PROMPTLY RETRIEVE CHILDREN BY 2:25 P.M. ON WEDNESDAYS.
The Baldwin PTA is the Parent/Teacher support organization for John Baldwin Elementary School. The Baldwin PTA operates under the rules and by-laws of the National and State PTA. The PTA is responsible for promoting a positive school climate and enhanced learning environment for our children. The PTA supports programs such as school assemblies, parent education, and family activities. All officers are elected by members and budgets are approved by members. Membership is encouraged for all Baldwin parents and staff members. Meetings are held monthly and are generally held on campus. Meeting dates and activities are communicated through the Cougar Weekly, sent home every Wednesday via email.
Children will not make remarks, slurs, innuendoes, jokes, etc. related to a person’s race, gender, ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, or background. These remarks made in general or directed toward another child, adult, or family will not be tolerated. Students who make such remarks are subject to suspension or other consequences and will be counseled on the issue. Participating in, or conspiring to engage in, acts of hate or violence is prohibited. Intentionally engaging in threats or intimidation that creates disorder, invades the rights of others, or creates a hostile educational environment is prohibited.
Traffic Safety for Students and Parents: The focus of the traffic management program at any school has to be on the safety of
students. At the end of the school day, when all students are leaving at once, every school zone will have traffic backups and delays. These guidelines are designed to encourage safe practices, which may cause students and parents some inconvenience, but if followed, give both the best chance for safe and sane dropoffs and pickups. Parents need to model good, safe practices and expect their students to do the same.
We refer to our school as a “Learning Community.” This means that all of us are working together to help each other learn and develop. Children need to take ownership for their learning and need the support of parents, teachers, and staff members, as well as the community at large. One way to show our unified spirit is by wearing our school shirts. Our school mascot is the cougar.
Any student who engages in the sexual harassment of anyone in or from the district may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion. Any student who feels that he/she is being harassed should immediately contact the principal. Each complaint of sexual harassment shall be promptly investigate in a way that respects the privacy of all parties concerned. In addition to the more obvious forms of sexual harassment that are common among adults and adolescents, children at the elementary level are capable of other forms as noted below:
- sexual slurs, threats, verbal abuse, derogatory comments, or sexually degrading descriptions
- graphic verbal comments about an individual’s body, or overly personal conversation
- sexual jokes, stories, drawings, pictures, or gestures
- spreading sexual rumors
- displaying sexually suggestive objects in the educational environment
The School Site Council is made up of five parents elected by parents, three teachers elected by teachers, one classified employee elected by classified employees, and the principal. The SSC is responsible for the school the School Improvement Program, and general goals and philosophy of the school, as well as for the content of this handbook. Many school policies are initiated and approved by the SSC. Meetings are held monthly and are open to the public. Meetings dates and times are emailed to our parent community monthly and minutes are posted on our school website- www.jbes.srvusd.net.
Student Behavior/Discipline Procedures
Although positive reinforcement and modeling are our primary tools regarding student behavior, there are times when students will need to understand that there are negative consequences for their actions. At John Baldwin, the goal of all discipline procedures is to assist parents in their role of providing guidance to children and in helping students to make positive choices regarding their behavior and actions. Therefore, the following procedures will be implemented regarding violation of school and classroom rules:
- Students will usually be warned regarding the violation of a rule on the first offense. Warnings will not be given regarding fighting, theft, destruction of property, and defiance. The goal of the warning is to clearly describe to the child the expected behavior. On these offenses, a consequence will normally be issued on the first offense and will progress on succeeding offenses.
- After a warning, the yard supervisor, teacher, etc. will issue a consequence that fits the offense. Benching at recess and lunch is appropriate, as well as after-school detention. Writing about the offense is also recommended. Assignment of additional school work is prohibited. Students may not engage in conversation with others when they are benched. Parents are normally not notified in the event of a benching unless it occurs frequently. Parents will be notified in advance of an after-school detention.
- If the offense is serious as outlined above or if the same offense has occurred before, the student may be referred to the principal. The student will be given the opportunity to offer an explanation and call witnesses if desired. In the event of a conflict between two or more students each may call witnesses. The principal will then make a judgment on the matter and issue consequences which may include after-school detention, loss of recess, loss of privileges, in-school suspension, out-of-school suspension, etc. In all cases the parents will be notified of the incident. In situations that involve fighting - all students who participate may receive consequences no matter who started it. It is not okay to do something against the rules because someone else did it first. Students who feel compelled to fight due to harassment by another student must report the situation immediately to one of the school authorities. The situation will then be mediated in a civilized manner. Parents must not encourage their children to fight to defend themselves. This teaches children that when a problem cannot be resolved, it’s okay to use physical force rather than reason, debate, discussion, mediation, etc. Parents should encourage their children to reason, debae, discuss, mediate, and seek adult intervention. No form of fighting will be tolerated at John Baldwin for any reason.
- Students may be recommended for expulsion from school to the governing board for continuation of offenses listed above and will be recommended for expulsion for the following:
- Causing serious physical injury to another person, except in self defense.
- Possession of any knife or other dangerous object of no reasonable use to the student.
- Unlawful possession of any controlled substance, listed in the Health and Safety Code, except for the first offense of possession of not having more than one avoirdupois ounce of marijuana, other than concentrating cannabis.
- Robbery or extortion
- Assault or battery on any school employee
- Possessing, selling, or otherwise furnishing a firearm.
- Brandishing a knife at another person.
- Unlawful sale of any controlled substance.
- Committing or attempting to committ a sexual assault or sexual battery.
- Possession of an explosive, which means “destructive device.”
- Teachers may suspend a child from class for a period of one day in the school office. The principal or designee may suspend a child for up to five consecutive days either in school or at home. In all situations regarding a suspension, whether in-school or out-of-school, the parents will be required to attend a conference to discuss the situation and to review papers that will be placed in the child’s cumulative records. A district policy has been established regarding all suspensions that includes due process.
- State law allows schools to require parents to spend a day with their child at school in the event of a continuing or severe disciplinary problem. Parents may be required by the school to do this, and to sit next to their child for an entire day and to accompany them at recess, etc. By law, the parent’s employer is required to release them for the day, but may charge their sick leave or vacation.
- Corporal Punishment shall not be inflicted on any student at any time. An amount of force that is reasonable and necessary for a school official to quell a disturbance threatening injury to persons or damage to property, for self- defense, or to obtain possession of weapons or dangerous objects, shall not be considered corporal punishment.
Disciplinary action by the school administration will take into account frequency, severity, and grade level at which behavior problems occur. Disciplinary consequences for violation of Education Code 48900 may range from detention or suspension to a maximum penalty of expulsion.
Ed Code 48900
- Caused, attempted to cause, or threatened to cause physical injury to another person.
- *Willfully used force or violence upon the person of another, except in self- defense.
- *Possessed, sold, or otherwise furnished any firearm, knife, explosive, or other dangerous object.
- *Unlawfully possessed, used, sold, or otherwise furnished, or been under the influence of any controlled substance as defined in the Health and Safety Code, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant of any kind.
- *Unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any controlled substance as defined in Health and Safety Code, alcoholic beverage or intoxicant of any kind, and then sold, delivered, or otherwise furnished to any person another liquid, substance, or material and presented same as a controlled substance, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant.
- Committed or attempted to commit robbery or extortion.
- Caused or attempted to cause damage to school property or private property.
- Stole or attempted to steal school property or private property.
- Possessed or used tobacco, or any product containing tobacco or nicotine products (except in the very limited instance of nicotine as an ingredient of a prescribed drug that requires ingestion during school hours) including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, miniature cigars, clove cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, snuff, chew packets, and betel.
- Committed an obscene act or engaged in habitual profanity or vulgarity.
- Unlawfully possessed, or unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any drug paraphernalia, as defined in Section 11014.5 of the Health and Safety Code.
- Disrupted school activities or otherwise willfully defied the valid authority of supervisors, teachers, administrators, school officials, or other school personnel engaged in the performance of their duties.
- Knowingly received stolen school property or private property.
- Possessed an imitation firearm.
- Committed or attempted to commit a sexual assault or committed a sexual battery as defined in the Penal Code.
- Harassed, threatened, or intimidated a student witness.
- Sexual harassment. (Ed Code 48900.2)*
- Committed an act of hate violence. (Ed Code 48900.3)*
- Harassment, threats, or intimidation creating an intimidating or hostile educational environment. (Ed Code 48900.4)*
- Terrorist threat against school official or school property. (Ed Code 48900.7)*
- Hazing (Ed Code 32050-51)
Any of the above may be referred to a law enforcement agency.
*The principal or designee must notify law enforcement personnel of these offenses.
Students are rewarded often by their teachers in their classroom. In addition, students may earn Cougar Pats for doing exceptional work or being especially kind to others. Students place their Cougar Pats in a drawing. Once a month, our Principal invites the winning students for lunch in the office.
- Help Others Learn- Students come to school to learn. If others are kept from learning by distraction, etc. then they are being deprived of something that is important and something that is their right. All classroom rules must be strictly obeyed.
- Be Respectful - Students are to be respectful to other students at all times.
- Be Safe - Students should follow all safety rules. In addition, they should ask themself, “Is this safe?” before doing something and if the answer is “no” or “maybe not,” they should not do it.
- Students must be in line by the designated time.
- School officials must be obeyed at all times - School officials include the principal, teachers, yard supervisors, lunch staff, custodians, instructional aides, secretaries, librarians, safety patrol officers, and any specialists. Students must do as directed by these people at all times without an argument. If the student disagrees with a decision he or she may discuss it with the individual at the appropriate time. Violation of this rule is known as defiance and is a serious offense. The Education Code allows suspension from school for this offense.
- School property is to be respected - All students will respect all school property as it belongs to all of us. Any destruction of school property will result in the parents of the guilty students paying for the damages in addition to appropriate consequences for the child.
- Students will act appropriately at assemblies and when on field trips During these activities it is often difficult to behave at your very best; however, this is usually when your best behavior is requested and expected the most. This includes evening activities.
- Behavior going to and from school will be excellent - The school rules apply on the way to school and on the way home.
- The dress code must be adhered to - The dress code, described later in this document, must be obeyed. The primary responsibility for this lies with the parents.
- Students will respect all adults working on campus - John Baldwin is fortunate to have a large number of parents who volunteer their time on a regular basis to help in classrooms and at the school in general. Students will show these adults the proper respect that they should show all adults. Parent volunteers will not be responsible for disciplining children. The teacher and other supervisors will handle all discipline.
A right is something which belongs to you inherently and cannot be taken away from you by anyone. Students do not leave their rights outside the school. On the contrary, students have rights under the Constitution that must be protected while they are in school. Students or parents may appeal according to Board Grievance Procedures. In turn students must remember that others have these rights as well, including classmates and teachers.
- The right to be safe at school - This means that no one should intimidate or make students afraid to be at school. John Baldwin shall be a safe and comfortable place for everyone.
- The right to be respected and treated with kindness at school - This means that no one should make fun of students or hurt students’ feelings intentionally. No one may embarrass anyone else.
- The right to be heard - This means that all students will have the opportunity to tell their sides of the story before receiving consequences for breaking a rule.
- If a student feels that one or more of his/her rights have been violated, their teacher, a campus supervisor, or the principal should be told immediately.
Parents are asked to make a voluntary monetary donation in the beginning of the year to help offset the cost of school supplies for the entire school year. This allows our school to purchase the materials in bulk, thus saving money.
Students are expected to be in school on time. Punctuality is a life long skill which is stressed at John Baldwin. Please consult the bell schedule listed on this page to determine expected arrivals times for you child. When a student has multiple tardies, we are required to begin the School Attendance Review Board process. Remember, a tardy student interrupts everyone’s learning time. If your child is going to be late to school due to a doctor/dentist appointment or other valid reason, please call the attendance line, 855-5299, and let us know when the child will arrive and the reason for the late arrival. If your child is late, please park your car and walk your student to the office for a tardy pass.
Textbooks, Library Books and Lunches
Should your student lose or accidentally damage any school property, you will receive a letter from your child’s teacher, or from the librarian, charging you the replacement cost of the item(s). Hardbound library books can cost between $20 and $30 to replace. Most hardcover textbooks cost between $30 and $50. Each year, some of our texts and library books are ruined by broken juice boxes or leaky water bottles in backpacks. These accidents are unfortunate, but are preventable. If your child brings a juice box or bag carrying the liquid into your child’s backpack, ask your child to carry it separately from books and other school materials. Please review with your children ways to keep the books we all share clean and safe.
Visitors are welcome at John Baldwin! State law requires all visitors to check into the school office before going to any of the classrooms. At Baldwin we ask that you sign-in and wear a nametag. Parents are requested to contact students through the school office. Items such as forgotten lunches, books, homework, musical instruments, etc. should be left in the office. Interruptions to the classroom cause a loss of precious instructional time. It is up to your child to check in the office for forgotten items.
- Check in at the office and wear a badge before going on campus. When leaving, sign out in the office
- Practice professionalism: arrive on time, turn off cell phones, dress appropriately, etc.
- Do not bring younger siblings/children while volunteering at school.
- Use staff restrooms only.
- Volunteers must keep all student information confidential including viewing of student learning, special needs observed, etc.
- Respect the privacy of everyone in the classroom. This includes the materials you may see on the students’ or teachers’ desks.
- When addressing student behavior: ask politely twice, then inform the teacher.
- Under all circumstances, volunteers are to follow the directions of the teacher.
- The school reserves the right to revoke volunteer privileges at any time.
- All volunteers must sign the Volunteer Clearance Form at the beginning of each school year.
- BALDWIN IS A CELLPHONE FREE ZONE.
The San Ramon Valley Unified School District prohibits possession of any type of weapons on campus. Any student who is found to be in possession of a weapon, including but not limited to, any knife or any type of gun including pellet, BB, or any explosive device including a firecracker or fireworks, will result in suspension and possible expulsion. This includes any replica or look-alike of the aforementioned. Students and parents are strictly prohibited from engaging in terrorist threats against school officials, school property, or both.