Shirakawa Elementary

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School Policies

School Supplies
The school provides the following items:
  • textbooks
  • pencils
  • art supplies
  • paper
Each student should have a sturdy notebook.

Absolutely no permanent markers of any kind allowed in student possession.

Kindergartners should have a change of clothing that may be left at school.


Breakfast. Breakfast is served between 7:15 and 7:30. Breakfast is provided for everyone, at no cost to the parent. The breakfast menu includes: juice, milk, cereal and fruit. Pancakes and waffles are frequent choices as well.

Brunch. If you did not eat breakfast, you may go to the cafeteria for brunch. Brunch is served from 9:30-9:45am.The brunch menu includes: yogurt, muffins, granola bars, breakfast burritos, fruit and milk. 

Lunch.  No food allowed outside the cafeteria. To find more information about Lunch Menus, Lunch Schedules or Lunch applications or payment,  visit Lunch Program or click here 

Arrival and Departure Procedures

Arrival Routines. Most of our students arrive by bus or car. Students may not arrive on campus before 7:15 A.M., as there is no adult supervision available until that time.

Students eating breakfast at school should go directly to the cafeteria. After breakfast, you can join your friends on the campus, where you need to remain until the bell rings.

The school day begins promptly at 7:45 A.M. Please get to school on time. We understand that circumstances may not always make this possible, but we ask that your parents respect our schedule and help you learn the important responsibility of punctuality. After 7:45 A.M. you will be marked late or tardy. The Principal will address excessive lateness or tardiness. (See Late / Tardy Policy)

Dismissal procedures. Students will line up and walk with their teacher to the departure areas. See Bell Schedules for more information on Dismissal Times.

Buses leave from the semi-circular drive at the side of the school building. No cars are allowed in this area. Staff members are stationed at the main driveway where those of you who are leaving by car wait for your ride.

Students may not to wait for parents at the end of the driveway, nor are they allowed to cross the driveway to meet someone in the parking lot. If your parents have parked in the parking area, they will need to come and get you.

Students must be picked up by 2:15 P.M. at the latest on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and must be picked up by 1:15 P.M. on Thursday. If your parents are going to be late, they must make arrangements with someone else for your pick up. These arrangements must be made before school ends. Students can only be released to people who have been authorized on the Emergency Card.

Student Guest Policy
Students are not allowed to bring guests to school or to school activities.

Gum / Candy / Soda
Gum, candy, and soda, are not allowed in any area of the campus at any time – including after-school activities and dances.

Students are to take their place in line, advance in an orderly manner and observe a well-mannered atmosphere while eating. Students are to clean-up after themselves and remain seated at assigned tables until the entire table is dismissed.

Absences and Tardiness
Whenever a student arrives late or is unable to attend school, a parent or guardian should call the attendance secretary, before 9:00 A.M. at 938-3200, to report your absence. The secretary will make a record of the reason. If the parent or guardian has not been able to contact the school office, students must bring a note upon returning to school, explaining why student was absent.

State law requires regular school attendance, and the Franklin-McKinley Board of Education has clear policies regarding student attendance, absences and communication from the student’s parent or guardian.

Students who have excessive absences or tardies face possible referral to a special program operated by the District Attorney’s office.

Independent Study
If there is a family emergency requiring you to miss school, the Principal may authorize emergency leave, and a special contract, which requires schoolwork to be prepared.

Teachers must have at least a five-day notice in order to prepare a packet of work. Only ten days of leave are granted in emergency situations. If the terms of the contract are not met, your absences must be referred to the SHARP Program at the District Attorney’s office.

Late / Tardy Policy
  • Students are expected to be in class on time every day. The first bell rings at 7:40 to walk to class. Students who are not in their seats at 7:45 A.M. will be marked late. Students who persist in arriving late to class will be subject to SHARP Referral.
At the beginning of the year, establish a school routine, including a schedule and workspace for when homework will be done.

Kindergartners have a folder for homework papers and for papers that need to be signed and returned. Students in first through eighth grades have homework planners that contain homework assignments on a daily basis.

All students are to be assigned homework on a regular basis. The following amounts serve as guides:

Kinder       10-20 min.        3 times a week
1st             15-30 min.        3 times a week
2nd            20-30 min.       4 times a week
3rd             30-40 min.       4 times a week
4th             30-45 min.       4 times a week
5th             45-60 min.       4 times a week
6th             45-70 min.       4/5 times a week
7th/8th       60-90 min.       4/5 times a week

In addition to these times students need to read 20-30 minutes each day

Report Cards
You will receive report cards three times during the school year. These written reports are completed in the fall, the winter, and at the end of the year. The first report is handed out at a parent/teacher conference; the second and final reports are sent home. These reports are designed to help you and your parents evaluate your school progress.

Eating Areas
Students are expected to assist in keeping the campus free of litter by cleaning up after themselves and reminding their friends. No food is allowed on playgrounds. All food must be eaten in the cafeteria.

Textbooks / Library Books
Students are responsible for the care of all books issued to them. Textbooks must be covered to protect them from damage. Lost or damaged books must be replaced by the student to whom the books were issued.

First Aid and Illness
Only students who have been given written permission, may go into the nurse’s office. Students will be allowed to lie down in the nurse’s office with permission from the secretary, or an administrator. Medications, even aspirin or Tylenol, are not given to students. Only emergency first-aid treatment can be administered by school personnel. Students taking medication during school hours must have a note from their doctor. All medications must be kept in the nurse’s office.

Telephones/Cell Phones
Student use of office phones is not allowed except for illness and emergencies. Arrangements for after-school pick up need to be made in the morning before students are dropped off at school.
Cell phones may be brought to school for emergency use only. All cell phones must be turned off and put away prior to the start of school and remain off for the remainder of the school day. Their use is limited to after school only. Abuse of this policy will result in cell phones being confiscated. The school assumes no responsibility for the loss, damage or theft of these items should they be brought to school.

Electronic Game or Music Devices/ Cameras
These items should not be brought to school unless specifically authorized by a teacher or administrator for a specific activity. Such items are subject to confiscation. Students should not have items of value at school as they become targets for theft. The school assumes no responsibility for these items brought to school.

Toys / Trading Cards
Toys and trading cards create distractions on campus and are targets for theft. Students may not bring toys or trading cards to school.

Closed Campus
No one is to be on our campus without first clearing through the office. Authorized persons need to sign in and receive a visitor’s sticker.

Classroom Parties
In adherence to the Wellness Policy adopted by the District, classroom parties are no longer allowed on campus.

Birthday Acknowledgements
Students’ birthdays will be acknowledged school-wide during the daily announcements. Each student celebrating a birthday will have a chance to spin the birthday “Wheel of Fortune” for a special treat. Individual celebrations need to occur outside of the school day. Do not bring treats or celebration items to school.

Student Conduct
At Shirakawa, the expectations that students, staff and parents will be treated with respect and that everyone’s safety is protected are reinforced in all our school policies and procedures. Shirakawa students will:
  • respect themselves, other people and property
  • speak in a respectful manner to all adults and peers
  • come to class on time, prepared to work and study

Suspension is the temporary removal of a student from class instruction for adjustment or disciplinary reasons.
In accordance with the mandatory provisions of the California Education Code 48900, the following offenses are grounds for suspension:
  • 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 furnish any firearm, knife, explosive, or other dangerous object (*/+)
  • unlawfully possessed, used, sold, or otherwise furnished, or been under the influence of, any
  • controlled substance, alcoholic beverage or an intoxicant of any kind (*+)
  • unlawfully offered, arranged or negotiated to sell any controlled substance, alcoholic beverage or an intoxicant of any kind (*+)
  • committed or attempted to commit robbery or extortion (+**)
  • caused or attempted to cause damage to school property or private property (*/+)
  • stolen or attempted to steal school property or private property (**/+)
  • possessed or used tobacco, or any products containing tobacco or nicotine products
  • committed an obscene act or engaged in habitual profanity or vulgarity
  • unlawfully possessed or unlawfully offered, arranged or negotiated to sell any drug paraphernalia
  • disrupted school activities or otherwise willfully defied the authority of school staff
  • knowingly received stolen school property or private property
  • possessed an imitation firearm (*)
  • committed or attempted to commit a sexual assault or sexual battery (*+)
  • harassed, threatened or intimidated a pupil who is a complaining witness or witness in a school disciplinary proceeding for the purpose of either preventing that pupil from being a witness or retaliating against that pupil for being a witness or both. (/+)
48900.2 committed sexual harassment (/+)
48900.3 caused, attempted to cause, threatened to cause, or participated in an act of hate violence. (/+)
48900.4 intentionally engaged in harassment, threats or intimidation creating an intimidating or hostile educational environment.
48900.5 possession or use of any electronic signaling device that operates through the transmission or receipt of radio waves. (This includes cell phones, pagers and laser pointers.)
48900.7 made terrorist threats against school officials or school property, or both.
(*) Police must be notified
(*+) Police notified; Crime report attached
(*/+) Police notified; Crime report optional
(+**)Crime report; Optional – notify police
(**/+) Crime report & Police – both optional
(**) Optional – notify police
(/+) Crime report optional

Expulsion is the involuntary removal of a student from all schools and programs of the School District for an extended period of time for acts of specified misconduct. Final action is taken only by vote of the Board of Education. In accordance with the mandatory provision of California Education Code 48915(a), a student who has committed one or more of the following actsshall be considered for expulsion:
  • causing serious physical injury to another person, except in self defense
  • possession of any knife, explosive or dangerous object
  • unlawful sale of any controlled substance
  • robbery or extortion
In accordance with the mandatory provisions of California Education Code 48915.7, any pupil who is found to be in possession of a firearm at school or at a school activity off school grounds shall be expelled.

Education Code provisions are in effect on the way to school, at school and on the way home. They are also in effect on the bus and during any school sponsored activity.
By no means is this manual all inclusive. Not every situation is included or addressed. The school retains the right to alter or vary the application of the rules and policies. This handbook is intended to help parents, students and school personnel work together.
As new policies or regulations are developed by the school Board, the State, or Federal Statutes, additions and/or deletions will be made to this manual. Every effort will be made by school employees to help students understand what is expected of them.