Dear Parents and Students:
Welcome to Stone Creek Elementary School and the 2019-2020 school year. The teachers and I believe that success for all students is the shared responsibility of both home and school. Please take the time to read through this handbook, and bookmark it as a handy reference throughout the year. We hope that you will be able to participate in many of the activities planned by our Stone Creek staff and PTA. We welcome and encourage your interest and involvement. We look forward to offering another year of engaging, twenty-first century learning to all the students of Stone Creek. Please feel free to contact me if I can be of any assistance.
Christina Pierson - Principal
The Irvine Unified School District is committed to equal opportunity for all individuals in education. District programs and activities including membership in student clubs shall be free from discrimination based on race, color, ancestry, nationality, ethnic group identification, immigration status, age, religion, actual or potential parental, family, or marital status, or the exclusion of any person because of pregnancy or related conditions, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, or genetic information; the perception of one or more of such characteristics; or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. The District does not discriminate in enrollment in or access to any of the activities and programs available. Admission to these programs is based on age appropriateness, class space, interest, aptitude, and prerequisite coursework where applicable. The lack of English skills shall not be a barrier to admission to or participation in the District’s activities and programs. The Irvine Unified School District also does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices. To view the complete document which includes names and contact information for persons designated to handle inquiries regarding the policy. https://iusd.org/about/non-discrimination-policy *The full Nondiscrimination statement can be found at iusd.org and Board Policy 5145.5
SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY
The Board of Education is committed to maintaining a learning environment free from harassment, intimidation or insult, student-to-student or adult-to-student, on the basis of an individual’s actual or perceived sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression. Click here for the complete document
Each child attending Stone Creek School must have updated Emergency Information in the office. It is imperative that the school maintain up-to-date information on every student. Therefore, emergency cards containing our most current computer-generated information will be printed after the first week of school when ALL families have completed the mandatory, Data Confirmation (Re-registration)online process at https://my.iusd.org/LoginParent.aspx?page=default.aspx. During this process, you will be asked to carefully review and make changes to your contact information at the beginning of the school year.
updating emergency info
Parents and guardians are reminded that they have the ability to update contact information (excluding mailing address) for their student(s) at any time by going to the district’s Parent Portal at https://my.iusd.org/LoginParent.aspx?page=default.aspx. It is imperative for the school office that you keep your contact information up-to-date. Thanks for your help!
student health requirements
Please select the link below to review the Irvine Unified School District Health Guidelines for COVID-19:
Daily Home Screening for Students
Parents: Please complete this short check each morning before your child leaves for school.
SECTION 1: SYMPTOMS
Temperature 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth
New uncontrolled cough or difficulty breathing (for students with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline)
Nausea / Vomiting / Diarrhea
New onset of headache, especially with a fever
|Congestion, runny nose (not related to allergies)|
|Fatigue, muscle or body aches|
|Loss of taste or smell|
SECTION 2: EXPOSURE
Had close contact (less than 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with a person with confirmed COVID-19
Traveled to or lived in an area where the local, Tribal, territorial, or state health department is reporting large numbers of COVID-19 cases
If a student is exhibiting any of the symptoms in Section 1 OR has been exposed per Section 2, do NOT send them to school.
Please call your school’s Attendance line and let them know your child will be absent.
Adapted from the "Daily Home Symptom Screening for Students" provided by CDPH Industry Guidelines
Information about school immunization requirements and SB 277 Frequently Asked Questions are available at https://iusd.org/sites/default/files/2019-20_imm_req_for_school_entry_8.pdf and on the State's Shots for School website at www.shotsforschool.org.
State law allows school personnel to administer medication if a Parent/Guardian & Health Care Provider Request For Medication Administration is on file in the school office. These forms are available in the school office or under “Medication Request - 2 Page FORM” at https://iusd.org/sites/default/files/request_for_medication_administration_2_pages.pdf. No medication can be given without these two forms on file. Medication must be in the original prescription container. Students must not bring aspirin, cough medications, cold remedies, or any other medication to school to take on their own. Parents should follow the same procedure for over-the-counter medications as for those prescribed by a physician. There is the possibility of another child taking the medication and having a severe reaction. ALL MEDICATION TAKEN BY STUDENTS WHILE AT SCHOOL MUST BE KEPT IN THE OFFICE. Please contact the school office if you have any special problems regarding medication.
Regular attendance is crucial to your child's success in school. At the elementary school level, parent engagement and prompting is the key to ensuring regular, on-time attendance of children to school. We will be monitoring attendance closely because research has shown that regular attendance is vital for the success of children in school. Also, full-time attendance is compulsory by State law. This means all children ages 6 years and up must attend school every day. If your child must miss school:
- Please call the 24-hour absence line (949.936.6201) by 8:30 a.m. each day your child is absent and record the pertinent details on the telephone answering device.
- If you are unable to call the school, your student must bring a note from you stating when and why he/she was absent in order to be admitted back to class.
- It is the student's responsibility to make up all missed school assignments regardless of reason for absence.
Pursuant to IUSD Board Policy 5113 and Education Code 48205, acceptable reasons for excused absences include: Illness (or under quarantine); Medical or Dental Appointment; Immediate Family Funeral; Court Appearance; Justifiable Personal Reasons (upon advance written request by the parent/guardian and the approval of the principal or designee) including, but not limited to:
- Observation of a holiday or ceremony of his/her religion
- Attendance at religious retreats not to exceed four hours per semester
All other absences will be considered unexcused. Further, it is our district’s policy that we may require verification of absences due to illness or quarantine, if your child has missed school for three or more consecutive days.
Education Code Section 48260 defines a truant as a pupil who has missed more than 30 minutes on three days without valid excuse within one school year. Our goal is to have children present in school, on time every day.
We look forward to working with you to help ensure that your child receives the best possible education we can envision. We are depending on you to support your child in getting to school each day, on time. We thank you for your efforts and are available to troubleshoot challenges if/when they arise.
If your child is late for school for any reason, he/she must report to the front office to allow us to change our attendance records.
picking up students from school
- Help us keep your student safe! Please follow the 10-minute rule! In accordance with Irvine Unified School District Board Policy 5142 (additional information is available through the IUSD website at https://iusd.org/about/board-education/board-policies/student-safety, we have staff on duty after school for 10 minutes to ensure students are on their way home safely. THERE IS NO SUPERVISION AFTER THIS 10 MINUTE TIME PERIOD.
- If a Parent and/or authorized person is late to pick up their student, they must go to the front office to sign the student out.
- Be sure you are on time to pick your child up at the end of the school day. Frequent negligence in picking students up on time is unacceptable.
- Students can only be picked up by a parent or authorized person as listed on the student’s emergency contact information.
student release at irregular hours
Students are not authorized to leave school grounds by themselves at irregular times. For all irregular hour dismissals, it is required for the parent or the authorized individual (as listed on the student’s emergency contact information) to come in to the front office to sign the student out. A student will be called out to the front office upon the arrival of parent or authorized individual. Students may not wait in the front office for an anticipated early pick-up since valuable instruction time is often lost with parents arriving later than expected.
- Children may not be on campus prior to 8:00 am, with the exception made for students enrolled in Creeker’s Club.
- For the safety of all our students, we ask parents to remind students that prior to school beginning each morning, use of the playground, field and blacktop is not permitted. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated for the safety of our students.
There is no playground supervision after school hours or on weekends. Children are to proceed home or to their respective daycare centers immediately after school. Primary grade students may NOT wait on campus for upper grade siblings. Children may NOT play on the field, playground, or blacktop while school is still in session. These areas are to be reserved for the use of students participating in physical education and other school-related activities during school hours.
The City of Irvine provides a crossing guard for our students at the corner of West Yale Loop and Stone Creek South. All students and parents are to cross at Stone Creek and West Yale Loop with the crossing guard. No one is permitted to cross at any other location. Crossing in front of the school on Stone Creek South is not permitted. The crossing guard's schedule is coordinated with the supervision capabilities stated above.
- Each Wednesday for grades 1 through 6, students will be involved in a modified day, with the same start time as the daily schedule, and the dismissal at 1:15 p.m.
- Kindergarten AM and PM students will have no change in schedule.
- The staff will be involved in Wednesday afternoon staff meetings, seminars and professional learning sessions.
Additional modified/minimum days can be found on our school calendar.
The school has the prerogative of keeping students after school if the necessity arises. If, at any time, your child is kept after school for longer than 10 minutes, you will be notified by either the child or teacher.
Limiting Visitors and Suspending Group Gatherings During regular school hours, school sites will restrict non-essential visitors, volunteers, and activities involving other groups. In accordance with state and local guidelines, group activities such as assemblies, award ceremonies, athletics, etc. are not allowed. Should this change, we will inform our students and families.
One of our goals each year is to teach and foster responsibility among our students. As parents and teachers, we tend to want to “take care of their forgetfulness.” Examples of this occur daily at school with forgotten homework, instruments, library books, and lunch money. Office staff members cannot interrupt valuable learning time by walking into the classroom to deliver forgotten items, or allowing parents to do so. You may deliver forgotten items to the front office. But you must also email the teacher to have your student pick that item up from the front office during recess or lunch time. Musical instruments should be left in the front office by the book case. Students will be instructed by their music teachers to look for their instruments there, prior to class starting.
Students should have a legitimate reason for requesting the use of the school telephone. The office telephones are business telephones and should not be used for personal reasons such as arrangements for play dates and other planning that should occur in advance. In order to use the telephone, a child must first secure the permission of his or her teacher and the office staff.
lost & found
When a student finds something -- money, books, clothing, etc. -- he/she should turn it in to the office or Lost & Found.
dropping off lunch
Stone Creek is an open campus. As such, in order to ensure the safety of our students, we monitor all visitors. Accordingly, parents are not allowed to deliver lunches directly to their children. Lunches may be dropped off in the front office any time before 11:20 a.m. Our noon duty supervisors will take the lunches out to the lunch tables for all grade levels every day at 11:25 a.m. If lunch is not delivered by that time, your student will be instructed to buy a hot lunch in our cafeteria.
nutrition services & milk
A hot lunch is available daily for $3.25 for children in grades one through six. Monthly menus are available through the IUSD website at https://iusd.org/business-services/nutrition-services/menus. Children may bring their own sack lunch.
A hot lunch is available daily for $3.25 for children in grades one through six. Weekly menus are available through the IUSD website at https://iusd.org/about/departments/business-services/nutritionservices/menus. Children may bring their own sack lunch. Milk is available daily for $0.50. Students are not able to purchase an additional slice of pizza. If they want an extra slice of pizza, they must purchase another whole meal at $3.25. This is also true about any extra entrée. We are no longer able to sell any of the entrees ala carte. The students are able to purchase an extra salad or fruit, or juice, milk or water ala carte.
STONE CREEK LUNCH PROGRAM
We encourage parents/guardians to pre-pay for meals to ensure faster-moving serving lines. Payments can be made online through the Aeries parent portal. Find the orange TITAN School Solutions Icon once you login to your Aeries parent account. Here you may view your student’s balance, transaction history, make credit card payments, and set up scheduled, automatic payments online for a modest fee using the website or from a mobile app on your phone. Online payments are available in your student’s account the same day that you make an online deposit. The more students who participate in this pre-pay program, the more efficiently Stone Creek’s lunch program can operate. Even if your student only buys lunch on Pizza Days (or occasionally forgets to bring lunch or money), it’s a great idea to have a small balance in the account, eliminating the need/time for cash transactions.
To apply for Free or Reduced Price Meals for the 2020-21 school year, follow the steps outlined at https://iusd.org/business-services/nutrition-services/free-reduced-price....
food / student birthdays/ class celebrations
Due to COVID-19 Stone Creek is currently discouraging celebrations in the classroom.
pets on school grounds
Pets are not allowed on school grounds unless special permission has been granted through the front office. Please be aware that pursuant to Orange County Ordinance 41.46, dogs are not allowed to be on school grounds at any time. If you choose to bring your dog when walking your child to and from school, please wait for your child off school grounds.
PLAYGROUND STRUCTURE USAGE
All playground equipment is currently closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
traffic safety plan
The primary goals of the school’s traffic safety plan are to ensure the safety of Stone Creek students and to expedite parent traffic to and from school. To better meet these needs, the school has developed a traffic circulation pattern through the school parking lot each morning and a traffic safety plan, based on consultation with the staff, parents and the Traffic Control Department of the City of Irvine. PLEASE REVIEW THE FOLLOWING DESCRIPTION OF OUR TRAFFIC SAFETY PLAN AND STRICTLY OBSERVE ITS REQUIREMENTS.
- EMPLOYEE ONLY PARKING AT STONE CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. Our parking lot is open for the dropping off and picking up of students, but parking itself is limited to teachers and staff.
- PARKING LOT ENTRY/EXIT SIGNS ARE CLEARLY POSTED. All parent traffic must enter the parking lot at the Stone Creek South ENTRANCE only. There are two (2) lanes available; the right lane is for “drop-off/pick-up” only, and the left lane is for “drive-through” only.
- ALWAYS use caution and drive slowly. We have some very small children that are not always visible and could dart in front of your car. Be alert!
- NEVER leave your car unattended in the right “drop-off/pick-up” lane. This lane is only meant for parents to drive through and drop off their children before school and to wait in their car for children to meet them after school. Cars are allowed to pull from the right lane into the left lane after picking up or dropping off students. Please pull forward as the cars in front of you move up in line.
- If you are waiting for small children, you should park your car and meet your child at the curb or outside the classroom. Parking is available:
- On Stone Creek South (where/when posted).
- On Birdsong off of West Yale Loop, at the back of the school and students may walk across the park to the school campus.
- At Cobblestone Park, just a few yards past Stone Creek School on Stone Creek South; students may walk onto campus from there. Please consider using a few of the above-referenced alternative drop-off locations in order to ensure the safety of students and to ease traffic congestion.
- For your safety and for your child’s safety, always use the crosswalks. They are located at the corner of West Yale Loop and Stone Creek South.
- There is a curbside drop-off area on the school side of West Yale Loop outside the upper grade classrooms, but parents are to remain in their car at all times.
- OBSERVE NO PARKING SIGNS. During school hours, there is NO PARKING between the entrance to the parking lot and the corner of West Yale Loop and Stone Creek South. The lane adjacent to the curb is used as the entrance lane to the parking lot only.
- School staff is present to monitor the parking lot before and after school. Please be respectful of their requests to follow the parking lot guidelines.
Students are expected to follow SOAR expectations at all times. Please review the matrix on the last page of the handbook for specific behaviors in each area of our school. As a reminder, students are expected to:
- play games and use school equipment according to the rules.
- walk when they are in the quad area.
- eat at the lunch tables during recess snack time and lunch.
- keep their masks on and maintain a 6 foot distance whenever possible.
- leave items of sentimental or monetary value at home.
- clean up after themselves at the lunch tables and wait to be excused by the noon duty supervisor.
- play on blacktop and grass area behind school during recess avoiding the areas to the side and behind the buildings.
Stone Creek Elementary School is committed to maintaining a learning environment free from harassment, intimidation or insult, student-to-student or adult-to-student, on the basis of an individual’s actual or perceived sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression. Please report any misconduct to your teacher or principal.
Classroom standards will be developed in each classroom using the Stone Creek SOAR Matrix of school wide behavioral expectations and district’s policies as a background. A copy of Stone Creek’s SOAR Matrix is located on the last page of this handbook.
In accordance with Irvine Unified School District Board Policy 5140 (additional information is available through the IUSD website at https://iusd.org/about/board-education/board-policies/bicycle-use, all bicyclers must wear helmets and students in grade levels K-2 shall not be permitted to ride bicycles to school. As further measures of safety:
- Bicycles should be licensed through the Irvine Police Department.
- Each bicycle must be locked.
- The bicycle racks are not supervised during school hours and are off-limits for students.
- All bicycles must be walked while on school grounds.
- Electric skateboards as defined by AB604 (additional information is available at https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB604 ), regular skateboards, razor boards, hover boards, scooters, roller blades, and skate shoes are NOT permitted at school.
student dress & grooming
Parents have the primary responsibility to see that their children are dressed in a manner which is clean and not hazardous to their safety, nor disruptive to instruction. For these reasons, and to be consistent with other elementary schools in our area, we are sharing the following guidelines and request your assistance in guiding your child to dress in a manner in keeping with these guidelines which shows they are ready for school and respectful of themselves and others.
Students may not wear:
- Attire which is sexually explicit or brief such as: tops or pants designed for bare midriffs, halter tops, tops with straps that are less than 1-1/2 inches in width (spaghetti straps), tight or revealing clothing or low cut tops, fish net tops, clothing which allows underwear to be exposed, short shorts. A good guideline for shorts: shorts should be as long as fingertips, when hands are at your side;
- Sagging pants, baggy clothes (pants or shorts should be the proper size and must fit securely at the waist above the hip bone, and are not allowed to hang below the waist), caps worn backwards/sideways, beanies, chains or clothing that can be construed to be “gang like”;
- Attire that advertises alcohol, drugs, tobacco, violence, or obscenities;
- Body glitter or excessive make-up;
- Jewelry or other accessories that poses a threat to personal safety, or the safety of others;
- Thongs, flip-flops, sock-like footwear, slippers, platforms, open-toe or back-less shoes. Students should wear athletic shoes when P.E. is scheduled and will not be allowed to participate if they are wearing unsafe shoes. Shoes must be worn at all times.
If your child wears prohibited attire, we will:
- Call home/work for appropriate clothing.
- If families are unavailable, students will use clothing from the Health Office, to be returned the next day. Note: Students may not return to class until appropriately dressed.
All Stone Creek School homework assignments are given to provide practice and reinforcement of newly-learned skills; to help develop a sense of personal responsibility; to encourage self-discipline; and to extend each child's ability to study independently.
We ask parents to assist the school in the following ways: SUPPORT the concept that homework is important; ENCOURAGE your child to complete his/her homework; PROVIDE an environment/space for your child that is conducive to studying at home; CHECK to see that all homework has been completed. As a parent, you are not responsible for teaching any concept or skill and you are not responsible for correcting any work that is assigned to be completed at home.
Your child's homework assignments could include any or all of the following:
- Finishing work assigned during the regular school day.
- Reinforcing skills previously taught.
- Long-term assignments, such as book reports and research projects.
- Weekly assignments, such as spelling, vocabulary, and math facts.
When riding school buses, students are to observe the following rules:
- Students transported in a school bus shall be under the authorization of, and be responsible to, the driver. SOAR behavioral expectations shall be observed and honored at all times.
- Students shall be seated prior to any school bus being put into motion and shall remain seated until after the bus has come to a complete stop. Students shall refrain from any action that could distract the driver while the bus is in motion.
- Students who become a serious disciplinary problem on the school bus may be removed from the bus and have riding privileges suspended.
- Students must keep arms and hands inside the bus window.
- Eating on the bus is not permitted.
Students who fail to comply with bus rules will lose their privilege to ride the bus.
school site council
The following are the objectives of the School Site Council:
- Provide a means to involve parents and staff in the development and continual evaluation of the educational goals of Stone Creek School.
- Examine issues facing Stone Creek School and make recommendations as appropriate.
- Provide the Stone Creek School staff with information regarding the expectations of the community as it relates to the quality of education.
- Disseminate information as deemed necessary to the community-at-large as it relates to the quality of education at Stone Creek School.
parent teacher association
A listing of the current PTA officers is located at the Stone Creek website http://www.stonecreekpta.org. The purpose of this organization is:
- To promote the welfare of children at home, school, and within the community.
- To bring about a closer relationship between home and school so parents and teachers can cooperate in the education of their children.
- To develop between educators and the general public such united efforts as will secure for all children the highest advantages in physical, mental, and social education.
One of our many volunteer jobs is that of room parents. Room parents assist the teacher and obtain help for various class projects. In addition, room parents may help to organize and coordinate activities during Teacher Appreciation Week.
pupil progress / student expectations REPORTING
Back-to-School night is held at the beginning of the year to acquaint parents with materials and content comprising our instructional program.
Open House is typically an event held in March during which the children may share their classroom and activities with their parents. This event may be held virtually during the 2020-21 schoolyear.
Parent Conferences are scheduled in the Fall and Spring. If you wish additional conferences with a teacher, it should be arranged for times other than during school hours. It is best to send a note, e-mail, or call, to arrange a conference at a mutually convenient time for you and the teacher. Our teachers maintain office hours before and after regular class hours.
Report Cards are available for parents at the end of each trimester. Report cards are available to view on Parent Portal at www.myiusd.org. Report cards communicate progress toward meeting end of year grade level standards. Students in grades 4th - 6th in danger of ending the trimester with a “D” or “F” will also receive an additional progress report with communication from the classroom teacher prior to the end of the trimester.
Email and Web-based Communication will be sent on a regular basis through school emails, access to information on our school website (www.iusd.org/st), and through our social media (Facebook and Instagram). Please continue to check these electronic communication tools for important reminders, important dates, and access to information about school events and activities.
classroom placement procedures
Annual classroom placement is carefully determined prior to the start of school for each student returning to Stone Creek. Placement is determined by the principal, the current grade-level team of teachers, all certificated resource personnel, and the school psychologist.
The primary purpose of placement teams is to match students with instructional environments that complement their learning styles and talents, as well as their academic, social and emotional needs. The placement teams also ensure a balance of variables in each classroom setting. Such variables include, but are not limited to:
- Boy/girl ratios
- Levels of academic progress
- Degrees of self-directedness
- English Language proficiency
- Behavior traits
- Learning/teaching styles
- Class size as it relates to state-district guidelines
Please do not make specific requests for teachers. If you have information helpful to understanding any special needs your child may have, please address the principal in writing (e-mail preferred) prior to the last week of school. Such information will be thoughtfully considered in making your child’s classroom assignment. Remember, placement was carefully selected for your child by the principal, the grade level team of teachers, and all support personnel.
On site before and after school child-care is provided by Creeker’s Club. Please visit them or give them a call at (949) 857-1694 for more information. They have a process to accommodate families in need. If they are full at your student's grade level, please contact the City of Irvine’s Childcare Coordination Office at 949-724-6632 to discuss options.
UPDATING ENROLLMENT INFORMATION
As careful as we try to be, it is sometimes necessary during the second or third week of school to reform classes. You can help us prevent this exercise by doing the following:
- Give us complete and accurate information regarding your child’s fall enrollment on the end-of-year survey.
- Call the school office (949.936.6200) or District Office (949.936.5000) during the summer, and leave a message for the principal regarding any changes in your child’s enrollment status.
- Make sure your child attends the first day of school.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES -- Mental Health/WELLNESS & OTHER
MENTAL HEALTH/WELLNESS SERVICES
The District provides school-based mental health/ wellness services and resources to students and families. These services include short-term individual or group counseling for students at the school site; short-term, solution-focused therapy for students and families through the Irvine Family Resource Center; and resource linkages to community-based mental health or social services for students and families. Services are provided by counselors or licensed mental health professionals.
IUSD Mental Health Resources
USD Speak Up, We Care
Irvine Family Resource Center
Stone Creek Elementary Resource Counselor
Stone Creek School Psychologist
If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call 911 immediately.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
Free/Reduced Lunch Application can be accessed for income eligible families. The process for students at the register is the same for students purchasing as students receiving free or reduced meals. All applications are confidential and not shared with school personnel.
The Assistance League of Irvine & Operation School Bell provide school clothes, supplies, and household needs to families in need.
Family Health Children’s Clinic provides services (physical exams, dental, immunizations, etc.) at no cost to eligible Medi-Cal and uninsured children.
Families Forward provides transitional housing, grocery assistance, counseling, and more to those in need.
Orange County One-Stop Center provides job seeking assistance.