- Always be courteous toward others. If you follow this rule, you will find that others will treat you in the same way. Others treat us as we treat them.
- Be respectful of others. Respect from others must be earned. By demonstrating a respectful attitude at all times, you will find others will like you and want to be with you. Consistently use respectful words such as “please, thank you, excuse me, and you’re welcome”.
- Always tell the truth. When you form the habit of always telling the truth, you will find you behave in such a way that telling the truth is easy.
A Message Against Drugs
Possession of illegal drugs, alcohol, or tobacco by minors is against the law. If students have these substances at school, both parents and the police will be called. The Del Mar Union School District has strict rules regarding drug and alcohol use.
According to Board Policy 5132, the Board expects students to give proper attention to personal cleanliness and to wear clothes that are suitable for the school activities in which they participate. Students’ clothing must not present a health or safety hazard or a distraction, which would interfere with the educational process.
The purpose of a schoolwide dress code is to establish a school environment that supports a productive work atmosphere, students’ learning, and reflects the values of our greater school community. Please take time to review our school’s Dress Code with your child(ren).
The following items of clothing/accessories are considered inappropriate and/or disruptive to the educational process and are therefore NOT allowed:
Clothing, jewelry and/or personal items with writing, pictures or any other insignia which are crude, vulgar, profane or sexually suggestive, which bear drug, alcohol or tobacco company advertising, promotions and likenesses, or which advocate racial, ethnic or religious prejudice
Any attire which exposes the midriff
Shirts or shorts where undergarments are visible
Skirts, shorts, and dresses that are shorter than mid-thigh
Clothing and/or accessories that are distracting to the learning process
Flip-flops, sandals without a back-strap, and shoes with wheels
To participate in sports and recess activities, footwear that provides adequate protection should be worn. Tennis shoes or sneakers are strongly recommended – they keep children’s feet safest from cuts, scrapes, and bee stings.
Students wearing clothing that does not follow our dress code policy may be asked to go to the office, call their parents, and have alternate clothing brought from home. Thank you, in advance, for your support and cooperation with our school dress code policy. The positive message that school is a place to work and learn is reinforced when our students come to school dressed appropriately.
SafetyGoing To and From School:
- Walking to school is strongly encouraged.
- Walk on sidewalks. Be sure to cross busy streets at the light or marked crosswalks only.
- Students should not walk through the canyon unless accompanied by an adult.
- It is important to be on time to school. After 8:00 a.m., students must check in at the School Office before they go to class.
- Students are expected to stay on school grounds during school hours. Parents must check out their students through the School Office.
While at School:
- Students should walk and use quiet voices inside school buildings and on walkways.
- Students are to be on the playground at recess and lunch unless they have permission to be in the building for a special project or purpose.
- Students who purposely break, damage, or steal school property will be expected to make restitution.
- Restrooms are available before, during, and immediately after school. They are not play areas.
- All bike riders should complete a bike permission slip to ride a bike to school without being accompanied by a parent.
- Bicycles are to remain parked and locked at the bike rack during the school day.
- Bicycle riders must wear helmets.
- Bicycle riders must walk their bikes while on school grounds.
- Bicycle riders must obey all safety rules. Bicycle privileges will be revoked from anyone who is not riding safely to and from school.
Personal Items at School
School and District Information
- Students and parents assume all responsibility for personal items.
- Personal items or playthings should only be brought to school with prior teacher approval.
- Dangerous objects and toy weapons are not allowed at school.
- Cell phones must remain in an "off" position in a student's backpack. Cell phones or any personal items that interfere with the learning process will be held by the teacher or principal.
- Do not sell or trade anything.
- Do not bring gum to school.
District Visitation Policy
The safety of all children is of paramount importance. All visitors, including volunteers, are required to register with the School Office and obtain a badge. Visitors may be accompanied by school officials while on campus, and may be denied permission to enter classrooms when in session. Visitors may be asked to leave the premises if school officials determine there is a substantial likelihood of interference disrupting the school programs.
Students who are checked out early for medical appointments or other important reasons, should be signed out through the School Office by a parent or guardian. Please send a note to inform the teacher your student will be dismissed early. We do not release students to anyone not listed on the registration card, so please make sure your card is complete with the names of those you might call on in an emergency. Please make sure the office has your current daytime phone, including cell phone number, in case of an emergency.
General School Procedures
- Discretion and common sense should be used when students dress for school each day. With the changing coastal weather, children often need a light jacket or sweater even on warm days. It is important that such items be clearly marked with the student’s name.
- We encourage you to car pool or park your car and walk into school.
- Gum, candy and sodas should not be brought to school.
- Dogs are not allowed on campus at any time including after school and weekends.
- Students should not bring toys and games to school except with teacher permission. Students assume all liability for their possessions.
- Student cell phones must be turned off and remain in backpacks at all times.
- Use of profanity is against state law and will not be permitted on school grounds.
- Behavior that is dangerous or threatening is forbidden. This includes fighting, pushing, tripping, throwing rocks, etc.
- Dangerous items, or items used in a dangerous manner, will be confiscated and returned only to the student’s parents.
- The Del Mar Union School District has a very strict illegal substance policy. Possession of illegal drugs and alcohol by minors is against the law.
- Students are expected to show good sportsmanship, fair play, and courtesy at all times on campus. Students who constantly break rules or disrupt games will be removed from the game and put in a “time-out” situation.
- The safety and well being of your student is very important to us. Help us protect them by informing the School Office and teachers of any changes in dismissal procedures, and updated phone numbers including new emergency numbers. Please send notes to the teacher and office if there are special situations of which we need to be aware.
- Please notify the school office immediately if you have moved out of the District.
School Supplies and Materials
Del Mar Heights School furnishes textbooks and basic supplies free of charge. However, with recent state budget reductions, we appreciate parents supporting the school by purchasing some school supplies. A list of optional grade level supplies is posted on the website. Students are held responsible for lost, damaged, or vandalized books and materials. Assembly Bill 1421 allows the school to hold report cards and school records until compensation has been made for lost or damaged school materials.
Lunches and Milk
Milk is available for students for a nominal annual fee. Nutritious lunches are offered for a fee through the district's hot lunch program. Under state and federal regulations, students from low income families are eligible for free milk and a free lunch. Information is available in the School Office.