Policies and Procedures
Rosemead School District Safe School Program is built on the foundation of consistent proactive relationships between school staff, students, parents and the community. The Board of Trustees has adopted policies, consistent with state law, to insure that all students behave and dress in a manner consistent with a safe orderly learning environment. The following are some general guidelines that will help ensure that your child has a successful experience at Rosemead Schools:
Williams Settlement: Complaint Procedures
Williams v California Department of Education. At the January 13, 2005, regularly scheduled Board Meeting, the Rosemead School District Board of Trustees approved a Williams Resolution to amend the Uniform Complaint Procedures to comply with the recent statewide Williams case settlement, new legislation, and Education Code 35186. This new code addresses the sufficiency of instructional materials (textbooks), the condition of facilities that may pose an urgent threat or emergency to the health or safety of pupils and/or staff, and teacher vacancy and any teacher misassignments.
The new Education Code creates law that mandates all California school districts provide a notice in each classroom as to the new Williams procedures. Also, the new complaint procedures allow for anonymous complaints. The settlement also provides that districts establish a complaint form and a timeline for districts by which a written response must be provided if contact information is given. All complaints are to be filed with the school principal and valid complaints must be remedied within thirty (30) working days from the date of receipt. If a complaint is beyond the principal's level of authority, the principal must forward the complaint to the appropriate district administrator within ten (10) days of the original receipt. A written report of the resolution of the complaint must be filed no later than forty-five (45) days from the initial filing.
A new appeal procedure is also in place. If someone is not satisfied with the resolution of the complaint, the person can appeal to the Governing Board, which in turn, must respond in writing within ten (10) working days. In addition, if the complaint involves facility issues that post an emergency or urgent threat, an appeal can be sent directly to the State Board of Education describing the complaint and a proposed remedy, as appropriate.
Reporting requirements include a quarterly report to Dr. Darline Robles, Los Angeles County Office of Education Superintendent, on the nature and resolution of complaints addressing these matters. My designee or I will prepare these reports and the reporting process begins this year. These reports and all other documentation regarding complaints become part of the public record. I think Rosemead is fortunate in that our Facilities Reconstruction Program, funded by Measure RR, will include upgrades and repairs to all of our school sites.
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The Board of Trustees considers homework an important part of the instructional program. Homework will provide students with the opportunity to:
- Develop regular study habits and self-discipline basic to effective study and the ability to work independently.
- Gain more information than would be possible in a classroom situation alone.
- Develop a more personalized, creative approach to projects and other school work.
- Learn to budget their time more effectively.
- Become aware of out-of-school learning resources.
The District-wide policy is to assign homework regularly and to monitor students' responsibility and self-discipline. Meaningful homework assignments help students develop effective study habits, reinforce classroom learning and enrich learning by supplemental activities and projects. At each school, the principal and teachers are responsible for implementing the homework policy in each class and for each child.
School Rules and Procedures
The District has high expectations for pupil behavior. The teachers know what specific behaviors they need each student to engage in to provide an appropriate learning atmosphere. Students are informed about these behaviors. Disruptive behavior is not tolerated for any reason. Not all the rules are listed in this guide; however, the rules parents can best help to reinforce are included. Parents are encouraged to go over these rules with their children. Most of the rules are a matter of common sense, safety and courtesy. Typical behaviors expected from students include:
- Respectful and appropriate language.
- Respect toward adults and peers.
- Proper use of playground and restroom facilities.
- Walking bikes on school grounds.
- Follow directions of teachers and playground supervisors.
- Avoidance of behaviors harmful to other individuals or property.
- Preparation of school work and completion of assignments.
Teachers also reinforce appropriate behavior through praise and other forms of positive recognition in the classroom. Recognition of good behavior and citizenship is given on a regular basis.
Student Dress and Grooming Standards
The Rosemead School District has a mandatory Uniform Policy: White shirt, navy blue pants and shorts for boys and white shirt, navy blue skirt or dress, shorts or pants for girls. See your child's first day of school packet regarding specific dress code regulations.
Following an absence, the child is required to bring a written excuse from home when returning to school. Illness and doctor or dental appointments are considered excused absences. Other absences are recorded as unexcused. Children should not be sent to school when they are not feeling well.
If it is necessary for parents to keep their children out of school from one to fifteen days to travel or attend some special event, it is requested the student establish an independent study agreement with the teacher. This agreement provides the student with lessons and activities to complete while away from school, and helps to insure that he or she does not fall behind in school work. The study agreement is given to the student and should be returned to the classroom teacher upon completion. Parents should provide the teacher with at least 48 hours notice prior to the student's absence from school.
Students with excessive absences or tardies will be referred to a state mandated board (SARB).
Children should be encouraged to be prompt as part of their training. They are expected to be at school on time. If a child is late, he or she should bring an excuse from home to the office. Frequent tardiness without a valid excuse is considered truancy under the law.
Parent/teacher conferences are held each year in November at the Elementary School level and as needed at the Middle School. These conferences are valuable opportunities for parents and teachers to communicate specific information and insights regarding the learning experiences of each child. These also enable teachers to review the academic achievement and total school progress of students on an individual person-to-person basis. Rosemead School District encourages good communication between the home and school, and parents are welcome to request conferences any time during the school year.