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Our goal at Carthay Center Elementary School is to provide a safe and happy environment that is conducive to learning for all students. Our expectations are that all student and parents will adhere to all classroom, playground, and school-wide rules and standards.


School-Wide Rules

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  • Children will follow directions the first time they are given.
  • Children will keep their hands, feet, and other objects to themselves.
  • Children will respect themselves, and treat others with respect, courtesy, and consideration.
  • Children will respect and obey all school personnel.
  • Children will not use abusive language or obscene gestures per harassment policy.
  • Children will be responsible for school property and materials, and will treat them with care and respect.
  • Children will attend school daily, arrive on time, and remain in assigned areas during the school day.
  • Children will walk at all times while on the school grounds, except during organized play.
  • Running, �horseplay,� chasing, fighting games and wrestling are not permitted.
  • Children will leave all personal property (such as toys of any kind, skateboards, radios, Gameboys, and Walkmans, etc.) at home, unless written authorization is provided by the teacher.
  • Children may bring a sack lunch and/or snack for their recess period. Candy, gum, chips and soda are not permitted at snack. Chips may be included as a part of the lunch, however Hot Cheetos are not allowed.
  • Children will do their best work at all times, which includes completing all classroom and homework assignments.
  • Children and parents will keep up-to-date on current school work and school news by checking backpacks daily for newsletters, flyers, and other school communication.
  • Conferences with teachers must be scheduled before or after school. Classes are scheduled from 8:20am to 2:45pm.

Dress Code

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Morning Rules

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  • Students may not be dropped off at school before 7:55am.
  • Parents must drop off students at the Commodore Sloat gate to the playground only. Students may not be dropped off in the staff parking lot due to safety concerns.
  • School begins promptly at 8:20am for grades Pre K through 5.
  • Students who eat breakfast at school must arrive at school between 7:55 and 8:15am. �I was eating breakfast� is NOT an acceptable excuse for being late to class. Students who cannot have breakfast at 7:55am may eat second breakfast during their scheduled recess time. Full price breakfast is $.60.
  • Students may not play sports or games in the morning before school. Students must remain near their designated line-up area until the bell rings.
  • When the bell rings, students must walk to the class line and wait quietly until their teacher arrives.
  • Students may not be inside the building without an adult or a permission slip for any reason.
  • Students may not go to their classrooms without their teacher. �I'm going to help my teacher� is not an acceptable excuse for being in the building.
  • On rainy days, students should go directly to the auditorium and stay there until they are dismissed to their teacher.

Attendance Rules

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  • Students must arrive at school by 8:20am.
  • Students who arrive after 8:20am must check in at the office for a late pass.
  • By law, excessive tardiness must be reported to the truant office. Students who are late more than three times in a school year will be reported to the student truant office.
  • By law, children must be in school unless they are ill, in bereavement, or attending a scheduled medical appointment.
  • When students are absent, parents must keep current on all classroom and homework assignments, activities, news and special projects.
  • When a child returns to school following an absence, s/he must bring a note that:
    • Explains why the child was absent
    • Gives the date(s) of absence
    • Is signed by a parent/guardian

Homework Hotline

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Carthay Center School's Homework Hotline is an interactive, computerized telephone system. Using any touchtone telephone, you can call to receive information about your child's homework assignments and upcoming school events. Simply dial (323) 930-1872. When you hear the message, you may listen to the entire message, or you may dial your classroom's three digit code immediately.

Recess Rules

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  • Teachers must walk all students to and from the play yard.
  • Students may eat snacks at the lunch benches only. Food may not be eaten on the yard.
  • Students will play scheduled games and remain in assigned areas only.
  • Students may not play the following games during recess: football, softball, fighting and chasing games, and wrestling.
  • Students will exhibit good sportsmanlike conduct and use appropriate game rules.
  • Quiet games may be played at the lunch benches.
  • Students MUST use the bathroom and get water during recess, NOT during class time. Students who need to leave class to use the restroom more frequently should provide the teacher with an explanatory doctor's note.
  • All activity must stop when the �freeze� bell rings. Students must freeze and wait for the second bell. After the second bell, students must walk to their line-up area.

Bathroom Rules

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Use the designated bathrooms appropriately. It is unfortunate that we have to specify these behaviors, but in the past students have abused the bathrooms.

  • Keep the bathrooms clean.
  • Use paper towels for drying hands only.
  • Use toilet paper for its intended purpose only.
  • No standing on the toilets.
  • Respect the privacy of others. This means only one person at a time in each stall and no looking over or under the stalls.
  • Do not loiter in or around the bathroom area.
  • Knock on stall door before entering.

Lunch Rules

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  • Teacher MUST walk with students to the lunch area.
  • Students who bring a sack lunch should go straight to their classroom's assigned lunch benches.
  • Students who eat cafeteria lunch must walk with their teacher to the assigned lunch line waiting area.
  • Students must wait quietly in line for their lunches, and wait until they are dismissed to enter the cafeteria.
  • At the lunch benches, students must use appropriate table manners:
    • Use soft voices and be polite.
    • Eat at your assigned benches only.
    • Keep tables and ground neat and clean.
    • Do not throw food.
    • Eat and drink your own food ONLY!
    • Follow school recycling rules.
    • Do not take any food onto the yard.
  • Students may consume only their own food to avoid any possible health reactions, such as food allergies.
  • Parents who obtain a permit from the office to visit their children during lunch must respect all school lunch rules. Cafeteria food is for children only.
  • Please do not bring the following items to school in your lunch:
    • Glass containers
    • Meals that need to be microwaved
    • Candy or gum
    • Soda
    • Metal silverware (plastic utensils are acceptable)
  • Students MUST WAIT to be dismissed by the lunch supervisors. Students will not be dismissed until their classroom's lunch area is clean.
  • Student must bring a lunch ticket or a sack lunch everyday.
  • Students should not bring money for lunch. Students who buy lunch tickets must do so in advance. Lunch tickets must be purchased on the first day of the week. Full priced lunch is $1.00.
  • Each student must use his or her own lunch ticket. We recommend that student's name be written on their ticket. Students may not sell their lunch tickets or lunch items!
  • All students must remain in their assigned lunch eating area until they are dismissed by a noon supervisor.
  • Students must use the bathroom and get water during lunch play time (before the bell rings).
  • All activity must stop when the �freeze� bell rings. Students must freeze and wait for the second bell to ring. After the second bell rings, students must walk to the line-up area.
  • Students may not play the following games during lunch recess: football, softball, fighting and chasing games, and wrestling.
  • Students will exhibit good sportsmanlike conduct and use appropriate game rules.
  • Students must go directly from the eating areas to their assigned playground areas, not to their classrooms.

Money Rules

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  • Students should not bring more than one or two dollars to school.
  • Students MAY NOT go to �The Jolly� (the cafeteria across the street) before, during or after school, unless they are accompanied by a parent.
  • Students MAY NOT purchase food or drinks from the teachers' lounge at school, per the district junk food policy.
  • Students MAY NOT give money to or accept money from other students.

After School Rules

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  • Dismissal time for Grades K-5 is
    • 2:45pm on Regular days
    • 2:10pm on Shortened days
    • 12:30pm on Minimum days
    • 1:45pm on Professional Development Tuesdays
  • Dismissal time for the Pre-Kindergarten/SRLDP program is
    • 10:40am for morning students
    • 2:20pm for afternoon students
  • All students K-5 will be walked to the yard by their teachers. They must remain with their teacher until the dismissal bell rings.
  • Students must exit through the Commodore Sloat gate only . Students may not leave school through the building!
  • Brothers and sisters should meet on the yard, not at each other's classrooms.
  • Students must take all belongings with them before leaving the classroom to go home. Students and parents will not be permitted to reenter the building to retrieve belongings.
  • Students who are not picked up immediately after school should go to the playground supervision area or the K.Y.D.S. Program, if registered. Students are to stay on the playground.
  • Waiting on the front steps or playing on the grass in front of the school is not safe or acceptable.
  • Students who are in an after school program must be picked up by 5:00pm. If Youth Services cannot contact a parent or guardian at that time, then the Wilshire Division Police Station will be called.

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