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School Rules and Policies

Attendance- Absence from school, regardless of the reason limits your child’s educational opportunities and can negatively affect his/ her grades and academic achievement.

Notification of Absences- If your child is absent please call 626.396.5690 X58093 or provide a written excuse from home when returning to school. Excused absences include: illness, quarantine, doctor’s appointment, attending a funeral, religious holiday/ excercises, and others per EC 46014 and 48205. Per EC 48260, EC 48261, & EC 48263 a student is considered truant after three tardies of more than 30 minutes each time or after three absences without valid excuses.

Extended Absence- If you know that your child will be absent for 5 or more consecutive days, please contact the office so we can arrange an Independent Study Agreement.

Tardies- Students arriving after the tardy bell are tardy. Each tardy means valuable instructional time is lost. If your child is tardy he or she should report to the office for a tardy slip.

Visitors on Campus- All visitors must sign in at the main office when they arrive and sign out when they leave. This policy is for the safety of students, visitors, and staff. The school needs to know who is on campus at all times. All visitors must wear a badge while on school grounds. This badge lets the other adults on campus know that you have signed in.

School Discipline Philosophy- The goal of the student standards of conduct is to maintain a safe school environment, which promotes academic achievement and feelings of safety, respectfulness, and responsibility. At all times, Willard students are expected to exhibit the attitudes of an IB student: respect, empathy, appreciation, tolerance, independence, integrity, curiosity, creativity, cooperation, enthusiasm, and confidence.

The school staff has collaborated to adopt school-wide guidelines of expected behavior for all of its locations. Our aim is to develop a school that is safe, respectful, and responsible.  The following guidelines have been developed.

Rewards for appropriate behavior may include being recognized as a role model for other students; earning positions of responsibility and leadership; receiving a positive note or call home; attaining public recognition; earning leaves for exemplifying one of the IB Learner profile traits; and having personal satisfaction for doing the right thing.

Consequences for misbehavior may include a verbal warning, loss of special classroom privileges, a student/ parent/teacher conference; referral to Guidance Assistant, referral to the Principal, and/ or suspension from school.

Umbrella Rule- When no rule exists, follow the directions/decisions of the playground supervisor or teacher.