Expected Behavior

Discipline Guidelines

The following GUIDELINES will be followed by all staff members. All students are subject to disciplinary action when involved in any of the acts listed below, while the student is on school grounds or at a school activity, during lunch time, or while the student is going to or coming from school or a school activity. In looking at a student’s past behavior, facts of an incident, and age, the principal may assign a different consequence from the guidelines below. The principal has the final decision for disciplinary action.

No put-downs — do not use words, actions, and/or body language to degrade, humiliate, or dishonor others

Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself

  1. Students who experience or witness put-downs or physical violence must immediately report what happened to their teacher.
  2. The teacher will conduct an investigation by interviewing the students involved.
  3. The teacher will counsel the students and assign appropriate consequence.
  4. The teacher will inform parents of the incident and the consequences.
  5. The teacher will file a written report with the office.
  6. As needed, the principal will conduct the investigation, assign the appropriate consequence, inform parents of the incident and consequence and file a written report.


  1. Verbal reminder
  2. Time out for up to 5 minutes
  3. Writing or dictating a Point of View and having Parent sign
  4. Parent/teacher/student conference to determine futher action which could include suspension in school, suspension, or expulsion.

Expected Behaviors

  • Respect everyone, students, teachers, staff, and parents, we’re all learning.
  • Listen and follow directions the first time they are given. Students will respond appropriately to an adult’s voice, gesture or whistle.
  • No use of inappropriate or insulting language, profanity, physical discourtesies of any kind or vulgar gestures
  • No bringing toys, electronic games, trading cards, radios, CD players, beepers, rollerblades, balls or other unauthorized sports equipment to school.
  • No entering classrooms without an adult present.
    Yelling/screaming is not allowed. Screaming means danger.
  • Walk on the ramps, inside and outside hallways or stairs.
  • No sitting or standing on cement ledges.
  • Students will show respect for school property, supplies and books. Defacing school buildings or property is illegal.

Off-Limits Areas:

  • Hillside off the playground
  • Between the trees and the drinking fountain outside of room 7
  • Beyond the gate to the right of room 11
  • White walkway in front of Rooms 12 and 13

Cafeteria Behaviors

  • Do not share or trade food.
  • Students will walk in the cafeteria.
  • No throwing of anything.
  • Students will use low voices so that those on each side will be able to hear but no one else.
  • Students will sit in assigned places until dismissed to clean up their areas before leaving.

Hallway Behaviors

  • Walk quietly at all times in the hallways or outside hallways.
  • Respect every classroom’s learning environment.
  • No students will be in the hallways without teacher permission.
  • No bouncing balls in the hallways or breezeways.
  • No sitting, standing or jumping over rails or fences.
  • No banging on classrooms exterior walls.
  • No knocking on doors without reason.

Bathroom Behaviors

  • Go, Flush, Wash, Out.
  • Students should use the bathrooms on the yard during recess.
  • Bathrooms are not play or social areas.
  • No locking stall door and then crawling under.
  • Use bathroom equipment and supplies properly, safely and frugally.

Rainy Day Behaviors

  • Wait for school to begin
  • For rooms 3 and 4 under the covered school entrance near room 4.
  • For rooms 1, 2, 6, 7 under the covered walkways by the girls’ bathroom.
  • For rooms 5 and 8 under the covered walkway by the boy’s bathroom.
  • For rooms 9-13 under the covered walkway by your classroom.
  • Respect your classroom environment and use rainy day materials properly and safely.

Before School and After School Behaviors

  • No students may be on the playground or in school hallways prior to 8:15 or stay after school beyond 3:05.
  • All unattended backpacks must be placed against a wall or fence.
  • When arriving at school, walk to the right of the entrance and down the walkway passing AT and on down to the yard. Students and parents should walk around the building to get to the playground between 8:00 and 8:30 to allow teachers final preparation time before school. Language School teachers must escort students to the yard.

Bicycle Privileges

Park bicycles on fence by Hermosa gate. Riding a bike, scooter or skateboard on campus or riding unsafely to and from school will result in loss of bike, scooter, or skateboard privileges.
Students must wear helmets in accordance with California State law or lose bike, scooter, or skateboard privileges.

Playground Guidelines

  • Your hands and feet are to yourself.
  • No Put-Downs: Not to use words, actions, and/or body language to degrade, humiliate, or dishonor others

Getting to the Playground

Children must WALK from their room, down the ramp without talking or bouncing balls. (Other classes are in session.)

Playground Behaviors

After a warning, students receive the following consequences: benched, loss of recess(es), in-house suspension or suspension.

  • Pretend wrestling, fighting games or activities that appear aggressive will not be tolerated. Examples include hitting, chasing, touching, karate movements, bumping, tripping, arm wrestling, pencil fighting or tag. (Football and hockey are not allowed except under the direct supervision of a teacher).
  • Use playground equipment properly and safely.
  • No littering, throwing or kicking of unapproved objects (rocks, etc.)
  • Sit while eating.
  • No interference with the games of others.
  • No misuse of fixed playground equipment or apparatus.
  • Disputes are decided by “rock, paper, scissors.”
  • No cartwheels or gymnastics.

Play Structure

Students who do not abide by the rules will be benched without reminders.

  • While students play on the play structure, move away.
  • At least one hand holding a bar at all times.
  • No sitting on top.
  • No running through the padded areas or passing though the play structure. Walk AROUND the “Island” (foam pad).
  • No balls on the “Island” (foam pad).


  • NO personal balls at school
  • No tennis balls allowed on the playground.
  • No Frisbees
  • ALL balls must be clearly labeled by each class.
  • ALL balls and play equipment must be returned to class at the end of every recess.
  • Report lost balls to your teacher.

Basketball Guidelines

  • Passing – Only: bounce pass; chest pass; overhead pass.
  • Fouls – All fouls are to be taken out at the point of infraction
  • Charging, running into someone who has both feet planted and is blocking your path; kicking, slapping, tripping, or pushing – Not only is this not allowed in basketball but is against school rules and result in benching, discipline report or suspension.
  • Loss of possession – Other team takes the ball out:
  • Traveling
    Double dribble: Up-downs with the ball without shooting at the basket or when someone jumps up with the ball and does not release the ball
  • No jump balls – If two players get the ball at the same time, the team that had first possession takes the ball out. This is called the 4 hands rule. To prevent wrestling over the ball as soon as there are 4 hands on the ball then who ever had original possession takes it out.
  • Court Rules:  Only 5 players on each team – 10 on each court (subs may rotate in);
  • If there are les than 5 players on a team you must let someone play if they ask.
  • Conflicts:  “Rock, paper, scissors” will settle all disputes. If there are conflicts – talk it out or ask a teacher to help.
  • Consequences:  1st offense – 5 minute timeout; 2nd offense – Out of game plus note to teacher; 3rd offense — Behavior is telling us that they need a break from the game for a time period to be determined by staff.


Only for grades 3-8.


  1. 4 – 8 players per playing group. One player is in each square and the other wait in line. The player in square A or l is the server.
  2. A standard 4-square area is one large square 10’x10′ divided into four smaller squares (5’x5′); each box is labeled A,B,C,D or 1,2,3,4. The service area is located in the far outside corner of square A or 1.
  3. The ball can only bounce once in any square. The goal is to get to box A or 1 and stay there.
  4. The server controls play of the game. Play begins when the server drops the ball once into his/her square then hits into a different square (serves the ball) with both feet in the service area. The server must keep both feet in that box until the serve is completed.
  5. Each player needs to hit the ball with any part of their hand into an opposing player’s square after it has bounced only once in their own square.
  6. If the ball lands on a line, or goes out of bounds before it bounces, the player who hit the ball is out.
  7. If the ball is not returned before it bounces twice in a square, the player who missed the return is out.
  8. If the ball is returned before it is allowed to bounce, the player who returned the ball early is out.
  9. An out player moves to the end of the line. The person in the front of the line advances to square number 4 or D, and the remaining players advance to close the gaps between square 1 or A and 4 or D.


  1. 9 players on each team. Field Positions:  3 base-players (1st, 2nd, 3rd), 3 outfields (left, center, right),1 short-stop,1 pitcher, Catcher
  2. A regulation kickball field is 60′ x 60′; between the bases. An approximate size for kindergarten is 30′ x 30′ between the bases; increase as student’s age, skill level advances, and as space allows. A base line marks the running path between the bases.
  3. The team that wins a coin toss or rock, paper, scissors between the captains, gets to choose whether to kick or field first. The kicking team then settles into their kicking order, the fielding team takes the field in their position.
  4. The pitcher controls the play of the game. Play begins with the pitcher rolling (pitching), the ball to the person up to bat, the kicker.
  5. Teams switch sides after three outs or nine runs are scored. Outs are granted when:
    • the kicker kicks a fly ball and it is caught before it touches the ground. Note:  when a fly ball is in the air, the base runners must remain on base until after the ball is caught (called tag-up) before they can advance to the next base.
    • the base-player has control over the ball and a foot on the base before the kicker (now base-runner) reaches the base.
    • the base-runner is tagged on his or her body by a fielder with the ball before s/he arrives at the base. Note:  if the base-runner must advance because of another runner or kicker behind, it is call a force-out and the fielding team only has to tag the base to call an out. If there is no runner or kicker behind, it is not a force and the fielder with the ball must tag the base-runner.
    • One base-runner passes another
    • a base-runner intentionally interferes with a fielder who is trying to recover the ball.
  6. The runner advances one base on an overthrow to the base player.
  7. A run is scored for the kicking team when a base-runner touches all 4 bases, in order, without being called out at anytime.
  8. If the ball is kicked but does pass first or third base inside the base lines, it is called a foul. Three fouls by an individual kicker equal an out.

Conflicts:  “Rock, paper, scissors” will settle all disputes. If there are conflicts – talk it out, select a referee or ask a teacher to help.

Tetherball Guidelines

  1. Challenger gets the choice of side and service.
  2. After a player wins three games in a row, he/she will return to line and two new players will begin a new game. Server will be determined by “rock, paper, scissors”.
  3. Players hit the ball by hitting with the fist, palm of the hand, or an open hand.
  4. No “ropies”. The ball cannot be thrown or caught by the rope. The ball must be touched below the rope or the player is out.
  5. No “polies”. The player may not grab the pole or player is out.
  6. No “tree tops”. Players may not wind the ball higher than the opposing player can jump.
  7. Palming the ball and turning with the ball like a discus throw are OK.
  8. Service:  The ball must go around one time before it can be hit by the other player. Players may not stop the ball every time it goes around.
  9. Each player is to stay within the wedge or they are out.
  10. If the game is interrupted by students waiting in line, then the student responsible for the interruption will go to the end of the line. Repeated interruption can lead to not being allowed to play.
  11. Second person in line is the referee; if ref is not paying attention and misses a call they go to end of line.

Three Flies Up

  1. Number of Players:  4-12  One kicker and the rest are catchers.
  2. On the soccer field, the kicker stands inside the goal area and the catchers stand inside the large yellow circle.
  3. If played on the kickball field; the kicker stands at home base and the catchers stand in the outfield.
  4. The kicker kicks the ball above the catchers’ heads and the catcher try to catch the ball.
  5. When a player catches the ball three times, they become the kicker.
  6. No pushing or bumping a player out of the way to catch the ball.
  7. The kicker may not direct a kick to a specific player.

Two Touch

  1. No reserving, “place backs” or “do-overs”.
  2. If there are more than three people waiting in line to play, students will play ONE TOUCH.
  3. If the ball hits the fence, the kicker is out.
  4. Second person in line is the referee.
  5. Play within defined court space.


  1. At least one hand AND one foot on the spica at all times.
  2. Those waiting count to 20 out loud. Ride the Spicas for a maximum count of 20 spins.
  3. No spinning or pushing anyone on the Spicas.
  4. No jumping or diving off the Spicas.
  5. Only one or two on the Spicas at the same time.
  6. Those waiting wait on the asphalt, not the mat.


  1. When switch is called, EVERYONE must switch.  Those that don’t switch are OUT.
  2. No reserving or “place backs”.  If you leave your spot, you go to the end of the line.
  3. When running to a corner, ties are determined by “rock, paper, scissors.”
  4. Corner possession is NOT determined by kicking, pushing or other aggressive behavior.  To do so will result in loss of play privilege, benching, loss of recess(es) and further disciplinary action as needed.
  5. Second person in line is the referee; if ref is not paying attention and misses a call they go to end of line.

Wall Ball

  1. No reserving, “place backs” or “do-overs”.
  2. The receiver must catch the ball before the third bounce or that player is out.
  3. If the receiver catches the ball BEFORE it bounces, the thrower is out.
  4. Second person in line is the referee; if ref is not paying attention and misses a call they go to end of line.

Bells and Whistles:

When the bell rings or when the yard teacher blows one long whistle, students freeze — all play and talking stops.
When the yard teacher blows two short whistles all students will walk to line.
Students will stand quietly and appropriately in line.

QUIET AREAS MUST BE RESPECTED:  These areas are the patios and the tree area below room 7, the inside and outside hallways and the large upper patio.

The Nature Area may only be used with adult supervision for the purpose of exploration.  Running is not allowed.  PE equipment is NOT allowed.

School and District Wide Discipline Policy

Type 4: Two interventions required before suspension is imposed, unless the pupil’s presence causes an ongoing danger to persons or property or threatens to seriously disrupt the instructional process.



Caused or attempted to cause damage to school or private property Counseling
Point of View
Parent Conference
1-5 day benching
1-5 day in school suspension
1-5 day suspension
Police report/Arrest
Expulsion recommendation
Stole or attempted to steal school or private property; knowingly received stolen school or private property
Possessed or used tobacco or nicotine products Counseling
Point of View
Parent Conference
1-5 day benching
1-3 day suspension
Committed an obscene act or engaged in habitual profanity or vulgarity, indecent exposure
Disrupted school activities or willfully defied valid authority of teachers, administrators or other school personnel.

Type 3:  One intervention required before suspension is imposed, unless the pupil’s presence causes an ongoing danger to persons or property or threatens to seriously disrupt the instructional process



Harassment, threats, or intimidation directed against a student or group of students, sufficiently severe or pervasive to have the actual or reasonably expected effect of materially disrupting class work, creating substantial disorder, and invading the rights of that student or group of students by creating an intimidating or hostile educational environment. (Grades 4-12 only) Counseling
Point of View
Parent Conference
1-5 day benching
1-5 day in school suspension
1-5 day suspension
Police report/Arrest
Expulsion recommendation
Serious violation of computer or internet use including using the internet to harass, embarrass or intimidate others

Type 2:  The principal MAY suspend ON FIRST OCCURRENCE.  The number of days of suspension will increase for repeated offenses.



Caused, attempted or threatened physical injury to another person; or willfully used force or violence upon another person Counseling
Point of View
Parent Conference
1-5 day benching
1-5 day in school suspension
1-5 day suspension
Police report/Arrest
Expulsion recommendation
Possessed, used, sold, furnished or been under influence of any controlled substance, alcoholic beverage or intoxicant of any kind.
Possessed an imitation firearm.
Harassed, threatened, intimidated a pupil to prevent from or retaliate against for being witness
Made terrorist threats against school officials or school property or both
Committed sexual harassment (Grades 4-12 only)
Attempted to commit robbery or extortion
Caused, attempted or threatened to cause or participated in act of hate violence as defined in Ed Code 233 (Grades 4-12 only)
Suspended student on school grounds Additional day of suspension

Type 1:  The Principal is REQUIRED to recommend expulsion (Ed. Code 48915c) and student offenders may be arrested and a police report filed.



Possessing or selling or otherwise furnishing a firearm; Parent Conference
5 day suspension
Police report/Arrest
Expulsion recommendation
Possession of any controlled substance, unlawfully selling a controlled substance
Possession of a knife, brandishing a knife
Committing or attempting to commit a sexual assault or sexual battery
Possessing an explosive including M-80s, cherry bombs, etc. (also includes large quantities of firecrackers)
Causing serious physical injury to another person; assault or battery upon any school employee
Robbery or extortion