Student Handbook

It is our goal to provide a quality education in a safe environment for every student at Foothill School.  In order to do this, we need students' help and support in following the rules and guidelines outlined in this student/parent handbook.

School Office : The office opens at 7:30 am and closes at 3:30 pm.  School hours are 8:20 am - 3:19 pm. Mon - Thurs.  Friday's 8:20 - 1:16pm. The phone number is 741-6130.  Parents needing to get a message to their child may do so by calling the office.  After hours the voice mail system is available for parents to leave a message with any staff member. 

 

Dropping Off/Picking Up Students:  

  • Parents transporting students to and from school are asked to use the gravel parking lot.
  • Only those persons listed on the emergency card are authorized to take a student from school.
  • Students needing to be picked up by someone not on their emergency card must have a note signed by their parent.
  • Students arriving late to school must have a parent walk them into the office or have a signed note.
  • Students leaving school early must be signed out at the office.  

Transferring Schools:   Students must withdraw from one school before entering another.  Please notify the office 3 days prior to the student's last day so that the checkout procedure may begin.  All books must be returned to the teachers & librarian.  Lockers must be cleaned out and all cafeteria charges paid. 

 

Transportation Department:  

  • Transportation is provided by the district, and students are to ride the same bus every day.
  • Bus transportation is a privilege extended only to students who display good conduct while preparing to ride, riding or leaving the bus.  Continued disorderly conduct or persistent refusal to submit to the authority of the driver shall be sufficient reason for a student to be denied transportation."  BP 5131.1
  • Students needing to get off at a stop other than their own, must have a note signed by their parent and approved by the office.
  • Transportation phone number is 749-6198.

Attendance:   Regular attendance and promptness are two factors which help determine how successful a student will be in school.  Excessive absences often result in poor grades and a truancy situation, which may require a referral to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB).  Students should make every effort to be at school.

Excused Absences: personal illness, medical/dental appointment, court, funeral for an immediate family member, quarantine.

If your child has been absent:

  • Bring a signed note stating why you were absent.
  • If absent 3 or more days please provide doctor's note.
  • Call the office to excuse an absence.  Voice mail system available after hours.
  • Absences must be verified within 5 days to be deemed "excused."  All  absences after this time will be recorded as "unexcused" may result in a referral to the Student Attendance review Board (SARB).  Administrative Regulation 5113.1
  • When a student has had absences in excess of 10% of total days enrolled for the school year, any further absences for illness must be verified by a physician or school personnel.  Failure to provide  physician or school personnel verifications will result in these absences being recorded as "unexcused."  Board Policy 5114
  • If you would like missed classroom assignments call the office by 10:00 am.  

Health Services:

Medication

  • All medications must be left at the office unless the prescription clearly states that the student must keep it in their possession.  A "Permission to Assist in Administration of Medication" form must be on file for all medicines, including over the counter medicines.
  • The student is responsible for taking their medication.

Injuries

  •  Parents are called as needed by school personnel and an accident report is filed. 
  • If an injury requires immediate medical attention, 911 will be called and an attempt to contact the parent/guardian will be made. 

Extended Health Services

  • A Health Clerk is not regularly on campus but does verify immunizations and screenings.  

Visitors:   Parents/Guardians are encouraged to volunteer in a variety of venues at Foothill School.  Whether it's in the classroom, on the sports field, or chaperoning activities, a helping hand is always welcome.  Please sign in at the office when you arrive to pick up visitor's pass and return it when signing out. Per School Board Policy, all volunteers in the Marysville Joint Unified School District must be fingerprinted and have a TB clearance.  If you plan on volunteering, please contact the office for further information and sign in for a visitor's pass.  

 

Hall Passes:   Students are required to have a valid pass to be in the building prior to school and at recess.  Yard Duty personnel are available to issue passes as needed.

 

Office Hours:  

  • Teachers offer extra help for students during lunch time which provides an opportunity to make up work missed.
  • Students are responsible for setting up a time either before school or during lunch to make up missed tests. 

School Supplies:   Textbooks are furnished by the school and are to be covered at all times.  If a student loses or damages a book they will be required to pay for it.  Pencils and erasers can be purchased at the office.  Students are required to have a 1" three ring binder for each academic class.

 

 

Student Awards:   Foothill recognizes four honor roll categories.

  • Principal's List - 4.0 grade point average, "A"'s in every subject, elective must be a "P" passing
  • "A" Honor Roll - 3.6  to 3.99 grade point average with no "F"'s or "D"'s in any subject, elective must be a "P" passing.
  • "B" Honor Roll - 3.0 - 3.59 grade point average with no "F"'s or "D"'s in any subject, elective must be a "P" passing.
  • ".50"  grade point average increase for the quarter.

At the end of each semester, "A" and "B" honor roll students will receive a certificate.  In addition, Principal's List students will receive a certificate and a pin.  In order to qualify a student must be on the honor roll for the semester.  If a student is on the honor roll in two different categories, i.e. "B" and then the "A" average honor roll, he/she will receive the award for his/her cumulative GPA.

End of the year student awards may also be given in a variety of areas.

  • Achievement in a subject area
  • Citizenship
  • Improvement
  • Students with a yearly  GPA of 3.6 or above in an academic class are eligible to receive a classroom award certificate for achievement in that subject.
  • Classroom Citizenship and Improvement awards are based on teacher recommendation.  A certificate will be given to any number of students that the teacher recommends.
  • (1) Outstanding Achievement Award per subject will be awarded.  6th graders will receive a certificate, 7th graders a medal and 8th graders a plaque.
  • 8th grade students may be eligible for additional honors; 4.0 GPA, CJSF recognition, citizenship, Student Body, Presidential, Community Service and Perfect Attendance for all three years at Foothill.  

Physical Education:   All students are required by the State of California to participate in physical education.  If a student is to be excused from participating for health reasons, a note from the parent or guardian is to be presented to the teacher before roll call.  Parent notes will be honored for three days only, after that time a note from the doctor will be required.  Foothill students do not dress down for PE; however, students will be required daily to wear athletic shoes.  

Library:   The librarian schedules classes for book checkout and library periods.  Books can be checked out on a regular basis.  Students are responsible for payment of any lost or damaged book.  The library is open at recess and at lunchtime for student use.

 

 

Nutritional Services:  

  • Students may eat breakfast either before school or at morning break. 
  • Lunch consists of a main dish item, milk and one trip to the garden bar which consists of a variety of fruits and vegetables.
  • Please pay in advance to the students account; students are allowed to charge in an emergency only.

Substitute Teachers:  

  • Substitute teachers will be treated with the same courtesy and respect as the classroom teacher.
  • Students removed from class for disruption will be sent to the principal.   

Student Council:  

  • Student government consists of a student body president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, activities director and student council classroom representatives.
  • The president shall be an 8th grade student. 
  • Elections are held in June.  Candidates must have a 3.0 GPA in order to run for office in the 3rd quarter.
  • Elected officers must maintain a "3.0" average and satisfactory citizenship.

 

 

Student Body Activities:   Foothill encourages all students to actively participate in student body functions.  These functions include, fun nights, dances, rallies and assemblies.  In order to eligible, a student:

  • Must not be on the current points list.
  • Turn in any overdue library books.
  • Have no unpaid cafeteria charges.
  • Must be in attendance the entire day or by fourth period with a valid excuse, to participate in that days activity.  

 

Extracurricular Activities:   Extracurricular activities are school activities which are not graded and include:  drama club, sports, and all other non-academic activities. 

  • To be eligible to participate in these activities a student must have a 2.0 GPA during the quarter preceding the activity and maintain it throughout the activity to be checked at the quarter.
  • Students must be in attendance the entire day or by fourth period with a valid excuse, to participate in that days activity. 

 

After School Sports:   In order to participate in after school sports a student must:

  • Show evidence of accident insurance in the amount of $1500.00.
  • Have a signed "After School Sports Agreement" and "After School Sports Standards" form on file.
  • Have a 2.0 GPA during the quarter preceding the activity and maintain it. 

7th & 8th grade students playing a fall sport will be eligible based on their previous 4th Qtr. GPA.

Guidelines for attending games

  • Must not be on the points list
  • Have a parent present at the game
  • To attend without a parent present, student must have a signed "attend after school sports" permission slip.

Parent Drivers:   District Policy requires that parents transporting a student other than their own must show proof of:

  • Valid drivers license
  • Required amounts of auto insurance
  • Fingerprints on file with the district office
  • Current TB test
  • Signed permission slip

Lost or Damaged Personal Property:  

  • Any item found on school grounds should be taken to the office.
  • Mark all clothing clearly so that it can be identified and returned.
  • If it is found that another student has stolen or damaged someone's property, that person will receive justified punishment; however, any monetary recovery is between parents.
  • The school assumes no responsibility for lost or stolen items.

Lockers:  

  • Lockers are provided for all students.
  • Students are responsible for providing their own locks. 
  • Backpacks and other belongings are to be stored in lockers.
  • Students are encouraged to keep their lockers neat and orderly.
  • Pictures may be hung with tape or magnets - no stickers are allowed.

 

 

MJUSD / Foothill School Student Conduct Rules:

Student Behavior Expectations  

  • All students are required to conduct themselves in a respectful and obedient manner while at school, after school activities, and to and from school.
  • Students will engage in behavior which is in their best interest and the interest of others.
  • Safety rules will be obeyed.  Students will walk, not run, in the building.  Pushing, shoving and fighting will not be tolerated. Students are to keep their hands, feet and objects to themselves.  Voices must be kept under control at all times.
  • Each student is responsible for cleaning up their own mess.
  • Students are expected to follow all specific classroom rules.
  • Students are only to be in areas where there is adult supervision.
  • Desks, floors and walls shall be kept clean.
  • All garbage shall be deposited in trashcans, both inside and outside the building.
  • Students shall not be overly physically affectionate with each other.  Foothill School maintains a "hand holding" only policy.

  Prohibited Items:  The following items will not be allowed at school

  • CD players, MP3, video games (during school hours)
  • Sunflower seeds
  •   Gum
  • Caffeine gum/candy

  •  Aerosol Cans

  • Skateboards

  • Hard surfaced balls and bats

  • Laser Pointers

  • Matches, lighters

  • Glass containers

  • Any item that causes a disruption or safety hazard.

  • Cell phones.  (See Board Policy.)

    Confiscated items may only be returned directly to a parent.

HALL PASSES
Dress Code:   It is expected of all Foothill students to dress in an appropriate and tasteful manner that will enhance the educational climate of this school.

  • No bare midriff or revealing clothing.  Mid-section of the body must be covered.
  • Clothing will be thick enough to cover all undergarments.  No see-through or mesh garments allowed.
  • Blouse or shirt straps will be wide enough to cover undergarments at all times.  Shoulder straps must be at least 2".
  • Clothing advertisements and art depicting alcohol, drug, tobacco, violence and offensive materials may not be worn.
  • Hats and sunglasses may not be worn in the building.
  • Shoes must be worn at all times.
  • Shorts / skirts must be an appropriate length.  Attire must reach the students' fingertips when their arms are relaxed at their sides.
  • Pants must be worn at the waist at all times.  No sagging that reveals visible underwear.
  • No pants or clothing with holes above a student's fingertips.
  • No sleepwear.  This includes slippers and flannel pajamas.
  • No gang related apparel.
  • Wallets may not be secured with chains.
  • No hanging belts or chains, spiked or studded jewelry or clothing that create unsafe conditions.

Students will receive a 5 point citation for the first violation, 10 points for the second and a possible suspension thereafter for defiance of the school dress code.  Students who break the dress code may be loaned a pair of sweatpants or t-shirt when available.   If alternate clothing is not available, parents will be called and the student will not be allowed back in class until the clothes have been changed.  This dress code applies to all school functions unless stated by school personnel.

Infraction of School Rules:   Referrals for infractions sent to the office may result in points, detention, Saturday-school, in-school suspension and / or suspension from school.  Infraction point referrals are either 5 or 10 points.  The staff member may recommend the punishment based on the infraction.   A record of all points is kept at the office for each student.  Saturday-school will be held every other Saturday starting September 12th at North Marysville, and transportation to and from, is the parents responsibility.

When a student receives a referral

  • Two copies of the referral are given to the students.
  • School personnel will notify the parents when a 10 point referral is issued.
  • Parent or guardian must sign the referral or suspension so that we know it was seen by the parent.
  • Students shall attend detention until the referral is returned to the issuer.
  • After the third day the referral is not returned, a 5 pt. referral becomes a 10 pt., a 10 pt. could result in a suspension for defiance.

Excess Points Rule

  • Students are placed on the "Points List" if they receive twenty-five points in one quarter or an accumulation of 50 points in a semester.
  • Students on the points list will not be allowed to participate in any extracurricular activities.
  • A notice is mailed to parents when a student is placed on the points list.
  • Students may apply to work off one 5 pt citation per quarter.

Noon Detention

  • Detention may be assigned by any staff member.
  • Two days a week, students who have detention will be required to get their lunch and go straight to the detention room.
  • If a student fails to show for detention class, he/she will be given a second detention.  Failure to show up to either of those detentions will result in Saturday-school or the next step of progressive discipline.  

  Suspension Codes 

  • 48900 (.2) Sexual harassment as defined in Section 212.5 
  • 48900 (.3) Caused, attempted to cause, threatened to cause, or participated in an act of hate violence 
  • 48900 (.4) Intentionally engaged in harassment, threats or intimidation  
  • 48900 (.7) Written or oral terrorist threat against school official, students or school property 
  • 48900 (a)(1) Caused, attempted to cause, or threatened to cause physical injury to another person 
  • 48900 (a)(2) Willfully used force or violence upon another person, except in self defense 
  • 48900 (b) Possesses, sold, or furnished any firearm, knife, explosive or other dangerous object 
  • 48900 (c) Unlawfully possessed, used, sold, or otherwise furnished, or been under the influence of, any controlled substance, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant of any kind 
  • 48900 (d) Unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any controlled substance 
  • 48900 (e) Committed or attempted to commit robbery or extortion 
  • 48900 (f) Caused or attempted to cause damage to school or private property 
  • 48900 (g) Stolen or attempted to steal school or private property
  • 48900 (h) Possessed, or used tobacco, or any product containing tobacco or nicotine 
  • 48900 (i) Committed an obscene act or engaged in habitual profanity or vulgarity 
  • 48900 (j) Unlawfully possessed or offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any drug paraphernalia 
  • 48900 (k) Disrupted school activities, or otherwise willfully defied the valid authority of school personnel 
  • 48900 (l) Knowingly received stolen school property or private property 
  • 48900 (m) Possessed an imitation firearm 
  • 48900 (n) Committed or attempted to commit a sexual assault 
  • 48900 (o) Harassed, threatened, or intimidated a pupil who is a complaining witness or witness in a school disciplinary proceeding
  • 48900 (p) Unlawfully offered, arranged to sell, negotiated to sell the prescription drug Soma
  • 48900 (q) Engaged in, or attempted to engage in, hazing
  • 48900 (t) False accusation against a teacher or other school personnel
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Academic Progress Reports:

  • Academic progress reports will be mailed home the fifth week of each quarter.
  • Report cards will be mailed home the week after the quarter ends.
  • Report card grades are for that quarter only.  Grades are not cumulative to the semester. 

8th Grade Academic Promotion: In order for a student to participate in the 8th grade academic promotion exercise the student must be:

  • Enrolled at Foothill School for the entire 4th quarter.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Not be suspended or recommended for expulsion at the time of the ceremony.
  • Be in attendance at least 85% or under a doctor's care.

Determination of eligibility shall occur by the Friday prior to the week of promotion.  This will be after all finals are complete and grades have been recorded.  Students with excessive points will lose the ability to participate in the fun activities but can still participate in the promotion exercise.