FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the rule for visitors/volunteers on campus?
What is the student drop-off and pick-up procedure?
Student Drop-off: Students should be dropped off at the drop-off circle in front of the Front Office where volunteers and staff members will assist students un-boarding their vehicles.
What do I do if my child is sick or absent?
If your child is sick or absent, you need to use the Call-Sick line at 949-376-2227 before 9:00 a.m. to report your child's absence. Leave your student's name, their teacher's name, and the reason for their absence. You must call each day your child is absent. This is an Education Code Requirement.
What happens if there is a change of plans for my student?
After school change of plans must be called into the office before the end of the students' lunch time. Change of plans should be due to an emergency only. Please DO NOT email teachers change of plan notices. They are busy teaching and are not always able to check email.
What is the procedure for picking my child up early from school?
What is the schedule for my student's day?
Each class has individual pull-out times for PE, Library, Computer, Spanish, and Music, as well as special assemblies. Contact your student's teacher if this information is needed. The following is the Bell Schedule for El Morro.
|Early Birds||Arrive - 7:55||Dismissed - 11:25|
|Late Owls||Arrive - 9:55||Dismissed - 2:17|
|M, T, Th, F||Arrive - 7:55||Dismissed - 2:17|
|Wednesday||Arrive - 7:55||Dismissed - 1:17|
|All grades including Kindergarten start at 7:55|
|All Kindergarten students dismissed at 10:40|
|Grades 1-5 students dismissed at 11:40|
Can I bring treats for my child's birthday?
District Policy: Federal law requires every school district to have a local Wellness Policy. These policies must address nutrition education, physical activity, school meals, and all other foods and beverages available at school. From birthday parties to holiday festivities, there are many celebrations in elementary schools. Along with fun, usually comes the food. Just one school party can include pizza, sugary juice drinks, chips, cake, ice cream, and candy. Offering so many treats can often contribute to unhealthy eating habits. Keep in mind that each student's birthday can mean multiple celebrations: one at home with family, a party with friends, and then another at school. However, with a few easy changes, parents, teachers, and school administrators can shift the focus of school parties from unhealthy food to healthy fun. Food does not always need to be a part of school parties. Instead, find ways to recognize the child, celebrate them, and make them feel special. This is not a ban on cupcakes. We are simply asking parents and teachers to strongly consider alternatives to celebrating birthdays with unhealthy food. Experts recommend limiting school celebrations that involve food to no more than one party per class per month. Too many classroom celebrations take away from our school's principle mission of maximizing instructional time and providing our students with a world class education. Here are some ideas and suggestions for healthy classroom celebrations.
- Have a scavenger hunt for items around the classroom or school.
- Allow students to pick a book of their choice and ask the principal or parent to come in and read it.
- Make a sign, sash, crown, button, or badge for the birthday child.
- Let the birthday child be the teacher's assistant for the day; they can do special tasks like make deliveries to the office or be the line leader.
- Let the birthday child choose an activity or game for the class.
What is the cost of school lunch and how can I pay for it?
School lunch costs $3.90 per day. To pay for your child's lunch, you can send them to school with money or setup/add money to your child's school account. To add money to your child's account, visit the Food Services page and follow the instructions below:
- Click the Pre-Payment Options button in the top menu
- Scroll down and click the Online Payment link
- Log in to check the funds in your student's account and add money. New users will need to create an account.
How can I get a bus pass for my student?
If I have a question about the bus, who do I call?
How much homework should I expect for my student?
Homework is a valuable extension of the instructional day for students and should be given by teachers insofar as possible and appropriate.
- Homework should reinforce, extend, enrich, or strengthen the skills being acquired through the daily instructional program.
- Homework must be carefully selected by the teacher, must relate to stated goals and skills, be directed toward instructional activity which cannot be accomplished in the classroom, and must be evaluated and promptly reviewed and returned to the student with feedback.
- Teachers shall make reasonable efforts to keep parents informed.
- Daily targeted totals for assigned homework are:
|Kindergarten||20 minutes per week|
|Grade 1||10 minutes per day|
|Grade 2||20 minutes per day|
|Grade 3||30 minutes per day|
|Grade 4||40 minutes per day|
|Grade 5||50 minutes per day|
Allowances should be made in assigning of homework time. Longer or shorter assignments are appropriate at times, depending upon the degree of difficulty and/or the progress the class is making completing the course of study. Alternative approaches or adjusted minutes of homework may also be appropriate for some students.