Twin Rivers Charter School

Home of the Tigers!

Student & Parent Handbook


Office Hours

7:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Monday-Friday)

School Address

2510 Live Oak Boulevard, Yuba City, CA 95991

Office Phone: (530) 755-2872

Office Fax: (530) 673-1847



TRCS will host Academic Assemblies three times each school year celebrating academic, citizenship, and attendance achievement. These assemblies are held following the end of each trimester.  Families of students receiving individual academic and/or citizenship awards will be contacted by your child’s teacher. (Note: Students receiving excellence in attendance awards will not have their families notified, you may contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions.) Times & Dates will be posted on the TRCS App, online calendar, and weekly Tiger Tracks.


TRCS students participate in three school-wide assessments: MAP, CAASPP, and CAST.

The MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) tests are administered three times a year to students in grades K-8. MAP provides feedback that monitors student growth and guides instruction in Math and English Language Arts (ELA).  MAP test results are shared with families in the Trimester 1 Progress Report and Trimester 2 and 3 Report Cards.  Any questions about your student’s MAP scores can be directed to your child’s teacher.

The CAASPP (California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress) is taken each spring by all TRCS students in grades 3-8.  The CAASPP test measures each student’s achievement in Math and English Language Arts and demonstrates our school’s overall achievement and growth. Student results from the CAASPP will be mailed to the student’s home as soon as they are available (typically summer).


The CAST (California Science Test) is taken online each spring by 5th and 8th grade students. CAST measures each student’s achievement on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

For more information see ACADEMIC TESTING under STUDENTS TAB - TRCS Website.









TRCS campus opens at 7:30 a.m.  No adult supervision is available before 7:30 a.m. and under no circumstances will students be allowed to be dropped off before this time. (If you need assistance with before school child care please contact the TRCS Office for a list of referrals.)  



Students in 6th – 8th grades without younger siblings may be picked up at Northridge Park. Students with younger siblings will stay with their siblings on the TRCS School Campus during pick up. Any student remaining on the school grounds longer than 15 minutes after dismissal time will be taken to our Tiger Care Program located in the Middle School Campus and a fee will be charged.


Students in grades 6th – 8th are eligible to participate in sports if they meet the following requirements: 2.0 GPA, no more than one ‘F’, in good behavioral standing, and have completed a current school year Athletic Packet.  TRCS offers: volleyball, flag football, basketball, soccer, and track & field. In the spring, fifth grade students may also participate in track and field.

Due to limited supervision after school:

  • Students may not stay after school on early release days for practice to start

  • Siblings are not permitted to stay to watch practice without parent supervision


Research states that children who attend school regularly succeed in academic areas and are better adjusted socially. When your child is absent, please call the school absence line at (530) 755-2872 before 9:00 a.m. or complete the absence form on the TRCS App the day your child is absent. If you know of an absence in advance, please notify the office and leave a message.

Any student who has been absent three consecutive days due to illness will be required to provide TRCS with a doctor’s note to return to school.



  • No bicycle riding, skateboarding, or skating on the school grounds before, during, or after school

  • Bicycles must be walked at all times while on the school campus

  • Lock your bicycle at the bike rack

  • Helmets are required by state law

  • Fold-up and carry and/or walk scooters and skateboards on school grounds. Scooters may be kept in the office and taken home each day

  • Heely roller shoes are not allowed at school


TRCS students may celebrate their birthday at the end of the school day with approval of the classroom teacher. Parents wishing to send healthy and/or bite sized treats should include enough for all class members (please see NUTRITION policy). Please do not send birthday party invitations to school unless the entire class is invited to the party.


Some teachers will utilize Bloomz as a communication tool. This social media platform allows teachers and parents a venue to communicate. Teachers can upload homework materials, send out assignment/projects reminders, and/or take sign ups for field trips and activities. We consider Bloomz a platform where any family at TRCS could view any information. Families will receive more information at Back to School Night from your child’s individual teacher if Bloomz is being used in your child’s classroom.


Each student is issued a set of books and other materials at the beginning of the school year. Students are expected to care for the books (including covering books) and materials and return them at the end of the school year in a similar condition. Students will be charged for excessive wear-and-tear or loss of materials.  Report cards and/or promotion certificates may be withheld pending payment.


Student breakfast is available for $2.25 daily at 7:45 a.m. Applications for the free and reduced-priced meals are sent home to each family with the first day packet, you can also pick them up throughout the year in the office. Applications may be submitted at any time during the school year. They will be processed in a timely manner; however, until an eligibility determination is made, and a letter is sent to the parents/guardians, the student is required to pay full price. Breakfasts are served on a prepaid basis, and parent/guardians must purchase any number of breakfasts in advance at TRCS’s office before or after school daily.

Menus are distributed at the end of each month.  See School Breakfast/Lunch menus under the NUTRITION TAB - TRCS Website.


TRCS is committed to making our school a safe and caring place for all students. We will treat each other with respect, and we will refuse to tolerate bullying of any kind at our school.  The definition of bullying is the use of force, threat, or coercion to abuse, intimidate, or aggressively dominate others. The behavior is often repeated and habitual. Any student who feels that he/she is being bullied should immediately contact school staff and/or report the incident on our confidential website link on the TRCS homepage.


In order to support building student responsibility students forgetting items (e.g., lunches, homework, athletic wear) will be allowed to call home one time (only) during their break or recess. Please assist TRCS by ensuring your student is prepared for school and making any arrangements before sending your child to school. Should your student forget their lunch more than one time a shelf-stable lunch will be provided by our Servery staff.


TRCS will utilize CATAPULT EMS (Emergency Management System) to further develop our emergency response plan to ensure parents and families are informed at all times during a campus emergency. This system, in conjunction with real-time student accounting system, staff location check-ins, and threat report management will support keeping our students and staff safe.


Twin Rivers Charters School discourages students from bringing cellphones to school. Our phone and internet services are more than capable of handling contact situations. That notwithstanding, we understand that some families will still chose to send their students to school with cell phones. The following guidelines apply:

  • Students may not use their personal cell phones when sick. This becomes a safety issue for the student when TRCS staff is unaware a student is ill/not feeling well

  • Phones must be turned off during school hours

  • Cell phones must be stored in a secure location (not on the student)

  • Cell phones must never be visible

  • The school assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged cell phones


Ongoing and open two-way communication between home and school is essential if we are to maximize each student’s academic success. Should a difficulty or problem arise regarding your child, we ask that you use the following chain of command to solve it as expeditiously as possible. Almost all issues and problems can be resolved at the lowest level.

First, request a telephone or personal conference with your child’s teacher. Parents may request a conference with any teacher by sending a written note, leaving a telephone message, or emailing indicating the nature of the concern and giving several available times and dates for the conference to take place. All teachers/staff will respond within 48 hours. In a like manner, TRCS expects that parents will reply to a staff/teacher’s request for a conference.

Second, if a resolution of the problem or concern is not reached at this conference, school administration will be advised of the situation and called in to assist as necessary.

The Principal/Superintendent will only be called in if there fails to be a resolution after both of these steps have been completed.


Any concerns not related to the classroom, should be brought to the attention of TRCS administration. TRCS administration and faculty use a wide-range of methods to communicate with parents:

  • Parent-Teacher Conferences

  • Informal communication before arrival/dismissal

  • Telephone Calls/E-mails/Texts

  • TRCS App

  • Classroom Tools: Bloomz/Remind

  • Special Purpose Letters/Teacher Memos

  • Progress Reports/Report Cards

  • Student Packets/Projects (e.g., assignment folders, binders)

  • Behavior Check Ins

  • TRCS Parent & Student Handbook (TRCS School Policies)

  • Conferences

  • Website


When involved with child-custody situations, if TRCS has received a copy of a court order, we will comply with the order directions.

If TRCS does not have a court order (parenting plan or a parent custodial status) on file, we will:

  • Release a student to either parent according to our dismissal procedures;

  • Share and distribute school materials to both parents; and

  • Allow either parent to have decision making authority (e.g., illness, pickup, enrollment).


Parents/Families are encouraged to keep close contact with the school and your child’s teacher. If at any time you have a question, please call the school and leave a message with your child’s teacher(s). The teacher will return your call as soon as possible (within 48 hours) to discuss next steps.


Teachers at TRCS use state standards and adopted curriculum materials.  The California State Standards can be found at . Specific questions about the curriculum may be directed to your child’s teachers.


TRCS and the TRCS Board of Directors take CyberBullying and all forms of digital harassment seriously. Students who are involved in cyberbullying that affects students and/or the school environment (whether the cyberbullying occurs on or off campus, during the school day, or after) will result in school intervention and consequences.  


TRCS believes it is the parents’ responsibility to enforce the school standards of dress. Dress code violations are preventable with the proper exercise of parental concern and authority. School uniforms must be worn daily by all students, except on free dress days. If a student comes to school not in uniform, the parent will be called to bring them the appropriate clothing.

Colors: TK through 5th grade colors are solid navy blue or white; 6th - 8th colors are solid navy blue, white, or red. The TRCS dress code does not include any type of plaid, logo, or corduroy fabric.


  • Shirts may be polo style (no logos), oxford, turtleneck, and/or Peter Pan collar

  • Undershirts may not be visible through uniforms shirts.


  • Khaki pants (navy blue or khaki), khaki colored jeans, capris, shorts, skorts, skirts, and jumpers. Pants and shorts can either be plain front or pleated with straight or elastic waists. Skorts, skirts, and jumpers are plain with a few pleats or elastic at the waist

  • Navy blue or white leggings under skirts and dresses


  • “Cargo pants” or any pants/skirts/shorts/skorts with multiple items (e.g., 3 or more buckles, zippers, pockets)

  • Short shorts, skorts, skirts, and/or jumpers (shorter than fingertip length, when the arm is held hanging down the side)

  • Athletic shorts/pants (pants with an elastic waist)


For safety reasons, only closed-toed shoes may be worn and must have a strap that goes around the heel. Athletic shoes are required for P.E. in 4th – 8th grades.  

  • Athletic sturdy or leather shoes

  • Heels may not be higher than ½ half inch

  • Cowboy boots are not recommended

  • No light up shoes

  • Socks are to be white, navy blue (or red for Middle School), please keep logos on socks to a minimum

  • Nylons and tights must be a solid color, in school colors


Coats and winter jackets worn outside are not subject to the uniform policy but they must be removed when the student enters the buildings, and must be free of any depiction of violence, profanity, advertisements, vulgar terms or pictures, or inappropriate logos. No oversized jewelry, hair wreaths, and/or headbands.  Headbands must sit flat against the head.

In order to follow the dress code we recommend purchasing navy or white (red is allowed for middle school) sweaters/sweatshirts for students to wear inside the classroom.


If a child is to be picked up early, the parent/legal guardian must come to TRCS’s office and sign the child out using the Student Leave/Return log. Your child’s teacher will be called and the student will be sent to the office. Teachers should be notified, in advance when possible, when a student is being picked up early.  Only the parent/legal guardians of the student, or adults identified in writing by the parent/legal guardians of the student will be permitted to take the child from the school. TRCS assumes no liability in cases where students leave the premises in violation of the above policy. Excused absences are granted for medical and dental appointments. Official verification of appointment may be required. If possible, appointments should be scheduled after school hours.

See SARB POLICY under ATTENDANCE link - TRCS Website.


Early Release Days are a fundamental difference between TRCS and many district schools. TRCS is committed to professional development for our staff to ensure that every child succeeds and that is most effectively established during this time while not increasing substitutes in the classroom. TRCS has nearly 50 early release days (every Wednesday, during Parent/Teacher Conference week, and periodically throughout the school year) each year, however our school still exceeds the minimum requirement for instructional minutes established by California by implementing longer school days the remainder of the instructional days.


ELPAC is the required state test for English Language proficiency that must be administered yearly to students whose primary language is another language other than English.


We cannot stress enough the importance of TRCS having current and up to date contact information for your children. Please notify the school office when there is a change of phone number or persons to be contacted when you cannot be reached. It is understood that enrollment at TRCS automatically confers upon the school the obligation to select emergency care providers in the absence or the ability to reach the parents, and that no liability would attach to such a decision in the event that the parents cannot be reached.

  • Home address and telephone/cell phone number(s)

  • Work address and telephone number(s)

  • Family physician name and telephone number

  • Please list any medical diagnoses, allergies or other health conditions including any medications

  • Parents’/Guardians approval/preference to send the student to a medical facility/hospital for emergency treatment should this be necessary

  • The signature of responsible parent(s) or legal guardian(s) allowing TRCS  to seek medical treatment for student

  • The name(s) of the persons to whom the student may be released


TRCS is a public charter school.  Students enrolling in TK and Kindergarten are placed in a lottery system with priority given for children of TRCS employees, enrolled and alumni siblings, and students enrolled in the April Lane School District. Students who meet minimum requirements (below) are enrolled based on available class size maximums in 1st – 8th grades.

Once enrolled, students who do not maintain the following requirements may be returned to their neighborhood school.

  • 2.0 GPA with no more than 1 ‘F’ in core subject areas (ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies)

  • 90% (minimum) attendance rate

  • No more than five discipline infractions in a school year (note: tardies are not discipline infractions)

See ENROLLMENT link - TRCS Website.


Students who are not meeting the minimum enrollment expectations at TRCS will have the opportunity to attend the TRCS Enrollment Panel hearing held at the end of May each school year. This panel of administration and school personnel will discuss the enrollment criteria in jeopardy (Grades, Attendance, and/or Behavior) and determine if a student will be granted continued enrollment at TRCS.


In order for students to participate/attend extracurricular activities (e.g., athletics, dances) students must be in attendance during the school day prior to the activity.

Students attending any extracurricular activities are expected to follow the Free Dress Day dress code policy or remain in school uniform.


TRCS is pleased to offer many field trip opportunities during a student’s educational experience. The ability to participate in Field Trips is a privilege. Students with school behavior problems or academic issues may be excluded from the field/study trips at the discretion of the teacher and TRCS administration.

All buses for out of town Field Trips will be arranged by TRCS’s front office. School Administration must approve all field trips.  In town field trips will use parent volunteer drivers who have met the minimum requirements: Insurance (minimum liability coverage) and a clean DMV printout, as well as all Volunteer Application requirements.



Food allergies can be life threatening. We know the risk of accidental exposure to foods can be reduced when we work with students, parents, and physicians to minimize risks and provide a safe educational environment for students with food related allergies. At TRCS we strive to be a Peanut Reduced/Food Allergy aware environment at school to ensure student safety.  Individual classrooms having students with food allergies will be labeled on the classroom door. Teachers will provide additional information to keep students safe at Back to School Night.

See NUTRITION link on the TRCS Website.


On free dress days, students should be dressed neatly and appropriately for our school environment.

Please follow the guidelines of this policy. Modest attire should be worn. Students may not wear the following:

  • Athletic wear

  • No short skirts or short shorts

  • Tank tops, halter tops, low cut under the arms, chest, or ones that expose the mid-section, shirts with spaghetti straps (thinner than 2 inches)

  • T-shirts depicting violence, profanity, advertisements, vulgar terms or pictures, or negative individual and/or group activity

  • Clothing such as oversized pants or cutoffs with knee-length white socks, oversized jewelry, or hair wreaths, headbands that do not sit flat against the head, and/or hairstyles perceived as a gang symbol or affiliation

  • Pants with holes in them, ripped, frayed, or with patches on them

  • Pajama pants, pajama shirts, slipper type shoes

  • Exposed undergarments

  • Hats, beanies, mittens and/or scarves may be only worn outside

If your child wears something considered inappropriate, you will be called and will need to bring your child appropriate attire. Your child will remain in class until the appropriate attire is brought to them. They will miss recess/break time until the items is brought. If an article of clothing is questionable, please save your child the embarrassment of being cited. Students that habitually violate the uniform policy will be subject to further discipline.



When head lice are detected on your child at school, you will be notified by telephone and given appropriate head lice treatment information.  Your child will be excluded from school at this time. Two days absence will be excused. If your child is absent more than two days, it will be considered unexcused.

If you find the presence of lice on your child’s head, DO NOT send him/her to school.  Your child should be nit (egg) free to be readmitted to school (per Board Policy). Students will not be allowed in school with live lice.  A parent or guardian must be with the student when he/she returns to school to be rechecked.


State education code mandated screenings including vision, hearing and color vision (1st grade males) will be coordinated by our School Nurse.  The TRCS School Nurse also coordinates and participates in health education classes for 5th and 7th grade students. Our school nurse is available on campus all day every Tuesday. Any questions, please contact our Health Office, Ext. 307.


Students in grades 6th – 8th are eligible to receive Academic Awards based on the following:

  • Students with a grade point average of 3.0 - 3.49 will make the Honor Roll

  • Students with a grade point average of 3.50 - 4.0 will make the Golden Honor Roll


If homework is to be effective, it must be a joint responsibility of the home and school. The purpose of homework is to: reinforce skills taught in school, to develop independent work habits, and to engage in long-term research or creative projects. In order to help your child be successful please:

  • Help your child work out a study schedule and provide a quiet work environment;

  • Use the Daily Planner (3rd – 8th grades) to ensure homework assignments are clear and completed; and

  • Encourage your child to read every night.

Homework varies by grade/subject level, but a rule of thumb is about 10 minutes of homework per grade.


An Individual Education Plan (IEP) is a document that is developed collaboratively as a team for public school students who have qualified for special education qualifications.


Here are some guidelines that are meant to be helpful when making the decision about sending your child to school:

  • Children must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school. Fever is defined as 100.4F or higher

  • Children with a positive strep culture must be treated with prescribed antibiotics for 24 hours before returning to school

  • Children that have been vomiting or have had diarrhea must remain home until the vomiting or diarrhea has stopped for 24 hours

  • If a student is sent home during the school day they will not be allowed to return until the second day (due to 24 hours symptom free requirement)


TRCS knows that learning happens best when a child is at school every day and on time. If your child is going to be absent from school for an extended period of time (3 or more days) please check with the office to see if your student qualifies for Independent Study. Independent Study enables a child to receive attendance credit, and lessen any academic gaps due to these planned absences. Independent Study work is due the day the student returns to school. Students not completing their independent study packet before returning will have their absences changed to unexcused; in addition, the school work will not be accepted by the student’s classroom teacher(s) for credit. Independent Study requests must be completed at least one week before the absence will occur. TRCS will grant one excused Independent Study per year per student.



It is the policy of TRCS that all injuries to the face and head will be reported to the office and that the office staff will write up an incident report. The office will call home and notify the parent(s) or guardian(s) of the child. Any injury that requires medical assistance, such as, but not limited to, the child needing to go to the doctor or hospital, will be brought to school administration’s attention. Receiving an ice pack or a Band-Aid is not considered medical assistance.


Parents are strongly encouraged to label jackets, sweaters, and lunch boxes with your child’s name. “Found” articles will be kept on the “Lost and Found” table located by the Lunch Tables. Unclaimed items will be donated to a charitable organization three times a year. Look for announcements on the marquee.


Student lunches are available in the cafeteria for $3.50. Applications for the free and reduced-priced meals are sent home to each family with the first day packet and may be picked up and turned in throughout the school year.  They will be processed in a timely manner; however, until an eligibility determination is made, and a letter is sent to the parents/guardians, the student is required to pay full price. Children participating in the National School Lunch Program will not be overtly identified by the use of any special means. Lunches are served on a pre-paid basis, and parent/guardians must purchase lunches in advance in the office. Orders received after 9 a.m. on Tuesday will not count towards the upcoming week. In the event of a forgotten lunch your child will be able to call home. If your child continues to forget his/her lunch, they will be given something to eat when available. Those who bring lunches from home may purchase milk for $.50.

See MENUS under the NUTRITION TAB - TRCS Website.


All medication, including non-prescription (e.g., cough drops, Advil, aspirin, Tylenol) requires a signed release form from the parent and physician for school personnel to administer the medicine as prescribed in the written statement from the physician. Only teachers or office personnel will assist students with the administration of their medication.  Note: Sunscreen requires a signed note from a physician.


One of the best ways to stay informed about upcoming events at TRCS is through our weekly newsletter, Tiger Tracks. This newsletter is sent home with students and also posted on the TRCS App.  This information is timely and updated weekly for our TRCS Families.


TRCS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, nation origin, ancestry, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability or other status protected by las win admission or access to, treatment and employment in its program and activities. The following person has been identified as the compliance officer for the district to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies. Specific discrimination based on disability can also be addressed here.

Karen Villalobos, Superintendent/Principal TRCS

2510 Live Oak Blvd. Yuba City, CA 95991

(530) 755-2872


In order to ensure TRCS provides an educational experience for all students throughout the instructional day non-TRCS student guests will only be allowed to visit students during recess/break and lunchtime, with prior administration approval.


Please use first and last name of student and parent, grade level and/or teacher name, and date on all correspondence from home. This is especially important when the parent and child do not have the same last name.


TRCS values the health of our students. To that end we have adopted the Smart Snack policy. Snacks brought into share must meet the guidelines of: fruit, milk, vegetable, protein, or whole grain listed as one of the first ingredients.  

In addition, snacks that are labeled “Two Bite” will be allowed for birthdays and celebrations.

See NUTRITION POLICY on the NUTRITION TAB on the TRCS Website for more ideas.


Outdoor play during recess is expected of all children except when severe weather (e.g., heavy downpour, thunderstorms) necessitates that all students remain indoors. Make sure your student is appropriately dressed to go out to recess daily.  If your student is not healthy enough to be outside please keep them home for their own well-being.


As partners in the educational process at TRCS, we ask parents to:

  • Set rules, times, and limits so your child gets to bed early on school nights;

  • Ensure your child arrives to school on time;

  • Pick up your child on time;

  • Assist your student to ensure the completion of class assignments on time, or seek out assistance from their teacher(s);

  • Pre-pay for school breakfast/lunches;

  • Utilize Bloomz, Remind, TRCS App, Nightly Planners (3-8 grades), and/or the TRCS Website to stay informed with school activities;

  • Actively participate in school activities, fundraisers, Parent/Teacher/Student conferences, PTO events, and Back-to-School Night;

  • Reimburse TRCS for any damage to school books or property due to carelessness or neglect on the part of your child;

  • Notify the school with a phone call/note when a student is absent or tardy;

  • Communicate with TRCS any special situations regarding the student’s well-being, safety, and/or health;

  • Complete and return to TRCS any requested information promptly;

  • Support and enforce the behavior and academic policies of TRCS;

  • Handle all differences of opinions professionally and in confidence (not in front of children/students);

  • Ensure that drop off and pick up procedures run smoothly by remaining in your car and giving your fellow parents the benefit of the doubt; and

  • Uphold and support our TRCS mission statement:

To inspire and prepare students for academic excellence and cultivating responsible, engaged and well-rounded citizens.  


The following is a partial list of programs where TRCS Parents can participate:

  • Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)

    • Room Parent

    • Staff Appreciation Week (May)

    • End-of the Year Field Day Activities

    • Fundraisers

  • School Fundraisers (Book Fairs, Olive Oil & Cookie Dough & Jam Fundraiser)

  • Field Trip Chaperones

  • Sports Program Coaches

  • School Picture Coordination (Fall)

If you are interested in any of the above programs, TRCS’s office can give you contact information.


Conferences are scheduled all TK-5th grade students and in grades 6-8 as determined by parents and/or teacher request. Conference days are scheduled on the TRCS Calendar and translators are available available. If you have any questions or concerns please contact your child’s teacher or school administration.


TRCS PTO meets at 6:00 p.m., the first Monday of each month in the Erik Karlshoej Educational Center on the TRCS campus. Please check the TRCS Calendar for scheduled dates.

The general goal of the PTO is to assist the school pertaining to the school and its education programs through parent participation. The PTO is an important vehicle for parents to support TRCS, share their ideas, and voice any concerns to the principal at TRCS. The PTO conducts fundraisers to support Twin River Charter School’s special and ongoing projects/programs that are approved by the PTO board. PTO works with teachers to maximize the utilization of parent volunteers and enhances the curriculum by supporting TRCS programs.


TRCS Drop Off Do’s:

  • Continuously drive up as far as possible;

  • Have your child ready to exit the vehicle after you have stopped in the drop-off zone (students should have jackets and backpacks on);

  • Have your child exit the vehicle quickly and safely to the right (at the curb);

  • Look around prior to pulling around to exit; and

  • Take a deep breath, we are all in this together!

TRCS Drop Off Don’ts:

  • Leave your car unattended in the drop-off area;

  • Get out of the vehicle to help your child;

  • Store your child’s backpack inside the trunk;

  • Have conversations in the drop-off area while in the car; and

  • Get frustrated with fellow TRCS parents or staff members (remember, we are all in this together).


  • Follow the Parking Lot Drop Off Do’s and Don’ts;

  • Keep the rear view mirror placard visible;

  • Park your vehicle against the curb on the left or right side; the middle lane is to remain open and will be used to send cars through as grades are dismissed and student names are called;

  • When you reach the pick up area, stop in the middle lane to pick up your child;

  • Keep an eye out for the TRCS staff on duty to escort your student to your car;

  • Encourage your student to pay attention at pick up, this will expedite TRCS staff in identifying students ready to be picked up;

  • If you need to have a conversation with your child’s teacher please pull around and park in the parking lot and walk around to the dismissal area

Students in 6th – 8th grades without younger siblings may be picked up at Northridge Park. A signed, Student Walk Off form must be on file in the office. Students with younger siblings will stay on the TRCS School campus during dismissal times.

PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Supports)

TRCS believes that students learn best in an environment that is safe and free from distractions. In accordance with this they have established a behavior management plan aimed at promoting positive behaviors and discouraging misbehavior and distraction.

Students are expected to respect teachers, staff members, peers, and themselves at all times. Failure to act in a way that reflects this expectation will result in consequences. Examples of such behaviors include, but are not limited to:

  • Disruptive or inappropriate behavior

  • “Rough-housing” or any other violation of personal space

  • Fighting

  • Cursing

  • Failing to follow staff directions

  • Failure to follow the dress code

  • Inappropriate cell phone use

  • Bullying

  • Dishonesty

  • Misuse of playground equipment

  • Misuse/or destruction of educational tools and/or school property

See PBIS Handbook under STUDENTS TAB -TRCS Website


The school may photograph students for celebration and award assembly recognition.  Any reproduction of the photo or video will only be used only for the purposes of education (e.g., on the TRCS PTO page). If you do not want your child to be photographed for these purposes, please come into the office to fill out a non-consent form.

Parents and guests on campus, please do not photograph or video any student that is not your own child while on school grounds without prior permission or parent consent.


Cats and dogs are not allowed in school. Any animals of educational interest are allowed in the classroom only with prior permission of the classroom teacher. Please do not walk your dog(s) on school property during school hours.


Students are encouraged to play with other students. When the bell rings signaling the end of recess, students must stop recess activity and proceed to his/her class waiting area until the teacher arrives. The Yard Supervisor will perform a quick, visual sweep of the entire playground.



Our TRCS staff has designed a thorough process by which students are placed in classes. The individual student is carefully considered as staff meets in May and June to make placements. While attending to individual student, we strive to develop heterogeneous classes of students who will work well together. While our policy will be to not accept requests for specific teachers, we do invite parents to describe their students as learners for their current teacher.


Promotion: A student satisfactorily completing each grade’s work will be promoted to the next grade.

Retention: Retention is only appropriate, for developmental readiness reasons, in grades K, 1, and 2.

In order to attend the Eighth Grade Promotion Ceremony minimum requirements must be met, including behavior, grades and attendance.  These will be reviewed with the 8th grade class at the beginning and throughout the year, to ensure all students are able to participate in this celebratory event.



Some of our teachers utilize the Remind App for communication about assignments, tests, projects. You will find out about Remind App at Back to School Night or from teacher syllabi given the first week of school.


TRCS believes in teaching children accountability for their actions. In some cases, a student may be given a detention in order to reflect upon his/her behavior. Detention may be assigned by any TRCS staff member and is typically held after school on an assigned day each week. If your child is assigned detention a parent/family member will be notified. Assigned detention must be served during the next date it is offered. Failure to attend assigned detention will result in additional consequences.


In most cases where you need help, the first person with whom you should get in touch with is your child’s teacher as he/she knows your child the best. If your inquiry in more generalized in nature, our TRCS office staff (procedural matters) or school administrators (educational matters) will be pleased to respond.


SARB is used to ensure TRCS is compliant with student attendance laws and ensure students are in school. TRCS follows Sutter County Superintendent of Schools (SCSOS) protocols for student attendance.



TRCS’s Board of Directors is committed to protecting the academic as well as the safety of all students, faculty, and guests who visit the campus; hence, the Board has adopted the following policy: No children under the age of twelve (12), excluding students enrolled in the school, shall be allowed in the classrooms, back office areas, and teacher work/copy room areas. Exceptions to this policy for pre-arranged events such as field trips or special classroom activities will be at the discretion of the teacher of that class.


The TRCS School Safety Plan covers such events as fire drills, school evacuations, and school lockdown plus.  The Safety plan can be found on our website at and should be reviewed by our families for pick up areas should an evacuation occur.  In the event of an emergency TRCS will utilize Catapult to contact families. TRCS regularly conducts evaluations of its safety plans and procedures as well as its physical surroundings. The School Safety Plan is updated every year and the school participates in regularly scheduled safety drills. Emergency response materials are located within each classroom.



Beginning in Fall 2018 TRCS will take school pictures one time during the school year, in the fall. The date and picture forms for the fall date are sent home to families prior to taking the pictures. Parents have the opportunity, but are under no obligation, to purchase school pictures.


Individual teachers create recommended supply lists for their grade level. Although not required, we appreciate your family’s contribution to these classroom items. Your donations enable our teachers to use their classroom budgets on class projects and one-time expenses.


TRCS is committed to maintaining a school environment that is free from sexual harassment. The Board prohibits sexual harassment of any student by another student, an employee or other person, at school or at a school-sponsored activity. Any student who engages in sexual harassment of anyone at school, or at a school-sponsored or school-related activity, is in violation of this policy and shall be subject to disciplinary action. Prohibited sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to: unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, visual or physical conduct of a sexual nature.  Any student who feels that he/she is being harassed should immediately contact their teacher, vice principal, or the superintendent/principal.


All custodial parents have a right of access to all records relating to their child. To see these records, please submit a written request 48 hours prior to viewing. All records must be viewed inside the principal’s office. The records may not leave the building. Parents have the right to receive copies of these files.


TRCS’s Student Study Team (SST) process brings together a team to discuss how to assist individual students in meeting the challenges they are facing. Teachers, as well as parents, can request a SST to discuss student (child) academic and/or behavioral progress. The SST typically consist of your child’s current teacher, the intervention coordinator, and parent(s)/guardians of the child.


In cases where the absence of immediate disciplinary action (suspension) would pose a real threat to the health and welfare of another student, the students in general or school staff, the administration in charge may remove the student from class, or playground and contact the parent/legal guardian as soon as possible. TRCS is a school of choice our expectation for student behavior is high.  Therefore, students who are suspended from TRCS more than one time during the school year will be asked to return to their neighborhood school.


Students who come to school tardy have a negative impact not only on their own education, but it is also a disruption to the teacher and other students in the classroom. It is the policy of TRCS that a student who is tardy more than three times a trimester will be considered as having excessive tardiness.

If a student is not meeting this tardy policy, a review of the student’s situation will be initiated to determine what could be causing the lack of appropriate attendance. Based on that review, a plan will be created in partnership with the student and his/her family to assist the student in arriving to school on time.

See SARB Policy under PARENT TAB - TRCS Website.


TRCS uses the Network/Online Services Use Agreement. For this reason, the following agreement is in place. TRCS Students and Parents agree to this contract when they sign the agreement.

  • All TRCS network/online services users are required to sign the Authorized Network/Online Services Use Agreement form and to abide by the terms and condition of Board Policy and the corresponding regulations. The Board of Directors does not authorize any use of the network/online service that is not conducted strictly in compliance with this policy. Your signature on this document indicates that you have read the terms and conditions carefully and understand their significance.

  • TRCS believes that online services (Internet) offer vast, diverse, and unique resources for students, teachers, and users. The school’s goal in providing this service to staff and students is to promote educational excellence in schools by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication.

  • The school may not be able to technologically limit access to services through the school’s online services connection to only those that have been authorized for the purpose of instruction, study, and research related to the curriculum. Parent/Guardians are advised that a determined user may be able to gain access to services on the Internet which the school has not authorized for educational purposes. Parents/guardians are also advised that communications on the Internet are not censored by the school. By participating in the use of online services, students may gain access to information and communications which they or their parents/guardians may find inappropriate, offensive, or controversial. Parents/guardians assume this risk by consenting to allow their students to participate in the use of online services.

  • Users who disregard the school network/online services use policy and regulations may have their use privileges suspended or revoked and may be subject to other disciplinary actions. Users granted access to the Internet through the TRCS assumes personal responsibility and liability, both civil and criminal, for uses of the Internet not authorized by District policy.

See STUDENT ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY AND AGREEMENT under STUDENTS TAB - TRCS Website for more details regarding the use of network services and agreements.


Tiger Care is TRCS’s after school child care program. Tiger Care is available on regular school days, unless noted on the Tiger Care Calendar.



TRCS is a tobacco free zone. We ask our parents and families and family members to please refrain from using cigarettes, e-cigarettes, pipes, and/or chewing tobacco while on campus, this includes in private cars in the parking lot while dropping off and picking up students.


All types of toys, cards, and electronic devices excluding cell phones are not allowed on campus before, during, or after school (including Tiger Care). They may not be brought for sharing or any other school related event. Any violation of this rule will result in the item being taken from the child and held in the office for parent pickup. TRCS will not be responsible if these items are lost or stolen.


We are thrilled that TRCS will have our first app!  Thanks to a generous donation from our PTO. This App will replace Bloomz for our school wide distribution. The TRCS App is available for all smartphones. To download the App look for “Twin Rivers Charter School” in the App Store.


TRCS staff understands the importance of family activities and vacations. However, we also believe in and support the importance of daily attendance and continuity of learning.  Our staff has found that extended vacations and absence from school can cause gaps and difficulties in learning. Vacations and family trips scheduled during school time are highly discouraged. If a student must be taken out of school, the parent must complete the Independent Study Process at least one week before the scheduled absence. In order to receive credit, all schoolwork and assignments missed during the student’s absence are to be made up are due the day the student returns to campus.


To ensure student and staff safety it is paramount that we know who is on campus. All visitors are required, by state law, to check in at TRCS’s office. If you are bringing a lunch or materials during the day for your child, please bring them to the office and these will be delivered during student breaks to avoid disruption of instruction in the classroom. If you would like to visit your child’s classroom outside of volunteering in the classroom, it must be arranged ahead of time with your child’s teacher.  


In order to ensure the safety of students TRCS does not allow adult visitors on campus during the school day. Parents wanting to visit with their child may do so in the office.


To ensure the safety of students TRCS has implemented a Volunteer Application process. The Volunteer Application packet will be considered complete when the following four (4) items are completed and turned into the TRCS Office:

  1. Fingerprinting Clearance Sutter County Sheriff’s Department (on Civic Center Blvd) to have the Live Scan process completed. This process will be paid for by TRCS and will only be required one time.

  1. Current TB Clearance form completed.

  1. Volunteer Application completed including acknowledgement of TRCS Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities.

  1. Megan’s Law database clearance completed by TRCS School Personnel.

TRCS staff will review and approve Volunteer Application packets. Volunteers who are successful will be provided to the classroom teacher and front office staff for a permanent volunteer pass status. Parents, family members, friends, guests, and/or students will not be allowed in TRCS classrooms to work with students or chaperone on field trips without these requirements being met.

Volunteers are required to keep a code of confidentiality while on campus and in individual classrooms. Volunteers should refrain from using their cell phones and any other distractions that might interrupt classroom instruction.

Non-school age children may not be in the classroom with a parent during volunteer time in the classroom and on fieldtrips.


Because of the location of the TRCS Campus on Live Oak Boulevard we will only allow students to walk through the back gate to leave campus.

In order for TRCS to allow students to walk home from campus the following must occur:

  • Students must have a Walk-Off Form signed in the office;

  • Student must walk on the sidewalk & use the crosswalks;

  • Students must walk facing traffic whenever possible; and

  • Students must leave the campus immediately upon dismissal.


Our website, is available to find information about current and upcoming events. Please be sure to bookmark this site and check it regularly.

(NOTE: Because of new ADA compliance laws for the accessibility of websites all schools are required to update/modify much of the format of school websites. The TRCS Website will be going through these compliance changes which will affect the look of our website, the maintenance and upkeep, and ease of sharing documents.  

Our intent is that the new TRCS App will be the place our students and families access to get up to date information as the ADA compliance requirements have not required Apps to be compliant, yet.


I/We have read the TRCS Student & Parent Handbook and reviewed them with my/our child(ren). By signing below we understand the policies and expectations of attending TRCS, specifically in the following areas (additional information on these policies are located on the TRCS Website,

□ Attendance & SARB □ Discipline

      □ Drivers (Field Trips) □ Dress Code

      □ Healthy Snacks              □ Technology               

      □ Volunteer Policy □ Mandated Screenings


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Teacher’s Name: ___________________________

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