Student and Parent Handbook 2019-2020

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 ACADEMIC ASSEMBLIES

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 www.twinriverscharterschool.org, and weekly Tiger Tracks.

ACADEMIC TESTING

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

The MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) tests are administered two (or 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 results are shared with families in the Trimester 1 Progress Report and Trimester 2 (and 3) Report Cards. (Note: Only K-2nd grade students take the spring MAP due to CAASPP assessment in grades 3-8.  Any questions about your child’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 or available electronically as soon as they are available.

 

The CAST (California Science Test) is taken online each spring by 5th and 8th grade students. CAST measures each student’s achievement towards proficiency with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Results will be made available electronically as soon as they are available, typically during summer.

ARRIVAL / DEPARTURE TIMES

ARRIVAL:

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.)

DEPARTURE:

Students in 6th – 8th grades and students with School Walk Off Permission forms may be picked up at Northridge Park.  Students with younger siblings may stay with their younger siblings on the TRCS School Campus during pick up based on parent preference.  Any student remaining on the school grounds longer than 15 minutes after school dismissal time will be taken to our Tiger Care Program located in the Middle School Campus and a fee will be charged.

ATHLETICS

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

ATTENDANCE & ABSENCES

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.


 BICYCLES/SCOOTERS/SKATEBOARDS

  • 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

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS

With prior approval, TRCS students may celebrate their birthday at the end of the school day. Parents wishing to send healthy and/or one-bite sized treats should include enough for all class members. TRCS’s NUTRITION policy is available on our website. Full sized cupcakes, if sent to school, will be cut into quarters.

Please do not send birthday party invitations to school unless the entire class is invited to the party.

BLOOMZ

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.

BOOKS AND MATERIALS

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 may be charged for excessive wear-and-tear or loss of materials.

BREAKFAST PROGRAM

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.  

BULLYING

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.

CALLING HOME

In order to support building student responsibility students forgetting items (e.g., lunches, homework, athletic wear, jackets) will be allowed to call home one time (only) during the school year. 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.

CATAPULT EMS

TRCS utilizes CATAPULT EMS (Emergency Management System) in addition to the TRCS App as our emergency response plan ensuring 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.


CELL PHONES

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 choose 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 not be visible; and

  • TRCS assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged cell phones.

CHAIN OF COMMAND

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.

COMMUNICATION

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/Emails/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 www.twinriverscharterschool.org

CHILD CUSTODY

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).

CONFERENCES

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 within 48 hours to discuss next steps.


CURRICULUM

Teachers at TRCS use state standards and adopted curriculum materials.  The California State Standards can be found at http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/ . Specific questions about the curriculum may be directed to your child’s teacher(s).

CYBERBULLYING

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.  Students may report CyberBullying on the TRCS website.

DRESS CODE

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/TOPS ALLOWED:

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

  • Undershirts may not be visible through uniforms shirts. 

BOTTOMS ALLOWED:

  • 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 (leggings may not be worn alone)

  • Joggers

BOTTOMS NOT ALLOWED

  • “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)

SHOES/SOCKS:

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

OUTERWEAR:

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.

EARLY DISMISSALS

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. 


EARLY RELEASE DAYS

Early Release Days are a fundamental difference between TRCS and many 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 instructional days.

ELPAC

The English Language Proficiency Assessment for California (ELPAC) is the required state test for English Language proficiency that is administered yearly to students whose primary language is a language other than English.  Results of the ELPAC are sent home in spring.

EMERGENCY CARDS

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

ENROLLMENT AT TRCS

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 boundary area. 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.

  • Follow TRCS Attendance Policy including an attendance and tardy rates above 90%

  • Exhibit good behavior

  • Maintain at least a 2.0 GPA with no more than 1 'F' in core subject areas (ELA, Math, Science, Social Science)

ENROLLMENT PANEL

Students who are not meeting the minimum enrollment, behavior, or academic expectations at TRCS will have the opportunity to attend the TRCS Enrollment Panel hearing held in 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. Students may also be put on an Enrollment Contract during this panel hearing.

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

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.

In addition, students must be meeting TRCS expectations for behavior (no suspensions during the semester), academics (minimum 2.0), and attendance (90%).

Students attending any extracurricular activities are expected to follow the TRCS Dress Code Policy, TRCS Free Dress Day dress code policy, and/or remain in school uniform.

Students may seek permission from school administration (at least two (2) days prior to the event) to invite a non-TRCS guest to an extra curricular activities and/or special school function (e.g., dance). The student invited must be in the same grade levels (6th - 8th grades) to


attend school dances.  Students not seeking prior permission for their guests will have their guests sent home from the event.

FIELD TRIPS

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.  Students must return permission slips the day before the scheduled field trip in order to participate.

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

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.

FREE DRESS DAY POLICY

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. Your child will miss recess/break time until the appropriate clothing items are 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.

HEAD LICE

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.

HEALTH SERVICES

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, Mrs. Beckie Kersting, is available on campus all day every Tuesday. Any questions, please contact our Health Office, Ext. 307 and your call will be returned the next Tuesday.


HONOR ROLL/GOLDEN HONOR ROLL

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

HOMEWORK

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.

INDIVIDUAL EDUCATION PLAN (IEP) 

An Individual Education Plan (IEP) or IEP means a written statement for a child with a disability that is developed, reviewed, and revised in accordance with §§300.320 through 300.324. An IEP is a document that is developed collaboratively as a team for students who have qualified under special education qualifications to receive special education services..

TRCS uses the Student Study Team (SST) process to ensure that students identified as needing additional support have been identified early and interventions have been in place in the general education classroom setting.

ILLNESS 

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

Children must be fever and symptom 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 and/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 (day 1) they will not be allowed to return to school the next day (day 2). Students must be symptom free for 24 hours in order to return to school. They may return to school on Day 3.

INDEPENDENT STUDY 

TRCS knows that learning happens best when a student 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.

INJURY INCIDENCES 

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.

LOST & FOUND

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 and TRCS App.


LUNCH PROGRAM

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 prepaid 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 forgets his/her lunch he/she will be able to call the first time this happens. After the first time they will be given a shelf stable lunch. 

Those who bring lunches from home may purchase milk for $.50. 

MEDICATION AUTHORIZATION 

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.

NEWSLETTER - TIGER TRACKS

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.

NONDISCRIMINATION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY

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 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

NON-TRCS GUESTS

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 seek approval at least 24 hours before the guest would like to be on campus.

NOTES FROM PARENTS

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

NUTRITION POLICY

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, vegetables, protein, or whole grain listed as one of the first ingredients.  

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

OUTDOOR RECESS 

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 and eating lunch outside under the covered overhang. If your student is not healthy enough to be outside, please keep them home for their well-being and the health of other students.


PARENTS AS PARTNERS/ PARENTS CODE OF CONDUCT

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;

  • Ensure you pick up your child on time;

  • Assist your child 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 your child will be absent or tardy;

  • Communicate with TRCS any special situations regarding your child’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 your child(ren)/ other students);

  • Ensure that drop off and pick up procedures run smoothly by remaining in your car and giving your fellow parents/adults 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.  

PARENT PARTICIPATION

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 (June)

    • Fundraisers

  • School Fundraiser support (e.g., 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, the TRCS office can provide additional information.

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES

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 by request. If you have any questions or concerns please contact your child’s teacher.

PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATION (PTO)

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 TRCS and its education programs through parent engagement and  participation. The PTO is an important way for parents and families to support TRCS and share their ideas. The PTO conducts fundraisers to support Twin River Charter School’s special and ongoing projects/programs and purchases that are approved by the PTO. PTO works with directly with TRCS to maximize the utilization of parent volunteers and enhances the curriculum by supporting TRCS programs.


PARKING LOT DROP OFF

TRCS Drop Off Do’s: 

  • Continuously drive up as far as possible to the Loading Zone (located directly in front of the iron gates and newly marked for 2019/2020 on the pavement with white lines); 

  • Have your child ready to exit the vehicle after you have stopped in the Loading Zone (be sure your students are ready to exit the car);

  • Help your child, if they need assistance, exit your automobile quickly;

  • Have your child exit the vehicle quickly and safely to the right of your automobile at the curb; 

  • Look around prior to pulling away from the curb to exit the parking lot; and

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

TRCS Drop Off Don’ts:

  • Leave your car unattended in the Loading Zone or along the curb;

  • Store your child’s backpack in the trunk;

  • Have conversations in the Loading Zone while in the car with other parents or staff members; and

  • Get frustrated with fellow TRCS parents or staff members (Remember: Take a deep breath, we are all in this together).

PARKING LOT PICK UP 

Our Pick Up procedures have been created to keep TRCS students and families walking across the parking lot safe. Please assist us by following the following guidelines.

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

  • Pick up your child in the Loading Zone area;

  • If you are walking use the Loading Zone area or crosswalks only;

  • Please do not encourage your student to walk down the sidewalk to be picked up;

  • Keep the rear view mirror placard visible;

  • Vehicles will be loaded in the Loading Zone or area directly in front of the gates;

  • Park your vehicle against the curb on the right or pull to the left 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;

  • All three lanes will be loaded in the Loading Zone (or when deemed safe to load your child);

  • When you reach the Loading Zone your child will

be delivered to your car;

  • Keep an eye out for the TRCS staff on duty to escort your child to your car and give you directions;

  • Encourage your child to pay attention at pick up time, this will expedite TRCS staff in identifying students ready to be picked up. Note: Your name is called as soon as TRCS staff can see your child/ren in their pick up lines;

  • 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 may stay on the TRCS School campus during dismissal times.  Students must be picked up within 15 minutes of the end of the school day.

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


PHOTOGRAPHY OF STUDENTS

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.

PETS

Pets are not allowed in school during school hours. 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. Service animals are acceptable on campus.

PLAYGROUND RULES

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. Playground rules are reviewed with students periodically. A copy of these rules are available in the front office.

PLACEMENT PROCEDURE

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 AND RETENTION

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.

RAPTOR

New for 2019/2020 is the The Raptor® system. This database will check visitors against custom databases set by our school’s Approved Volunteer list and Approved Driver List. Raptor will not only support our staff on any visitors on campus, it will also support in tracking tardy information and early check outs for students. Raptor will be one more tool we have at TRCS to ensure our students and staff are safe. 

REMIND APP

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

RESTORE - REFLECT - REFRAME (R3)

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.

QUESTIONS, CONCERNS, OR PROBLEMS

In most cases when you need help, the first point of contact should be 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 administration (educational matters) will be pleased to respond.  Please allow up to 48 hours for a response.

SCHOOL ATTENDANCE REPORTING BOARD (SARB)

SARB is used to ensure TRCS is compliant with the California student attendance laws and ensure students are in school. TRCS follows local county protocols for student attendance reporting.  TRCS families can find additional information about the SARB process on their local Superintendent of Schools (SCSOS, YCOE, or CCOE) website.

SCHOOL SAFETY

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 without proper training (e.g., Teacher Assistants). 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.

SCHOOL SAFETY PLAN

The TRCS School Safety Plan covers topics for school protocols and procedures for school safety.  The Safety plan is located in the TRCS front office. Provided in the Back to School packet is the Evacuation Routes for Designated Student Pick Up Areas.  In the event of an emergency situation TRCS will utilize the TRCS communication routes (e.g., TRCS App, Bloomz, Auto Dialer) to contact families. The School Safety Plan is updated annually.  Emergency response materials are located within each classroom. Should you have any questions please contact school administration.

SCHOOL PICTURES

TRCS takes 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.

SCHOOL SUPPLY LIST

Individual teachers create recommended supply lists for their grade level and/or subject matter. Although not required, TRCS appreciates 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.

SECOND STEP SEL PROGRAM

TRCS provides Second Step, a social skills program in order to support our students skills in problem solving, empathy, and emotional wellness.  Second Step SEL is research-based, teacher-informed, and classroom-tested to promote the social-emotional development, safety, and well-being of children from Early Learning through Grade 8.  Second Step builds on foundational skills in each grade.  This program is taught by trained volunteers and/or TRCS faculty.  Second Step Curriculum in supported by our local mental health professionals and is available for preview.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT

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, assistant principal, or the superintendent/principal.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL SCREENERS

As part of our MTSS (Multi-Tiered Support System) and belief in offering TRCS students a robust Social Emotional Curriculum (e.g., Second Step, counseling groups, peer group sessions) all students in grades 5-8 will participate in social-emotional screeners. These screeners ensure the well being and safety of our students. Families of students who are identified “at risk” will be contacted by the school and provided additional supports and scaffolds to ensure all students are successful, both academically and emotionally. Should you have any questions about this


program or would prefer for your child to not participate in the screener please contact Mrs. Jolly or Ms. Azevedo.

STUDENT RECORDS

All custodial parents have a right of access to all records relating to their child. To see these records, please submit a written request at least 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.

STUDENT STUDY TEAM (SST)

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 meeting 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.

STUDENT WALK OFF PERMISSION

TRCS families who live by Northridge Park or in this neighborhood may be picked up at the Northridge Park location. TRCS families must complete a Student Walk Off permission form for their children  in order for students to be able to go to the park. Students will not be allowed to remain at the park location longer than 15 minutes after dismissal.

SUSPENSION

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 expectations 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. 

TARDINESS

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.

TECHNOLOGY USE POLICY

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 use of the Internet not authorized by District policy.

TIGER CARE

Tiger Care is TRCS’s after school child care program for students TK - 8th grade. Tiger Care is available on regular school days, unless noted on the Tiger Care Calendar.  Tiger Care is split into grade level groups based on students in attendance and as determined by the Tiger Care Staff. New for 2019/20 there will be 3 (three) Tiger Care Staff members.

TIGER TRACKS

TRCS uses Tiger Tracks as our weekly communication tool. Tiger Tracks is printed on yellow paper and sent home every Wednesday.  The information from Tiger Tracks is also sent out via the TRCS App each week.

TOBACCO USE 

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.

TOYS AND ELECTRONIC DEVICES

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.

TRCS MOBILE APP

The TRCS App is available for all smartphones. To download the TRCS App look for “Twin Rivers Charter School” in the App or Smartphone Store. The TRCS App also translates all announcements to Spanish or your

family’s preferred home language.

VACATIONS / FAMILY TRIPS

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.

VISITING THE CLASSROOM

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.  

VISITORS

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 or have lunch with their child may do so in the office or EK Center.

VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS

To ensure the safety of students TRCS has implemented a Volunteer Application packet (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.  This process is required to be updated every three (3) years.


Volunteer Application completed including acknowledgement of TRCS Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities.  This is to be updated every year.

  1. Megan’s Law database clearance completed by TRCS School Personnel.  This will be updated as needed.

TRCS staff will review and approve Volunteer Application packets. Volunteers who are successful will be registered in our new RAPTOR database. 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 field trips.

WALKING OFF CAMPUS

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.

WEBSITE

The TRCS website, www.twinriverscharterschool.org is provided to find information about TRCS policies and programs.  A calendar of events and links to access school personnel can also be located on our website.  However, the TRCS App is our preferred method of communication where students and families can access up to date information & timely notices.

504 PLAN

The 504 Plan is a plan developed to ensure that a child who has a disability identified under the law and is attending an elementary or secondary educational institution receives accommodations that will ensure their academic success and access to the learning environment. Students who qualify for a 504 Plan do not require specialized instruction, but may need accommodations to be successful in a classroom setting.