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District Expectations

The district has high standards in order to promote a high level of academic achievement. Review what we expect of our students in the following areas:

  • Attendance
  • Discipline
  • Homework


School attendance is required by law (CA Ed Code 48200). Parents/guardians of children between the ages of six and eighteen years-of-age are responsible for sending their children to school every day and on time. When students attend class regularly and on time, opportunities for successful learning increase; consequently, the importance of regular on-time attendance cannot be overemphasized.

In accordance with the California Department of Education, the school is mandated to notify a student’s parent/guardian if that student’s attendance record shows any combination of the following:

  • Three unexcused absences
  • Three unexcused tardies (each over thirty minutes)
  • Three unexcused early dismissals (each more than 30-minutes)

According to California Education Code 48260, the student must legally be classified as truant if the attendance record reflects three or more unexcused absences/tardies/early dismissals as described. The parent/guardian is notified of the truancy by mail. Should the student accrue additional unexcused absences/tardies/early dismissals, subsequent notification will be sent. It is important for the parent/guardian to contact the school as soon as possible upon receipt of a truancy letter to discuss attendance concerns.

A School Attendance Review Board (SARB), made up of district staff and representatives from community agencies, addresses the needs of students with critical attendance and/or behavior problems that could not be resolved at the school level. Students are referred to SARB by the school principal. Both the student and the parent/guardian are required to attend SARB meetings. Every effort is made to resolve the attendance/behavior issues at the SARB meeting.  If the attendance/behavior does not improve, the family may be subject to future legal action.


A goal of our schools is to help children become self-disciplined. Each school site has a Discipline Plan which is distributed to parents annually. Any questions or suggestions should be discussed with the principal and/or teacher at a time when the teacher does not have classroom responsibilities. There may be some situations in which physical restraint f a child may be necessary, either for the child's own protection or the protection of others. However, corporal punishment is NOT permitted in our schools.

Suspension/Expulsion (Board Policy 5144.1)

To maintain an environment which promotes learning and protects the health, safety, and welfare of all students, it may be necessary for the District to suspend or expel a student from regular classroom instruction. Grounds and procedures for suspension and expulsion are identified in the Education Code. Suspension shall be imposed only when other means of correction fail to bring about proper conduct or in cases where suspension for a first offense is warranted in accordance with the law.

The California Education Code authorizes teachers to require parents of students suspended for habitual use of profanity, vulgarity, obscene language, or for disruption or defiance of authority to attend a portion of the school day in the child's classroom. The law requires that employers permit parents to be released from work for such attendance with no penalties or adverse actions in the work place. Except for single acts of a grave nature, expulsion is used only when there is a history of misconduct, when other forms of discipline (including suspension) have failed to bring about proper conduct, or when the student's presence causes a continuing danger to other students.

The District will conform to all aspects of the provisions of the law regarding procedures for parent notification and due process.


Each child should develop attitudes of personal responsibility and self-discipline in the pursuit of learning. Regularly assigned homework can help accomplish this goal. Homework helps develop independent study habits and reinforces learning. It provides enrichment through independent study, individual research, and experimentation.

Individual needs and differences of children are considered when assigning homework. Suggested maximum weekly allotments:

  • For grades K-1 are one hour and 20 minutes to two hours
  • For grades 2-3, two hours to two hours and 40 minutes
  • For grades 4-6, two hours and 40 minutes to four hours
  • It is important that children work alone in a quiet place which is free from distractions.

Formal Complaint Procedure

Complaint Information Packet - English / Spanish

Dear Parent/Community Member:

The Chula Vista Elementary School District Governing Board welcomes feedback about our school policies, programs or personnel. We desire to improve the quality of the educational process and constructive feedback helps us to achieve this goal.

In accordance with district policy, complaints will be categorized in one of the following three areas:

  1. Complaints Concerning School Personnel
  2. Complaints Concerning Instructional Materials
  3. Uniform Complaint Procedures for Programs or Alleged Acts of Discrimination

Procedures, timelines and legal guidelines are included in the Complaint Information Packet. If assistance is needed with filing a complaint, staff will provide needed information and/or translation services to support the process.

If you have any questions about filing a complaint, please call the Operations and Communications department at (619) 425-9600, ext 1326.

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