Burton C. Tiffany Elementary School
1691 Elmhurst Street
Chula Vista, CA 91913
School Support Staff
For a complete list of Tiffany staff, please refer to the 'Staff' page.
||Treesa Lowther & Sandria Alicea
|Cafeteria ||Dina Diaz||510180|
|Diagnostic Assessment Team
Special Education Preschool (SDC)
|Jenny Talavera & Team
Ms Lani & Ms Shayna
697298 / 697816
Office open 8am-4pm Mon - Fri (New Student registrations accepted from 9am - 3:30pm).
8:40am - First bell - Kinder - 6th grade students should make their way to class.
8:45am - Class begins for kinder-6th grade students, students should be in the classrooms by this time, ready to learn, otherwise they will be marked tardy or absent.
Students should not arrive on campus earlier than 8:30 a.m., as there is no supervision, unless they are participating in the breakfast, Safety Patrol, Running Track, or tutoring programs.
Running Track opens: 8:15 (Students & parents enter through Upper Grade gate)
Breakfast in Cafeteria: 8:15-8:40 (Students enter through Upper Grade gate)
| SDC Preschool a.m. Class||8:45 - 11:45 M-Th||No Friday class|
| SDC Preschool p.m. Class||12:45 - 3:45 M-Th||No Friday class|
| Kindergarten & 1st Grade||8:45 - 2:50||8:45 - 1.25|
| 2nd Grade - 6th Grade
||8:45 - 3:10
||8:45 - 1:55
Monday - Friday
|SDC Preschool p.m. Class||1:00 - 1:30 (not Fridays)||1:00 - 1:30 (not Fridays)|
|Kindergarten & SDC Kindergarten||12:30 - 1:15||12:30 - 1:00|
|1st Grade & SDC 1st Grade
||11:30 - 12:15
||11:30 - 12:00
|2nd Grade & SDC 2nd-3rd Grade
||11:30 - 12:15
||11:30 - 12:00
|2nd/3rd Grade Combo Class||12:00 - 12:45||12:05 - 12:35|
||12:00 - 12:45
||12:05 - 12:35
|4th Grade & SDC 4th Grade
||12:00 - 12:45
||12:05 - 12:35
|5th Grade & SDC 5th-6th
||12:30 - 1:15
||12:45 - 1:15
||12:30 - 1:15
||12:45 - 1:15
|SDC Preschool a.m. Class||10:30 - 11:00|
|Kindergarten ||10:00 - 10:30|
|1st, 2nd, 3rd Grade + SDC 1st-4th
||10:20 - 10:35
|4th, 5th & 6th Grades
||11:05 - 11:20
Note: The full calendar is available in printable form, click on the "Year Round School Calendar" here.
2020 - 2021 School Year
||August 31, 2020
||September 2, 2020
- Parent Teacher Conferences (Minimum Days)
|October 15-22, 2020 (Minimum Days)
||No Fall Break in 2020
||Wednesday November 11, 2020
||November 23-27, 2020
||Dec 21-Jan 4, 2021 (Students return Tues Jan 5 - Min day)
||January 18, 2021
||Friday February 12 + Monday February 15, 2021
- Parent Teacher Conferences (Minimum Days)
|March 18-25, 2021 (Minimum Days)
||March 29-April 2, 2021 (Students return Apr 5 - Min Day)
||Monday May 31, 2021
||Tuesday June 15 2021 (Minimum Day)
Tiffany functions under
three overarching rules:
- Be Safe
- Be Responsible
- Be Respectful
- Follow rules of any adult who works at Tiffany Elementary School.
- Treat others and their property with kindness and respect.
- Keep hands, feet and objects to yourself.
- Always walk, especially in the classroom, library, and hallway.
- Raise your hand and wait to be recognized.
- Healthy snacks are highly encouraged from home.
- Be quiet during fire drills, tests, silent reading, when in line, or when someone is speaking.
- Cell phone use during school hours is not permitted. Cell phones should remain powered off and in students' backpacks during school hours.
- Radios, electronic games, sharp objects, toys (including toy guns), are not allowed.
- Currently, bicycles and skateboards should not be brought to school, as there is no secure storage available
The Administrators and Staff of Tiffany Elementary School believe that appropriate dress and grooming contribute to a productive learning environment. The following is the dress code for Tiffany Elementary School:
- Any wording or graphics on clothing should promote positive expression. Therefore, clothing with inappropriate language, pictures, alcoholic beverage advertisements, drugs, cigarettes, inappropriate TV shows or movies, or inappropriate sayings are not to be worn during school.
- Muscle shirts are not to be worn. Tops cannot show midriff, have spaghetti straps, or be halter or tank tops.
- No short shorts. Shorts should be longer than the tips of the fingers when standing up straight with hands at sides.
- Shoes cannot be open toed, backless, or platform heeled.
- Wheelie type shoes are not permitted at school.
- Jewelry should be worn at own risk. Dangling jewelry can be dangerous and jewelry in general can be lost or damaged.
- Pants may not sag.
- Hats may not be worn in the classroom, but may be worn as a sun block for outdoor activities.
Please be aware of what your child is wearing before he or she leaves for school. Working together, we can create a productive and comfortable learning experience for our children.
NOTE: All volunteers must also follow the dress code policy.
TRAFFIC & PARKING LOT SAFETY
Student Drop Off: All Kindergarten and 1st Grade Students must make eye contact with the child's teacher when they are dropped off and dismissed. 2nd – 6th grade students who are driven to school may be dropped off and picked up in the yellow zone. The yellow zone is for active loading and unloading of passengers only. Please do not linger or park in the yellow zone.
2nd – 6th Grade Student Pick Up: As you enter the Tiffany parking lot, see if your student is waiting in the designated area in front of the school. If you do not see your child, you may circle through the parking lot or you may park and walk over to get your child using designated crosswalks.
By using the yellow zone correctly, we will be able to keep our children safe and enjoy picking them up in an orderly fashion.
If you have students who are dismissed at both dismissal times, your primary grade child may wait for his or her older sibling to pick them up as directed by their teacher.
Students should NEVER cross into the parking lot by themselves. Safety Patrol or an adult should always accompany students across designated crosswalks.
To maximize student learning, teachers should not be interrupted during instruction time.
- If you need to drop off an item for your child eg their lunch, backpack or other belongings, you can leave the item at a dedicated drop off table, beside the office. Your child can collect the item during their recess. The cafeteria will be available if your child needs lunch.
- If you need to pass a message to your child before dismissal time, regarding DASH, riding the bus etc, the office staff will do their best to communicate this to the teacher before class is dismissed, but please try to prearrange this with your child before the start of the day.
- If you need to speak with a teacher, phone calls cannot be put through to classrooms during instruction time, but will be directed to their voicemail and will usually be picked up at the beginning or end of the day.
VISITOR CHECK IN
To ensure safety of all children, all adult visitors and volunteers on campus, are required to sign in at the front office and receive a visitor/volunteer badge. You should also sign out at the end of your visit, so we can keep track of who is in the building in the event of an emergency. On your initial visit, you will need to present a Driver's License or other Government ID to the school office staff. Subsequent visits, you can sign in using a computer kiosk and print a visitor badge.
If you volunteer at school, more than 2 days a week, you will need to complete a TB test and fingerprinting, please contact the school office for information. If you are a regular volunteer at our school, you are invited to take a photo on picture day to receive a permanent ID badge, or you can print a temporary ID badge each time you visit, by using the sign in computer kiosk.
REPORTING PARENT CONCERNS
Parents and guardians are encouraged to follow the procedure outlined below should concerns arise:
1. Call and request an appointment to speak to the teacher before or after school to clarify questions. Teachers cannot be interrupted during instruction time.
2. If not satisfied with outcome, call and request an appointment to speak with the Principal.
3. Keep a log of dates and times regarding the summary of points discussed.
4. If concern is not addressed or resolved, the district office may be contacted.
It is our intention to ensure your child is successful both academically and socially. Keeping the lines of communication open is vital for all parties involved.
HEALTH & MEDICATION
Medications are not permitted at school, except when kept in the school office. Parents of any student required to take daily medication, prescribed for him/her by a physician, must complete an "Authorization for Medication Administration" form. This form is kept on file in the school health office and authorizes staff to administer the medication to your child. Parents will need to submit a new form at the beginning of each new school year.
WHEN TO KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME DUE TO ILLNESS
SYMPTOMS Course of Action
- Vague: "I don't feel good," symptoms SCHOOL
- A single episode of diarrhea SCHOOL
- Vomiting (one time) without any other symptoms SCHOOL
- Ear infection- no pain SCHOOL
- Vague complaints of aches, pains, or fatigue SCHOOL
- Sniffles, clear runny nose, mild cough without fever SCHOOL
- Infestation of scabies, lice (after treatment/no live lice) SCHOOL
- Cold sores (no mouth ulcers/blisters, or drooling) SCHOOL
- Strep throat (after 24 hours on medication) SCHOOL
- Fever, measured orally, above 100.5ºF HOME (To return, students should be fever free, without use of meds, on the morning of school)
- Vomiting or diarrhea more than once HOME
- Chicken Pox (until scabbed over) HOME
- Seizures (if administered meds within 9 hours of school) HOME
- Undiagnosed skin rash/Impetigo/Ringworm DOCTOR
- Eye Infection/Pink Eye DOCTOR
- Flu: body aches, fever, headache DOCTOR
*Children on antibiotics for above ailments, should be on them for 24 hours or longer, before returning to school.
*Please call the Doctor or school health office with questions at ext. 510110
California State law, Education Code 48200, requires compulsory full-time attendance for children from ages 6 to 18. As a parent, you are obligated to ensure your child's attendance at school, every day and on time, for the full day.
- When your child is absent, please call the school before 9:00 a.m. at 619 421 6300 option 2 or ext 510110 or email firstname.lastname@example.org The school is required to verify the reason for every absence from school
- When your child returns he or she must report to the Attendance Office/Health Room and obtain a green admittance slip to give to his or her teacher.
- The school day begins promptly at 8:45 a.m., at which time children should be in their classrooms ready to learn. If a child arrives at school past 8:45, he or she must report to the Attendance Office/Health Room to get an admittance slip for class.
- If your student receives more than 3 tardies he or she is considered truant.
- If your child will be unable to attend school for an extended period of time (more than 5 days), please speak with the attendance clerk and your child's teacher to arrange for an independent study program.
Late arrivals, early dismissals (without a doctor's note), and un-excused absences are considered truancies.
- After three (3) truancies, parents will receive a "NOTICE OF TRUANCY."
- After five (5) truancies, parents are required to attend a "Student Attendance Review Team" (SART) hearing.
- All student attendance contract violations are forwarded to the "Student Attendance Review Board" (SARB) at the district office.
Please make every attempt to schedule dental/medical appointments after school hours, or on school vacation days, to avoid any attendance problems.
Students will be recognized for perfect attendance at the end of the school year.
• 100% Perfect attendance is defined as ZERO absences, ZERO tardies, and ZERO early dismissals of any kind throughout the year.
EARLY DISMISSAL - LEAVING SCHOOL GROUNDS
- When possible, please send your student to school with a note for their teacher, regarding any planned early dismissal.
- Students are not allowed to leave the school building or grounds with anyone other than their parent, guardian, or a designated adult who is listed on the Student Emergency Form. Students must be signed out, in the main office by the parent or designee, prior to leaving the school grounds for early dismissal.
- Unfamiliar individuals will be required to show picture identification to office personnel before the child can be released. Parents and designees will be asked to wait in the office while school personnel call the child to the office.
- If your child has a medical appointment or Board justified reason, please provide a doctor's note in order to excuse his/her early dismissal. Other reasons will not be excused.
INDEPENDENT STUDY AGREEMENT
If your child must be absent on a prearranged or emergency basis for 5 days or longer, see the school attendance clerk. Teachers will develop an "Independent Study Agreement" only when prior notice is given and the principal has given approval.
STUDENT DISMISSAL / MINIMUM DAY-EARLY DISMISSAL
PLEASE BE ON TIME TO PICK UP YOUR CHILDREN AT THE END OF THE SCHOOL DAY!!!
There is no supervision for children not picked up on time, unless you have prearranged with the YMCA or DASH. Students picked up late, will need the parent/legal guardian to sign them out in the Attendance Office, before they can be released.
We understand emergencies occur, however, after 3 late pickups, we will consult with the School Resource Officer for further support.
Every Friday (and additional dates throughout the year, such as parent conferences, first day back from break etc), students in grades K - 1 will be dismissed at 1:25pm and grades 2-6 at 1:55pm.
It is important for parents, guardians, and family members to know that in a real emergency, students will be released only to individuals listed on the Student Disaster Information Form.
Please contact the school office if you make any changes to your contact details or address during the school year.
Established procedures are in place at Tiffany School to handle disasters such as fire, earthquake, bomb threats, and/or dangerous intruders. Disaster preparedness and lock- down drills are conducted on a routine basis.
Parents or legal guardians must provide signed, written permission in order for the student to participate in instructional study trips. Without authorized written permission, students will not be permit- ted to participate and will remain behind at school with another class. Phone permission will not be accepted.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS / RESIDENCY VERIFICATION
The Chula Vista Elementary School District has established a policy for residency verification for all students attending any school within the district, per California state law. Every year, you will be required to provide a recent utility bill or other official document, detailing your name and home address and complete a residency form. If you move address during the school year, please advise the office and you will be required to complete a new residency verification form. If it is established that you do not reside within school or district boundaries, or do not have a current approved zone transfer, your child will be returned to his or her designated home school. Classroom assignments are also withheld until residency is verified.
ZONE TRANSFER STUDENTS
Attendance plays a factor in whether or not zone transfers will be renewed. Poor attendance, excessive tardies, or not being picked up in a timely manner after school could cause zone transfers not to be renewed.
If students have overdue (late) books, they will not be allowed to check out books until the overdue books are returned. If students lose or damage books, they must be paid for according to the Education Code of the State of California. (The average cost of a library book is approximately $17.00).
DISTRICT WELLNESS POLICY
The Chula Vista Elementary School District recognizes the link between student health and learning. The wellness policy is available online at: http://www.cvesd.org/COMMUNITY/Pages/Wellness.aspx
Nutrition Guidelines for food on campus:
- Marketing and advertising non-nutritious foods/beverages is prohibited.
- Staff and other entities are restricted from using non- compliant food as rewards for academic performance, accomplishments, or classroom behavior.
- Using non-food items and/or healthy food items for fund- raising purposes and special events is permitted.
- Parents are to support student wellness by considering the nutritional quality and portion size of items they send for snacks/lunch.
BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS ON CAMPUS (NO FOOD & No Balloons)
Chula Vista Elementary School District voted to eliminate sharing of outside food items at all Chula Vista Schools. This includes Birthday and Holiday Celebrations. This is important for students with allergies or dietary restrictions. Some alternative ideas are listed below:
Bright Ideas to Make Your Child's Birthday Special
Instead of bringing birthday treats to your child's school, bring fun party favors. Be sure items are age-appropriate. Here are some ideas:
- Jump Ropes
- Colored pencils or crayons
- P.E. equipment for the class
To save money, you can buy many of these items at discount stores or outlets.
Birthday Book Bash!
Wrap your child's favorite book in bright birthday wrapping paper and bring it to the classroom on your child's birthday. The teacher can unwrap the book and read it to the class. This is a great way to celebrate your child's special day!
Please choose from these alternatives -- food items will not be permitted for birthday celebrations.
School safety is our number one priority. In case of a school emergency or natural disaster, such as an earthquake, you need to be aware of our school’s plan for releasing your child. Instructions for reunification with your child will be communicated to you by the school or District. Please do not take it upon yourself to come to the school based upon media reports, which may be erroneous.
Our concern is for the safe and orderly dismissal of our students. If as many as 400 to 500 parents arrive at our school at approximately the same time to pick up students, your cooperation and patience are essential to our plan.
Parking will be very limited, so be prepared to park away from the school and under the direction of first responders. DO NOT DOUBLE PARK as it may interfere with getting emergency vehicles into our school site.
For the safety of your child, before allowing you to take him/her home, we must document to whom each child is released. When you arrive at school, you will be directed to our “Request Gate/Check in area.” A runner will be sent to the student supervision area, and escort your child to the “Release Gate,” where you can reunite with your child. In extreme circumstances, a student reunification area may be set up off-campus, and generally in collaboration with emergency responders.
You will be required to sign for the release of your child. This is extremely important as it is our only means of ensuring that all students are accounted for at all times. Be prepared to present a picture identification card if requested. Please do not just take your child from the center without signing for their release. We recognize that you may be worried and want to be reunited with your child as quickly as possible. However, this system has been established to ensure your child’s safety.
It is imperative that you keep all information on your child’s Emergency Card up-to-date. Your child will only be released to those listed on the card. These procedures should be shared with everyone you list on the Emergency Card so they are familiar with our procedures.
Thank you for your cooperation.