- Arrival and Dismissal
- Birthday Celebrations
- Campus Policies
- Campus Visitors
- Change of Address/Telephone Number
- Communication with Home
- Field Trips
- Volunteering Info
- Health Services
- Homework Policy
- Leaving Dilworth
- Lunch Program
- Parent Observations (current parents ONLY)
- Parent/Teacher Goal Setting Conference
- Report Cards
- Student Cumulative School Records
- Telephone Use and Cell Phones
- Text and Library Book Policy
- Use of School Grounds
- Students are not to arrive at school before 8:00 am There is no supervision before 8:00 am
- Parents/guardians are expected to pick up their students immediately upon dismissal.
- Students who are dismissed at 2:15 pm may not wait unsupervised until the 2:45 pm dismissal time to leave the campus. They are not allowed to play on any play structures, throw or kick balls, climb on the Dilworth sign or trees, stay behind the bushes or near classroom windows while waiting.
- The blacktop, playground, and play structures are closed until the upper grades are dismissed at 2:45 pm It is very difficult for students to work in class when others are outside their classrooms talking, laughing, and playing. Students are expected to leave campus once school is out.
- If you are on campus with your children between 2:15 pm and 2:45 pm and choose not to wait in your car, please wait with them in front of the school. School is still in session, so no one should be on campus until the upper grade students have been dismissed.
- All students who are not picked up on time must wait in the office until a parent/guardian can pick them up.
- Our blacktop, playgrounds, and field are used by after school programs. Students who are not enrolled in these programs may not use the playground or blacktop due to liability concerns. Our campus opens for public use at 4:00pm on weekdays and is open on the weekends or non instructional days.
- Parents whose children habitually remain on campus past the dismissal time will be contacted by the principal to work on a plan so that your children will be picked up on time.
For detailed District Attendance Policies please visit the District Attendance Department website.
First day of school
The first days of school are very important, as teachers and students review expectations and procedures, establish community, take pre-assessments, and begin learning curriculum. Please make sure your child is at school on the first day.
last day of school
Students who will not be attending the last day of school are asked to complete a Parent Report of Absence form in the school office prior to the last day. Please understand that vacation is considered an unexcused absence. Please note the potential effects of unexcused absences.
- Your child’s report card may be noted incomplete and will not be available until the next school year.
- Your child will not be allowed to make-up any missed assignments.
- You will receive a Truancy letter when your child accrues three (3) unexcused absences in a school year.
Consistent daily attendance is highly related to the academic success and progress of students. It is very important that children are here at school on time every day except when they are sick. Please try not to schedule doctor and dentist appointments during school time. Schedule vacations and trips during school breaks. If your child will be absent or late for school, it is your responsibility to submit your child's absence on the ParentSquare absence form.
While you should also inform the teacher, your child’s absence can only be verified if you submit the form on ParentSquare. Any absence that is not reported in is marked as unexcused.
An absence is defined as not attending class. There are two types of absences: EXCUSED and UNEXCUSED. An absence is excused if it is for one of the following reasons:
- Illness or injury.
- Medical appointment with a doctor’s note .
- Bereavement for a family member.
- Court appearances.
- Observance of a religious holiday (4 hours/semester)
- Attendance of a religious retreat.
- Attendance of a funeral or memorial service.
Most absences due to reasons other than those listed above are considered unexcused, including personal vacation days. However, extenuating circumstances will be handled on an individual basis by the principal.
It is important that your child arrives promptly at school in the morning. School starts at 8:30 a.m. and any child not at their class at that time will be marked late. Any student arriving after 8:35 a.m. is required to obtain a late slip from the office before entering his/her classroom. The only excused reasons for delay/tardy and absences are personal illness or injury, medical or dental appointments. A doctor’s note may be required.
A student is considered tardy if they arrive at school 30 minutes or more late without a valid reason. Three or more tardies may result in your child being considered truant. Students arriving late not only interrupt their classes but also begin their day missing out on valuable learning opportunities
Students who have more than three tardies or unexcused absences or more than 5 delays will receive a letter from the principal. If the attendance issue continues, a second letter will be sent home and a meeting will be held with an administrator. If a third notice is required, the parent(s) may be required by law to attend a School Attendance Review Board (SARB). Failure to comply or attend the SARB meeting may result, by law, in a required appearance at truancy court.
Excessive Illness consists of 7 days out sick during the school year and will result in a letter from the principal requiring a doctor’s note or visit to the school nurse for all subsequent illnesses to be coded as excused.
Please make appointments before or after school hours. When this is not possible and you need to take your child out during school hours, you must come to the office to sign your child out. Your child will then be called to meet you in the office. If your child will return to school after the appointment, you (not your child) must sign him/her in at the office. Please also notify your child’s teacher ahead of time.
If your child will be late for school due to medical/dental appointments, you must call in his/her partial absence to the Attendance Line. You are required to bring a note from the doctors’ office that will be turned in to the office.
The Dilworth staff, School Site Council, and Home and School Club support the following guidelines: Grades K-5 – Birthday celebrations may occur in the classrooms, but parents are asked not to bring food. Celebrations for birthdays should be with small books, pencils, or “goody bags” which contain non-food items. The serving of food will be reserved for the holiday celebrations that occur throughout the year.
Animals on Campus
California Education Code Section 32210, California Penal Code Section 626.8 and CUSD Policy, Administrative Regulation 330, stipulate that animals (e.g. horses, dogs, cats) are NOT allowed on school grounds, as posted on the metal signs located on the school grounds. Any animal, however, that is necessary under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 will be allowed.
Dilworth offers a closed campus for the security of our students and staff. Students may not leave the school campus during school hours. The parking lot is off limits to the students after the first bell of the day.
If you need to pick up your child before the normal dismissal time, you must sign him/her out in the office. No child will be released without the appropriate office sign-out.
Education Code Section 32210 states that all visitors, including parents, volunteers and district employee must sign in at the office when school is in session. This policy is to ensure safety and order on campus and to minimize disruption to the classroom instruction. Each visitor must state their business and wear a school tag at all times during the visit.
It is important that the school has all your current address and phone numbers. Remember to notify the office within 10 days of any changes in telephone numbers, emergency pick-up contacts…etc. All changes of address must be done at the District Student Assignment Office. In the event of an emergency, it is imperative that the school be able to contact you quickly. Your child can only be released to a person who is an emergency contact on your card.
Teachers plan field trips as extension activities to the curriculum. The admission and transportation costs of these field trips are calculated using the total number of students in a class and must be paid in advance. All field trip fees should be made out to Dilworth School. Remember to write the student’s name and teacher on the check. No student will be excluded due to his/her family’s inability to afford the cost of field trips.
Parents can volunteer their time to help the students in many ways. They can assist the teachers in the classroom, photocopy, chaperone field trips, compile book orders, help in reading groups…etc. If you would like to volunteer, please contact your child’s teacher.
We must make sure that we are in compliance with California State regulations which mandates that parent volunteers who directly serve students in our schools be tested and cleared for tuberculosis in accordance with required state guidelines. Any parent in our school who is providing direct volunteer services to students, including chaperoning field trips and who has not been cleared through the accepted testing methods is not in compliance with state regulations and will be asked to leave until compliance is met.
All volunteers are required to arrange for a CA Department of Justice fingerprint clearance and be TB tested prior to volunteering. For more information see the District requirements HERE.
The school nurse is not at school daily, but various times throughout the week, and on an on-call basis. The office staff is trained to provide first aid. Illness and injury that occurs at home should not be referred to the school for care. We will send home a notice if your child has been exposed to a contagious illness (e.g. lice, pink eye) in the classroom.
A child should not be in school when s/he has:
- Nausea or vomiting, within the past 24 hours
- Severe headache or migraines
- Evidence of a communicable disease such as a rash, swelling or unusual sores
- Temperature of 99.6 degrees or above. If a child has had a fever, s/he may not return to school until it has been normal for 24 hours without the use of Tylenol.
We have students whose abilities to fight off infections may be weakened due to illness. For these students, common childhood illnesses can be life threatening. We therefore ask that if your child is diagnosed with a communicable disease or infection, such as chicken pox, measles, mumps, meningitis, head lice, strep throat or pink eye, please report this immediately to the office so that we can notify the parents of children with special health conditions. If your child has had a communicable disease, s/he may not return to school until s/he has been on an antibiotic for 48 hours.
A parent will be notified and asked to come pick up his/her child if the child exhibits any of the following symptoms:
- Temperature one degree or more above normal
- Nausea or vomiting
- Severe headache or migraine
- Spasm or convulsion
- Evidence of a communicable disease or rash
- Any severe accident, including a deep cut, possible fracture or dislocation
- Any accident requiring immediate medical attention
- Complaints from the student of feeling ill when s/he was home the day before or felt ill before coming to school
We have students who have severe allergies, such as peanuts and peanut oil. Food served in class activities will not include harmful ingredients for those students with allergies. Teachers will inform you if there are any such students in your child’s classroom.
Students injured while at school are cared for in the following ways:
- A teacher may inspect the injury and may keep the student under observation and apply light first aid in the classroom.
- For a more serious injury, the student is sent to the office for first aid. The student’s name and action taken are recorded. The office staff, who are American Red Cross certified, will perform first aid.
- If a student receives a head injury, his/her parent is notified of the incident whether it appears serious or not.
If there is a severe accident, including a deep cut, possible fracture or dislocation, or any accident requiring immediate medical attention, the parent will be notified and asked to pick up their child. In emergency cases, the paramedics (911) will also be called. No student will be sent home until the parent is contacted and plans are made for transportation. Transportation is the responsibility of the parent.
California Education Code Section 49423 allows the school nurse or other designated school personnel to assist students who need to take medication during the school day. This service is provided to enable the student to remain in school to maintain the continuity of learning.
To use this service, the parents and the child’s physician need to sign a Medication Authorization Form, which is to be kept on file in the School Office. The Medical Authorization is valid for one school year.
All medication prescriptions must be current and supplied in original prescription bottles with the pharmacy labels attached. Ask your pharmacist to divide the medication into two bottles completely labeled, one for home and one for school. The medication must be prescribed to the student to whom it will be administered.
Students are not allowed to bring medicine to school. Students may not bring any medications to keep with them, including cough drops, ointments or cough syrup. Students cannot transport medication. No medications, including over-the-counter medications, will be administered at school without a signed Medication Authorization Form. Parents must pick up all medication from the School Office at the end of the school year. Any medication not picked up at the end of the school year will be discarded.
All SDC, 1st , 2nd and 5th grade students will have a hearing screening in small groups by a credentialed audiometrist. Each child wears a pair of earphones to listen to tones of varying frequencies. If a student is unable to pass the group screening, she/he is then re-checked individually. Should a possible hearing problem be discovered, the school nurse will notify parents.
All SDC, Kindergarten, 2nd , and 5th grade students will have a vision screening. Parents of any students whom the school nurse deems as needing medical follow-up will be notified.
Due to increased rates of childhood obesity and diabetes, federal and state law requires school districts with federally-funded meal programs to implement wellness policies which address nutrition and physical activity. Food served during the school day and for school activities must meet the required nutritional standards. Classroom celebrations held during the school day involving food will be limited and must meet nutritional requirements. Schools will also need to meet physical education standards for all students in all grades involving daily physical activity.
Homework is important for students to learn responsibility, good work habits and study skills. The homework policy for each grade level may differ as to the types of homework assigned. The CUSD Board Policy recommends the following weekly time allotments:
- Primary (Grades 1-3) 15-40 minutes
- Upper (Grades 4-5) 60-240 minutes
If a student forgets his/her homework at school, s/he cannot return to the classroom after school unless the teacher is still in the classroom. The office staff and custodian do not reopen classrooms after school dismissal.
If a child is absent, parents may request homework through the school office. The request should be made before morning recess (10:00 a.m.) and the teacher will have the homework ready for pick up on the same day after 3:00 p.m. All homework will be in the school office for pick up.
Your child visits our library every other week with their class. The library is also open at recess and lunch. Please take time to read to/with your child each night. It is something you both will enjoy.
Books are treasures that we hope to keep around for a very long time so everyone will have the opportunity to enjoy them. Please remind your children that there are things they can do to help preserve the shelf life of a book.
- Always have clean hands when reading a book.
- Never eat or drink when reading books.
- Take care when handling books. Books are considered fragile.
- Store your books in a clean, safe, dry location when not in use.
- Never write or draw in a library book.
Dropping off Lunches
If you are dropping off a lunch for your child, please bring it to the cart in front of the office before 11:45 AM and not to the classroom directly so as to minimize interruptions. Please also email your child's classroom teacher to notify them and your child ahead of time. Make sure your child’s name and room number are clearly marked on the lunch. For your child’s safety, NEVER ask him/her to leave their class or playground to meet you in front of the school. If lunches are not delivered by 12:00, students will be asked to get a hot lunch.
CUSD Food program
Lunch & Brunch are available to students at no cost. As hot lunches are subsidized by the state, they must be consumed on campus. Students may not share or trade lunches. Contact the office for details.
We are very proud of the many programs and opportunities available to our students and are pleased to share them with you. If you would like to visit your child’s current classroom, please contact the school principal to set up a 20-minute guided observation and plan to check in to the office prior to the visit.
A parent-teacher goal setting conference occurs approximately 6-8 weeks after the start of school in October. The purpose of this conference is to set goals for the student. Please contact your child’s teacher if you feel a conference is needed, if you have a concern, or if you have information that may help the teacher to be more effective in working with your child. Please note that teachers are not available for conferences or phone calls during class hours but you are always welcome to send the teacher an email.
Report cards are issued at the end of each trimester. The report cards are standards-based and provide a method to evaluate, record, and communicate student progress on the Common Core State Standards. In the core academic areas, students are given rubric scores. The rubric is from 1-4, with a 3 indicating proficiency. An “N” notes areas not yet covered or introduced in that trimester. Teachers also rate all learning behaviors, work habits, mathematical practices, physical education, and visual and performing arts on a 3-point rubric: +, /, and -.
Students in grades three through five take standardized achievement tests. Results from these tests, other district tests, curriculum-related tests and daily assessments are used by teachers to evaluate students’ progress, plan instruction during the year, and help strengthen our academic programs. The state assessments take place in the springtime. For more information about the CAASPP assessments, please see their website: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/
Students may use the school phone for emergencies only. Forgotten homework, papers, books…etc. are not emergencies. The school does not permit the use of the school phone to arrange for after school social events.
Students may use their cell phones and other smart devices before and after school. During school hours they must be powered off and put away in their backpack. Smart Watches should be set to silent/school mode. If a cell phone or other smart device is turned on and used during school hours, it will be collected and turned into the school office only to be picked up by a parent or guardian.
Your child will be charged for lost/destroyed library and classroom textbooks that they are responsible for. You will be charged the replacement cost of the lost/destroyed book. Books are very expensive and the school cannot afford to absorb the cost of lost or destroyed books. If a lost book is found after you have paid for it, your money will be refunded.
The school grounds are open for community group use during daylight hours when school is not in session. Users must submit the appropriate Use Permits to CUSD for approval. The school does not provide any supervision on such types of activities. For details, visit the District Facility Use Permits website.
- English Language Development
- Music, PE, and Art
- Overnight Education /Science Camp
- Special Education Programs & Services
- student volunteering
- Technology in School
All students at Dilworth have access to music, art, and physical education. All students participate in 200 minutes of PE every 10 days. 4th and 5th grade students receive 45 minutes per week of music instruction, while K-3 students have a primary music program. All grade levels have a session of art classes each year as well supported by our Home and School Club.
CUSD has a wide range of programs and services for students with learning challenges. Parent permission is required for student testing, and eligibility for services is based on federal/state criteria. The following services are available at Blue Hills:
- The Resource Specialist is trained in assessing, identifying, and providing specially designed instruction for students with learning challenges who qualify for special education. The Resource Specialist also provides consultative support to classroom teachers and parents of special education students.
- The Speech and Language Pathologist provides speech and language therapy based on the child’s needs and eligibility. If you feel your child may have a speech, language or hearing problem, please discuss this with your child’s teacher.
- Special Day Class Programs are provided at Blue Hills and other CUSD schools for students with learning challenges who qualify for special education and need specially designed instruction in a small class setting.
- The School Psychologist assesses students for learning challenges that may interfere with their school progress, and assists in developing the Individual Education Plans (IEP) for students eligible for Special Education. Our psychologist also provides general supports for all students with social, emotional, and behavioral development.
The Cupertino Union School District is committed to providing students with access to technology tools within their instructional program. Dilworth has iPads and Chromebooks for student use, and all students have GSuite & Clever accounts. In the fall, students are asked to sign a Student Responsible Use of Technology Policy outlining the safe, responsible practices expected for use of technology on campus. Learning about digital citizenship and Internet safety is an integral part of the curriculum with Common Sense Media lessons. All students also have access to two online programs for reading: Raz-Kids and Overdrive (eBooks).
- Dragon rules
- General School Rules
- Dress Code
- Electronic Devices and Personal Items
- Tobacco-Free/Smoke-Free Environment
- Prohibited Items
- Prohibited Activities
- Bullying Prevention and Discipline
Student Conduct & School Rules
The key to effective discipline is consistency and positive support for appropriate behavior. We believe that:
- The attainment of good citizenship behavior is a shared responsibility of the home and the school.
- Adequate discipline and classroom management are essential to good citizenship and effective learning at school.
- Self-discipline, which includes being responsible for one’s own actions, is an important goal of education.
Our school follows the Dragon Rules for behavior. These behavioral expectancies for all areas of the school site are organized around four primary goals:
- Be Respectful
- Be Responsible
- Be Caring
- Be Safe
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- Students must use appropriate language. Name-calling, swearing or use of obscene language is strictly prohibited.
- No weapons of any kind, including toy weapons, are allowed on campus.
- There are no exclusive games or activities.
- During recess and lunch, all food is to be eaten at the picnic tables and benches. No food is allowed on the playground or field.
- Students must remain seated at the picnic tables and wait to be dismissed by the yard duty supervisor(s).
- Students are NOT to bring cameras, toys, or electronic games, etc. from home.
- Stay on the mowed part of the grass area; do not play in the back section of the field.
- Walk on the blacktop and between buildings.
- Playground balls are to be kicked on the grass area only and never on the blacktop area. Rubber balls are the only type to be used on the ball walls.
- If a student brings appropriate playground equipment from home they are to follow all school rules and may not lock anyone out of a game. The school will not be responsible for lost or stolen equipment.
- When waiting in line, take your turn, do not give or take cuts or trade positions.
- Cell phones must be turned off during the school day, including recess and lunch. If the cell phone rings or is used anytime during the school day, it will be confiscated and will only be returned to a parent. The school will not be responsible for lost or stolen cell phones.
The CUSD policy stipulates that students should wear “clean and safe clothes appropriate for all school activities.” Clothing should not be hazardous to a child’s safety nor distract from the “learning” environment.
- Students should wear shoes that are appropriate for physical educational activities on every school day. (NO flip-flops)
- Short shorts, short dresses, tank tops, tube tops, and half shirts that show the midriff and belly button are not appropriate for school.
- Beach attire, tops with small straps and bare shoulders, dyed hair, makeup, tattoos and high heels are not allowed.
- Clothing or materials that display obscene language, refer to drugs, or have pictures of cigarettes and/or alcohol are not permitted.
- Hats worn on the playground to shelter from the sun are appropriate, but hats should not be worn in classrooms or at assemblies.
Students are not to bring toys or electronic games and devices (e.g. iPhones) and other personal items to school. Cell phones and other smart devices must be turned off during the school day, including recess, passing periods, and lunch, and must be kept in the students’ backpacks at all times. Failure to abide by this policy may result in the item being confiscated by school staff. Parents will then be notified. Dilworth is not responsible for lost or damaged personal items brought to school.
- Firearms, firecrackers, rockets, explosives or any other similar dangerous objects
- Knives, including kitchen knives, plastic knives, pocket knives and rubber knives
- Toy weapons, including squirt guns or plastic type guns
- Firecrackers, poppers and rockets
- Alcoholic beverages
- Illegal drugs
- Smoking: cigarettes, etc.
- Matches and lighters
There shall be no use of equipment of any type that would present a hazard to other users or the property. Forbidden are golf balls, tennis balls, shot puts, archery, javelins, model rockets, or gasoline powered model airplanes.
Students are NOT allowed to engage in these activities:
- Fighting, play fighting, wrestling, chase games or tackling.
- Throwing of dirt, rocks, sand, tan bark, etc.
- Tripping, pushing, or piling up of players.
- Locking others out of games.
- Playing outside of the boundaries.
- Teasing and/or name calling of any kind.
All Dilworth students are expected to follow the Dragon Rules, conducting themselves in a manner that is safe, caring, responsible, and respectful. In the event that a student does not behave appropriately, disciplinary actions may take place as per Education Code and CUSD Board Policy 5131.
Our school will actively address concerns about bullying, both at school and online. Bullying of any kind will not be tolerated. “Bullying” means any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or by means of an electronic act. . .directed toward one or more pupils that has or can be reasonably predicted to have the effect of one or more of the following:
- Placing a reasonable pupil or pupil in fear of harm to that pupil’s or those pupils’ person or property.
- Causing a reasonable pupil to experience a substantially detrimental effect on his or her physical or mental health.
- Causing a reasonable pupil to experience substantial interference with his or her academic performance.
- Causing a reasonable pupil to experience substantial interference with his or her ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities or privileges provided by a school.
(Cal. Educ. Code § 48900.)
- Traffic/Parking Lot Procedures
- Lost and Found
- Lunch Time Yard Duty
- Parent Organizations/Committees
- School Portraits
- Leave the bus parking area open for school buses ONLY.
- Students are to walk on the sidewalks.
- Students are to cross at crosswalks. Do not jaywalk, this is dangerous and disrupts traffic flow.
- Students should not walk in the parking lot, cross at the entrance or exit of the driveways or between cars.
- No parking and/or leaving your vehicle in the drop off/pick up zones.
- The driver must remain in the vehicle in the drop off/pick up zones at all times.
- If you need to leave your vehicle, park either in the lot or on the street.
- There is no parking or stopping at any time at any red-curbed area or bus zones.
- Do not use cell phones while operating your vehicle.
- Follow all posted signage and instructions from school staff.
The Dilworth Home & School Club works to bring our community together and provide enrichment opportunities for our students. Funds raised by HSC support instructional personnel, additional educational materials, academic programs, family events, and assemblies. Home & School Club meetings are held once a month on Google Meet.
One of the great community events each year is Walkaround! This takes place in the fall.
The School Site Council (SSC) provides a vehicle through which school personnel and parents work together to improve the quality of education at Dilworth. SSC members provide input on the school plan annually to see that the goals of the plan are being met, help to decide how the state SLIP funds received are spent, and discuss school wide issues. The SSC meets once every two months from September to June at a time agreed upon by its members. The SSC consists of four parents, two teachers, a classified staff member, and the principal.