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What is the daily school schedule?


The front gates open at 7:15.  Students may wait in the cafeteria until Breakfast is served at 7:30, and Playground supervision begins


            All school days start at 7:45.  The Tardy bell rings at 7:50.  Students must be IN CLASS or they are Tardy.


Regular school days:  All Grades

            School is out at 2:08 on regular days


Minimum Days:  All Grades

Every Monday is a minimum day.  In addition, there are minimum days for conferences in October.  Please schedule medical and dental appointments on the minimum days so that students don’t need to miss class!

            Kindergarten to Fifth Grade 7:45-12:35 pm



Regular attendance is directly related to school success!  For every day a student misses school, it takes two days to catch up. Please make every effort to schedule your child’s appointments after school or during holiday breaks. 

California Education Code requires that all students from age 6-18 attend school regularly.  Students with three unexcused absences or three unexcused tardies that are over 30 minutes will be declared truant. Students with excessive amount excused absences, may be required to provide medical verification as to why your child should not be attending school.

Because kindergarten is not mandatory for 5 year olds, the district has implemented an attendance policy that requires 90% attendance.  Kindergarten students with 5 or more days of unexcused absence will receive a notice of attendance problem and will be required to meet with the Principal..



Please call the automated voice mail, (available 24 hours a day) to report your child’s absence.  If for some reason you are unable to call, please send your child with a signed note to the office indicating the day(s) absent and the reason of the absence.  All absent students must report tothe attendance office for admit slips before returning to class.



Arriving late to class is not only difficult for your student, it disrupts the education of the entire class.  Students need to be IN THE CLASSROOM when the tardy bell rings at 7:50.  Late arriving students MUST check in with the office prior to going to class.



If your child must leave early, you or another authorized adult must sign him/her out through the office.  To maintain the safety of our students, we are only able to release students to adults that are listed on the student’s registration or emergency card. 



If your child must be away from school more than five days due to a family need, an Independent Study Contract may be available.  Please see your child’s teacher about an Independent Study Contract.  The Independent Study Contract allows your child to keep up while away from school by taking along assignments.  Keep in mind that these contracts take time to put together, so plan ahead!



It is very important that we be able to reach parents during the school day!  If your child is sick or injured, we are sure you would not want them left at school!  If you change your address or phone number during the year, please inform the office of the change so that we may update our records and contact you in case of emergency.





Bus:     If your child rides a bus, the pick-up and delivery point is behind the school.


Car Pickup and Drop off:


  • ALL students arriving and leaving by car must use the front gates of the school.
  • For your convenience, we have TWO pull-through areas.  Both have yellow curbs.  These are for loading and unloading ONLY.
  • Please remain in a single line and stay in your car.
  • The first car should pull all the way forward  to the end of the lane. 
  • If you plan to park and leave your car, even “just for a minute” park in a parking space or along the curb on Blackburn Avenue.
  • For safety’s sake, we cannot allow double parking or parking in the Red or Yellow Zones!

            Your cooperation will increase the safety for everyone, especially the children! 




All students should wear an approved bicycle helmet every time they ride a bike.  All bicycles must be walked on school grounds and parked in the bike rack.  Bicycles should be locked to the rack during school hours.  The school assumes no responsibility for lost, stolen, or damaged bikes.


Walk:   Walking students should proceed directly home when dismissed from school. 




To protect your child if he/she is to go home with someone other than you at any time during the year, or will be picked up rather than riding home on a bus as scheduled, we must have a not advising us how he/she is to get home.  Only in emergency situations will we interrupt the classroom to deliver change messages for students.  PLEASE PLAN AHEAD and make sure your child knows how he/she is getting home each day! 








Bus transportation is a privilege, not a right.  This privilege may be revoked if a student engages in disruptive or unsafe behavior while boarding, riding, or exiting the bus.  Privileges may also be revoked for students that act inappropriately while waiting for buses at the pick up area.  Section 14263 of the Regulations and Laws relating to Pupil Transportation in California states,Pupils transported in a school bus shall be under the authority of, and responsible to, the driver of the bus, and the driver shall be held responsible for the orderly conduct of pupils while they are on the bus or being escorted across a street, highway or road.  Continued disorderly conduct or persistent refusal to submit to the authority of the driver shall be sufficient reason for a pupil to be denied transportation.”




The California State Education Code requires that ALL visitors, including parents, check in with the school office when visiting the campus.  Students who attend other schools are not permitted on campus during school hours without authorization from the administration.  Classroom visits should be scheduled in advance with the teacher.  Unannounced visits can be disruptive to the learning environment.


School Security


Woodson Elementary is equipped with Video Monitoring equipment.  Per BP 3515, this will serve as your notice to students, parents, guardians and community members that video surveillance is in place on our campus.  We are also providing notice that recordings from said surveillance system may be used in disciplinary proceedings and may be referred to local law enforcement as appropriate. Copies of BP 3515, Campus Security, and BP and AR 3515.7, Video Monitoring are available at all school sites.



“This institution is an Equal Opportunity Provider


Our goal in the Corning Union Elementary School District Food Services is to provide students with a variety of nutritious and healthy meals. This contributes to the ability to learn in the classroom and to develop a healthy lifestyle. We follow the School Dietary Guidelines and the Nutrition Standards as set by the State of California School Meals Initiative.


We offer Free and Reduced Breakfast and Lunch to students who qualify. Paid

And Reduced Students are allowed to charge up to $5.00. Paid students only, will

Receive our alternate meal if their balance exceeds $5.00.


Accommodating Children With Special Dietary Needs:


USDA Code of Federal Regulations Title 7, Part 15B, requires school districts to

Accommodate the diet restrictions of students with disabilities. A child with a disability

Must be provided with food substitutions when the request is submitted by a licensed physician. The parent/guardian must  provide a clear and specific statement signed by a licensed physician outlining the food substitutions and it must provide the following information:


 The Child’s disability,

 an explanation of why the disability restricts the child’s diet

 the food or foods to be omitted and the food to be substituted.


The definition of a person with disabilities is: Any person who has a physical or mental

Impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities, has a record of

Impairment, or is regarded as having such impairment. Major life activities covered  by

This definition include caring for oneself, eating, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning and working.




A child with food allergies or intolerances does not have a disability as defined under

Section  504 of the Rehabilitation Act or Part B of IDEA. Nutrition Services may make

Substitutions, but are not required to do so. However, if a licensed physician states that the food allergy may result in a severe, life threatening (anaphylactic) reaction, the child’s condition would meet the definition of “DISABILITY” and the SUBSTITUTION PRESCRIBED by the licensed physician must be made.


The CUESD Nutrition Services respects many diverse food choices and it is our goal to

Provide each and every student with a well-balanced meal that meets the nutritional

Guidelines as well as a meal that meets the special dietary needs requested by a licensed

Physician. If your student meets any of these criteria’s, please submit a Doctor’s statement (on our web site) to the school nurse or cafeteria staff.



Class Celebrations and Healthy Snacks



The school district encourages school organizations to use healthy food items or non-food items for fundraising purposes. We also shall encourage school staff to avoid the use of non-nutritious foods as a reward for students’ academic performance, accomplishments, or classroom behavior. All foods made available on campus comply with the state and local food safety and sanitation requirements.  Foods prepared at home can not be guaranteed to meet safety and sanitation requirements.    For the protection of staff and students against food borne illnesses, injury, or food allergies, only prepackaged food items with nutritional data clearly labeled, or fresh fruits, and vegetables may be provided for classroom celebrations.  

Class parties or celebrations must be held after the lunch period. School staff shall encourage parents/guardians or other volunteers to support the district’s nutrition education program by considering nutritional quality when selecting any snacks which they may donate for occasional class parties and to encourage games involving physical activity as a preference.  Below is a list of acceptable, healthy snacks that parents can send with their children for a daily snack or for classroom celebrations.




Examples of Acceptable Snacks

Examples of Prohibited Snacks



Fresh or dried fruits

Carbonated beverages

Fresh or dried vegetables

Hard candies

100% fruit juice

Gummy candies

Sport drinks


100% juice bars

Candy coated popcorn

Granola bars

Chewing gum

Fat free breakfast or cereal bars

Regular potato or corn chips

Baked chips or pretzels


Unsalted nuts

Baked items (cookies, cakes, etc.) prepared at home

Rice cakes

Items not meeting the criteria listed below

Whole wheat crackers


Fat free popcorn


Other (must meet class celebrations / snack criteria below):

 Items not adhering to criteria will not be served and will be returned to the child at the end of the day.

Class celebrations / snack criteria as set forth by the State Department of Health and your Food Service Department

*   Must be pre-packaged with a nutritional label clearly visible

*   Less than 30% Fat. * Less than 480 mg. Sodium.


*   No more than 35% Sugar by weight.


*   For dairy snacks, 4 oz. servings must have at least 120 mg. Calcium,

    6 oz.servings must have 245 mg. Calcium and must adhere to the above guidelines for Fat, Sodium, and Sugar







Caught Being a Good Character Program

On a daily basis students are given the opportunity to earn rewards.  These are given for showing positive behavior such as responsibility, respect, caring, teamwork and problem solving.  The slips are deposited in a box, and everyday 2 or more slips are drawn out of the box.  These students come to the office to receive a prize.  Names stay in the box all trimester, so students have many opportunities to win a prize.




Woodson Elementary students are rewarded through a variety of programs both in and out of the classroom.  Examples of these include: breakfast or lunch with the teacher, positive notes sent home, awards and certificates, recognition at school, and throughout the community.  Assemblies designed to recognize student achievement and academic successes occur throughout the year.  Specific assembly dates and events will be announced in newsletters.




Students should be provided with a regular homework time and place.  Homework is assigned consistently beginning in Kindergarten.  The time requirements increase as students move up through the grades.  Homework provides specific practice on skill students have already learned in school. Students are expected to complete and return assignments as directed.    When students are absent, it is their responsibility to makeup missed assignments.



 WoodsonElementary Schoolloves having volunteers in a variety of programs and most importantly to assist in our classrooms.  You may be asked to work with a small group of students, listen to a child read, help with a math problem, help set-up an art project or help clean up.  The pay is non-existent and the work is hard.  Your reward is the knowledge that you are doing a service for the students and the school, of course our sincere thanks and gratitude.  Please call us at 824-7720, if you can lend a hand.  A Tuberculosis test/clearance is required for all people who volunteer on a regular basis. Please call the office or talk to your child’s teacher for more information.



 The Corning Union Elementary School District does not carry accident insurance for our students.  Low cost coverage is available with several plans to choose from.  It is strongly recommended that families obtain accident insurance for their children.



 If it is necessary for a student to take medication during the school day, you and your physician must fill out a form (available from the nurse’s office) allowing the health aide to store and dispense the medication.  All medication must be brought to the office in the original container for safe storage during the day.  NO EXCEPTIONS.



 Parents are encouraged to stay in close contact with the school.  General concerns such as grades and conduct can be addressed by stopping by the school office or calling 824-7720  to schedule an appointment with your child’s teacher or  the principal.




At the end of each year, a large number of articles of clothing that have been lost during the year are left behind. Please help us by usingname labels on your child’s clothing.  Feel free to stop by the office to check on any lost articles.




The office phones are not for student use, except in the case of emergencies or as directed by school employees.  In the case of an emergency, office personnel will normally place the call.  Emergencies DO NOT include calling for schoolwork, books, or after school social arrangements.  All students must have a phone pass from their teacher to use the phone.  Please make arrangements of this nature in advance.




Students who bring cell phones to school are to keep the phones turned off during classroom instructional time.

To ensure the safety of our students, all gates around the school will be locked during regular school hours.




Please note that in addition to regular fire drills we will also be practicing additional safety drills this year.  These exercises are required as part of our school safety plan and they make good sense.  There are two types of schools; those that have already had a crisis and those that are about to.  We need to be prepared for a multitude of incidents that includes both natural disasters and those caused by man.  Notices will be sent home with students on the day of our drills explaining the purpose and type of safety drill exercise that was conducted.

Please do not hesitate to phone the office if you would like additional information or have questions about our school safety plan.  Emergency plans are as important for home as they are for school. 


School Dress Code:

 It is expected that all students at Woodson Elementary School maintain a neat and orderly appearance.  A student’s dress and general appearance should not draw undue attention, nor should it detract from or interfere with learning in the classroom or discipline within the school.  Students may wear school uniforms as described in the “Uniform Dress” section, or complete an “Opt Out” form and wear clothing meeting the “Appropriate School Dress: guidelines below.


Uniform Dress Requirements:


The Corning Union Elementary School Board adopted school uniforms in accordance with School board policy and Title 5, Section 302 of the California Administrative Code:  The Woodson Elementary school parents, as part of the Safe Schools Plan, met and agreed to the following “Uniform Dress Requirements”:


  1. Bottoms:  Uniform Pants, Shorts, Skorts, Jumpers, Capris are either navy blue or khaki.  They must be slacks made of cotton twill material.  No denim or denim look a likes of any color.
  2. Tops:  Uniform shirts are “polo” style shirts in 3 colors (white, gold or purple) for both girls and boys. Girls may wear  a “feminine” version polo.  Long or short sleeves are acceptable.  No logos are allowed.
  3. Sweaters, Sweatshirts or lightweight Fleece:  Purple or Grey solid color crew neck or hoodie with no picture or logo.  School Sweatshirts with a school logo will be available for purchase in the office.  All of these may be worn in the classroom.
  4. Shoes:  Students will wear athletic shoes of any color.  No open toes or heals. No high healed shoes.
  5. Winter Jackets:  Students may wear any color winter jacket outdoors. 
  6. Belts:  students may wear a belt if needed.
  7. Hats:  Baseball caps may be worn outdoors.  Students may wear either solid black with no logo or a school logo hat.
  8. Socks, tights:  plain black or white.


Appropriate School Dress


For elementary students, it is most important that their clothing be comfortable, safe and appropriate for school.  A student’s dress and general appearance should not draw undue attention, nor should it detract from or interfere with learning in the classroom or discipline within the school.   This applies to all students, including those who opt out of the uniform dress policy.


  1. Shoes:  Closed toe and heel shoes such as tennis shoes are required.  Musical and roller shoes are not appropriate for school.
  2. Shirts which are longer than the pants pockets must be tucked in.
  3. Pants must fit appropriately around the waste.  Sagging is not permitted.  
  4. Clothing must be neat and clean.  No ragged hems on edges,
  5. Clothing must fit appropriately, no baggy or oversized clothing.
  6. Some items are not appropriate for school:
  7. fake tattoos, dangling earrings, extreme hair styles or long chains are not allowed.
  8. Students may not wear clothing with messages related to tobacco, alcohol, drugs, gangs, racial slurs or of a sexual nature.
  9. Clothing that is sheer, see through...such that the undergarments may be seen...tubetops, halter tops, spaghetti straps, and or any strapless top/dress that reveals the midriff, breasts, shoulders, or back is prohibited.
  10. Hats may be worn outside.  They must be worn with the bill in front. 
  11. Hair shall be clean and neatly groomed.  Hairstyles that are extreme or distracting such as Mohawks or unnatural colors are not appropriate for school.

 School – Wide Behavior Expectations and Procedures

 The Woodson Elementary Staff, Students and Families are committed to providing a positive learning environment by promoting and modeling respectful, responsible, and safe behaviors school-wide and in our community.


The primary concern of the school is to create and foster a safe learning environment where everyone can achieve his or her greatest potential.  This environment allows all students the opportunity for academic, social, and emotional growth. A structured discipline policy allows students to develop a concept of self-worth by giving them the opportunities to make decisions.  Students who experience consistent, logical, and realistic consequences for their behaviors learn to self-monitor their behavior.  The Woodson Elementary discipline policy helps students develop the ability to exercise self-control and self-discipline.


The following School-Wide Behavioral Expectations are to be observed:




 Use safe, non-violent actions at all times.

 No roughhousing, pushing, shoving, tripping; keep hands, feet and all objects to self;

 Walk in the hallways

 We will not enter a classroom when an adult is not present



 Be respectful of others and obey all school personnel.

Use appropriate and polite language at all times.

Be respectful of school and personal property.




 We will show pride in ourselves and our school by taking care of our campus.

 Use time wisely.

 Use appropriate inside voices in the buildings.

 We will not bring inappropriate items such as toys, games, radios, trading cards “pokeman” cards, to school without teacher approval.  These items may be confiscated if brought to school.


“Stop and Think” Social Skills


Primary grades will be teaching specific social skills using the Stop and Think program.  Students will practice skills such as:            Listening Position, Waiting your turn, Using Nice talk

How to Interrupt, Appropriate Line behavior, and Ignoring others negative behavior




Progressive Playground Discipline:


First Infraction                        Verbal warning

Second Infraction                  5 minute time out

Third Infraction                        Playground Citation

Serious behavior such as fighting or defiance will beimmediately referred to the administrator or designee.




When a referral is issued, the person issuing the referral will send the student to the office.  The white copy is sent home with the student for parent signature and is to be returned the following school day.




Classroom detention during recess, lunch or after school may be given as part of classroom progressive discipline.




Each class will maintain guidelines for appropriate classroom behavior.  These guidelines will include both positive and negative consequences.  Students who consistently do not meet expectations may be issued a referral for administrative intervention.