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Campus Policies

Clean Campus

Take pride in your campus. The appearance of our school is important to all of us. It is the responsibility of each student to keep the campus clean.

Dress Code

Student dress and/or appearance (including backpacks, binders, and other personal articles) shall be safe, neat, clean, and appropriate for school attendance.  Student dress or appearance shall not be disruptive or offensive to the educational environment or process.  Clothing that may be appropriate for other private and family occasions and activities away from school may not be appropriate to be worn to school.  Any student whose personal actions, hygiene, or dress is offensive, disruptive, overly distracting or dangerous to others or the student himself/herself, will be sent home until such conditions are corrected.

The final authority for what is appropriate, safe, clean, and non-disruptive shall rest with the school administration.  The school administration reserves the authority to establish their own standards of dress and appearance, which is in compliance with the California Administrative Code, Title 5, Section 301.

Footwear must be worn on campus at all times.  Slippers and flip-flops are not considered footwear.

Clothing that clearly exposes or draws attention to private body parts or undergarments such as tube tops, halter tops, and short tops exposing the navel/belly buttons shall not be allowed at school.  Sleeveless under shirts are not permitted as outer garments.

Hem length must be as long as the tips of the fingers when arms are straight down at sides.

No gang related clothing may be worn.  This includes solid red, maroon, or blue T-shirts or belts and red “Santa Clara” sweatshirts or T-shirts that do not include the word “University”, as well as any clothing that makes reference to telephone area codes (“408, “650”, etc).   Solid Red, Maroon, Burgundy, and Blue shirts will not be allowed at school.  In addition, only one article of red or blue may be worn at one time.

No pants that sag exposing ones underwear or buttocks.  No “short shorts” or cutoffs are allowed at school.  No pajamas are allowed.

All belts will be tucked in and will not be allowed to hang down.  No belts shall display gang colors or insignias.

Hats and all other non-religious headgear are not to be worn within any school building and may not display inappropriate message or gang-related materials or colors.

Bandanas of any color may not be brought or worn to school.

No markings on binders, book covers, backpacks, clothing that is inappropriate.

Clothing with inappropriate, abusive, violent language or pictures; swearing or cursing messages with double meanings or suggestive sayings are not to be worn to school.  Clothing that mentions or refers to sex, drugs, alcohol, weapons or tobacco in any manner is not to be worn to school.

No spiked clothing, spiked shoes, spiked neckwear and spiked jewelry.

No chains or chains attached to wallets.

Emergency Cards

Every student MUST have emergency information on file in the main office. If parents cannot be reached in emergency situations such as illness, injury or disaster, Don Callejon staff will notify the emergency contacts on the emergency card.

Library

When in the library, please respect and follow the directions of the adult in charge at the time of the visit.

Lockers

Each student in grades 6-8 is provided with a locker at the beginning of the school year. The use of these lockers is a privilege. Do not share lockers or locker combinations with any other person. Any student caught entering another student's locker or with another student's combination will face a disciplinary consequence.  Lockers are subject to search at any time.

Lost and Found

Students must assume sole responsibility for loss or damage to any personal property left in classrooms, lockers or on campus. Don Callejon School will try to help protect personal possessions, but it is not responsible for them. Check the “Lost and Found” in the Multipurpose Room for recently lost items. Unclaimed items will be donated to charity after 30 days.

The best way to assure items are returned is to have your name in permanent ink on all articles of clothing, books, and other personal property. If you find something that does not belong to you, please turn it in. It is considered theft if you keep something you find which does not belong to you.  Students who have witnessed a theft or know a student who is in possession of someone else's belongings should inform a teacher or an administrator immediately.

Lunch

Lunch is considered part of the school day. Students may not leave campus at lunch without permission.  In order to maintain safety and cleanliness, students must observe the following rules:

  • Form orderly lines with no cutting.
  • Sit on benches only, not on tabletops.
  • Place all trash in containers and all recyclable items in recycling bins.
  • Keep all food and drink within the designated eating areas.
  • Glass containers of any kind are not permitted at school.
  • Respect and follow direction of supervisors.
  • Respect the rights of others, as you would want others to respect your rights.

Medication

If medication must be taken during school hours, the nurse's office will provide the proper form and procedures. All medications (prescription and non-prescription) must be kept in the nurse's office.

Office

Don Callejon School offices are important places of business in which all are welcome. However, the office is not a place to “hang out” or loiter.  Students coming to any office during class must have a pass or call slip. The office staff will not interrupt classroom instruction to call students that forget their lunch, homework, instruments, PE Uniforms, etc.  There is a drop off table in the office and parents can email the teacher.  Parents are requested to refrain from attempting to deliver messages to students via the office staff, except in emergency situations.

Restrooms

Restrooms are to be used for their intended purpose. Students may not loiter in or around restrooms. Vandalism to restrooms will be cause for serious disciplinary action.

Special Occasions

We all enjoy celebrating special occasions such as birthdays. However, sending flowers, balloon bouquets or other gifts to the students during school hours disrupts instruction. Therefore, parents and students are asked to refrain from such deliveries.

Student Textbooks

Students are responsible for the condition of books assigned to them. Textbooks and materials must be returned at the end of the year or when withdrawing from school. Any student who damages textbooks or any other school materials or fails to return these materials will be charged replacement costs. Fines and bills are paid in the library. Unpaid fines may result in the withholding of yearbooks, restriction from end-of-the-year field trips and activities, and/or other disciplinary measures.

Transportation

Bicycles

Don Callejon School provides two bicycle storage areas located outside the B wing for middle school and between the Library and D wing for elementary school. If you use the bicycle area, be sure to lock your bike to the racks provided. Each bike must have its own chain and lock. Bicycles may not be ridden anywhere on campus during school hours. Don Callejon School takes no responsibility for the theft or vandalism of any bike brought to school. Bikes should be licensed or marked to be easily identified.

Cars/Student Pick-Up and Drop-Off

Students may be dropped off at school no earlier than 7:55 AM (unless enrolled in daycare).  Elementary students must be picked up immediately at the end of the school day.  Middle school students must be picked up within 15 minutes after the end of the school day (unless they are involved in an approved after-school or academic activity). Parents or guardians who drive students to school or who pick them up after school must follow all traffic regulations and park only in designated areas.  Please drive safely!

School Bus

Transportation is provided for students who live within the authorized bus range. Bus transportation is a privilege extended only to students who display good conduct while preparing to ride, riding or leaving the bus. Continued disorderly conduct or persistent refusal to submit to the authority of the driver shall be sufficient reason for a student to be denied transportation.

It is important that students know and follow the rules and regulations for riding the bus safely. For a detailed list of rules, please look on our district website (www.santaclarausd.org).

A bus conduct report is sent to the parents by the district transportation department.   Misconduct results in the following steps being taken: (1) A warning, (2) Temporary loss of bus privileges, and (3) Permanent loss of bus privileges.

Skateboards/Rollerblades/Motorized Scooters

Skateboards, rollerblades, “Heelys” and motorized scooters are not to be ridden on campus.  These items should be stored in a locker, the office or a classroom before school begins.  These items are not to be carried around on campus during school.

Visitor Information

Don Callejon School welcomes adult visitors. If you wish to visit the campus, contact the main office at (408) 423-3300 for appointment and orientation information. Adult visitors must check in at the main office before coming onto the campus. Don Callejon School does not allow student visitors at any time.

Website Updates

Please visit our website regularly for the latest updates, announcements, and much more information at: www.doncallejon.org.