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SCHOOL ARRIVAL

 

School grounds open and supervision is available at 8:30 a.m. Please do not bring your child to school and drop them off prior to 8:30 a.m. because there is no supervision to keep your child safe.

 

The front gate and back/side gate (south side of Towers) will be opened at 8:30 a.m. and locked at 8:50 a.m..  ​​If you are dropping off your child after 8:45 a.m., please bring them to the front of the school. Once the back gate is closed, there is no access to the school grounds from the back gate.

 

Please be aware of traffic safety and traffic laws when dropping off your student.

 

 

PARKING LOT INFORMATION

 

Valet drop off available

The  valet  line is  located in the front of school.  If you choose to drop off your student in front of school, you may use the valet line or park your car and walk them in. The valet line is the curb area which begins midway thru the parking lot, at the crosswalk, and continues south along the curb until the driveway to the back parking lot.

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To use the valet line, enter the parking lot from Beryl Street and drive slowly south in the parking lot. There will usually be a staff member there directing cars to go or to wait for students in the crosswalk. Please follow their instructions. Their goal is to keep everyone safe while still getting as many kids into school on time as possible.

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Once it is safe to do so, bring your car as far south along the curb as you can. Your student should be ready to exit your car immediately once you have come to a full stop. Your student should have their backpack, lunch, and everything he or she is bringing to school that day on the seat with them.  The student should be ready to exit at the right side of your car. The driver should not leave the driver's seat.

 

There are several reasons you might not use the valet line on any given day:

 

​You may want to walk your child through the gate

 

 

The car door on the right side of your car is not working

 

 

You are discussing something with your student that will not be finished by the time you pull up to the valet line curb

 

 

Your student needs hugs and kisses before going into school. (I will note here that several families have created their own family “hug and kisses” or “I love you” hand gestures which are great for assuring your student before they leave the car while still allowing them to exit in a timely manner).

 

 

Your student has some item in the trunk of the car which they need for school.

 

 

You need to go into the office for something.

 

In all these cases, you should park your car and not use the valet line.  Thank you for your help in keeping our valet line moving to eliminate traffic issues on Beryl Avenue.

 

SCHOOL DISMISSAL

 

TK and Kindergarten students are dismissed at 1:50 p.m.  Parents and guardians need to park and go to the gates at the front of school to pick up their student. We encourage you to please be on time.  TK and Kindergarten students are not dismissed at the back gate.

 

1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders are dismissed at 3:03 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. On Wednesdays, these students are dismissed 45 minutes earlier, at 2:18 p.m.  Students are dismissed through either the front or back gate. A staff member is in charge of supervising these students.

 

4th and 5th graders are dismissed at 3:12 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. On Wednesdays, these students are dismissed 45 minutes earlier at 2:27 p.m.  Students are dismissed through either the front or back gate. A staff member is in charge of supervising these students.

 

If you are unable to pick up your student on time at dismissal, your student will be brought to the office.  For your student’s safety, you must park your car and come to the office to sign out your student.

 

Valet pick up available

To use the valet line, enter the parking lot from Beryl Street and drive slowly south in the parking lot. There will usually be a staff member there directing cars to go or to wait for students in the crosswalk. Please follow their instructions. Their goal is to keep everyone safe while getting students to their cars.  Please do not block the handicap spaces or the  crosswalk.

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Once it is safe to do so, bring your car as far south along the curb as you can.  The student will enter the car at the right side of your car. The driver should not leave the driver's seat.  You may not leave your car in the valet line. If you find you need to leave your car, please exit the valet line and find a place to park, use the crosswalk to safely cross the parking lot if needed, and find your child.   Please do not ask your child to walk across the parking lot on their own or anywhere other than the crosswalk.

 

PARKING LOT REMINDER

 

Visitors and volunteers can park in any unmarked space in the main parking lot.  The marked spaces (Principal, Secretary, Health Asst, Office Asst, VIP, K1, K2, K3, K4, and Handicapped) are reserved.

Please do not park along the valet curb during morning drop off (8:15-9:00) and afternoon pick up (2:15-3:30).

Please do not block the gate when entering the parking lot.  Do not pull into the gateway until your vehicle can pass all the way through.  Our school parking lot needs to be accessible to emergency vehicles at all times.

Please cross only at the crosswalk midway through the parking lot.

 

ARRIVING LATE

 

If your child is late to school, he or she must enter thru the office and get a tardy slip before going to class. Arriving late to school results in the student missing the orientation to the instruction for the day, and is disruptive to the class. If your student had a doctor or dental appointment, please bring in a note from the doctor’s office so that the tardy will be excused.



 

PICKING UP EARLY

 

You must go into the school office and sign your child out to take them with you during the school day. The office will call the classroom and ask that the student be sent up.

Please inform the teacher (via email or a note sent with the student) that you will be picking him or her up early. This should ensure that your student is available to be picked up.

 

You will not be able to pick up your student during recesses or lunch recess. Parents are not allowed on the playground during recesses, and the office is unable to find one student out of the 200 – 300 students that will be on the playground. Be aware of this and plan your day carefully.

 

ABSENCES and ATTENDANCE

 

Each day your student is absent, please do one of the following to notify the school:

Call the office (310-533-4535)

    Email the teacher       

Email one of the office staff

    Or send a note with them when they return

 

In any event, we will need the child's first and last name, their teacher's name or room number, and the reason for the absence.

 

Students who are ill should remain home until their fever and any vomiting or diarrhea have been gone for 24 hours without medication.

 

Tardies (late arrivals) will ONLY be considered excused if a note from a medical or dental office is brought in.

 

Homework - you may request missed homework and schoolwork once your child has been absent for 3 or more days.   This request must be made either by email to the teacher the evening before or by phone call that morning. Generally the work will be brought up at the end of the school day.   Please call before you come to pick it up to be sure it is ready.

 

If your student will miss school for an extended period of time that is planned ahead, such as a vacation, you can arrange for a Contract to be made up for the work. This can be for as few as 5 school days up to as many as 10 school days. If you do set up the contract, the principal approves it, AND the student does the work involved and turns it in upon return, their absences will be excused.   Longer vacations are unlikely to be approved by the principal and will result in poor attendance marks as well as loss of academic learning.

 

If your student will miss school for an extended period of time that is unexpected, such as due to a serious illness or injury, it is possible for the office to arrange for instruction at their location (home or hospital) while they are unable to attend school. Please call the office (310-533-4535) if you have need of this service.

 

Once a month, our teachers check their attendance records and turn in the information. We then check for excessive unexcused absences and/or tardies (late arrivals in the morning). The students that are found to have excessive absences and/or tardies will receive the following:

    1st -notification phone call

    2nd -first letter

    3rd -second letter

    4th -meeting with the principal

    5th -meeting at the district offices

 

Nobody wants those last two. Not the school, not the parent. So please, get your child to school on time, do not keep them home unless they are ill, take vacations during one of the many school breaks.

 

LUNCH AT SCHOOL

 

Students may bring their own lunch or buy from the cafeteria.   Lunch is currently $3 for students. This includes the basic tray with the entree and extras, a juice or milk, and items from the salad bar.   Towers Elementary School serves a peanut-free menu.

 

For students with allergies, there is a Peanut Free table in the cafeteria and another on the patio.   

 

All TUSD students have a student number that they will use throughout their time at school.   This number will be used to purchase lunch.

 

Parents can pay for lunch in either of two ways:

  • Bring cash or a check (made out to TUSD Nutrition Services) to the school office, place it in a lunch envelope, write the student’s first and last name on the envelope, and put it in the black lock box on the counter.  The funds will be picked up by the Cafeteria Manager and immediately put on your student’s account.

  • Go online to

https://family.titank12.com/Q5ZWXH

and put money on your student’s account using a credit card.   There is a small fee.

 

In general, a student can purchase up to 4 lunches without money in their account.   Once the student owes for 4 lunches, they will not be allowed to purchase another lunch until these lunches have been paid for.

 

TUSD’s Nutrition Services department places automated calls each night to parents of students whose accounts are low or have a negative balance.   This phone call goes only to the main number that is shown in Parent Connect. If you wish to change that number, please call the school office.

PARENTS HAVING LUNCH WITH THEIR STUDENTS

 

Parents are welcome to meet their children for lunch at Towers.   There are a few things you will need to know.

 

You can ONLY eat with your own children unless you have a written note from the other child’s parent that it is okay.   

Generally you will eat at one of the tables or benches on the grass area directly behind the office.   However if the students are eating outside that day, you will need to eat in Room 1 (the volunteer center) or on the lawn or benches in front of the office.  

Once the students in your child’s grade have been released to the playground, you will need to leave.   You cannot stay to watch your child play. Only Towers staff are allowed on the playground.

If you want to buy a school lunch, please call the school by 9:30 that morning so we will add you to the cafeteria count.   You would then go thru the cafeteria line with your student. Lunch for adults currently costs $4. This includes milk or juice, and items from the salad bar, as well as the standard lunch tray.   Once you have purchased your lunch, you must exit the cafeteria.

REGARDING CASTS AND CRUTCHES AT SCHOOL

 

Children wearing casts, braces, or splints may only be readmitted to school with the following clearances:

  • A note from the physician indicating extent of injury and restrictions on physical activities

  • Written release by parent

  • Approval of the principal.

 

Students with casts may not play on the playground during recesses.   This is to protect the student with the injury as well as the students they are playing nearby, who could be injured by the cast.   These students will stay in the office during recesses and lunches, and can have ONE friend with them. A parent can bring toys for the student to play with, however such toys must remain in the office in between recesses.  Electronic toys must be fully charged prior to bringing them in.

CELEBRATIONS

 

BIRTHDAYS - The staff at Towers likes to celebrate both reading and your child’s birthday in a very special way each year.   Instead of celebrating birthdays with goodies, etc., we like to celebrate with a book.

 

In honor of your child’s birthday, we would like to suggest that you and your child consider choosing from the following options:

  • The teacher and your child may choose a classroom library book to be read to the class in honor of his/her birthday

    Or

  • You and your child may purchase a book that you would like to donate to the classroom.   Please write your child’s name, year, and a brief message inside the cover. You, your child, or the teacher will read the book to the students, and the book then becomes a part of the classroom library.

 

Whichever you choose, please make arrangements with the teacher before that day.

 

If your child’s birthday falls during school holidays, the teacher and parent can choose an “unbirthday” date to celebrate.

 

Goodie bags may only be distributed if the contents have been approved by the office, the teacher is previously aware, and they are given out at the end of the school day to every child in that classroom.   Be aware that no food items can be in goodie bags.

 

Party invitations may not be distributed at school, and balloons are not allowed at school.

 

HOLIDAY PARTIES

 

Parties and/or activities to celebrate a holiday or event may only be arranged by the teacher.   Room parents will contact you if any supplies are needed for the party or activity. No outside food should ever be brought to school without teacher approval.

 

Note:  Balloons are NEVER allowed at school.

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TALKING TO TEACHERS DURING SCHOOL HOURS - (8:30-3:15)

 

It is school policy that parents NOT go to the classroom to talk to teachers for any reason while school is in session (8:30-3:15), as this takes away from supervision and instructional time.  If you wish to talk to a teacher, please send an email or leave a voicemail requesting they contact you.   Their email addresses and phone extensions are listed on the website under SCHOOL INFO - Staff Directory.

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 DOGS NOT ALLOWED ON CAMPUS

Dogs are not allowed on campus at any time.   If you bring your dog when you drop off or pick up your student, the dog must be on a leash, and you and the dog must remain on the opposite side of the parking lot from the office and classrooms.

 

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PARKING LOT REMINDER

 

Visitors and volunteers can park in any unmarked space in the main parking lot.  The marked spaces (Principal, Secretary, Health Asst, Office Asst, VIP, K1, K2, K3, K4, and Handicapped) are reserved.

Please do not park along the valet curb during morning drop off (8:15-9:00) and afternoon pick up (2:15-3:30).

Please do not block the gate when entering the parking lot.  Do not pull into the gateway until your vehicle can pass all the way through.  Our school parking lot needs to be accessible to emergency vehicles at all times.

Please cross only at the crosswalk midway through the parking lot.

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TOWERS VOLUNTEERS

 
Towers loves volunteers!    In order to volunteer at school, every adult needs to provide 3 things to the office..

  • A TUSD volunteer application, which needs to be filled out every school year.

  • A photo id such as a driver’s license, which we will copy each school year.

  • And evidence of a negative TB or screening from a doctor, within the last 4 years..

The volunteer application is on the school website, the TUSD website, and printed copies are available to pick up in the office.

 

Once you have been cleared to volunteer, you must sign in at the office on arrival and take a Volunteer badge.  Volunteers must follow the volunteer policies (which are on pages 3 and 4 of the application).   You will need to arrange volunteer times with your student’s teacher prior to arriving at school, or with the PTA persons in charge of a special event.  Volunteers are not allowed on the playground during recesses and lunch recess, or in classrooms that you have not made prior arrangements to volunteer in for that specific time.

 

ANNUAL RIGHTS NOTIFICATION

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EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

 

Our Information System, which includes emergency contacts for all of our students, is called PowerSchool.   Please go to

http://torrance.powerschool.com

and select “Create Account”.   Follow the directions on the website to create your account and link your student(s).  Then go to the “Returning Student Registration” link on the website to update your emergency contact information.

 

It is very important that you do this as soon as possible, so that we at Towers have the most accurate and up-to-date contact information and emergency pickup information.

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ADDRESS CHANGE POLICY
 

Families are required to report to the school office, in writing, any change of address within third (30) calendar days of moving.   Proof of this change, generally two utility bills, is also required.  If you have students at other TUSD schools as well as at Towers, you will need to go to the Enrollment Center with your change of address.

 It is important to your family and to us at Towers that you receive all information that will be mailed home.

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DRESS CODE

 

The most important part of the dress code for elementary students is that they must wear flat, closed toed shoes suitable for playing.   Heelys (shoes with wheels) are not allowed at school.

 

In cooperation with teachers, students and parents/guardians, the principal or designee shall establish school rules governing student dress and grooming which are consistent with law, Board policy and administrative regulations. These school dress codes shall be regularly reviewed.  Each school shall allow students to wear sun-protective clothing, including but not limited to hats, for outdoor use during the school day.

(Education Code 35183.5)

In addition, the following guidelines shall apply to all regular school activities:

1. Shoes must be worn at all times. Elementary students must wear flat, closed shoes.   No heelys (shoes with wheels) may be worn at school.

2. Clothing, jewelry and personal items (backpacks, fanny packs, gym bags, water bottles etc.) shall be free from writing, pictures or any other insignia which are, vulgar, profane, or of a sexual nature, or bear drug, alcohol or tobacco company advertising, promotions and likenesses, or which advocate racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, or religious intolerance.

3. Sunglasses, hats, caps and other head coverings shall not be worn indoors. Only medically/religiously required headgear, approved by the principal, may be worn indoors. Sun-protective clothing must comply with District and school site dress and grooming standards.

4. Clothes shall conceal underwear at all times. See-through or fishnet fabrics, halter tops, off-the-shoulder or low-cut tops, bare midriffs and skirts or shorts shorter than mid-thigh are prohibited.

5. Swimwear, pajamas, nightgowns, and oversized clothing are not appropriate school wear.

6. Regulation gym shorts may not be worn in classes other than physical education.

Coaches and teachers may impose more stringent dress requirements to accommodate the special needs of certain sports and/or classes.  No grade of a student participating in a physical education class shall be adversely affected if the student does not wear standardized physical education apparel because of circumstances beyond the student's control. (Education Code 49066)

The principal, staff, students and parent/guardians at each school may establish reasonable dress and grooming regulations for times when students are engaged in extracurricular or other special school activities.

 

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PARENTS AND VISITORS ON CAMPUS

 

As protection for your children, state law requires that all persons not employed or enrolled as a student report their presence and purpose for the visit to the school office immediately upon arriving on campus.   Visitors are requested to sign in, obtain a Visitor’s badge, and sign out and turn in their badge upon leaving.

 

To prevent classroom disruption, parents are requested to bring lunches, money, books, messages, etc., from home to the office, rather than take them directly to the room.

 

Please note:  Anybody observed on campus without a Visitor or Volunteer badge will be stopped to identify themselves and will be directed to the office to obtain the appropriate identification.

 

Visitors and Volunteers are not allowed on the playground except during special events, such as the weekly assemblies, and the Hallowe'en parade.

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