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Absences
All student absences must be cleared by parents as soon as possible, but not longer than three days.  Please telephone the school at (408) 423-4305 by 9:00 a.m. on the first day your child is absent and provide the following information:

  • Child name
  • Teacher’s name and room number
  • Date(s) of absence
  • Reason for the absence
  • Caller’s name and relationship to child
  • Telephone number where you can be reached


Keep your child at home if:

  • They don’t feel well
  • Have a fever above 100º within last 24 hours
  • Have vomited or had diarrhea within last 24 hours
  • Have a severe cough or cold symptoms


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Requests for homework:
Homework may be requested for a child who is ill.  Please call the school office by 9:30 am to request homework, which will be available for pick up thirty minutes after school dismissal.

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Animals/Pets
Please remember that pets, including dogs on leashes or held in arms, MAY NOT come to school.  The only exception is for disabled persons’ companion dogs.

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Appointments
While we discourage missing school for appointments, students may leave during school hours for medical, dental or emergency appointments.  We request a note from your doctor verifying the appointment upon returning to school. Parents or guardians picking up students for appointments must check the student out at the school office.  No student will be allowed to leave the campus unless he/she has been signed out by an authorized adult who is listed on the emergency card, brings a handwritten note from the parent, or unless the school is in receipt of a faxed permission slip.  Please sign your child back in on the office register upon their return to school.

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Arrivals/Dismissals
Children are not permitted on the school grounds prior to 8:05 am.  There is no playground supervision before that time.  Students are asked to wait at the blue benches until the bell rings for line-up; then they are to walk to their classroom line for pick-up by their teachers.  Parents are welcome to walk with their student to student lines and wait with them until teacher pick-up at 8:15 am.

No after school supervision is provided.  All students are expected to go home immediately after school.  Primary students (K-2) may not wait unsupervised for their older siblings.  Parents and siblings waiting for upper grade dismissal are requested to wait at the blue picnic tables next to the cafeteria, and not on the playground nor next to classrooms.  All students are expected to go directly home immediately after school.  Teachers will walk students to meet you.


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Bicycles
Santa Clara County traffic safety experts recommend that only students in Grades 3, 4 5 be allowed to ride bicycles to school. For further information, see the Handbook.

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Birthdays
Contact your child’s teacher for his/her preference on how class birthdays are celebrated. Entertainers, balloons and flower deliveries are not allowed at school.  If brought or delivered to school, you will be asked to take these items back. 

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Buses
Busing is available for students living in certain areas of Westwood School attendance area. See form.
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Calendar
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Campus Maps
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Cell phones
Students may possess a cell phone after they have signed the usage agreement before the device may be brought to school.  Please refer to the handbook for complete rules.

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Communications
A Wednesday packet will be sent home each week.  This will contain announcements, lunch prepayment envelopes, letter from the principal, etc.

Please check your child’s backpack for this packet each Wednesday.  Share the contents with your child.  Sign the envelope and return the empty envelope on Thursday.  If you need to speak with your child’s teacher, indicate so on the outside of the envelope where you sign your name.  Signing the envelope indicates that you have read and understood all communications in the envelope.

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Dress Code
Children should be dressed neatly, cleanly, and appropriately.  On certain days of the week, the students have physical education at which time suitable clothing and tennis shoes are in order. Warm and cool clothing, depending on the season of the year is also important.

The following clothing items may not be worn to school:

  • Earrings with large hoops, dangles, etc. Small earrings only.
  • Flip-flops, other open-toed shoes, or high heels
  • Halter tops, tank tops, spaghetti straps, low cut tops, belly button shirts, or bare midriff tops, “short shorts”
  • Makeup, fake tattoos, colored hair, Mohawk haircuts
  • Sagging pants which allow underwear to show
  • Inappropriate sayings/pictures such as profanity, alcohol or tobacco related subjects, rock roll band, skeletons, gang or any violence
  • Roller blades/roller shoes (rollers will be confiscated and returned on the last day of school)
  • Hats/caps may be worn outdoors only, with the brim forward.  If you have questions about certain items, please call the office.


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Emergency/Disaster Plan
This plan is intended to inform parents of the school’s action plan in case of emergency or disaster in which the school is directly involved.  The school keeps a small supply of food for each child in case of disaster.

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Instructions to Parents:

Please remain calm.  The students will be given the best care possible.  Your child(ren) will be supervised by the principal and staff until you or your representative is able to pick them up at school.  A note from you designating someone else to pick up your child will be necessary if that person is not listed on the child’s emergency or disaster card.

Please pick up your child(ren) at school as soon as it is safe to do so.  Go directly to your child’s classroom or the designated pick-up site.

Do not enter any rooms or any facility on the grounds, unless instructed to do so by a staff member.

Please walk to school during an emergency.  Parking lots will be closed.  We are sure you will get to school faster and help avoid traffic congestion.

If you cannot contact us, we will contact you.  Therefore, it is important that  you please keep your emergency cards up to date and accurate.  Please provide current cell phone numbers.  These may provide the only communication available.

The following radio and TV stations will give you up to the minute information:
KHTT 1500 AM, KEEN 1370 AM, KNTV Channel 11 [www.nbcbayarea.com]

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First Aid
The school nurse is available at Westwood on a limited basis.  The nurse’s major tasks will be vision and hearing screening, emergency care, health status determination, and health instruction. School nurses are not permitted to practice medicine.  Please do not send a sick child to school for the nurse to examine.

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Items
Westwood teachers strive to present quality instruction.  It is essential that their teaching time and your student’s learning time be as focused as possible to meet our standards based curriculum.  For this reason, the following items are not allowed at school:

  • Tape recorders/CD players, iPods, MP3 players, radios, cameras, and other electronic games/devices are not to be brought to school unless authorized by a teacher.
  • Cell phones brought to school without SCUSC Cell Phone Use-Waiver of Responsibility form on file with the office.
  • Money other than lunch money or for field trips.
  • No toys, balls, water pistols, Pokemon, trading cards of any kind, etc. are permitted.
  • Live animals unless they are to be used in a class in which previous arrangements have been made.
  • Toy weapons, BB shot, firecrackers, laser pointers, perfume, rubber bands, matches, explosive materials, knives, any objects that might be considered a weapon or a look-a-like weapon and any other dangerous items.
  • Any tobacco, drug, alcohol, or controlled substances.


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Library
All students are encouraged to check out books from the school library for up to 2 weeks.  Please ask the children to take care of their books so others can enjoy them as well.  Lost and damaged books are charged to the student’s family.  Please help your child remember to bring his/her books back to school to avoid overdue books.  We welcome parent volunteers to help in the library.  Library is located in rooms # 1 and 2.

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Lost and Found
Clothing that has been lost is turned in at the basket and hanging on the hooks in front of the library (Room 1-2).  Small items are usually turned into the office.  Please have your child check the appropriate places to locate missing belongings.  Please label all clothing with your child’s name.  Periodically, unclaimed clothes will be donated to charity.

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Lunch Schedule

Kindergarten   11:45-12:35   Eat at 11:45
Grade 1   11:50-12:40   Eat at 11:50
Grade 2   11:55-12:50   Eat at 11:55
Grade 3   12:10-12:50   Eat at 12:10
Grade 4 & 5   12:10-12:50   Eat at 12:25

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Lunch
Children may bring a bag lunch from home or purchase a hot lunch at school. Lunch price is $2.75. Reduced lunch price is 40¢.  Milk may be purchased any day for 75¢.  Please do not include glass bottles or jars in your child’s bag lunch. No “Fast Food” or soda should be brought for children’s lunches.

You may be eligible for free or reduced priced lunches/breakfasts; applications are available at the school office.

School breakfasts (Reduced price 20¢, Full - $1.50) are served daily, 8:00 – 8:10 a.m., and do not need to be pre-ordered.  Please bring your child to school early enough to eat breakfast and still be on time to class at 8:15 a.m.

Method of payment – We have a computerized accounting system, which allows each student to deposit any amount of money, in the form of cash or check into their individual account.  Payments dropped off at the office will be credited to your child’s account the following day.  No money can be taken in the lunch line.  You can pay or review your child’s account online at  http://www.myschoolbucks.com/ Menus are sent home five times per year.

If you have questions on lunch procedures or child’s account balance, please call the cafeteria directly at 408-423-4390.


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Medical Insurance
Information may be obtained by called the Health Trust at (408) 961-9893. You may qualify for free or reduced price health insurance.
Student insurance is available to all families through www.studentinsuranceagency.com  You can print the application, benefit information, and claim forms from the website.  In addition, you may reach them via email at silegal@studentinsuranceagency.com

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Medicine at School
If it is necessary for your child to take medication at school, please be advised of the following legal requirements as per District Policy No. 5443.

A written statement from the physician detailing type of medication, dosage, time and method for taking medication.

A written statement from parent or guardian giving school personnel permission to assist the student in taking the medication.

All medication must be stored in the Nurse’s office.

Medicines must be provided to the school in the original pharmaceutical container.

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Report Cards
Westwood uses authentic assessment practices.  There are three reporting periods a year.  Parent/teacher/student conferences are held in October for all students. Some conference will be scheduled in March.  See Calendar for exact schedule.

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Rules & Regulations

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Safety
Safety Patrol

Providing a positive, safe environment is our number one goal at Westwood School.  Our 5th grade teachers maintain a School Safety Patrol to direct traffic in the parking lots.  This is a school leadership program and we request that you be respectful and patient at all times to these upper grade students.  There will be times that they ask you to move your car up in line before your students are dismissed for the day, to allow for smoother traffic flow.  Please work with them as they strive to carry out their duties.  They are working in conjunction with the Santa Clara Police Department and have been trained by a SCPD officer.  The City of Santa Clara provides us with a professional crossing guard at the intersection of Los Padres Ave. and Saratoga Ave.

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Schedule

1st Morning Bell: 8:10 a.m.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

Kindergarten & Grades 1-2: 8:25 a.m. - 2:31 p.m.
Grades 3-5:   8:15 a.m. - 2:31 p.m.

Wednesday and Minimum Day/Early Dismissal

Kindergarten & Grades 1-2: 8:15 a.m. - 1:22 p.m.
Grades 3-5: 8:15 a.m. - 1:22 p.m.

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Snacks
The Westwood teaching staff met in September, 2006, using SCUSC guidelines to create a Healthy Snack List. The following items are on the list: Fresh/Dried fruits, Cheese Crackers, Healthy Pizza, Veggies Low-fat Dip, Rice Cake, Low-fat Yogurt, Popcorn, Granola bars, Fruit bars, Pretzels, Graham Crackers, Juice Bar or Sugar Free Popsicles, Fruit Juices/Water/Milk.  California State Law specifies that only commercially prepared foods may be used for snacks during school hours.  Please send only store-bought items.

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Student Pickup
In order to minimize distractions and support student learning, we ask that everyone avoid waiting in the hallways.  Please feel free to wait on the blue picnic benches near the cafeteria.  WE ask that kindergarten parents wait outside of the gates.

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Student Registration
The Santa Clara Unified School District Board of Education now requires that every student’s registry be verified each year.  The following documents are required:

For Home Owners (ALL of the following)

  • Homeowner’s Statement of Residency
  • A current (30 day) utility bill in your name (i.e. water, garbage, electric, PGE)
  • Telephone bill
  • Cell phone bill
  • Property tax statement

For Renters (ALL of the following)

  • Renters Statement of Residency
  • A current (30 day) utility bill in your name (i.e. water, garbage, electric, PGE)
  • Telephone bill
  • Cell phone bill
  • Copy of the lease/rental agreement and current (30 day) receipt for payment.


If you are currently living in temporary housing, or a different housing arrangement, you will be asked to complete and return:

  • Renters Statement of Residency
  • A current (30 day) utility bill from the person you are living with (i.e. water, garbage, electric, PGE)
  • Their property tax statement or lease with current (30 day) rental receipt.
  • Telephone bill
  • Cell phone bill
  • DMV registration showing your current address.
  • Major credit card bill or doctor/dentist bill showing your current address.


For additional information, please see the handbook.

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Tardiness
Being at school ON TIME every day is an important lesson for children to learn. Students who are late for class miss valuable instruction and unnecessarily interrupt their classes.  Children arriving after 8:15 a.m. must report to the office for a late pass.  Chronically tardy students and parents will be asked to meet with the teacher and principal.  Students who are excessively tardy will be referred to the School Attendance Review Board and the Truancy Court.  Please arrange your morning schedules to help your children arrive at school before 8:15 a.m.

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Visitors
Westwood parents are always welcome at school. All visitors must sign in at the office and wear a visitor's name tag.

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Volunteering
Westwood relies heavily on parents to help during lunch and recess, or at the library and during class. If you can volunteer your time, please communicate with your child’s teacher on how you can help or contact the PTA for additional information.  See school office for the various volunteering forms and documents.