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Published by TVT communications, 2018-08-23 18:12:53

LS Student Handbook 2018-2019

LS Student Handbook 2018-2019

INTRODUCTION....................................................................................................................................................................................................................5

TVT VISION, MISSION AND PLURALISM STATEMENT................................................................................................................................... 6

TVT Vision...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 6
TVT Mission.................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 6
Pluralism Statement............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 6
Non-Discrimination Policy ................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 6
Expected Schoolwide Learning Results (ESLRs).............................................................................................................................................................. 6

CONTACT INFORMATION............................................................................................................................................................................................... 6
ADMINISTRATION................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 6
Head of School..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 6
Principal of Lower School............................................................................................................................................................................................................. 6
Principal of Middle and Upper School ................................................................................................................................................................................ 6
Director of Jewish Studies ........................................................................................................................................................................................................... 6
Director of Jewish Life .................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 6
Assistant Principal of Lower School...................................................................................................................................................................................... 6
Assistant Principal of Upper School...................................................................................................................................................................................... 6
Director of Curriculum and Innovation................................................................................................................................................................................ 6
School Counselor ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 6
School Nurse.......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 6
LOWER SCHOOL ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT STAFF ...............................................................................................................................................7
Lower School Remote Registrar ..............................................................................................................................................................................................7
Lower School Office Manager ...................................................................................................................................................................................................7
Lower School Receptionist...........................................................................................................................................................................................................7

SCHOOL HOURS.................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 7

TK..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................7
K-5........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................7

OFFICE...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 7

DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP................................................................................................................................................................................................ 7

Drop-off times.............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................7
Pick-up times ...............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................7

K-5 Students............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................7
Advanced Institute and HW Café ............................................................................................................................................................................................7
Please Note.................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 8
SAFETY STANDARDS FOR DRIVING ON CAMPUS........................................................................................................................................................ 8
PARKING......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 8

ATTENDANCE....................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 8

Illness ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 8
Absences........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 8
Early Pick-Up............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 9

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BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT: LOVE & LOGIC.......................................................................................................................................................... 9
BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT STEPS............................................................................................................................................................................................. 9
Step One: Rational conversation between teacher and the student............................................................................................................ 9
Step Two: Removal from class or specific activity................................................................................................................................................... 10
Step Three: Give a logical consequence that makes good sense to the student. ........................................................................... 10
Step Four: Student/Parent/Principal Conference................................................................................................................................................... 10
Behavioral Probation/Suspension/Expulsion............................................................................................................................................................. 10

HOMEWORK ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 10
Parent Homework Tips..................................................................................................................................................................................................................11

DRESS CODE ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................11

TELEPHONES.......................................................................................................................................................................................................................11

PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT (REPORT CARDS)...........................................................................................................................................11

FOOD AND KASHRUT..................................................................................................................................................................................................... 12
Kosher Food and Respecting the Kosher Policy ........................................................................................................................................................12

Forgotten Lunch......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................12
Meals on Field Trips..............................................................................................................................................................................................................................12

PARTIES................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 12

KABBALAT SHABBAT..................................................................................................................................................................................................... 12

TEFILLAH (PRAYER) ........................................................................................................................................................................................................ 12

COMMUNICATION............................................................................................................................................................................................................ 13
Teachers...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................13
Administration ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................13
Email............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................13
Electronic Parent Bulletin (LION’S ROAR)........................................................................................................................................................................13
Two Weeks at a Glance................................................................................................................................................................................................................13
Transmittal Envelope......................................................................................................................................................................................................................13
Information Exchange ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................13
School Website...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................13

STUDENT LEADERSHIP COUNCIL........................................................................................................................................................................... 13
Candidate Criteria...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................13

PARENT ASSOCIATION (PA)........................................................................................................................................................................................ 14
Volunteers....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................14
Parent Visits.................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................14

PETS ON CAMPUS............................................................................................................................................................................................................ 14

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS......................................................................................................................................................................................... 15

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LOST AND FOUND............................................................................................................................................................................................................ 15
MEDICATION & FIRST AID............................................................................................................................................................................................ 15
LICE POLICY......................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 15
HARASSMENT/BULLYING .......................................................................................................................................................................................... 16

Vandalism/Stealing ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 16
CHILD CUSTODY ORDERS ...........................................................................................................................................................................................16

General Policy........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 16
Right of Custodial and Noncustodial Parent .................................................................................................................................................................... 16
Joint Custody ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 17
CHILD ABUSE REPORTING ACT................................................................................................................................................................................ 17
TVT WITHDRAWAL POLICY........................................................................................................................................................................................ 17
TVT STUDENT LEAVE OF ABSENCE POLICY ....................................................................................................................................................18
ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY FOR TECHNOLOGY ..............................................................................................................................................18

Purpose.................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 18
Goal............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 18
Technology Use Guidelines........................................................................................................................................................................................................... 18
Acceptable Use ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 19
Unacceptable Use ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 19
Copyright/Intellectual Property ............................................................................................................................................................................................ 19
Communication/Social Networks........................................................................................................................................................................................ 19
Etiquette/Courtesy .........................................................................................................................................................................................................................20
Other Electronic Devices.............................................................................................................................................................................................................20
Reporting ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................20
Administrative Rights...........................................................................................................................................................................................................................20

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§ INTRODUCTION

Welcome to TVT!

The Student/Parent Handbook includes policies and procedures applicable to TVT’s Lower School
students. Both parents and students should carefully review the handbook to ensure a clear
understanding of its contents. We encourage you to ask questions to help clarify any area about
which you are unsure. A clear understanding of the handbook contents will contribute to a
successful year at TVT!

Please note that all parents/guardians and students are required to fully abide by the policies and proc
edures set forth in this handbook. Although this handbook attempts to be as inclusive as possible, it
does not include all school policies and procedures. From time to time we may update the
handbook with an addendum during the year.

We thank you for your consideration of the following policies and procedures and look forward to a
wonderful year together.

Sincerely,

Michelle Bernat, Ed.D.
Lower School Principal

Elizabeth Stone
LS Assistant Principal

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§ TVT VISION, MISSION AND § CONTACT INFORMATION

PLURALISM STATEMENT ADMINISTRATION
Head of School
TVT VISION
Dr. Jeffrey Davis
America’s finest independent pluralistic Ext. 3002
Jewish Day School [email protected]

TVT MISSION Principal of Lower School

We are a nurturing, caring community that Dr. Michelle Bernat
embraces pluralism, cultivates Jewish identity and Ext. 1140
inspires students to lead meaningful Jewish lives. We [email protected]
provide an individualized college preparatory
environment that challenges students to think Principal of Middle and Upper School
critically, work collaboratively, and explore creatively
in order to realize their fullest potential. We prepare Jill Quigley
students to be inquisitive learners, compassionate Ext. 3004
citizens and courageous leaders in their community [email protected]
and in the world.
Director of Jewish Studies
PLURALISM STATEMENT
Rabbi Stuart Light
Pluralism at TVT encompasses honoring and Ext. 3036
embracing the full spectrum of Jewish perspectives. [email protected]
We teach a variety of Jewish viewpoints without
preference to any one perspective. We are devoted to Director of Jewish Life
building unity of the Jewish people in an environment Rabbi Ali Lawton
where mutual respect is paramount. Ext. 5210
[email protected]
We strive to connect our students to Judaism in
meaningful ways. Students connect to their Judaism Assistant Principal of Lower School
differently and we endeavor to help them find and
strengthen those connections whether it be through Elizabeth Stone
observance, Israel, text study, Jewish history, holidays, Ext. 1115
culture or whatever that meaningful and personal [email protected] Assistant
connection may be.
Assistant Principal of Upper School
NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY
Dave Kerber
Tarbut V’Torah admits students of any race, color, Ext. 3010
national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, [email protected]
programs, and activities generally accorded or made
available to students at the school. It does not Director of Curriculum and Innovation
discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and
ethnic origin in administration of its educational Jon Cassie
policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, Ext. 3221
and athletic and other school-administered programs. [email protected]

EXPECTED SCHOOLWIDE LEARNING RESULTS School Counselor
(ESLRS)
Ilana Grines
The TVT community has identified the goals of our Ext. 1150
educational and spiritual program. TVT Community [email protected]
Day School prepares its graduates to be: Strongly-
Identified Jews, Moral and Ethical Adults, Critical School Nurse
Thinkers and Problem Solvers, Effective
Communicators and Listeners, Leaders and Team Latice Pedre
Players, and Achievers and Life-Long Learners. Ext. 1113
[email protected]

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LOWER SCHOOL ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT STAFF § DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP
Lower School Remote Registrar
DROP-OFF TIMES
Jill Haveson
[email protected] Students may be dropped off at school at 7:45 A.M.

Lower School Office Manager Students who arrive between 8:00 A.M. and 8:15 A.M.
are to proceed directly to class and are marked tardy.
Brooke Brossman Students arriving after 8:15 A.M. are tardy and must
ext. 1112 sign in at the reception desk before going to their
[email protected] scheduled class.

Lower School Receptionist We ask that parents and children remain in place
during morning announcements, including Hatikva
Dora Akiva and Pledge of Allegiance.
Ext. 1100
[email protected] Entrance for students in Transitional Kindergarten,
Kindergarten and Grade 1 is via Bonita Canyon Drive at
§ SCHOOL HOURS the Lion’s Way gate by the gym. Grades 2-5 are to be
dropped off and picked up from the Federation Way
TK parking lot. For the safety of our students, we ask
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday that parents drop-off children in the morning at
8:00 A.M. - 3:15 P.M. designated spots only. Parents should never have
children walk unescorted through the parking lot from
Wednesday non-designated spots. Parents are requested not to
8:45 A.M. - 3:15 P.M. enter the villages or classrooms at drop-off, as
teachers/assistants are required to supervise and
Friday greet students at the lunch tables.
8:00 A.M. - 2:30 P.M.
PICK-UP TIMES
Pick-up
2:40-3:15 Monday - Thursday K-5 Students
Friday at 2:30
3:15 P.M.
K-5 (2:30 on Fridays)
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday
8:00 A.M. - 3:15 P.M. Advanced Institute and HW Café

Wednesday 4:30 P.M
8:45 A.M. - 3:15 P.M.
During afternoon pick-up, parents of lower school
Friday students or their designees must sign out their
8:00 A.M.- 2:30 P.M. children at the grade-level areas. Lower school
students may only be picked up and signed out by
§ OFFICE their own TVT siblings who are in grades 5-12.
Transitional Kindergarten through 4th graders will not
The school office is open from 7:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. be released un-escorted to the parking lot areas. Fifth
Monday through Thursday and 7:30 A.M. to 3:15 P.M. graders may be released without a parent signature
on Friday. It is requested that all normal business be when a signed parent consent form has been issued
conducted during these hours. A voicemail system is to your student’s homeroom teacher. This form can be
operational during non-business hours. found in the parent portal. In cases where 5th graders
do not demonstrate responsible behavior at dismissal,
parent sign-out will be required at the discretion of
the principals.

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PLEASE NOTE § ATTENDANCE

• There is a 15-minute grace period for pick-up For each school year, TVT will calendar between
between 3:15 P.M. and 3:30 P.M. and 4:30-4:45 P.M. 175-185 academic days.
for after school programs and 2:45 on Fridays.
Families will be charged $5 per minute for each In order to maintain the School’s high academic
child that remains after the grace period. standards and maximize student learning, regular
attendance and punctuality is expected. Daily
• Parents may not leave their vehicles unattended in attendance records are maintained by each
the “Drop-Off” zones. homeroom teacher and by office personnel. With the
exception of illness or emergencies, students are
SAFETY STANDARDS FOR DRIVING ON CAMPUS expected to attend on all days when school is in
session. We strongly encourage families to plan
• Please abide by the following safety standards vacations ONLY when school is not in session.
when driving on campus:
All students deserve the opportunity to begin school
• Display a TVT parking sticker in the lower left on-time and in-sync with their classmates. When
corner of the windshield on the driver’s side students arrive to school late, this causes anxiety, and
of the car. The Administrative Office issues a rocky start to their day. Additionally, tardiness can be
parking stickers. extremely disruptive to the smooth operation of
classes. Arriving punctually enables the child to
• Obey the security personnel directing traffic. benefit from a structured routine, which includes
student directions, instructions and announcements
• Obey the five mile per hour campus speed limit. typically made at the opening of each day. It sets a
relaxed tone for the child and makes him/her feel
• Drop off and pick up students in designated much more a part of the peer group. It is therefore
areas only. expected that students arrive on time each day. A
maximum of 10 tardies are allowed each semester.
• Be vigilant at all times and on the lookout for
children, especially when backing out of parking. On the fourth tardy, a letter will be sent home (via
MyTVT) reminding parents that students are required
Park your car in the parking lot if you have business at to be on time to school. On the seventh tardy, an
the school or wish to talk with others. excessive tardy notice will be sent. On the eighth
tardy, parents/guardians will be required to
PARKING conference with the administration.

Parents should always park in their designated lot. ILLNESS
Transitional kindergarten, kindergarten & first grade,
and parents with strollers or toddlers in-hand are If a student arrives at school sick, the school nurse will
permitted to park in the North Bonita Canyon Drive lot call home and ask that the parent pick-up their child
(by the gym). Second-fifth grade parents must park in from school.
the Federation Way lot (by the Upper School). The
South Bonita Canyon Drive lot (by the Administration ABSENCES
building) is for the exclusive use of faculty, staff, and
visitors between the hours of 7:30-8:15 A.M. and When a student is absent, parents should phone the
2:45-3:45 P.M. School Office by 7:30 A.M. or email the student’s
homeroom teacher. If a child has a fever in the
All parents must display the TVT parking decal on the morning or is not feeling well, it is expected that the
driver’s side of the front windshield. This should have child remains at home. Students with fevers over 100°
been included with your admissions package when are not permitted to remain in school. TVT requests
enrolling your students at TVT. that children with fevers or who have vomited, be
symptom-free for 24 hours before returning.
Parents are asked to NOT park in the yellow lines in
front of the Lower School administrative offices in the
interest of safety for all our students.

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EARLY PICK-UP § BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT:

We encourage after-school medical appointments LOVE & LOGIC
whenever possible. If a parent must pick up a student
before the scheduled dismissal time, the teacher At TVT we strive to meet the needs of all of our
should be notified in advance. Parents must come to students, without ignoring the needs of any one
the office to sign out the student. A staff member will individual. We follow the Love and Logic principles,
then call for the student to meet the parent in the which are research based and founded on respect,
school office. Students will be called out of the appreciation and love. Since we are a Jewish
classroom upon parents’ arrival at the front desk. Community Day School our culture is based on core
Parents may not go directly to the classroom. Jewish values which include Emet (truth), Hesed
Likewise, if a student arrives late, the parent should (kindness), Klal Yisrael (wider community), Tikkun
sign-in the child at the reception desk. School staff will Olam (repair the world), Tsedek (justice) and Kavod
then see the child to class. (respect). When a student breaks a rule, we consider
this to be a “teachable moment” for the adults in the
• Absent and tardy students are responsible for community to discuss and enact our values. In order
completion of all missed school assignments. for our school to function well, and in order to teach
Kavod (respect) to all of our students, it is necessary to
• The School assumes no liability in cases where set limitations and guidelines. When limits are not
students leave the premises in violation of school respected, it is essential to provide some form of
policies or procedures. consequence and understanding to prevent future
problems. In our experience, students learn a great
deal from the struggle associated with making
mistakes, and they also learn to move forward once
they have had an appropriate consequence (Tzedek).
The overall safety and well-being of all of our
students are always our highest concern.

Love and Logic Resources: www.loveandlogic.com

BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT STEPS

Students are expected to behave in a manner that
is conducive to learning and which demonstrates
respect and courtesy to faculty, staff, volunteers
and peers.

Parents will be notified of disciplinary issues arising in
the school environment and will be expected to act in
partnership with the school in resolving such issues.

The following strategies will be used to resolve those
conflicts and missteps, which require additional
intervention beyond that of the classroom teacher.
These are not in a sequential or consecutive order.

Step One: Rational conversation between teacher
and the student.

Every effort will be made to help the student
understand the inappropriateness of his/her behavior,
emphasizing what values the student may have
violated. When conflict is “student to student,” the
teacher will make every effort to facilitate reasoning
between students. When the conflict is “student to
teacher,” the principal will help facilitate resolution.

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Step Two: Removal from class or specific activity. § HOMEWORK

When reasoning has been pursued and misbehavior Our goal at TVT is to develop self-directed learners
has not changed, removing the student from the class who are thirsty to find solutions to problems, and
or activity for an appropriate amount of time may be driven to discover answers to their own questions. Our
necessary. If necessary, the student will be sent to the faculty recognize that students are more engaged
principal, Judaic director, and/or our school when learning is relevant and applicable to their
counselor, and an appropriate consequence will be everyday lives. Therefore, we believe that homework
given. Parents will be notified when this happens. assignments should remain relevant and meaningful
to the classroom lessons in order to enhance each
Step Three: Give a logical consequence that makes student’s positive growth mindset and G.R.I.T.
good sense to the student. development. (G.R.I.T. = Growth or Guts, Responsibility,
Integrity and Tenacity)
Step Four: Student/Parent/Principal Conference
Time management, testing preparation and
If the student does not change his/her behavior, the content review are all important skills that are
principal will get involved in the process. If the parent introduced and can be mastered in the elementary
needs to be formally involved in the discipline years at TVT. Homework will also reinforce these
process, specific changes in behavior will be important lifelong concepts as designated by the
requested with specific consequences (e.g., grade level teaching team.
suspension) for non-compliance of outlined
expectations. In addition, recommendations may be 1. Homework has several functions:
made to correct the student’s behavior (e.g., a referral
to an outside professional.) When appropriate, the 2. To review, reinforce and allow students to
student is included in these conferences. practice material covered in class

When a student’s misbehavior becomes a hindrance 3. To prepare for an upcoming lesson and learn
to other students, we need to consider whether or not study skills
we can keep the student at TVT. While we care
deeply about each student, we must place the impact 4. To work on short-term and long-term projects.
a student has on the school culture as a whole, above
the needs of an individual student. If the process • TVT students are assigned homework on a daily
outlined above has been followed, and the student or weekly basis. Long-term projects are on-going
continues to break the rules, or is a problem for the throughout the school year. Reading, even when
wider community (Klal Yisrael), the principal will meet not assigned, is expected nightly.
with the parents to discuss whether TVT can meet the
educational or emotional needs of the student. • General, Judaic, and specialist teaching teams
consult together to determine an equitable
Behavioral Probation/Suspension/Expulsion combination of homework assignments.

When a student shows a pattern of misbehavior, or • Long-term projects are coordinated as are
there is a serious violation of a major rule (e.g. blatant tests by the teaching team to avoid conflicting
disrespect to an authority figure) the student may be due dates.
placed on Behavioral Probation by the principal. Any
student who is on Behavioral Probation may not run • Unfinished class work may be sent home for
for a student leadership position and his/her re- completion. This work is in addition to the
enrollment contract will be held until the end of the regularly assigned homework.
year. At the close of the year, any student who is on a
Behavioral Probation will be reviewed by the principal • If homework assignments are not completed
and members of the faculty. A decision will be made for any reason, including the necessity of
whether or not to recommend that the student be substantially more time than the average listed
invited back to TVT and this recommendation will be above, parents should attach a note of explanation
made to the division Principals and Head of School. to the homework.

• All homework assignments, daily and
long-term, receive full credit only if turned in by
the assigned date.

• TVT stresses study and presentation skills. It is
important, therefore, that all work be neat as well
as accurate.

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• Teachers will contact parents when a student The school’s TVT t-shirt must be worn on all
shows a pattern of missed assignments. field trips.

• All questions regarding homework assignments The following are examples of clothing not
should be directed to the teacher. appropriate for school:

• Jewish Holidays and Homework: • crop tops that expose the midriff area

The rules of Shabbat and many Jewish holidays • sheer tops
restrict writing in particular and work in general. For
this reason, teachers will make certain that there is at • short skirts and “short shorts” above mid-thigh
least one non-Shabbat/non-holiday work day
available to students before homework/projects are • t-shirts with objectionable graphics or text
due and tests are given.
• spaghetti strap tank tops
Parent Homework Tips
• flip flops
Parents are encouraged to optimize their children’s
opportunities for success in school by providing an • in-line skate shoes
appropriate study environment, parental supervision
and ensuring that the child has all necessary supplies • additional items deemed inappropriate at the
and materials, and by being supportive of the child’s discretion of the principals.
efforts. Parents should never do the homework
assignments for their child, nor correct it on a daily • These same guidelines are to be followed when
basis. The teacher must be able to observe each students dress in costume for Purim.
student’s areas of strength as well as those areas that
require further attention. Parents may wish to point out In consideration of student dress guidelines, parents
to their child that an assignment requires revision or are requested to dress in a manner that reflects a
correction, therein guiding the child to take ownership sense of modesty when on-campus.
of his/her own learning.
§ TELEPHONES
§ DRESS CODE
Use of student cell phones is not permitted during
TVT maintains a “dress for success” policy. All school hours. Students may use their personal cell
students are expected to be appropriately attired for phones before and after school to call parents only.
school. Parents and students are asked to exercise However, students must use their phones in the front
discretion in the selection of school attire. A sense of office and not at lunch tables or any other area on
modesty should be considered when selecting school campus. Phones, phone watches and/or Bluetooth or
clothing. Safe and comfortable footwear is to be worn. related devices will be held by the teacher/front
Sneakers or tennis shoes must be worn on P.E. days. office if the guidelines are not respected.

Boys grades TK-5 are required to wear kippot in § PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT
school at all times. Kippot should be secured with
hair clips to avoid loss. Hats/caps, in lieu of kippot (REPORT CARDS)
are not permitted in the classroom, but may be worn
on the playground or on a field trip for protection Student performance is assessed through a variety of
from the sun. methods including tests, portfolios, projects, class
participation, and homework. Student Progress
In order to promote a Shabbat atmosphere, we Reports are prepared by each teaching team each
suggest a white shirt and blue pants/skirt/ semester as a means of reporting school
jeans be worn each Friday. performance.

Parent conferences are scheduled two times a year
and any other time as needed.

A nationally normed standardized achievement test is
administered each year for students in grades 3-5.

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§ FOOD AND KASHRUT MEALS ON FIELD TRIPS

The School maintains traditional standards of kashrut TVT makes every effort to provide kosher food during
so that all students in attendance may feel overnight field trips. However, where this is
comfortable eating on the premises. A daily school impossible, vegetarian meals will be provided. Parents
lunch program is available to all students for a fee and will be notified of this occurrence in advance and, if
orders are accepted monthly. Orders for school necessary, we will try to provide meals certified as
lunches must be placed online through the “My TVT” Kosher. Unless otherwise directed, all students should
parent portal. Late lunch orders cannot be accepted. It bring a sack lunch and/or snacks, according to the
is also important to note that refunds for illness, above guidelines, for any outing or field trip sponsored
absence, or other reasons are not given. by TVT.

Kosher Food and Respecting the Kosher Policy § PARTIES

All foods served or prepared at TVT or for TVT Out of respect to our families who adhere to
functions are kosher and are purchased from an traditional observance of Shabbat and kashrut,
approved establishment or prepared under TARBUT V’TORAH strongly suggests that parties not
appropriate supervision in a kosher kitchen. be scheduled on Friday evening, Saturday (before the
end of Shabbat) or during Jewish holidays, and that
• Any meat brought on campus must be kosher. only dairy or pareve (neutral) foods be served in non-
kosher homes or restaurants.
• Meat and dairy should not be present in the
same meal. Pareve foods may be served with TVT maintains policies and practices that comfortably
meat or dairy. Pareve foods are defined as those include all students. Families are encouraged to do
foods that are neutral, containing neither meat the same when planning activities that include TVT
nor dairy. Examples of pareve foods are eggs, students. Students may invite just their class or the
fish (no shellfish), fruits, vegetables and grains. whole grade level, but our goal is inclusion.
Please note poultry is considered to be meat
and is not pareve. Parents are requested not to distribute party
invitations in school. A student roster is available
• No fast food or restaurant food is permitted on to all parents and includes current mailing addresses
the school campus. on MyTVT.

• Lunches cannot be delivered to classrooms. Teachers will acknowledge student birthdays in a
manner appropriate to the grade level. Parent
• Students should not share food. This is to sponsored birthday treats or parties may not be held
protect students who have allergies and to during the school day on the school premises. This is
respect kosher observances. to ensure equity among the students, and to avoid
having students compare birthday experiences.
• Food and beverages may be consumed only
in the designated lunch area (or in an alternate § KABBALAT SHABBAT
location during inclement weather.)
We invite all parents to join us for a Community
• Please keep in mind that neither microwave Kabbalat Shabbat every Friday at 8:00 a.m. We hope
ovens nor refrigerators are available for storage or this will become a weekly tradition for your family.
preparation of student lunches and snacks.
§ TEFILLAH (PRAYER)
• Parents are encouraged to plan snacks and
lunches with their child to include healthy options All school days include morning tefillah (prayer),
and avoid sweets (please!). which is an integral part of the School program.
Attendance, punctuality and respectful conduct
• For class activities and celebrations, homemade are required of all students.
baked or cooked meals are not allowed.

FORGOTTEN LUNCH

As part of the classroom morning routine, our faculty
ensure that all children have a lunch for the day. If a
child comes to school without a lunch, his/her parent
will be notified by 10:00 A.M. so they may deliver the
lunch to TVT prior to lunch recess.

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§ COMMUNICATION INFORMATION EXCHANGE

Teachers TARBUT V’TORAH maintains a mutually beneficial
information exchange policy with synagogues and
A parent who has a concern regarding an Jewish communal organizations. The School displays
assignment should first contact the issue with flyers and distributes information regarding upcoming
the teacher through email or by scheduling an community events in exchange for agencies doing the
appointment. Teachers make all efforts to respond same for the School. Distribution of such information
to email within twenty-four hours. by the School does not indicate endorsement of a
specific synagogue, organization, or activity. Activities
All teachers are available for appointments with with such endorsements are found within the body of
parents during their daily office hours from 3:15 P.M. to the Parent Bulletin.
3:45 P.M., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday. Please make appointments with teachers at School Website
least twenty-four hours in advance and cancel when
you are unable to come. TVT maintains a website at www.tarbut.com. The
parent portion of the website is password protected.
Administration You will receive access instructions upon enrollment.
Important information including the school calendar,
The administration welcomes constructive activities, lunch forms and school-wide sports
communication with students and parents In the information is published on the website.
event that an issue does not reach a satisfactory
resolution through discussion with a teacher, it may § STUDENT LEADERSHIP COUNCIL
be brought to the administration for further discussion.
Administrators may also be reached via either email or CANDIDATE CRITERIA:
telephone. The administrator will likely include the
teacher in the follow-up conversation. Fourth and fifth grade students are eligible to
campaign and run to be the Leadership Council
Email representative for his/her grade.

Email is TVT’s official form of communication. As such, Any 4th or 5th grade student who is interested in
it is important that parents provide TVT with a current seeking office must adhere to the following criteria:
email address. Information regarding individual and
grade-level specific events, as well as information • Student must complete quality classwork
regarding website updates, is sent out via email. and homework and show responsibility in all
If you do not have access to email, please contact academic areas.
the school.
• Student application must present worthwhile
Electronic Parent Bulletin (LION’S ROAR) reasons for wanting to be a part of the
Leadership Council.
The parent bulletin contains important
information regarding school activities. You can • Student must display positive and responsible
save yourself a great deal of hassle by reading the behavior at all times.
Lion’s Roar each week.
• Attitude toward school and Leadership Council
Two Weeks at a Glance involvement must be serious, constructive, and
show strong personal commitment.
This “quick glance” calendar of events is included in
the weekly Lion’s Roar. • Organizational skills and neatness are important.

Transmittal Envelope • Student must demonstrate kindness and
compassion toward others and set an
Pertinent forms, class work, tests, quizzes, and other encouraging example for everyone.
materials are often included and placed in a
transmittal envelope that is sent home by the teacher.
Parents are encouraged to review the contents of the
transmittal envelope, along with their child, and return
it to school on the specified day, containing any
signed forms, etc.

The School attempts to send all notices home
in the transmittal envelope. Occasionally, additional
information may be sent home during the week.

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§ PARENT ASSOCIATION (PA) § PETS ON CAMPUS

The PA serves as the liaison between the School and Pets are wonderful, and we love them. We
parent body, and coordinates the parent volunteer have designed this pet policy to (a) ensure a safe,
effort in many phases of the school operation. In healthy, and pleasant environment for all members
addition, the PA sponsors social events as well as of the school community; (b) clarify the obligations of
several fundraising activities during the year. All pet owners who choose to bring their pets on campus;
families are encouraged to actively participate in their and (c) strike a reasonable balance between the
many worthwhile projects! More information can be interests of pet owners and the interests of others
found online at my.tarbut.com/PA. (dogs acting as service animals are exempted
from this policy, as they have their own state and
VOLUNTEERS federal regulations).

TVT greatly appreciates its many wonderful Domestic pets, like dogs and cats, are only
volunteers. Volunteers are requested to sign-in and permitted on the campus grounds or in the
sign-out each day on the designated form at the administrative buildings (subject to the provisions
reception desk and must wear a visitor label when on- below). Pets are not permitted within classroom
campus. Please keep in mind that the village buildings or learning environments unless acting as a
commons is a classroom, therefore congregating or service animal or unless providing an educational
conversing in this area is to be avoided. Classroom purpose as determined by a school employee.
and field trip volunteers are requested to disable the
ringer on cell phones when volunteering. We love our 1. A pet brought inside a building must be
younger siblings but cannot have them accompanying attended and either leashed or under the
parents who volunteer. TVT greatly appreciates control of its owner or some person
cooperation with these guidelines and looks forward designated by the owner at all times. Pets
to a continued supportive relationship with our many brought to the school must be quiet, and they
caring volunteers. must be socialized to being around people
and other pets. If a pet is determined to be
In order to promote the health and safety of our unruly by any employee on campus, the
students and employees, certain volunteer activities owner will be required to remove the pet
may require that the volunteer obtain a TB clearance from campus.
and/or a background check by being fingerprinted.
The school office has more detailed information 2. Pet owners are responsible for promptly
regarding this program. cleaning up after their pets and for the cost of
repairing any damages caused by their pets.
PARENT VISITS
3. Pets must be properly vaccinated.
Tarbut welcomes parents to visit all of its facilities.
Parents may sit in on classes to observe only with the 4. Pet owners must make reasonable efforts to
permission of the teacher or principal. Visiting keep their pets away from others who are
schedules are designed to allow for the uninterrupted allergic to dander, who may be anxious
operation of the instructional program. around pets, or who otherwise wish to avoid
contact with pets.
Visitors to the classroom are expected to follow the
school’s rules of decorum while in the classroom, 5. A pet owner’s noncompliance with any
including no cell phones or infants/toddlers. of these policies may result in his/her
pet’s exclusion from the school’s buildings
At Kabbalat Shabbat or other assemblies, parents and/or grounds.
are asked not to seat children on their laps other than
their own.

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§ DISASTER PREPAREDNESS § MEDICATION & FIRST AID

In the unlikely event of an earthquake, fire, or other A fully completed and signed Emergency
disaster requiring immediate suspension of normal Student Information form for each student is
classroom activities, students will be detained on required on an annual basis as a condition for
campus at one of our prearranged evacuation sites or admission to the school.
transported to a safe location in accordance with our
TVT Emergency Plan. The school has an emergency The school will administer medication only with a
shed with supplies such as water, first aid, and other fully executed parent release – administration of
materials should these be needed. Additionally, each medicine and physician instructions on file.
classroom is equipped with an emergency supply Medication must be in its original container. Only
pack, including updated class roster information. medication requiring administration during school
hours will be dispensed at school. Non-medical
Students will be released only to parents or personnel may, at times, administer medication.
individuals listed in the child’s emergency release
form provided by you. Every effort will be made to Upon registration, and on an annual basis thereafter,
contact parents should such an emergency occur. parents/guardians agree to sign required forms
Parents are urged to tune in to AM 1640 which will be releasing the school from any and all liability related
used by the city of Irvine for emergency instructions. to the administration of medication and delivery
Please be sure to keep your contact numbers of care.
updated with the business office and on the
parent portal. § LICE POLICY

§ LOST AND FOUND Students found to have live head lice do not need to
be sent home early from school; they can go home at
To best support your child, please do your utmost to the end of the day, be treated, and return to class after
make certain your child comes to school with all appropriate treatment has begun. Nits may persist
necessary items, especially lunches and snacks. after treatment, but successful treatment should kill
Barring extenuating circumstances, students will not crawling lice.
be permitted to call home for missing items. Books,
homework and other assignments left at home will not Head lice can be a nuisance but they have not been
routinely be accepted by the office. shown to spread disease. Personal hygiene or
cleanliness in the home or school has nothing to do
Tarbut encourages the development of good planning with getting head lice.
and organizational skills and a sense of responsibility
in its students. As such, students are expected to Both the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and
organize their backpacks and school items each the National Association of School Nurses (NASN)
evening in preparation for the next day’s activities. advocate that "no-nit" policies should be discontinued.
Neither students nor parents will routinely be "No-nit" policies that require a child to be free of nits
permitted into the classroom after dismissal to before they can return to schools should be
retrieve forgotten items. Tarbut appreciates the discontinued for the following reasons:
support of the parent body in helping to promote
responsible behavior in our students. Many nits are more than ¼ inch from the scalp. Such
nits are usually not viable and very unlikely to hatch to
become crawling lice, or may in fact be empty shells,
also known as 'casings'.

• Nits are cemented to hair shafts and are
very unlikely to be transferred successfully to
other people.

• The burden of unnecessary absenteeism to the
students, families and communities far outweigh
the risks associated with head lice.

• Misdiagnosis of nits is very common during nit
checks conducted by nonmedical personnel.

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§ HARASSMENT/BULLYING VANDALISM/STEALING

The school defines harassment as unwanted In order to maintain an effective and safe learning
and uninvited behavior or a course of conduct that community the buildings, equipment, educational
annoys, threatens, intimidates, alarms, or puts a supplies, and personal property must be kept clean
person in fear of his or her safety. Specifically, it is and in proper working order. Students who damage
any of the following. personal or school property (both physical and
electronic [e.g., operating system, application
The use of a written, oral or electronic communication software, or data]) impede the learning environment
directed at or referring to another student attending for themselves and others. Writing or drawing on, and
school, or a physical act or gesture by one or more damaging or disabling property will not be tolerated.
students directed at another student that: In addition to disciplinary action taken against the
student, students or their families may be held
• causes physical or emotional harm to a student; financially responsible for cost of damage caused by
the vandalism.
• places such student in reasonable fear of harm to
himself or herself; § CHILD CUSTODY ORDERS

• creates a hostile environment at school for GENERAL POLICY
such student;
The parents of a child who is subject to a custody
• substantially disrupts the education process or the order shall provide a copy of the order to the School
orderly operation student’s property, or damages upon enrollment. Unless the School is in receipt of a
his or her property; written court order regarding custody of a student, the
School will allow either parent of any student equal
With the availability of social networking websites access to their child, to information regarding the
students have the ability to post information and child’s progress in the School, and to participation in
comments about other students publicly. With this in school functions and activities, unless such access is,
mind, it is crucial that students be aware of the effect in the Principal’s sole discretion, disruptive to the child
their comments may have on their peers, and on their or to the school.
own reputation. Hence, when a student chooses to
write something derogatory about another student on RIGHT OF CUSTODIAL AND
a public website, they are opening themselves up to NONCUSTODIAL PARENT
possible disciplinary action by the school. These kinds
of public comments can seriously affect the harmony Upon receipt of a written court order designating
of social relationships at our school. TVT’s core values one parent as the custodial parent, the School will,
include respect and kindness therefore when a unless instructed otherwise by court order or the
student publicly denigrates any member of the TVT custodial parent:
community, disciplinary action may be taken.
1. Allow only the custodial parent to authorize
Bullying differs from harassment in that it consists arrangements for the transportation of the
of intent. Harassment is sometimes unintentional. child or children to and from school. The
Harassment becomes bullying when it includes intent custodial parent will inform the School of all
to repeatedly harm a victim or victims. Bullying is any arrangements regarding picking up the child
act directed toward one or more students that has, or from school.
can be reasonably predicted to have, any of the
negative effects listed above. 2. Allow the non-custodial parent access
to information about the child’s progress
Harassment and bullying, whether verbal or physical, in school.
are strictly prohibited. They are damaging to the
community and will be dealt with swiftly. 3. Allow the non-custodial parent to attend
school activities.

4. Allow the non-custodial parent to volunteer
his or her services on behalf of the School.

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5. Prohibit the non-custodial parent from direct § CHILD ABUSE REPORTING ACT
contact with the child on school grounds, or at
any school activity, and from accompanying Teachers are mandated child abuse reporters.
the child on field trips. California Penal Code 11172, subdivision (e) gives
mandated reporters who report suspected cases of
6. Inform teachers and staff to follow only the child abuse absolute immunity, both civilly and
instructions of the custodial parent. criminally, for making such reports. However, any
person who fails to report an instance of child abuse
A written court order which conflicts with the rights as required by the Child Abuse Reporting Act is guilty
and policies set forth above shall supersede these of a misdemeanor with a punishment not to exceed
rights and policies; provided, however, that in the six months of $1,000 or both.
event that a written court order requires the non-
custodial parent to arrange for the transportation of For Mandated Reporters who suspect child abuse or
the child from school, the non-custodial parent shall neglect, your call is required by law (PC 11166).
set forth a written statement of such transportation
arrangements, and the School shall furnish a copy of § TVT WITHDRAWAL POLICY
such written statement to the custodial parent.
Withdrawals prior to April 1, 2019 (or 3 business days
The custodial parent may grant the non-custodial after your child’s enrollment if accepted/eligible to
parent additional rights by providing written enroll after April 1, 2019) will forfeit their initial tuition
instructions to the Principal; however, the custodial payment. Written notice of withdrawal must be
parent may not further restrict the rights of the non- submitted to the Director of Admissions.
custodial parent without providing the Principal with
the appropriate written court documents. Withdrawals after April 1, 2019 (or 3 business days
after your child’s enrollment if accepted/eligible to
JOINT CUSTODY enroll after April 1, 2019) will forfeit their initial tuition
payment and are responsible for payment of full
Parents who share joint custody of a student shall tuition and fees in accordance of the enrollment
provide all court orders relating to the custody of their agreement. Eligibility Benefits of the Tuition Protection
child to the Principal. As soon as possible, following Plan (TPP) may apply. Written notice of withdrawal
the custodial order, both parents shall meet with the must be submitted to the Director of Admissions. The
Principal to designate which parent will be primarily date of acknowledgement by the Director of
responsible to communicate with the staff, teachers, Admissions will be used to establish the official
and Principal. The parents shall provide written withdrawal date. No portion of the fees, either paid or
instructions to the Principal, signed by both parents, outstanding, will be refunded or cancelled because of
regarding transportation and access to their child the absence, withdrawal, or dismissal of a student.
while at school, on school field trips, and at other
school activities. In the event of a dispute between the
parents, the written instructions shall be binding until
the parents resolve the dispute or a court order
resolving the dispute is provided to the School. In the
event of a dispute for which no written instructions
exist, the Principal shall render a decision in his/her
sole discretion.

In all cases of dispute between the parents, written
instructions and/or court orders shall govern until a
new court order resolving the dispute, if any, is
provided to the School.

The School strongly encourages divorced parents to
attend parent conferences together to facilitate a
coordinated program for the child.

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§ TVT STUDENT LEAVE OF Students on a medical leave of absence or reduced
course load, as per circumstance #2 above, shall only
ABSENCE POLICY be required to pay a pro rata share of the regular
tuition based upon a combination of the number of
There may be circumstances when a student would courses and/or credits for which they were receiving
not be in regular attendance at TVT but would wish to educational assistance/teaching and/or the number
ensure their place in the school and/or be eligible to of days affected by this policy.
graduate from TVT. This policy is intended to specify
the rules surrounding such a circumstance. Students who are returning from a leave of absence
or reduced course load due to circumstance #2 shall
A student may qualify for a Leave of Absence or be automatically re-enrolled for the following
a Reduced Course Load under one of the academic year and will be granted the early
following circumstances: enrollment discount, assuming no other
circumstances should prevent his/her re-enrollment.
1. A student enrolls in a study program in
another country and the student has received § ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY
written approval from the Principal of TVT’s
Upper School prior to the program’s inception FOR TECHNOLOGY
(domestic study programs do not apply), or
Purpose
2. A student becomes seriously ill or sustains an
injury, either of which precludes their TVT Community Day School recognizes technology as
attendance at school or continuing with a full a valuable educational tool, and it is committed to
educational program over a long period of teaching its community members how to use
time (semester or more). Said injury or illness is technology effectively and responsibly. The purpose
verified by a written physician’s statement of this policy is to provide rules, guidelines and codes
explaining the nature of the illness/injury and of conduct to all technology uses within TVT’s
educational consequences of same. campus, networks, and communication tools. This
policy applies to all school-owned equipment and
In order to qualify for such a leave or approved information resources as well as to student-owned
reduced course load the student must also have been personal devices and hardware accessing TVT’s
enrolled in TVT for, at least, a full academic year network and information resources. This policy will be
immediately prior to the requested leave, unless such adhered by all of TVT’s students, faculty, staff, and
leave is due to illness/injury. school-wide community.

Normal graduation requirements must be fulfilled in Goal
order to earn a TVT diploma. TVT Upper School
administration must review and approve any As technology is constantly growing, TVT will continue
proposed courses that would be taken elsewhere in to develop how we use technology. TVT’s goal is to
order for those courses to qualify as meeting TVT prepare its community members for a life in a
course requirements. technologically enriched world. TVT will:

Students on a leave of absence for an approved • Provide a variety of technology-based tools
study abroad program in another country shall be
financially obligated for the registration fee plus 10% • Teach technology skills
of the tuition for when they are gone. In return, TVT
will advise and approve academic programs and • Integrate technology with curriculum
coursework, as well as hold placement for when the
student returns to TVT. • Encourage critical thinking and problem-solving
skills and encourage ethical practices.
Students who are returning from a leave of
absence due to circumstance #1 shall be TECHNOLOGY USE GUIDELINES
automatically re-enrolled for the following academic
year and will be granted the early enrollment TVT will make every effort to provide a safe
discount, assuming no other circumstances should learning environment with technology. TVT
prevent his/her re-enrollment. provides its students with the privilege to access
our computers, wireless & LAN networks, electronic
18 mail, Internet access, printing devices, and all other
forms of instructional, networking and communication
tools. With this privilege comes the expectation
that students use these correctly and responsibly,
that they respect the name and intellectual
property of others, and that they follow the
policies outlined below.

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Acceptable Use • Using or knowingly allowing another to use any
computer, computer network, computer system,
Students will use computing devices on TVT’s program, or software to devise or execute a
campus solely for communication, collaboration, and scheme to defraud or to obtain money, property,
for educational and instructional purposes that services, or other things of value by false
enhance student learning. Examples of appropriate pretenses, promises, or representations.
usage of TVT’s computers, networks, and
communication tools include but are not limited to: • Destroying, altering, dismantling, disfiguring,
and/or preventing rightful access to, or otherwise
1. Accessing school curriculum related software, interferes with the integrity of computer-based
websites and digital resources. information resources, whether on stand-alone or
networked computers.
2. School related communication to faculty
and classmates through the school's LMS • Violating license agreements or copy disks,
and email. CDROMs or other protected media. Users must
not use technology for any illegal activity.
Unacceptable Use
• Using the internet for commercial, political activity,
Students must not access entertainment sites, gaming personal or private gain.
sites, proxy sites or social networking sites. Expressed
permission to use the internet and hardware/software • Installing unauthorized software or material for
in any area of the school must always be obtained use on TVT’s computers. This includes, but is not
from TVT’s Technology department. limited to, downloading music, pictures, images,
games, and videos from either the Internet or via
Examples of inappropriate usage of TVT’s computers, portable drives.
networks, and communication tools include but are
not limited to • Submitting, publishing, or displaying any
defamatory, inaccurate, racially offensive,
• Installing and using “peer-to-peer” file sharing abusive, obscene, profane, sexually oriented,
software or services. or threatening materials or messages either
public or private.
• Downloading unauthorized copyrighted material.
• Watching or playing any media or games during • Using TVT’s systems for illegal activities,
harassment, or vandalism is prohibited. Illegal
class unless instructed by a teacher. activities are defined as a violation of local, state,
• Attempting to modify the school’s computer and and/or federal laws. Definitions of harassment,
vandalism have been laid out elsewhere in the
network security settings. Student/Parent Handbook.
• Attempting to circumvent system security, guess
Copyright/Intellectual Property
passwords, or in any way gain access to secured
resources, another person’s files or another All sources used for teacher and student work should
person’s password. be properly cited. All users are to respect the rights of
• Interfering with or disrupting other network and the intellectual property of others in accordance
users, services, or equipment. Disruptions with Federal Copyright Law. Transferring copyrighted
include, but are not limited to, distribution of material without the expressed permission of the
unsolicited advertising, propagation of computer owner is a violation of Federal Law.
viruses and/or using the network to make
unauthorized entry into any other resource Communication/Social Networks
accessible via the network.
• Attempting to disable, bypass or otherwise Social Networking is a wonderful tool, and like all tools
circumvent TVT’s content filter that has been when used responsibly, it can lead to very positive
installed in accordance with the federal Children’s experiences. At TVT, we require that students not
Internet Protection Act. This includes but is not “friend” faculty or any other employee of TVT while
limited to the use of proxy servers. they are at the school. Once they graduate, they may
• Seeking to gain unauthorized access to “friend” their teachers or other mentors. While
information resources, obtain copies of, or modify attending TVT, students should only communicate
files or other data, or gain and communicate with faculty and staff through approved channels.
passwords belonging to other users. Faculty and staff must not communicate with current
students through outside social networking sites
TVT Lower School Handbook | 2018-2019 which include but are not limited to Facebook,
Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social media
site or app not controlled by TVT or established as a
class/school page.

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TVT’s school policy prohibits the disclosure of both a ADMINISTRATIVE RIGHTS
student’s image and full name without the legal
guardian’s express permission, except when The Head of School or school administration at any
previously published by an external site such as the time may add additional rules and regulations to this
OC Register. However, the school will make no effort policy. The school has the right to monitor both
to monitor or remove voluntary tags, comments, or student and employee use of computers at all times.
other identifying markers. The above rules will be dealt with by the
administration of the school. These rules may result in
Etiquette/Courtesy any of the following:

The use of technology for communication need a. Loss of use of the school network, computers,
always be respectful of others. The transmission of and software, including Internet access. The
obscene material and inappropriate language is student will be expected to complete work on
prohibited. Sending or receiving offensive messages a non-networked, standalone computer
or pictures from any source including but not limited system.
to emails, texts, and social media is prohibited.
Pictures/Video: The use of video or still cameras, b. Issuance of detentions or suspension, if
including camera phones, iPads, or any other applicable.
recording device, is only allowed with teacher or staff
approval and while under teacher supervision. c. Disciplinary action including but not limited to,
Students may not post photos or videos of students, dismissal, and/or legal action by the school,
faculty, or staff taken during school time or at any civil authorities, or other involved parties.
school event on their personal social media websites
or networks unless permission is given by the MS
Director, Assistant Principal, or Principal. Failure to
comply may result in confiscation of the personal
equipment and/or disciplinary action.

Other Electronic Devices

Users must adhere to this policy regarding the use
of additional electronic devices including but not
limited to calculators, gaming devices, cellular phones
and tablets. The administrator of the school will
determine access. The school’s technology policy
regarding authorization, use, responsibility, integrity,
intellectual property, and monitoring will be applied to
these devices.

Reporting

Users are required to immediately report
misuse/abuse of the TVT computer network, or other
technology equipment to school administration
and/or a member of TVT’s Technology Department.

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