Richland Elementary School

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Richland Elementary School

School-Wide Behavior Plan

San Marcos Unified School District



Dear Parents,


Richland School strives to create an environment built on safety, responsibility, and respect.  In order to make our students’ elementary experience meaningful and positive, it is necessary to build a relationship between the student, teacher, staff and administration.  In this pamphlet you will see an overview of Richland’s classroom and school-wide behavior programs.  Please take the time to review the plans and procedures with your child(ren).


Thank you for your help and support,
Julie Barbara, Principal
Lena Martinez, Assistant Principal
Lynda McDonell, Principal Professional Development



Classroom Behavior Program


Each teacher has a specific classroom behavior plan.  It incorporates teacher/student expectations, a hierarchy of consequences for students who break the rules, and a positive reward plan for well-behaved students.  The plan should also contain a “severe clause” for serious behavior issues.  The Principal or Assistant Principal will deal with these issues.  It is Richland’s philosophy that the classroom teacher is the best person to handle classroom behavior issues.  If you have a question regarding a discipline procedure, please contact your child’s teacher.  You should expect a Classroom Behavior Plan to be sent home within the first two weeks of school.


Outdoor and Playground Rules


  • No rough, overly aggressive or dangerous games or activities.
  • Take turns using swings and recess balls.
  • Return equipment to its proper location.
  • Scooters, wheelies and skateboards are not allowed on campus.
 Lunch and Lunch Area

  • Please use proper table manners and remain seated.
  • Keep all food and drinks in the eating area.Sit and eat quietly for at least 15 minutes before dismissal to the playground then raise your hand to be dismissed.
  • After being dismissed gather your trash and throw away.
  • No candy, gum or soda will be allowed at school.
  • Walk quietly down designated halls.


Before School 


  • Students may not be on campus before 8:15 a.m. There is no supervision.
  • Breakfast is served in the cafeteria 8:00-8:45 a.m.

  • Students in grades 3-5 are permitted to ride bikes and scooters to school, but must obtain a Bike Contract from the office prior to riding bikes to school. Obey all safety rules and wear helmets. Students who violate rules of safety may lose the privilege of riding their bikes to school.
  • No skateboards, roller blades/skates/wheelies or motorized scooters.
  • Walk bikes or scooters when on campus or in crosswalks.
  • Use designated crosswalks at all times.
  • No loitering in hallways before school starts.



  • Students must leave school promptly at 3:10 p.m. and be picked up no later than 3:30 p.m.
  • After-school supervision ends at 3:30 p.m.
  • Pick up arrangements must be made with your child before school.
  • Walk on the sidewalks in a quiet and orderly fashion.
  • Walk bikes when on campus and in crosswalks.
  • Use designated crosswalks and follow directions of supervisors and crossing guards at all times.
  • Skateboards are not allowed on campus. 
Dress and Grooming at School


Students are required to show proper attention to cleanliness, health, neatness, safety, and appropriateness of clothing and appearance for school activities.  A well-groomed appearance is important in developing a positive self-image and compliments the school’s instructional program.

·        Dress should be appropriate for the season and the occasion.  Extreme styles that may disrupt the educational process or any other school activity are prohibited.

·        Clothes must present a well-groomed appearance.

·        Revealing clothing is not permitted.  Shoulder straps must be at least 2 inches wide.

·        Clothing and hats that are offensive or may promote gangs, drugs, or alcohol are not permitted on campus.

·        Hats are permitted.  However, they must be worn bill forward and may not be worn inside buildings.

·        Sandals may be worn only if they have a front and back strap, according to the CA State code.  However, tennis shoes are far safer and enable greater participation in P.E.  Students may not wear flip-flops.

·        Colored hair is not permitted. 


The administration is the final authority when a difference of opinion arises.  When a violation of the dress guidelines occurs, the students will be required to correct this by calling home for the proper attire.  





·        No playing in the restrooms.

·        No defacing doors, walls, etc. in the restroom.

·        Trash must be put in the trash can.

·        Only toilet paper may be put in the toilet.


 School Buildings and Property

·        Defacing, marking or damaging school property will not be tolerated and is grounds for suspension.

·        No permanent markers (Sharpies) are allowed at school.


Safe and Drug Free


Our goal is to provide a safe and drug free environment for all our students. Students who attempt to bring drugs, alcohol, or weapons to school may be arrested by a Sheriff’s Deputy, suspended from school, and even be expelled for up to one full year.



Tobacco Free School


Richland Elementary recognizes the health hazards related to the use of tobacco, including the breathing of second-hand smoke.  We are a “tobacco-free” school, which means we do not allow smoking or vaping in the classrooms or on the campus at any time.  In addition, we provide educational information to our students through classroom instruction and activities.  Our school has information available in the school office about programs that support adults who desire to stop smoking.

California Education Code


Richland Elementary School has the obligation to enforce the California Education Code and the policies of our District.  When a student violates a provision of the Education Code or the San Marcos Unified School District’s Board Policies, (s)he must be held responsible.  This could result in detention, suspension, or expulsion.  Expulsion is the most severe punishment the District can exercise and prohibits a student from attending school within the District for up to one year. 


In some cases, a student’s behavior may violate the California Penal Code in addition to the Education Code.  If the school has knowledge of such an occurrence, we are obligated to report it to the Sheriff’s Office.  The following behaviors are examples of violations of the Penal Code that must be reported to the Sheriff:


·        Sale, possession, or use of drugs and alcohol

·        Possession of a weapon

·        Possession of explosives (fire crackers and poppers are classified as explosives)

·        Theft or vandalism of district property

·        Assault against district employees


An effective school-wide discipline program is a cooperative effort involving students, parents, teachers, and administrators.  Working together we will provide a safe and well-disciplined school atmosphere for your child.  Please feel free to contact us at 760-290-2400 if you have any questions.



Last Modified on June 22, 2015