Handbook English



Program Hours:

The program operates from 2:05 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. each full day that school is in session. On minimum days, the hours of operation are 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., except the last day of school, when the program is closed.


Attendance Verification:

1.     All students must check in with the program staff each day.

2.     If your child has attended school but will not attend the A.S.P.I.R.E. program on any day, you must call the A.S.P.I.R.E. office,760-787-4422, or A.S.P.I.R.E. cell phone760-535-3438, to report the absence. If no phone call is received, A.S.P.I.R.E. personnel will attempt to contact you to verify the absence. The school notifies A.S.P.I.R.E. when students enrolled in the program are absent from school; therefore, if your student is absent from school, you do not need to make a separate notification to A.S.P.I.R.E.

3.     Due to an extensive waiting list for A.S.P.I.R.E., students with excessive unexcused absences or inconsistent attendance may be dropped from the program. Students dropped from the program for attendance or behavior reasons may not return until the following school year.

4.     Students must be signed out by a parent (or other adult listed on the Emergency Card), as well as scanned out. Sign out is done in the school cafeteria.

5.     If you wish to withdraw your child from this program, the A.S.P.I.R.E. Office should be notified at least one week in advance.

6. An attendance report will be done monthly, and you will be notified if your child                                                                                                                                                                     

    falls behind in his/her requirements for attendance.


Check out Procedures:

1.     Students may be signed out only by those listed on the emergency card and in accordance with the District Early Release Policy.

2.     If, at any time, the student will be picked up by someone not listed on the emergency card, a phone call to the A.S.P.I.R.E. office or a note signed by the parent is required before the student can be released.



Administration of medicine to students at school is a service not legally required by law. However, when a student is required to take medication prescribed by a physician, the A.S.P.I.R.E. personnel will assist in this requirement. Medications are not to be carried by the student for self-administration unless indicated by the prescribing physician.


Please contact A.S.P.I.R.E. personnel to obtain the appropriate forms.




A small snack is provided daily by the program. If your child has any food-related allergies, or if you have any other concerns or limitations regarding snack items, please list this information on your child’s emergency card. If your child would like additional food or drink items, please fell free to provide them. If your child has food allergies and you would prefer to provide his or her snack, please feel free to do so.  



Students will be given the opportunity to complete their homework during the after-school program. It is the responsibility of each student to come prepared to do his or her homework each day.


If you have concerns regarding homework, please contact the A.S.P.I.R.E. office, so we may help facilitate homework completion.




A.S.P.I.R.E. Staff is committed to providing a quality program for every student. As part of this goal, the Ramona Elementary school-wide Behavioral Expectations have been extended to apply to the after-school program. We are interested in supporting your child in learning positive new behaviors to replace improper conduct. If your child makes a poor choice in his or her actions while in the A.S.P.I.R.E. Program, you will be notified of the incident and the corresponding consequence.


According toCaliforniaEducation Code No. 48900, there are specific acts of misconduct which may lead to suspension and/or expulsion from school as well as removal from the A.S.P.I.R.E. program. They are as follows:


  • Possession of drugs, alcohol or smoking materials
  • Defianceof authority
  • Causing or attempting to cause, or threatening to cause, physical injury to another person
  • Causing or attempting to cause damage to school property
  • Obscene acts, including profanity, or vulgarity, including sexual harassment
  • Possession of weapons or dangerous objects (i.e. knives, guns, Ninja stars, fire crackers, etc.)
  • Extortion
  • Thievery


Additional information and Board policies regarding the consequences for drug and alcohol possession, use and sale (#5115.1); tobacco use (#5115.2); discipline (#5144); sexual harassment (#5150); and student conduct and acts of violence (#5200) are available on request.


PLEASE NOTE: Effective July 1, 1995,NO SMOKINGis permitted on anyCaliforniaschool campus or facility.




We believe that every student has the right to attend school and learn…

  • Without being called names, and
  • Without being threatened, harassed, or bullied for any reason.


Harassment is unwanted and unwelcome behavior from another person. When this behavior is sexual in nature, it is “sexual harassment”. When the behavior is motivated by a prejudice against another person’s race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, or gender, it is discrimination and could be described as “hate behavior” in some cases.


The above behavior will not be tolerated in our school and is also inappropriate in our society. It is our intent to promote the rights of equality and human dignity basic to our American ideals.


If you feel that you have been the target of harassment, threats, or bullying, it is important that you tell someone you trust, like a parent, teacher, principal, campus safety officer, or other adult so they can help you.




  1. Share:                          Talk it over. Listen. We can do it.
  2. Take Turns:                          We can do it your way this time…my way next!
  3. Compromise:               Give up something to get something. Flip a coin!
  4. Say “I’m Sorry”:          It often makes everything better.
  5. Postpone:                    Deal with it later when everyone cools down.
  6. Avoid:                          Agree to disagree…with respect.
  7. Humor:                        When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!
  8. Outside Help:              Let’s ask a friend, classmate or teacher.





General Student Expectations:

1.     Treat others and their property with kindness and respect.

2.     Keep hands, feet and objects to oneself.

3.     Walk quietly to and from all activities.

4.     Follow directions the first time.

5.     Be on time and prepared for class.

6.     Use class time appropriately.

7.     Avoid disturbing the teaching/learning process.

8.     Gum is not allowed at school.

9.     Radios, laser pointers, toys, trading cards, cameras, balls, etc., are not allowed other than for classroom sharing, with PRIOR approval of the teachers. Items must be labeled with student name, and must remain in the classroom and/or used under teacher supervision.

10.Riding bicycles, roller blades or skateboards is forbidden on school grounds.

11.Prior approval from the Office is required for any selling activities on campus, including Ramona Elementary fund raising activities.

12.Students should not bring excessive cash to school, generally no more than $5.00.


Students are expected to a adhere to the same expectations as outlined in the Ramona Elementary School Student Handbook in the areas of General Student Expectations, Dress Code, and Bicycle Riders. Students not adhering to the expectations may receive the consequences for misbehavior outlined below.







Parents will be notified of their child’s misbehavior and the consequences when he/she receives a Discipline Referral. Parents should sign and return the Discipline Referral.


Negative consequences are necessary when a child chooses to misbehave. Consequences may be, but are not limited to, the following:


·       Warning: by the Teacher or A.S.P.I.R.E. Staff regarding behavior.

·       Discipline Referral: including student conference and parent notification regarding resulting consequence.

·       Other consequences such as: time-out; detention; school service; restriction from activities; in-school or out-of-school suspension, expulsion from school, or removal from the program. 

·       Any student removed from the program will not be allowed to return during that same school year.

·       Excessive Discipline Referrals: if your child receives 3 Discipline Referrals for physical harm to another person, it will be automatic removal from the program.

·       If your child receives 10 total referrals, no matter what the circumstances, it also is automatic removal from the program.

·       A.S.P.I.R.E Staff will meet with parent regarding behavior before removal from program.






1.     Students are to report to the designated A.S.P.I.R.E. check-in area immediately after school each day. If the student is involved in another after-school activity, he or she must check in with the A.S.P.I.R.E. staffpriorto reporting for the other activity. The student must return to the A.S.P.I.R.E. program immediately after the other activity.

2.     Each Emergency Card must indicate how a student is to leave from the program each day. Students may be picked up by a parent or other person listed on the Emergency Card or given permission to walk home.

3.     Students with permission to walk home must use all crosswalks when crossing streets. Students needing to crossMain Streetare to use the signals atTenth StreetorSeventh Street.


Parental assistance in helping to reinforce these procedures with your children is important and appreciated. 










1.     Students in grades 3-6 may ride bicycles if they wear a helmet and use a bicycle lock.

2.     Bicycles are to be placed in the bicycle rack with locks on the bicycle. 

3.     No students are to remain in the bike area, nor should they enter the bike area during the day.

4.     Bicycles are not to be ridden in the hallways or on the playground at any time.

5.     Walk bicycles across the street and down the sidewalks when entering or exiting the school.

6.     Enter and exit school along the sidewalks to the bike rack. 

7.     Always obey all traffic laws, signs and signals. 

8.     Bicycle helmets are required when coming to or going home from school.

9.     Bike riders disobeying or defying Safety Patrol members or not following the above rules will be in jeopardy of losing bike-riding privileges.

10.Students who ride a bike home and, who due to early darkness during winter months need to leave prior to the 6:00 program end time, must have an early release form, signed by the parent, on file.





1.     Skateboards, skates and scooters are discouraged due to lack of storage space on campus. 

2.     Scooter riders must wear a helmet.

3.     Once on school grounds, any wheeled vehicle must be walked, not ridden














Each year, the A.P.I.R.E. Program is evaluated. As part of that evaluation process, students in grades three through six in the Program may be asked to complete an anonymous survey. The survey is sponsored by the San Diego After School Regional Consortium. The survey gathers information about parent and student attitudes toward our after school program, its staff and the activities offered. As this survey is given out randomly, not all students or parents will receive a survey to complete. Participation is voluntary.


The purpose of the survey is to help improve services and effectiveness of after school programs. 













“Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones”


Remember the old saying, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me?"


Many people believe this old saying is only partly true. Being called rude or nasty names may not break bones, but it can damage attitudes about school or how students feel about themselves. This guide is designed to remind everyone that "harassment" of any kind is against school rules. Sticks and stones and names that hurt are not welcome at any school inRamonaUnifiedSchool District.


We believe that every student has the right to learn in a safe environment.

ü  Without being called names.

ü  Without being threatened because they're a girl or a boy, or from a certain religion or a particular race.


Everyone is equal, and everyone deserves respect!


A definition of harassment:   

Harassment is unwanted and unwelcome behavior from other students or staff members which interferes with another individual's life. When it is sexual in nature, it is "sexual harassment.” When it is racial in nature, it is a "hate-motivated behavior" or sometimes a "hate crime."


It's against the rules for students to make nasty remarks that embarrass others or make them feel uncomfortable with actions or remarks that are sexual or racial in nature. No one can claim that another's grades or spot in any school activity or a school award depends on their willingness or unwillingness to cooperate in sexual activity.              


These actions are prohibited for both students and staff:

·       Vulgar letters, notes, posters, symbols or other writings offensive to students of a specific race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion or gender.

·       Oral comments, gestures or touches of a sexual nature that are deliberate and unwelcome.

·       Any forced action such as pulling clothes, blocking or cornering someone in a sexual way.

·       Negative comments or behavior based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion or gender.


Some advice:

·       Don't ignore it. Harassment does not usually "go away.”

·       Always tell an adult if this occurs.

·       Though it may be hard to do, tell your harasser to stop. (You might write a letter that describes the behavior in detail, keep a copy for yourself and have a supportive adult deliver the letter to the harasser.)

·       Keep a written record of every incident.

·       Don't blame yourself and don't feel helpless, trapped, or confused. Seek help.


What's the difference between harassment and flirting?


Sexual Harassment


You feel bad

You feel good

You feel unattractive

You feel attractive

You feel insulted

You feel complimented

You feel hurt or angry

You feel happy

You feel powerless

You feel in control

It’s one sided

You flirt back

It’s unwanted

It’s OK

It’s illegal

It’s legal


What to do if it happens to you: 

There are several important things you should know about if you feel you are being harassed.


First:Tell someone you trust such as a parent, friend, teacher, counselor, principal, or any other school employee.


Second:If you decide to make a formal complaint to the school office, remember to be specific. If you want to take a person with you, that's fine. ANY REPORT YOU MAKE IS PRIVATE. Unless you talk about it yourself, no one from the school or District will make it public. Any witnesses will be directed to keep the information about the situation to themselves.


Third:Tell the truth. Any student who falsely accuses another student or staff member of sexual or racial harassment is subject to disciplinary action.           


Fourth:Don't worry about someone "getting even" with you for telling. The school is here to support you and will investigate your concern quickly. School administrators will do their best to not allow anyone to "get even.”


Fifth: Harassment complaints can almost always be settled at the school level. In those cases when it cannot be resolved at the school, it will be heard at theAdministrationCenter. An investigator will be assigned and will talk to people who can help to sort out the facts. The investigator will determine whether harassment has occurred, prepare a report about the situation, and suggest a solution or remedy.

Finally, if things are still not settled, you have the right to discuss your concern with the Superintendent of Schools. If it is not resolved there, you may go to the School Board, Child Protective Services, and/or law enforcement agencies. 







This publication is prepared and disseminated in compliance with Board Policy regarding student rights and required notifications. It is designated for students and paraphrases the details of actual Board Policy and Administrative Procedures. RamonaUnifiedSchool District’s policies governing harassment are Board policies #5149 and #5150. You may get a copy of the complete Sexual Harassment Board Policies from the school office. The legal references for these policies are found in the Education Code, in Title Seven of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and in Title Nine of the Educational Amendments of 1972.


“Treat Others with Dignity and Respect “