Buchanan Elementary




Jennifer Randel



Assistant Principal

James Curtis


40121 Torrey Pines Road

Murrieta, California 92563

(951) 696-1428

(951) 304-1851 Fax




Alcohol and other Illegal Drugs and Dangerous Objects

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Animals on Campus

Page 3


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Bicycle, Skateboards, Roller Skates, Rollerblades,

Page 6

                Scooters and Walking Safety Rules


Page 7

Bus Transportation

Page 7

Cell Phones, 2-Way Radios, and iPods

Page 8

Closed Campus/Student Release

Page 8


Page 8

English Language Development Services

Page 8

Field Trips

Page 9

Food Allergies

Page 9

Home – to – School Safety Program

Page 10


Page 10

Honor Roll Grade 5

Page 11

Illness or Injury

Page 11

Lost and Found

Page 11


Page 12

Playground General Rules

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Playground Game Rules

Page 15

Report Cards

Page 16

School Psychologist

Page 16

School Site Council

Page 16

Special Academic Instruction

Page 17

Speech & Language Specialist

Page 17

Student Behavior Management System

Page 17

Suspensions and Expulsions

Page 19

Murrieta Valley Unified Nondiscrimination/Harassment Policy

Page 21

Discrimination/Harassment Complaint Procedure

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Student Dress Code

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Murrieta Valley Unified Dress Code Guidelines

Page 29

Student Ambassadors

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Student Success Team

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Visitor Procedures

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*Tips for a Successful School Year

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Daniel Buchanan Elementary School is committed to quality educational programs for all students.  In order to achieve our goal, students, staff and parents must share the responsibility and support the following student expectations:



Board Policy directs that grades 1-5 shall receive instruction by trained instructors on drug education and effects of alcohol and other drugs. Instruction will include knowledge of the properties and effects of tobacco, alcohol, narcotics, and dangerous drugs.  The staff shall intervene whenever students use alcohol and other drugs on school property. The principal or designee shall notify the parent/guardian.


Tobacco- Smoking presents a health hazard which can have serious consequences both for the smoker and the nonsmoker. Students shall not be allowed to smoke, chew or possess tobacco or nicotine products on school property. Instruction regarding the effects of smoking on the human body and information to discourage students from using tobacco will be provided to students in grades 1-5.


The Board of Education and Staff of the Murrieta Valley Unified School District believe in safe schools. The District has adopted a policy of Notice of Consequences and will enforce the following consequences (see page 15) for student involvement with controlled substances including illegal drugs or alcohol, and dangerous objects. Any offenses involving drugs, alcohol, and/or dangerous objects, will be reported to the proper legal authorities.



Animals may only be on campus when the visit has been pre-arranged in advance with the teacher.  Animals must be brought to campus by adults if for a class project.  California education code and Murrieta penal code forbid dogs on school property at any time (even on leashes).  



Students are welcome to enter the school grounds at 8:00 a.m. There will be no supervision prior to that time; therefore students must appropriately time their arrivals and should not be dropped off prior to gates opening.  Our supervised fee-based district daycare is available to parents beginning at 6:30 a.m.   

Supervision is provided after school for students waiting for pick-up and those who are enrolled in the Day Care program. All other students are to exit the campus when school is dismissed. There is no supervision past 3:00 p.m. for walkers and those picked up by parents.

Students may not leave the school grounds for any reason, including lunch, without a parent/guardian or an authorized adult. If the student is to be taken out of school, the parent/guardian or authorized adult must sign the student out on an official form in the office. If the student returns on that same day, the parent/guardian or authorized adult must sign the student back in.


Parents/guardians are encouraged to notify the school office within 30 minutes after school begins if a student will be absent.  Parents can call 951-696-1428 and press 1 to report an absence or email besattendance@murrieta.k12.ca.us. If the office is not contacted, all efforts will be made to call home on the day of the absence using our automated phone system. If this is unsuccessful, the student should have a written excuse signed by the parent/guardian upon his/her return to school after the absence. If the student does not have this excuse, a form will be sent home with the student. This form is to be completed and returned the following day.


Excused absences- Students receive an excused absence when they are absent from school for the following reasons:

1.     Student Illness or injury

2.    Student medical/dental appointments.

3.    Death in the immediate family (siblings, parents and grandparents).

4.    All students shall be allowed to complete assignments and tests missed, that can reasonably be provided, during an excused absence and, on completion, shall be given full credit.

All students shall be allowed to complete assignments and tests missed, that can reasonably be provided, during an excused absence and, on completion, shall be given full credit.


Unexcused absences -

5.    Serious illness of a family member which necessitated the absence of the student.

6.    Justifiable personal reason, including but not limited to, an appearance in court, observance of a holiday or ceremony of his/her religion, and such other absences as the principal may consider justifiable when requested in writing in advance.

The schools funding is based on actual  student attendance.


Home Study- For those students who are going to be out of school for a long period of time (four weeks or longer) due to an illness or injury, parents/guardians may request that a home teacher be assigned by our district office if they have a valid doctor’s note stating the reasons and the necessity for the prolonged absence.  If this becomes the case for your son or daughter, please contact the office for the appropriate procedures.


Tardiness to Class- Continued tardiness on the part of any student will be viewed as a very serious matter. Promptness to class is extremely important. Students are expected to be in their places, ready for work at the appropriate times. To be excused, a note must explain a tardy from the parent/guardian. Tardies are only excused for the same reasons as absences are excused.


Consistently being at school on time is essential in order to provide students with the very best educational experience. We realize that on occasion, being late to school cannot be avoided. Continued tardiness will result in a parent/administrator conference to develop an action plan to correct the problem.



Truancy- Students absent without a valid excuse for more than three days or students who are more the 30 minutes tardy on three or more school days shall be classified as truant. 


Unexcused Absence- Unexcused absences are those that do not come under any of the definitions of excused absences. Students who have unexcused absences may be denied make-up privileges. Such absences may be reflected in the student’s final grade.


Procedures for early pick up of students

Parents please help us out as well as all our classroom teachers.  If you need to pick up your child from school for a doctor’s appointment or other reasons, please be aware that a classroom will not be disrupted to call out students to be released between 2:15 – 2:35.  This is a crucial time for our teachers to get their students prepared for the end of the day.  Our entire staff is committed to meeting the academic needs of every student.  Thank you for your help and cooperation during this important time of day.  If you need to take your child out of school early – please do so before 2:15 pm.  The office must check ID before calling the student up. 

Reminder: Sending a note to the teacher in the morning with dismissal instructions, inclement weather directions, or early release requests will also help alleviate classroom interruptions.




Bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades/skates and scooters must be walked on and off the school grounds. They must be parked in the bike rack area and should be securely locked.  The school is not responsible for stolen bikes, skateboards or scooters.  Students will not be allowed to ride bikes and scooters home without wearing a helmet.  Borrowed helmets will be available for students in the office.



Ø Students must stop at all stop signs and walk their bicycles, etc. across streets in designated crosswalks with the school crossing guards.

Ø Students are not to dart in and out of traffic.

Ø Students must walk their bikes on the Torrey Pines Rd. sidewalk in front of the school until they are past the crossing guards. 


Although skateboards, roller skates, “heelies”, and rollerblades, etc. may be ridden to and from school, they must be carried on and off the school grounds and stored and locked in the bike rack during school hours. These items may be stored in the classroom with teacher approval.

1.     Students should walk to and from school on the left-hand side of the road, walking against the flow of traffic.

2.    Students should cross only at designated crosswalks and only after the crossing guard has signaled them that it’s clear.

3.    Students must walk on the sidewalks around school and not in the school parking lots, unless accompanied by an adult.



Students are responsible for all textbooks and workbooks distributed to them by their teachers and all library books they choose to check out. Student must reimburse the school district for any lost or damaged books before final report cards are released and 5th grade students will not be able to register/pick-up their schedule at the middle school if they have not cleared their account.


BUS (Rules for Field Trips)

State law and the local Board of Trustees have established the following rules and regulations.  If a student does not abide by the below regulations, a bus citation will be given.  Bus citations must be reviewed by student and signed by the parent. 

1 citation = counseled, 2 citations = loss of bus privilege 2 days, 3 citations = loss of bus privilege 2 weeks, 4 citations = loss of bus privilege the remainder of the school year.

1.     The bus driver is in charge at all times. Follow the driver’s instructions. (Title 5, California Code of Regulations, Sections 14103)

2.    Students must conduct themselves in a manner that shows respect for property and consideration for others. Actions such as spitting, throwing of objects at, within, or out of the bus, vandalism, or harassment will not be tolerated.

3.    When you see the bus coming, students should move back six feet from the stop and line up for loading. Enter and leave the bus in an orderly manner.

4.    Animals, breakable containers, skateboards, weapons, or any object that could be hazardous will not be transported.

5.    Students will remain seated from the time they board the bus until they arrive at their destination and bus door is opened. Seats may be assigned at any time at the discretion of the bus driver.

6.    All parts of the body must be kept inside the bus.

7.    Eating, gum chewing, drinking, and smoking are not permitted.

8.    Talk quietly; make no unnecessary noise. Be absolutely quiet when approaching and crossing railroad tracks.

9.    Profanity, vulgarity, and obscene gestures are not permitted.

11. Bus passes/tickets must be displayed when a student enters the bus.



CELL PHONES and Electronic Devices

We strongly discourage elementary students from bringing electronic devices for communication or game playing including cell phones, tablets, and iPods to school.  If a family supports sending a child with any of these, you agree to the following conditions:

1.   Electronic devices are a disruption to the learning environment and must be stored in backpacks and left in the “off” position.  These may be used in classroom assignments with consent and supervision of the teacher.

2.   Buchanan Elementary and the Murrieta Valley Unified School District are not liable for cell phones or any electronic devices that are lost, damaged or stolen. 

3.   Cell phones, etc. may only be used before and after school.

4.   Students who do not abide by these rules will have their phones confiscated.  When this occurs, only parents may pick the phone up from the office. 






COMMUNICATIONS – Monthly Blazer Bulletin

Monthly Blazer Bulletin will be emailed home monthly.  Parents are encouraged to read this important calendar, site news and information sheet.  Our Buchanan website will also show this communication and calendar: www.murrieta.k12.ca.us/buchanan.  Paper copies will be available in the office. 




Students at Buchanan Elementary School in need of English language services receive assistance on a regular basis.  Students are assessed to identify their English proficiency level.



Field trips are educational activities and attendance is required. Students must be prepared to benefit from the experience and not create an undue liability for other students, teachers, chaperons, and/or district. All field trips require a parent permission slip be filled out completely at least one (1) school day prior to the day of the event. District policy requires that chaperones need to have a volunteer card on file with our school office to attend the field trip. By state law, parent chaperones must have Megan’s Law clearance through the school office and may not bring other siblings on the field trip.




We have several students in our school that may have food allergies, food sensitivities or dietary restrictions. Food allergies can trigger reactions that range from very mild to life threatening (anaphylaxis).  Generally, an individual must ingest a food allergen to have a reaction, but for some, even being exposed to it or ingesting a very small amount can cause a life threatening reaction.  

As a result, there are several procedures that will help to prevent exposure and reduce the risk of anaphylaxis and help keep all of our students safe:

1.     Students should be encouraged to wash their hands upon arrival to the classroom and again before and after lunch.  This not only is good for food allergies, but helps reduce disease transmission.

2.    The classrooms should be peanut/tree nut/food allergy aware spaces.  Classroom projects or assignments should NOT include the use of peanut butter/nuts or other food items.  Any exception to this rule would require pre-approval and prior notification to parents.  Any pre-approved food item must be store bought with a list of ingrediants.

3.    In order to minimize the occurrences of allergic reactions MVUSD policy does not allow food to be served to students without prior written approval.  In celebration of a student’s birthday, she/he may bring in a goody bag (with no food items) or non-food treat for each student in the class.  Another idea is to donate a book to classroom or school library.  Thank you for adhering to this policy for the safety of all students and staff.  

If your student has a food allergy, please make sure you contact/inform the Health Office.  You may want to speak to the School Nurse if the allergy requires medication or other interventions.  Students with food allergies may be entitled to accommodations or plans to address their needs.

We look forward to working collaboratively with you to provide all of our students with a safe learning environment.  We appreciate your care and support of our students and school.



A School Safety Committee sponsored by the school district, Murrieta Valley Council PTA and the Murrieta Police Department has mobilized patrols of parents and community members to monitor designated locations around district schools.  To ensure student safety, Patrol members will keep a watchful eye out while students are on their way to and from school.  Volunteers who complete the training will submit an application and background checks will be conducted by the Murrieta Police before they are assigned to the patrol. Training provided by the Murrieta Police Department covers Safety Patrol guidelines, and how to provide a vehicle, suspect or location description. Safety Patrol members have direct phone numbers to alert the school office and the Murrieta PD to any unusual, suspicious, or criminal activity they observe.  The Murrieta PD will monitor all reports and investigate.  All parents are invited to volunteer, just contact the front office with your name and phone number.  Periodic trainings will be held at school. Anyone who observes unusual or suspicious activities around Buchanan is encouraged to contact the Murrieta Police Department’s 24 hour dispatch line at (951) 696-3615.  Callers may also leave information on the anonymous Tip Line at (951) 696-1624



Homework is defined  as an assignment that reinforces a subject or is an extension of what is being done in the classroom.  Homework is completed outside of class time.


Goals of Homework

·         Extension or reinforcement of classroom learning.

·         Aide in mastery of skills

·         Improvement in reading comprehension

·         Enabling student to make up work missed due to excused absences, including suspensions. 


PLEASE NOTE: If your child is not doing homework on a daily basis, do not accept the excuse, “I did it all at school.” You are encouraged to contact your son/daughter’s teacher immediately.


Time- Although the district recognizes that quality is more important than quantity; the following guidelines for assigned homework are suggested:

          Grades:        1-3              10-30 minutes       Up to four days per week

                             4-5              30-60 minutes       Up to four days per week

Homework assignments are to reflect the same high standards of legibility, neatness, content and completeness as expected in the classroom.


In addition – all students are encouraged to complete 10 - 30 minutes of recreational reading for their “Reading Logs” as prescribed by their teacher.



Students carrying a 3.5 GPA (Grade Point Average) in all subjects, with no grade below a C, will earn Honor Roll status. 



If students become ill or injured, they should notify the teacher or supervising adult. The district nurse, the school health clerk, or other school staff member will provide first aid only. If necessary, the parent/guardian will be contacted. In case of a serious illness or injury, unless otherwise requested, your child will be taken to a nearby hospital to be selected at the discretion of the paramedics. PLEASE BE SURE THAT YOUR CHILD HAS EMERGENCY INFORMATION ON FILE IN THE SCHOOL OFFICE FOR THE CURRENT SCHOOL YEAR AS WELL AS TELEPHONE NUMBERS WHERE YOU CAN BE REACHED. IN ADDITION, PARENTS/GUARDIANS ARE ASKED TO PLEASE LIST AT LEAST TWO SEPARATE EMERGENCY CONTACTS AND THEIR TELEPHONE NUMBERS ON THE EMERGENCY CARD. STUDENTS MAY NOT HAVE ANY MEDICATION IN THEIR POSSESSION. (If the student is to take any medication during the day, contact the office for proper procedures and forms.)  Inhalers or prescription medication must be stored and used in the school health office. 


Lost and found items will periodically be displayed outside the multipurpose room. Parent tip: it is very helpful to have your students’ belongings marked with their full names, classroom number or teacher name. Unclaimed, unmarked items shall periodically be removed from the Lost and Found and donated to a worthy cause.



Lunches- Food and beverages must be consumed in designated areas only. Parents bringing lunches to school must leave them in the office and students should check with office at recess or lunch time to pick them up.

The California Childhood Obesity Prevention Act – SB677 is in effect.  There will not be any candy or sugared beverages sold or provided for student activities, lunches or snacks during school hours.

Students must pay for hot lunches in the multi-purpose room before the opening school bell. We encourage the purchase of lunches on a weekly, bimonthly, or monthly basis. Monday, or the first day of the menu month, is recommended for meal purchase. If you are planning on purchasing your child’s lunches by check, please make checks out to Murrieta Valley Unified School District.  You may pre-pay online at mySchoolBucks.com.  On this website you may also view your child’s food purchases and payment history. You can also set-up email reminders to alert you when their account is low.

All lunches will be eaten in the multi-purpose room and/or outside at the lunch tables, weather permitting. Students who bring snacks from home will eat at the lunch tables during recess.

Pre-paid lunches are not lost if the student is absent from school, chooses not to eat that day, or on a field trip.


Snacks- There will be one designated nutrition break during the school day. The times of these will vary by grade. Please provide your child with a nutritious snack each day. All snacks must be eaten at lunch tables area only. CHEWING GUM IS UNACCEPTABLE. Candy and sodas are not allowed.


General Behavior at the Lunch Tables & the Multi-Purpose Room

1.     Sit at the tables properly.

2.    Keep your voices at an “appropriate”, low level. (Please don’t shout).

3.    Discard your trash in proper containers. TAKE PRIDE IN YOUR SCHOOL!



Per California Ed Code: “Food shall not be sold at any cafeteria operated by a school district to anyone except pupils and employees of the school district”.


Playground Rules


At Buchanan we follow the general ideas of:

  1. KAHFOOTY – Keep All Hands, Feet and Other Objects To Yourself.
  2. Be Respectful
  3. Be Responsible
  4. Be Safe

These ideas keep our playground safe and fun.


General Rules

  1. No “special” game rules; only the usual game and safety rules agreed to by aides and teachers may be used.
  2. Balls and ball games are limited to the playground areas.  BALLS MAY NOT be used on sidewalks, between buildings, on buildings, or near an apparatus.  Balls must be used only for the game for which it is intended.
  3. Play equipment may not be brought from home.  No toys!  No electronic devices, games, or CD players.
  4. Game disputes are settled by judge (1st person in line); players have no vote.
  5. Lines are out in all games.
  6. Do not leave the game line for any reason, or you lose your place.
  7. One 60 second wait or count is the limit on bars, swings, etc.
  8. Balls are not to be thrown at anyone unless the person is trying to catch it.
  9. Balls (soccer only) may be kicked only on the grass field.
  10. No playing or walking in the bushes or planters.
  11. Interference on purpose is not allowed in games.
  12. No sliding or diving in any games.
  13. Students must remain on the playground during recess; they may not go to classrooms or hallways.  No helping in classrooms without teacher permission.
  14. Freeze when the bell rings – wait for 3 whistles.  Walk to the line-up area.
  15. NO TAG, NO CHASE GAMES, NO PLAY FIGHTING GAMES.  Hands, feet, and objects must be kept to yourself.
  16. No playing, running, or walking in the amphitheater at any time.  It is used for classroom purposes only.



Equipment Safety Rules



1.      Wait outside the circle for your turn.

2.     Students must stay inside the half-circle when playing.

3.     The ball must be hit with the hand—not thrown.

4.     No ropies.

5.     After three wins, student must exit game.

6.     Only two players allowed in the court at all times. 



1.      Travel by hand one direction at a time, do not touch others.  Start on the side with cross bars or ladder.

2.     Do not sit, stand, or hang upside down on the ladder bars.

3.     One person at a time only.



1.      Stay clear of the bottom of the slide.

2.     One person at a time.  Wait until the slide is clear.

3.     Slide on bottom of only, facing forward.

4.     No walking up the slide or sitting on the top.



1.      Swings are not to be twisted or wrapped over bar or used when found this way.

2.     Swingers are not to touch each other or be swung by anyone else.

3.     Swingers are to be seated upright in the swings and may not jump out while swinging.

4.     Swing back and forth, not side-to-side.

5.     Students may not play or run in the swing area.

6.     Swingers must face black top. 




     Basketball:   (6 on half court/12 on full court)

1.      Everyone must play (substitute as needed).

2.     No full court press, you may guard your person beginning at half court.

3.     When a foul is committed, the other team takes the ball out, no foul shooting.

4.     No jump ball.  During the game, if a player stops dribbling you may not crowd around him and try to grab the ball.  If you do, the player with the ball gets to “Take it out” free.  If no one crowds around the player with ball, he has 5 seconds to get rid of it.

5.     The team with the ball has 10 seconds to get the ball over the half-court line.

6.     Only one person may guard one person at a time, no reaching to steal the ball.  Players must remain 2 feet away from player they are guarding.



1.      Square “A” serves to square “D”; the ball must be dropped then hit with the open hand.

2.     Returns must be with open hand(s).

3.     The ball must be struck, not pushed, with a single hit; NO throws or backstops; set-ups are not allowed.

4.     No Fists.


     Handball/Wall ball:

1.      Utility balls and red rubber balls may be used; Tennis balls and regulation handballs may only be used during supervised P.E.

2.     Balls must be served from within the court.

3.     A served ball must hit the ground, then the wall above the line, then bounce and return to the blacktop inside the serving line.

4.     Games are limited to 2 players.

5.     Balls may not be kicked on the handball court.

6.     After 3 wins, you must leave the court to give others a chance to play.

7.     The first player in line is the judge.

8.     If the ball is hit over the top of the wall, the player is out.

9.     If the ball is hit over the top of the wall for any reason other than playing the game (anger or for fun, etc.) that person may not play handball the rest of the day.

10.   If the ball hits the line or outside the lines, the player that hit the ball is out.


     Hop Scotch:

          If markers are placed in 3 squares in a row, the player will move other

          players’ markers in the square closest to the start forward one square.


     Jump Rope:

1.      The person entering the game must take the rope.

2.     The rope must touch the ground when being turned.

3.     No running or chasing with the ropes.

4.     No swinging over head, or on the ground.  No tying rope to equipment or people.

5.     If you cause the rope to stop, you must take an end of the rope.




Report cards will be issued four times during the year for children in grade K – 5.  Report cards will be issued at each quarter and each semester.   The first report card will be issued at parent conference time (October).



A school psychologist provides services to our school primarily for the purpose of diagnosing a student with a specific learning disability. The psychologist administers numerous tests and conducts screening procedures when the Student Study Team determines a referral is appropriate. The psychologist participates in a committee process that makes recommendations in cases of learning disabilities as well as behavior problems. The psychologist also serves as a resource to teachers, counselors, and administrators in helping them develop the very best educational, affective, and social program for our students.



The School Site Council is composed of an equal number of elected school personnel (principal, teachers, and other school personnel) and elected parents/guardians. The Site Council has an ongoing responsibility to review with the principal, teachers, and other school personnel, and the community the implementation of the Single Plan for Student Achievement and all other issues of concern to the school. The Site Council usually meets once every other month to discuss the important issues facing the school and makes recommendations on such things as curriculum, parent-student handbook, and other related issues.



Identified students with learning and/or physical disabilities are assigned a specialized self-contained class in which an individualized education plan for each student is implemented. Students in the special day class also spend a portion of their day in the regular classroom with their same-age peers, when appropriate and listed in their IEP.  Buchanan has a pre-school thru 5th grade SAI program.



Two speech and language specialists serve Buchanan Elementary School to assess all student referrals and provide services when appropriate on a regular basis.



At Buchanan Elementary School, we “catch students being good.” We encourage good behavior through our “Character Counts” and Positive Behavior, Intervention and Supports (PBIS) and social skills lessons and activities and by acknowledging  students who are behaving appropriately both in the classrooms and on the school grounds. Students are recognized for their good citizenship, academic achievements, and work habits on a daily, weekly, and/or monthly basis in the classroom and/or at school assemblies.

Students who have been showing great achievement in behavior may be sent to the Principal or Assistant Principal for a positive “Blazing Memo” for a reward and a chance to be picked for a special lunch with the principal.


Each classroom teacher has developed a classroom management system. Based on the philosophy that students need to first be taught how to make responsible decisions and then to learn that they are responsible for their decisions, teachers along with their students, develop consequences for both appropriate and inappropriate student classroom behavior. These plans are shared at our annual Back to School nights.


Teachers refer students to the office when students are at the last step in the Assertive Discipline Plan.  Parents will always be contacted by the office if such referrals are made.


Playground supervisors refer students to the office when students are behaving inappropriately and other interventions to help them learn appropriate playground behaviors have been ineffective.  Parents will be contacted by the office if such referrals are made.


Possible Discipline Referrals:

1.     Habitual tardiness or truant from school class/class activity

2.    Habitually unprepared for class (books, materials, homework)

3.    Chronic refusal to do classwork

4.    Not staying in supervised area

5.    Disrespectful to staff members and / or other students

6.    Disruption of class or activities or defiance of authority

7.    Habitual profanity or vulgarity, offensive acts

8.    Fighting

9.    Defacing or destroying school property or private property

10. Infraction of school rules


Possible Consequences:

1.     Parent/Administration and/or teacher conference

2.    Request for counseling

3.    Denial of privileges

4.    Detention during lunch recess or recess

5.    Campus beautification assigned during lunchtime

6.    Work project

7.    Restitution

8.    Suspension

9.    Referral to appropriate agency when applicable

10. Referral to administrative hearing panel with recommendation for expulsion


It is the goal of all Buchanan staff to help students learn how to positively interact and interrelate with others. It is also the goal of the Buchanan staff to work together with our students and their families to best meet this end. Although we stress prevention in the area of discipline, we also must maintain a safe and secure environment for all of our students to learn. Therefore, we have set the following school guidelines that will be enforced fairly and consistently.


Students at Buchanan Elementary School:

1.     Show respect for people, property of others, and their school through their language and behaviors.

2.    Leave toys, playground equipment, and personal electronic equipment at home.

3.    Interact with others in a positive way without physical or verbal abuse.

4.    Come to school on time ready, prepared, and willing to learn.


Severe Behavior Problems- The following listed behaviors violate the California Education Code, are forbidden at Buchanan Elementary School, and are suspendable offenses.




(a) (1) Caused, attempted to cause, or threatened to cause physical injury  

          to another person.       

(a) (2) Willfully used force or violence upon the person of another, except 

in self-defense.

(b)     Possessed, sold, or otherwise furnished any firearm, knife, explosive, or any dangerous object unless, in the case of possession of any object of this type, the student had obtained written permission to possess the item from a certificated school employee, which is concurred in by the principal or the designee of the principal.

(c)      Unlawfully possessed, used, sold, or otherwise furnished, or been under the influence, of any controlled substance listed in Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 11053) of Division 10 of the Health and Safety Code, an alcoholic beverage, or an intoxicant of any kind.

(d)     Unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any controlled substance listed in Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 11053) of Division 10 of the Health and Safety Code, an alcoholic beverage, or an intoxicant of any kind, and then either sold, delivered, or otherwise furnished to any person another liquid, substance, material as a controlled substance, alcoholic beverage or intoxicant.

(e)      Committed or attempted to commit a robbery or extortion.

(f)      Caused or attempted to cause damage to school property or private 


(g)      Stolen or attempted to steal school property or private property.

(h)     Possessed or used tobacco, or any products containing tobacco or nicotine products, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, miniature cigars, clove cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, snuff, chew packets, and betel, However, this section does not prohibit use by a student of his or her own prescription products.  These must be stored in Health Office at all times.

(i)        Committed an obscene act or engaged in habitual profanity or   


(j)      Unlawfully possessed or unlawfully offered, arranged, negotiated to    sell any drug paraphernalia, as defined in Section 11014.5 of the Health and Safety Code.

(k)     Disrupted school activities or otherwise willfully defied the valid authority of supervisors, teachers, administrators, school officials, or other school personnel engaged in the performance of their duties.

(l)        Knowingly received stolen school property or private property.

(m)     Possessed an imitation firearm. As used in this section, “imitation firearm” means a replica of a firearm that is as substantially similar in physical properties to an existing firearm as to lead to a reasonable person to conclude that the replica is a firearm.

(n)      Committed or attempted to commit a sexual assault.

(o)          Harassed, threatened, or intimidated a pupil who is a complaining witness or witness in a school disciplinary proceeding for the purpose of either preventing that pupil from being a witness or retaliating against that pupil for being a witness, or both.

(p)         Unlawfully offered, arranged to sell, negotiated to sell, or sold the   prescription drug SOMA.

(q) Engaged in, or attempted to engage in, hazing.

(r)      Aiding or abetting injury, as defined in Penal Code Section 31





Expulsion will be recommended upon the first offense for violations involving drugs, weapons, explosives, or alcohol (education code 28900 B, C, D):

·         Using, possessing, selling, furnishing, or being under the influence of any controlled substance (illegal drugs or alcoholic beverage) or intoxicant.

·         Possessing, selling, or otherwise furnishing any firearm, knifes, explosive, or other dangerous object.

These regulations apply to students in the following situations:

1.     On school grounds (this includes the parking lot, as well as vehicles on school property)

2.    Going to or coming from school

3.    At, going to, or coming from school-sponsored activity



District programs and activities shall be free from all unlawful discrimination, including harassment, with respect to ethnic group, religion, gender, sexual orientation, color, race, national origin and physical or mental disability or the perception of one or more of such characteristics.  Acts that amount to any of the foregoing will not be tolerated.

The Governing Board shall provide equal opportunities for all students in admission and access to the educational program, guidance and counseling programs, athletic programs, testing procedures, and other District or school activities.  Eligibility for performance groups shall be determined solely on the basis of objective competencies.  School staff and volunteers shall carefully guard against segregation, bias and stereotyping in instruction, guidance and supervision.


The schools shall provide girls and boys with separate shower rooms and may provide separate sex education classes in order to protect student modesty and to promote an appropriate academic environment.  In physical education, when objective standards have an adverse effect on students because of their gender, race, ethnic group or disability, other standards may be used to measure achievement and create comparable educational opportunities.

The Board seeks to prohibit intimidation or harassment of any student by any employee, student or other person in the District occurring at a school or District related activity or on District property or school premises operated by the District.  Staff shall be alert and immediately responsive to student conduct that may interfere with another student’s ability to participate in or benefit from school services, activities or privileges.

The District is committed to the equal application of all laws to all persons within the District; accordingly this policy is not intended to be, nor shall it be construed as, limiting the rights of students, teachers, staff, or other personnel to engage in free expression which does not substantially disrupt school operations or interfere with the rights of others.  The District acknowledges the diversity of its employees, students, parents or other community members through their religious, ethnic, cultural and other forms of expression and discourse.  The District actively promotes and seeks to foster the free, open and civil exchange of ideas among its various diverse groups and individuals.



All harassment categories are reviewed based on the following factors:

1.             has the purpose or effect of creating a hostile or substantially disruptive environment; or

2.            has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s educational performance or access to educational opportunities; or

3.            otherwise adversely affects an individual’s educational opportunities; and,

4.            is determined to have occurred as a result of an objective review of credible information considering the totality of the circumstances.


Harassment categories include: racial, sexual, bullying, religious, sexual orientation, and disability.


Racial Harassment may include but is not limited to the following conduct:

1.             using racial slurs or similar name calling;

2.            threatening or intimidating conduct directed at another because of the other’s race, color, national origin or ethnicity;

3.            creating written or graphic material including graffiti containing racial or ethnic comments or stereotypes which is posted or circulated and which is aimed at degrading individuals or members of protected classes;

4.            engaging in any act of aggression or assault upon another because of, or in a manner related to, race, color, national origin or ethnicity.


Sexual Harassment may include but is not limited to the following conduct when such conduct results in substantial disruption to school operations or interference with the rights of others:

1.       pressuring any individual for sexual activity;                                                                                             

2.            inappropriate touching, especially uninvited or unwelcome patting, pinching or other physical contact that is sexually motivated;

3.            using sexual behavior or words, including demands for sexual favors, accompanied by implied or overt promises of preferential treatment with regard to an individual’s educational status;

4.       creating persistent or pervasive written or graphic material containing sexual comments or stereotypes which is posted or circulated and which is aimed at degrading individuals or members of protected classes.


Bullying Harassment may include but not be limited to the following conduct when such conduct substantially disrupts school operations or interferes with the rights of others:

1.             physical: shoving, hitting, grabbing an individual, taking or hiding belongings;

2.            verbal:  taunting, defaming, insulting or using other  inciting remarks;

3.            emotional: intimidating, extorting, defaming, terrorizing or blackmailing individuals due to their race, disability, ethnicity, religion, or perceived sexual orientation.

4.            cyber: verbal or emotional harassment using social media, texting, or other technological means.


Religious Harassment may include but is not limited to the following conduct when such conduct results in substantial disruption to school operations or interference with the rights of others:                            

1.             threatening or intimidating conduct directed at another because of the other’s religion or perceived religion;                                                                            

2.            creating written or graphic material including graffiti containing comments, symbols or stereotypes of a religious nature which is posted or circulated and which is aimed at degrading individuals or members of that religion;

3.            making taunting, defamatory, threatening or other deliberately inciting remarks towards an individual due to their religion or perceived religion;                                                                                                           

4.            committing any act of aggression or assault upon another because of, or in a manner related to, religion.


Sexual Orientation harassment may include but is not limited to the following conduct when such conduct results in substantial disruption to school operations or interference with the rights of others:                                                                                                                   

1.             threatening or intimidating conduct directed at another because of the other’s sexual orientation;

2.            creating written or graphic material including graffiti containing comments, symbols or stereotypes which is posted or circulated and which is aimed at degrading individuals based on their sexual orientation;

3.            making taunting, defamatory or other deliberately inciting remarks towards an individual based on their actual or perceived sexual orientation at any curricular or extracurricular activity; and,

4.            committing any act of aggression or assault upon another because of, or in a manner related to, a person’s sexual orientation.


Disability Harassment may include but is not limited to the following conduct when such conduct results in substantial disruption to school operations or interference with the rights of others:

1.             threatening or intimidating conduct directed at another because of a person’s disability;                                                                                

2.            creating written or graphic material including graffiti containing comments, symbols or stereotypes which is posted or circulated and which is aimed at degrading individuals based on their disability;

3.            making taunting, defamatory or threatening statements or other deliberately inciting remarks due to an individual’s disability;

4.            committing any act of aggression or assault upon another because of, or in a manner related to, a person’s disability.


The Murrieta Valley Unified School District is committed to its primary purpose of providing a safe educational environment for all students, and is committed to the reporting of any known or suspected sexual abuse of minors, including abuse by and between minors. The District does not promote furtherance of any particular sexual behavior at a school or District related activity or on District property or school premises operated by the District, and students and employees are expected to maintain modesty, sensitivity and courtesy in all discussions or conduct that could be objectively identified as relating to sexual behavior while at school or during District related activities.

Students who harass or discriminate against other students shall be subject to appropriate counseling and discipline, up to and including expulsion.  An employee who permits or engages in discrimination or harassment may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal.

Any student who feels that he/she is being harassed or discriminated against should immediately contact the principal or designee.  The student and/or parent may file a complaint verbally or in writing under the District “Discrimination/Harassment Complaint Procedure” (AR 5145.3).  Upon receipt of a harassment complaint, either written or verbal, the Superintendent or designee will be notified by the principal or designee.  Complaints of harassment will be investigated immediately according to the procedures set forth in the following AR 5145.3.



Any parent or student who believes that a student has been subjected to discrimination (including harassment) based on race, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or physical or mental disability, or the perception of one or more of such characteristics, in any District program or activity may file a complaint under this procedure.

The District prohibits retaliation in any form for the filing of a complaint, the reporting of instances of discrimination, or for participation in complaint procedures.

The District acknowledges and respects students’ and employees’ rights to privacy.  Complaints shall be investigated in a manner that protects these rights.  The identity of any complainant shall be kept confidential as appropriate.

The Superintendent shall ensure that employees designated to receive and investigate complaints are knowledgeable about applicable laws and regulations.  Such employees may have access to legal counsel as determined by the Superintendent or designee.  The District designates the principal or his/her designee as the person at each school responsible for receiving and investigating complaints pursuant to this policy.

The District administrator responsible for overseeing the District’s response to harassment/discrimination of students is:

          Director of Student Support    41870 McAlby Court

                                                Murrieta, CA  92562

                                                (951) 696-1600, ext. 1037


Our schools are committed to providing a safe learning environment for all students.  Any student who believes that he/she has been subjected to discrimination or harassment (including bullying, intimidation, or retaliation) based on race, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or physical or mental disability in any District program or activity should immediately contact the school principal to file a complaint.  Any parent can contact the school principal to file a discrimination/harassment complaint on behalf of their child.  The following steps will be taken when a complaint is filed:

1.       The principal or designee shall promptly investigate all complaints of discrimination or harassment in a confidential and respectful manner.  In doing so, he/she shall talk individually with the parent of the complainant, pursuant to board policy and procedure, the student who is complaining, the person accused, anyone who saw the incident or conduct take place, anyone mentioned as having related information.

2.            The student who is complaining shall have an opportunity to describe the incident, present witnesses and other evidence, and put his/her complaint in writing.

3.            If the principal or designee determines that discrimination/harassment has taken place, he/she will take immediate action to protect the safety of the student who has been discriminated against or harassed.  To judge the severity of harassment, the principal may take into consideration:

a.            How the misconduct affected one or more students’ education

b.            The type, frequency, and duration of the misconduct

c.            The number of persons involved

d.            The age and sex of the person accused of harassment

e.            The subject(s) of harassment

f.            The place and situation where the incident occurred

g.            Other incidents at the school, including incidents of discrimination/harassment

Nothing in this procedure will restrict or prohibit the right of an employee to seek representation in any investigative meeting, pursuant to the collective bargaining agreements with employee groups.

4.            The principal or designee shall discuss the complaint only with the people described above.  When necessary to carry out his/her investigation or for other good reasons that apply to the particular situation, the principal or designee also may discuss the complaint with the Superintendent or designee, the parent/guardian of the person accused of the discrimination or   harassing conduct, the school resource officer(s), a teacher or staff member whose knowledge of the students involved may help in determining who is telling the truth, child protective agencies responsible for investigating child abuse reports, and legal counsel for the District.

5.       When the parent or student who complained and the person accused so agree, the principal or designee may arrange for them to resolve the complaint informally with the help of a counselor, teacher, administrator or trained mediator.  The student who complained shall never be asked to work out the problem directly with the accused person unless such help is provided.

6.            In reaching a decision about the complaint, the principal or designee may take into account statements made by the persons identified above, the details and consistency of each person’s account, evidence of how the complaining student reacted to the incident, evidence of past instances of discrimination or harassment by the accused person, evidence of past complaints.


7.       If the principal or designee determines that discrimination/harassment has taken place, he/she will implement interventions (during and/or following the investigation, as appropriate) to prevent further discrimination/harassment                                                                                                            

and/or mitigate the effects of the discrimination/harassment.  These interventions may include, but are not limited to, a review of policy with students and staff and/or letter(s) to parents, counseling for the victim, schedule changes, increased supervision, among other steps.

Within 10 days of receiving the complaint, the principal or designee shall write a report of his/her findings, decisions, and reasons for the decisions and shall present this report to the student who complained and the person accused.  If he/she verifies that discrimination/harassment occurred, this report shall describe the actions he/she took to end the harassment, address the effects of the discrimination or harassment on the person who was subject to it, and prevent retaliation or further discrimination or harassment.

8.            The principal or designee shall give the Superintendent or designee a written report (findings) of the complaint and investigation.  Within two weeks after issuing his/her findings, the principal or designee shall determine whether or not the student who complained has been further harassed or discriminated against.  The principal or designee shall keep a record of this information and shall continue to monitor as appropriate.


Violations of these rules that are known and understood must be followed by consequences. Depending on the severity of the situation, the staff will issue appropriate discipline. 

While a student is under suspension, he/she may not participate in any extracurricular activities of the school or be on any school campus in the district.  Events or situations not covered in this section will be left to the discretion of the administrative staff.


Dress Code Expected Behavior

1.     Students will wear clothing and hair styles that are clean, safe, healthy, and do not distract from the learning environment.

2.    Shoes that enclose the feet will be worn at all times. Flip-flops, clogs, or sandals without heel straps are considered hazardous on campus and are not permitted.  All shoes must be Velcro, buckled, or laces must be tied.

3.    Clothes need to conceal midriffs and conceal all underclothes. Shirts may not be worn that have oversized neck or armholes that have no back or are worn off of the shoulders.  Shoulder straps must be a minimum of two (2) inches or worn over a sleeved t-shirt.

4. Clothing may be decorated with messages, slogans, advertisements, etc., which are appropriate. Clothing may not be worn that reference tobacco, alcohol, drugs, sex, violence, profanity, racism, sexism or is deemed offensive in nature by staff.

5.    Jewelry and hairstyles will be worn in a safe, healthy manner, and may not distract from the learning environment.  Principal will monitor and work with families as needed.

6.    Make-up of any kind may not be worn by Buchanan students.






To assist school sites in making decisions about appropriate clothing for school, the following clothing guidelines have been developed.  Students who are out of compliance with the site dress code will be allowed to remain on campus only if their attire can be adjusted to meet the standard.  The guidelines were established to insure that students are prepared to participate in an active learning environment.


Students will wear clothing and hairstyles (including jewelry, accessories, etc.) which are  clean, safe, and healthy and allows for participation in an active learning environment.

Examples not allowed: Chains of any kind; rings or belts with prongs or protrusions.   Distractible hairstyles or haircuts. 


Safe and healthy footwear will be worn at all times. 

Examples not allowed: Sandals without heel straps; flip-flops; clogs. 


Clothing will maintain socially acceptable standards of modesty. Clothing needs to conceal midriff and conceal all underclothes.

Examples not allowed: Halter tops without a t-shirt underneath/bare midriffs; tank tops with oversized necks or armholes without a t-shirt underneath; see-through clothing; visible undergarments; holes above the knee; short shorts; clothing that have no back or are worn off the shoulder; clothing with spaghetti straps.  Shoulder straps must be a minimum of two (2) inches or worn over a sleeved t-shirt.


Clothing, accessories and other personal items may be decorated with messages, slogans, logos, etc., which are appropriate for school.

 Examples not allowed: pictures or symbols of racial supremacy; references to drugs, tobacco or alcohol; violent messages; satanic messages; sex; profanity; racism; sexism or deemed offensive in nature by staff.


Clothing or other items, which, can be intimidating to others or is attributed to gang affiliation or puts the wearer in danger will not be allowed.

Examples not allowed: Pants sagging below the waist; bandannas; knit caps; beanies; hair nets; items with graffiti; tagging or similar style writing; oversized shirts that are not tucked in and drop past the mid-thigh; clothing worn in reverse, clothing with tags still attached, tattoos and body piercings.   


Hats with bills forward are allowed at elementary and high school levels provided that students follow socially accepted standards of wearing hats.

Example not allowed: Hat or caps worn in reverse, sideways, inside out; messages on hats/caps with inappropriate messages; hats may not be worn inside classrooms or any inside learning environment, i.e. MPR, library, etc.      



The purpose of Student Ambassadors is to encourage students to have an interest in “helping establish a positive school climate” and to promote a better school. Student Ambassadors are in 5th grade and are authorized to help with jobs established by Administration.



This regular education group acts on referrals from staff for students that are not succeeding at school either in the area of academics, behavior, or both. It is composed of teachers, administrators, support staff, the student (when age appropriate) and his/her parent(s)/guardian(s). A systematic process of problem solving is used to develop and implement successful programs for these students.



Buchanan Elementary welcomes volunteers on our school grounds. Please be aware that for the health and safety of our students, we must have current TB testing on file in our office if you wish to volunteer regularly at school.  Volunteers must sign in and out at the front office and wear a name tag.  Younger siblings may not be brought during volunteer time due to insurance regulations.

Adult volunteers for our school are required to complete a volunteer registration form at the school office and provide a copy of a government issued ID.  This information will then be checked by our school site against the Murrieta Police Department’s “Megan’s Law” computer database to assure we have no registered sex offenders serving in a volunteer capacity working with our students.  Volunteers must be cleared before volunteering can begin.  This process usually takes one day.  Also, a new volunteer registration form needs to be completed each school year.


Procedures for Visitors to Buchanan

A. Administrative Regulation 1250 outlines the following procedures to be followed:

    1. Registration requirements shall be posted at every school entrance.
    2. Unless otherwise directed by the principal or designee, a staff member shall accompany visitors while on school grounds.
    3. Visitors shall provide upon request: name, address, occupation, age (if under 21), purpose for the visit, and proof of identity with a government issued ID.
    4. A principal may deny admission or revoke permission to any visitor if the visitor’s presence would be disruptive of school activities.
    5. Any visitor whose permission to visit was denied or revoked and who then returns to schools within seven days is guilty of a misdemeanor.
    6. An appeal procedure is outlined in AR 1250.


  1.  In addition to the provisions of AR 1250, the following procedures are also in effect:
    1. Visitations to classroom must be arranged 24 hours prior to the visit, weekends and holidays not included; exceptions must be approved by the principal.
    2. Visitation by MVUSD students to schools other than their own during school hours is prohibited, unless part of a recognized program and approved by the principal.
    3. Visitors must register at the office, providing the required information listed in #3 above.
    4. No recording devices are allowed in a classroom or instructional setting as part of a visit without the prior consent from the teacher and principal.
    5. Non student children may not accompany a parent on an approved visit.
    6. Prospective or new parents to the community may visit classrooms during the scheduled visitation times, or with the principal’s consent.
    7. Visitations to deliver lunch money, homework, P.E. clothes, etc. are not allowed.  Office staff will expedite the delivery of such items so that instruction is not interrupted.
    8. The principal may regulate the length of the visit.
    9. Parents may be asked to restrict their presence to a specific area of the classroom or instructional setting.
    10. Private assessors, counselors, private psychologists may not visit to observe a student unless conducting an assessment approved by the MVUSD Special Education Department.
    11. In the situation of a shared custody, parents may not visit a student in order to fulfill a court ordered or authorized visitation; those must be conducted outside the instructional day.
    12. Parents may visit a prospective special education placement only with the prior approval of the Director of Special Education or designee.
    13. Parents may only visit the classrooms in which their children are assigned. 





Ø Have a positive attitude toward school.

Ø Always practice the “Character Counts” pillars of good character.

Ø Plan to work with parents, teachers, counselors, and administrators.

Ø Teamwork is critical for maximum achievement and problem solving.

Ø Be early to school and on time to each class.

Ø Choose friends carefully! Be selective! Remember that you usually become like those you befriend.

Ø Do your best on all class work and homework. This will ensure good grades.

Ø Practice good manners.  Say please and thank you to show you are a person of good character.

Ø Don’t wait until the last minute to do projects, assignments, study for tests, etc. Jump ahead!

Ø Support school activities and our fantastic PTA!  Be a part of what’s happening! It’s your school! Know what’s going on with our Monthly Blazer Bulletin and school Web Page!

Ø Make up your mind now to say “no” to bad temptations, and say “yes” to good opportunities. You can use phrases like “no thanks”, “Thanks anyway”, “That’s not my thing”, “I’m not into that”, “Thanks, but that’s not my style”, or a thousand other ones. Practice them now so you’re not caught off guard.

Ø Parents, please sign up to volunteer in your child’s classroom.  Research shows that the more you are involved in your child’s education, the better the student does in school.

Ø Aim for the moon! If you miss, you may hit the stars.  It’s the people who apply themselves, who are motivated, and who are continually monitored by parents and others who care about them who usually become the stars.  You can be a star!


Remember, good Character Counts!!

Show your best, do your best, be your best!!

Last Modified on August 5, 2015