Parent/Student Handbook

Program Description

Ernesto Galarza is a K-5th Grade Elementary School that provides a standards based education through Sheltered English Instruction (SEI) and Academic Language Acquisition (ALA).  ALA is a modified transitional bilingual program with primary language maintenance and development in the K-5th grades.

Instructional Minutes

California and San Jose Unified School District require the following minutes for the following content areas:

All Kinder: -1hr of Language Arts, 30-50 min. of English Language Development, 30-60 min. of Math.

Grades 1-5 at Galarza:2.5 hrs. Language Arts (Gr. 1, 2, 3), 45-60 min. of English Language Development, 1 hour of Math, 100 mins/week of P.E.

Grades 1-5 at Hammer: 90 min. of Language Arts, 45-60 min. of English Language Development, 1 hour of Math, 100 mins/week of P.E.

School Office Hours

The school office is open from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. on school days.  Our office telephone number is (408) 535-6671.  If you are reporting an absence, you may call our 24 hour absence recorder at (408) 535-6470.

Attendance Policy

Attendance and participation in class are essential if students are to gain the maximum benefit from their educational program.  Regular and punctual school attendance is an area of mutual cooperation between the school, parents and the student.  Students arriving at school after 8:50 a.m. must FIRST report to the office with a parent or guardian to receive a tardy slip.

If your child will be absent or tardy for any reason, please call the absence reporting line at 535-6470 as soon as is practical.  Please give your child’s name and the name of the child’s teacher.  IF WE DO NOT HEAR FROM YOU, A CALL WILL BE INITIATED FROM THE SCHOOL TO VERIFY YOUR CHILD’S ABSENCE.

EXCUSED ABSENCES include but are not limited to: illness, medical appointments, attending the funeral services of an immediate family member, and approved participation in a school activity in which the student represents the school or the school district.  Observation of a holiday or religious ceremony is a warranted absence and is excused by Board policy.  Verification of student absences is accepted only from parents or guardians, either by note or telephone.  No student may verify his/her own absence.  Please try to schedule doctor or dentist appointments after school hours.  If you need to have your child excused during the school day for an appointment, you must pick up your child at the office.  Each child taken out of school during school hours must be signed out by parent or persons stated on the Emergency form.

Dress Code and Uniform Policy

All Galarza and Hammer students are required to dress for school in the generic uniform colors of dark blue pants, shorts, skirt or jumper with a light blue or white collared shirt or blouse.  Clothing as described is reasonably priced and available at Target, Sears, and JC Penney’s to name a few.  Plaid skirts and jumpers for girls are available at Merry Mart in Santa Clara at (408) 296-0423.  We expect all students to dress for success and come to school ready to study in clothing which does not detract from their learning.  Forms are available in the office if you need uniform assistance.  Hair Coloring:  We are recommending that all students show up to school with natural color hair (black, brown, red, blonde).  If the hair coloring becomes a distraction, the school will be contacting parents about the matter.

Lost and Found

Please label jackets, coats, backpacks and lunch boxes with your child’s name and room number.  If labeled, the items are easily returnable when found.  A LOST AND FOUND rack will be in the cafeteria.

Electronic Devices and Personal Equipment

Because they are expensive, distracting, and could be misplaced or stolen, all toys, sports equipment, games, portable music devices, laser pointers, etc. are to be left at home.  UNLESS a specific arrangement has been made between parent and teacher.  Cell phones are permitted but must be turned off during class and kept in the student’s backpack at all times during school hours.  The school cannot be responsible for items brought from home.

All Students Are Responsible For The Following

1. Respect the personal rights and property of others.
2. Follow all school and classroom rules and limits.
3. Respect the authority of the principal, teachers, and school staff.
4. Attend school regularly, report to school on time, and be prepared each day with books, pencils and homework.

School Rules

The rules at Galarza & Hammer Elementary School are made and enforced so that all persons may have safe and productive experiences at school and school events.  The following are school rules:

1. Keep hands, feet and objects to yourself (No play fighting).
2. Use equipment properly.
3. Respect school property (NO GUM).
4. Be respectful in language and actions toward others.
5. All directions given by a school authority MUST be followed immediately.
6. Students will remain in assigned areas.

Breaking the school rules results in a “Discipline Citation.”  These may be given by any adult supervisor (principal, teacher, aide, yard duty, etc.).  Serious infractions (fighting, severe defiance, etc.) will result in immediate action by the teacher and administration.

Before School:
Students may not be dropped off at school before 8:10 am.  In the morning, the cafeteria opens at
8:10 am and students are supervised there until 8:40 am.  Students may not play on the playground equipment, or on the blacktop because supervision on the black top does not begin until 8:30 am.  They may walk on the track.

After School:
Students are to go directly home after school.  If they are being picked up, it must be done at the Valet area in front of the school.  Students may not play on the playground equipment after school.  At 2:55 pm., all students whohave not been picked up will be taken into the foyer.  Parents are then required to sign out their child at the foyer.  Parents who routinely fail to meet this responsibility will be notified by the school, notified in writing by the Student Services Department, and in case of repeated occurrences, reported to the appropriate community agency.

Parents, if you are parking and walking to school or just walking to school, please make sure that your child uses the crosswalk.  We want to make sure that everyone gets to school safely.  Jaywalking is prohibited.  Thanks for your support!

Zero Tolerance Behavior (Education Code Sections 48900 (a,b,e,f,g,I,k,m)

-Causing Physical Injury (A)
-Possessing weapons, explosives dangerous objects (B)
-Robbery (C)
-Damage to Property (F)
-Theft of Property (G)
-Continual use of Profanity (I)
-Disruption/Defiance (K)
-Imitation Firearm (M)
-Sexual Harassment (48900.2)
-Harassment of another student/school personnel (48900.7)

Levels of Zero Tolerance Behavior Consequences

Level 1:  1st incident of Zero Tolerance Behavior
1. Teacher will complete discipline report and contact the office.
2. Administrator will conference with the student (s).
3. Administrator will assign action.
4. Administrator will call parent and inform them of their child’s behavior.
5. Parent will meet with school administrator prior to student returning to school.  Form behavior support plan.
6. Other professionals may be called to assess the severity of the situation.

Level 2:  2nd incident of Zero Tolerance Behavior
Above applies with each incident.
1. Develop a Behavior Support Plan.
2. Evaluations will be implemented to assess student’s appropriate placement in a least restrictive educational setting that is safe for all.
3. Begin Discipline Hearing Process.

We are a Zero Tolerance School.  Any Zero Tolerance Behavior can result in Suspension.

Complaint Process

If you want to file a complaint alleging unlawful discrimination or violations to the district, federal, or state laws or regulations, contact the School Principal.  If you are still not satisfied with your response, contact the Director Of Educational Services.  Complaints concerning special education shall be directed to the Director of Special Education.  Complaint procedures are stated in the Student/Parent & Employee Information Handbook which is distributed at the beginning of each school year.
Parent Communication and Involvement/Thursday Envelopes

Each week your child will bring home a large white envelope containing class work samples, school newsletters and other school information.  After reading the contents please sign the envelope and return it the next morning.  If you have any notes for the teacher or office, you may send them in the envelope.  There will be a charge for lost envelopes.

All parents are required to sign in the office and obtain a visitor’s pass from the office as well.


All parents are invited to volunteer to help at school.  Volunteers must have a current TB test and Finger Prints on file in the school office, as well as a signed “Code of Ethics for Volunteers” form.  Please sign in the office whenever your are volunteering or visiting.

Parent Committees

School Site Council (SSC)
SSC serves as the school community representative body, determining the focus of the school’s academic instructional program and all related categorical resources.

Parent/Teacher Association (PTA)

PTA serves as a type of forum where parents, teachers, administrators, and other adults discuss ways to promote quality education, strive to expand the arts, encourage community involvement, and work for a healthy environment and safe neighborhoods.

School English Learners Advisory Committee (SELAC)

SELAC is composed of parents and educators interested in improving the education of English Learner (EL) students in the district.  The committee is to advise the principal and staff in the development of the school plan for English Language Learners.

Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)

The GATE committee is composed of Parents and Guardians of GATE children.  The committee meets three times a year to discuss ways to support their children at the school and at the home.The committee also makes recommendations on how to spend GATE funds.  Recommendations are forwarded to the School Site Council for approval.