Code of Conduct

Hort Elementary School
Code Of Conduct

The staff and students of Hort Elementary School believe that everyone has the right to experience a safe and friendly school environment. Therefore, we will:

  1. Keep hands, feet and all objects to ourselves.
  2. Show respect to others.
  3. Follow directions the first time without question.
  4. Be prepared for class each day.
  5. Be punctual and attend class each day.

General Rules and Regulations

Pupils shall comply with the regulations of the District and the school and respect the authority of all adults on campus.

  1. Pupils shall respect all physical properties of the school, including the proper care of buildings, furniture, books, and equipment.
  2. Pupils shall address all school personnel in a respectful manner.
  3. Students shall not engage in activities which endanger their own health or safety of others.
  4. Hats are allowed but must be properly worn outdoors.
  5. Students are not to bring non-educational items to school (i.e. toys, mp3 players, cards, etc). All items brought to school are the responsibility of the student. The school cannot be held responsible for lost, broken, or stolen items. Non-compliant items will be taken away and returned only to the parents.
  6. Students are allowed on campus no earlier than 7:30a.m. and are to remain in the cafeteria until 7:45a.m.
  7. Hallways are quiet zones. Students are not to loiter in the hallways during recesses and should walk quietly in the hallways at all times.
  8. Water bottles are not allowed on the playground.
  9. Gum and candy are not allowed.
  10. Students may bring sports balls (basketballs, footballs, soccer balls) from home. However these balls must be used appropriately and the school is not responsible for lost or damaged balls.
  11. Students shall help keep the campus clean at all times.

Cafeteria Rules

Students are expected to behave appropriately and use good manners when eating in the cafeteria.

  1. Students are expected to enter and leave the cafeteria in an orderly manner.
  2. Students are to whisper quietly with friends.
  3. Students are expected to clean their area before being dismissed from the cafeteria.
  4. Quietest lines will be allowed in the cafeteria first.
  5. No food or other cafeteria items are to be taken outside.

School Playground Rules

  1. Treat all adults with respect by following directions the first time they are given.
  2. Use equipment in an appropriate and safe manner.
  3. Seek out an adult to help solve disagreements.
  4. Stop playing when the bell rings and line up in front of your class.
  5. Classrooms are off limits unless accompanied by an adult.
  6. Four square and basketballs are allowed on the black top. All other balls must be played with on the grass area.
  7. Students are not to play in the halls or on the sidewalks in front of classrooms.
  8. The hills are for quiet games, students are not to play, run, or roll on the hills.
  9. The handicap ramp is for handicapped students only.
  10. Restrooms outside of the cafeteria are for adults only.
  11. Students are to remain at the bottom of the hill at all times. Playing on top of the hill or in map area is not allowed (intermediate allowed access to bathrooms and water fountains only).
  12. Students are not allowed to play behind portable classrooms and out of view.
  13. Students shall use swings the proper way by sitting in the upright position. There is no jumping from the swings. Students waiting can count on a person using the swing by a count of 25 swings.
  14. Keep hands, feet and all objects to yourself.

These are prohibited:

  1. Climbing fences
  2. Throwing any objects other than balls
  3. Kicking balls against fences or buildings
  4. Playing ball near a building
  5. Playing in between buildings
  6. Fighting, including play fighting
  7. Name calling
  8. Playing in drinking fountains and restrooms
  9. Horse-play
  10. Writing or drawing on any school property
  11. Toys and other non-educational items from home
  12. Running on asphalt areas

Positive Consequences

The Hort Elementary School staff provides frequent positive reinforcements to students who behave appropriately. We make ourselves visible and seek out students who are behaving responsibly. We strive to create a positive environment throughout our school. Positive reinforcements are provided to students, groups of students, or to an entire class. The reinforcements can be in the form of:

  1. Praise
  2. Awards
  3. Positive notes to parents
  4. Positive phone calls to parents
  5. Special privileges
  6. Caught Being Good cards

Discipline Procedures

When a student violates classroom/school rules for the first time, teachers will discuss the infraction with the student and document the incident as a Step-One Referral on the referral form. In the event a student commits a second infraction, the teacher will contact the parent to discuss the issue and document the parent/teacher conference as a Step-Two Referral. A parent must be contacted for a Step-Two Referral to be completed.

A Step-Three Referral will be used only when a student has received a third infraction within one month of the first infraction. If a third infraction occurs, the Step-Three Referral must be documented on the referral form. If the student is disrupting the class to the point where learning cannot take place in the classroom, they may be sent to speak with the school counselor.

  • First Infraction (Teacher Intervention)
    • Teacher-Student Conference
    • Documentation as a Step-One Referral
  • Second Infraction (Teacher Intervention)
    • Parent Contact
    • Documentation as a Step-Two Referral
  • Third Infraction (Administrative Intervention)
    • Documentation as a Step-Three Referral
    • Student sent to office with referral form completed
    • Parent Contact by administrator
    • Appropriate Discipline Procedures following BCSD Discipline Policy and Procedures

Adult-Student Interaction

All adults at Hort Elementary School will:

  1. Teach students how to become responsible.
  2. Tailor consequences to each child enabling them to behave in a more responsible way.
  3. Focus on changing negative student behavior.
  4. Model the behavior expected of the students.
  5. Speak to students in a way they want students to speak to them.
  6. Provide a clear set of expectations and consequences.
  7. Always treat students with dignity.

Hort Elementary School

2301 Park Drive
Bakersfield, CA 93306
Phone 661.631.5330
Fax 661.363.6083

Attendance 661.631.4922

Diana O'Neal

Vice Principal
Mr. Henry Valderrama II

Office Hours

Nondiscrimination Policy

Bakersfield City School District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived characteristics of race or ethnicity, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identifications, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information or any other characteristic identified in Education Code 200 or 220, Penal code 422.55, or Government Code 11135, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, you should immediately contact the school site principal and/or the District’s Human Resource Administrator, at 661-631-4663, or at 1300 Baker Street, Bakersfield, California 93305. A copy of BCSD’s Uniform Complaint Procedures and Non-Discrimination policies are available by clicking here and/or upon request.