PARENT & STUDENT INFO


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Frequently Asked Questions

School Hours
Absences, Tardies, and Trips
Homework and Absences
Health Office
Busses
Missing P. E.
Calling Home
Cafeteria
Accessing the Student Portal

School Hours
What time does school start?
School begins at 7:50 A.M. and ends at 2:50 P.M. Students are expected to be in class, seated, and ready to work at this time. Wednesdays are 'Late Start Days.' School begins at 8:50 A.M. and ends at 2:50 P.M.
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Absences, Tardies, and Trips
What do I do when my student is absent?
Please call the absence line before noon to report the absence (714-628-4366 ext. 8501) or send your student back to school with a note explaining the absence.

What do I do if I need to pick up my student early?
Please have your child bring a note to the attendance office before school starts stating the time you will be picking up your child. We will have your child waiting at the attendance office to be signed out.

What do I do if my student will be late? Late students should always check in at the attendance office window before going to class. If a student is more than twenty minutes late, he should sign in with a written excuse of a doctor's note.

What do I do if I have to take my student out of school for a trip or for a medical reason?
Please notify the attendance office with the dates of the absence three or four days prior to the absence. Send your student to school with a note to each teacher informing the teacher of the absence. You may or may not want to ask for homework at this time.
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Homework and Absences
What do I do about homework for planned absences?
Please notify the teachers in advance so they may give the students assignments.

How do I get homework for unplanned absences?
A student must be absent for at least two days before making a homework request. Homework requests may be made on the second day before 9:00 a.m. and the homework may be picked up in the office at 3:30 p.m. Homework may be requested through the attendance office by calling 714-997-6366. Do not leave a message on the attendance line requesting homework.
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Health Office
All students need to go through the health office when feeling ill. Students are not to call parents to pick them up without first seeing the health office clerk.

What do I do if my student is having major surgery and will be missing more than ten days of school?
Notify the attendance office and try to get a doctor's note prior to the surgery so that home schooling can be arranged.

What do I do if my student needs to take medicine (even Tylenol) at school?
Please fill out a "Parent and Physician Request for Medication" form. The physician must sign and give dosage instructions. A parent must deliver medicine to the school health office along with the form.
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Busses
What do I do if I have a question about busses?
Please contact the district transportation office at 714-538-8295 for all questions about bussing.
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Missing P. E.
What do I do if I don't want my student to do P. E.?
Please send a note to the health office if there is a medical reason for not participating in P.E. If the student will miss more than three days of P.E., a doctor must make the request.
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Calling Home
What do I do if my student needs to contact me?
Students are allowed to use the office phones to call home. Under no circumstances are students allowed to have cell phones in their possession.
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Cafeteria
How does the cafeteria "credit" system work?
A student or parent deposits cash or a check in an envelop provided by the cafeteria. The student accesses his account by his I. D. number. The account may be used only for food in the cafeteria (not the snack bar). Students may access the account twice a day--for breakfast or a nutrition snack and for lunch. When the account becomes low, the cafeteria will inform the child, and it is the responsibility of the child to inform the parent. For more information contact the cafeteria at 997-6089.
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Accessing the Student Portal
1. Access the Student Portal at http://sp.orangeusd.k12.ca.us/
2. Type in the User Name (the student's 6-digit student I.D. number).
3. Type in the Password, which is the student's date of birth (Example: June 6, 1995, would be entered: 661995).
4. Select the School Name: "Santiago MS."
5. Click "Log in."
6. There are several tabs you can click on to get information, including Student Information, Grades and Attendance.
7. Under the "Grades" tab, click on "Gradebook" to find a summary of current grades and number of missing assignments in each.
8. Click on the name of any class to get a list of all assignments, tests and scores for that class. Also, the teacher's e-mail address is located at the top of this page and can be clicked on to send the teacher an e-mail message.
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