Arrival & Dismissal
Please see the detailed maps included below for safe routes to school and planned traffic flow.
ESN (Small Lot) - The small parking lot on the side of the school is for our ESN families only. We will be providing permits for this lot. This lot requires a right turn only when exiting during high traffic hours. Please note signage. Walk your students to their teacher (PK-3) near the small parking lot.
PreK and Kindergarten parents must park on Culture or in the main lot at the front of the school. All PK and Kinder parents must walk their children to the PreK and Kindergarten line-up area depending on schedule (see below where to drop off/pick up PK and Kinder students)
- AM Kinder pickup and drop off is at black gate by small parking lot off of Culture.
- PM Kinder/PK pickup and drop off is at gate by big parking lot.
Grades 1-8 - The parking lot directly in front of the school is designated for drop off and pick up in the lane closest to the sidewalk. Please follow the directions on any signage and refrain from leaving your car unattended. Please pull all the way forward before having your child exit or enter your car. Please be sure that your child is ready to leave your car prior to entering the drop off lane. This parking lot is also open for parent and visitor parking. This lot requires a right turn only when exiting during high traffic hours. Please note signage.
Parking Options - Other than the main parking lot, parking is also available on the street. Parking on the surrounding streets is only permitted on the school side of the street. Please refrain from parking on the opposite side of the street. IPD will enforce the parking restrictions.
- Before School - Supervision provided by staff at entry points to our campus, in the parking lots, and on the playground is provided fifteen minutes before school begins every day. For your child’s safety, students should not arrive on campus prior to 7:45 AM (or 15 minutes before their first class). Upon arriving, all students in grades first through sixth report to the playground blacktop and, once the bell rings, line up for class in their assigned area. PreK and Kindergarten students must be accompanied by an adult and line up outside their classroom in their assigned area.
- Middle school students can arrive no earlier than 8 AM and can wait for class to start in the middle school quad area
- After School - Supervision ends ten minutes after dismissal every day. All students should leave campus within ten minutes after dismissal unless other arrangements have been made or they are being directly supervised by a parent. Students who are still on campus after 10 minutes will report to the office, where a parent should sign them out. No student will be kept after school without prior parent permission.
- ESN (Small Lot)- Meet your student where you did drop off in the morning
- PreK and Kinder students are dismissed directly to their parent or guardian.
- Students in primary grades (first through third grade) are dismissed at the parent waiting area in the front of the auditorium.
- Students in upper grades (fourth through seventh grade) are dismissed by the teacher at the classroom door to independently meet their parents, carpool, daycare provider, or walk home.
We believe that student success begins with daily attendance. As a result, we take steps to ensure that students attend school daily and that each student complies with school attendance laws and stipulations outlined in the California Education Code. The two basic attendance laws are:
All persons 6 through 18 years of age are required by California State Law to attend school. Parents have a legal responsibility to ensure their child’s attendance. (Education Code Section 48200)
A pupil is considered truant if he/she is absent for more than 3 full days in one school year without a valid excuse; tardy or absent for more than a 30-minute period during the school day without valid excuse on 3 occasions in one school year, or any combination thereof. (Education Code Section 48260)
As parents of elementary school children, you bear the primary responsibility of ensuring that your children are in school daily, arrive on time, and remain in school the entire day. With that in mind, parents are encouraged to take a proactive approach in establishing positive attendance patterns and avoiding chronic truancy. This will assist your children in reaching their highest potential. By law, absences or tardies are only excused if the child is ill, is attending a funeral for an immediate family member, or involved in religious observance. In each case, documentation or proof may be required. Unless it is an emergency, it is recommended that medical and dental appointments be scheduled after school.
In order to establish positive attendance patterns, it is recommended that parents teach their children the following:
Make education their top priority.
Follow all district and school attendance policies.
Emphasize that education is a precursor to their success in the future.
Remind them if they do not go to school, they will fall behind and struggle with their learning. Understand that tardies and leaving school early should be an exception, not a norm.
The majority of students who have accumulated more than three unexcused absences or tardies at Solis Park are not considered habitual/chronic truants, but would be categorized as soft truants. Soft Truancy includes, but is not limited to:
Bringing a child late to school (less than 30 minutes).
Picking up your child early for family outings, vacations, frequent medical appointments, etc. Excusing a student as ill for 10 days or more without medical verification.
Frequent excused absences.
Keeping an older child home to baby-sit.
Keeping an older child home to work.
Taking vacation during school.
Chronic truancy almost always begins with a pattern of soft truancies that is not corrected. In order to keep all of our students safe, it is important that we verify all student absences as soon as possible each day. Should your child need to be absent from school, please call our attendance line at 949-404-1501 to report the absence. This number may be called at any time. If possible, we ask that you call this number and report your child’s absence by 8:00 a.m. By doing this, we can avoid calling you at home or work to verify your child’s absence.
As important as punctuality and attendance are to student achievement, children should not be sent to school ill. Children who come to the office with a body temperature of 100°F degrees or above will be sent home and should remain at home until a normal body temperature is maintained for 24 hours without medicine. Children who vomit will be sent home and should remain at home for 24 hours or until vomiting has ceased for 24 hours without medication. Missed class work may be requested after the second day of absence. You may contact the teacher directly and check the classroom website for information.
If you find it necessary to schedule a medical/dental appointment during the child’s class time, please have your child dismissed through the office. A sign-out sheet is located in the main reception area. We do require that children be signed out on this sheet by an adult who is listed on their Contacts List should they need to leave school for any reason.
Before & After School Care
At Solis Park, we are fortunate to have onsite childcare through our collaboration with the Irvine Childcare Project (ICCP). Rainbow Rising is our provider and the director can be reached at (949) 404-1597 to answer any childcare related questions you might have.
Behavior Expectations (PBIS)
Solis Park ROAR is a school-wide commitment to positive behavior support. Identifying, teaching, and reinforcing the expected behaviors allows students to achieve academic, behavioral, and social success. Solis Park ROAR was created based on decades of research from the University of Oregon’s Center of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (P.B.I.S.) Our staff identified our behavioral statement of purpose followed by our ROAR expectations and schoolwide matrix. Please see our school-wide matrix to learn more about Solis Park School’s expected behaviors. The school-wide matrix can be found on the PBIS page of the Solis Park website.
Behavioral Statement of Purpose
At Solis Park School, our vision is to cultivate, nurture, and learn together in creating an equitable and inclusive community deeply committed to the lifelong flourishing of all students. At Solis Park we R.O.A.R.! Our PBIS slogan is … Lions ROAR!!!
R - We show Respect
We serve all individuals in our immediate and broader community.
We intentionally value and include the individuals typically placed at the margins.
We foster strong relationships between all members of the community by valuing and understanding all members holistically.
O - We have Open Hearts and show kindness
We build relationships with all students, staff and caregivers through intentional and purposeful inclusion of all.
In this way, we celebrate diverse cultures and identities and ways of thinking and knowing.
A - We Act Responsibly
We connect with our community to identify and dismantle barriers to success.
We reimagine the possibilities and outcomes education can produce in order to empower our students and ensure their long term flourishing.
R - We take Risks and Rise together
We empower our students to be resilient, courageous, and service minded members of our community by utilizing inclusive educational content, engaging in courageous conversations, promoting a sense of justice and action, and creating space for all of our communities to be seen, heard and valued.
P.B.I.S Basics & Research
Utilizing the “Systematic Change Model”, attention is focused on creating and sustaining primary (school-wide), secondary (classroom), and tertiary (individual) systems of support that improve lifestyle results for all children.
Clearly defined school-wide expected behaviors
Expected behaviors are intentionally taught in all school settings
Purposeful reinforcement for demonstrating expected behaviors
Consistent consequences and opportunities for re-teaching expected behaviors
Use of data to make decisions about school-wide practices and individual supports Comprehensive staff and student involvement goals
Improve the academic culture through increased instructional time
Improve the behavioral culture through a decrease in office discipline referrals
Improve school safety and positive peer interactions
In the interest of safety, we ask that all visitors report to the office to sign in through our automated computer system. At that time, visitors will be issued a badge to wear, indicating to the students and staff that they are authorized to be on campus. The visitor badge must be worn at all times while on school grounds. In order to effectively manage students during recess and lunch and to ensure their safety in this less restrictive environment, our campus is closed to visitors on our playground and in our lunch area. All volunteers must complete an IUSD Volunteer Registration & Screening Information form online prior to volunteering. This form is completed at the beginning of each school year. Once the form is completed our front office can sign you in for the first time. Additional information about volunteering is available on the district website here.
Bicycle & Motorized Scooter Use
Per IUSD Board Policy, students in grades PreK through 2nd are not permitted to ride bikes to and from campus. Starting in Grade 3, students are permitted to ride their bikes to and from campus. There are two areas on campus to store bicycles during the school day (one near the small parking lot and one near the middle school quad area). Any student who chooses to ride to and from school needs to store their bikes in the designated bike racks and should lock their bike with their own personal lock. The helmet provisions in the vehicle code must be followed, meaning that all persons under 18 years of age (operators and/or passengers) must wear a properly fitted and fastened helmet that meets the standards of law.
Per California Vehicle Code, Article 5, sections 21220-23330, no one under the age of 16 may operate a motorized scooter. Visit the Irvine Police Department website for additional details on motorized scooter law.
Celebrations can be educational, fun, and exciting for our students. Dietary restrictions, cultural beliefs, food allergies, and the varied nutritional preferences of our student population require considerable and deliberate coordination of any event involving food. Students in our school community have life-threatening allergies to certain foods and other allergens. With that in mind, classrooms are expected to follow the guidelines outlined below for celebrations and parties.
As part of our Health and Wellness Initiative, we will not allow food to be shared for student birthday celebrations.
To reduce the risk of exposure to one of the most common allergens, please do not send any peanut or nut containing foods for any classroom celebration or party.
Classrooms will make allowances for students with food allergies or certain health conditions to bring an alternative item and participate in the festivities.
Parents are notified prior to any food being brought into the classroom.
Consider non-food items for parties and events so that all children may participate in the fun.
Consider a physical, art or music activity in lieu of a food party.
Please contact your teacher before bringing any food products to the classroom.
The Solis Park staff makes a concerted effort to establish a learning environment that is conducive to the development of good study habits and uninterrupted academic learning time. We seek your cooperation and assistance in this effort. You can help us by:
Sending the teacher a note or email should you need to pick up your child early. This will allow the teacher time to have your child prepared for pick up.
Avoiding calling school and leaving messages for your child, unless it is an emergency. The telephone is made available to students only for emergencies.
Establishing a system that helps eliminate forgotten lunches, homework, money, musical instruments, etc. In the case that items are forgotten, please adhere to the following guidelines. The office staff will not disrupt instruction to alert your child that their item has been delivered nor will office staff deliver items to the classroom. Parents bringing forgotten items to school should deliver them to our front office. Children are encouraged to check the office for forgotten items throughout the day. Forgotten lunches should be placed in the bins in the covered area outside of the double doors to the front office by no later than 11:40 AM. Noon duty assistants will make the bins available to the students in the lunch area at lunchtime.
We ask that students attending Solis Park wear clothing that is comfortable, clean, and appropriate for a school environment. Our instructional program includes active play so students must wear clothing that allows them to run and jump, this includes closed toed shoes. Clothing and other items students wear must not disrupt the educational process nor create any form of disturbance. IUSD Board Policy on dress code is linked here.
Inappropriate clothing includes:
Anything that would interfere the safety of the student/students on campus/playground
Logos and/or pictures that reference illegal activities and/or lewd words or images
With the support and cooperation of our parents, students, and staff, Solis Park will be a positive and productive learning environment.
Early Dismissal & Late Arrival
Students leaving campus early need to be signed out by the parent/guardian. Please come to the office to do so and we will call for your child. Students will only be released to parents or other adults listed by you on the student’s emergency card or contacts list in our system. If there are specific limitations related to the release of a child to a natural parent, please be advised that legal custody documents must be on file in the office. The natural mother or father can obtain their child from school at any time, unless a court order is on file indicating otherwise. Photo identification is required.
Students arriving late to school need to be signed in by the parent/guardian in the front office.
Field trips are an integral part of the school experience. It is common for students in every grade at Solis Park to take a couple of field trips each year. In order for students to participate in a class field trip, a Field Trip Permission Form is required to be completed and signed by a parent/guardian prior to departure.
Health & Wellness
Health & Wellness Irvine Unified School District provides school-based mental health/wellness services and resources (www.iusd.org/WeCare or https://iusd.org/department/mental-health-wellness) to students and families. These services include short-term individual or group counseling for students at the school site; short-term, solution-focused therapy for students and families through the Irvine Family Resource Center; and resource linkages to community-based mental health or social services for students and families. Services are provided by counselors or licensed mental health professionals.
We all live busy lives, and we know children have numerous extra-curricular activities. We prioritize unstructured time and family time for our students. With this interest in mind, there will be minimal and grade level appropriate homework assigned by our classroom teachers. Our expectation is that students read or are read to each evening.
Illnesses & Accidents at School
We document each time a child comes to the health office and will call home and send a notice if there is an injury to the head or face. If your child does not have a fever or the reason for their health office visit is minor and does not require action from a parent, they will be sent back to class. If your child becomes ill or experiences an accident at school that requires him/her to be sent home or seek medical attention, you will be contacted immediately. If we are unable to reach parent(s) or guardian(s) at home or work, we will then call the emergency contacts listed on your child’s record. Please keep home phone number(s), work phone number(s), cellular phone number(s), and emergency contact names and phone numbers current in the Parent Portal. If someone cannot be reached that is listed on your child’s emergency card, depending on the seriousness of your child’s condition, paramedics may be called. This includes, but is not limited to a child having an asthma attack or allergic reaction and no inhaler, epi-pen, or medicine has been provided. 911 will be called in all life-threatening situations.
Lost & Found
Throughout the school year, we accumulate a large number of sweaters, sweatshirts, jackets, and lunch boxes. We urge parents to label everything that is sent to school with the child’s first and last name. Items that are labeled are easier to locate when they are put in the Lost and Found. If your child is missing any of these articles, please visit the lost and found racks located near the front office. Small items such as glasses, retainers, jewelry, and more valuable items such as musical instruments are placed in the front office. Unclaimed items are donated to charities during winter recess, spring recess, and at the end of the school year.
Please be certain that your child has a lunch each day. If you are bringing a lunch to school after the day has started, you may place it in the late lunch bins in the covered area outside of the office. Please deliver late lunches no later than 11:40 AM. A noon duty supervisor will roll that basket out to the tables prior to lunch time. Food deliveries such as mobile order, delivery services, and large quantity orders are not allowed. (Example: Postmates, DoorDash, and Uber Eats.)
Hot lunches and snack/breakfast are available for students in grades PreK-6 at no cost. For Pre-K and Kinder students, because of their limited time on campus, nutrition services typically provide them a snack/breakfast.
Please view the video linked here for additional information. Students will need to enter their assigned pin each time they enter the nutrition services line. If students request an additional lunch, they are available for the price of $3.25 each school day. Students may pay for lunch with cash or by establishing a School Bucks online account. For additional information about lunch payments please visit the IUSD website. For those students with existing accounts, you may pay online or pay with a check or cash. Envelopes are available in the school office to use if you pay with a check or cash. Once a deposit is made in your child’s account, he/she will be able to buy lunch. If you have any further questions, please call IUSD Food Services at 949-936-6520.
Any time your child requires medication at school, the medication must be kept in the health office to be given by school personnel. Education Code 49423 allows school personnel to administer medications if the following steps are taken:
Physician’s request form is completed and submitted to the office annually for each medication.
Parental release form is on file in the office. Both the physician and a parent must sign the consent form prior to medication being administered at school. This form is available in the school office.
The pharmacy container with the medicine is labeled with the name of the child, name of the medicine, dosage requirements, and physician’s name.
Medicine is brought to school by the parent.
These regulations apply to non-prescription medications as well. Non-prescription drugs include aspirin, vitamins, cough syrups, cough drops, ointments, etc.
Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA)
The Solis Park PTSA is a very active and supportive group. The association is composed of volunteer parents and committed staff members who devote their time and talents to providing support for our school and special experiences and events for our students. Once our middle school has been established, secondary students will have the opportunity to join the PTSA as well. There are many opportunities for parents to become involved. Your membership and participation in this outstanding organization benefits your child’s education. Meetings are held monthly in the school auditorium or library. Membership and other PTSA related information is sent home during the first few weeks of school. Research shows that parent involvement is key to helping children succeed in school. The idea has been basic to PTSA’s philosophy and action since its beginnings in 1897. PTSA goes even further by stating that children do better in all ways when their parents care about what they are doing at home, in the community and in school. PTSA activities establish communication between school and home. Parents are encouraged to attend meetings, support activities, and volunteer. Dates and times of meetings and activities will be on the Solis Park website and social media. PTSA questions can be directed to solisparkptsa.org.
Solis Park welcomes and values our volunteer parents. Without volunteers, many programs and activities offered at our school would not be possible. Parents will be given opportunities to sign-up to help in the classroom, and to assist with various events taking place throughout the school year. In the interest of safety, we do ask that all volunteers report to the office to sign in through our automated computer system. At that time, volunteers will be issued a badge to wear, indicating to the students and staff that they are authorized to be on campus. The volunteer badge must be worn at all times when on school grounds. All volunteers must complete an IUSD Volunteer Registration & Screening Information form online prior to volunteering. This form is completed at the beginning of each school year. Once the form is completed our front office can sign you in for the first time. To limit distractions to the educational setting, please refrain from bringing younger siblings. Additional information about volunteering is available on the district website here.
We ask that you take care of all arrangements for the day with your children before they leave for school. If the forecast is for rain, send them in a coat or jacket and give them a plan for pick up/dismissal for inclement weather. If after school activities are scheduled, be certain that they know what is expected of them before they leave for school.
Personal play equipment, such as toys, balls, games, etc. should not be brought to school unless special permission has been granted by the teacher or principal. This includes electronic devices like phones, smart watches, music players, media players, and video games. If students bring these devices to school, they must be turned off.
Technology Use (Personal cell phones, smart watches, etc.)
We ask that ONLY EMERGENCY MESSAGES be telephoned into children, since we strive to keep instructional interruptions to a minimum. Arrangements with friends must be made prior to coming to school.
Cell phones are permitted at school, however, board policy requires that they be deactivated during the regular school day and used only during an emergency affecting the school or community. The use of cell phones (and smart watches that communicate like a cell phone...ie. the Gizmo Gadget) is prohibited during school hours. They are to be turned off and in the student’s backpack during school hours. Cell phones that are turned on during school hours are subject to confiscation and will only be returned to a parent through the front office.
Smart watches should be placed in airplane mode when at school (K-6).
Pets should not be on campus unless the teacher or principal has granted special permission. Please be aware that, pursuant to Orange County Ordinance 41.46, animals are not to be on school grounds at any time. Should you choose to bring your animal when walking your child to and from school, please wait for your child off school grounds. If you do walk your student to campus with your dog, keep in mind that Section 4-5-701 of the Irvine Municipal Code states dogs must be kept on a leash when off the property of the owner.
Supervision by staff at entry points to our campus, in the parking lots, and on the playground is provided fifteen minutes before school begins every day. For your child’s safety, students should not arrive on campus prior to 7:45 AM. Upon arriving, all students in grades first through sixth report to the playground blacktop and line up for class in their assigned area. PreK and Kindergarten students must be accompanied by an adult and line up outside their classroom in their assigned area. They are dismissed directly to their parent or guardian at dismissal. Students in primary grades (first through third grade) are dismissed at the parent waiting area in the front of the auditorium. Students in upper grades (fourth through sixth grade) are dismissed by the teacher at the classroom door to independently meet their parents, carpool, daycare provider, or walk home. After school supervision ends ten minutes after dismissal every day. All students should leave campus within ten minutes after dismissal unless other arrangements have been made or they are being directly supervised by a parent. Students who are still on campus after 10 minutes will report to the office, where a parent should sign them out. No student will be kept after school without prior parent permission. Recess and lunch supervision is provided by trained Solis Park staff. Playground supervisors are easily identified by the vests they wear and their IUSD identification badge.
Reports Cards & Parent Conferences
Report cards are issued at the end of each trimester during the school year. During the first month of school, parents are invited to attend Back to School Night to learn about the grade level curriculum and instructional program for their child. A goal setting parent/teacher conference is held in October to establish learning goals for each student. A second parent/teacher conference is scheduled in the spring for some students. Parents are encouraged to schedule conferences with the teacher anytime they feel there is a need during the school year. Open House is scheduled in February. All members of the family are invited to come and share in the activities and experiences of our students.
Safety & Emergency Preparedness
We want to assure you that Solis Park School has an extensive emergency plan. In compliance with California law, the Irvine Unified School District uses the Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) in its emergency plans and procedures. Response procedures are in place to activate the emergency plan. Each year the staff reviews and practices the plan in mock drills to ensure the safest and most efficient response to an emergency. State law requires each elementary school to conduct monthly fire drills, a lockdown drill, and a drop-and-cover drill as part of the emergency preparedness plan.
How can you help ensure our students’ safety as a parent?
Always sign-in your child at the office if your child is arriving late or sign-out your child in the office if your child is leaving school.
Make sure to sign-in and out at the front office and wear a visitor/volunteer sticker at all times when visiting the school.
Be familiar with the school site and report anything out of the ordinary to the school office or after school hours to the police.
Carefully read newsletters and correspondence sent home by the school.
In the event of an emergency:
Walk to the playground and follow student release procedures.
Ask, “How can I help?”
Volunteer and follow the instructions and guidelines carefully.
Student Accident/Health Insurance
The school district makes available to parents a low cost accident and health insurance plan for their children. Forms are available through our re-registration/data confirmation process. Additional forms are available in the office.
California's Constitution affirms that students and parents cannot be required to pay money to gain access to educational activities, nor can they be charged for materials and supplies necessary to participate in educational activities.
“Educational activities” has been clearly defined to include extracurricular offerings such as music, sports and some clubs. Moreover, the rules described above are believed to apply to all affiliated groups supporting district and school programs, including PTAs, boosters and foundations.
In 2010, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against the state over impermissible fees, charges and deposits imposed on public school students. Two years later, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation that codified existing laws and judicial decisions while establishing reasonable enforcement measures for schools and districts. The ACLU subsequently dropped its suit.
It should be noted that IUSD was in the process of analyzing its own practices even before the ACLU suit, looking specifically at funding requests that were made to help offset the cost of transportation, elective courses, summer school classes and essential supplies and equipment. The district has since worked to clarify that parent donations for most educational activities are voluntary, and that students will not be denied participation if their families choose not to contribute. For further information, please check the following link on the Irvine Unified School District website: http://www.iusd.org/student-fee-info/
Textbooks & Library Books
Textbooks and library books are school property and are loaned to students. Students are responsible for their safekeeping. Students are responsible to pay for lost or damaged textbooks and library books. Most textbooks are available online.
Tobacco & Drug Use
The use of products containing tobacco or nicotine, or other illegal substances such as cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, snuff, chew, clove cigarettes, or electronic cigarettes, electronic hookahs, and other vapor emitting devices with or without nicotine content by students on any district campus or while attending school-sponsored activities is not allowed.
All visitors must sign in at the office with a valid ID (driver's license, passport). If you are visiting a classroom, make sure you have set up this time with the teacher in advance. To limit distractions to the educational setting, please refrain from bringing younger siblings unless the activity you are visiting is appropriate (such as plays or musical performances).