Arrival & Dismissal
On-site supervision is NOT available until 8:00 am each day. For
those students walking to school, please instruct them to walk on the
sidewalk only and to cross only at the designated crosswalks. Upon
arriving, students are to go directly to the playground. At the end of
the school day, students are expected to go home IMMEDIATELY.
Supervision is NOT provided on the school playground after school.
Drop-off & Pick-up
White curbs/zones are designed for you to pull in and drop your child
off. There is no parking along the white curb/zone – it is a drop off
and pick up zone ONLY. Also, please help keep all our children safe by
NEVER EVER double parking, even if you are late, and even if your child
is going to scoot out of the car quickly. Please DO NOT DOUBLE PARK on
any streets surrounding the school.
Students are encouraged to dress appropriately for their age and for
the weather. Students should wear close-toed shoes (no flip flops or
high heels, please), shirts that cover their bellies and pants that
cover their buttocks. Students should remove their sweatshirt hood or
caps when they are in class. Gang-related signals or colors are not
permitted. Radios, tape players, electronic games, pagers, collectible
cards, and other personal items are not permitted and must stay home.
Visitors Family and community members are welcomed and encouraged to
participate in school activities. If you wish to visit or observe a
classroom, please call the school office 24 hours in advance and let us
know (429-3856). Also please remember to sign in at the office upon
arrival. We welcome all visitors and are proud to give tours of our
Lost and Found
Lost and Found items are collected and stored in the Lost and Found
bin located near the office. At regular intervals, unclaimed items will
be donated to charity. We ask parents to please label all clothing and
accessories and to suggest that students check the Lost and Found often.
Attendance & Absences
Students are expected to arrive at school consistently and on time.
If your child is absent, please call the office, 429-3856 x 1032, and
let us know the reason. A message tape is on after hours for your
convenience. In order to comply with state attendance laws, we need to
know the specific reason for the absence (i.e. illness, out of town,
family emergency, etc.).
If your child needs to leave during school hours for an appointment,
please stop in the office to sign your child out. Be sure to send a note
if someone other than you will be picking up your child. We will not
release a child to anyone without the parent/guardian’s permission. For
safety reasons, only those people listed on the emergency card will be
If you anticipate a move to another school district, please inform
the school office as soon as possible?so we may assist with making the
transition to the new school as smooth as possible for your child.
Free Breakfast and Lunch
As of this year (2014-2015) Gault is serving breakfast and lunch FREE
OF CHARGE to all students. Free Breakfast is served to every student
every morning in the Cafeteria from 7:45am until 8:25am. Menu varies
daily and includes french toast, egg sandwiches, fresh made oatmeal, low
sugar whole grain cereals, and a daily entree special with milk, juice
and fresh fruit.
The Surf City Café (aka Santa Cruz City Schools Food Service) strives
to provide healthy, tasty and appealing meals using local ingredients
whenever possible and to give fun and friendly, informed customer
service and nutritional education to all our students in a positive,
equitable and safe environment. The district participates in the
National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs. Families may participate
in this program by completing the application annually.
Children are not to bring glass bottles, sodas or candy to school.
Eat a healthy lunch. Use a quiet voice. Sit with your classroom.
Arrive at the lunch area on schedule and behave cooperatively until
dismissed. Clean up after yourself and help your table mates. Raise your
hand when done, and stay in your seat until excused. When excused, walk
to playground, using the sidewalks. Remember to show respect for
others. Parents: Please do not send glass containers to school; all
aluminum will be recycled. On rainy days, students will eat in their
Each teacher sends home class newsletters on weekly or bimonthly
basis. We are always open to input from parents/guardians and encourage
you to write or call for a conference whenever you have concerns. Friday
Folders contain important information from the office, please review
Conferences and Report Cards
Time is set aside in November for parent/guardian planning
conferences. There is no school for students on those days. You will be
contacted by letter late in October to confirm your scheduled time to
meet with your child’s teacher.
GAULT GOOD TO GREATS!
• Show Respect
• Solve a Problem
• Make a Good Decision
Our focus is on building an artful community through mutual respect,
attentive listening, appreciation, and personal best. We model and
practice the lifelong guidelines of trustworthiness, truthfulness,
active listening, no put downs and personal best.
Our Health Clerk is on site 10:30am – 1:30pm daily. Our Health Clerk
is available only for emergencies and consultation. Vision and hearing
screenings are performed by the Health Clerk at different grade levels
and upon referral. If your child requires first aid or becomes ill
during school hours, we will make every attempt to contact you, using
telephone numbers, listed on the emergency card.
Students are not allowed to bring medicine (non-prescription or
prescription) to school unless accompanied by a “Physicians Request to
Dispense Medicine” form signed by the physician. These forms can be
obtained from our school’s Health Clerk in the office. All medicines are
to be dispensed from the office only. For their safety, students may
not store medicines of any kind in their personal belongings. At your
request, all medicines stored in the health office will either be
returned to you or disposed of on the final day of school.
On the first day of school an emergency card is sent home to be
completed for each child. It is very important that this card is
completed accurately and returned promptly. It is necessary to have your
current home number and more than two emergency phone numbers. If you
move or change jobs, please call the school and let us know your new
address and telephone numbers. Please fill in the spaces on the
emergency card for friends or neighbors who can take responsibility for
you child if we can not reach you. Additionally, please inform us about
any special health concerns that may affect your child’s safety at
school and please update us of any changes throughout the year.
Emergency Disaster Procedures and Preparedness
In case of a natural disaster (earthquake, flood, etc.) the following
procedures will be used to help us unite you and your child quickly and
- All parents/guardians are directed to come and pick up their
children at school as soon as it is safe to do so. Please report to the
office unless alerted otherwise.
- Children will not be sent home. We ask you to please pick up your
child or to designate a friend (named on your emergency card) to do so.
- The staff will care for your child until you or your representative pick up your child at school.?
- If the disaster occurs during school hours, Gault
parent/guardians are urged to walk to school if you live within a
- The staff will keep a record of the name and address of the person
who takes you child home so you can be properly directed to your child’s
- School closures will be broadcast on KSCO AM 1080 on your radio.
- Emergency drills are held once per month. Fire, Earthquake, Lock
down (to ensure student safety in the unlikely event of an unwelcome
visitor to our school) rotate monthly. All of these emergency procedures
are intended to teach the children what to do in the event of such
disasters as fires, earthquakes, etc.