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School Handbook

School Handbook


Nesbit School’s Vision

Nesbit School seeks to create a safe, nurturing and respectful learning environment where diversity is valued. To achieve this vision, Nesbit students, parents, and staff work collaboratively to help students acquire a solid academic foundation, build strong character, resolve conflicts, develop confidence, set and achieve challenging goals, communicate effectively, and develop a love of learning.


Nesbit School’s Values

Nesbit's Core Values are Respectful, Responsible, Safe and Inclusive.  Additionally, children are expected to act with Integrity daily.


Nesbit School’s Pledge

"I am Trustworthy and Truthful and an Active Listener too.  I will do my Personal Best and use No Put Downs on you."

General Information

Office Hours
The office opens at 8:00 a.m. and closes at 4:30 p.m. 


School Spirit
Nesbit’s mascot is the Puma.  Our school colors are teal and black.  Every Friday is Spirit Day and students are encouraged to wear school colors or shirts (available from the PTA). 

Morning Gathering
Every morning at 8:25 a.m. promptly, children gather briefly on the playground for a Morning Gathering.  We begin the school day together as an entire community.  Each day has a different theme with the overall goal of strengthening our school as an overall community.  Lifeskills, fitness, patriotism, school procedures are a few of the items we review in Morning Gathering.  Families are welcomed to attend Morning Gathering.

Please note that school begins promptly at 8:25 a.m. with the start of Morning Gathering.  If your child is not in line at 8:25 a.m. for the start of Morning Gathering, he/she will be marked tardy for the day.                                                                                                                         

Parents are responsible for sending students to school with a nutritious lunch and snack.  Students may not bring unhealthy food such as candy and soda. 

Lunch Program
Hot food will be available for purchase through Lunchmaster. Go to the front page of our website for more information about our lunch programs.  Free and/or reduced-priced lunches are available to children whose families qualify.  Please contact the school for more information if you would like to apply for free and/or reduced priced lunch.

Healthy Classroom Celebrations
To ensure that our classrooms are as healthy as possible, food treats can no longer be brought in for birthdays are classroom celebrations.  Families can coordinate with the classroom teacher to ensure celebrations that are fun and also healthy!

Dress Code
Parents should assume responsibility for seeing that students arrive at school properly dressed.  Shorts and skirts may not be shorter than the child's longest finger when hands are placed at sides.  Clothing must cover all underclothing.  For safety reasons, please wear appropriate play shoes; no flip-flops, high heels or backless shoes.  Clothing with inappropriate messages that are deemed disruptive to the school day or offensive to others is not allowed.  Children who wear clothing that violates the dress code will be asked to wear "loaner" clothing chosen at the discretion of the principal.

Students are not permitted to use electronics such as radios, CD players, iPODs, video games, cell phones, etc. on campus unless under the supervision of a classroom teacher.  If electronics are seen or heard, they will be confiscated and held in the office until a parent picks them up.yoyos, coloring pencils or bookmarks.  Another option is to make a donation to your child’s classroom in your child’s name!  Teachers appreciate donations of books, jump ropes, hula hoops, basketballs, footballs, nerf balls and board games.

Home/School Communication


Parent Participation
Your active participation helps make our school a more productive and enjoyable experience for both you and your child.  At home, you can be involved by reading to your child, discussing daily assignments, helping with homework, and being interested in what your child is learning.  At school, you can be involved in many different ways such as being a class volunteer, joining the Parent Teacher Association (PTA), or serving on the School Site Council (SSC).  Parent representatives are sometimes needed on Belmont-Redwood Shores School District’s committees as well.  We also use parent volunteers to help in our after-school Homework Center.  We invite you to share any special talents or interests you have with the school.  You can be assured that we will welcome you and will keep you informed of your child’s progress.

Parent Communication
Each Wednesday, your child will bring home a packet with information and fliers about upcoming PTA and community activities.  Please take the time to read through the information carefully and return the folder with your child by the end of the week. Nesbit sends out information and reminders over e-mailAdditionally, you can subscribe to our Facebook account by searching for Nesbit Elementary and our Twitter account (@nesbitpumas).

Conferences with teachers
We suggest you make an appointment if you wish to talk with the teacher about your child’s progress.  During the time that students are present (including directly before and after school), the teacher is not available for conferencing.  Conferences regarding your child’s academic progress will be held in November and again in the spring.  Kindergarten conferences are held in November and May.  Please contact your child’s teacher if a conference is needed at another time.

Calls to the school
Please feel free to call the school with concerns, questions or compliments.  If you need to speak to your child’s teacher during school hours, please leave a voice mail with your name, number, and times when you can best be reached for a return call.  Teachers are not available during school hours but will get back to you before or after school.

Emergency phone calls
case of illness or injury to your child, we must have current emergency phone numbers on file in the office. If your home or work numbers change, please notify the office right away.  The school telephone is not available for use by students except for emergency purposes.

Other Parent Information 
Please be sure to sign in at the office anytime you are on the campus during school hours.  If you are dropping off a lunch, homework, etc. during the school day, please bring it to the office so that classroom instruction is not disrupted.

Daily Schedule

TK – 8th Grades

8:10                 Students may arrive on campus

8:25                 School begins with Morning Gathering

10:30 – 10:45 Recess for grades 1-5

12:30 – 1:15    Lunch and recess

12:20               Early Dismissal on Wednesdays for Grades TK-8

12:20               TK Dismissal M-T-TH-F
1:30                 Kinder Dismissal M-T-TH-F       

2:35                 Dismissal: Grades 1-3

3:00                 Dismissal: Grades 4-5

3:08                 Dismissal:  Grades 6-8


Students begin school at 8:25 each day.  Students may be on the playground after 8:10.  At 8:25, a bell will ring and students will line up on the blacktop with their classes.  Any student arriving after 8:25 must stop in the office for a tardy slip.

TK dismissal is at 12:20 daily.  Kindergarten dismissal is at 1:30 daily with the exception of Wednesdays with a 12:20 dismissal.  Students in grades 1-3 are dismissed at 2:35 and grades 4-7 at 3:00 every day but Wednesday, when all students in grades 1-7 are dismissed at 12:20.  We expect students to leave the campus immediately following school as there is no after school supervision.  Students not picked up within 10 minutes of dismissal should report to the office to call home.

Bicycles may be ridden to school and locked in the bike rack.  Bike helmets must be worn while biking, and bikes must be walked on campus.  Parents should suggest the safest riding route before granting permission to bike to school.  Bikes left in the rack are not the responsibility of the school.

Before and After-School Childcare
Childcare is provided by Footsteps at Nesbit on the Nesbit Campus.  They can be reached at (650) 592-0522. 

Parking Lot Safety
Please drive slowly obeying the traffic patterns in the parking lots.  This ensures the safety of all of our students and community.  We encourage you to carpool or walk to school to reduce traffic congestion. For safety reasons, we ask you to please park off campus on neighboring streets when dropping off or picking up your child if you wish to walk them in.

School Attendance


We ask for your support in assuring that your child attends school every single day unless they are ill.  Daily attendance assures that your child receives the best possible education that Nesbit can offer.

to let us know that the child will not be in school.  For your children’s safety, our office staff must verify the whereabouts of the absent children and will need to reach you if you have not called in.  The office is staffed between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  At all other times, an answering machine is you are expected to call the school office at 637-4860 ext. 2488 each day of the absence.  If your child is ill, on particularly for absence reporting.  Children should not be sent to school if they are feeling ill so that they can get better and so that other children don’t get sick.  Students may not come to school if they have had a fever within the past 24 hours. 

We ask that you assure that your child is at school every day on time.  Tardies result in your child missing valuable classroom time.  Being late 5 minutes a day over the course of the school year adds up to your child missing a total of 900 minutes (or 15 hours) of instructional minutes.  Families with excessive tardies will be asked to meet with the principal who will help the family develop a plan that will assure on-time arrival at school.

Under state regulations, a student absent three times without being excused or late three times in excess of thirty minutes is considered truant.  (Note:  The state allows only medical/dental appointments and illness as excused tardies.)  If the truancy is not corrected, students will be referred to the district’s School Attendance Review Board (SARB).  For children to receive the full benefit of their education at Nesbit, it is necessary for them to be in school daily and ready to work when class begins at 8:25.  Please help us to instill good habits in your child.

We encourage you to make appointments for your children outside regular school hours if at all possible.  If it is necessary for you to remove your child from school, please come first to the office to sign out your child.  The child must be signed out by an adult (parent or someone authorized on the emergency card) and signed back in upon arrival back at school.

Homework During Absences
Requests for homework should be left with the office staff or on a teacher’s voice mail or email.  Please do not interrupt classroom instruction to ask for missed assignments.  Homework may be picked up in the school office.

Physical Education Instruction
Students will be excused from participation only with a written excuse from a doctor or parent.

Support Services


Student Study Team (SST)
Students needing additional academic, social or emotional support in the school setting are referred to a Student Study Team.  Referrals can be made by teachers, parents, or other school personnel.  The Student Study Team consists of the child’s teacher, the child’s parents, and other school personnel including but not limited to the school counselor, psychologist, resource teacher, and/or school climate facilitator.  The students’ strengths and areas of concern are listed, as well as pertinent family or health information.  The team works together to develop strategies and interventions to help the student become more successful at school.

Special Education Services
The Belmont-Redwood Shores School District assesses students who it reasonably suspects have a disability and are in need of special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.  If you believe that your student has a disability that gives rise to a need for special education services, please contact the school principal to discuss the matter.

In order for children to qualify for special education testing, parents must give written permission for testing.  After testing, test results will be shared.  Services are offered at the school by the learning center teacher, as well as the school psychologist, counselor, and speech therapist.  Students with exceptional needs are served within the regular classroom to the maximum extent possible in accordance with state and federal guidelines and school district policy. 

Academic Intervention Programs
Nesbit has two 
full time staff members who do academic intervention programs in Reading Instruction and English Language Development.  In addition, an after school homework center is available to assist students with homework.

School Site Council

The School Site Council (SSC) exists so that individuals most affected by the operation of the school have a role in how their school functions.  Comprised of five staff members and five parent/community members, the SSC concentrates on improving the academic environment at Nesbit.  The SSC is responsible for the development of the school improvement plan, including a budget, which is reflective and supportive of the plan, the review of the implementation of the plan, and the assessment of the effectiveness of the plan.  Nominations and volunteers for participation on the SSC are accepted in the spring.  Members serve a two-year term.  Meetings are open to anyone interested in attending.  For more information, contact the school.

Safety and Security at Nesbit


Care of Injuries
If at any time your child is injured at school, s/he should report the incident immediately to his/her teacher or the adult on duty.  School personnel will administer first aid in the case of minor injuries.  Follow-up care of injuries occurring at school is the responsibility of parents or guardians.

Closed Campus
Nesbit is a closed campus.  Students remain on school grounds from the time they arrive in the morning until they are dismissed in the afternoon, unless a parent has notified the office otherwise.  Children who do not participate in after school activities should go home directly after dismissal as there is no adult supervision on the yard after school.

Emergency Cards
In case of serious injury or illness, the school will notify parents or guardians by telephone.  At the beginning of each school year, parents and guardians must fill out an Emergency Card.  Please notify the school secretary immediately of any changes to the card.


No medication, prescription or non-prescription, may be administered by school personnel without written approval from a physician and parent.  School office personnel will assist in dispensing medication when appropriate forms and the medication in their original containers are provided.  Students are not to have inhalers, pills or other medication in their possession (including cough drops.)  All medications are to be placed in a cupboard in the office.

Releasing Children During the School Day
During the school day, children will only be released to parents, guardians or those listed on the Emergency Card.  If you are in need of someone other than you to pick up your child, please send in a signed note or call the school.

Visitors on Campus
Our hope at Nesbit is that all family members feel welcomed and included.  We encourage families to visit Nesbit and volunteer as often as possible.  We also ask that all visitors, volunteers and family members check-in to the office upon arriving at the school so that we may give you a Visitor’s Sticker.  Assuring the safety of our children is one of Nesbit’s highest priorities.  By actively working to know who is on our campus at all times, the Nesbit Staff will be best able to assure the safety of the children.

Disaster Preparedness Information


Nesbit School has plans for responding to emergency situations such as earthquakes, chemical spills, power failures, fires, civil disturbances, and any other event that interrupts regular school activity.


Should an emergency occur, the safety of students is our primary objective. We ask your help in following the guidelines listed below. 


1. No student will be dismissed from school unless a parent (or individual previously designated by a parent) comes to school for him/her. Please make sure that your child’s emergency card always has current information.

2. Do not call the school. We must have the lines open for emergency calls. Also, we may not be in the office if we have had to evacuate the building.

3. If we need to contact you about the situation at school, Blackboard Connect, an automated service subscribed to by the district, will make phone calls home as well as send an email.  Please be sure your phone numbers and email addresses are correct and updated.      

4. If there is a need to evacuate, we will be at St. Mark’s Church, 325 Marine View Way or at Central Elementary School, 525 Middle Road.     

5. Remain calm. We will stay with your child(ren) and keep them safe for however long it takes to reunite them with you.


**If you would like to review our complete Emergency Response Plan, it is available in the office.


School-Wide Expectations

In order to create an environment where all students can learn and all teachers can teach,

 Nesbit's student behavior will actively reflect these values…


  • Students show equal respect to those in authority including teachers, aides, yard duty, cafeteria personnel, parent volunteers, chaperones, and other adults.
  • Students follow the instructions of teachers and support staff.
  • Students are polite, courteous and demonstrate good manners.
  • Students show respect by listening while others are talking.


  • Students are considerate and kind to one another.
  • Students solve problems in a positive manner using tools such as conflict resolution. 
  • Students express their feelings in a constructive way.
  • Students use proper manners.
  • Students show respect by asking permission before handling other people’s things.
  • Students treat others as they wish to be treated.
  • Students keep hands, feet, and other objects to themselves.
  • Students wear appropriate clothing.
  • Students work cooperatively with their peers.


  • Students take care of classroom books, materials, and school equipment.
  • Students follow guidelines for appropriate use of technology.
  • Students clean up after themselves and throw away garbage in the appropriate container.
  • Students take care of library books and return them on time.
  • Students respect bulletin board displays and art work.
  • Students use the bathroom appropriately. 


  • Students will take the initiative to include all children, of all abilities, in all social situations.
  • Students wishing to have limited play experiences that may exclude others will have those play experiences at home.
  • Students will only limit the size of games to ensure safety.
  • Students will handle social challenges that may result by appropriately seeking help from an adult after first attempting to handle the situation on their own.



School-Wide Rules

Before and After School

  • Students are not allowed unsupervised on school grounds before 8:10 and after 3:30.
  • Students who arrive at school before 8:10 must report directly to the office.
  • Students in grades 1-3 who are not picked up by 2:40 must wait on the benches around the flagpole until 2:50 and then report to the office.
  • Students in grades 4 - 8 who are not picked up by 3:15 must wait on the benches around the flagpole until 3:30 and then report to the office. 
  • Students being supervised by their parents after school must still obey all school rules.

Lunch Rules

  • Students use good table manners and cooperate with the lunch supervisors. 
  • Students and adults treat each other respectfully.
  • Students talk quietly with friends. 
  • Students eat a nutritious lunch.  Sharing food is not allowed.
  • Students clean up their trash and recycle cans and plastic after they are finished eating. 
  • Students remain seated until they are excused.
  • Students walk to and from their tables.
  • Students calmly alert lunch supervisors when problems arise.

Playground Rules

  • Students use the outside bathrooms during recess.
  • Students are responsible for returning all equipment they use during recess.
  • Students use equipment appropriately.
  • Students keep hands and feet to themselves.  Physical contact including tackling, wrestling, karate, etc. is not permitted, even as play.
  • Students do not climb on top of slides, bullet, bars, tunnels, etc. and only go down the slides.
  • Students may play tag on the grass or blacktop only.
  • Students must allow anyone who wants to play to join a game, but if teams are already in place, the new person needs to find another person to join as well so that teams remain fair.
  • Students calmly and peacefully talk out problems using tools such as conflict resolution.
  • Students calmly alert the yard duty if problems arise.
  • Students practice good sportsmanship.
  • Students obey boundary lines.  The red line should only be crossed to go to the bathroom, library, or office.
  • Students eat snack at the lunch tables and are responsible for cleaning up after themselves.

School-Wide Policies

Academic Honesty Policy

At Nesbit, students are held to the highest standard of ethical conduct.  We value a climate of honesty, courtesy, integrity, and concern for others.  Cheating and other forms of academic dishonesty is an obstacle to achieving these goals.  Cheating is taking (or lending) a person’s work, information, ideas, research, and documentation, without properly identifying the originator.

The teacher’s professional judgment will determine whether cheating has occurred.  Students are reminded not to give the instructor cause to consider their actions suspect. 

Examples include:

  • Copying work directly from an internet source without citing the work
  • Looking at someone else’s paper during a test, or quiz
  • Talking with another student during a test, or quiz
  • Using any kind of “cheat notes”
  • Letting someone else see one’s own or another’s paper during an examination, test, or quiz
  • Copying work assigned to be done independently or allowing someone else to copy one’s own or another’s work, including computer generated information and programs
  • Copying or closely paraphrasing sentences, phrases, passages, images or sounds from a source, while writing a paper or doing research
  • Giving test information to other students in other periods of the same teacher/same course
  • Submitting individual projects not wholly one’s own
  • Fabricating or altering laboratory data
  • Since individual teachers hold different expectations with regard to homework, it is the responsibility of the individual teacher to clarify to the student his/her expectations regarding individual assignments.  These may include take-home tests, group reports, special projects, etc.

Technology Use Policy

Students are responsible for good behavior and good care of all equipment.  A computer network is provided for students to conduct research and to communicate with others in responsible ways.  Access to network services is given to students who agree to act in a considerate and responsible manner.  Parent permission is required.  Access is a privilege, not a right.  Students are not permitted to do the following:

  • Texting
  • Visit Social Networks (Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.)
  • Sending or displaying offensive messages or pictures via phone or internet
  • Damaging computers, computer systems or computer networks
  • Use another person’s password
  • Trespass in another person’s folders, work or files
  • Cyber bully other students at school or home

Violations may result in loss of access as well as other disciplinary or legal action.

During the school year students are allowed to use computers and the Internet to help them in many ways.  Before students are allowed to use the school computers, they need to understand the rules for computer use.  The basic rules for computer use in the Belmont-Redwood Shores School District are listed below.  Teachers will explain many of these rules before students are assigned to work with the computers. 


The use of the school’s computers and the Internet resources is a privilege, not a right. If someone intentionally violates any of the rules for computer usage, they may be denied access to any district computer and may be subject to disciplinary action.

Before a student is allowed to use any school computer, the student and his/her parent(s) must sign the District’s “Computer Use Agreement”.  This signed agreement must be on file with the schools principal.

Teachers may allow students to bring their own electronic device to use in that particular teacher’s class on certain days. Students are to only use the device as directed by the teacher and for educational purposes only. Students are still accountable to maintain the school’s electronic policy and computer use guidelines. The electronic device must be put away when directed by the teacher and remain put away for the duration of the school day. Students are not allowed access to the school’s Wi-Fi network. 

Rules for computer use:

The school’s computers are to be used only for school assignments (or school-related activities).

Students are never allowed to disclose personal information over the Internet.  The use of “chat rooms” and the establishment of personal e-mail accounts is not allowed.

It is each student’s responsibility to avoid the intentional misuse or abuse of the computers.               

Misuses of the computer include:

  • Using the computer to access sites that contain obscene or pornographic material
  • Using the computer to create or access files that promote racism or sexism
  • Using the computer to create or access files that may include inappropriate language or graphic content
  • Using the computer to send or receive personal or inflammatory messages
  • Accessing a computer using someone else’s password

Abuses to the computer equipment include:

  • Modifying computer settings (without a teacher’s permission)
  • Erasing or deleting files that belong to other students
  • Deleting or modifying software programs from the computer
  • Intentionally placing a computer “virus” onto a computer
  • Copying software from or onto a school computer (without a teacher’s permission)
  • Theft or vandalism of hardware or software