Student Handbook


If your child is absent for any reason, call 936-5451 each day of the absence before 9:00 a.m. Students whose absences are unverified will be marked “U” for Unexcused. If your child's absence is related to an illness, he/she must be fever free for at least 24 hours before returning to school. If your child will be tardy due to an appointment or other, please leave the information on the absence line as well.

arriving/leaving during the school day

Any student arriving after the morning bell, must check in at the office. Tardies are recorded and a part of your child's attendance record. If you are picking up your child early for any reason, you will need to sign them out in the office. Please notify the teacher in advance of any appointments during the school day. 

campus activity

Monitor small children and wait in front of the school or at Chaparral Park for dismissal. All guests must check in with the front office before coming on to campus during school hours.  No animals/pets allowed on campus unless they are a documented service animal.

Campus supervision

Students should not be on campus prior to 8:00 a.m. unless accompanied by a parent/guardian. For safety reasons, at dismissal, primary students may not play on the apparatus or wait on campus for older siblings. Supervision is provided for 10 minutes after school in front of the school ONLY, to see that children are on their way home. Early drop-off and late pick-ups are documented and parents will be notified. Before and after school child care is available. Contact Rainbow Rising 949-509-6736.

dress code

Students are expected to be neat, clean, and wear shoes appropriate for play and P.E..  Spaghetti straps or clothing that exposes the back or midriff is not permitted. Dress that is hazardous, obscene, slanderous, disruptive, excessively baggy or sagging, or articles of clothing that emulate any “gang” type appearance is not permitted. Apparel, jewelry, accessories or manners of grooming which disrupt school activity is prohibited. Students who violate the dress code will be referred to the office for parent notification. 

forgotten items

Please help your child be responsible by coming to school prepared with everything they need for the day (homework, lunch, musical instrument, etc.). We cannot interrupt the classrooms to  deliver forgotten items or inform students of deliveries. Please label jackets, lunchboxes, and other items. 


(Gr. 1-6) Deposit funds into your child’s LunchBox account via the school office or online. Students who forget to bring lunch will be allowed to borrow lunch funds that must be repaid or a courtesy lunch of juice, milk, crackers, fruit and cheese (subject to change without notice) will be offered. Students may purchase snacks during recess using lunch funds. Please try to avoid delivering lunches during the day as storage space is not available and these items attract crows, etc.   If you must, the lunch will be left on our cart outside the back door to the front office and your child will retrieve it there.  Parents are not permitted in the lunch area during school hours.

medication or illness

Students who show signs of illness (headache, fever, sore throat/cough, etc.), should remain at home until symptoms are clear. Keep your child home if he/she complains of not feeling well. Students must be fever-free 24 hours before returning to school. Please do not medicate and then send your child to school and never send your child to school carrying medication of any kind. Parents must complete required forms through the school health office if dispensing medication during the day (including over the counter items such as cough drops, Tylenol, etc.). Contact the health office at 936-5461 if questions.

playground and supervision guidelines

We have a wonderful playground thanks to the generous financial support of our parent community. Students have the opportunity to play on the equipment fifteen minutes before school, during snack recess, and during lunch recess with staff supervision. For the safety of your children, please adhere to the established guidelines below:  Parents may drop off students at school beginning at 8:00 a.m. – NO EARLIER! Supervision will be available on the playground until the 8:15 a.m. morning bell. Students on campus prior to 8:00 a.m. will be directed to the school office, information will be documented, and parents will be notified.

  • The school grounds/playground is for the sole use of Bonita Canyon students during the school day. Only Bonita Canyon students may use the playground during this time. It is not open to preschoolers or older/younger siblings during school hours.
  • All students are to go home at dismissal unless attending after school child care or after school classes. There is no supervision on the playground after school.
  • Students may not stay to play on the equipment or to wait for an older sibling, parent, or babysitter on the playground after school.
  • All students should go to the front of the school at dismissal unless a parent has designated an alternate pick up location. There is a staff member on traffic duty for 10 minutes only (after school) at the front of campus.
  •  Once students go home and the responsibility for their safety and well-being has thus been transferred back to the parent, students may return to school to play, provided they have parent permission and provided all students, both primary and upper grades, have been dismissed (3:00 p.m. daily, 2:00 p.m. on Wed.)
  • Students not picked up on time after school will be directed to the school office. Late pick-ups are documented and parents will be notified. Thank you for your cooperation and support.

school communication

If you would like to make an appointment or speak with your child’s teacher, please email or phone them directly @ 936-(4 digit extension). During class instruction, you will reach voicemail so as not to interrupt learning. Visit the school website for staff email or you may email teachers via MyIUSD/Parent Portal. School communication (conduit) will be sent home each Thursday.

star student tickets!

Students earn Star Student tickets by following the “Bonita Be’s”: Be your best! Be Responsible! Be Respectful! Be Safe! Be a Friend! Tickets are entered in monthly classroom drawings for a chance many different prizes that includes Popcorn Party, Tech Time and many other prizes.   Please visit the Bonita Be's page of our website for more detailed information.


Left turns into the school driveway are NOT ALLOWED. Proceed to the top of Sundance and U-turn @ Rimrock. Do not stop your vehicle in the roadway, blocking the flow of traffic or leave your vehicle unattended curbside in the loading/unloading zone. For safety reasons, please do not cross Sundance Dr. except at the crosswalk at Sundance/Turtle Rock Dr..  We ask that you remain in your vehicle when dropping your student off at curb along Sundance.  We have friendly folks out there to help your children exit the car and keep the cars moving.


All visitors must check in the office upon arrival and obtain a Visitor ID tag. Volunteers new to BC must complete a Security Clearance form before volunteering.