Student Services Areas of Focus

Student Services Areas of Focus

Student Services offers comprehensive services to support students and families, ensuring their well-being and success. Use the tabs below to learn more about our services that include: Student Attendance, Student Transfers, School Conduct, Health & Nursing, Enrollment and Homeless & Foster Support. 

Student Attendance

Good school attendance is crucial for several reasons, impacting not only a student's academic success but also their social and emotional development. Here are some key points highlighting the importance of good school attendance:

Academic Success

  1. Consistent Learning: Regular attendance ensures that students receive continuous instruction, which is essential for understanding and retaining new concepts.
  2. Higher Achievement: Students who attend school regularly are more likely to achieve higher grades and perform better on assessments.
  3. Skill Development: Regular attendance helps in the development of critical skills, including reading, writing, and math, which are foundational for future learning.

Social and Emotional Development

  1. Peer Relationships: Being present in school allows students to form and maintain friendships, which are important for social development and a sense of belonging.
  2. School Engagement: Regular attendance fosters a sense of engagement and participation in school activities, promoting a positive attitude towards education.
  3. Emotional Well-being: Consistent attendance helps in building a routine, providing students with stability and a supportive environment.

Long-term Benefits

  1. Higher Graduation Rates: Students with good attendance records are more likely to graduate from high school, which opens up more opportunities for higher education and employment.
  2. Future Employment: Employers value reliability and punctuality. Good attendance habits established in school often translate to better work attendance and job performance in the future.
  3. Life Skills: Regular attendance helps inculcate discipline, responsibility, and time-management skills that are essential for success in life.

Prevention of Negative Outcomes

  1. Avoiding Academic Backslide: Poor attendance can lead to gaps in learning, making it difficult for students to catch up and stay on track with their peers.
  2. Reducing Dropout Rates: Students who frequently miss school are at a higher risk of dropping out, which can limit their future opportunities and lead to socio-economic disadvantages.
  3. Preventing Behavioral Issues: Regular attendance helps in early identification and intervention of any behavioral issues, reducing the risk of delinquency and involvement in negative activities.

Support Systems

  1. Access to Resources: Regularly attending school gives students access to various support systems, including counseling, extracurricular activities, and additional academic help.
  2. Parental Involvement: Good attendance often reflects active parental involvement and communication with the school, which further supports the student's education.

Community Impact

  1. Educational Standards: High attendance rates contribute to maintaining and improving the overall educational standards of the school and the community.
  2. Community Engagement: Schools with good attendance rates are often seen as thriving community hubs, fostering a sense of community pride and engagement.

In summary, good school attendance is fundamental to a student's academic performance, social and emotional well-being, and future success. It helps in building a solid foundation for lifelong learning and personal growth.


Student Transfers

Student transfers, the process of moving a student from one school or district to another, are a significant aspect of Student Services administration. They can be initiated for various reasons and involve several considerations to ensure a smooth transition.  Board Policy 5116.1 sets various priorities for all school transfers.  To apply for a transfer, click here.  Here's a detailed overview of student transfers:

Reasons for Student Transfers

  1. Relocation: Families moving to a new residence may require their children to transfer to a school closer to their new home.
  2. Special Programs: Students may transfer to access specialized programs or curricula not available at their current school, such as magnet programs, the ExL Program at LJMS, or special education services.
  3. Personal Circumstances: Family situations such as custody changes, safety concerns, or health issues may necessitate a transfer.

Process of Student Transfers

  1. Application: Parents or guardians typically need to submit a transfer application to Student Services during Pre-Registration from October through December. This will include providing reasons for the transfer and supporting documentation.
  2. Review: Student Services will review the application, considering factors such as available space, program compatibility, and the student's academic and behavioral records.
  3. Approval: If the transfer is approved, Student Services will coordinate with the current school to transfer records and facilitate the student's transition.  Student Services usually takes thirty days to approve a student transfer.  During times of high transfer volume, like during Pre-Registration, the approval might take several months.  
  4. Enrollment: The student enrolls in the new school, and any necessary orientation or placement assessments are conducted to ensure they are placed in appropriate classes and programs.

Considerations for a Smooth Transfer

  1. Academic Continuity: Ensuring that the student's academic progress is not disrupted is crucial. This includes aligning curricula and credit transfers to avoid gaps in learning.
  2. Social Integration: Helping the student integrate socially into the new school environment through orientation programs, peer mentoring, and extracurricular activities.
  3. Communication: Maintaining open communication between the family, the old school, and the new school to address any concerns is very important. 

In summary, student transfers are an important process that requires careful planning and support to ensure academic continuity and emotional well-being.


Student Conduct

Student conduct refers to the behavior and actions of students within a school setting. It encompasses how students interact with peers, teachers, staff, and the school environment. Good conduct is essential for creating a positive, safe, and conducive learning environment. Here's an overview of student conduct, its importance, and how it is managed:

Importance of Good Student Conduct

  1. Learning Environment: Positive behavior contributes to a safe and orderly environment where students can focus on learning without distractions.  
  2. Respect and Relationships: Good conduct fosters mutual respect among students and between students and staff, promoting healthy relationships and collaboration.
  3. Personal Development: Adhering to behavioral expectations helps students develop self-discipline, responsibility, and social skills.
  4. School Culture: Consistent and positive behavior supports a positive school culture and climate, enhancing overall school morale and community.

Components of Student Conduct Policies

  1. Behavioral Expectations: Our schools have clear guidelines on acceptable and unacceptable behaviors, including respect for others, honesty, punctuality, and adherence to school rules.
  2. Dress Code: Each of our schools has policies outlining appropriate attire for students, promoting a respectful and distraction-free learning environment.
  3. Attendance and Punctuality: CRPUSD expects all of our student to have regular attendance and arrive on time.
  4. Academic Integrity: Each of our schools has rules against cheating, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty to ensure fairness and integrity in academic work.
  5. Technology Use: All schools have guidelines for the appropriate use of technology and digital devices within the school to prevent misuse and distractions.
  6. Disciplinary Actions: Each school has defined consequences for violating policies, including warnings, detentions, suspensions, and other disciplinary measures.  All schools in CRPUSD use restorative practices and restorative justice as an alternative to exclusionary disciplinary practices when appropriate.

Strategies for Promoting Good Student Conduct

  1. Clear Communication: Each of our schools reviews student conduct policies through handbooks, orientation sessions, and regular reminders.
  2. Positive Reinforcement: All schools reward good behavior through praise, awards, and privileges to encourage adherence to conduct expectations.
  3. Role Modeling: Teachers and staff always model positive behavior to set an example for students.
  4. Consistent Enforcement: All staff support our policies fairly and consistently to maintain credibility and respect for the rules.
  5. Conflict Resolution: Each of our schools uses restorative justice repair harm and heal damaged relationships whenever possible.  
  6. Character Education: Many of our schools use character education programs that focus on values such as respect, responsibility, empathy, and integrity.

Addressing Misconduct

  1. Early Intervention: Identifying and addressing behavioral issues early through counseling and support to prevent escalation is a priority at all school sites.
  2. Restorative Practices: We use restorative justice approaches to repair harm, promote accountability, and restore relationships.
  3. Parental Involvement: We like to engage parents in discussions about their child's behavior and collaborate on strategies to support positive conduct.
  4. Individual Support Plans: We often create individualized behavior intervention plans for students with persistent behavioral issues, involving counselors, teachers, and parents.
  5. Professional Development: We provide training for staff on effective behavior management techniques and strategies to support positive student conduct.

Impact of Poor Student Conduct

  1. Disruption: Disruptive behavior can hinder the learning process for both the student exhibiting the behavior and their peers.
  2. Safety Concerns: Negative conduct can lead to unsafe situations, including bullying, fights, and other forms of violence.
  3. Academic Consequences: Persistent misconduct can result in disciplinary actions that remove the student from the classroom and/or school. 
  4. Social and Emotional Impact: Poor behavior can strain relationships and negatively impact a student's social and emotional well-being.

Support Systems

  1. Counseling Services: Each school has access to school counselors to help students address behavioral issues and underlying problems.
  2. Behavioral Specialists: CRPUSD has several trained specialists who work with students who have significant behavioral challenges.
  3. Community Resources: We collaborate with several community organizations to provide additional support and resources for students and families.

In summary, good student conduct is vital for a thriving educational environment. It involves clear expectations, consistent enforcement, positive reinforcement, and supportive interventions to promote a safe, respectful, and productive school culture.


Health & Nursing Resources

We are committed to ensuring the health and well-being of all our students. Our school nursing and health support services play a vital role in creating a safe and healthy environment for your children. Here are some key aspects of the services we provide:

  1. Health Assessments and Screenings:
    • Regular health screenings, including vision, hearing, and scoliosis checks.
    • Monitoring and managing chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and allergies.
  2. Illness and Injury Management:
    • Immediate care for minor injuries and illnesses that occur during the school day.
    • Coordination with parents/guardians and healthcare providers in case of emergencies.
  3. Medication Administration:
    • Safe administration of medications as prescribed by healthcare providers.
    • Ensuring proper documentation and adherence to medication schedules.
  4. Health Education:
    • Educating students on various health topics, including nutrition, hygiene, and disease prevention.
    • Promoting healthy lifestyle choices and habits among students.
  5. Immunization Compliance:
    • Ensuring that all students meet state immunization requirements.
    • Providing information on available immunization clinics and resources.
  6. Mental Health Support:
    • Collaboration with school counselors and psychologists to support students' mental and emotional well-being.
    • Referrals to external mental health services when necessary.
  7. COVID-19 Protocols:
    • Implementing and updating COVID-19 safety measures as per health authorities' guidelines.
    • Managing contact tracing and quarantine protocols to ensure the safety of our school community.
  8. Parent and Staff Collaboration:
    • Regular communication with parents regarding students' health needs and updates.
    • Training and resources for school staff on health-related issues and emergency response.

We encourage you to reach out to our school nurse if you have any questions or concerns about your child's health or if you need assistance with health-related matters. Together, we can ensure that our children have a healthy and successful school year.

More information from our nursing team can be found here:


Here’s a general overview of the school enrollment process, which can vary depending on the school and location:  Click here to enroll your student in a CRPUSD school.

Steps for School Enrollment

  1. Check Admission Requirements:
    • Age requirements for kindergarten or first grade.
    • Necessary documentation (proof of residence, birth certificate, immunization records, previous school records, etc.).
  2. Complete Application Forms:
    • Obtain application forms from the school’s website or administrative office.
    • Fill out forms accurately and completely.
  3. Submit Documentation:
    • Provide the required documents along with the application.
    • Some schools may require additional materials like essays or recommendation letters.
  4. Attend Orientation:
    • Our schools have orientation at the start of the school year. Students and their families are encouraged to attend their school’s orientation. 
  5. Receive Confirmation:
    • Wait for confirmation of acceptance and any further instructions from the school.

Necessary Documentation

  • Proof of Age:
    • Birth certificate or passport.
  • Proof of Residence:
    • Utility bills, lease agreements, or other documents showing the student's address.
  • Health Records:
    • Immunization records and possibly a recent physical exam.
  • Academic Records:
    • Transcripts or report cards from previous schools (if applicable).

Tips for a Smooth Enrollment Process

  • Start Early:
    • Begin the enrollment process well before the start of the school year to ensure all requirements are met.
  • Stay Organized:
    • Keep copies of all documents and correspondence.
  • Follow Up:
    • Regularly check the status of your application and respond promptly to any additional requests from the school.
  • Prepare Your Child:
    • Talk to your child about what to expect and help them feel excited about the new school.

If you have specific questions or need assistance with a particular aspect of school enrollment, feel free to ask!  

Click here to enroll your student in a CRPUSD school.  


Homeless & Foster Support

Here is some important information about the support programs our school offers for foster and homeless students. These programs are designed to ensure that all students have the resources and support they need to succeed, regardless of their circumstances.

1. Foster Care Support Program: Our school provides a comprehensive support system for students in foster care. This includes:

  • Academic Support: Tutoring and homework assistance to help students stay on track with their studies.
  • Counseling Services: Access to counselors who work with children, providing emotional and psychological support.
  • Mentorship Programs: Pairing students with mentors who can offer guidance, encouragement, and a positive role model.

2. Homeless Student Support Program: For students experiencing homelessness, we offer the following support:

  • Basic Needs Assistance: We can connect families with needed resources.  We work closely with the Family Resource Center at the John Reed Elementary School campus to support families in need.
  • Transportation Services: Ensuring students have reliable transportation to and from school.
  • Educational Stability: Assistance with enrollment, school records, and continuity of education despite housing instability.
  • Health Services: We partner with the Petaluma Health Center, who can provide medical care and mental health services to support homeless families' overall well-being.

We believe that every child deserves a stable and supportive educational environment, and we are committed to helping our foster and homeless students achieve their full potential. If you know of any family or child in need of these services, please don't hesitate to reach out to the school administration or Student Services at (707) 792-4540.