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School Policies

Birthday Celebrations

A child's birthday is a special day in his/her life and are celebrated by the Principal and Main Office Staff. We encourage students to come to the Main Office on or near their birthday so the Principal and Office Staff can sing him/her "Happy Birthday." The child will receive a special birthday bookmark as well.


Parents having questions about birthday celebrations should contact their classroom teacher for direction. Birthday celebrations in the classroom during the school day are discouraged for several reasons. 


Many Brainard students have food allergies or their parents do not want them to consume extra calories. It is not possible for our staff to monitor whether treats coming from the outside are safe for students to eat or meet their dietary needs.


Birthday celebrations for every student in the classroom would take an unreasonable amount of time away for our students' instructional day, and we respectfully ask that you arrange your celebrations at home.

Academic Progress of Students

Brainard has two formal parent conference times scheduled during the year. You will receive a note from your child's teacher with a scheduled appointment time. The first parent conference week is in November, the week before Thanksgiving break, and the second parent conference week is in March.


However, it is important for parents to maintain good communication with their child's teacher and keep abreast of their child's progress.  Feel free to contact your child’s teacher whenever you have a question.  You should be receiving regular academic and behavioral updates from the teacher.  There is no need to wait until Parent/Teacher Conferences if you have a concern.

Absences, Tardies, Early Pickup

If your child is absent, please call  the Main Office at 1-818-899-5241 and let us know why your child is out.


​If your child is tardy, please  check in with the office and get a tardy slip.


If you pick up your child early from school, your child will be marked as an early out.


If  your child is absent or tardy, you will receive an automatic phone call from LAUSD. You will receive this phone call even if you have called the Main Office to report the absence.


If you want to receive homework for your child who is absent, you must request the homework before 10 a.m. The homework will be available after school. Requested homework must be picked up from the office before 4:30 p.m. Homework cannot be FAXED to you. 

Healthy Snacks and Lunches

LAUSD is following the state and federal guidelines aligned to First Lady Michelle Obama’s healthy eating program and asks you to send healthy snacks to school such as a fruit rather than sugar-filled cakes, cookies, cupcakes, or doughnuts. Candy and soda should never be sent to school. These new policies discourage food to be used as a positive incentive for students.

Meal Applications

Proper nutrition is important to our students' health and ability to learn. Parents are asked to again fill out a meal application to ensure their child is eligible for free or reduced lunch.


Brainard has been designated as a pricing school for the 2016-17 school year.  As a result, all Brainard parents and guardians will need to submit Meal Applications if they would like to apply for meal benefits this coming year. This must be completed before Sept. 30, 2016, after which date students who were on the free or reduced lunch program during the last school year will have to pay full price.


Lunch prices have increased to $2.75.


Meal applications will be sent out with the opening packet on the first day of school. Please look for them, complete them and return them as soon as possible.


Families can also complete meal applications online applications at and can come to the Parent Center from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. for assistance.


Lunch menus are included in our monthly newsletter that goes out to parents or are available online in English at

and in Spanish at


Balloons, which are often released into the air, are not allowed at Brainard because of environmental considerations.  Balloons kill wildlife. Studies have shown the amount of balloons and balloon pieces often end up in the hillsides and oceans and ingested by wildlife that mistaken them for nutrient-rich foliage. 


​Additional, the ribbons attached often strangle and kill birds, Other wildlife on the ground often get caught up into the balloons as well. making the animal unable to move, eat, and survive.


For additional information about the harmful effects of balloons on animals, please go to

Cell Phones

Cell phones may be brought to school for emergencies only. They must be turned off and stored safely in the student's backpack during the day. Cell phones cannot be used to play games as during the day or  after school as school staff are unable to monitor for the safety and appropriateness of the games or websites students are watching.


​Students who use their cell phone during the day will lose their phone and parents will need to pick them up. The school will not investigate lost, stolen, or broken phones.

Dress Code

Brainard follows  LAUSD’s dress code.


Students are welcome to wear uniforms to school, however, they are not mandatory.


Students need to dress appropriately for learning: Closed-toed shoes that appropriate for daily physical education and physical activities, no sandals or open-toed shoes, no Heelies, no tops with spaghetti straps, tops must cover students’ waists, and no short-shorts. It is advised to put sunscreen on your child and send them with a water bottle during the hot weather. 

Drop-Off and Pick-Up

The safety of our students is of our utmost concern. Students can be dropped off at school at 7:30 a.m. There is no supervision until 7:30 a.m.


Parents are prohibited from dropping off their children or pulling into the staff parking lot for drop-off and pick-up, according to district policy. This is a safety issue.


Parents can drop their child off at Brainard Avenue where we have a safety valet team, or at our Jeff Street gate. On rainy or extremely cold days, the Jeff Street gate is closed and all children are to be dropped off on Brainard Avenue as they go into the auditorium.


Parents are asked to use the crosswalks for safety and to go around the block rather than making a U-turn for the safety of everyone. 


The line-up bell in the morning rings at 7:55 a.m. Teachers pick up their children on the upper playground at that time. We also have our Monday Morning Assemblies on the upper playground from 7:55 a.m. to 8 a.m.


Students who are not enrolled in the after-school YDP program must be picked up 10 minutes after our dismissal bell. Students in the YDP program must be picked up by 6 p.m



Electronic Devices

Electronic devices such as smart phones, Game Boys, iPods, DS, or other games are not allowed on campus. The school is not responsible for lost or stolen items and will not investigate if they are lost, stolen, or broken.

Emergency Cards

Every student must have a current and updated emergency card on file at school. Please ensure you list all people and their phone numbers who can come to pick up your child from school when you are unavailable.


This is especially important in the event of an emergency or natural disaster as to whom we can release your child.

Forgotten or Lost Items

If your child forgot something at home, parents are asked to bring the items (lunch, lunch money, homework, etc.) to the office where our campus aide will deliver them to the classroom before recess. We do not disturb the class during the first two hours of instruction.


It is best for students not to bring anything of value to school, especially large amounts of money. Please mark your child's clothing. Our lost and found is outside the Main Office building. Please check the lost and found for any lost clothes. Clothing that is not retrieved will be donated.

Health Office

Students cannot bring medication to school. A student who needs to take medication during the school day must have:

    1. A doctor's note and written permission from the parent/guardian before any medication is taken.

    2. ALL medicine must be in the original containers (to be left at school in the nurse's office).

    3. Only adults may carry the medicine to school.


Aspirin, Tylenol, inhalers for asthma, cough drops, ointments, antacids, etc., may not be take at school without a doctor's note.


​There are also procedures for students who return to school after an illness or an injury. Students who have been injured must ave a doctor's note stating the date the student may return to school, restrictions on physical activity, and comply with safety procedures required by the school administration. Students with arm and leg injuries must stay in the Main Office during recess and lunch to prevent further injury.


Students often become ill at school, which makes it imperative that the emergency card is up-to-date. If your child becomes ill at school, please pick him/her up within an hour of receiving the phone call from the office. If your child is sent home with a fever, please keep your child home to ensure the fever doesn't return.


Brainard families will receive information about school events and activities by flyers, the monthly newsletter, through Connect-Ed messages, emails, and on this website. Please listen to phone messages and check your email before calling Brainard's Main Office if you have missed the call. It should be recorded on your phone machine.

Office Hours

Brainard's Main Office is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day during the school year. Supervision for students on the playground begins at 7:30 a.m.

Parent Volunteers

Brainard welcomes  parent volunteers and believes parents  are key to our students’ academic success. Adults who want to volunteer in the classroom must have completed a volunteer form, have a current TB test on file, have a volunteer time assigned by their child’s teacher and on file in the office, and wear the LAUSD-issued volunteer badge. (Any volunteer on campus more than 16 hours a week must be fingerprinted at the District office.) No babies or siblings are allowed on campus during the school day. All volunteers must come to the main office to sign our volunteer binder before going to the classroom, wear their LAUSD-issued volunteer badge, and sign out through the main office upon leaving. 

Phone Calls

Students are not released from their classrooms to use the telephone. If you need to get a message to your child, please call the Main office at 1-818-899-5241 and a message will be delivered to the classroom.

Picking Up Students Early

If possible, it is advisable to have your child remain in school for the entire school day. There are numerous holidays and breaks in which to schedule doctor's visits and vacations. If you need to pick up your child before the end of the school day, please send a note to the teacher so the student will be ready with homework when you come. Please allow for enough time to come into the office to fill out a release form. Children will remain in their classrooms until you arrive at school.

Pedestrian safety


Plan the safest route to and from school with your child. Please review with your child:

  • Cross all streets at intersections and crosswalks.
  • Never cross a street without looing both ways.
  • If no sidewalks are available, walk on the left side of the street facing traffic and as far off the road as possible.
  • Avoid walking alone; never take a ride with a stranger. If a stranger approaches you or attempts to get you into a vehicle, scream and run for help.
  • Parents and children should have a code word for anyone picking a child up from school. If the person picking up doesn’t know the code word, refuse the ride and notify authorities.
  • If possible, children should wear bright clothing to be seen more readily.
  • If children are walking in the darkness, wear something with reflector material.
  • Be sure children know their full name, address, and telephone number.
  • Drop children off on the school side of the street.
  • Use of the staff parking lot to drop off children is STRICTLY PROHIBITED.
  • It is dangerous and against the law to have your child walk across the street in the middle of the block or to double park in front of the school.

Skateboards and Toys

Skateboards and toys cannot be brought to school due to safety and distraction issues. We appreciation your cooperation.

Visitor's Policy

Brainard has a closed campus.  For the safety of our students and staff, all gates will be locked during school hours from 8:00 a.m. – 2:19 p.m.  All visitors MUST enter through the main door on Brainard.  You must go directly to the main office to obtain a visitor’s pass before entering the school grounds.  Visitor’s Pass/Volunteer Badges must be worn at all times.  All passes/badges must be returned to the office upon leaving.  Any parent who wishes to observe in their child’s classroom must obtain permission the site administrator.  Only children who are enrolled in the school may be on campus during the school day.

  • Parents are encouraged to visit the school and become acquainted with the school program by following the procedure:
    First, obtain a “visitor’s pass” at the main office.
  • Enter and leave the classroom as quietly as possible.
  • Do not converse with the teacher during class time.
  • Limit your visit to 20 minutes.
  • Children may not visit any classroom.