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Programs and Services

  • Health Services
    • Major health screening and counseling are performed by the district’s registered nurse. Vision and hearing tests are given to kindergarten, second, fifth, eighth and tenth graders each year. Parents are notified if additional follow-up is necessary.
    • Upland Unified School District (UUSD) in cooperation with the California Departments of Health Services and Education has a program to allow the district to be reimbursed with federal Medicaid dollars for selected health services (such as hearing and vision screening, health assessments) provided to eligible students at the school. In accordance with UUSD rules and guidelines, eligible student records may be forwarded to a HIPAA certified agency. School health services currently provided to all students will not be changed by this program. Students will not be denied services they require to attend school, and parents will never be billed for health services by the school district.


  • Vision, Hearing, and Scoliosis Screening
    • California State legislation requires that vision, hearing, and scoliosis screening be conducted on students in specifically designated grades. Students may be excused from these screening procedures if they are in conflict with parents’ beliefs. Written consent is not required, but written objection will be honored for your son/ daughter. (Education Code 49452)


  • Wellness Policy
    • The Upland Unified School District Board adopted a Wellness Policy in April of 2006. This policy supports healthy eating and physical activity for our District’s students by promoting healthy celebrations at all school sites. As noted in the PTA Healthy Lifestyles: A Parent’s Guide; “Serving healthy snacks to our children is important to providing good nutrition for growth and development, supporting lifelong healthy eating habits, and preventing costly and potentially disabling diseases, like heart disease, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity”. By providing healthy school celebrations, schools and parents will join in the commitment to promote healthy behaviors which will help to reduce student health risks and improve learning. Some ideas for healthy snacks are carrot sticks, apple slices, orange wedges, fruit snacks, popcorn, and crackers.


  • Psychological Services/Testing
    • A district psychologist provides testing services for all schools. Psychological testing is done only with parental permission and results are confidential. This information can be released only upon written permission from the parent.


  • Speech Therapists
    • The therapist screens for speech difficulties and meets weekly with children who are identified as having speech and/or language problems. Pre-school aged children may also qualify for this service.


  • Student Study Teams
    • When a student experiences difficulty in any aspect of his/her school life (academically, socially, physically, emotionally), he/she may be referred to the school's Student Study Team. The team is composed of teachers, district psychologist and the principal. The team studies the student’s situation and makes recommendations to help alleviate the problem. The Student Study Team is a positive, creative and effective force in finding appropriate solutions to students’ problems at school.


  • Resource Specialist Program
    • The Resource Specialist Program includes full-time resource specialists who meet on a regular basis with students who have identified special learning needs. Individual programs are set up to meet a wide variety of individual learning needs (e.g. poor visual memory, weak auditory perception, reversals, etc.)


  • Limited/Non-English Proficient Program
    • Assistance is provided to students with no or limited English proficiency. Students for this program are identified for eligibility and progress is carefully monitored.


  • Special Education Programs
    • There are special programs for children with identified special needs. Appropriate programs and services are provided as specified in written Individualized Education Programs (IEP) developed for each student in the special education program. For specific information on the special education programs, contact your local school office. Parents have the right to electronically record the proceedings of an IEP meeting. Twenty-four (24) hours notice is required. (Education Code 56341)


  • School Improvement Programs (SI)
    • This state-funded program encourages school improvements (in all elementary schools) through a collaborative decision-making process within the school community. This program supports and guides school-wide improvements to meet the needs of every student. Led by the School Site Council, a representative body of parents, teachers, non-teaching staff and administrators, a school-wide improvement plan is designed, implemented, monitored and evaluated on a yearly basis. Each school’s plan includes specific change objectives and activities in the following areas: Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, History/Social Science, Visual and Performing Arts, Physical Education, School-wide Effectiveness, Special Student Needs, Learning Environment, Staff Development, Leadership and Planning/Implementing/ Evaluating the School Program.


  • Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)
    • Students who are identified GATE are supported by certified teachers during the regular school day. They also have the opportunity to participate in school and district-sponsored enrichment activities. Referrals to participate in the program are made by the students’ teacher and/or principal.


  • High School Exit Exam
    • Commencing with the 2005-06 school year, and each school year thereafter, each pupil completing the 12th grade will be required to successfully pass the high school exit examination. Passing the examination will be a condition of graduation. (Education Code 48980[e])


  • Alternative Schools
    • The Upland Unified School District currently offers alternative schools, including Independent Study through a district-operated program or through Options For Youth Charter School. Continuation school placement is available at Hillside High School. Parents may request additional alternative placements. Requirements for graduation and alternative modes of completing the prescribed course of study must be made available. (Education Code 58502)


  • Counseling (7–12)
    • Students periodically receive counseling regarding careers and course selection. Parents may participate in such counseling sessions and decisions. Students in grades 9–12 will be provided with college admission requirements and courses offered by the district that satisfy subject requirements for admission to California State University and the University of California. (Education Code 40 and Education Code 51229)


  • Drug Education
    • The school district is required to give instruction on drug education and the effects of the use of tobacco, alcohol, narcotics, dangerous drugs and other dangerous substances.(Education Code 51260)
      • If any of the above activities are scheduled to occur at the school your son/daughter attends, you will receive a notice stating the fact and the approximate date the activity will occur.


  • Religious Instruction
    • After a student has attended a minimum school day, he/she may be released for certain purposes, primarily educational. (Education Code 46014)


  • Harmful or Destructive Use of Animals
    • Pupils with a moral objection to dissecting animals may choose to refrain from such educational projects and shall be provided a comparable assignment.(Education Code 32255)


  • Health and Family Life Education
    • Whenever any part of the instruction in health, family life education and sex education conflicts with the religious training and beliefs of the parent or guardian of any pupil, the pupil, on written request of the parent or guardian, shall be excused from the part of the training which conflicts with such religious training and beliefs. (Education Code 51201.5, 51240, 51550 and 51938)
    • No governing board of a public elementary or secondary school may require pupils to attend any class in which human reproductive organs and their functions and processes are described, illustrated or discussed, whether such class be part of a course designated “sex education” or “family life education” or by some similar term, or part of any other course which pupils are required to attend.
    • A student may be excused from courses in sex education in which reproductive organs and their functions are described, illustrated, or discussed. This section does not apply to words or pictures in any science, hygiene, or health textbook. Written consent is not required, but written objection will be honored for your son/daughter.
    • HIV / AIDS instruction is provided to students in grades 7-12. Parents may request that their child not receive such instruction.


  • Acceptable Use of Computers
    • All students who use the district’s electronic information system will be required to complete a training program and to sign an “Electronic Communications Acceptable Use Contract”.  Improper use of district computers will result in disciplinary action up to and including expulsion. (Education Code 51870.5)
    • Inappropriate use includes, but is not limited to, the following:
      • Violation of academic integrity, including plagiarism and copyright violation

      • Use of the system to access sites that are obscene or deal with illegal activities.

      • Use of the system for sending threatening, racist or obscene messages.

      • Use of the system for commercial purposes or political campaigning or inappropriate use of information accessed through the system.

      • Vandalism or intentional disruption of the system, including the creation and spread of computer viruses.

      • Use of the system for purposes that are in violation of any and all existing site or district policies