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School is in session from 8:00 a.m. until 2:25 p.m., except on minimum days. Campus supervision begins at 7:45 a.m.



Longfellow Elementary students wear school uniforms.  Lynx Leaders take great pride in the appearance and reputation of our school.  We believe that the structure and professionalism uniforms offer to build students’ identity as a LEADER and support excellence for all students. 

The School Uniform consists of:

  • navy blue or khaki cotton pants, shorts, skirts, or jumpers
  • a polo shirt (collared) in either red, white, or navy blue


Please ensure that your child comes to school every day in their uniform beginning with the first day of school. You can purchase uniforms at any department store, JC Penny, Target, Old Navy, Kohl’s, Walmart, etc.


Every Tuesday is “I’m going to College Day”. On Tuesdays, students can wear a university t-shirt or jersey and jeans with no holes or fraying.

Every Friday is Spirit Day. On Fridays, students can wear a Longfellow T-shirt or sweater and jeans with no holes or fraying.

Thank you in advance for your support and cooperation. Whittier City School District’s Dress Code and Uniform Policy are available in the Parent Handbook for review. If parents wish to ‘apply’ for a waiver, they may do so in the main office. The application process will include an application form, a written rationale, and an interview with the principal.



Students are expected to follow all traffic safety rules to and from school.

Do not ride bicycles on school grounds, bikes must be walked when on campus.
Students must wear helmets in accordance with the law.
All bikes must be locked in the designated area by room 21; Bicycles may not be stored in classrooms or in the office.

Students are responsible for obtaining his/her own chain and lock (locks should not be shared). The school does not assume responsibility for the safety or security of bicycles. The school is not responsible for the loss, damage, or theft of bicycles.

Violators of these rules may lose their privileges.


Due to safety concerns, these items are NOT allowed on campus at any time. If found on campus, these items will be kept in the school office until they can be picked up by a parent.


Students may not bring valuables and/or other inappropriate items to school. Longfellow Elementary School is NOT responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged valuables.


Students are expected to observe safety rules for pedestrians and use crosswalks while walking to and from school. Students are expected to follow the directions of the Crossing Guard. Students should walk with others and go directly home/ school. Once inside campus, students are not to leave school grounds, doing so may result in a truancy/unexcused tardy report on the student’s record. Parents will be contacted by the principal.


Lost and found is located in the MPR and front office. Unclaimed items are donated monthly.



During an emergency, students will remain on campus until parent, or guardian listed on Emergency Card, is able to pick them up. Parents/guardians must immediately update student records whenever personal contact information changes.




Students in need of the health clerk's attention must be issued a pass to the health office from his/her teacher. Student may not use personal cell phone to call/text parents. Health clerk will call home.




Students MAY NOT carry medication at school; this includes prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Students who need to take medicine during the school day MUST comply with the following:


*Have parent submit "Authorization for Medication Administration," Form 7021-A, signed by parent and physician. 

*Medicine must be in the original, properly labeled, container from the pharmacist/store. 

*Medicine will be kept in the health office. 

*Parents may come to school and administer medicine to 
their own child if the appropriate forms are not completed. 

*Students may carry inhalers only when the doctor has given written permission-This includes inhalers needed for P.E 




Students are responsible for assigned textbooks, reading books and library books. Parent/Guardian will be required to pay for missing books and books showing unusual wear and damage. Students are not to write in or deface textbooks.




Students are expected to attend school every school day. Regular attendance supports academic achievement and prepares students for future success in the workplace.




Ed Code 48205 states, all absences must be reported to the school attendance office (562-789-3094) or a note may be sent with student upon his/her return. A doctor's note is required after three days of absence. 


Absences will only be excused for the following 

*Due to illness 

*Medical, dental, court, eye doctor or orthodontist 

*Funeral for immediate family member only 


All other absences then those listed above will be marked 
as "Unexcused-Cleared" 
Only students who are in attendance on the day of a school activity, may participate in the after school activity; this includes absences due to suspension. 




Perfect attendance = NO absences, no tardies, no early dismissals for any reason.




Students are expected to be in class on time. Students are tardy if not seated (or in class line) when the bell rings. Tardies will result in a detention. Please note the following:  Students arriving to school after 8 a.m. are to report to the front office. A parent/guardian signed note must accompany all tardies.


Repeated tardiness will lead to academic, as well as disciplinary consequences. Further tardiness may result in referral to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB). 


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