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Parent/Student Handbook

Please clickHEREfor our 2023-2024 Handbook

School Support Staff

For a complete list of Camarena staff, please refer to the 'Staff' page.

Position

Name

Phone Extension

Principal Jason Soileau 630100
Associate Principal Krista Cardenas 630191
School Secretary Maria Martinez Ponce 630100
Attendance Health Specialist Shawna Margetts 630110
Nurse Simran Ranouta 630110
Psychologist Damian Vaquera 630160
Language, Speech and Hearing Specialist Chelse Craig 630323
Library & Media Center Rachel Murphy 630170
Cafeteria Katherine Rutledge 630180 or 630181

Daily Schedule 2023-2024

School Hours

School begins at 8:15 a.m. daily. Students should not arrive on campus earlier than 8:00 a.m. unless they are participating in the free breakfast program.

Grade

Starting Time -- Ending Time

Friday & Modified Days

 TK-Kindergarten 8:15 am - 2:40 pm 8:15 am - 1:10 pm
1st- 6th Grade 8:15 am - 2:45 pm 8:15 am - 1:15 pm

Lunch/Recess Times

Grade

Monday - Thursday

Rainy Day

 TK 10:00am-10:45am 10:00am-10:30am
Kindergarten 10:25am-11:10am 10:15am-10:45am
1st Grade 12:10pm-12:55pm 12:20pm-12:50pm
2nd Grade 11:50am- 12:35pm 11:55am-12:25pm
3rd Grade 11:30am-12:15pm 11:30am-12:00pm
4th Grade 11:10am- 11:55am 11:05am-11:35am
5th Grade 10:45am-11:30am 10:40am-11:10am
6th Grade 12:30pm- 1:15 pm 12:45pm- 1:15pm

PE Schedule

Grade

Time

1st Grade 2:00pm-2:20pm
2nd Grade 1:40pm-2:00pm
3rd Grade 2:20pm-2:45pm
4th Grade 1:20pm-1:40pm (additional 5 mins. daily in class)
5th Grade 8:15am-8:35am
6th Grade 8:35am-8:55am

Quick Date List

Note: The full calendar is available in printable form here.

2023 - 2024 School Year

  • First Day of School
July 19, 2023 (minimum day)
  • Labor Day - NO SCHOOL
September 4, 2023
  • Parent Teacher Conferences (Minimum Days)
September 14-21, 2023
  • Fall Break - NO SCHOOL
September 25 - October 9/ School Resumes on October 10, 2023
  • Veterans Day - NO SCHOOL
November 10, 2023
  • Thanksgiving Holiday - NO SCHOOL
November 20 - 24, 2023
  • Winter Break - NO SCHOOL
December 18 - January 9/ School Resumes on January 10, 2024 (minimum day)
  • Martin Luther King Day - NO SCHOOL
January 15, 2024
  • Presidents' Holiday - NO SCHOOL
February 16 & 19, 2024
  • Parent Teacher Conferences (Minimum Days)
March 7-14, 2024
  • Spring Break - NO SCHOOL
March 18- April 1, 2024/ School Resumes on April 2 (minimum day)
  • Declared Holiday & Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL
May 24 & 27, 2024
  • Last Day of School
June 5, 2024

Expectations (Staff, Students, Community)

Camarena functions under three overarching rules:

  • Be Safe
  • Be Respectful
  • Be Responsible

Emergency Release Plan

School safety is our number one priority. In case of a school emergency or natural disaster, such as an earthquake, you need to be aware of our school's plan for releasing your child. Instructions for reunification with your child will be communicated to you by the school or District. Please do not take it upon yourself to come to the school based upon media reports, which may be erroneous.
Our concern is for the safe and orderly dismissal of our students. If as many as 400 to 500 parents arrive at our school at approximately the same time to pick up students, your cooperation and patience are essential to our plan.
Parking will be very limited, so be prepared to park away from the school and under the direction of first responders. DO NOT DOUBLE PARK as it may interfere with getting emergency vehicles into our school site.
For the safety of your child, before allowing you to take him/her home, we must document to whom each child is released. When you arrive at school, you will be directed to our "Request Gate/Check in area." A runner will be sent to the student supervision area, and escort your child to the "Release Gate," where you can reunite with your child. In extreme circumstances, a student reunification area may be set up off-campus, and generally in collaboration with emergency responders.
You will be required to sign for the release of your child. This is extremely important as it is our only means of ensuring that all students are accounted for at all times. Be prepared to present a picture identification card if requested. Please do not just take your child from the center without signing for their release. We recognize that you may be worried and want to be reunited with your child as quickly as possible. However, this system has been established to ensure your child's safety.
It is imperative that you keep all information on your child's Emergency Card up-to-date. Your child will only be released to those listed on the card. These procedures should be shared with everyone you list on the Emergency Card so they are familiar with our procedures.
Thank you for your cooperation.