Essential Information



Kindergarten through 5th Grade

School Begins: School Dismissed:

8:08 a.m. - 2:31 p.m. (Mon, Wed, Thurs and Fri)

8:08 a.m. - 1:31 p.m. (*Every Tuesday - early dismissal for Professional Development)


On minimum days, school will be dismissed at 12:31 p.m. See monthly calendar for specific dates.


* Please do not drop your child off at school before 7:30 a.m. There is NO supervision before this time. The safety of our students is VERY important to us.




Regular Bell Schedule:

7:45 a.m.  -  School Yard Opens

8:03 a.m.  -  First Bell - Class line up

8:08 a.m.  -  Classes Begin

9:40 a.m.  - 10:00 a.m.  1st Recess/Snack     (Kindergarten)

10:00 a.m. -10:20 a.m.   2nd Recess/Snack   (Grades 1, 2)

10:25 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.  3rd Recess/Snack    (Grades 3,4,5)

11:20 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  1st Lunch                  (Kindergarten)

11:50 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.   2nd Lunch                (Grades 1, 2)

12:20 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.    3rd Lunch.                 (Grades 3,4,5)

 2:31 p.m.  -  Dismissal


Tuesday - Professional Development: 

8:08 a.m. -  1:31 p.m. - Grades K-5


Shortened Day:  8:08 a.m. - 1:31 p.m. - follow regular schedule for recess and lunch


Minimum Day Schedule: 8:08 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. - Recess Only (NO LUNCH)

7:40 a.m.   - School Yard Opens

8:03 a.m.  -  Line up Bell

8:08 a.m.  - Classes Begin

9:45 a.m.- 10:15 a.m.    1st Recess/Brunch  (Kindergarten)

10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. 2nd Recess/Brunch (Grades 1, 2)

10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.  3rd Recess/Brunch (Grades 3,4,5)

12:45 p.m. - Dismissal

                    *After school playground is open and supervised by YS until 6:00 p.m.  (Grades 2-5)




Our playground will be open after school from dismisal to 6:00 p.m. including banked Tuesdays from 1:31-6:00. The after-school playground follows LAUSD rules and is available for students in Grades 2-5 only as this is a permissive program. Children must follow the direction of the playground supervisor(s). If your child does not follow these guidelines, your child will be restricted from the after-school playground and will need to be picked up directly after school is dismissed. For the safety of our students, they may NOT leave the grounds and then return.


Please complete an information card for the Youth Services yard director if your child will be staying on the after-school playground. Please be on time to pick your children up. Many times, children are left beyond the supervision times. At 6:10 p.m. the yard director is authorized to call LAPD to take your child into their care.




Electronic Attendance System

In October 2009, the Los Angeles Unified School District converted to an on-line attendance reporting system. Each morning teachers log on to the District website to note those students who are absent. Students who arrive late are entered into the system as tardy for the day. In addition, students who leave school early have their check-out time entered into the system. The system recognizes students who arrive late or leave early as tardy since both situations cause students to miss instructional time.


An automated phone system notifies parents the same day their son/daughter has been marked either absent or tardy. One phone call is made at 10am and another at 6pm. Please be advised that the system uses one generic message for students who are tardy or absent.




When children are absent for any cause, parents are required to send a written note to school giving the specific reason for the absence. Tardiness should also be verified by a note. State law requires that each absence be verified. 


Excused absences are: Illness/Medical appointment/funeral of a close relative. Absences of 5 days or more must be verified by a health professional. If a student as 3 or more unexcused absences or tardies in excess of 30 minutes, State law declares that student truant. Please make sure that you send an absence note with your child. Telephone notifications are automatically generated from the District attendance program when a student is absent or tardy.


We encourage you to make your child’s doctor and dental appointments outside of school hours. Senate Bill (SB) 727 placed in effect that the School Districts will no longer receive funds from the State for any student absence. Therefore, the school loses money (approximately $35.00 per day) each time a child is absent. Unless your child is ill, please make sure that your child attends school and arrives on time!




Parents wishing to apply for the Federal Lunch Program, who have not already received notification by mail, should complete a lunch application form which can be picked up in the cafeteria by you or your child.


The cafeteria is open to children in Grades K-5. Lunch tickets for twenty-two meals may be purchased for $20.00 from the cafeteria on Mondays and Wednesdays during recess. A single lunch may also be purchased daily for $1.00. Milk will be sold for $.25 daily to children bringing their lunch.


Breakfast will also be served for those students who wish to participate, kindergarten children included. Full price of breakfast is $2.25 and $.30 for reduced price and will be served between 7:50 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. daily. Full price of lunch is $3.00 and $.40 for reduced price. Meal Plan applications can be submitted online at:


If you visit your child during lunchtime, you must check in through the office first. Federal law states that only students and school personnel may be in the eating area. This means that you are not allowed to come on campus and sit with your child at breakfast or lunch.


Click HERE for the school lunch menu on the LAUSD Cafe LA website.

Click HERE to set up account and make pre or automatic cafeteria payments on the LAUSD Cafe LA website.




Students may not carry or use medication on campus without written consent. A student who needs to take medication during school hours must have a statement to this effect one file at school, signed by a prescribing physician and the parent/guardian.  School health personnel do not prescribe or give advice regarding medication.  A screening of vision and hearing will be done on first admission to school, and thereafter according to State mandates.  Parents/guardians will be notified of any results that may need further attention.



It is critically important that we have a current emergency card of file for each pupil.  Please complete all information, sign it and return to the office immediately.  Please be sure to update the information throughout the year.  It is very distressing for everyone, especially your child, when we cannot contact a parent/guardian during an illness or emergency.




Parents may not drop off or pick up  students from the staff parking lot, located off Addison street. This is reserved for ECES staff only. The signs at the entrance to the lot state the vehicle code and the board policy governing parking in the Staff Lot. There are no exceptions to this policy.  You may park in any of the legal parking spots in the neighborhood or use the valet gate on Otsego for pick up and drop off. DO NOT DOUBLE PARK OR BLOCK DRIVEWAYS OR CROSSWALKS. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.



The ECES Staff has implemented a behavior and safety plan based on knowing and following basic student policy: BE SAFE; BE RESPECTFUL; BE RESPONSIBLE. Our School rules are simple:


Keep your hands, feet and objects to yourself.

Follow directions the first time they are given.

Treat everyone with respect and kindness.

Walk quietly when going from place to place.


Everyone, including teachers, other staff members, parents and students are expected to adhere to these rules.  Our goal is to eliminate negative behaviors by rewarding positive behavior.



Encino Charter Elementary has a dress code that is strictly enforced for students.  In general, sturdy comfortable age appropriate clothing is recommended for school.  The school day is a busy and active one.  Proper shoes are important.  Children should wear closed toe shoes, with backs that will not fall off and provide support.  Flip-flops, sandals or thongs are not safe on the playground.  Girls and boys should wear socks to protect their feet from blisters.  Clothing that associates children with gangs such as extra large or sagging style clothing and skirts, shirts or shorts are too short or revealing will result in a phone call for you to come to school with a change of clothing.



Students are permitted to possess cell phones on campus providing they remain OFF and stored in a backpack, purse or other place where it is not visible during normal school hours.  For safety and privacy reason they are NOT to be used when walking in hallways, bathrooms, classrooms or offices.  Or on school field trips unless specific permission is granted.  Children must comply with any requests by staff to stop using the phone or device.  If not, it will be confiscated by staff and can only be redeemed by a parent or guardian at the end of the school day.





LAUSD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, nation origin, gender, physical or mental disability or age in any of its policies or practices in compliance with Federal Civil Rights laws.  A complete policy statement is contained in the 2017 Parent-Student Handbook.



To ensure your child's safety during school hours, Encino Charter is a closed campus during school hours.  All adults must sign in and get a visitor pass, enter and exit through the main office. We appreciate your assistance and understanding in enforcing our closed campus policy.



Parents are welcome to visit the school, meet their child’s teacher, and become acquainted with the school program. Twenty minutes is the suggested time limit for visitations. We require that visitors come to the office first, to obtain a visitor’s badge, and sign-in. For the safety of our children, you must come to the office if you need to check your child out of school. In order for each teacher to get to know the children, it is strongly recommended that parents wait until after Back to School Night to make classroom visits.


To avoid interrupting valuable classroom instruction, forgotten items (lunches, etc.) should be brought to the office. Your child’s classroom will be called. Do not take these items to your child’s classroom during school hours as this is disruptive to the instructional program. Please plan ahead to keep these interruptions to a minimum.




Homework is an important part of the instructional program at our school.  It is given to reinforce, extend or enrich skills that have been taught.  Please provide your child with a quiet place to work. Also take time to check the work once it has been completed.  The District guidelines suggest that homework may be assigned each day, Monday through Thursday, according to the following schedule:


Kindergarten:   15 - 20 minutes per day.

Grades 1-2:      30 - 35 minutes per day.

Grades 3-4:      35 - 45 minutes per day.

Grade 5:           50 - 60 minutes per day.


Please refer to the LAUSD Parent/Student Handbook for detailed explanation of district policies and regulations.




ECES Folder


Please be sure to read all of the valuable information found in the ECES Welcome Packet that will come home with your child the first week of school. You may wish to keep the folder at home for easy reference or your child may wish to use it to carry homework and other important papers.


Ongoing ECES Information


We make every effort to communicate with you to keep you informed about pertinent school information. At this time, we plan to send the Principal’s Bulletins home weekly via email. PLEASE also check your child’s backpack for these bulletins and other information, usually sent home in their class folders. Some bulletins that are extremely important will have a tear-off at the bottom for you to sign and return to school. This is our way of ensuring that you did receive the bulletin. If there is a tear-off at the bottom of a bulletin, please take the time to sign it and return it (with your child) to school. This also helps your child to become more responsible.


Additional sources for school information include this web site, which is updated weekly, the weekly all-school e-mail blast, the E-Team, and automated phone calls that include important announcements.