When on School Grounds

Campus Access and Policies are Modified During to COVID-19.

See SDUSD, Birney Buzz and Birney News for updates.

For questions or clarifications contact the school office.

School Ground Policies below are prior to COVID-19-modified.

Modified Policies are currently in effect. Access, supervision, etc. will be updated as new information is shared with the public regarding procedures and precautions for 2021-2022.


Supervision begins 30 minutes before class starts. At that time, children are permitted on the school grounds. Students should use the walkway in front of the auditorium to go to the playground where supervision is provided. All children should be in class by 9:15 a.m. On rainy days, students may go directly to their classroom unless directed otherwise. Running is not allowed on the sidewalks for safety. Students, staff and visitors are expected to avoid disruption by quietly passing classes in session.

Do Not Bring


Pets and other animals are not to be brought onto school grounds at any time. Animals are permitted at school only when needed for instructional purposes and when under the strict control of qualified instructors or handlers.

Toys, Games, Etc.

Students are not allowed to bring toys to school as it is a distraction to learning and often results in lost or broken toys. This includes trading cards. The school provides sufficient items for children to play with for both outdoor and indoor recess. CD players, Game Boys, or any other type electronic entertainment devices are not permitted on school grounds. Theft or loss of such items will not be investigated by school personnel.

Chewing Gum

Chewing gum is not allowed on school grounds.

Student Phone Usage

Cell Phones and other Electronic Signaling Devices,

All students (K-6) may have cell phones, pagers, and other electronic signaling devices on school grounds and school buses, at school-sponsored activities, and while under the supervision of district employees. Students may use cellular phones, pagers, and other electronic signaling devices on school campus before school begins and after school ends. These devices must be kept out of sight (in backpacks or given to the teacher to hold) and turned off during instruction and in the classroom.

Unauthorized use of these devices distracts from the learning environment. School officials, including classroom teachers, may take devices away from students for inappropriate use. Repeated unauthorized use of such devices may lead to disciplinary action.

Students and parents are reminded that during an emergency situation, cellular sites may be overwhelmed due to a high volume of calls. Should this occur, emergency communication could also be affected. It is important that cell phones and other devices be used sparingly so that emergency services have priority to assist the students and staff on the site.

Theft or loss of such devices will not be investigated by school personnel. Students bring such devices at their own risk.

Student Telephone Calls

Students are not allowed to make telephone calls except in emergency situations. The school incurs charges for every call made and if all requests by students to use the telephone were allowed, the cost could be substantial. Arrangements for after-school activities, obtaining required books and homework, glasses, lunches, lunch/milk money, etc. should be taken care of in the morning before the student leaves home.

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