School Information

School Dress Policy - Dress For Success


For many years, the Shull School community of parents and staff has agreed that a “Dress For Success” policy, is desirable to maintain consistency in the dress code and to promote attention to academics.

While we are no longer a uniform school, we do encourage students to dress in uniform-like attire as we have found that school uniforms:

  • are cost effective
  • make it easier to get students ready for school in the morning
  • are stress reducing: fewer choices and no label comparing
  • contribute to overall school spirit and
  • result in fewer behavior problems

Nice clothing can be purchased at any retail store such as Wal-Mart and Target, etc.   WE EMPHASIZE “Logo Free,” dress as much as possible.

Dress for Success Options

Our Dress For Success Policy is as follows:

  • Wear blue or khaki pants, jeans, skirts or shorts and blue, red, green, or white shirts, sweatshirts and jackets. We also encourage plaids, decorative patterns, and stripes of these colors. Shull  (S) shirts or San Dimas (SD) shirts are fine any day of the week. Hats must be school colors and be plain or with a S or SD.
  • On Wednesdays, students should try to dress in Classroom College Colors and on Thursdays in the Character Color of the month.
  • Clothing, including jackets and sweatshirts to be logo, emblem, slogan, and word free.  Logos, emblems, and slogans distract from the academic environment and the consistency of “Dress For Success.”

School Site Council has approved that students may wear other colors, but they will not be recognized as being in Dress For Success attire. Students require opt out waivers to wear logos, emblems etc. but waivers must be related to financial hardship.


Not Allowed:  Holes in clothing including rips and frays, spaghetti strap tops, temporary tattoos, face paint, hair sprayed by coloring that would drip when wet, clothing related to gangs, violence, or illegal activities, shorts, skirts that are too short (mid thigh or at least 3 inches down the thigh), obscene, sexually explicit, suggestive attire, professional sports attire, hats, gloves, hairnets, chains, discriminatory clothing or accessories, oversized (baggy) clothing, clothing that reveals underclothes, clothing and jewelry with spikes or harmful accessories, clothing with skulls, weapons, drugs, blood, or violence.


Grooming Policy: Research has shown a direct correlation between student's attire, appearance, and their school behavior, attitude, and achievement. With this in mind, the School Site Council has developed the following guidelines.

  • Hair and fingernails should be clean and well-trimmed.  
  • Cosmetic make-up is not allowed.
  • Fads in hairstyles designed to attract attention to the individual or to disrupt the orderly conduct of the classroom or campus is not permitted. The children’s hair can’t be dyed an unnatural hair color, shaved in a non-traditional pattern, worn in spikes, Mohawks, or designed in other “punk” styles.  Short faux hawks or sculpted bang waves are fine if they are no longer than 1 inch in height.
    • Hair must be cut to not be worn in front of the student’s eyes.
    • Earrings worn must be posts and not dangle as this is a safety hazard during playtime.  Students may not have other body-piercing jewelry. 
    • All jewelry or belts should be worn with safety in mind: no sharp points or large designs. Belts should be logo free.


  • Clothing shall be sufficient to conceal undergarments at all times.  See-through or fishnet fabrics, halter tops, off-the-shoulder or low-cut tops, bare midriffs and skirts or shorts shorter than a 3 inch inseam are prohibited.
  • Clothing, jewelry, or personal items (backpacks, fanny packs, gym bags, water bottles, etc.) shall be free of writing, pictures or any other insignia or indications which are crude, vulgar, profane, or sexually suggestive, which bear drug, alcohol or tobacco company advertising, promotions and likenesses, or which advocate racial, ethnic or religious prejudice.
  • All students are to give proper attention to personal cleanliness, modesty and safety in dress and grooming. Clothing is to be neat, clean, safe and non-distractive. No student is permitted to attend school if their appearance is disruptive to the operation and administration of the educational process. Any gang-affiliated items or attire are prohibited. Body markings determined to be a deterrent to safety or distraction from the educational process must be covered.
    • Hair shall be clean and neatly groomed. Hair may not be sprayed with coloring that drips when wet.
    • Footwear must be worn at all times. Elementary students must wear closed- toed shoes that have a back or strap on the heel and have a platform of no more than 1.5 inches. Steel toed footwear is prohibited




     Absences are considered excessive if they go above ten in any one school year. When it is necessary that a pupil be absent, please notify the school by PHONE or WRITTEN NOTE.  If a phone call has not been made to the school, the child MUST HAVE A WRITTEN NOTE THE DAY HE/SHE RETURNS TO SCHOOL. The note must include the child's name, teacher's name, date of absence, and the reason. The State of California now uses "positive attendance", which means that any absence other than illness or bereavement is unexcused. We have Independent Study contracts available and ask that you please request them in advance for unavoidable absences of 5 days or longer.  Please schedule doctor and dentist appointments in non-school hours as much as possible. Excessive absences (above 10 in a school year) are reported to the School Attendance Review Team and parents are contacted to sign an attendance contract.  Further absences may result in a referral to the District Attendance Review Board.  

A student is tardy if he/she enters the line up or classroom after 8:00 a.m.  Being tardy disrupts the student’s learning process. He or she also disrupt the learning of other children because the teacher has to stop teaching in order to provide for the late student. The Shull School policy is for a child who has been tardy three times in a month or ten times in a year to serve recess detention or have another class consequence for subsequent tardies.

Homework Policy

Homework Policy

Board Policy 6154:"The Bonita Unified School District believes that homework should be an integral part of the total instructional program.  Homework extends learning opportunities beyond the confines of the school day.  We recognize that homework contributes toward building responsibility, self-discipline and life long learning habits, and that time spent on homework directly influences the student's ability to meet the District's academic standards.  Homework needs to be grade and level appropriate to benefit the student.
Regulation 6154.1 reads: For elementary school:

  • Kindergarten should be assigned homework no more than four times per week, requiring an average time of ten (10) minutes each night to complete.
  • First grade should be assigned homework no more than four times per week, requiring an average time of ten (10) to fifteen (15) minutes each night to complete.
  • Second grade should be assigned homework no more than four times per week, requiring an average time of twenty (20) minutes each night to complete.
  • Third grade should be assigned homework no more than four times per week, requiring an average time of thirty (30) minutes each night to complete.
  • Fourth grade should be assigned homework no more than four times per week, requiring an average time of forty (40) minutes each night to complete.
  • Fifth grade should be assigned homework no more than four times per week, requiring an average time of Fifty (50) minutes each night to complete.
In addition to regular homework, students are expected to read outside of school daily.  Reading outside the classroom should be a balance between self-selected readings and teacher-assigned texts…. Below are suggested guidelines for accomplishing this goal.

    For grades K-3, 80-100 minutes per week.
    For grades 4-5, 120-150 minutes per week
    For grades 6-8, 150 or more minutes per week

Learning Readiness
You can assist your child's learning progress by following a few simple processes:

    See to it that your child gets a good night's rest on school nights (9-10 hours)
    Limit television and/or video game play which includes violence
    Read with your child every week night and on weekends
    Provide a variety of reading material
    Be sure your child eats a good breakfast before coming to school
    Provide an appropriate place to study away from distractions and TV.



     The Shull Library is the most open library in the Bonita Unified School District.  Students are allowed much time to exchange books. Shull School staff strongly supports the Accelerated Reading Program. Our students score the highest of the schools in San Dimas, scoring at or above 85% correct on Accelerated Reading Quizzes.

     The Shull Library is open 34 weeks out of the year including Thursday evenings from 5-7 p.m. This allows our parents and students access during the evening to select books as a family. The computer lab is also open on Thursday evenings allowing students to take AR quizzes as well.

Library Policy:
       If a library book or textbook is lost or damaged, a bill will be issued for replacement. Students will not be allowed to check out books again until payment is made. Visiting the library and borrowing books teaches responsibility, as well as being fun and educational.

Dr. Seuss contest:
      Each year the librarian organizes a Dr. Seuss Trivia contest.  The three 5th grade classes choose teams to compete. The students study biographical information about Dr. Seuss and compete to see which team is the most knowledgable. This contest is always done near the date for Read Across America.

School Accountability Report Card

School Accountability Report Card Reported for School Year 15-16 

Published During 2015-16 School Year

Arma J. Shull Elementary School

Shull Code of Conduct


·         Follow adult directions and stay within boundaries

·         Keep hands, feet and objects to self

·         Speak kindly and discourage name calling, profanity, and teasing

·         Use playground equipment appropriately

·         Play safely and do not fight, bully, kick or threaten

·         Use your words to prevent problems

·         Follow established playground game rules

·         Have many Shull friends, no "boyfriends/girlfriends" allowed

·         Having dangerous objects or look-alikes is against the rules

·         Do not throw rocks, grass, pebbles or other items other than playground balls

·         Leave leaves and branches on trees

·         Leave cell phones, toys, cd players, or gaming technology at home

·         Respect school property

·         HALLWAYS  Walk in the hallways

 Leave your backpack on the classroom hook in the morning and  
 wait by the office until a teacher arrives to supervise play

 Observe door opening safety circles

·         RESTROOMS              Do not play in the restrooms

 Three in at a time maximum

·         CAFETERIA                 Use indoor voices and appropriate table manners


Shull Upper Grade Students will:

·         Follow the Shull Code of Conduct.

·         Be role models to younger students showing them correct manners and behavior.

·         Provide school leadership through student council and participation in school events.

·         Follow the direction of all adults and be polite to all members of the Shull Community.

·         Not enter any upper grade classroom if a teacher is not present.

·         Pre-arrange helping in a primary classroom (do not knock on doors).

·         Model good sportsmanship.

·         Respect their peers and support each other to be the best they can be.