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We regularly check the air quality index levels by using the Real-time Air-quality Advisory Network (RAAN) monitoring system for information on how to modify outdoor physical activity. This guidance can help protect the health of all children, including teenagers, who are more sensitive than adults to air pollution. Air quality flags are displayed daily with the forecasted level. Due to the possibility that the air quality can change, you can go to the RAAN widget links below to check current conditions throughout the day:

Alpine Vista Kohn Mission Valley
Cherry Avenue Lincoln Mulcahy
Cypress Live Oaks Pleasant
Garden Los Tules Roosevelt
Heritage Maple Wilson

Title IX protects people from discrimination, based on sex, in education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance. Title IX states:

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

For more information concerning student rights and complaint procedures, please visit the Title IX section of our Parent Concerns and Complaints page.

Tulare City School District’s Early Childhood Program would like to welcome your school aged (TK-8th) grade students back to school. Within our district, early childhood education is a high priority. Our goal is to prepare our preschool students in the areas of social, emotional, and academic development in order for students to be successful in TK/Kindergarten the following year.

Our district offers a variety of high quality preschool options for three and four-year-old students. Our preschool programs have received a 5 Star Rating through the Quality Rating Improvement System. These programs received the highest reviews in the areas of staff development, parent education, classroom environment, and teacher interaction with students. These programs are located on various elementary campuses throughout the district. TCSD offers preschool programs that meet the diverse needs of the children of Tulare. In order to assist the families that we serve, a variety of time frames are offered as well. Our morning programs run from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and our afternoon programs run 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. TCSD Preschool Programs partner with First 5 of Tulare County in order to offer seven after school preschool classrooms that run two days a week from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and five three-year-old preschool classrooms that run two days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Our Early Childhood Programs office would be happy to meet with you to find a program that will best meet the needs of your child and your family. We are currently taking registrations, so please contact us for more information. Our phone number is (559) 685-6500 or you can stop by our Early Childhood Programs Office located at 600 North Cherry.

The Wheel of Wellbeing (WOW) approach focuses the attention on the student, emphasizes a school-wide approach, and acknowledges learning, health, and school as being a part and reflection of the local community. By working together, the various components can ensure that each student in each school in our community is healthy, safe, secure, engaged, supported, and challenged.
The following ten components create The WOW wheel:
Health Education
Health Services
Nutrition Services 
Counseling, Psychological, and Social Services 
Social and Emotional Climate 
Family Engagement 
Connecting the Local and Global Community 
Physical Education and Activity 
Employee Wellness
Please contact Tricia Leslie at the Tulare City School District Office for more information 559-685-7200.

Tulare City Schools has recently started a transition to a more helpful form of grade reporting called Standards Based Grading. In the past, students received letter grades or other achievement marks to report progress in each of the content areas. These marks were intended to communicate how students were doing in school. However, we found that with these traditional grading methods came some inconsistencies. It seemed that letter grades didn’t always accurately communicate how our students were doing, what areas within the subject they were strong in, and what areas they needed to work on. For example, a math grade of  ‘B’ at the end of the trimester would not necessarily indicate that a student is strong when working with fractions, but struggles when working with decimals and percentages – all important skills in math class and in life beyond school.

As a result, Tulare City Schools will be starting a standards-based report card pilot program in the 2017-2018 school year. This pilot program will allow teachers to measure how students are doing in meeting the learning goals as determined by our state’s standards. These standards are the academic skills your child should know or be able to do for his or her grade level by the end of the school year.

This type of reporting method gives a number grade for each standard so students receive multiple grades in both language arts and math. In 5th grade, for example, a subject area like math will be broken into several categories, such as algebraic thinking and fractions. Under each category, there will be a list of math skills a student should be able to do, as well as a grade showing how that student is doing. Report cards will use a four-point scale to indicate proficiency toward a standard.  A ‘4’ indicates the standard has been exceeded, a ‘3’ indicates the standard has been met, a ‘2’ indicates a student is near the standard and a ‘1’ means the student is performing below standards.  

We are excited to begin this pilot process in selected 1st through 6th grade classrooms next year.  Then, beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, we will be using the standards-based grading system in grades 1-8 districtwide. It is our hope that this new way of grading will give parents better feedback on exactly how students are progressing in their education.

For further information and additional resources, please visit the Our Parents page on this website, and find Student Academic Progress under the Policies and Guidelines heading.