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Student Expectations - Behavior/Food

  How Do We Expect Porter Students to Behave?
  • Be responsible, be respectful and be a problem solver.
  • Respect yourself, respect others and respect materials.
  • Ask an adult for help when you need it, and follow adult directions at all times.
  • Walk at all times (games are an exception).
  • Leave all distractions at home, including electronics, toys, candy and gum.

At Porter Elementary,we believe that all children can learn and that they deserve the best education possible in the safest and most supportive environment.


Students, teachers and staff members have the right to work in a setting where learning can take place at optimal levels. Of course, responsible and respectful citizenship begins at home and is reinforced at school. We anticipate that we will work together with our Porter families to help our students realize the consequences of their decisions.

We believe all students can behave appropriately and should be held accountable for their actions. We expect every child to follow our general rules of behavior at all times, whether in the classroom, on the playground, in the cafeteria or in the walkways.


Meals and Snacks

Regular intake of nutritious food helps ensure students are physically primed to learn. San Diego Unified School District serves a nutritious breakfast and lunch every school day. Please support your child's learning by making sure your child has access to these meals, along with adequate, healthy snacks.

If your child is bringing lunch from home, pack only nutritious foods for lunch and afternoon recess snack. Avoid highly sweetened or high sodium foods and drinks("junk food"). These items (such as soda pops, sports drinks, large bags of chips or candy treats) may be confiscated by a school staff member, as they are a distraction to others, and hold low nutritional value.


Sharing of food is not permitted due to the potential for allergic reactions. We ask families to avoid including foods with peanuts in them for the safety of our students.


For safety reasons,glass containers are not permitted on school property. Please make sure your child’s food items are tightly wrapped and enclosed.



Parents are encouraged to send children to school with healthy snacks, such as fruit, vegetables or yogurt.Items such as chips, cookies, candy and similar non-nutritive foods are NOT ACCEPTABLE. Snacks may be eaten in designated areas only.

Birthday Celebrations

Birthdays are celebrated during the last 15 minutes of the school day. Our wellness plan discourages bringing cupcakes or other sugar-laden foods to school for birthdays.

Make sure you get teacher approval at least a week in advance. We encourage a celebration involving play and fun, or reading a favorite story. Ask your child’s teacher if you can celebrate by having the class get a few minutes of outside play –the same time it would take to eat those cupcakes, or if you can donate a book to the classroom or school library in honor of your child!

.Click here for Guidelines for Foods Sold and Brought to School Campuses

Cafeteria/Lunch Court Behaviors

  • Be responsible, be respectful, and be a problem solver.
  • Stay seated.
  • Raise your hand to be dismissed.
  • Clean up after yourself, and stack trays properly.
  • Take responsibility for your actions.

Playground Expectations

  • Be responsible, be respectful, and be a problem solver.
  • Walk to and from the playground.
  • Stay on the playground.
  • No throwing sand or rocks.
  • No blasting or kicking balls.
  • Observe game rules. Do not invent your own.
  • "Tag" games are only allowed at P.E. time.
  • Freeze at the bell or whistle, and hold equipment until directed by an adult to move.
  • Take responsibility for your actions

When on School Grounds

Do Not Bring


Pets and other animals are not to be brought onto school grounds at anytime. 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 out door 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.