School Policies

NEW ARRIVAL POLICY

  • Car riders PK-4 and Day Care buses will enter off of Thomas St. Students exit their cars once they pull up to a staff member at a cone. Students will enter the door close to the gym beginning at 7:10 a.m. We anticipate the traffic flow to run smoothly due to the amount of cars that will be allowed to enter the parking lot during arrival.
  • Walkers will walk on the middle sidewalk (by the bicycle ramps) along to the left under the canopy until they reach the door close to the gym to enter the building. Walkers may not walk through the parking lots on the Richey side or Thomas St. Parents that do not follow the rules and drop their students off at other locations other than the car rider line will be placing their students in danger.
  • PPCD and Success bus riders and car riders will be dropped off at the back of the school (Hamilton St.). Parents and buses will circle around the cul-de-sac to drop off the students. Buses and vehicles are not allowed past the gates.
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NEW DISMISSAL POLICY

  • Walk alone students (K-4th) will be released by grade level including younger siblings with older siblings. School personnel will escort the students out the front doors and down the middle sidewalk to the crosswalk. Parents will receive their students after they are crossed by the crossing guard. It is the responsibility of the parent to be at the crosswalk if they wish to walk home with their child. Students that have parent permission to walk home alone will not be brought back to campus.
  • Car riders K-4 will enter off of Thomas St. Students will be released through the gym and assigned to a cone once their name is called. Please continue to display the car tag sign(s) on your windshield. Younger siblings will meet their older siblings in the gym. Parents are not allowed to park for any reason in the parking lot of off Thomas St. during arrival and dismissal. We anticipate the traffic flow to run smoothly due to the amount of cars that will be allowed to enter the parking lot.
  • PPCD, Language Lab, Success, Pre-K, and Day Care (bus riders and car riders) will be picked up at the back of the school (Hamilton St.). Parents and buses will circle around the cul-de-sac to pick up the students. Buses and vehicles are not allowed past the gates.
  • Pre-K-1 grade students will be allowed to continue as walk with parents for the remainder of this school year. These students will be moved from the gym due to the need to use the gym for car riders. Walk with parents will line up under the canopy in front of the office area. Students will be released through the door at the side of the building closest to Richey Street. Parents will not enter the building to receive their child, they will wrap back around under the canopy and continue to walk using the middle sidewalk by the bike racks. Please notify your child’s teacher if you have a special circumstance that would require a student in 2nd- 4th grade to remain as a walk with parent. Written requests must be submitted to teachers to be considered for approval by administration. Walk with parent is a privilege therefore, if we have parents that are late 3 or more times they will be dismissed from walk with parent.
  • The parking lot off of Richey will only be used at arrival and dismissal for individuals that need to park and take care of items in the front office. Walk with parents are not allowed to park in this parking lot. If a student is being picked up by a parent driving they are considered a car rider and not walk with parent.
  • Students may not be released to parents through the front office once we begin our dismissal process. However, if a parent needs to pick up a child early due to an emergency or appointment they may do so no later than 2:45 p.m.

Please plan accordingly to ensure that your child is picked up by 3:05 p.m. We anticipate the dismissal process to be over sooner due to the new process. Students that remain on campus at the conclusion of our dismissal process will be considered late. Students who are consistently picked up late may be referred to the appropriate authorities.

We will continue to reinforce the following Student Handbook and Code of Conduct district policies:

Parents or other responsible parties that are listed on the registration or emergency cards must present proper identification when picking up a student (e.g. Texas Driver’s License, Texas I.D. Card). If the parent authorizes someone else to pick up the child, the authorization must be in writing, signed and dated, and confirmed by school personnel before the child may be released.

If any arrangement differs from the normal way a student is to go home, a note must be written or faxed to the office that morning. All notes are subject to verification. Otherwise, the students will be sent home the usual way.

New Dismissal Letter in English

New Dismissal Letter in Spanish

Map of New Arrival

Map of New Dismissal

CHANGES FOR PRE-K ONLY

All new arrival and dismissal changes will begin on Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

AM Class- 7:30am-10:50am

  • Arrival for Pre-K a.m. - see attached letter.
  • Dismissal process will be implemented as follows: 
  • Walkers with Parent- AM dismissal

     If your child will be picked up by you walking, they will be picked up at the front of the school. Please ensure to be on time and have your pink dismissal tag.

     

  • Car Riders- AM dismissal

If your child will be picked up by car, you will enter using Thomas St. Students will be dismissed by the door close to the gym. Please continue to display the pink dismissal tag on your windshield to ensure a faster process.  

 

PM Class- 12:05pm-3:05am

  • Dismissal for Pre-K p.m. - see attached letter.
  • Arrival process for your child will be implemented as follows:
  • Walkers with Parent – PM arrival

    If you child will arrive to school walking, students will enter using the middle sidewalk (by the bicycle ramps) along to the left under the canopy until they reach the door close to the gym to enter the building, where your child will be greeted by a staff member. Walkers may not walk through the parking lot, as there will be cars coming through there to drop off as well. Please walk your child all the way up to the door to be released to a staff member and ensure that you are on time. Please also keep in mind that the door will be closed at 12:15pm. If you arrive any later, it is your responsibility to walk your child to the office to be dropped off.

  • Car Riders- PM arrival 

    If your child will be dropped off by car, you will enter using Thomas St. Students will be greeted by a staff member at the door close to the gym. Please keep in mind that the door will be closed at 12:15pm. If you arrive any later, it is your responsibility to take your child to the office to be dropped off.

    It is very important that you contact the school if you wish to make any changes related to transportation and/or student enrollment card contact information.

    Arrival and Dismissal Changes for Pre-K English Letter

    Arrival and Dismissal Changes for Pre-K Spanish Letter

     

    ATTENDANCE POLICY

    Pre K through 4thGrade

  • After 3 unexcused absencesa referral to the truant officer will be made and you will receive a filing notice from the truancy office. PreK and Kinder will receive an unexcused letter from the school.
  • After 6 absences, you will be required to provide doctor's excuses for all absences thereafter. If a doctor's excuse is not provided, the absences will be counted as unexcused.
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    See Student Handbook for a detailed district Attendance Policy

    Pre K

  • Regular attendance is especially important for the youngest children. State law requires that all children who are enrolled in school must meet mandatory attendance guidelines. Parents are legally responsible.
  • Every time your child is absent you must send awritten excuse.
  • If you child is absent five times you will receive a letter advising you that your child hasexcessive absences.
  • You will receive a letter advising you that your child has anunexcused absence.
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  • After 5 absences we need adoctor's excuse or for the child to be checked by the school nurse before class. If the child accumulates 10 or more absences, he/she will beWITHDRAWNfrom the Pre-Kindergarten program. Not only is regular attendance better for your child, you should understand that our state funding is based on daily attendance. In order for the Pre-Kindergarten program to continue, regular attendance is necessary.

MEDICINE AT SCHOOL

In most cases, the medication time can be adjusted so that medicine does not need to be taken during school hours. Unless the doctor specifies an exact time,medicines labeled to be taken "two to three times a day" are to be given outside of school hours (before school, afterschool, at bedtime.) In the rare instance when it is necessary to take prescription medicine during school hours, the school is required to have a written request from the parent, legal guardian or other person having legal control of the student before medication may be given at school. The medication should be taken to the clinic. It is recommended there be no more than one week's supply at the school. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to see that the medicine is picked up from the school at the end of the day or the end of the week, as appropriate. Non-prescription medication may not be brought to or used at school because even the simplest and safest of medications can mask symptoms of illness and/or create undesirable reactions.

Prescription medication must be:

  • Issued by a United States pharmacy
  • Current
  • In the original container
  • Properly labeled in English
  • Brought to the school by theparents or guardianandnot the student.

In addition: Students must be free of fever, vomit/diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school. Students must be free of headlice and nits. If a student is sent home from school with headlice or nits the nurse must check him or her before returning to class. A parent or other adult must accompany the child to the clinic the next day.Chronic cases and instances of non-treatment will result inunexcusedabsences and referral to the school attendance officer and/or court.