ABSENCES

— It is our job here to provide your child with a meaningful and successful educational experience, and attendance is essential. The Texas compulsory school attendance law states that students shall attend school each school day for the entire period the instruction is offered.

 

1. Every time a student is absent, he/she must bring a signed note from a parent to the attendance clerk stating the reason for the absence. When absent for a health care appointment (doctor, orthodontist, etc.), the student must bring in a note from the health care office on official letterhead…and if the student is present for part of that day, he/she will not be counted absent.

 

2. A student who is absent from school for any reason, other than for a documented health care appointment, will not be allowed to participate in school-related activities on the day of the absence.

 

3. A student with an unexcused absence will receive no higher than a 70 on make-up work.

 

4. A complaint against the parent may be filed in court if the student is absent from school without an excuse on ten or more days or parts of days within a six-month period, or is absent on three or more days or parts of days without an excuse within a four-week period

 

5. Excused Absences are absences due to personal sickness, sickness or death in the family, or other serious problems that may be excused by the principal
  • any of the above absences require a note from a parent or guardian
  • any absence that exceeds 3 consecutive days must have a doctor’s note to be excused
  • It will be at the principal’s discretion to excuse more than 3 consecutive absences for any extenuating circumstances other than an illness. Parents must contact the principal to explain the situation.
  • If we see a pattern of absences, the committee may require a physician’s or clinic’s statement of illness for every absence thereafter. (See FEC-Local)

ASSIGNMENT BOOK

— The first one is free; the second one will cost $5. The purpose of the assignment book? To help students remember homework and stay organized, and to allow parents the opportunity to see exactly what the homework assignment are for the evening. Teachers will use it as a teaching tool and will ask students to write their homework assignments down and anything else they need to remember in it each day.

 

CALENDARS

— All students on the elementary campus are given a discipline/academic calendar every two weeks as a means of communication between parents, teachers, students and administrators. Parents are encouraged to check calendars regularly. Lost or damaged calendars will result in disciplinary action. Calendars are to be kept in the “Red Folder” issued to each student at the beginning of the year.

 

CELL PHONES

— Cell phones (and other communication devices) are not permitted to be turned on during school hours.  Any student found with a device turned on during the school hours will have the item confiscated and will only be released to parents.

 

CHEWING GUM

— Chewing gum on campus will result in an automatic D-Hall. Please don’t bring it on campus or on the bus. If you give gum to a friend on campus, you can expect a D-Hall, too.

 

COMMUNICATION FOLDER

— Every child will have a red folder to carry back and forth between school and home. The discipline/academic calendar, important communications between school and home, and student work will be kept in this folder. Although it should be checked nightly, we have designated Thursday as a time when all school newsletters and memos will be sent home.

 

DISMISSAL TIME

— Please do not drop off or pick up students in the front or rear parking lots.  This is unsafe as there is no supervision at those locations.

 

DRESS CODE

For girls: dress modestly…no midriff, nothing revealing (low cut or tight), shorts no shorter than the bottom of your fingertips when you are standing up straight with your arms extended at your side, not too casual, overly long shirts tucked in.

 

For boys: All shirts tucked in, sweaters and sweatshirts not overly long, no sagging pants or shorts, no caps, hair no longer than the bottom of the collar in the back or below the ear lobes on the sides, and no earrings. No tattoos on girls or boys.

 

EARLY PICK-UPS

— Our afternoon dismissal time is very busy and our goal is to get all students home safely. In order for us to do that, we will not be allowing any transportation changes after 2:30 p.m. We understand the need to get children to doctor’s appointments, but checking your child out early to avoid waiting in the car line shortens his/her instructional time in the classroom, is disruptive to the rest of the class, and distracts school staff from making the end of day dismissal time safe for all students. This year parents must make an appointment with an administrator to discuss and obtain approval for picking up a child after 2:30pm. If you have to pick up your child for an appointment, please make sure you come before 2:30 p.m.

 

GRADING AND REPORTING PROCEDURES

— You can find a complete copy of the Elementary Grading and Reporting Procedures at www.lvisd.org.

 

LIBRARY HOURS

– 7:30 A.M.– 3:30 P.M.

 

LOST & FOUND

— “Lost and found” for clothing is located in on the stage in the cafeteria. Lost jewelry, purses, and other items of value are turned in to the front office. Please write your name on all of your property.

 

MAKE-UP WORK POLICY

— A student will be allowed one day for every day he/she is absent to turn in make-up work. A student or parent may call and request make-up work before your teacher’s conference time. We will make every effort to have the assignments ready by 3:15pm that afternoon. Our preference is to wait until a student is on his/her second day of absence before requesting work.

 

MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

— Please check your child’s “Red Folder” on the first Thursday of each month for the Parent Newsletter; it will give important information about upcoming events.

 

PERFECT ATTENDANCE

–If a student is picked up early from school without a doctor’s excuse, etc. more than 3 times in a 9-wk period, they are no longer eligible for perfect attendance for that grading period. Please check with the office for the Medical Appointment Certificate when picking up your child for a doctor’s appointment in order for your child to still be eligible for perfect attendance. If a student has 3 or more tardies in a 9-wk period, they are no longer eligible for perfect attendance for that grading period.

 

SCHOOL HOURS

– 7:45 A.M. – 3:15 P.M.

 

TARDY TO SCHOOL

– Tardies affect the way a child’s day starts. It is very important for students to arrive at school and be in class without being rushed. So…students who are tardy to school (are not in class at 7:50 A.M.) will be counted tardy. (See “Perfect Attendance” above.)

 

TRANSPORTATION CHANGES

— Because the end of the day is a critical time for ensuring that all students go home by the appropriate method and with the appropriate people, we will no longer take transportation changes after 2:30 P.M. except in the case of an emergency.

 

VISITORS

— All visitors to the campus are required to come by the office, sign in and pick up a visitor’s badge before visiting the campus. Please exit through the door by the office after dropping your badge off.

 

Visits to individual classrooms during instructional time shall be permitted only with the principal’s and teacher’s approval, and such visits shall not be permitted if their duration or frequency interferes with the delivery of instruction or disrupts the normal school environment. Board Policy GKC (Local)