AttendanceTexas Law requires a child who is at least 6 years of age on or before September first of the current school year, or who has not yet reached their 18th birthday to attend school, unless exempt by Sec. 25.086 of the Education Code. Once enrolled in pre-kindergarten or kindergarten, a child shall attend school and all attendance requirements apply.
Attendance laws are divided into two main sections. The first section of the law deals with unexcused absences which are considered truancy. Under Section 25.093 of the Education Code and 51.03(b)(2) of the Family Code, a parent/guardian commits an offense of "thwarting compulsory attendance," if a child has unexcused absences on 10 or more days or parts of days within a 6 month period or 3 or more days within a 4 week period. The offense is a Class C misdemeanor and punishable by a fine not to exceed $500 per offense.
If a child is charged with "failure to attend school" under Section 54.021 of the Family Code and 25.094 and 25.095 of the Educational Code, the child goes before a justice or municipal court and can be placed under court order for up to 6 months per offense. The court can place numerous sanctions on the child. The child is liable under compulsory attendance laws from enrollment in pre-K or Kindergarten until they reach their 18th birthday.
The second section of the law is found in Section 25.092 of the Education Code. It states that a student may not be given credit for a class unless the student is in attendance for at least 90% of the days a class is offered. These days include both excused and unexcused absences. This part of the law is commonly referred to as the 90% Rule. The 90% Rule applies through graduation no matter the age of the child. School administrators and district attendance committees enforce the rule.
School HoursSchool officially starts at 7:55 and ends at 2:55. Students should not arrive at school before 7:30 am. Students arriving between 7:30 and 7:50 should go to the assigned waiting area. Kindergarten, first, second and third graders are assigned to wait in the gym. Fourth, fifth, and sixth graders are assigned to wait in the cafeteria. Students are divided into grade level areas to sit quietly and wait to be lined up and sent to class at 7:50.
The front and side exterior doors are unlocked in the mornings and students may enter through any of these doors. The side doors are then locked at 7:55 and students should enter the front doors only.
Students should be picked up from school promptly at 2:55 unless they are staying for tutoring or serving a detention.
TardiesAll students must be in the classroom when the tardy bell rings at 7:55. Otherwise, they are considered tardy. Students must then sign in at the front of the building and take a "pass" to their teacher.
DisciplineAt Green Elementary School, we are committed to providing a safe, happy, and orderly environment that maximizes learning for all students. We want to ensure that every human being is valued and individual rights are respected. Students and staff will create a structured environment that is positive, productive, and supportive. Working norms include high expectations and high success.
Green Elementary has established the following classroom expectations for all students:
1. Follow directions given by school personnel.
2. Respect yourself, your school and others, including property.
3. Move quietly and safely in the building and keep body parts and other objects to self.
4. Take responsibility for learning.
Occasionally students can't meet classroom expectations. When that occurs, the following sequences will begin:
NOTE: The "Summary Card" is a sheet of paper used to indicate the days of the week for each six weeks. This is where teachers will mark student's failure to comply with the expectations. It is sent home every Thursday for parent signature and should be sent back on Friday every week.
2nd time=Summary Card will be marked and the student will miss recess
3rd time=Summary Card will be marked, parent phone call will be made and students in grades 4, 5, & 6 will receive a detention
4th time=Office visit
Severe misbehavior will result in immediate referral to the office.
Detentions are held on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 3:00 to 3:30.
Thursday FoldersEvery Thursday, students will take home a folder containing their work from the previous week, their Summary Card, the school newsletter, and any other information that needs to go home. Parents should review the items contained in the folder. Student's work may be kept by the parent. The Summary Card and other papers asking for parent signature should be returned the next day.
Homework GuidelinesThe staff at Green believes that homework should be an integral part of a student's total learning experience. To derive the greatest benefit from school learning experiences, students must at times finish related study and follow-up work at home.
The teacher will give careful consideration when assigning homework. Homework will have a logical purpose and will never be given as punishment. Consideration will be given to the amount of time it will take to complete the homework.
The approximate amount of time for homework will be based on the grade level times ten. For example, third grade would have 3 X 10, or thirty minutes of homework per day. If, on avarage, your student is spending more time than necessary on homework, please schedule a conference with the teacher. All students are unique and work at different speeds.
If a student chooses not to do a homework assignment, then the assignment will have ten points deducted every day for up to three days. If the assignment is not turned in at that time, the student will receive a zero for the assignment.
Health ConcernsPlease notify the nurse if your child has special health concerns like asthma or allergies.
We request that students not attend school if he/she has had a temperature of 100 or higher or has vomited within the last 24 hours.
Parents will notify and meet with the school nurse regarding any allergic condition that may affect their student’s welfare in the school setting. Notification must be done as soon school begins or the student is enrolled.
Character SkillsGreen Elementary will be using the Chick-Fil-A Core Essentials program this year to teach character skills. It provides simple, straight-forward tools which quickly incorporate character education into the curriculum. There will be a "Value of the Month" focus which encourages everyone - school and home - to emphasize the same aspect of each value.
The values are:
Tablecards are sent home with each student each month. These cards include the value, definition, and suggestions for families for discussing the value at mealtime.
The money earned through our Chick-Fil-A nights helps us to pay for this valuable program. So please continue to support Green by eating at Chick-Fil-A on those nights.
Traffic PlanCar Drop-Off and Pick-Up
Enter Green Elementary at the far right entrance marked "Enter Only"
Proceed along the horseshoe-shaped drive to the side of the school, allowing the first car to stop next to the mailbox. DO NOT STOP AT GYM ENTRANCE.
Have students ready to exit the car when you stop.
If you are parking and walking your student into school please CROSS ONLY AT THE CROSSWALK.
At pick-up time, please follow the same guidelines.
For the safety of our students, do not cut through the parking lot to drop off your child and do not drop your child off in the middle of the parking lot.
Please be prompt, patient, and courteous when dropping off your child.
When crossing streets adjacent to the school, do so only at the crosswalk with the assistance of the crossing guard. ALWAYS stay on the sidewalk.
When crossing streets, do so only at the crosswalk with the assistance of the crossing guard.
Get off your bike at the crosswalk before crossing the street.
Walk your bike on the sidewalk once on school property until you reach the bike rack.
Thank you for your help with our traffic safety issues. Let's keep our children safe!
VisitorsFor the safety of all our students and staff, please follow these guidelines when visiting the building.
1. Visitors should sign in at the visitor's desk when first arriving and wear a visitor's badge. Teachers and staff have been instructed to question anyone not identified as an authorized visitor. Please do not be offended if you are stopped in the hallway. Remember we are trying to keep everyone safe.
2. If you need to make contact with your child or his/her teacher, please come into the main office where the office staff will assist you. Please do not go directly to the room unless you have an appointment with the teacher. We strive to maintain our learning environment with no unnecessary interruptions during the day.
3. If your child forgot their lunch, a book or other needed items, please place them in the "buckets" located in the main hallway. Also notify the office and we will make sure the item is retrieved by the student.
Thank you for helping to keep our students and staff safe.
We know that sometimes you may have concerns or questions about your child's educational program at Green. When you do, we want to hear from you so that together we can address your concerns early, before they grow.
To help us address these issues in a constructive, positive way, we would like to share the following process:
1. Define the problem for us. What do you think may be contributing to the problem?
2. Gather examples (e.g. child's work, assignments) that will help us better understand the problem.
3. List several possible solutions to the problem.
4. Contact the teacher to set up a meeting and share your information.
With you, the teacher will
1. identify the nature of the concern
2. review pertinent facts
3. outline the next steps
If you are not satisfied with the outcome, contact the principal to set up a meeting. The principal will follow the same steps as the teacher in addressing your concern. Afterwards, the principal will contact the teacher to share information about your discussion.
Pay PAMS - Parent Account Management System
Pre-pay for school meals at Pay PAMS.
Meet PAMS: Parent Account Management System
* Pay for your child’s meals via the Internet or telephone from the convenience of your home or office twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
* Schedule automatic payments based on account balance.
* View cafeteria purchases –online
* Receive e-mail notification of balance status