KISD Elementary Student Handbook
The School Day
Instructional time begins at 8:00 a.m. daily. The tardy bell rings at 8:05 a.m. After 8:05 students are required to sign in at the front office. The main entrance to the school is unlocked at 7:15 a.m. Teachers will open their classroom doors no later than 7:45 a.m. Kindergarten/1st grade students wait in the cafeteria until 7:45 and are monitored by duty teachers. Pre K students will go to the computer lab. Pre K students will eat breakfast in their classrooms. Parents may walk students to their classroom for the first three days of school.
In the interest of your children’s safety, the doors will remain locked during school hours. Access is permitted through the front only. All volunteers and visitors must sign in and wear a badge during school hours. Please have your driver’s license available when signing in. After the 1st week of school, parents will not be allowed to walk their students to their class. Staff will be available to monitor and assist students.
Afternoon Transportation and Dismissal
All pick-up students will be dismissed at 3:20 pm to the circle drive in front of KPS. Our school will be using the Car Rider Pro system to track the order of cars arriving in the pick-up line. All Kinder and 1st grade parents please enter our campus through the Baughmann Road entrance in order to assure that CarRider Pro reads your car tag. This tag reader will not be turned on the detect tags until 2:05, so please do not sit in the line waiting any earlier that 2:05. All car riders will be issued two hanging tags per family. Any additional or replacement tags will be provided at the cost of $5 per tag. These tags need to be placed either hanging from your rearview mirror or in the front window of your vehicle.
All Pre K and Headstart parents must enter the campus from Hwy. 259 in order for your car tag to be read. PK and HS students are to be picked up at 2:45 in the bus lane at the back of the building.
Students riding KISD transportation must have a bus card on file with the transportation office. Bus cards will be provided at registration or from the school office. Students are allowed to ride only one afternoon bus. If your child is not able to ride their assigned afternoon bus, they will need to be picked up.
****Transportation changes will not be taken over the phone. All transportation changes must be in written form. You may bring a note, email or fax the office before 2:45 p.m. Students cannot be changed from a bus to pick up over the phone. The request must be e-mailed to email@example.com or faxed to (903)984-2176.
If a student needs to leave school before regular dismissal time, the parent or guardian must check the child out from the office.
Students who are absent two consecutive days or longer may call the office to request assignments. Parents may pick up the assignments from the office after 2:00 p.m.
Homework assignments are an extension of classroom learning time. Homework will: improve student’s work habits, reinforce newly learned skills, and increase student’s responsibility. Missed homework assignments will result in consequences for the student. Your child will receive homework guidelines and expectations from his/her homeroom teacher.
We anticipate the use of photographs of students participating in school activities. Students’ photos may be used in the yearbook, on the school website, classroom website, Kilgore News Herald and other media outlets. If you prefer not to have your child’s photo taken and/or released, please be sure to notify the office and have on file the appropriate paperwork.
At various times during the school year, students will attend field trips and special events where KISD will be providing transportation. Please make sure your child has a Travel Permission Form on file with Kilgore Primary School. These can be obtained in the school office.
Please bring work, supplies, lunch kits or other items your child forgot to the school office. We will make every effort to get the items to your child at an appropriate break in instruction. Please help us protect instructional time by refraining from interrupting classes.
Conferences with teachers are encouraged. Teachers may be contacted by leaving a message in the school office, email, or by sending a note directly to the teacher. The teacher will then contact the parents to schedule the conference. Conferences should be scheduled during the teacher’s conference period or at other prearranged tim
Parents are not permitted to eat breakfast with their child. Students who eat breakfast routinely will be given a green zip tie to make staff aware. Breakfast eaters should be on campus by 7:50 a.m. Parents may eat lunch with their child during their designated lunch times. Parents must check in at the office and receive a visitor badge. Parents may bring food and eat with their student only. Parents are allowed in the cafeteria during lunch times only. Please check out at the office once your child’s lunch is over. Students are not allowed to be checked out and taken off campus for lunch.
We celebrate two parties: Christmas and Valentine’s. Please see your child’s teacher if you are interested in being a room mom or would like to volunteer to help set up or bring items for parties.
For individual birthdays, invitations may be distributed if the whole class is invited. KPS can not give student’s addresses to parents of other students. Parents may wish to send a special treat for the class. However, all outside food brought on the campus must have a retail ingredient label. Please refrain from sending candles, flowers, or balloons. The treat can be left in the office and the teacher will pass it out at her discretion. Please make the necessary arrangements with the teacher before bringing the treat.
Students are not allowed to receive deliveries of flowers, balloons, etc. for special occasions (ex. birthdays, homecoming).
Pledge of Allegiance and a Minute of Silence
Texas law requires students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States Flag and the Pledge of Allegiance to the Texas flag each day. Parents may submit a written request to the principal to excuse their child from reciting a pledge.
A moment of silence will follow the recitation of the pledges. The student may choose to reflect, pray, meditate or engage in any other silent activity so long as the silent activity does not interfere with or distract others. (See policy EC-Legal for more information.)
All students with a fever of 100°F or greater, those that are vomiting, and/or experiencing diarrhea will be sent home from school. Those students should not return to school until symptoms and/or fever are gone for a complete 24 hours. They will not be allowed to return to school the following day. Please do not administer fever reducing medicine to your student and then send him/her to school.
Please take note of the following important information about the administration of medication during school hours:
Although not an illness or disease, Kilgore ISD recognizes that an active head lice infestation may create a difficult learning environment for the affected student(s) and as a result :
A head check is made whenever symptoms are observed. Parents are notified immediately if their child has evidence of live head lice and are asked to pick their student up. Parent should accompany the child to school upon his/her return after treatment and report to the nurse’s office before going to class. Student is not cleared to return to class until their head has been rechecked by the nurse and found to be free of live lice. If any live lice are found in the child’s hair, he/she will be sent home until no evidence of live lice exists.
The most effective screening occurs at home.
Medical Excuse from P.E.
Written notes to exclude a student from participation of P.E. because of an illness or injury can be turned into the front office or student’s teacher. If the excuse is for more than three days, a note is needed from the doctor. If a doctor’s note has excluded a student from participation, a doctor’s note will be needed for child to return to activity as well.
Texas state immunization requirements can be found at DSHS Immunization Branch Immunization Requirements Web Page: www.dshs.state.tx.us/immunize/school
All students transferring into KISD from out of state are required to present current immunization records prior to enrollment.
Affidavits of Exemption from Immunizations for Reasons of Conscience are required for renewal every two years and parent should provide school with renewed notarized affidavit.
All students who have not received the required immunizations for reasons of conscience, including religious beliefs, may be excluded from school in times of emergency or epidemic as declared by the commissioner of public health.
Emergency Medical Treatment
If a student should have a medical emergency at school, or a school-related activity, and parent can not be reached; 911 will be called and if needed, student will be transported to the nearest hospital.
The school counselor is available to assist students with a wide range of personal concerns, including such areas as social, family, emotional issues, or any type of abuse. The counselor may also make available information about community resources to address these concerns. A student or parent who wishes to meet with the counselor should contact the school at (903) 988-3905.
Pets at School
When you come to visit at KPS, please leave your pets at home. Dogs and cats are not allowed in the building. Additionally, please refrain from bringing pets on campus during arrival and dismissal times, as well as campus-wide events that draw large crowds of people, such as Field Day, Open House, etc.
During inclement weather, hazardous road conditions are the primary concern in determining whether to dismiss school. If conditions seem unfavorable, roads will be checked in various areas of the school district prior to 6:00 a.m. and this information relayed to the Maintenance/Transportation Office by 6:10 a.m. The superintendent will telephone the following television/radio stations:
KKTX, FM 96X, KYKX, FM 105, KOOI, FM 106.5, KLTV, Channel 7, Tyler; KETK Channel 56, Jacksonville; KSLA, Channel 12, Shreveport; KTPB, FM 88.7, Kilgore; KIXK, FM 99.3, KYTX, Tyler.
It is wise to anticipate that school will be held until notification otherwise is received. Please do not call the police station, school principals, or school superintendent. Instead, tune to your radio or television to one of the stations listed above and await the official announcement.
Should a winter storm move in during the school day, classes may be dismissed early for the safety of the students. Notification will also be made to the radio/television stations as soon as the decision is reached.
School Volunteer Information
Volunteers are a much-appreciated and highly respected group of individuals who make up a very important part of our educational team. KISD and its professional educators witness the rewards of volunteer partnerships between our community and our schools.
Individuals who would like to volunteer must submit a completed Volunteer Application every school year. Applicants must submit a criminal history check. All information is confidential . KISD reserves the right to refuse volunteer placement to individuals with disqualifying criminal convictions. Completed applications and DPS Computerized Criminal History forms must be submitted and approved by the District Volunteer Coordinator prior to volunteering. Applications are available online at www.kisd.org or can be picked at each campus or from the District Volunteer Coordinator at the administration building.
KISD Check Policy
KISD has established the following policy for accepting checks and collecting bad checks: