Parent Handbook

Attendance

ARRIVAL
Students will go directly to the cafeteria for supervision by staff no earlier than 7:10 am. School Assembly will begin promptly at 7:30 am when the bell rings. Students will sit with other students from their grade level and class in an orderly and quiet manner. Parents are welcome to join them there. After Assembly, teachers will lead their students to the classroom to begin instruction at 7:45 am.

ABSENCES AND TARDIES
School beings at 7:45 am. Staff will be at the front door at 7:45 am to issue tardy slips to students and will give the student white index cards for parents to sign if their child is tardy. If a student shows up to their class without a slip, they will be sent to the office to obtain a slip. The school enters attendance data into a computer by 10:00 am daily. The state compulsory attendance law states that students are in non-compliance with the law when they have 3 or more unexcused days or parts of days (tardies) within a four week period or ten or more unexcused days or parts of days (tardies) within a six month period. Days or parts of days (tardies) count as one day. You will receive a letter from the school district if your child has too many unexcused tardies and/or absences. Absences will be excused for a child’s illness or observance of a religious holiday. Written excuses/doctor’s notes must be brought to the school office within two days of the child’s return to school. Excuses for tardies must be completed by the parent in the school office on the day of late arrival. All excuses are kept for audit purposes. If you do not bring a note to the office, your child will have an unexcused tardy or absence on his/her attendance records.

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If your child is ill or must be absent due to an observance of a religious holiday, please request schoolwork by notifying your child’s teacher. Allow 24 hours for the teacher to prepare make-up work. It will be available for pick-up in the school office.

Please do not plan vacations during the school year on regular school days. Vacations will be counted as unexcused absences.

EARLY PICK UP
If your child needs to be picked up early, report to the office, sign student out and ask secretary to call your student. Only authorized persons can pick up a student. If there is a change in who may pick up your child, be sure to notify the office. Whenever possible, please try to make appointments outside school hours.

DISMISSAL
Please park your car in an appropriate space and come inside for your children. There is a bell that rings at 2:52 pm for students who attend after-school care or ride the bus. Please wait in the Great Hall until the second bell is rung at 2:57 pm so that the children can benefit from instruction and be released from the classroom in a safe and orderly fashion. All students must by picked up by 3:05 pm as teachers cannot be responsible for them after that time. For their safety, any students not picked up in their classroom by 3:05 pm will wait in the office. Students will only be released to parents/guardians listed on the emergency care card. You will be asked to sign the late pick up book.

Please remember that students are released at the following times at the end of the school day:

2:12 pm – PreK pickup in the Great Hall
2:52 pm
 – Bus Riders/Day Care Pick Up
2:57 pm – Parents Pick Up in classrooms and Car Riders
3:00 pm – Walkers and Bike Riders (Older siblings released to pick up younger siblings)

STUDENT WITHDRAWAL FROM SUMMITT
If your child must be withdrawn from school:

  • Notify the school at least two days in advance.
  • The teacher will complete necessary paperwork.
  • The secretary will complete withdrawal paperwork.
  • All library books and textbooks must be returned or paid for before records will be cleared.

Behavior

BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS
AISD has a discipline policy; you will receive a copy. Summitt Elementary’s discipline plan requests students show respect for themselves, for others and for school property. Each classroom has a discipline management plan which will be explained to you during Back-to-School Night.

CELL PHONES
Cell phones must be turned off and left in backpacks during school hours.

COUNSELOR
Summitt Counselors are available to assist both students and parents on a consistent basis. Children are supported through classroom guidance activities, small groups on various topics as needs arise. Parents may benefit from consultation with the counselor related to specific issues that impact their child. You may call one of the counselors directly at 512-414-4248.

  • Resource Guide for ParentsThis guide has phone numbers to education, financial assistance, legal services, family support, youth services, counseling services, etc.

TEXTBOOKS AND LIBRARY BOOKS
The school issues, collects, and accounts for all textbooks. All textbooks should be covered at all times with school-issued book covers. Textbooks and library books that are lost or damaged by a student must be paid for by the parent at the current replacement price.

VALUABLE ITEMS
Students should leave trading cards, video games, and other expensive items and toys at home. They may be lost or interrupt instruction in the classroom. Students will not buy, sell, or trade items at school.

WEAPONS
Any weapon will be confiscated by the administration, and the appropriate authorities will be notified.

Breakfast/Lunch

If you would like to set up an account for your child, send money for the week or month in an envelope with the student’s name and the teacher’s name or go to https://www.myschoolbucks.com. No checks will be accepted. The cafeteria does not have change in the morning. Parents may apply for free or reduced-priced meals by obtaining an application from the office.

Breakfast: 7:15 am to 7:40 am
Lunch: 10:30 am to 1:00 pm

Cheese sandwiches and milk will be provided for students if they forget their lunch money. No money is available for loans. Parents may enter specific requests concerning student lunches into the computer in the cafeteria.

Celebrations & Field Trips

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS
Private birthday parties will not be held at school. Invitations to private birthday parties should not be distributed at school unless the entire class is invited. Food items may be distributed at school after lunch to celebrate birthdays.

CLASS PARTIES
All school-connected social activities shall be approved by and planned with the teacher and children involved, in consultation with the principal. Each class may have no more than three official parties per year.

FIELD TRIPS
Parents will be notified in advance whenever children will leave campus on study trips. A permission form is sent home for parent signature when students are riding in private or commercial transportation.

Communication & Visits

TEXT MESSAGE UPDATES (3/17)
Sign up to receive important updates from Ms. Standish with the Remind app, text or on your computer. This will be used by Ms. Standish to relay information (no school day, emergency updates, etc.).

  • If you have a smartphone, download the Remind app, enter this link on your web browser to get the app: rmd.at/eg464c

  • If you wish to receive updates/notifications via text, text the message @eg464c to the number 81010 (standard text message rates apply)

  • Don’t want to get texts or use the app? You can sign up for email notifications. Go to rmd.at/eg464c and sign up online.

CONCERNS/COMPLAINT POLICY
Parents may call teachers directly in their classrooms. Messages will be checked before school, during special area time, at lunchtime, and after school. To avoid interruption of instruction, teachers will return your calls at their planning time or after school. Please contact the teacher first if you have a questions or concern. You may also contact the principal or assistant principal. Schedule conferences during planning time or after school. No conferences should be held from 7:30 am to 7:45 am. Every attempt will be made to return phone calls on the day that they are received to resolve concerns.

LOST AND FOUND
Lost and found items will be located in the Music Hallway close to the front entrance. All clothing that can be removed at school should be clearly marked with the child’s name. All items not claimed are donated to charity. Small items like glasses and billfolds are kept in the school office. Ask for them there.

NEWSLETTER
The official newsletter of Summitt, the Summitt Eagles Elementary Newsletter, is distributed on each Wednesday during the school year via email. This newsletter will give you information for about activities at the school. Subscribe today.

PARENT CLOUD
Parents can view assignment grades, class averages, attendance information, email teachers, and even update their phone number and email addresses from within this new portal. It is recommended that each parent or guardian should have their own account and not share their login information with their child, as a new Student Self Serve (SSS) application is also available to allow students to look up their own information. In order to access the PSS, simply login to the AISD ParentCloud (or create a new account) at my.austinisd.org. To learn how to create an account, click on this link.

PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES
Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held with all parents during the first and third nine-weeks reporting periods. Additional conferences can be requested at any time by contacting the teacher.

PERMANENT RECORDS
In accordance with the Open Records Law, parents who wish to review their child’s permanent records may do so by contacting the school office.

REPORT CARDS
Report Cards are distributed at the end of each nine weeks. Mid nine weeks reports are sent home when students are having academic difficulty. Parents should keep report cards, sign the report card envelope, and return the envelope to the child’s teacher. Schedule conferences as needed.

SCHOOL-HOME COMMUNICATION
“Monday Folders” will be sent each week to facilitate communication between home and school. Please check your child’s folder to see papers to be returned to school and papers to be kept at home. Please encourage your child to bring notes to you even if they are sent on other days.

Students in third through fifth grade use an assignment book. Please review it each day.

VISITORS
Report to the office with your driver’s license. A name tag will be created for you. Once your license is in the system, you will only need to create your own name tag each time you visit. We ask visitors to sign out at the conclusion of your visit using the scanner located next to the computer. If you would like to observe instruction, let the teacher know in advance. This courtesy allows the visit to benefit everyone. Please limit visits to 30 minutes and leave younger children at home. Schedule a conference with the teacher if you would like to discuss your visit.

Emergency Contact

CHANGE OF ADDRESS OR PHONE NUMBERS
For the safety and protection of your child, please notify the office in writing of any changes of address or phone number(s). We must have a phone number where the parent(s) can be reached during the school day, especially in case of illness or accident. We also need to know who has permission to pick up your child from school. Copies of court papers will be kept in the office and referred to as necessary.

EMERGENCY CARE FORMS
Please complete and update information on the Emergency Forms so that we have current phone numbers and names of persons who may pick up your child(ren). See also heading titled “Change of Address or Phone Number.”

Health

IMMUNIZATIONS
AlSD implements Texas Department of Health rules and regulations regarding immunizations for student enrollment and attendance. All students must have all age-appropriate immunizations required by the state of Texas.

INSURANCE
Student accident insurance is available to all students. A packet will be available for each student in September of each year. Purchase of these benefits is optional.

MEDICATION
According to AISD Policy, prescription and non-prescription medicine will be given by school personnel during school hours only as necessary. Parent/guardian must complete a signed medication form prior to medication being given. The medication must be in the original container with the child’s name, current date, and specific instructions for administration. Medication given three times a day should be given before school, after school, and in the evening by the parent. Empty medicine containers will be sent home with the child as a reminder to send refills, if necessary. All medications 
must be kept in the office. Children are not allowed to self-medicate.

NURSE
Children can receive a pass from the classroom teacher to see the nurse or a secretary (when the nurse or her assistant is not on campus). In most cases, the student’s temperature is taken, and the child may be given the opportunity to rest in the nurse’s office. First aid will be administered as needed. Parents will be contacted if the child is ill or injured. Students with a 100.0 fever must be sent home and CANNOT return to school until the temperature returns to normal for 24 hours without the use of fever medication.

VISION AND HEARING
Each year students in early childhood (EC), pre-kindergarten (Pre-K), kindergarten (K), second and fifth grade are screened for vision and hearing problems. Students in other grade levels may be referred for screening by the teachers or parents.

Parent Involvement

PARENT-TEACHER ASSOCIATION (PTA)
Summitt has an active PTA. There are general meetings throughout the year. The Executive Board holds open meetings monthly. Anyone interested is invited to attend. Flyers and the newsletter will have additional information about PTA activities and committees.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT POLICY
Please report to the office and get a name tag. We welcome parents as volunteers in the school. Opportunities are available to work in the cafeteria, library, classroom, office, and computer lab. A parent/teacher workroom is located behind the teacher breakroom. There is always a place for you at Summitt.

PARTNERS IN EDUCATION
Our partners contribute volunteer time, in-kind gifts or monetary donations to our school to help us attain our goals. Please patronize our partners to thank them for their support of our school programs.

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