Policies & procedures

Arrival and dismissal

School hours for the 2019-20 school year are:  

  • Grades K-5 - 8:10 a.m.-3:20 p.m.
  • Prekindergarten AM - 8:02-11:05 a.m.
  • Prekindergarten PM - 12:17-3:20 p.m.

Arrival

Students may not arrive, or be dropped off, prior to 7:30 a.m.  

Breakfast is available from 7:30-7:50 a.m.

Students who arrive at our campus between 7:30 a.m. and 7:50 a.m. will be supervised in the hallway nearest their classroom. They will spend this time reading.

Students arriving to campus by private vehicle should be dropped off in the front. Parents wishing to park may use the visitor spaces, non-labeled parking spaces, or the yellow curb areas. Please do not park in the labeled parking spaces or along the red curb areas. The parking lot by the cafeteria is for school buss drop off, daycare vans, and staff vehicles.

All students arriving by private vehicle, bicycle, or walking must enter through the front doors.

Late arrivals are partial day absences. 

Dismissal

  • First through fifth grade walkers and riders will be dismissed from the gym.
  • PreK-Kindergarten walkers and riders are dismissed from the kindergarten playground area.
  • Bus riders/day care are dismissed from the cafeteria.

Changing the way a student goes home

Contact Office:  972-475-1884

A student ID number (lunch number) is required when calling to change the way a student will go home.  Many parents place this number in their phone contacts.

If there is a change in how a student goes home, parents/guardians must write a note stating how the child/children will go home. Please do not email the teacher, as they may not have time to check emails until after dismissal. Parents may also call the office to communicate a change in after school transportation before 2:30 p.m. 

Students will not be allowed to change their dismissal procedures without a note or phone call from a parent/guardian.

Early dismissal

Students who leave the building during normal school hours must sign out through the attendance office. Only a parent, legal guardian, or emergency contact may sign out a student. Photo identification (valid driver's license) is required.

Attendance, absences and tardies

Contact:  Carolina Hernandez

A student is considered late at 8:10 a.m. Students who arrive at 8:10 a.m. or after must sign in at the attendance office, with a parent present, and receive a pass before proceeding to class.  Students arriving between 8:10-8:19 a.m. are marked tardy and students arriving at or after 8:20 a.m. will receive a partial day absence.

Arrival by 8:09 a.m. - on time
Arrival 8:10-8:19 a.m. - tardy
Arrival 8:20 or after - partial day absence
PreK AM - Arrival by 8:01 - on time
                  Arrival by 8:02 - tardy
                  Arrival by 8:12 - unexcused
PreK PM - Arrival by 12:17 - on time
                  Arrival by 12:26 - tardy
                  Arrival at or after 12:27 - unexcused

For the purpose of state accounting, students are either present or absent at the times the official attendance is taken at the campus. Excused absences may be considered for illness, death in the immediate family, or other circumstances approved in advance by the principal.

In the event of an absence, students are required to bring a note stating the student's name, teacher, date, and reason for the absence with a signature of the parent/guardian. Or, parents/guardians may sign in to their child's Skyward account and leave an absence note in lieu of writing a note. Failure to provide a note within the required time period will result in an unexcused absence. A parent note should contain the child's name, student ID number, dates of absence, reason for absence, a contact number and a parent/guardian signature.

In the event of absences exceeding three days, a doctor's excuse must be obtained.   A doctor's note should contain the child's student ID number.

Late arrivals may be considered as excused or unexcused based on a determination of the principal or her designee. In addition, late arrivals are considered partial day absences and are subject to court filings.

Birthdays

Student birthdays may be celebrated by providing individually wrapped treats for your child and their class to enjoy at the end of the day.  We do not interrupt instructional time for birthday celebrations.  Please check with your child's teacher regarding possible food allergies in the classroom.   We do not deliver special items such as balloons, flowers, stuffed animals, and gifts.  If  these items are brought, they will be held in the office for your child to take home at the end of the school day.

Campus improvement plan

A Campus Improvement Plan serves as the blueprint for how a campus will address performance objectives and other campus needs that have been identified from a Campus Needs Assessment.

Communication

Back Elementary offers many ways to keep parents and the community informed.  Please call our office at 972-475-1884 for more information.

Dress code

Back Elementary follows the district's standardized dress code.

Please remember that:

  • standardized dress colors include navy or khaki skirts, shorts, or pants, and red, navy or white collared shirts
  • all jackets or sweaters are to be red, white, or navy with no logos or graphics of any kind
  • girls should wear shorts underneath dresses or skirts
  • tennis shoes are required daily for students who attend P.E.
  • students are not allowed to wear flip-flop sandals or heelies at any time

Fridays are casual dress. Jeans and t-shirts are permitted as long as the logo is in compliance with school policy. On calendar designated days students are allowed to wear the announced dress for that day.

Enrolling

Contact: Carolina Hernandez

We would love to have you join the Back Bulldog family! For more information about enrollment including required documents and prekindergarten eligibility requirements, see the district Enrollment page.

Parties

Two class parties are held each school year to recognize Valentine's Day and the Winter Holiday break.  Please check the online Calendar or your child's take-home information for dates, times on school holiday parties.  If your child is unable to participate in a school-wide party for any reason, we will happily provide alternative activities.  Please inform your child's teacher so we can make arrangements.

Security

We ensure the safety of students, staff, visitors and property 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

We have two assigned police officers at Back Elementary.  Officer Bell and Officer Gregg visit our campus regularly to provide a positive presence in our school, interact with students and provide safety education.

For more information visit the district Safety & security page.

Student emergency information 

It is vital to keep emergency contact information current. If any information changes during the year, please notify Carolina Hernandez or call the office at 972-475-1884. We must be able to contact you if your child has an emergency.

Student identification number

The student identification (ID) number is a number assigned to your child upon entering GISD.  This number is needed when leaving a message for your child over the phone, picking your child up early from school, and other purposes.  Please memorize or write down your child's student ID Number in a safe place where it will be available to refer to when necessary.  

Title I

The Campus Parent Involvement Policy explains how our campus supports the important role of parents in the education of their children. We offer a Parent Compact to establish a partnership among parents, school staff, and students for improving student academic achievement.  

Visitors

Contact:  Ybon Garcia

A valid picture ID is required to enter the school.  Visitors are not permitted at this time due to COVID.

Register at the front office

To ensure the safety of our students and staff, visitors must register with the front office before accessing the building. The GISD currently uses the Raptor System to check the federal offender databases. A current, valid picture ID is required.

Make an appointment

Visitors are not permitted at this time due to COVID. To ensure the person you wish to meet with is available, please schedule an appointment at 972-475-1884.  Teacher conference times can be found on the Academics grade level pages along with teacher emails.

Visiting during lunch

Visitors are not permitted at this time due to COVID.

Online Student Services requests

Do you need to enroll your child, request a transfer, or request a transcript? It's easy to start common processes at home. Visit the Online Student Services page to get started. 

Upcoming instructional model change selection period will be November 9- November 13, 2020.  New choice effective date will start January 5, 2021.

If you have additional questions, please contact the campus data clerk.

District policies

To support our mission of providing an exceptional education to all students, we have created policies designed to help your student have the best possible education experience.

Visit the Policies page on the district website for additional polices and related information.