Policies & procedures

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Food guidelines

Garland ISD has new guidelines for food brought into our school. If you would like to bring food for a child's birthday or school party it must have the following:

  1. Nutrition label that includes the ingredients
  2. Prepackaging
  3. Individually portioned

If you have anymore questions or concerns please read your parent handbook or contact the office at 972-675-3010

Dress code

Cooper students will be required to follow the standardized dress policy.

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  • Shirts - red, navy, or white polo-style shirts with collars; may be long or short sleeves
  • Pants/Slacks/Trousers - navy or khaki traditional style (NO cargo pants, pipe pants, jeans, etc.)
  • Shorts - navy or khaki, approximately knee-length, finished hemline, same style as pants
  • Sweatshirts or Sweaters - red, navy, or white, pull-over style , long sleeves
  • Skirts/Skorts/Jumper - navy, khaki, approximately knee-length
  • Shoes and Socks - suggested footwear includes socks with tennis shoes, loafers, dress shoes, or other closed-toe shoes - tennis shoes will be necessary for PE
  • Belts - Preferred but not required
  • Special Dress Days - each school may occasionally include spirit days, career days, college days, free-dress days, etc. that could include jeans with school shirts, college shirts, or other clothing designed by the campus.


It is a proven fact that in order for your child to achieve and learn to their maximum potential that they have to have regular attendance. If your child has to be absent, please send a note explaining the absence when your child returns. If you take your child out early for a doctor or dentist appointment, they must return to school with a note from the appointment. If they do not have a note from the doctor or dentist then they will have an unexcused absence. Please note that school starts at 8:00 a.m. Students who arrive late will receive a tardy or partial day absence.

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A student must be in his/her classroom by 8:10 a.m. We have a machine that stamps the time on the tardy slip. There are three parts to the tardy slip; white for the office, pink for the teacher and yellow for the parents. This will enable you to keep a record of when your child was tardy.

School visitors

To ensure the maximum amount of instruction, parents should refrain from entering the classroom when school is in session. Parents, please call the office and request a conference or make an appointment to meet with the teacher during conference time or after school. All visitors and parents must sign in on the computer in the office. The computer will then issue a badge to visitors. Teachers and staff have been instructed to stop anyone not identified as a visitor or volunteer. This policy is for the protection of all of our children. If it is necessary to contact your child or his teacher during the school day, the office staff will assist you. This is our district policy.

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Parking lot procedures

Parents, please observe the following guidelines when dropping off and picking up your children. All rules and regulations are enforced to ensure the safety of each child. Our campus is very fortunate to have several volunteers who help facilitate the flow of traffic. Please treat these kind people with courtesy and respect.

Cooper Elementary top ten parking lot list

  1. Upon entering the parking lot observe the five mile per hour speed limit and have your child's name and grade clearly visible in your window.
  2. Always unload at the curbside only.
  3. Three cars only in the right lane past the crosswalk.
  4. Parents and students must always use the crosswalk. It is never permissible to cross between cars in the middle of the parking lot.
  5. Please be considerate of those behind you and never leave your vehicle unattended.
  6. Please do not park in numbered spaces as these are teacher's parking places.
  7. When exiting the parking lot before and after school, you may turn right or left. This will keep the flow of traffic moving.
  8. Never stop in the street or intersection (Pembroke and Kingsbridge) to let your child out. This stops all traffic flow. Plus, your child could be easily injured.
  9. Do not block the crosswalk with your vehicle. While in the crosswalk, please do not talk on your cell phone. This is a state law.
  10. The number one reason: We care about all of our children and we want to ensure the safety of every single child. Please remember that by taking time to observe these Top 10 rules you are ensuring the safety of our 650+ children. The safety of our children depends on all of us.

Parent communication

On Tuesday of every week, a folder will be sent home with graded papers and important information about the activities of Cooper. These folders should be signed and returned to the teacher each week.

Emergency contact cards

If any information changes during the year, please notify the office as soon a possible. It is very important to keep these cards current as we must be able to contact you in case of an emergency.


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We are looking for wonderful volunteers at Cooper for the 2017-2018 school year! There are many opportunities for you to participate at Cooper, including PTA activities, helping classroom teachers, chaperoning field trips, etc. However, for the safety of our students, all volunteers are required to fill out a volunteer form. These forms can be found on the Be a Volunteer page on the district website. Because we have so many involved parents, we encourage everyone to fill out the necessary forms, even if you do not anticipate volunteering on a regular basis. A large part of our school's success can be attributed to our outstanding volunteers. Thank you for your support!

Student medication

All medication is to be kept in the clinic. Prescription medication with a parent's note is allowed. Over-the-counter medication requires both a doctor's note and a parent's note. No teacher should administer aspirin or any other medication to a student. If a student is supposed to take medicine during the day, it is that student's responsibility to come down at the appropriate time.

Campus Parent Involvement Policy

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. Please click on the following link to view full document in English or Spanish

Parent-school learning compact

The parent-school learning compact states what is expected of the teacher, parent, and student working in unison for a successful academic year. Please click the link to view the compact in English or Spanish.

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.