Policies & procedures


For the safety of our students, volunteer applicants who will work one-on-one with a student or chaperone an overnight field trip will be subject to a criminal history check.

For volunteers who are subject to a background check: both the Volunteer Application Form and Criminal History Check must be submitted to your campus office to be eligible to volunteer in our schools.

Please visit the district volunteer section to see information and forms.

Student code of conduct & handbook



Dress code

Please visit the district dress code page for details.

Dropping off and picking up students

  • The speed limit is 5mph for the safety of all students. Please follow the posted speed limit as you drive through lanes.
  • The middle lane will no longer be used. It will be blocked off for safety purposes.

Before school drop off

  • When dropping off students, please pull your car as far forward in the pick up/drop off lanes (right and left lands).
  • As soon as the student is dropped off, please pull forward to prevent other traffic issues.
  • For the safety of students and parents, please cross the driving lanes at the crosswalk.
  • Children always have the right away. They may forget to look for you so please watch out for them.
  • Do not park and leave your car unattended in these lanes. They are designed for pick up/drop off only.
  • If you want to walk your student inside the building you will need to park your car on the side parking lot or street.

After school pick up

Parents and/or adults must provide proof of students' "pick-up" car sign provided by the school. If you need a replacement, please contact Toni Walters

Thank you for your attention to this matter. The students, teachers, and staff strive for a safe environment to learn. Please do your part to make sure every student at Hillside Academy has the opportunity to arrive and leave school safely.

Transportation and bus information

Any changes to your child's transportation MUST be provided in writing. In making changes, the following should be included:

  • Student's I.D number
  • Bus number
  • Student name
  • Date of change requested
  • Days student will not ride

If a student is not bus eligible, the bus can not be a method of transportation.


A student must be in the front door by 8 a.m. to avoid a tardy. Tardies, according to GISD policy, will be reflected on the report card whether they are excused or unexcused. For accounting purposes, a tardy is equal to a partial absence. Excessive tardies can become an attendance problem.

Releasing students before 3 p.m.

All students must be checked out of school by front office personnel. Before releasing a student to an adult, the adult must sign the student out and a picture I.D. shown. Parents who call to give us a message about releasing their child to walk home or be picked up by someone other than parent must give the office the student's ID number and person picking up the student must be one of the student's contacts on our student information card.

Daycare centers

The following list of daycares pick up from our campus after school

  • Kids Kingdom
  • Mt. Hebron
  • New World
  • Oak Park Day School
  • First Baptist CDC
  • Taxi Mom
  • Student Taxi
  • Willis early Learning Center
  • Kids Green Acres
  • Lake Cities
  • Salvation Army
  • Blue Ivy
  • Ms. Gonzales
  • Pecan Ranch

  • Happy Days

  • Rowlett Martial Arts Center 

  • Little Butterflies Daycare Center

Health/medical information


By law, the district must have an immunization record for each student on file. These records should be up-to-date at the time of registration. Records must show the month, day and year of each dose of vaccine and must be validated by a physician’s signature or a public health clinic card. Children entering Garland ISD for the first time must present written verification of the required immunizations at the time of enrollment.

Required Immunizations

Student medication

All medications brought to school by a student shall be prescription only, and in a properly labeled bottle. Medications should be accompanied with a Medication Policy-Parent Permission form filled out requesting that the medications be taken at school. Medications will be kept in the clinic in a locked cabinet. It is the responsibility of your child to report to the clinic to take his/her medication. Please alert us if your child has a special medical problem. More information can be found at the GISD Health Services webpage.

Do I need to keep my child home?

Families and Communication

School visitors

We welcome your visits to our school, but please comply with our district policy to register at the front office when entering the building. This is to ensure the safety of our students, and preserve the instructional time of our students. Visits to the classroom for observational reasons need to be scheduled through individual teachers in advance of the day you plan to visit. If you need to drop off items or leave messages for your child, our office staff will assist you. We ask that you refrain from walking into individual classrooms to deliver items or messages.

Messages to students during school day

Writing a note to the school is the best way to manage changes in your child' routine and to emphasize the safeguard of students. We do know there are times and situations when parents must call and have messages given to their children. When these occasions do arise, the office staff will ask you to identify yourself by giving your child's student identification number. The ID number is on student report cards and students use this number in the cafeteria and in the computer labs. If the caller is not able to give the student identification number of the child, the message will not be given to the student. This is a district policy and is implemented for the safety of your child.

Progress reports

At the end of the first three weeks of a grading period, the school district provides notice of progress to the parent or guardian of a student whose grade average in any class if lower than 70 or whose grade average is deemed borderline.

Report cards

Report cards will be sent each Thursday following the end of a six weeks period. Students in Speech will receive a speech progress sheet to send home each six weeks in the child's report card. The signed report card envelope should be returned as soon as possible.

Tuesday express

On Tuesday of each week, all completed class assignments and all office/PTA notes will be sent home. Parents must sign the front and return the folder to the teacher on Wednesday.

Emergency updates

It is vital to keep information current. If any information changes during the year, please report to school with the changes. We must be able to contact you if your child has an emergency.

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.

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.