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
Please visit the district dress code page for details.
- Before school drop off
- After school pick up
- Transportation and bus information
- Releasing students before 3 p.m.
- Daycare centers
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Rowlett Martial Arts Center
Little Butterflies Daycare Center
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.
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.
- School visitors
- Messages to students during school day
- Progress reports
- Report cards
- Tuesday express
- Emergency updates
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.
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.
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.
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.