Policies & procedures

Montclair students enjoying lunch with grandparents.

Dress code

The standards of dress for students in schools that have adopted this policy are:

  • Red, navy or white polo-style shirts (short or long sleeve, no logos)
  • Red, navy or white sweaters or sweatshirts
  • Navy or khaki slacks or shorts (no cargo-style slacks or shorts; shorts must be modest length, approximately 2 inches above the knee or longer)
  • Shoes and socks (tennis shoes, loafers, dress shoes, or other closed-toe shoes. Tennis shoes will be necessary for physical education classes.)
  • Belts (usually preferred; check with individual campus for specific requirements)

Girls may also choose:

  • Navy, khaki or plaid skirt, skort, capris or jumper
  • skirt, skort or jumper should be of modest length – approximately 2 inches above the knee or longer;
  • plaids should be a red/blue combination)

Spirit Day on Friday of every week-Montclair t-shirt (spirit shirt) and jeans or standardized dress shirt and jeans.

You may also get additional information regarding GISD dress code from the District website.

Drop off/dismissal policies

School hours are from 7:55 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.

Students will not be allowed in the building before 7:30 a.m. Dismissal begins at 3:20 p.m. Please make sure your child's teacher knows how the student gets home, or if there is a change in how they regularly get home.

Please do not drop your child off until 7:30 a.m. Students report to areas according to their grade. Parents are not allowed in the hallways unless accompanying their student to breakfast, however they must get a pass in the front office.

Grade Area to report to
Kinder Cafeteria
1st Cafeteria
2nd Cafeteria
3rd Gym
4th Gym
5th Gym

ID numbers

Every child has been assigned an ID number.  Their ID number remains the same as long as they are enrolled in a Garland school.  Please know your child's ID number.  It is GISD policy that you provide their ID if:

  • a child needs to be picked up early from school
  • you are calling to change the way in which your child gets home
  • you are calling to give your child a message

Bad weather dismissal

To expedite our dismissal process on Rainy Dismissal Days please follow the dismissal process below:

Kinder and PreK students: Follow the same dismissal procedures-dismiss from the Kindergarten and/or PreK doors.

1st Grade-5th Grade Car Riders

Follow the same process as regular dismissal-

Stay in vehicle. We will call the name over the walkie talkie and your child(ren) will walk up to the front and get into your car.

2nd Grade Walk-up:

Same procedure. Walk up to 2nd grade doors and your child will be released when you show the car tag.

1st grade 3rd-5th Grade Walk-up.

We will have cones wrapped around the left side when facing the building. Please form a line inside the cones. Most but not all of this area is covered, please plan accordingly.

A staff member will begin collecting car tags around 3:15. A runner will take the car tags to the students and the student will come out with their car tag.

Once your car tag is collected move over to the exit area on the right side, so other cards may be collected.

Please do NOT congregate in the main walkway as we will using this area to dismiss car riders.

We understand this process does take a little longer, but our priority is to get you your students safely.

To make the process go quicker, please make sure you have your car tag OR a valid ID. We cannot release your child to you without this.

It is our policy that EVERY person picking up the child have a car tag. A picture of the car tag does not count.

Tardy policy

Students are expected to be in their classrooms at 8:10 a.m.  If the student is in the hallway, bathroom, or in the office at 8:10, they will be considered to have arrived late.

Absence policy

If at all possible, let the teacher know that your child will be absent. If your child is absent, please provide a note or physician's notice excusing the absence for attendance records.  Your child's note should include their full name and their ID number.


We enjoy having parents visit our campus and we welcome you to come in and have lunch with your child. Please call the school if you do not know what time your child has lunch. If you're visiting our school, please wear your visitor's pass at all times. We ask this for the safety of all our students.

Visitor Lunch Schedule
Day Grade Level Time
Monday fourth grade 12:05 - 12:35 p.m.


third grade 11:55 a.m. - 12:25 p.m.
Wednesday second grade 11:25 - 11:55 a.m.
Thursday first grade 11:10 - 11:40 a.m.


fifth grade

10:40 - 11:10 a.m.

12:40 - 1:10 p.m.

Birthday treats

In regards to food items, our school district guidelines state,

"Foods otherwise restricted by the policy are permitted in classroom student birthday parties. It is recommended such parties be scheduled after the end of the lunch period for the class so that these celebrations will not replace a nutritious lunch. Federal regulations do not permit foods of minimal nutritional value to be served in the food service area during meal periods."

In other words, only store-bought cupcakes may be brought for student birthdays.

Parent communication

On Tuesday of each week a "Tuesday folder" (large white envelope) containing important information relating to assignments and activities is sent home with every child. Please read the contents, return anything that warrants a signature, sign the folder, and return it to your child's teacher the following day.

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.

Student medication

All medication brought to school by a student must be prescribed medication and in a prescription labeled bottle. It must be accompanied with a note from the parents outlining medication directions. All medication will be kept locked in the clinic. It is the responsibility of the students to report to the clinic to take his/her medication.

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.

Campus Improvement Plan

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.

Campus Parent Involvement Policy

Parent Compact

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.