Policies & procedures
All our policies and procedures are put into place to ensure that our students and staff are able to make the most of our instructional time. We strive to include as much information here as possible. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions or suggestions for how we can improve the way we serve our students and families
Arrival and dismissal
Our building opens to students at 7:30 a.m.
Any child who eats breakfast reports to the cafeteria.
Students arriving before 8 a.m. will need a book or something quiet to study until 8 a.m.
Students arriving after 8:10 a.m. are considered tardy.
Students are dismissed at 3:20 p.m.
Students must be signed out of the office if their transportation arrives after 3:35 p.m.
Student drop-off and pick-up safety procedures
Whether your Pearson Pony gets picked up or dropped off at school daily, twice a week or only on occasion, you will need to know the rules and procedures for keeping all of our students safe.
All cars need to pull up in the drop-off area located in front of the building on the east side. Students enter through the doors located there and head to either the gym or cafeteria. Please do not drop off students in the back of the building as this is reserved just for bus and daycare drop-off.
To keep traffic flowing, please pull up in the drive as far as possible.
Please leave the cross walk area open for others to use when they cross between the parking lot and the covered patio.
If you need to walk your student into the building or come into the office, park in the front parking lot. Then cross with the crossing guard who is on duty at arrival and dismissal times each day. Do not park or leave your car unattended in a fire lane. Parking tickets for this violation are issued by the city of Rowlett.
Our doors open at 7:30 a.m. and lock at 8:10 a.m.. Students and visitors who arrive after that time need to come to the front doors and ring the bell.
Our dismissal begins at 3:20 p.m.
All car riders need to be picked up in the two pick-up lanes in the front of school. We ask that our Pre-K and Kindergarten parents use the lane closest to the sidewalk so they do not have to cross on the crosswalks. Other grade levels may choose either lane.
Have the sign with your child’s name and grade clearly visible on the dashboard of your car or window. Our staff will see it and call your child’s name out in advance. This helps us to move the line as quickly as possible. If you need a sign, please let us know.
Please pay attention when you are pulling up to pick up your child. Cell phone use is prohibited in all school zones and can result in a ticket by Rowlett police. Please keep in mind that Texas House Bill 55 prohibits the use of handheld devices in all school crossing zones. It is against the law to use a cell phone "to engage in a call or to create, send or read messages" while driving in a school zone during official school days when school zones are in effect. Please keep the safety of our students in mind.
Never leave your car parked in the pick-up lane or exit your car to pick up your student. This creates an unsafe situation for those trying to cross to the parking lot.
All students should be picked up by 3:35 p.m. Any students not picked up by that time will be brought into the office. Parents will need to come in and sign them out.
We do our best to limit the wait time in the car line. Please be patient at the beginning of the year while we get to know the students and the cars.
Tips for walking safely to school
- Younger children should always walk with an adult
- Older students, walk with a friend or two whenever possible
- Pick a safe route to school that parents have approved. Avoid dangerous intersections.
- Stick to the route, even if friends want to take a shortcut.
Cross the street safely
- Watch out for cars and trucks at every driveway and intersection. Look for drivers in parked cars. They may be getting ready to move.
- When near the street, don't push, shove, or chase.
- Obey traffic signs, signals and crossing guards.
- Avoid clothing or gear that has student's name visibly displayed so that strangers can't use that information to approach or engage children in conversation.
- Never leave school with a stranger, hitchhike or take rides not previously arranged by parents.
- If strangers offer a ride, say NO. Stay away from unknown cars and people.
- If someone follows in a car or on foot, get away as quickly as possible, run in the other direction, and yell for help.
- Encourage children to report suspicious behavior or strangers on campus or playground to a campus administrator or to another trusted adult.
- For students who arrive home alone, remind them to lock doors, to call a parent to check-in, and to never open for a stranger. Students should not share with others that they are home alone after school.
Regular daily attendance is vital to a student's success at school and essential for a child to achieve and learn at their maximum potential.
Students should be in attendance at all times unless ill.
Students will need a signed note from a parent when they are tardy or have been absent.
Students who are tardy should report to the office to check in.
If it is necessary for a child to be excused from school early for a doctor's appointment, etc., that information will be handled through the office.
To ensure your child is in the classroom the maximum amount of time, he or she will be called out of class upon your arrival.
A picture identification is required before signing your child out of school.
In the event your child must miss several days of school due to illness, a telephone call from you will be appreciated.
Homework assignments may be picked up at the end of the day, providing the office is notified before 9:10 a.m.
Being in class on time is an important part of student's success and an important habit for children to begin at a young age. A student must be in the classroom by 8:10 a.m. to avoid a tardy. Tardies, according to GISD policy, will be reflected on the report card whether they are excused or unexcused. Arriving after 8:20 a.m. is counted as a partial day absence. Excessive tardies can become an attendance problem. Establish routines at home that will ensure your child has plenty of time to get to class on schedule.
Student ID numbers
It is critical that you and your child memorize the 6 digit number assigned by the district to your student. Your child uses this number in the cafeteria and computer lab.
If you call the office to make changes or need information, the office staff will ask you to provide this number before discussing your child.
Shirts must be red, white, or navy polo style shirts/t-shirts, polo shirts, turtlenecks or sweater shirts Monday-Thursday. They may be short or long sleeves. Shirts can not have logos of any kind.
Pants/shorts must be navy or khaki and finger tip length. Bottoms should fit properly about the waist. Belts should be worn if pants have belt loops.
Skirts, skorts and jumpers must be navy or khaki with no logos or brand names. All should fit properly above the waist and be finger tip length.
- Leggings may be worn under skirts/skorts/jumpers to provide warmth. Leggings must be standardized dress code colors (navy, khaki, red or white).
Sneakers are required for P.E. on a daily basis. Cleats, shoes with wheels or metal plates and tap shoes are not permitted.
Socks are free choice as long as they do not distract from the learning environment.
Sweaters, sweatshirts and jackets that are worn in the building all day must be standardized dress code colors of red, navy, white or khaki and no logos.
Hoodies or coats with hoods will not be allowed to be worn inside the building.
Color of coat is free choice.
Hats/caps can only be worn for spirit days.
Free Dress Friday
We have a free dress Friday, where students can wear everyday clothes. Girls cannot wear spaghetti straps or short shorts. Boys cannot sag.
Students calling home
Students will not be allowed to call home for homework or lunches. They will be allowed to go through the line and turn in homework the next day.
All visitors are required to sign in at the front office on our new Raptor System. You will then receive a visitors sticker that must be visible at all times while in the building. A driver’s license is required.
Volunteer background checks
If you think you MIGHT want to attend/chaperone a field trip (including Pine Cove Camp for 5th grade), you must have a background check form submitted. Background checks must be resubmitted at the beginning of each school year.
Visit the district Volunteer application process page for more information.
Free and reduced lunch
You may pick up a form from the office. Visit the district free and reduced-price meals page for more information.
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
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.
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.
- Student Code of Conduct & Handbook (PDF)
- Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) (PDF)
- Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)-Spanish (PDF)
- Parent School Learning Compact (PDF)
- Parent Involvement Policy (PDF)
Visit the Policies page on the district website for additional polices and related information.
Online Student Services requests
Do you need to enroll your child, request a transfer, withdraw or request a transcript? It's easy to start common processes at home. Visit the Online Student Services page to get started.