Policies & procedures

Visitors entering building

To better protect our students, visitors and staff, our campus screens for registered sex offenders. A valid state issued ID is required to enter our campus for any reason. Please have your state issued ID ready for viewing. Thank you for your cooperation in helping keep our campus safe.

Late arrivals

Students are considered late if they are not in their class by 8:10 a.m. After 8:10 a.m. students are tardy and should report to the office.

Absences

If your child is absent, please send a note to the office the day he/she returns to school. Students should check with their teachers regarding make-up work.

  • According to the GISD student code of conduct and handbook, if your student has a fever over 100 degrees, he or she must stay out of school until fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication.
  • Please visit https://www.garlandisd.net/content/policies for more information.

Dress code

As you begin making preparations for the 2019-2020 school year please make note of the following dress code guidelines for our district as mandated by GISD school board policy. Your compliance with these guidelines is greatly appreciated.

  • Shorts, dresses, skirts, long tees and jerseys must be hemmed, of modest length and loose fit, as designated by the building administration. (Modest length is interpreted to mean that when the student’s arm is extended straight down by their side, the bottom of the shorts or dress should be approximately even with their longest finger).
  • Extremely sloppy or torn clothing will not be permitted. This includes ripped jeans.
  • Spaghetti straps, halter tops and tank tops are not permitted without a cover-up such as a shirt.
  • Pants and shorts must come to the natural waist. (Sagging pants will not be tolerated).
  • Shoes must be worn. Taps, metal plates, cleats or wheels on shoes will not be permitted. Tennis shoes are required daily for students who receive P.E. instruction. Failure to comply will result in a disciplinary mark in that class.
  • House shoes, pajama tops or bottoms will not be permitted.
  • Extremes in modes of dress such as see-through clothing, exposed midriffs or clothing normally considered as undergarments are not acceptable.
  • Students shall wear their hair above the eyes, well-groomed, and clean at all times, and extreme modes of hair design (example: Mohawks, overly exaggerated hair cuts, shaved designs etc.) and color will not be allowed. Feathers in the hair are considered extreme and will not be allowed in school.
  • Make-up is not allowed for any student.
  • Apparel that advertises or depicts alcohol, drugs, nudity, tobacco products, skulls, satanic themes, death, gang membership, obscene language or graphics, and/or phrases that are offensive to others will not be permitted.
  • Hats, caps, or sweatbands should not be worn in the school building. This includes hoods on sweatshirts or jackets.
  • Any disruptive or distractive mode of clothing or appearance that adversely impacts the educational process is not acceptable.
  • Body piercing is not allowed. This includes spacers or place holders. Male students will not be allowed to wear earrings.
  • For Steadham students, tattoos will not be allowed. Please remove all temporary versions before sending your child to school.

Student medication

All medication brought to school by a student shall be prescription only and in a properly labeled bottle. All medication shall be accompanied with a note from a parent or guardian requesting that the medication be taken at school. Medication 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 see the GISD Medicine at School webpage for more information.

Cell phone policy

Texas House Bill 55 was passed that prohibits the use of handheld devices in all Texas school crossing zones. The law becomes effective September 1, 2009.

In June 2008, the City Council passed an ordinance that states that it is unlawful to use a cell phone "to engage in a call or to create, send or read messages or data" while driving in a school zone during official school days when school zones are in effect. Please be aware tickets will be issued.

School messenger

Steadham is using the School Messenger automated phone calling system to contact parents with reminders, updates, and other school news. Please be sure the office has current phone numbers on record for your family so that you will receive these recorded messages.

Calendar alerts

Steadham's website allows you to have alert emails sent to you about upcoming events. To sign up for an alert, simply click on the bell icon next to the event that you want to be reminded about on our calendar page.

School parties

The PTA sponsors a Winter Break Party, and the refreshments for a Valentine Party each year. No other parties will be scheduled. It is GISD policy to have only two parties (where some type of refreshments are served in the classroom) per school. If parents want to bring cookies, cupcakes, etc., for a birthday please contact your child's teacher in advance. The above mentioned items will need to be store bought and not homemade. Please be aware that many children may have food allergies.

Distributing flyers through school

Flyers that are not directly connected to a campus' daily programs or district-sanctioned functions, or from outside the GISD, can no longer be distributed to our students.

Steadham needs YOU

Steadham loves our parent volunteers. There are many ways for parents to get involved and volunteer.

  • Helping teachers
  • Organizing class parties
  • Chaperoning on field trips
  • Etc.

Steadham Elementary appreciates all of our parent volunteers. For the safety of our students, all volunteers must first fill out a volunteer application.

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 1

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.

Volunteer Background Applications

A valid driver's license or ID card must be verified when the application is submitted.

 

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.