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Hours of Operation

School starts at 7:30 am and dismisses at 2:30 pm.   

Students are counted as tardy if they are not in their classrooms by 7:40 am.

For your convenience, we have early drop-off beginning at 7:00 am. 

Students riding the bus will be picked up at their home campus at 6:30 am and dropped off at 2:30 pm.  Students must ride the bus in the morning in order to ride in the afternoon.   

There will be no early dismissals after 2:00 pm.


Attendance Policy   

Head Start is a school readiness program; therefore, it is important to establish a regular routine of attendance.  When a center's Average Daily Attendance falls below 96% due to children's multiple and/or prolonged absences from the classroom, the Head Start program must analyze the cause of absenteeism.  A consistently low Average Daily Attendance for a center could have an impact regarding the continuance of a Head Start program for the area in which the center is located.

If your child is absent FOR ANY REASON, you are to notify your child's teacher, your assigned parent advocate or family services worker, or the center director/principal on the date of the absense.  When notifying Head Start staff you must state the reason for the absence and give a possible date your child will return to class.  If your child cannot return by the date stated, again contact the teacher with an explanation.  If your child is absent, a note from the parent or doctor must be sent to the Data Clerk.    

If your child is absent for three (3) consecutive days, or has a pattern of irregular attendance, family contact will be made by telephone or in person by a Head Start staff member to discuss absences and to offer assistance to ensure that all attendance challenges are addressed.  

In circumstances where the child's chronic absenteeism continues and there is no response or cooperation from the parent/guardian to resolve the absenteeism, the child's slot may become an enrollment vacancy. 

Communication between the parent/guardian and the Head Start center/campus staff is very important! 


 Transportation 

SAISD provides:

A clean, well maintained and serviced vehicle equipped with child restraints 

Professionally trained and licensed drivers

Educational field trips every year  

For more information about transportation services, please contact the main office or your assigned Parent Advocate.


Dress Code  

Students in all grades must wear uniforms.  The approved uniform includes:

Khaki trousers, capri  pants, shorts, skirts, skorts, and jumpers 

White or Navy Blue long-and short-sleeved blouses and shirts with a collar

To help ensure student safety, students are also to wear closed-toed shoes (like athletic shoes).  

Students enrolled in Head Start are also to have a school two (2) complete changes of clothes (shirt, pants, underwear, socks).  It is not required that extra clothes follow the uniform guidelines. 


Personal Items

Label the extra clothes that are sent to school, sweaters and jackets, with your child's name.

Children should not bring toys, money, jewelry or anything you don't want misplaced or lost.

Naptime items – Child can bring two small towels for naptime. Items will be sent home on Friday to be washed and returned on Monday. Please do not send stuffed animals or dolls for naptime. 


Birthday Celebrations 

Texas Public School Nutrition Policy guides school districts to reduce sweets and non-nutritious foods.

All parents are encouraged to send the child's favorite storybook to school to be shared with the class as part of the birthday celebration.  


Parent-Teacher Conferences and Home Visits 

Twice during the school year, you will meet with your child's teacher to review your child's classroom work and go over records in your child's file.  Additional conferences will be held on an as-needed basis.

Head Start believes that the parent-teacher partnership is the key to a successful program.  Your active participation in the two home visits is very important to your child's Head Start experience.  


Nutrition

In Head Start:

Menus will have a breakdown of what children will be eating per month.

Children are served a complete breakfast, balanced lunch, and a mid-afternoon snack.  

Menus are posted in the classrooms and sent home.

Special diets can be designed according to each child's individual needs, with doctor's consent.  

Children are encouraged, but not forced, to eat meals.

Children get to enjoy cooking activities once a month.  

All meals are served family style.

Parents can assist by:  

Attending scheduled appointments for nutrition counseling.

Attending the nutrition classes provided by Head Start.  

Encouraging children to taste new foods that are healthy for them.

Preparing healthy meals at home.  

 


Health Care

You will be expected to make sure that your child's immunizations are current or up-to-date.  You will also need to make sure that your child gets a physical exam and dental exam. 


 

Parental Involvement

There are many ways to be involved in Head Start, including volunteering in the classroom, sharing a special talent, and participating in program management.  All parents are encouraged to participate at some level in their center activities.

Volunteers are essential to the program.  Volunteering enriches classroom experiences for children and provideds parents opportunities to learn about the program while developing their own skills and knowledge in an array of volunteer opportunities.  Contact your child's teacher or your assigned parent advocate for ways that you can get involved!

When volunteering on campus, please contact the office to apply for a background check.  Once the background check is completed and you have been cleared, you may begin volunteering.

Always check in at the front office to receive a visitor's badge when visiting our campus before heading to your destination.

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