Carver Policies & Procedures
for Students and Parents
- Doors open at 7:30 a.m. each morning. Upon arrival, students wishing to eat breakfast should go to the cafeteria. If not eating breakfast, all other students will go to their grade level hallway and sit quitely in the hallway. The first bell rings at 7:50 a.m. and students may go into the classroom. The tardy bell rings at 8:00 a.m. Monitors are available throughout the building each morning to assist students and help them get to their destination once they enter the building.
- Signing In- Texas law requires all visitors to a school to sign in at the office and this policy will be strictly enforced throughout the day. Anytime you plan to be on campus, you must first come to the office to sign into the Raptor ID badge system and obtain a visitor’s badge which must be worn while on campus. Please bring your picture ID to sign in.
- All classroom visits and conferences should be prearranged with the teacher. Lunch, homework or any other kind of delivery will be accepted in the office to minimize disruptions. Office staff will take items to the classrooms as needed.
- Volunteering at school-State law requires that all public school volunteers complete a background check before volunteering at a school. If you plan to help during the school year, please complete an online application for a background check. These are available on-line at the GISD website or call the office for assistance.
- Emergency contacts and change of plans-Please make sure that we have updated information on how to reach you and your emergency contacts throughout the year. If the information changes, please let the office or your child’s teacher know. If you need to change the way your child is going home, please call the office by 2:15 p.m.. Teachers will not answer the phone when they have children in classroom and the office cannot guarantee a message will get to your child if the call is made too close to dismissal. Only individuals designated on your child’s emergency list will be allowed to pick up your child from school unless we have a note or call from you.
- Dismissal-Students are dismissed at 3:10. Car riders have assigned spots in the cafeteria at dismissal time. Parents do not need to get out of vehicles. As you pull forward to the car loading area, your student will be called out to the car lane and assisted while getting in the car. Walkers and bike riders will be walked out the front entry by staff members at dismissal time. Bus riders will be dismissed from the east side of the school. Staff will assist and monitor students as they are loaded onto the buses. Your ID is required every time you come to the office to check out your student.
- Notes to Students -The office is happy to give your child messages about how they will be getting home. Please call the office by 2:15, so they can get the note to your child in time.
- Birthdays are special times for students and we do allow parents to provide a birthday treat for their child’s class. We request that cupcakes, cookies, brownies, Rice Krispie treats or items which require no forks or plates be provided. Please make arrangements with the teacher before bringing birthday treats to school.
- Attendance-Students are required to attend school every day unless they are sick. Please call the school if your child will be out sick. We ask that you keep personal trips to days during the year when children are not in school. The instruction they miss cannot be made up and by district policy personal trips are considered unexcused absences. The highest grade a child can earn on make-up work from an unexcused absence is a 70.
- Please be familiar with the GISD Code of Conduct. We expect all students to behave in a responsible manner at school and will discipline according to our district policy when violations occur. Your understanding and support is greatly appreciated.
- Visitors and Volunteers--Upon arrival, all visitors and volunteers to Carver Elementary School must check in at the school office. Please bring a photo ID the first time you sign into the office. It is a good to get in the habit of bringing a picture ID anytime you visit the school.
- Tardies--Although we realize that emergencies occur on occasion, we expect students to arrive at school on time. The first bell rings at 7:50a.m. All children who arrive after the second bell at 8:00 a.m. will be counted tardy. It is important for your child to receive all the instruction that is available. Also, it is disruptive for the class and instruction when a student arrives late. It is often difficult for children to enter a room when they are late. Currently, the GISD policy regarding tardiness states the following:
“Parents are expected to ensure that their child arrives on time. A student is tardy if he/she is not in the classroom when the tardy bell rings at 8:00 a.m. Students must report to the office or designated school area when tardy. Parents will be notified when tardies are excessive. Perfect attendance awards will be impacted by tardies. Excessive tardies will be referred to the District Truancy officer (Texas Education Code 25.094) and are subject to disciplinary consequences outlined in the Student Code of Conduct (see pages 6 and 7).”
Children must NOT arrive at school before 7:30A.M. There is NO supervision until 7:30A.M. For parents who go to work early, before school care is available in our cafeteria, from 6:30 A.M. until 7:30A.M. daily. Please contact the YMCA program at 943-5087 for details. For students arriving between 7:30A.M. and 7:50 A.M., supervised care in the grade level hallways is present. The school day begins at 7:55A.M. and ends at 3:10P.M. The tardy bell rings at 8:00 A.M. each morning. Students coming in after the 8:00 A.M. tardy bell, must check in at the office unless the tardy is due to a late school bus arrival. Parents will be notified when excessive tardiness occurs. Announcements are made shortly.
The dismissal bell rings at 3:10 P.M. Parents should wait for their children in the car lane or in the front of the building (if your child is a walker), not in the hallways by the classrooms. Teachers need to be able to release the students in an orderly fashion. If picking up your child becomes a problem, please make arrangements for childcare after school or for someone else to pick up your child. After school care is available through the YMCA Program located on our campus.
Bicycle Safety-Students riding their bikes to school should follow all safety rules and wear helmets.
Bus Safety and Conduct-Please help us keep your child safe on the bus ride to and from school by reinforcing the rules for safety outlined in the GISD take home folder and the Elementary Code of Conduct. The expectations for behavior on the bus are the same as when students are in school.
Dress Code-Please read the “Student Expectations for Dress and Grooming” in the GISD take home folder.
· Shorts will be permitted if they are not so short or tight as to be inappropriate for school.
· Hats, caps, and hair bandanas should not be worn during the school day.
· Tank tops, tube tops, bare midriff or half shirts, halter-type blouses, see through blouses or mesh shirts are not permitted.
· Shoes must be worn at all times.
Report Cards -Progress reports are sent home once a grading period and report cards at the close of each 9 week period. Please sign and return the progress reports and report cards.
Conferences -The staff of Carver Elementary School welcomes the opportunity to meet and work with parents. Conference arrangements may be made by calling the office or the teacher at least 24 hours in advance.
Guidance and counseling services are an active part of the overall progress of each student. Some of the counseling services offered this year include: providing classroom guidance sessions, helping individuals and small groups of students when problems get in the way of learning, consulting and making referrals to outside services, conferencing with parents and staff about individual needs and concerns, coordinating specific programs to determine and meet student needs (Gifted /Talented, RtI Team, 504, Project Mentor) and assisting with assessments to be conducted throughout the year.
Sara Newman, Carver Elementary School Counselor, can be reached at 512-943-5072, firstname.lastname@example.org.