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The ABCs of Pine Tree Primary

Click on each letter below to learn more about our school policies and procedures. Mores information may also be found by clicking on the Parents link above.

Attendance:

Please see that your child attends school every day except in cases of illness or emergency. Send a note when he/she returns to school.  Students should arrive at school by 7:35 AM or they will be considered tardy. Drop off begins at 7:05.

What are the state laws on attendance and truancy ?

As required by law, it is the responsibility of Pine Tree ISD to inform parents of state attendance requirements to provide you with ample information and warning before absences become excessive.  State law requires that your student must be in school at least 90% of the time to receive credit for a course or to be advanced to a grade level.

Student truancy procedures are handled in a civil court rather than a criminal court. However, it is important to understand that parents who contribute to non-attendance can still be subject to prosecution.

Students residing in Texas are required to attend school from the age of 6 to 19 and for ages 4 and 5 if enrolled in school.  It is the parent’s duty to monitor the student’s attendance and require the student to attend school. (TEC 25)

In following the legal requirement, a truancy referral will be sent to the court  after a student reaches 10 or more unexcused absences in a six-month period and only after truancy prevention measures have been attempted.  The 10 unexcused absences will apply to entire days and partial days missed such as tardies and early checkouts.

Students enrolled in Prekindergarten with more than 10 unexcused absences, full or partial days, may be withdrawn from the program due to lack of attendance.

After 5 unexcused absences, you may be required to meet with a campus administrator to review attendance procedures and discuss further prevention measures.

Students will 10 unexcused absences will be subject to appear before Justice of the Peace, Tim Bryan.

How can I excuse an absence?

You may excuse absences in two ways:

  1. A Written Parent Excuse Note:  We will accept 3 parent excuse notes a semester.  The 2nd semester begins January 21, 2019. A parent note can cover several days on an illness.
  2. A Medical or Therapy Excuse Note:  Please add the medical or therapy provider for an excuse note that covers all parts of the absence.  If the therapy is reoccurring, please have that noted so that we can mark it in Skyward.

Please turn into the office any excuse notes.

When does my child have to serve after school detention?

We are required to offer make up time so students can make up minutes from class.  The State of Texas monitors the school year by minutes and not days. We are choosing to make up time in after school detention in place of summer school and Saturday school.

After School Detention-Monday, Tuesday, Thursday

Students will serve detention from 3:00-4:00 for excessive tardies, early checkouts, or unexcused absences.

3 tardies = 1 hour detention

5 early checkouts= 1 hour detention

Students will make up unexcused absences with 2 days of after school detention per absence.

Guidelines for School Attendance because of Illness

Your child will have many new experiences during this school year and that may include illnesses from a 24-hour virus to head lice! If your child is running fever (anything above 100), experiencing diarrhea, and/or vomiting. Please keep the student home for a minimum of 24 hours after the fever, diarrhea, and vomiting have stopped without the use of medication. This way we can protect the children in the classroom and your child from catching something else while their own defenses are down. Please send a note to the teacher when your child returns to school after an illness. Also, please send a copy of any medical information we might need (such as emergency reports or new orders from their doctor).



Birthday Celebrations:

Celebrations may occur during the last 30 minutes of the school day.  Items must be pre-packaged and dropped off in the office. No parents may attend. Contact your child’s teacher to set up a day to celebrate.

Breakfast:

Parents, all students at Pine Tree Primary will be provided with a FREE breakfast daily. When students arrive at school they will go to the cafeteria. When finished eating they will go to their star room. When the bell rings (7:35) students will go to their classroom. It is very important if you want your child to eat breakfast at school, please get them here before 7:30. We look forward to sharing this great opportunity with our students.

Buses and Pick Ups:

All transportation changes must be made in person or in writing.  Transportation changes may not be made over the phone. 

To check your students bus route, click on the link below.  Username and password will be the student's 5 digit ID number.

Bus Schedules and Routes

Change of Clothes:

Please leave a change of clothes in your child’s backpack all year. Accidents happen, milk spills, and children get dirty on the playground! (Consider the season and growth spurts!) Closed-toed shoes are best for playground and gym time!

Data Notebook

Your child will come home with a “Take-home Folder” each day.  Please check the folder daily to keep up with what your student is learning.  Our teachers will send notes and student work, as well as notify parents about student behaviors.  If you have a note for your child’s teacher, PLEASE BE SURE TO PLACE IT IN THE FOLDER. Folders are checked daily.

Teachers do not check backpacks.


Dismissal:

The school day ends at 3:10 p.m.  Anyone picking up your child MUST have a car tag. Car lines begin at 3:00 to help parents who pick up at multiple schools.

Our bus transportation policy is that students maintain the same drop-off address daily, unless given a permanent change.

Transportation changes must be made in the office.

Exercise:

Students get 50 minutes of recess a day.  Wear shoes that are playground safe!

Lunch Times
Parents may begin eating lunch with their student! Please see child's folder for lunch time. We have a table set up on the stage for parents and their student. We ask that you only eat with your child. Parents are welcome to come eat on the days of your child's birthday. Please do not bring flowers or balloons, as they are difficult to transport around school. On a regular lunch day, please see assigned days for your child's teacher. With limited space in the cafeteria, teachers have set days for visitors during lunch. You will receive a visitors sticker once checked in with photo ID through the office.
 
All PreK students will be provided with a free breakfast and lunch all year.

Parents, no lunch with students on Wednesdays.
Lunch Times

School Supplies

If you did not bring them to “Meet the Teacher”, please drop off your child’s school supplies in the office!  It is so helpful to your child and their teachers to have these ready on the first day of school! School supplies may run out during the year.  Donations are always welcome.

School Supplies Lists

Skyward

Skyward Family Access

Changes in phone numbers, addresses, guardianship, and transportation need to be made in the office.

Visitors:

Thank you for your cooperation when you visit our campus. All visitors must sign in at the office located at the west front entrance. Bring your driver's license, we will scan it and issue you a visitor's badge or use it to verify your identity you when picking up your child. If you are going to be picking up your child before regular dismissal time for an appointment, please send your child with a note for the teacher with the specific time you plan to pick him/her up. Thank you for your cooperation. 

Volunteer:

If you would like to volunteer in the classroom, sign up on the parent website:Volunteer Sign Ups

MISSION
The Pine Tree family champions the relentless pursuit of excellence through a compassionate and safe learning environment empowering all students to develop their unique passions and to make a positive impact in a global society.

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