Update from Dr. Mark Murrell
TWCP- FAQ's updated 7/23/2020
School Start Up-Policies
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGRADING ACCESS TO THE SCHOOL DURING THE SCHOOL DAY. PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE MESSAGE.
We continue to work hard to increase the safety and security of our school. We review all of our safety procedures constantly to do our best to create a safe environment for all of our students. Please be aware of the following:
- The main entrance (Honor Roll Drive) will be the only road available for entry during school hours. All visitors and traffic must enter this road to access the school. All traffic exiting the campus will exit the same road. A campus security person will be monitoring the area to assist as needed. We appreciate your cooperation in communicating with our security personnel as they are working to assure you have a pleasant visit to our campus as well as keep all of us safe. Please know that stopping and talking with them might be part of the process when visiting. All other entrances (Fellowship Drive and Achievement Drive) will be blocked so that no one can enter or exit our campus on those roads.
- All doors on campus will be locked. All visitors are expected to self-screen for COVID-19 prior to arriving on campus. Visitors will be able to access the building as approved. Visitors will use the video/intercom system to the left of the main doors. Once you have identified and your need to enter the building is approved, you will be given access to the electronic door. Visitors will only be able to access the main entrance to the school. All visitors will check in and confirm they screened for COVID-19. The receptionist will notify the appropriate personnel they you are hear for your appointment. Please remember that the only reason visitors should be in the building are for a scheduled meeting (parent conference/ARD/504/LPAC meeting). No items or deliveries will be accepted. If you are on campus to pick up their child, please make sure that you have called a head to request your child be ready for pick-up. Once you arrive, contact he attendance office and we will offer curbside service.
- Deliveries – Due to the risk of transmitting COVID-19 through items that are dropped off and handled multiple times by different people, we will not be accepting any delivers. It includes but is not limited to lunches, school supplies, uniforms, equipment, homework/project, etc. We ask that students be responsible for themselves and their day. Teachers will work with students that need assistance at that time. Please know that students will be able to charge a lunch if necessary. We encourage parent to use the lunch system to upload money for student use.
Thank you for your help and cooperation in making our school safe.
Attendance is the #1 predictor of student success. It is vital that every student be at school every day, whether it is on-line or in-person, so that we maximize their success. Please make sure that you review and comply with the following so that you and your student have minimal impact as it relates to absences.
Change in Mindset:
In the past, we have encouraged kids to come to school as much as possible even when they might not feel well, and if they showed signs of illness at school, l we would send them home via the nurse. We will be relying on students and parents to make positive choices for themselves and other students and staff. We strongly recommend that when students are not feeling well, they need to stay home. Self- screening for COVID and any other illnesses is vital this school year for everyone to be successful. Please be respectful and responsible as it relates to your health and that of others.
How are Absences Determined?
Students are counted present or absent each day for each individual course. Attendance and credit for a course is determined on a course by course analysis.
Students are counted present or absent each day based on their engagement in activities for each individual course. Watching a video or logging in does not constitute engagement. Students must complete the engagement/attendance activity for the course to be counted present. Students have until 11:59 p.m. to complete the given activities for the day unless otherwise stated by the teacher. Once the activities are marked incomplete, a teacher is not able to change the attendance record.
Types of Absences: (Most Common)
- Excused absence (EXE) – the student does not attend school a day or days and the parent calls and notifies the school that they will not be in attendance. The absence still counts in the total number of absences as it relates to credit for a course and state law. It also impacts attendance for exemptions.
- Unexcused absence (UEX) – the student does not attend school a day or days and the parent does not notify the school that the student will not be in attendance. After 48 hours from the day of the absence, the code will not be changed. The absence still counts in the total number of absences as it relates to credit for a course and state law. It also impacts attendance for exemptions.
- Doctor (DOC) – the student is absent and the parent notifies the school and presents a note from the doctor regarding the day or days the student will be absent from school. The absence still counts in the total number of absences as it relates to credit for a course and state attendance law. It also impacts attendance for exemptions.
- Health Care Professional (HCP) – the student is absent for part of the school day to go to an appointment with a health care provider. The parent or student supplies a note from the doctor to the attendance office documenting the appointment time and date. The student is in attendance part or parts of the school day. The student is then coded HCP and the absence does not count toward the number of absences as it relates to credit for a course and the state attendance law. This type of absence does not impact students for exemptions.
- College Visits (CV) – the student visits a college during a school day. The parent or student returns a completed college visit form (CISD’s or the college’s) to the attendance office. The student is coded CV and the absence does not count toward the number of absences as it relates to credit for a course and the state attendance law. There is a limit of 2 days per the student’s junior and senior year. Additional college visits beyond the 2 allowable days will count in the total number of absences as it relates to the credit for a course and state law. These absences coded CV for 2 days do not impact exemptions. However, additional days would impact exemptions.
College Park High School’s comparable school attendance rate goal is usually around 97% in attendance. Currently, we are about 96.6% attendance rate. This impacts the student, the school and our community. We encourage you to help us achieve this goal so that all of our students perform at the highest level. With 177 days of instruction for students, this equates to a maximum of 5 or 6 absences per school year.
Attendance Office Process/Procedures:
The following are the expectations for parents and students regarding absences and early pick-up of a child:
In the event of an absence from school, the parent should contact the attendance office to notify them of the absence or send a note the next day.
If notification of an absence is not made within 48 hours, the absence will be considered unexcused.
If you are picking up a student early from school, please call at least 1 hour prior to your arrival or send your student with a note at the beginning of the day, so the student is ready for pick-up. We do not send for students during our 7th period (1:49 – 2:35). Passes will be sent to the student during the class prior to their departure so that they have notification and time to collect any assignments needed for the next day.
State of Texas Attendance Requirements:
Texas Law has 2 parts of the attendance Law, the compulsory attendance section and the 90% course credit portion. Both require that a student attend at least 90% of each semester.
A student that has missed 3 or more school days or parts of days in a 4-week period or has missed 10 or more days or parts of days in a 6-month period would be in violation of the compulsory attendance law. The school will try to work with the parent and student to improve the student’s attendance. After efforts have been made to improve the attendance but no significant improvement has been made, the school may choose to file failure to compel or attend charges with the Justice of the Peace. With COVID-19, we will not utilize this part of the law unless we have clear documented proof of students intentionally violating this standard.
90% rule/Credit for a course:
For a student to receive credit for a course they must be in attendance at least 90% of the days the course is offered per semester. If a student does not attend at least 90% of the days the course is offered per semester, the student will be denied credit for the course. The student will have the opportunity to appeal the denial of credit to an attendance committee that will meet at the end of each semester. The student will need to show the efforts that they have made to make up the missed time, changed the absence behavior, and make progress in the course. If it is determined that the student has improved their attendance behavior and made up missed time, credit will be reinstated. If the student fails to show the improvement, the credit denial will stand. The assistant principal will work with the student once they are denied credit to help them create a plan/path to credit recovery. This will be the main document to track the efforts of the student and to track attendance improvement. With COVID-19, this law still does apply and will be enforced. There is a process for on-line learners to demonstrate engagement in each class on a daily basis. If a student does not show that engagement, they will be considered absent for the class and it will count against them for meeting the requirements of this law.
Exemptions (if offered)
Attendance is used as part of the exemption policy. We understand that people get sick, lose a loved one, injuries occur, etc. One of the points of the exemption policy is to reward students that attend school at a high level. It is a privilege to be exempt from an exam. Students that go over the limit in the exemption policy will not be allowed to be exempt. If the absence counts as a missed class period, it counts against exemptions.
We hope that this information helps for a smooth year at College Park High School.
With Cavalier Pride
In preparation for the coming school year and the clothes shopping that takes place before the first day of school, I wanted to remind you of a few dress code regulations.
All students that will be receiving instruction in-person will need a face mask. We recommend at least 2 so they can be washed in between uses. We also recommend that students begin to wear them on a daily basis now. They will want to build up to wearing them for about 7 hours per day.
All students have the responsibility to wear clothing that contributes to their own health and safety as well as that of others. We expect all students to dress in a positive manner that represents our school and community in a positive light. I know that all of our students will limit distractions and common issues with dress to help maintain a safe and positive environment at College Park. The following policies have been reviewed, enhanced and approved by the Campus Improvement Team. Membership on the committee included students, parents, faculty and members of the community.
As clarification of the previous policy, the following examples of dress are considered inappropriate. Please understand that this is not an all-inclusive list as styles change constantly. The administrative team has the responsibility to keep the dress of students appropriate for school and its environment. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation in complying with the dress code and making this a great year:
- Extreme hairstyles (i.e. Mohawks, mulit-colored hair, etc.) and/or styles that are disruptive or distracting to the educational process, are prohibited.
- Hats/bandanas/hoods and/or headbands (not used to hold back hair) may not to be worn, by boys or
girls, inside the building. Students should not have hats/bandanas in their possession during the school day. If brought into the building, they must be stored in the student’s locker or backpack. Hats/Hoods worn in the building will be taken up and can be claimed by the parents or returned to the student at the end of the school day.
- Sunglasses are not to be worn in the building.
- Dog collars and spikes cannot be worn.
- Blouses or shirts of see-through material without appropriate shirt or blouse underneath are not
- All shirts/blouses must cover the shoulder and fits snug under the arm so undergarments are not
- Tops exposing midriffs, back area or cleavage are prohibited.
- Clothing with pictures/writing that has a double meaning are prohibited.
- Clothing, badges, and/or tattoos, which display obscenities, sexual innuendo, depict violence or
weapons, advertise or promote alcoholic beverages, narcotics, tobacco, or other prohibited substances, or items that could be viewed as offensive to others are not permitted.
- Clothing of any type that is shorter than mid-thigh of the individual, whose clothing is in question, is not permitted. Slits on skirts/dresses may be no higher than mid-thigh length. Holes and/or tears in
clothing that falls within the mid-thigh rule is prohibited.
- Spandex clothing and leggings including yoga pants are to be worn with outerwear that is at least mid-thigh in length.
- Chains of any length or size (including wallet chains) are not allowed.
- Shorts can be worn all year. The school administration will review the appropriateness of shorts each
nine weeks. If it is deemed that there has been disregard of the dress code guidelines outlined earlier in this policy, the privilege of wearing shorts may be revoked.
- Pants are not to sag inappropriately. Pants must fit at the waist.
- Shoes with wheels, rollerblades, skateboards, or scooters are prohibited.
- All students shall wear shoes for health reasons.
- Body piercing that is distracting is inappropriate for school related activities. Gauging of the ears is not allowed. Piercing of the eyebrows, eyelids, forehead, scalp, cheeks, lips, tongue, chin, or neck is
- Sleepwear (pajamas, slippers) is not permitted for school clothing.
- Trench coats, dusters, ponchos, etc. are not allowed to be worn on campus.
** Dress Code regulations for students are in effect for all student activities.
We would like to take this time to provide information on the campus emergency procedures.
Emergency Drills and Process Information
The campus will participate in various drills throughout the year. The goal of each drill is to ensure that students understand the processes of the drill and know where to go in the event of a real emergency. Teachers will be covering the processes for evacuations, campus lockdowns, campus lock-ins and fire drills during the first weeks of school. Fire and lockdown drills will occur at various times throughout the year and at different points throughout the day. Teachers will be notified that a drill is being conducted.
Evacuation and Reunification
Should the campus experience an emergency situation that requires evacuation, the location of reunification of students with parents is The Woodlands Church. Please know that every step we take during situations of this level will be in the students’ best interest as student safety is our number one priority.
During the reunification process, we kindly ask for your patience. We will disseminate information as fast as we can, and we will work as swiftly as possible to reunite students with families. Please know that the information provided and the pace with which this process will unfold will be determined by the circumstances of the event, and we kindly ask for your patience.
Security – We have at least one armed police officer on campus at all times. We also have three unarmed security personnel on campus to help secure the outside of our facility. We usually have a second police officer on campus each day starting about mid-morning. The officers work to engage students and develop a positive relationship between students and the police.
Our staff is always available to assist with concerns that students have. We encourage students to notify the campus should they see or hear something that is concerning. There are a few options available to students:
Campus Administration. This includes the 11 principals on campus as well as the 11 counselors. Each student is assigned an assistant principal and a counselor based on the student’s last name, and they are available at any time to listen to the student’s concern. If their specific assistant principal or counselor is not available, any assistant principal or counselor on staff can assist.
Kid Chat. Kid Chat is an anonymous tip line that students can report concerns to after school hours. The number for Kid Chat is 1-888-543-2428 (1-888-kid-chat). This number can also be found on the CISD website under Guidance and Counseling.
Anonymous Alerts app. This app allows users to create an anonymous alert regarding bullying, cyberbullying, fighting, or drug and alcohol related issues to name a few. The app is available in the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, and Chromebook. Search for “Anonymous Alerts”. A login and password will need to be entered, and they are:
Regardless, of which form of communication above that students choose to use, we highly encourage students to be as forthcoming as possible, providing us with as much information as they can as soon as possible. This will be very beneficial to us as we navigate through the issue.
Please let us know if you have any questions.
Please see the link regarding College Park High Schools grading system.Â The information gives you information about the 5-point grading system.
Once you have reviewed the information, please remember that homework plays a very important role in the process.Â A student must begin to internalize the importance of homework and its role in the learning process.Â Once a student knows, that in order to learn, they must do their homework and ask questions or get assistance, they really shine as a student.Â As you know, you have to want to learn and improve before you can fully reach your potential.Â We hope that you will see the benefit from the system and you will be able to see your student grow academically.
We want to make sure that everyone is off to a great start. Our efforts are to keep everyone safe and healthy. Due to COVID-19, we do need to adjust or procedure for item drop-off and deliveries. We are making the adjustments due to the number of people that must handle items and the risk involved. We appreciate your cooperation in working with us to make this a safe situation for students and staff.
- We will not be accepting any lunch deliveries.
- Students may bring lunch or purchase lunch in the cafeteria.
- It is recommended that parents place money on a student’s lunch account in case they forget their lunch or normally purchase a lunch. This will create a touch free situation and take care of students in an emergency.
- If students forget a lunch and do not have a lunch account, they will be able to charge a lunch. Please remember that the charge will need to be cleared before the next charge may occur.
- The school will not accept any kind of delivery
- School work, supplies, uniforms, equipment, homework, projects/etc. will not be accepted.
- Staff will work with students to gain responsibility skills to manage this on their own.
- Car services, such as Lyft and Uber, are not allowed to pick up students up for appointments or to travel from school in any method.
Please remember that this is an opportunity for students to learn responsibility. Please work to hold them accountable for getting their belongings and lunch together in the mornings and it is ok to allow your student the opportunity to learn from mistakes. Learning that responsibility before leaving for College soon is a great lesson for all.
We appreciate all of your cooperation and help in making this a smooth year.
School supplies is a vital part of student success. We want to make sure everyone has everything they need to be successful. With all the classes that are offered, teachers will be notifying students during the first few days of school of the specific supplies needed for each class. Please know that most items are up to the student to determine based on how best they stay organized and study. You can purchase some of the supplies early but some items will be course specific that might need to be purchased after school begins.
Also, you can help our school out by donating 2 items to the school so that we can direct other money to the curriculum and instruction side of the budget. If you will kindly donate a ream or two of copy paper and a package of AA or AAA batteries to help with copies and needs for calculators, it is very much appreciated. We will have locations at orientation check-in to collect the two items to make it as convenient as possible. Also, the first couple of days of school, we will have drop locations in the front office. With everyone’s help, this makes a big difference.
Thank you for your help and support. We look forward to seeing you soon.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGRADING STUDENT SAFETY.
We are looking forward to a new school year. In order to help with the drop-off/pick-up of students, we would like to share some information. Please make sure that you review the map attached so that you are able to maneuver the car line the best way possible.
- All drop-off and pick-up of students is only allowed in the front of the building using the main entrance (Honor Roll Drive).
- There are 2 lanes for traffic. The lane closes to the school or at the curb (right lane) is for loading and unloading of students only. The inside lane (left lane) is for thru traffic only (do not drop a student off in this lane).
- All other areas around the building have specific purposes for traffic as well as student access. Also, some doors around the building are not accessible in the mornings.
- Student drivers will enter the campus using Achievement Drive. After Parking, the new side entrance (Robotics Lab) will be accessible for student drivers.
- Note: Due to construction, the Bus Ramp is located on the side parking lot of the Auditorium. Cars will not be allowed down Fellowship drive.
- The area directly in front of the main entrance (the curved area) is the drop-off zone. It begins at the fire hydrant and extends back to the beginning of the curved area. In this zone, no cars should go from the thru traffic lane to the drop-off/pick-up lane. Please make sure that you pull all the way up to the start of the zone or the car in-front of you.
- Drop-off and Pick-up may occur before or after the normal zone but only at the curb. Please note the building access locations to make a good decision on the drop-off of your child. Please do not stop in one of the curves of the drives leading up to the straight away as this holds up all traffic.
- You may enter the drop-off/pick-up lane before or after Drop-off/Pick-up Zone.
- Please make sure that your child is ready to exit the car immediately with their items in their hand so that this process is smooth.
- If your student has a number of items to unload or needs to get items from the back of the vehicle, please pull into the East Visitors lot to unload and have your child walk to the cross walk at the main doors.
- All students should be picked up in a timely manner. Once school ends, the expectation is all students have been picked up no later than 3:00 p.m. Students that stay for a club meeting or tutoring should be picked up within 20 minutes from the conclusion of the event. If a student is staying for an event that is later that night, the student should go home and return to campus at the appropriate time.
Building Access Areas:
We are working to make our school a safer place and will be limiting access to the building during the normal drop-off time. Please note the changes and plan accordingly.
- Temporary Bus Ramp: The doors at the auditorium, the West side of the building hallway will be unlocked for student entrance for bus riders and walkers.
- The middle doors on the front East and West side as well as the main entrance will be unlocked for students to enter the building in the mornings.
- The East side of the building will only have the side door entrance (Robotic area) accessible for student drivers.
- The bus loop back doors will not be able to be accessed during this school year due to construction.
We know that traffic can become a little frustrating in the morning. We recommend that you leave early, especially on the first few days of school. Please know that, once you turn on Honor Roll Dive, it takes around 2 minutes or less do go through the car line if everyone does as they are asked. The more people do not cooperate, the longer it takes.
With COVID-19, we expect car traffic to increase 20-30%. We need everyone to be patient and allow plenty of time to arrive and drop-off. We have a great system in place if everyone does what they are asked and are patient. Those that are in a hurry and try to by-pass the system create a problem for everyone else.
Please do not drop-off your student at the strip centers in the front of the building. This causes a problem with the business and is unsafe for students getting to school. Also, creates a traffic issue as Student’s cross the path of moving cars with no assistance. If you need to visit one of the restaurants in the front, please use the drive thru and then enter the car line. If you are going to enter Chick-fil-A, please pass Honor Roll Drive and enter the shopping area at the next entrance.
Thank you for your help and cooperation in making traffic run smooth and safe for all.
We have worked hard to create a safe environment and want to pass on the procedures for students in the mornings while waiting for school to start.
As students enter the school in the morning, all students will be required to stay on the 1st floor in the main hallway/commons or on the 2nd floor main hallway. Students should not be in the side hallways or restrooms on the 2nd or 3rd floors, or the freshman wing for any reason.
Students that arrive early for morning tutorials with a teacher should arrange the time with the teacher. Students should have a pass from that teacher to gain access to the teacher’s room. Students for tutorials will be allowed to go to that teacher’s room but must stay with that teacher until the 7:05 bell rings. At 7:05, all students will be release to move to their 1st period class.
Thank you for your help and cooperation.
The student parking registration portal opened on July 10, 2020, at 7:00 am. All portions of the registration process must be completed to be eligible for a parking tag. This includes the online quiz, completion of all vehicle and insurance information, and payment of $75 ($38 for sharers). Students will not be issued a tag until those aspects of the registration process are complete. Students must know their school ID# to register.
Parking at College Park High School is a privilege. Spaces are limited, and they will be given out using the priority selection process outlined below. Parking in business lots in front of the school is not allowed, and those who park there will be subject to towing at the owner’s expense.
Student parking is reserved for junior and senior students only. Freshman and sophomore students will not be issued parking tags, no exceptions. In addition, students must be licensed drivers. Students who hold a learners permit are not allowed to reserve or receive a parking tag until they are fully licensed.
Priority for parking spaces will be in the following order:
- Senior and Junior students that have been NEAT (Never Ever Absent or Tardy) for the entire Spring 2018 semester will receive first priority for parking. Seniors and then Juniors.
- Senior and junior students with three or fewer absences from the Spring 2019 semester. One absence has priority over two, two has priority over three, and so on. Seniors and then Juniors receive priority in each absence category.
- Students who choose to share parking with another licensed Junior or Senior student. Senior sharers will receive priority followed by Junior sharers. If either of the sharing drivers is a Senior, they will receive the better parking spot.
- Senior singles
- Junior singles
Due to the 12 portable buildings, parking spaces are more limited than in years past. There are roughly 750 parking spaces available for both junior and senior students. Our intention is to follow the above priority list for parking. However, if we find that the above priority list is not fair and equitable for all students, we will revisit it and make any necessary changes. We also highly encourage students to share spaces.
Parking on campus costs $75. This payment can be made online through SchoolCash. Registration on the parking website must be done before paying for parking. Parking tags will be available to pick up on August 6, 2020, from 3 pm to 5 pm.