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We are fast approaching a new school year and we are excited for August 11 and look forward to seeing all of our Cavaliers roam the hallways! Our staff is working very hard to make sure that this year is exceptional for everyone.
I am so proud of what we have accomplished over the last 1-plus year and know that we can handle any challenges that face us. Know that we have high expectations for our students and staff and if everyone works hard and has a positive attitude, we will have a great year!
As we approach the beginning of school, we have a lot of information to communicate that will help assure everyone is prepared and ready for the start of a “Normal” school year. Please make sure your read each email that is sent so that you will be well informed. Please note that we will denote a repeat email so if you already read the topic, you do not need to read it again.
Please know that it is very important for all students to be here beginning day 1! We have a lot of activities that are going on to help students get off to a great start.
Once again, our staff is excited for a new school year and cannot wait to see everyone soon!
Enjoy the rest of your summer.
We continue to work hard to increase the safety and security of our school. We have had substantial upgrades in our security system over the last 6 months. Also, 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 except those needed for visitors. Visitors will only be able to access the main entrance to the school. All visitors should check in at the front desk if they are here for an appointment or to drop an item off for a student. If they are on campus to pick up their child, they will report directly to the attendance window.
- Deliveries – We ask that parents limit deliveries to students during the day. Please encourage your child to be prepared with all assignments and a lunch for the day. It helps them improve taking ownership and responsibility for their daily life and, in the end of the 4 years, more independent and ready for college. Do not be quick to bail them out of a situation as it is a learning opportunity.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING ATTENDANCE. PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE DOCUMENT.
Attendance is the #1 predictor of student success. It is vital that every student be at school every day 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.
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 the school with 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. This absences for the 2 days does not impact exemptions. Additional days would impact exemptions.
College Park High Schools comparable school’s attendance rate goal is usually around 97% in attendance. Currently, we are about 96.4% 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 be in attendance at least 90% of each semester of school.
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 the Justice of the Peace.
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 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 know that they are on track to attendance improvement.
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.
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 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:
- Hair coloring that is not a natural color, and extreme hairstyles (i.e. Mohawks, etc.), and/or hairstyles that are disruptive or distracting to the instructional process, are prohibited.
- Blouses or shirts of see-through material without appropriate shirt or blouse underneath are not permitted.
- All shirts/blouses must cover the shoulder and fits snug under the arm so undergarments are not exposed.
- 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.
- Chains of any length or size (including wallet chains) are not allowed.
- Spandex clothing and leggings including yoga pants are to be worn with outerwear that is at least mid-thigh in length.
- Pants are not to sag inappropriately. Pants must fit at the waist.
- Any form of hat is not to be worn inside the building.
- Shoes with wheels, rollerblades, skateboards, or scooters are prohibited. All students shall wear shoes for health reasons.
- 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 want to make sure that everyone is off to a great start. In order to do so, we want to remind parents and students of information in the handbook about deliveries to students during the school day. At the high school level, it is important that students take on the responsibility of being prepared for each day prior to leaving their home. It is a great opportunity for parents to help guide their child through this process and also encourage them along the way. Also, it is appropriate for parents to allow their child to suffer natural consequences for not being prepared for the day. This will strengthen their character and prepare them for life after high school.
Item drop off process: (Note: the school is not responsible for items that are dropped off for students and will not be monitored. This is at your own risk situation.)
- If a student forgets an item at home (lunch, project, assignment), we will begin excepting deliveries from parents beginning at 10:15 a.m. and ending at 12:30 p.m.
- A cart will be labeled for each lunch period. Items may be placed on that cart for their child’s specific lunch. As that lunch begins, the cart will be moved to the assistant principal’s office for pickup by the student. Once the cart has been moved, items will not be accepted for that lunch period. Students are not allowed to exit the commons area to the main foyer area to receive an item or meet with their parents as this creates a security and management issue.
- Please remember that food items that are delivered for a student by the parent should be for the student only. Due to health and safety issues, you cannot deliver food for a group of students. Please note that we are unable to accept any items that are delivered by a restaurant or food delivery service.
- In order to maintain the best learning environment please know that we are unable to accept any delivery from an outside vendor (flowers, balloons, food) for students.
- Car services, such as Lyft and Uber, are not allowed to pick 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 not come to their aide so quick. 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.
We are excited about the new year and the possibilities that it brings for your child. We want this to be a great year for all of our students. Please make sure that you reach out to the appropriate staff member if you need any assistance.
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 INFOMRATION REGRADING STUDENT SAFETY. PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EMAIL.
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.
- 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.
- 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 be able to be accessed prior to and after school.
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.
We ask that you plan for days where the weather might impact your drive and leave earlier than normal so it does not delay your child’s arrival time.
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 are fast approaching the start of school. We want everyone to be ready and have this be the best year in their school career. It helps to make sure that you have your schedule, books (if needed for a class), locker (if desired), and walk your schedule all before school. We continue to have about 90% of our students take advantage of this early opportunity to make the first few days easier. I hope that we can have 95% this year and get off to a great start.
The following is the Orientation schedule:
July 29, 2021 Junior and Senior Orientation from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
July 30, 2021 Freshman and Sophomore Orientation from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
July 30, 2021 Camp Cavalier (all incoming Freshman, Sophomores and new students to College Park) 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
July 30, 2021 Camp Cavalier for Parents (information session for parents) 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. in the Auditorium
July 30, 2021 Cavaliers: Back to the Future (All students) Clubs and organizations will have games set up at the football field to plan and information about their organization. We will draw for prized, have a DJ, food and at 8:30 p.m. show a movie. The cost is $25 (pay on school cash online). The event is from 6:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.
August 2, 2021 Open Orientation (all grades) 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
August 5, 2021 Parking tag pickup (parking tags only) 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. in front of Gyms.
Please check the School Cash On-line for any fees, parking, homecoming tickets, dues, etc. We encourage everyone to pay electronically. The cost is the same so do not miss out on this easy way to pay.
We hope to see you at orientation and cannot wait to see you on the first day of school!
Enjoy the last few weeks of summer.