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Spring ISD Back to School News Briefs

August 2, 2011

Visitors Welcome but Check-In is Required

Houston – July 27, 2011 – Spring ISD wants parents and other visitors to feel welcome on campuses districtwide. Because safety and security are of the highest priority, all visitors are required to check in at the front desk where they are routinely asked to submit their driver’s license or photo identification for scanning. Once the license has been scanned, a name tag is printed and must be worn by visitors while they are on campus. Upon leaving the campus, visitors are asked to stop by the front desk and turn in their name tag. This process helps school administrators know who may still be on their campus in case the school has to be evacuated for any reason.

School Supply Lists

Houston – July 27, 2011 – School supply requirements vary from school to school. For a list of supplies your child will need for the 2011-12 school year, visit your school’s website at www.springisd.org. Supply lists are also available at most area retailers who sell school supplies.

Early Childhood Services Available

Houston – July 27, 2011 – Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) services are available in every Texas county for children, birth to age three, with disabilities or delays in development. Families living in Spring ISD who have children in this age group with disabilities or suspected delays may call the Special Services Department at 281-891-6265 to request information on how to schedule a free ECI screening for their child.

Half-Day Pre-Kindergarten Classes Offered

Houston – July 27, 2011 – Half-day prekindergarten classes are offered at all elementary schools and the Fallbrook Community Development Center to students who are four years old on or before Sept. 1 and qualify because they are economically disadvantaged, homeless, children of military personnel or speak a language other than English. For more information, call the school where your child would attend.

Kindergarten Requirements

Houston – July 27, 2011 – All-day kindergarten classes are offered districtwide for children who will be five years old on or before Sept. 1 of the current school year. Registration for kindergarten is voluntary, however, once a child enrolls for kindergarten, he or she becomes subject to the state’s compulsory attendance law. That law requires a student to be in attendance at least 90 percent of the days that school is in session in order to receive credit.

VIPS Offers Volunteer Opportunities

Houston – July 27, 2011 – The Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) program offers numerous opportunities for volunteers who want to help out in the district’s schools. Possibilities include classroom reading, career presentations, mentoring, tutoring, hall monitoring, copying and filing, to name a few. The volunteer opportunities are available to service organizations, businesses, community members, senior citizens, parents and students. High school students will be able to use the opportunities to earn hours toward completing their Dedicated Service Graduate requirement. Individuals or organizations interested in volunteering may call the community relations department at 281-891-6013, contact their nearest Spring ISD school or register online at www.springisd.org.

School Closing Procedures

Houston – July 27, 2011 – Should weather conditions require schools to be closed or open late, the district will send an automated message by phone and email, post the notice online at www.springisd.org, facebook.com/SpringISD and twitter.com/SpringISD and on the Spring ISD Newsline at 281-891-6002. In addition, the message will be broadcast over major radio and TV stations. Please access these communications tools rather than calling the school district office or school for information. Weather-related decisions are usually made shortly before 6 a.m. since conditions that make roads hazardous may moderate overnight. If weather conditions worsen after buses have begun their scheduled runs, schools will operate on a regular schedule unless utility or weather conditions make the building unsafe.

Football Season Tickets On Sale

Houston – July 27, 2011 – Reserved season tickets for home football games at Spring, Westfield and Dekaney high schools may be purchased from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Aug. 1-19 at the Spring ISD Athletic Office, Gordon M. Anderson Leadership Center, 16717 Ella Blvd. For more information, call 281-891-6150.

Senior Gold Cards Available

Houston – July 27, 2011 – Spring ISD is offering free Senior Gold Cards to Spring ISD residents who are 62 years of age or older. The card entitles recipients to two free general admission tickets to specific Spring ISD athletic or fine arts events that are open to the public, excluding varsity football games and fundraising performances. To apply for the Spring ISD Senior Gold Card, complete the application form online at www.springisd.org or call 281-891-6013.

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