What time does school start?
The School doors open at 7:10 a.m. Breakfast is at 7:15 a.m.
Tardy Bell: 7:40 a.m. Dismissal time: 2:45 p.m.
Office hours are from 7:15 a.m.to 3:30 p.m. The office is closed outside of these hours.
What time is a student considered tardy?
Students should be in their classroom by 7:40 a.m. All students who arrive after 7:40 a.m. must check in at the office and will be counted as tardy.
Students arriving after 9:30 a.m. are considered absent and not tardy.
Arriving late to school or leaving early from school is considered being absent for “part of the school day.” A student who arrives late or leaves early 20 or more times, without an acceptable excuse, may be referred to the court for failure to attend school.
Please see the Student Handbook for more information. NOTE: For perfect attendance purposes, three tardies will cause a child to be ineligible for a perfect attendance award.
How do I check my child's class schedule, attendance records, grades, and other information?
For more information about the Focus program go to www.pfisd.net/focus.
How are birthdays celebrated at Riojas?
Birthdays are important in elementary school! Students’ names are read during the morning announcements. Birthday kids also get to visit the office for a birthday pencil and birthday ribbon! You may rent the marquee out front to post a birthday message for your child. Return the marquee rental form to the office.
Cupcakes, cookies, or donuts are best to share with the class. Please avoid sheet cake or anything that needs to be cut in class. The State of Texas does not allow Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value (FMNV) to be given to students while any class is having lunch still. Therefore, the teacher will pass out the treats after the last lunch class has finished after 1:00 PM. Please do not bring any other gifts, toys, balloons, or other items to the school as they interrupt valuable instruction time.
Can my child pass out birthday invitations at school?
If your child includes every student in the classroom, invitations may be passed out at school. Please check with your teacher for a list of student names. We are unable to pass out invitations to just a select few children in the class.
How do I pay for my child’s lunch?
You may visit the cafeteria or go to www.myschoolbucks.com to pay online. Please call (512) 594-4120 or (512) 594-0430 if you have questions about your child's account. The food service department's website is www.pfisd.net/Page/496.
Do I qualify for free or reduced meals?
You may visit food services at http://www.pfisd.net/page/500 to apply for free/reduced meals or call 512-594-0430.
What is for breakfast or lunch today?
Please visit food services at http://www.pfisd.net/page/937 for menus, allergy information, prices and more! You may also speak to a food service representative at 512-594-0430.
May I visit my child during the school day?
Please check with your child’s teacher to schedule school visits. We want to make sure testing or instruction is not interrupted. However, you are always welcome to come have lunch with your child at your leisure! We have picnic tables at the front of the school for parent/student lunches. For more information about the district's policy about visitors, please go tohttp://www.pfisd.net/Page/550. To check your child's lunch time, go to the class lunch schedules on the staff at http://www.pfisd.net/domain/698.
May I invite other students to eat with my child and I?
Parents/guardians, older siblings, and anyone with parent/guardian permission may have lunch with their student. Please do not invite other students to have lunch with you. Please do not share food with anyone other than your child. This is to protect children that may have food allergies.
How may I contact my child's teacher?
You may email your teacher or leave a message on voice mail to schedule a conference time with your teacher. If you have an urgent concern, please speak to the ladies in the office. To find your teacher's contact information go to http://www.pfisd.net/domain/698.
What should I do if my child is going to miss school?
Compulsory attendance laws in Texas require that a student between the ages of six and 18 attend school. Students enrolled in pre-kindergarten or kindergarten are required to attend school, too. Exemptions to the compulsory attendance include the following activities and events:
• Religious holy days;
• Required court appearances;
• Activities related to obtaining United States citizenship;
• Service as an election clerk;
• Documented (you provide doctor’s note) health-care appointments for the student
• For students in the conservatorship (custody) of the state therapy appointments, or other court-ordered activity;
• Accommodations for Children of Military Families, absences of up to five days will be excused for a student to visit with a parent, stepparent, or legal guardian who has been called to duty for, is on leave from, or immediately returned from certain deployments.
A complaint against the parent may be filed in court if the student if the student is absent from school for ten or more days or parts of days within a six-month period in the same school year. The student’s parent could be charged with a criminal offense based on the student’s failure to attend school.
Attendance for Credit
To receive credit in a class, a student must attend at least 90 percent of the days the class is offered. A student who attends at least 75 percent but fewer than 90 percent of the days the class is offered may receive credit for the class if he or she completes a plan, approved by the principal, which allows the student to fulfill the instructional requirements for the class.
If a student attends less than 75 percent of the days a class is offered or has not completed the plan approved by the principal, then the student will be referred to the attendance review committee to determine whether there are extenuating circumstances for the absences and how the student can regain credit, if appropriate. The full attendance policy is in the Student Handbook.
If you have questions about attendance, or to report an absence, please call 594-4138.
What do I do if my child has a doctor's appointment that will cause him to be tardy or miss class?
Please bring a note from the doctor when your student returns to school. If a student leaves during the school day, a parent must sign them out. When the student returns to school, don't forget the doctor's note. Absences due to doctor's visits are not counted against the student. Your doctor may fax us the note to (512) 594-4105.
How can I find out if the school will be closed due to bad weather?
*All major television networks (Channels 7, 24. 36, 42 and news 8 Austin) will be notified of school closings.
*The PISD's Public Information line will be utilized to announce school closings and emergency information. The number is (512) 594-0001. *Pflugerville ISD will post school closings on the website at http://www.pfisd.net/domain/270
How may I volunteer at Riojas?
Please complete the online volunteer application at http://www.pfisd.net/domain/81 and then call 594-4110.
What is the phone number for Transportation, if I have a bus related question?
Phone: (512) 594-0475
Fax: (512) 594-0476
Our transportation department's website is http://www.pfisd.net//Domain/99.
When are the awards assemblies?
Awards assemblies are always the Friday after the end of each 9 week grading period. If your child is going to receive an award, the teacher will let you know before the assembly date.
If you need to reach PfISD about an emergency involving the facility after hours, please call (512) 748-6544 OR (512) 748-0431.
Why do we have fundraisers?
Public schools get money from the state and from local taxes. However, there are laws about how that money can and cannot be spent. That money is not allowed to be used for student incentives and rewards, or for community events. That is why schools have fundraisers. Some examples of things we use our fundraising money for that we cannot use our state/local money for:
• Six-weeks awards ribbons for perfect attendance, grades, etc.
• Birthday ribbons
• Prizes for the Patriot Store which rewards good behavior
• Presenters such as the Mariachi Band that came on the Diversity Day
• Food for community events such as Parent Night
• Field trip admission fees
• Due to budget cuts, we often have to use these funds for paper and instructional supplies
These donations are tax deductible. Your cancelled check is your receipt for tax purposes.
Dogs on Campus
Unfortunately, we cannot have dogs on campus when students are present. There are many reasons for this, including district policy. Feel free to call the school office at (512) 594-4100 if you have any questions.
Late Pick Up
We do not have the staff to provide childcare when you are late. Since office staff leave at 3:30 PM, this usually means the teacher has to wait in the office until you arrive. Our teachers planning meetings, tutoring with students, and use after school time to copy items and prepare for the next day. Please consider paying for our EDP program or an alternate after school pick-up method if you are not able to pick up your child by 2:45 pm each day.
Changes in Going Home
If you have a change in how your child is going home, please make sure to call the office before 2 p.m. In order for our dismissal to run smoothly and for the safety of the children, we need this information in a timely manner. Thanks for your cooperation in helping to ensure that every child gets to the right place after school.
Pflugerville ISD requires all visitors, including parents and guardians, to register with the District's visitor management system (VMS) before they proceed beyond the front office. Visitors must present a photo ID, such as a valid driver's license, official state photo ID from any state and most countries, or a military ID, and check in through the office prepared to show their ID. For more information, please click here.
Appointments with the Principal
The best way to schedule a meeting with Mrs. Rebecek is to call her office at 512-594-4110. She has multiple prescheduled meetings with district administration and teachers each week. The rest of her day is spent in the classrooms. If you drop by without an appointment, she will most likely be unable to visit with you. If you have a question or concern specific to your child, she always encourages parents to contact the teacher first. In most cases, the teacher is able to address your concerns. A complete staff directory with email list is available athttp://www.pfisd.net/domain/698.
Communication is Key
Riojas is committed to ongoing communication with our parents and community. We understand that maintaining a two-way conversation is essential for building relationships. These relationships are the foundation for a strong school system. Riojas communicates with our parents and community through variety of methods including:
• Campus Website -Including Principal’s Blog and Teacher’s Email addresses at http://www.pfisd.net/Domain/28
• Email listservs -To subscribe go tohttp://www.pfisd.net//site/Default.aspx?PageID=835.
• Remind -Please send text @riojas to 81010 to join our Remind communication.
• Twitter - https://twitter.com/Riojas_ES
• Comments or Suggestions? - http://www.pfisd.net/Domain/28
• Call the Office - You may also reach us by telephone at 512-594-4100. We are always happy to serve you!