Frequently Asked Questions 2011 - 20112
1. What time does the school day start and end?
School starts at 7:40 AM and students will be considered tardy if not in their classroom at that time. School ends at 2:45 PM.
2. How does being tardy affect my child?
When a student enters class after the teacher has begun instruction, he he/she misses out on instruction. Also, if a child has three tardies within a grading period, he/she will not be recognized for perfect attendance even though no absences have occurred. Excessive tardies may also lead to parent being filed for Attendance Court.
3. How can I contact my child's teacher?
If you call during the teacher's conference time, you will be transferred directly to the classroom; if not, you can leave a message (voice mail). Conference times and voice mail numbers can be found on the staff page of this website. You can also contact the teacher using email.
4. What should I do if my child is sick and misses school?
Two things must be done every time a child is absent: 1) call Ms. Smith, school registrar, at 594-6838, on the day of absence by 8:15 am to document; and 2) you must turn in a parent or doctor note to the office the day the student returns to school. Excessive absences will lead to the parent being filed on for Attendance Court.
5. Can I eat lunch with my child?
Parents are always welcome to eat lunch with their child. You can bring a lunch or eat a school lunch. (Please note: If you plan to eat a school lunch, please let the teacher and/or cafeteria know, so they can adjust the lunch count.) ALL visitors must sign in at the office and obtain a visitor pass. Parents must eat with the student at the provided tables in the hallway or on stage.
6. Can my child pass out birthday invitations at school?
If your child includes every student in the classroom, invitations can be passed out at school.
7. Can I bring gifts, balloons, cupcakes, cookies, or cakes to school for my child’s birthday?
Gifts and balloons are not allowed in the classroom as these may cause a distraction to classroom learning. We prefer that cupcakes be brought to share with the class. This year cupcakes need to be taken to the classroom teacher as these food items cannot be passed out in the cafeteria. The State of Texas does not allow Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value (FMNV) to be given to students during the lunch period. Cupcakes can be served after our last lunch period has ended, which is at 1:20 p.m. Please talk to your child's teacher as to what time they plan on serving your child's cupcakes.
8. What type of shoes does my child need for P.E.?
Students at HPES need to have closed-toe shoes for participation in our P.E. program (ex: athletic, tennis shoe, or sneaker). Students are very active during this time and need sturdy shoes to protect their feet. This requirement is now a part of the PISD Dress Code.
9. I have questions about my child's bus, who do I contact?
You can contact Petermann Bus Company at 594-0475, to address any of your concerns.
10. How can I volunteer?
Volunteers are always welcome. Please come by the office and let us know how you would like to help. Volunteers must go through the PISD Volunteer background check.
11) How can I find out if the school will be closed due to bad weather?
1) All major television networks (Channels 7, 24, 36, 42 and news 8 Austin) will be notified of school closings.
2) The PISD's Public Information line will be utilized to announce school closings and emergency information. The number is (512) 594-0001.
3) Pflugerville ISD will post school closings on the website at www.pfisd.net.
4) Also, all Clear channels receive this information, these include KVET, KASE, KKMJ and KLBJ.
12) What is the school's late work policy?
From 2nd to 5th grade, students will receive a 10 points a day penalty for work turned in late. The penalty for a task may not be greater than 50 points total.