Welcome New Parents

You are Going to LOVE Serene Hills Elementary!

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School Hours

7:20-4:00 Office Hours Monday-Friday

7:20 a.m. Students may enter building.

7:40 a.m. Classes begin.

7:40 a.m. Tardy Bell rings.

10:00 a.m. Attendance is taken.

3:00 p.m. Students are dismissed.

3:15 p.m. Students must be picked up by this time.

Extended Care is an after school child care option at Serene Hills. You may contact the Office of Community Programs for information regarding registration for this program.

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LTISD Bus Info.

Bus routes for the 2021-2022 school year are available in Transfinder, an independent web-based boundary and routing system. Please note, some routes and pick-up and drop-off times have been adjusted from the previous school year.


Also, did you know that you can receive alerts regarding arrival times, delays and other updates regarding our transportation services? To do so, be sure to create an account in our SMART tag Parent Portal.


If your child will be riding the bus this school year and you have yet to enroll in transportation services, you may request services by selecting the ‘Transportation Update Form’ in Skyward Family Access. Additionally, if your contact information is not updated in Skyward Family Access, our Transportation Department will not be able to correctly identify your child’s bus route. Be sure to visit the Transportation Department web page for additional resources.


We look forward to providing a safe and enjoyable experience for students who will be riding our school buses this year.

Attendance

We can provide an exceptional educational experience for your child, but he/she must be here on time and stay all day for us to do so.


Arrive before 7:40 and stay until 3:00 every day.


However…

they can’t learn if they are ill, and others will miss learning opportunities if your child is contagious. Do not send your child to school if he/she:

•Is under doctor’s orders to stay home.

•Has had fever over 100 degrees within the last 24 hours.

•Has had diarrhea in the last 24 hours.

•Has pink eye.


Otherwise, we encourage you to send your child to school. If he/she is not well enough to stay the entire day, the nurse will send him/her home.


If your child is unable to attend school, please log in to Smart Tag and enter your child’s absence and the reason for the absence.


When you take your student to the doctor, please provide a doctor’s or dentist's note stating they had an appointment.

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Health Office


A written excuse is required if a child is injured and unable participate in physical education. If a child is excused from p.e. participation, he/she will also be excused from recess.


Prescription and non-prescription drugs to be administered at school must:

•Be dropped off to the health office and picked up by a parent/guardian.

•Be in the original container.

•Be accompanied by a note if dosage differs from what is on the original non-prescription container.

•Must remain in the health office, not with the student (except for asthma medication and epi-pens with written permission).

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Morning Drop Off Information

Kinder-Second Grader Car Riders

Kindergarteners, first graders and second graders are to be dropped off in front of school in a single file line and will enter main front doors or the doors to the middle hallway.


Third-Fifth Grader Car Riders

Third graders, fourth graders, and fifth graders will be dropped off in the parking lot adjacent to the playground and enter the side doors by the playground/gym/cafeteria.


Carpools or cars with siblings should drop off in the lot of the youngest rider in the car.


Additional Information

•Please have your child/children ready to exit the car prior to entering the drive.

•Pull all the way up to the sign that says, “Pull Up to Here” in a single line near the sidewalk to drop off your child/children.

•Allow your child to exit anywhere on the sidewalk, rather than waiting until you are directly in front of the doors.

•Stay in your vehicle once you enter either drive, just as your would at the airport.

•Please allow enough time for morning traffic (especially on rainy days).

•All car riders should be dropped off from the car rider lane only.

•For the safety of your child, do not let your child exit your car and walk between parked vehicles, as this is not a safe option.

•The car loops are one way at all times, both morning and afternoon.

•Please avoid the lot near Trophy Drive and the back drive (except PreK/ECSE families)

•Being on time allows your child to begin their school day without feeling rushed. It is also important to model being on time.


Other Transportation Options

•Walkers and bicycle riders will enter the building through the main front doors.

• Bus riders will be dropped off at the back entrance.

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Afternoon Dismissal

Parents will indicate how students will go home using Smart Tag. Changes to mode of transportation need to entered by 2:00 p.m. each day. If you have trouble accessing the system or miss the deadline, please call our receptionist, Lei Johnson at (512) 533-7400.


There are 5 dismissal options:

•School Bus Riders,

•Car Riders,

•Escorted Walkers and Daycare Bus Riders,

•Unescorted Walkers, Bike Riders, and Extended Care/Enrichment Class Participants.


Bus Riders

ONLY buses pick up at the back of the school building. Please do not enter the bus lane at the back of the school. Bus riders will exit the back doors of the main hallway. Buses will transport ONLY eligible riders. They will no longer transport additional students for sleepovers, scouts, parties, etc. due to lack of available seats.


Car Riders

Due to minimal parking area on the streets surrounding Serene Hills and concern for student safety, parents are discouraged from parking to pick up students. If you choose to park, you will need to do so on Trophy Lane or in the parking lot adjacent to the playground.


•If your child will be riding home in a car please make arrangements to classify your child as a car-rider and pick him/her up in one of the two drives, Kinder through 1st in the front drive and 2nd through 5th graders in the lot adjacent to the playground.


Kinder-1st Grade Car Riders

•Please have your numbered car tag hanging from your rear view mirror when you enter the drive.


•Please remember that cell phones at pick-up is a violation of law and a distraction that could be harmful or deadly.


•As soon as you veer right, form two lines.


•Please remain in your vehicle at all times. Once your child is placed safely in your vehicle, stay in the far right lane and merge into one lane to exit.


•Your car will be loaded once you arrive at the loading zone.


•If you are picking up children who are not outside, pull forward to the far right and wait near the bike racks.


Second Through Fifth Grade Car Riders

•Enter the parking lot adjacent to the playground and form three car lines. Fifth graders will be picked up from the middle of the lot. Fourth graders will be picked up in the left lane and load on the driver's side. Second & Third graders will be picked up from the right lane and load on the passenger side.


•Please move all the way forward to the sign that says, “Pull Up to Here.” This is where students will load.


•Please remain in your vehicle at all times.


•Please do not park in the lot and call your child to your car for the safety of your child. You must enter the line. Once your child is in your vehicle, stay in the far right lane and circle around until you reach the exit to the street.


Escorted Walkers, Bike Riders, and Daycare Bus Riders

•Parents who walk or ride their bike to campus to pick up their child/children may pick up outside the North side (facing Trophy Dr.) of the building, which is where the students exit. Please walk all the way up to the doors.


•Students will wait on the upper covered patio until we release them to a parent. Please do not call a child to cross the street when the parent is on one side and the child is on the other.


•Crossing guards are stationed at the corner of Trophy and Highlands Drive and again at Highlands Drive and Lakeway Blvd.


•All pedestrian and bicycle traffic should take these routes to and from school. Please do NOT pull into teachers parking lot and wait for their children to come down to their car at far end of the parking lot, nor pull up close where kiddos are walking and call them to your car.


Unescorted Walkers/Bike Riders

Students with this dismissal designation will be released to walk or bike ride home alone.


Extended Care/Enrichment Class Participants

Students enrolled in these programs will be escorted to the location designated on campus for the program in which the student is enrolled.

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Cafeteria Procedures

  1. Online meal pre-payments can take up to 24 hours to process.
    • The My School Bucks service charges a convenience fee of $2.49 for online credit card deposits up to $240.00 (as of 12/11/2017).
    • The overall convenience fee for the max credit card deposit is 1%. LTISD Food and Nutrition Services does not receive any revenue from this fee. Heartland School Solutions funds their service via this transaction fee.
  2. Free pre-payments are accepted in cash or check at your campus cafe.
    • For proper account credit, cash or check pre-payments must be in a labeled envelope with student ID# and full name. Checks should be made payable to "LTISD."
  3. If you deposit money at your school cafe, the money is immediately available for students at the campus only. It is available district-wide the following business day.
  4. Due to the volume of transactions, any discrepancies in charges or deposits must be reported within five operating business days.
    • Please allow up to 10 operating business days for resolution of a discrepancy.
  5. In all instances, students will not be allowed to purchase snacks or a la carte items without a positive balance in their lunch account!
  6. For lunch account refunds and adjustments, please fill out a Refund/Transfer Request Form located in the Forms section of our website.
  7. You may sign up for My School Bucks to utilize transaction history and other features for free. There is only a charge when using the online credit card deposit service.
  8. Please visit MySchoolBucks Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  9. For more information, call 512-533-7990 or email foodservice@ltisdschools.org
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District Dress Code and Items That Do Not Belong at School

District Dress Code Prohibits the Following

•Bare midriffs

•Backless or strapless tops/dresses

•Beach wear

•Spandex, biker, or short shorts ( shorter than fingertip length)

•Muscle shirts

•Baggy pants or shorts

•Trench coats or dusters

•Hats


Items That Do Not Belong at School

•Weapons, including pocket knives

•Toy or virtual weapons

•Tobacco, tobacco products, and electronic cigarettes

•Drugs, alcohol, or drug paraphernalia

•Skateboards, rollerblades, or shoes with wheels


For a more detailed list, see the district Student/Parent Handbook and the Student Code of Conduct.

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Field Trips

Field trips are a good example of memorable school activities that students deeply enjoy. They do, however, require a significant concerted effort on the part of the teacher to ensure our children are safe in a somewhat foreign environment. Having children take private transportation to or from a field trip increases the likelihood that a safety error will be made. Therefore, district policy states that students must ride the bus to and from the field trip. Additionally, policy states that siblings are not permitted to attend field trips.

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Visitors and Deliveries

It is our priority to keep students and staff safe and focused on high quality education. Therefore, we respectfully request that all visitors sign-in at the office upon entering through the front doors and wear a visitor’s badge while in the building. The badge verifies that you have checked in the office, presented proper identification and made clear the purpose for your visit. In addition, you must have a pre-scheduled meeting with your child's teacher in order to have a parent-teacher conference.


For the first two weeks of school, we will not have visitors for lunch. This allows students time to adjust to school procedures as well as build relationships with classmates.


Deliveries of forgotten items to students should be limited to emergencies only so that important instructional time is not interrupted. Parents needing to drop off a lunch or other school items to their child(ren) will be able to do so by dropping the labeled item(s) in the drop box located outside the office area.


Labels should include:

NAME:

GRADE:

TEACHER:


Items will be delivered to the students as soon as possible.

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PTO

Our President for the 2021-2022 school year is Roxi Tsakas. Visit the PTO website at http://www.she.my-pto.org. Sign up for news on the PTO website. Be sure to look for our numerous volunteer opportunities available. Also, check out our new PTO Facebook page.