Welcome to Bertram Elementary!
Welcome to Bertram Elementary where we are Crafting the Future!
We are excited to partner with you to support your child’s academic, social, and emotional growth.
Office Hours: 7:30am-3:45pm
Main Office Phone: 512-355-2111
School Website: bes.burnetcisd.net
District Website: burnetcisd.net
Join our PTO! It’s free!
Facebook: Bertram Bulldog PTO
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School Hours & Attendance Information
School Hours & Information
Students may arrive at school as early as 7:15am. Parents can drop off students in the car line by the pavilion. After 7:40am, parents must park and walk their child into the office. No staff is on duty in the arrival area before 7:15 am or after 7:40am. Instruction begins at 7:40am.
For Kindergarten through 5th Grades, a free hot breakfast is served daily from 7:15 am - 7:40 am in the cafeteria. For PreK, students eat as a class from 7:40 am - 8:00 am.
Students who are not in class at 7:45 am are recorded as tardy. When a student arrives late, the adult dropping them off needs to park their vehicle and come into the office to sign the student in for the day. Students arriving late miss important learning that may affect their ability to make progress in school.
Attendance is taken at 9am daily. Students not on campus at 9am are marked absent for the day.
The instructional school day is from 7:40 am - 3:20 pm. On Early Release days, the instructional day is from 7:40 am - 12:20 pm.
Before starting school, parents will complete a form communicating how your child will go home each day. Students can go home as:
Bus rider (Click here for BCISD Transportation Information)
YMCA (onsite care located in the cafeteria- must be registered)
Walking is available for students who live within a walking distance of the school (less than 1 mile and do not cross Highway 29). Students may not meet cars in the walker locations.
Front Walker (cross Main Street at the Pavillion and then walk unescorted)
Back Walker (escorted to the Methodist Church and cross FM 243/1174 and then walk unescorted)
To make a change to your child’s daily transportation schedule, you must email email@example.com before 1:30pm on the day of the change. Include the following details in the email:
Student’s full name
Student’s grade level
Student’s homeroom teacher
The transportation change you want made for today (bus rider to car rider or car rider to bus rider)
*Requests made after 1:30pm will not be processed. Notes, phone calls, text messages and emails sent to any other email (including teachers or office staff) will not be processed.
New Car Drop Off and Pick Up Map
Coming soon! Please expect a separate email specific to the Car Rider line before August 16th.
Car Rider Pro Tags
All families are provided 2 free tags. Additional tags can be purchased from the front office for $3 each. To obtain a new or replacement tag, please email Ms. Aline at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tags must be hung from the rearview mirror while in the pick up line.
If you are a returning family to Bertram Elementary, the same Car Rider Pro tags from last year are still active and assigned to you and your child/ren.
Presence in school is a strong indicator of future success. We encourage regular attendance and look forward to a successful school year with your child.
After an absence, late arrival, or early check out, please provide at note that contains the following information within 48 hours:
Student first and last name
the date of the absence
Reason for the absence
For students receiving medical care or attending appointments during the school day, please provide a note from the medical professional.
Absences may not be excused for personal business such as; shopping, non-medical appointments, missed bus, illness other than the immediate family or to attend work.
Late Arrivals and Early Check Outs
Throughout the school year, it can be necessary to check your child out early or check them in late. We ask that late arrivals and early check outs be limited to emergencies and medical appointments. Please provide a medical excuse note from the doctor, dentist, or therapist when your child returns to school so that their time away can be excused. Early check outs and late arrivals are tracked and impacts student learning.
Early Pick Up by 2:30pm
Parents wishing to pick their child up early must do so by 2:30pm. The foyer doors lock at 2:30pm to allow our office staff to prepare for a safe and orderly dismissal.
Please bring your photo ID and arrive in time to allow 10 minutes for your child to transition from their classroom to the office. In order to maximize instruction and ensure your child's safety, students are NOT called to the office until the adult picking up has arrived at the school and photo ID has been verified.
Non-guardians must be listed as emergency contacts with permission to pick up in order for a student to be released to them. Photo ID must be provided.
As a reminder, early check outs are recorded and impact student learning.
News from Teachers
We anticipate a great school year for all students! Each week your child's teacher will email a weekly newsletter that includes the instructional topics being covered that week and any important announcements. Please be sure that your email address is up to date in Skyward Family Access. Also, please do not block Skyward Family Access with your email provider.
Requesting a Conference
Most questions and concerns regarding your child's school day can best be addressed by your child's teacher. Please communicate with your child's teacher so that they can be knowledgeable of your concerns and provide support.
Subscribe to Our School Calendar
You can subscribe to our school calendar and our events will automatically be added to your iCal, Google, or Outlook Calendar. Click here to go to our calendar page then click Subscribe and select your desired calendar.
Skyward Family Access
Skyward Family Access Portal gives you the tools to be more informed, connected, and involved in your child’s education. Through the portal you have access to the following resources:
- Grades - including setting alerts when grades are below certain thresholds (2nd grade and up only)
- View Progress Reports & Report Cards
- Test Scores
- Messages from your child's teacher
- Update parent contact information and emergency contacts
If you have a student enrolled in Burnet CISD then you already have a family access account. If you do not know your username or password, please contact your student's campus registrar for assistance.
By clicking My Messages > Settings you can subscribe/unsubscribe to messages regarding attendance, grading, and assignment notifications.
💚Taking Care of Our Students💚
Medicine at School
Bertram Elementary is staffed with a school nurse who can assist with providing medication that must be taken during the school day.
Medication can be given on a short-term basis (less than 4 weeks) by completing the Medication Administration form with a parent signature. For long term medication, a physician’s signature is required in addition to the parent signature. All medication must be brought to school in the original container or prescription bottle (properly labeled by a registered pharmacist as prescribed by law.
Optional Student Accident Insurance
While we work hard to safeguard your child at school, student injuries and accidents sometimes happen. Under State Law, school districts can’t be liable for accidents, which occur in schools. It is important to understand the school district is not responsible for medical payments or bills for your child. If your child is injured during any school, athletic or UIL sponsored activity, all medical charges are your responsibility.
Burnet CISD has purchased student accident insurance for any student that participates in a UIL event and accident insurance for any student while at school or involved in a school sponsored event.
Please note this is a limited benefit policy and any charges above the policy limits are the responsibly of the parent or guardian.
In addition, since the school district has purchased this supplemental accident policy, you have the opportunity if you so choose to purchase additional student accident insurance that would be secondary to all other policies.
The attached includes some helpful information and a QR code that will take you directly to the website for Student Assurance Services.
Support for Families in Need
Families in need of assistance with meeting basic needs are encouraged to contact our school counselor by emailing email@example.com. We have many resources available to help your family.
Visiting Bertram Elementary
Your child's safety and the security of our school are our top priorities. We require that all campus visitors check in at the front office with a valid photo ID (driver's license, state ID, military ID, or consulate ID). Visitors will be provided with a sticker that must be worn and visible throughout your visit. At the end of your visit, please return the sticker to the front office.
Lunch with Your Child
Students are permitted to each lunch with adults listed as guardians or emergency contacts in Skyward Family Access. When eating with students, visitors and the appropriate students eat at our guest tables in the cafeteria. Adults are not permitted at classroom student tables. Outside food may only be brought for your child or those for whom you are listed as an emergency contact. Due to continued supply chain shortages, all cafeteria visitors must supply their own food.
Parents should communicate directly with their emergency contacts regarding any food allergies or expectations for eating lunch with their child.
There are many ways to support our school through volunteering.
Bertram Bulldog PTO
The Bertram Elementary PTO is free to join and supports our school in a variety of ways. Please reach out to be connected with a volunteer opportunity that is right for you!
Facebook: Bertram Bulldog PTO
After submitting the volunteer application and undergoing the annual background check, volunteers can work with any BCISD campus for the school year. All personal data submitted by applicants is confidential and managed through Raptor Technologies' secure server. All volunteer applicants are required to have a personal email address in order to submit an application, which includes automated notification that the application has been received and approved. Please be advised that volunteers must apply one (1) week before the anticipated event to ensure participation as a volunteer. A new application must be submitted yearly.
BCISD Student Handbook & Code of Conduct including Dress Code
Cell Phone & Smart Watch Policy
At all BCISD Elementary Schools cell phones and/or smart watches must be turned off and put away from the time a student arrives on campus through dismissal. Earbuds and headphones may only be used for instructional purposes with a district-provided device.
If a student uses a cell phone, smart watch, earbuds, or headphones without authorization during the school day, the teacher has the authority to confiscate the device and turn it into the principal’s office.
First Offense - The student may pick-up the device, earbuds, and/or headphones from the principal’s office at the end of the school day.
Second Offense - The parent receives an email and the student may pick-up the device, earbuds, and/or headphones from the principal’s office at the end of the school day.
Third Offense - The parent may pick up the confiscated device, earbuds, and/or headphones from the principal’s office for a fee of $15.
Communicating with Your Student While They Are At School
If a parent needs to contact their child during the school day, please call the office (512-355-2111) and we will get the message to your child. If you child needs to contact you, they should notify their teacher.