Head Start Information
The Head Start office is open each day from 7:25 a.m. until 3:55 p.m.
Lamar County Head Start
1350 NE 6th
Paris TX 75460
Fax: (903) 737-7514
School begins at 7:30 a.m.
School ends at 2:30 p.m.
School begins at 7:30 a.m. each day. You cannot drop your child off earlier than 7:30 a.m. There are no staff persons available to monitor your child before 7:30 a.m. Staff arriving before 7:30 a.m. are on their own time and come early to prepare themselves to provide quality care for your child from 7:30 until 2:30 each day.
Parking for Student Drop-Off and Student Pick-Up:
You must use designated parking spaces at all times. Only persons, with appropriate state issued handicapped stickers, should park in handicapped parking. When picking up or dropping off your child, you CANNOT park in the middle of the lane. You must use a parking space. If you are just dropping off your child and not entering the building, you must use the back entrance. Someone will receive your child up until 8:00 a.m. You cannot drop your child off before 7:30 a.m.
Dismissal via front office
Our campus uses a computerized tracking system to check students into and out of school each day. Each parent/guardian or persons designated to pick up a child from our school must present a drivers license and be scanned into our “School Check-In” system. We will only need to scan your license once. After this initial procedure, you or a designated person can quickly check your child out of school each day. All persons picking up students must be 18 years of age or older. There will be no exceptions to this requirement.
Students picked up before 2:00 p.m. will be considered early dismissal, which will count against students attendance. Classroom staff will expect you to provide them with a “School Check -In” paper pass before they release a child from their classroom. Only persons who are listed on the child’s pick up list (in writing by the child’s parent/guardian) and scanned into School Check In, may remove a child from the Head Start premises or from a school bus. Changes to your child’s pick-up list can only be made in person, not by telephone or a note in the child’s backpack.; NO EXCEPTIONS.
Bus services are available for all Head Start children. Head Start and Pre-Kindergarten students are the only children who will be riding these buses. A bus driver and an adult bus aide are assigned to each bus. Each bus is equipped with ZONAR. This is a technologically advanced rider tracking system. It allows us to find a bus and identify its riders while our students are being transported to any location. You must be able to put your child on the bus in the mornings. For morning pickup, please do not put your child on the bus if he/she is acting out, screaming, crying uncontrollably or physically ill. The bus driver and monitor cannot assume responsibility for your child under these circumstances.
Students, who ride the bus, must follow bus rules and safety guidelines. This means staying in their seats, talking quietly, and keeping their hands and feet to themselves. Activities that create distractions for the bus driver will not be tolerated. Students who consistently display disruptive behavior on the bus, will be permanently suspended from bus privileges. This includes but is not limited to hitting other children or staff, running, cursing, yelling, spitting, will not stay in seat belt, fighting and crawling on vehicle floors.
If your child will be picked up by a daycare facility, please write the name of the childcare center on a student information or change of status form, located in the front office.
P.M. Dismissal via School Bus
The school day ends at 2:30 p.m. We load school buses at approximately 2:25 p.m. Someone on the student’s pick up list must be present at the bus stop to receive your child.
If there is someone there, who is not on the list, then the bus driver will not release the student. When no one is present at the bus stop, your child will be dropped off at Crockett Intermediate School at 655 S. Collegiate (in the front office).
You must get out of your car or come out of your house to the door of the bus to receive your child. The bus driver will not stop if you are sitting in your car or standing in your door.
If your child is taken to Crockett three times or more, he/she will be assigned to parent pick-up for up to two weeks or removed from the bus indefinitely. Travel arrangements, for your child, MUST be made on or before 1:00 p.m.
Any student not picked up at Head Start or either Crockett by 3:00 p.m. will be released to the custody of the Paris Police Department until they are able to locate parents/guardians.
Early Dismissal Days
There will be early dismissal days scattered throughout the year. Please check your monthly calendar for more information about early dismissal days. You will always receive a reminder before an early dismissal day.
( Absences and Tardies)
Children need to be in attendance everyday that they are not ill. If your child is unable to attend school please contact the Head Start office and let the staff know that your child will be out. Please send a written note explaining the reason for your child’s absence for our records. The Director will determine if the reason will be excused or unexcused. When students have three or more unexcused absences, within a four week period, you will be sent a truancy letter and an attendance meeting will be scheduled. When a student reaches four or more tardies, within a four week period, an attendance meeting will be scheduled. When a student reaches 9 unexcused absences or tardies (per semester), he/she will be dismissed from the program.
Students are tardy at 8:05 and absent at 8:35
Appointments: Students must come to school until it’s time for them to leave for their appointment. If students do not come before their appointment, they will not be allowed to come to school after their appointment is over. Students, who come to school, before their appointment, will be allowed to return to school (parent has to provide a Dr.’s note upon arrival).
Change of address, phone numbers, emergency contact information or employment must be kept up to date. Changes must made in person, in the front office; no phone calls, no exceptions.
Parent/guardian must come to the Head Start office to withdraw their child from the program. Children, enrolled in the program, are enrolled in the Texas Public Schools system. Your child cannot enroll in another school program until they are taken out of the Lamar County Head Start system.
Information about Meals and Meal Services
Breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided to all students by the Head Start program. PLEASE, DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL WITH BREAKFAST, LUNCH, SNACKS OR TREATS.
Breakfast is served from 7:40 a.m. until 8:10 a.m.
Lunch is served from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Snacks are served to students after rest time.
You are welcome to join your child at school for breakfast or lunch. The prices for parents are $2.00 for breakfast and $3.50 for lunch. Please let your child’s teacher know ,as early as possible, if you will be joining your child for breakfast or lunch. Parents who are volunteering in the classroom ,for a full day, lunch is provided at no cost. Parents may eat with their children but must volunteer in a different classroom.
The menu for school breakfast and lunches will be sent home with students at the beginning of each semester. The menu is also published weekly in the Sunday edition of The Paris News and on the Paris ISD website (www.parisisd.net).
Please notify the school nurse if your child has food allergies of any type. School menus for students with life threatening allergies to specific foods will be altered in order to address the students’ health and nutritional needs. Parents/guardians will need to obtain a Doctors order stating specific recommendations for certain foods and give this order to the school nurse. She will work with the ISD food service staff to plan the students diet at school.
Teacher conference time is scheduled from 2:35 until 3:20 each day. You must give a one day advance notice, to the teacher, before setting your appointment. You can schedule your meeting via phone or email. Email addresses may be found on our campus website at www.lch.parisisd.net. It is important to note that teachers will not be pulled from their classroom to take telephone calls or for non-schedule conferences, unless it is deemed an emergency by the Director, between the hours of 7:30a.m. and 2:30 p.m. each day.
A high standard of acceptable behavior is essential in school. Politeness, cooperation and respect are expected of all students, staff and parents. Teachers use an approved discipline procedure and children are expected to follow the plan to the best of their abilities. The discipline plan explains what the rules are for the classroom and the consequences for violating these rules. If you have any questions about the discipline procedures for your child’s classroom, please speak with the teacher. No student will be allowed to engage in behavior which prevents the teacher from teaching or other children from learning.
In accordance with Head Start federal regulations corporal punishment (spanking) will not be administered to Head Start children on the school campus by staff or parents/guardians. Parents/Guardians are required to come to the school and address significant behavior issues with their child. Staff will make ever effort to assist you.
General Campus Rules:
The general school rules for good behavior cover all areas of the campus (classrooms, multi-purpose room, hallways, playground, etc.) and are the responsibility of each staff member to convey to the students throughout the school year.
· Children will show respect to all staff
· Children will be treated with respect by all staff
· Physically aggressive (fighting) behavior is not acceptable
· Polite and courteous behavior is expected of all children at all times
· The use of vulgar (cursing) or threatening language, vulgar gestures and/or bullying of others will not be tolerated from any child or adult
· Destruction of school property is not acceptable
In addition to specific classroom rules, the rules of conduct outlined in the Paris ISD and the North Lamar ISD Student Code of Conduct apply to all Head Start children.
Parent assistance will be requested for any child who has a difficult time following the classroom, playground and general campus rules.
Lamar County Head Start staff are required to interact with children and their parents in a professional and respectful manner at all times. Parents/guardians are expected to treat staff with courtesy and respect. Parents/guardians who engage in threatening, cursing or physical aggression, while on school property, will be required to leave the campus and legal authorities may be contacted for further intervention.
Please note that we are required by state and federal law to report any SUSPECTED cases of child abuse/neglect to the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services – Child Protective Services and/or local authorities (including the Paris Police Department or the Lamar County Sheriff’s Department).
We are required to provide access to your child’s records to Child Protective Services (CPS) and/or a court of law upon request with or without your permission. These are state and federal regulations, which must be adhered to without exception. Depending on the circumstances and administrative guidance, you may or may not be contacted regarding referrals to CPS or local authorities. The safety of the child in any situation is the deciding factor in all cases
All student medications are kept in the Nurse’s Office and administered by authorized staff. Physician’s orders must be provided for staff to administer prescription medications.
You must pick up a form in the Nurse’s Office, to be completed by your child’s physician before medication can be given at school.
Over the counter medications (non-prescription) are kept in the Nurse’s Office and must be accompanied by a Non-Prescription Authorization form from the parent/guardian before they will be administered to the child.
Each child’s immunizations must be in compliance with the Texas Immunization Laws. A written notice will be sent to the parent/guardian when a child is due for immunizations. A designated length of time will be given for the child to be immunized. According to Texas State Immunization Laws, children who are not properly immunized may not attend public schools. Children who have a medical condition or practice a religious belief which prohibits immunizations are the exception to this regulation. A statement from the child’s physician stating that the child cannot be immunized must be presented or legally excepted documentation of exemption for religious beliefs must be presented to school nurse.
CHILDREN WITH FEVER, SEVERE CHEST CONGESTION AND OTHER SUCH ILLNESSES SHOULD BE KEPT AT HOME UNTIL THEY ARE FEVER FREE FOR 24 HOURS WITHOUT THE USE OF FEVER REDUCING MEDICATIONS.
CHILDREN WHO HAVE UNTREATED HEAD LICE CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO STAY AT SCHOOL.
Once a child is treated for lice he or she may return to school. Unfortunately, Head Lice is a very common occurrence in schools and childcare facilities. However, It must, be treated to prevent spreading to others. Please keep your child home from school until he/she is completely treated with a medicated lice shampoo and is free from all lice and nits.
If you need assistance in treating the condition or the supplies to do so, please contact our health staff at (903) 737-7469.
The following procedures will be observed to control communicable diseases on campus:
1. Chicken Pox: Keep your child out of school until all of the blisters have closed, and until 24 hours have passed with no new blisters.
2. Hepatitis A: Keep your child out of school and allow the child to come back to school one week from the onset of the illness.
3. Measles: Keep your child home from school. Your child should be able to return to school after approximately four (4) days from the first appearance of the rash.
4. Mumps: Keep your child home from school. Your child may be able to return to school after approximately five (5) days from the onset of swelling.
5. German Measles: Keep your child home from school for at least seven(7) days from the onset of rash.
6. Pink Eye: Keep your child out of school until symptom free or a note from the Doctor.
7. Ringworm, Scabies and Impetigo: Keep your child home from school until treatment has begun.
8. Strep Infections (Scarlet Fever, Scarlatina or Strep Throat): Keep your child out of school 24 hours from time antibiotic treatment(s) started and fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.
If you think your child may have any of the above illnesses, please contact your child’s physician immediately.
**** Please schedule doctor or dentist appointments for after school so your child can receive the maximum instruction time.
Information about Bacterial Meningitis may be found at www.tdh.state.tx.us
General Head Start Information
Listed below are some items about Head Start for your information and future reference:
All of your child’s school supplies are provided by Head Start, including your child’s backpack. There is no need for you to purchase supplies for them.
Every Head Start child is provided with his/her own backpack. Please send your child to school with his/her backpack everyday. Please check your child’s backpack every day for memos, flyers, letters and other important information.
Home visits will be made with you and your family a minimum of three times each year. Your child’s teacher and family services worker will need to meet with you to create your child’s School Readiness Educational plan. These home visits are a required part of participation in the program. Your assistance in these areas is greatly needed and appreciated. We can come to your home or you can come to Head Start.
Lamar County Head Start Dress Code
Children should come to school ready to engage in a variety of learning experiences. We recommend children come to school in play clothes as they spend time painting, using markers, sand, clay and a variety of other materials. Children should wear appropriate foot wear for their safety and the safety of others. Items can not be replaced nor can we reimburse you for damage to clothing.
Equal Education Opportunities
It is the policy of the Paris Independent School District to comply fully with the nondiscrimination provisions of all federal and state laws and regulations by assuring that no person shall be excluded from consideration or participation from any educational program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability or limited English proficiency.
Section 504, Rehabilitation Act of 1973 – Paris ISD designates the following employee to coordinate its efforts to comply with Section 504
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 – Paris ISD designates the following employee to coordinate its efforts to comply with Title IX:
Executive Director of Curriculum,
Instruction & Accountability
1920 Clarksville Street
Paris TX 75460
Options and Requirements for Providing Assistance to Students Who Have Learning Difficulties or Who Need or May Need Special Education services
If a child is experiencing learning difficulties, the parent may contact the person listed below to learn about the district’s overall general education referral or screening system for support services. This system links students to a variety of support options, including referral for a special education evaluation. Students having difficulty in the regular classroom should be considered for tutorial, compensatory, and other academic or behavior support services that are available to all students including a process based on Response to Intervention (RTI). The implementation of RTI has the potential to have a positive impact on the ability of local education agencies to meet the needs of all struggling students.
At any time, a parent is entitled to request an evaluation for special education services. Within a reasonable amount of time, the district must decide if the evaluation is needed. If the evaluation is needed, the parent will be notified and asked to provide informed written consent for the evaluation. The district must complete the evaluation and the report within 60 calendar days of the date the district receives the written consent. The district must give a copy of the report to the parent.
If the district determines that the evaluation is not needed, the district will provide the parent with a written notice that explains why the child will not be evaluated. This written notice will include a statement that informs the parent of their rights, if they disagree with the district. Additionally, the notice must inform the parent how to obtain a copy of the Notice of Procedural Safeguards – Right of Parents of Students with Disabilities.
The designated person to contact regarding options for a child experiencing learning difficulties or a referral for evaluation for special education services is:
Contact Person: Joi Roberts
Phone Number: 903-737-7494