FBISD New Attendance Policy 2015-16

It is extremely important that all of our students be present and engaged in their learning in order for them to achieve and grow. It is our hope that Fort Bend ISD’s new attendance procedures will convey the importance of daily attendance while also supporting students and their families.

What changed for students?

You may be aware that the 84th Texas Legislature passed House Bill 2398, which changed the state’s attendance laws and created a new civil process governing truancy proceedings. This means student truancy proceedings will be moved to a civil court, rather than a criminal court. However, it is important to understand that parents who contribute to nonattendance can still be subject to criminal prosecution, as that part of the law remained intact.

Our District has worked hard to implement measures to keep students in class and out of the court process altogether. As required by law, a truancy referral will be sent to the court after a student reaches 10 or more unexcused absences in a six-month period, and only after other interventions at the campus and District levels have been attempted. Though we will continue to use computers to track student attendance and trigger some actions when a student reaches a certain number of absences, we will also be adding staffing at our high schools to ensure accuracy and provide more personal interactions with our families.

Please note the new attendance procedures for 2015-2016 below:
• Upon any student absence, an automated phone call will go to the parent/guardian the same day.

• Upon the student’s return, he or she will have five school days to provide a note of excuse for any absence to the school’s attendance clerk. Details about excusable absences can be found in the student handbook.

• Upon the third unexcused absence in a four-week period or the fifth total unexcused absence, a truancy warning letter will be mailed to the parent at the home address on record with the school, and Truancy Prevention Measures will be implemented by the campus assistant principal. Campus staff will have discretion on how they can reach out and provide services, counseling, and other interventions to students and their families, prior to a student’s 10th unexcused absence and referral to the court.

• Upon the fifth total unexcused absence, a Truancy Diversion Program (TDP) Letter will be sent to the parent/guardian. In addition, an automated phone call will go to the parent/guardian the week prior to the scheduled TDP meeting. During the TDP, parents and students will sign a Student Attendance Contract.

• Following an invitation to TDP, the parent/guardian and student will meet with the campus assistant principal and any relevant staff to develop a Truancy Action Plan. This provides another opportunity for staff to assist students and their families, inquiring about reasons for their absences, and connecting them to services that may be available.

• If a student accrues ten unexcused absences in a six-month period, whether the student/parent has attended TDP or not, a truancy referral will be sent to the appropriate authority, unless the student is eligible for one of the four exceptions under the law. If truancy is the result of pregnancy, foster care, homelessness, or if the student is his or her household’s primary income earner, a referral will not be made. Truancy prevention and support services will continue to be offered at the campus level. To learn more, go to fortbendisd.com.

Attendance Works
FBISD will share additional information about its attendance procedures as we begin the 2015-2016 school year. As we implement these new practices, we will also be launching an awareness campaign this fall to educate students, parents, staff, and community members about the importance of attendance. Perhaps, even more importantly, we will continue to explore ways that we can partner with the community to increase student engagement, connecting students to their learning so that they want to attend school.

 

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Welcome Back!

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See you Monday!

Dear Parents,
The final weekend of summer break is here, and I could not be more excited about the beginning of the new school year!

Before the weekend begins, I want to take a moment to welcome back each student who is beginning a new year with us, and introduce myself to those of you who have children entering Fort Bend ISD for the very first time. We know you have a choice in where your children go to school, and we are honored that you have chosen Fort Bend ISD. We are dedicated to serving you and your family in an exemplary way. And we wanted to partner with you in providing students with the education and tools they need to achieve life-long success.

Fort Bend ISD exists to inspire and equip all students to pursue futures beyond what they can imagine. I remind you of this today because I want you to understand that we are committed to supporting every student in our District, no matter what school they attend, or where they live. During the past two weeks, I have been blessed to meet with virtually every one of FBISD’s more than 10,000 employees and speak to them about how we must strive to open doors of opportunities for students by building positive, supportive relationships, while setting high standards for academic achievement and demanding their best work each day. As educators, we are keenly aware that we will also be able to improve student attendance and discipline through the relationships we form with our students. We know we have the ability to change the trajectory of a student’s life by meeting them where they are and guiding them toward fulfilling their full potential. I am proud to share that I have witnessed firsthand the pride and energy our staff has brought to the new school year.

We begin the 2015-2016 school year with new feeder patterns and attendance boundaries approved by the Board of Trustees in January. In a growing District such as ours, these changes will allow us to balance enrollment and prepare for future growth, but of equal importance the changes also mean that our students will enter elementary and middle school with peer groups that will join them as they progress through their educational journey in FBISD.

I am also thrilled that we have expanded the number of career pathways available at each one of our high schools, more than doubling the number of pathways at a few of our campuses. House Bill 5, approved during the 83rd Legislative session, sets the groundwork for college and career planning and gives students the ability to choose the endorsements they can seek while in high school. Now in our second year of implementation, Fort Bend ISD is giving our students even more choices and opportunities to learn and grow. I am happy to share that for the 2015-2016 school year, we have added 32 Career and Technical Education teaching positions at the high school level to support the implementation of our expanded career pathways. We are investing in our students and their future and moving forward on even more improvements to our CTE programs, as approved in the 2014 Bond Program.

In closing, I want to wish your students a successful school year, filled with experiences beyond what they can imagine. We appreciate your continued support, and we are eager and ready to see you Monday morning. It’s time to set those alarm clocks and make sure our students get the rest they need before the first day of school. Don’t be late!

Sincerely,
Charles Dupre

For more information about Fort Bend ISD, you can always visit www.fortbendisd.com. Thank you for choosing Fort Bend ISD!

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Meet the Teacher Night 6:30pm

welcome pto today clip artWelcome to Meet the Teacher night at Lantern Lane Elementary School! The event starts at 6:30pm. This is your and your student’s chance to meet their teacher for the 2015-16 school year. Students will find out where their classroom is located and make some new friends. They will get a chance to socialize with old friends too!

Parents – take this opportunity to sign up as a Room Parent!

Please bring any school supplies you have with you to Meet the Teacher night. That makes it easier on your child(ren) on the first day of school.

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Register today for 2015-16 FBISD School Meal Programs

Parents/guardians may make payments on existing student meal accounts online at any time and they may apply for meal benefits online beginning Monday, August 10, 2015

NOTE: Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, printed Free and Reduced Meals Applications will not be sent home with students.

FORT BEND ISD – To help provide students with the nutrition they need to be successful in school, Fort Bend ISD’s Child Nutrition Department offers breakfast and lunch meals to students each school day. Students may purchase breakfast for $1.25 (elementary and secondary) and lunch for $2.25 (elementary) and $2.50 (secondary). Children who qualify for the Reduced Price School Meal program may buy breakfast for 30 cents and lunch for 40 cents.

The Child Nutrition Department has partnered with Heartland School Solutions to give parents and guardians the ability to apply for meal benefits online. Beginning Monday, August 10, families may complete online applications from any computer with internet access. As a convenience to families, computers will be available at most FBISD campuses. (Please check with your student’s campus for details.) Computers are also available at the Child Nutrition Department (555 Julie Rivers Drive, Sugar Land, 77478) Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Printed applications may be obtained from your student’s campus or the Child Nutrition Department upon request, and should be completed and returned to the Child Nutrition Department. Families are asked to complete only one application per household.

The Child Nutrition Department is also excited about the continued use of the Point of Sale computer system in all FBISD school cafeterias during the 2015-2016 school year. The computer system allows every FBISD student and employee to have a Personal Account Identification Number (PIN number) consisting of six digits. Money can be placed on the account and as meals or A La Carte items are purchased, the system will debit the account. No cash transactions are needed as long as money remains in the account. All students, regardless of their meal status (Paid, Reduced Price or Free), will have a PIN number that will be activated at their campus.

Payments on Accounts

All FBISD cafeteria managers will be available to accept payments to individual student accounts on Monday, August 17-19, from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; and Friday, August 21, from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Students who accompany their parents/guardians may also visit with the cafeteria manager and verify their PIN numbers. New students should visit their school’s registrar to obtain their PIN number. All students will receive their Personal Identification Number from their printed student locator card/class schedule when school begins. The number will remain theirs throughout their stay in FBISD and will not change.

As with the previous school year, families will also have the option of pre-paying for their student’s meal account online through RevTrak. This convenient service allows parents/guardians to place money on their student’s account any time of the day or night. The student ID number is required for all transactions. There is also a small convenience fee each time a payment is made online. Access to this service can be obtained from any computer with internet access.

For more detailed information regarding the Free and Reduced Price School Meals program, visit the FBISD Child Nutrition Department website or call (281) 634-1855.

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Updated LLE School Website

Check out the newly updated Lantern Lane website! Fort Bend ISD has been hard at work updating and making the official district schools pages more user friendly and useful.

Lantern Lane’s official school website has a calendar with upcoming events and dates listed on it. ALL of the teacher’s web pages and email addresses are also found there. Each teacher will use their page during the school for homework assignments, classroom details, and other stuff your student will need to know.

Information about school clubs and library can also be found on the LLE website.

 

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FBISD Budget and Tax Rate

Straight Talk about the 2015-16 Fort Bend ISD Budget and Tax Rate
Fort Bend ISD is committed to our District’s mission to inspire and equip all students to pursue futures beyond what they can imagine. Everything we do as a District is done to fulfill this mission in a way that demonstrates conservative fiscal management and sound stewardship of taxpayer money. In sum, our obligations are to the students of Fort Bend ISD, as well as taxpayers. We must balance all of our responsibilities, with an eye on our students’ ? and our District’s ? future.

Fort Bend ISD is widely known for its outstanding financial management. We take our responsibility seriously to provide transparent, accurate and timely information to our community. During the budget approval process, the District heard some questions and concerns raised about our 2015-16 budget and tax rate and how an increase in property values affects funding for the District’s budget.

To that end, we are sending you a link to some Budget Questions and Answers that provide an overview of the components of our 2015-16 Budget to further explain and address the issues we are hearing.
We are also producing an information video about the 2015-16 budget and tax rate to help answer any additional questions. We expect to share the video with you in early August.
For information currently available about the 2015-16 budget and tax rate, please visit the District’s Budget webpage on the Fort Bend ISD website to view a more detailed PowerPoint presentation. The new budget video will be shared in early August on the District’s Budget webpage.

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Annual FBISD Parent Organization Meeting

Very Important

Annual Parent Organization Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, August 8th from 9:00am – 12:30pm at the FBISD Annex Main Auditorium (3119 Sweetwater Blvd, Sugar Land, TX 77479). 

The meeting will give participants an opportunity to review the latest guidelines and hear from and ask questions of the following speakers:

  • FBISD Police Officers on Parent Organization/Theft Prevention in School
  • FBISD Strategic Partnerships Coordinator on Criminal Background Checks and Reporting Volunteer Hours
  • FBISD Director and Assistant Director of Child Nutrition on Request for Food Sales or Food Services
  • Texas Comptroller’s representative on Sales Tax Compliance
  • Certified Public Accountant on 501(c)(3) Requirements and IRS Tax Filings
  • Insurance Agent on Liability Insurance Coverage
  • School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) District Coordinator

 

Again, this year the District will not offer a group liability insurance plan.  Each booster club/parent organization will have to purchase their insurance on their own and work directly with the insurance agency for payment and information. For additional information regarding insurance renewal, please feel free to contact Serenity Lemond at 281.634.2812.

 

  • As your new officers are elected this year, please be reminded that the Parent Organization/Booster Club Information Sheet must be completed when new officers are elected and sent to the Internal Audit Department

 

  • Each year Parent Organizations/Booster Clubs are required to submit a written report of audited actual revenues and expenditures for that school year with the Review Committee Report, renewed liability insurance, and 2015-2016 Officer List to the School Principal and to the District’s Business & Finance Department by a stated date.  The reports are due on or before September 1, 2015.  Please see the Parent Organization/Booster Club Guidelines Book for instructions for the financial report format and Review Committee Report.

 

If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me, Serenity Lemond, at 281.634.2812.

 

Please share this information with your parent support organizations to ensure that they are aware of these items. 

 

 

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West Nile Virus Awareness

This message about the West Nile Virus is being sent to you on behalf of Fort Bend ISD School Health Services.

As a precaution, Fort Bend ISD School Health Services is providing the following information to share important facts about the West Nile Virus that is transmitted through mosquitoes. As you may know, the West Nile Virus was found in mosquito traps in the Sugar Land area.

We want to encourage parents and families to follow recommendations from the Texas Department of State Health Services for practicing the Four “Ds” that include:

  • Use insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus
  • Dress in long sleeves and long pants when you are outside
  • Stay indoors at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active
  • Drain standing water where mosquitoes breed. Common Breeding Sites include old tires, flower pots and clogged rain gutters.

Learn facts about the West Nile Virus, Safe Use of Repellent, and FBISD procedures at:

http://www.fortbendisd.com//site/Default.aspx?PageID=1137

 

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Volunteer Background Checks

It’s that time of year again!

If you are interested in volunteering at Lantern Lane, then you are required to complete a background check.  It is for the safety of our children and Fort Bend ISD policy.

If you completed the background check last year, you MUST go back to the Ft Bend ISD website and resubmit the information. Otherwise you will not be allowed to volunteer this year.  The district inactivates all previous information on June 30th.

For our new parents (or any new volunteers) you will need to register and complete a background check for the 2015 – 2016 school year. This will allow you to help out during class parties, chaperone field trips, or volunteer at the school.

Please complete the online form on the FBISD website.

CLICK HERE

It can take a few weeks to get your approval from the district so we recommend you register earlier instead of later. That way you are ready to help out when needed!

The PTO along with the teachers and staff at Lantern Lane love our dedicated volunteers! Studies have shown time and time again that parents helping out, in any way possible – little or big, at their child’s school improves both the school overall and the individual students.

Thank you for your continued support and help!

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