Are you ready for the first day of school on August 14?

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Here is what you can expect on the first day of school. Make sure you are ready for the first day of school by clicking on these back-to-school essentials! For more specific details, reach out to your child’s campus.

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First Day of School

IDEA Team & Family,
One friendly reminder: If you have any questions about drop-off and/or pick-up procedures, please reach out to your campus directly. Thank you!

7:15 Doors officially open for students

7:30 Students enter classrooms and begin breakfast

 

7:45 Students finish breakfast

7:45 Instructional Day Begins. Typically, during the first week of school, students learn, become reacquainted with, and practice essential procedures and rules about IDEA culture, and participate in team-building activities before diving into the curriculum..

 

Note: Lunch, electives, and recess times (for Academy only) vary by grade level and campus.

3:45 Instructional day ends

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Uniforms

We believe that school uniforms have a beneficial impact on a student’s self-esteem, attendance, graduation rates, and discipline. Uniforms eliminate unnecessary distractions (such as who has the coolest tennis shoes?), and ensure our scholars’ focus remains on academic success. Uniforms are an important part of the IDEA culture.

ENG - Uniform Guide

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School Supplies

Click here to access school supplies lists, organized by campus.


Child Nutrition

Starting with the 2017-2018 school year, the Child Nutrition Program (CNP) at IDEA Public Schools will adopt the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). The CEP provides free breakfast and lunch to all children, at selected schools, and eliminates the collection of meal applications. This adoption allows CNP to extend free lunch to all children at selected schools. This is in addition to the free breakfast already offered to all students.

This new approach reduces burdens for both families and school administrators and helps ensure that students receive nutritious meals.

Qualifying schools & dates

The 26 IDEA qualifying schools for CEP in 2017-2018 are:

Upper RGV

  • 1. Donna
  • 2. Edinburg
  • 3. McAllen
  • 4. Mission
  • 5. North Mission
  • 6. Pharr
  • 7. Quest
  • 8. San Juan
  • 9. Toros

Lower RGV

  • 10. Alamo
  • 11. Brownsville
  • 12. Frontier
  • 13. Riverview
  • 14. San Benito
  • 15. Weslaco
  • 16. Weslaco Pike

San Antonio

  • 17. Carver
  • 18. Eastside
  • 19. Judson
  • 20. Mays
  • 21. Monterrey Park
  • 22. South Flores
  • 23. Walzem

Austin

  • 24. Allan
  • 25. Bluff Springs
  • 26. Rundberg

If your campus is not on this list, we ask that you please complete the free-and-reduced-lunch (FARM) application online at:

htts://schoolcafe.com/ or fill out the proper form and drop it off at your campus before the first day of school.

For additional information please contact:

Dalia Peña, CNP Director of Finance and Nutrition
(956) 377-8000 dalia.pena@ideapublicschools.org

Be sure to check out our delicious and nutritious lunch menu for the month of August!
Download August Menu

Transportation

At IDEA Public Schools, the journey to and from school each day is an extension of classroom learning. Here are the two ways to access your transportation routes:

  1. PowerSchool: Log into PowerSchool and click on the transportation tab. From there, you can log into PowerSchool to register for transportation or verify your child’s bus stop information.

  2. “Here Comes The Bus” Application: This application enables parents to see, in real time, where their child's bus is and when and where their child got on or off. This easy-to-use technology is free.

    Simply download the “Here Comes the Bus” application on your smartphone, create a secure account (IDEA’s school code is: 83127), add your students, and you’re all set!

    To sign up or to learn more about “Here Comes the Bus” and Student Ridership, visit http://www.herecomesthebus.com.

Campus Transportation Manager Contact Information

To ensure the safe transportation of your child to and from school, we ask that you contact your Campus Transportation Manager if you have any questions regarding your bus assignment or bus stop.

  • IDEA Alamo
    (956) 975-1403
  • IDEA Pharr
    (956) 369-9239
  • IDEA Allan
    (512) 993-7153
  • IDEA Quest
    (956) 369-7254
  • IDEA Brownsville
    (956) 373-4033
  • IDEA Rio Grande City
    (956) 256-0160
  • IDEA Camp Rio
    (956) 459-1186
  • IDEA Riverview
    (956) 678-6541
  • IDEA Donna
    (956) 373-6152
  • IDEA San Benito
    (956) 647-7618
  • IDEA Edinburg
    (956) 647-7635
  • IDEA San Juan
    (956) 369-4738
  • IDEA Frontier
    (956) 371-9916
  • IDEA Toros
    (956) 647-7635
  • IDEA McAllen
    (956) 647-7382
  • IDEA Tres Lagos
    (956) 309-1825
  • IDEA Mission
    (956) 607-9662
  • IDEA Weslaco
    (956) 373-5570
  • IDEA North Mission
    (956) 332-9916
  • IDEA Weslaco Pike
    (956) 332-4451

Student Health Services & Immunization

The Health Services team provides basic first aid to students with minor injuries and illnesses.

The clinic staff members tend to students’ medical needs, maintain student medical records, conduct state-mandated health screenings, and communicate regularly with parents and staff members. The clinic staff members will administer medications/ procedures to students with physician orders and parent consent forms when needed.

Texas state law requires students attending school to be immunized against certain vaccine preventable diseases. The Immunization Branch encourages you to get your child vaccinated early so as to avoid the end-of-summer vaccination rush. Getting your child vaccinated protects your child’s health and that of the community.

Pre-K (4 year olds)

  • 4 doses of DPT/DTaP/DT/TdaP/Td
  • 3 doses Polio
  • 1 dose MMR received on or after the 1st birthday*
  • 3 doses Hib (one of which must be on or after 12 months) or 1 dose Hib after 15 months of age
  • 2 doses Hepatitis A received on or after 1st birthday*
  • 3 doses Hepatitis B
  • Pneumococcal Conjugate (Prevnar, PCV7) - 3 doses given with one dose given after the age of 12 months, or 2 doses if given between 12-24 months, or 1 dose if given after 24 months
  • 1 dose Varicella on or after the first birthday (if child has not had chickenpox) *

Kindergarten & 1st Grade – 6th Grade

  • 5 doses DPT/DtaP/DT/TdaP/Td including one received on or after the 4th birthday (unless the 4th dose was on or after the 4th birthday, then 4 doses)
  • 4 doses Polio, including one received on or after the fourth birthday (unless the 3rd dose was on or after the 4th birthday, then 3 doses) **
  • 2 doses MMR received on or after the 1st birthday *
  • 2 doses of Hepatitis A received on or after 1st birthday*
  • 3 doses Hepatitis B
  • 2 doses Varicella on or after the first birthday (if child has not had chicken pox) *

7th Grade

  • 3 doses DPT/DtaP/Td/Tdap with one dose on or after the 4th birthday
  • 1 booster dose of tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis containing vaccine (if at least 5 years have passed since last tetanus containing vaccine. The booster MUST be given once the 5 year time period has been met.)
  • 3 doses Polio with one dose on or after the 4th birthday (Polio vaccine is not required for students 18 years or older.)
  • 2 doses MMR (or 1 dose of Measles and 1 MMR) received on or after the 1st birthday *
  • 3 doses Hepatitis B
  • 2 doses of Varicella (if the student has not had the chickenpox disease)
  • 1 dose of Meningococcal

8th Grade - 12th Grade

  • 3 doses DPT/DtaP/DT/Td/Tdap with one dose on or after the 4th birthday (One dose must be within the last 10 years)
  • 3 doses Polio with one dose on or after the 4th birthday (Polio vaccine is not required for students 18 years or older.)
  • 2 doses MMR (or 1 Measles and 1 MMR) received on or after the 1st birthday *
  • 3 doses Hepatitis B
  • 2 doses of Varicella (if the student has not had the chickenpox disease)
  • 1 dose of Meningococcal

Be sure your child is up to date on all immunizations. You can access the 2017/2018 immunization form links below.

Photograph Printables

It’s almost the First Day of School and to make sure you’re ready to take your annual first day of school photograph on August 14th , we’ve created printables for your use!

All you need to do is print the grade level your child is entering this year and snap your photo! We encourage you to share your photos on social media on August 14th, with the hashtag #IDEABack2School.

We look forward to seeing thousands of photos on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

Download Photograph Printables



We’ll see you on August 14, 2017 as we begin an exciting and successful 2017-18 school year at IDEA!