Are you ready for the first day of school?

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Below is everything you’ll need to be ready for your child’s first day of school on August 14, 2017. All school supplies lists can be found on your child’s campus page, which can be accessed via the menu bar above.

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Child Nutrition

We hope you’ve had a summer filled with healthy eating. Our IDEA Team & Family can’t wait to share some of our newest, healthy, and delicious recipes with your child! Be sure to check back soon to obtain the application for free and reduced meals for your child.

Transportation

IDEA is committed to providing excellent transportation services to students. Currently, transportation is provided throughout the Rio Grande Valley and at IDEA Allan in Austin. Students are encouraged to take full advantage of this free service. IDEA does not offer transportation in San Antonio. However, several of our campuses have public transportation stops near their campus and can assist you with securing bus passes for your child.

Please make sure you have read over your child’s bus route, if applicable, by clicking on your child’s campus below. By clicking on the school link below, you will access the 2016-2017 bus routes, for your reference. As soon as the 2017-2018 bus routes are available, they will be housed here.

Student Transportation Registration Form

To register your child, complete and submit the transportation form.

Policies and Procedures

Bus Rider Behavior Contract

IDEA is committed to providing excellent transportation services to students throughout the Rio Grande Valley and Central Texas. Students are encouraged to take full advantage of this free service. Transportation, however, is a privilege, and all student riders and their families are expected to sign and follow our Bus Rider Behavior Contract.

Traffic Flow Maps

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.

IDEA Public Schools in partnership with On Guard Community Services provides vaccines to our students. If necessary, please make an appointment to get your child vaccinated as soon as possible. Remember, students cannot attend school without the appropriate documentation for the required vaccines or a valid medical or conscientious exemption.

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.

Summer Reading List

IDEA college preparatory students are required to participate in summer reading projects in both Humanities and English Language Arts. Be sure to check with your campus for specific summer reading assignments. And if you’re an IDEA academy student, be sure to read plenty of books over the summer to keep your mind sharp!

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

Registration

If your child will attend IDEA Public Schools next year, but still needs to be registered, click here.

Preventing Summer Slide

When a child spends hours kicking a soccer ball or shooting baskets, you will eventually see progress in those skills. But what if he or she takes three months off from soccer? Skills will regress. Reading is no different. Research points to an average of a two-month loss in reading level over the summer. Multiply that by each summer of a child’s K-12 career, and you have a loss of TWO YEARS. Never fear, IDEA is here to provide some tips so your child can stay sharp over the summer.

Choose the right books.

The “Goldilocks Effect” - not too easy, not too hard. Series books are especially good for struggling readers.

Encourage interests.

Encourage your child to explore interesting topics they want to read about - fiction, non-fiction, e-books, magazines, or whatever gets them going


Visit the local library.

Endless book options, special summer programs… and it’s free! Check out audiobooks for road trips.

Set a summer reading goal.

How many books can your child read this summer? Post and chart progress toward the goal. Have a friendly family competition with a special reward to show your kids that reading is also a priority for you.


Further information on summer reading and math software can be accessed here.



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