Baton Rouge and New Orleans
Monday, August 5
Rio Grande Valley, Austin, San Antonio, Tarrant County and El Paso
Monday, August 12
Make sure you are ready for the first day of school by clicking on these back-to-school essentials! If you’re new to IDEA and still need to register for the 2019-2020 school year, please visit ideapublicschools.org/registration.
If you have any questions or concerns, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a typical day of a scholar’s schools schedule. Some campus schedules vary.
The instructional day begins at 7:45am and ends at 3:45pm.
- Doors officially open for students
- Students enter classrooms and begin breakfast
- Students finish breakfast and the 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.
- Instructional Day Ends
Professional, color-coded school uniforms help students focus on what matters most at school—learning!
We believe that school uniforms have a beneficial impact on students’ self-esteem, attendance, graduation rates, and discipline. Uniforms eliminate unnecessary distractions (such as who has the coolest tennis shoes), and ensure students’ focus remains on academic success. Uniforms are an important part of the IDEA culture.
Click on your scholars’ region and download the uniform guide to learn more about what your scholar should be wearing to school and where to purchase it:
As you shop for uniforms, take advantage of the regional promotions below. If you do not have access to a printer, please contact your campus. Printed copies will be available for pickup leading up to the promotion's expiration date.
Click below to find school supplies lists, organized by campus. Lists will be posted there as they are provided by each campus, so be sure to check back soon if you don’t see your list yet! Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your campus for any questions or concerns you may have.
The Child Nutrition Program (CNP) at IDEA Public Schools has adopted the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). This reduces burdens for both families and school administrators and helps ensure that students continue to receive nutritious meals. Through the CEP, we are able to provide free breakfast and lunch to all children, at qualified schools, and eliminates the collection of free and reduced meal (FARM) applications. At schools that do collect FARM applications, breakfast continues to be free for all.
IDEA RIO GRANDE VALLEY
- North Mission
- Rio Grande City
- San Benito
- San Juan
- Tres Lagos
- Weslaco Pike
IDEA SAN ANTONIO
- Ewing Halsell
- Ingram Hills
- Monterrey Park
- Harvey E. Najim
- South Flores
- Bluff Springs
IDEA EL PASO
- Rio Vista
IDEA SOUTHERN LOUISIANA
If your campus is a new launching campus (see list below), a FARM application must be completed. The application will become available beginning July 1, 2019 and we prefer that it be completed online at htts://schoolcafe.com/. Parents also have a choice to complete the FARM application at the campus and submit it directly to the Cafeteria Manager. All applications—online or in person—should be filled out before the first day of school.
IDEA RIO GRANDE VALLEY
- Los Encinos
IDEA SAN ANTONIO
- Parmer Park
- Health Professions
IDEA TARRANT COUNTY
IDEA EL PASO
- Mesa Hills
IDEA SOUTHERN LOUISIANA
- Oscar Dunn
IDEA Public Schools only offers transportation for IDEA Montopolis and the Rio Grande Valley and Southern Louisiana regions.
At IDEA Public Schools, the journey to and from school is an extension of classroom learning. To help us provide a safe and pleasant bus ride experience for your children, please follow the two steps below to ensure the accuracy of your child’s transportation information:
Log into PowerSchool with the mobile app (found in your phone’s app store) or through the website by visiting https://powerschool.ideapublicschools.org/public/ and clicking on the Transportation tab. From there, you can register for transportation (student route should be available within 2 business days of submission) or verify your child’s bus stop information. Once registered you can move to step 2.
“Here Comes The Bus” Application
When your children scans their bus pass, this application allows you to see, in real time, where your child’s bus is and when and where your 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, add your children, and you’re all set!
IDEA's school code for Texas is: 83127
IDEA's school code for Louisiana is: 87857
Campus Transportation Pages
IDEA Public Schools is committed to ensuring the safe transportation of your child to and from school. Our parents and families play an important role in helping us make this happen. We ask that you click the link to your campus transportation page below and carefully review all of the information on this page. Please contact your Campus Transportation Manager if you have any questions regarding our transportation services.
At IDEA Public Schools, the safety and well-being of every student is our top priority. We are committed to ensuring that every IDEA campus is a safe, healthy environment where students can learn. Maintaining high immunization rates in schools is critical to preventing contagious disease outbreaks and ensuring the health of our students. This letter serves as a reminder of IDEA’s expectations regarding student health records.
State law requires students attending school to be immunized against certain vaccine preventable diseases. You are encouraged to get your child vaccinated early to avoid the end-of summer vaccine rush. Any Texas student who is not up-to-date on their immunization records on the first day of school will have 30 days to update vaccine records. If health records are not updated within 30 days, the student will be withdrawn.
IDEA Louisiana students must have updated immunization records on file by the first day of school. There is no grace period per state law.
If you choose not to vaccinate your child, you must have a notarized affidavit from your state’s health department indicating which vaccines your student is exempt from by the first day of school.
What is the immunization policy?
All families must submit updated health records, including up-to-date immunization records, during the registration process every year. All students must be immunized or hold a current, official exemption from the state. Any student whose records are not updated and on file within the first 30 days of school will be withdrawn. The 30-day grace period is aligned with state requirements for students.
How long do families have to submit updated records?
All paperwork should be submitted during the registration process before the first day of school every year. Health Aides will notify parents who have uploaded incomplete paperwork or whose records show students are non-compliant with their current vaccinations. All records must be updated and indicate that students are current on all vaccinations by the first day of school.
What happens when students need updated shots during the year?
Health Aides will run reports monthly and notify parents when their child needs an updated shot. Families will have 30 days from the date of notification to ensure their child receives the noted vaccination(s). If the student has not received subsequent dose(s) of the vaccination within the 30-day period, the student will be deemed non-compliant and will be withdrawn from school attendance until the required dose is administered and updated paperwork is submitted to the school.
What about students with state exemptions?
IDEA will only accept exemptions that are obtained through the state and submitted during registration. Exemption documents must include a completed, signed and notarized affidavit on a form provided by the Department of State Health Services. Exemptions expire every two years, and parents must re-apply and re-submit affidavits to ensure student records are updated. For more information, please visit https://ideapublicschools.org/health-services.
Medical Action Plans
New Medical Action Plans are required every school year for medical treatment at school. If your child has a medical history of seizures, diabetes, asthma, and/or allergies, please download the appropriate form below, have it filled out by a physician, and turn it in to your campus’ Health Aide by the first day of school.
Special Diet Order Form
Texas Immunization Requirements
Louisiana Immunization Requirements
We recognize the importance of keeping our families informed about events and activities on campus. You can access the 2019-2020 academic calendar for your region below.
If you have any questions about any of the events or activities, please contact your campus directly.
2019 - 2020
- Austin Academic Calendar
- Baton Rouge Academic Calendar
- Brownsville Academic Calendar
- El Paso Academic Calendar
- New Orleans Academic Calendar
- RGV Academic Calendar
- San Antonio Academic Calendar
- Tarrant County Academic Calendar
It’s almost the First Day of School and to make sure you’re ready to take your annual first day of school photograph, 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 your child’s first day, with the hashtag #IDEABack2School.
We look forward to seeing thousands of photos on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!
Learn how your campus will keep in contact with you throughout the school year
Effective and consistent communication is important so that you are well-informed of campus and national news. Below is information on one of our most frequently used communications channels.
Remind is a free phone app that IDEA uses to ensure consistent two-way, meaningful communication with our IDEA families. We suggest downloading the app before the first day of school so that you’re ready to receive any important messages.
Watch this helpful video about how to use Remind!
Select campuses use Dojo, a classroom communication app used to share reports between parents and teachers. Teachers track student behavior and upload photos or videos to ensure consistent two-way, meaningful communication with our IDEA families.
Click here to learn more about how to set up Class Dojo!
IDEA Public Schools is committed to keeping our parents up to date regarding important announcements, activities, and events on their children’s campuses. The Parent Weekly is one of the key communications vehicles we use to accomplish this goal.
Your campus will provide you a Parent Weekly once the 2019-20 school year begins! Please be sure to read it each week and contact your campus with any questions, concerns, or suggestions you have on the newsletter content.
Follow us on social media! To remain up-to-date on IDEA’s latest and greatest news, we encourage you to follow us on our national Facebook and Instagram pages. We also encourage you to follow your campus’ Facebook for specific campus related news and highlights.
Glossary of Terms
To help our IDEA families to get more comfortable with the IDEA culture and our frequently used terms, we have created this IDEA Glossary of Terms sheet! In no time, you will be using these terms on your campus and with your scholar!
Frequently Asked Questions About the First Week of School
The first week of school is an exciting time for our Team & Family. Here are some of our Frequently Asked Questions that help answer what to expect leading up to and during the first week at IDEA.
1. Who are my scholar's teachers?
Your scholar’s teacher will be introduced before the first day of school during your campus’ Meet the Teacher event.
Your campus will contact you regarding the date and time for your scholar’s Meet the Teacher event during the summer.
2. May I have a tour of the campus before school starts?
Yes! We would love to show you where your scholar will begin their journey to and through college. We encourage you to attend your Welcome to IDEA event and the Meet the Teacher event. If you are unable to attend either event, please contact your campus to schedule a tour.
3. Can I walk my scholar into school or meet them for lunch?
The time before classes begin and lunch period are known as transitions periods, which should be swift, quiet, and orderly. To ensure scholars become quickly acclimated to campus culture and to minimize school disruptions, all class walk-ins and lunch visits are not permitted.
We do encourage parents to come visit the campus during school events and activities. Notifications about these campus events will be shared with our IDEA families. Be sure to check your Parent Weekly, messaging apps, and campus social media page!
4. What is the school drop-off process?
Doors open for students at 7:15 a.m. with classes beginning at 7:45 a.m. Since the first week of school usually produces heavier drop-off traffic, we recommend that you arrive at least 30 minutes before class begins so that scholars have time to find their classroom before the morning bell.
For safety purposes, all IDEA Families are asked to drop off their scholars in the drop-off line in front of the school inside the school dates. Directional signage and IDEA staff will be in place to guide this process.
5. What is the pick-up process at school?
The instructional day ends at 3:45 p.m. Since the first week of school usually produces heavier traffic flows during this time, we recommend that you allow for extra time to pick up your child once school lets out.
For safety purposes, all IDEA Families are asked to pick up their scholars in front of their school inside the school gates. Directional signage and IDEA staff will in place to guide this process.
6. There seems to be a lot of traffic surrounding the school at pick-up and drop-off time. Will this always be the case?
The first week of school, the pick-up and drop-off lines can create more traffic congestion around the school than normal. As our scholars and their parents get acclimated with the pick-up and drop-off process, the traffic tends to lessen. Thank you for your patience!
7. I tried calling the school, but no one answered. What should I do?
Your call is important to us. During the first week of school, campuses receive high volumes of phone calls. If your phone call is not answered right away, please leave a detailed message with your name, your scholar’s name, and a callback number so that a receptionist may return your call.
8. Where can my scholar catch the school bus?
If your scholar’s campus offers transportation, please log into PowerSchool and click on the transportation tab. From there, you can register for transportation (student route should be available within 2 business days of submission) or verify your child’s bus stop information.
9. What time do the schools serve breakfast and lunch?
Breakfast is typically served Monday – Friday from 7:30 -7:45 am. Campus leadership can decide to modify this for their campus.
Students who arrive late are offered breakfast either at the front office or in the cafeteria. Late breakfast can be offered up to 10 am, but the exact time window can be modified by campus leadership.
10. I have suggestions for making the beginning of the year better for IDEA families. Who may I contact to share my feedback?
We strive to make the beginning of the year a great process for our Team & Family, but there is always room for improvement. We want to hear from you. A few weeks after school begins, please be sure to check our national Facebook page because we will share a link to complete a Beginning of Year survey. We want to hear from all of our IDEA families and learn how we can improve.