GCISD elementary schools will begin at

7:40 a.m. and dismiss at 2:55 p.m.

Please mark your calendars and set your alarms now. We emphasize the value of being in school every minute that school is offered in order for your child to receive the best academic opportunity possible.

school bus

  • School doors unlock at 7:15. Students may be supervised from then until the first bell rings at 7:35. Students in grades Pre-K-2 will wait in the CES gymnasium. Students in grades 3-5 will quietly wait in the cafeteria. They are free to read, work on assignments, visit with friends or eat a snack/small breakfast. However, they are not permitted to use cellular phones or other electronic devices.
  • The drop off procedure can be lengthy, especially at the beginning of the year. Please be kind and patient as you allow all of our families to get used to the procedures.
  • If you are simply dropping your child off, please enter the line from the drive way closest to Bogart, off of Pleasant Run. There are two lines that will be directed to pull up to the curb, where a school safety patrol will assist your student with getting out of the car and into school.
  • If you prefer to walk your child up to the school, please park in the front lot in one of the open spots. There are two spots that specifically assigned to a family or teacher. Please respect the families/staff that purchased those spots at our Fall Festival.
  • Your students will not be permitted to walk through the parking lot alone. If you are parking, then you must turn your ignition off and escort your child all the way to the cross walk, if not walking up to the main doors. Please DO NOT stop your car and ask them to jump out. It is not safe for your child nor the others that are also trying to get to school on time.
  • Please allow yourself plenty of time to patiently wait for the drop off line to continue and/or for a parking space to open in the front lot. Your student needs to be in their classroom when the 7:40 bell rings, not running up the sidewalk or sitting in the line. We want all of our days to start off feeling prepared with a smile and a positive outlook!

back of the bus

  • Beginning the second week of school, your child will be marked "LATE" if they arrive at school between 7:40-7:50. Five "late" arrivals will result in missing one recess period and a note will be sent home at that time.
  • Students arriving after 7:50 will be marked "TARDY". A Tardy is counted toward daily attendance and as a "part of day". A Tardy cannot be made up by late detentions.
  • PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE make every effort to have your child to school on time.


  • If your child will be absent from school, please call the school that morning (817)305-4940 and let us know. Upon their return to school, you must send a handwritten note explaining the absence. It must be signed by the parent. Unfortunately, we may not accept emails due to the signature being unavailable.
  • If you know ahead of time that your child will not be coming to school for any length of time, it is always encouraged to discuss this with your teachers, however, they will not be able to send class work home before the absence.
  • If your child has been to a medical appointment, we require a signed doctor's note upon return, however, a parent note will be sufficient if they did not see a doctor but stayed home due to illness.
  • The three reasons to always keep your child home are the following: diarrhea, fever and/or vomiting within the past 24 hours.

"Days" or "Parts of Days": You will see this language on all of the attendance documentation. Per the State of Texas, a "part of day" is considered the same as a "day". Early dismissals and tardy (after 7:50) arrivals count towards a "part of day" absence. However, this does not mean that we want you to keep your child out any longer than necessary due to the language of the law. We want the students in school every minute that they are able to be in school. We have a lot to do here and value every instructional minute we are given!

Attendance Laws:

1. Truancy (Unexcused "days" or "parts of days"): Truancy is counted by the semester and resets in January.

  • 3 days or parts of days unexcused= a letter will be generated by the state and sent home in the mail
  • 5 days or parts of days unexcused= another letter will be generated and the school counselor will call to discuss the attendance
  • 8 days or parts of days unexcused= the assistant principal will contact you either by phone or in person (home visit) to discuss the significance of your child being in school
  • 10 days or parts of days during one semester=the district will file the case in truancy court

2. Compulsory Attendance (Unexcused or Excused days or parts of days that culminate throughout the entire school year):

The law states that a student is required to be in school for 90% of the days that instruction is offered. The type of absence or amount of time out of a day is not considered. If school is offered 180 days, then a grade placement committee meeting must be held when the student accumulates 18(+) days or parts of days absent (including tardy days or early dismissals) from school.

  • 10 days or parts of days excused/unexcused= a letter generated and sent home through the mail
  • 17 days or parts of days excused/unexcused=a second letter generated and sent home through the mail

finger painting

Please feel free to call my office if you have any questions or concerns regarding attendance, arrivals or dismissals! I look forward to have a successful year together!

Julie Faragher 817-305-4940