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Student Services

Contact Information

Araceli De La Cruz

Director of Student Services

araceli.delacruz@gccisd.net
P: 281.707.3251
F: 281.421.3284

 

Stella Gonzalez

Student Services Secretary

florestela.gonzalez@gccisd.net
P: 281.707.3440
F: 281.421.3284

Attendance / Truancy

  • Mission Statement

    Our mission of the GCCISD – Truancy/Attendance Department is to help Goose Creek CISD maintain the tradition of excellence on each campus by helping motivate, guide, and support all students and their families. We aim to work together with students, parents/guardians, principals, administrators, counselors, teachers, community agencies, local law enforcement, social service organizations and self-improvement programs. Our team strives to increase student attendance in an effort to decrease truancy and address barriers that prevent students from reaching their full academic potential.

  • Compulsory School Attendance

    Compulsory Attendance [Education Code § 25.085: Family Code § 65.002]

    Unless specifically exempt by section 25.086, a child who is at least six years of age, or who is younger than six of age and has previously been enrolled in first grade, and who has not yet reached their 19th birthday; a person who voluntarily enrolls in school after the person's 19th birthday shall attend school each school day for the entire period the program of instruction is offered. Failure to comply with the established requirements are referred J.P. Court for further action.

    Students 19 and older

    School districts may issue a warning letter to a student attending school who is 19 years old or older. The school district may also revoke enrollment of the student if they have more than 5 unexcused absences in one semester; or as an alternative, impose Truancy Prevention Measures on the student. A school district cannot revoke the enrollment of an older student on a day on which the student is physically present at school.

    Truant Conduct [Family Code § 65.003]

    A child engages in truant conduct if the child is required to attend school under 25.085, Education Code, and fails to attend on 10 or more days or parts of days within a six-month period in the same school year. Truant Conduct cases are referred and processed through civil judicial procedures after Truancy Prevention Measures have been applied by the school and have failed.

    Parent Contributing to Non-Attendance [Education Code § 25.093]

    Charges for parent contributing to non-attendance of a child is a criminal charge and fines are based on the number of offenses filed. The school district must provide evidence of the parents "criminal negligence" in contributing to the non-attendance of the student. The school district must provide documentation to the courts which indicates the school demonstrated attempts to work with the student and/or parent. (documentation may include; Court Warnings, a signed Truant Conduct Agreement Contract, home visits, conferences with parent, etc.)

    Warning Notice [Education Code § 25.095]

    At the beginning of the school year, a district must send notice to students' parents that if the student is absent on 10 or more days or parts of days within a six month period, the student's parent is subject to prosecution and the student is subject to referral to a truancy court. If a student has been absent without excuse on three days or parts of days within a four-week period, the school district shall issue a warning notice to inform the parent that the student is subject to truancy prevention measures in addition to other statutory requirement in existence.

    Truancy Prevention Measures [Education Code §25.0915]

    The school district is required to adopt at a minimum TPM that include; a behavior improvement plan including the specific behavior required or prohibited of the student and the period of time the plan will be in place; (time cannot exceed 45 days) impose school —based community service; refer the student to counseling, mediation, mentoring, teen-court, or other in-school or out-of¬school service aimed at addressing truant behavior.

  • The Importance of School Attendance for all Grade Levels Pre-K to 12th Grade

    The MORE you GO... the MORE you KNOW!

    What every parent should know! Important information about your child's education!

    The GOOD NEWS!

    Every school day matters!

    • Attending school every day is a critical part of a child's educational success, therefore encouraging your child to attend every day helps keep them on the road to succeed and graduate.
    • When students improve their attendance, they improve academically and have a greater chance of graduating.
    • Good attendance has a major impact on student achievement.
    • Students who attend school regularly are more likely to pass year end reading and math assessments.
    • Attendance improves when parents are engaged in their child's academic progress and encourages regular school attendance.
    • A parent's commitment to school attendance sends a message that education is extremely important and a priority for your family.

    The BAD NEWS!

    • Reports show school attendance rates starting as early as preschool and kindergarten are contributing to achievement gaps and high school dropout rates across the country.
    • Poor attendance in early grades (elementary school) can set a pattern of poor attendance in higher grades and perform academically lower than their peers who have better attendance.
    • Studies show children with poor attendance (starting as early as Pre-K and Kindergarten) have trouble mastering reading and have a weaker development of social skills needed to promote to the next grade level and are more likely to be retained by 3rd grade.
    • Poor school attendance effects academic performance at every grade level and could mean the difference between passing or failing. It is also a good indicator they may not be on track to graduate.
    • By 6th grade, chronic absence becomes a leading indicator that a student is at-risk for dropping out of high school. Missing 2 days a month means a child misses 10% of school which can negatively affect a student's academic performance. (students who miss 9 or more days in a semester or 18 days in a school year risk losing credit). Missing 10 or more days is consider "chronic absences."
    • The academic impact of poor attendance is the same whether the absences are excused or unexcused. Suspensions also add to loss of instructional time in the classroom.
  • Student Success

    #attendschooleveryday

    How can I help my child succeed in school?

    • Take an active role in your child's education and stay informed on their academic progress. (Parents should attend back to school meetings, orientations and especially parent-teacher conferences; check your child's grades and attendance regularly).
    • Read the school's guidelines and attendance policies. Keep the school informed when your child misses school and turn in notes to avoid unexcused absences.
    • Plan ahead to limit your child's absences and tardies.
    • Make school attendance a priority by getting them to school and on time every day. Check your child's classwork and review homework assignments daily.
    • Communicate with your child's teacher regularly. (call or email) This lets your child know you are aware of what happens at school and communicating with their teachers keeps you informed on their academic progress and behavior in class. Communicating with teachers also allows you to keep them informed on issues your child may be experiencing. This helps teachers better understand your child and aware of any behavioral changes in their class. They may also need extra support and encouragement during difficult times.
    • If your child appears to be upset or reluctant to attend school, schedule an appointment with your child's principal, counselor, or teacher.
    • Limit the amount of time your child misses school by making appointments after school.
    • Children need to get plenty of sleep. (minimum of 8 hours) Help them get to bed on time by turning off the T.V., phones, computers or video games early.
    • Teach them how to use an alarm clock so they can get up on time.
    • Some children pretend to be sick because they like to stay home. Encourage them to go to school and only allow them to miss school if they have a fever. This will let them know you value education and it is important to you. Express to your child going to school and getting a good education puts them in the right direction to succeed in life and seeing them graduate is one of the greatest honor and reward they can give to their family.
  • District Truancy / Attendance Department Staff

    Main Number: 281.420.5193

    For more information about school attendance or to report students skipping school or not enrolled, please call:

    District Truancy / Attendance Department Staff
    Name Title Phone Number
    Lisa Vaughan Truant Officer & McKinney-Vento Homeless Liaison 281.707.3801
    Carrie Fry Truant Officer & Foster Care Liaison 281.707.3243
    Kim Mendenhall Secretary 281.420.5193
    Baytown Police Department
    Name Title Phone Number
    Officer Iveleth Hernandez
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Bullying

District's Bullying Policy

 

*Please note that if your board adopted revisions to FFI(LOCAL) effective at the beginning of the 2012–13 school year and requested that the policy not be posted to Policy On Line until then, the revised policy may not yet be posted to Policy On Line.

 

If you have questions about this correspondence, please call TASB Legal Services at 800-580-5345 or TASB Policy Service at 800-580-7529.

 

This document is provided for educational purposes only and contains information to facilitate a general understanding of the law. It is not an exhaustive treatment of the law on this subject nor is it intended to substitute for the advice of an attorney. It is important for you to consult with the district's attorneys in order to apply these legal principles to specific fact situations.

To email a person, select first or last name of person.

High Schools
First Last Position Site/School Phone Number Fax Number
Tricia Times Principal POINT Alternative Center 281-420-4630 281-426-2680
Nathan Chaddick Principal Ross S. Sterling 281-420-4500 281-420-4974
Susan Jackson Principal Goose Creek Memorial 281-421-4400 281-421-4444
Dr. Joseph Farnsworth Principal Robert E. Lee 281-420-4535 281-420-4548
Laura Reyes Principal IMPACT Early College High School 281-420-4802 832-556-5781
Michelle Verdun Principal Peter E. Hyland Learning Center 281-420-5555 281-420-4558
Junior Schools
First Last Position Site/School Phone Number Fax Number
Matt Bolinger Principal Baytown Junior 281-420-4560 281-420-4908
Michael Curl Principal Cedar Bayou Junior 281-420-4570 281-420-4569
Gary Guy Principal Highlands Junior 281-420-4695 281-426-4301
Erica Navejar Principal Horace Mann Junior 281-420-4585 281-420-4664
Kathryn Holland Principal George H. Gentry Junior 281-420-4590 281-420-4909
Elementary Schools
First Last Position Site/School Phone Number Fax Number
Loretta Salazar Principal Bonnie P. Hopper Primary 281-420-4685 281-426-5179
Beatrice Baca Principal Harlem 281-420-4910 281-426-5358
Blanca G. Capetillo Principal James Bowie 281-420-4605 281-420-4609
Bart Cobb Principal G. W. Carver 281-420-4600 281-420-4983
Rachel De Leon Principal Ashbel Smith 281-420-4615 281-420-4940
Susan Griffin Principal Dr. Johnny T. Clark, Jr. 281-420-7450 "
Kami Hale Principal Mirabeau B. Lamar 281-420-4625 281-420-4626
Monica Juarez Principal Victoria Walker 281-421-1800 281-421-3489
Steve Livingston Principal Alamo 281-420-4595 281-420-4905
Renee Meyer Principal Dr. Antonio Banuelos 281-420-1230 "
Michelle James Principal David Crockett 281-420-4645 281-420-4649
Theresa Keel Principal Lorenzo De Zavala 281-420-4920 281-420-4342
Laura Smith Principal Stephen F. Austin 281-420-4620 281-420-4899
Rachel Spector-McAdam Principal San Jacinto 281-420-4670 281-420-4599
Mary Beebe Principal William B. Travis 281-420-4660 281-420-4986
Edward Villanueva Principal Highlands 281-420-4900 281-426-5099
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Community Flyers

Spring 2018 Flyer Approval Dates

  • Following are the dates flyers will be approved.
  • Also listed are the valid dates for distribution and website posting.
  • Flyers will only be approved with a Monday date.
  • Flyers not received by the due date will be dated for the next three week valid period.

Flyer Due Date for Approval

January 9

January 23

February 13

March 6

April 3

May 1

Valid "for" Dates

January 16 - January 26

January 30 - February 16

February 20 - March 9

March 20 - April 6 *

April 10 - May 18 **

May 1 - May 18 **

*No flyers distributed April 10 - 12 due to STAAR Testing

**No flyers distributed May 7 -11 or May 14 - 18 due to STAAR Testing

  • All requests must have an up-to-date 501(c)(3) on file with the Office of Student Support Services.
  • A copy of the material to be accessed/distributed must be submitted along with the District’s Request for Flyer Distribution Approval form.
  • Flyers must adhere to all District guidelines.
  • Flyers will be placed on the District’s website for the three week specified period.
  • Only twenty five (25) copies of the flyer may be given to the school for placement at a site designated by the campus principal.
  • A copy of the approval letter must accompany the flyers placed on campuses.

Flyers are distributed weekly at campuses on Tuesdays.

Enrollment

Registering Your Child in GCCISD

Below are guidelines to help in the enrollment of students new to Goose Creek CISD:

  • The adult enrolling a student must establish his/her relationship to the student. (Birth Certificate, Court Papers, CPS Order, etc.) If the adult is not the parent, the school needs to know where parent/parents are.
  • Proof of the parent or guardian's residence entitles the student to enrollment in Goose Creek Schools. (Schools are assigned on the basis of residential address).
  • A current lease, rental agreement deed or a current utility bill (water, gas, electric) are required proof of residency.
  • A record of immunizations showing that the child is current on all required shots is required.
  • A withdrawal form or a report card from the previous school, the name, address, and phone number of the school are required.
  • A Social Security Card is requested but not required.

Transfer Students

If you are interested in obtaining a student transfer for your child from one Goose Creek CISD school to another, you will need to contact the office of Student Services to obtain the In-District Transfer Request form. It must be completed and returned to the Office of Student Services. According to District guidelines, transfers are allowed for "extreme extenuating circumstances" only.

 

Please note:

If your residence or housing is uncertain, you lack a permanent physical address, or you live at a temporary address, you can still enroll in school. Contact the school's attendance clerk or the District's liaison, Lisa Vaughn, 281-420-4423 for more information.

 

WARNING:

The Texas Education Code §25.001(h) and the Texas Penal Code §37.10 provide penalties for falsifying school district records. The criminal penalty is a Class C misdemeanor with a maximum fine of up to $500.00. In addition, monetary penalties may be assessed. A person who knowingly falsifies or provides misleading information on a form required for enrollment of a student in school district is liable for (1) the maximum tuition fee, or (2) The amount the district has budgeted for each student as maintenance and operating expenses.

Foster Care

Students in Foster Care

What is foster care?

When children can't live safely at home and an appropriate non-custodial parent, relative, or close family friend is currently unable or unwilling to care for them, the court can give temporary legal possession to Children Protective Services (CPS) and that agency temporarily places theses children in foster care.

Foster care setting include:
  • Kinship Caregiver homes;
  • Foster family homes;
  • Foster family group homes;
  • Residential group care facilities; and
  • Facilities overseen by another state agency.

Foster care is meant to be temporary until a permanent living arrangement is found and CPS no longer has legal custody of the child. However, for some children, it can become permanent. CPS strives to ensure quality services for children in foster care. However, children in foster care may have to change placements several times while in foster care due to a variety of factors, such as licensing standards violations, court rulings, or changes in the foster home or facility. CPS consistently works towards increasing placement options to better match the needs of each individual child.

In Texas, CPS and the Texas Education Code use the term "substitute care" to refer to all children who are in the legal custody of CPS, including children who are placed either with a relative or in a licensed foster care placement. "Conservatorship" is a term also used in the Texas Education Code and by CPS to describe the status of a youth who is placed in legal custody by court order with Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. (DFPS) Although not commonly referenced, "substitute care" is interchangeable with the term "conservatorship."

 

Conservatorship

There are two types of conservatorship. The following terms are used to describe whether a child is in short term or long term conservatorship.

 

Temporary Managing Conservatorship (TMC):

DFPS may be the TMC while he agency works with the family on a reunification plan; or

 

Permanent Managing Conservatorship (PMC):

DFPS may be named the Permanent Managing Conservator for a child until custody is given to another individual or until the youth turns 18.

 

The term "foster care" is generally used to refer to all children and youth in CPS conservatorship/substitute care.

 

For more information on students in Foster Care, Contact:
Carrie Fry | GCCISD Foster Care Liaison | 281.707.3385

McKinney-Vento Homeless Act

  • Information

    The faculty and staff at GCCISD want all children enrolled and attending school! Yes, it's the law, but more importantly we care about your child's education and want to help them succeed. We understand children need support from home as well as school. GCCISD wants to ensure that no child is excluded from public education because if their living situation and experiencing homelessness or poverty.

    Program Services

    The McKinney-Vento Act (Section 725) specifies and protects the rights of children and youth in homeless situations. The program assists families and unaccompanied youth that are currently living in a temporary situation due to loss of housing. The McKinney-Vento Education Assistance Act is a federal law that helps children immediately enroll in school, provides assistance for school supplies and obtaining bus transportation and referrals to the community to optimize their education opportunities.

    Key Provisions of the Homeless Act – Who qualifies?

    Section 725(2) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act defines homeless children and youth as individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate night-time residence which includes:

    • Children and youth who are currently living in a temporary place or residence and sharing housing with others due to; economic hardships, eviction, natural disaster, loss of housing; or living in motels, trailer parks, or camp grounds due to lack of alternative or adequate accommodations; living in an emergency or transitional shelter; or are awaiting foster care placement;
    • Children and youth who have primary night-time residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;
    • Children and youth who are living in cars, parks, abandoned buildings, bus or train stations, public spaces, substandard housing, or similar settings;
    • Migratory children (as such term is defined in section 1309 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965) who qualify as homeless due to their circumstances and living in conditions described above; or
    • Unaccompanied youth (not living with your parent or guardian) living in a temporary situation.

    Your Child's Rights

    The McKinney-Vento Act provides your child with basic education rights such as:

    • Immediate enrollment even if academic records, proof of residence or immunization records are unavailable.
    • Immediate eligibility for free child nutrition. Assistance with school supplies if needed.
    • Keeping the child enrolled in "School of Origin" upon request or assisting the child with enrollment in the attendance zone where he/she is currently residing.
    • Transportation assistance if needed.

    Parents can help by:

    • Contacting Lisa Vaughan at: 281-707-3801 or go to the nearest school in your area for assistance.
    • Enrolling your child as soon as possible, even if you do not have an address.
    • Providing the school with your most current address.
    • Keep the school informed if you move and report any changes throughout the school year.
    • Making sure your child goes to school every day.

     

    Education is so important.
  • Additional Resources

    American Red Cross — 281-424-1300

    An emergency social services and community health education organization providing disaster relief, (loss of housing due to flooding, fire, etc.) Also provides assistance to military families and veterans, transportation services and health & safety classes.

     

    Bay Area Homeless Services - 281-837-1654

    Assists homeless persons and families in attaining self-sufficiency, permanent housing and return to independent living as contributing members of the community.

     

    Baytown Resource & Assistance Center - 281-424-5752

    Emergency financial assistance: food, rent and utilities to families by means of purchase orders. Referrals to other agencies for other needs.

     

    Clothing for School Children — 281-425-3304

    New clothing vouchers for students of Goose Creek & Barbers Hill schools. The student's family must meet income guidelines. Administered by Baytown Resource & Assistance Center. Operated on a volunteer basis by counselors of Goose Creek & Barbers Hill schools.

     

    DePelchin Children's Center — 713-730-2335

    Services for children and families including prevention, counseling, adoption, foster care, residential treatment, post adoption counseling, parent education, teen-parent services, home-based therapy, and child psychiatry.

     

    The Bridge Over Troubled Waters — 281-420-5600 or 713-473-2801 (24-hour hotline)

    Baytown and Highlands Area — Services for women, children and men who are impacted by domestic and sexual violence. Services include hotline, case management and individual counseling, legal advocacy and accompaniment, child advocacy, support group and shelter. Services are confidential and free of charge.

     

    Unlimited Visions Aftercare — 281-427-8785

    A Chemical dependency treatment program for adults & adolescents providing assessment, education and treatment services that directly impact legal, social, health and safety issues in our community.

     

For more information on the McKinney — Vento Act and homeless services, contact:
Lisa Keyes-Vaughan | GCCISD Homeless Liaison | 281.707.3801.

Student / Parent Handbooks

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IMPACT Early College High School

Stuart Career Tech High School

Unauthorized Persons

According to Senate Bill 1553, an administrator, school resource officer or school district police officer have the authority to refuse entry or eject an individual for up to two years if that person:

 

  • Refuses to leave peaceably on request and the person poses a substantial risk of harm to any person; or
  • The person behaves in a manner that is inappropriate for a school setting and:
    • The administrator, school resource officer, or school district police officer issues a verbal warning to the person that the person’s behavior is inappropriate and may result in the person’s refusal of entry or ejection; and

 

If a parent or guardian of a child enrolled in the district is eject or refused entry to the district property, then arrangement will be made to allow the parent or guardian to participate in the child’s ARDC or Section 504 meetings.

 

If the person choose to appeal the process they will contact Student Services Department at 281-420-4800.

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