** Updated 8/14 **

Can I walk my child to their class the first day?

On Monday (8/16), you may walk your child to the front of the school, take pictures and send them in through the front entrance, or utilize carpool beginning at 7:15.  Faculty and staff will assist your children to their classrooms once in the building.  Beginning Tuesday (8/17), please use carpool for drop off and pickup.

Please avoid parking in front of the school on Northaven as this space is reserved for buses.

Don’t forget your mask, lanyard, and refillable water bottle. 

Are face masks required?

Until further notice, students must wear masks upon exiting the car each morning. Mask breaks will be given throughout the day at a safe social distance of 3-feet, and students can remove their masks when they are outside (such as recess & carpool pick up). The school will have masks available for all students.

What are school hours?

School doors open and carpool begins at 7:15 AM. Students need to be IN THEIR CLASSROOM by 7:45 AM.

Students arriving after 7:45 AM will be considered tardy. After three tardies, a notice will be sent home to the parent for signature. If the problem persists, the parent will be reported to the district.

School ends and carpool begins at 3 PM. (See carpool FAQ for details on carpool).

What school supplies do we need?

Supplies were available for purchase at Meet the Teacher Night and taken directly to your child's class.  Some grade levels ran out of supplies and have been ordered.  When those arrive, they will be taken to your child's classroom. 

For those still needing supplies, please see the suggested supply list here via the button below.  You may purchase supplies from the list and send them with your child.

 

What is DISD doing in the building due to Covid?

The district has implemented several new policies and introduced new equipment to combat the spread of Covid on campus.  The videos below detail some of those efforts.  

What does my child need to bring?

Face Masks:

Must be worn upon exiting the car and worn throughout the day. The only time masks can be removed is while eating or when safely social-distanced by 6 feet. The school will have masks available for all students as well.

Face Mask Lanyard:

These will allow students to keep track of their masks during meals and breaks and easily put them back on when needed.

District Issued Technology:

Please bring fully charged iPad/Chromebook, earbuds/earphones, and charger each day.

Refillable Water Bottle (NO GLASS):

Water fountains will not be functioning. The only source of drinking water will be the filtered water dispenser in the cafeteria. Students will need to be able to unscrew and fill their bottles independently.

Lunch:

In the interest of safety, if sending a lunch from home, please be sure your child can open and unwrap all items without assistance.

Light Sweater or Jacket:

The building can be cold in the summer, so please send a light sweater or jacket for your child to keep in their locker. Can be any color.

PLEASE LABEL EVERYTHING!

What is the uniform policy?

Standard Uniform:

Tops = White, navy blue, or purple collared shirt (polo type shirt)

Bottoms = Khaki or navy blue (pants, skirts, shorts)

Students wear uniforms every day; however, there are some days when another option is allowed.  

Mondays = College Spirit Day:

Students are allowed to wear a t-shirt from any college of their choice with uniform bottoms.

Fridays = Withers Spirit Day:

Students are allowed to wear a Wither’s T-Shirt instead of a uniform shirt. This can be a shirt from Dad’s Club T-shirt sales or other Withers events. The rest of the uniform is still required for the day.

1st Friday = Fashion Friday:

Fashion Friday will be the 1st Friday of every month. Students bring $1 and can wear a school-appropriate outfit of their choice.

3rd Friday = Theme Dress Days:

Theme Dress Days will be the 3rd Friday of every month FREE OF COST. Each month will be a different fun theme that will be communicated in advance.

How do school meals work?

Breakfast and Lunch are provided to ALL students at NO COST

MealViewer is your school menu source for breakfast & lunch (button below) but weekly menus will also be included in What's Happening @ Withers.

Due to COVID-19, visitors during lunch are prohibited. The school will alert all parents when volunteers and visitors during lunch can resume.  In addition, NO outside lunches can be dropped off.

How does carpool work?

AM Pick-up:

Carpool starts at 7:15 and students are considered tardy after 7:45. 

Cars should enter the carpool lane from the North (back) side of the school on Alta Vista Lane and turn South onto the East side of the school (Wonderland Trail). A member of the staff will be at the door to ensure students enter the building and go to the correct place. STAY IN YOUR CAR AND DO NOT PARK IN THE CARPOOL LANE. If you need to assist a student carrying something into the school, alert the school employee who opens the car door.

Please make sure your child has their mask on prior to drop off. 

For the safety of all students, please do not have children cross Wonderland Trail in the middle of the block. Please do not drop off children on Alta Vista on the backside of the school.  

 

PM Pick-up:

The same rules and process as morning drop-off. Enter from Alta Vista to Wonderland Trail. It is not recommended that cars enter Alta Vista from Midway Road, so please enter from Cox Lane then turn East on Alta Vista before turning onto Wonderland Trail.

Members of the staff will use walkie-talkies to communicate to teachers the release of students. Parents will need to have their numbered & color-coded carpool tag hanging from the rear-view mirror.

**Carpool tags are REQUIRED. Students will NOT be allowed to get into the car with anyone who does not have the appropriate tag. If you need additional tags, contact the school office or ask the school employee in the carpool line.

**This is a busy time of day. Please help to keep the line moving by doing the following:

- Hang your tag on your rear-view mirror or place in the front window

- Keep the line moving (do not park in the lane)

- Keep conversations with staff to a minimum

- Do not park or exit your vehicle 

- Watch for pedestrians.

Additional Carpool Rules:

NO CELL PHONES - It is against the law to use cell phones in school zones when school zone lights are flashing.

DO NOT park and walk across Wonderland Trail or Northaven except at crosswalks.

DO NOT drop off children on Alta Vista on the backside of the school.

DO NOT ENTER THROUGH THE FRONT DOORS - the ONLY people allowed in and out of the school’s main entrance during dismissal will be BUS RIDERS, WHITE VAN RIDERS, and students going to WALNUT HILL REC CENTER. 

Bus Lane

DO NOT enter, stop, or park in the designated bus lane area in front of the school during AM or PM carpool. Identified staff members will escort the bus riders and Walnut Hill Rec Center participants to the appropriate loading area.

Walkers

Walkers are NOT allowed to go in and out of the front entrance (like in previous years), and students will be released at 3:15 to walk home. If your child is a walker, you MUST email their homeroom teacher and Principal Miller or Ms. McCann. No child will be allowed to leave the school by walking without emailed consent to the teacher and administration.

Transportation Changes

If your child is changing their method of transportation on a given day (i.e.: going home with another family that uses different transportation than you) please notify the office before 2:00 pm.

What are Spirit Days?

On Fridays, children are allowed to wear a Wither’s T-Shirt instead of a uniform shirt. This can be a shirt from the Dad’s Club T-shirt sales or other Withers events. The rest of the uniform is still required for the day

What is the absentee/tardy policy?

Tardiness:

Students need to be at school by 7:45 am.  Students arriving after 7:45 am will be considered tardy.  After three tardies, a notice will be sent home to the parent for signature. If the problem persists, the parent will be reported to the district.

Absenteeism:

Absences need to be followed by an excuse note within three (3) days after returning to school from the days the child missed. The note must include the date(s) of the absence, reason for missing, and a parent signature.  Excessive absences and tardiness may result in a court hearing and/or fines for the parents.

Extraordinary Circumstances:

If your child is going to be absent for religious reasons, please notify Mr. Hernandez in advance of the absence and provide a letter from your place of worship.

If your child has suffered illness or injury that will result in an absence greater than three (3) days (ie: chickenpox, appendix surgery), please notify Mr. Hernandez as soon as possible. He will work with the school nurse and counselor to help address health and academic concerns.

Please call Mr. Napthali Hernandez directly with all absentee and tardy concerns. His direct line is 972.794.5009.

Can I come for lunch?

Due to COVID-19, visitors during lunch are prohibited. The school will alert all parents when volunteers and visitors during lunch can resume.  In addition, NO outside lunches can be dropped off.

Can I bring food for the classroom?

To avoid unknowingly exposing students to food allergies, parents may not bring or send food items to school in celebration of birthdays. Food may be provided for the class parties, but those offerings will be coordinated through the room parent.

What is available after school?

Withers offers on-campus After-School Care through the YMCA. 

Additionally, there are many clubs offered after-school that your student can participate in.  These details are being finalized due to Covid but the information will be updated as soon as it is available.

 

Can I bring food for the classroom?

To avoid unknowingly exposing students to food allergies, parents may not bring or send food items to school in celebration of birthdays. Food may be provided for the class parties, but those offerings will be coordinated through the room parent.

Is there a lost and found?

The Lost and Found is located on the hallway entrance to the cafeteria. This is the first place to look for missing garments, book bags and lunch boxes. If you have lost something more valuable, please check in the main office.

Student items can look a lot like other students’ items. Take the time to label everything. Label sweatshirts, jackets, sweaters, lunch bags, and book bags with your child’s name and class.  Example: "Willie Wildcat, 2B".  If someone finds an item out on the playground or in the library, they can immediately return it to your child.