And School Safety
From Police and Safety Services, Lubbock ISD
back. Thirty thousand children, three thousand employees,
and thousands of cars, trucks, and buses and everyone's in
a hurry. Some people are lost while others, with their noses
deep in the latest Harry Potter novel, are unaware of the
rush of traffic coming and going. Some are looking for old
friends and others new to the district are looking for any
The start of a new school year can be an exciting time for
children and their teachers, but it also is a time that we
should pause for a moment to think about our campus and personal
safety. Just like having good eating, sleeping, and study
habits, safety, too, is a habit that each of us should develop
-- not just for ourselves, but also for those children and
employees for whom we are responsible.
A safe school day begins with a careful and safe trip to school,
whether it is in a car, on a bike, or on foot. Remember to
cross the street at the crosswalk. Walk, ride, and drive defensively.
Watch out for the other guy. Don't try to beat the red light.
Always wear a seat belt.
Surely, it is appropriate to remind parents that small children
must always be safely secured in a safety seat before the
car leaves home. These little ones are our future. Infants
should ride in rear-facing seats until they are at least one
year of age and weigh at least twenty pounds. Children weighing
between twenty and forty pounds and at least one year of age
should ride facing forward in a safety seat. Pre-schoolers
between forty and eighty pounds should be restrained by a
belt-positioning booster seat.
Traffic is always congested around the schools, and parents
and students alike are encouraged to take a few extra minutes
and leave home early. Give yourself plenty of time to find
a parking spot. Don't allow someone to get out of the car
in the middle of the street and have him or her dodge between
cars to get to school. Remember, those bus parking zones are
just that -- parking spots for buses, not for us to rush into
"for just a minute or two" while we run inside to
see a teacher.
Let's all work together to have a safe and enjoyable school
year. School should be a warm and nurturing place where children
can enjoy the learning environment, while at the same time
enjoy the friendship of fellow students. If, or when, students
become aware of something or somebody that makes them feel
insecure about that environment, they should bring it to the
attention of a teacher or school administrator.
The LISD Police and Safety Services will present student safety
programs throughout the coming school year. However, parent-student
discussions at home regarding LISD safety procedures and rules
are the best way for the family to be tuned into a safe school
Aug. 7 Districtwide Registration
Aug. 8 Staff Development
Aug. 9 Convocation at Civic Center/Campus Day
Aug. 12-15 Staff Development
Aug. 16 Campus Day
Aug. 19 First Class Day / First Semester Begins
Aug. 26 GOALS Day - Junior High/Elementary
Sept. 2 Labor Day Holiday
Sept. 9 GOALS Day - High School / Elementary
Sept. 27 First Six-Weeks Ends
Sept. 30 Second Six-Weeks Begins
Oct. 11 Staff Development / Student Holiday
Nov. 8 Second Six-Weeks Ends
Nov. 11 Third Six-Weeks Begins
Nov. 27-29 Thanksgiving Holiday
Dec. 20 Third Six-Weeks Ends / Semester Ends
Dec. 23 Christmas Holidays begin for staff and students
Jan. 6 Resume classes / Begin Second Semester
Fourth Six-Weeks Begins
Jan. 20 Staff Development / Student Holiday
Feb. 14 Fourth Six-Weeks Ends
Feb. 17 Fifth Six-Weeks Begins
March 17-21 LISD Spring Break
Apr. 4 Fifth Six-Weeks Ends
Apr. 7 Sixth Six-Weeks Begins
Apr. 18 Staff / Student Holiday / Snow Make Up Day
May 22 End of semester and school year
May 23 Campus Day / Snow Make Up Day
GOALS Days 2002 Parents Meet Teachers
GOALS Days, which are special activities involving parents
and school personnel, will be held August 26 and September
9. GOALS stands for GO for Academic Learning Success.
Individual parent-teacher conferences will be scheduled for
parents of elementary students. This helps parents and teachers
develop a partnership for the coming school year.
Elementary schools will dismiss at noon on August 26 and September
9 to permit the scheduling of the conferences. The pre-kindergarten
students will also dismiss early on these dates.
Elementary schools in recent years have had a high percentage
of parents attending GOALS conferences. "Each year we
strive for 100% completion of GOALS conferences. These conferences
help us focus on the needs of the individual child. GOALS
conferences are a beginning "link" between the child,
parent, and teacher," says Ann Graves, assistant superintendent
for elementary operations.
For secondary schools, junior highs will dismiss at 2 P.M.,
August 26 and senior highs will dismiss at 2 P.M., September
9. The early dismissal allows teachers to prepare for the
evening's experience of meeting students' parents as they
attend their child's abbreviated class schedule.
Fred Hardin, assistant superintendent for secondary operations,
encourages secondary parents to remain involved in their child's
education. "Parents get the attitude from their children
that they are no longer needed at school, when in fact the
opposite is true." Hardin stresses that if there is a
time in their child's life when educational success is important,
it is at the secondary level, particularly for students wishing
to advance to higher education.
We invite and welcome all secondary parents to GOALS Days
so they can assist their child and the school in making the
new school year successful.
(Parents should check with the school their child will attend
for orientation schedules.)