2019-2020 Back to School Frequently Asked Questions
- NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION [Click here for a Spanish Version]
Registration for all students who are new to the District begins on Tuesday, Aug. 6, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. at Deer Park High School – South Campus, 710 W. San Augustine, Deer Park.The next registration day for new students will be the first day of school, Wednesday Aug. 21. If you have any questions, please contact the school your child will attend to schedule an appointment.
A parent or legal guardian (legal guardian must have appropriate documents) should register any student under 18 years of age. The following items are needed for registration:
(1) Proof of residence in DPISD - at least one of the following:
(2) Student's official birth certificate - birth certificate issued by the state, not the hospital copy
- mortgage statement showing name and address of owner
- current tax statement; or
- current lease agreement with one utility bill with same address
(3) Student's current immunization record
(4) Student's Social Security card
(5) Current Parent ID eg: Texas Driver License
- RETURNING STUDENT REGISTRATION [any student who ended the 2018-19 school year in DPISD, including ALL students who ended the 2018-19 school year at the Early Childhood Center] [Click here for a Spanish Version]
Parents will use Skyward Family Access to verify and update contact, emergency, and health information for each child. The on-line registration process is required for all returning DPISD students and will be available beginning at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 29. It can be completed at home, at your child’s school, or at the DPISD Technology Building.
A DPISD Skyward Family Access account is necessary to complete the back to school on-line registration. All students, Grades K-11, were given a Family Access login information sheet. This login information sheet was sent home at the end of school along with the report card. Please refer to this sheet if you need a reminder of your Family Access login.ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
Carpenter Elementary will offer early registration for pre-registered incoming Kindergarteners and all returning students on Monday, Aug. 5, from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. On-line registration will be completed at that time. Once required registration forms are completed, parents will receive their child's teacher assignment for the 2019-20 school year. Carpenter Elementary will host a Meet the Teacher night for all students on Monday, Aug. 19, from 5 - 6 p.m.
Dabbs Elementary will offer early registration for returning students on Thursday, Aug. 8, from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. On-line registration can be completed at that time. Families will have the opportunity to take care of many beginning oft the year tasks as well. Dabbs Elementary will host a Meet the Teacher night for all their students on Thursday, Aug. 15, from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Deepwater Elementary will offer early registration (ONE DAY ONLY) for returning students on Thursday, Aug. 8, from 7:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. On-line registration will be completed at that time. School supplies and school spirit shirts may also be purchased at that time. Once required registration forms are completed, parents will receive their child's teacher assignment for the 2019-20 school year. Deepwater Elementary will host a Meet the Teacher night for all students on Monday, Aug. 19, from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Deer Park Elementary will offer early registration for all returning students and per-registered incoming kindergartens on Wednesday, Aug. 7, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. DPISD on-line registration will be completed at that time. Families will be able to take care of many beginning of the year tasks at this event, and students will enjoy the opportunity to Spin to Win house points! Deer Park Elementary will host Meet the Teacher night for all students on Monday, Aug. 19, from 5-6 p.m.
Fairmont Elementary will offer early registration (ONE DAY ONLY) for new and returning students on Wednesday, Aug. 7, from 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Online registration will be completed at that time. Once required registration forms are completed, parents will receive their child's teacher assignment for the 2019-20 school year. Fairmont Elementary will host a Meet the Teacher night for all students on Thursday, Aug. 15, from 5 - 6 p.m.
Parkwood Elementary will offer early registration for returning students on Wednesday, July 31, from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Online registration will be completed at that time. All previously registered kindergarten students (including former ECC students) should plan to attend as well. Parkwood Elementary will host a Meet the Teacher night for all students on Monday, Aug. 19, from 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.
San Jacinto Elementary will offer a two-part early registration to incoming students who completed the 2018-19 school year in the District or who participated in the spring Early Registration. The first part for returning students will consist of completing DPISD’s on-line registration, which opens on July 29. The second part is packet pick-up, which takes place on Monday, Aug. 19, from 5:30 - 6:00 p.m., during Meet the Teacher night. The completed packets will be returned on the first day of school, Wednesday, Aug. 21.
- JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOLS
Bonnette Junior High, Deer Park Junior High and Fairmont Junior High will offer early registration to all incoming sixth, seventh and eighth-grade students who completed the 2018-19 school year in the District with a two-part registration process. The first part will consist of completing DPISD’s on-line registration, which opens on July 29. On-line registration allows parents and guardians to update all personal student information and replaces our traditional packet pick up. Next, parents or guardians will need to print the on-line registration confirmation/verification sheet and bring the verification sheet to early registration. Early registration is a time when students will pick up their schedules and be given other pertinent back to school information. All applicable student fees must be paid at this time. Checks for fees should include your driver’s license number and your student’s name in the memo section. If you choose to pay your student’s fees with cash, please bring the exact amount owed.
Deepwater Junior High will offer early registration to all incoming sixth, seventh and eighth-grade students who completed the 2018-19 school year in the District with a two-part registration process. The first part will consist of completing DPISD’s on-line registration which opens on July 29. On-line registration allows parents and guardians to update all personal student information and replaces our traditional packet pick up. Parents or guardians will next need to print the on-line registration confirmation/verification sheet and bring the verification sheet to the campus on registration day. All applicable student fees will also need to be paid at this time with cash. Fees include fees for elective classes and iPad fees. Follow DWJH on Twitter @DPISD_DWJH for event updates.
Junior High Early Registration Times:
- Bonnette J.H. - Aug. 5, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
- Deepwater J.H. - Aug. 8, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
- Deer Park J.H. - Aug. 7, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
- Fairmont J.H. - Aug. 7, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Bonnette Junior High will host a sixth-grade orientation on Wednesday, Aug. 14, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and a sixth-grade parent meeting from 5-6 p.m.
Bonnette Junior High will host an Open House for all students on Monday, Sept. 23, 6-7:30 p.m.
Deepwater Junior High will host an orientation for incoming sixth-grade students and parents on Thursday, Aug. 15, from 6-7 p.m.
Deepwater Junior High will host an Open House for sixth, seventh, and eighth-grade parents on Tuesday, Sept. 17. The Book Fair will be Sept. 16-20.
Deer Park Junior High will host an Open House for all students on Monday, Sept. 9, at 6 p.m.
Fairmont Junior High will host an Open House for all students on Thursday, Aug. 29, 6:15 - 8 p.m.
- DPHS-NORTH CAMPUS EARLY REGISTRATION
Deer Park High School North Campus, the District's freshman high school, will begin its two-part registration process on Monday, July 29 and Tuesday, July 30. On these days, students who completed the 2018-19 school year in the District should pick up a registration packet, which contains forms to be completed by students and parents. Hours for packet pick-up are 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the front entrance lobby of North Campus.
The second part of registration takes place from 2 - 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31, and Thursday, Aug. 1, when students will return completed registration materials in the cafeteria of North Campus. Students and parents should enter at the back entrance of North Campus near the tennis courts.
During registration, photographs for school ID cards and the school yearbook will be made, and tentative course schedules will be distributed. Students should observe the district dress code guidelines to have photographs taken during registration.
North Campus will host Roebuck’s Rookie Academy on Tuesday, Aug. 20, from 8 a.m.–3:30 p.m. This will be an action-packed day that will give our incoming freshmen an opportunity to learn what high school is all about prior to the first day of school. Students will receive their class schedule and be given the opportunity to meet all of their teachers. Class of 2023 t-shirts will be presented to all students in attendance. Bus service and lunch will be provided. We hope that all of our students will be able to participate! More information will be sent out through the mail and on Twitter.
Questions regarding DPHS-NC registration can be answered by calling 832-668-7300.
- DPHS-SOUTH CAMPUS EARLY REGISTRATION
Deer Park High School-South Campus will again offer early registration to all sophomore, junior and senior students who attended DPHS last year. Early registration will be a two-step process.
Packets containing information and forms may be picked up on Wednesday, July 31, and Thursday, Aug. 1, from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at DPHS-SC. Students should plan to pick up their own packets. Due to privacy concerns, they must send a letter from their parent giving permission for a friend or family member to pick up their packet if they are unable to do it themselves.
The second step is for students to return completed forms on the designated registration day during the following week. Registration is scheduled from noon - 6 p.m. for all grades on Monday, Aug. 5, and Wednesday, Aug. 7. Registration days are not grade specific. A student can choose either of the two days to register. Students must be present to register and are requested to be appropriately dressed for student ID and school pictures.
When students complete the registration process, they will receive their fall schedule and will be able to locate their classrooms if they choose.
Counselors will be on duty for assistance should there be a problem with a student's schedule.
Anyone with questions regarding registration at DPHS-SC can contact the registrar's office at 832.668.7216 and 832.668.7217.
- DPHS-WOLTERS CAMPUS EARLY REGISTRATION
Students selected to return to Deer Park High School – Wolters Campus will be contacted by mail regarding early registration. Packet pick-up is scheduled for Tuesday, July 30, from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Wolters Campus office. Students should return completed registration materials on Wednesday, July 31, and Thursday, Aug. 1, from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Beginning Wednesday, Aug. 7, late registrations will be accepted from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Students must be present to register and are requested to be appropriately dressed for student ID and school pictures.
Any questions regarding DPHS-Wolters Campus can be answered by calling 832.668.7401.
- Which school will my child attend? [Click here for a Spanish Version]
The district is divided into a number of attendance zones, which are assigned to corresponding schools. To find out the school attendance zone in which you live you may visit the DPISD Transportation site.
You may also contact the Transportation Department at 832.668.7480.
- How can I find my child's school?
Contact Information as well as maps to all schools can be found by visiting the District Maps page.
- What are the school calendars for the 2019 - 2020 school year?
- What are the school hours? [Click here for a Spanish Version]
- Pre-kindergarten (at Early Childhood Center): 7:20 a.m.-2:50 p.m.
- Elementary schools (grades K-5): 7:40 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
- Junior high schools (grades 6-8): 8:10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
- High school (grades 9-12): 8:40 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
What is the schedule for bus transportation ? [Click here for a Spanish Version]
Deer Park ISD provides bus transportation to and from school as a service for eligible students residing in the district. Eligible students are defined by district policy as those children living at least 1.5 or more miles from his or her assigned campus of regular attendance (home campus) as measured along the shortest route that may be traveled on public roads.
During the school year, students should arrive about five minutes early at the designated bus stop closest to their home. Students must ride their assigned bus unless they have a note signed by a campus principal or assistant principal. Students who are not bus eligible (legally reside too close to their home campus, out of district, or in another attendance zone) may not ride a bus to or from school unless they have a signed note from a principal or assistant principal.MORNING
- 6:40 a.m. - 7:10 a.m. Elementary
- 7:10 a.m. - 7:40 a.m. Junior High
- 7:40 a.m. - 8:10 a.m. High School
- 3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Elementary
- 3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Junior High
- 4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. High School
For questions contact the Transportation Department at 832.668.7480.
- What items are on the school supply list? [Click here for a Spanish Version]
School supply lists vary from school to school. They are available for viewing at area stores, or you may pick up a copy from your child's school after registration begins on Aug. 6.
- What is the district dress code? [Click here for a Spanish Version]
Any clothing, insignia, or hairstyle that is unconventional and distracts from teaching and learning is unacceptable. The principal or designee is authorized to determine the suitability of student attire and grooming.
- The hair shall be neat, clean, and well groomed. Mohawks are not allowed.
- Headbands, hair rollers, or long-handled combs shall not be worn in the hair.
- Sideburns shall not extend below the ear.
- Good grooming includes being clean-shaven at all times.
- Students with a dermatologist exemption for shaving must comply with the following procedures:
- Students will be required to keep their beard groomed with a trimmer.
- Students will not be allowed to sculpt their beard with a razor.
- Students will be required to visit their doctor every four weeks and provide continued documentation detailing the exemption.
- Failure to comply with these procedures will result in a violation of the dress code resulting in a discipline consequence outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.
- Students with a dermatologist exemption for shaving must comply with the following procedures:
- Shirts/tops for both boys and girls shall be tucked into the pants/skirts at the waist.
- Sweatshirts and sweaters that are appropriately sized are excluded from this requirement. Exceptions to the rule for tucking in shirts/tops include:
- Campus - The campus improvement committee in conjunction with the principal may make exceptions to the requirement that shirts/tops be tucked in for the entire campus.
- Individual - On the basis of individual need, a parent may make a written request to the principal for special considerations for exceptions to the requirement that shirts/tops be tucked in.
- Clothing shall be appropriately sized. The principal or designee is authorized to determine what is appropriately sized.
- All clothing, including dresses, skirts, and shorts, shall preserve modesty. The length must be no shorter than midpoint between fingertips and top of the knee.
- Any student that violates this rule twice when wearing shorts, miniskirts, or skirts with slits may lose the privilege of wearing shorts, miniskirts, or skirts with slits for the remainder of the school year.
The following types of dress are unacceptable:
- Hats, caps, or other head coverings
- Any clothing that does not preserve modesty, including, but not limited to bicycle pants, Lycra/spandex clothing, athletic shorts, miniskirts, pants, or combination thereof
- Oversized or baggy pants. Pants or shorts shall be worn at the natural waistline. (Belts may be required when deemed necessary.)
- Bare backs, bare midriffs, and completely bare shoulders
- Low necklines and see-through attire
- Ragged (i.e., cutoffs, unhemmed clothing, etc.), torn, or soiled clothing
- Clogs, flip flops, slides, bathroom slippers, and similar footwear (Shoes must be worn.)
- Clothing or decoration on clothing exhibiting implicitly or explicitly suggestive words, phrases, or pictures
- Clothing, apparel, or jewelry that signifies death, suicide, torture, Satanism, or occult (This includes, but is not limited to, concert shirts, patches, and insignias depicting any of the above.)
- Clothing or decoration on clothing implying or stating membership in a secret group or society
- Clothing that implies or alludes to alcoholic beverages, narcotics, or tobacco
- Going without undergarments
- Tank tops and muscle shirts - must have the layered look and shoulders must be covered with a shirt
- Earring(s) or gauges worn by boys
- Nose ring(s) and similar body piercing
- Long trench coat or similar clothing
- Tattoos and body art of any kind must be covered at all times
- Unnatural colored eye contacts.
- Are the student handbooks available for the campuses?
Student Handbooks for all schools can be found by visiting the Student Handbook page on the district web site.
- What are the immunization requirements to enroll a student in DPISD? [Click here for a Spanish Version]
Immunization requirements can be found by going to the State Immunization Requirements page.
- What if I want to volunteer, chaperon, or attend a field trip? [Click here for a Spanish Version]
All volunteers, chaperons and field trip attendees must submit information for a criminal history record search. All information is submitted electronically at the DPISD Volunteer Criminal History Check page.
Following Texas Education Code § 22.083, the Deer Park Independent School District obtains criminal history record information (yearly, regardless if obtained previous school year) from all applicants who wish to volunteer in public schools. An approved volunteer background check is only good for the school year in which it was received. For the purposes of these rules, a school year begins on July 1.
Deer Park ISD District policy GKG [LEGAL] states, in part, that “a volunteer may not perform any volunteer duties until:
- The volunteer has provided to the campus a driver’s license or another form of identification containing the person’s photograph issued by an entity of the United States government. Identification must be provided upon arrival at the campus office each day on which the person volunteers; and
- The District has obtained from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and may obtain from any other law enforcement agency, criminal justice agency, or private consumer reporting agency all criminal history record information that relates to a volunteer.”
In cases where a volunteer has a criminal record, the applicant will receive an e-mail from the consumer reporting agency advising the applicant of the findings. The District looks at a number of criteria when determining whether or not to allow the person to volunteer in DPISD. These include the nature of the crime, the number of crimes, when the crime(s) occurred, and more.
The following individuals cannot volunteer in DPISD:
- A person convicted of a crime involving children [i.e. possession of child pornography]
- A person convicted of a serious crime, including, but not limited to, murder, aggravated assault, armed robbery, etc.
- A person who has committed three or more crimes within the last five years*
- A person who has committed a felony conviction during the last five years
- A person currently serving probation for any crime
*For these guidelines, the District will not consider routine traffic-related violations such as speeding, running a red light, or parking tickets.
Other individuals who have a criminal record will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and, although a person who has committed a misdemeanor could volunteer in a school, the nature of the crime could limit the volunteer role that person could have. For example, a person convicted of misdemeanor theft could be restricted from access to Parent-Teacher Organization funds.
- What pre-school programs does the district offer for students with limited income and limited English skills? [Click here for a Spanish Version]
Registration for students qualifying for enrollment in the district's pre-kindergarten program will be held on Thursday, Aug. 1, from 7:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the Early Childhood Center located at 401 Glenmore, Pasadena, TX 77503.
All pre-kindergarten programs will be housed at Early Childhood Center.
A child is eligible for free prekindergarten if they are four years old on or before September 1 of the current school year and meets one of the seven criteria listed below. Age is always calculated as of September 1, of the current school year (for purposes of establishing eligibility). Therefore, a child is eligible for enrollment in prekindergarten if at least four years of age on or before September 1 of the current school year and:
- is unable to speak and comprehend the English language;
- is educationally disadvantaged (which means a student who is eligible to participate in the national free or reduced-price lunch program);
- is living in emergency shelter or transitional housing
- is the child of an active duty member of the armed forces of the United States;
- is the child of a member of the armed forces who was injured or killed while on active duty;
- is or ever has been in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services (foster care) following an adversary hearing held as provided by Section 262.201, Family Code; or
- is the child of a person eligible for the Star of Texas Award as:
- a peace officer under Section 3106.002, Government Code;
- a firefighter under Section 3106.003, Government Code; or
- an emergency medical first responder under Section 3106.004, Government Code.
To complete registration, parents must bring the following items on the day of registration:
- Certified Birth Certificate - Texas birth certificates may be obtained on-line at www.texas.gov
- Social Security Card
- Immunization Record
- Picture ID of parent or legal guardian registering the student
- Proof of income or SNAP
- 2 Proofs of residency in the Deer Park School District - one from Document A list and one from Document B list:
Document A list (clarifies ownership of property or relationship to owner of property):
- Deed or current mortgage statement
- Property Tax Statement
- Current lease agreement with property owner
Document B list:
- Current utility statement with Parent/guardian name and physical address
- Current personal business mail (no unsolicited mailings)
The pre-kindergarten curriculum focuses on the development of oral language and reading readiness skills which serve as a foundation for future academic success. The program is operated on a full-day basis.
The State Legislature determines the guidelines for admission into the pre-kindergarten program. When any Texas school district has 16 or more children who are identified as limited English proficient or as a member of a low-income family (qualifying for free/reduced lunch), that district is required by state law to offer a pre-kindergarten program to those identified students. The State of Texas does not provide for free public pre-kindergarten beyond these two categories of students. Deer Park Early Childhood Center does not offer Open Enrollment, you must reside within the Deer Park ISD boundaries to attend the Early Childhood Center.
Further questions can be directed to the Early Childhood Center at 832-668-8390.
- What special education programs are available for students with disabilities? [Click here for a Spanish Version]
Deer Park ISD provides special education services to children in the District from birth through 21 years of age who are identified with disabilities. Students are provided specialized instruction to allow them to access and learn the curriculum. All services are provided at no cost to the individual or parents. Any parent of a child who is having difficulty in school (including private and home school) should contact their school counselor to discuss their concerns and the possibility of a need for a referral to special education.
More information on the district's special services department can be found here.
- What pre-school programs are available for disabled children, ages 3-5? [Click here for a Spanish Version]
A Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD) is available for children with disabilities ages 3-5 who reside in Deer Park ISD. Youngsters who may experience developmental difficulties upon entering regular elementary school programs because of physical, mental, emotional, or language and/or learning difficulties may be candidates for this program. Parents who have a concern about their child's development may call 832-668-8399 or 832.668.8387.
- What Career and Technology programs are available in Deer Park ISD? [Click here for a Spanish Version]
Deer Park ISD offers Career and Technical Education programs in:
- Agricultural, Food and Natural Resources
- Architecture and Construction
- Arts, A/V Technology and Communication
- Business, Management and Administration
- Education and Training
- Health Science
- Hospitality and Tourism
- Human Services
- Information Technology
- Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security
- Marketing, Sales, and Services
- Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
- Transportation, Distribution, Logistics
Admission to these programs is based on grade level, age appropriateness, interest, class space availability, and aptitude. For more information about Career and Technical Education programs, call David Berrier at 832-668-7151, Whitney Weaver at 832-668-7263, or a Deer Park High School counselor.
Deer Park I.S.D. will take steps to assure that lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in all educational and Career and Technical Education programs.
It is the policy of Deer Park I.S.D. not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or handicap in its Career and Technical Education programs, services or activities as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. It is the policy of Deer Park I.S.D. not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, handicap, or age in its employment practices as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. Deer Park I.S.D. takes steps to assure that lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in all educational and Career & Technical Education programs. For information about your rights or grievance procedures, contact the Title IX Coordinator, Stephen Harrell, at 2800 Texas Ave., Deer Park, Texas 77536, 832-668-7070, and/or the Section 504 Coordinator, Pam McClean, at 2800 Texas Ave., Deer Park, Texas 77536, 832-668-7162.
- What will the Meal Prices be? [Click here for a Spanish Version]
The district's Child Nutrition Department announced cafeteria prices for the 2019-20 school year.
- Breakfast will be offered at no charge to all schools except Deer Park High School - South Campus.
- Breakfast at South Campus will cost $2.60.
- Lunch at all Elementary Schools will cost $2.35.
- Lunch at all Junior High Schools will cost $2.50.
- Lunch at North Campus will cost $2.60.
- Lunch at South Campus will cost $3.85.
More information on items and pricing will be included in registration packets. For more information, contact Child Nutrition at 832.668.7049.
To see the menus for the 2019-20 school year go to the Menu Page.