Frequently Asked Questions and Procedure
How do I communicate
with the teacher/school?
Emails are the best way to contact your teacher, when possible.
As our teachers are teaching throughout the day, their ability to
make/receive phone calls is limited to a 45 minute conference
period. Please allow 24 hours for a return call.
- www.annaisd.org is our
website and has many great resources.
- Be on the lookout every Thursday for graded schoolwork and
upcoming school/community events that will be sent home in
May I eat lunch with
Yes, occasionally you may eat lunch with your child. Visitors
will sign in through the office. First-time visitors will need to
bring their driver's license or state-issued photo I.D.
Parents will sit at a designated lunch table with their child only.
Parents will exit the cafeteria five minutes before the end of
their child's lunch period. The student will then return to their
class' designated table. Parents will not be allowed to walk
students back to class after lunch. There will be no lunch visitors
for the first week of school for all grade levels.
Can I bring
cupcakes/treats or special deliveries for my child's
The short answer is no. You may however, donate a book to your
child's classroom or school library in honor of your child. We do
not accept special deliveries or send them up to your child's class
on any day of the year, including Valentine's Day.
May I walk my child to
On the first day of school parents will be allowed to walk only
their prekindergarten or
kindergarten student to class. Starting the second day of
school, all students must be dropped off in the designated car drop
Can my child ride the
With the exception of Oak Hollow, bus service is provided for
students if you live in Anna School District. Should you have any
further bus questions, call our bus department at 972.924.1800.
When and how do I drop
my child off at Rattan?
Dropping off students in the parking lot is never
- From 7:18-7:25, all students will be dropped off on the south
side of the building, by the gymnasium.
- After 7:25, all vehicles approaching from the south on Ferguson
will continue to use the gym side drop off. All vehicles
approaching from the north FM 455, will drop off in the bus lane,
in front of the school.
- Class starts
promptly at 7:45. The first bell
rings at 7:40. At that time, students will be released from their
gathering area to walk to class. If a child is not yet in his or
her classroom at the 7:45 bell, he or she will come to the office
for a tardy slip.
When and how do I pick
up my child from Rattan?
School is dismissed at 3:00. Please discuss with your child his
or her after-school plans (pick up, walking home or riding the bus)
so he or she knows what to do each day.
The car pick up line is the driveway on the south side of the
building. The driveway in the front of the school is for busses
only, during dismissal. Any person without the family number
with them at pick up, will be asked to park, go to the office, and
Walkers/bike riders will not be released until the busses have
If there is an
emergency change in the way your child goes home, you must call the
school before 2:30.
When should I keep my
sick child home from school?
A student must be free from fever (100.4), vomiting, and
diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school. Free from
fever means that the child must not have had acetaminophen
(Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin) to bring down the fever, for 24
hours before returning to class.
What do I need to do
if my child will be absent from school?
You do not need to call the school. To excuse your child's
absence, you will send a note within 5 days of the student's
return. Please include your child's name, date of absence,
and reason of absence on the note. We will not be able to accept a
written excuse past the 5th day and it will remain
"unexcused". The "5th Day Rule" does not
apply when you provide a medical appointment note.
What happens if my
child is tardy?
1st Tardy~ Warning. 2nd Tardy~ Call
to parent. 3rd Tardy~ After-school detention
issued. Additional Tardies will result in additional
after-school detentions . See Elementary Student Handbook for
What if I want to pick
my child up early from school?
The only excused reason to pick up your child early from school
is if your child has a medical appointment (send the medical note)
or if our school nurse has sent your child home. Early
sign-outs must be done through the office and before 2:45. No one
will be released through the office after 2:45.
SUBCHAPTER C. OPERATION OF SCHOOLS AND SCHOOL
Section 25.085. COMPULSORY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE.
(a) A child who is required to attend school under this section
shall attend school each school day for the entire period the
program of instruction is provided.
(b) Unless specifically exempted by Section 25.086, a child who
is at least six years of age, or who is younger than six years of
age and has previously been enrolled in first grade, and who has
not yet reached the child's 18th birthday shall attend school.
(c) On enrollment in prekindergarten or kindergarten, a child
shall attend school.
You may have more questions throughout the school year. The best
advice we can offer in regards to your child, is to always
communicate with your child's teacher. There are no silly or wrong
questions when it comes to the concerns of your child. Please make
time to help your child with their homework, read to them often,
and have him or her read to you!