Back to School Information
The start of the 2019-2020 school year is fast approaching. Anticipation is mounting as we prepare to welcome students back this year. In preparation for the upcoming year, here is a list of “things you need to know” to ease back into the year.
Online verification is available to parents/guardians from August 5 – October 1, 2019. Online verification allows you to access the 2019-20 Parent/Guardian and Student Handbook, modify and/or confirm contact information, and complete appropriate District forms. Online verification is required for every child in the District. You can access the online verification link at www.siouxcityschools.org/continuing-families-enrollment/. You will need to log into the Infinite Campus Parent Portal to complete online verification. If you have forgotten your username or password, follow the prompts on the website screen to regain access.
The 2019-20 Parent/Guardian and Student Handbook provides an in-depth description of many important topics relevant to a student’s education. Please review the handbook closely. You will be prompted to view the handbook during online verification. You can also access the handbook any time at the following link: https://www.siouxcityschools.org/handbooks-guides/.
Student attendance is crucial to learning. There are also statutory requirements with which parents must comply. Please refer to the 2019-20 Parent/Guardian and Student Handbook to review the District’s attendance policy. Parents/guardians should notify a student’s school regarding an absence within the first hour of the school day. If an absence is not reported, and a student does not attend school, the student’s household will be contacted by the school office to report the absence home and inquire about the reason for the absence. Parents may be notified by phone call, email, and/or text. Limited information will be available by text message, so parents/guardians are encouraged to contact the school, review voice messages, and refer to email for extended information.
Parents/guardians that download the Infinite Campus application available for Android and iPhone can also elect to get notifications pushed to a mobile phone with attendance updates from the school.
Acceptable Use Agreement
New to the Parent/Guardian and Student Handbook this year is the addition of the Acceptable Use Agreement. Every student in the District now has access to technology and devices that help enhance learning. The agreement states that each student will follow responsible citizenship as it relates to technology. A specific list of expectations is included for students that check out laptops. Parents/guardians should take care in reviewing this agreement to understand the expectations of care and the penalties of lost or damaged devices.
All parents/guardians are encouraged to stay connected to their student’s academic progress using Infinite Campus (grades K-12) and Canvas (grades 6-12). These portals give parents access to teacher email addresses, student schedules, grades, attendance, and so much more!
Curriculum Resources Fees
Curriculum resources are furnished by the school. These resources include items such as textbooks, digital texts and companion materials, software packages, and other items. There is a set fee for the use of curriculum resources. Fees are $34 for elementary school, $100 for middle school, and $100 for high school. Fees can be paid online. Visit the Parents section of the District website.
Students whose families meet the income guidelines for free and reduced-price lunch, the Family Investment Program, Supplemental Security Income, transportation assistance under open enrollment, or who are in foster care are eligible to have their student fees waived or partially waived. Students whose families are experiencing temporary financial difficulty may be eligible for a temporary waiver of student fees. This waiver does not carry over from year-to-year and must be completed annually. Fee waiver forms are available at each school or on the District website.
The list of items students need for the 2019-20 school year is now available. Access the list for your student’s grade at the following link: www.siouxcityschools.org/supply-lists/.
Students entering kindergarten, 7th grade, and 12th grade have immunization requirements. Please refer to the following link for more details: https://www.siouxcityschools.org/immunization/.
Schedule of Upcoming Events
Parents/Guardians will have access to class schedules using Infinite Campus
Laptop Distribution: North High (10 am – 6 pm)
Laptop Distribution West High (10 am – 7 pm)
Laptop Distribution: East High (8 am – 6 pm)
Back to School Night
Elementary School 4-6 pm
Middle School 5-7 pm
High School 7-9 pm
First Day of School
Elementary School Start Time 8:35 am
Middle School Start Time 7:45 am
High School Start Time 7:55 am
August 23, 26, 27
Laptop Distribution: Middle Schools (During School Day)