• Full Day Tuition-Based Questions & Answers

     

    Q: Where may I obtain an application?

    A: On Wednesday, March 8, 2017, application for enrollment will be available online on the Duncanville ISD Website www.duncanvilleisd.org, under Parents tab, click How to Enroll and Register.

     

    Q: What documents are required for placement into the PK program?

    A: A completed application, enrollment agreement, Agreement of Attendance for PK, child’s birth certificate, immunization record, social security card if available, copy of parent(s’) driver’s license, and proof of residency. (Either a current utility bill or mortgage/lease agreement with name and address of parent or legal guardian. Phone bills will not be accepted.) Only completed enrollment packets will be eligible for enrollment.

     

    Q: What schools will offer this tuition-based program for 2017-2018?

    A: Acton and Hastings Elementary

     

    Q: How much is tuition for 2017-2018?

    A: Yearly tuition is $4,750 with payments of $475 per month for 10 months due on the first day of the month (August-May). Duncanville ISD employees will utilize the payroll deduction system per pay period. A $100 non-refundable deposit is required upon acceptance into the program. It is due May 1st.

     

    Q: When is enrollment for the Tuition-based PK Program for 2017-2018?

    A: Enrollment will begin April 3rd (employees only) and April 4th (general public) and continue until full.

     

    Q: What are school day hours?

    A: Regular school hours are 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

     

    Q: How early can I drop my child off?

    A: Doors open at 7:30 for breakfast.

     

    Q: Does attendance matter?

    A: The Compulsory Attendance laws contained in the Texas Education Code (TEC) do not require a parent to enroll his or her child in prekindergarten or kindergarten. However, once the parent voluntarily enrolls his or her child, the parent and child must follow Texas’ Compulsory Attendance laws found in TEC §25.085(c). Additional information regarding attendance requirements can be found in the Duncanville ISD Code of Conduct.

     

    Q: Is transportation provided?

    A: Duncanville ISD will not provide transportation for PK programs.

     

    Q: Are meals provided?

    A: Breakfast is free and lunch can be purchased for an additional fee or your child may bring a sack lunch. Parents are welcome to send a nutritious snack for snack time.

     

    Q: What are the meal prices?

    A: Meal pricing for 2017-18 school year- Breakfast: FREE for ALL students Lunch:  $3.00

     

    Q: Does my child have to eat lunch at school?

    A: Yes, lunch is built into their schedule.

     

    Q: Can my child bring his/her own breakfast/lunch to the cafeteria?

    A: Yes, however, the staff cannot heat food for them.

     

    Q: Are snacks provided?

    A: No, however, students will have a snack time, and can bring a healthy snack from home.

     

    Q: What curriculum will be used?

    A: The PK program provides a detailed outline of knowledge and skills young children need in order to build a solid foundation for later learning. A complete version of the Texas State Prekindergarten Guidelines can be found at http://tea.texas.gov/pkg.aspx.

     

    Q: Will my child receive a report card?

    A: Yes, students will receive a report card each nine weeks.

     

    Q: How many students will be in the class?

    A: The prekindergarten program can have up to 22 children with a full-time certified teacher and teacher’s assistant.

     

    Q: I am an employee but I live outside of the Duncanville ISD district. Can I enroll my child?

    A: Yes, you will need to complete an employee transfer request in addition to the enrollment packet to be eligible.

     

    Q: I am an employee who lives within Duncanville ISD, but I do not live in the Hastings or Acton attendance zone. Do I need to complete a request for transfer?

    A: No, PK students will be placed on a first-come-first served basis.

     

    Q: I am not an employee of Duncanville ISD. Is my child eligible to enroll?

    A: Yes, our tuition-based program is open-enrollment.

     

    Q: What happens if my child soils his/her clothes or has an “accident?

    A: ALL students must be potty trained prior to starting school. We require that each student keep an extra set of clothes at school in the event of an accident.

     

    Q: My child has special needs. Will those be addressed through this program?

    A: This is not a program designed specifically for students with special needs. Children who have disabilities may attend a regular PK setting if eligible and an ARD committee determines that his or her needs can be appropriately met. Many children with special needs may be better served through other placements in early childhood programs. All decisions regarding children with disabilities will be made through the ARD committee process. If you have specific questions related to Special Education services, please contact Mackenzie Casall, Director of Special Education at (972) 708-2061.

     

    Due to the differing needs of preschoolers, some students will be learning things for the first time while others may be more advanced. ALL students, however, will be provided instruction that is tailored to their needs to make sure they are prepared for Kindergarten according to the Prekindergarten Guidelines.

     

     

    Full Day Tuition-Free Questions & Answers

    Q: Where may I obtain an application?

    A: On Wednesday, March 8, 2017, application for enrollment will be available online on the Duncanville ISD Website www.duncanvilleisd.org, under Parents tab, click How to Enroll and Register.

     

    Q: What documents are required for placement into the PK program?

    A: A completed application, enrollment agreement, Agreement of Attendance for PK, child’s birth certificate, immunization record, social security card if available, copy of parent(s’) driver’s license, and proof of residency. (Either a current utility bill or mortgage/lease agreement with name and address of parent or legal guardian. Phone bills will not be accepted.) Only completed enrollment packets will be eligible for enrollment.

     

    Q: What schools will offer this tuition-free full day program for 2017-2018?

    A: Acton and Hastings Elementary

     

    Q: Who is eligible for this tuition-free full day program for 2017-2018?

    A: Any student that is at least 4 years old and meets the following general prekindergarten eligibility requirements:

    1. Be unable to speak and comprehend the English language
    1. Be educationally disadvantaged, which means a student eligible to participate in the national free or reduced-price lunch program
    2. Be homeless, as defined by 42 United States Code (U.S.C.) Section 1143a, regardless of the residence of the child, of either parent of the child, or of the child's guardian or other person having lawful control of the child
    3. Be the child of an active duty member of the armed forces of the United States, including the state military forces or a reserve component of the armed forces, who is ordered to active duty by proper authority; or is the child of a member of the armed forces of the United States, including the state military forces or a reserve component of the armed forces, who was injured or killed while serving on active duty
    4. Be in, or have been in, the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) following an adversary hearing held as provided by Section 262.201, Family Code

    Q: When is enrollment for the Full Day Tuition-Free PK Program for 2017-2018?

    A: Enrollment will begin April 3rd (employees only) and April 4th (general public) and continue until full.

     

    Q: What are school day hours?

    A: Regular school hours are 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

     

    Q: How early can I drop my child off?

    A: Doors open at 7:30 a.m. for breakfast.

     

    Q: Does attendance matter?

    A: The Compulsory Attendance laws contained in the Texas Education Code (TEC) do not require a parent to enroll his or her child in prekindergarten or kindergarten. However, once the parent voluntarily enrolls his or her child, the parent and child must follow Texas’ Compulsory Attendance laws found in TEC §25.085(c). Additional information regarding attendance requirements can be found in the Duncanville ISD Code of Conduct.

     

    Q: When I registered I preferred the full day program but it was full. Can I be placed on a stand-by list to possibly obtain a spot?

    A: Yes, however, our last day for these PK transfers will be September 29th. After September 29th, students will NOT be allowed to move to a different class.

     

    Q: Is transportation provided?

    A: Duncanville ISD will not provide transportation for PK programs.

     

    Q: Are meals provided?

    A: Breakfast is free and lunch can be purchased for an additional fee or your child may bring a sack lunch. Parents are welcome to send a nutritious snack for snack time.   

     

    Q: What are the meal prices?

    A: Meal pricing for 2017-18 school year- Breakfast: FREE for ALL students Lunch:  $3.00 for students who have not completed a Free or Reduced Lunch application or who do not qualify.

     

    Q: Does my child have to eat lunch at school?

    A: Yes, lunch is built into their schedule.

     

    Q: Can my child bring his/her own breakfast/lunch to the cafeteria?

    A: Yes, however, the staff cannot heat food for them.

     

    Q: Are snacks provided?

    A: No, however, students will have a snack time, and can bring a healthy snack from home.

     

    Q: What curriculum will be used?

    A: The PK program provides a detailed outline of knowledge and skills young children need in order to build a solid foundation for later learning. A complete version of the Texas State Prekindergarten Guidelines can be found at http://tea.texas.gov/pkg.aspx.

     

    Q: Will my child receive a report card?

    A: Yes, students will receive a report card each nine weeks.

     

    Q: How many students will be in the class?

    A: The prekindergarten program can have up to 22 children with a full-time certified teacher and teacher’s assistant.

     

    Q: I am an employee, but I live outside of the Duncanville ISD district. Can I enroll my child?

    A: Yes, you will need to complete an employee transfer request in addition to the enrollment packet to be eligible.

     

    Q: I am an employee who lives within Duncanville ISD, but I do not live in the Hastings or Acton attendance zone. Do I need to complete a request for transfer?

    A: No, PK students will be placed on a first-come-first served basis.

     

    Q: What happens if my child soils his/her clothes or has an “accident?

    A: We require that each student keep an extra set of clothes at school in the event of an accident.

     

    Q: My child has special needs. Will those be addressed through this program?

    A: This is not a program designed specifically for students with special needs. Children who have disabilities may attend a regular PK setting if eligible and an ARD committee determines that his or her needs can be appropriately met. Many children with special needs may be better served through other placements in early childhood programs. All decisions regarding children with disabilities will be made through the ARD committee process. If you have specific questions related to Special Education services, please contact Mackenzie Casall, Director of Special Education at (972) 708-2061.

     

    Due to the differing needs of preschoolers, some students will be learning things for the first time while others may be more advanced. ALL students, however, will be provided instruction that is tailored to their needs to make sure they are prepared for Kindergarten according to the Prekindergarten Guidelines.