FAQ

Campus Frequently Asked Questions


1. How do I register my child for school?

All new students are asked to register at the school they will be attending. To speed the registration process, go to forms. You may complete these forms and bring them with you to registration; otherwise, you will be asked to complete the forms upon enrolling. These forms ask for demographic information such as the following:

  • An accurate home address and telephone number (if a post office box is used for mail, an accurate street address must be provided as well)

  • The work telephone numbers for both parents (if applicable)

  • The student's Social Security number and place of birth

  • The name and phone number of a person, other than a parent, to notify in case of an emergency

In addition, the following information is required of all students enrolling in Northwest ISD schools:

  • Birth certificate

  • A copy of the child's records from the school the child most recently attended (typically transferred by the school)

  • Last report card (if available)

  • Immunization records

  • Proof of residency (Deed of Sale, tax statement, rental agreement, utility bill, etc.)

  • Parent/guardian's driver license to be examined by the school upon registering

2. How does a parent arrange a conference with a teacher?

Parents are encouraged to have conferences with teachers. Call the campus and leave a message for the teacher and they will promptly return your call to arrange the conference.

3. How does a parent report an absence?

Parents are asked to notify the school before 9 a.m. Students will be counted absent after 9:30 a.m. Students may be excused for temporary absences due to personal sickness, sickness or death in your family, quarantine, or weather and road conditions making travel dangerous.

A note written and signed by one a parent explaining the reason for the absence is required when students return to school (or within three days). Appointments for students should be scheduled before or after school, if possible. If a student is absent for a part of the day for a medical appointment or therapy, they will not be marked absent if they meet the following conditions:

  1. Presentation of a signed statement by the doctor or therapist verifying the appointment.

  2. The reasonableness of excused time requested for the appointment. The reason for an absence must be stated in writing as signed by a parent.

Students will be excused from attending school in order to observe religious holy days if, before the absence, parents submit a written request for the absence. If traveling, students will also be excused for the day they must travel to and from the site where the holy day is observed. Excused days for travel will be limited to not more than one day for travel to and one day for travel from the site where the holy day is observed. Students will also be excused for the holy day(s). Students will be counted as if they attended school that day.

4. What are the immunization requirements for the district?

Parents, please note that students will NOT be admitted to any NISD PreK-12 grade campus in August 2006 if their immunizations are not in compliance with the Texas Department of Health guidelines. Non-compliant students will not be given class assignments or schedules.

According to the Attorney General (4-15-04), Texas Administrative Code, Section 97.71, law requires that students be fully immunized against specific diseases. Please refer to the required immunization schedule to ensure that your child is fully immunized.

Below are the requirements:

4-Year-Olds

4 doses DPT

3 doses Polio

1 dose MMR received on or after the 1st birthday

3 doses Hib prior to 15 months of age
or 1 dose Hib after 15 months of age

3 doses of Hepatitis B

2 doses of Hepatitis A

3 doses of Pneumococcal vaccine
or 2 doses if both are given after first birthday 
or 1 dose for a healthy child given after the age of 2

1 dose Varicella (if child has not had chicken pox)

Grades K-8

5 doses DPT with one dose on or after the 4th birthday
or 4 doses when one dose is given after the 4th birthday
or 3 doses if student is greater than 7 years of age
and one dose is on or after the 4th birthday
*TD booster due every 10 years

4 doses Polio or 3 doses when one dose is given after the 4th birthday

2 doses MMR received on or after the 1st birthday

3 doses of Hepatitis B

1 dose Varicella (if child has not had chickenpox)*
*2 doses required if 1st dose given on or after age 13

Grades 9-12

3 doses DPT with one dose on or after 4th birthday

9th grade TD booster due (if not received within the past six years)

4 doses Polio or 3 doses when one dose is given after the 4th birthday

2 doses MMR received on or after the 1st birthday

3 doses of Hepatitis B

2 doses Varicella (if child has not had chicken pox)*
*2 doses required if 1st dose given on or after age 13

5. How can I pay for my child's lunches?

Students can pay for their meals by using cash or by deducting it from their food service account. To deposit funds into a child's account, send cash or a check made out to Northwest ISD. (If a check is returned for insufficient funds, an insufficient check fee of $25 will be charged and no further checks will be accepted until full payment has been made.)

For an instant deposit, you may also use the districts Internet program, ExpressPay Café, to directly deposit funds into your child's account from your credit card. Click here to access ExpressPay Café. 

Children's meal activities may also be tracked via the ExpressPay Café site. All funds remaining in your childs food service account will carry over to the next school year unless a refund is requested. Requests for refunds or requests to place restrictions on your child's account can be sent via email to foodservice@nisdtx.org.

The National School Lunch and Breakfast Program at Northwest ISD is planned and managed by ARAMARK Food Services.

In compliance with the National School Lunch Program, applications for free and reduced-priced meals are available in the front office of each school. Please follow the application directions carefully so your application can be processed quickly. If you have more than one child attending NISD schools, combine their names on one application.

If you received free/reduced-priced meals last year, your children will continue to receive meal benefits the first 30 days of school. During that time, a new application must be completed for free/reduced meals to continue.

6. How do I find out about school closings?

Weather conditions and other unforeseen conditions may occur that will make it necessary for the Northwest ISD to close. Parents and students are advised to listen to the radio or television for a current news report. No announcements will be made when schools are to remain open. Information regarding school closings will be posted as soon as possible and will be communicated through the following venues:

NISD News Email Alert

NISD Web Site: nisdtx.org/index.htm

KDFW TV Channel 4

KXAS TX Channel 5

WFAA TV Channel 8

KTVT TV Channel 11

WBAP Radio 820 AM

KERA Radio 90.1 FM

KPLX/KLIF Radio 99.5 FM/570 AM

KRLD Radio 1080 AM

KVIL Radio 103.7 FM

7. What are the procedures for car riders?

Each campus has a different traffic flow. Check with your campus office or the campus website regarding drop-off and pick-up procedures around the campus.

8. Are tutorials available on campus?

Academic tutoring is available for all students. Check with your child's campus for the most updated tutorial information.

9. What is the bell schedule?

Bell schedules differ depending on the campus. Check your campus website for your schools specific bell schedule.

10. How do I obtain information about the bus schedule and pickups?

You can go to our districts Bus Route Locatorfor routes and other information about the transportation department for Northwest ISD.

11. What is Pinnacle?

The Pinnacle Internet Viewer provides parents/guardians at Northwest ISD with the opportunity to go on-line to access information about your child's attendance record and academic performance for students. It will also allow you to subscribe to an email notification system that will automatically send an email to you with updates about your child's progress. The Pinnacle Internet Viewer will provide timely information for you to use as you work with your child. Activating your child's account will require you to provide and to complete information at the school.

13. How do I join a parent organization (PTA, PTSA, PTO, etc.)? 

To obtain information about parent organizations, please click here.

14. What is the campus/district dress code?

Please check the student handbook to obtain information about the districts dress code. Click here to view the student handbook/code of conduct

15. Are visitors permitted in the schools? 

Parents and other members of the public are invited and welcomed to our schools. In order to protect the security of our students, staff, and the learning environment at school, visitors are requested to conform to the following guidelines:

  1. Parents may make arrangements with the principal and teacher to observe in the classroom by calling the school ahead of the visit.

  2. All visitors must first report to the school office, sign in, state the reason for being on campus, and obtain approval from the principal or designee.

  3. All visitors must wear a visitor name badge provided by the school office.

  4. If the parent has a conference with a teacher, they should report to the office prior to the conference.

  5. Upon departure, all visitors must sign out in the office.

16. How can I receive school news via e-mail?

Northwest News provides breaking and up-to-date information about the district, including closings. To sign up to receive Northwest News, click here.

17. How can I view the districts Student Code of Conduct?

In addition to the book you received at the beginning of school, the Student Handbook at Student Code of Conduct can be viewed at Student Code of Conduct