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HUG ZONE

posted Aug 26, 2018, 6:19 PM by Jessica Saenz   [ updated Aug 28, 2018, 12:30 PM by Geeta Suggs ]

HUG ZONE STARTS MONDAY AUGUST 27th FOR 1st THROUGH 5th GRADES!
Parents who wish to walk their children into the school building will now utilize the "Hug Zone” for drop-off. In the main building, the hallway in front of the office is designated for this purpose. In the annex, the front entryway by the annex office is designated for this purpose. After the first week of school, we ask that you use the “Hug Zone” to say your goodbyes before your child walks to class. No parent or family member will be allowed to escort their child to class in grades 1-5. PK and Kindergarten will restrict parents after the 3rd week of school to allow ample time for transition to the school environment. This will allow teachers to begin instruction immediately after announcements and allow staff to monitor who is in our building at all times.

Safety and Dismissal Changes

posted Aug 19, 2018, 6:59 AM by Lori Komassa   [ updated Aug 28, 2018, 12:31 PM by Geeta Suggs ]

Safety of our students is the top priority at Oak Hill Elementary. In order to make sure we are providing the safest environment possible, I met with the emergency management department of Austin ISD at the end of last school year to survey our building and safety procedures. As a result of this meeting, we will implement enhanced safety and security measures at Oak Hill Elementary School. The following procedures will begin this school year, 2018-2019:

HUG ZONE

Parents who wish to walk their children into the school building will now utilize the "Hug Zone” for drop-off. In the main building, the hallway in front of the office is designated for this purpose. In the annex, the front entryway by the annex office is designated for this purpose. After the first week of school, we ask that you use the “Hug Zone” to say your goodbyes before your child walks to class. No parent or family member will be allowed to escort their child to class after the 1st week of school in grades 1-5. PK and Kindergarten will restrict parents after the 3rd week of school to allow ample time for transition to the school environment. This will allow teachers to begin instruction immediately after announcements and allow staff to monitor who is in our building at all times.

DISMISSAL

Bus riders and car riders will use the same process for dismissal. Parents who wish to walk in to pick up their children, will wait outside the side gym door on the north side of the school. Students will be dismissed to the gym to sit down and wait to be called. Each parent will be given a pick up tag for their child, similar to our car pick up procedure. You MUST have this tag in order pick up your child. Below is the information and reminders from the dismissal procedures handout.
  • Park along School Road or in the non-numbered spots in back parking lot. 
  • DO NOT park in the bus lanes. 
  • MAIN BUILDING students will go to the gym and sit in their designated area. 
  • ANNEX students will be dismissed to the front porch of the annex building. 
  • Parents will wait OUTSIDE the gym door and students will be called using their pick up tag number.
  • Parents must show their pick up tag to the staff at the door for pick up. ID’s will be checked if you do not have a tag.
  • Please keep younger siblings/children next to you at all times. 
  • Use the sidewalk and paths to get back to your car safely. 

Also remember that no students will be dismissed from the bus line to parents and no students will be removed from a bus once they have gotten on the bus, except by an administrator.

VISITOR CHECK-IN POLICIES


All visitors must check in with the office, no exceptions. Below are our policies and guidelines for visitors.

● During school hours, all visitors must buzz in through the front door. Should someone knock on a side door asking to be let in and does not have a badge or visitor sticker, do not let them in. Ask them to go to the front office to check in first. Report any suspicious behavior to the office immediately. If anyone gets upset with you, please remind them that it’s for the safety of the students and that they may talk with administration if they have concerns.

● All visitors must sign in at the front office and obtain a visitor's sticker. Some volunteers may have an additional special badge that they wear while volunteering. District employees and subs don’t need to obtain a sticker, but they do need to have their badges displayed on their person. We have a new visitor check in system this year so EVERY parent will need to have their ID rescanned the first time they visit the campus this year.

● Parents may visit classrooms during the day only if they are volunteering. Visitors should not be loitering in the classroom unless they are actively helping the teacher; if a parent wishes to observe a class, they need to obtain written permission from an administrator. If a visitor is being distracting to the learning environment, please notify the office so that we can help.

● Students and staff will report suspicious persons or activities to the office immediately.

● Students are not released to parents or other custodial adults from the classroom. Parents or custodial adults can only obtain release of their students from the office and must complete the appropriate paperwork and confirmation of identification as required by the school.

● All visitors to the campus will be expected to follow all campus and district policies related to decorum and items that are not allowed on campus, including offensive clothing and behaviors.

● All visitors to Oak Hill are to park along School Road and not the parking lots (these are reserved for faculty & staff). No parking in the fire lanes or in areas that otherwise would block emergency vehicles. Parking along the front circle drive is allowed in non fire zones betwen 8:00am and 2:00pm only. Parking on Patton Ranch Road is not allowed.

● Faculty and staff must wear district identification when they are on campus or performing functions directly related to their district responsibilities.

VISIBILITY

We noticed many areas in the building where visibility of students was a concern. To remedy this, we have put up curtains or glass film in order to reduce that visibility. It was necessary to also reduce visibility to the hallways to allow students to move across the halls safely and quickly in the event of a lockdown.

LOCKDOWNS

Being an open concept campus provides many challenges in a lockdown situation. The emergency management department helped us to evaluate the building and made recommendations for the safest locations in a lockdown situation, which is behind a locked door. This is one of those challenges I mentioned, but using closets, bathrooms, and offices, we were able to find enough locked locations to have our students behind a locked door. Beginning this year, every classroom will be able to move safely and quickly to a location behind a locked door. We practice our lockdown drills once per semester and should their be a safety issue in the area, Austin ISD police notifies us and directs us to go on lockdown.

DRILLS

Austin ISD has adopted the Standard Response Protocol created by the I Love U Guys Foundation. The SRP provides clear language and concise instructions for teachers, students and school visitors in case of a critical incident on a campus.

The SRP uses five terms to address critical incidents:

• Lockdown: Locks, lights, out of sight.

• Lockout: Get inside. Lock outside doors.

• Hold: In your classroom. Clear the halls.

• Evacuate: to the designated location.

• Shelter: in the designated location.

Emergency drills are practiced according to the recommended schedule from the Austin ISD emergency management department. Evacuation drills are practiced monthly throughout the school year and all other drills are practiced once per semester.

GENERAL SECURITY

· Last year, we began closing and locking the door between the main office and the workroom. We will continue this security measure this year.

I know this is a lot of information to process and some of these changes will take a while to get used to and run smoothly. We appreciate your patience and support as we work to provide the safest and best school environment possible for our students.

Meet the Teacher

posted Aug 3, 2018, 6:18 PM by Lori Komassa   [ updated Aug 3, 2018, 6:33 PM ]

Meet the Teacher will be held in the OHE Cafeteria on Friday, August 17th, 2018 from 3:30-5pm. Doors will open to classrooms to meet the teacher at 4pm. 

Here are the details:

1. PRE-ORDERED school supplies: These will already have been delivered to your students’ classrooms. Just go straight to your child’s classroom and find pre-ordered supplies there, or bring your own and unpack them in the classroom.

2. EASY EAGLE: 3:30-5 in the Main Cafeteria. One-stop shopping for No Hassle Fundraiser, Eagle Gear, PTA Membership (don’t forget your checkbook!)

3. MEET THE TEACHER: Drop in any time between 4 and 5 PM. Kids are welcome of course! Pre-K and Kindergarten classrooms are in the blue annex building; all others are in the main building.

4. KONA ICE: The Kona Ice truck will be selling snow cones from 4-5pm in the circle drive in front of the main building. Please purchase snow cones on your way out as snow cones will NOT be permitted to enter any school buildings.

WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please Sign-up to Volunteer at Meet the Teacher Here: SignUpGenius

School Supplies for 2018- 2019

posted Jul 16, 2018, 7:33 PM by Lori Komassa   [ updated Jul 30, 2018, 6:43 PM ]

Preordering of school supplies is closed. If you did not purchase, please see the list below in order to buy your own supplies. Local stores and online offer the supplies that our teachers are requesting.

Please do not label any items you buy for school supplies. Teachers will give you instructions on the first day of school (or at meet the teacher).

PreK, Kinder - 5th grades:

Kindergarten Play Dates!

posted Jun 19, 2018, 8:31 PM by Lori Komassa



Playdates for incoming kindergarteners!
Join your fellow incoming kindergartens on the OHE kinder playground throughout the summer. The play dates are from 9-10 am on the dates listed below. There is no access to bathroom facilities so plan accordingly. It will be warm so bring water and sun screen. If you have any questions, email newparents@ohepta.org or president@ohepta.org. Please note this is a come and go activity! 
  • Thursday, June 21 
  • Saturday, June 30
  • Tuesday, July 10
  • Saturday, July 21 
  • Thursday, July 26 
  • Tuesday, July 30 
  • Saturday, August 4 
  • Saturday August 11 

OHE Summer Camps!

posted May 21, 2018, 12:02 PM by OHE Webmaster

Don't panic - there are a few spots left in these awesome summer camps! Sign up today!

Dual Language Kinder Round-Up

posted Apr 13, 2018, 4:19 PM by Geeta Suggs

Are you interested in the Dual Language program for your kindergartener for the 2018-2019 school year?

Please join us in the cafeteria Monday morning, April 16th, 8am for a brief Q&A with a Kinder Dual Language teacher, a parent of current DL students, and Principal Komassa. A tour will follow.  

Applications for the program are due to Oak Hill Elementary April 27th, 2018. Find the application HERE.

*Please note that Oak Hill does not accept transfer students to the Dual Language program.

Kindergarten Orientation

posted Mar 27, 2018, 6:26 PM by Geeta Suggs

At Kindergarten Orientation, parents will receive information about the Austin School District’s full-day kindergarten program, including curriculum, daily schedules, attendance requirements, the school year calendar, how to help a child prepare for school, and information specific to the individual campus.

Early kindergarten registration assists the District in determining enrollments, assigning staff, and meeting individual school needs. Accurate enrollment projections reduce the need to reorganize classes and teachers after school has started.

Enrollment Information:

  • Kindergarten students must be five years old on or before September 1, 2018.
  • All students new to Austin ISD must provide a birth certificate, current record of immunizations, child's last report card, proof of address (rental contract or utility bill with valid address), parent photo identification or driver's license, and the child's Social Security Card (optional).
If you are unsure which school your child will attend, call the Office of Student Services 414-1726.

Kindergarten Orientation April 3, 2018
8:30 AM

Online Registration is Open Now for 2018-19 School Year

Registration is open for students within Oak Hill boundaries by going to: https://www.austinisd.org/parent-information/student-registration





Austin ISD Safety

posted Mar 19, 2018, 1:09 PM by OHE Webmaster   [ updated Apr 6, 2018, 12:20 PM by Geeta Suggs ]

March 19, 2018

Dear Austin ISD families,

We hope that you and your family had a restful and relaxing Spring Break, but we understand that
tension may be high as our children return to school in the midst of the situation in Austin involving
explosives.

We want you to know we are coordinating with the Austin Police Department—along with state and
federal partners—to take any and all necessary security precautions.
This is what our campus faculty and staff are doing:
  • Being mindful of anything that looks out of the ordinary.
  • Contacting the Austin Police Department immediately if they see anything suspicious.
  • Conducting perimeter checks for any suspicious items inside or outside of school buildings.
  • Carefully examining all mail deliveries.
We remain vigilant with our safety and security measures, and we need your help.
Talk with your students about being cautious. Make sure they understand they should not touch
anything unusual or suspicious, and should report it to a trusted adult or the police. Remind other
adults, your friends, family and neighbors to do the same. No matter how minor, if you see something, it
needs to be reported to the Austin Police Department 9-1-1.
Additional actions you can take to improve safety when visiting your student’s school:
  • Enter through the visitors’ entrance and check in at the front office.
  • Do not let anyone “piggyback” on your entry into the school. Ask them to wait their turn.
  • Wear your visitor sticker in a clearly visible location.
  • Report anyone you see walking around campus without an AISD badge or visitor badge to the
  • front office.
  • Know that firearms are not permitted in school buildings at any time with the exception of those
  • carried by law enforcement.
  • Remember: “If you see something, say something.”
  • Follow Austin ISD’s social media accounts that may be used in an emergency. On Twitter, follow @AustinISD and on Facebook, like https://www.facebook.com/austinisd/.
  • Follow your school’s social media accounts that may be used in an emergency.
Additionally, you can talk with your child about reporting suspicious rumors or activity. Make sure your
children can name two adults at school that they would feel comfortable alerting.
Our campus counselors are trained to support students and staff and are available if needed. For more
advice about how to talk to your children about violence, visit the National Association of School
Psychologists online resources: http://bit.ly/2khji7j.

The Austin ISD team works closely with the Austin Police Department to keep our students safe. Know
that if you receive an alert from AISD, we are coordinating with APD to send those messages.
We are one, large Austin ISD family, and we care for all our children. It takes all of us to make school
safe, and we thank you for your assistance in keeping our students safe.

Sincerely,
Paul Cruz, Ph.D.
Superintendent

Federal Report Cards

posted Feb 24, 2018, 2:27 PM by OHE Webmaster

Oak Hill Elementary is sharing this information about the district and your child’s campus with you as part of its obligations under the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB).

Federal Report Cards for the state, the district, and each of the district’s campuses are now available on the district’s website at this link or are also available on the Texas Education Agency’s website. For more information about the information contained in these reports, please view the letter from the principal here: English / Spanish.

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