Parent Packet 2021-2022
Parents and guardians, we are so excited to welcome you and your student(s) back to Advantage Academy for the 2021-2022 school year! Please thoroughly review the Parent Packet below, including videos and links. Within this packet you will find all information that will help you be prepared for the new year. If you have additional questions after reviewing the packet, please contact your campus front office.
2. Instruction and Academic Expectations, Learning Environment
3. Parent Orientation and/or Meet the Teacher Events
We hope all parents can attend your campus sessions. Some sessions may be virtual. Click here to view upcoming Parent Orientation, Meet the Teacher, and all High School Credit or Graduation events for August and September 2021.
6. Student Schedules
More information will be provided by email or at campus orientation.
7. Instructional Roles and Responsibilities for all Learning Environments
Preparation for Learning
- Be prepared for learning each day and have work and assignments completed and ready.
- Complete coursework by the deadline set by teachers.
- Take all materials and devices home each day in order to be prepared for possible school closure.
- Encourage your child to have their things in their backpack/device and ready for school the night before.
- Create a designated place in your home for your student to use for homework and studying
- Plan appointments and trips so students don’t miss learning time
- Meet regularly with collaborative team and/or attend all training to plan instruction.
- Utilize the district curriculum documents and follow the scope and sequence provided by the academic services department.
- Internalize lessons to provide the best execution of instruction
- Include instructional supports for all learners
Learning & Teaching Expectations
- Attend classes and give your best efforts in your school assignments.
- Participate in learning activities as instructed by teachers.
- Be organized in your work and in getting projects completed.
- Ask questions and communicate with your teacher.
- Be aware of what you should be learning each day.
- Become familiar with online platforms and complete all required work in them
- Turn in assignments on time.
- Access Parent Portal (grades 3-12) to view student grades.
- Check in with student(s) to monitor completion of homework and assignments.
- Discuss your child’s favorite part of their day and what they learned in school.
- Support and encourage your learners
- Provide your child with assistance on their day-to-day activities with the exception of designated independent work.
- Maintain communication with your child’s teacher by phone, email and/or online meetings to create a learning partnership and update personal information every grading period or sooner if there is a sudden change.
- Monitor and ask for evidence that your child is on track with assignments and coursework.
- Teach students how and when to access learning materials through online platforms
- Manage online and offline resources to provide consistency and routines for students.
- Provide clear learning goals for students.
- Check student assignments in a timely manner and give feedback in verbal or written form frequently to provide next steps or necessary academic intervention/extension.
- Post grades in a timely manner according to district grading guidelines.
- Ensure open lines of communication between teachers, students, and parents as we work together to ensure each student is academically and socially-emotionally future ready.
- Provide engaging instruction that incorporates hands-on and minds-on learning
- Deliver instruction that is on-grade level, scaffolding where necessary
Support and Intervention
- Attend intervention/tutorial sessions as established by your teacher or school.
- Let your teacher know when you are struggling
- Allow your child to attend intervention/tutorial sessions as needed.
- Assist in supporting your child’s needs by establishing and managing the daily schedule communicated by the teacher.
- Help your child own their learning. Provide support and encouragement and expect your children to do their part.
- Provide intervention or tutorial sessions as needed.
- Follow student IEPs / 504 accommodations in all learning environments.
- Use data to pinpoint students’ specific needs for enrichment and intervention.
- Monitor student progress with fidelity according to recommendations.
- Provide and communicate office hours or conference period for student/parent support.
- Attend and participate in professional learning.
8. High School CTE and Programs of Study
10. Student Attendance
Students must be in attendance on a daily basis. All students are subject to the Minimum Attendance Requirements to receive Credit (at least 90% of the days the class is offered). Failure to attend 90% of the scheduled class days in each semester may result in loss of credit and/or not be advanced to the next grade. Students will face truancy charges, if the student is absent from school during the attendance taking period. Click here to review the Attendance Policy.
11. Parent Engagement and Volunteers
Each school year, all volunteers must complete a new background check with a “clear” result and receive approval before volunteering in any school activity/event. You will receive an email within 7-10 work days of your application. Click here for more information or to submit an application.
12. Parent Portal Access & Security Code
If you did not create your account in the past, this information will be provided to parents when you are provided a technology device. If you are not receiving a device, this information can be mailed or emailed to you at a later date. Click here to access the Parent Portal.
13. Parent Contact - Emergency Calls, Report Cards, etc.
Please click here to fill out the parent contact form if there have been any address, email or phone number changes since you enrolled. Use this form all year for changes so the school can continue to reach you in case of emergency, medical needs, teacher calls, report cards, etc. or contact the campus registrar/attendance staff.
14. Main Communication Tools
- School Messenger - Sign up for a School Messenger account so you can manage & view school/district messages and/or review past messages. https://go.schoolmessenger.com/#/account/signup You may call 214.276.5839 for questions (this system does not change your information in the school’s records, contact your registrar/attendance).
- Website Calendars - District Events/Sports Calendars
- Facebook - @advantageacademyeagles district page and 4 campus Facebook pages
- Remind - download smartphone app & signup or on a computer (Remind is used by some staff for teacher/principal messages to parents and/or high school students)
- Campus e-Newsletters - these are sent to the parents email address(es) provided and sent out each month by the campus beginning in October. Parents must have an email address on file with the campus registrar.
15. Student Services
15.1 Food Service 2021-2022
All PK-12 students will receive a free breakfast & lunch. Ice cream is $1 per serving. Read our 2021-2022 School Lunch Talk Flyer. Advantage Academy will offer healthy meals to all students at no cost under the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) funding option. What is (CEP) and what does it mean for Advantage Academy families?
- CEP is a school meal funding option of the National School Lunch Program that enables schools to provide FREE meals to ALL students. Regardless of the household income.
- CEP eliminates the out-of-pocket costs of school meals for all families and reduces stigma for students who qualify for free and reduced-price meals.
- CEP eliminates any concerns of unpaid school meal debt; helps families make ends meet at a time when many are facing loss of jobs and reduced wages.
- CEP eliminates having to give a student an alternate meal because the meal balance has exceeded the limit and/or the student cannot pay.
- We are excited about providing healthy nutritional FREE school meals to our Advantage Academy students for the next 3 years.
- For any questions and/or concerns please contact our Child Nutrition Department at 214.276.5848.
15.2 Breakfast/Lunch Menu (website menu has download & print capability): https://www.advantageacademy.org/Page/1070
15.3 Athletics (6th-12th grades) - Athletic programs will be available for 21-22 school year. All athletic forms must be filled out in order to practice and participate in sports. Cost = $85/6-8th grade, $100/9-12th grade. This is a one-time yearly fee and includes uniform and participation for as many sports as the student participates in, for the entire school year.
- Payment for Athletic Fees: Click here to pay athletic fees by credit card through MySchoolBucks Secure Online Shopping Cart.
15.4 After School Enrichment Program: PK-8 (full time PK or PM PK) @ ND, WAX & GPW
- Intrinsic Foundation will be providing a Free after school enrichment program for all PK-8 students until 6pm each school day. View flyer for details and registration information. After August 6, 2021 there will be a $25 registration fee per child.
15.5 Before School Program Information: PK-8 Free 6:30 am until breakfast begins. (GPW, ND, WAX PK-8 full-time & am PK only).
- This is a free option provided by Advantage Academy. Students must be pre-registered to attend.
- Click here for more information about the before and/or after school programs.
16. Safety & Health
16.1 COVID Safety Protocols
- PK-12th grade is recommended to wear a mask when entering and exiting the building, bathrooms and hallways.
- Teachers/Staff will wear masks as recommended.
- Students will not be required to wear face coverings while eating but must be distanced 3 feet apart.
- It may not be feasible for students to wear masks while participating in some extracurricular or other activities.
- Parents are responsible for providing their child with face coverings.The school will provide a replacement should the one provided by the parent become lost or unusable during the school day.
- Individual needs regarding face coverings will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. Requests for accommodations should be submitted to the school’s Student Services Director.
- Teachers/staff will be provided with reusable face coverings by the school district.
- Additional protective equipment will be provided to school nurses/nurse aides for use in the clinic.
- For more details - please read our School Health and Safety Operations 2021-2022.
16.2 Immunizations - Announcements - School vaccination rules are in effect for the 2021-2022 school year regardless of whether the education is received via virtual learning or on campus, or notarized exemption certificate on file PRIOR to the start of school. Information regarding school vaccination rules for the 2021-2022 school year is located on the DSHS Immunization Unit COVID-19 School Updates.
16.3 Immunization Requirements & Locations, medication forms, etc. https://www.advantageacademy.org/domain/1044.
17. Dress Codes
17.1 Uniform Dress Requirements for In-Person On Campus Students (GPW, Dallas, & WAX)
- School Uniform Tops (shirts, blouses): Monday-Thursday - all GPW, ND & WAX on campus students are required to wear the standard approved school polo by these grade colors: 6th-8th Navy Blue; 3rd-5th, Hunter Green; PK-2nd Red.
- Friday Tops: Advantage Academy Spirit or approved School Club Shirt is required.
- Spirit Shirts - Shirts may be purchased at $8/ea ($10/ea for 2X & up.)
- Bottoms (Pants, Skirts, Shorts): Monday-Thursday - All GPW, ND & WAX students are required to wear standard approved chino/khaki style bottoms, colors include (Khaki/Tan or Navy Blue); worn at the natural waistline; sagging is not permitted. (zipperless pants & with no belt loops is recommended for Pre-K & 2nd.)
- Friday Bottoms: Jeans may be worn (Student pays $1.00). Jeans may not include writing; cuts; frays; or excessive fading.
- Jean Pass - You may purchase a $25 yearly Friday Jean Pass in our online shopping cart located on our website under the “Our Parents” main tab. You will receive a receipt by email.
- Please visit the link to view the Elementary and Middle School Dress, Grooming and Accessories Code.
17.2 Dress Requirements for GPE 9-12 Campus
- GPE Secondary students are not required to wear school uniforms or Friday spirit shirts. Students must be in full compliance with all secondary dress requirements. All dress must be school appropriate.
- Please visit the link to view the High School (GPE) Dress, Grooming and Accessories Code.
17.3 District Handbooks
Please visit the school’s website for more information concerning the Student-Parent Handbook, Secondary Handbook, Student Code of Conduct and other handbooks. The 2021-2022 versions will be available soon: Handbooks and Policies.
18. Special Programs
18.1 Special Programs - Advantage Academy offers a variety of services to meet the needs of all students. To the maximum extent appropriate, children with disabilities, including children in public or private institutions or other care facilities are educated with children who are not disabled, and special classes, separate schooling, or other removal of children with disabilities from the regular educational environment occurs only when the nature or severity of the disability of a child is such that education in regular classes with the use of supplementary aids and services cannot be achieved satisfactorily.
18.2 Child Find - Child Find refers to the process of “finding” children who may have a disability that warrants special education instruction or services.
18.3 Enrolled Children - Referrals for special education evaluations (including speech therapy) may originate from the parent, guardians, and/or teachers or students who are enrolled at Advantage Academy: The Student Study Team (SST) process should be followed. Please contact your campus administrator
18.4 Special Education Programs
- Inclusion - Inclusion is a service provided to students in special education who are typically working on or near grade level. This model is one in which the special education teacher, other professional, or paraprofessional works collaboratively with the general education teacher to meet the needs of all students in the classroom and to provide the needed specially designed instruction and accommodations/modifications for the special education students in the classroom.
- Resource - The Resource Program is designed to serve students receiving special education services who have been identified as needing extensive modifications and accommodations that could not be provided in the General Education classroom.
- LIFE - The Learning in a Functional Environment (LIFE) program is a self-contained educational program for students with significant developmental disabilities in grades K-8 that access the state standards through pre-requisite skills. In addition to academic instruction in all core subjects, The LIFE program also provides instruction in communication, daily living, and vocation. The LIFE program is a district centralized program located on our Grand Prairie West campus.
- English Language Learners - Advantage Academy’s ESL pull-out program model is an English acquisition program that serves students identified as English learners through English instruction provided by an appropriately certified ESL teacher under the TEC, §29.061(c), through English language arts and reading. The goal of ESL pull-out is for English learners to attain full proficiency in English in order to participate equitably in school. This model targets English language development through academic content instruction that is linguistically and culturally responsive in English language arts and reading. Instruction will be provided by the ESL teacher in a pull-out or inclusionary delivery model.
- Section 504 Accommodation Plans - Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a federal law that prohibits discrimination against disabled persons who may participate in, or receive benefits from, programs receiving federal financial assistance. Section 504 ensures that eligibile students with a disability receive equal access to services that are provided to non-disabled students and provides protection from discrimination based on the disability.