Frequently Asked Questions

What are the school hours?

School is in session each day from 7:50 a.m. until 3:25 p.m. Please do not drop students off at school before 7:15 a.m. or pick them up later than 3:40 p.m. each day. We do not provide supervision for students outside of these times.


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What is the school’s attendance policy?

Regular school attendance is essential for the student to make the most of his or her education—to benefit from teacher-led and school activities, to build each day’s learning on the previous day’s, and to grow as an individual. Absences from class may result in serious disruption of a student’s mastery of the instructional materials. We ask that students and parents make every effort to avoid unnecessary absences. If your child must miss school, we ask that he or she bring a note, signed by the parent, explaining the reason for the absence when the child returns to school.


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My child has a doctor’s appointment during the school day. Does he or she need a note?

Because class time is important, please schedule doctor’s appointments at times when the student will not miss instructional time. Dodd City ISD has a closed campus policy. We do not allow students to leave campus after arriving at school without securing permission to leave and signing out in the principal’s office. Students who need to leave school during the day must bring a note from their parent and follow the campus sign-out procedures before leaving campus.


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Will the school allow my child to bring a cell phone to school?

We do not allow students to have pagers, radios, CD players, MP3 players, video or audio recorders, DVD players, cameras, electronic devices or games, or telecommunication devices with text messaging at school, unless the principal has given prior permission. The teachers will collect these items and turn them in to the principal’s office. Students may pick them up at the end of the day after paying a fine of $10.00. For more details on this policy, please refer to the student handbook.


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Does the school have a dress code?

We established our dress code to teach grooming and hygiene, prevent disruption, and minimize safety hazards. Students and parents may determine a student’s personal dress and grooming standards, provided they comply with the following:

  • present a clean and well-groomed appearance
  • do not wear hats, caps, headwear, or sunglasses in any school building
  • keep hair natural in color and style, with a clean, neat appearance
  • wear shoes at all times; we do not allow slippers or shoes with wheels
  • wear shirts that are modest and cover midriff; we do not allow strapless/backless clothing, spaghetti-straps, or shirts with revealing necklines
  •  avoid clothing with pictures, emblems, or symbols that are suggestive, lewd, offensive, vulgar, obscene, or depict violence, advertise tobacco, alcohol products, or drugs
  • wear clothing that covers all body parts when sitting, standing, stooping, bending, or raising hands above head
  • avoid ripped jeans, or pants with holes
  • do not have any piercings in tongue, eyebrow, or belly button; earrings are for ears only and boys may wear one post type earring only 

For more complete details about our dress code policy, please refer to our student handbook.


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What is a “Hornet Notebook?”

We give each student in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade a “Hornet” notebook. We ask students to bring the notebook to class each day. If the notebook is lost or damaged, students may purchase a new notebook for $3.00. No other notebook will be accepted—no exceptions. This notebook contains weekly and monthly calendars and a spiral for parent/teacher communication. We ask students to bring the notebook to school daily and take it home each afternoon.


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Can my child take his or her medication at school?

Only authorized employees may administer medication to students. Parents must provide all prescription or over-the-counter medication in the original container that has proper dosing instructions. Parents must provide a written request for us to administer medication to their child.

We do not allow students to carry their own medication at any time, with the exception of prescribed asthma or anaphylaxis medication for severe cases. Please refer to the student handbook for more details on our medication policy.


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How will I know if school is closed due to bad weather?

We will make announcements about school closing due to bad weather or other emergencies on our Web page under the news link if possible, as well as on the following stations: KFYN - 1420 AM, KTEN (Channel 10), and KXII (Channel 12).

Please note: Media outlets only inform viewers and listeners of those school districts that are either starting late or canceling school all together. If you do not hear any information about Dodd City ISD, we will start at the regular time on our regular schedule.


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