School Policies


Regular attendances at school is very important as students learn best when they attend school each day. Children are expected to arrive at school on time every day, and be ready to learn.  You can help your child succeed in school by encouraging regular, on-time attendance.


Our school goal is to have every student in class every day, except for documented (excused) absences, which include:

  • Personal illness
  • Serious illness or death of a member of the immediate family
  • Medical or dental appointments
  • Subpoenaed or required to appear in court
  • Official, school-related activities that have prior administrative approval

These are the only “excused” absences allowed by AISD and the state of Texas. All other reasons will be shown as “verified,” if we are provided a note from the parent, or “unverified,” and cannot be counted as an excused absence.

Tardiness & Early Dismissal

TARDINESS: Students arriving after the tardy bell rings at 7:45 AM will be marked tardy on the daily attendance roster. Students arriving after 10 AM will be marked as “absent” on the daily attendance roster. It is important to document late arrival by sending a note.

EARLY DISMISSAL: Please contact the school office if your child will need to leave school during the day. For safety reasons, teachers will not release students from the classroom. Parents MUST go to the office to pick up child at the designated time. Students will be called to the office only when the parent arrives on campus; please do not ask us to have students waiting in the office, as this causes them to miss additional instructional time. Students who leave school early will be recorded as “missing” a portion of the school day.

If your student is late or dismissed early due to a doctor’s appointment, please bring in a doctor’s note to the office so they will not be counted as absent.

Wednesday Folders & Newsletters

All students will take home a folder to be reviewed (and sometimes signed) by a parent/guardian every Wednesday. Folders should be returned the following day. Folders may contain student work completed during the week, behavior calendars, and other information items from the school. Some items require timely review and response from caregivers.

We are researching ways to provide this information in a quick, effective, and more environmentally-sensitive manner. Please be patient with us as we work to find more effective electronic delivery channels. Parents wishing to “go paperless” may still need to receive some information in paper form (e.g. requiring signature, etc.).

Parents may sign up for the digital Maplewood Newsletter by subscribing here.

Behavior Expectations

Everyone at Maplewood Elementary will be respectful and responsible.

  • Make good choices!
  • Always do your best!
  • Cooperate with others!

Bus Transportation

It is the bus driver’s duty and responsibility to provide a safe ride to and from school for all Maplewood passengers. The driver is obligated to follow all state and district transportation guidelines. Ind order to provide a safe ride for all students, the students must follow the bus rules. Any student who does not follow the rules may receive a written referral from the driver, which could result in removal from the bus. Parents are asked to review bus expectations with their student to avoid this.

Medications and Nursing Services

Do not send medication of any kind to the school for children to take “on his/her own.”

Austin ISD requires that all medicine be checked in to the office. If a student must take medicine at school, Texas law requires that it be furnished in its original, labeled container, with the parents’ signed written request and directions.

Students will communicable diseases, such as chicken pox, infections, or pink eye, are not allowed to attend school if their disease is a threat to other students. A Registered Nurse and School Health Assistant will be on duty on a part-time basis. If you child is not feeling well, or his/her temperature is higher than normal, you will be notified based on the Emergency Care Card in the office. Please be sure to keep this information current.

Immunizations and TB Test

State law requires the school to keep up-to-date records of mandated immunizations or proper exemptions. Students may not enter school with incomplete immunizations. The school nurse will notify parents of delinquent immunizations.


Children who complain of being ill are referred to the nurse’s office. Our school nurse or trained staff will take the child’s temperature, check symptoms, and make a decision about phoning parents. All ill children are sent home through the office, not the classroom. Students with a fever of 100 degrees or more will be sent home from school, as per AISD policy.

Students must be fever-free (without the use of medication) for 24 hours before returning to school.

Personal Items

Personal items such as iPods, MP3 players, hand-held video game players, toys, and collectibles (including trading cards and collections) are not appropriate for the school setting, and should be kept at home. Any valuable items should never be brought to school.

The school cannot accept responsibility for the loss of any lost or stolen personal item that is brought to campus.

AISD/Maplewood Dress Code

Austin ISD’s Student Dress Code is in place to maintain a safe, respectful and positive learning environment and to model good citizenship.

All clothing should be appropriate to the student’s age, the school setting and weather conditions. Both students and parents share the responsibility for the student’s attire because clothing often sets the pattern for behavior.

Students are required to use good judgment, to respect themselves and others, and to demonstrate modesty in selecting attire.

Clothing may not advertise, condone, depict or promote the use of alcohol, tobacco or drugs; also prohibited is clothing with vulgar or obscene language, or with images or writing that promotes disruption of the educational setting.

Please review this list of clothing and accessories deemed inappropriate by school level.

Report Cards

Report cards will be sent home at the end of each nine weeks. Parents will receive a progress report in the middle of each nine weeks’ grading period for all students who are in academic difficulty. Parents should sign and return all mid-nine weeks’ progress reports and report card envelopes (the copy of the report card may be kept at home).

Parents are encouraged to sign up for an account on the AISD “parent cloud,” where you an access your student’s grades, report cards, attendance records, and student information. Visit AISD to Learn more about getting a Parent Cloud account.