FAQ

Medlin Middle School
Frequently Asked Questions
 
 
 
1. How do I register my child for school?
All new students to NISD, and those that have withdrawn from an NISD school but are returning to the district, need to click the following link for Online Enrollment.  It is: http://www.nisdtx.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=232201&pageId=291457
 
After completing the online application, please call the registrar at 817-215-0546 to inform us that your student will be enrolling and the date he/she will start school at Medlin.  In addition, you will need to bring with you the following for document review, as is required of all students enrolling in an NISD school:
                1.  Birth Certificate
                2.  Social Security Card
                3.  Immunization Records
                4.  Parent/Guardian Driver’s license
                5.  Proof of residence (current Water Bill, Gas Bill, Electric Bill, or  lease agreement) in the parent/guardian name
                6.  Legal documentation (if needed)
It is always helpful to have the student’s last report card from previous school.  We will send a records request to the previous school, also.

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 grade level team leader; they will promptly return your call to arrange the conference (usually within 24 hours.) Due to tutorials, duty, and/or meetings, appointments for conferences are required. Many questions can be answered by checking your childs grades on the Parent Viewer or by email or phone.
 
3. How does a parent report an absence?
Parents are asked to notify the school before 9 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 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 both of 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 including travel to/from appointment.

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 if their immunizations are not in compliance with the Texas Department of Health guidelines. Noncompliant 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.
 
 
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 childs 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. To access ExpressPay Café, visit Northwest ISD Food Services.

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 childs 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
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?
After school, all students will exit the front of the building. Students will not be allowed to enter any vehicle except from the sidewalk. Parents must drive single-file against the curb near the building to allow for a passing lane. This will allow for a safe exit for our students and a quicker exit for our parents! For additional safety, no cars will be allowed in the bus loop or fire lane.
 
8. Are tutorials available on campus?
Academic tutoring is available for all students. Please check teacher websites for schedules. In order for a student to attend tutorials, they must have a signed and dated note in their planner from a parent or teacher and arrive on campus by 8:35AM.
 
9. How do I obtain information about the bus schedule and pickups?
You can go to our district's website for routes and other information about the transportation department for Northwest ISD.
 
10. What is eSchool?
Northwest ISD's gradebook is called eSchool. The Internet gradebook provides parents/guardians at Northwest ISD with the opportunity to go on-line to access information about your childs attendance record and academic performance for students.  The eSchool Parent Access Center (PAC) 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 complete information at school.
 
11. Where can I find a school calendar?
Academic calendars can be found on the main NISD site under PARENTS.  For specific campus information, see our Calendar link on the home page.
 
12. How do I join a parent organization (PTA, PTSA, PTO, etc.)?
To obtain information about parent organizations, please click here.
 
13. What is the campus/district dress code?
Please check the student handbook to obtain information about the districts dress code.

14. 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 if their name is not on the demographic card of the student.

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. No visitors are allowed on campus to visit with students unless they are listed on the demographic card of that student. This includes relatives or friends from out of town.

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

15. How can I view the district's Student Code of Conduct?
In addition to the book you received at the beginning of school, the Student Handbook and Student Code of Conduct can be viewed in PDF format.
 
16. Can my student redo an assignment or test?
Once posted in the grade book, students will have two (2) school days to request the opportunity to re-do the assignment with a grade below 80% by completing and submitting Secondary Reteach-Retake Permission Sheet AND shall complete the new assessment/assignment within five (5) school days of the original grade posting in the grade book. The final grade will be the average of the two grades.