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This campus handbook contains  information to help students and parents understand school specific expectations for our students at NRE. Students and parents also need to be familiar with the Student and Parent Guidebook and Student Code of Conduct, which are separate documents provided by the district, and used to make decisions at the campus level. These documents contain detailed information important to all families such as attendance, truancy, policies, school expectations, and bullying.  

Both handbooks are available on the Student Services Policies Page. Please take time to read and discuss this information with your child/children.  Please return the Acknowledgement and Agreement signature page that can be accessed here. A hardcopy of the Acknowledgement and Agreement page will also be sent home with your student in their Wednesday Folder. Please sign and return promptly. Thank you and I look forward to a great year! 


Lyndsey Gammaro,  Principal

Students will be able to enter the building for breakfast from 7:20-7:40 a.m. Children dropped off before 7:20 a.m. are unsupervised. It is HIGHLY suggested that students do not arrive on campus BEFORE the doors open at 7:20 a.m. Students who are not eating breakfast and  arrive before 7:40 a.m. will enter through the front entrance and go directly to the gym where they will wait for their teacher. Staff will monitor the students in the cafeteria and the gym. 

Parents are asked to adhere to the expectations of the Hug Zone at morning drop off. Please hug your children and say goodbye in front of the school away from the entrance. Families and students will not wait in the foyer.  Please be mindful of the traffic flow at all times.

Dismissal time is 3:05 p.m. Students must be picked up on time. Parents are expected to follow the dismissal traffic expectations. Please ensure the safety of all children. Please refer to the dismissal information document provided by the school. 

Children and adults on bikes or scooters must WALK with their equipment on school grounds at all times.. It is strongly advised that all bikes are locked at the bike racks. Please bring all helmets inside to store in lockers. 

Our traffic pattern at Northrich is unique and can get very congested at arrival and dismissal. All drivers must adhere to the expectations as explained in our arrival/dismissal map shared through our Smore. Please practice patience as you follow the traffic rules. Our children need our attention for their safety. Each family will receive 2 green student ID cards to place on the front right corner of their windshield during afternoon pickup. Students will only be sent to a car with the student’s ID card. If someone else is picking up your child that day, be sure to give them the card or they will have to go to the office to pick up the student. All people picking up students must already be on our Campus Emergency Cards. 

A picture ID is required to pick a child up from school. Only adults listed on the child’s emergency form may take the child from campus. The student will not be released from the classroom until after the parent has arrived and presented the necessary identification.

All students are required to be regular and punctual in attendance. Please refer to the district handbook for absence and truancy information. Parents must send a note with the student on the day the child returns to school, or up to 3 days later. This note must contain the student’s full name, teacher’s name, date, and reason for the absence.

Phone calls from the school and school district often are sent through an automated system. If a student is marked absent in the system, an automated call will be sent to the primary number on file. Please listen to the message before calling the school.

Students are expected to be seated in the classroom at 7:50 a.m. Students arriving between 7:50 a.m.-8:05 a.m.  will be documented as tardy. Significant tardy issues will be addressed by the administrators.

It is important that the emergency contact information in Focus is up to date and correct. The contact information in Focus is used when determining who should have  access to your student in the event the parent cannot be reached. Email with changes that need to be made as needed.

Breakfast and Lunch prices, menus, and other information are available online. Parents can prepay for their child’s meals with a check or cash at school, or on 


Getting students in and out of the cafeteria in a timely manner is a complicated task as our cafeteria is at capacity during most of the lunch time. In order to set the routines and procedures, there are no lunch visitors the first three weeks of school. We encourage parents to be involved but ask parents to eat lunch with their children only on special occasions as space is limited. The visitor schedule is as follows:

Mondays and Tuesdays: PreK, 1st, 3rd, 5th and SLC

Wednesday and Thursdays: ECSE, Kinder, 2nd, 4th and 6th grade

Friday: No Visitors

Please bring your ID to be scanned through our Raptor System.


If you are dropping off lunch for a student, please drop it off in the office prior to student’s lunch time

Our aim is for each student to reach the goal of self-discipline and self-responsibility. Students are taught what is  expected of them in the classroom, on school grounds, on the bus and in common areas of the building. Students  know the consequences for inappropriate behavior and the rewards for appropriate behavior. A goal of NRE is to  build a community with mutual respect for students, staff, and parents based on the PBIS model (positive behavior  interventions and supports). 

We strive to prevent bullying, however, should  an incident occur, we identify and intervene immediately upon the knowledge of the situation. We follow the RISD  guidelines for bullying as identified in the Richardson ISD Code of Conduct. Please review that document to be informed about the process.

Each grade level will have a specific grading system and homework plan. Your children’s grade level  communication plan will be presented at the beginning of the school year. Grades reflect the alignment of curriculum, instruction and assessment. Grades will be an average of projects, classroom and homework assignments.

A parent who wants to schedule a conference with a staff member should contact them for an appointment. Generally, a teacher will be able to meet with parents or return calls during his/her conference period or after school within 24 hours of a work day. It is advised to always contact the teacher about a situation/question before asking another staff member or administrator. In most cases, the teacher has more knowledge of a situation or event and can help a parent in a timely manner. Teachers are expected to supervise their learning environments and cannot visit with parents for any length of time during the day, except during their conference period or a pre-set conference time. Teachers will not answer their desk phones during school hours while working with students. Communication between parent and teacher is an important piece of a student’s success. The  progress of the child is communicated to the parents by progress reports, report cards, written notices, conferences, and telephone or email communication.

Each teacher assigns a locker to every student in the class. All students are expected to keep any personal belongings such as coats or backpacks in them. Students  are not allowed to bring locks of any kind to use on the lockers.

Due to heightened safety and security measures across all schools please be aware that we will be utilizing increased safety measures when buzzing visitors into the building, as well as using our Raptor system to print visitor badges.  During large school wide events, this may take longer than in the past for all to be checked into our system.  We appreciate your patience and support as we continue to work to keep our students and staff safe.

Parents of any student who must take prescription or nonprescription medicine during the school day must complete a Parent Physician Request for Administration of Medication form which is available in the clinic. All medicine must be kept in the school clinic. 

A child who is ill or whose temperature is 100 degrees or above in the last 24 hours should not attend school. When the nurse calls, please come pick up your child or send someone listed on the emergency card immediately. Students must be fever free without medication for 24 hours before returning to school. Parents must send a note with the student on the day the child returns to school.

RISD Student Cell Phone Guidelines: To promote the best possible learning and social environment in Richardson ISD, students will not use their cellphones during the school day, unless provided permission from an authorized district employee during the instructional day. The intent of the cell phone policy is to establish a cell phone-free environment and avoid cell phones distracting from learning as well as causing a loss of instructional time. 

Student cell phones must be powered off and stored out of sight during the school day.

Staff will confiscate cell phones being used by students during the school day. Parents will be contacted. Continued violations will result in disciplinary actions.

Clothes must be worn in a way that private areas are all fully covered. Undergarments, should not be visible. All items listed in the “must wear”  and “may wear” categories below must meet this basic principle. 

Students must wear (while following the basic principle above);

  • An opaque top with a sleeve or strap and must cover the stomach, back and chest area. 
  • An opaque bottom, such as pants, jeans, or the equivalent of a skirt, sweatpants, joggers, leggings, dress, or shorts
  • Closed-toe shoes

Students may wear, as long as these items do not violate basic principle above:

  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Fitted pants, including leggings, yoga pants, and skinny jeans
  • Ripped jeans as long as underwear and private body parts are not exposed
  • Athletic shorts and athletic skirt
  • Religious headwear

Students cannot wear:

  • Images, language, or symbols that depict tobacco products, drugs, drug paraphernalia, alcohol, violence, hate speech, profanity, pornography, gang symbols, or other illegal activities 
  • Images or language that creates a hostile or intimidating environment based on a protected class or group
  • Accessories that could be considered dangerous or could be used as a weapon

Birthday parties are not permitted, but parents may provide treats for the students in the class to celebrate their child’s birthday. Treats can be dropped off at the front office to be handed out the last 15 minutes of class. All treats must be store bought and prepackaged with ingredients listed on the package. Birthday party invitations may be passed out at school if the entire class receives one.

There will be three parties during the school year. These include a winter party, Valentine’s Day and an end of the school  year party. Parties begin at 2:15 p.m. All Parents and volunteers must have completed a background check before attending. All visitors must enter the building through the main door, present a valid picture ID, sign in, and receive a visitor badge.

All treats must be store bought and prepackaged with ingredients listed on the package.

Students may not bring personal items to school without teacher permission. This includes electronics, sporting equipment, toys, and games. It also includes items that may distract the  learning environment such as trendy toys, playing cards, etc…Teachers may collect any item causing a disruption. They will contact the parent to discuss the disruption and retrieval of the item(s).

Parents and/or visitors who enter NRE must proceed directly to the office, present a valid picture ID, sign in, and receive a visitor badge. All RISD schools use a system that scans visitor information and cross references a database to ensure the safety of our students. No one will be allowed in hallways at any time without a visitor badge. Only those individuals designated on the Emergency Card will be allowed access to your children provided they can display proper identification. For student and staff security, teachers  have been instructed to report the presence of any visitor not wearing a visitor badge provided by the school.

Pets can be unpredictable. Please be careful with them on school grounds and they must always be on a leash. Pets are not allowed inside the building for any reason.

Volunteers must complete and pass an online background check every year. There are NO Exceptions. Please apply early to be guaranteed approval in time for an event you would like to attend. Any parent wishing to volunteer at Northrich must complete the online application. You must go to to complete the process.

Please contact your campus principal for any additional information specific to your campus.