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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS :: SCHOOLS & YOUTH

How do I find out in which school district Iím located? How do I know which school my child should attend?

Portions of Arlington are located in five school districts ó Arlington ISD, Mansfield ISD, Kennedale ISD, Fort Worth ISD, and Hurst-Euless-Bedford (H-E-B) ISD. The majority is in the Arlington ISD with much of south Arlington in Mansfield ISD and only a small part is in the Kennedale and Fort Worth ISDís. There are currently no structures located in the Arlington portion of the H-E-B ISD, which would serve far north Arlington.

To find out which school district you are in or which school your children should attend, contact the school districts at the following numbers.

When does the Arlington Independent School District Board meet?

The Arlington Independent School District Board meets at 7:00 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month. The meetings are at the AISD Administration Building, 1203 West Pioneer Parkway. Meeting times vary for summer months. An agenda can be obtained at the Administrative Building located at 1203 West Pioneer Parkway or by calling the Public Information Office at 817-459-7342 and it can be faxed to you. The agenda and meeting information is also on the districtís website: www.aisd.net.

How do I go about speaking before the Arlington School Board?

Prior to the start of the meeting, fill out a Request to Speak form. You are allowed five minutes to speak before the board. The Open Forums are incorporated into the School Board meetings. Personnel issues cannot be discussed during open forum.

For more information, contact AISD at 817-459-7342.

When does the Mansfield Independent School District Board meet?

Regular board meetings are scheduled the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m., and are held in the MISD Board Room, 605 East Broad Street. Called meetings are scheduled with public notice. Legal counseling, land acquisitions, student hearings, and personnel matters are discussed in private sessions. For more information, call MISD at 817-473-5600.

How do I go about speaking before the Mansfield School Board?

Prior to the meeting, fill out the form provided for speakers. Each speaker will be limited to five minutes to make comments. If there is a group of five or more, they should select a representative to speak on their behalf. It is prohibited to discuss complaints against district employees during this open forum. For more information, call MISD at 817-473-5600.

How do I get involved in my childís school?

Volunteers have many opportunities to become involved with students. Arlington Independent School District (AISD) utilized 17,000 volunteers last school year. Volunteer opportunities include working in the library, working in the administrative offices, helping with field trips, and becoming a room parent. Contact your childís school or AISD Community Programs at 817- 459-7826 for more information.

In the Mansfield Independent School District, the Parent Teacher Association in the schools with Kindergarten through 8th grade provide an excellent opportunity for parents to be participate in activities in their childrenís school. For those with students in high school, there is PAWS (Parents, Administrators, Workers and Staff). These programs enable parents to become involved in the schools their children attend. For more information, call MISD at 817-473-5600.

What kind of youth programs are available after school?

Each school district offers different after-school activities. Arlington Independent School District in cooperation with Girlís Inc., Boys and Girls Clubs, and the Arlington YMCA have various after-school programs. There are on-site and off-site after-school programs at every elementary school in Arlington. Many of the middle schools offer after-school programs as well. For more information, contact your specific school or AISD at 817-460-4611.

In Mansfield Independent School District, some schools offer programs for students after school. To find out if there is an after-school program available at the school your child attends, contact the school directly.

How does our neighborhood organization adopt a school?

Any civic organization can participate in the Arlington Independent School District Adopt-A-School program. An organization that adopts a school provides tutoring and mentoring, participates in clothing drives, food drives and toy drives during the holidays, raises money for scholarships, and donates teacher and student incentives. For more information, contact the Adopt-A-School program at 817-459-7826.

Who is responsible for the maintenance of schools?

School districts hire staff to maintain the schools. In the Arlington Independent School District, if you have a concern, contact the school directly or AISD at 817-460-4611.

In the Mansfield Independent School District, if you have a concern, contact the Maintenance Department at 817-473-5681.

What if I live in the Kennedale Independent School District?

To find the school that your child will attend, call the Kennedale Independent School District Office with your address. You can contact them at 817-483-3600.

Kennedale ISD captures Arlington residents in a small section in the southwest corner of the city. KISD encourages parent participation at each level of the school district. Currently, there are parent volunteers at each school. Additionally, parents can apply to participate in the elementary schools Parent Teacher Association (PTA). If you are interested in additional information on either of these programs, contact the schools directly. The District Educators Improvement Committee (DEIC), meets at least three times each year and consists of 12 parents (one set of parents from each school), 2 community members, 2 business representatives, 6 elementary teachers, 4 secondary teachers, 2 special program teachers, and 3 non-teaching employees. The purpose of this committee is to plan and implement improvement projects for the district.

Regular board meetings are scheduled the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m., and are held in the Kennedale High School at 901 Treepoint, Kennedale. To speak before the school board you must fill out the form provided for speakers prior to the meeting. Each speaker will be limited to five minutes. If you would like to speak at length regarding an agenda item, contact the school administration office.

Some schools offer after-school programs. To find out if a program is available at the school that your child attends contact them directly. For more information concerning the schools, you may call KISD at 817-483-3600.

What if I live in the Fort Worth Independent School District?

Fort Worth ISD captures the Arlington residents in a small section in the west part of the city. The Fort Worth ISD encourages parent participation at each level of the school district. If you are interested in volunteer opportunities you can contact your childís school directly or the Fort Worth ISD Volunteer Services at 817-871-2450.

Some schools offer after-school programs. To find out if a program is available at the school that your child attends, contact them directly.

Regular board meetings are scheduled the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m., and can be viewed on chartered cable channel 33. To speak before the school board you must fill out the form provided for speakers prior to the meeting For more information concerning the schools, you may call the Fort Worth ISD at 817-871-2000.

Where can I get my children immunized for school?

Your private physician can immunize your child. In addition, there are three reduced rate clinics in Arlington:

New York Avenue WIC (Women, Infants, and Children)
1608 New York Avenue; Arlington, Texas 76010
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Shot Clinic: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (no appointment necessary)
Reduced rate shots: 1st Thursday and 3rd Wednesday of each month

Pantego WIC (Women, Infants, and Children)
2208 West Park Row Drive; Arlington, Texas 76013
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Shot Clinic: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Reduced rate shots: 4th Thursday of each month

Randol Mill Clinic
536 West Randol Mill Road; Arlington, Texas 76011
Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday,
7:00 to 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 7:00 to 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Friday, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Also, there are several shot sites located at various schools throughout the city. Please contact Arlington Independent School Districtís Health Service at 817-801-1925 for more information.

In Mansfield Independent School District, reduced rate shots are available the 1st Monday of every month at the Living Word Church located at 107 North 1st Avenue, Mansfield.

What is the Teen Advisory Group and what do they do?

The Teen Advisory Group gives teens the opportunity to be heard. The group was created in 1996 as part of the Youth and Families Board. The Youth and Families Board is an advisory group appointed by the Arlington City Council that provides input and opinions on policies relating to the youth and families of Arlington. The Teen Advisory Groupís goals are to gain youth input and advise the Council on issues relating to youth.

Fifteen youth are appointed by the Youth and Families Board to the Teen Advisory Group. The Teen Advisory Group meets the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. The meetings are open to the public. However, no formal agenda is prepared.

Applications for the Teen Advisory Group are available at Arlington area schools and the City Managerís Office, located at 101 West Abram Street, 3rd floor. For more information, contact the City Managerís Office at 817-459-6100.

What can my neighborhood organization do about teenagers loitering in our neighborhood?

For an immediate problem, contact the Police Department at 9-1-1. Contact the Police District responsible for your area to speak with the supervisor in charge of your beat to discuss options for solutions to alleviate the problem.

How does Arlington handle minor teen offenses?

The Arlington Teen Court is a diversionary program for teens who have committed traffic violations or minor criminal offenses. It allows them to go through a trial by their peers and to complete a sentence of community service work hours. If all terms are met, the offense will be dismissed. The mission of the Arlington Teen Court is to benefit young people and the community. The program provides an alternative method of adjudicating minor juvenile offenses. It gives teens the opportunity to participate in and become knowledgeable of the justice system. Teens are involved in the program as volunteer attorneys, jurors, and court officials. For more information please call 817-459-6953.

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