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Back To School - First Day
is Monday, August 27
Bus Signs Added for
Proper Identification
West Nile Virus Precautions
RISD School Supply Drive
Beating the Heat
RHS Students Bring Home
National Skills USA Robotics
RISD's Dubey Named Texas
AD of the Year
RISD's Holburn - Master
Tax Free Weekend -
Aug. 17-19
High School Highlights
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Back To School - First Day is Monday, August 27

Richardson ISD's 55 schools will welcome a projected 37,500 students back to school when classes begin on Monday, August 27.

If you have yet to enroll your child, please do not wait until the first day. There is limited space in each grade level at each school, and waiting until the first day to enroll your child increases the chances your child may be overflowed to a school outside of your neighborhood.

Elementary registration is occurring now at many RISD campuses. For enrollment requirements, please click here.

Parents, please also do not delay in obtaining the required immunizations for your child. Under Texas law, children cannot be enrolled without appropriate immunization arrangements. For a list of required immunizations and clinics, please click here. >Top

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Bus Signs Added for Proper Identification

RISD is working towards even greater consistency in its transportation routes, both in buses and drivers, to help students and parents. Unfortunately, there are times when the same bus driver cannot always be present or a substitute bus must be used while maintenance is done on the regular bus.

For those few times that a different bus must be substituted, a new numbering system has been added to each bus. A black box with white letters designating the route number has been placed on the right side of each bus just behind the door. This sign shows the consistent number that parents, teachers and students should look for. On a few occasions, the bus number may change, but the route number will remain the same. If a bus has to be substituted, then the correct number will be in the black box. >Top

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West Nile Virus Precautions

RISD is aware of and following developments related to the West Nile Virus outbreak in North Texas. District Health Services staff are working with RISD's Facility Services, Athletics and Fine Arts departments to educate parents and take precautions.

West Nile Virus (WNV) is an illness primarily transmitted by mosquito bites. About one in 150 people infected with WNV will develop a severe illness. Approximately 80 percent of people who are infected with WNV will not feel any symptoms.

According to the Health Department, those most susceptible to West Nile Virus are adults over the age of 50.

The best way to prevent getting WNV is to avoid getting bitten by a mosquito. Mosquitoes are most active in the early morning and evening times; dawn and dusk. Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water, and RISD grounds personnel are being vigilant to remove and prevent such conditions on school and district property, especially near areas where students are spending time outdoors.

As a precaution, RISD is recommending that parents sending students to early morning athletic or fine arts practices do so after having applied insect repellent to their child, or providing a can of repellent for their child to use.

Long sleeve shirts and long pants are also an effective way to limit mosquito bites.

For additional information on West Nile Virus, please visit the RISD Health Services page here. >Top

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RISD School Supply Drive
Thank you to Vision Bank for their generous donation of school supplies to Arapaho Classical Magnet. Their recent donation kicks off the RISD School Supply Drive that benefits thousands of RISD students in need each year.

To join this effort please contact Celina Cardenas at 469-593-0307 or, and become a part of the RISD Partners Program. With more than 57% of RISD students a part of the free and reduced lunch program, your donation is greatly appreciated. >Top
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Beating the Heat

Each year, as outdoor student activities begin in August, parents are interested to know what precautions RISD takes related to heat.

All RISD coaches, trainers and band directors undergo annual training specific to heat-related precautions, and signs of dehydration and heatstroke.

For information about what steps RISD takes to enhance student safety in this area, please click here. >Top

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RHS Students Bring Home National Skills USA Robotics Title

Richardson High School robotics students Ben Wernsman and Wayne Winiski won first place in Mobile Robotics at the National SkillsUSA competition in Kansas City in July.

They advanced to the national competition after qualifying at the state event. They are coached by Max Morales.

Congratulations! >Top

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RISD's Dubey Named Texas AD of the Year
PBK's Trey Schneider (R) presents Coach Dubey with the Athletic Director of the Year award for the state of Texas, at the Texas High School Athletic Directors Association Hall of Honor Banquet.

For the second time this year, RISD Director of Athletics Bob Dubey has been named Athletic Director of the Year, this time by the Texas High School Athletic Directors Association.

In May, Dubey received a similar honor from the National Football Foundation Gridiron Club of Dallas.

Congratulations to Bob for this well-deserved statewide honor!

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RISD's Holburn - Master Trustee

In July, Richardson ISD Board of Trustee member Karen Holburn completed the advanced training requirements to earn the designation of Master Trustee from the Texas Association of School Boards.

For more information, please see the press release here.

Congratulations to Karen for going above & beyond to represent RISD students, staff, taxpayers & community. >Top

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Tax Free Weekend - Aug. 17-19

Friday, August 17 through Sunday, August 19 is tax free weekend in Texas. Most back-to-school items including clothing and supplies can be purchased without paying sales tax. >Top

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High School Highlights
Berkner High School
Berkner Debate Duo Makes Mark at Nationals

The Berkner Debate Team of Adam Goin and Dakota Lee came close at the National Forensic League National Tournament held in Indianapolis in June. Adam and Dakota won 10 of 12 ballots to advance to the elimination rounds but eventually fell to national champion Iowa City. Congratulations on a great job to two outstanding Berkner debaters!

They are coached by Chuck Brandon. >Top

Lake Highlands High School
LHHS's Starr Earns National Merit Scholarship

It was announced in July that Lake Highlands High School's Parker Starr has earned a prestigious National Merit Scholarship based on his academic success and achievement. Starr will be attending Texas A&M University with a probably career field of Chemical Engineering.

Congratulations! >Top

Pearce High School
PHS Grad Named All America Scholar

Former North Junior High Viking and Pearce H.S. Mustang Hunter Brown, now a senior golfer at UT Arlington, has been named an All America Scholar in his sport, which is a reflection of both athletic and academic excellence.

For additional information, please visit the UT Arlington article here.

Way to go Hunter. >Top

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