Classes in DISD Schools Begin Aug. 14 and Dallas Police Dept. Remind Drivers to slow down in school zones

DALLAS—With only a week left before classes begin, the Dallas Independent School District and the Dallas Police Department will make a call to drivers to observe traffic laws and reduce speed in school zone areas at a news conference at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 7, at J. W. Ray Learning Center, 2211 Caddo St.

District Superintendent Michael Hinojosa, Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle and Dallas ISD Chief of Police John Blackburn will be present.

Classes in the school district begin Aug. 14, and more than 160,000 students are expected. In addition, the district will open 12 new schools this year.

Recent state statistics showed that more than 1.3 million Texas children a day ride school buses, which continue to be the safest form of highway transportation–fewer than 1 percent of traffic accidents in the state involve them. However, the most common time for accidents is when school buses are loading or unloading students. According to a National School Bus Loading and Unloading Survey, most children injured or killed while getting on or off buses are under the age of 10.

Dallas ISD

welcomes new teachers to

district and

new school year

With the start of school just days away, the district on July 25 welcomed 750 new teachers to the Dallas ISD during a New Teacher Academy held at Moisés E. Molina High School.

About 295 of the new teachers are bilingual teachers recruited through the district’s Alternative Certification program.

During the two-week academy, the new employees attended workshops covering topics such as classroom management and improving communication with parents.

The district hires about 1,000 teachers every year to replace teachers who retire or leave the Dallas ISD. As of Aug. 3, the district had only 300 teacher vacancies to fill. Most, if not all, teacher vacancies are typically filled by the beginning of school.

The district’s teaching staff totals about 10,000.

Dallas ISD

Produces Special Back to School Show

DALLAS– The Dallas Independent School District will inform parents and students about district programs through Dallas ISD Special: Back to School, a television show which will air in Spanish Saturday, Aug. 19, at 9 a.m., on Univision, KUVN 23.

Produced by Dallas Schools Television, the show Dallas ISD Special: Back to School will serve as a tool for parents to learn more about the district’s programs and services.

“The show provides an opportunity for the Spanish-speaking audience to learn more about the district and the many services it offers,” said Cathy Reaves, executive director, Dallas Schools Television. “The show can help parents understand why it is important to take a more active role in their child’s education.”

Reaves said, “the school district is very grateful of their partnership with Univision and the support they provide to reach the Hispanic community in Dallas.”

The show will include information about the early childhood program, the role of counselors in the students’ academic plan and about scholarships and financial aid assistance for high school students. Also, to motivate high school students, the special will feature the story of Enrique Guerrero, a recent Dallas ISD graduate who can attend any university in the country without having to worry about money, thanks to a large amount of scholarships he received for his college career.