• Carrillo Vanguard Elementary School
    2021-2022 Back to School FAQ

    1. What is the school uniform policy?
      For the 2021-2022 school year, Carrillo Elementary will be implementing a school uniform policy. For all students:
      Bottoms: khaki or navy-blue uniform pants, shorts, skirt, or jumper.
      Tops: white, navy blue, or light blue polo
      Fridays only: jeans with Carrillo Elementary shirt (Carrillo spirit shirts can be purchased from PTO)
      No rolling backpacks allowed.
    2. What are the school hours?
      For all grades, school starts at 7:30 am and ends at 3:00 pm. Drop off begins at 7:15 am. Carrillo Elementary School is not responsible for children left unattended before 7:15 am.
    3. When is the first day of school?
      The first day of school is on Monday, August 23, 2021.
    4. Who will my child’s new teacher be?
      Postcards with your child’s new teacher will be mailed to you the week of August 10, 2021. If you do not receive your postcard by August 16, 2021, please call 713-924-1870.
    5. When can I meet my child’s new teacher?
      We will be hosting Meet the Teacher on Friday, August 20, 2021, at 1 pm at Carrillo Elementary School. We ask that all students please bring their school supplies with them to the event. Remember to label your child’s school supplies with his/her name.
    6. What school supplies do I need to buy?
      You can find the school supply list by teacher on the school website at https://www.houstonisd.org/domain/53869.
    7. Will there be an after-school program?
      Yes. Club Zenith provides an after-school program. Visit www.zenithlearning.org to register or call 713-988-9600. Email inquiries may be sent to info@zenithlearning.org
    8. Will the instruction provided this school year be online or in-person?
      We will be adhering to the Houston ISD Back to School plan. During the past 18 months, students have lost a great amount of learning during virtual instruction. Unfortunately, the student academic achievement gap has expanded because of this. For our school to strategically provide students with high-quality instruction and intervention, we will be providing in-person instruction. For up to date information on the safety and instructional plans for the 2021-2022 school year, please visit
    9. What do I need to do if I want to register my child at Carrillo Elementary?
      If you live within our school boundary zone, you may visit our campus in-person beginning Monday, August 16, 2021, anytime from 7:30 am – 4:30 pm. Please be sure to bring the following items with you. Those with incomplete items will not be registered.
      - Child’s birth certificate and social security card
      - Child’s updated immunization records
      - A utility bill (we can only accept water, gas, or electric bill).
      - Parent ID card
      - School records from the previous school (only for grades 1-5).
    10. How do I know if I live within the school boundary zone?
      CLICK HERE to view our boundary zone map.
    11. I recently moved, can my child still attend Carrillo Vanguard Elementary School?
      If your child attended Carrillo Vanguard Elementary School during the 2020-2021 school year, then please call 713-924-1870 to update your address and your child can continue to attend for the upcoming school year.
      If your child did not attend Carrillo Vanguard Elementary School this past school year, and you recently moved into our boundary zone, please refer to question and answer #8 to register.
      If your child did not attend Carrillo Vanguard Elementary School this past school year, and you do not live within our boundary zone, please visit www.houstonisd.org/schoolchoice for more information on applications and deadlines. We currently only have limited space and in only certain grade levels; therefore, we cannot guarantee any new spots.
    12. I submitted a Pre-K application for my child, how do I know if they were accepted?
      All accepted and registered students will be notified via phone or mail by August 16, 2021. If you have not heard by then, please call 713-924-1870 and ask for Mrs. Avalos, or you can email her at RAVALOSD@houstonisd.org
    13. What do I do if I want my child tested for GT?
      Testing dates will be released at the end of September 2021.
    14. When school starts, can I walk my child into class?
      The first day of school is an exciting moment for both our parents and students! And, we want to provide both our parents and students with emotional support to capture this big day. Thanks to our wonderful PTO, we will have a ‘first day of school’ photo backdrop for parents to take pictures of their child’s big day. To help our younger students transition to the normal school setting and expectations, we ask parents to please give their child a big hug and say goodbye no later than 7:40 am. For safety reasons, we will not allow parents to stay around past 7:40 am. Effective on August 24, 2021 (the second day of school), parents are no longer allowed to walk their child into the building.
    15. Where do I drop off and pick up my child once school starts?
      Morning: 7:15 am–7:40 am (after 7:30 am, your child is marked tardy)
      The front drop-off circle is for buses and special education students only.
      The back of the building drop-off is for all other students.
      Afternoon: 3:00pm – 3:10pm
      The front pick-up circle is for buses and special education students only.
      The back of the building pick-up is for all other students.
      All car riders will receive a “Car Rider Tag” on the first day of school. All car drivers are expected to have their car rider tag displayed on the dashboard during afternoon pick-up.
    16. My child is riding the HISD school bus, how will I know which bus and what time they will pick up/ drop off my child?
      You can find information regarding HISD transportation at https://www.houstonisd.org/transportation
      If you have questions specific to transportation at Carrillo Vanguard Elementary School, please email Mrs. Santiago, our Magnet Coordinator at esantiag@houstonisd.org
    17. Will my child be issued a laptop for the 21-22 school year?
      Because we are limited in technology equipment and virtual learning will not be enforced this school year, we will not issue laptops unless the district enforces and provides them.
    18. What is the school doing to keep my child safe during the current pandemic?
      At Carrillo Vanguard Elementary School, we will be adhering to the Houston ISD Back to School plan. Although masks are no longer required, at Carrillo, we highly recommend them to be worn by both students and adults while inside the building. You can read about our new safety guidelines in the HISD Back to School plan by CLICKING HERE.
    19. Will the classroom instruction be in small groups or large whole group?
      Carrillo Vanguard Elementary School teachers will use collective individual student data from the past 2-3 school years (when applicable) to group students in small or whole group to provide the best instruction possible. Classroom sizes will be normal before the pandemic, but instruction will be provided according to student academic needs.
    20. Will I be able to visit and eat with my child during his/her lunch?
      At this time, for safety reasons, we will not allow parents (or adult relatives) to join their child for lunch. As the school year progresses, we will revisit this and update you.
    21. Since I cannot have lunch with my child, can I drop her lunch instead?
      You can drop off lunch for your child. We ask that you please label it with your child’s name, grade, and teacher name. We will not interrupt instruction and drop food off to the classroom. The food will be placed in the “lunch pick up table” located next to the receptionist area, and it will be the child’s responsibility to pick it up once they pass the area to line up for lunch. We are not responsible for warming up food.
Last Modified on August 6, 2021