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About Rutherford Elementary


Site Based Decision Making:

Meeting dates, times, places:

  • 10/21 @ 3:15 - Teacher’s Lounge
  • 2/17 @ 3:15 - Teacher’s Lounge
  • 4/28 @ 3:15 - Teacher’s Lounge
  • The Rutherford Elementary Site-Based Decision-Making Committee will consider input from parents, community, and students during regular committee meetings. To provide input, please address your comments in writing to Holly Grubbs, Principal.

Registration Information:

The following items are needed when registering a student for school:

  • Social Security Card
  • Birth Certificate
  • Proof of residency (latest electric bill, lease, etc.)
  • Driver's License
  • Emergency information for contacting parents and relatives
  • Shot records
  • Report Card and withdrawal papers from previous school

Parking Lot Procedures


It is imperative that we work together to make sure all students are kept safe and the dismissal of all of the students runs as                      smoothly and as quickly as possible. In order to help facilitate this process...

  • Only day care buses and school buses will be allowed to pick up students from the parking lot by the tennis courts. Therefore, there will be no parent pick-up from the parking lot by the tennis courts. All students will be picked up or released to walk home from the front of the building.
  • It is imperative that no vehicles are left unattended in the parking lot unless they are parked in a parking space.
  • The exterior lanes are to be used for dropping off children.
  • The middle lane is used to help us load children into the far lane.
  • Please do not pick up or drop off in the middle lane. It is used for safety.

Parents and Visitors

            When visiting Rutherford Elementary, please stop by the office and sign in. You are required to wear a visitors badge anytime you

            are in the building. This is for the safety of our students and staff!


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Nurse's Notes

When your child becomes ill at school with fever, vomiting,and/or other symptoms of infectious disease; the parent, guardian, and/or emergency contact will be notified to pick student up from school. Since this contact will be by phone, it is important to have the current phone numbers to reach in the case of illness, injury, or other emergencysituation. Please update this information with the office and nurse as needed during the school year.

Cold and Flu season is rapidly approaching with coughing and runny noses. Hand washing is the single most important thing you can do to prevent the spread of germs that cause many common illnesses.

Hand washing also keeps you from spreading germs to other areas of your body and to other people and objects. If you have questions, please call Leann Crawford, RN at 972-290-4060 or email lcrawford@mesquiteisd.org.

Flu Information

As you know, flu can be easily spread from person to person. Therefore, we are taking steps to reduce the spread of flu in Rutherford Elementary. We want to keep the school open to students and functioning in a normal manner during this flu season.  But, we need your help to do this. We are working closely with the Dallas County Health Department and the Texas Education Agency to monitor flu conditions and make decisions about the best steps to take concerning schools. We will keep you updated with new information as it becomes available.  

For now we are doing everything we can to keep our school functioning as usual.   Here a few things that you can do to help.

  • Update contact information with the best available numbers to reach you or your designee.
  • Teach your children to wash their hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.   You can set a good example by doing this yourself.
  • Teach your children not to share personal items like drinks, food or unwashed utensils, and to cover their coughs and sneezes with tissues.   Covering up their coughs or sneezes using the elbow, arm, or sleeve instead of the hand when a tissue is unavailable.  
  • Know the signs and symptoms of the flu.  Symptoms of the flu include fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit, 37.8 degrees Celsius) or greater, cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, and feeling very tired.   Some people may also vomit or have diarrhea.  
  • Keep sick children at home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have fever or do not have signs of fever, without using fever-reducing drugs.   Keeping children with a fever at home will reduce the number of people who may get infected.  
  • Do not send children to school if they are sick.  Any children who are determined to be sick while at school will be sent home.
    Thank you so much for partnering with us as we provide a safe environment for our students.



Medications should be administered at home whenever possible. However, medication that is given during school hours, must be kept in the school clinic, and administered by school nurse or school personnel when the following guidelines are followed:

  1. The medicine is prescribed by a physician licensed to practice medicine in the United States or an advanced nurse practitioner that has prescriptive rights and is working under the directives of a licensed physician.
  2. The medication has been filled by a pharmacist licensed in the United States.

All medication must be in the original container properly labeled with the student’s name, type of medication, and direction for administration. Parent/Guardians will send only a two (2) week supply of prescription medication.

(Exceptions include liquid and inhaled multi-dose medications). Over the counter (OCT) medication will be administered if a written request to administer medication is received from the parent or guardian and written instruction are received from a licensed physician. In accordance with HB 1688, a student with asthma is entitled to possess and self-administer prescription asthma medicine while on school property or at a school-related event or activity. Please contact the school nurse to obtain the forms that must be completed and returned to nurse by parent and physician for this to happen on MISD campus.

All medication must be kept in the clinic.


Parent permission is not required for health screenings but if there is a concern or a question please contact the school nurse.

The state of Texas requires the following health screenings:

  • Hearing screening (for PreK, K, 1st, 3rd, and 5th grade students) to identify through mass screening any student with hearing impairment as early as possible and referral for medical treatment to minimize effects on language development and learning in the classroom.
  • Vision screening (for PreK, K, 1st, 3rd, and 5th grade students) to identify through mass screening any student with vision difficulty and refer for medical treatment to insure learning through sight in the classroom.
  • Spinal screening (for 5th grade students) to identify signs of possible abnormal curves of the spine and referral for evaluation and treatment if indicated. Early treatment can prevent the development of a severe deformity that can affect a person’s appearance and health.
  • Acanthosis Nigricans (AN) (for 3rd and 5th grade students) appears on the skin as a light brown-black, velvety marker. These markings may be an indicator of a condition called insulin resistance, which could develop into Type 2 Diabetes. Early detection and intervention can be very important to the child’s health. For more information log on to www.panam.edu/dept/tmbhco.


It’s the law; all students must be current with all needed immunizations to attend school! Shots are due upon entering school. No longer are the shots determined by student’s birthday. If you are interested in more information log on to www.dshs.state.tx.us.

Immunizations required for elementary school:

  • DPT, DTaP, DT, Td: Five doses. If the fourth dose was received on or after the fourth birthday, only four doses are required
  • Polio: Four doses, one of which must have been received on or after the fourth birthday.If the third dose was received on or after the fourth birthday, only three doses are required.
  • Measles: Two doses are required. The first dose must have been received on or after the first birthday.
  • Mumps: One dose received on or after the first birthday
  • Rubella: One dose received on or after the first birthday
  • Hepatitis B: Three doses are required for the following grades for the following school years
    04/05 for K through 5th and 7th through 10th grades
    05/06 for K through 11th grades
    06/07 and thereafter for K through 12th grades
  • Varicella: One dose received on or after the first birthday is required for the following grades for the following school years
    04/05 for K through 4th and 7th through 10th grades
    05/06 for K through 5th and 7th through 11th grades
    06/07 and thereafter for all students K through 12th

Emergency numbers:

Poison Control
Animal Control
National Runaway Switchboard
Child Protective Service (to report abuse)
Texas Youth Hotline (need to talk to someone)
Suicide Hotline
YMCA Casa Shelter (project Safe Place)
Star Services to At Risk Youth
Teen Help Line
Adult Help Line
Mesquite Social Services
Mesquite Public Health
New Beginnings (shelter)
Kids first (health insurance for children)
Mission East Dallas

Web sites that may be helpful:

www.immunizetexas.com (immunizations)
www.agr.state.tx.us (nutrition)
www.keepkidshealthy.com (general health)
www.diabetes.org (diabetes)
www.missioneastdallas.org (medical and dental help)
www.nationaleatingdisorders.org (eating disorders)
www.nimh.nih.gov (mental health)
www.tdh.state.tx.us (general health)
www.ndvh.org ( domestic violence)



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