Frequently Asked Questions

Office Questions 
What time does school start and finish?
How do I register my child?
What do I do if my child will be absent from school?

What and who is the Title 1 Family Support Specialist?
What is the District Curriculum and Instruction?
What if I have a general comment or question?
How may I request records for my child?
May I visit my child's school?

Nurse Questions
What immunizations does my child need for school?
What if my family does not have health insurance?
Can the school give my child their medicine?
Information on how to keep your child healthy, Communicable Disease , Head Lice, Immunizations, Medications and Bedbugs.
Should I Send My Child To School?

Safety Questions
Tell me how how you keep my child safe at school?
Does the District have safety tips for communting to school?
How do I keep my child safe on the internet?
Where can I find additional safety resources?

Cafeteria Questions
Are school menus and meal information posted?
How do I reach the Redbird Lunch Room?

How do I get a Registration Packet?
Do I need to submit a meal application for each of my children?
If I have a change in my household income do I need to submit a new meal application?
If my child submitted an application at the beginning of the school year and moves out of the Mesa School District and returns to the Mesa School District later that school year do I need to submit a new application?
Where do I take the meal application when it is completed?
What information do I need to set up a myLunchMoney.com account for my student?

Parent University
What is Parent University?
Where can I find out more information?

Office

Question: What time does school start and finish?
Answer: School starts at 8:25am everday and ends at 2:55pm except Wednesday. On Wednesday school is out at 2:25pm.

Question: How do I register my child?
Answer: To register a student in a Mesa school for the first time, you'll need a certified copy of the student's birth certificate, current immunization record and proof of residency.
Proof of residence must also be shown. Parents may provide one of the following:
    * Rent receipt
    * Utility invoice
    * Motor vehicle registration
    * Housing contract, lease agreement
    * State income tax return
    * Bank account, pay check, etc.
    * Employer letter on letterhead

Question: What do I do if my child will be absent from school?
Answer: Call the Redbird Attendance Specialist at 480-472-1201 (this number is available 24-hours per/day), and report the absence with the following details:
Child’s name
Teacher’s name
Room number
Reason for absence
State law requires that parents authorize a child's absence and all unexcused absences are considered truancy.

Question: What and who is the Title 1 Family Support Specialist?
Answer: To coordinate and monitor the involvement of parents in the education of their children. Mrs. Barringer is our Title 1 Family Support Specialist and can be reached at: 480-472-1295/64 or email

Question: What is the District Curriculum and Instruction?
Answer: Click here for all your answers.

Question: What if I have a general comment or question?
Answer: Popular links, phone numbers and e-mail addresses

Question: How may I request records for my child?
Answer: If your child is currently attending Redbird, contact the office at 480-472-1200.
 Public records   
Student records, transcripts and diplomas 

Question: May I visit my child's school?
Answer:Yes, we welcome visitors. We ask that you let your child's teacher know before hand and check in at the office.
Visitor Guidelines

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Nurse

Question: What immunizations does my child need for school?
Answer: Immunization Requirements 10-11
Immunization Requirements 10-11- Spanish

Question: What if my family does not have health insurance?
Answer: Information for families without health insurance

Question: Can the school give my child their medicine?
Answer: Parent Consent for Giving Medication at School- Form (click on link)

Question: Information on how to keep your child healthy, Communicable Disease , Head Lice, Immunizations, Medications and Bedbugs.
Answer: Click here!

Question: Should I Send My Child To School?
Answer: Not if they have the following:
Fever: A fever is a warning that all is not right with the body. No child with a temp of 100 degrees or greater should attend school. Do not allow a child to return to school until he/she has been fever free for 24 hours without the use of meds.
Stomachache, Vomiting, Diarrhea: Consult your physician if your child has a stomachache that is persistent or severe enough to limit his/her activity. If vomiting occurs, keep your child home until he/she can keep his/her food down for 24 hours.
Cold, Sore Throat, Cough: The common cold presents the most frequent problem to parents. A child with a mild cold but otherwise feeling well may go to school. A child with a deep or hacking cough belongs home in bed, even if he/she has no fever. If your child complains of a sore throat and has no other symptoms, he/she may go to school. If white spots can be seen in the back of the throat, or if fever is present, keep him/her home and call your doctor. If your child is being treated for “strep throat,” keep him/her home from school until the child is fever-free for 24 hours and has been on antibiotic for at least 24 hours.
Rash: a rash may be the first sign of one of many childhood illnesses, such as measles or chickenpox. A rash or “spots” may cover the entire body or may appear in only one area. Do not send a child with a rash to school until your doctor has said that it is safe to do so. A child who has had chickenpox may return to school when all of the pox are dried and scabbed over.
Eye Infections: reddened, itchy eyes may be Conjunctivitis or pink eye, and must be treated by a physician. A child with pink eye must be on medication for at least 24 hours, and be free of drainage before he/she can return to school.
If you take your child to the doctor, please bring in a note from the doctor’s office when your child returns to school.

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Safety

Question: Tell me how how you keep my child safe at school?
Answer: http://www.mpsaz.org/redbird/parent_info/school_safety/ 

Question: Does the District have safety tips for communting to school?
Answer: http://www.mpsaz.org/commrel/parents/safety/ 

Question: How do I keep my child safe on the internet?
Answer: Go to this link

Question: Where can I find additional safety resources?
Answer: Click here!

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Cafeteria

Question: Are school menus and meal information posted?
Answer: Yes, Breakfast and lunch menus and prices   
Cafeteria phone numbers, allergies, free and reduced-price meals, online accounts, refunds and transfers

Question: How do I reach the Redbird Lunch Room?
Answer: Phone Mrs. Nelson at 480-472-1220

Question: How do I get a Registration Packet?
Answer: Before school starts you are mailed a Registration Packet which will include a meal application.  You also may obtain a meal application in the school office, from your school cafeteria or the Food & Nutrition Office by calling: (480) 472- 0918.

Question: Do I need to submit a meal application for each of my children?
Answer: No, you only need to submit one application per household.

Question: If I have a change in my household income do I need to submit a new meal application?  
Answer: No you do not need to submit a new application.

Question: If my child submitted an application at the beginning of the school year and moves out of the Mesa School District and returns to the Mesa School District later that school year do I need to submit a new application?
Answer: No, your application is good for the entire school year. 

Question: Where do I take the meal application when it is completed?
Answer: Send the completed meal application to your child's school cafeteria.

Question: What information do I need to set up a myLunchMoney.com account for my student? 
Answer: You will need your students school identification number,school name, and date of birth to set up a myLunchMoney.com account. There is a fee for each payment made.

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Parent University

Question: What is Parent University?
Answer: Welcome to Parent University, an opportunity to sharpen your skills as you work in one of life's most important and demanding pursuits. Parent University provides parents and caregivers with information about their vital role in shaping children's lives. Sessions focus on child development and effective parenting skills. The classes are presented by national consultants and prominent Valley educators. All parents and caregivers are invited. You need not be a Mesa resident to attend.

Question: Where can I find out more information?
Answer: Click here

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