On June 12, Governor Abbot signed HB3 into law. HB3 was the 86th Texas Legislative Session’s finance bill. One component of this bill was a requirement for districts to offer full-day Pre-K for qualifying four-year-olds, with the state now funding full-day for those students that qualify. In order to qualify, a student must:

• Be 4 years of age on or before September 1st; and meet one of the following requirements:

• Be unable to speak and comprehend the English language;

• Be educationally disadvantaged, which means a student eligible to participate in the national free or reduced-price lunch program;

• Be homeless, as defined by 42 United States Code (U.S.C.) Section 1143a, regardless of the residence of the child, of either parent of the child, or of the child’s guardian or other person having lawful control of the child;

• Be the child of an active duty member of the armed forces of the United States, including the state military forces or a reserve component of the armed forces, who is ordered to active duty by proper authority;

• Be the child of a member of the armed forces of the United States, including the state military forces or a reserve component of the armed forces, who was injured or killed while serving on active duty;

• Be in, or have been in, the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) following an adversary hearing held as provided by the Family Code;

• Be the child of a person eligible for the Star of Texas Award as a peace officer, firefighter, or emergency medical first responder.

To register for Pre-K, please visit the elementary office Monday - Thursday from 8-12 or 1-4. You may contact Principal Michael Rudewick at 325-853-2514 ext 522 for any other questions.